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Upon arrival at Amman's Queen Alia airport you will be met and transferred directly to Petra, roughly a 2 hour drive away. Check in to your hotel and spend the remains of the day at leisure.
After breakfast, spend the day with your private guide exploring the ancient Nabatean Rose City of Petra - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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). It's also possible to ride a horse through the Siq. Once inside the ancient city, discover tombs, temples, an impressive amphitheatre and a Roman colonnaded street. If you're feeling energetic 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 incredible!
This morning take a short drive to visit Little Petra. En route to the Dead Sea journey to Madaba, to see the world’s largest collection of ancient mosaics and visit the St. George Church with its famous 6th Century map of the Holy Land. Continue on to Mt. Nebo, where Moses viewed the Promised Land, here you can take in the wonderful view of the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea, Jericho and (if it's clear) Jerusalem. Finally descend to the Dead Sea - lowest point on the earth’s surface, arriving at approximately 16.00hrs and check into your hotel.
Today, we transfer you to the Amman airport for your flight to Israel. FLIGHT: AMMAN TO TEL AVIV NOT INCLUDED. PLEASE BOOK AN EARLY MORNING FLIGHT. Arrive Ben Gurion Airport and drive to Jaffa, one of the oldest port cities in the world, and then drive by modern Tel Aviv, Israel’s financial and cultural capital. Continue along the Sharon Plains to Caesarea Maritima, the site of the conversion of the first gentile, with its remains of different periods, the Roman amphitheater and the Crusaders’ port, and then drive to Mt Carmel to visit the magnificent Baha’i Gardens.
Today explore the Holy Sites around the Sea of Galilee. Start visiting Capernaum, where Peter was born and see the synagogue where Jesus preached. Then to Tabgha, the site of the Miracle of the Feeding of the 5000 and the Mt of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. In the afternoon drive to Nazareth, where Jesus spent his childhood, visiting St Joseph’s Workshop and the Mt of Precipice, believed to be the site of the Rejection of Jesus by the people of Nazareth, described in the Bible in Luke. End the day with a memorable boat ride in a replica of the fishing boats used 2000 years ago.
Depart Tiberias and drive by the Jordan Valley to Masada. The impressive palace and fortress was built by King Herods the Great in an expugnable plateau, and was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their revolt against the Romans after the destruction of the Second Temple of Jerusalem. Then continue bordering the Dead Sea to Qumran, where a shepherd discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls by mistake in 1947. The Scrolls are of invaluable importance and are the oldest known biblical manuscripts. Proceed by the Judean Wilderness to Jerusalem.
Start the day with a breathtaking view of the Old City atop of Mt of Olives, and take some time for meditation under the ancient olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane. Then cross the Kidron Valley to enter the Old City through Zion Gate and walk by the Jewish Quarter and the restored Roman Cardo to the Wailing Wall, last remnant of the Second Temple and holiest place of the Jewish People. Continue to the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross, to the Holy Sepulcher, where according to Christian Tradition Jesus was crucified. Proceed to the Tower of David Museum and walk through the 3000 years of the history of Jerusalem.
Today explore the New City of Jerusalem. Drive by the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament and the Supreme Court to the Israel Museum. Here see the Model of Jerusalem in times of Jesus and the Dead Scrolls in the Shrine of the Book. Next is Yad Vashem, the Memorial to the Holocaust of the Jews by the Nazis during WWII. Continue to Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist and then visit the famous Chagall Windows in the Hadassah Medical Center.
After breakfast drive to Mt Zion and see the Tomb of King David and the Upper Room, site of the last Supper. In the afternoon visit Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, the Milk Grotto and the Shepherd’s Fields.
Today say farewell to the Holy Land with a transfer to Ben Gurion airport.
Jerusalem, the capital city of Israel, is one of the oldest cities in the world. The old walled city is ...