Back just before the current violence and unpleasantness (I mean just before), we toured Israel, with several days in Jordan, and then ended by visiting Egypt.  We were immersed in antiquities, from the old city of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the Sea of Galilee, Jaresh, Petra, and then Cairo, the pyramids, up the Nile river to Luxor, the Valley of the Kings and Sakkara.