Wings Over the World itineraries feature private charter flights between destinations, allowing you the convenience of visiting remote places with less time spent getting there.
Arrive Tel Aviv, Israel
Arrive in Tel Aviv, where you are met and privately transferred to your hotel in Jerusalem.
Jerusalem | A Timeless Center of Spiritual Inspiration
If you wish, rise early for a guided walk on the Temple Mount. After breakfast, explore the Old City of Jerusalem, starting in the Jewish Quarter. Proceed past the Burnt House, destroyed by the Romans in AD 70, to the Western Wall, Judaism’s most sacred site. Also explore the underground Western Wall tunnels. After lunch, visit major Christian sites, including St. Anne’s Church, nearby the Pool of Bethesda. Walk along the Stations of the Way of the Cross, to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Proceed to Mount Zion to view the traditional Tomb of King David and the Upper Room, which commemorates the Last Supper. Tonight, gather at a local restaurant for a special welcome dinner.
Jerusalem, Bethlehem or Tel Aviv | Design Your Day
Today, personalize your travel experience, as you set out on one of three possible Design Your Day adventures.
DESIGN YOUR DAY | Select from these options
Explore the New City of Jerusalem & Bethlehem
Begin in Jerusalem, visiting Yad Vashem, Israel’s moving memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. Continue to the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book, home to the Dead Sea Scrolls. Next, journey to Bethlehem, where you enjoy lunch in the home of a local Christian family, who offer you firsthand insight about the way of life for Christians today in the Holy Land. Afterward, visit the Church of the Nativity.
Visit the New City of Jerusalem & Time at Leisure
Explore Jerusalem, Yad Vashem and the Israel Museum, before enjoying an afternoon at leisure, free to relax or see the sights.
Discover Dynamic Tel Aviv
Travel to Tel Aviv for an active walking tour of Israel’s modern economic and cultural hub. Visit the ancient port city of Jaffa, walk through Neveh Tzedek, the city’s first neighborhood, and then the White City section, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Also see Independence Hall, before returning to Jerusalem.
All options include dinner at a local restaurant.
Jerusalem | Masada & the Dead Sea
Venture through the Judean desert wilderness to Masada, where you take the cable car up to the last stronghold of the Zealots. Many of their fortifications, originally built by King Herod, still stand today. Stop for lunch at a hotel beside the Dead Sea. If you wish, take a dip in its bouyant, mineral-rich waters before returning to Jerusalem.
Aqaba, Jordan | Arrival in Petra
Transfer to the Tel Aviv airport to board your privately chartered flight to Jordan, landing in Aqaba, where you enjoy lunch before continuing to Petra. During tonight’s dinner, enjoy entertainment provided by a local folkloric band, followed by an exclusive private lecture on Petra by an archaeologist.
Petra & Wadi Rum | Iconic Sites & the Bedouin Life
Today, explore Petra, the once-thriving desert capital carved into red rock. Discover the Siq, the Treasury, the Temple of the Winged Lions and the Palace Tomb. This afternoon, continue to Wadi Rum, the so-called “Valley of the Moon” and the site of your private desert camp. Later, marvel at the sunset as you sit down to a Bedouin meal at your camp, followed by a discussion on local Bedouin life.
Abu Simbel & Aswan, Egypt | Majestic Philae
Fly from Aqaba via private charter to Abu Simbel. There, discover the towering twin temples of Ramses II and his wife, Queen Nefertari. Then, fly to Aswan, where you board exclusively chartered Sanctuary ‘Zein Nile Chateau.’ This evening, ride by motorized boat to the island of Agilika and view the Philae Temple.
Cruising the Nile | Rock-Carved Selsela Tombs
Go ashore at Kom Ombo to visit the Greco-Roman temple dedicated to Haroeris (the sun god) and Sobek (the crocodile god), and view the mummified remains of several crocodiles that once basked along the ancient Nile shore. Continue cruising north to Edfu, visiting the recently discovered and less-frequented Selsela Tombs — rock-carved crypts of men, women and children who were members of elite ancient families.
Cruising the Nile | Stunning Architecture
Begin in Edfu, to view the stunningly well-preserved Temple of Horus, built in 230 BC by Ptolemy III. This afternoon, sail to Esna, a city sacred to ancient Egyptians. Visit the Temple of Khnum, known for its towering vertical columns and detailed stone relief interiors.
Cruising the Nile | Tutankhamun & Nefertari
Cruise to Luxor where you visit the Valley of the Kings, legendary burial ground of the pharaohs and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was here in 1922 that the tomb of “the boy king,” Tutankhamun, was found by British archaeologist Howard Carter. Now discover it for yourself, as you set foot inside its 35-century-old walls. Continue to the Valley of the Queens and visit Queen Nefertari’s tomb, famous for the colorful, well-preserved artwork that adorns its walls. After lunch back on board, visit the Temple of Karnak and walk through the Great Hypostyle Hall. Visit the Temple of Luxor, with its massive statues of Ramses II, and marvel at the Colonnade and Court of Amenhotep III.
Luxor & Cairo | Immersive Museum Visit
Today, bid farewell to Sanctuary ‘Zein Nile Chateau,’ disembarking to fly to Cairo. Visit the renowned Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and its Mummy Room or the Grand Egyptian Museum, once opened.
Cairo | The Pyramids & the Great Sphinx of Giza
Tour the Giza Plateau and explore the interior of a legendary pyramid. Visit the tombs of the pyramid builders and see the Solar Boat Museum. Then, explore the Great Sphinx, enjoying special private access to the paws of this enigmatic monument, close enough to touch them. This evening, gather for a farewell dinner.
After breakfast, privately transfer to the airport for your departing flight.