Taste of Jordan, Palestine & beyond | 8 Days / 7 Nights
Day 1: Petra
Arrival at Queen Alia International Airport where you meet our representatives to assist you with visa formalities followed by transfer to Petra for dinner & over night
Day 2: Petra – Dead Sea
- After breakfast, you can dedicate the full day to exploring the magnificent, mysterious, rock-carved red rose city of Petra, otherwise known as “The Lost City”. Located on the edge of the Arabian Desert, Petra was the glittering capital of the Nabatean Empire of King Aretas IV. Considered masters of water technology, the Nabataea’s provided their city with great tunnel constructions and water chambers, as well as a theater, modeled on Greek-Roman prototypes, which had space for an audience of 4,000. Today, the Palace Tombs of Petra with 42-meter-high Hellenistic temple facade on the El- Deir Monastery are impressive examples of Middle Eastern culture. The seven kilometer walk can also be covered in the Nabatean fashion on a “Horse-back”!
- This marvelous journey is followed by transfer to Dead Sea for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Dead Sea - Madaba - Mt Nebo – Bethlehem
- The Dead Sea is famous for the mud and minerals that are natural healers and skin exfoliators. Its waters contain a high content of salt making it inhabitable for any form of marine life, however it provides a great opportunity to float on its marvellous waters.
- After experiencing the waters and mud of the Dead Sea, the journey continues with a visit to the Biblical City of Madaba. The city was a Moabite frontier town that has remained inhabited since the Nabatean and Roman periods.
- You can visit the most famous landmarks of the town, like the Greek Orthodox Church where the 6th century mosaic map of Palestine has been preserved in its original form. It is an enchanting mosaic of 2 million pieces of colored stone conserved in its 25 x 5 meters original state. The map depicts hills, valleys, villages and towns as far as the Nile Delta.
- Our Next stop would be a tour in Mt Nebo where Mosses is believed to be buried. It is the most revered holy site in Jordan and a place of pilgrimage for Christians.
- We conclude the day with a drive to Allenby Bridge to cross the border, into Palestine where we you can stay in Bethlehem for dinner & overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Bethlehem
- After a delicious Palestinian breakfast, we go into the city where Jesus Christ was born. Bethlehem has plenty to offer for those interested in theology and history.
- The Church of the Nativity, the exact location where Jesus was born, is the highlight of Bethlehem.
- But the city does not fall short of marvelous attractions, like Rachel’s Tomb and Solomon’s pools, a little gem of pine-hidden pools that never fail to amaze.
- The Mar Elias and the Mar Saba Monasteries would be next on our agenda.
- Afterwards, you get the opportunity to see the beautiful handcrafts in the markets of Bethlehem which make great souvenirs.
- And what better way to end your day other than with delicious traditional dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.
Day 5: Bethlehem – Hebron –Jerusalem
- After the drive from Bethlehem, we begin the day with the colorful stalls and vendors in Hebron’s old market, or souq in Arabic, that flaunts of a variety of local goods and handcrafts like pottery, olivewood, blown glass, aromatic spices and dried fruits. One of Hebron’s specialties is dibs, molasses-like syrup that is made from Hebron’s infamous grapes, which can also be tasted in the vineyards of Halhul, a nearby village.
- Next we visit the Abraham Mosque-Cave of the Patriarchs, a holy site for Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It’s considered the resting place of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and their wives. The complex houses a carved walnut Minbar made of fine marble and mosaics that is considered a masterpiece of intricate workmanship.
- After witnessing this beautiful architecture we visit the miraculous Oak of Ibrahim and drive to the infamous Jerusalem for overnight.
Day 6: Jerusalem
- We start the day in the Historic Alleyways of the Cradle of Abrahamic Religions, which is filled with architectural gems and holy sites.
- The alleyways of the old city take you to Al Aqsa Mosque, Dome of Rock and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, some of the most important sites in Islam and Christianity.
- Then we walk the route of Via Dolorosa, reach Mount of Olives, where you find unparalleled views of the new and old city.
- Next would be the Church of all Nations, the Kidron Valley and the Tomb of Virgin Mary.
- In this Tour, you will get the opportunity to walk along the ancient walls of the city and through its roads where you’ll get a glimpse of the traditional food and local produce of Palestinians and familiarize yourself with the quarters in it.
- For dinner you can have Jerusalem’s specialties; Humus, Falafel and Ka’aek. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 7: Jerusalem - Nazareth – Tiberias - Jerusalem
- The tour begins by traveling passed Herzliya and Natanya and continuing north along the coastal road parallel to the Mediterranean (146 KM).
- In Nazareth, you begin by visiting The Church of Annunciation, constructed on the spot where Gabriel appeared to Mary to announce that she would soon be with child.
- Nearby, you find the Church of Saint Joseph where Jesus’ father, Joseph, had his carpentry.
- We depart from Nazareth passing by Cana, the site where Jesus turned water into wine.
- We then visit Capernaum on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, believed to be the home of St. Peter and to the Church of the Multiplication.
- The Journey continues with a walk along the waterfront of the Sea of Galilee where Jesus performed many miracles and where you can see the Golan Heights forming a beautiful backdrop as you pass the city of Tiberias.
- Afterwards, we reach the southern region of the Kinneret where the Jordan River flows into the Sea of Galilee.
- As you head south towards Jerusalem, you can see Mount Tabor where the Transfiguration took place. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 8: Jerusalem – Jericho - Bridge
- From Jerusalem you will head to Jericho, the most ancient city in the world, enjoying on the way views of the desert areas.
- Upon arrival in Jericho, you’ll visit the Monastery of Temptation, where Jesus spent 40 days and nights fasting and meditating, followed by views of hills and rivers from Wadi Qelt.
- The tour continues to Maqam Al-Nabi Musa ‘the Prophet Moses’, a site where annual pilgrimage festivals are held which form a display of splendid architecture.
- Next is Hisham's Palace for more ancient architecture and a view of the "tree of life" mosaic.
- After the Jericho tour concludes, we proceed to the bridge and back to Jordan airport.