Arrive Amman, Jordan
Arrive in Amman. After clearing customs and immigration, meet your A&K representative and transfer to your hotel.
Jerash | Street of Columns
Take a step back in time and visit Jerash, the third-century “Pompeii of the Middle East,” decimated by invasion and earthquake. Once a city thriving under the Roman Empire, its hills have revealed Neolithic, Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Umayyad-era remains. Explore its colonnaded streets, which show grooves of chariot wheels to this day. Proceed to Amman, visiting its historic downtown, Citadel, the remains of a small Byzantine basilica, the Great Temple of Amman and the Roman Theater.
Amman & The Dead Sea | Miraculous Views
Journey overland to Mount Nebo, where Moses is said to have glimpsed the Promised Land, and take in the stunning views toward Bethlehem and Jerusalem. Continue along scenic King’s Highway and the Gorge of Amman to Madaba, the “City of Mosaics,” with its sixth-century mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. Then, take a dip in the restorative Dead Sea. Upon arrival in the ancient city of Petra, check in to your hotel.
Petra | The “Rose-Red City”
Spend a full day exploring Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, former merchant city and caravan stop. Wander amid its baths, markets, Temple of the Winged Lions, Corinthian Tomb, Palace Tomb and Treasury.
Wadi Rum | Valley of the Moon
Intersect the landscape of Wadi Rum, with its rose-hued mountains and endless desert vistas. It is here that T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) lived with his Bedouin allies during World War I. Return to Amman.
Jerusalem | Epicenter of Faiths
Cross the border into Israel, the Bible’s “Promised Land,” where you meet your guide and travel along the Dead Sea to Masada, ascending to the last stronghold of the Zealots by cable car. Continue to the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. Check in to your Jerusalem hotel. Absorb panoramic views from atop the Mount of Olives before continuing to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus purportedly prayed with his disciples before his crucifixion. In the Old City, visit the Western Wall, El Aksa Mosque and Dome of the Rock. Travel along the Via Dolorosa, the street traversed by Jesus when he was bearing the cross, passing the Convent of Zion Sisters, where Pontius Pilate tried Jesus; the cistern; and lithostrotos (pavement), with evidence of soldiers’ games. Proceed through the Stations of the Cross, seeing bazaars and continuing to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, site of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection. The next day, see Yad Vashem, site of the Jewish people’s memorial to lives lost to the Holocaust. Visit its museum before witnessing the Knesset — Israel’s Parliament — en route to the Israel Museum, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are kept. Then, in Bethlehem, visit the Church of the Nativity atop the cave where Jesus was born. Return to Jerusalem and your hotel.
Nazareth | Town of Jesus’ Youth
Drive to the ancient seaport of Acre. Visit Nazareth, the boyhood town of Jesus. In Tiberias, check in to your beachfront hotel on the Sea of Galilee. The next day, board a boat on the Sea of Galilee, stopping at Capernaum, site of the synagogue where Jesus taught, and St. Peter’s house. Drive up the Golan Heights, with its views of Lebanon, Syria and the lush Tel Dan. Then, see tranquil Banias, with its beautiful waterfall.
Caesarea & Jaffa | Vibrant Artist Quarter
Travel to Tel Aviv, stopping in Caesarea, built to honor Augustus Caesar. Upon arrival in the “White City,” a UNESCO World Heritage Site, embark on a city tour, seeing its Art Deco and Bauhaus sections. Then, take a walking tour of the thriving artists’ colony of Jaffa. Check in to your hotel, spending the remainder of your day at leisure.
Depart Tel Aviv
Transfer to the airport and board your homebound flight.