The Israel-Jordan Superb Tour is an upgraded Israel & Jordan Tour itinerary recommended for our high-end clients as a private, customized tour incorporating excellent hotels like the Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem, Kibbutz Lavi Hotel in the Israeli Galilee (It is not 5-star but offers a great experience), Marriott Hotel in Amman or similar 5-star accommodations.
As with all of the Ahalan Olympus tours, this is a customized tour concept that can be modified to suit the needs and interests of the traveler!
Arriving at Ben Gurion International Airport you will be welcomed by our representative who will help you navigate the airport formalities and introduce you to your guide. Then you’ll drive to the ancient port city of Jaffa, the historic gateway to the land of Israel. This is the perfect place to stroll through the enchanting alleyways before watching the sun set over the Mediterranean – a delightful way to get acclimated to the Holyland. Afterwards, together with your guide, you will have a local Israeli ‘Welcome Dinner’ after which you’ll be free to get some well-earned sleep in Tel Aviv. We highly recommend staying at Dan Tel Aviv hotel.
We ascend to the Holy City – Jerusalem! We’ll start with an introduction to the city from the top of The Mount of Olives and then walk down to the Garden of Gethsemane. We’ll also visit the “Wailing Wall”, the last remnants of the Temple in Jerusalem. Then, current situation permitting, we will try to visit the Temple Mount as well, to take a look at the glorious “Dome of the Rock” and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. We’ll continue from there in the footsteps of Jesus along the Stations of the Cross on the Via Dolorosa, Jesus’ “Way of Suffering”, and arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where Jesus was crucified and buried. The Via Dolorosa also passes through the Old City’s oriental “suq” (bazaar). At the end of the day we’ll visit King David’s Tomb and the “Room of the Last Supper”. Overnight Jerusalem.
This day is dedicated to Jerusalem’s New City: We’ll visit Yad Vashem, the holocaust memorial, and then the famous “Menorah” (Candelabra) situated outside the “Knesset”, Israel’s parliament. In the afternoon we’ll see the Model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period, located at the Israel Museum. This is a 1:50 scale-model of the city as it was during one of its most important periods, the first century AD when Rabbinic Judaism and Christianity as we know them today started to evolve and take shape. The model is built from the original materials, and is updated in accordance with the most recent archaeological research. We’ll also visit the Shrine of the Book where the world-famous Dead Sea Scrolls are exhibited. Overnight in Jerusalem.
On this day we are southward bound, into the desert! We’ll walk through the oasis of Ein Gedi, which dates back to the days of King David. In Ein Gedi four springs with fresh water offer solace from the desert sun. It is a place to enjoy the rich and unique flora and fauna that such a unique oasis-setting offer. We’ll walk up to the waterfall with its scenic pool before heading back to the bus. Following a short drive from Ein Gedi we’ll ascend by cable car to the famous cliff-top fortress of Masada, where Herod the Great built a magnificent palace in the middle of the desert. Masada was used as a base by the Jewish zealots who fought, though vastly outnumbered, against the pagan Roman Empire. Their heroic struggle became a symbol for the modern State of Israel. At the end of the day we will not miss, of course, the opportunity to do some floating (not swimming!) in the Dead Sea, the deepest point on earth! After experiencing all this, we’ll return to our hotel in Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Leaving Jerusalem we’ll drive past Jericho and north along the Jordan Valley to the ancient synagogue of Beth Alpha, famous for its colorful and detailed mosaic floor. Then we’ll pass the hot midday hours swimming in the cool waters of the Sakhne Springs. In the afternoon we continue on to Nazareth where we’ll visit the impressive Basilica of the Annunciation, built by the Vatican. We will spend this night in a kibbutz in the north of Israel.
After breakfast, we’ll make our way to Caesarea Maritima, the magnificent port city built by King Herod the Great two millennia ago. From here St. Peter sailed to Rome. In Caesarea’s well-preserved theater an inscription referencing the procurator Pontius Pilate, known to us from the New Testament accounts of the crucifixion of Jesus, was found. From here we’ll continue our drive along the shore of the Mediterranean Sea to the modern port city Haifa, situated on the slopes of the ever-green Mt. Carmel. The view from this mountain is famous for its beauty, and time permitting, we can also visit the Carmelite monastery Stella Marris, where “Elijah’s Cave” can be seen. Afterward, we’ll drive to the oriental city of Akko (Acre), where the Crusaders built their most important port. While there we’ll visit the well-preserved “Knights Halls” underneath the vibrant oriental bazaar with its colors and odors of the East. To conclude the day we’ll listen to tales of the history of Akko recounted to us by “The Last Bath-Attendant” in the restored Turkish Hammam (bathhouse). Overnight in a kibbutz in the north of Israel.
On this day we’ll visit the places where Jesus spent time around the Sea of Galilee: Capernaum, with Peter’s House and the famous ancient synagogue, enjoy the view from Mt. of the Beatitudes, where the “Sermon on the Mount” was given, and visit the reconstructed church at Tabgha, where tradition puts the miracle of the Loaves and Fishes. We will also visit the “YARDENIT” baptismal site on the Jordan River before driving to the Jordan River (Sheikh Hussein) Bridge, where we’ll cross the Jordan River and the border and enter Jordan. Our Israeli Tour Guide will help you with the border formalities, and once in Jordan, our Jordanian guide will welcome you. From the border crossing, we’ll drive to Amman for a short city tour. Overnight in Amman.
After breakfast, we’ll drive to the legendary city of Petra, once the secluded capital of the Nabatean people. We’ll begin with the famous gorge, the “Siq”, that legends say was the secret entrance to Petra, known only to a few. Proceeding along the gorge the famous “Hazane” – “the Treasury” comes into view in front of you, just as it did in the Indiana Jones film. But this is only one of many amazing monuments that await you, carved into the colorful sandstone. After a thorough exploration of the “Rose Red City” we will return to Amman where we will spend the night. Overnight in Amman.
After driving along the “Desert Highway” to Madaba we’ll take in the famous mosaic floor of the St. George Church that depicts the Holy Land as it was in the 6th Century. Then we’ll continue on to Mount Nebo from which Moses overlooked the Promised Land before he died and was buried. In addition to the panoramic view into Israel, we can also enjoy the ancient mosaics of the Byzantine monastery erected on the site. Afterward, we’ll drive north to Jerash, a well-preserved Greco-Roman city, one of the ten cities of the Decapolis, an alliance of independent cities on the eastern edge of the empire. Here we can still see the wide, colonnaded streets, the Great Temples, and the ornate city gate. Then we’ll cross the border and return to Israel via the Sheikh Hussein Bridge where our representative will await you and accompany you to Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your flight back home.