Emerald Waterways Israel & Ancient Egypt River Cruise

From Tel Aviv's colourful nightlife, Bauhaus buildings & coastal beauty, to the mountainous surrounds of Galilee and the oldest city in the world, Jerusalem. Israel offers a spiritual experience, with a great mix of the contemporary for good measure. Visit the Egyptian capital, where you'll enjoy dinner in the home of a local family, witness Luxor's ancient UNESCO World Heritage- listed sites and cruise the spectacular Nile River for lessons in history & culture.

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Itinerary

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.

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

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

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

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.
bEmeraldEXCURSION: Guided Tour of Old Town in 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)

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 Africa, 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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)

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.

Price Guide

Date Fares from (pp)
7 March 2021 £5,445
4 April 2021 £5,445
25 April 2021 £5,445

What's Included

  • Save a guaranteed £500pp
  • Return economy flights. Call for details on regional departures.
  • 4 nights on board MS Hamees
  • Hotel stays in in Tel Aviv, Galilee, Jerusalem, Cairo & Luxor
  • Airport transfers
  • 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
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Tour Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to verify all visa and passport requirements necessary for your holiday. You are responsible for obtaining independently and paying for all visas and entry documents, for meeting all health and other requirements, and for any documents required by the laws, regulations, orders, and/or requirements of the countries you will visit. You should confirm the necessary requirements for visas via the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website which can be found here

If you are unsure regarding how to obtain a visa or would like more information then please give us a call and one of our river cruising experts will be more than happy to assist.