HIGHLIGHTS OF ISRAEL & JORDAN 10 nights
Sunday arrival to Ben Gurion airport where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Tel Aviv – Beer Sheba – Masada – Dead Sea Leave Tel Aviv – via Ashdod, Ashkelon to Beersheba for a short visit to the Negev capital.Continue via Arad to Masada. Ascend by cable car to the fortress, which was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Visit the excavations, Herod’s palaces, the synagogue, bathhouse, etc. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea.Descend for a possible “float” in the in the salty water of the world’s lowest place.Via Ein Gedi & Kalya, proceed to Jerusalem for overnight.
Jerusalem – sightseeing of the new city.Drive to Mt.Scopus for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. On to the Garden of Gethsemane and Church of the Agony. Continue to the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book with the famous Dead Sea scrolls, then a visit to the beautifully renovated model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem, dating back to the time of the Second Temple. Continue to Yad Vashem (the memorial to the six million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust).Afternoon drive to visit the picturesque village of Ein Karem (the traditional birth-place of John the Baptist).In the heart of a neighborhood in downtown Jerusalem, visit MahaneYehuda to experience the flavors, aromas, colors and the traders’ interaction with the crowds, at the largest open market in Israel.
Return to Jerusalem for overnight.
Jerusalem – (Old City) – Bethlehem*Walk through one of the Gates to the walled Old City: the renewed Jewish Quarter; the Western Wall, the Temple area; the colorful bazaars; Via Dolorosa and the stations of the cross, ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.Drive to Mt. Zion and visit the tomb of King David, the Room of the Last Supper andDormition Abbey. In the afternoon continue to Bethlehem* to visit the Church of the Nativity and return to Jerusalem for overnight.
Beit Shean – Tiberias – Galilee Leave Jerusalem and drive north via Jericho*, the oldest city in the world, through the Jordan Valley and the new settlements to Beit Shean. Visit the excavations of this beautifully preserved Roman City. Proceed to Tiberias, the old center of Jewish learning. Drive along the shores of the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum, to visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue. Optional sailing in a boot across the Sea of Galilee to experience the tranquility and scenery little changes during the past 2000 years(subject to conditions and fee).Continue to a Kibbutz hotel for overnight.
Upper Galilee and Golan Heights – Nazareth Drive to the Golan Heights. Visit the former Syrian fortifications and the Druze via a source of the Jordan River. Enjoy an Israeli wine country experience, with vineyards surrounded by breathtaking views. Become acquainted with the collection of fine and rare wines enjoying a tour, wine tasting, and understanding of the wine production process. Proceed via the Hula Valley to Safed, the city of the Kabala, to visit a Synagogue and the artists’ colony and then to Nazareth to visit the Christian Holy Sites.Synagogue and the artists’ colony and then to Nazareth to visit the Christian Holy Return to the Kibbutz hotel for overnight.
Acre – Haifa – Tel Aviv After Breakfast drives west to Acre for a visit of the old, famous Crusader stronghold fortifications. Continue to Haifa for a panoramic sightseeing tour of City, including Persian Garden, Mount Carmel, and Haifa bay Proceed along the coast to Caesarea to visit the Roman Theater and the Crusader. End the day with a short city tour of Tel Aviv-Jaffa and overnight.
Hussein Bridge or (Allenby Bridge) – Jerash – Amman Drive from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to the border crossing for procedures to enter Jordan. Proceed to Jerash – the city of the Decapolis, located about 45km north of Amman in the fertile heights of the Gilad. Visit the ancient Roman city with colonnaded streets, the baths and the hill of the top Temple. Then drive to Amman for a city tour of the Jordanian Capital.Overnight in Amman
Amman – Petra After early breakfast, leave the hotel and travel south on the road to Wadi Musa.Ride on horseback to the “Siq” (canyon) and then on foot to Petra known as “Sela Edom” or red rock city, the ancient capital of the Nabateans from 3rd century B.C. to 2nd Century A.D.Visit the most interesting monuments, such as the Treasury, El Khazneh, the field of tombs, obelisks and the altar, (Al Madhbah) – from this point you can view the whole of the rock city.Then back to Wadi Musa for overnight.
Petra – Madaba – Mount Nebo – Jerusalem – Tel Aviv. Drive to Madaba to see the ancient mosaic map of the Holyland and ruins of historical sites. Continue about 10 km. to Mount Nebo, from where Moses viewed the Promised Land.From there you will see the Jordan Valley, Jericho, and the Dead Sea, etc. Visit the remains of a Byzantine church with a mosaic floor, and then drive to the border and transfer back to Jerusalem or Tel Aviv for overnight.
* Site under the Palestinian Authority Jurisdiction. Visit subject to situation
Rates Not included:
1. The tour is on a guaranteed departure basis – subject to a minimum of 2 participants
2. The sequence of the tour, hotels used, and sites visited may be amended due to circumstance
3. Reservations received less than 14 days prior to departure are on a request only basis.