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Israel & Jordan

14 days with Tauck   Rating: Deluxe

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Arrive Tel Aviv
Tour begins: 6:30 PM, InterContinental David Tel Aviv. A transfer is included from Ben Gurion Airport to the InterContinental David Tel Aviv, located on a beachfront promenade in a fashionable neighborhood, with sweeping views of the Mediterranean. Join us this evening for a welcome cocktail reception and dinner. (D)

Day 2 Ancient Jaffa and contemporary Tel Aviv
Your day begins with a Hebrew lesson, followed by a walking tour of Jaffa, the ancient Arab seaport at the heart of the modern city. This enclave is home to a diverse population of Jews, Muslims, and Christians, its winding stone streets and alleys a maze of galleries, antique shops, and restaurants. After lunch at a local café, a city tour reveals why Tel Aviv earned a UNESCO World Heritage designation. The rest of the day is free. (B, L)

Day 3 In northern Israel travel to Caesarea and Haifa
Travel to Caesarea for a walking tour of the ruins. Leave the sun-baked sands for the green foothills of Mount Carmel and the Baha'i Shrine and Gardens on the slope of Mount Carmel, featuring terraces and immaculate gardens that lead to the golden-domed tomb of the Bab, messenger of the Baha'i Faith, which teaches that no religion has a monopoly on the truth. Your hotel sits atop Mount Carmel, with great city views. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Along the Sea of Galilee
A day excursion from Haifa - from the Mediterranean coast of northern Israel travel inland to the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus gathered his first disciples among the fishermen. At Yigal Alon Museum, you'll discover an archaeological treasure that rocked the worlds of archaeology, history and religion when it was found in 1986 - the Galilee Boat, a 2,000-year-old fishing vessel discovered in the mudflats of Galilee. Exhaustive scientific research places the fishing boat in the time and place of Jesus along the Sea of Galilee. Board a working replica of the boat and sail the waters of Galilee on a guided tour to see how fishermen in Jesus' time lived and worked. Learn about this rural area's many kibbutzim - farming communities which teach self-reliance, collective action and civic responsibility, and have lunch at a local restaurant in Nazareth. Return to Haifa, where you can participate in a "Prophet Sharing" panel discussion, a unique opportunity to ask questions and share information about the major religions that co-exist in this multicultural land. The evening is free in Haifa to enjoy as you please. (B, L)

Day 5 Akko, a place ruled by many
Travel to one of the oldest continuously inhabited cites in the world, Akko, dating back to the era of the Egyptian Pharaoh Thutmose. Begin your visit to this richly historical city with a visit to the Jezzar Pasha Mosque, an excellent example of Ottoman architecture, named for Ahmed al-Jezzar Pasha, who defeated Napoleon at the 1799 French siege of Acre. A walking tour through the walled city takes in the Knight's Hall, the citadel and prison, as well as the ancient tunnels. Traces of the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Muslims, Crusaders, Ottomans, Bedouins and the British, who have all ruled here, as well as of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, can be seen. Next up is a Tauck Exclusive - lunch at one of the city's best-known, most sought-after restaurants, Uri Buri, run by famed Chef Uri Yirmias; casual with understated elegance, his seafood is famous all over Israel. Continue on to Jerusalem, with a stop at the Mount of Olives. Your hotel, the Waldorf Astoria Jersusalem, is one of the newest and most luxurious in the city. (B, L)

Day 6 Jerusalem, city of diverse cultures
For three of the world's great religions, Judaism, Islam and Christianity, Jerusalem is indeed a city of great significance. A walking tour led by an expert local guide and your Tauck Director begins in the Jewish Quarter of the city and the Cardo, today a bustling marketplace with intriguing goods for sale built atop a site dating back, in part, to the time of Emperor Justinian in the 6th century BC. Visit the iconic Western Wall, the last remnant of Solomon's temple, which held the Ark of the Covenant. The wide plaza before the wall is an open-air synagogue where Jews gather daily to pray; it has been among Judaism's most holy prayer sites for over 2,000 years - people of many religions leave prayer notes in the cracks and crevices of the wall. Descend into the ornate, ingeniously engineered Sephardic Synagogues, built below street level during Ottoman rule in obeyance of a law that no Jewish temple could be higher than the surrounding houses. Your visit reveals a restored complex of four synagogues, Yochanan ben Zakai, Istanbuli, Eliahu Ha'navi and Emtsai, each built in a different time period to accommodate the needs of the Sephardic community of the day. Following lunch at a local café, visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial Museum, where a guide accompanies you through the images, survivors' accounts, and artifacts that put human faces on the Holocaust; it will be one of the most deeply moving experiences of your trip. The evening is at your leisure in Jerusalem. (B, L, D)

Day 7 A day in Jerusalem ends with a spectacular light show at the Tower of David
This morning, return to the Old City for a visit to Temple Mount where the revered 7th-century Islamic shrine, the Dome of the Rock, is built atop Temple Mount - its golden dome shelters the rock from which the Prophet Mohammed ascended to Heaven. For Jews, it covers the holiest spot on Earth, the Foundation Stone of Solomon's inner temple. For many Christian pilgrims, a walk on the Via Dolorosa, along which Jesus carried the cross to the site of the crucifixion after Pilate's condemnation, is a most meaningful experience. Explore the winding path before continuing on to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which encloses the place where Jesus was crucified and buried. Following lunch at a local restaurant, the afternoon is free. Join us tonight for a cooking demonstration at Eucalyptus, one of Jerusalem's most unique dining experiences - prior to a magical evening at the Tower of David. Enjoy a reception, and then, as the sun sets, watch the story of Jerusalem unfold in breathtaking images projected on the walls, archaeological ruins and hidden pathways of the Citadel, completely surrounding you in a multi-sensory experience. (B, L, D)

Day 8 A visit to Bethlehem and an opportunity to view the Dead Sea Scrolls
Spend time in Jerusalem or join us for a locally guided visit to the West Bank and Bethlehem. Tourism is the primary industry, but it is also home to fine art by local craftsmen with centuries-old skills. The 4th-century Church of the Nativity exterior is unassuming; inside, a silver star on the floor marks the spot where Jesus was born. Walk from Manger Square to the Milk Grotto, where the Holy Family took refuge. Return to Jerusalem for a visit to the Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls. (B)

Day 9 Masada and on to Jordan
Depart for Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, 1,300 feet high, overlooking the Dead Sea. A Jewish revolt against the Romans ended on this wind-swept plateau in 73 AD; view its restored ancient buildings, rebels' houses, and synagogue. Today, Masada has an important connection to the modern state as it is the place where Israeli soldiers swear their oath of allegiance. Have lunch and cross into Jordan for a two-night stay at a resort on the Dead Sea. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Jerash or a leisurely resort day
The Dead Sea is the "Great Salt Lake" of the Middle East; visitors who come marvel at its dramatic landscape, float in its buoyant waters, or cover themselves in its mineral-rich, therapeutic black mud. Spend a relaxing day at the resort, enjoy the spa, or, join your Tauck Director for a visit to the ancient city of Gerasa, today called Jerash. Step back in time 2,000 years as you explore the exceptionally well-preserved remains of Roman architecture in the Middle East, including Hadrian's Arch, the Hippodrome, the Oval Plaza, temples, theatres, arches, walls, baths and more in this fascinating archaeological site. After lunch, return to your resort to spend the rest of the afternoon and evening as you wish.or set off on an excursion to the well-preserved ancient city of Jerash. (B, L, D)

Day 11 On the road... to Petra
Depart the Dead Sea for Petra; on the way, stop at Mount Nebo, where Moses looked out upon the "Promised Land." You'll also visit the Memorial Church of Moses to see its ancient mosaics, located inside the excavated Old Baptistery. Biblical history is everywhere en route, most notably in Madaba; visit St. George's Greek Orthodox Church to view a map from the 6th century detailing major biblical sites. Enjoy a lunch of traditional Jordanian specialties, and arrive at your hotel late afternoon where you can dine at your leisure. (B, L, D)

Day 12 The Pink City of Petra and a Bedouin dinner
Spend the morning discovering the 2,000-year-old pink city of Petra, carved out of rose colored sandstone cliffs. The temples, tombs and the Treasury remained hidden in the mountains for thousands of years before Swiss explorer Johan Ludwig Burckhardt rediscovered it in 1812. Explore on foot and by horse cart; visit the elaborately sculpted Treasury. After lunch in the old city, return to your hotel by camel and horse cart. Spend the afternoon at leisure at the hotel, then get set for tonight's special farewell dinner! As a Tauck Exclusive, join us this evening for a real taste of Jordan when we'll dine Bedouin-style at a traditional feast. A dance troupe of Jordanian men, dressed in customary Bedouin garments, entertains with a performance of the Dabkeh sword dance for a look at centuries-old traditions. (B, L, D)

Day 13 Jordan's capital, Amman
Drive along the winding 5,000-year-old King's Highway to Amman, one of the oldest continuously used roads in the world; you'll take a brief city tour prior to arriving at the hotel. Guests with early evening flights will be taken directly to Queen Alia International Airport while those departing late night or early the next morning will stay at the Amman Rotana. (B, L, D)

Day 14 Journey Home
Tour ends: Amman. A transfer is included from Amman Rotana to Queen Alia International Airport. Allow a minimum of three hours for flight check-in. (B)
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All This Included
When you travel to Israel and Jordan with Tauck you explore all the threads - civilizations, cultures, history, traditions, religions and the arts - that are so intricately woven together throughout this compelling area of the world. Gain special insights into its diversity from knowledgeable local guides and experts in their fields as our Israel travel itinerary takes you from bustling modern-day Tel Aviv to ancient sites such as 4,000-year-old Jaffa, King Herod's port city of Caesarea, mountaintop Masada and Jerusalem's Old City. Expand your understanding of the religions that have so much to do with Israel and Jordan, past and present, during a Tauck Exclusive private panel discussion. Sail on the Sea of Galilee, relax at a resort along the Dead Sea, travel on Jordan's King's Highway to the fabled pink city of Petra, and dine Bedouin-style at a traditional feast. Privately guided tours and special cultural experiences for Tauck guests only bring it all to life. Throughout our Jordan and Israel travel days, superb hotels put you in the best locations, such as the brand-new Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem.

  • Guided visits to diverse sites such as the Western Wall, Dome of the Rock, Sephardic Synagogues, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Mt. Nebo, and Jezzar Pasha Mosque
  • Walking tours exploring Israel's and Jordan's antiquities, guided by local experts & professional Tauck Directors; modern-day discussions including a "Prophet Sharing" panel discussion
  • A special farewell evening in Petra - a Bedouin-style traditional feast featuring a sword dance
  • A cruise on the Sea of Galilee aboard a working replica of a 2,000-year-old fishing boat
  • A private wine and hors d'oeuvres reception prior to the amazing sound and light show splashed across the walls of the Tower of David
  • Guided visit to Bethlehem for a tour of the Church of the Nativity and the Milk Grotto
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 32 meals (13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 9 dinners); gratuities to local guides, service charges, admission fees, taxes and porterage
Highlights
  • Guided walking tours
  • Western Wall
  • Dome of the Rock
  • Sephardic Synagogues
  • Via Dolorosa
  • Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  • Mt. Nebo
  • Cruise Sea of Galilee
  • Bethlehem
  • Bedouin-style traditional feast
  • Private wine and hors d'oeuvres reception prior to Tower of David light show
Accommodations
Tel Aviv: InterContinental David Tel Aviv
Haifa: Dan Carmel Haifa Hotel
Jerusalem: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
Dead Sea: Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea
Petra: Mövenpick Resort Petra
Amman: Amman Rotana
Notes
  • The following dates are small group departures averaging 24 Tauck guests: February 27, April 17, May 1 & 10, October 2, 16 & 30 and November 6, 2018. 
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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