For less than 1/3 the price of HAL's overnight excursion, (which stayed at the same hotel in Giza)our Ramses Tours took us to all the same sights, in a smaller van than HAL's big bus. Loved Egypt, the pyramids were astounding, the crupts with painting on the walls were amazing. The Muhammed Aly mosque in Cairo was beautiful, and learning about the people in the cemetery (which some tour operators refuse to talk about)was very interesting. Tahrir Square is just as it was after the Arab Spring revolution, burned out buildings, Antiquities in the museum intact. I only wish the shop at the museum had been open. The stop at Memphis was short, but another amazing site. We had a lovely grilled lunch with entertainers near Giza. Made it to Port Said with no time to spare before sailing.
GTI met us just outside the pier, our guide took us first to an overlook of the city to get our bearings. I was surprised at how wooded and agrarian the countryside is in Israel. We then went to Bethlehem, through Palestinian territory. We picked up a Palestinian guide across the border. She stayed with us through the city. We were able to go into the crypt where the gold star is under the altar, the same star that started the Crusades. Amazing Church. Didn't see a lot else except a lovely spot for falafel lunch on the way back to Jerusalem. We went in through the east entrance to the Old City, followed the Via DelaRosso, ending at the Waling Wall. Amazing day hitting all the important Christian Sites.