Starts any day. January to December10 days from $5195.00
Arrive Tel Aviv, Isreal
Upon arrival you are met and escorted to your luxury hotel located by the city’s main market, and overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
The rest of your day is at leisure to relax or explore the city.
Today, tour the highlights of vibrant Tel Aviv, starting with a visit to the Diaspora Museum – a compelling historical account of the 2,000-year displacement of the Jews. Drive along the Promenade to Old Jaffa, at 8000 years old, it is the world’s oldest port. Visit its ancient ruins and walk along the restored artists' quarter.
Next sightsee through the colorful streets of 19th century Neve Tzedek and Nahalat Binyamin, exploring the lively cafes and unique handicraft shops. (B)
Spend the day exploring amazing Jerusalem. Get a panoramic view of the city from the Mount of Olives, then stop at Mount Zion to visit King David's tomb, the room of last supper and the Dormition Abbey.
Visit Jerusalem’s old city – see the restored Cardo (Roman road), experience the Jewish Wailing Wall, and walk along the Stations of the Cross to visit the church of Holy Sepulcher. In the new city, visit Yad Vashem, a moving memorial complex dedicated to the martyrs and heroes of the Holocaust. Then continue to the Israel Museum, to see the Dead Sea Scrolls and an impressive model of Jerusalem from the Second Temple period. (B)
Fly to Eliat this morning, where you are met and transferred to Aqaba on shores of the Red Sea, before crossing the border into Jordan.
Meet your Jordanian guide for the drive to Petra, stopping en route to visit Wadi Rum, also known as “The Valley of the Moon.” Enjoy a 2-hour jeep tour through this maze of monolithic rockscapes that rise up from the desert floor to heights of 5,750 feet. Discover 4000-year-old rock drawings and admire the breathtaking vistas. (B)
On Day 5, explore the ancient rose-red city of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A compelling achievement, the ancient Nabateans carved Petra from sandstone cliffs in the 3rd century B.C. Explore this fascinating hidden city, set in a canyon where the only entrance is through a narrow half-mile-long siq (chasm) with walls over 650 feet high. See the Corinthian Tombs and the exquisite towering facade of the Treasury, Petra's most famous monument. Venture on walks and mild climbs through the myriad of archaeological wonders – a 3,000-seat open-air amphitheater, as well as hundreds of buildings, tombs, and temples. (B,L)
Petra to Feynan Ecolodge
Drive through a desert landscape of craggy multi-colored mountains to the Dana Biosphere Reserve. This is the largest nature reserve in Jordan, encompassing four different bio-geographical zones with diverse landscapes, wildlife and geology. Stay on the edge of the reserve, at the Feynan Ecolodge, an eco-oasis lodge. Hike through the local archaeological sites, then relax in the lodge’s serene courtyards and enjoy some desert star-gazing. (B)
Feynan & Amman
This morning, visit a local Bedouin encampment, breaking bread with the locals to learn about their unique customs. Then drive to Amman, the modern, as well as the ancient capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. A bustling city of two million, Amman is called the “White City” because all the buildings are finished in the local white limestone. (B)
Amman & Jerash
Begin your full day of sightseeing touring the city of Amman, exploring Citadel Hill, site of the ruins of the Temple of Hercules, the 7th century Umayyad Palace, a Byzantine church, and the remains of Roman walls. At the foot of the Citadel, carved into the hill, lies a 6,000-seat Roman amphitheater resembling a deep-sided bowl.
Next, drive to Jerash, one of the best-preserved Greco-Roman cities in the Middle East and boasting of an unbroken chain of human occupation dating back more than 6,500 years. Explore Jerash’s colonnaded streets, spacious public plazas, baths, fountains, and along the city walls pierced by towers and gates. See the enormous oval-shaped Forum, the Temples of Zeus and Artemis, and the Street of Columns. (B,L)
Madaba & The Dead Sea
Travel along the 5,000-year-old Kings´ Highway to Madaba, "the City of Mosaics." Known for its spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, Madaba is home to the famous 6th century mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. It contains two million pieces of colored stone, and depicts the hills, valleys, villages and towns as far away as the Nile Delta. Continue south to visit Mt. Nebo, thought to be the burial place of Moses, and offering views across the Jordan Valley and the Great Rift Valley, before arriving at the Dead Sea.
Enjoy the remainder of your day at your resort – Take a dip in the salty and mineral buoyant waters, or just walk along the white sand beaches. (B)
Amman & Depart
Today you are at leisure until you are taken to the Amman airport for your departing flight. (B)
The Dan Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv
The Dan Tel Aviv Hotel reflects Tel Aviv’s dynamic lifestyle. The first luxury Tel Aviv hotel in Israel’s first Jewish city, the Dan Tel Aviv has always been a prime venue for statesmen, politicians and artists who gathered here from the earliest years of the State of Israel. Considered the Tel Aviv hotel of choice, the Dan Tel Aviv is justly renowned for its prime location overlooking the Mediterranean and splendid beaches edged by the city’s famous seafront promenade bustling with happy strollers. Designer stores, commercial centers and the city’s famed after-dark attractions are all at the doorstep.
Mövenpick Resort Petra, Petra
The Movenpick Resort Petra is located just steps away from the entrance to this ancient magnificent rose-red city. The subdued colors and harmonious furnishings of every room will make you instantly feel at home. The exotic décor of the Al Maqaad Bar inspires visions of the tales of the Arabian nights. Mediterranean cuisine is served at the Al Iwan Restaurant, and the Al Saraya Restaurant offers a more casual atmosphere. Enjoy the lush roof garden, the wicker-chaired tea room, or relax in the swimming pool, sauna, gym, or billiard room. All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning/heating, satellite TV, direct-dial telephones, coffee and tea-making facilities, hairdryer and mini bar.
Feynan Ecolodge, Ma'an
Deep in the mountains, at the end of a rugged track, rests the magnificent Feynan ecolodge. Guests staying at the lodge can be found venturing through the untouched outdoors, sipping mint tea with the native Bedouin, exploring archaeological sites or simply unwinding in the serene courtyards and terraces of the candle-lit complex. Hailed as one of the top fifty ecolodges in the world by National Geographic Adventure Magazine, the solar powered Feynan Ecolodge offers the most developed eco-experience in Jordan; an experience made possible by a unique partnership between EcoHotels and the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature, a Jordanian NGO devoted to the protection of the Kingdom’s finest natural landscapes.
Four Seasons Hotel Amman, Amman
Set upon the highest of Amman's seven hills, the 5-star Four Seasons Hotel has unparalleled views over the surrounding cityscape. The 15-story hotel has 222 luxurious and technologically advanced guest rooms and suites and is the city's premier luxury hotel. Furnished in splendid comfort, all guest rooms offer stunning city views. The hotel has three restaurants, two lounges and 24-hour room service. Leisure facilities include an indoor pool and whirlpool, outdoor pool, full-service spa, sauna and steam room, squash court and fitness and wellness center. Your deluxe room features a large dressing area, separate working area, CD and DVD players, in-room safe and high-speed email and internet access. The elegant bathroom has a marble and granite vanity, a walk-in shower and a separate bathtub.
Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea, Dead Sea
Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea is situated on the edge of the Dead Sea amid gardens dotted with lagoons, waterfalls and nine amazing swimming pools boasting views of the sea. The modern, spacious rooms feature amenities inspired by the Dead Sea.