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.

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Participating Universities

This tour is available to the following University Alumni travel programs

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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.

Watch our Webinar


Participating Universities

This tour is available to the following University Alumni travel programs

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

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, Suez, Hurghada, 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 for your flight home.

Transportation: Air Canada
Meal: Breakfast

CABIN CATEGORY DOUBLE OCCUPANCY SINGLE OCCUPANCY
Category C (waitlist only) CAD 11,370 per person CAD 13,360 per person
Category B (waitlist only) CAD 11,960 per person CAD 15,950 per person
Category A (waitlist only) CAD 12,400 per person CAD 16,390 per person
Category P (waitlist only) CAD 13,140 per person CAD 19,170 per person

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 Israel, Egypt and Jordan. It should be valid for at least 6 months after your return. Citizens of other countries should consult with their travel agent or our office.
  2. Visas
    • Israel – No visa is required for Canadian passport holders to enter Israel for stays up to 90 days.
    • Egypt – Visa is required for Canadian citizens to visit Egypt. A tourist visa can be obtained at Egyptian airports for USD $25 for single entry (the fee is subject to change at any time by the Egyptian authorities).
    • Jordan – Visa is required for Canadian passport holders to enter Jordan, and valid for 30 days.

Travel as lightly as possible so as not to restrict space in your cabin. Soft bags are more practical than hard suitcases. Sports or casual clothes are recommended. Plenty of swimwear is recommended and a pullover or cardigan is recommended for cool evenings. Comfortable walking shoes are suggested when ashore.

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.

Smoking is not permitted to any of the passengers or crew members in any indoor part of the ship.

EURO is the official currency on board. There is an optional credit system for expenses on board that maybe paid / settled at the end of the cruise. Most major currencies payment by American Express, Visa and MasterCard are accepted / exchanged at their official exchange rate.

All gratuities are included for ship crew, local guides, and driver for included excursions and tours. If you feel the desire to reward specific members of staff for extraordinary service, you are at liberty to do so. In this case, please put the funds in a small envelope and hand it to the person discreetly.

Typically the tipping amount is EUR €13 - €15 per person per day on board. These tips are distributed to all crew members. Passengers should refrain from tipping individual crew members.

Laundry service (machine-washable items) is available only on board the Variety cruises ships. No dry cleaning and same day services. Further information is available from your cabin steward.

There is a telephone in your cabin for intra ship communication. International calls and fax sending via satellite are available at the bridge and can be arranged through the Captain but are very costly.

Onboard internet access is available at a cost of EUR €3 per 500 MB. Price is subject to change.

The ship generators provide an electric current of 220 V. Cabins are equipped with European type plugs, so please remember to bring an adaptor if necessary.

There is no doctor on board any Variety Cruises ships. In case of an emergency, some crew members are trained to offer first aid. Medical care is available in all inhabited ports of call visited. In case of discomfort, please contact a crew member immediately.

Some vaccines are recommended or required for travelling to Israel, Egypt, and Jordan. We suggest you consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel.

Please refer to the following information for specifics:

Israel - https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/israel-the-west-bank-and-the-gaza-strip

Egypt - https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/egypt

Jordan - https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/jordan

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.

All three destinations - Israel, Egypt and Jordan exercise a high degree of caution.

Please refer to the following information for specifics:

Israel - https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/israel-the-west-bank-and-the-gaza-strip

Egypt - https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/egypt

Jordan - https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/jordan

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