Visit Madaba, home of the famous Byzantine Mosaic Map, marvel at the majestic view of the Holy Land at Mt. Nebo, enjoy a jeep ride into the Jordanian Desert, and relax under the sun at the Dead Sea…Jordan and Israel await!
On arrival in Amman, freshen up at the airport and proceed on a visit to Madaba and Mt. Nebo. Madaba, the City of Mosaics, has been intermittently inhabited for nearly 3,500 years. The chief attraction in this city is a wonderfully vivid, six-century Byzantine Mosaic Map showing Jerusalem and other holy sites; there are also literally hundreds of other mosaics scattered throughout Madaba’s churches and homes. Next, proceed to Mt. Nebo. At over 700mt above the Jordan Valley, Mt.Nebo offers spectacular views of the Promised Land as seen by Moses.
Continue to Petra, one of the seven wonders of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site, for an overnight halt.
Today, take a day trip to visit Wadi Rum, a protected desert wilderness in southern Jordan. It features dramatic sandstone mountains like the many-domed Jebel Um Ishrin, and natural arches such as Burdah Rock Bridge. Many prehistoric inscriptions and carvings line rocky caverns and steep chasms, such as Khazali Canyon. The natural watering hole of Lawrence’s Spring is named after British soldier Lawrence of Arabia, who allegedly washed there.
Explore Wadi Rum on a 4×4 jeep ride and enjoy a camel ride in the desert. Later, drive back to Petra for an overnight stay.
Today, check-out of the hotel and proceed on a guided walking city tour of Petra. Enter the city through a 1km long narrow gorge which is flanked either side by 80mt high cliffs! Notice the dazzling colors and formations of the rocks. The site is massive, and contains hundreds of elaborate rock-cut tombs, a treasury, Roman-style theatres, temples, sacrificial altars and colonnaded streets. Petra is half-built, half-carved into the rock, and is surrounded by mountains riddled with passages and gorges. It is one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites, where ancient Eastern Traditions blend with Hellenistic architecture.
Drive to Amman for an overnight stay.
Check-out of your hotel and take a scenic drive to Tel Aviv, the capital city of Israel via Sheikh Hussein or Allenby Bridge. On arrival at Allenby Bridge, meet your guide and drive to Tel Aviv. Arrive at the old port of Jaffa, from where Jonah set sail, and see the restored artists quarter and the bustling flea market.
Tel Aviv is Israel’s cultural and commercial capital on Israel’s Mediterranean coast. It is marked by its stark Bauhaus buildings built in the 1930s by Jewish German architectes, thousands of which are clustered in the White City architectural area. The city is also known for its accessible beaches and vibrant nightlife, ranging from Lilienblum Street’s lounges to Dizengoff Street’s open-air cafes. Tel Aviv Port’s waterfront promenade is lined with shops and restaurants.
Spend the night at the hotel in Tel Aviv.
Depart Tel Aviv, and drive along the coastal road to visit Caesarea, built by King Herod and once the capital of Judea. Be sure to visit the huge amphitheater in Caesarea. Next, drive to Haifa for a photo stop at the beautiful Bah’ai gardens. Then proceed to Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus, and visit the Church of Annunciation. Later, take a boat ride in a Galilean fishing boat on the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus calmed the storm and walked on the water.
Spend the night in Tiberius overlooking the Sea of Galilee.
Today, check-out and visit Capernaum, home of St. Peter and the center of Christ’s preaching after he left Nazareth. You will also visit the 5th century synagogue and the Qumran caves where the Dead Sea scrolls were found by a nomadic shepherd. Then Continue via the Jordan River (where Jesus was baptized by St. John the Baptist), passing Jericho, to the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea. Be sure to swim in the mineral rich therapeutic water of the Dead Sea! Later, ascend the Judean hills and enter Jerusalem.
Spend the night in Jerusalem.
Today, take a city tour of Jerusalem. Visit Yad Vashem, which is the Jewish people’s living memorial to the Holocaust. Walk along the Avenue of the Righteous and visit the museum complex. Next, ascend to Mt. Olives for a panoramic view of Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Cross the Kidron Valley and enter the Old City. See the Temple and visit the Western Wall. Walk in the Via Dolorosa (Way of Grief), traditionally accepted as the last route trodden by Jesus, to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the place where Jesus was crucified. Later, drive to Bethlehem, see the Manger Square and visit the Church of Nativity, where Jesus was born.
Spend the night in Jerusalem.
Today, depart from Israel, complete the border formalities and drive to Amman. On arrival, proceed to visit the ancient Greco-Roman city of Jerash, including the paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, theatres, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains and the city walls.
Later, return to Amman and start your guided city tour, visiting sites and museums including the Archeological Museum, the Folklore Museum, the citadel and the Amphitheatre. Everywhere you look there is evidence of the city’s much older past.
The Royal Automobile Museum is one of the most interesting and well organised Museums in Jordan. The museum depicts the history of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan from the early 1920s until today through cars and motorcycles. Enjoy a wide range of vintage and limited edition cars from Aston Martins, Mercedes Benz, Phantom, Lincolns, Cadillacs as well as some beautiful old motorcycles.
Spend the night in Amman.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to take your flight back home.