Cape Town to Jerusalem

50 Days
Cape Town to Amman
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$ 46,605
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2020 Cape Town > Amman

The odyssey of a lifetime

From the tree-climbing lions of Kenya to the Wailing Wall of Jerusalem, seldom has there been an itinerary this extraordinary.
Here is an itinerary like no other. Begin your monumental journey in Africa where you will take in the stunning natural beauty of Cape Town, Johannesburg and Victoria Falls, experience thrilling close encounters with the mighty ‘Big Five’ of Africa, before discovering the paradoxical desert land of Egypt. Journey through the land of the pharaohs and visit all the must-see attractions before moving on to Jordan. Visit the lunar landscape of Wadi Rum, the rose-red Treasury of Petra, the baptism site of Jesus Christ and the incredible Dead Sea. Finally, make your way to Israel to learn all about its Holy City of Jerusalem and experience the joie de vivre of Tel Aviv.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
ZCTI
Duration:
50 days
Departure City:
Cape Town
Return City:
Amman

50 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Cape Town

    Welcome to Cape Town. Your journey into wonder begins with a three night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Cape Town

    Ascend Table Mountain by rotating gondola for stunning 360 degree views.

    Freechoice

    Sample South Africa’s finest vintages with a winelands tour. Alternatively, visit Robben Island, take a township tour, or a Harley DavidsonTM ride.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  3. Day 3 - Cape Town

    Journey along the Atlantic coastline to Cape Point, stop at the Cape of Good Hope and visit Boulders Beach, home to an African penguin colony.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  4. Day 4 - Cape Town > Thornybush Game Reserve (Kruger National Park)

    Fly to Hoedspruit and transfer to Thornybush Private Game Lodge, adjacent to Kruger National Park and home to Africa’s ‘Big Five’, where you’ll enjoy a three night Special Stay. Set off on your first game drive this afternoon.

    Sundowners

    At the end of your afternoon game drive, partake in one of the most enjoyable of safari traditions – Sundowner drinks.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Thornybush Game Reserve (Kruger National Park)

    Specially adapted Land Rovers are able to game drive without restriction, to track the ‘Big Five’ – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo.

    Enrich

    Dine under a starlit sky with the sounds of African wildlife.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Thornybush Game Reserve (Kruger National Park)

    Encounter Africa’s wildlife on your morning and evening game drives today. There is also an opportunity for a walking safari with your ranger.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Panorama Route > Johannesburg

    Travel the magnificent Panorama Route to Johannesburg and see the Blyde River Canyon – the third deepest in the world. Enjoy an overnight stay at your stylish hotel in Johannesburg.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  8. Day 8 - Johannesburg > Victoria Falls

    Board your flight to Victoria Falls and marvel at the world’s largest sheet of falling water. Check into your hotel for a three night Special Stay.

    Sundowners

    Be treated to a special Sundowners cruise down the Zambezi River and watch the teeming wildlife on the banks, drink in hand, just upstream from Victoria Falls.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Chobe National Park

    Enjoy a cruise on the Chobe River, home to vast herds of elephants and buffalo as well as a game drive along the shoreline.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  10. Day 10 - Victoria Falls

    Enrich

    Visit a typical Zimbabwean village to gain unique insights into traditional tribal life. Get up close and personal during your visit to an elephant sanctuary.

    Witness the power of Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwean side. Enjoy dinner in the beautiful Livingstone Restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Victoria Falls > Nairobi

     Helicopter flight - This morning, enjoy an optional helicopter flight over Victoria Falls for magnificent panoramic views (additional cost, please book on tour)

    Fly to Nairobi for your two night stay at your elegant hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  12. Day 12 - Nairobi

    Experience a unique encounter with a  giraffe and learn about how these animals are endangered. Relive the romance of the movie Out of Africa during a visit to Karen Blixen’s home before travelling to Kiambethu Tea Farm. Wander through the tea fields and hear the stories of the first commercially grown tea in Kenya.

    Freechoice Dining

    Choose between the local Carnivores Restaurant famous for its wide variety of meats roasted roasted over a fire pit on a traditional Maasai sword, or relax with dinner at the hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Nairobi > Ngorongoro Crater

    Journey into magical Tanzania and travel onto the Ngorongoro Crater, known as ‘Africa’s Eden’. Enjoy a two night Special Stay at your lodge, on the crater’s rim.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Ngorongoro Crater

    Witness sunrise over the crater before an extended game drive along the crater floor. The area is reputed to contain the largest number of predators in all of Africa.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Ngorongoro Crater > Serengeti National Park

    Step back in time with a visit to Olduvai Gorge, site of archaeological findings, including traces of pre-historic man dating back 3.5 million years. Later, enter Serengeti National Park with its vast central plains, made fertile by the ashes of the nearby highlands. Your two night stay is at the Serengeti Sopa Lodge.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Serengeti National Park

    The Seronera Valley is renowned for its game viewing.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Serengeti National Park > Amboseli National Reserve

    Fly to Arusha and enjoy the marvellous view of Mount Kilimanjaro. Return to Kenya and to Amboseli National Reserve where massive herds of elephants migrate across the dry plains. Your lodge, your home for two nights, sits beside a major elephant trail with views of the mountain.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Amboseli National Reserve

    On your game drives today cheetahs and lions can often be seen stalking the plains. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Amboseli National Reserve > Lake Nakuru National Park

    Journey north into the heart of Kenya to Lake Nakuru. Enjoy a two night stay at Lion Hill Lodge, overlooking the lake.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Lake Nakuru

    Enrich

    Visit the Lake Nakuru Orphanage centre, established by an Australian family and draw a little closer to Africa and its wonderful people.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Lake Nakuru > Masai Mara Reserve

    The Masai Mara is home to 95 species of animals. Enjoy a two night stay inside the reserve at the Sarova Mara Camp.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Masai Mara Reserve

    Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight -  Experiencing the savannah at dawn from a hot air balloon is a once-in-a-lifetime moment (additional cost, please book on tour).

    Enrich

    Visit a traditional Maasai village and learn about this complex and proudly independent culture and their close association with the
    wild animals.

    Freechoice

    Join your Maasai guide for a walk. Alternatively, join an African cooking class.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Masai Mara > Nairobi

    Enrich

    Enjoy an exclusive farewell bush breakfast out on the open plains of the Masai Mara amongst the wildlife.

    Board your light aircraft for a scenic flight over the reserve to Nairobi for an overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  24. Day 24 - Nairobi > Giza (Cairo)

    Bid farewell to Southern Africa as you fly from Nairobi to Cairo. At Giza enjoy a two night Special Stay, where you’ll be able to soak up the magnificent view of the Great Pyramids right from your balcony.

    Sundowners

    Enjoy drinks and canapés as the sun sets over the Pyramids.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  25. Day 25 - Giza

    Be awed by the sheer magnitude of the Pyramids and visit the Solar Boat Museum housing the restored cedar wood barge dating back to 2500BC before marvelling at the 20 metre limestone monolith of the Sphinx. This evening watch the laser light display and entertaining show at the Pyramids.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  26. Day 26 - Giza > Luxor

    Fly to Luxor and relax in the beautiful gardens of your hotel, your Special Stay for tonight. Discover the antiquities housed in the Luxor Museum followed by a walk through the colourful local markets.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  27. Day 27 - Luxor > Nile Cruise

    Optional Balloon Flight - Choose to add an optional hot air balloon flight for a fascinating bird’s-eye view of the ancient sites. Additional cost, please book on tour.

    Cross to the West Bank of the Nile and be astounded by the well-preserved, colourful hieroglyphics adorning the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. See the impressive monument to Queen Hatshepsut, then admire the well-preserved temple of Ramses III. Return to Luxor and embark on your luxurious private charter on board the boutique Sanctuary Sun Boat III and settle into your elegantly appointed cabin. Late afternoon tour the vast open-air temple complex of Karnak, and be awed by the enormity of the pillars as you walk through the impressive Hypostyle Hall.

    Sundowners

    Raise your glass and toast the start of your Nile cruise with drinks and canapés.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  28. Day 28 - Nile Cruise

    Today travel to Dendera. Marvel at the vibrant colours of the hieroglyphics adorning the roof of Hathor’s temple before returning to Luxor and visiting the impressive Luxor temple. This evening’s entertainment will delight with the colours of the whirling dervishes and the mesmerising moves of a Nubian dancing performance.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  29. Day 29 - Nile Cruise

    Follow the course of the ancient Pharaohs’ processions along the Nile as you cruise south where villages and majestic temples line the banks of the river against the backdrop of the desert. This afternoon explore Kom Ombo temple, perched high on the east bank and dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile god.
    A fun night awaits on board with a lively and colourful Galabeyya party with Egyptian delicacies,
    music and dancing.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  30. Day 30 - Nile Cruise

    Cruise south to reach charming Aswan, the home of the Nubian people. Discover the Osiris temple complex of Philae, then visit the stone quarries to learn about ancient carving techniques and see the enormous unfinished obelisk. A leisurely afternoon awaits as you savour your last moments on board and take a felucca cruise on the Nile. Tonight join the Captain and crew for a farewell Gala Dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  31. Day 31 - Nile Cruise > Aswan

    Freechoice

    Visit a traditional Nubian village or take a motorboat to the upper reaches of the Nile. Alternatively, discover the vibrant botanical gardens.

    Be ensconced in luxury during your Special Stay, admire the sweeping views over the Nile from the comfort of your balcony.

    Enrich

    Discover the history and famous faces of the hotel before picturing yourself as Agatha Christie, pen in hand, as you enjoy pre dinner drinks at The Terrace, followed by an elegant dinner at restaurant 1902.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  32. Day 32 - Aswan > Cairo

    Fly to Abu Simbel and visit one of Egypt’s most magnificent monuments, the enormous World Heritage-listed temples of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari, rescued from the rising waters of the Aswan Dam. Later, fly to bustling Cairo for your two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  33. Day 33 - Cairo

    Discover the priceless antiquities in the Egyptian Museum including the artefacts recovered from Tutankhamun’s tomb and a selection of Royal Mummies.

    Freechoice

    Discover Islamic Cairo or explore Old Cairo. Alternatively, visit the ancient site of Saqqara.

    This evening join your Tour Director for a farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  34. Day 34 - Cairo > Amman

    Fly to Amman, the capital of the Kingdom of Jordan, for two-nights. Join your Jordanian Tour Director for a dinner of local delicacies.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  35. Day 35 - Amman

    Discover the ancient Roman city of Jerash, inhabited since the Bronze Age. Explore the impressive ruins and witness an exciting re-enactment of a Roman chariot race in the hippodrome.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  36. Day 36 - Amman > Petra

    During a visit to the Royal Automobile Museum view the extensive private collection of the Royal Family. At Madaba discover the famous mosaic map of the Holy Land then continue to the rose red city of Petra for your two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  37. Day 37 - Petra

    This magnificent World Heritage-listed city is the legacy of the Nabataeans, who settled in southern Jordan more than 2,000 years ago. The impressive eastern entrance leads through a brilliantly coloured narrow gorge to the imposing Treasury, more than 40 metres high. Designed to impress, the rock-cut facade will take your breath away. This is only the first of many wonders you will discover here today.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  38. Day 38 - Petra > Wadi Rum

    After a free morning in Petra, continue your journey to Wadi Rum. You will feel like you have stepped onto the moon during your Special Stay in the luxurious Martian tents of the Sun Camp.

    Sundowners

    Witness the vivid and dramatic colours of the desert at sunset over a refreshing drink.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  39. Day 39 - Wadi Rum > Aqaba

    This morning travel in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia as you discover the dramatic desert landscapes of Wadi Rum. Explore Lawrence Road and be awed by the vistas of ancient valleys and towering weathered sandstone mountains rising out of the pink and white sands. Later, continue south to Aqaba for a two night Special Stay. Relax in the luxurious surrounds of your hotel, step onto your balcony with sweeping Red Sea views or take a dip in the pool.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  40. Day 40 - Aqaba

    Freechoice

    Cruise and snorkel the Red Sea in search for marine life. Alternatively, you may choose a relaxing Spa treatment.

    The afternoon is at leisure to relax and enjoy the facilities of your resort.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  41. Day 41 - Aqaba > Dead Sea

    Travel north toward the Dead Sea, stopping at Bethany Beyond the Jordan to see where Jesus was baptised and view the memorial to Moses at Mount Nebo. Continue on to the Dead Sea for a two night stay at your luxurious resort. Relax and take in the views over the Dead Sea across to Israel from your balcony.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  42. Day 42 - Dead Sea

    Enjoy the facilities of your resort including direct access to the sea. Spoil yourself and allow the staff to slather you in the therapeutic mud. Or float in the hypersaline waters of the Dead Sea, while reading a book or the newspaper.

    Sundowners

    Join your Tour Director at the Sky Bar and toast the end of a wonderful journey.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  43. Day 43 - Dead Sea > Tel Aviv

    Fly to Tel Aviv. Enjoy your two night Special Stay. Later, join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  44. Day 44 - Tel Aviv

    Bathed in Mediterranean sunshine, hummus-infused aromas, and Bauhaus-era buildings, Tel Aviv is a vibrant metropolis that is quick to charm. Take an enlightening tour with an expert art-historian guide who will bowl you over with tales about the 4,000-year-old port city of Jaffa, and explore the archaeological ruins and winding alleyways. Browse through the curios of Nahalat Binyamin street market and be enthralled by World Heritage-listed Bauhaus buildings of the White City quarter, then visit scenic Tel Aviv port.

    Freechoice

    Learn the secrets of Israeli cuisine during a cooking class in a picturesque 200-year-old house, or learn the fundamentals of traditional Ethiopian drumming in an interactive workshop. Alternatively, discover the Ilana Goor Museum, distinct in its dual purpose as both an art gallery and private home of the artist.

    Sundowners

    This evening enjoy beverages and dinner at Alma Beach, Tel Aviv’s coolest stretch of sand.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  45. Day 45 - Tel Aviv - Sea of Galilee

    Discover the intriguing history of Israel’s mountainous region as you drive to Caesarea, the Roman capital of Judea. You will have the chance to view the archaeological discoveries of the Crusader city and the Roman port, including a restored amphitheatre and aqueduct. Later, proceed to your two night Special Stay, overlooking the Sea of Galilee in Tiberias. This evening enjoy seasonal local ingredients in dishes that pay homage to the Christian-Arab cuisine of the region at Magdalena.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  46. Day 46 - Sea of Galilee

    Your first look at the scenic region of Galilee will be on a tranquil boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Continue to the biblical village of Capernaum, and then proceed to the place of the miracle of multiplication of the loaves and fishes, Tabgha. On Galilee’s north-western shores, visit the Mount of Beatitudes. Continue to Kibbutz Ein Gev and learn about the unique kibbutz community. Return to your hotel, stopping en route at a local winery for a tour and wine tasting.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  47. Day 47 - Sea of Galilee > Jerusalem

    Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight - Choose to add an optional hot air balloon flight for breath-taking views of the Galilee hills (additional cost, please book on tour.)

    In Nazareth, you’ll visit the Basilica of the Annunciation. In Beit She’an, discover the archaeological excavations that uncovered precious relics, and trace Israel’s incredibly long and rich history that dates back 5,000 years. Ascend the Judean Mountains to Jerusalem, and your home for the next three nights.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  48. Day 48 - Jerusalem

    A Holy City for three of the world’s great religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – Jerusalem occupies a unique place in humanity.

    Enrich

    Get a holistic perspective on the past, present and future of Jerusalem through a unique dual narrative experience with your two tour guides – one Jewish Israeli and one Palestinian. Witness the revered sites of the Old City through their eyes, consider recent tensions, and ponder the city’s future.

    Stand before the Western Wall, famously called the ‘Wailing Wall’, and soak in the aura of the holiest of Jerusalem’s Jewish sites. Continue along the winding streets of the Jewish Quarter to visit the historic Hurva Synagogue. This evening, experience the uplifting songs that distinguish the Jewish faith and Israeli culture at a Yiddish Klezmer club. Savour local tapas as the band provides a spirited soundtrack.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  49. Day 49 - Jerusalem

    Freechoice

    Explore the colourful Mahane Yehuda Market and engage with friendly vendors, and mingle with the city’s rich mosaic of residents as our guide shares insight into Israel’s modern food scene and enduring traditions. Alternatively, discover the stories and survivor testimonies at Yad Vashem – the Holocaust Memorial – with a specialist historian, or enjoy wine tasting at Flam Winery with artisanal cheese and breads.

    Later, explore 5000 years of cultural treasures at the Israel Museum Jerusalem with an experienced historian, including the Billy Rose Art Garden designed by the Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi.

    Enrich

    This evening, enjoy an unforgettable gourmet experience with a chef-prepared traditional Shabbat dinner at an elegant home of American immigrants to Israel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  50. Day 50 - Jerusalem > Tel Aviv or Amman

    This morning, venture to Bethlehem. Immerse yourself into the history and spirituality as you explore the sites of Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity, and the monasteries of the Shepherds’ Fields. Bid farewell to Jerusalem as you transfer to Ben Gurion airport for your onward flight to Amman. Please book flights to depart Amman after 5pm.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

5-star luxury inclusions
  • 7 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 21 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • 4 Scenic Sundowners events
  • 11 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • Private concession game reserves
  • 112 meals – 48 breakfasts (B), 28 lunches and 36 dinners (D)
  • Fully escorted by handpicked Scenic Tour Directors,
  • expert Egyptologists, local guides and safari guides
  • All internal flights
  • Porterage throughout
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

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