Day 1 - Sunday 7th April 2019 - Outward Journey
Relax and enjoy our scheduled flight from Manchester to Amman, Jordan.
We will have a meet and greet guide on arrival at Amman Airport who will assist us in transferring to our hotel.
Overnight in Amman.
Day 2 - Monday 8th April 2019 - Pella
Breakfast at hotel
Full day excursion.
A close second to Petra on the list of favourite destinations in Jordan is the ancient city of Jerash, which boasts an unbroken chain of human occupation dating back more than 6,500 years. Jerash lies on a plain surrounded by hilly wooded areas and fertile basins. Conquered by General Pompey in 63 BC, it came under Roman rule and was one of the ten great Roman cities of the Decapolis League. The city's golden age came under Roman rule, during which time it was known as Gerasa, and the site is now generally acknowledged to be one of the best-preserved Roman provincial towns in the world.
The ancient Greco-Roman City of Gadara that offers a splendid panoramic view overlooking the Sea of Galilee (Lake Tiberias), the Jordan Valley and the Golan Heights.
The ancient city of Pella, known in Arabic as Tabaqat Fahl, is believed to have been inhabited as early as 5000 BCE. It was during the Greco-Roman period, however, that Pella truly prospered. Strategically placed at the crossroads of numerous trading routes linking Europe, the Near East and Asia, the city flourished from trade and was influenced by a multitude of diverse cultures.
Return to hotel for dinner.
Overnight in Amman.
Day 3 - Tuesday 9th April 2019 - Dead Sea
Breakfast at hotel.
City tour of Amman
The modern capital of Jordan. Amman was originally built on seven hills. Discover the citadel, situated on one of the highest hills in Amman. There is a splendid view of the old city from here. We will also visit the Archaeological and the Folkloric museums. We will then visit the Roman Amphitheatre and the King Abdullah Mosque.
Opposite Jericho, we will stop in the spot which has long been identified as the spot where Jesus Christ was baptized by John the Baptist. It is called Al- Maghtas in Arabic.
Dead Sea (beach)
We will proceed to the Dead sea. Here we can bathe in the salt rich waters where it is impossible to sink and difficult to swim due to the extra buoyancy.
Return to hotel for dinner.
Overnight in Amman
Day 4 - Wednesday 10th April 2019 - Madaba
Breakfast at hotel
Drive through Kings highway to Petra
The easy-going market town of Madaba is best known for the fine Byzantine mosaics preserved in its churches and museums. We will visit the Greek Orthodox Church where the famous sixth century map of the Holy Places in the biblical world is found.
We will continue to Mount Nebo, with its spectacular view of the Holy Land, and where it is believed Moses spent his last days.
We then drive via Wadi Mujib to visit the Crusader castle of Kerak, dating from the twelfth century.
Continue on to our hotel for dinner.
Overnight in Petra
Day 5 - Friday 11th April 2019 - Petra / Travel to Eilat, Israel
Breakfast at Hotel
After breakfast we have short horse ride from the main entrance of Petra to the narrow entrance, known as the Siq. As we walk through the chasm, the rock walls tower above us until we emerge at the main site of Petra, the famous Treasury building. Also known as the ‘The Rose City’ this is an extraordinary and unique place, built by the Nabateans over 2,000 years ago. The monumental tombs, palaces, temples and treasury have been hewn from the desert sandstone in its natural hues of rose and gold.
Late afternoon drive we will rejoin our coach and transfer to the border post between Jordan and Israel border where we will bid farewell to our Jordanian guide and cross over in to Israel to meet our new Israeli guide.
We will transfer to our hotel in Eilat for dinenr.
Overnight in Eilat.
Day 6 - Friday 12th April 2019 - Masada
This morning we will drive north through the Negrev Desert to Masada, the magnificent ruins of the fortress where Jewish defenders made the last stand of the Judean revolt against the Romans. We will climb the ancient Roman ramp to reach the summit where we have a fantastic view across the desert and the Dead Sea, stretching across into Jordan. We will see the ancient palaces and Synagogue.
Eventually we descend from Masada and continue our travel to Jerusalem.
Mount of Olives
On route to Jerusalem we will stop at Mount of Olives to visit the Chapel of the Ascension. We will walk down the Palm Sunday Walk where Christ made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, also stopping at the Garden of Gethsemane with its ancient olive trees and the Church of All Nations.
Dinner and accommodation in Jerusalem.
Day 7 - Saturday 13th April 2019 - Wailing Wall
We begin our day with a visit to the Garden Tomb. The Garden Tomb is believed by many to be the garden and sepulcher of Joseph of Arimathea, and therefore a possible site of the resurrection of Jesus. The Garden is a quiet place preserved for worship and reflection.
Mount Zion, the highest point in ancient Jerusalem, several important events in the early Christian Church are likely to have taken place here, such as The Last Supper of Jesus and his disciples, and the coming of the Holy Spirit on the disciples, both believed to have been on the site of the Cenacle. It is also believed to be the here where the tomb of King David lies.
The House of Caiaphas or Palace of Caiaphas was the place where the High Priest of Israel resided, and it was here that Jesus was tried informally by the Sanhedrin.
The Western Wall in Jerusalem is the holiest of Jewish sites, sacred because it is a remnant of the Herodian retaining wall that once enclosed and supported the Second Temple. It has also been called the "Wailing Wall" by European observers because for centuries Jews have gathered here to lament the loss of their temple.
Jewish quarter view of Dome of the rock
The Dome of the Rock is located in Jerusalem at the foot of the Mount of Olives. It is a shrine with a Gold Dome Roof. It is said that Mohammad flew to Heaven on a winged horse from this same exact spot. It is the third most holy landmark in the Muslim religion.
In the old city we will walk and follow the Via Dolorosa, seeing Pilate’s Judgment Hall, where Christ was imprisoned.
Pool of Bethesda
The water source was a nearby spring. The Pool had five porches and according to the Bible there was a tradition that an angel moved the waters at certain times and healed the sick. It was here at the Pool of Bethesda that Jesus healed the man who was lame.
After which we will walk all the way to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This is the site that is identified as the place of both the crucifixion and the tomb of Jesus of Nazareth. Dinner and accommodation in Jerusalem.
Day 8 - Sunday 14th April 2019 - Bethlehem
This morning we will visit the City of David, is an Israeli settlement and the archaeological site which is speculated to compose the original urban core of ancient Jerusalem. We will walk in the spring water going through Hezakiah’s tunnel. After which we will visit the Tower of David where we are rewarded with spectacular views across the city.
Like many cities in Israel and Palestine, Bethlehem is biblically important to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Whilst here we will visit the Church of the Nativity, the spot which marks where Jesus was born. Parts of the Church date back to 327AD and it was designated a World Heritage site in 2012.
It is home to Unesco-listed Bauhaus buildings, historic Jaffa (Yafo) with its fascinating Arab heritage, the quiet Neve Tzedek quarter and trendy Florentin.
In Old Jaffa we will see St Peter’s Church. We will also see the Ancient Port which was mentioned in the Bible as the port used by King Solomon to import cedar trees to build the Temple. Also from here it is said that Jonah boarded the ship to Nineveh and ended up in the Whale’s belly.
Time permitting: Carmel market, this authentic, colorful outdoor market is overflowing with food and merchandise stalls.
Dinner and accommodation in Tel Aviv.
Day 9 - Monday 15th April 2019 - Return Journey
Free time until transfer to airport.
Relax and enjoy our scheduled flight from Tel Aviv to Manchester.