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Ancient & Holy Lands

  • Overview
  • Accommodation
  • Itinerary
  • Fares

A journey overview

  • Amman
  • Petra
  • Wadi Rum
  • The Dead Sea
  • Jerusalem
  • Bethlehem
  • Nazareth
  • Rosh Pina
  • The Sea Of Galilee
  • Tel Aviv

14 Days Exploration
  • Departing:
  • 6 Oct 2023 Sold Out
  • 13 Oct 2023 New release

Petra, a city carved into red desert cliffs, where temples chiselled in honour of deities still stand after 2000 years. Over the border in Jerusalem, one of the world’s oldest cities remains a significant holy site to disciples of Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Journey to a holy land where civilisations were formed and holy scriptures written. This journey is reserved for just 24 guests.

Ancient & Holy Lands Journey Map
Petra
Petra

The Lost City of Petra

Through the lightning-bolt-shaped entrance of the Siq, discover the iconic Treasury façade and beyond, where more than 800 tombs have been sculpted into red stone.

Temple Mount
Temple Mount

Jerusalem Immersion

Visit some of the most significant holy sites during your five-night stay in Jerusalem. Behold Temple Mount, the site at which Judaism, Christianity and Islam converge. See the Western Wall, as well as the Room of the Last Supper.

Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum Desert Discovery

As part of a convoy of 4x4 vehicles, we make tracks across the sands of Wadi Rum, following the undulating terrain and stopping to admire ancient Nabataean rock inscriptions. 

 

Dead Sea
Dead Sea

Float in the Dead Sea

Retain your buoyancy courtesy of the water’s off-the-charts saline levels. Your experience in the Dead Sea is akin to an astronaut drifting into outer space. 

 

Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv

Round Out Your Journey in Vibrant Tel Aviv

The beaches of Tel Aviv make for an inspired backdrop to our time in this lively city. Dine on the city’s finest culinary creations, stroll along the boardwalk of historic Jaffa and delight in the bounty of gourmet treats at Sarona Market.

 

Itinerary

add to your experience with a pre tour option

Pre tour option

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Complement your journey throughout Jordan and Israel with a 10-day pre-tour exploration of Saudi Arabia on our Desert Sands & Monuments of Saudi Arabia journey, departing 27 September or 4 October 2023. At the conclusion of your Saudi Arabian journey, join a private vehicle transfer from Tabuk to Petra, taking approximately three hours. Your driver will assist with the formalities of crossing the border into Jordan.

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As our feet touch down on Middle Eastern lands, we’re whisked to the Lost City. Cherish two nights at the Mövenpick Resort Petra, where the magnificent metropolis lies just moments away. As if created by a bolt of lightning, the Siq’s dramatic walls provoke anticipation. Mere footsteps away, the Treasury, Petra’s famous facade, awaits. Further within these ancient walls, see the Street of Facades, Royal Tombs, Pharaoh’s Castle and the Monastery.

On a Jeep expedition, see carvings of human figures and Nabataean rock inscriptions. After lunch at a desert camp, the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea in the Jordan Valley awaits for a two-night stay. Set on the banks of the Dead Sea, we’re afforded private access to the hallowed waters. Explore the ancient Roman remains of Jerash, see the mosaics of Madaba and pay a visit to Mt Nebo, or simply float in the Dead Sea on a Your World experience.

We enjoy five nights at the iconic King David Hotel. During our time here, we visit the Temple Mount, Mt Zion and the room of the Last Supper, the Avenue of the Righteous and the Children’s Memorial at Yad Vashem. At the Israel Museum, discover the Dead Sea Scrolls. Become immersed in history and spirituality of Bethlehem as we explore the sites of Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity, as well as the monasteries of the Shepherds’ Fields.

We travel to the monumental Great Rift Valley, where a cable car delivers us to the desert fortress of Masada. Back in Jerusalem, we visit the Garden of Gethsemane, travel along the Via Dolorosa, also known as the Way of Sorrows, to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Garden Tomb. Presented with a biblical menu at The Eucalyptus restaurant, we savour traditional Israeli flavours with a twist before a sound and light show.

Together we walk the path of pharaohs, kings and caliphs in Beth Shean. Israel’s Middle Eastern charm is on display in Nazareth. While here, perhaps submerge yourself in the Jordan River at Yardenit, where it is believed that Jesus was baptised. We sail upon the Sea of Galilee before making our way to the Spa Hotel Mizpe Hayamim. We pause at Golan Heights, born from volcanic eruptions, continuing east to Banias Nature Reserve.

In Tel Aviv, a cable car ride takes us past beautiful grottos and caves of Rosh Hanikra. Our journey continues to Akko and the Bahai Gardens, before a tour of ancient Caesarea. An Israeli archaeologist shares insight into the Holy Land before we retire at the Hilton Tel Aviv. Our time here is occupied by a visit to Independence Hall and the Palmach Museum, as well as a sampling dinner at Market Kitchen.

Today we visit the main museum, the Avenue of the Righteous and the Children’s Memorial at Yad Vashem. Taking a step further back in time at the Israel Museum, discover a range of archaeological finds, including the Dead Sea Scrolls. After lunch, venture to Bethlehem. Become immersed in history and spirituality as we explore the sites of Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity, as well as the monasteries of the Shepherd’s Fields.

This morning, we travel to the hilltop fortress of Masada. Boarding a cable car, we reach the ancient ruins, which were the site of the final Jewish revolt against the Romans. Surrounded on all sides by the Judean Desert, we’re afforded remarkable views of the vast and undulating landscape, with the Dead Sea in the middle distance. While making our return to Jerusalem, we stop to visit the Garden Tomb, said to be the location of Christ’s final resting place. At dinner this evening, we raise a glass to our wonderful day.

Stepping lightly on hallowed ground, where gnarled branches bear bitter fruits, we visit the Garden of Gethsemane, near the foot of the Mount of Olives. This is known as one of the places Jesus frequented with his disciples. Later this morning, enter the walled Old City of Jerusalem before travelling along the Via Dolorosa, also known as the Way of Sorrows. Upon arrival, we visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Conquered by Egyptians, claimed by Romans and captured by Arabs, Beth Shean has quite a story. Together, we walk the path of pharaohs, kings and caliphs, uncovering the remnants of this ancient city. Later, Israel’s Middle Eastern charm is on display in its largest Arab city, Nazareth. While here, perhaps take the opportunity to submerge yourself in the Jordan River at Yardenit, where it is believed that Jesus was baptised. St Peter’s fish, caught fresh from the Sea of Galilee, tantalises our palates during an exquisite lunch affair. Continue directly to the source, as we sail upon the famous sea, before making our way to the Spa Hotel Mizpe Hayamim.

Take in vistas of Tabgha, Capernaum and the Mount of Beatitudes, where it is said that Jesus delivered his most famous teachings. We take pause at Golan Heights, born from volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. Journey east and the woodlands of Banias Nature Reserve are soon before us. We climb the volcanic cone of Mt Bental for breathtaking views.

Deviating to the deep blue waters of Tel Aviv, a cable car ride takes us past the beautiful grottos and caves of Rosh Hanikra. Our journey continues to Akko and the Bahai Gardens, and lunch is served before a tour of ancient Caesarea. Afterwards, we choose from a range of restaurants for dinner. Retire this evening at The Jaffa, a luxurious hotel in the heart of this historic port city.

We begin our day with a visit to the Ayalon Institute. Now a museum, the site was a secret ammunitions factory during the 1940s. This activity was part of a larger effort on the part of the Jewish people, as they rallied against the British mandate in their fight for Israel’s independence. A short drive brings us to Sarona Market, Tel Aviv’s largest indoor culinary market. Inside, we find copious amounts of restaurants, fresh food stalls and outlets dedicated to all manner of sweets. Weary with the abundance of choice on offer, we pause here for lunch. 

Nearby, we find the Palmach Museum. The Palmach was the military defence force of the Jewish Yishuv and Zionist movement prior to the establishment of the State of Israel. The museum covers this legacy through a series of exhibitions and archives, as well as a moving memorial. We round out our day of exploration strolling through the seaside town of Jaffa, its vibrant boardwalk resplendent as the sun begins to set. This evening, we dine in our hotel’s airy courtyard, which we find gracefully adorned with an abundance of greenery. 

Enjoy a final breakfast before we are escorted to the airport, our journey now at an end. 

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