Israel, Egypt & Jordan (2020 departure)

  • CAD $11,370

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

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nExplore 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. n

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Participating Universities

This tour is available to the following University Alumni travel programs

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Itinerary

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

Depart Toronto

Board your overnight flight to Tel Aviv.

Transportation: Air Canada

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 4×4 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

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

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

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

Tel Aviv

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Transportation: Air Canada
Meal: Breakfast

Dates & Prices

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

Ship Information

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M/Y Harmony G

The Harmony “G” is a modern vessel with a sleek high-tech look very similar to the private yachts to be found in the famous ports of the world. The 53 meter long / 7.2 meter wide Mega Yacht Harmony G was launched in January 2001 and renovated in 2009-10 and in 2013. It complies with the most stringent SOLAS safety regulations ,while its powerful engines and state of the art stabilizers allow for safe and comfortable cruising.

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