Luxury Israel Tours

Introduction to Israel
(7 days)
Jerusalem & Dead Sea, Tel Aviv

Highlights of Israel
(9 days)
Jerusalem & Dead Sea, Galilee, Tel Aviv

Essence of Israel
(11 days)
Jerusalem & Dead Sea, Galilee, Tel Aviv

Family Tour of Israel
(10 Days)
Jerusalem & Dead Sea, Negev Desert, Tel Aviv

Exclusive Israel
(11 Days)
Jerusalem & Dead Sea, Galilee, Tel Aviv, Negev Desert

Jewish Tour of Israel
(10 days)
Jerusalem & Dead Sea, Galilee, Tel Aviv

Christian Tour of Israel
(9 Days)
Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Dead Sea, Galilee, Nazareth, Tel Aviv

Culinary Tour of Israel
(7 Days)
Jerusalem, Tel Aviv

Journey Through Israel
(13 Days)
Jerusalem & Dead Sea, Galilee, Tel Aviv, Negev Desert, Eilat or Aqaba

Multi-country Tours

Introduction to Israel & Jordan
(9 days)
Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Eilat or Aqaba, Petra, Negev Desert, Tel Aviv

Highlights of Israel & Jordan
(13 days)
Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Petra, Amman, Galilee, Tel Aviv

Highlights of Israel & Egypt
(16 days)
Jerusalem & Dead Sea, Cairo & the Pyramids, luxury Nile River cruise, Tel Aviv

Journey Through Egypt, Israel & Jordan
(18 days)
Cairo & the Pyramids, Abu Simbel, luxury Nile River cruise, Amman, Petra & Wadi Rum, Dead Sea, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv

Best of Israel & Jordan
(16 days)
Jerusalem, Galilee, Amman, Dead Sea, Petra, Wadi Rum, Aqaba or Eilat & the Red Sea, Tel Aviv

Highlights of Israel & Morocco
(15 Days)
Jerusalem & Dead Sea, Tel Aviv, Casablanca, Fez, Atlas Mountains, Marrakesh

Introduction to Israel & Dubai
(11 Days)
Jerusalem & Dead Sea, Tel Aviv, Dubai & Arabian Desert

Best of Israel & Greece
(14 Days)
Jerusalem & Dead Sea, Tel Aviv, Athens, Santorini, Porto Heli

Journey Through the Middle East
(21 Days)
Cairo & the Pyramids, Abu Simbel, luxury Nile River cruise, Amman, Petra & Wadi Rum, Dead Sea, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Dubai & Arabian Desert

Biblical Lands: Israel & Jordan
(13 Days)
Jerusalem & Bethlehem, Galilee region, Cities of the Decapolis, Amman & Jerash, King’s Highway, Petra, Jordan River, Masada, Jericho



Journey Through the Middle East

(21 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Cairo & the Pyramids, Abu Simbel, luxury Nile River cruise, Amman, Petra & Wadi Rum, Dead Sea, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Dubai & Arabian Desert

This exclusive and comprehensive private Middle East tour was designed for travelers who want to experience the best of Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Dubai. It features the top highlights in each destination, including some of the world's most extraordinary archaeological sites, incredibly beautiful desert landscapes, dynamic cities, and age-old religious and cultural traditions. Each day, touring is with your own private guide and accommodation is at the best hotels in each location.

First, experience Cairo as an insider—our tours offer the most in-depth, sophisticated Cairo touring available. Visit the most interesting cultural attractions in the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, such as the Citadel, the Egyptian Museum and the Hanging Church. Tour our favorite neighborhoods, which are filled with beautiful Fatimid, Islamic, Mameluk, Ottoman, Coptic and Art Deco architecture. See well-preserved medieval residences formerly occupied by wealthy merchants. Walk through fascinating markets such as the renowned Khan al-Khalili bazaar. Also visit smaller and lesser-known museums dedicated to Islamic art, applied arts and Egyptian culture. If desired, we can also arrange visits to Cairo's top boutiques and reservations at the best restaurants in town.

One day, take a private excursion to the Pyramids of Giza, a world-renowned and UNESCO-listed burial complex that includes pyramids, tombs, temples, the Solar Boat and the Great Sphinx. Also visit the even older pyramids of Dahshur and Saqqara. If desired, enjoy a camel ride by the Pyramids of Giza, and perhaps see the interiors of the Great and Bent pyramids.

Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can arrange VIP experiences such as exclusive access to well-preserved tombs that are not open to the public and after-hours private tours of major sites such as the Egyptian Museum and the Pyramids of Giza.

Next, fly to Abu Simbel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and two spectacular monumental temples commissioned by Pharaoh Ramses II and carved into sandstone cliffs.

Next, enjoy a four-night luxury Nile River cruise. Tour extraordinary archaeological sites such as the stunning Temple of Philae, the High Dam and the Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan, the Temple of Horus (Edfu) and the Temple of Kom Ombo. Around Luxor, visit Luxor Temple and the Karnak complex, Medinet Habu, the Colossi of Memnon, and the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, including the tombs of King Tut and Ramses VI. We will also arrange access to the spectacular tombs of Seti I and Queen Nefertari. Throughout the cruise, Artisans of Leisure will arrange private shore excursions with your own Egyptologist guide.

Depending on your travel dates, this cruise is also available in reverse, from Luxor to Aswan.

Then, fly to Amman, the modern capital of Jordan. During private city touring, see ancient Roman ruins and the impressive 8th-century Umayyad Palace complex atop the Citadel, lively souks and shopping streets, and other cultural and culinary highlights of the city. Also explore Amman's best shops selling high-quality Jordanian crafts. Alternatively, take a private excursion into the verdant hills of northern Jordan to tour Jerash, one of the best-preserved Roman cities in the Middle East. See highlights such as Hadrian's Arch, the Oval Plaza, the Hippodrome, the theater and the Cardo, a colonnaded stone street once lined with shops. If desired, Artisans of Leisure can arrange a homemade lunch of traditional Jordanian dishes prepared by local women.

Next, travel along the King's Highway, a historic route that passes through many fascinating cultural and natural attractions. During private touring en route, visit Mount Nebo and the Memorial Church of Moses to see exquisite Byzantine mosaics and panoramic views stretching down to the Dead Sea. If desired, also visit local mosaic workshops. Next, stop in Madaba to see the fascinating 6th-century mosaic map of the Holy Land, as well as the mosaics in the Madaba Archaeological Park. Enjoy a lunch of traditional Jordanian cuisine at a local restaurant.  Also participate in a private cultural activity such as henna painting or writing Arabic calligraphy. Continue through Wadi Mujib, a dramatic desert canyon, and stop at impressive Kerak Castle, a 12th-century Crusader fortress perched on a hill. Other options include seeing Shobak Castle, another Crusader fort in the countryside, or taking in breathtaking views over the hills and canyons of Dana Biosphere Reserve, a diverse landscape that's home to a wide range of flora and fauna.

Continue to Petra, one of the world's most impressive archaeological sites. The Nabataeans created this ancient city by sculpting monuments and tombs into beautiful red sandstone mountains in the desert. During private touring of this fascinating ancient wonder, see Petra's most famous ruin—the iconic Treasury—and explore the atmospheric Siq (gorge). Also see impressive Royal Tombs and Roman ruins, and learn about the history, beliefs and architecture of the Nabataeans while exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site. If desired, also venture to other parts of the site such as the Monastery or the High Place of Sacrifice for unforgettable views over Petra. In the evening, perhaps opt for a memorable Petra by Night experience, including the opportunity to see the Siq and Treasury illuminated by hundreds of candles. Also visit Little Petra, another desert canyon with Nabataean ruins. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can arrange the Back Door to Petra hike.

Next, venture into Jordan's southern desert to explore the spectacular natural environment of Wadi Rum and enjoy private touring of the scenic and cultural highlights of the region. Also known as the Valley of the Moon, this UNESCO-inscribed landscape is filled with red sand dunes, dramatic stone mountains, rock bridges and petroglyphs. The otherworldly landscapes have been used as filming locations in Lawrence of Arabia, The Martian and other movies.

Continue to a luxurious resort overlooking the beautiful and mysterious Dead Sea. During your stay, enjoy the resort's lavish facilities, including a private beach that provides direct access to the Dead Sea where you can float in the mineral-rich water famous for its buoyancy and therapeutic qualities. Also enjoy the resort's spa, swimming pools, restaurants and lush grounds that spread over acres.

Cross into Israel and VIP services will be arranged for your border crossing. Visit Masada, a historic mountaintop fortress, en route to Jerusalem. Built entirely from white stone, Jerusalem glows and changes from white to pink to rose to gold with the changing of the light. Your expert private guide will bring the beautiful city and its incredible, multi-layered history alive. Of immeasurable religious, historic and archaeological importance, the entire Old City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Temple Mount, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Via Dolorosa and the Western Wall, including the excavation tunnels under the Western Wall. Explore the narrow streets, twisting alleyways and airy plazas, ancient synagogues and churches, and bazaars and boutiques of the Old City's Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Armenian quarters. See the Mount of Olives, Mount Zion and walk upon the old city ramparts. Visit Jerusalem's most important museums, such as the Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum and the Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls. Perhaps also see the Chagall Windows at Hadassah Hospital.

One day, enjoy a tour of the Mahane Yehuda Market with a culinary expert guide. Sample local culinary specialties such as burekas (flaky filled pastries), chocolate rugelach and halvah and shop for regional staples such as tahini, za'atar, dried fruits and nuts. Alternatively, with an expert Palestinian guide, enjoy a private excursion to Bethlehem to tour the Church of the Nativity or to Jericho, considered one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in the world. Perhaps also visit Ein Kerem, a charming village outside Jerusalem regarded as the birthplace of John the Baptist.

If desired, we can arrange many special interest activities around Jerusalem, such as a cooking class with a local chef, touring the ancient City of David, joining an archaeological dig, walking through the city's ancient underground water tunnels, specialized shopping or exclusive meetings with local religious experts, geo-political experts, chefs, artists, fashion designers, winery owners or even former Israeli operatives.

Conclude in Tel Aviv, a vibrant city on the Mediterranean Sea coast. During private touring, experience the best of Israel's largest city: the Neve Tzedek neighborhood, UNESCO-listed Bauhaus architecture, Old Jaffa, the Carmel Market, and museums such as the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Design Museum Holon and Beit Hatfutsot: Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv. If desired, we can also arrange an excursion to the fascinating Ayalon Institute, a kibbutz that hid a secret underground ammunition factory. Additional options in Tel Aviv include specialized shopping, strolling the port district or fashionable HaTachana or visiting the Roman ruins of Caesarea. During free time, perhaps spend time on the beach, hop in the city's markets and leisure districts and enjoy the city's excellent restaurants.

Fly to the UAE and experience the best of Dubai during flexible, personalized city touring. Learn about Dubai's culture and history while exploring Old Dubai. See the traditional buildings of the Bur Dubai district and Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood (formerly known as Bastakiya), ride an abra (water taxi) across Dubai Creek, and browse the spice and gold souks. Visit tile-covered mosques, and see ultra-modern skyscrapers, including the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. Dubai is also a renowned shopping destination, with atmospheric souks and legendary luxury malls filled with exclusive boutiques and attractions such as Ski Dubai and the Dubai Aquarium. Depending on your interests, also experience Dubai's burgeoning art and design scene during visits to interesting shops and galleries housed in converted traditional and industrial buildings. Other options include visiting one of Dubai's water parks, touring attractions such as Dubai Miracle Garden, seeing the Dubai Fountain, or enjoying Dubai's beaches and exciting dining and entertainment districts.

One morning, take a private four-wheel drive (4x4) excursion to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in the beautiful Arabian Desert to see the sand dunes and local wildlife.

One day, if desired, enjoy a private excursion to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE. Visit the most interesting cultural sites, such as the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Al Hosn Palace and Emirates Palace. Other options, depending on your interests, include touring the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, visiting Ferrari World theme park, seeing other museums and structures on Saadiyat Island, or experiencing futuristic Masdar City.

Artisans of Leisure can also arrange additional special interest activities such as private culinary tours, a private falconry lesson, Arabian cultural exchange activities, tours with art experts and shopping experts, and scenic flights over the city's renowned skyscrapers and man-made islands. Artisans of Leisure can also make advance dining reservations at the city's top restaurants and in unique locations such as the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Cairo, Egypt

VIP airport assistance. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights

Day 2 Cairo

Full-day private city tour

Day 3

Cairo & Pyramids
Full-day private excursion to Dahshur, Saqqara, Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx

Day 4

Cairo – Aswan – Abu Simbel – Aswan
Private airport transfer and flights to Abu Simbel, via Aswan. Private touring of temples. Return to airport for flight to Aswan. Embark on Nile River cruise for 4 nights

Day 5

Aswan – Kom Ombo – Edfu
Morning private touring of High Dam, Temple of Philae and other sights around Aswan. Sail to Kom Ombo for afternoon private touring of Temple of Kom Ombo. Sail to Edfu for overnight

Day 6 Edfu – Esna – Luxor

Morning private touring of Temple of Horus. Sail through the Esna Lock to Luxor for overnight

Day 7 Luxor

Private touring of Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens, including the tombs of King Tut, Seti I and Queen Nefertari, as well as the Luxor and Karnak temples

Day 8 Luxor – Cairo – Amman, Jordan

Private airport transfer and flight to Cairo to connect to flight to Amman (flight to Jordan not included in tour cost). VIP airport assistance on arrival. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night. Introductory city tour or excursion to Jerash

Day 9 Amman – King's Highway – Petra

Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights, with touring en route

Day 10

Petra

Full-day private tour of Petra and Little Petra. Optional Petra by night tour

Day 11

Petra – Wadi Rum – Dead Sea

Morning private excursion to Wadi Rum en route to resort for 1 night. Afternoon at leisure

Day 12

Dead Sea – Masada – Jerusalem, Israel

Private transfer to border for VIP border crossing and private transfer to hotel for 3 nights, with touring en route

Day 13

Jerusalem

Full-day private tour

Day 14

Jerusalem

Full-day private tour

Day 15

Jerusalem – Tel Aviv

Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights, with touring en route

Day 16

Tel Aviv

Full-day private tour

Day 17

Tel Aviv – Dubai, UAE

Private airport transfer. VIP departure assistance and flight to Dubai (flight not included). VIP assistance at airport through immigration. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 4 nights
Day 18 Dubai

Full-day private city tour

Day 19 Dubai & Arabian Desert

Optional morning private desert excursion. Afternoon private city tour

Day 20 Dubai

Continue private city touring or excursion to Abu Dhabi

Day 21 Depart Dubai

Private transfer to airport


Hotels
Cairo:

The St. Regis Cairo, Four Seasons Nile Plaza or Four Seasons First Residence

Nile River cruise: The Oberoi Philae or The Oberoi Zahra
Amman: The St. Regis Amman or Four Seasons Amman
Petra: Movenpick Petra
Dead Sea: Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea
Jerusalem: The King David Hotel, Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem or David Citadel
Tel Aviv: The Norman, The Jaffa Hotel or The Ritz-Carlton, Herzliya
Dubai:

Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach

* Burj Al Arab or One&Only The Palm can be booked for a supplement


Cost
$36,565 Per person (double occupancy)

Luxury Israel Tours

Introduction to Israel
(7 days)
Jerusalem & Dead Sea, Tel Aviv

Highlights of Israel
(9 days)
Jerusalem & Dead Sea, Galilee, Tel Aviv

Essence of Israel
(11 days)
Jerusalem & Dead Sea, Galilee, Tel Aviv

Family Tour of Israel
(10 Days)
Jerusalem & Dead Sea, Negev Desert, Tel Aviv

Exclusive Israel
(11 Days)
Jerusalem & Dead Sea, Galilee, Tel Aviv, Negev Desert

Jewish Tour of Israel
(10 days)
Jerusalem & Dead Sea, Galilee, Tel Aviv

Christian Tour of Israel
(9 Days)
Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Dead Sea, Galilee, Nazareth, Tel Aviv

Culinary Tour of Israel
(7 Days)
Jerusalem, Tel Aviv

Journey Through Israel
(13 Days)
Jerusalem & Dead Sea, Galilee, Tel Aviv, Negev Desert, Eilat or Aqaba

Multi-country Tours

Introduction to Israel & Jordan
(9 days)
Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Eilat or Aqaba, Petra, Negev Desert, Tel Aviv

Highlights of Israel & Jordan
(13 days)
Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Petra, Amman, Galilee, Tel Aviv

Highlights of Israel & Egypt
(16 days)
Jerusalem & Dead Sea, Cairo & the Pyramids, luxury Nile River cruise, Tel Aviv

Journey Through Egypt, Israel & Jordan
(18 days)
Cairo & the Pyramids, Abu Simbel, luxury Nile River cruise, Amman, Petra & Wadi Rum, Dead Sea, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv

Best of Israel & Jordan
(16 days)
Jerusalem, Galilee, Amman, Dead Sea, Petra, Wadi Rum, Aqaba or Eilat & the Red Sea, Tel Aviv

Highlights of Israel & Morocco
(15 Days)
Jerusalem & Dead Sea, Tel Aviv, Casablanca, Fez, Atlas Mountains, Marrakesh

Introduction to Israel & Dubai
(11 Days)
Jerusalem & Dead Sea, Tel Aviv, Dubai & Arabian Desert

Best of Israel & Greece
(14 Days)
Jerusalem & Dead Sea, Tel Aviv, Athens, Santorini, Porto Heli

Journey Through the Middle East
(21 Days)
Cairo & the Pyramids, Abu Simbel, luxury Nile River cruise, Amman, Petra & Wadi Rum, Dead Sea, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Dubai & Arabian Desert

Biblical Lands: Israel & Jordan
(13 Days)
Jerusalem & Bethlehem, Galilee region, Cities of the Decapolis, Amman & Jerash, King’s Highway, Petra, Jordan River, Masada, Jericho



Testimonials

Our trip to Israel was excellent. Our guide was great, and the VIP airport transfers you arranged were incredible! We’ve used other tour companies in the past and you are far better.
~ D.B., Carlingford, NSW, Australia

We had such an incredible time in Israel. Each day was more interesting than the last…because of our wonderful guide, who seemed to know absolutely everything about everything…It was a great trip!
~ R.G., New York, NY

Our Israel and Jordan trip was excellent in every respect. It was so well organized, with beautiful accommodations and so much attention to detail…The expertise and knowledge of the guides was beyond our expectations. 
~ B.L., Toronto, CA   

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