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 | Timeless 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 Sepulchre. 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, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities.
Explore the New City of Jerusalem & Bethlehem, viewing the Dead Sea Scrolls and joining a local Christian family for lunch in Bethlehem, in the West Bank.
Visit the New City of Jerusalem & Enjoy Time at Leisure, exploring Yad Vashem, before some free time to relax or explore.
Discover Dynamic Tel Aviv on an active walking tour and visit the ancient port city of Jaffa.
All options include lunch.
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 buoyant, 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 have lunch before continuing to Petra.
Petra & Wadi Rum | The Bedouin Life
Explore Petra, the once-thriving desert capital carved into red rock, with a local archaeologist. 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, followed by a discussion on local Bedouin life.
Abu Simbel & Aswan, Egypt | Abu Simbel
Fly from Aqaba via private charter to Abu Simbel. There, behold the towering twin temples of Ramses II and his wife, Queen Nefertari, rescued from the flooding waters of the Aswan High Dam. Then, fly to Aswan, where you board the intimate dahabeah, ‘Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau.’ This evening, ride by motorized boat to the island of Agilika and view the Philae Temple. This sacred complex was dedicated to the goddess Isis and reflects a fusion of three great civilizations — Egyptian, Greek and Roman.
Cruising the Nile | Stunning Architecture
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, just as their descendants do today. Continue sailing toward Esna, a city sacred to ancient Egyptians, passing riverside villages where time has seemingly stood still and soaking in the ambience aboard your dahabeah, taking in the views, as history unfolds all around you.
Cruising the Nile | Tutankhamun & Nefertari
Cruise to Luxor where you roam through 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. Also visit the tomb of Seti I, the father of Ramses II, one of the best-preserved tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Continue to the Valley of the Queens, where you 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 aboard chartered aircraft to Cairo. Explore the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities (or the Grand Egyptian Museum, if open) to view a vast trove of artifacts. Then, check in at your hotel located along Cairo’s Corniche.
Cairo | The Pyramids & the Great Sphinx of Giza
Venture through the Giza Plateau and explore the interior of a legendary pyramid. Continue to the Solar Boat Museum, site of Cheops’ cedar funerary boat. Then, go up close to 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 to board your departing flight.