Jordan & Israel: Ancient Wonders
Highlights include exploring Petra and Wadi Rum, visiting Bethany Beyond the Jordan, bathing in the Dead Sea, wandering the Old City of Jerusalem, learning about modern local life from a Christian family during a private lunch at their home in Bethlehem.
- English-Speaking Resident Tour Director and Local Guides
- Hand-Selected Luxury Accommodations
- Airport Meet and Greet with Private Transfers
- Travelling Bell Boy Luggage Handling
- Breakfast in Bed on Select Days
- Full Breakfast Daily; Select Lunches and Dinners
- Your Choice of Activity on Design Your Day
- Traveller’s Valet Laundry Service
- Internet Access
- Entrance Fees, Taxes and All Gratuities Except Resident Tour Director
- 24/7 A&K On-Call Support
- Guaranteed Departures with Just Two Guests
Cost is for all departures Jan-Dec except July and Sept
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
Today begins 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 view the majestic Treasury, the Temple of the Winged Lions and the Palace Tomb. Once a rich merchant city and a stop for 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 rediscovered 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.
Palmera Camp | Meals: BLD
Day 5: Wadi Rum | Across the Valley of the Moon
This morning, venture into 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 (valley), which is still home to a number of Bedouin families. Traverse Wadi Rum by four-wheel-drive vehicle, and then Ride Like a Local, on camel back, to take in the stunning landscape in an unforgettable way. This afternoon, travel north to the Dead Sea and settle into your 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 a float in the buoyant, mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea.
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 the Temple Mount (Al Haram el-Sharif). Visit the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus is said to have prayed with his disciples before his crucifixion. Stroll Machane Yehuda, Jerusalem’s largest food market, which takes up an entire neighbourhood between Yafo and Agripas. Enjoy lunch and experience the market’s vibrant energy. 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
Join your expert local guide for a full day’s exploration of 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, walk along 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 to view a portion of the Dead Sea Scrolls and see the Second Temple Model. As your day ends, view the city’s skyline with a Scenic Sundowner.
The King David | Meals: BL
Day 9: Bethlehem | Yad Vashem & Lunch in a Family Home
Visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to Holocaust victims and witness how its striking art and architecture frame compelling exhibits devoted to remembrance, research and education. Drive to Bethlehem, located in the West Bank, for a lunch served in the home of a local family, providing a unique opportunity to engage in authentic cultural interaction, on an A&K-exclusive Chef’s Table experience. 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
Explore Masada, built by King Herod in 31 BC atop a rocky plateau with views of the Dead Sea. Take a cable car up to this final stronghold, where Jewish Zealots made their last stand against the Romans, ultimately taking their own lives rather than becoming enslaved. Return to Jerusalem for lunch and 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 along the Sea of Galilee. Prior to dinner, experience an artisanal wine talk and tasting organized by a professional sommelier.
Scots Hotel | Meals: BLD
Day 12: Sea of Galilee | In the Footsteps of Jesus
Embark on a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. View the Mount of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount, and stop at Capernaum to see the remains of the ancient synagogue where Jesus taught as well as St. Peter’s house, which was later converted into a church. After lunch, drive to the Golan Heights to learn about the rich history and strategic importance of this rugged landscape. A source of the Jordan River, it was home to the Tribe of Dan and has remains dating to the Roman, Hellenistic and Persian periods. Gather tonight for a memorable farewell dinner.
Scots Hotel | Meals: BLD
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)