Holy land of Israel and Jordan 12 days 11 nights

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Day 1  Flight to Amman

Flight to Amman and transfer to your hotel in Amman, where you will enjoy dinner and stay overnight

Day 2  Amman, Jerash, Umm Qais, Ajloun, Amman

You will visit Jerash, the Pompeii of the East. You will enter Jerash through the monumental South Gate and find yourself wandering around in a Roman city. You will walk in the Oval Plaza surrounded by colonnades, visit the Roman theatre and Byzantine churches with mosaic-covered floors. Enjoy a stroll along Jerash’ main road the Cardo and pass by the Nymphaeum. Jerash has been covered by sand for centuries, the main reason why it is still so well-preserved. You may experience the marvellous acoustics of the theatre, the stage of the Jerash music festival which takes place every year. And see for yourself how the Romans built the earthquake-proof columns of the colonnaded streets. Next you will visit Umm Qais, which was built mainly out of black basalt. Here you can enjoy the impressive view over Lake Tiberius and the Golan Heights. At the guesthouse we will serve you a traditional mezze lunch. After lunch, on the way back to Amman, you will visit the Islamic military castle of Ajloun. The castle was used by the Islamic armies of Saladin to protect the region against the crusaders. After dinner in the hotel you will have plenty of time to enjoy the nightlife in Amman.

Day 3  Amman, Madaba, Mount Nebo, Kerak, Petra

You will depart early for Madaba and visit the famous mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. Your next stop will be Mount Nebo, where like Moses you will be able to overlook the Holy Land and the Dead Sea. If the sky is clear Jerusalem, Jericho and Bethlehem will meet your eye. The journey will continue along the King’s Highway. On the way you will pass through Wadi Mujib, the grand canyon of Jordan. You will stop in Karak for lunch. In the afternoon you will visit the huge castle where Saladin and Richard Lionheart fought during the crusades. While enjoying the beautiful landscapes the journey continues along the King’s Highway to Petra, your final destination for today

Day 4 Petra full day

In the morning a local guide will escort you into Petra and show you the highlights of the Nabatean city. You will enter the city through the Siq and be rewarded with the most astonishing and dramatic monument in Jordan: the Treasury. You will also visit the theatre, the tombs and façades and the colonnaded street. In the afternoon you are free to wander around in Petra and explore the area for yourself. You may climb the stairs to the Monastery and admire the splendid view over the Wadi Araba. In the evening we will serve you dinner by a campfire in Little Petra.

Day 5 - 6  Petra, Wadi Rum, Amman

In the morning you will be transferred to Wadi Rum. You shall pass the famous seven pillars of wisdom, described by Lawrence of Arabia and explore Wadi Rum by jeep, escorted by a Bedouin guide. You shall see the house where Lawrence of Arabia lived, and the inscriptions made by the Thamudic and Nabatean people centuries ago. And you may even climb one of the natural rock bridges. After lunch at the visitor’s centre will be transferred to Amman. In the afternoon we will offer you a guided city tour by bus. You will visit the Amman citadel, the Roman theatre and the Suq, a typical Middle Eastern market where you may buy almost everything. Dinner and overnight in Amman

Day 7 Amman, Jerusalem

In the morning you you will be transferred to alenby bridge Jerusalem - sightseeing of the new city meets and assist by Israeli representatives, Drive to Mt’ Scopus for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. On to the Garden of Gethsemane and Church of the Agony. Drive to Mt’ Zion for a visit to the tomb of King David, the Room of the Last Supper and Dormition Abbey. Sightseeing in the new city including the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book with the famous Dead Sea scrolls, new Supreme Court bldg. Mt’ Herzl and Yad Vashem (the memorial to the six million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust). Then visit the model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem dating back to the time of the Second Temple. Afternoon visit of the Hadassah medical centre in the synagogue with Marc Chagall stained glass windows, then via Ein Karem (the birth place of John the Baptist). Return to Hotel.

Day 8 Jerusalem, Bethlehem

Walk through one of the Gates to the walled Old City: the renewed Jewish Quarter; the Western Wall, the Temple area; the colourful bazaars; Via Dolorosa, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Continue to Bethlehem* to visit Rachel’s Tomb and the Church of the Nativity and return to Jerusalem for overnight.

Day 9 Jericho, Tiberius, Galilee

Leave Jerusalem, driving via Bethany to Jericho*, the oldest city in the world. Visit the excavations and then continue northward via Jordan Valley and the new settlements to Beit Shean. After a short visit proceed to Tiberius, the old centre of Jewish learning. Drive along the shores of the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum to visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue. Continue to a Kibbutz hotel for overnight.

Day 10 Galilee, Golan Heights, Nazareth

Upper Galilee and Golan Heights - Nazareth
Drive to the Golan Heights. Visit the former Syrian fortifications, Birkat Ram, and the Druze villages, Via Banias, source of the Jordan River. Proceed via Kiryat Shmone and the Hula Valley to Safed, city of the Kabala,to visit synagogue and the artists’ colony and then to Nazareth to visit the Christian Holy Sites. Return to the Kibbutz hotel for overnight.

Day 11 Nazatherth, Amman

Transfer from Nazareth – leave to Alenby bridge, Visit the baptism site (Bethany) and evening back to Amman, dinner and overnight.

Day 12 Amman, Airport

Transfer to the airport – departure.

Package prices:

No of Pax

3* Hotels

4* Hotels

5* Hotels

8 – 10 Pax

1150 $

1350 $

1550 $

11 – 15 Pax

1100 $

1200 $

1350 $

16 – 19 Pax

1050 $

1150 $

1300 $

20 – 29 Pax

999 $

1100 $

1200 $


Prices included:

* Meets and assist at Airport

* All transportations by deluxe busses                                      

* Entrance Fees at all  sites mentioned

* Hotel Accommodation on H/B bases

* Assist on departure

* Meets and assist at cross points