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Journey of a Lifetime: Israel, Jordan and Egypt

Program Number: 15860RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/13/2013 - 4/29/2013;
Duration: 16 nights
Location: Israel/Jordan/Egypt
Price starting at: $4,295.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 44; 15 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, 15 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

The material and historical riches of Israel, Jordan and Egypt are relics of their roles as bridges between the Persian Empire and the Greco-Roman world. Their societies have been shaped by millennia of overlapping cultures, religions and languages. Explore ties between past and present in these fascinating nations where 5,000 years of human history converge.




Highlights

• Explore Jerusalem, a holy city to all three Abrahamic faiths.
• Discover Petra, a stunning city cut from rose-red rock by the ancient Nabataean people of Jordan.
• Enjoy a three-night voyage on the Nile River accompanied by an expert Egyptologist.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to three miles per day; some uneven terrain.



Itinerary Summary

Overnight flight to Tel Aviv (Israel), coach to Jerusalem, 3 nights; coach to Tiberias, 2 nights; coach to Amman (Jordan), 1 night; coach to Petra, 2 nights; flight to Cairo (Egypt), 2 nights; flight to Aswam, embark Nile River voyage, 3 nights; disembark Luxor, flight to Cairo, 2 nights; departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Tel Aviv (Israel)
Coach to Jerusalem
3 nights

A superior view from atop the Mount of Olives illustrates an introduction to Jerusalem’s topography and neighborhoods. Study the city’s significance to Judaism on a field trip to Mount Zion and the City of David, explore its Christian heritage at the Via Dolorosa and Christian Quarter, and acquire similar insight into its importance to Islam at the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock.



Coach to Tiberias
2 nights

Take a field trip to Masada fortress, where the Zealots made their last stand against the Roman siege, and enjoy breathtaking views of the Dead Sea and mountains. Journey to Qumran, the biblical community of the Essenes, to learn the story of the Dead Sea Scrolls, a collection of 972 biblical and extra-biblical texts discovered in the 20th century.



Coach to Amman (Jordan)
1 night
Coach to Petra
2 nights
Flight to Cairo (Egypt)
2 nights

Delve into Jordan’s past at the National Archaeological Museum in Amman. Examine the 6th-century mosaic map housed within St. George’s Church in ancient Madaba. Expert-led exploration of Petra reveals the city’s palaces, theaters, banquet halls, monuments and more. Continue to Egypt to stand in awe of the Great Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza and the ruins of Memphis.



Flight to Aswan
Embark Nile River voyage
3 nights
Disembark Luxor
Flight to Cairo
2 nights
Departure

Visit the Aswan High Dam that keeps the flooding Nile from damaging nearby farms. Examine the Unfinished Obelisk and the Temple of Philae before your Nile River study cruise to Luxor to explore the Valley of Kings, Queen Hatshepsut Temple, the Colossi of Memnon and the Karnak and Luxor temples complexes. Back in Cairo learn about the city’s evolution through the ages, visit the renowned Egyptian Museum and walk through buzzing bazaars.




Accommodations
Jerusalem: Modern boutique hotel near city center. Tiberias: Resort on the Sea of Galilee. Amman: Centrally located city hotel. Petra: Village-style resort hotel. Cairo: Four-star hotel with views of Giza pyramids. Nile River: Outside cabins on luxury riverboat. Cairo: Four-star city hotel on the Nile.
Meals and Lodgings
   Prima Kings Hotel
  Jerusalem, Israel 3 nights
   Kibutz hotel Ein Gev
  Tiberias, Israel 2 nights
   Grand Palace Hotel - Amman
  Amman, Jordan 1 night
   Nabatean Castle Movenpick Petra
  Petra, Jordan 2 nights
   Mercure Le Sphinx Cairo
  Cairo, Egypt 2 nights
   ms Concerto
  ms Concerto, At Sea 3 nights
   Sofitel El Gezirah Cairo
  Cairo, Egypt 2 nights
 Prima Kings Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Located in downtown Jerusalem, at close proximity to restaurants, shops, internet cafes and pedestrian streets
  Contact info: 60 King George st.
Jerusalem,  94262 Israel
phone: +00972-2-6201201
web: www.prima.co.il/hotel.aspx?resortID=2&LangID=2
  Room amenities: Cable TV, Direct Dial Phone, Mini Bar, Safe deposit box, AC/Heat
  Facility amenities: Outdoor Terrace, restaurant, bar.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: USD 160 Available upon request

 Kibutz hotel Ein Gev
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: Ein Gev
Ein Gev,   Israel
phone: +97246659800
web: www.eingev.com/
  Room amenities: Refrigerator, gas stove, microwave, electric kettle with coffee and a family dining corner, hair dryer, TV.
  Facility amenities: Dining room: it seats up to 300, is located in the main building with a view to the lake. Meals are served in an open buffet style. Bar: You can order anything from soft drinks and quality coffee to imported or locally produced alcoholic beverages; Mini Market; Gift Shop.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Grand Palace Hotel - Amman
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: Queen Alya Street
Amman, NA 11192 Jordan
phone: +8665398430
web: www.goldentulipgrandpalace.com
  Room amenities: bed. In-room safe. Wireless high-speed Internet access (complimentary). Cable television service. Direct-dial phone. Bidet. Hair dryer. Complimentary toiletries. Air conditioning. Climate control. Window opens.
  Facility amenities: Front desk (limited hours); Laundry facilities; Limo or Town Car service available; Medical assistance available; Multilingual staff; Parking (free); Porter/bellhop; Safe-deposit box at front deskSecurity guard
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Nabatean Castle Movenpick Petra
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Mövenpick Nabatean Castle Hotel is a 10-minute drive from the entrance to the historic site of Petra. Situated at an altitude of 1,400 m, this hotel offers breathtaking views over sweeping hillsides. The hotel was designed by the recipient of the Agha Khan Award for Islamic Architecture, Engineer Rasem Badran. Relax in the unique 110 sqm heated indoor pool located on the hotel’s garden level. Surrounded with windows opened during summer, enjoy the view onto the private terrace.
  Contact info: Taybeh Road, P.O Box 184
Petra,  71811 Jordan
phone: +96232157201
web: www.moevenpick-hotels.com/en/pub/hotels_resorts/worldmap/petra_nabatean_castle/welcome.cfm
  Room amenities: All the hotel's 90 rooms and suites are spacious and most have extraordinary views over the Great Rift Valley. Interconnecting rooms and non-smoking rooms are available on request. All rooms are equipped with hairdryer, digital satellite TV, direct-dial phone, coffee and tea-making facilities and air-conditioning. A special benefit is our free minibar, available in all rooms.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Mercure Le Sphinx Cairo
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Mercure Le Sphinx Cairo combines an exciting location & good service This hotel offers its guests a unique opportunity to explore the historical surroundings in total comfort & convenience. Located in a magnificent park at the foot of the Giza Pyramids & the Sphinx, 35 km from Cairo international airport.
  Contact info: 1 Alexandria Desert Rd.
P.O. Box 16 Pyramids
Giza,  12556 Egypt
phone: + 20 233 776 444
web: www.mercure.com/gb/hotel-1789-mercure-cairo-le-sphinx/index.shtml
  Room amenities: A/C, Satellite TV, direct dial phone, minibar, safe, broadband internet connection, hairdryer,
  Facility amenities: Concierge, dry cleaning service, currency exchange, gift shop, fitness center, jacuzzi, massage, outdoor heated pool, sauna, restaurants, 24 hour room service, bar.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 ms Concerto
Type: Riverboat
  Description: M/S Concerto has 63 cabins + 4 suites with most luxury facilities founded in the floating hotels. M/S Concerto is classified to a New Norm (N/N) which is a new level of classification defined by the Egyptian Tourism Ministry to match the international luxury levels.
  Ship Information: LONG 72 M. LARGE 14.20 M. NUMBER OF DECKS 4.
  Contact info: 56 El Nozha St.
Heliopolis
Cairo,   Egypt
phone: ++20-2-241-54317
web: www.extensiongroup.com.eg/concerto.htm
  Room amenities: Mini Bar, LCD SAT, DVD, Internet, Telephone, International Music System, Individually-controlled air conditioning, safety deposit box, Large Panaromic Window (Openable), Bathroom with bathtub, hair dryer and telephone.
  Facility amenities: Retaurant, Bar, Sun Deck, Gym, Shop, Clinic, Hair dresser, marine satellite, swimming pool
  Smoking allowed: No

 Sofitel El Gezirah Cairo
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Sofitel El Gezirah is the luxury hotel of Cairo, located on the Nile River, in the heart of the city. French contemporary and elegant hotel with an Oriental inspiration and is the only Cairo hotel with a direct and private access to a quiet and peaceful promenade on the Nile River.
  Contact info: 3 El Thawra Council St. Zamalek
PO Box 732 El Orman Giza
Cairo,  11518 Egypt
phone: +20 2 27 37 3737
web: www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-5307-sofitel-el-gezirah-cairo/index.shtml
  Room amenities: Wireless Internet connection, LCD cable television, 2 direct telephone lines, 110/120 V AC, 220/240 V AC, air conditioning, safe in room, minibar, hairdryer, 24 hour room service.
  Facility amenities: Outdoor heated swimming pool, 5 restaurants, bars, fitness center, jacuzzi, wi-fi wireless internet access, concierge, dry cleaning service, currency exchange, business center
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Contact the Program Provider Contact the Program Provider at 866-359-5966.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program starts in Jerusalem, Israel at the program hotel in the evening of Day 2. You will be staying at Prima Kings Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends in Cairo, Egypt at the program hotel in the morning of Day 17. You will be staying at Sofitel El Gezirah Cairo the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Driving not recommended and not applicable to this program
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Bus and Train information available at the Airport. However, we recommend the shared taxi option (Shirut in Hebrew). The cost is approximately $13 per person and drop off at the hotel. Follow directions in the airport to SHIRUT or shared shuttle service.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Jerusalem
  Nearest city or town:  Tel Aviv
  Nearest highway: Highway 1 to Tel Aviv
  Nearest airport:  Ben Gurion International Airport
  Transportation to site: If you want to book your own arrival transfer, please follow these directions from the airport in Tel Aviv to the hotel. The special transportation services counters are located on the first floor of the east Gallery in the Greeters' Hall. Note that neither train nor bus service is available on Shabbat (Friday afternoon to Saturday sunset). Taxi service is also available, though not particularly cheap. A better option is a shared taxi, or sherut - these are available outside Terminal 3. Tour Bus: Service to and from Ben Gurion Airport, 24 hours a day, by prior telephone arrangement. Telephone: 011 972 3-975-4200 Sashir: Service to and from Ben Gurion Airport, 24 hours a day, by prior telephone arrangement. Telephone: 011 972 3-975-4033 Taxi (not shared/private) The Taxi companies at Ben Gurion Airport operate under supervision of the Israel Airports Authority. In order to be referred to a Taxicab, you must go through the dispatcher’s station. The price for a private taxi from Ben Gurion to Jerusalem is approx: NIS 225.00 (US$62.00) The price is higher at night and during Shabbat. An Airport or Luggage tax may be attributed. 45 minute drive time. Shared Taxis (Sherut) Participants wishing to utilize a Sherut or Shared Taxi, will need to exit the Greeters Hall through exit gate no' 02. Cost to the city center is approx: NIS 30. Cost to a specific address is Approx: NIS 45.00. (US $12.00). 1 – 2 hours drive time depending on how long it takes for patrons to fill the vehicle.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Cairo
  Nearest highway: The Desert Highway to Alexandria
  Nearest airport:  Cairo International Airport
  Transportation from site: Program Only Participants could take a taxi to the airport because it is inexpensive and convenient. The hotel reception usually has a list of phone numbers of taxis in the city that you could request.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Overnight Flight
(Saturday, April 13)
   
 In Transit: International overnight flight to Tel Aviv, Israel.

Day 2: Arrival and introduction to program / Jerusalem
(Sunday, April 14)
   
 Arrive To: Flight arrival to Ben Gurion Int’l Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel. Meet your Road Scholar representative and guide and coach transfer to your hotel in Jerusalem. The transfer time from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is approximately 45 minutes.
 Afternoon: Check into the hotel followed by orientation to your program.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Evening at leisure.
   
Accommodations: Prima Kings Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Old City / Israel Museum
(Monday, April 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Field Trip to the Mount of Olives dotted with churces marking the sites of Jesus's triumphant entry into Jerusalem. On-site lecture ‘Understanding Jerusalem’s topography and demographics, the Old City.’ Continue to the Old City for a Field Trip and on site lectures ‘Jerusalem in the times of Jesus’. You will also visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre while in the Old City. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre marks Golgotha, also called Calvary, the site of the crucifixion.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in the Old City.
 Afternoon: Proceed to the Israel Museum for a docent visit. The museum is where the fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls are exhibited in a special building known as the Shrine of the Book. The distinctive white, domed-shaped ceiling of the building is modeled after the clay jars in which the scrolls were found. The Museum also has a wonderful sculpture garden with masterpieces by Rodin, Henry Moore and others, galleries with works by modern and classical artists, including Rembrandt, Chagall, Picasso and Miró, and archaeological relics dating as far back as the Early Stone Age. Then coach back to the hotel and learn about the current state of affairs in Israel from a leading Israeli scholar to get a local cultural perspective.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Prima Kings Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Al Aqsa Mosque/ Dome of the Rock / Holocaust Memorial
(Tuesday, April 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Field Trip to the Al Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock on Mount Moriah, here see a stunning display of mosaics and metallic domes, the complex is the third-holiest Muslim site, after the Ka'ba in Mecca and the Mosque of the Prophet in Medina. Learn about ‘Jerusalem and Islam’ then proceed to the Western Wall. PLEASE NOTE: Entrance inside the Al Aqsa Mosque & the Dome of the Rock has been prohibited since Sep. 2000. Your visit will cover the grounds of the temple enclosure. Modest dress for men and women is required. Men: Shorts must cover the knee, t-shirts are OK. Women: No tank tops or sleeveless shirts. Skirts or pants must cover to the ankles.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Jerusalem.
 Afternoon: Field trip to the Yad Vashem (Holocaust Memorial), on the way to the Memorial, pass by important Government centers. Yad Vashem was established by Israeli Law in 1953 to commemorate the six million Jews and their communities wiped out in the Holocaust. It has the largest and the most comprehensive archive and information repositories on the Holocaust, housing more than 50 million pages of documents and hundreds of thousands of photographs and films. Then coach back to the hotel and Learn about contemporary Palestinian Socitey: its Hopes and Challenges by a leading Arab scholar.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Prima Kings Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Massada & Qumran
(Wednesday, April 17)

Note: Ascend the Fortress of Massada by Cable Car. Walking up to 1 hour continuously with stops in shaded areas. Walking on gravel and uneven grounds but not uphill. Rails available at all sites on the mountain. Descend by Cable Car (visit time approximately 2 hours) Qumran: Walking on uneven ground and gravel for 30 minutes with stops on the way. Rails available. Visit time is approximately 1hr 25 minutes.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Discover the Fortress of Massada, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. This magnificent mountain fortress was built by King Herod the Great and later became a refuge for the Zealots who stood the attack of the Roman Legion. Explore the Bathhouses, ritual baths, store houses and the Herodian Villa. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the Dead Sea and the mountains of Jordan.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Qumran.
 Afternoon: Explore Qumran, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the biblical community of the Essenes. Discover the history of the Dead Sea Scrolls, considered the most extensive set of religious texts outside the Bible. Gain insight into the Second Temple period, the Roman conquests and the Jewish revolts. Later in the afternoon, continue your drive north along the Jordan Valley to Tiberias. Upon arrival, check into the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Kibutz hotel Ein Gev
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Capernaum / Nazareth
(Thursday, April 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Field trip to Capernaum. Located on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee, the ruins of Capernaum were first discovered in 1838 by American explorer Edward Robinson. Numerous archeological excavations have taken place since the 1900’s. Most recently, excavations have uncovered the remains of a synagogue and several residential complexes, one of which is believed to be the home of the Apostle Peter. Discussions focus on Capernaum’s significance to Christianity. Also visit the Mount of Beatitudes, The so-called "Sermon on the Mount" is recorded in Matthew 5-7 and Luke 6. Visit Kibbutz Degania. Explore the history of the Kibbutz movement in Israel and learn about the early settlers. Traditionally based on agriculture, the kibbutz is a form of communal living that integrates elements of socialism and Zionism.
 Lunch: Lunch at Kibbutz Degania
 Afternoon: Then continue to Nazareth and visit the Church of the Annunciation. Believed by many, particularly those of Roman Catholic faith, to be the site where the Archangel Gabriel informed Mary that she would conceive Jesus. The current church is erected upon the site of an earlier Byzantine period church. PLEASE NOTE: the dress code in the Church of the Annunciation is conservative. Men: no hats, shorts must cover the knee Women: No tank tops or sleeveless shirts, Skirts or pants must cover until the ankles.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Kibutz hotel Ein Gev
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Bethshean / Jerash (Jordan) / Arrive Amman
(Friday, April 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Drive along the Jordan Valley to Bethshean to discover its Roman history and heritage. Absorbed into the Roman Empire in the first century BCE, Bethshean contains some of the best preserved Roman ruins in the region. Continue to the Sheikh Hussein Border to cross into Jordan.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Jerash.
 Afternoon: Discover Jerash, considered the Pompeii of the Middle East, archaeological excavations have revealed Ancient Jerash to have been a prominent Greco-Roman City destroyed by an earthquake in the 8th century CE. During the Crusades, the ruins of Jerash were transformed into military fortifications.Continue to Amman, upon arrival check into hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Evening at leisure.
   
Accommodations: Grand Palace Hotel - Amman
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Amman Citadel / Madaba / Arrive Petra
(Saturday, April 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Coach Departure for a field trip to discover Amman’s dominating Citadel. Here, visit the National Archaeological Museum for an overview of Jordan’s past. Then participate in an onsite lecture: Jordan and its Capital while discovering Amman’s Roman heritage during an excursion to an amphitheater still in use today and the recently restored Odeon. Continue to Madaba, an ancient city which has been inhabited for nearly 3500 years and contains the most impressive surviving work of art from the mid-6th century - a mosaic map of Palestine, located within St. George’s Church, here learn about the Christian heritage in Jordan. Dress Code inside St. George’s Church: Men: no hats inside church Women: conservative, no tank tops or sleeveless shirts, skirts or pants must cover to the ankles.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Madaba.
 Afternoon: Excursion to Mt. Nebo. According to Jewish and Christian tradition, Moses was buried by God somewhere on this mountain. Continue to Petra via the Desert Highway, upon arrival check into the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at your hotel in Petra
   
Accommodations: Nabatean Castle Movenpick Petra
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Petra
(Sunday, April 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Spend the morning exploring the monuments and settlements of Petra. The name, Petra, derives from the Latin word, Petrae, meaning rock. Numerous archaeological excavations have taken place since its “discovery” in 1812 by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. Hidden in a great rift valley east of Wadi 'Araba, 80 kilometers south of the Dead Sea, Petra was the principle city of ancient Nabetaea, though subsequently ruled by several other empires including: Roman, Byzantine, and Persian. Note: Horse rides are available during the excursion to Petra and are included in your program cost. The ride is from the entrance of Petra to the entrance of the Sikh. The horse drawn carriages however, are not included. Any participant wishing to make use of these must pay directly at the time. The cost for the use of these carriages is approximately 30 USD. Please coordinate this with your guide.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Petra.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore Petra on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Nabatean Castle Movenpick Petra
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Dead Sea / Flight to Cairo
(Monday, April 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Depart Petra for excursion to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on the planet and has a salt concentration eight times that of ocean water.Free time after lunch to swim in the Dead Sea or to explore the area. Please remember to bring your swimsuit if you are planning on swimming in the Dead Sea.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Dead Sea Spa Hotel.
 Afternoon: Coach to Queen Alia International Airport, flight to Cairo.
 Dinner: Dinner snack on board the flight.
 Evening: Arrive in Cairo.
 Evening: Arrive in Cairo, transfer to the hotel and check in.
   
Accommodations: Mercure Le Sphinx Cairo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Pyramids / Sphinx
(Tuesday, April 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Led by your Egyptologist, explore the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. The pyramids of Giza are perhaps the only true rival to the Great Sphinx when one thinks of ancient Egypt and its architecture. The Valley of Giza-- with its wonderful monuments-- is truly a marvel of architectural prowess. The three largest pyramids located in the valley consist of the Great Pyramid of Khufu, the Pyramid of Kafhre and the Pyramid of Menkaura. Each Pyramid is a tomb dedicated to a different king of Egypt. Then descend the plateau to view the Great Sphinx and marvel at the presence of the guardian of the necropolis. An imaginary creature that shows the strength of the lion and the intelligence of the human, carved out of one big knoll of rock more than 4600 years ago. The Great Sphinx has also been known for a long time under the name “Father of Fear”. A wise man once said: “Everything fears time, yet time fears the Pyramids”.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Led by your Egyptologist, explore the sites around the Ancient Capital of Memphis and Saqqara; the pyramids of Zoser and Teti. The Pyramid of Djoser (Zoser), or step pyramid is an archeological remain in the Saqqara necropolis, Egypt, northwest of the city of Memphis. It was built for the burial of Pharaoh Djoser by his vizier Imhotep, during the 27th century BC. It is the central feature of a vast mortuary complex in an enormous courtyard surrounded by ceremonial structures and decoration. The Pyramid of Teti is located in the section of the Pyramid of Teti in the Necropolis of Saqqara. Its original height was about 52.5 m. It was poor in its architectural design, but inside it are some Pyramid Texts, inscribed all around the walls of the Burial Chamber and the inner corridors. This pyramid is the second to contain Pyramid Texts after the Pyramid of King Unas, the last king of the Fifth Dynasty.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure
   
Accommodations: Mercure Le Sphinx Cairo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Fly to Aswan / Board the ms Concerto
(Wednesday, April 24)
   
 Breakfast: Boxed breakfast from the hotel.
 Morning: Fly to Aswan, upon arrival discover the Aswan High Dam. Completed in 1970 the dam has proven both beneficial and detrimental to Egypt. While the dam’s construction has been integral in generating electricity; erosion, poor silt deposition, and a slew of other environmental problems have developed. Later continue to the unfinished Obelisque & Philae Temple. Then embark the ms Concerto for the start of your Nile cruise.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard the cruise
 Afternoon: Cruise Orientation followed by some free time. Later in the afternoon get an Introduction to the Temples from Aswan to Luxor: Kom Ombo and Edfu by your Egyptologist.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard your cruise
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: ms Concerto
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples
(Thursday, April 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: This moning discover Kom Ombo & Edfu Temples. Dedicated to the Gods: Sobek and Haeroris, Kom Ombo was built during the Ptolemaic Dynasty in the Second Century BCE. Several hundred crocodile mummies were uncovered during initial excavations. The Horus Temple at Edfu, dedicated to the Falcon God Horus, is one of the largest in Egypt.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard
 Afternoon: Learn about the Valley of the Kings on board the ship, led by your Egyptologist while sailing towards Luxor. Then have the rest of the afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: ms Concerto
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: West Bank / Karnak and Luxor Temples
(Friday, April 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Explore the Sites of the west bank of Luxor - led by your Egyptologist discover the West bank; Valley of the Kings, King Tut Tomb, Hatshepsut and Memnon. Since the end of the eighteenth century, significant archaeological investigation has taken place at the Thebean necropolis. Between the 16th and 11th centuries BCE, a plethora of tombs were constructed for ancient Egypt’s nobility. Recent excavations, under the direction of the Theban Mapping Project, have unearthed additional tombs as well as providing a more meticulous and cautious approach towards excavation.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard
 Afternoon: Led by your Egyptologist, spend the afternoon exploring Karnak & Luxor temples. The temple of Luxor, known in the Egyptian language as ipet resyt, or “the southern harem”, was built by King Amenhotep III who reigned 1390-53 BC and dedicated it to Amon-Re, king of the gods, his consort Mut, and their son Khons. Although badly ruined, no site in Egypt is more impressive than Karnak. It is the largest temple complex ever built by man, and represents the combined achievement of many generations of ancient builders. The Temple of Karnak is actually three main temples, smaller enclosed temples, and several outer temples. Then back on the boat, have an informal question and answer session with your Egyptologist about Modern Egypt. Ask about family life, education or any subject you want to know about.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: ms Concerto
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Fly to Cairo / Citadel of Mohamad Ali
(Saturday, April 27)
   
 Breakfast: Early Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Transfer to the Luxor airport for flight to Cairo. Upon arrival in Cairo, explore the Citadel of Mohamad Ali. The Citadel: Lying at the heart of Cairo, etched into the Mokattam hillside, was intially constructed by Ayyubid ruler, Salah al-Din between 1176 and 1183 CE. While intially built to resist Crusaders, the citadel now houses several mosques and numerous museums, continue to the Hanging Church and the Ben Izra Synagogue. Dress Code inside the Church and Synagogue: Men: no hats inside church Women: conservative, no tank tops or sleeveless shirts, skirts or pants must cover to the ankles.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Cairo
 Afternoon: Check into the hotel, then have a lecture about Islam led by a scholar from the US living in Egypt that is trying to brige religions.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Sofitel El Gezirah Cairo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Egyptian Museum / Khan Al Khalili Bazaar
(Sunday, April 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: With an introduction by your Egyptologist explore the Egyptian Museum.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Cairo.
 Afternoon: Explore the Khan Al Khalili Bazaar. Dating back to 1382, the market is peppered with trinkets ranging from traditional jewelry and clothes, to imitation western perfumes.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Sofitel El Gezirah Cairo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Departure from Cairo
(Monday, April 29)
   
 Depart From: Transfer to the Cairo International Airport for flights home. Note: For participants who booked their air to/from JFK airport, the group flight departs Cairo at approximately 11:25PM which is a direct flight to JFK, you will be able to keep your room until 12 PM, have an afternoon at leisure and transfer to the airport prior to dinner. Dinner will be on your own at the airport. You can store your luggage at the hotel until it’s time to transfer to the airport.
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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Suggested Reading List


Down the Nile, Alone in a Fisherman's Skiff


Author: Rosemary Mahoney


Description: Mahoney weaves the tale of her quest to row the Nile with deft portraits of the people she meets in this marvelously engaging chronicle.



Eyewitness Guide Egypt


Author: Eyewitness Guides


Description: A visually rich guide to the history, culture and monuments of Egypt.



Eyewitness Guide Jerusalem: Israel, Petra & Sinai


Author: Eyewitness Guides


Description: This compact, illustrated guide provides a thorough overview of Israel and western Jordan, including Petra, Wadi Rum and Amman.



In a Desert Land, Photographs of Israel, Egypt and Jordan


Author: Neil Folberg


Description: A stunning collection of photographs of the desert Middle East, including the Sinai, Petra and Jerusalem.



Islam, A Short History


Author: Karen Armstrong


Description: Armstrong brings authority and experience to this vivid, clear-headed survey of the history and impact of Islam from the birth of Muhammad to present-day challenges. The best short introduction to the subject.



Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths


Author: Karen Armstrong


Description: A popular history by the author of A History of God. Armstrong tackles big subjects -- and this book is no exception. It's a comprehensive, concise portrait of the city over the last 5,000 years.



Luxor Illustrated, With Aswan, Abu Simbel and the Nile


Author: Michael Haag


Description: The ideal companion to a Nile cruise, Michael Haag introduces all the famous monuments and temples of the Upper Egypt from Luxor, Karnak, Valley of the Kings and the tomb of Tutankhamun to the marvels of Aswan and Abu Simbel in full color.



Married to a Bedouin


Author: Marguerite van Geldermalsen


Description: "Where you staying?" the Bedouin asked. "Why you not stay with me tonight -- in my cave?" Thus begins the fascinating odyssey of a young nurse from New Zealand who would marry and raise her family among the community of 100 Bedouin families living in the ancient city of Petra.



Northeast Africa and Arabia Map


Author: Michelin Travel Publications


Description: A folded map of the Northeast region of the continent at a scale of 1:4,000,000.



Petra, The Rose-Red City


Author: Christian Auge, Jean-Marie Dentzer


Description: Jam-packed with color illustrations, archival material, maps and site plans, this shirt-pocket encyclopedia is our best-selling book on Petra.



The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt


Author: Bill Manley


Description: Ingenious color maps, site plans, photographs and accompanying essays trace Egyptian civilization from the founding of Memphis through the sacking of Thebes and invasion by Alexander the Great in 332 BC in this authoritative, remarkably concise history.





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