A wonderful vacation! Start in Tel Aviv, then travel via the ancient port of Jaffa and Caesarea—with visits to the Roman Amphitheater and the impressive Crusader Fortress, the fortified city of Megiddo, and Muhraqa—to Tiberias at the Sea of Galilee, where you will stay for two nights. Enjoy an included excursion to Cana, where Jesus changed water into wine, and Nazareth, where you visit the Church of the Annunciation and St. Joseph’s Church. On your way to Jerusalem, enjoy a cruise on the Sea of Galilee, then visit the Mount of Beatitudes; Tabgha; Capernaum, where Jesus recruited his first followers among the fishermen; and Bet She’an with its Roman and Byzantine relics. During your five-night stay in Jerusalem, excursions are included to Ein Karem and Bethlehem, to Masada and the Dead Sea, and a guided walking tour through the Old City. Visit the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Via Dolorosa, the Wailing Wall, and more. A full day at leisure allows time for an optional excursion to the Israel Museum with the Shrine of the Book and the Dead Sea Scrolls, and a visit to the Holocaust Memorial at Yad Vashem.Travel via the Allenby Bridge, Jerash, the best-preserved Greco-Roman city in the Middle East, and Um Quais to Amman, Jordan. On your way to the “rose-red city” of Petra, stop in Wadi Rum and experience a spectacular four-wheel drive through the sand dunes. A full day of guided sightseeing includes a walk down the Siq, the narrow gorge made famous in the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Admire the Treasury and sip tea in a Bedouin tent. Next, travel to the Dead Sea via Kerak and Wadi Mujib. Two nights here allow time for an included excursion to Madaba, Mount Nebo, where Moses saw the Promised Land, and Bethany Beyond the Jordan.
TEL AVIVWelcome dinnerJAFFA Walking tour of the ancient portCAESAREA Visit the Roman amphitheater and the Crusader fortressMEGIDDOVisit the biblical siteMUHRAQAPanoramic view of the Jezreel ValleyCANAVisit the site of the first miracleNAZARETHVisit the Church of the Annunciation and St. Joseph’s ChurchSEA OF GALILEEEnjoy a cruiseMOUNT OF BEATITUDESVisit the site where Jesus delivered his sermonTABGHAVisit the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes and the Church of St. Peter’s PrimacyCAPERNAUMVisit the site where Jesus recruited his first followersRIVER JORDANVisit a baptismal siteBET SHE’ANAdmire the Roman and Byzantine relicsEIN KAREMVisit the Church of St. John the Baptist and the Church of VisitationBETHLEHEMVisit the Church of the NativityJERUSALEMVisit the Garden Tomb; panoramic view from the Mount of Olives; guided walking tour, visit the Garden of Gethsemane, follow the Way of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa; visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Wailing Wall, and walk through the Jewish Quarter to Mount Zion, visit the Upper Room, the tomb of King David, and the house of CaiaphasMASADARide a cable car and visit the cliff-top fortressDEAD SEAVisit one of the resortsJERASH OrientationUM QUAIS Stop at the site of the Gadarene swine miracleWADI RUM Visit the largest wadi in JordanPETRA Guided sightseeing, including the Siq and the Treasury; sip tea in a Bedouin tentKERAKVisit the Crusader CastleWADI MUJIB Visit the Jordanian Grand CanyonMADABA Visit St. George’s Church and the Archaeological MuseumMOUNT NEBO Visit the mountain where Moses saw the Promised LandBETHANY BEYOND THE JORDANVisit the site of John the Baptist’s settlementHeadsets throughout the tour (except in Jordan for technical reasons)
TEL AVIV Dan Panorama (SF)SEA OF GALILEE Leonardo Plaza (F) at TiberiasJERUSALEM Leonardo Plaza (SF)AMMAN Kempinski (SF)PETRA Marriott (SF)DEAD SEA Mövenpick Resort & Spa (D)
Full Israeli breakfast (B);12 three-course dinners (D), including a welcome dinner in Tel Aviv and a farewell dinner in Jerusalem; in Jordan, full buffet breakfast
NOTES:April 7 Departure–Good Friday at the Dead Sea, JordanApril 14 Departure–Good Friday & Easter Sunday in JerusalemPlease check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler
Motorcoach (or minibus); boat cruise