Israel, Egypt & Jordan

  • November 23 - December 9, 2020 | 17 days / 16 nights
  • $11,370.00

University Alumni Travel

Explore some of the world’s greatest age-old monuments, with the added luxury of travelling aboard a modern, elegant mega yacht with only 21 cabins; the Harmony G. Your onboard Egyptologist will enhance the experience with insights that bring each destination to life. Together we will explore the ancient city of Jerusalem, cross the Suez Canal, sail the Red Sea, visit the world-famous sites of Luxor and the Giza Pyramids in Cairo, discover the monuments of Petra, and float in the Dead Sea.

Participating Universities

This tour is available to the following University Alumni travel programs

McGill University Download Brochure Download Booking Form
University of Alberta Download Brochure Download Booking Form
University of Saskatchewan Download Brochure Download Booking Form
University of Toronto Download Brochure Download Booking Form
Western University Download Brochure Download Booking Form
York University Download Brochure Download Booking Form

Israel, Egypt & Jordan

$11,370.00

University Alumni Travel

Explore some of the world’s greatest age-old monuments, with the added luxury of travelling aboard a modern, elegant mega yacht with only 21 cabins; the Harmony G. Your onboard Egyptologist will enhance the experience with insights that bring each destination to life. Together we will explore the ancient city of Jerusalem, cross the Suez Canal, sail the Red Sea, visit the world-famous sites of Luxor and the Giza Pyramids in Cairo, discover the monuments of Petra, and float in the Dead Sea.


Participating Universities

This tour is available to the following University Alumni travel programs

McGill University Download Brochure Download Booking Form
University of Alberta Download Brochure Download Booking Form
University of Saskatchewan Download Brochure Download Booking Form
University of Toronto Download Brochure Download Booking Form
Western University Download Brochure Download Booking Form
York University Download Brochure Download Booking Form

Daily Overview

Date Destination Activities
Nov 23 Toronto - Tel Aviv Board your overnight flight to Tel Aviv
Nov 24 Tel Aviv - Jerusalem Arrive in Tel Aviv for city tour and transfer to Jerusalem
Nov 25 Jerusalem Tour through Jerusalem’s sacred sites
Nov 26 Jerusalem Tour of Jerusalem includes Jaffa Gate and Jewish Quarter, and optional tour walking in knee-high water
Nov 27 West Jerusalem Embarkation
Nov 28 Port Said, Egypt Arrival in early afternoon for city tour
Nov 29 Suez City tour of Suez
Nov 30 Suez - Cairo Depart to Cairo visiting Giza Plateau and the Great Pyramid
Dec 01 Hurghada Enjoy cocktails and experience a traditional Bedouin evening
Dec 02 Luxor Excursion to Valley of the Kings and Hatshepsut Temple
Dec 03 Luxor Early morning tour to Luxor’s West Bank section
Dec 04 Sharm El Sheikh Free day at leisure. Optional excursions available.
Dec 05 Aqaba
Petra
Disembarkation and visit desert of Wadi Rum
Transfer to Petra
Dec 06 Petra - Dead Sea Morning tour of Petra
Dec 07 Dead Sea Drive to Nebo, 800m above sea level and overlooking the Holy Land
Dec 08 Dead Sea - Tel Aviv Transfer to Allenby Bridge border driving to Jericho
Dec 09 Tel Aviv Transfer to the airport for the return flight home

Additional Information

Days

November 23 – December 9, 2020, 17 days / 16 nights

Pace

Casual

Cities

Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Port Said, Suez, Luxor, Petra, Dead Sea

DAY 1 | NOV 23

Depart Toronto

Board your overnight flight to Tel Aviv.

Transportation: Air Canada

DAY 2 | NOV 24

Arrive in Tel Aviv - Jerusalem

Arrive early in Tel Aviv. Meet your guide and board a bus for a scenic drive to Jaffa, the world’s oldest port. Visit the Old City, Artists’ Quarter, and Independence Hall. Depart for Jerusalem via Wadi Elah, where David encountered Goliath, and travel along the historic Beth Horon road past ancient Gibeon. Arrive in Jerusalem and stop to enjoy the spectacular city view at Mt. Scopus. Check into your hotel; enjoy a welcome drink followed by dinner.

Accommodation: American Colony Hotel or similar (3 nights)
Meal: Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 | NOV 25

Jerusalem and Bethlehem

Tour Jerusalem’s sacred sites. Ascend the Mount of Olives for panoramic views of the Old City, and walk down Palm Sunday road with stops at the Russian Church of Maria Magdalena and the Church of Gethsemane. Drive to Kidron (Valley of Jehoshaphat) where Zechariah’s Tomb is located. Visit Mount Zion before heading south to Bethlehem. Shop at markets on the way to the Church of the Nativity.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 | NOV 26

The Archeology of Jerusalem

Walk along the ramparts from Jaffa Gate to the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site, and continue to the Dome of the Rock and the Islamic holy site Al-Aqsa Mosque. Visit the Jewish Quarter and tour the City of David, including tunnels that date back to 700 B.C. Optional tour (walking in knee-high water) from Gihon Spring to the Pool of Siloam, where a blind man was healed. Dinner at the Al Diwan Middle Eastern Restaurant in the Ambassador Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 | NOV 27

Christain Jerusalem and West Jerusalem - Embarkation

Check out and board the bus to St. Stephen’s Gate, home to the Church of St. Anne and its amazing acoustics. Visit the Holy Sepulchre and the Mosque of Omar before exploring the Christian Quarter, Arab souks and bazaars. Travel to West Jerusalem, passing by the Knesset and visit the Israel Museum, home to the Dead Sea Scrolls - before heading to Ashdod. Board the Harmony G and sail overnight to Port Said, Egypt.

Accommodation: Onboard M/Y Harmony G (5 nights)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 | NOV 28

Port Said, Egypt

Afternoon arrival in Port Said. Visit the De Lesseps statue, the El Salam Mosque and a Christian cathedral. Continue to the Memorial of Unknown Soldiers and the nearby Islamic-style Suez Canal Authority Building. Time permitting, the Port Said Museum will be included in the city tour. Late night Suez Canal crossing and overnight cruise.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 | NOV 29

Suez

Travel to the city of Suez for an afternoon arrival, and learn about the Canal’s history. Tour this historic city which dates back to the reign of the 6th Pharaonic dynasty in the middle of the 25th century B.C. Observe dozens of ships crossing the canal before returning to the ship. Overnight in the port.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 | NOV 30

Suez

Depart for Cairo in a luxury air-conditioned vehicle. See the Giza Plateau and Great Pyramid of Giza, a Wonder of the Ancient World. Stand before the Great Sphinx, the national symbol of Egypt. Visit the Egyptian Antiquities Museum which houses the priceless treasures of King Tutankhamen. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to the ship and sailing to Hurghada.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 | DEC 01

Hurghada

Late afternoon arrival in Hurghada, Egypt’s world famous beach resort town on the Red Sea. Relax, enjoy a refreshing cocktail and experience a traditional Bedouin evening with live music. Overnight in the port.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10 | DEC 02

Hurghada - Luxor

Begin a two-day land excursion. Visit the Valley of the Kings, home to the Egyptian Kings’ tombs. Next, see the Hatshepsut Temple, a monument to the only female Pharaoh to rule. Onwards to the Colossi of Memnon, see two giant statues that originally flanked the entrance to Amenhotep III’s mortuary temple. Return to the hotel for lunch and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Luxor.

Accommodation: 4* hotel in Luxor (1 night)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11 | DEC 03

Luxor - Hurghada

Early morning tour to Luxor’s west bank section. Following breakfast, visit East Bank and stop at the imposing Karnak Temple to see the Hypostyle Hall, Sacred Lake and Avenue of the Sphinxes. Finish the day at the spectacular Luxor Temple complex with its culturally-significant statues, obelisks, and temples dating back to the 14th century B.C. Enjoy lunch at the hotel, check out and return by coach to the ship in Hurghada. Sail overnight to Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt.

Accommodation: onboard M/Y Harmony G (2 nights)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12 | DEC 04

Sharm El Sheikh

Free day to relax on your own. Join an optional visit to St. Catherine’s Monastery or a snorkelling excursion. Overnight at sea as we sail to Aqaba, Jordan.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13 | DEC 05

Aqaba - Disembarkation - Petra

Disembark around midday. Meet your guide and drive to the magical desert of Wadi Rum, the home of “Lawrence of Arabia.” Hop in 4x4 vehicles for a desert tour starting with the Lawrence of Arabia spring and giant rocks with inscriptions from the Talmudic period mentioned in the Quran. If you wish, walk up the impressive sand dunes (and then roll down!). Continue to Petra and check into the hotel.

Accommodation: The Old Village Hotel & Resort or similar (1 night)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14 | DEC 06

Petra - Dead Sea

Morning tour of Petra. Walk through the 1250 metre-long Siq, the mountain crack hiding Petra’s treasures. The winding route showcases the façade’s carvings of the Treasury. Walk further to see early Nabatean tombs and temples. Visit the Royal Tombs, Urn, Silk, Corinthian and Palace. Continue on to view Roman remains. Enjoy lunch then stroll back to Petra’s entrance before journeying onwards to the Dead Sea via the desert highway. Overnight in a hotel.

Accommodation: Dead Sea Hilton or similar (2 nights)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15 | DEC 07

Dead Sea

Drive 800 metres above sea level to Nebo which overlooks the Holy Land. Enjoy panoramic views of Mount of Olives, the Dead Sea, Jericho and the Jordan Valley. Head to Madaba and enter St. George’s Church where the oldest map of Jordan, Jerusalem and Egypt is housed. Break for coffee or tea in the town. Continue to Um Rassas which houses the vibrantly coloured mosaics from cities across Jordan, Egypt and the Holy Land. Transfer by bus back to the Dead Sea. Overnight in a hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 16 | DEC 08

Dead Sea - Tel Aviv

Transfer to the Allenby Bridge border and drive to Jericho. Visit the mountain of Jesus’s temptation and then head south to Qumran and view Cave #4, where most of the Dead Sea scrolls were found. Onwards to Masada, where you can take a cable car to see Herod’s mountain bunker and the last stronghold of the Jewish revolt against Rome. Continue on through the Jordan Valley and return to Jerusalem with a final stop at Mt. Scopus before heading to Tel Aviv. Enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in a hotel.

Accommodation: Carlton Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 16 | DEC 09

Tel Aviv

Transfer to the airport f The Siq or your flight home.

Transportation: Air Canada
Meal: Breakfast

CABIN CATEGORY DOUBLE OCCUPANCY SINGLE OCCUPANCY
Category C CAD 11,370 per person CAD 13,360 per person
Category B CAD 11,960 per person Not available
Category A CAD 12,400 per person Not available
Category P CAD 13,140 per person Not available

Note: Single passengers booked in double occupancy cabins are limited to 10% of the total passengers travelling within the group.

DEPOSITS & PAYMENTS
FIRST DEPOSIT: CAD 2,000 per person at the time of booking
SECOND DEPOSIT: CAD 2,000 per person due on February 21st, 2020
FINAL PAYMENT: Due on August 21st, 2020

Note:

  1. Passenger names must match passport.
  2. Please ensure that passports are valid up till after six (6) months at last destination
  3. Egypt visa on arrival is excluded (USD 25 per person)
  4. Jordan visa on arrival is excluded (JOD 40 per person)
CANCELLATION CHARGES ON CRUISE & LAND
From time of booking to February 20th, 2020: CAD 2,000 per person
Between February 21st – August 20th, 2020: CAD 4,000 per person
Between August 21st – date of departure:: 100% of tour cost

AIR CANCELLATION PENALTIES ARE SUBJECT TO AIRLINE REGULATIONS

M/Y Harmony G

M/Y Harmony G

Year Built Renovated Passengers Capacity Cabins Length Cruising speed
2001 2013 44 21 177 ft. (54 m) 10 knots More Details
  1. Passport

    Canadian citizens must have a valid passport for entry to Norway. It should be valid for at least 3 months after your return.

    Citizens of other countries should consult with their travel agent or our office.

  2. Visas

    No visa is required for citizens of Canada to enter Norway.

A handy checklist of what to bring on your trip can be downloaded here.

We very strongly recommend the purchase of appropriate travel insurance for any trip outside of Canada. Information on travel insurance options can be found here.

Not permitted anywhere indoors. There are designated areas on the outside decks.

Bergen

Winter: January – March / November – December

  • Days in the low 0s, nights around freezing or somewhat below.

Spring/Fall: April – May / September – October

  • Days in the mid to high 0s, nights in the low 0s. September a bit warmer.

Summer: June – August

  • Days in the high 10s to low 20s, nights in the low 10s.

Being a coastal climate, rain can be expected on 2 out of 3 days. The heaviest Rainfall / sometimes snow is in the winter months.

If you are booking a cruise-only program, you must make your own way to the port of departure:

1. Northbound and Roundtrip: Bergen

In Bergen, the Hurtigruten ships sail from: Hurtigruten Terminal, Nøstegaten 30, N-5010 Bergen. You can pre-book through our office the Hurtigruten shuttle bus between the airport and the port.

If you are taking a taxi, you can simply ask the taxi driver to get you to “the Hurtigruten Terminal”.

Luggage lockers are available in the terminal and cost NOK 30 (3 x 10 kr.) The terminal is staffed and open for luggage check-in from 1:00PM until 2:30PM. Passenger check-in begins at 3:00PM and boarding takes place from 4:00PM to 7:30PM. Cabins are available from 6:00PM. Please note that the latest check-in time in the terminal is at 7:30PM during the entire year for all voyages.

The currency of Norway is the Norwegian Kronor (NOK).

Onboard, you will be issued a cruise card which you can use to charge all purchases during your voyage. You must provide a Visa, American Express, Diners or MasterCard that is valid for at least 3 months after your trip date.

The final bill will be charged to your account in Norwegian Kronor (NOK).

ATM’s accepting most international debit and credit cards can be found in most towns and cities in Norway. Regrettably, currency exchange facilities do not exist aboard the ship.

It is not usual practice to leave a tip onboard Hurtigruten ships in Norway. However, if you feel that a crew has provided exemplary service, there are tip boxes in the restaurant onboard.

Laundry rooms with washing machines, dryers and irons are available on all ships. You can buy laundry payment tokens at the ship’s reception desk.

There are numerous shore excursions available at all major ports along the way. To obtain the most up-to-date list of shore excursions and costs, please contact our office for details.

Light to Moderate – Ultimately the activity level depends on you. Some guests are content to spend the majority of time on board enjoying some of the world’s most beautiful coastline as it passes by.

Depending on the time of year, there are excursions ranging from zodiac boats to dogsledding and more. Please consult us to determine the right mix of activities for you.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included in your cruise fare (unless you have booked a port-to-port ticket). Beverages are available for purchase onboard but coffee and tea is complimentary.

Breakfast is usually served from 7:30AM (open seating), lunch from 12:00PM-1:00PM (open seating) and dinner from 6:30PM (assigned seating). During the high season, there may be two lunch and evening meal sittings – the times will be displayed on board. The voyage begins with a buffet dinner on departure from Bergen, and (for roundtrip voyages only) ends with brunch on the arrival day back in Bergen. Breakfast consists of a wide selection of cold meats, cheeses, eggs, cereals and fruit, with fresh-baked bread, pastries and often “sveler” (small pancakes) and waffles freshly cooked in the restaurant. The all-inclusive package includes a mixture of buffets and set menus for lunches and dinners, while for those guests who wish to enjoy an enhanced dining experience, the à la carte menu available for a small additional charge.

Norway educates their citizens in English from a very young age. You will not likely run into any language difficulties.

There are no doctors aboard the ships as typically there are many ports of call each day and medical assistance is seldom far away. Some crew members will be trained in first aid and in the most urgent cases, medivac evacuation is readily available.

By this point you will know that travelling on Hurtigruten is not like a conventional cruise, but rather a hybrid between a cargo ship, car and passenger ferry and cruise line. To this end, docking and departing, loading and unloading activities occur day-in and day-out, every single day. Some cabins, particularly on lower decks adjacent to the cargo doors, will experience noise. While most passengers take this in stride given the nature of the journey, if you are someone who is particularly bothered by this, then please make your concerns known at the time of booking so that we can endeavour to secure a cabin away from such areas. Please note that there is no part of any ship which is completely silent and noise free.

Most of the ships have a telephone in each cabin. Charges will vary depending on the destination called as it is obviously a ship-to-shore system.

Mobile phones will work in proximity to many of the ports along the way. Check with your mobile provider about roaming packages for Norway or alternatively, if your phone is unlocked, you can obtain a prepaid SIM card for Norway which will undoubtedly be considerably less expensive than any roaming plan if you plan to do a lot of phone calls or use a lot of internet data.

All ships have Wi-Fi although not all ships have Wi-Fi available in the cabins. Please contact us at the time of booking and we can advise if the ship you are considering has the facility you require.

There are no vaccinations required to travel to Norway. However, we suggest you consult your physician with any specific personal requirements for this program.

You must have travel insurance to participate on this voyage.

Our ships are equipped with the latest in emergency communication, life boats and other equipment to deal with any kind of problematic event. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office for more details.

There are currently no security threats in Norway, one of the safest countries in the world.

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