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Jordan & Israel: Ancient Wonders 2021-22


14 days from $9,895 per person

Limited to 18 guests

Journey through two ancient lands, encountering historic sites sacred to three world faiths as you behold magnificent Petra; overnight in Wadi Rum; and discover Israel, from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.

A&K Advantages

  • Explore Petra, the ancient desert city in Jordan that was carved into solid rock, viewing its famed Treasury and learning its myriad secrets
  • Overnight in Jordan’s Wadi Rum, dining Bedouin-style amid red sands and towering rock formations and sleeping beneath the sparkling desert sky
  • Relax in the buoyant, restorative waters of the mineral-rich Dead Sea
  • Experience the contrasts of ancient and modern Israel as you explore the Old City of Jerusalem, where people of three faiths live side by side within ancient walls, in a setting steeped in history
  • Learn about modern local life from a Christian family during an A&K-exclusive private lunch at their home in Bethlehem
  • Discover additional UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Bethany Beyond the Jordan, Masada and Acre

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
Arrive Amman, Jordan
DAY 2
Amman & Jerash | Ancient Roman Streets
DAY 3
Mount Nebo/Madaba | Design Your Day
DAY 4
Petra | From the Rose-Red City to Wadi Rum
DAY 5
Wadi Rum | Across the Valley of the Moon
DAY 6
The Dead Sea | Bethany Beyond the Jordan
DAY 7
Jerusalem, Israel | The Garden of Gethsemane
DAY 8
Jerusalem | Epicenter of Faiths
DAY 9
Bethlehem | Yad Vashem & Lunch in a Family Home
DAY 10
Masada | Zealot Stronghold
DAY 11
Acre & Nazareth | Jesus’ Boyhood Town
DAY 12
Sea of Galilee | In the Footsteps of Jesus
DAYS 13-14
Tel Aviv & Jaffa | Artist Quarter

Travel Privately with A&K | This itinerary is available as a private journey, Signature Jordan & Israel.

DAY 1
Arrive Amman, Jordan

Arrive in Amman, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.

Four Seasons Hotel Amman
DAY 2
Amman & Jerash | Ancient Roman Streets

Today begins with a visit to Jerash, a city founded by Alexander the Great, to marvel at its Greco-Roman ruins. Walk the Roman cardo, viewing grooves made by chariot wheels. Return to Amman and, after lunch at a local restaurant, explore the city and its Citadel and Roman Theater. Tonight, gather for a festive welcome dinner.

Four Seasons Hotel Amman
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3
Mount Nebo/Madaba | Design Your Day

This morning, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities.

Set Out on a Walking Tour of Amman to experience this fascinating, modern capital city from ground level.

Visit the Royal Automobile Museum, home to King Hussein’s personal collection of cars and motorcycles.

Relax in the Four Seasons Spa, indulging in the spa facilities and a 50-minute massage.

After lunch, journey to Mount Nebo, in the footsteps of Moses, for expansive views of the Holy Land. Proceed to Madaba, known as the “City of Mosaics” for its spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad examples. Finish the day with check-in at your hotel in close proximity to Petra.

Mövenpick Resort Petra
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4
Petra | From the Rose-Red City to Wadi Rum

Spend a full day exploring Petra, passing through the Siq to view the majestic Treasury, the Temple of the Winged Lions and the Palace Tomb. Once a rich merchant city and a stop for camel caravans bringing spices, silk and slaves from Arabia to the Mediterranean, Petra was lost for 1,000 years, emerging from antiquity in 1812 when it was rediscovered by the Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. Later, depart for Wadi Rum — the Valley of the Moon — which, with its immense size, color and awe-inspiring shapes, creates an almost supernatural atmosphere. Tonight, experience a Bedouin dinner and stargazing at your comfortable desert camp.

Sun City Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5
Wadi Rum | Across the Valley of the Moon

This morning, venture into the rose-tinted mountains and marvelous desert vistas where T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) lived with his Bedouin friends and allies during World War I. Bedouin camps are evident in the wadi (valley), which is still home to a number of Bedouin families. Traverse Wadi Rum by four-wheel-drive vehicle, and then Ride Like a Local, on camel back, to take in the stunning landscape in an unforgettable way. This afternoon, travel north to the Dead Sea, and settle into your accommodations upon arrival.

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 6
The Dead Sea | Bethany Beyond the Jordan

Today, visit Bethany Beyond the Jordan, known as the place of Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist. This UNESCO World Heritage Site features Roman and Byzantine remains and is a place of pilgrimage for many. Return to your resort hotel for time at leisure and a float in the buoyant, mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea.

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea
Meals: Breakfast
DAY 7
Jerusalem, Israel | The Garden of Gethsemane

Cross into Israel and drive to the Mount of Olives for a view over the Temple Mount (Al Haram el-Sharif). Visit the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus is said to have prayed with his disciples before his crucifixion. Stroll Mahna Yahuda, Jerusalem’s largest food market, which takes up an entire neighborhood, between Yafo and Agripas. Cap off your market tour with a delicious lunch. After a full day, check in and, later, dine at your hotel’s restaurant.

The King David
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8
Jerusalem | Epicenter of Faiths

Join your expert local guide for a full day’s exploration of the Old City, first stopping at the Western Wall, one of Judaism’s most sacred sites. View the Temple Mount area with its Dome of the Rock. After lunch at a local café, walk along the Via Dolorosa, where Jesus carried the cross, arriving at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditional site of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection. Later, visit the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book to view a portion of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and see the Second Temple Model. As your day ends, view the city’s skyline with a Scenic Sundowner.

The King David
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 9
Bethlehem | Yad Vashem & Lunch in a Family Home

Visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to Holocaust victims. Drive to Bethlehem, located in the West Bank, for a lunch served in the home of a local family, providing a unique opportunity to engage in authentic cultural interaction, on an A&K-exclusive Chef’s Table experience. Then, visit the Church of the Nativity, a sixth-century basilica that stands over a cave held to be the birthplace of Jesus. Dine tonight at a top restaurant in Jerusalem.

The King David
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 10
Masada | Zealot Stronghold

Explore Masada, built by King Herod in 31 BC atop a rocky plateau with views of the Dead Sea. Take a cable car up to this final stronghold, where Jewish Zealots made their last stand against the Romans, ultimately taking their own lives rather than becoming enslaved. Return to Jerusalem for lunch and an afternoon at leisure.

The King David
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 11
Acre & Nazareth | Jesus’ Boyhood Town

Drive to Acre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s oldest ports, to see the Crusader Halls, markets and the old town. Then, journey to Jesus’ boyhood town of Nazareth. After lunch, visit the Church of the Annunciation, built on the traditional site of Mary and Joseph’s home. Continue to Tiberias and your hotel, which occupies a historic building along the Sea of Galilee. Prior to dinner, experience an artisanal wine talk and tasting organized by a professional sommelier.

Scots Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 12
Sea of Galilee | In the Footsteps of Jesus

Enjoy a private boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, and then stop at Capernaum to view St. Peter’s house and the synagogue where Jesus taught. Visit the Mount of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount. After lunch, drive to the Golan Heights to learn about the rich history and strategic importance of this rugged landscape. A source of the Jordan River, it was home to the Tribe of Dan and has remains dating to the Roman, Hellenistic and Persian periods. Gather tonight for a memorable farewell dinner.

Scots Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAYS 13-14
Tel Aviv & Jaffa | Artist Quarter

Visit Caesarea, built to honor Augustus Caesar and later occupied by the Crusaders. Discover Israel’s largest city, Tel Aviv. Located along a beautiful stretch of beach on the Mediterranean, Tel Aviv is Israel’s commercial center — a busy metropolis that inspires visitors with a unique and energetic atmosphere. Set out on a walking tour of Jaffa, an ancient port town that has become a noted artists’ colony, located just south of Tel Aviv. The next day, transfer to the Tel Aviv airport for your departing flight.

Dan Tel Aviv Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (Day 13), Breakfast (Day 14)

Travel Privately with A&K | This itinerary is available as a private journey, Signature Jordan & Israel.

Explore Paris: Stopover Package

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3 days from $2,495 per person

Single Supplement from $1,095 per person

Take advantage of an incredible opportunity to spend two nights in Paris before or after your journey.

 

Accommodations:

Relais Christine from $2,495, Single Supplement from $1,095
The Peninsula Paris from $2,995, Single Supplement from $1,595

International air not included.

3 Days

Arrive and settle into your luxurious hotel, ideally located in the heart of Paris. The next morning, set out on a half-day city excursion of your choosing, accompanied by your own private guide and driver. Take in iconic sites including the Eiffel Tower and stunning Notre Dame Cathedral, walk the galleries of the incomparable Louvre Museum, soak up the artistic history of the Montmartre district, or simply go where inspiration takes you. Spend the afternoon exploring the City of Light at your leisure; a complimentary Paris Museum Pass allows you free access to more than 50 museums and monuments throughout the city. Depart the next morning for your onward flight.

Relais Christine
The Peninsula Paris
Meals: Breakfast (Days 2-3)


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Journey Details

This journey contains some active elements.

Minimum age is 10 years.

First group event: welcome briefing at 8:30 a.m. on Day 2.

Last group event: arrival in Tel Aviv at 5:30 p.m. on Day 13.

Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

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