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Journey to India, Egypt, Jordan and Jerusalem

26 Nights featuring Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Mumbai, Aqaba, Safaga, and Jerusalem Amer or Amber Fort

Includes: International Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers and More!

Land Program: Includes Full-day Guided Tours on Most Days

Start Date: April 12, 2025
(Sailing April 20, 2025)

About This Journey

Come along with us to Egypt—a brand new Enrichment Journeys destination—and the gems of India, Jordan and Jerusalem as we uncover the historical, cultural, religious and archaeological significance of these iconic locales. Start your Journey by discovering the vibrant lifestyle of India. Wander through the bustling streets of Old Delhi, where the aroma of freshly cooked street food mingles with the dazzling colors of traditional markets. You will continue to New Delhi to take in the glorious UNESCO World Heritage Site Qutb Minar with its 236-foot-high (72 meters) minaret. Next, venture to Agra, which is home to the world-renowned Taj Mahal, a breathtaking monument that stands as an eternal testament to love. You will also visit Agra Fort, another architectural wonder, which will transport you to the era of grandeur and opulence. Explore Amer Fort (also known as the Amber Fort) in Jaipur, perched majestically atop a hill, and relive the tales of valor and royalty. Indulge in a once-in-a-lifetime special Gala Dinner at the Samode Palace in Jaipur. Conclude your pre-cruise Journey in the energetic city of Mumbai, the Bollywood capital and a melting pot of cultures. Next, you will experience Azamara Onward’s intimate atmosphere, immersive exploration and inclusive amenities on an 18 night cruise to exotic destinations such as Salalah, which is famous for its stunning beaches, and Jeddah, which is well known for luxury shopping, architecture and dining. Call upon Aqaba, the gateway to the ancient city of Petra, which was carved into rock over 2,000 years ago. Enjoy rare and unforgettable stops in Egypt with a visit to two Egyptian ports, where you’ll have the opportunity to visit the ancient temples of Luxor, the Valley of the Kings, the Great Pyramids of Giza and more. Then, sail through the Suez Canal on your way to the sacred cities of Jerusalem and Haifa, Israel. Your final stopover will be Limassol, a lively city on the coast of Cyprus. Disembark in Athens, Greece, or continue your memorable vacation with an optional cruise extension. You may also elect to begin your Journey exploring the must-see spots of Nepal, home to Mount Everest and the birthplace of Buddha. Embark on an extraordinary odyssey through India, Egypt, Jordan, and Jerusalem, unveiling the intricate and enchanting mosaic of these remarkable destinations and etching an enduring adventure in your memory.

40-Night Journey with Optional Cruise Extension Also Available–See Itinerary Option 2 for Details!

Visits: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Mumbai, Salalah, Jeddah, Aqaba, Safaga, Sokhna, Suez Canal (Passage), Jerusalem (Ashdod), Haifa, Limassol, Athens; Azamara Onward; 37085

Journey to India, Egypt, Jordan and Jerusalem

Itinerary

Start Date: April 12, 2025
(Sailing April 20, 2025)

Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Arrive Delhi – Transfer to Hotel and Welcome Dinner
2 Delhi – Full-day City Tour
3 Delhi to Agra – Tour of the Taj Mahal
4 Agra to Jaipur – Tour of Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri
5 Jaipur – Half-day City Tour and Samode Palace Dinner
6 Jaipur- Tour of Amber Fort
7 Jaipur to Mumbai – Flight and Group Dinner
8 Mumbai – Cultural Tour
9 Mumbai – Transfer to Port for Embarkation 6:00 PM
10 At Sea
11 At Sea
12 Salalah, Oman 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
13 At Sea
14 At Sea
15 At Sea
16 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 8:00 AM 11:00 PM
17 At Sea
18 Aqaba, Jordan 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
19 Safaga, Egypt 7:00 AM
20 Safaga, Egypt 5:00 PM
21 Sokhna, Egypt 7:00 AM 8:00 PM
22 Suez Canal (Passage), Egypt
23 Jerusalem (Ashdod), Israel 8:00 AM 10:00 PM
24 Haifa, Israel 7:30 AM 8:00 PM
25 Limassol, Cyprus 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
26 At Sea
27 Athens (Piraeus), Greece – Transfer to Airport 6:00 AM

**Please note that this itinerary is subject to change at anytime, including port of call changes. Please call a Personal Vacation Manager with any questions.

Interested in the land program without the cruise? Call us for a quote.

Land Program

Day 1 – Arrive in Delhi

Upon arrival at the airport you will be transferred to the hotel where assistance will be provided for check-in. You’ll have time to get settled in and relax before joining your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)

Note: if you wish to spend more time in Delhi, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about the optional hotel extension, which will add one night to your Delhi hotel stay.

Day 2 – Delhi

Delhi India Qutb Minar

Qutb Minar, Delhi

After breakfast, you will have a full-day tour of Old and New Delhi. Modern Delhi is a chaotic  tapestry of medieval fortifications, Mughal mausoleums, crowded bazaars, and colonial-era town planning. Start our tour of Old and New Delhi with a drive past the Kotla Firoze Shah, ruins of an old fort of the 14th century, the 17th-century Jama Masjid Mosque, and the magnificent Red Fort. Visit Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948. Then see New Delhi as you drive past the Presidential Palace, the Rashtrapati Bhavan, through the impressive Rajpath to the World War I Memorial Arch and the India Gate. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Qutb Minar with its 72-meter-high minaret. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and the remainder of your afternoon at your leisure. Rejoin the group again this evening for dinner at the hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 3 – Delhi to Agra

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

After breakfast at your hotel, depart by motor coach for Agra where you will have lunch upon arrival. We will then make our way to the Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and undoubtedly one of the world’s most iconic structures. The soft hues of white marble against a dusty blue sky reflect on the water, creating a breathtaking image. There is no doubt that this special moment will be one of the highlights of your trip! The Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan as a memorial for his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to their 14th child in 1631. Construction of the Taj began the following year and, although the main building is thought to have been built in eight years, the whole complex was not completed until 1653. After our visit to the Taj Mahal is complete, return to the hotel for dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Agra to Jaipur

Agra Fort

Agra Fort

This morning we will visit the Agra Fort. With the Taj Mahal overshadowing it, one can easily forget that Agra has one of the finest Mughal forts in India. Construction of the massive red-sandstone fort, on the bank of the Yamuna River, began by Emperor Akbar in 1565. Further additions were made using white marble. The fort was built primarily as a military structure, but Shah Jahan transformed it into a palace, and later it became his gilded prison for eight years after his son Aurangzeb seized power in 1658.

Agra Fort

After visiting the Agra Fort, board our coach for the drive to Jaipur. Enroute, a visit will be made at Fatehpur Sikri, a magnificent fortified ancient city that was the short-lived capital of the Mughal Empire between 1571 and 1585, during the reign of Emperor Akbar. Akbar visited the village of Sikri to consult the Sufi saint Shaikh Salim Chishti, who predicted the birth of an heir to the Mughal throne. When the prophecy came true, Akbar built his new capital here, including a stunning mosque—still in use today—and three palaces for each of his favorite wives, one a Hindu, one a Muslim and one a Christian (though Hindu villagers in Sikri dispute these claims). The city was an Indo-Islamic masterpiece and is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A stop for lunch will be made in Bharatpur before continuing to Jaipur. Check-in and have a leisurely dinner at the hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Jaipur

Beautiful gardens in Amer Fort

This morning we travel seven miles north of Jaipur to visit Amer Fort (also known as the Amber Fort), a honey-colored fortress, in the Aravalli hills. The somber exterior belies the richness of the royal apartments, which open on to striking views of the gorge. It also possesses a Chamber of Mirrors. The Hall of Victory presents a galaxy of decorative art—panels of alabaster with fine inlay work. After working up an appetite, indulge in a delicious lunch. Then, enjoy some free time to peruse the stalls at the local bazaar. Return to your hotel, a former palace, for an evening at leisure. Built in 1727, the Raj Palace Hotel is a former Maharaja’s palace which has been meticulously restored. Filled with antiques and, Oriental rugs and rich fabrics throughout the rooms and courtyards, it offers a luxury experience full of history and charm. Return to your hotel for dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Jaipur

Hawa Mahal Palace of Winds, Jaipur, India

Hawa Mahal Palace of Winds, Jaipur, India

After breakfast, you will have a half-day tour of the city of Jaipur. Visit the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), an elaborate building encrusted with delicate honeycomb screens and carved balconies from which the royal ladies, confined to their quarters, could view the world outside. Visit Jai Singh’s Observatory, Jantar Mantar, built in the 17th century by the founder of Jaipur who, besides being the prince was also a soldier, astronomer and builder. Then visit the City Palace—part of which is a museum displaying Rajput and Mughal paintings, rare manuscripts and Royal costumes. After exploring Jaipur, return to the hotel via an exciting common mode of transportation in India, a TukTuk ride (an auto rickshaw) with time to prepare for a celebration of the senses.

Indian folk dances

This evening you will enjoy a special Gala Dinner at the Samode Palace. Assemble outside the palace where we will join a procession of camels and soldiers all dressed up for this special welcome. Walking towards the Palace steps, adorned with a red carpet and floral decorations, the fort will become illuminated as musicians play alongside. You will then move into the second courtyard, where a Bhopa (musician playing a one stringed instrument) welcomes you inside. Then, in the third courtyard, delight in a local puppet show before continuing into the Sheesh Mahal, where you will be served a welcome drink and light snacks. Finally, sit down to an elegant dinner on the terrace, complete with a performance of music and folk dances. The evening ends with fireworks, resembling those of India’s festival of lights, Diwali.

Please Note: The Gala Dinner requires a minimum of 10 guests. In the event of a smaller group size, it may be replaced with an alternative cultural dinner experience. (B, L, D)

Day 7 – Jaipur to Mumbai

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Mumbai. Experience true grandeur at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, the iconic sea-facing landmark in Colaba, South Mumbai. This flagship 5-star Taj hotel offers you splendid views of the Arabian Sea and Gateway of India, the most famous monument in Mumbai. After checking in to the hotel, join your fellow travelers for a delicious dinner at the hotel restaurant. (B, D)

Day 8 – Mumbai

mumbai intia

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Mumbai, India

During this full-day tour of Mumbai, you will see all the “must see” sites of Mumbai, and more! Departing the hotel, you will set off on a walking tour of some of Mumbai’s best-preserved Colonial buildings from the days of British rule. Sites include the Asiatic Library (Old Town Hall); St. Thomas Cathedral, the city’s first Anglican Church and the oldest British-era building standing in Mumbai; Flora Fountain, which was built in 1864 and depicts the Roman goddess Flora; High Court, one of the most distinguished High Courts in the country and housed in a beautiful Gothic building; and Mumbai University. Continue walking towards the David Sassoon Library, then board the coach for a drive to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (formally Victoria Terminus Station), an outstanding example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture blended with themes deriving from Indian traditional architecture. The first train in India departed from this station in 1853. After lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy a scenic drive past the Dhobi Ghat, the world’s largest outdoor laundromat, and the Mani Bhawan residence, where Mahatma Gandhi lived between 1917 and 1934. The leader formulated his philosophy of satyagraha (nonviolent protest) and launched the 1932 Civil Disobedience campaign from this house. Return to the hotel where you will enjoy some time to relax before dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 9 – Mumbai Embarkation

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Azamara Onward for an 18-night cruise to Egypt, Jordan, Israel and more. (B)

Day 10–26 – Cruising onboard the Azamara Onward (see below for cruise highlights)

Day 27 – Athens Disembarkation

Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Azamara Onward and transfer to the airport for your return flight home. Optional 2-night Athens extension available, see “special offers” section for details.

Note: guests who book a cruise extension will not disembark in Athens. Instead, you will remain on the ship and continue your cruise to Rome.

For meals not included in your land programs, all hotels chosen include a restaurant on property where you may relax and enjoy a meal. In addition, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining, shopping or sightseeing.

Port Highlights

Salalah, Oman

Salalah, Oman: Salalah is famed for its monsoon season that transforms this subtropical city into an oasis, but there are many other sights to behold like Wadi Darbat, Mughsail Bay, and some of the best beaches in Oman.

 

 

 

 

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: Discover ancient-meets-cosmopolitan Jeddah. This coastal metropolis is known as the “Mermaid of the Red Sea,” welcoming visitors with 7th-century UNESCO-listed historic districts, a buzzing waterfront promenade, luxury shopping, state-of-the-art architecture, and fine dining.

 

 

 

Aqaba, Jordan

Aqaba, Jordan: The warm, tranquil waters of the Red Sea make Aqaba a prime attraction for snorkelers and divers, but even more awe-inspiring is the ancient city of Petra, carved into dusky pink rock more than 2,000 years ago.

 

 

 

Safaga, Egypt

Safaga, Egypt: Egypt’s Safaga is a gateway to the fabulous ancient temples of Luxor, with their massive columns and statues and intriguing hieroglyphics, as well as the Pharonic tombs in the Valleys of Kings and Queens.

 

 

 

Sokhna, Egypt

Sokhna, Egypt: This state-of-the-art port is a striking contrast to the wonders of antiquity you will find in Cairo, where the city of Suez unfolds in layers, beginning with the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Egyptian Museum.

 

 

 

Suez Canal (Passage), Egypt

Suez Canal (Passage), Egypt: Experience the breathtaking illusion of sailing through oceans of desert sand as you cruise the 100-mile Suez Canal, the engineering marvel completed in 1869 and connecting the Mediterranean and Red Seas.

 

 

 

Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem (Ashdod), Israel: Regardless of your faith, philosophy or grasp of ancient history, you cannot fail to be awed by the holy city of Jerusalem and its many shrines, including the Western Wall, the Temple Mount and Via Dolorosa.

 

 

 

Haifa, Isreal

Haifa, Israel: Haifa is a modern city and seaport on the slopes of Mount Carmel and an excellent base for visiting biblical and archaeological sites like the Galilee, Nazareth, the River Jordan and the city of Safed.

 

 

 

Limassol, Cyprus

Limassol, Cyprus: A fascinating intersection of cultural influences and an intriguing history have shaped Limassol, a vibrant city located in the shadow of the Troodos mountains, on Akrotiri Bay on the southern coast of Cyprus.

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Included Features

  • International airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • Airfare from Jaipur to Mumbai, including transfers and baggage handling
  • 8-night pre-cruise land program in India
    • Delhi, India: 2-night hotel stay
      • Welcome dinner
      • Full-day tour of Old and New Delhi
    • Agra, India: 1-night hotel stay
      • Half-day tour of Agra Fort
      • Visit to Taj Mahal
      • Full-day tour of Fatehpur Sikri and Jaipur Transfer
    • Jaipur, India: 3-night hotel stay
      • Half-day city tour
      • Samode Palace Gala Dinner
      • Half-day tour of Amer Fort
    • Mumbai, India: 2-night hotel stay
      • Full-day cultural tour
  • Tour Leader throughout pre-cruise land program and Local Tour Hosts during included tours
  • Most meals while on tour (see itinerary highlights) and all meals while onboard
  • 18-night sailing aboard Azamara Onward
    • 10% off shore excursions (see “special offers”)
    • Amenities included during your Azamara cruise:
      • AzAmazing Celebrations event
      • Select standard spirits, international beers and wines
      • Gratuities
      • Bottle water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas
      • Self-service laundry
      • Shuttle service to and from port communities, where available
      • Concierge services for personal guidance and reservations
      • Much more!
      • Special Offer—Ends 6/30: Receive up to $700 Onboard Credit and a $200 Visa Gift Card per stateroom. Call for details!

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What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

Pacing 5 Out of 5

 

5 out of 5 – Land program Includes Full-day Guided Tours on Most Days

The overall pace is active, as most days include a full-day tour. Guests should be prepared to walk a couple of miles per day while on full-day tours. Breakfast is always included at the hotel. Some additional meals will be included, while other meals may be at your leisure. All hotels will have a restaurant on property where you may dine. If you wish to go out, your guide is available to make suggestions for nearby dining.

During the cruise you will have a mix of relaxing days at sea and exciting days on land to explore the port cities. You may choose from optional shore excursions, which will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities.

Physical Activity

The land portion of the trip should be considered active and includes a considerable amount of walking. Walking on different types of land, roads, and landmarks will be part of the trip, especially in India. Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses and comfortable accommodations where applicable. However, some areas cannot be accessed by coach, so our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Historical sites often do not have elevators, escalators, or ramps due to the age of the building/structure. Steps can be steep and uneven. Based on crowds and traffic, order of visits may be changed.

Wheelchair access at many sites is limited to extremely limited. A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the bus but requires prior arrangements. Guests must be able to transfer from their chair to the transportation. Guides/drivers are not allowed to lift or push wheelchairs, so guests requiring physical assistance must travel with a companion who can assist. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program.

For the cruise portion of the trip, passengers will board and leave the ship up stairways and gangways, and you may have to walk a moderate distance to transfer to train, bus and car stations. Time spent on the road and traveling can be long, so you will need to be prepared for stretches of down time in between destinations.

Cultural Focus

India offers a rich culture, and eclectic combination of the old and the new. Dress in India and the Middle East leans more conservative. Be respectful and dress conservatively in religious places, especially temples and while on tour in India; it will be appreciated.

You will encounter dishes and ingredients typical to the region that you may not have encountered before, and you will be introduced to local artistry of the region. Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes the attractions, beaches, and cities themselves can be crowded, especially while on the cruise.

Unique Factors

Be mindful of local culture and pack modest clothing. We ask that you please be friendly and polite when taking photos of locals. If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check in with your personal vacation manager before booking the trip. The temperature can vary between day and night, so pack accordingly with items that can be layered. Some guests may wish to have a light sweater or windbreaker with them.

Transportation

While on tour:

Delhi to Agra: 4-hour coach transfer
Agra to Jaipur: 5-hour coach transfer
Jaipur to Mumbai: 1.5-hour flight

Please note that these times are approximate and only reflect the transportation time. Our trip may be longer due to stops for sightseeing along the way.

International Airfare:

Included international airfare is from select airports only. To inquire about a different airport, please contact your Personal Vacation Manager.

Enrichment Journeys is committed to providing remarkable experiences at extraordinary value. As a result, airlines and routes are selected to maximize that value and may involve multiple stops and extended layovers versus non-stop or direct flights. Passengers wishing to utilize specific carriers, direct/non-stop flights, Business Class upgrades, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting Enrichment Journeys and inquiring about the Custom Airfare Program. There is a $100 per person charge for this service, however this charge will be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. The $100 charge must be paid prior to receiving a custom air quote.

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Book by 6/30 for up to $700 Onboard Credit and a $200 Visa Gift Card per stateroom. Call for details!

Ask about receiving 10% off all shore excursions from Shore Excursions Group!

Journey to India, Egypt, Jordan and Jerusalem

Extend Your Cruise by 14 Nights! (see option 2 under Itinerary)

There are four optional extensions available on this Enrichment Journey: a cruise extension, a Nepal land program, a Delhi hotel extension, and a post-cruise hotel stay in Athens. Please see below for full details.

Extend Your Cruise by 14 Nights! Visit the ports of Santorini, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Venice and more. Speak to a Personal Vacation Manager for details.

1-night Delhi Extension (pre)

Want an extra day to adjust to the new time zone? With this optional extension you will arrive to Delhi a day early and have one extra day to relax at the hotel before the tour starts. Note: tours are not included. Price of $170 per person (based on double occupancy) includes:

  • 1-night hotel accommodations in Delhi with daily breakfast
  • Private transfer from airport to hotel

2-night Athens Extension (post)

Although everyone on the Enrichment Journey will disembark the ship in Athens, the itinerary does not include any time in the city. With this optional extension you will stay for 2 nights in Athens after your cruise, giving you time to explore the city on your own before flying home. Note: tours are not included. Price of $475 per person (based on double occupancy) includes:

  • 2-night hotel accommodations in Athens with daily breakfast
  • Private transfer from ship to hotel and hotel to airport

Four Night Kathmandu Extension (pre)

Want to venture further into South Asia during your travels? Now you can, with a 5-day Journey extension to Kathmandu, Nepal! Catch a plane headed for Kathmandu, where you will enjoy 4 nights and 5 days, taking in some of the most impressive vistas of Mount Everest’s jagged peaks, old royal palaces, and the ancient religious architecture of Nepal. Indulge in a truly captivating experience with a scenic mountain flight of Mount Everest. Take in the sights during a tour of Kathmandu, with visits to Kathmandu Durbar Square (first of three royal palaces and a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and Swayambunath, one of Nepal’s oldest religious sites. Marvel at Newar architecture in Patan Durbar Square and visit Boudhnath, one of the largest stupas in Nepal. Enjoy a local tea tasting, be dazzled by a Nepalese cultural show and more. Your awe-inspiring adventure awaits! This extension includes:

  • Airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Four-night hotel accommodations (5-star Marriott Kathmandu Hotel or similar)
  • Most meals
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Tours and transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
    • Scenic mountain flight of Mount Everest
    • Kathmandu Durbar Square
    • Patan Durbar Square
    • Bhaktapur (Bhadgaon) Durbar Square
    • Learn about Nepalese prayer flags
    • Enjoy a captivating Nepalese dance show
    • Much More!

Price: $2199 per person based on double occupancy
Single: $2599

Day 1 – Arrive Kathmandu

Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal

Your Journey extension begins as you arrive in Kathmandu. You will be welcomed by your local host at the international airport where you will then transfer to your hotel to check in and relax. Later, join your group for an included dinner at your hotel. (D)

Note: Many flights arriving to Kathmandu airport may require a longer layover in Delhi, where you may be required to have an overnight. We strongly recommend participating in our Custom Air Program, which is available to booked guests for an additional fee. Please call for details.

Day 2 – Kathmandu

Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu

Enjoy the morning at leisure to relax and recuperate after such a long flight. After lunch at the hotel, we will head out to visit Patan Durbar Square, one of three Durbar (royal palace) Squares in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Our visit to Patan, known as the “city of fine arts,” includes the Golden Temple, Patan Museum, and the house of Kumari Temple. Afterwards, enjoy a tea tasting at a local tearoom before proceeding to Boudhanath, one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal. The stupas’ massive mandala dominates the skyline and is one of the largest stupas in the world. Return to the hotel for dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 3 – Kathmandu

Mount Everest

Mount Everest

Today, you will set off early on an exciting adventure. Drive to the Kathmandu airport and delight in a scenic mountain flight of Mount Everest. Experience the Earth’s highest mountain from a perspective not seen by many. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Afterwards, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu. Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, another one of three Durbar (royal palace) Squares. Our visit includes several temples within the Darbar complex. You will then have some time to peruse the local bazaars before sitting down for lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon we will visit Swayambunath, an ancient religious architectural complex atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley. The complex consists of a stupa, a variety of shrines and temples. Learn about Nepalese prayer flags before returning to the hotel to relax over an included dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Kathmandu

Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal

This morning we will visit the trade route linking Nepal to Tibet, named Dhulikhel. It is one of the more popular places from which to observe the high Himalaya—from the edge of the ridge, a stunning panorama of peaks unfolds. We will then proceed to Bhaktapur, a UNESCO Site, for a sightseeing tour of this “open museum” founded in the 9th century. The palace, temple, and pottery square are all part of the complex. After lunch at a local restaurant, we will then visit Pashupatinath, a famous and sacred Hindu temple complex located on the bank of the Bagmati River. After returning to your hotel, rejoin your group this evening for a captivating Nepalese cultural show followed by dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Kathmandu

After having breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight to Delhi. (B)

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Dates & Prices

Itinerary Option 1 (26 Nights)

4/12/2025 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Club Veranda (V3) $14,265 $10,699 $3,566 CALL FOR DETAILS
Club Veranda Plus (P3) $15,599 $11,699 $3,900 CALL FOR DETAILS
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Itinerary Option 2 (40 Nights)

4/12/2025 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Club Veranda (V3) $21,599 $16,199 $5,400 CALL FOR DETAILS
Club Veranda (V2) $21,999 $16,499 $5,500 CALL FOR DETAILS
Club Veranda (V1) $22,399 $16,799 $5,600 CALL FOR DETAILS
Club Veranda Plus (P1) $24,132 $18,099 $6,033 CALL FOR DETAILS
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Prices are in USD and are based on double occupancy.

Interested in the land program without the cruise? Call us for a quote.

Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Atlanta $300 Houston Intercontinental $400 Orlando $350
Boston $300 John F. Kennedy $0 Phoenix $450
Detroit $350 Los Angeles $400 Toronto $400
Dallas-Ft. Worth $400 Vancouver $450 Seattle $450
Newark $250 Miami $300 San Francisco $450
Denver $400 Chicago $350
– Business Class Air Available on Request
– Additional Gateways Available on Request
– Air Add-On Rates are subject to change without notice. While we try to include the most common airports by default, we have many clients coming from different parts of the country. If you desire air from an unlisted airport, you must first reserve your Enrichment Journey with one of the listed airports as your default gateway and then ask, or have your Travel Agent ask, Enrichment Journeys to provide a quote for your preferred gateway.

All prices on our website and e-Journey Travel Guide are subject to change without notice. While we make every effort to provide you the most accurate and up-to-date information, occasionally, a trip or pricing category may be misprinted or unavailable at the time of booking. In the event of an incorrect price due to typographical, photographic, or technical error, or error in pricing information received from our suppliers, we retain the right to correct the price and to refuse or cancel any bookings placed at the incorrect price. In addition, all offers, prices, and conditions of sale may be subject to change without notice including tours, included features, highlights, minimum or maximum stays, itinerary, times in port, and/or other conditions/restrictions.

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The following hotel list is preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract for hotels a year or more in advance, unforeseen circumstances do occasionally require a change of hotel. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality or value will be substituted and you will receive confirmed hotel information with your final itinerary.

Accommodations
Taj Palace, New Delhi

2 Sardar Patel Marg Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi, New Delhi, 110021, India

Telephone: +91 11 2611 0202

This is the only “palace” hotel in the national capital since 1983. Nestled amidst the heart of the historic Indian capital city, the iconic Taj Palace, New Delhi has held a distinguished position amongst the finest hotels in the world for close to four decades. Spread over six acres of lush gardens, our 5-star hotel in Delhi is synonymous with timeless luxury and unmatched hospitality. Four award-winning restaurants featuring an array of cuisines from across the world, a stylish bar, nine-hole putting greens, a temperature-controlled swimming pool, and an expansive J Wellness Circle make Taj Palace, New Delhi, a true urban oasis. Indulge yourself with personalized butler service, exclusive access to the Taj Club Lounge, and other special privileges when you stay in our Taj Club Rooms and Suites. Host to the finest events and convention centre in Delhi, Taj Palace, New Delhi features the capital’s most coveted venues–a spectrum of 11 indoor venues and two manicured lawns.

Raj Palace

Zorawar Singh Gate, Amer Road, Jaipur 302002

Telephone: 0800-0482-314

Email: contact@slh.com

A former Maharaja’s palace built in 1727 in the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, The Raj Palace Hotel is truly stunning and has been meticulously restored to reflect the palace’s original majesty and charm. A heritage and award-winning hotel, expect superb service, two restaurants, a spa, an exclusive cinema, a beautiful pool and decorative gardens.

The Raj Palace Hotel is just brimming with antiques and artifacts from the days of the Raj including beautiful Oriental rugs, crystal chandeliers and rich fabrics. With impressive arches, ornate wall decorations, pillars and courtyards, not only is the palace spectacular, but the history of the place seems to come alive.

The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai

Apollo Bunder, Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400 001, India

Telephone: +91 22 6665 3366

The Taj Mahal Palace opened in Mumbai, then Bombay, in 1903, giving birth to the country’s first harbor landmark. The recently trademarked flagship hotel overlooks the majestic Gateway of India. This legendary hotel in Mumbai has played host to kings, dignitaries, and eminent personalities from across the globe, and is acknowledged as a world leader in hospitality. Each of the rooms 285 rooms & suites are a striking blend of nostalgic elegance, rich history and modern facilities. Strategically located in Mumbai’s prime historical and commercial hub, The Taj Mahal Palace is within walking distance from Colaba Causeway, known for its touristy tiny roadside shops.

Azamara Onward

Cruise Line: Azamara

Step aboard the new Azamara Onward℠, and arrive at the doorstep of the globe’s most hidden gems and storied cities. Built to cross oceans, cruise along scenic waterways and dock at locations larger ships can’t access — this small ship cruising experience is unlike any other.

Throughout your journey, you’ll find so many ways to immerse yourself in your travels. Our thoughtfully-planned itineraries feature more extended stays, more overnights, and unique night touring, giving you more time for what matters — experiencing the history, arts, cuisine, and local customs that make each port memorable.

And after a day spent discovering the treasures of your destination, retreat to your seaside sanctuary for ocean views, saltwater breezes, and all the lush amenities you can imagine. From 24-hour room service to five-star butler service, our luxury staterooms and spacious suites deliver genuine tranquility and comfort.

Azamara ships are designed to meet your every need, no matter where you’re going. That’s why our list of onboard amenities is almost as far-reaching as the locations we visit. Discover a world of flavors at our specialty restaurants, recharge and relax at our state-of-the-art spa and fitness center, and take in nightly on-board entertainment, from signature shows, comedy nights, and unforgettable events.

While our destinations may bring you on board, it’s our international crew that keeps you coming back. Across the fleet, our authentic service goes beyond the expectations of even the most well-traveled cruisers. From anticipating your needs and knowing you by name to offering the most dedicated attention to detail, personal connections are always a moment away.

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Before You Go

Money Matters

How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

ATM Machines

These are often readily available, especially in major cities. Some will charge fees on top of what your hometown bank may charge for using ATMs abroad. Look for well-marked machines that have the Visa or MasterCard symbols.

Foreign Banks

Currency can be exchanged at most banks, if needed. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.

Credit Cards

During your trip, you’ll find that most major credit cards are accepted. Call your specific card issuer ahead of time to find out its limitations and benefits overseas.

Incidentals

Do be aware that some additional charges for mini-bars, laundry and room service will not be included in the tour package. Plan accordingly for these extra charges.

Packing Guidelines

Pack as simply as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Check with your domestic and international carriers regarding baggage guidelines, allowances, and check for additional fees. All bags will be screened before boarding flights and the cruise ship.

What to pack

Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. Be sure to check the weather in the destinations you will visit, and pack accordingly. There are always unpredictable variables as well, so make sure you have one sturdy jacket and an outfit for a formal occasion too, just in case.

Here are a few key items to take on your trip:

  • Raincoat/poncho
  • Hooded jacket/fleece pullover
  • Pants with pockets
  • Skirt with pockets
  • Hat with visor & sunscreen/bug spray
  • Warm socks
  • Sturdy sandals
  • Practical shoes for walking/easy hiking
  • Extra pair of prescription sunglasses and/or glasses (if needed)
  • Camera(s)

Have back-ups for everything to avoid disappointment. Charge batteries in advance and bring extra film or digital memory cards. If bringing a high-end camera, consider investing in insurance to protect your asset.

Luggage Screening Process

To pass through screening, have liquids either in small containers and bagged, or in checked luggage. All valuables necessary for the trip should be on your person at all times, if possible. This includes medications and documentation. We recommend one main bag and a carry-on, per airline guidelines for weight and size.

Labeling

Have all your bags labeled with your name and address clearly marked. Add something to you luggage that is recognizable in the event your bags are misplaced. You may also consider marking your bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for efficiency.

Carry-on items

In many countries, including the US, large liquid containers are not allowed in carry-ons. On the way back into The States, food or agriculture items are prohibited. If you have questions about a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are included as part of your Enrichment Journey. Local representatives will advise you of the departure time from your hotel the night before departure. Generally speaking, arrangements have been made to have you at the airport approximately three hours in advance of departure, though this may vary depending on local circumstances. At the end of the cruise, an airport transfer will also be provided. Please advise your Personal Vacation Manager if you do not require transfer arrangements at the time of booking your Journey.

Cell phones

Some cell phones will work overseas, but incur additional charges for the use. Choose whether you would like to add an international plan by calling your carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, in some destinations, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless Internet for free.

Protecting the Value of Your Travel Investment

Enrichment Journeys offers a comprehensive travel insurance package you can purchase alongside your trip. It eases the mind and lets you cancel your trip for a covered reason up until the departure date with a full refund of the Journey.

The insurance covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, and even baggage delay. You will also receive a pre-existing medical conditions waiver if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit. For a full list of coverage provided, visit the FAQ section of the website.

Medical Issues and Handicaps

As with any extensive trip abroad, our excursions with Enrichment Journeys will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on cobblestone streets and navigating through some busy cities with guides. Although we encourage all types of travelers to join us, we do ask you are aware of your own physical limitations. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual care to those who may have walkers, wheelchairs or other aids. Enrichment Journeys also cannot accommodate pregnant women past their six month gestation period. Please speak with one of our Personal Vacation Managers to see if certain itineraries are suitable for you and your needs. We are happy to suggest other viable options for you that are more accessible.

Per the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, travelers have the right to be reasonably accommodated in terms of tours in public situations. However, the laws do not apply for trips and outside the United States. So you must let Enrichment Journeys know ahead of time of any physical limitations, including information added to our questionnaire that needs to be filled out by all passengers. Failure to inform Enrichment Journeys of these limitations could result in refusal to participate, whether it be at the airport through the airline, on board the ship or at the accommodations booked.

If you have any sort of prescription medication, this should be a number one priority in packing. Bring extra, just in case. A small medical kit is also advisable for quick access to remedy minor aches and pains.

Briefing sessions

A local host or tour manager will be happy to guide you through the trip and answer all of your questions. Upon arrival to your destination, an Enrichment Journeys representative will meet with the group and go over items such as the daily schedule, weather and local customs.

Hotels

All hotels booked by Enrichment Journeys are held to a high standard of comfort and quality, in accordance to international accommodation standards and rating systems. However, each accommodation varies so you may experience various types of properties throughout your excursions.

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Regional Information

Travel Documentation

Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is recommended that you e-mail a copy to yourself and someone back home in the event these documents are misplaced. Also, it may be worth bringing an international ID or license.

Passport and Visa

To travel internationally, you must have a passport in good condition, and it must be valid for at least 6 months after the last day of your trip.Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide visa information, and you should not rely on the information provided below to be the most current and accurate. The best way to obtain up-to-date information regarding visa requirements is to visit the official US government website for Americans traveling abroad, Travel.State.Gov (Canadian citizens should visit https://travel.gc.ca/, for all other countries please visit your government website or local embassy), which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.

You may also use a third-party visa service, such as Expedited Travel. These services require an additional service fee but make the process of applying for a visa much simpler.

Note: as of August 2023, most U.S. and Canadian passport holders traveling to Sri Lanka and India are required to obtain a visa. It is no longer possible to obtain a visa on arrival. For India, a full visa with multi-entry may be required, as the electronic visa may not be sufficient. Enrichment Journeys strongly encourages you to check your government website a few months prior to departure (and then again right before departure) to verify this information, as well as for all countries on your itinerary.

Note: as of August 2023, U.S. and Canadian passport holders traveling to Egypt will need to obtain an e-visa prior to arrival. Please visit https://visa2egypt.gov.eg/eVisa/Home for details.

Note: as of August 2023, U.S. and Canadian passport holders traveling to Jordan will need to obtain a visa upon arrival. Please check the State Department website for the most up to date information prior to departure.

Note: as of August 2023, U.S. and Canadian passport holders traveling to Saudi Arabia may need to obtain a visa or a Saudi laissez-passer (temporary travel document). Due to changing requirements, Enrichment Journeys recommends all guests check the State Department website and/or the cruise line for the most up to date information prior to departure.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are recommended to protect one’s health from preventable diseases abroad. It is always good to have routine vaccinations up to date when traveling for ailments such as chickenpox, measles, and the flu shot. Use your own discretion when deciding on what vaccinations to have based on your preferences and personal medical history. During your Enrichment Journeys tour, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce.

For a list of recommended vaccinations based on destination, visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel or feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention directly at 1-800-232-4636.

Electric Current

You will need an adaptor for some parts of your trip. To see what the plugs will look like at your destination, visit https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/ and click on each country from the right menu.

You may also need to use a converter. Most countries outside of North and Central America use 220-240 V, whereas the U.S. and Canada use 110 V. However, most chargers these days have a box which will act as a converter so that it can be used in all countries around the world. If your charger box says “Input: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz” then you do NOT need to use a converter (but you may still need an adaptor so that the plugs fit in the socket).

Some hotels may have two and three pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter. However, we recommend having at least one or two adaptors with you, as we cannot guarantee that all hotels will be able to accommodate this.

Local Currency

India uses the Indian Rupee (₹), currency code INR
Oman uses the Omani Rial (ر.ع.), currency code OMR
Saudi Arabia uses the Saudi Riyal (SR, ر.س, ﷼‎), currency code SAR
Jordan uses the Jordanian Dinar (د.ا), currency code JOD
Egypt uses the Egyptian Pound (E£, ج.م), currency code EGP
Israel uses the Israeli New Shekel (₪), currency code ILS
Cyprus and Greece use the Euro (€), currency code EUR

Please visit https://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/  for the current exchange rate.

How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. We suggest having at least some local currency with you during the trip, at least enough to take a taxi if needed. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is always appreciated but not always required. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers, drivers, guides, and baggage handlers. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary.

Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels, and at airports. The host, guide, or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per person, per day. Drivers can be tipped $5 USD per person, per day. Onboard the ship, gratuities are already included when sailing with Azamara Cruises.

For more information about when and how much to tip in each country, feel free to speak with your tour guide at the start of your Journey. A good reference for international tipping is https://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2008-11-11/etiquette-101-tipping-guide.

Time Differences

Please be aware that you may be crossing through several time zones throughout your Journey. To view a time zone map, visit https://m.worldtimezone.com/m-index12.php.

Climate

With the tour covering various regions, you will most likely come in contact with warm and/or cool weather, occasional rain, wind, dry and/or damp environments. Check the weather online before departing for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations.

Many countries outside of North America use Celsius. Here is a °C to °F quick reference guide:

-5° C = 23° F 5° C = 41° F 15° C = 59° F 25° C = 77° F 35° C = 95° F
0° C = 32° F 10° C = 50° F 20° C = 68° F 30° C = 86° F 40° C = 104° F

High/Low Temperatures in Fahrenheit:

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Delhi 69/46 75/51 86/60 98/70 103/78 101/82 96/81 93/80 93/80 91/66 83/55 73/47
Mumbai 86/64 88/64 90/70 91/75 91/81 90/79 86/77 86/77 88/77 91/75 71/72 90/66
Safaga 72/52 73/52 79/59 82/63 90/70 93/75 93/75 93/77 90/73 86/68 81/61 73/54
Jerusalem 43/53 44/57 44/61 53/69 60/77 63/81 66/84 66/86 65/82 60/78 54/67 47/56
Haifa 49/65 48/66 51/69 54/72 63/77 63/81 66/84 66/86 65/82 60/78 54/67 47/56
Athens 53/44 54/44 57/47 64/52 71/59 80/67 82/71 82/71 77/66 70/60 62/53 56/47

Practice the Local Language

Knowing a few phrases in the local vernacular can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are some fun phrases:

India: Hindi

  • Namastey: Hi
  • Alvida: Goodbye
  • Hum kho gaye hain: I’m Lost
  • Yeh kaisey diyaa? How much is this?
  • Kshama keejeeae: Excuse me
  • Shukriyaa (Bahut dhanyavaad): Thank you (very much)
  • Hum kho gaye hain: I’m lost
  • Kya aap meri madad kar saktey hain?: Can you help me?

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/hindi/ for more phrases with sound.

Oman, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt: Arabic

  • Marhaban: Hello! Welcome!
  • Salam!: Hi
  • Shokran (jazellan): Thank you (very much)
  • Na’am: Yes
  • Laa: No/li>
  • Ma’a salama: Goodbye
  • Alma’derah: Excuse me (to pass by)
  • Kam howa thamanoh?: How much is this?
  • Esmee …: My name is …
  • Hal tatakallamo alloghah al enjleziah: Do you speak English?

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/arabic/ for more phrases with sound.

Israel: Hebrew

  • Shalom: Hello, goodbye and peace.
  • Lehit-raot: See you later.
  • Ayfo Ha Shirootim: Where is the bathroom?
  • Kama Ze Oleh: How much does this cost?
  • Atah Medaber Angleet: Do you speak English?
  • Toda, bevaskasha, : thanks, you’re welcome
  • Sliha: sorry/excuse me
  • Lo hevanti: I dont’ understand.
  • Ma taim can baezor: What’s good to eat here in the area?
  • Mana ahat bevakasha: I’ll take one please

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/hebrew/ for more phrases with sound.

Cyprus and Greece: Greek

  • Γεια σας (YAH sahss): Hello
  • Τι κάνετε (Tee KAH-neh-teh?): How are you?
  • Ayfo Ha Shirootim: Where is the bathroom?
  • Μάλιστα (MAH-li-sta): Yes
  • Όχι (OH-hee): No
  • Χάρηκα (HA-ree-ka): Nice to meet you
  • Παρακαλώ (Pah-rah-kah-LOH): Please
  • Ευχαριστώ (Ef-hah-rees-TOH): Thank you
  • Συγγνώμη (See-GHNO-mee): Excuse me/li>
  • Βοήθεια! (Voh-EE-thee-yah!): Help!
  • Θέλω να πάω στην παραλία (Thelo-na pow-sti paralia): I want to go to the beach.

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/greek/ for more phrases with sound.

Facts and Figures

Check out these interesting facts about the destinations you will visit on your Journey.

India

  • The national fruit of India is the mango, and the national bird is the peacock, which was originally bred as a food source.
  • 70% of the world’s spices come from India, and India is the world’s largest tea producer with chai as its most popular beverage.
  • India is the birthplace of chess, or chaturanga in Sanskrit, which translates to “four members of an army”.
  • There are six seasons in India’s Hindu calendar: (1) spring, (2) summer, (3) monsoon, (4) autumn, (5) winter and (6) prevernal.
  • India has the second largest population in the world and is the world’s largest democracy.

Oman

  • Oman is one of the oldest human-inhabited places on the planet. It is estimated that humans have been living in the country for at least 106,000 years.
  • The national symbol of Oman has a pair of crossed Khanjars (daggars). This symbol is also used on the national flag and other government logos.
  • Almost all signs and writings appear in both Arabic and English.
  • Ornamented, decorated and embroidered doors are common in Oman, providing a popular attraction for visitors.

Saudi Arabia

  • Jeddah is Saudi Arabia’s commercial capital. It is the second-largest city in Saudi Arabia after the capital city, Riyadh.
  • The holy city of Mecca is only about 45 miles from Jeddah.

Jordan

  • Jordan contains over 100,000 archaeological and religious sites, including Petra and Wadi Rum.
  • The Dead Sea is not only ten times saltier than the ocean, it’s also the lowest point on earth at 1,400 feet below sea level.
  • The movies Lawrence of Arabia, The Martian, and Red Planet were all filmed in the Wadi Rum region of Jordan.

Egypt

  • Egypt has a total of 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Three of the sites date back to the Old Kingdom of Egypt from 2575 BC to 2150 BC.
  • Over 130 pyramids have been discovered in Egypt, with the Pyramid of Khufu at Giza being the largest. However, the largest pyramid in the world is in Mexico. The Great Pyramid of Cholula, an ancient Aztec temple, has a base that is four times larger and nearly twice the volume.
  • The Egyptian alphabet contained more than 700 hieroglyphs.
  • Egypt is mostly covered by desert, including the Libyan Desert and the Sahara Desert, and averages a mere 20mm of rainfall per year. That is why approximately 95% of the population lives along the Nile River.

Israel

  • Jerusalem was founded as the City of David in 1010 BCE, but there’s evidence of settlements there going back all the way to 4500 BCE.
  • With more than 3,000 high-tech companies and start-ups, Israel has one of the highest concentrations of hi-tech companies in the world.
  • Palwin wine, Israel’s oldest brand, was first produced by the Palestine Wine and Trading Company, established in 1898. One explanation for why the different variations are identified by numbers is that they refer to different Israeli bus routes.
  • Israel has two official languages: Hebrew and Arabic.

Cyprus

  • Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean, behind Sicily and Sardinia.
  • The entire town of Paphos, containing ancient tombs, fortresses and palaces, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Interestingly, the tombs of Paphos were carved from solid rock.
  • Haloumi cheese, typically made from goat’s or sheep’s milk, is a regional specialty. This famous cheese dates back to the Medieval Byzantine period and is even mentioned in an Egyptian cookbook dating back to the 14th century.

Greece

  • There are 10.7 million people in Greece, with its capital city of Athens hosting roughly three million residents.
  • Athens was the capital of Ancient Greece and the birthplace of democracy.
  • About 80% of Greece is mountainous and 50% is covered by forests.
  • There are about 3000 islands, only a few hundred of which are inhabited.
  • Ancient Greece is said to have laid the foundation for Western civilization, having a large influence on the Roman Empire and European culture.
  • Many Greek structures such as doors, windowsills, furniture, and church domes are painted a turquoise blue, especially in the Cyclades Islands. It is used because of an ancient belief that this shade of blue keeps evil away.

Recommended Reading List

Vacation should be easy, peaceful and, most of all, completely stress-free. Let us handle the details, so you can sit back, relax and curl up with a good book as you count down the days to your next Journey! We’ve compiled the following list of books and movies to introduce you to the destinations you are about to visit.

Books

  • India: Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  • India: Teatime for the Firefly by Shona Patel
  • India After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy by Ramachandra Guha
  • Egypt: Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
  • Egypt: Slipping by Mohamed Kheir
  • Egypt: The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell
  • Greece: Iliad by Homer
  • Greece: The Summer of My Greek Taverna: A Memoir by Tom Stone

Travel Guides

Films

  • India: The Bucket List (2007) (2010)
  • India: Eat Pray Love (2010)
  • India: Life of Pi (2012)
  • India: Million Dollar Arm (2014)
  • India: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
  • India Series: http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/other-shows/videos/discovery-atlas-india-geography/
  • Egypt: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  • Egypt: Death on the Nile (1978 and 2022)
  • Egypt: The Mummy (1999)
  • Egypt: The Prince of Egypt (1998)
  • Egypt: Cleopatra (1963)
  • Egypt: Cairo Time (2009)
  • Jordan: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
  • Greece: Mamma Mia! (2008)
  • Greece: 300 (2006)
  • Greece: Troy (2004)

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