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Egypt, Jordan and Israel trip

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Egypt, Jordan and Israel trip

Hello, My cousin and I are debating whether we should purchase a tour package that goes to Egypt, Jordan and Israel and includes hotel accommodations, some meals and transportation to the different sites and attractions for a little over $3K. (Its does not include the entrance tickets to the attractions and the tour lasts 2 weeks) It seems like a good deal but we also wanted to go to Greece, Turkey, India and Nepal and all that can add up, so I don't know if it will be better to do the whole trip on our own...also, would that be dangerous? we r 2 girls traveling alone...we r thinking on doing the whole trip in 1.5 to 2 months. Any suggestions on cheap hotels and must-do or must-see places?

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1. Re: Egypt, Jordan and Israel trip

A package tour that doesn't include entrance tickets is odd. Those tickets can really add up and the end may come out nowhere near $3K once you add in the meals and admissions.

Egypt is not so stable right now and I would suggest that two girls should not visit without a guided tour.

I would suggest you look at Israel and Jordan which are easier to travel through. There are lots of companies offering tours of these 2 countries but you could easily do them on your own. Jordan is much less expensive than Israel but in Israel you could do the hostel route. Hostels in Israel are great, more like inexpensive hotels with private bathrooms, huge fresh breakfasts and often have activities going on.

It is safe for two women to travel in both Israel and Jordan. In Jordan, my experience was that women traveling alone get a lot of male attention, a LOT, but I never felt unsafe. Give yourself 2-3 weeks for Israel and Jordan and you will have lot of time to explore what these countries have to offer. Israel may be a small country but you will be shocked at how much there is to see and do from the most southern tip of the Negev Desert- Eilat to the northern town of Metulla in the Upper Galilee.

Edited: 8:46 pm, January 15, 2013
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2. Re: Egypt, Jordan and Israel trip

Sounds like Around the World in 80 Days...if you go to Egypt, I suggest it be on an escorted tour from a reputable company. I would probably say that at any time for two women, but right now I think it is prudent for everyone..

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3. Re: Egypt, Jordan and Israel trip

You can tour Israel on your own without problems using a combination of self touring, regular daily tours, free walking tours and private guides/drivers for much under $3000. If you stay in youth hostels (like motels in the USA) you will have comfortable accommodations with private rooms/baths including breakfast. They are available throughout the country for a fraction of the price of hotels.

Israel is fine for two women to travel on their own. Let us know your itinerary for ideas, suggestions and warnings (if any) which will give you peace of mind. Jordan is also a place you can tour safely (best to post on that countries forum for more information). Egypt has alot of unrest and I, as a female would not even consider going there, and certainly not on my own.

A package of all three countries is usually very expensive and not very long. Going on your own gives you freedom of movement and to explore sites at your leisure.

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I will simply add that trying to see three countries (or even two) means flying through everything on a "saw that, check it off" basis, but not really experiencing anything. I would concentrate on Israel -- two weeks is NOT too much -- or Israel and Jordan at most.

It's very safe to tour on your own, and easy (at least in the case of Israel; I don't know Jordan). I agree with the others on Egypt right now.

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5. Re: Egypt, Jordan and Israel trip

Your questions are very broad !

From the top down - are you aiming you see all those countries in one trip ? It sounds very ambitious ! India and Nepal maybe should be separated from the trips to countries near the Mediterranean ? If you go to Nepal you MUST trek in the Himalayas - I suggest the Annapurna Sanctuary trek via Ghorepani, allow 7 to 10 days, stupendous scenery - lots of specific advice on that trek the Trip Advisor forums for Nepal. Allow a few days back from the trek in Pokhara by the lake, then a quick trip to Chitwan tiger/rhino park with a long elephant ride in the forest, then back to the fascinating cities of Kathmandu and Bakhtapur.? Three weeks should be enough for Nepoal - but you can't, mustn;t rush the trekking. 3 of my daughters have trekked there, wonderful experiences. And Nepal is far less hassle for travellers than India - or Egypt !

You could combine India with Nepal - eg by flying to Delhi or Mumbai, and flying to Kathmandu from there. Maybe straight through to Nepal - no stopover - a gentler way to acclimatise to Asia - and then stop in India on the way back.

The other countries could be combines into one long trip.

For instance you could combine Egypt with Israel and Jordan. If you are thinking of flying via London - EasyJet gives very competitive fares to Luxor in Egypt (flights cease in mid-July, I believe) and also to Tel Aviv and Amman in Jordan. So you could maybe fly into Luxor - halfway down the Egyptian Nile Valley, tour all the Luxor sites (Valley of the Kings etc), go down to Aswan and Abu Simbel, and maybe get a night train from Aswan that stops at Gaza near the Pyramids at about 6am, then get to the unmissable Cairo Museum of Antiquities - and a night bus out of Cairo down to the Red Sea for some sea and great snorkelling or diving. Dahab is the friiendliest place there. After some rest on the Red Sea, you can get a ferry up to Aqaba in Jordan, bus or taxi from Aqaba to Wadi Rum for a night, early minibus to Petra - stay one night, try to visit the huge site that afternoon and AGAIN the next morning using a 2-day ticket - then bus back to Aqaba and get to the border crossing into Israel near fairly Eilat.

Security in Egypt is obviously an important issue - things have got worse there. But you can minimise risks - for instance stay on the West Bank at Luxor, not in the main city, use recommended guides/drivers from the hotel, do NOT stay overnight in Cairo. Or take a fully-organised tour of the main Egyptian ancient sites. The Red Sea resorts are much more relaxed. And Jordan as well as Israel is tourist-friendly.

You might consider flying from Tel Aviv through to Istanbul, doing your Turkey tour, maybe 2 weeks in all, then hop across to the top end of the Dodecanese islands of Greece and island-hop down to Rhodes. Night ferry from Rhodes to Crete, then ferries up through the Cyclades eg Santorini and Mykonos to Athens - and fly home form Athens after just one night in that city ?

In sum - I suggest you do a short list of what you think your MUST-SEE places are for each of the countries in your list - and then see if you can combine some or all of them !

A final point - think carefully about WHEN you will be travelling. For instance Nepal trekking is best in September/October or March/April, other seasons are too cold or too hot/monsoony. Egypt would be stupidly hot in mid-summer. Greece and Turkey are better in late spring or autumn - after the sea has warmed up. Too many tourists, too crowded and expensive in high summer.

Good luck !

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