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"Where it all began" Tour to Egypt, Jordan and Isreal

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"Where it all began" Tour to Egypt, Jordan and Isreal

My mother and I just booked this tour through Israel Tourism Consultants for October 2014. It starts in Cairo then travels to Jordan and then Israel. It's a 15 day tour. We are excited to hear from other travelers out there that might have taken the same tour in the past. My mom is a bit apprehensive since travel to the part of the world has US security warnings.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on the process to obtain a visa. If it was done prior to arrival or at the airport. Also, how we're the hotels, guides, food, etc...

Thanks in advance for any comments and suggestions.

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1. Re: "Where it all began" Tour to Egypt, Jordan and Isreal

I can only speak about the Israel visa. Assuming you are traveling on AMERICAN PASSPORTS--than the visa is issued at either the airport or your land entry location. You need to post on the Jordanian and Egyptian forums to find out about VISAs for those countries. If you are NOT on an American passport--please share what passport you are traveling on.

In terms of safety--Israel is safe and Jordan is safe. If you were going to Egypt on your own I would personally be wary. With a tour group--they are not going to take you someplace that is unsafe.

Edited: 11 April 2014, 20:53
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I would suggest that you check the government teavel advisories for Egypt before deciding, I know the Australian one has been updated recently to "reconsider your need to travel" for most of Egypt and "do not travel" for.the North Sinai. You can check out the Australian government advice here:

smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/Egypt

I would not hesitate going to Jordan, and I am currently on vacation in Israel and there are no concerns here.

Edited: 11 April 2014, 21:10
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Your tour operator should provide you with all the information you need in regards to visas. If you booked through a travel agent, that agent should provide the visa information for you. Since different groups do this differently depending on which border crossing will be using, your tour operator is the expert on what you need and when you should get it. Everyone on these boards are volunteers and don't know your tour schedule, or expectations from ITC.

ITC is a big, reputable company. You can rest assured they will take care of you and will not take you where it is not safe. I wouldn't separate from the group while in Egypt given the current situation but plenty of tourists are traveling there. Jordan and Israel are safe for tourists and you can enjoy time on your own as well as with the group while traveling in those countries. Your mother not worry- you will both have an amazing trip.

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This tour sounds very good. I would almost want to do it myself, except I have booked an Isreal/ Jordan tour already. You should have a great time, and rest assured if the tour company is as good as someone suggested they will adapt your tour to go to the safe places. I have seen some tours and their changes made on the web. Dont forget to do a trip report when you finish. What month are you going? I am not going until May next year, but have already paid my deposit for my trip.

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Thank you for your responses...rdglady and heather -- we have American passports -- you have been most helpful...

Anmejoshme--thank you, I feel good about the tour company. They've been great so far.

Springqueen-- we're going in October of this year -- I'll make sure to follow up with a detailed trip report. Thank you!

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Looking Forward to the Trip Report.

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7. Re: "Where it all began" Tour to Egypt, Jordan and Isreal

I also just booked a tour in Oct through American Israel tours and they had a 15 days tour similar to the one your choosing. I have family in Israel and they advised me against the Egypt portion. They said the road in and out of Cairo is a bit dangerous or could be for a tour bus. Though others have taken the trip recentely and were fine it's all about how you feel.

I would DEF check a month or so before you leave to make sure it is still safe in that part of the world, if not you could always remove that part of the tour and do the Israel and Joran one which is what i'm doing.

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If you're entering Jordan through the Allenby Bridge aka King Hussein Bridge, you will need a visa. You will have to apply (on your own) 30 days prior to your trip. Google which company can facilitate your visa. ITC will not process your visa to Jordan. You will have to provide the requirements and send them, together with your passport.

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Frankly, your tour company SHOULD either arrange for your visas, or at the very least, provide you with detailed instructions of what you need to do.

Egypt provides armed police on all tour busses where the passengers are mostly America, and sometimes an escort. Frankly, I wondered if that simply made us more of a target when I was there a few years ago. Honestly, I don't think there is any way anyone would know someone on a bus had relatives living in Israel. (Which is not to say it's perfectly safe, there certainly are security issues in Egypt)

Here is a picture of one of the four 'escorts' my bus got when we went into the NE Nile Delta area (Goshen):

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Regarding Visa's. Only your tour company can tell you exactly what you need. They know which border crossings will be used. I have never known of a tour company that didn't provide this information and give specific instructions if visas are needed. They will probably also have to supply paperwork to show that you are on the tour (kind of like vouching for you). You can't second guess this one, you need the information from the tour company. You do not need a 'company' to get you (or facilitate) a visa, you do this through the local embassy or consulates.