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New! 2017 Suez Canal Crossing: Israel, Egypt, Jordan & the Red Sea

Israel: Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Haifa, Tiberias, Golan Heights • Egypt: Suez Canal, Giza Pyramids, Luxor & Valley of the Kings • Jordan: Aqaba, Wadi Rum, Petra, Madaba, Mt. Nebo, Dead Sea, Bethany Beyond the Jordan • Allenby Bridge Border Crossing • Israel: Jerusalem

CRUISE COMFORTABLY IN SMALL GROUPS OF 25 ABOARD OUR PRIVATELY OWNED 89-PASSENGER M/V CLIO

17 Days from only $7895 including international airfare

Courtesy of David Conover & Paul Villanova
Travelogue: Jerash, Jordan 1969

Witness the ruins of Jerash, Jordan, though the eyes of a traveler from the 1960s.

Courtesy Jeffrey Worthington
Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls

Explore Qumran and learn about the Essenes’ complex culture—including the creation and preservation of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Courtesy of Kristian Hampton
7 Days in Egypt

Take a panoramic tour of Egypt's most beloved highlights, from the Pyramids and the Sphinx to Karnak Temple.

©2012 The New York Times
Women at the Western Wall

Learn about Israel’s Women of the Wall prayer group, which is challenging Orthodox customs at the holy Western Wall.

Courtesy Shai Getzoff
City of Soul

Embark on a whirlwind tour of the places and faces that can be found in the City of Soul—Jerusalem.

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Witness the Red Sea from a private balcony.
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NEW: Activity Level

Our NEW Activity Level rating system ranks our trips on a scale of 1 (easiest) to 5 (most difficult) to help you determine if a trip is right for you. The information below is a general guide to our rating system, but see our itineraries for much more detailed physical activity information about each trip.

Activity Level 1:

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Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

1 2 3 4 5

Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Post-trip: Jerusalem & Masada, Israel

4 nights from: $895 Single Supplement: FREE

Though it occupies an area of less than one square mile, the history and spiritual significance of Jerusalem is immeasurable. From the ancient desert fortification of Masada—Herod the Great—to the archaeological splendor of the City of David, journey to this holy capital to discover the sacred sites that inspire historians and the religious faithful alike.

It's Included:
Accommodations for 4 nights
9 meals: Daily breakfasts, 2 lunch, and 3 dinners
Included tours: Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum & Israeli Parliament • Masada • City of David •  Israel Museum & 9/11 memorial
Dedicated services of a local Program Director
Gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers
All transfers
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    Today you travel to Yad Vashem, the stirring “everlasting memorial” to the more than six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. With the world's largest archives of material relating to the Holocaust—more than 50 million documents and artifacts—this museum and memorial complex, while built on the Mount of Remembrance, aims not only to remember, but to educate. You'll spend the morning at this solemn site learning about the horrors of Hitler's “Final Solution.” You may even have the chance to hear a moving first-person account from a Holocaust survivor, although this cannot be guaranteed.

    After lunch on your own, you’ll visit the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) building for a glimpse into the inner workings of the national government. Enjoy free time to explore Jerusalem independently for the remainder of the afternoon before returning to your hotel. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a dinner at a local restaurant.

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    This morning, set off on two-hour drive along the Red Sea to Masada, an ancient fortification perched atop a rocky plateau near the Judean Desert. Originally built by Herod the Great, the Roman-appointed King of Judea, as a personal refuge, the site was eventually taken over by the Jews during their revolt against the Romans. In retaliation, Roman forces laid siege to the fortress and began to penetrate the walls. Rather than die at the hands of their oppressors, the Jewish military and civilians committed suicide.

    A cable car will transport you to the top, where you’ll walk among 20 acres of ruins, and learn more about the great battle that was waged here.

    After lunch on your own, you’ll return to Jerusalem, where the balance of the afternoon and evening are at leisure.

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    This morning you visit the City of David, an archaeological park whose ruins shed light on the establishment of Israel under King David in 1004 BCE and the history of the Jews during Biblical times. A highlight of the site is an ancient 1500-foot-long water tunnel built by King Hezekiah in 701 BCE to protect Jerusalem's water source from invading Assyrians. Your tour concludes at the Davidson Center, where you’ll view a virtual reality reconstruction of the Herodian Temple Mount as it stood prior to its destruction.

    Prior to your included lunch, discover another side of Jerusalem during a visit to Machaneh Yehuda Market, a popular local shopping spot filled with vendors selling everything from baked goods and spices to housewares and textiles. The balance of the afternoon is yours to further explore the Old City, perhaps taking a stroll through the Armenian quarter, home to the oldest remaining diaspora community outside of Armenia. 

    Dinner is at your hotel this evening.

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    Your day begins with a moving visit to Jerusalem’s 9/11 Living Memorial Plaza. Here, you’ll see a waving American flag monument built from remnants of the Twin Towers to honor the men and women who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

    Your discoveries in Jerusalem continue at the Israel Museum. Here, you'll see the expansive model of Jerusalem from the Second Temple period. You'll also take a close look at the Dead Sea Scrolls, which are housed in a wing called "the Shrine of the Book"; the top of the shrine was designed to look like the clay pot in which the scrolls were originally found.

    Return to your hotel this afternoon, and spend the balance of the day doing as you please.

    This evening, reminisce about your discoveries with your fellow travelers during a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.

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    Transfer to Tel Aviv today for your flight home.

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