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The Ultimate Package Tour of Israel/Holy Land and Jordan. These tours depart every Wednesday.
We also have a similar tour available which begins and ends in Tel Aviv.. Also 11 Days/10 Nights duration. Departures are every Sunday. Prices start from USD 2,133 per person.
Day 01 - Thursday - Tel Aviv
The start of your exciting journey through the Holy Lands and Jordan.
Upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport (Tel Aviv), you will be met by our representatives and transferred to your hotel within the city.
Overnight: Tel Aviv
Day 02 - Friday - Tel Aviv, Sea of Galilee & Tiberias
Your Tour Guide will pick you up from your hotel for a short drive to Jaffa. Here we take a short walking tour in the picturesque alleyways of the old, fortified town. Pass by the house of Simon and enjoy beautiful views from the hill-top.
Drive north along the coast to the archaeological ruins of Casesarea, built by Herod the Great in honour of Augustus Caesar.
From there we travel to Megiddo where the book of Revelations mentions a great battle at a place called "Armageddon". This ancient city was continuously inhabited for over 5 millenia (6,000 - 500 BC).
After exploring the ancient ruins, we drive inland toward the Sea of Galilee to arrive at Tiberias.
Day 03 - Saturday - Sea of Galilee
We begin our day from Tiberias, where Jesus lived and preached on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. We then head to Capernaum, the centre of Jesus ministry. Just north of Tiberias is our next destination - Tabgha - the site of Christ's miracle of feeding the 5,000. We visit the Church of Multiplication where the mosaic floor depics a basket with loaves and two fishes.
On to the Mount of Beatitudes overlooking the Sea. This is where Jesus preached the "Sermon on the Mount" and it is believed to be where he chose his 12 apostles.
We ascend to the Golan Heights to view the panoramic vista of the peaks of Mt. Hermon, the rugged plateau of the Golan Heights, down to the lush grean pastoral Hula Valley.
Return to Tiberias for overnight
Day 04 - Sunday - Nazareth, Jordan River, Beit Shean & Jerusalem
This morning, travel to Nazareth where Jesus spent his childhood. Visit the Church of Annunciation, built on the site where archaeologists believe the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary. Also see Joseph's Church and Mary's Well before heading to Cana to visit the Wedding Church - the site where Jesus performed his first Miracle of turning water into wine.
Drive through the beautiful Jordan Valley to reach Beit Shean and explore this wonderfully preserved Roman city which was destroyed by an earthquake.
Continue on to Jerusalem for overnight
Day 05 - Monday - Masada & Dead Sea
Travel to Masada via the dramatic scenery of the Dead Sea. Masada is situated on an isolated cliff in the Judean Desert and was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. Ascend by cable car to the fortress which overlooks the Dead Sea and the Roman Camps. The last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans, it was built by King Herod as a palace.
Visit the excavations of a synagogue, bathhouse and the palace itself. Descend by cable car and travel to the Dead Sea. Along the way, see the site of the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Travel to the Dead Sea, at 420m below sea level it is the lowest place on earth. Take time to float in the Sea, 7 times saltier than regular sea water. Containing 31+ minerals, the water is believed to have therapeutic effects on skin disorders.
Return to Jerusalem for overnight
Day 06 - Tuesday - Jerusalem
Being you day at Mt. Scvopus offering a panoramic view over Jerusalem. the holy city for 3 great religions - Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
Your tour includes the Mount of Olives, a stop at the site wqhere Jesus first gave the Lord's Prayer, and the Garden of Gethsemane where Judas betrayed Jesus.
In the Old City you will visit the Western (Wailing) Wall, and the actual site of the Second Temple - Temple Mount. Walk the Way of the Cross (Via Dolorsa) to Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher which houses both the traditional site of Crucifixion and the Tomb of the resurrection.
Just outside the Old City we will visit Mount Zion where the traditional tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper are situated.
Return to your hotel for overnight
Day 07 - Wednesday - Jerusalem & Bethlehem
Today, we tour the modern city of Jerusalem. Visit Yad Vashem, the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, and Ein Karem, a picturesque village on the outskirts of Jerusalem. It is here, according to tradition, that John the Baptist was born.
We also visit the Israel Museum where you can walk around a detailed model of Jerusalem at the time of the Second Temple, and see the Shrine of the Book which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Drive by the Knesset (House of Parliament) and the campus of the Hebrew University.
Travel to Bethlehem to see Rachel's Tomb and the Church of the Nativity.
Return to Jerusalem for overnight.
Day 08 - Thursday - Jerusalem & Amman
Drive from Jerusalem to the Sheikh Hussein border crossing for passing into Jordan.
Proceed to Jerash, the best preserved Roman provincial city in the Middle East, and one of the cities of the Decapolis.
Walking through Hadrian's Arch, explore the wonderful ruins of this ancient city. Hippodrome, temples, churches, Roman theatres, colonnaded streets, Forum and market place.
Drive south (45km) to Amman, the capital of Jordan for a city tour.
Day 09 - Friday - Amman, Madaba, Mt Nebo, Shobak & Petra
After breakfast, drive to Madaba to see the ancient mosaic map of the Holy Lands, inside St George's Church.. View other historical sites as we proceed to Mt Nebo where God permitted Moses a glance at the Promised Land shortly before he died. From the lookout see the Dead Sea, Jerich and the Jordan Valley. Visit the restored Byzantine Church onsite with its superb mosaic floor.
Taking the Kings' Highway, an ancient pilgrim and caravan route, travel south to see the ruins of Shobak Castle en route to Petra. Shobak was built by King Baldwin I of Jerusalem and it was here that Richard the Lionheart was defeated by Saladin during the Crusader Wars.
Overnight Wadi Musa (Petra)
Day 09 - Petra Kitchen
You've been enjoying the wonderful array of Middle Eastern cuisine for the past week. Why not learn how to cook it and impress your family and friends when you return home?
Petra Kitchen, situated in the downtown area of Wadi Musa, holds cooking classes every night. Beginning at 6:15pm, particpants learn how to prepare and cook 3 courses of food under the guidance of trained chefs. To top off the evening, sit down your fellow chefs to enjoy the amazing dinner you have created.
Day 10 - Saturday - Petra & Amman
After breakfast, head through the entrance gates of Petra and travel back in time. Carved out of the surrounding mountains, this ancient city of the Nabateans, was a major stopping place for caravans through the Middle East between 3rd Century BC and 2nd Century AD when it was destroyed by earthquakes.
Enter the Siq (chasm) and walk over ancient Roman paving stones, see carvings and water channels. Exit the Siq in front of the gorgeous Treasury (Al Khazneh) then walk along the Street of Facades, past a Roman Theatre to the Royal Tombs. See the Colonnaded Street, Great Temple, museum before returning via the Siq to your hotel.
Travel the Desert Highway to reach Amman for overnight
Day 11 - Sunday - Amman, Sheikh Hussein, Jerusalem/Tel Aviv
Following breakfast, drive to the Jordan/Israel border, crossing the Jordan river to drive back to Ben Gurion Airport, Jerusalem or Tel Aviv.