Road to Jerusalem

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Jordan and Israel on one amazing trip. Wonders of Petra, camp out in Wadi Rum and float like a cork in the Dead Sea before taking a biblical journey into Israel.

Days
11

Style
Coach

From
$4195

Road to Jerusalem

Combine Jordan and Israel on one amazing trip. Discover the wonders of Petra, camp out in Wadi Rum and float like a cork in the Dead Sea before taking a biblical journey into Israel. Discover the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, the oldest church in the world in Bethlehem and the Sea of Galilee near Nazareth.

Dead Sea – Free time to swim and detox
Escorted by licenced Jordanian Tour Guide in Jordan
Entrance fees included for sightseeing in Israel
4×4 desert safari through the sand dunes of Wadi Rum
Touring of Amman, Jerash, Dead Sea, Petra, Wadi Rum, Umm ar-Rasas, Mt Nebo and Madaba
Touring in Israel – Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Cana, Tiberias, Capernaum & Tabgha

 

Tour Highlights

  • Amman - Ancient hilltop citadel, fascinating Archaeological Museum and bustling souqs

  • Umm Qais - Roman Decapolis city, once a cultural centre, home to poets and great philosophers

  • Shobak or Karak Crusader castles - Reminders of the former glory of the Crusaders

  • Wadi Rum - Vast red desert landscape with rolling dunes and dramatic rock formations

  • Madaba - Christian market town, Church of St George, Jordan’s finest Byzantine mosaics

  • Jerusalem - TheArmenian, Jewish and Christian Quarters of the Old City; the Wailing Wall; Cardo (Roman Road), Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

  • Nazareth - The Church of the Annunciation and Church of St Joseph

  • The picturesque Sea of Galilee

  • Wadi Mujib - trek the Siq Trail of Wadi Mujib Biosphere Reserve

  • Jerash - Ruins of the ancient Roman city, which at over 2000 years old is still surprisingly well-preserved

  • Dead Sea - Dramatically beautiful landscape with warm buoyant mineral-rich waters

  • Petra - The fabled Nabataean city that was all but lost to the modern world until its rediscovery in 1812

  • Mt Nebo - Perhaps one of the most sacred sites in Jordan with views across the Promised Land

  • Panoramic views of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives

  • Bethlehem - Shepherd’s Field, Rachel’s Tomb, Church of the Nativity & Manger Square

  • Miracle sites - Cana, Tiberias, Capernaum and Tabgha (site of the sermon on the Mount & the feeding of the 5000)

  • Umm ar-Rasas - An ancient city and important stop on the caravan route between east and west

Full Itinerary

Welcome to Jordan and the start of an amazing adventure. Arrive Amman, included transfer to our hotel and overnight.

Amman – Jerash – Umm Qais – Amman. Heading north, we visit Jerash, the Graeco-Roman city known as the ‘Pompeii of the East’. Built over 2,000 years ago, Jerash is widely regarded as the best-preserved city of the Decapolis, a confederation of 10 Roman cities dating from the 1st century! We’ll explore the site taking in the colonnaded street, amphitheatre, nymphaeum, forum and more before continuing to Umm Qais (Gadara), a dramatic black-basalt Roman city of the Decapolis with panoramic views over the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights.


Overnight: Amman | Breakfast, Dinner

Amman – Madaba – Mount Nebo – Umm ar Rasas – Petra. Today we tour the citadel and Archaeological Museum of Amman before we take a walk through the bustling local souk to enjoy typical Jordanian street treats of falafel and hummus at the country’s most popular local street stand. As the pictures on the wall will prove, the unglamorous food stand was a great favourite of the late King Hussein.

Leaving Amman we’ll stop first at Mt. Nebo, the site from which Moses saw the Promised Land. Having led the Israelites for 40 years through the wilderness, Moses finally saw them from this awesome vantage point. This amazing panorama includes the Jordan River Valley, the Dead Sea, Jericho and the spires and domes of the Mt. of Olives and Bethlehem on the Judean hills just across the wide valley. Later we visit Madaba en route to Petra where we see the Church of St George, the Madaba Archaeological Park, Apostles Church and Madaba Museum.

Our next port of call is Um ar-Rasas, one of Jordan’s World Heritage sites and once an important stop on the busy caravan routes. The impressive mosaic floor of the St. Stephen Church features medallions commemorating all the early Christian pilgrimage sites of the region, and the extensive ruins also include one of the area’s earliest Stylite towers, where a Byzantine hermit lived atop the tower and preached to the pilgrimage visitors.

Our final stop of the day is Petra. Consider doing a Petra by Night excursion (payable locally) for a tantalizing candlelight stroll through Petra’s Siq….a romantic preview of things to come.
Overnight: Petra | Breakfast

Chief among Jordan’s many archaeological riches is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Rose City of Petra. The city was first settled around the 6th century BC by the Nabataean tribe from Western Arabia. Rediscovered in 1812, it remains on the list of many travellers. We access the hidden archaeological treasures of the Rose City on a walk through a narrow, deep siq, where the rocks finally give way to reveal the famous facade of Al-Khazneh (the Treasury). Continuing our walk, we’ll then go on to explore chunks of this fantastic once-lost city which is full of tombs, temples, an impressive amphitheatre and a Roman colonnaded street. The intrepid can ascend the hundreds of rock-cut steps to Ad-Deir. Better known as the Monastery, Ad-Deir has a similar facade to that of the Treasury, but is far bigger and the views from the nearby cliff-tops are awesome. Want to learn how to cook Middle Eastern food? Consider opting for our Petra Kitchen bolt-on tonight!
Overnight: Petra | Breakfast

Petra – Wadi Rum – breakfast. A chance to revisit Petra before our afternoon drive to Wadi Rum. A vast, silent landscape of ancient riverbeds, pastel coloured stretches of sandy desert and amazing rock formations known as jebels that rise from the desert floor, the desertscape of Wadi Rum represents some of the most stunning countryside on the planet. Boarding 4×4 jeeps, we take a safari through the sand dunes, getting up close and personal to the surrounding scenery of Wadi Rum. Tonight, we enjoy a Jordanian dinner.
Overnight: Wadi Rum | Breakfast, Dinner

Wadi Rum – Karak – Wadi Mujib – Dead Sea. After breakfast at the campsite, we head north along the Desert Highway. Taking a drive through the busy market town of Karak under the towering shadows of the Karak Crusader Castle, descending some 1300 meters to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on the earth’s surface. More than 500 meters below sea level, the mineral-rich Dead Sea is the world’s original health and beauty spa. Drift out and bob in the waters and slap on some of the famous black Dead Sea mud to give your skin an invigorating boost.

For departures between April and October we’ll head up the King’s Highway to Wadi Mujib. We’ll embark on a moderate –paced two hour trek along the Siq Trail. Measuring 500 metres in depth and spanning 4 kilometres across, the impressive Wadi Mujib is one of Jordan’s most remarkable natural features. This dramatic canyon features sheer rocky walls and sparkling waterways that range from puddle height to depths that are perfect for swimming (chest height or deeper) depending upon the level of rainfall. The canyon is just one feature of the Mujib Biosphere Reserve, the lowest nature reserve in the world, home to a surprising diversity of wildlife and plant species. After our trek we make our way to the Dead Sea.

Overnight: Dead Sea | Breakfast

 

The lowest point on the earth’s surface at 400m below sea level, the Dead sea is a natural phenomena and high on most travellers’ bucket lists. Lucky for us we have a whole day to spend here, whiling away the time bobbing in its mineral-rich buoyant waters and lathering up with a detoxifying mud bath. Later today there will be an optional visit to the Ma’in hot springs – a series of waterfalls and hot springs, and a sacred baptism site where Jesus Christ is thought to have been baptised (book locally).
Overnight: Dead Sea | Breakfast

Dead Sea – Jerusalem. This morning you’ll be picked up at 9:00am and transferred to the Jordanian border where after immigration formalities you will transfer by public shuttle bus over the border into Israel, here you’ll be met by a driver and escorted to your hotel in Jerusalem. The afternoon and evening offer free time. Today is the Sabbath and offers good opportunity to explore the World Heritage Listed city on foot without the usual hubbub.
Overnight: Jerusalem | Breakfast, Dinner

Today we enjoy a guided tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Our first stop is the holy Mount of Olives where there are amazing panoramic views of the old city. We take a walking tour of the atmospheric old city; wander through the Armenian and Jewish quarters to the Cardo (ancient Roman road). We continue on through the old City and the Christian quarter, visiting the famous Wailing Wall – a place of constant prayer and one of the most revered Hebrew sites. Retrace the final laboured steps of Jesus, burdened under the weight of the cross, along the Via Dolorosa to the hallowed Church of the Sepulchre; the site of the crucifixion, Jesus’ tomb and the resurrection. A short drive from Jerusalem is Bethlehem – the birthplace of Jesus; where we visit Manger Square and the Church of Nativity, which is reputed to be the oldest Church in the world and the site where Jesus was born. Spend the evening at leisure in Jerusalem.
Overnight: Jerusalem | Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we head out for another full day of sightseeing around the Holy Land. We take in the sights of Nazareth – the home of Joseph and Mary, visiting the famous Churches of the Annunciation and St. Joseph. Heading North via Cana – where Jesus turned water into wine, we reach the shores of the Sea of Galilee and visit the significant Christian sites of Capernaum, historic Tiberias and Tabgha – site of the legendary Sermon on the Mount and the feeding of the 5000. We travel back to Jerusalem where you can spend your final night soaking up the atmosphere of this revered city.
Overnight: Jerusalem | Breakfast, Dinner

Jerusalem – breakfast, free time and included departure transfer to Ben Gurion Airport, any time of day
Breakfast

Inclusions

Meals

  • 10 breakfasts and 5 dinners

Accommodation

  • 9 nights – 3 – 4 star hotels 1 night – Wadi Rum deluxe desert camp

Transport

  • All relevant transfers and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 11

Exclusions

Meals

  • Laundry, drinks and items of a personal nature

Transport

  • International flights and visa

Entrance Fees

  • Entrance Fees: USD $180-200, paid in local currency

Gratuities

  • Tipping Kitty: USD$60-80, paid in local currency
  • Tip for your tour guides in Jordan and Israel. We recommend you allow $3 – 5 USD per day, per traveler. Tipping your tour guides is an entirely personal gesture

Optional Activities

Petra Kitchen$65

Something good’s cooking at the Petra Kitchen! Have you ever wanted to know how to make real, authentic Middle Eastern hoummus?

Ever wondered how to knock together those wholesome Middle Eastern salads and pondered what sort of additions take lettuce, tomato and cucumber to the next level?

Based just up the road from the entrance to the Rose City, Petra Kitchen – a locally managed business staffed by local Jordanian people, offers a hands-on approach to the preparation of a Middle Eastern repast.

At Petra Kitchen, enjoy a cooking session and learn how to make dishes such as baba ghanoush, fattoush, sambousek b’jibn (cheese triangles) and proper hoummus-from-scratch. Then enjoy the fruits of your labours – a faraway feast, fit for a king, sultan or khedive! And to ensure what you’ve learnt can be achieved at home in your own kitchen, you’ll get to take home recipes of the very dishes you assisted in creating!

All that’s left to do, is to impress family and friends at your next food-filled soiree!

This bolt-on is an evening Jordanian cooking session that can be booked in conjunction with any of our Jordan group tours.

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This tour is operated by
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Departing: November 25, 2017

From: $4195 USD

Days: 11

Style: Coach

Physical Rating: +2 light

At A Glance

  • Amman - Ancient hilltop citadel, fascinating Archaeological Museum and bustling souqs

  • Umm Qais - Roman Decapolis city, once a cultural centre, home to poets and great philosophers

  • Shobak or Karak Crusader castles - Reminders of the former glory of the Crusaders

  • Wadi Rum - Vast red desert landscape with rolling dunes and dramatic rock formations

  • Madaba - Christian market town, Church of St George, Jordan’s finest Byzantine mosaics

  • And more!

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