Life Illuminated Travel Itinerary - Egypt, Jordan and the Holy Land
September 1-21, 2019

The trip includes all hotels, breakfast and dinner, internal flights in Egypt (Cairo-Luxor, Aswan-Cairo, Aswan-Abu Simbel, Aswan) and Cairo-Aswan, airport assistance upon arrival and hotel transfers, entrance fees, tips to guides and drivers, logistical support and backup from Festival Travel in Cairo and from Netours offices in Amman and Jerusalem.

Does not include international airfare, passports (personal responsibility), beverages at hotels, restaurants, and elsewhere.  Entry visa for Egypt and Jordanian departure tax of $15.  Additional surcharges and taxes may apply from airlines or individual countries.  Hospital bills and international evacuation in case of an emergency.

EGYPT, JORDAN, HOLY/LAND (Sept.1-21) - $5,889 

EGYPT (Sept. 1-8) - $2,290

EGYPT JORDAN (Sept.1-11) - $3,456

JORDAN & THE HOLY LAND (Sept. 8-21) - $3,536 

THE HOLY LAND (Sept 11-21) - $2,493 

Note: Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is approximately $1,475 for all three locations.

Every effort has been made to present this information accurately. Prices are listed in U S. dollars and may be subject to change.  Airfare is subject to change without notice until tickets are issued.

Air tickets may be paid with credit card.  Land costs will be paid by check to: Life Illuminated  - 1438 Turningbend Dr., Claremont, CA 91711

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Day 1: Sun, Sept. 1 - Fly from Los Angeles to Egypt
Los Angeles to Cairo, Egypt.  Depart LAX at 6:00 a.m. on American Airlines 292, arriving at JFK in New York at 2:34 p.m.  Transfer to Egyptair 986, departing JFK at 6:30 p.m. and arriving in Cairo at 11:00 a.m. the next morning.

Day 2: Mon, Sept. 2 - Arrive in Cairo, begin Luxor cruise, visit Luxor bazaars
Upon arrival at Cairo International Airport, our Cairo representative will welcome, meet and assist us through immigration and customs formalities and then transfer us to the domestic terminal where we will fly south to Luxor on Egyptair 481, departing Cairo at 4:25 p.m. and arriving in Luxor at 5:35 p.m.  We will be met and taken to the Movenpick Darakum luxury cruise boat where our four night cruise program will begin. Dinner and overnight on the Movenpick Darakum.  After dinner we will take a walking tour of the Luxor bazaars.

Nile River

Nile River

Day 3: Tues, Sept. 3 - Luxor, Valley of the Kings and Queens, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Colossi of  Memnon
In the morning visit the magnificent Karnak and Luxor temples on the east bank of the Nile River.  Then we cross to the west bank to see the Valley of the Kings and Queens, the tomb of Tutankhamen, the funerary Temple of  Queen Hatshepsut, and  the Colossi of  Memnon.  In the afternoon we will begin the cruise up the Nile toward Aswan.  After passing through the Esna locks we continue up the river and reach Edfu in the early evening, where we will spend the night.

Day 4: Wed, Sept. 4 - Edfu, Kom Ombo
At Edfu we travel by horse drawn carriage to the Temple of Horus, the Falcon god.  This temple is considered the best preserved temple from ancient Egypt and is the second largest after the great Temple of Karnak at Luxor.  Sail on to Kom Ombo where we will stop to visit the Ptolemaic Temple of Sobek the Crocodile god, and then sail to Aswan for overnight.  

Day 5: Thurs, Sept. 5 - Aswan, Temple of Philae, Sail the Nile, Walk Aswan bazaars
After breakfast we will visit the Aswan High Dam, the Granite Quarry with its Unfinished Obelisk, and the Temple of Philae.  In the afternoon we will take a felucca ride on Nile to view the botanical gardens on Kitchner’s island and the Aga Khan Mausoleum.  In the evening we will take a walking tour of the Aswan bazaars.

The Sphinx

The Sphinx

Day 6: Fri, Sept. 6 Abu Simbel, Aswan to Cairo, Great Pyramids and Sphinx by night
We have an early morning excursion by air to Abu Simbel on Lake Nasser, visiting the two temples of Ramses 2 and his wife Nefertari. These temples were threatened with submersion by the lake after the construction of the Aswan High Dam in the 1960s and reassembled 60 meters up the sandstone cliff from where they had been built over 3,000 years ago.  Returning to Aswan, we will transfer to the airport where we will take Egyptair 396 to Cairo, departing at 2:15 p.m,. and arriving in Cairo at 3:40 p.m.  We will be met and transferred to the Marriott Mena House, formerly the world famous Oberoi Mena House and once a royal palace located on forty acres of jasmine scented gardens and situated in the shadow of the Great Pyramids.  After an afternoon of walking and exploring the grounds and hotel gift shops, or relaxing by the pool, dinner will be served at the Khan El Khalili restaurant. Dinner and overnight will be at the Mena House.  After dinner we will attend the Sound and Light performance at the Great Pyramids and Sphinx.  

Day 7: Sat, Sept. 7 Pyramids and Sphinx, Egyptian Museum, Citadel, Mohamed Ali Mosque, Khan el Khalili Bazaar
After breakfast, we will first visit the Great Pyramids of Giza and its enigmatic Sphinx.   We  then  will travel to the Egyptian Museum,  housing  over 120,000 artifacts from Egypt’s history, including hundreds of items from the tomb of Tutankhamen from the Valley of the Kings.  After lunch we will visit the Citadel of Salah el Din and Mohamed Ali Mosque and the world famous Khan el Khalili bazaar.  Dinner and overnight at the Mena House.