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Welcome to Jordan and the start of your holiday! We will pick you up from Amman airport and transfer to the hotel.
Today, we descend from the elevation of Amman to the Dead Sea for a chance to take a dip in the mineral-rich waters, before continuing through Wadi Araba to Faynan at the lower, western end of the Dana Nature Reserve. Unique in the Middle East region, Dana is a protected region, combining scientific research, social reconstruction and sustainable tourism.
Today, we hike along the upward sloping floor of the colourful Wadi Dana through wild and desolate terrain which changes to lush, green gardens as the upper reaches closer to Dana Village are approached.
Today, we begin the trek to Petra, hiking past the area’s reforestation project and the upland wadis. Wadi is a valley or watercourse and can also refer to a dry or seasonal riverbed.
Continuing our trek through valleys overlooking Wadi Araba there is a small Bedouin track which runs through the valley where there are still families living in their characteristic nomadic black tents. Along the way we’ll pass unexcavated remains from the Iron Age, Nabatean and Roman eras
Today’s route passes a number of Roman watchtowers and several small wadis where waterfalls and date palms flourish even in the driest seasons. We arrive at an area dotted with Neolithic remains, where we camp for the night.
Approaching from Ammareen territory, our trek takes us to Siq al Barid and the Baidha Neolithic village. Continue cross-country on a little-used trail, we trek on a back route up to Ad-Deir, better known as the Monastery. Exiting via Wadi Turkomanieh, we transfer to our hotel in Petra’s modern-day town – Wadi Musa for a well-earned rest and overnight stay.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Rose City of Petra was first settled around 6th century BC by the Nabatean tribe from Western Arabia. 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 façade of Al-Khazneh (the Treasury).
After breakfast and hotel check out we will transfer you to the Jordan/Israel border where you will cross over to Israel at the Arava border crossing. Once through immigration, our local Israeli rep will meet you and transfer you to your hotel in Nazareth where the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Today, carry water and a packed lunch with you– the rest of your luggage will be transferred to your accommodations. Ascend out of the old city and walk through calm pastoral fields to Zippori National Park to visit the archaeological ruins of the main administrative city in the Galilee at the time of Jesus. Admire the exquisite Byzantine mosaics, drink in the view from atop the Crusader fortress, and take a stroll through the ancient cistern system. Take a lunch break and refill your water before returning to the trail through the small village of Mashhad to arrive at Cana, traditional site of Jesus’ first miracle. Later enjoy a home-cooked meal with your hosts.
Arise early for a hearty breakfast and do some stretching before ascending out of Cana to walk along a forest ridge with peaceful valley views. Stop for a break in a pleasantly shaded forest. Visit a nearby ancient Roman road (5 min from route), part of the Via Maris which connected the Mediterranean to the Sea of Galilee. Walk up a pleasant hill dotted with ruins, to arrive at Kibbutz Lavi, one of very few religious Jewish kibbutzim in the country. Enjoy the swimming pool and peaceful grounds and a kosher buffet in the dining room.
Head out across agricultural fields to ascend the Horns of Hattin– a volcanic structure where a famous Crusader battle took place. Relish your first glimpse of the Sea of Galilee and the sweeping views into Arbel Valley. Continue down the rocky hillside to Nebi Shu’eib, the holiest shrine for the Druze religion. Visit the tomb of Jethro, father-in-law of Moses, and take a break at the picnic area. Don’t forget to refill your water bottle! After lunch, continue on the trail through Arbel Valley past ancient olive groves and the ruins of Hattin village. Rise out of the valley to Moshav Arbel, where you will stay in charming rustic cabins and eat dinner at the on-site restaurant.
Start early for the stunning morning light from Arbel Cliffs. Carefully descend the steep trail down the mount, passing ancient cliff dwellings and caves. Drink from the fresh spring at Wadi Hamam before continuing to Tabgha via rolling agricultural land. Explore the mosaics at Tabgha, the traditional site of the feeding of the 5,000. Continue around the northern side of the Sea of Galilee to visit the church of St. Peter. Ascend a small ridge to visit the Mount of Beatitudes, the traditional site of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Finish your journey at Capernaum by wandering the ruins of the city that was the center of Jesus’ ministry, and the church built over the home of Simon Peter. Hike to Karei Deshe or Capernaum, your accommodation for the night.
Today marks the end of your adventure through the Middle East. Enjoy breakfast and a relaxing day by the Sea of Galilee before your shuttle to Tel Aviv airport.
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