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Welcome to Eilat and the start of your Middle East Adventure! Arriving at the airport, you will see our friendly local team waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Overnight - Prima Music Hotel.
Today we transfer to the Jordananian border and drop you off on the Israel Side. Arriving at the Jordan side meet our local driver who will take you out to Wadi Rum for a 4x4 tour of the moonscape terrain which T. E. Lawrence described as “vast, echoing and God-like.” The desertscape of Wadi Rum is truly stunning with its ancient riverbeds and amazing eroded rock formations. Enjoy a night under the stars at our remote permanent tented camp.
This morning we enjoy a 4 hour camel journey through the deserts of Wadi Rum. We then drive to Petra arriving in the evening.
Get ready to be amazed! All but lost to the modern world until 1812, Petra is a real archaeological gem, full of ancient tombs and ruins ripe for the modern-day discoverer. We access Petra on horseback, through the mysterious mile-long Siq which leads to the spectacular façade of the Treasury (of Indiana Jones fame). This is just the beginning of a day filled with true adventure, where we’ll explore amazing sights such as the Street of Facades, the Theatre, Colonnaded Street and Qasr al Bint.
Driving north via Wadi Araba, you’ll stop at Lot’s Cave and the Dead Sea Panorama point. Later a city tour of Bethany before descending to the lowest point on the earth’s surface, the Dead Sea . Take a dip in the mineral rich waters, where you’ll bob around like a cork; there is certainly no risk of sinking here! Your skin will also receive a fabulous detox, thanks to the curative qualities of the water.
This morning we drive you back to the Israel border and drop you Jordan side. Arriving on the Israel side meet the local driver and guide. Driving to the Golan Heights, the rocky plateau overlooking southern Syria and straddling the territory between Israel and Syria, visit the former Syrian fortifications, the Druze villages and Banias, the source of the Jordan River. Afterwards proceed via the Hula Valley to Safed, city of the Kabala, where you visit a synagogue and an artists colony before continuing to Nazareth, a pilgrimage city then arrive at the Ein Gev resort on the shores of Galilee.
Today we transfer to your hotel in and then explore Tiberias, named in honour of the Roman Emperor and legend has it that Tiberius was built on the site of Rakkat, mentioned in the Book of Joshua and the sixth book in the Hebrew Bible and the Old Testament. Drive along the shores of the Sea of Galilee, the world's lowest freshwater lake and second lowest lake on earth (after the Dead Sea) and onwards to Capernaum located on the northern shore of Galilee, to visit the ruins of two ancient synagogue.
Today we drive to Jerusalem. Along the way explore Jericho - the lowest permanently inhabited site on earth as well as being considered to be the world's oldest city. Passing through the Jordan Valley, part of the larger Jordan Rift Valley, and the new settlements to Beit Shean with its ruins dating back to the Hellenistic and Roman periods, subject to being open, we visit the excavations of this beautiful preserved city with its Roman theatre and baths.
Today take a sightseeing tour of Jerusalem New City and drive to Mt Scopus for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. Visit the Garden of Gethsemane and Church of the Agony before continuing to the vault of the Shrine of the Book building located in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and home to The Dead Sea Scrolls. Then visit the beautifully renovated Model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem, dating back to the time of the Second Temple. This afternoon continue to Yad Vashem (the memorial to the six million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust). Later drive to the picturesque village of Ein Karem (the birth place of John the Baptist) before returning to your hotel.
Explore Jerusalem Old City today, passing through the Gates to the walled Old City, the renewed Jewish Quarter and the the Western Wall. Visit the Temple area (if open) with its colourful bazaars and walk Via Dolorosa taking the path that Jesus took to his crucifixion and finishing at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Then drive to Mt Zion and visit the tomb of King David and Dormition Abbey. This afternoon continue to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity before returning to Jerusalem for the night.
An excursion today takes us to the remarkable scenery of the Dead Sea and Masada, a UNESCO-listed fortress situated on an isolated cliff in the Judean Desert. We ascend by cable car to the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Here we visit the excavations of King Herod’s palace, the synagogue and bathhouse. The site also offers spectacular views of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea. We’ll also see the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered then return to your Jerusalem Hotel.
We say farewell with a transfer to Tel Aviv Airport in time for your flight home.
Jerusalem, the capital city of Israel, is one of the oldest cities in the world. The old walled city is ...