43 days in Israel, Egypt & Petra - Wadi Musa Itinerary

43 days in Israel, Egypt & Petra - Wadi Musa Itinerary

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Cairo, Egypt
— 8 nights
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Luxor, Egypt
— 8 nights
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Aswan, Egypt
— 7 nights
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Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 1 night
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Mitspe Ramon, Israel
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Jerusalem, Israel
— 7 nights
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Tel Aviv, Israel
— 4 nights
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Nazareth, Israel
— 4 nights
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Acre, Israel
— 1 night
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Cairo, Egypt

— 8 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

More than 20 million people call Cairo their home and, as soon as you set foot in the sprawling metropolis, it's evident they make it crowded and chaotic, but also exuberant and charming.
You've added Mastaba of Ti, St Simon the Tanner Monastery, Mastaba of Mereruka, and other attractions to your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Bent Pyramid and Mit Rahina Museum. Visit Statue of Ramses II and Meidum Pyramid for their historical value. Step out of Cairo to go to Al Badrashin and see The Sphinx of Memphis, which is approximately 52 minutes away.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cairo visit planner.

Chicago, USA to Cairo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually an 8 hour difference. In February, Cairo is much warmer than Chicago - with highs of 71°F and lows of 53°F. On the 10th (Thu), you're off to Luxor.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Luxor, Egypt

— 8 nights
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Sail the Nile, Luxor Museum, Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari, and other attractions you added. Get some historical perspective at Dendera Temple Complex and Tomb of Sennedjem. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Valley of the Nobles and Tomb of Merenptah. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Tomb of Queen Nefertari, get to know the fascinating history of Corniche, delve into the distant past at Temple of Amun, and see the interesting displays at Mummification Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Luxor road trip site.

You can fly from Cairo to Luxor in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cairo in February: highs in Luxor hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Aswan.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 10 — 18:

Aswan, Egypt

— 7 nights
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Kanais, Philae Temple, Temple of Horus, and other attractions. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nubian Museum and Qubbet el-Hawa. Visit Monastery of St. Simeon and New Kalabsha for their historical value. There's more to do: stroll the grounds of Mausoleum of Aga Khan and take in the spiritual surroundings of El-Tabia Mosque.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Aswan trip planning website.

You can drive from Luxor to Aswan in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In February, daytime highs in Aswan are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. You'll set off for Petra - Wadi Musa on the 25th (Fri).

Things to do in Aswan

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 18 — 25:

Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan

— 1 night
Visitors flock to Wadi Musa to witness the rose colored rock-carved temples and tombs of Petra, the famous ancient city and World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): steep yourself in history at The Urn Tomb, then contemplate the long history of Silk Tomb, and then delve into the distant past at Temple of Dushares.

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You can fly from Aswan to Petra - Wadi Musa in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mitspe Ramon.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites
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Mitspe Ramon, Israel

Founded in 1951, the small desert town of Mitspe Ramon overlooks the Ramon Crater, a massive 40 km (24 mi) long dip in the Negev desert, created by erosion and notable for its interesting rock formations.
For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mitspe Ramon online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Petra - Wadi Musa to Mitspe Ramon in 4 hours. In February in Mitspe Ramon, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 52°F at night. You'll set off for Jerusalem on the 26th (Sat).

Things to do in Mitspe Ramon

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature
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Jerusalem, Israel

— 7 nights

Holy City

Few places in the world boast such a long history and such a rich multiethnic culture as Jerusalem, a city sacred to Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
Appreciate the collections at The Masada Museum and The Menachem Begin Heritage Center Museum. Visit The Jewish Cemetery and Dormition Abbey for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Yad la-Shiryon Latrun (in Latrun) and Tel Arad National Park (in Beersheba). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hurva Synagogue, get engrossed in the history at The Friends of Zion Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Herzl National Cemetery, and examine the collection at Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Jerusalem trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Mitspe Ramon to Jerusalem takes 2.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Jerusalem are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tel Aviv.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 5:

Tel Aviv, Israel

— 4 nights

White City

Called the "White City" thanks to the color of its World Heritage-listed architectural landmarks, Tel Aviv serves as Israel's modern and cosmopolitan second city.
Appreciate the collections at Ilana Goor Museum and Joseph Bau House Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ayalon Institute Museum and Adina Plastelina. Go for a jaunt from Tel Aviv to Rehovot to see Weizmann House about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Ben-Gurion House, appreciate the history behind Itzhak Rabin Monument, kick back and relax at Jerusalem Beach, and don't miss a visit to Suspended Orange Tree.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tel Aviv trip planner.

You can drive from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv in an hour. In March, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nazareth.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Museums · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 5 — 9:

Nazareth, Israel

— 4 nights

Arab Capital of Israel

Known worldwide as the hometown of Jesus Christ, Nazareth draws flocks of pilgrims who come to see the place where Christ grew up, and follow his footsteps along the Jesus Trail.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Ancient Bathhouse and HaMizgaga - Museum of Archaeology and Glass. Your inner history buff will appreciate Synagogue-Church and Franciscan Wedding Church. Get out of town with these interesting Nazareth side-trips: Belvoir National Park (in Beit She'an), Circassian Museum (in Kfar Kama) and Tel Yodfat (in Yodfat). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The White Mosque, learn about all things military at Beit Hatotchan - IDF artillery museum and memorial monument, do a tasting at Netofa Winery, and contemplate the long history of Holy Caves of Nazareth.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nazareth trip maker website.

Drive from Tel Aviv to Nazareth in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in March, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Acre.

Things to do in Nazareth

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 9 — 14:

Acre, Israel

— 1 night
Acre is a city in the northern coastal plain region of the Northern District, Israel at the northern extremity of Haifa Bay. To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Acre trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Nazareth to Acre takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Acre can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. You will leave for home on the 15th (Tue).

Things to do in Acre

Tours · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 15:

Egypt travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Monuments
Gift of the Nile
The land of pharaohs, pyramids, sphinxes, and papyrus, Egypt needs little by way of introduction. Visitors find more than a textbook readout of ancient history when visiting the country--the power, scale, art, and mysticism of its centuries-old culture bleed out from each landmark attraction and seep into the everyday life. Bustling markets, the slow-flowing Nile, the vast desert, and inspiring archeological sites often sit right alongside palaces of great excess and historical importance. All ensure you have plenty to see and do during your vacation in Egypt. In the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011, travel to certain areas where conflict and terrorism are deemed likely remains inadvisable for foreign visitors.

Israel travel guide

4.7
Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Ruins
Land of Creation
Surprisingly diverse for such a narrow strip of land pressed against the Mediterranean, modern Israel only dates back to 1948, though the history of this "Holy Land" spans many millennia. The big three monotheistic religions--Christianity, Judaism, and Islam--maintain extremely strong ties to this part of the world, so you can expect to see plenty of historic churches, mosques, and synagogues during your holiday in Israel. Beyond the undeniable cultural appeal, Israel also offers impressive natural features, including the Dead Sea and Makhtesh Ramon, one of the world's biggest craters. As you tour Israel, you'll find yourself following in the footsteps of figures that helped shape the world thousands of years ago.