Jordan & Israel: Ancient Wonders - A Luxury Small Group Journey

Journey to the heart of an ancient land where history and cultures converge. Where timeless sights and mesmerising landscapes combine with a rich culinary heritage and local hospitality to ensure a thoroughly unforgettable experience

Journey Overview

Journey to the heart of an ancient land where history and cultures converge. Where timeless sights and mesmerising landscapes combine with a rich culinary heritage and local hospitality to ensure a thoroughly unforgettable experience. Meander through old Roman cities and crusader castles, important biblical sites and haunting modern memorials. Marvel at the extraordinary Nabataean caravan-city of Petra, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, and wallow in the mineral-laden waters of the Dead Sea. Follow in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia across the desert reaches of Wadi Rum and savour flavoursome Levantine cuisine.

Journey Highlights

  • Journey through two ancient lands, visiting historic sites and cities
  • Cruise the Sea of Galilee on a private luxury vessel
  • Explore Petra and take a 4WD excursion through Jordan’s Wadi Rum, a desert of otherworldly proportions
  • Bathe in the buoyant, mineral-rich Dead Sea
  • Prepare local Jordanian dishes, led by an experienced chef
  • Experience the contrasts of ancient and modern Israel with visits to Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jaffa and Tel Aviv
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Amman, Jordan

Arrive into Amman Airport and transfer southeast to your hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea. At 400m below sea level, this is the lowest point on earth! The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the facilities and marvel at the uninterrupted views across the vast salt lake towards the west bank.
Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea

Day 2: Amman/Jerash | Ancient Roman Streets

Your touring today starts with a visit to Jerash, a city founded by Alexander the Great and generally acknowledged as one of the best preserved Roman provincial towns in the world, hidden for centuries in the sand before being excavated and restored some 80 year ago. Marvel at the paved and colonnaded streets, hilltop temples, handsome theatres, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains and city walls pierced by towers and gates. Continue to Amman and, after lunch at a local restaurant, explore the modern, bustling city including the citadel and Roman Theatre. Tonight, gather for a festive welcome dinner.
B L D | Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea.

Day 3: Mount Nebo/Madaba | Miraculous Views

This morning travel south along the King’s Highway, an ancient trade route and important access point for many historic sites. Pas by Mount Nebo, in the footsteps of Moses, for expansive views of the Holy Land. Proceed to the Christian town of Madaba, the famed “City of Mosaics.” Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to your hotel in Petra. 
B L | Mövenpick Resort Petra

Day 4: Petra | Fascinating Rose-Red City

Spend a full day exploring the many wonders of the ‘Rose-Red City’, whose tombs, temples and exquisite monuments are hewn from solid mountain rock. Sights include the Treasury, accessed through the narrow ‘siq’, the Roman Theatre, the Corinthian and Palace Tombs and the Roman Road. Prepare an evening meal with a local chef during a Chef’s Table experience.
B L D | Mövenpick Resort Petra

Day 5: Wadi Rum | Valley of the Moon

Travel south to Wadi Rum, setting for the 1962 film ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, with its huge mountains of sandstone and narrow canyons which you will explore on a 4WD excursion. Arrive back at the Dead Sea with time to take an afternoon dip in the mineral-rich waters. The high levels of salt in the water keep the body afloat and the variety of minerals is believed to promote good health. 
B L | Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea

Day 6: Jerusalem, Israel | The Garden of Gethsemane

Cross into Israel and drive to the Mount of Olives for a view over Temple Mount (Al Haram el-Sharif). Visit the Garden of Gethsemane, with its ancient olive trees, where Jesus is said to have prayed before his crucifixion. Tour Mahna Yahuda market, enjoying local delicacies for lunch. Visit the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book and Second Temple Model to view a portion of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Check in and dine at your hotel’s restaurant. 
B L D | The King David

Day 7: Jerusalem | Epicentre of Faiths

Tour the Old City, first stopping at the Western Wall, one of Judaism’s most sacred sites. View the Temple Mount area with its Dome of the Rock. After lunch at a local café, stroll the Via Dolorosa, where Jesus carried the cross, arriving at the recently renovated Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditional site of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection. As your day ends, view the city’s skyline with a scenic sundowner. 
B L | The King David 

Day 8: Jerusalem/Bethlehem | Yad Vashem Memorial

Visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to Holocaust victims before driving to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity which is celebrated as the birth place of Jesus. Dine tonight at a rooftop restaurant in Jerusalem. 
B L D | The King David

Day 9: Masada | Zealot Stronghold & the Qumran Caves

Visit Masada, taking a cable car up to the final stronghold, where Jewish Zealots made their last stand against the Romans. Later, stop at the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947. Return to Jerusalem. 
B L | The King David 

Day 10: Acre/Nazareth | Jesus’ Boyhood Town

Drive to World Heritage listed Acre, the historic walled port-city which has seen continuous settlement since the Phoenician period. Marvel at the Crusader Halls, markets and old town. Journey to Jesus’ boyhood town of Nazareth and, after lunch, visit the Church of the Annunciation. Continue to Tiberias and your hotel. Prior to dinner, experience an artisanal wine talk organised by a professional sommelier.
B L D | Scots Hotel

Day 11: Sea of Galilee | In the Footsteps of Jesus

Enjoy a private boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, stopping at Capernaum to view St. Peter’s house and the ancient synagogue where Jesus is said to have taught. Visit the Mount of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount. After lunch, drive to the Golan Heights to learn about the rich history and strategic importance of this rugged landscape, before continuing to Banias Springs, source of the River Jordan. Gather tonight for a special farewell dinner. 
B L D | Scots Hotel 

Day 12: Caesarea/Jaffa/Tel Aviv | Artist Quarter

On the Mediterranean Coast, visit Caesarea, ancient capital of the Roman province, where St. Paul was taken prisoner, before exploring vibrant and cosmopolitan Tel Aviv. Later in the day stop at the 4,000-year-old ancient port city of Jaffa with its golden sandstone buildings, bohemian alleyways and emerging art scene. 
B L | Dan Tel Aviv Hotel

Day 13: Depart Tel Aviv

Transfer to Tel Aviv airport for your onward flight. 
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Journey Details

Minimum age is 10 years.
First group event: welcome briefing at 8:30 a.m. on Day 2.
Last group event: arrival in Tel Aviv at 5:30 p.m on Day 12.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

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Accommodation/Partners

Accommodation/Partners

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea

Jordan & Israel: Ancient Wonders - A Luxury Small Group Journey

In true Kempinski style, the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea is elegant and contemporary in design with direct access to the Dead Sea. Q ... Read more

The Dan Tel Aviv Hotel

Jordan & Israel: Ancient Wonders - A Luxury Small Group Journey

The Dan Tel Aviv reflects Tel Aviv's dynamic lifestyle. Stay at The Dan Tel Aviv and any major attraction in the city is a walk away. Tel ... Read more

Scots Hotel, Tiberias

Jordan & Israel: Ancient Wonders - A Luxury Small Group Journey

The luxurious Scots hotel was established by the Scottish Church in 1999 in the historical compound of the Scottish Hospital, and uniquel ... Read more

The King David

Jordan & Israel: Ancient Wonders - A Luxury Small Group Journey

The King David hotel Jerusalem, a six-storey landmark opened in 1931, offers 283 guest rooms and suites. All uniquely designed to fit t ... Read more

Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Dec 5, 2019 - Dec 17, 2019
Price AU$11,325pp Single Supplement AU$4,925 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Dec 12, 2019 - Dec 24, 2019
Price AU$11,325pp Single Supplement AU$4,925 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
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