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Ancient Wonders: Jordan & Israel (2015-16)
Limited to 18 guests
Days: 12 | From: $7,395
Day 1: Arrive Amman, Jordan
Arrive in the capital city of Amman and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure.
Day 2: Jerash | Ancient Roman Streets
Visit the Roman ruins in Jerash. Walk along the Roman Cardo, seeing its chariot wheel grooves. Explore Amman’s Citadel, Great Temple of Amman and the Roman Theater, and attend a welcome dinner.
InterContinental Amman Hotel | Meals: B L D
Day 3: Madaba & The Dead Sea | Miraculous Views
Travel to Mount Nebo, seeing its westward views. Continue to Madaba, the “City of Mosaics.” Later, take a dip in the mineralrich waters of the Dead Sea.
Mövenpick Petra | Meals: B L
Day 4: Petra | The Rose-Red City
Spend a full day exploring the once-thriving capital of Petra, a stunning city carved from its surrounding mountains. Pass through the siq to the majestic Treasury, Temple of the Winged Lions and the Palace Tomb. Prepare an authentic evening meal with a local chef during an authentic Chef’s Table experience.
Mövenpick Petra | Meals: B L D
Day 5: Wadi Rum | Valley of the Moon
Travel to Wadi Rum — the Valley of the Moon — and explore the rose-tinted mountains and desert vistas where Lawrence of Arabia once lived with his Bedouin allies.
InterContinental Amman Hotel | Meals: B L
Day 6: Masada, Israel | Ancient Fortification
Cross the Allenby Bridge into Israel with the help of a special VIP service, allowing extra time to visit Masada, where Jewish Zealots made their last stand against the Romans. Take a cable car up to the final stronghold where Israeli fighters took their own lives rather than surrender and become slaves. Later, stop at Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947. Continue to Jerusalem.
The King David | Meals: B L D
Day 7: Jerusalem | Epicenter of Faiths
Drive to the Mount of Olives for a view of the city overlooking Temple Mount (or Al Haram el-Sharif). Visit the Garden of Gethsemane where, according to the Bible, Jesus prayed with his disciples before his crucifixion. Tour the four quarters of the Old City, visit the Western Wall and view the El Aksa Mosque. Continue to the Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the reputed site of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection.
The King David | Meals: B L
Day 8: Jerusalem | Yad Vashem Memorial
Visit Yad Vashem, a leading institution in Shoah education, and the Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls. Drive to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity, located over the cave where Jesus supposedly was born.
The King David | Meals: B L
Day 9: Nazareth | Jesus’ Boyhood Town
Drive to the old seaport of Acre. After lunch in Sephoris (or Tsipori), visit Jesus’ boyhood town of Nazareth. Continue to Tiberias and your hotel.
Scots Hotel | Meals: B L
Day 10: Sea of Galilee | Footsteps of Jesus
Set off for a private boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, stopping at Capernaum, seeing St. Peter’s house and synagogue where Jesus taught. Drive to Golan Heights for panoramic views of the Sea of Galilee, continuing to Banias. Gather tonight for a special farewell dinner.
Scots Hotel | Meals: B L D
Day 11: Caesarea & Jaffa | Vibrant Artist Quarter
Set off for Caesarea, from which St. Paul was taken to Rome as a prisoner. Later, tour Tel Aviv, and stop at the winding, colorful artist colony of Jaffa.
Dan Tel Aviv Hotel | Meals: B L
Day 12: Depart Tel Aviv
Board your homebound international flight.
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