Early Booking Reminder: This tour has a limited departure and requires a very early reservation. Final payment for this tour is due by July 19, 2019. Bookings after July 19, 2019 will be made on a space available basis at the rate available at the time of booking and surcharges may apply.
Day 1 – OVERNIGHT FLIGHT TO ISRAEL
Day 2 – ARRIVE TEL AVIV, ISRAEL – Arrive in Tel Aviv, Israel, meet your Local Trip Expert/ Guide and transfer to your hotel. This evening, enjoy an included Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Day 3 – TEL AVIV CITY TOUR – YAFFA – Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. Today, enjoy a Tel Aviv City Tour, including a visit to Independence Hall, site of the speech by David Ben-Gurion declaring Israel its own state. See Rabin Square and visit Carmel Market “Shuk” for a falafel and some shopping. Visit neighboring Yaffa, the oldest port city on the Mediterranean and learn of its 5,000 year old history. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Day 4 – ROMAN CAESAREA – NAZARETH – SEA OF GALILEE – CAPERNAUM – HAIFA – Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. We leave Tel Aviv and drive along the Mediterranean Coast and visit the ruins of Roman Caesarea, once the Capitol of the Roman regime. Over a period of just 12 years, Herod transformed Caesarea into a grand city and major seaport. See the theater, the aqueduct, the Hippodrome and more. Then we will visit Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood town and the site of the Annunciation to Mary. We will visit the Basilica. Depart from Nazareth and drive to Tiberius and the Sea of Galilee. Board a Wooden River Boat and sail the Sea of Galilee to the ancient town of Capernaum. Visit the house of St. Peter and walk around the ruins of the ancient Synagogue found here in archaeological excavations. From Capernaum we drive uphill to the Mount of Beatitude, where Jesus made the Sermon on the Mount. Drive to Haifa, the beautiful city located on top of Mount Carmel for a two night stay and an included dinner with your fellow travelers. Overnight in Haifa.
Day 5 – HAIFA – Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. This morning we tour Haifa and stop at the view point overlooking the bay and hanging Baha’i Gardens. From here, we continue to Safed, the Holy City on the Galilee Mountains to visit the old city. Continue to Akko to tour the ancient city and see the underground crusaders city. We will walk through the escape tunnel to the old port and see the traditional Turkish Bath now used as a local museum telling the story of Akko. Tonight, enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers. Overnight in Haifa.
Day 6 – HAIFA – JORDAN – DEAD SEA – Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. After breakfast, we will cross over to Jordan and continue to the Jordan River. In Jordan, we will meet our local driver and guide and drive to Jerash, the “Pompeii of the East,” which is perhaps the best preserved of the provincial Roman towns. Around its colonnaded main street, see the Cardo, Temple of Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, the Artemis Temple and the Nymphaeum. Then onward to our Dead Sea hotel for three nights and dinner with your fellow travelers. Overnight in Dead Sea.
Day 7 – DEAD SEA – Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. After breakfast, drive along the King’s Highway, one of the oldest trade routes in the world to Madaba, home to some of the finest Byzantine mosaics in the world. View the 6th century mosaic Map of Jerusalem, possibly the oldest map of the Holy City in existence. Continue to Mount Nebo, highest point in the Moabite mountain range, offering a remarkable view of the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea and the spires of Jerusalem. Tradition holds that Moses viewed the Promised Land from this peak. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the Dead Sea and your resort. Overnight in Dead Sea.
Day 8 – PETRA – Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. After breakfast, we will drive for an extraordinary day! This morning, experience a tour into the breathtaking “rose red” city of Petra, which begins at the “Siq,” a winding canyon road. At the end of the passage, you’ll see Petra’s most beautiful monument – the Treasury – carved out of the solid rock from the side of the mountain. Beyond the Treasury, you’ll discover soaring temples, elaborate royal tombs, a theater, burial chambers and water channels. Return to our hotel in Dead Sea. Tonight, enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers. Overnight in Dead Sea.
Day 9 – DEAD SEA – JERUSALEM – Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. After breakfast, drive to Allenby Bridge and back to Israel. After arrival in Israel, we will drive southward along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is famous for the palaces built by King Herod and for the heroic struggle of the Jewish Zealots against the Romans. We will take a cable car and visit this amazing site. Next, we will drive to visit Jericho, one of the oldest cities in the world to see the excavations of the ancient walls, view the Mount of Temptation and see Elijah’s Spring. Continue to Jerusalem for 2 nights and dinner with your fellow travelers. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 10 – JERUSALEM – Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. Today’s tour will take us to the Old City and we will begin by visiting the Western Wall Tunnels. Continue by going up to the Mount of Olives for the breathtaking view of the entire city. Continue to the Garden of Gethsemane the site of the arrest of Jesus. We continue to Mount Zion to see the tomb of King David and the nearby Room of the Last Supper. Enter the Old City walls, visit the Jewish quarter, the Cardo, the Broad Wall and continue to the Western Wall, the most sacred site to Jews from all over the world. From here, cross over to the Christian Quarter and walk along the Via Dolorosa and see the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the site of the burial of Jesus. End the day with a lovely walk through the colorful Bazaars. Tonight, enjoy an included dinner with your fellow travelers. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 11 – JERUSALEM – Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. Today, we visit the new city of Jerusalem. First, we enter into the Knesset and learn about Israeli democracy through a special guided tour. Continue the tour for a special visit to Ammunition Hill, where we will learn about the 1967 battle for the unification of Jerusalem. Then a visit to the Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Biblical Archaeology Museum and a special visit to the “Judaica” pavilion of the museum. Later, take a short drive to the small town of Bethlehem, where we will visit the nativity site of Jesus and the Shepherds Field. Return to Jerusalem. The remainder of the day will be free for last minute shopping and preparing for your journey home. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Day 12 – RETURN FLIGHT HOME – After an included breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home filled with memories of your Israel & Jordan Highlights tour. Meals: 10B, 9L, 10D