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Land of the Gods

12 Days from $3,875 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Active

Take a pilgrimage to the land where it all began, walk where Jesus walked, take a cruise on the Sea of Galilee. Visit the Old City of Jerusalem and enjoy sweeping views from the Mount of Olives, visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Visit the ancient "Rose Red" city of Petra, carved from multi-hued rocks and admire fortresses from the Crusade period.

Travel to the Middle East often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

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Overview

Take a pilgrimage to the land where it all began, walk where Jesus walked, take a cruise on the Sea of Galilee. Visit the Old City of Jerusalem and enjoy sweeping views from the Mount of Olives, visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Visit the ancient "Rose Red" city of Petra, carved from multi-hued rocks and admire fortresses from the Crusade period.

Travel to the Middle East often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. Welcome to the modern, cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers at a Welcome Reception.
    meal(s):WR
    hotel:Renaissance
  2. Your day begins at the old port of Jaffa, where Jonah set sail before he was swallowed by the whale. Continue to Caesarea, an ancient port built by Herod the Great in the 1st century BC. Admire what remains of Herod's grandiose building works, then travel to Meggido, where Christians believe the Battle of Armageddon will take place. Your final stop today is Murhraqa on Mount Carmel where a 17th-century monastery marks where the prophet Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Nof Ginossar
  3. Sail on the Sea of Galilee and visit the Jesus Boat before continuing to Capernaum to visit the 2nd-century synagogue. Stop at Tabgha to see the site where Jesus fed the five thousand with only five loaves of bread and two fish. Then, visit the Church of Multiplication with its 4th-century mosaic floor. Proceed to the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount. Return to your hotel later, stopping en route at Yardenti, the Baptismal site.
    meal(s):BB, D
  4. Our first stop today is the Church of the Annunciation, whose cupola overlooks the cave in which Archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary to share the blessing that she would conceive and give birth to the Son of God. Head for Cana next, where Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding feast. Stop at Gideon's Spring, where Gideon tested his army so he could decide who would join him in battle against the Midianites. Then, visit Beit She'an, one of the world's best-preserved Roman cities. Drive to Jerusalem later.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Mount Zion
  5. Walk in the footsteps of the prophets, disciples and kings as you embark on a walking tour of Jerusalem's Old Town. Ascend the Mount of Olives, then stroll through the Garden of Gethsemane. Our guide leads us into the Jewish Quarter, where we view the Western Wall with its prayer notes, and the Dome of the Rock located on Temple Mount. Connect with the city's ancient past and walk the Station of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
    meal(s):BB, D
  6. Drive to Ein Karem to visit the Church of the Visitation. Next, you'll proceed to the Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls and the miniature model of Jerusalem as it was during the second Temple period. Journey to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus and King David, where you'll visit the Church of the Nativity, built over the cave thought to be the spot where Jesus was born.
    meal(s):BB, D
  7. We drive to Jericho, traversing the Judean wilderness. Imagine the roar of trumpets and triumphant shouts that led Joshua's army to victory. Pass the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, then continue to the striking cliff top fortress of Masada. Ride by cable car to the ancient fortress where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans. Explore the excavations of Herod's Palace with some free time later today to float in the Dead Sea.
    meal(s):BB, D
  8. After breakfast, transfer to Allenby Bridge where you'll cross the border into Jordan. Visit Bethany beyond the Jordan to see the site where John the Baptist preached and Jesus was baptised. Continue to the white stone city of Amman.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:The Boulevard Arjaan by Rotana
  9. Witness the once-illustrious past of Jerash during your visit to its 3rd-century ruins. Return to the seven hills of Amman and join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour. Walk through the impressive 6,000-seater Roman amphitheater, built into the northern side of a hill that once served as a graveyard, and see Jabal al-Qala. Journey to Petra, where you'll dine at your hotel tonight.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Hyatt Zaman
  10. The rose-red façades of Petra beckon today as we enjoy a full day to explore one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Carved into the sheer rock face over 2,000 years ago by Nabataeans, Petra was an important link in the Silk Road trade route. Enter the city through the Siq, a narrow gorge flanked on either side for over 1,200 meters by cliffs soaring 80 meters. Emerge from the path and see the magnificent 40-metre façade of the Treasury.
    meal(s):BB, D
  11. Follow the King's Highway north, and visit the 12th-century Crusader fortress, Kerak, once used as a base to control Bedouin herders and trade routes. At Madaba's St. George's Church, view The Kings Way mosaic portrait of the Holy Land, the largest mosaic portrait in the world. Ascend Mount Nebo for your view of the Promised Land before returning to Amman for a Farewell Dinner at your hotel with your fellow pilgrims.
    meal(s):BB, FD
    hotel:The Boulevard Arjaan by Rotana
  12. Your spiritual journey through two holy lands comes to an end this morning. Transfers to Amman airport are available, conditions apply.
    meal(s):BB
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $1,550 p.p.

Triple Rooms are not available on this trip.

Airport transfers: Complimentary transfers are available. Conditions apply.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • All Gratuities All Gratuities
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
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Meal Summary

11 hot buffet breakfasts, 11 dinners, .

Included Highlights

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Amman. (Day 9)

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR in Amman
  • ORIENTATION in Roman city of Beit She'an, Jerusalem
  • VISIT the monastery Muhraqa in Mount Carmel, the Church of the Multiplication in Tabgha, the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, the Church of the Visitation and the Israel Museum in Ein Karem, the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, take a cable car to the Fortress of Masada, Bethany beyond the Jordan, the ruins of Jerash, Roman amphitheater in Amman, Petra, Crusader Fortress of Kerak, St. George's Church in Madaba
  • CRUISE the Sea of Galilee before admiring the Jesus Boat
  • VIEW the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock on Temple Mount, the Promised Land in Mount Nebo
  • SEE the remains of the Synagogue in Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes, the Baptismal site in Yardenti, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest city in the world Jericho, the Dead Sea
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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

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    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Israel must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Israel for less than 90 days.

  • The currency in Israel is the Shekel. While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • Like the country's population, Israeli cuisine is a diverse mix of Middle Eastern, European, and African flavors.  You'll find variations on common Mediterranean dishes like falafel, hummus and baba ganoush, plus plenty of rice and fresh salads.  For a quick lunch try a shwarma -  grilled meat (usually chicken or lamb) thinly sliced and served with salad in pita bread.  

    You will encounter some restaurants that adhere to Kosher dietary requirements, meaning that you will not be able to get dairy and meat products during the same meal. 

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items, which can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. We also recommend that women bring a light weight scarf to demonstrate respect for the different religions with historical ties to the region. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping is expected when dining out, although tends to be less generous than in the United States. It’s appropriate to leave 10-15%.  Please advise your server if you need to add the tip onto your credit bill, or simply leave your tip on the table.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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