Israel & Ancient Egypt River Cruise

16 Days
Tel Aviv to Cairo
From (GBP)
£ 5,945
£ 5,445
Dates & Pricing

2020/2021 Tel Aviv > Cairo

Tour Map
Tour Code:
16 days
Departure City:
Tel Aviv
Return City:

Selected Itinerary

16 Day Itinerary

  1. 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.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. 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.
    EmeraldEXCURSION: Guided Tour of Tel Aviv

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  3. 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.
    EmeraldEXCURSION: Guided Tour of Haifa and Acre

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  4. 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.  
    EmeraldPLUS: cruise ride on the Galilee Sea
    EmeraldEXCURSION: Guided tour around Galilee

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  5. 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.
    EmeraldEXCURSION: Guided Tour of Old Town in Jerusalem

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  6. 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.
    DiscoverMORE: Visit to Mahane Yehuda Market (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  7. 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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  8. 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.
    EmeraldEXCURSION: Visit the Karnak Temple Complex

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. 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.
    EmeraldEXCURSION: Visit the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Kings

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. 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.
    EmeraldPLUS: Cruise to Dendera and witness the majesty of Hathor Temple
    EmeraldEXCURSION: Visit Luxor Temple

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. 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.
    EmeraldEXCURSION: Visit the Temple of Esna and the Temple of Kom Ombo

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. 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.
    EmeraldPLUS: Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Abu Simbel temples
    EmeraldPLUS: A guided boat tour on the Nile

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. 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.
    EmeraldEXCURSION: Visit the Temple of Isis at Philae Island

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  14. 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.
    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)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  15. 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.
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to the Egyptian Museum
    DiscoverMORE: A visit to Cairo Citadel (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  16. 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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

  • 2 nights in Tel Aviv
  • 2 nights in Galilee
  • 2 nights in Jerusalem
  • 4 nights on board MS Hamees
  • 4 nights in Cairo
  • 1 Night in Luxor
  • Airport transfers
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Tour Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

  • Guided Tour of Tel Aviv and Jaffa
  • Guided tour of Haifa and Acre
  • Guided tour of Galilee
  • Guided tour of Old Jerusalem
  • Visit the Karnak Temple Complex
  • Visit the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut
  • Visit to the Valley of the Kings
  • Visit to Luxor Temple
  • Visit to Esna Temple
  • Visit to Lom Ombo Temple
  • Visit to Isis Temple at Philae Island
  • Visit to Great Pyramids & Sphinx
  • Visit to Egyptian Museum

  • Cruise on the Galilee Sea
  • Sailing to Dendera and Visit to Hathor Temple
  • Visit to Ramesses II & Nefertari Temples in Abu Simbel
  • Boat Tour on the Nile in Aswan
  • Home-hosted dinner with Local Family in Cairo

  • 30 superb meals including 15 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 9 Dinners (D)
  • 2 drinks served with lunch and dinner on board of MS Hamees

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