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Tour of the Holy Land and Jordan

///Tour of the Holy Land and Jordan
Tour of the Holy Land and Jordan 2018-04-24T14:30:23+00:00

READY MADE GUIDED GROUP TOURS

Tour of the Holy Land and Jordan

Sunday arrival
10 Nights
Half Board
Choice of 3, 4, or 5 star hotels

Day 1
Upon arrival at Ben Gurion airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Day 2
Our tour of the Holy Land and Jordan starts after breakfast. We drive north to Caesarea, the town built in honour of Augustus Caesar by Herod the Great. Here we see the magnificent amphitheatre, aqueduct and hippodrome. Continuing on to Muhraka on Mount Carmel, we see the site of Elijah’s confrontation with the false prophets, whilst savouring the view of the Jezreel Valley and lower Galilee. Then we make our way to Megiddo, the Biblical Armageddon, where we visit its remarkable excavations. From here we drive to Acre, visiting the outstanding underground Crusader city and crypt. We walk through the Old City, a UNESCO world heritage site, the harbour and the market. Overnight in Kibbutz.

Day 3
We start the day with a short tour of Tiberias, then board a replica wooden boat and enjoy a memorable trip on the Sea of Galilee. After our boat ride we see the Jesus Boat, an ancient fishing boat, at the Yigal Alon Centre. We continue on to Capernaum to experience the “Town of Jesus” and see the remains of the ancient synagogue. The next stop is Tabgha, the site of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. From here we proceed to the famous Mount of Beatitudes where we can visualise Jesus delivering the Sermon on the Mount. We end the day’s touring with a trip to the Banias Springs and a visit to the Golan Heights. Overnight in Kibbutz.

Day 4
The tour of the Holy Land and Jordan continues with a visit to Cana, home to the Wedding Church. We see where Jesus performed His first miracle. Next, we make our way to Nazareth where we visit the Church of the Annunciation, Mary’s Well and Joseph’s workshop. We continue to Yardenit baptismal site on the River Jordan and see people from all over the world being baptised. From there we go on to Bet Shean to explore the excavated Roman city and amphitheatre. We end the day by travelling along the Jordan valley to Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 5
We spend the day in Jerusalem, starting with a panoramic view of the city from the Mount of Olives and a visit to the Church of all Nations. On Mount Zion, we see King David’s Tomb and the traditional Room of the Last Supper. Entering the Old City, we walk along the ancient Roman road known as the Cardo. Then we visit the Jewish and Christian Quarters and view the Temple Mount. We follow the Via Dolorosa and go through part of the Shuk to reach the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We finish the day at the peaceful and deeply meaningful Garden Tomb. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 6
We spend most of today in Jerusalem. The day begins with a short drive to the outskirts of Jerusalem to visit Ein Kerem, the traditional birthplace of John the Baptist. Then we spend time at Yad Vashem, the moving memorial to the Holocaust. 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. The day’s touring ends with a trip to Bethlehem* where we visit the Shepherds’ Fields, and walk through Manger Square to the Church of the Nativity. We then return to Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 7
The day begins with a drive through the Judean hills to the Qumran caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered by a goatherd. Continuing along the shores of the Dead Sea, we reach Masada, Herod’s hilltop fortress. Here we see the remains of the walls, Herod’s Palace and amazing water cistern. We ascend and descend by cable car. 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.

Day 8  
We depart Jerusalem and cross the Sheikh Hussein border 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.

Day 9
After an early breakfast, we leave our hotel and travel south on the road 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.

Day 10
We drive 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. From here we go 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 return to the border and make our way back to Tel Aviv. Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Day 11  
We transfer to Ben Gurion airport for departure after our wonderful tour of the Holy Land and Jordan.

Notes
* 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.

 

 

Kingdom Holidays - Amman citadel - photo courtesy of Jordan Tourist Board
Kingdom Holidays - Jerash - photo courtesy of Jordan Tourist Board
Kingdom Holidays - Caesarea
Kingdom Holidays - Acre - photo taken by Itamar Grinberg for the Israeli Ministry of Tourism
Kingdom Holidays - Ad Deir, the Monastery at Petra in Jordan - photo courtesy of Jordan Tourist Board
Kingdom Holidays - Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem - photo taken by Noam Chen for the Israeli Ministry of Tourism