From floating in the Dead Sea more than 400 metres below sea level, to walking through the Siq for your first glimpse of the soaring facade of the Treasury at Petra, wandering the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, standing in front of the mighty pyramids of Giza, sailing the Nile and seeing the glittering treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamun – this exotic journey through the Middle East will also surprise you with some quirky twists in true World Journeys style.
Petra by candlelight In a night time visit to Petra, walk the entire Siq to the soaring facade of the Treasury, lit with over 1,500 candles. This glittering, spectacular experience is truly a magical way to see the Rose Red City.
Street art tour Take a step on the wild side and head into the Florentin neighbourhood in the city of Tel Aviv. This lively area is the host for a fascinating tour of graffiti and street art – participate in one of the most thriving street art scenes in the world!
Stay in the iconic Old Winter Palace Overlooking Luxor temple, this winter retreat for the Egyptian royal family is the epitome of faded, luxurious glamour. Be sure to explore the extensive gardens, sip a cocktail as you watch life alongside the Nile, or take tea in one of the majestic reception rooms.
Thu 15: Auckland > Dubai Overnight flight to Dubai.
Fri 16: Dubai > Amman > Dead Sea (D) Transit to onward flight. On arrival transfer to our hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea.
Sat 17: Dead Sea (B,D) A day to relax and enjoy the healing qualities of the water and mineral enriched mud.
Sun 18: Dead Sea > Petra (B,D) Visit the famous 6th century Mosaic Map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land in Madaba, look across the Holy Land from Mt Nebo and visit the crusader castle of Kerak. Continue to Petra.
Mon 19: Petra (B,D) Travel on foot or by horseback to Petra – the ancient capital of the Nabateans who carved a wonderland of temples, tombs and elaborate buildings out of solid rock. The afternoon is at leisure and return this evening to see Petra by candlelight.
Tue 20: Petra > Wadi Rum (B,D) Visit Little Petra, or Beida, this morning before driving to Wadi Rum. Transfer to Jeeps to travel through the eerie moonscape scenery to overnight in a tented camp this evening.
Wed 21: Wadi Rum > Amman (B,D) Drive to Amman and check in to our hotel.
Thu 22: Amman > Jerash > Jerusalem (B) Visit the Roman city of Jerash before crossing into Israel and travelling to Jerusalem. This evening join the Tower of David light show.
Fri 23: Jerusalem Old City (B) Enjoy the view from the Mount of Olives before exploring the Old City on foot. Explore the hidden Rabbinical Tunnels underneath the Temple Mount and walk via the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Sat 24: Masada & Ein Gedi (B) Drive to the rock fortress of Masada. Visit Herod’s palaces, dating back 2,000 years and hear about the zealots who defied the Roman Empire from this location. Join a Jeep tour at the Sodom and Gomorrah mountains. Continue for a nature walk at the desert oasis of Ein Gedi where we see wild animals roaming freely in the desert.
Sun 25: Jerusalem New City (B) See the famous Dead Seas Scrolls at the Shrine of the Book before a cooking workshop in the open air markets of Mahane Yehuda. Visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial including the underground cavern of the candlelit children’s memorial.
Mon 26: Jerusalem > Tel Aviv (B,D) Experience the fascinating street art scene of the Florentin neighbourhood of Tel Aviv before walking the ancient ruins and restored artist’s quarter of Old Jaffa. Enjoy a festive and authentic dinner in a local restaurant this evening.
Tue 27: Tel Aviv > Cairo (B) Fly to Cairo and check in to our downtown hotel adjacent to the Nile.
Wed 28: Cairo (B,L) A full day to explore the pyramids and sphinx at Giza followed by the ancient capital of Memphis and the step pyramid and tombs at Sakkara.
Thu 29: Cairo (B,L) Start with the Egyptian Museum including the treasures of Tutankhamun before visiting the Citadel and Old Cairo. Finish the day in chaotic Khan el Khalili bazaar.
Fri 30: Cairo > Abu Simbel > Aswan (B,L,D) Fly to Abu Simbel to see the temples of Rameses II and his wife Nefertari, rescued by UNESCO from the rising waters of Lake Nasser. Continue to Aswan and check in to our luxurious all suite Nile cruiser. This afternoon visit the High Dam and Philae Temple.
Sat 31: Kom Ombo > Edfu (B,L,D) Sail for Kom Ombo and visit the temple dedicated to both Horus and Sobek before continuing to the stunning temple of Edfu. Pass the lock at Esna tonight and sail on to Luxor.
Sun 01: Luxor (B,L,D) Visit the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens and the funerary temple of Hatshepsut. Farewell party on board the ship this evening.
Mon 02: Luxor (B) Check out and visit the temples of Luxor and Karnak before checking in to King Farouk’s former winter residence, the iconic Old Winter Palace Hotel. At leisure this afternoon to explore the market or rest in the hotel.
Tue 03: Luxor > Cairo > Alexandria (B) Visit Luxor Museum this morning before flying to Cairo. Travel by road to Alexandria and check in to our hotel.
Wed 04: Alexandria (B,L) Visit the Roman amphitheatre, the Catacombs, Pompey’s Pillar and the fortress of Quait Bey.
Thu 05: El Alamein (B,D) Transfer to the Commonwealth cemetery and museum at El Alamein. Return to Alexandria for an afternoon at leisure.
Fri 06: Alexandria > Cairo > Dubai (B) At leisure until an evening transfer to Cairo for the flight to Dubai.
Sat 07: Dubai > Auckland Arrive Dubai and transit to our onward flight.
Sun 08: Auckland Morning arrival in Auckland.
- Economy Class airfares ex Auckland
- Airline, border crossing, and airport taxes
- A World Journeys host
- Accommodation in 4 and 5 star hotels and Nile cruise
- Transfers, sightseeing, and entrance fees as per the itinerary
- Meals as indicated
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