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EGYPT /ISRAEL HOLY LAND TOUR

Egypt is amazing as a tour destination. If your love is archaeology or history or religion; you will find a reason to visit Egypt. The Nile, the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx keep us enchanted.

Israel on the other hand, the Holy Land according to the Jews, Christians and Muslims alike. This tour will trace the paths and cities we read about in the holy books.

The Holy Land itinerary and cost is as outlined below:

11 November 2016: Arrival in Cairo, Egypt

We assemble at JKIA at 0130hrs in readiness to board the 0430hrs Egypt Air flight. Arrive in Cairo on the same day at 0910hrs(Apprx. 5hrs flight). At Cairo International airport you will be welcomed and assisted through immigration and customs by our representative, then escorted to your hotel. After lunch tour the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.You will also visit the Oriental perfumery and textile shopping at Kardassa.

Dinner and overnight at Aracan Pyramids Hotel / Similar

12th November 2016 : Tour Old Cairo

After breakfast check out of the hotel and depart on a morning visit to the Old Cairo to visit The hanging church (AL MUALLAQA) – was built in the 4th century over southern gate of the fortress of Babylon. Dedicated to Virgin Mary, its treasures includes a 14 the century wall painting of the Nativity,

Church of St.Sergius (ABU SERGA) – A 5th century basilica built over crypt where the Holy Family is believed to have stayed during their flight into Egypt,

Church of St.Mercurius (ABU SEFEIN) – boasts a unique collection of Coptic art including 175 icons that depict scenes from the old and new testaments, wall paintings, etching and stained glass, and Ben Ezra Synagogue.

Transfer to Nuweiba/Taba (approx 6 hrs) Arrive Nuweiba/Taba, check in the hotel. Rest of the evening at leisure

Overnight: Nuweiba/Taba Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

13th November 2016: Cross to Israel and tour Kibbutz Yotvata, and the Dead sea
After breakfast, Transfer to the border town of Taba (30 mins) and cross over to Eilat to enter Israel. Cross through the border- check and immigration.

Meet and assistance by our representative in Israel. Proceed to Kibbutz Yotvata which is the biggest kibbutz in Israel where the milk, cheeses produced by goats they breed there. In addition to their experience in deserted organic agriculture. We will take a trip over there to know how the ecological vegetables are growing.

The time it takes the tour there is between 3 and 4 hours with explaining. We drive down to the Dead Sea, the deepest place on earth.

We walk through the Oasis of Ein Gedi, known since the days of King David. Ein Gedi, where four springs with fresh water meet the desert sun, is a place to enjoy the rich and unique flora and fauna that such an oasis can offer. We walk to the waterfall and back to the bus.

Then we tour the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem before retiring to your hotel in Bethlehem.

Overnight: Bethlehem Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

14th November 2016: Garden of Gethsemane, Wailing wall
Beginning our day at 7:30 in the Garden of Gethsemane, also we visit the “Wailing Wall”, the last remnants of the Temple in Jerusalem. If the current situation allows it, we will try to visit the Temple Mount as well.

We continue in the footsteps of Jesus along the Stations of the Via Dolorosa, Jesus’ “Way of Suffering”, and unto the Church of the Holy Sepulture, where Jesus was crucified and buried. Lunch stop in the old city. Then continue to the Via Dolorosa that passes through the Old City’s oriental “Suq” (Bazaar). At 17:00 will be back to the hotel.

Overnight: Bethlehem. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

15th November 2016: Tour the Church of the Nativity and Church of Visitation 
In the morning we visit the ancient Church of the Nativity, where we can touch the very place where Jesus was born. Built by St. Helena already in the 4th century, it has been an active church and never destroyed ever since! Here St. Hieronymus wrote the first Latin translation of the Bible – the “Volgata”.

We shall also visit the “Milk Grotto” and, the “Shepherds Fields” in Beit-Sahour. After lunch-stop, we drive to visit Ein Karim, the place where John the Baptist was born. We will also visit the “St. John in the Mountains” church, built on the place where the house of St. John was standing. We will also visit the Church of Visitation, where St. Mary visited Elizabeth, and continue to visit the new city of Jerusalem.

Overnight in Bethlehem. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

16th November 2016: Old city of Jaffa, Nazareth
After Breakfast we visit old city of Jaffa, one of the ancient gateways to the Holy Land: Through its port the Cedar trees for Solomon’s Temple were brought, the prophet Jonas tried to flee God, but most important: It was in Jaffa where Christianity began to be spread among the nations.

Here St. Peter lived in the house of Simon the Tanner and had the “Vision of the Flesh”, and here he made his first miracle by healing the little girl. Today Jaffa’s renovated alley-ways attract many artists, who have their galleries there. We drive to Caesarea Maritima, the magnificent port-city built by King Herod the Great. From here St. Peter went to Rome and started with his first miracles.

We continue to Tel Megiddo, one of Israel’s most ancient cities, where we can find traces of fortifications left by the Canaanites, King Solomon, King Ahab, and more, as well as a very sophisticated water system, some claim was built by the King Solomon. This strategic place has always been the scenery of war, and according to John’s Revelation, it is here where the last battle shall take place – the battle of Armageddon. We continue to Haifa the Mt. Carmel. Stella Mary’s.

And afternoon drive to visit Nazareth for lunch and the Basilica of the Annunciation – the old Synagogue and Mary’s well.

Overnight in Nazareth. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

17th November 2016: Sea of Galilee: Capernaum, Mount of the Beatitudes
At 7:30 we drive to visit the places where Jesus performed miracles around Sea of Galilee: Capernaum, with Peters House and the famous Synagogue, enjoy the view from Mt. of the Beatitudes, where the “Sermon on the Mount” was given, and the reconstructed church in Tabgha, where tradition puts the miracle of the Bread and The Fish. After lunch-stop we will sail on the Galilee in a boat similar to the boat used by Jesus and his disciples.

Visit the Baptismal Site on the Holy River Jordan. Return back to visit Cana on Galilee and then to the hotel

Overnight in Nazareth. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

18th November 2016 : Cross over to Egypt 
Early (at 6:30) in the morning we move to visit Ein Hashofet for 2 hours It’s members work in both agriculture and industry, and their agricultural branches include poultry, dairy and beef cattle, field crops and avocado orchards.. Continue to visit Qumran for rest and, at 13:00, then we continue to Eilat border Cross over to Egypt and continue to St Catherine.

Arrive St. Catherine check in hotel. Have an early dinner and retire early to be ready for the early morning climb.

Overnight: City of St Catherine Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

19th November 2016: Climbing Mount Sinai 

At 0200 hrs starts the climb of Mountain of Mt Sinai (2285 metres). Mount Sinai is revered by Christians, Muslims and Jews, all of whom believe that God delivered his Ten Commandments to Moses at its summit.

Return to hotel for rest and breakfast.

In the same area, there is the famous Greek Orthodox Monastery which is built around the Burning Bush and the well where Moses met his wife Zebura (daughter of Jethro, the priest of Median). We will also visit the place where the Israelites camped when Moses went to receive the Ten Commandments. There will be an optional walking tour around the mountain in the valley of Arbien.

Then we cross the famous Suez Canal that separates Asia and Africa. Heading to the Springs of Moses where Moses hit the rock and twelve water springs appeared. Here, there are remnants of the springs and a group of Bedouins still live there. We will then continue to the Wilderness of Sin where the miracle of Manna and Quails took place and there we will view the seventy-two palm trees. Our next stop is in Rephidim where the Israelites fought the Amalekites. During this battle, whenever Moses put his arms down, the Israelites lost and whenever he put his arms up, the Israelites were winning. (Aaron and Hur held Moses’ arms up as he started getting tired.).

Continue to Cairo and check in the hotel. Overnight in Cairo. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

20th November: Cairo/Departure
Breakfast in the hotel. Rest of day at leisure. At 1800hrs transfer to airport for your final departure back to Nairobi. MS 849 departs Cairo at 2145hrs

21th November: Arrive in Nairobi
Arrive in Nairobi at 0335hrs.

Cost per person sharing is KES 169,000. Single room supplement KES 30,600

Book your space, limited slots remaining.

Package includes:
Meet & Assist upon arrival & departure
Return air ticket on Egypt Air
Egypt and Israel Visa
Border Taxes
Daily touring as per the itinerary
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation for 9 nights in 4* hotels
Professional English speaking guide.
Transportation in a deluxe air conditioned motor-coach as per the itinerary Entrance fees to all sites mentioned in the itinerary
Porterage

Hotels on this tour

Aracan pyramids hotel www.aracanpyramidshotel.com or similar

Swiss Inn Dream Taba www.swissinn.net

St. Catherine near the Sinai Mountain
Catharine Plaza – www.catherineplaza.com

Israel hotels in Nazareth
Rimonim (www.rimonimhotels.com) or Gardenia hotel

Israel hotels in Bethlehem
Angels (http://www.angelhotel.ps/) or Paradise hotels

Fountain Safaris Ltd

Galana plaza,3rd floor

Off Argwings Kodhek – Nairobi, Kenya

Cell: 0730601703 / 0730601702