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Ancient & Holy Lands

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Fares
  • Accommodation

A journey overview

  • Petra
  • The Dead Sea
  • Jerusalem
  • The Sea Of Galilee
  • Tel Aviv
  • Larnaca
  • Paphos
  • Limassol

19 Days Explorations
  • Departing:
  • 13 Sep 2019

Ancient history is brought to life on a journey through Jordan, Israel and Cyprus, reserved for just 24 guests.

Ancient and Holy Lands 2019 Map

Tour Manager

Sue Gibbons

Cherish two nights at the luxurious Movenpick Resort Petra, where the magnificent metropolis lies just moments away. This evening, a Welcome Dinner gives us the opportunity to meet our fellow travellers. By horseback or foot, we take in the meticulously carved soft sandstone of the Siq and the Treasury, as well as the Street of Facades and the Royal Tombs, amongst winding walls. Atop 800 steps, the climb to Petra’s largest rock-cut structure is worth the effort.

Aboard a Jeep, drive through canyons of deep orange and and ochre, engraved with ancient Nabatean rock inscriptions. After lunch at a desert camp, the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar awaits for a two-night stay. Set on the banks of the Dead Sea, we enjoy private access to the hallowed waters. While we are here, explore the Roman remains of Jerash or see the 6th-century mosaics of Madaba and pay a visit to Mt Nebo on a Your World experience.

We have five nights at the King David Hotel, from where we will take in Jerusalem and its surrounds. Our days are occupied by an incredible array of sights, including the City of David, the Temple Mount, the Garden of Gethsemane and the walled Old City among many others. A biblical menu at The Eucalyptus restaurant and a sound and light show over the city walls are memorable highlights.

In the Great Rift Valley, we ride a cable car to the desert fortress of Masada and as dusk falls, enjoy dinner overlooking the Dead Sea. Israel’s more recent past comes to light at the main museum, the Avenue of the Righteous, the Children’s Memorial and the Israel Museum, where we see the Dead Sea Scrolls. In Bethlehem, explore Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity, as well as the monasteries of the Shepherds’ Fields.

Together we uncover the remnants of Beth Shean and later, take a dip in the Jordan River at Yardenit, where it is believed that Jesus was baptised. A lunch of St Peter’s fish, caught fresh from the Sea of Galilee preceeds a sail upon the famous sea, before we ascend the Galilee Mountains en route to Mizpe Hayamim in Rosh Pina. We dedicate a full day to exploring Golan Heights, Israel’s mountainous region.

Before arriving in Tel Aviv, we ride a cable car along the white cliff face of Rosh Hanikra, then explore the city of Akko, the Bahai Gardens in Haifa and ancient Caesarea. A local archaeologist joins us for further insight into the region. We enjoy dinner at Market Kitchen before retiring for the evening at the Hilton Tel Aviv. On our second day, a discovery of the city’s sights is capped off with a regional-style feast at Herbert Samuel.

Touching down in Larnaca, we transfer to Cyprus’ city of Limassol and the independently owned Four Seasons Hotel. We explore the island’s capital, Nicosia, at leisure, then travel to Kyrenia en route to the 12th-century Bellapais Abbey. Stroll along the palm-lined promenade of Larnaca to the Byzantine Church of St Lazarus, spend time in the seaside town of Famagusta and pass by the heavily guarded Ghost City of Varosha.

Delve into history at Paphos, believed to be the birthplace of Aphrodite. See the Roman mosaics within the House of Dionysus, visit St Neophytos Monastery and soak in the sea vistas down at the harbor. In Limassol, we explore the old market, the medieval castle, the ancient site of Kourion and the House of Eustolious, walking to view clifftop ruins. At the Omodhos village, we call on the Monastery of the Holy Cross.

After weeks of immersion into some of the world’s most fascinating cultures, we take it easy on our final morning. Bathe in the sunshine of Limassol on one of the city’s many beautiful beaches or enjoy the morning among the fine amenities of our hotel.


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