For detailed departures, itineraries and prices please visit our website34ISRAELSecrets of Jerusalem 5 days A fascinating introduction to Israel's most important sites. From the Mount of Olives to the Dome of the Rock, walk the pages of a long and tumultuous history - the city is a biblical atlas of sites and sights. Encounter some of the world's most important religious sites in a land where myth comes to life. Discover the biblical gems of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee and Masada on this fascinating introduction to Israel.Trip InfoDeparture DatesGroup size: Maximum 16.Grade: Walking Moderate / Culture Easy.Transport: Private vehicle.Accommodation: 4 nights budget/tourist class hotels.Meals: 4 breakfasts.Start Day: Tuesday End Day: SaturdayTour code: GESJStart FinishStart Finish201108-Feb 12-Feb08-Mar 12-Mar05-Apr 09-Apr19-Apr 23-Apr03-May 07-May17-May 21-May31-May 04-Jun14-Jun 18-Jun28-Jun 02-Jul26-Jul 30-Jul23-Aug 27-Aug20-Sep 24-Sep04-Oct 08-Oct18-Oct 22-Oct01-Nov 05-Nov15-Nov 19-Nov29-Nov 03-Dec27-Dec 31-Dec201224-Jan 28-Jan21-Feb 25-Feb20-Mar 24-Mar17-Apr 21-Apr01-May 05-May15-May 19-May29-May 02-Jun12-Jun 16-Jun26-Jun 30-JunItineraryDay 1 / Jerusalem Our trip starts in Jerusalem. No activities are planned on Day 1, so you may arrive at any time. Day 2 / Jerusalem We spend a full day visiting historic Jerusalem including the Old City, Western Wall, Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross), Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Garden of Gethsemane and Yad Vashem (Israel's Holocaust Museum). Day 3 / Nazareth - Sea of Galilee - Jerusalem We drive north to Nazareth and visit the Church of the Annunciation and the Church of St Joseph, then pass by the baptism site on the Jordan River before reaching the town of Tiberias, by the Sea of Galilee. Day 4 / BETHLEHEM - Jericho - Masada We visit the biblical cities of Jericho and Bethlehem before driving through the Judean Desert to enjoy a walk up the Snake Path to Masada, the fortress of King Herod and the last stronghold of the Zealots, before descending to the Dead Sea. We then return to Jerusalem for our final night. Day 5 / Jerusalem Our trip ends after breakfast in Jerusalem, you can book further accommodation in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv if you wish to extend your stay in Israel.
BOOK NOW at www.imaginative-traveller.com or CALL 0845 287 0769Egpty / Jadnor / Sairy / Tekruy35ItineraryDay 1-2 / Cairo - Pyramids - Sphinx Our trip starts in Cairo. No activities are planned on the first day so you may arrive at any time. Day 3-4 / Aswan - Abu Simbel We visit the amazing temple complex at Abu Simbel and have time to explore the vibrant Nubian bazaar. Day 5-7 / Feluca Cruise We begin sailing in our Feluccas towards Edfu where we visit the Temple of Horus. Day 8-9 / Edfu - Luxor - Valey of the Kings We reach Edfu and visit the bazaar before driving into Luxor. The next morning we cross the river and ride donkeys into the Valley of the Kings. Day 10-11 / Cairo - Sinai In Cairo we have a free day for further exploration before driving into the Sinai. Day 12 / Mt Sinai - Aqaba We have an early start to climb Mt Sinai this morning (2285m).Day 13 / Wadi Rum - Petra Explore the red sands in local jeeps and then head to the lost city of Petra. Day 14 / Petra Petra is one of the great cities of the ancient world. Day 15 / Dana - King's Highway - AmmanDay 16 / Jerash The Roman city of Jerash is one of the grandest ancient cities in the world.Day 17 / Amman - DamascusDay 18 / Damascus We enjoy a guided tour of the National Museum and in the fabulous old city we visit the superb Umayyad Mosque.Day 19 / PalmyraDay 20 / Krak des Chevaliers We travel via Homs to the fabulous Crusader fortress at Krak des Chevaliers. Day 21-22 / Alepo The fabulous vaulted bazaars, unchanged since the 17th century.Day 23 / Alepo - GaziantepDay 24 / Gaziantep - Goreme Today we take a local bus to Goreme in Cappadocia, an extraordinary region that has bewitched travellers for centuries. It was formed thousands of years ago as volcanic ash settled, hardened into soft rock and then eroded, forming strange and fantastic spires, domes and gorges. Day 25-26 / Capadocia We explore the Pasabaglari (Priest Valley) and walk through the Kizilcukur (Red Valley). We experience a traditional Turkish meal with a local family in their village. Day 27 / Ankara - overnight train We visit Derinkuyu - an incredible underground city that descends eight floors below the surface. We then depart by public bus for Ankara travelling through typical Anatolian landscape. Day 28 / Istanbul Our local guide shows us the treasures of the Old Town including the iconic Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome. We visit St Sophia and then catch a ferry between Europe and Asia. Day 29-30 / Istanbul We head to Topaki Palace this morning. The afternoon is free to explore; the exotic Spice Market and famous Grand Bazaar are well worth a visit. Our tour ends after breakfast in Istanbul. Additional accommodation is available in IstanbulCairo to Istanbul 30 days Take in Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Turkey in one fascinating trip.The big one. This mother of all Middle East trips is an inspiring adventure covering the top highlights from the Egyptian pyramids to the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul. Encounter the hidden intricacies and charms of many cultures and the diverse folk who've long made this grand stretch of earth their own.Trip InfoDeparture DatesGroup size: Maximum 16.Grade: Culture Moderate / Trekking Moderate.Transport: Felucca, Horse-drawn carriages, Hydrofoil, Jeep, Minibus, Overnight train, Private bus, Public bus, Scheduled bus, Taxi.Accommodation: 3 nights felucca, 2 nights overnight train, 1 night hostel, 1 night overnight coach, 22 nights budget/tourist class hotels.Meals: 29 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 9 dinners.Other: An Egyptian leader accompanies you to Nuweiba, a Jordanian leader meets you in Aqaba, a Syrian is with you from Damascus to the border, and a Turkish leader/s accompany you in Turkey. The bus from Gaziantep to Cappadocia is unescorted.Start Day: Sunday End Day: Monday Tour code: GECIStart FinishStart Finish201109-Jan 07-Feb06-Feb 07-Mar06-Mar 04-Apr20-Mar 18-Apr03-Apr 02-May17-Apr 16-May01-May 30-May15-May 13-Jun29-May 27-Jun12-Jun 11-Jul26-Jun 25-Jul10-Jul 08-Aug24-Jul 22-Aug07-Aug 05-Sep21-Aug 19-Sep04-Sep 03-Oct18-Sep 17-Oct02-Oct 31-Oct16-Oct 14-Nov30-Oct 28-Nov27-Nov 26-Dec25-Dec 23-JanSee website for 2012 departures