Israel, Egypt & Jordan (2021 departure)

  • CAD $11,370

  • November 17 - December 2, 2021 | 16 Days / 15 nights

Join us for an unforgettable journey to see the wonders of the Middle East, in Israel, Egypt and Jordan. Explore the cradle of modern civilization and the hub of the three Abrahamic religions while travelling in luxury on land and sea. Experience the pyramids of Egypt, the holy sites of Jerusalem, and the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth. Swim in the pristine waters of the Red Sea. And see the last remaining traces of civilizations that disappeared into the desert sands centuries ago.

Itinerary

Overnight flight from Toronto to Tel Aviv.

Morning arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport. Meet your guide and start your tour of Israel with a scenic drive to Jaffa, the oldest port in the world. Walk through the Artists’ Quarter in the Old City, then head to Jerusalem. On the way, your luxury coach takes you through the Valley of Elah, where David took on Goliath, up historic Beth Horon road to the Benjamin Plateau, and past the ancient city of Gibeon. Finally, atop Mt. Scopus, behold majestic Jerusalem. Then proceed to your hotel, and get together with fellow travelers for a pre-dinner welcome drink. Dinner is served at the hotel.

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

Start your tour of Jerusalem with an ascent up the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view. Walk down the Palm Sunday road, stop at the Russian Church of Mary Magdalene, then proceed to the Church of Gethsemane and the Valley of Jehoshaphat. Drive up Mt. Zion to the Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu, which provides the best view of Jerusalem from the west, then continue towards Bethlehem, passing Rachel’s Tomb and Shepherds’ Field. In Bethlehem, walk through the alleys and markets to the Church of the Nativity. Dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The day begins with a Ramparts Walk on the walls of the Old City. Afterward, visit the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site, and the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque, the third-holiest site in Islam. In the Western Wall Tunnels, see well-preserved segments of the Wall that are hidden from view. Explore the Jewish Quarter, then continue to the City of David, where you will descend into Hezekiah’s underground tunnel, built around 700 BCE to bring fresh water into the fortified city. Wrap up the day with dinner at the Al Diwan Middle Eastern Restaurant at the Ambassador Hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, travel to St. Stephen’s Gate. Just inside the gate is the Church of St. Anne, a Byzantine basilica with exquisite acoustics perfect for Gregorian chant. Nearby, view the two Pools of Bethesda, where it is said that Jesus healed the cripple. Walk along the Via Dolorosa to the church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Mosque of Omar, then proceed through the Christian Quarter and the Arab souks and bazaars to the Jaffa Gate. Board your tour bus, and travel to the New City of Jerusalem. Around 1:30 pm, board the Harmony V luxury yacht and depart for Port Said, overnight at sea.

Accommodation: Onboard M/Y Harmony V (4 nights)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the morning, disembark in Port Said and board luxury vehicles for a full-day tour. The first stop is the Giza Plateau, and the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramid. Here you see the three major tombs, and of course the legendary guardian of this ancient mortuary complex, the Great Sphinx. The next stop is the Egyptian Antiquities Museum. Opened in 1902, it has the world’s largest and richest collection of Egyptian antiquities, including statues, mummies, and the priceless treasures of King Tutankhamen. Return to the ship in late evening, and cross the Suez Canal overnight.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Suez Canal transit day. Exit the canal in the afternoon, and arrive in Suez. Overnight at sea to Hurghada.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At midday, arrive in the diving paradise of El Gouna and the islands of the Strait of Gubal. Stop for a swim and a BBQ on deck. Continue cruising, arriving late in Hurghada. Overnight in port.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the morning, board a bus for a two-day trip to Luxor. After checking into your hotel, depart for an excursion to the Karnak and Luxor Temples. The first stop is the breathtaking Temple of Karnak, with its celebrated Hypostyle Hall, Sacred Lake and Avenue of the Sphinxes. Then, proceed to the spectacular Luxor Temple complex, with its collection of statues, obelisks and temples that date back to the 14th century BCE. Return to the hotel for dinner.

Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Luxor (1 night)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Dive deeper into the history of the pharaohs and the wonders of Ancient Egypt. The first stop is the Valley of the Kings, home of remarkable tombs of pharaohs, their families and other Egyptian nobility. Here you will have ample time to fully explore the site. Next, it’s on to Hatshepsut Temple, built by the only woman to rule as a Pharaoh, and the Colossi of Memnon, two massive statues that once flanked the entrance of Amenhotep III’s mortuary temple. In the afternoon, return to your ship in Hurghada. Overnight at sea, en route to Aqaba, Jordan.

Note: The sequence of excursions during the two-day stay in Luxor may change.

Accommodation: Onboard M/Y Harmony V (2 nights)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arrive in Aqaba at midday, and depart for an excursion to Wadi Rum, sometimes called the Valley of the Moon. This valley, cut into desert sandstone and granite, has represented extraterrestrial planets in many science fiction films. Overnight in port.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Meet your local guide at the pier and depart for a tour of Petra. Enter the ancient city on foot through the Siq, a narrow, winding gorge 1.2 km long, emerging at the majestic Treasury, with its elaborately carved façade. Explore the tombs of the ancient inhabitants of this city, the Nabateans, and the amphitheatre built by the Nabateans and later expanded by the Romans to seat 7,000 people. After a break for lunch, walk back to the entrance to meet your bus and travel back to the hotel.

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

Start in late morning and travel to the Dead Sea, a 4.5-hour drive with stops en route for breaks and lunch. After checking in at the hotel, spend the rest of the day at leisure.

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

Today’s tour starts in Mount Nebo, 710 metres above sea level, where the Bible says Moses first glimpsed the Promised Land. From here, on a clear day, you can see the Mount of Olives, Jericho, and the Jordan Valley. Drive to Madaba, the land of fruit and water. Break for coffee or tea, then continue to Umm ar-Rasas, with its remarkable Church of St. Stephen, which has a perfectly preserved 8th-century mosaic floor. Travel back to the Dead Sea, and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, travel to the Allenby Bridge, crossing to the West Bank for a drive to Jericho. There, visit the Tell es-Sultan archaeological site, sometimes called the oldest town in the world. Continue to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, and on to Masada, where you will take the cable car to the top, visiting Herod’s mountain bunker and the last stronghold of the Jewish revolt against Rome in 66-73 CE. Then drive back to Jerusalem through the Jordan Valley. Atop Mt. Scopus, behold majestic Jerusalem for the last time, before continuing on to Tel Aviv for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

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

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Meals included: Breakfast

Dates & Prices

Travel date: November 17 – December 2, 2021
Prices are in CAD, per person

Cabin Category Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
Category C CAD $11,370 CAD $13,360
Category B CAD $11.960 CAD $14,140
Category A CAD $12,400 CAD $15,410
Category P CAD $13,140 CAD $16,520
DEPOSITS & PAYMENTS
First Deposit: CAD $2,000 per each confirmed passenger at the time of booking
Second Deposit: CAD $2,000 per each confirmed passenger, due on February 12, 2021
Final Payment: Due on August 13, 2021

Note:

  1. Passenger names must match passport.
  2. Please ensure that passports are valid up till after six (6) months at last destination
CANCELLATION CHARGES
From time of booking to February 11, 2021 CAD $2,000 per person
February 12 – August 12, 2021 CAD $4,000 per person
August 13, 2020 – date of departure 100% of tour cost

Air cancellation penalties are subject to airline regulations.

We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation or comprehensive travel insurance at the time of booking. Please contact us for a quotation. Prices above are in Canadian Dollars. The program and all related travel services described herein are subject to the detailed terms & conditions of GLP Worldwide which are available at any time upon request and which will be provided with your booking confirmation.

Ship Information

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M/Y Harmony V

The Harmony V is a modern elegant yacht with a sleek high-tech look very similar to the private yachts to be found in the famous ports of the world. The 55 meter long/8.2 meter wide Mega-Yacht was rebuilt/launched in 2009 and complies with Eurosolas safety regulations while its powerful engines, generators and state of the art stabilizers will allow for safe and comfortable cruising.

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