Israel-Jordan Superb tour itinerary 10 Days is an upgraded Israel – Jordan tour itinerary, we recommend this tour for high end clients as a Private customized tour to be combined with excellent hotels such as Mamila Hotel in Jerusalem, Kibbutz Lavi Hotel at the Israeli Galilee (It is not a 5* but offers great experience), Marriott Hotel in Amman or similar 5* properties.
As rest of the Ahalan Olympus tours, this is indeed a customized one and can be modified AP your kind request!
Arrival at the Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv. Drive to the old city of Jaffa, one of the ancient gateways to the Holy Land. Today Jaffa’s renovated alley-ways attract many artists, who have their galleries there. Then we ascend to the Holy City – Jerusalem! We will greet the city from Mt. Scopus, called so because of it’s panoramic view over the city of Jerusalem. Time permitting, we will visit the famous “Wailing Wall”, before checking into our Hotel in Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem.
We start with an introduction to the city from the top of The Mount of Olives, and then walk down to the Garden of Gethsemane. We also visit the “Wailing Wall”, the last remnants of the Temple in Jerusalem. If the current situation allows it, we will try to visit the Temple Mount as well, taking a look at the Outside of the glorious “Dome of the Rock” and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. We continue in the footsteps of Jesus along the Stations of the Via Dolorosa, Jesus’ “Way of Suffering”, and unto the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where Jesus was crucified and buried. The Via Dolorosa also passes through the Old City’s oriental “Suq” (Bazaar). At the end of the day we visit King David’s Tomb and the “Room of the Last Supper”. Overnight Jerusalem.
This day is dedicated to Jerusalem’s New City: We visit “Yad Vashem”, the holocaust memorial, and then the famous “Menorah” (Candelabra) situated outside the “Knesset”, Israel’s parliament. In the afternoon we visit the Model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period, located in the Israel Museum. This is a 1:50 scale model of the city, as it was during one of its most important periods, when Judaism and Christianity, as we know them today, started to evolve. The model is built from the original materials, and is updated according to the most recent archaeological researches. We also visit the “Shrine of the Book”, where the “Dead Sea Scrolls” are exhibited. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Today we are southwards bound, into the desert! We walk through the Oasis of Ein Gedi, known since the days of King David. Ein Gedi, where four springs with fresh water meet the desert sun, is a place to enjoy the rich and unique flora and fauna that such an oasis can offer. We walk to the waterfall and back to the bus. We climb (by cable-car…) the famous cliff-fortress of Massada, where Herod the Great built a magnificent palace in the middle of the desert. Massada was then used as a fortress by the Jewish “Zealots” who fought, few against many, against the pagan Roman Empire. Their heroic struggle became a symbol for the modern State of Israel. We will not miss, of course, some floating (not swimming!) on the Dead Sea, the deepest point on earth!
After experiencing all this, we return to our hotel in Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem.
After Breakfast we drive to Caesarea Maritima, the magnificent port-city built by King Herod the Great. From here St. Peter went to Rome and started with his first miracles. In Caesarea’s well-preserved theater an inscription of the procurator Pontius Pilate was found. We continue our drive along the shore of the Mediterranean Sea to the modern port-city Haifa, situated on the slopes of the evergreen Mt. Carmel. The view from this mountain is famous for its beauty, and time permitting, we can also visit the Carmelite monastery Stella Marris, where “Elijah’s Cave” can be seen. Drive to the oriental city of Akko (Acre), where the Crusaders built their most important port. We can still visit the very well-preserved “Knights Halls” under the living oriental Bazaar with its colors and odors of the East, and listen to oriental stories (legends…?) in the restored Turkish “Hamam”. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Now we leave Jerusalem, and drive past Jericho and along the Jordan Valley, to visit the ancient Synagogue of Beth Alpha, famous for its colorful and detailed mosaic floor. The hot mid-day hours we will spend swimming in the cool waters of the Sachne Springs. In the afternoon we drive to Nazareth, were we visit the glamorous Basilica of the Annunciation, built by the Vatican according to the modern rules of art. We will spend this night in a Kibbutz in the North of Israel.
Today we visit the places where Jesus acted around the Sea of Galilee: Capernaum, with Peters House and the famous Synagogue, enjoy the view from Mt. of the Beatitudes, where the “Sermon on the Mount” was given, and the reconstructed church at Tabgha, where tradition puts the miracle of the Bread and The Fish. We will also visit the “YARDENIT” Baptismal-Site on the River Jordan, before we drive to the Jordan River (Sheikh Hussein) Bridge, where we cross the Jordan River and the Border to Jordan. Our Israeli Tour Guide will help you with the border formalities, and in Jordan our Jordanian Guide is going to welcome you. We then drive to Amman for a short city-tour. Overnight in Amman.
After breakfast we drive to the legendary city, Petra, once the hidden capital of the Nabathean people. We start with the famous gorge, the “Siq”, that legends say it was the secret entrance to Petra, known only to few. Suddenly you see the famous “Hazane” – “Pharaoh’s Treasury” in front of you, but this is only one of many amazing monuments carved in the colorful sandstone that we will see. After a thorough visit of the “Rose Red City” we will return to Amman, where we will also spend a second night. Overnight in Amman.
We drive on the “Desert Highway” to Madaba. Here we look at the famous mosaic of the St. George Church that shows the Holy Land as it was in the 6th Century. Continue to Mt. Nebo from which Moses saw the Promised Land before he was buried. Except for the wide view into Israel, we can also enjoy the ancient mosaics of the Byzantine monastery erected on this site. We then drive to Jerash, a well-preserved Greco-Roman city, one of the Deca-Polis alliance of independent cities. Here we can still see the wide colonnaded streets, the Great Temples, and the decorated city-gate. We cross the border to Israel at the Sheikh Hussein Bridge, where our representative will await you, and transfer you to Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem.