Ancient Exploration in the Middle East

Ancient Exploration in the Middle East

Dig into the rich history and go back to Biblical times on an incredible journey to Israel, Jordan, and Egypt. This multi-country itinerary is designed around ancient exploration in the Middle East and has been crafted to give you a better understanding of some of the world’s most fascinating ancient lands and cultures.

Suggested Itinerary-at-a-glance:

  • Day 1:

    Arrive Tel Aviv / The Norman

  • Day 2:

    Tel Aviv / The Norman (B)

  • Day 3:

    Tel Aviv / The Norman (B)

  • Day 4:

    Tiberias / American Colony Hotel (B)

  • Day 5:

    Tiberias / American Colony Hotel (B,L)

  • Day 6:

    Jerusalem / Waldorf Astoria (B)

  • Day 7:

    Jerusalem / Waldorf Astoria (B)

  • Day 8:

    Jerusalem / Waldorf Astoria (B)

  • Day 9:

    Jerusalem / Waldorf Astoria (B)

  • Day 10:

    Petra / Movenpick Resort Petra (B)

  • Day 11:

    Petra / Movenpick Resort Petra (B)

  • Day 12:

    Wadi Rum / Memories Aicha Luxury Camp (B,L,D)

  • Day 13:

    Dead Sea / Kempinski Hotel Ishtar (B)

  • Day 14:

    Dead Sea / Kempinski Hotel Ishtar (B)

  • Day 15:

    Cairo / Four Seasons First Residence (B)

  • Day 16:

    Cairo / Four Seasons First Residence (B)

  • Day 17:

    Cairo / Four Seasons First Residence (B)

  • Day 18:

    Nile River / MS Mayfair Cruise (B,D)

  • Day 19:

    Nile River / MS Mayfair Cruise (B,L,D)

  • Day 20:

    Nile River / MS Mayfair Cruise (B,L,D)

  • Day 21:

    Cairo / Fairmont Towers Heliopolis (B)

  • Day 22:

    Departure (B)

Itinerary Description:

Your experience begins in Israel where its Biblical roots, Jewish past, and political present will be unveiled. Tel Aviv, Israel’s buzzing, modern city is your first stop. No trip to Israel is complete without eating a few sweet halva in the markets. Visit Old Yafo, possibly the oldest port city in the world. Enjoy a sunset stroll on the beachside promenade: Tel Aviv is gifted with a coveted Mediterranean address.

Picnic in Golan Heights with a chef before visiting the ancient synagogue where Jesus taught. Biblical stories come to life when you step foot into St. Peter’s house and tread on the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus issued his Sermon on the Mount.

Jerusalem beckons the Muslim, Jewish, and Christian faithful. Wander its timeworn lanes with your Ker & Downey guide to see the Western Wall, the somber Way of the Cross, and bask in the spiritual significance of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

Despite its deep past, Israel faces modern day issues, and you will meet with a Palestinian-Israeli journalist to discuss the current state of events. Pay homage at Yad Vashem, a memorial for Holocaust victims, then turn the clock back 3,000 years at the City of David. Climb the Mount of Olives and soak in the heavenly view, and roam the Israel Museum to see the oldest copies of the Hebrew Bible.

Next, make your way to Bethlehem and then cross into Jordan. Learn about Bethany’s archaeological site where John the Baptist lived. Petra is a can’t-be-missed Jordanian gem and you will have a full day to explore its sandstone tombs and temples with your private guide. Continue to Wadi Rum, the desert made iconic by Lawrence of Arabia, and end the day in a tented Bedouin camp. After a stop at Mount Nebo, arrive at the Dead Sea where you can float effortlessly in the saline waters. Your feet will appreciate the rest.

Egypt is the last stop on your multi-country journey. Every Ker & Downey journey to Egypt includes a private Egyptologist guide who has studied these ancient sites and treasures them as part of their unique cultural identity. Alongside your private Egyptologist guide, explore the Great Pyramid, Sphinx, and the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities and emerge with a greater understanding of this fascinating chapter of human history.

End your journey with a relaxing sail down the Nile River. Abu Simbel, Aswan, and Edfu’s magnificent temples and Luxor’s Valley of the Kings are spectacular once-in-a-lifetime sights to see.

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