International Travel News USA 2007

Recomand Magazine USA 2006

Good morning ;

Once again, thank you and all your people for a wonderful tour. And everyone, from the hotel, the cab, the airport info and assistance center, to cto and ami were wonderful in helping us to recover this camera. It would have left a sad not to a wonderful experience to have lost it. I will certainly recommend you to others.

Sincerely
Bill Schuh

I thought i would drop you a line to say a very big thank you for the fantastic service you provded us with during our stay , please pass on our thanks to both alex and malik , both of whom i thought were exceptional , you must be pleased to have them on your books.

I can honestly say that everyone of the 40 people on the trip mentioned how well you looked after us , this of course meant I also came n for praise as the tour leader/organiser. I am sure you are well aware how easy it is for thngs to invite criticism .

once again a very big thank you
Brian Young

Back in the swing of things and hard at work.
Thinking of the wonderful time we had in Israel…..I truly thank you for your outstanding service and personal attention.
Also the family especially wishes to be remembred and thanks to Ehud, he was fantastic.
I would have no hesitation recommending your services to anyone I know touring Israel…an absolutely wonderful country, with so much to offer…and hopefully a lasting peace.
Keep well and safe.
Again a big thank you,
Kindest personal regards,
Howrad Kaplan ( Wendy and Grant)

Richard Payne and I, Patricia Powers, are writing to thank you for the amazing tour you provided this past December. The tour of the Dead Sea, Masada, and Jerusalem was incredible and more than exceeded our expectations. I know it has been a couple weeks since we were touring with you, but wanted to take the time to let you know how much we appreciated your superior service and expertise. You are so knowledgeable and sensitive to your travelers’ needs. We realize how challenging it must be to have travelers from all walks of life with different religious beliefs and experiences. You did an outstanding job meeting our personal needs. We thank you for making our holiday so beautifully executed.

We hope we may visit your country again and, if we can,
Sincerely,
Patricia Powers Richard Payne

Dear Jossi

I just arrived home from a very enjoyable tour of Israel.All worked out as programmed and guides were very informative and kind.I wish to thank you for making my stay in Israel a very positive experience.I wish you and your company the best of luck and success and the land of Israel to live in peace.

Best Regards
Martin Fenech

Daily departure from Tel-Aviv & Jerusalem

Pick up at your hotel, drive south through the Jordan Valley to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth at almost 1300 feet (400 meters) below sea level. We will drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada, which we will ascend by cable car and tour the ancient fortress where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans before committing mass suicide in 73 AD. Descend by cable car.

We will continue along the shores of the Dead Sea to Ein Gedi Spa to enjoy the therapeutic qualities of the rich mineral hot springs and Dead Sea mud as well as the unique experience of floating on the rich mineral water of the sea itself.
At the end of the day, drive back for drop off at your hotel.

 

For Tel Aviv Pick up add 9$ per person

8 Days & 7 Nights – Monday Arrival

MONDAY – Arrival
Arrive at Ben Gurion airport; our representative will meet you after passport control. Transfer to the hotel in Jerusalem for check-in and overnight

TUESDAY – Jerusalem – Old City – Bethlehem*
Out tour will start with a great panoramic view of Jerusalem from the top of the Mt. of Olives. We continue to the Garden of Gethsemane and Church of the Agony. This is followed by a walk through one of the gates of the walled Old City: the renewed Jewish Quarter; the Western Wall, the Temple area; the colorful bazaars; Via Dolorosa and the Stations of the Cross, ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Drive to Mt. Zion and visit the tomb of King David, the Room of the Last Supper and Dormition Abbey.
In the afternoon, we continue to Bethlehem* to visit the Church of the Nativity and a view of the shepherds’ fields. Return to Jerusalem for overnight.

WEDNESDAY – Jerusalem – Old City
After breakfast we drive to Mt. Scopus for a great panoramic view of Jerusalem. Continue to the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book with the famous Dead Sea Scrolls. Visit to the beautifully renovated model of the Herodian city of Jerusalemin Second Temple times.
Proceed to Yad Vashem (the memorial to the six million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust).
In the afternoon, we will visit the picturesque village of Ein Karem, the birthplace of John the Baptist
Time permitting; we will visit the “Machaneh Yehuda” market, one of the most charming market places in Israel where you will feel the special atmosphere of Jerusalem.
Back to the hotel for overnight.

THURSDAY – Beit Shean – Nazareth – Safed
Check out after breakfast. Leave Jerusalem and drive north via Jericho*, the oldest city in the world.
Continue through the Jordan Valley to Beit Shean; visit the excavations of this beautiful Roman City. Proceed to Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation and Mary’s Well.
Our last stop this day will be Safed, city of the Kabbalah, for a walk through the mystic alleys and the artists’ colony.
At the end of the day we drive to the kibbutz hotel for check-in and overnight.

FRIDAY – Golan Heights – The Sea of Galilee
After breakfast we head to the Golan Heights. We will see the former Syrian fortifications, and the Druze villages. Drive via the Banias, the source of the Jordan River. We will drive to the shores of the Sea of Galilee where the first site will be Capernaum. We will visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue and Peter’s House, followed by a visit to Tabgha, where the miracle of the Fish and the Loaves took place.
We conclude our Sea of Galilee tour with a visit to the Mount of Beatitudes. After a short tour of Tiberias, the old center of Jewish learning, return to the kibbutz hotel for overnight.

SATURDAY – Acre – Haifa – Tel Aviv
Check out after breakfast, drive west to Acre for a visit of the famous Crusader stronghold and medieval fortifications.
Continue to Haifa for a sightseeing, including the Baha’i Shrine, Persian Garden and Mount Carmel for a panoramic view of the city.
Proceed southwards to Caesarea to visit the Roman Theater and the Crusader fortress.
Continue to Tel Aviv & Jaffa for a short city tour. Check-in to the hotel in Tel Aviv for overnight.

SUNDAY – Free Day
Day at leisure in Tel Aviv.
Optional tour to the Dead Sea is available.

MONDAY – Departure
Check out after breakfast and transfer to the airport for departure.

*Visiting sites under Palestinian Authority Jurisdiction is subject to the situation.

8 Days & 7 Nights – Thursday arrival

Thursday – Arrival
Arrive at Ben Gurion airport; C.T.O representative will meet you after passport control for assistance. Transfer to the hotel in Tel Aviv for check-in and overnight

Friday – Jaffa old city / Caesarea / Megiddo to the Sea of Galilee & Tiberias
This is our first touring day, after breakfast at hotel and check out; you will meet your C.T.O tour guide to accompany you on your journey.
We will drive for a short visit to Jaffa (Joppa), walk at the picturesque alleys of the old, fortified town. We will pass by the house of Simon the Tanner and marvel at the views from the hill top. Our day will continue heading north; we drive along the coast to the archaeological ruins of Caesarea, built by Herod, a deep sea harbor as well as, storerooms, markets, wide roads, baths, temples in honor of Augustus Caesar. We continue for a visit to Megiddo, encompassing the ancient biblical mound of Megiddo, whose universal value has won it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Megiddo was mentioned in the book of Revelation, for a great battle at the place called “Armageddon”. It is an ancient city inhabited continuously for more than five millennia (6000-500 B.C.).
At the end of the day, we drive to the Sea of Galilee; arrive at Tiberias for check-in to your hotel.

Saturday – The Sea of Galilee & The Golan Heights
A great day is a head of us, we will start with sightseeing of the historical Tiberias, where it Is believed Jesus lived, sojourned, and preached on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. We drive for a visit to Capernaum, the center of Jesus ministry, known for where Jesus taught and healed a man possessed by an evil spirit. Continue to Tabgha, the site know for where the miracle happened by Jesus, feeding the 5,000 with only five loaves and two fishes. We drive to the Mount of Beatitudes overlooking the Sea, where Jesus preached the “Sermon on the Mount” and it is believed that this is where he picked his 12 apostles.
In the early afternoon, we ascend to the Golan Heights for a great panoramic view of the peaks of Mt. Hermon and the rugged plateau of the Golan Heights, and beneath it the green pastoral Hula valley.
At the end of our day, we will drive back to Tiberias

Sunday – Cana / Nazareth / Beit Shean to Jerusalem
After breakfast we will check out and load the bus in the direction of Jerusalem. We drive for a visit to Cana, the wedding church where Jesus performed his first miracle, turning water into wine. We proceed to Nazareth, known for where Jesus spent his childhood. We visit the Church of Annunciation, built on the site where archaeologists believe the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary. We will stop for a short visit to Mary’s Well and Joseph’s Church. Continue to Beit Shean, where you find the excavated amphitheater and the beautiful preserved Roman City which was destroyed in an earthquake.
At the end of our day we will drive through the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem, on arrival we will drive for check-in at the hotel.

Monday – Dead Sea & Masada
Early start for an extraordinary day, we drive through the remarkable scenery of the Dead Sea, nearly 1,300 feet below sea level, the lowest point on the earth’s surface. The first stop will be to Masada, situated right on an isolated cliff in the Judean Desert. The site has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. We ascend by cable car to the fortress, which was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Visit the excavations, King Herod’s palace, the synagogue, bathhouse and much more. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea. The next stop will be at the Qumran Caves site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. At the end of the day, if weather permits, you will have the opportunity to have the experience to “float” on the salty, mineral rich, water – bring your swimsuit with you. In the early evening, we return to Jerusalem for overnight.

Tuesday – Jerusalem Old City
Our Jerusalem voyage starts today; we begin at Mt. Scopus for a spectacular panoramic view of the city. Jerusalem is the holy city for each of the world’s three great religions – Christianity, Judaism and Islam. The next stop will be at the Mount of Olives, the site where Jesus first gave the Lord’s Prayer, followed by a visit to the Garden of Gethsemane where Judas betrayed Jesus. In the Old City we will stop at the Western Wall, a holy place for Judaism. We continue to the actual site of the Second Temple, the Temple Mount. Walk the Way of the Cross, the Via Dolorosa to Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, housing both the traditional site of Crucifixion and the Tomb of the Resurrection. We proceed just outside the Old City to Mount Zion; we stop at the traditional tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper.
We return to the hotel at the end of the day.

Wednesday – Jerusalem New City
After breakfast we will drive to the renewed Yad Vashem, the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust established in 1953, located on the foot of Mt. Hertzel. We continue to Ein Karem; a picturesque village on the south western outskirts of Jerusalem, this small village has great significance in Christianity, according to the tradition, this is where John the Baptist was born. Our next stop will be to the Israel Museum, lately renovated with a detailed model of Jerusalem from the time of the Second Temple and the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls. Drive by the Knesset (House of Parliament) and the campus of Hebrew University. If situation permitting, we might visit Bethlehem to see Rachel’s Tomb and the Church of the Nativity.
Back to your hotel for overnight.

Thursday – Departure & extensions
We have reached our final day on this tour. We will take you back to the airport for your flight back home or extend your tour to the kingdom of Jordan and/or Egypt

8 days & 7 Nights – Sunday Arrival

SUNDAY – ARRIVAL

Arrive at Ben Gurion airport; CTO representative will meet you after passport control. Transfer to the hotel in Tel Aviv for check-in and overnight

MONDAY – Tel Aviv – Masada – Dead Sea
After breakfast at the hotel, check out from Tel Aviv and drive south. We will stop on the way for a great overview of the northern part of the Negev Desert.
Continue via Arad to Masada; ascend by cable car to the fortress, which was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Visit the excavations, Herod’s palaces, the synagogue, bathhouse, etc. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea.
Descend for a possible “float” in the in the salty water of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth.
At the end of the day we drive to Jerusalem, passing by Jericho, the oldest city in the world. Arrive at the hotel for check-in and overnight.

TUESDAY – Jerusalem – New City Sightseeing
Drive to Mt. Scopus for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. Continue to the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book with the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, then a visit to the beautifully renovated model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem in Second Temple times. . Continue to Yad Vashem (the memorial to the six million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust).
We will end our day with a visit to Ein Karem (the birthplace of John the Baptist).
Time permitting; we will visit “Machaneh Yehuda” market, one of the most charming market places in Israel where you will feel the special atmosphere of Jerusalem.
Back to the hotel for overnight.

WEDNESDAY – Jerusalem – (Old City) – Bethlehem*
Walk through one of the gates of the walled Old City: the renewed Jewish Quarter; the Western Wall, the Temple area; the colorful bazaars; Via Dolorosa and the Stations of the Cross, ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Drive to Mt. Zion and visit the tomb of King David, the Room of the Last Supper and Dormition Abbey. Proceed to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of the Agony.
In the afternoon we will drive to Bethlehem*, visit the Church of the Nativity and return to Jerusalem for overnight.

THURSDAY – Beit Shean – Nazareth – Galilee
Check out after breakfast. We will drive north through the Jordan Valley and the new settlements to Beit Shean to visit the excavations of this beautiful preserved Roman City. Proceed to Nazareth to visit the Christian holy sites.
Continue to the Sea of Galilee, drive along the shores of the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum to visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue.
At the end of the day, drive to the kibbutz hotel for check-in and overnight.

FRIDAY – Upper Galilee and Safed
Drive to the Golan Heights. Visit the former Syrian fortifications, Druze villages, and Via Banias, the source of the Jordan River.
Proceed via the Hula Valley to Safed, city of the Kabbalah, to visit a synagogue and the artists’ colony.
Return to the kibbutz hotel for overnight.

SATURDAY – Acre – Haifa – Tel Aviv
Check out after breakfast and drive west to Acre for a visit to the famous Crusader stronghold and medieval fortifications.
Continue to Haifa for a sightseeing tour, including the Baha’i Shrine, Persian Garden and Mount Carmel for a panoramic view of Haifa.
Proceed southwards to Caesarea, visit the Roman Theater and the Crusader fortress. Continue to Tel Aviv and Jaffa for a short city tour.
Check-in to the hotel in Tel Aviv for overnight.

SUNDAY – Departure
Check out after breakfast and transfer to the airport for departure.

*Visits to sites under Palestinian Authority Jurisdiction is subject to the situation

Visa Requirements

All visitors are required to be in possession of a valid visa for Egypt. This can be arranged in the country of origin or at Cairo International Airport upon arrival. Visa can also be issued at the Egyptian Embassy, 54 Basel St. Tel Aviv, Israel.

Tour Rate and Validity

All prices are quoted in US dollars, inclusive of local taxes and are valid for the period indicated for each tour. All prices are subject to reconfirmation upon booking. Prices can be changed without prior notice.

Children’s Discount

Child under 12 years sharing a room with two parents is normally granted a 30% discount off the price per person in a double. A child or children in their own room, or a child sharing with one adult will be charged the normal rate.

Transfers and Tours

Air conditioned private cars, microbuses or minibuses are used for touring and transfers, depending on number of participants. All tours include the service of local English speaking guide (other languages are also available on request and subject to confirmation).

8 Days & 7 Nights – Sunday Arrival

DAY 1 – Arrive at Cairo

Arrive at Cairo Airport. Our representative will meet you for assistance. Transfer to the hotel in Cairo for check-in and overnight.
Overnight: Cairo

DAY 2 – Transfer to Luxor
After breakfast, drive for a domestic flight to Luxor, on arrival, transfer to the exciting Nile river cruise, Board the ship before lunch.
Free afternoon, dinner on board.
Overnight: Cruise ship

DAY 3 – Luxor
After breakfast on the ship, we will start our fascinating tour at the East Bank before continuing for a visit to the West Bank and the Valley of the Kings, which illustrates some aspects of the Egyptian concept of the afterlife that the pyramids do not.
We will then visit the Colossi of Mammon and Hatshepsut at El dir El’bhari Temple, also known as the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, one of the country’s most distinctive and characteristic temples on account of both its architectural design and decoration.
Sail to Esna, cross the lock and sail to Edfu.
Overnight: Edfu

DAY 4 – Edfu, Kom Ombo
After breakfast on the ship, we will visit Edfu, the site of the Ptolemaic Temple of Horus and an ancient settlement. We return to the ship and sail to Kom Ombo, an agricultural town famous for the Temple of Kom Ombo. It was originally an Egyptian city called Nubt, meaning City of Gold.
We continue and sail to Aswan.
Overnight: Aswan

DAY 5 – Aswan Dam
After breakfast on the ship, we will visit the High Dam, also known as The Old Aswan Dam, or Aswan Low Dam, which was completed in 1902 and was razed twice during the British colonial period.
We will continue on the “Felucca” (sailing boat), passing by the Botanical Garden to the Temple of Phyla. This place, which was called “Hilae” in Greek or “Pilak” meaning “the end,” in ancient Egyptian, defined the southernmost limit of Egypt. It was begun by Ptolemy II and completed by the Roman Emperors. The Temple was dedicated to the goddess Isis, the wife of Osiris and mother of Horus.
Overnight: Aswan – Cruise Ship.

DAY 6 – Aswan to Cairo
After breakfast, disembark the boat, at leisure in Aswan (optional: tour to Abu Simbel).
At the end of the day, transfer for overnight by sleeper train back to Cairo.
Overnight: sleeper train

DAY 7 – The Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis and Sakkara
Upon arrival in Cairo, we will start our full day tour of the city. We will visit the incredible Pyramids. During Egypt’s Old Kingdom, the pharaohs established a stable central government in the fertile Nile Valley. Perhaps the greatest testaments to their power were the pyramids and other tombs built to shelter them in the afterlife.
We continue to see the Sphinx, The greatest monumental sculpture in the ancient world, the Sphinx is carved out of a single ridge of stone 240 feet (73 meters) long and 66 feet (20 meters) high. The head, which has a markedly different texture to the body, and shows far less severe erosion, is a naturally occurring outcrop of harder stone.
We will then visit Memphis, the Greek version of one of the many names the Ancient Egyptians used to denote the city that lay on the border between Upper- and Lower-Egypt, and Sakara, one section of the great necropolis of Memphis, the Old Kingdom capital. The kings of the 1st Dynasty as well as those of the 2nd Dynasty. are mostly buried in this section.
Overnight: Cairo

DAY 8 – Cairo Old City and The Egyptian Museum and transfer to the airport
After breakfast at the hotel, we will start our full day tour of Cairo with a visit to the Egyptian Museum, which features artifacts from the Pharaonic period. The museum displays a rare collection of 5000 years of art that is considered to be the largest and most precious collection of Egyptian art in the world.
The Saladin Citadel is next, This massive stone fortress set in a beautiful tropical location with magnificent views, was built by Salah ad-Din in the 12th century.
We then visit Synagogue Ben Ezzra, whose “geniza” or store room was found to contain a treasure of abandoned Hebrew secular and sacred manuscripts in the 19th century.
We then continue to Mohamed Ali Mosque, the Tomb of Mohammad Ali, which is also known as the Alabaster Mosque because of the extensive use of this fine material from Beni Suef.
Our day will end with a visit to the Old City of Cairo. This small and enclosed area, also known as Coptic Cairo, is the oldest part of the city and was once known as the Roman stronghold of Babylon; some of the old walls still exist and the famous Khan El Khalil Bazar.
At the end of the day, transfer to Cairo International Airport.
Tour does not include

•Tour can also be operated on Thursdays, with some changes in the itinerary

5 Days & 4 Nights – Sunday Arrival

DAY 1 – Arrive at Cairo
Arrive at Cairo Airport. Our representative will meet you for assistance. Transfer to the hotel in Cairo for check-in and overnight.
Overnight: Cairo

DAY 2 – The Pyramids, The Sphinx, Memphis and Sakkara
After breakfast at the hotel, we will leave for a full day tour. We will visit the incredible Pyramids. During Egypt’s Old Kingdom, the pharaohs established a stable central government in the fertile Nile Valley. Perhaps the greatest testaments to their power were the pyramids and other tombs built to shelter them in the afterlife.
We continue to the Sphinx, The greatest monumental sculpture in the ancient world, the Sphinx is carved out of a single ridge of stone 240 feet (73 meters) long and 66 feet (20 meters) high. The head, which has a markedly different texture to the body, and shows far less severe erosion, bis a naturally occurring outcrop of harder stone.
We will then visit Memphis, the Greek version of one of the many names the Ancient Egyptians used to denote the city that lay on the border between Upper- and Lower-Egypt, and Sakara, one section of the great necropolis of Memphis, the Old Kingdom capital. The kings of the 1st Dynasty, as well as those of the 2nd Dynasty, are mostly buried in this section.
At the end of the day, transfer to a sleeper train to Luxur, which includes dinner and breakfast.
Overnight: sleeper train

DAY 3 – Luxor
Arrive in Luxor, a unique Egyptian city, located in the Nile Valley that offers an appealing mixture of past and present. We will start our fascinating tour at the East Bank where we will visit Karnak, a whole city of temples constructed more than two millennia ago and were originally made in tribute to the Theban triad of Amon, Mut and Khonsu.
We will proceed to the Luxor Temples, which were built largely by King Ramesses II and King Amenhotep III and constructed with the intention of being the focal point of the city’s most popular festival, known as the Festival of Opet.
Next is a visit the West Bank and the Valley of the Kings. This place illustrates some aspects of the Egyptian concept of the afterlife that the Pyramids do not.
We will then see the Colossi of Mammon and Hatshepsut at El dir El’bhari Temple, also known as the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, one of the country’s most distinctive and characteristic temples on account of both its architectural design and decoration.
At the end of the day, transfer for overnight by sleeper train back to Cairo.
Overnight: sleeper train

DAY 4 – Cairo Old City and The Egyptian Museum
Upon arrival in Cairo, we will start our full day tour with a visit to the Egyptian Museum, which features artifacts from the Pharaonic period. The museum displays a rare collection of 5000 years of art, which is considered to be the largest and most precious collection of Egyptian art in the world.
The Saladin Citadel is next. This massive stone fortress, set in a beautiful tropical location with magnificent views, was built by Salah ad-Din in the 12th century.
We then visit Synagogue Ben Ezzra, whose “geniza” or store room was found to contain a treasure of abandoned Hebrew secular and sacred manuscripts in the 19th century.
We then continue to Mohamed Ali Mosque, the Tomb of Mohammad Ali, which is also known as the Alabaster Mosque because of the extensive use of this fine material from Beni Suef.
Our day will end with a visit to the Old City of Cairo. This small and enclosed area, also known as Coptic Cairo, is the oldest part of the city and was once known as the Roman stronghold of Babylon; some of the old walls still exist. We visit the famous Khan El Khalil Bazar.
Overnight in Cairo

DAY 5 – Departure and transfer to the airport
After breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer to Cairo International Airport.

Optional for late departure – half day tour to “Pharaoh Village”

Optional – domestic flights to and from Luxor for an additional fee

3 nights & 4 days – Thursday arrival

DAY 1 – Arrive at Cairo
Arrive at Cairo Airport. Our representative will meet you after passport control for assistance. Transfer to the hotel in Cairo for check-in and overnight.
Overnight: Cairo

DAY 2 – The Pyramids, The Sphinx, Memphis and Sakkara
After breakfast at the hotel, we will leave for a full day tour. We will visit the incredible Pyramids. During Egypt’s Old Kingdom, the pharaohs established a stable central government in the fertile Nile Valley. Perhaps the greatest testaments to their power were the pyramids and other tombs built to shelter them in the afterlife.
We continue to see the Sphinx. The greatest monumental sculpture of the ancient world, the Sphinx is carved out of a single ridge of stone 240 feet (73 meters) long and 66 feet (20 meters) high. The head, which has a markedly different texture to the body, and shows far less severe erosion, is a naturally occurring outcrop of harder stone.
We will then visit Memphis, the Greek version of one of the many names the Ancient Egyptians used to denote the city that lay on the border between Upper- and Lower-Egypt, and Sakara, one section of the great necropolis of Memphis, the Old Kingdom capital. The kings of the 1st Dynasty, as well as those of the 2nd Dynasty, are mostly buried in this section.
Overnight: Cairo

DAY 3 – Cairo Old City and The Egyptian Museum
After breakfast at the hotel, we will start our full day tour of Cairo, visiting the Egyptian Museum, which features artifacts from the Pharaonic period. The museum displays a rare collection of 5000 years of art that is considered to be the largest and most precious collection of Egyptian art in the world.
The Saladin Citadel is next. This massive stone fortress, set in a beautiful tropical location with magnificent views, was built by Salah ad-Din in the 12th century.
We then visit Synagogue Ben Ezzra, whose “geniza” or store room was found to contain a treasure of abandoned Hebrew secular and sacred manuscripts in the 19th century.
We then continue to Mohamed Ali Mosque, the tomb of Mohammad Ali, which is also known as the Alabaster Mosque because of the extensive use of this fine material from Beni Suef.
Our day will end with a visit to the Old City of Cairo. This small and enclosed area, also known as Coptic Cairo, is the oldest part of the city and was once known as the Roman stronghold of Babylon; some of the old walls still exist. Our last stop will at the famous Khan El Khalil Bazar.
Overnight in Cairo

DAY 4 – Departure and transfer to the airport
After breakfast at the hotel, check out from the hotel, transfer to Cairo International Airport
Optional for late departure – half-day tour to “Pharaoh Village.”