Ancient Wonders: Jordan & Israel
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- 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.InterContinental Jordan
- Day 2: Jerash | Street of Columns
Visit Jerash, a third-century city that is home to the most complete ruins of a provincial Roman city in the world. Walk along the Roman Cardo, or the Street of Columns, where the grooves left by chariot wheels are still visible. Afterward, tour Amman’s downtown, stopping at the Citadel, Great Temple of Amman and the Roman Theater. Attend a special welcome dinner tonight.InterContinental Jordan | Meals: B L D
- Day 3: Amman & The Dead Sea | Miraculous Views
Travel through countryside rich in biblical history to Mount Nebo, which affords fantastic views westward. Continue to Madaba, the “City of Mosaics.” Later, take a dip in the mineral- rich waters of the Dead Sea. Tonight, prepare an evening meal with a local chef.Mövenpick Petra | Meals: B L D
- 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.Mövenpick Petra | Meals: B L
- Day 5: Wadi Rum | Valley of the Moon
Travel this morning to Wadi Rum. Explore the rose-tinted mountains and desert vistas where Lawrence of Arabia once lived with his Bedouin allies.InterContinental Jordan | Meals: B L
- Day 6: Masada, Israel | Ancient Fortification
This morning, travel to Israel. Stop at 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 with your expert guide. 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 then the Israel Museum to examine the legendary 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: Jerusalem / Acre / Sephoris / Tiberias
Today you head north on Highway 6 to Acre. One of the world’s oldest seaports and considered perhaps the most important historical port town in Israel, Acre was mentioned as far back as 3,500 years by the Pharaoh Tuthmosis III. Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Ottoman Turks and a succession of Crusaders occupied the town, destroying, rebuilding and fortifying.
After lunch leave for Sephoris, which was once the Roman capital of the Galilee and a major center of Jewish religious and spiritual life. The impressive ruins and mosaics illustrate the wealth and influence this city once had. Nazareth, the boyhood town of Jesus was a tiny village nearby. From here, continue on to Tiberias and your hotel.
The tastefully decorated guest rooms are set amongst beautiful gardens and boast unrivalled views of the Sea of Galilee. The hotel also has its own private beach on the lake as well as a pool and Spa.Scots Hotel | Meals: B L
- Day 10: Sea of Galilee – Footsteps of Jesus
This morning around the Sea of Galilee you discover Biblical echoes as you set off on a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Stop at Capernaum, where you see the ancient synagogue where Jesus taught and St. Peter's house which was later converted into a church.
From here, you drive up to the Golan Heights, a rocky plateau overlooking the Sea of Galilee. Here you can gaze over into Lebanon and Syria to the lush Tel Dan, once the northernmost city of ancient Kingdom of Israel and home to the Tribe of Dan.
You also make a stop at Banias, one of the sources of the River Jordan at the foot of Mt. Hermon. Here you see the archaeological remains of this sacred place that span the Pagan, Jewish, Roman, Byzantine and Muslim eras.
At day’s end you return to your hotel. 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.InterContinental David Tel Aviv | Meals: B L
- Day 12: Depart Tel Aviv
Board your homebound international flight.Meals: B