Tour of the Ancient Civilizations – 8-Days / 7 nights
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Courtesy of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ben Gurion Airport – Amman
Arrival to Amman airport, meeting local guide & assistance with formalities. Check-in at hotel, then visit of the city of the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Amman is the country’s political, cultural and commercial centre and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.
Dinner & overnight @ Amman
Amman – Jerash – Tiberias (Israel)
After breakfast, drive to the ancient Roman city of Jerash. See the temples of Zeus and Artemis, Hadrian’s Arch, the circus/hippodrome, the unique oval Forum, the long colonnaded street or Cardo, the large South Theatre and smaller North Theatre), two baths and a scattering of small temples, and an almost complete circuit of city walls.
Cross the border into Israel, and visit the Yardenit, the traditional baptism site, and the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the “Sermon on the Mount”. Then see Capernaum, where Jesus spent most of his ministry, and chose his first disciples. The floor plan of the Beatitudes Church is octagonal, the eight sides representing the eight Beatitudes. Drive to Tabgha; in the Church of the Multiplication see the beautifully preserved Byzantine era mosaic representing the multiplication of the loaves and fish.
Dinner & overnight @ Tiberias
Tiberias – Cana – Acre – Haifa
After breakfast, start the day with a cruise on the Sea of Galilee. Visit Cana and the beautiful Wedding Church, where Jesus was attending a wedding with his mother when he turned water into wine. Then drive to Acre, a UNESCO listed heritage site since 2001, where the remains of the Crusader town, dating from 1104 to 1291, lie almost intact, providing an exceptional picture of the layout and structures of the capital of the medieval Crusader kingdom of Jerusalem.
Dinner & overnight @ Haifa
Haifa- Nazareth – Caesarea – Tel – Jerusalem
After breakfast visit the world famous Bahá’í Gardens on Mount Carmel, as well as the Mukhraka, on the highest peak of Mount Carmel, where the prophet Elijah challenged 450 priests to call on fire from the deity Baal to light a sacrifice. Baal failed to respond to the priests’ cries. Elijah then rebuilt the ruined altar of the Lord and offered a sacrifice, which was immediately consumed by fire from heaven, even though it had been soaked in water. Drive to Nazareth, the city where Jesus grew up, and visit the Basilica of the Annunciation. Then go to Caesarea Maritima, where the beautiful Aqueduct, the Promontory Palace, and the Theatre remain beautifully preserved. Transfer to Tel Aviv, also known as the White City, and a UNESCO listed heritage site since 2003, and to the ancient port of Jaffa.
Dinner & overnight @ Jerusalem
“Ten measures of beauty descended to the world, nine were taken by Jerusalem” (Talmud: Kiddushin 49b)
After breakfast, drive to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the City, then visit the Church of Dominus Flevit, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Church of All Nations, and the Church of the Pater Noster. Enter the Old City, and see the “Wailing Wall”, and the Dome of the Rock (exterior only). Saint Anna Monastery and Bethesda Pool mark the start of the Via Dolorosa. Continue along the first nine Stations of the Cross, and eventually arrive at the church of the Holy Sepulchre, where the remaining five stations are located.
In the afternoon, stop briefly at the Knesset (exterior only) and the “Menorah of the Knesset”, then go to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Commemoration Centre. Finish the day at the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest biblical manuscripts in the world, as well as rare early medieval biblical manuscripts.
Dinner & overnight @ Jerusalem
Jerusalem – Bethlehem – Masada – Jericho – Dead Sea
Breakfast at the hotel, Then transfer to Bethlehem, to see the Church of the Nativity, Manger Square, and the Shepherds’ Fields. Transfer to the lowest place on Earth, the Dead Sea, where we take the cable car up to the Fortress of Masada. After descending the mountain, transfer to Jericho, the world’s oldest inhabited site, and see Elisha’s Spring, Zaccheus’ Sycamore Tree, and Hisham’s Palace. Go up the Mount of Temptation by cable car, then return to the Dead Sea area for a guided tour of the AHAVA Cosmetics factory, and finish the day with some well-deserved relaxation on the shores of the Dead Sea, including the unique “floating on the mineral-rich water” (if time permits)
Dinner & overnight @ Dead Sea
Dead Sea – Aqaba – Wadi Rum – Petra
Breakfast at the hotel, then drive to Eilat. Cross back into Jordan at Aqaba border. Drive to Wadi Rum, the largest wadi in Jordan. Enjoy a 4×4 drive into the desert, and see one of the rock formations in Wadi Rum that was named “The Seven Pillars of Wisdom”. Visit Bedouin tents to enjoy a special Bedouin dinner in the desert. After dinner, transfer to the ancient city of Petra for overnight.
Dinner & overnight @ Petra
Petra – Madaba – Mount Nebo – Amman
Breakfast at the hotel, then discover Petra, also known as the Rose City due to the colour of the stone out of which it is carved, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985, and described as “one of the most precious cultural properties of man’s cultural heritage”. On horseback, discover the location where “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” was filmed, then walk through the impressive eastern entrance, which leads steeply down through a dark, narrow gorge (in places only 3–4 m wide), called the Siq (“the shaft”), at the end which stands Petra’s most elaborate ruin, Al Khazneh, “the Treasury”. At the foot of the mountain called en-Nejr, is a massive amphitheatre, cut into the hillside and into several tombs during its construction. Almost enclosing it on three sides are rose-coloured mountain walls, divided into groups by deep fissures, and lined with knobs cut from the rock in the form of towers.
In the afternoon visit the ancient city of Madaba, best known for its Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, among which the Madaba Mosaic Map, preserved in the floor of the Greek Orthodox Basilica of Saint George. Then climb Mount Nebo, an elevated ridge approximately 817 meters above sea level where Moses viewed the holy land of Canaan and where, according to Christian tradition, he was buried.
Return to Amman Airport and flight home.