DAY 1: FLY TO TEL AVIV FROM UK AIRPORT
Depart the UK to Tel Aviv. Overnight stay in Tel Aviv
DAY 2: TEL AVIV-SEA OF GALILEE-TIBERIUS
Visit Jaffa for a walking tour of the picturesque alleys of the old, fortified town. Drive along the coast to the archaeological ruins of Caesarea and then continue on to Megiddo, the place forecast to the site of Armageddon in the New Testament’s Book of Revelations, an ancient city that has been continuously inhabited for more than 5000 years. Continue toward the Sea of Galilee. Overnight stay in Tiberius.
DAY 3: SEA OF GALILEE
Start the day from Tiberius, where Jesus lived and preached on the shores of the Sea of Galilee . head towards Capernaum, the centre of Jesus ministry and then to Tabgha, the site of Christ’s miracle “Feeding of the 5000” and the Church of Multiplication. Proceed to Mt Beatitudes where Jesus preached the “Sermon on the Mount” and where it is believed that Jesus selected his 12 Apostles. Ascend to the Golan heights to enjoy the panoramic views of the peaks of Mt Hermon and the Hula Valley below. Overnight stay in Tiberius.
DAY 4: SEA OF GALILEE-JORDAN RIVER-JERUSALEM
Travel to Nazareth, where Jesus spend his Childhood and the Church of Annunciation, built on the site where Christians believe the Archangel Gabriel appeared to virgin Mary. You will also see Mary’s well and Joseph’s Church. Proceed to nearby Canna to visit the Wedding Church where Jesus performed his first miracle, “turning water into wine”. Drive trough to the Jordan valley to Beit Shean with its recently excavated amphitheatre. Overnight stay in Jerusalem.
DAY 5: MASSADA-DEAD SEA
Enroute to the Dead Sea, Visit the site of the Qumran caves, where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered. Continue to Masada which is located on an isolated cliff in the Judean desert, a site declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2001. Ascend by the cable car to the fortress, which was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Visit the excavations, King Herod’s Palace, the Synagogue and Bathhouse. Enjoy the breath-taking view of the Roman Camps and the Dead Sea. Float in the salty, mineral rich waters of the Dead Sea. Overnight stay in Jerusalem.
DAY 6: JERUSALEM
Start the day at Mt Scopus enjoying the spectacular panoramic views of Jerusalem. Visit the mount of Olives which a stop at the site where Jesus gave the Lord’s prayer and the Garden of Gethsemane where Judas betrayed Jesus. Proceed to Jerusalem’s Old City where you will see the Western wall and the actual sites of the Second Temple, Temple Mount. Walk the way of the cross, the via Dolorosa, to Calvary and the Church of the Holy Selpchure, housing both the traditional site of Crucifixion and the Tomb of the Resurrection. To the southwest, just outside the Old city, is Mount Zion, with the traditional tomb of King David and the Room of the “Last super”. Overnight Stay in Jerusalem.
DAY 7: JERUSALEM
Day 7 tour includes Yad Vashem, the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Enjoy Ein Karem; a picture square village in the south western outskirts of Jerusalem where it is believed that John the Baptist was born. Visit the Israel Museum. Drive to the Knesset (House of Parliament) and the Campus of Hebrew University. Visit Bethlehem to see Rachel’s Tomb and the Church of Nativity. Overnight stay in Jerusalem.
DAY 8: JERUSALEM-AMMAN
Drive from Jerusalem to the border crossing to enter Jordan. Proceed to Jerash- city of the Decapolis, located about 45km north of Amman. Visit the ancient Roman city with a colonnaded streets, the baths and the hill at the top of the temple etc. Drive to Amman for a panoramic city tour of the Jordanian capital. Overnight stay in Amman.
DAY 9: AMMAN-PETRA
After breakfast, drive along the Desert Highway to Wadi Musa, the modern village of Petra. Enter the site of Petra and walk or ride on horseback to the “Siq”. Walk through the Siq to the red rock city, the ancient capital of the Nabateans from the 3rd century BC to 2nd century AD. Visit the most interesting curved monuments such as the treasury (El Khazneh- a tomb of a Nabatean king) then the field of tombs, obelisk and the Altar – from this point you can view the whole city. After the visit return to Wadi Musa. Overnight stay in Petra.
DAY 10: PETRA-WADI RUM JEEPS-MADABA-MOUNT NEBO-AMMAN
After breakfast drive south to the towering mountains and rock formations of Wadi Rum, which mesmerised Lawrence of Arabia. Drive though the stunning desert landscapes on a jeep safari, visiting the Lawrence spring and Khazali Canyon. Drive north to Madaba to visit the remains of the Byzantine church with its mosaic floor map, the oldest surviving original cartographic depiction of the Holy Land and Jerusalem. Continue to Mount Nebo from where Moses viewed the Promised Land. From here you can see the Jordan valley, Jericho and the Dead Sea. Overnight stay in Amman.
DAY 11: AMMAN- SHEIK HUSSEIN-TEL AVIV
After breakfast, leave the hotel and drive to the border. Cross the Jordan River and drive back to Ben Gurion International Airport for your return flight to the UK.