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Israel and Ancient Egypt

Embrace the hustle and bustle of Tel Aviv, discover Jerusalem’s sacred sites, and enjoy a cruise along the legendary River Nile on this unique cruise and land tour. Includes return flights from the UK, hotel stays in Tel Aviv, Galilee, Jerusalem, Cairo and Luxor, and guided shore excursions

Cruise and Land Tour Holiday
  • Tel Aviv
  • Galilee
  • Jerusalem
  • Jerusalem
  • Karnak temple complex

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Discover a wealth of history, culture and religious sites on this extraordinary holiday combining an exploration of Israel with a cruise along the River Nile through the heart of Egypt.

Your holiday begins with a two-night hotel stay in the lively city of Tel Aviv, during which you'll enjoy a fascinating tour taking in the main sights, as well as the old port of Jaffa, dating back to Phoenician, Roman and Crusader times. You'll then head north to the city of Haifa, overlooked by the Stella Maris Monastery, and UNESCO-listed Acre, home to the Knights' Halls and the Crusaders' main fortress.

Spend two nights in Galilee, arguably one of the most beautiful regions in Israel. Enjoy a cruise on the Galilee Sea and an insightful guided tour which includes the Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum and Tabgha. During a two-night stay in Jerusalem, capital of Israel, explore the Old City and see the tear-shaped church of Dominus Flevit as well as the beautiful Garden of Gethsemane.

Discover the incredible open-air temple complex of Karnak and famous Valley of the Kings as you enjoy a hotel stay in the ancient city of Luxor, before embarking your ship for an unforgettable voyage along the River Nile. Cruise highlights include the ornate Hathor Temple in Dendera, the Esna Temple with its astronomical scenes, and the UNESCO-listed Abu Simel temples, built by Ramesses II. A further three-night stay in Cairo allows you to see the magnificent UNESCO-listed Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx.

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Israel and Ancient Egypt Itinerary

Day 1 - UK – Tel Aviv (Israel)

Arrive in Tel Aviv where your journey begins. You’ll be greeted at the airport and transferred to your centrally-located hotel for a two-night stay. (D)

Day 2 - Tel Aviv

Enjoy a guided city tour of Tel Aviv and Jaffa, accompanied by a local guide. Begin in Jaffa, an old-world port dating from Phoenician, Roman and Crusader times. Discover the impressive archaeological ruins and meandering alleyways, then take a stroll along Tel Aviv’s lively streets. See the UNESCO-listed Bauhaus buildings of the White City quarter then head to the port. (B)

Day 3 - Haifa – Acre – Galilee

This morning, leave Tel Aviv and head north to the city of Haifa. See the sights of the Stella Maris Monastery as well as other places in the town, then continue to the UNESCO-listed city of Acre. Discover the Knights’ Halls, the Crusaders’ main fortress and palace, then travel to your hotel in Galilee for a two-night stay. (B)

Day 4 - Galilee

Start the day with a special cruise on the Galilee Sea, before enjoying a tour of Galilee, starting with a visit to the Mount of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount, and continuing to Capernaum, site of Jesus’s Galilee ministry, and finally Tabgha, site of the miracle of the multiplication of fish and loaves. Later, head to the Golan heights for spectacular views. (B,L)

Day 5 - Galilee – Jerusalem

Drive from Galilee to Jerusalem to see the Old City’s iconic sights including the tear-shaped church of Dominus Flevit, where Jesus is believed to have wept over Jerusalem. Continue to the Garden of Gethsemane with its ancient olive trees, the Pool of Bethesda and the Crusader Church of St Anne. You will also see the Arch of ecce Homo and follow the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Two-night hotel stay in Jerusalem. (B)

Day 6 - Jerusalem

Spend the day at leisure or take the optional excursion to Mahane Yehuda Market. (B,D)

Day 7 - Cairo (Egypt)

Travel from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv for your flight to the Egyptian capital of Cairo. You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your centrally-located hotel for an overnight stay. (B)

Day 8 - Cairo - Luxor

Fly from Cairo to Luxor and visit the open-air temple complex of Karnak to see the ancient hieroglyphs that adorn the pillars, still standing amongst the temples, including the hypostyle hall in the Precinct of Amun-Ra. Overnight hotel stay. (B,D)

Day 9 - Luxor

Take in stunning scenery as you cruise the west bank of the River Nile, then enjoy a visit to the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor. Later, enjoy a visit to the famous Valley of the Kings, part of the UNESCO-listed site of ancient Thebes. See the colourful depictions of daily life and the afterlife which adorn the tombs. Today, you'll also embark your ship to begin your Nile cruise. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - Dendera - Luxor

One of the best-preserved temples complexes in Egypt can be found in Dendera. Discover the ornate Hathor Temple which will definitely leave a lasting impression. Later, return to Luxor and visit the hieroglyphs of Luxor Temple. (B,L,D)

Day 11 - Esna - Kom Ombo

Follow in the footsteps of ancient pharaohs as you cruise the River Nile. See beautiful villages and storied temples along the riverbanks. Visit Esna Temple and look up to see an array of astronomical scenes. Later, learn how temples were dedicated to specific gods at Kom Ombo. This evening, enjoy a lively galabeya party, themed with Egyptian delicacies, music and dancing. (B,L,D)

Day 12 - Abu Simel - Aswan

This morning, fly to Abu Simel to visit one of Egypt's most celebrated monuments. The UNESCO-listed Abu Simel temples were built by Ramesses II and are some of the best-preserved in Egypt. This afternoon, return to Aswan for a guided boat tour on the Nile. (B,L,D)

Day 13 - Aswan - Cairo

This morning, disembark your ship, bidding farewell to the Captain and crew. Head off on a guided tour of the Philae temple complex, a collection of ancient temples which were relocated as part of a UNESCO project. This afternoon, fly to Cairo for a three-night hotel stay. (B,L)

Day 14 - Cairo

Explore one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World as you visit the UNESCO-listed Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx. After the tour, continue exploring the pyramids in Saqqara (extra expense) or return to the hotel to relax. (B,D)

Day 15 - Cairo

This morning, discover some priceless antiquities inside the Egyptian Museum, including the relics from Tutankhamun's tomb. Enjoy perusing exhibits, from ancient strolls to religious artefacts. There is an optional visit to the Cairo Citadel. (B,D)

Day 16 - Cairo - UK

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Cairo International Airport for your return flight to the UK. (B)

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 4-night full board cruise
  • 2-night pre-cruise stay in Tel Aviv
  • 2-night pre-cruise stay in Galilee
  • 2-night pre-cruise stay in Jerusalem
  • 1-night pre-cruise stay in Cairo
  • 1-night pre-cruise stay in Luxor
  • 3-night post-cruise stay in Cairo
  • Return flights from the UK, internal flights and overseas transfers
  • Guided shore excursions and special EmeraldPLUS activities
  • 30 meals - 15 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 9 dinners
  • Complimentary 2 drinks served with lunch and dinner onboard ship
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • All port charges, airport taxes, security charges and UK Air Passenger Duty

Price Does Not Include

  • Additional shore excursions
Map for Israel and Ancient Egypt