Jordan & Israel: Ancient Wonders - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2020)

Experience historic destinations central to three world faiths as you behold magnificent Petra; overnight in Wadi Rum; cruise the Sea of Galilee; and discover Israel, from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.

Journey Overview

Journey to the heart of these ancient lands where history and cultures converge. Wander through ancient 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 relax 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 and cruise on the Sea of Galilee
  • Explore the ancient Rose-Red city of Petra
  • Bathe in the buoyant, mineral-rich Dead Sea
  • Take a four-wheel-drive excursion and overnight in Jordan’s Wadi Rum, a desert of otherworldly proportions
  • Experience the contrasts of ancient and modern Israel
  • Enjoy lunch with locals in their private home in Bethlehe
  • Visit several UNESCO World Heritage sites — Bethany Beyond the Jordan, Masada, Acre and more

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Amman, Jordan.

Arrive in Amman, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.
Four Seasons Hotel Amman

Day 2: Amman/Jerash | Ancient Roman Streets.

Begin with a visit to Jerash, a city founded by Alexander the Great, to marvel at its Greco-Roman ruins. Walk the Roman Cardo, viewing grooves made by chariot wheels. Return to Amman and, after lunch at a local restaurant, explore the city and its Citadel and Roman Theatre. Tonight, gather for a festive welcome dinner.
Four Seasons Hotel Amman | Meals: BLD

Day 3: Mount Nebo/Madaba | Design Your Day.

This morning, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities.

  • Set Out on a Walking Tour of Amman, to experience this fascinating, modern capital city from ground level.
  • Visit the Royal Automobile Museum, home to King Hussein’s personal collection of cars and motorcycles.
  • Relax in the Four Seasons Spa, indulging in the spa facilities and a 50-minute massage.

After lunch, journey to Mount Nebo, in the footsteps of Moses, for expansive views of the Holy Land. Proceed to Madaba, known as the “City of Mosaics” for its spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad examples. Finish the day with check-in at your hotel in close proximity to Petra.
Mövenpick Resort Petra | Meals: BL

Day 4: Petra | From the Rose-Red City to Wadi Rum.

Spend a full day exploring Petra, passing through the Siq to the majestic Treasury, the Temple of the Winged Lions and the Palace Tomb. Once a rich merchant city and a stop for the camel caravans bringing spices, silk and slaves from Arabia to the Mediterranean, Petra was lost for 1,000 years, emerging from antiquity in 1812, when it was re-discovered by the Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. Later depart for Wadi Rum — the Valley of the Moon — which, with its immense size, colour and awe-inspiring shapes, creates an almost supernatural atmosphere. Tonight, experience a bedouin dinner and stargazing at your comfortable desert camp.
Sun City Camp | Meals: BLD

Day 5: Wadi Rum | Across the Valley of the Moon.

This morning, explore the rose-tinted mountains and marvellous desert vistas where T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) lived with his Bedouin friends and allies during World War I. Bedouin camps are evident in the wadi, which is still home to a number of Bedouin families. Traverse Wadi Rum by four-wheel-drive vehicle and camel to take in the unforgettable landscape. This afternoon, travel north to the Dead Sea, and settle in to your superb accommodations upon arrival.
Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea | Meals: BL

Day 6: The Dead Sea | Bethany Beyond the Jordan.

Today, visit Bethany Beyond the Jordan, known as the place of Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist. This UNESCO World Heritage Site features Roman and Byzantine remains and is a place of pilgrimage for many. Return to your resort hotel for time at leisure and take a dip in the buoyant, mineral rich Dead Sea waters.
Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea | Meals: B

Day 7: 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, where Jesus is said to have prayed with his disciples before his crucifixion. Tour Mahna Yahuda, Jerusalem’s largest food market, which takes up an entire neighbourhood, between Yafo and Aggripas. Cap off your market tour with a delicious lunch. After a full day, check in and, later, dine at your hotel’s restaurant.
The King David | Meals: BLD

Day 8: 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 Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditional site of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection. Later, visit the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book and Second Temple Model to view a portion of the Dead Sea Scrolls. As your day ends, view the city’s skyline with a Scenic Sundowner.
The King David | Meals: BL

Day 9: Bethlehem | Yad Vashem & Local Culture.

Visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to Holocaust victims. Drive to Bethlehem, located on the West Bank. Lunch will be served in a local Bethlehem home providing a unique opportunity to engage in cultural interaction. Then, visit the Church of the Nativity, a sixth-century basilica that stands over a cave held to be the birthplace of Jesus. Dine tonight at a top restaurant in Jerusalem.
The King David | Meals: BLD

Day 10: 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, ultimately taking their own lives rather than becoming enslaved. Later, stop at the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947, discovered by accident by a Bedouin shepherd. The scrolls, which had been stored in clay jars, were written in Hebrew and contained fragments of biblical and secular texts dating back more than 2,000 years. Return to Jerusalem for an afternoon at leisure.
The King David | Meals: BL

Day 11: Acre/Nazareth | Jesus’ Boyhood Town.

Drive to Acre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the World’s oldest ports, to see the Crusader Halls, markets and the old town. Then, journey to Jesus’ boyhood town of Nazareth. After lunch, visit the Church of the Annunciation, built on the traditional site of Mary and Joseph’s home. Continue to Tiberias and your hotel, which occupies a historic building overlooking the Golan Heights. Prior to dinner, experience an artisanal wine talk organized by a professional sommelier.
Scots Hotel | Meals: BLD

Day 12: 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 synagogue where Jesus 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 of this rugged landscape. Continue to Banias, one of the sources of the River Jordan, to see the archaeological remains of this sacred place that spans the Pagan, Jewish, Roman, Byzantine and Muslim eras. Gather tonight for a special farewell dinner.
Scots Hotel | Meals: LD

Days 13–14: Tel Aviv & Jaffa | Artist Quarter.

Visit Caesarea, built to honour Augustus Caesar and later occupied by the Crusaders. Discover Israel’s largest city, Tel Aviv. Located along a beautiful stretch of beach on the Mediterranean, Tel Aviv is Israel’s commercial centre — a busy metropolis that inspires visitors with a unique and energetic atmosphere. Set out on a walking tour of Jaffa, an ancient port town that has become a noted artists’ colony, located just south of Tel Aviv.

The next day, transfer to the Tel Aviv airport for your departing flight.
Dan Tel Aviv Hotel | Meals: BL (Day 13); B (Day 14)

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 13.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Nov 11, 2020 - Nov 24, 2020
Price AU$13,760pp Single Supplement AU$5,790 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Nov 18, 2020 - Dec 1, 2020
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Dec 9, 2020 - Dec 22, 2020
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