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EGYPT
EGYPTIAN HIGHLIGHTS









 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel Period:

28 Sep 19 - 31 Oct 19 
Departs Wed, Sat & Mon

Duration:

6 days / 5 nights

Visit:

Cairo - Aswan - Kom Ombo - Edfu - Esna - Luxor

Includes:

Transfers in Cairo, Aswan & Luxor
2 nights' accommodation in Cairo including breakfast
1 full-day sightseeing in Cairo visiting the Egyptian Museum, Pyramids & Sphinx
3 night Nile Cruise sailing Aswan - Luxor including breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Sightseeing and entrance fees as per itinerary

Accommodation:

4* Barcelo Pyramids & 5* Tuya Cruise (or similar)

Cost From:

R11 420 per person sharing

R4 805 single supplement

 

DAY 1: CAIRO
Arrive Cairo, and be transferred to your overnight hotel. Rest of day at leisure to relax and rest.
Overnight: Cairo
 

DAY 2: CAIRO
Morning tour of the Egyptian Museum, where you view the largest depository of Egyptian Antiquities from the Pharaonic and Greco Roman periods as well as the treasures recovered from the Tomb of Tut-Ankh-Amun. In the afternoon you visit to the Great Pyramids of Giza, the only present-day survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, built from over 2300 000 blocks of stone, each weighing about 2.5 tons. Nearby, the mystical Sphinx keeps watch over the Giza plateau. The 20-metre high man-animal Sphinx, created as a “living image of the sun-god”, was built by Chephren to guard the entrance to the Pyramids.
Overnight: Cairo (B)

 

DAY 3: CAIRO - ASWAN
You are transferred to Cairo Airport for flight to Aswan (cost of flight not included), and on landing transfer to your Nile Cruiser for embarkation. In the afternoon enjoy a Felucca ride during which you might catch a glimpse ofthe lush Botanic Garden on Kitchener’s Island. Also visit Elephantine Island and cruise past Aga Khan’s Mausoleum on the west bank.
Overnight: on board the Nile Cruiser (BLD)

DAY 4: ASWAN – KOM OMBO - EDFU
Today visit the High Dam, a huge rock-fill dam, which captures the world’s longest river. Travel by motorboat to Agilika Island and visit the reassembled Philae Temple dedicated to the goddess Isis. The temple has a majestic aura, particularly at sunset when it turns to gold. Cruise to Kom Ombo to visit the Temple of Sobek and Haroeris, dedicated to the crocodile god and the falcon-headed god. Thereafter the cruise continues to Edfu.
Overnight: on board the Nile Cruiser (BLD)

DAY 5: EDFU – ESNA – LUXOR
By horse-drawn carriage you are transferred through Edfu to one of the famous and best preserved ancient Greek-built Horus temple. It is dedicated to the Falcon God and was built on a rise to escape the annual flooding of the Nile. Thereafter you return to your Nile Cruiser and enjoy the changing scenery as you cruise to Esna and later to Luxor, considered to be one of the world’s greatest open-air museums. Travel by coach to the West Bank and visit Thebes Necropolis and the Valley of Kings, a vast City of the Dead for generations of Pharaohs, where magnificent tombs were carved into the desert rock, richly decorated and filled with treasures for the afterlife. Very few of these rock-cut tombs, unfortunately, escaped grave robbers during ancient times. The most famous of the sixty-two tombs is the tomb of Tut-Ankh-Amun unearthed by Howard Carter. Continue to Deir al-Bahri, where the Temple of Hatshepsut was built for the only woman who ruled Egypt, also see the Colossi of Memnon, which is all that remains of the Temple of Amenophis, destroyed by the annual flooding of the Nile.
Overnight: on board the Nile Cruiser (BLD) 

DAY 6: LUXOR - CAIRO
Disembark after breakfast. Visit the Karnak Temple, a complex dedicated to Amun Ra. Its impressive features are probably the most overwhelming of all the Egyptian monuments. Visit the Luxor Temple discovered beneath the shifting desert sands. It was originally joined to the Karnak Temple by an avenue of Sphinxes. Departure transfer to Luxor Airport for flight to Cairo (cost of flight not included). (B)

 

ISRAEL
BIBLELAND TOUR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel Period:

29 Aug 19 - 25 Sep 19; 24 Oct 19 - 18 Dec 19; 26 Dec 19 - 29 Feb 20
Departs Thursday's 

Duration:

8 days / 7 nights

Visit:

Tel Aviv - Caesarea - Megiddo - Tiberias - Golan Heights - Cappernaum - Galilee region - Nazareth - Beit Shean - Dead Sea - Massada - Qumran - Jerusalem - Ein Karem - Bethlehem - Jerusalem

Includes:

Arrival & departure transfers in Tel Aviv
7 nights' accommodation including breakfast
Touring in luxury, airconditioned coach tour as per itinerary
Entrance fees as per itinerary

Accommodation:

3* Accommodation (or similar)
Tel Aviv: Sea Net Hotel
Tiberias: Prima Hotel Tiberias
Jerusalem: Jerusalem Gold Hotel

Cost From:

R21 263 per person sharing

R7 956 single supplement

 

Thursday:  Arrival
After arrival at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport you will be transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv.
Overnight: Tel Aviv

Friday:  Tel Aviv - Caesarea – Megiddo – Tiberias
You will be collected at your hotel and drive to Jaffa (Joppa) for a short visit and walk through the picturesque alleys of the old fortified town. Pass by the house of Simon the Tanner and marvel at the views from the hill top. Proceed along the coast to Caesarea, capital of Judea under the Romans and visit the Roman Theatre and aqueduct. Continue to Megiddo identified in the book of Revelations as the site of Armageddon. Visit the archaeological excavations including the well-preserved water supply system. After exploring the area you will drive towards the Sea of Galilee and Tiberias.
Overnight:  Tiberias  (B)

Saturday:  Golan Heights – Capernaum – Sea of Galilee
The day will start from historic Tiberias, where Jesus lived, sojourned, and preached on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Continue to Capernaum which was the centre of Jesus’ ministry. Visit the remains of the 2nd century synagogue. Proceed to Tabgha, site of the Miracle of Fish and Loaves for the 5000. Visit the Church of Multiplication with its 4th century mosaic floor depicting the fish and loaves. Drive on to the Mount of Beatitudes overlooking the Sea of Galilee where Jesus preached the “Sermon on the Mount” and it is believed that Jesus picked his 12 apostles here. Then drive onto the Golan Heights for a panoramic view of the peaks of Mt. Hermon and the rugged plateau of the Golan Heights with the green pastoral Hula Valley extending beneath. The day’s final visit will be to the Yardenit Baptismal Site. Thereafter return to Tiberias.  
Overnight:  Tiberias  (B)

Sunday:  Cana – Nazareth – Beit Shean
The first visit this morning will be to Cana to visit the Wedding Church where Jesus performed his first miracle of turning water into wine. Proceed to Nazareth where Jesus spent his childhood and visit the Church of Annunciation built on the site where archaeologists believe the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary. Then drive along the Jordan Valley to Beit Shean with its recently excavated amphitheatre. Visit the excavations of this beautiful preserved Roman City which was destroyed in an earthquake centuries ago. Thereafter continue along the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem.
Overnight:  Jerusalem  (B)

Monday: Massada – Qumran – Dead Sea
Drive to Massada situated on an isolated cliff in the Judean Desert passing by the remarkable scenery of the Dead Sea.  The site was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. 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 breath-taking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea. Later on the way to the Dead Sea you will visit the site of the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Nearly 1,300 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on the earth’s surface. Time permitting you will be able to enjoy a “float” on the salty, mineral rich water. Then the tour returns to Jerusalem.
Overnight:  Jerusalem  (B)

Tuesday:  Jerusalem (New City) – Ein Karem – Bethlehem – Jerusalem
Your day will begin with a visit to the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book, the current home of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, and then see the beautifully renovated Model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem, as it was at the time of the Second Temple. From there you will visit Ein Karem, a picturesque village in the southern outskirts of Jerusalem that has attained significance at it is believed this is where John the Baptist was born. Thereafter continue to Yad Vashem, the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust which was established in 1953 at the foot of Mt. Hertzl. The day’s final visit will be to Bethlehem to see the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square, before returning to the hote.
Overnight:  Jerusalem  (B)

Wednesday:  Jerusalem (New City) – Ein Karem – Bethlehem
Today will be spent exploring the Old City of Jerusalem. You will see sites such as the Western Wall and the actual site of the Second Temple and the Temple Mount. You will be able to walk the Way of the Cross, the Via Dolorossa, all the way to Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre which houses both the traditional site of the Crucifixion and the Tomb of the Resurrection. Drive to Mount Zion to the southwest and just outside the Old City, the location of the traditional tomb of King Davin and the Room of the Last Supper. Then you will be able to enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of Jerusalem, this city that holds tremendous importance for three of the world’s largest religions. Thereafter you will visit the Garden of Gethsemane where Judas betrayed Jesus.
Overnight:  Jerusalem  (B)

Thursday:  Jerusalem – Ben-Gurion Airport
After breakfast at the hotel you will be transferred to Ben-Gurion Airport – Tel Aviv.  (B)

 

MOROCCO 
HIGHLIGHTS OF MOROCCO






 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel Period:

28 Sep 19 - 31 Oct 19
Departs Saturdays

Duration:

8 days / 7 nights 

Visit:

Casabanca - Rabat - Meknes - Fez - Beni Mellal - Marrakech - Casablanca

Includes:

Arrival and departure airport transfers in Casablanca (complimentary)
7 Nights' accommodation
Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle including a multi-lingual tour escort throughout the tour
Local guide for sightseeing tours
Entrance fees as per itinerary

Accommodation:

Superior 3* Hotels or similar:
Casablanca: Novotel Hotel Casablanca
Rabat: ONOMO Hotel Rabat Terminus (Cantor)
Fez: Zalagh Parc Palace Hotel
Marrakech: Atlas Asni Hotel

Standard 4* Hotels or similar:
Casablanca: Sheraton Hotel and Towers
Rabat: Farah Hotel
Fez: Palais Medina Fes

Cost From:

Superior 3* Hotels
R11 673 per person sharing
R4 235 single supplement

Standard 4* Hotels
R15 225 per person sharing
R5 566 single supplement

 


Saturday:  CASABLANCA
You will arrive at Casablanca airport and be transferred to the hotel. The hotel’s restaurant is only open until 22h30 so if you arrive late you will not be able to have dinner.
Overnight:  Casablanca  (D)

Sunday:  CASABLANCA – RABAT
Casablanca is considered Morocco’s economic capital. Visit the central market, the Habbous district, the Royal Palace, Mohamed V square, the residential area of Anfa and the exterior of the impressive Hassan ll Mosque in Casablanca. Then depart for Rabat, Morocco’s Administrative capital. During a tour of Rabat you will visit the Royal Palace (Mechouar), the Kasbah of the Odayas and Hassan Tower.
Overnight:  Rabat  (BD)

Monday:  RABAT – MEKNES – FEZ
Drive to Meknes. In the heart of the delightful Moroccan countryside, Meknes is one of Morocco’s most striking imperial cities. It is surrounded by 40km of defensive walls and a series of monumental gateways, the most impressive of which is Bab al-Mansour.  Visit the Royal Stables and the Jewish quarter before departing for Volubilis.  It was a thriving settlement until the 4th century, with fine mosaics, sculptures and kitchenware. The city’s architectural splendour is ample proof of its rich past. Thereafter continue to Fez. 
Overnight:  Fez  (BD)

Tuesday:  FEZ
The day will be entirely devoted to exploring Fes, the spiritual capital of Morocco. Surrounded by walls, it is the world’s oldest and most intact medieval city, with some 9000 intricate streets and alleys, exotic overlapping souks and a timeless swirl of smells, colours and voices. A visit to the bustling Medina is like entering another world. See the Attarine and Bou Anania Medersas, Nejjarine fountain, Foundouq Nejjarine (Museum of woods), the Moulay Idriss Mausoleum and the 9th century Karaouine Mosque (from outside). In the afternoon visit the esplanade of the Royal Palace with its magnificent golden door and then explore Fez Jdid.
Overnight:  Fez  (BD)

Wednesday:  FEZ – BENI MELLAL – MARRAKECH
Depart Fez and travel south passing by the Berber village of Immouzer du Kandar and the Cedar forests of Ifrane, the almost Alpine-like ski resort in the Middle Atlas Mountains. Continue through the fruit-growing region of Beni Mellal before arriving in Marrakesh. 
Overnight:  Marrakech  (BD)

Thursday:  MARRAKECH
Explore the historical sights of Marrakech today. You will see Bahia Palace, Koutoubia Mosque with a landmark minaret that can be seen from almost anywhere in the town and Menara Gardens. In the afternoon visit the fabulous Djmaa El Fna Square with its myriad of street performers, soothsayers, storytellers, snake charmers and henna painters. 
Overnight:  Marrakech  (BD)

Friday:  MARRAKECH – CASABLANCA
The exploration of Marrakech continues this morning with a visit to Majorelle Garden where one will find buildings with French architecture due to the connection the Garden has with the iconic French designer Yves Saint Laurent. You will also visit a museum exhibiting various works of art by Yves Saint Laurent. In the afternoon you will depart back to Casablanca.
Overnight:  Casablanca  (BD)

Saturday:  CASABLANCA
After breakfast you will be transferred to Casablanca Airport.  (B)

 

Bibleland Tour does not operate during the period of Yom Kippur 03 - 09 Oct 2019.
Terms & Conditions apply. Services subject to availability at time of booking and subject to the terms and conditions of ITT INSPIRATIONS TRAVEL & TOURS (PTY) LTD (ITT). Fluctuations in exchange rate will be calculated at time of confirmation and payment. Land only - excludes flights, meals not mentioned, travel insurance, visa cost and tips. E&OE.