Holy Land Program: 12 Days
Day 1: Arrival Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport - Jerusalem
Meet & greet upon arrival at the Airport, then transfer to your hotel in Jerusalem for dinner & overnight.
Day 2: Jerusalem full day visit - Bethlehem – Jerusalem
After breakfast, start the day by visiting Mount of Olives – Mount Zion, then walk down to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations. In the old city we view the Wailing Wall, which represents the last remnants of the Jewish Temple, destroyed by the Romans. If open to visitors, we ascend to the Temple Mount to look at the famous Dome of the Rock. Then we continue to the Via Dolorosa, which leads us to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where Jesus Christ was crucified and buried. Then, drive to Bethlehem to observe the Church of Nativity, marking the place where Jesus Christ had been born. See also the Shepherd's Fields. Back to your hotel in Jerusalem for dinner & overnight.
Day 3: Jerusalem – Qumran – Masada - Nazareth
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to visit Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Then drive to the ancient Jericho, famed as the oldest city in the world located in the Judah’s desert. Drive to Masada, an ancient fortification, on the eastern edge of the Judea Desert, overlooking the Dead Sea. Herod the Great built palaces for himself on the mountain and fortified Masada between 37 and 31 BCE. Continue to Nazareth for dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Jerusalem – Sea of Galilee – Sheikh Hussein – Jerash - Amman
Breakfast at hotel. Tour starting with the boat ride across the Sea of Galilee where Jesus walked on the waters. Then, transfer to Sheikh Hussein Border, meet and assist by our representative, then drive to visit Jerash the Pompeii of the East. You will enter Jerash through the monumental South Gate and find you wandering around in a Roman city. You will walk in the Oval Plaza surrounded by colonnades, visit the Roman Theater and Byzantine churches with mosaic-covered floors. Enjoy a stroll along Jerash' main road the Cardo and pass by the Nymphaeum. You may experience the marvelous acoustics of the Theater, 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. Proceed to Amman for dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Amman – Dead Sea - Madaba – Nebo
After breakfast, drive to Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth with its surface and shores which are 423 meters below sea level. You will have the possibility to swim in Dead Sea (O-Beach) where you will experience a rare floating sensation while giving your skin a beauty treats. Put yourself to sink into the waves of the sea, then have a massage or try out the healing properties of mineral mud on the skin. Then, drive to visit Madaba, one of the most spectacular churches around the world, St. George Church, where you will find the Mosaic Map of Jerusalem painted on the floor of the church. Then go up to Mount Nebo, the place where Moses was buried. You will be lucky if the sky is clear enough; you will have a wonderful view up from the mountain seeing the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea, and Jericho in the other bank of the Jordan River. Proceed to Petra for dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Petra (full day visit)
After breakfast: pick up to visit Petra, there is no visit of Jordan being complete without having seen the capital of the ancient Nabataean Kingdom, Petra. The long-lost city of Petra, carved entirely by man into the rose-red sandstone rocks, puts your imagination to the test. Its a mystic and glorious place, an eternal tribute to a lost civilization. Petra was the central meeting point of the Nabataean spice routes which originated from the Persian Gulf, Western Arabia and the Red Sea. About 2000 years ago Petra became the capital of the Nabataean Empire. The city was so renowned that one of its kings, Aretas IV, is even mentioned in the Bible. No wonder UNESCO placed Petra on its World Heritage List. One enters Petra by passing the Siq, a deep and narrow gorge, at the end of which all of a sudden dramatically appears the most famous monument in Petra: al-Khazneh or the Treasury. Maybe you will recognize it as the stage of the final sequence of the movie 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade'. But the Treasury is just the start. Walking and climbing in Petra hundreds of buildings carved in stone and eroded through the centuries into fabulous multi-colored walls will be revealed to you. Overnight at hotel in Petra.
Day 7: Petra – Wadi Rum (02 h 4x4) - Aqaba
After breakfast: drive to visit Wadi Rum, the Valley of the Moon according to Lawrence of Arabia; here you will have the opportunity to experience of the Jeep tour 4x4 for 2 hours to explore the most spectacular sites of the area ending with a cup of tea made by Bedouin. Proceed to Aqaba. Dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 8: Aqaba – Arava border – Taba - Sinai
After breakfast, enjoy your free day in Aqaba which lies at the Red Sea, Jordan's only port is the place to be. The waters of the Red Sea are crystal clear and have an abundant marine life. Aqaba offers a wide variety of opportunities to explore this amazing underwater world, such as scuba diving and snorkeling. The Red Sea is home to more than 140 species of corals and countless species of brightly colored fishes. And if you are lucky, you may also experience close encounters with friendly sea animals like turtles and dolphins. The weather near the Gulf of Aqaba is splendid all year around. Then, transfer to Arava border. Proceed to Taba. Enter into Egypt and after formalities proceed to Sinai. View the beautiful and historical Sinai Mountains. Check-in at hotel, dinner & overnight.
Day 9: St. Catherine Monastery – Cairo
Early morning climb to the top of the Mt. Sinai to visit the old Church of Moses where he received the Ten Commandments. After late breakfast at hotel, visit St. Catherine Monastery set beneath the mountains. It has been one of the world’s great centers of religious pilgrimage for over 15 centuries. It has a library of ancient manuscripts, second only to the Vatican and a 6th century Church on the site of the Burning Bush. On the way to Cairo, we cross the famous Suez Canal. Transfer to Cairo for dinner & overnight.
Day 10: Full day visiting Cairo
Breakfast at hotel and checkout. Visit the Pyramids, Sphinx, old churches of Cairo and Egyptian Museum.
Day 11: Full day visiting Cairo
At evening, a cruise on the River Nile. Dinner on board. Enjoy the shows on board. Back to your hotel for dinner & overnight.
Day 12: Cairo – Airport
After breakfast proceed to Airport for final departure.