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12 Day Essential Israel & Jordan (Tuesday Departure)

12 days with Gate 1 Travel   Rating: First Class

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Israel
Depart for Israel.

DAY 2, Wednesday - Arrive in Tel Aviv
Arrive in Tel Aviv, known as Israel’s "playground on the sea." Time to rest, relax and acclimate to your new time zone. Perhaps walk along the bustling beachfront promenade, stop at a café and just people-watch!


DAY 3, Thursday - Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Tiberias
This morning join your tour manager to get acquainted with the "Big Orange" on the walking tour of the city’s highlights. Travel to Rabin Square to view the memorial to the late Prime Minister before continuing to quaint Neve Tzedek (Tel Aviv’s "Soho") and the ancient port of Jaffa with its reconstructed Artists’ Quarter. Free time for lunch on your own. Later, depart Tel Aviv and drive along the sparkling Mediterranean coast to ancient Caesarea; see the astounding Roman, Byzantine and Crusader ruins and the 2,000-year-old theater. Drive to the age-old fishing village of Capernaum on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, home to a celebrated Byzantine-era synagogue and frequently mentioned in the Bible as Jesus' base during his Galilean ministry. Arrive in Tiberias, nestled on the tranquil Sea of Galilee for dinner and overnight. (
Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 4, Friday - Tiberias & the Sea of Galilee
A leisure day to enjoy the serenity of the Sea of Galilee, the largest freshwater lake in Israel, or explore this remarkable city embedded with a history dating back to the Roman Emperor Tiberius and religious sites that include the tomb of Maimonides and the Church of St. Peter. Don’t miss the optional full day tour to Galilee that begins at the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached His famous "Sermon on the Mount". Next on to Safed, one of Judaism's holiest cities and mystical center of Kabbalah; walk through the colorful artists' colony and visit an ancient synagogue. Then, ascend the Golan Heights to understand more about this strategic area; visit Har Bental, site of a former Israeli bunker. After lunch at a kibbutz, taste special vintages at a winery in Katzrin before returning to the hotel. Tonight, dinner at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Optional: Full Day Galilee & Golan Heights with Lunch


DAY 5, Saturday - Beit She’an, "Golden" Jerusalem
Traveling south reach the impressive archaeological site of Beit She’an, an ancient city dating back to King Saul; see the remains of an ancient Roman city and the ongoing excavations. Continue via the Jordan Valley to the "golden city" of Jerusalem. The rest of the day is at leisure to discover the many facets of Jerusalem on your own. The optional afternoon tour to Bethlehem includes a visit to the Church of the Nativity, commemorating the birthplace of Christ. A stop for local olive wood handicrafts is included. (Breakfast)

Optional: Half Day Bethlehem (PM)


DAY 6, Sunday - Full Day in Jerusalem
Immerse yourself in this ancient city on this day at leisure; walk through the city's colorful neighborhoods that reveal a diverse blend of traditional and modern cultures. Or, participate in the optional tour to Masada that begins with a drive along the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, to Masada. Ascend by cable car to the top of these heroic heights; listen to the brave tale of the Zealots who chose to perish rather than live under Roman rule. Visit the archaeological sites including the remains of Herod's Palace, a synagogue, bath houses, and dwellings. After a visit to the Museum of Masada at the base, stop at the Dead Sea for a swim in the salty and buoyant waters before returning to Jerusalem. (Breakfast)

Optional: Full Day Masada and Dead Sea (AM)


DAY 7, Monday - Jerusalem Old City Tour
Begin your exploration of Jerusalem at the walled Old City with its four distinct sections - the Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Armenian Quarters. Follow the steps along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, one of the holiest sites in the Christian world. Pass through the narrow alleys and souks to Mt. Zion; visit the Room of the Last Supper and the Tomb of King David. The remainder of the day is on your own to stroll through the picturesque lanes of the Old City or visit the exotic bazaars. The afternoon optional tour of the New City begins with a drive via the Supreme Court building and the Knesset, Israel's Parliament, to the impressive Israel Museum. Here, view the Shrine of the Book, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the scale model of Jerusalem during the Second Temple period. Then, pay respects at Yad Vashem, Memorial to the Holocaust on the Mount of Remembrance. Later, the entertaining optional evening includes dinner at a popular restaurant, attendance at the spectacular Sound & Light Show at the Tower of David and a drive through illuminated Jerusalem. (Breakfast)

Optional: New City of Jerusalem (PM)
Optional: Restaurant Dinner, Sound & Light Show & Illuminated Jerusalem (PM)


DAY 8, Tuesday - Depart Israel, Bethany, Travel to Petra
After breakfast, depart Israel and travel towards Petra, Jordan. Transfer from your hotel in Jerusalem and arrive at the Allenby Bridge border. You will be escorted through the border crossing process and then met by your Jordanian Tour Manager. Visa for Jordan is required but arranged free of charge. Israel Departure tax of $26-51 & Jordan Entry tax of $15 are required and payable locally.* En route to Petra, stop at the village of Bethany, the site of Jesus' baptism by John the Baptist. As it was also where the prophet Elijah ascended to heaven via a chariot of fire. The sites that make up Bethany were part of early Christian pilgrimages between Mt. Nebo and Jerusalem. Arrive in Petra and enjoy an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers. (Breakfast)

Optional: Dinner Package 
 
DAY 9, Wednesday - Full Day in Petra
Today, spend your day at leisure or, join the optional Petra tour. Enter the "rose red" city hand-sculpted from a mountain range by the Nabateans in the 3rd century BC. Begin your walk (or ride) through the "Siq", a winding canyon road. View Petra’s most extraordinary monument - the towering Treasury building rising over 140 feet. Discover soaring temples, elaborate royal tombs, a theatre, and burial champers - all remnants of a once great Nabatean culture. In the afternoon perhaps join the optional Wadi Rum Jeep Safari. Ride in a 4x4 vehicle to explore Wadi Rum, with its looming rock faces and huge red sand dunes. Enjoy a breathtaking sunset over Wadi Rum before driving back to Petra. (Breakfast)

Optional: Petra Tour (AM) 
Optional: Wadi Rum Jeep Safari (PM) 
Optional: Dinner Package 
 
DAY 10, Thursday - Madaba, Mount Nebo, Amman City Tour
After breakfast, travel to Amman. En route, visit the mosaic city of Madaba, where an ancient map of the Holy Land is set into the floor of Saint George's Church. Continue with a visit to Mount Nebo, the reputed burial site of Moses, overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. Afterward, arrive in Amman the capital of the Kingdom of Jordan and embark on a tour of the city. Often referred to as the "White City" because of the white stone used to build the houses, Amman is among the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. The tour will take you to the museums, the Citadel, the Roman Amphitheater, the souks, and the city's modern district. (Breakfast)

Optional: Dinner Package 
 
DAY 11, Friday - Full Day in Amman
Enjoy your last day in Jordan at leisure or, join the optional tour to Jerash. Travel north of Amman to the city of Jerash, the best preserved example of Roman civilization in Jordan. Jerash, was part of the Decapolis (the ten large Roman cities of the East) The city features theaters, churches, temples of Zeus and Artemis, a Nymphaeum and colonnaded street. In the afternoon you have the choice to attend an optional tour to Al -Salt City, the administrative capital of Jordan during the time of the Ottomans. Begin your tour at the Historic Old Salt Museum to see how this town became one of the most important trading hubs in the Middle East. Marvel at the elegant heritage buildings made of local yellow sandstone and walk through the traditional Arabic souk selling food and one of a kind local handicrafts. (Breakfast)

Optional: Half Day Jerash (AM) 
Optional: Al-Salt City (PM) 
Optional: Dinner Package 
 
DAY 12, Saturday - Depart Jordan
Your vacation ends after breakfast. (Breakfast)
Map
All This Included
  • 10 nights accommodations
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 12 meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking guide throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
Highlights
  • Leisure time to enjoy Tel Aviv, known as Israel’s "playground on the sea"
  • Tour the astounding Roman, Byzantine and Crusader ruins at ancient Caesarea
  • Enjoy the serenity of the Sea of Galilee, the largest freshwater lake in Israel
  • Tour the impressive archaeological site of Beit She’an dating back to King Saul
  • In Jerusalem's Old City, explore the Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Mt. Zion
  • Time to explore the multifaceted ancient "golden" city of Jerusalem at your own pace
  • Visit Bethany, the site of Jesus' baptism by John the Baptist
  • Stand atop Mount Nebo, where Moses climbed to see the Promised Land
  • At Madaba, see the vivid 6th century mosaic map of the Holy Land
Accommodations
Tel Aviv: Cinema Hotel, Hotel Metropolitan or Kibbutz Kfar Giladi
Galilee: Kibbutz Kfar Giladi
Tiberias: Ron Beach Hotel
Jerusalem: Mount Zion Hotel or Caesar Premier Jerusalem
Petra: Seven Wonders Hotel
Amman: Star Plaza Amman Hotel
Notes
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
  • Hotel check-in is at 4:00 pm.
  • Ron Beach hotel in Tiberias is not Kosher.
  • Nov 21, Nov 28, Jan 9, Jan 30, Feb 13, Feb 20, Mar 6 departures will be accommodated at Kibbutz Kfar Giladi in Tiberias
  • Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.
  • Visas required for Jordan
  • Entry Fees/Departure taxes are required as follows: Jordan Crossing from Israel to Jordan: entry tax of up to 10 Dinars (approx. US $15), Israel Crossing from Israel to Jordan via ALLENBY or SHEIK HUSSEIN Bridges: Israel departure fee varying between 100-185 Shekels (approx. US $26-51); Crossing via RABIN (from Eilat) for Optional One Day Petra tour: Israel departure fee of approximately US $65 and Jordan visa fee of approximately US $60
  • Is This Trip Right for You?
  • This program is moderately active and done at an easy pace. Expect extensive walking during sightseeing in Jerusalem. The rest of the tour requires approximately 1 hour walking; however, Petra is a full day of walking on various surfaces. Time spent on buses ranges from 1 to 4 hours. Sightseeing in Wadi Rum is done by a 4x4 vehicle.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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