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Highlights of Israel and Jordan

TAFL09: 11 Days Private Tour of Jerusalem - Bethlehem - Jerusalem - Haifa - Akko - Tiberias - Nazareth - Sea of Galilee - Tel Aviv - Amman - Petra - Wadi Rum - Dead Sea / Amman
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide: English-speaking driver guide, experienced and knowledgeable
Vehicle: Air-conditioned car, spacious and comfortable
Accommodation: 4-star handpicked hotels, also be open to your own choice
Meals: Authentic local cuisines and western-style food for your choice
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Day 1 Arrival in Jerusalem, Airport Pick-up
Our local representative will pick you up at Tel Aviv Airport and then the driver will escort you to Jerusalem in 1 hour. For the rest of the day, it is suggested to adjust the jet lag or explore Jerusalem on your own. 

Accommodation: Grand Court Hotel
Day 2 Jerusalem New City Tour
Your driver-guide will wait for you at the hotel lobby and then head to the first destination of the Israel and Jordan tours, New City of Jerusalem. First, we will pay a visit to Yad VaShem (closed on Saturdays and Jewish festivals and no photos allowed inside). Along the way passing by the Knesset - Israel's Parliament building, Menorah and new home of Israel’s Supreme Court, we will finally arrive at Israel's National Museum to appreciate the well-known Dead Sea Scrolls and the model of Second Temple. Afterwards, we will guide you to Mahane Yehuda Market, a wonderful venue to experience culture of different ethnic groups and taste local snacks. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Grand Court Hotel
Day 3 A Day Tour in Old City of Jerusalem and Bethlehem
Today, your driver-guide will lead you to the Old City of Jerusalem to visit the Tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper in Mount Zion. Go ahead to stroll around the famous Cardo Market in Jewish Quarter and visit the Temple Mount and the holy place of the Jews-Wailing Wall. Jews regard the Temple Mount as the only holy miracle and they usually pray at the Wailing Wall. Later, we will walk along Via Dolorosa on the Stations of the Cross to Church of the Holy Sepulcher. In the afternoon, we will drive to Bethlehem to visit Rachel's Tomb and Church of the Nativity.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Grand Court Hotel
Day 4 Transfer to Tiberias with the Visit to Haifa and Akko
After checking out in the morning, we will drive to the Israel's third largest city - Haifa. What can be expected in today's Israel and Jordan tours is picturesque Bahai Gardens. Standing on the top of Mount Carmel, you could get a panorama view of Haifa city and Hafai Bay. Then we will drive to Akko by car, the ancient Phoenician and Crusader seaport, which has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Here we will explore the Knights Halls, Al-Jazzar Mosque and bathhouses. Also we can visit the new ethnic museum and the covered markets along the old walls. After finishing the visit, we will go to Tiberias and stay an overnight there.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Caesar Premier Tiberias
Day 5 Drive to Tel Aviv and visit Nazareth
After breakfast, we will explore some attractions near Tiberias including remains of the Synagogue in Capernaum, Peter's house, Mount Beatitudes and Tabgha. The highlight is the Church of the Multiplication with a mosaic of five centuries depicting fish and loaves baskets. It is said Jesus fed 5,000 people with only five loaves and two fishes in Tabgha, which is the origin of this church. Afterwards, we will drive to Nazareth and visit the Church of the Annunciation. After visiting, we will drive to the next destination of our Israel and Jordan tours, Tel Aviv and stay overnight.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Metropolitan Hotel
Day 6 Tel Aviv City Tour Including Old Jaffa
Today, we will visit the Ancient City of Jaffa. Before the exciting exploration, learn about its long and magical history at the Visitor Center. The Prophet Jonah started his voyage from here and was eventually swallowed by whales. The St. Peter's Church we are going to tour was built to commemorate the great apostle Peter who took the gospel to Rome from Jaffa. It is the best place to enjoy the beautiful view of the Jaffa Port. Carmel Market, one of the largest outdoor markets in the Middle East, is arranged in the afternoon. If you happen to visit this city on Tuesday and Friday, we can also go to the Nahalat Binyaminn handicraft market where artists make handicrafts on site. You can find favorite handicrafts as gifts for yourself or families. 
     
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Metropolitan Hotel
Day 7 Crossing Sh. Hussein Bridge to Amman, with the visits at Jerash, Ajloun
Today, you will be sent to the Israel-Jordan border. Then cross the Sh. Hussein Bridge on your own, where our local English-speaking driver will pick you up and drive to Jerash, one of the largest preserved Roman remains in the world. After visiting this ancient Roman city, we will continue to move north by car for about 1 hour to visit Ajloun. It was established in 1184 AD during the Crusades by General Saladin and used to control the local iron mining and as military fortress. In the afternoon, we will head to the capital of Jordan, Amman and stay overnight.  

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Down Town Hotel Apartments - or similar
Day 8 Private transfer to Petra, with Visits of Amman City Tour
Today your Israel and Jordan tours will begin with a visit to Roman Amphitheater and Castle Hill. It is worth noting that the hill is a perfect location overlooking the old city of Amman. We will also pay a visit to Amman Archaeological Museum and Folk Museum. Then, a short visit will be given to the Umayyad Palace built around 720 AD with impressive Seeing Hall. Then, after 2 hours' drive, we will arrive in the "city of rose", Petra and stay overnight.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Petra Guest House
Day 9 Petra visit & Wadi Rum
The mysterious Petra we will tour today once served as the capital of the Nabataean Kingdom and its buildings were entirely carved on the rocks. The city also enjoys the reputation of "city of rose" as the rocks here have a coral-jewel-like reddish hue. First, we will arrive at Siq (Sike Canyon) which is a natural narrow valley path by riding horse. Then we will head towards the Kazini Temple in the core of the ancient city along the wondering Siq. Famed as Treasure, the temple carved on the mountains was said to be the place where pirates hided their jewels. Along the main street, you can visit other ruins in the ancient city such as Royal Tombs, Roman Theater and Qasr al-Bint. In the early afternoon, we will drive for about 1.5 hours to Wadi Rum for a desert jeep tour. Wadi Rum with burgundy sands and strange mountains similar to the moon craters shows the most spectacular desert landscape in Jordan. There's no doubt that it is the one of the most beautiful attractions in the Israel Jordan tours. What's more, we may enjoy stunning sunset if weather permits. We will stay in the campsite inside the desert for one night.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: SunCity Camp
Day 10 Private Transfer from Wadi Rum to Dead Sea
The magic Dead Sea is what we are going to see today. Known as the navel of the world, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth. We will drive there in about 3 hours. After arrival and check-in, the rest time of the day is free for you. You can try to floating in the Dead Sea and enjoy the Dead Sea mud skin care.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Dead Sea Resort
Day 11 Drive to Amman Airport for Departure
You driver will pick you up at the hotel and then escort you to Amman Airport for your departure flight. It takes about an hour to reach the airport. Your Israel Jordan tours ends here. We wish you a smooth journey home!

Meals: Breakfast
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