READY MADE GUIDED GROUP TOUR
Historical Tour of Israel and Jordan
Bed and Breakfast
Choice of 3, 4, or 5 star hotels
You will be met by our representative upon arrival at Ben Gurion airport, and then transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Your Historical Tour of Israel and Jordan begins today. We begin the tour by walking the alleys of the old, fortified town of Jaffa, known as Joppa in the Bible. We see the fascinating ruins of Caesarea, the coastal town constructed by Herod the Great to honour Caesar Augustus, continue on to Megiddo (the Biblical Armageddon) and then make our way toward the Sea of Galilee. Overnight in Tiberias.
We start the day with a visit to Capernaum and then go to Tabgha, to see where Jesus fed the 5000 and the Church of Multiplication. Then we continue to the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. Later we enjoy the view of the Hula Valley from the Golan Heights. Overnight in Tiberias.
This morning we travel to Nazareth to see the Church of Annunciation plus Joseph’s Church and Mary’s well. We then proceed to nearby Cana to visit the Wedding Church, to see the place Jesus performed His first miracle (turning water into wine). After this we drive through the Jordan Valley to Bet Shean, a beautifully preserved Roman city. We then make our way to Jerusalem for the night. Overnight in Jerusalem.
We drive to Masada and ascend by cable car to the fortress, the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their battle against the Romans. We take time to see the excavations, King Herod’s palace, synagogue, and bathhouse. From the summit, we experience magnificent views of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea. En route to the Dead Sea, we drive through the Judean hills to the Qumran caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered by a goatherd. Afterwards we go to the Dead Sea**, the lowest place on the planet, and experience a float on the sea, as well as the opportunity to pamper your skin with the mineral-rich mud. Overnight in Jerusalem.
We begin the day at Mount Scopus in northeast Jerusalem to enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of the city. We visit the Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane where Judas betrayed Jesus. Afterwards, we enter the Old City where we see the Western Wall and the Temple Mount. We take a walk along the Via Dolorosa and the Stations of the Cross, en route to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We continue to Mount Zion where we visit the tomb of King David and the traditional Room of the Last Supper. Overnight in Jerusalem.
We spend most of today in Jerusalem. The day begins at Yad Vashem, the moving memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. From here we have a short drive to the outskirts of Jerusalem to visit Ein Kerem, the traditional birthplace of John the Baptist. Afterwards, we visit the Israel Museum where the Dead Sea Scrolls are safely kept. We also see the fascinating model of Jerusalem as it would have been at the time of the Second Temple. We then drive past the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) and the campus of the Hebrew University. Later we visit Bethlehem* to see Rachel’s Tomb and the Church of the Nativity. Overnight in Jerusalem.
We say farewell to Jerusalem and drive to the Sheikh Hussein border crossing to enter Jordan. We proceed to Jerash located 45 kilometres north of Amman in the heights of the Gilad. We visit the ancient Roman city with colonnaded streets, the baths and much more. Later we continue to Amman for a panoramic city tour of the Jordanian capital. Overnight in Amman.
After breakfast we drive to Mount Nebo, from which Moses viewed the Promised Land. Mount Nebo offers a great view of the Jordan Valley, Jericho and the Dead Sea. We continue south along the Desert Highway to Wadi Musa, the nearest town to the archaeological site of Petra. We enter the site of Petra and walk, or ride on horseback, as far as the Siq, which is a canyon leading into ancient Petra. We walk the 1200 metres through the Siq to the red rock city, the ancient capital of the Nabateans. We visit spectacular carved structures such as the Treasury, then see the field of tombs, obelisks and the Al Madhbah altar. From Al Madhbah we can view the whole the city. Afterwards we return to Wadi Musa. Overnight in Petra.
After breakfast we drive south to the fantastic rock formations and majestic mountains of Wadi Rum, a source of wonder to Lawrence of Arabia. We drive through the amazing landscape on a desert jeep safari, visiting the Khazali Canyon and Lawrence Spring. Then we drive north to Madaba to see the mosaic floor map in the remains of the Byzantine church – this is the oldest surviving original cartographic depiction of Israel and Jerusalem. Overnight in Amman.
After breakfast we check out of our hotel and drive to the border. We cross the Jordan River and drive back to Tel Aviv. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
We transfer to Ben Gurion airport for our flight home.
* Bethlehem is under Palestinian Authority jurisdiction. Visit subject to local conditions.
** Visit subject to weather conditions.
This tour includes transfers on arrival and departure.
It is possible that on occasion your group may be joined by members of other tours, therefore please be aware that the group size may change at any time.
This tour requires a minimum of 2 passengers to operate.
Prices will vary depending on dates, flights, and room types chosen. Please note that certain dates will not be available due to Jewish festivals.
The itinerary is subject to change depending on local prevailing conditions, although every effort will be made to adhere to the itinerary.