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Israel & Ancient Egypt River Cruise 2020

16 days with Emerald Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Tel Aviv
Arrive at Israel capital and be greeted at the airport and transfer to your centrally located hotel. Included is a two night-stay in Tel Aviv. (Dinner)

Day 2 Tel Aviv
Start your day with a city tour of Tel Aviv and Jaffa with a local guide. The tour starts in 4,000-year old Jaffa, an old-world port dating from Phoenician, Roman and Crusader times. Explore the archaeological ruins and winding alleyways, and then dive into Tel Aviv’s buzzing streets. Admire the UNESCO-listed Bauhaus buildings of the White City quarter, visit beautiful Tel Aviv port. (Breakfast)

EmeraldEXCURSION: Guided Tour of Tel Aviv

Day 3 Tel Aviv – Haifa – Acre – Galilee
In the morning, depart Tel Aviv and travel north along the coast to the seaport city of Haifa. There you will see the sights of the Stella Maris Monastery amongst other main places in town. Then continue to the city of Acre, also awarded with a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour the Knights’ Halls, the Crusaders’ main fortress and palace.  Afterwards, transfer to your hotel in Galilee. (Breakfast)

EmeraldEXCURSION: Guided Tour of Haifa and Acre

Day 4 Galilee
Today you will start with an EmeraldPLUS cruise ride on the Galilee Sea. Afterwards, your day continues with a tour the Galilee - Starting with a visit to the Mount of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount, proceeding to Capernaum, site of Jesus’s Galilee ministry, then concluding at Tabgha, site of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fish. Continue afterwards to the Golan Heights, for a breath-taking view. (Breakfast, Lunch)

EmeraldPLUS: cruise ride on the Galilee Sea

EmeraldEXCURSION: Guided tour around Galilee

Day 5 Galilee – Jerusalem
Drive from Galilee to Jerusalem.  Once you will arrive you see the Old City's most famous sites, including a walk to the Palm Sunday road to the tear-shaped church of Dominus Flevit , where tradition holds that Jesus wept over His beloved Jerusalem. Continue the descent to the Garden of Gethsemane with its ancient olive trees. Next, enter the Old City through St. Stephen's Gate to view the Pool of Bethesda and the lovely Crusader Church of St. Anne. Also, you will view the Arch of ecce Homo (Behold the Man) and then follow the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Included is a two-night stay in Jerusalem. (Breakfast)

EmeraldEXCURSION: Guided Tour of Old Town in Jerusalem

Day 6 Jerusalem
Today is yours to spend exploring Jerusalem at leisure, as you peruse. If you have any questions or need any advice, then your tour director will be available to help you to plan your day. Or take part on a DiscoverMORE tour. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DiscoverMORE: Visit to Mahane Yehuda Market (extra expense)

Day 7 Jerusalem – Tel Aviv – Cairo
Travel from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv airport for your flight to the Egyptian capital, Cairo. Generously steeped in history and standing as one of the largest cityscapes in Egypt, there is much to be discovered here. You’ll be met at the airport by an Emerald Waterways representative and transferred to your centrally-located hotel. A one-night stay in Cairo. (Breakfast)

Day 8 Cairo – Luxor
Today, you will be flown from Cairo to Luxor to visit the vast open-air temple complex of Karnak. Witness the ancient hieroglyphs that adorn the pillars still standing among the decaying temples and religious structures, including the hypostyle hall in the Precinct of Amun-Ra. (Breakfast, Dinner)

EmeraldEXCURSION: Visit the Karnak Temple Complex

Day 9 Luxor – Nile Cruise Embarkation
Soak in lush panoramas on the west bank of the River Nile this morning, as you visit the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor, a woman whose reign is a storied part of Egyptian history. Then, visit the world-famous Valley of the Kings, part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site of ancient Thebes. Be left astounded by the colourful depictions of daily life and the afterlife that adorn the tombs, as you see hieroglyphs of their occupants in the presence of deities. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldEXCURSION: Visit the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Kings

Day 10 Luxor – Dendera – Luxor
History lovers are certain to find themselves entranced by Dendera, where one of the best-preserved temple complexes in Egypt can be found. The ornate and the structured beauty of Hathor Temple is certain to leave lasting impressions. Return to Luxor and visit the hieroglyphs of Luxor Temple, the backdrop of the modern cityscape. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: Cruise to Dendera and witness the majesty of Hathor Temple

EmeraldEXCURSION: Visit Luxor Temple

Day 11 Luxor – Esna - Kom Ombo – Nile Cruising
Follow in the footsteps of ancient pharaohs today, as you weave down the meandering Nile. Here, charming villages and storied temples pepper the riverbanks, nestled amid vast desert landscapes. Visit Esna Temple and look up to see a plethora of enlightening astronomical scenes. Later in the afternoon, Kom Ombo will highlight the way temples were dedicated to specific gods. A fun-filled evening awaits on board with a lively galabeya party, themed with Egyptian delicacies, music and dancing. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldEXCURSION: Visit the Temple of Esna and the Temple of Kom Ombo

Day 12 Aswan – Abu Simbel – Aswan
This morning, fly to Abu Simbel to visit one of the most celebrated monuments in Egypt. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Abu Simbel temples were built by Ramesses II, and they stand as some of the best-preserved in the country.

This afternoon, return to Aswan for a guided boat tour on the Nile. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Abu Simbel temples

EmeraldPLUS: A guided boat tour on the Nile

Day 13 Aswan – Cairo
This morning, bid farewell to your captain and crew and embark on a guided tour of the Philae temple complex, a series of ancient temples that were expertly relocated as part of a UNESCO-spearheaded project.

This afternoon, fly to Cairo and for a three-night stay in the bustling capital. (Breakfast, Lunch)

EmeraldEXCURSION: Visit the Temple of Isis at Philae Island

Day 14 Cairo
Discover one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World today, as you visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx. After your tour, you can choose to either continue exploring the pyramids in Saqqara as part of an enlightening DiscoverMORE experience, or you can return to your hotel to relax. (Breakfast, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: A home-hosted dinner with an Egyptian family

EmeraldEXCURSION Visit the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx

DiscoverMORE: Visit to Saqqara Pyramids (extra expense)

Day 15 Cairo
This morning, you will have the opportunity to discover some of the priceless antiquities that can be found inside of the Egyptian Museum, the site where relics from Tutankhamun’s tomb are currently displayed. Enjoy perusing exhibits of ancient scrolls, religious artefacts and solid-gold funerary masks. (Breakfast, Dinner)

EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to the Egyptian Museum

DiscoverMORE: A visit to Cairo Citadel (extra expense)

Day 16 Cairo
After breakfast, it is time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and transfer to Cairo International Airport for your onward or homebound flight, taking memories of rolling desert landscapes and monumental temples with you. (Breakfast)

Tour Map
All This Included
  • 30 meals including 15 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 9 Dinners
  • Boutique contemporary hotel feel, with spectacular on board heated pool, cinema, spa and lounge (Emerald Radiance Star-Ship pool is located on the sun deck and the Cinema is not available.)
  • Spacious, comfortable accommodations you'll want to spend time in, with panoramic suites and staterooms, and innovative open-air system for cabins on the Vista and Horizon decks
  • Gourmet all-included on board meals and highlight dinner events, al-fresco on The Terrace or in the well-appointed Reflections Restaurant
  • Enjoy in depth cultural experiences with EmeraldPLUS excursions; cheese and olive tasting or Provencal dinner on board hosted by a local chef
  • Emerald's Concierge Service - served right to your suite, enjoy continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after dinner treats (Only applies to Owner’s One-bedroom Suites, Riverview Suites, and Grand Balcony Suites (CAT S, SA, RA))
  • A refined selection of wine, beer and soft drinks to accompany lunch and dinner
  • Tea and coffee available at all times
  • Bottled water restocked daily in your cabin
  • Built-in adventure, with an included on shore excursion at every port
  • Visits to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Emerald Active guided biking and hiking tours
  • Excellent service from an English speaking crew
  • Knowledgeable, personable local destination guides
  • Complimentary bicycles on board
  • Complimentary on board Wi-Fi
  • All airport transfers to and from your Star Ship, and all gratuities
  • Port charges now included in your tour price
  • All gratuities for onboard and shore side staff
Accommodations on this Tour
Tel Aviv: To be determined
Galilee: To be determined
Jerusalem: To be determined
Cairo: To be determined
Luxor: To be determined
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS Hamees
Notes
  • Itineraries are subject to change.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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