With this tour of the Holy Land and Jordan You will explore one of the holiest regions in the world, in the state of Israel. And, in addition, you will visit tourist destinations of extraordinary beauty, in the neighboring Arab country of Jordan. Therefore, the combination of both territories in a single trip results in an experience of culture, religion, history and nature difficult to match. And to understand it, nothing better than to mention some of the places that are part of the route, which speak for themselves: Jerusalem, Galilee, Bethlehem, Petra, Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea … Discover everything that awaits you in this Tour the Holy Land and Jordan and get ready to live one of the most exciting experiences of your life.
In general, what is known today, from a Christian perspective, as the Holy Land is what the Jews know as the Promised Land and the Arabs, as Palestine. It is, therefore, a sacred region for the three monotheistic religions, whose sacred books place in this territory the most important episodes that shaped their faith.
And this region is, in turn, the geographical space through which a part of this circuit runs through the Holy Land and Jordan., when the route focuses on Israel. Jerusalem is the epicenter of this territory and also a fundamental stop on the trip. Here we will make four nights, which will help us to visit places as sacred as the Mount of Olives, Mount Zion, the Esplanade of the Mosques, the Western Wall or the Via Dolorosa, with its mythical end in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
But in this circuit through the Holy Land and Jordan there is no shortage of visits to Bethlehem and the region of Galilee, keys to remember the life of Christ: the Grotto and Basilica of the Nativity, Capernaum, the Mount of Beatitudes or Nazareth are essential places for every Christian, as we will see.
In addition, during our stay in Israel we will visit other places very dear to any Jew, such as Safed, the ‘capital’ of the Kabbalah and its mysticism. Or Tel Aviv, the most modern and vibrant city in the country, symbol of the new state that looks to the future without forgetting its past.
This tour of the Holy Land and Jordan begins precisely in this Arab country and our tour of its geography will offer us an inexhaustible list of fascinating destinations, both religiously and artistically and naturally.
There is no doubt that the visit to Petra is one of the important dates of the program: the beauty of its monuments carved into the rock and the magical cannons that sheltered Nabataeans, Romans and Bedouins continue to have a special spell for tourists.
The same goes for the desert of Wadi Rum, forever linked to T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia). Its lunar landscape truffled with steep and capricious hills thrill all who enter it. This can also be said of the Dead Sea, an extremely saltwater lake that attracts nature and thermalism lovers.
Religion also features prominently on our Jordan itinerary, with such symbolic places as Madaba and Mount Nebo. And in destinations such as Ajloun, Jerash or Karak we will discover that the history of the country is much richer and more exciting than you could imagine, with vestiges of the time of the Romans and the Crusades.
Unlike other packages of our agency, this tour of the Holy Land and Jordan It does not have a circular route, but a linear one: it starts at one point (Queen Alia Amman International Airport) and ends at a different point (Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport). In this way, we squeeze the maximum 12 days and 11 nights of the trip, which has the following daily itinerary.
The first day of this visitto the Holy Land and Jordan will land you at Queen Alia Amman International Airport. Here our staff will be waiting for you, who will give you personalized assistance. Once all the entry formalities have been completed, we will make the transfer by private vehicle with our driver to the hotel in the city.
After a first night of rest from the flight and after breakfast on the morning of the second day, our tour through the Holy Land and Jordan It really gets going. And it does so in northern and western Jordan.
First of all we will visit the castle of Ajloun, from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries: it is a good example of the military architecture of that convulsive period of Crusades and Arab reconquests, but it is also a magnificent viewpoint over the greenest and wettest region of the country.
After that, it will be the turn of Jerash, formerly known as Gerasa. It is one of the best preserved Roman cities of that empire and so we will realize walking among its monumental ruins: Arch of Hadrian, Roman and Christian temples, theaters, an oval-shaped columned forum … and much more.
In the afternoon, however, we will head to the Dead Sea (after passing through Amman for a short lunch). There we will discover that this is the lowest point on the planet (below -400 meters above sea level) and that its waters are extremely rich in salts and minerals. Bathers float easily and their sludge is used in cosmetic products. Therefore, we will leave you free time to enjoy this unique place at your leisure and pace.
After the bath and free time at the Dead Sea, we will return to Amman to have dinner at the hotel and rest.
The third day of this circuit through the Holy Land and Jordan it is also very intense, and will take us on route away from Amman after breakfast. However, before that, there will be time to make a short visit to the Jordanian capital to discover its most iconic places, such as the Roman remains and the Citadel.
Once we leave the capital, we will travel to Madaba, a city with important and historic churches. In one of them (that of St. George, of Orthodox worship), we will stop in front of the
of this circuit through the Holy Land and Jordan… but designed a millennium and a half ago: we are talking about the historic Byzantine map-mosaic of the sixth century, which shows the places of this territory that Christians call the Holy Land, the Jews Promised Land and the Muslims Palestine.
The next destination to visit is nearby and is Mount Nebo, where the prophet Moses ended his days. An interpretation center, a church and a viewpoint will remind us of that biblical episode in which the prophet saw the sacred land that was denied him.
Back on the road we will travel kilometers and kilometers through the Jordanian Highlands to approach Petra, with a stop halfway: Karak and its castle built by the Christian crusaders in the eleventh century.
In the last stretch of the day, we will feel the proximity of Petra, as we will have dinner and stay in a hotel in Wadi Musa, the town located right next to that mythical city that we will visit the next day
Petra is one of those places that every tourist should visit once in a lifetime: it was the capital of the Nabataean Empire and the place where scenes from the famous movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade were set.
. And today it is a World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World and
Therefore, after breakfast at the hotel, we will access the enclosure and we will climb on the back of our horses to optimize the times of the visit, because there is much to see. In this way, we will visit corners as emblematic and magical as the Siq or entrance canyon, the Treasury, the Street of the Façades, the Columned Street, the Nabataean theater … until you reach Al Deir Monastery.
The visit will be guided and that will allow us to know the history and meaning of the monuments carved in the sandstone that acquires pinkish tones (hence its nickname of ‘pink city’), because in some cases they are religious or funerary temples, but there are also examples of hydraulic engineering (pipes) and other really innovative projects.
For all these reasons, it will be one of the most intense days of this circuit through the Holy Land and Jordan, which will end with dinner and the well-deserved rest at the hotel of Wadi Musa.
The fifth day is a turning point for our Circuit: arrives in the Holy Land. But Jordan It still has two amazing destinations to offer the visitor. The first will be discovered as soon as we have breakfast: Little Petra, an enclave reminiscent of Petra but on a reduced scale, which gives it a special charm.
And the second, the desert of Wadi Rum, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. This nature reserve dotted with rocky mountains, canyons, dunes and petroglyphs will open wide thanks to our all-terrain vehicle, with which we will travel its tracks and nooks and crannies.
After delighting in Wadi Rum, we will resume the road heading north, in this case to reach the Allenby border crossing (King Hussein), which will give us access to Israel. Since the times of this procedure may vary, the rest of the day will be used only upon arrival in Jerusalem through the Judean desert, to end the day resting at the hotel.
On the sixth day, our tour of the Holy Land and Jordan It delves into the holy city of the three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Islam and Christianity. And on this first day of exploration, we will discover places of great devotion for its faithful.
After breakfast, we will go to the Mount of Olives. From there, the panoramic views are spectacular. In addition, this hill houses the Jewish Cemetery and the Garden of Gethsemane, with the basilica recalling the episode of the arrest of Christ.
After that, we will enter the walls of ancient Jerusalem to see closely the Western Wall and the Esplanade of the Mosques, of great symbolism for Jews and Muslims, respectively.
South of the walls we will enter Mount Zion to see the Upper Room in which Jesus lived his Last Supper with his disciples. Here is also the Tomb of King David and the Dormition Abbey, from where the Virgin ascended to heaven.
Our route will then pass through the neighborhood of Ein Karem, the place where St. John the Baptist was born and where the Holocaust Museum is located, which pays remembrance and tribute to the victims of the tragedy perpetrated by the Nazis.
All this will be in the morning, while in the afternoon we will make a very special excursion: Bethlehem, a few kilometers from Jerusalem and declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. There we will visit the Basilica of the Nativity, built on the birthplace of Jesus. Other very significant temples are the Cave of San Jerónimo and the church of Santa Catalina.
Back in Jerusalem, dinner will be free before resting in the hotel, which will provide a well-deserved rest after a really intense day.
The seventh day of this tour of the Holy Land and Jordan it is, in turn, the second in Jerusalem. This is because this sacred city still has a lot to offer, so after breakfast at the hotel we will return to the Old City to continue exploring it.
In this case, we will travel the Via Dolorosa, the one that led Jesus to the Cross and the one that currently leads the visitor to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. That was the exact place of his death and burial, so it is sure to be the most exciting time for Christian travelers to make this Tour of the Holy Land and Jordan. Then we will walk through the Jewish quarter to know its picturesque atmosphere and its Cardo Maximus, one of the vestiges of Jerusalem that was under Roman rule.
After that, another very different Jerusalem awaits us: the modern one. In that area of the city we will know buildings such as the Knesset (Israeli Parliament), the Municipal Theater or the Israel Museum, where its large model of the Old City surprises and where the Dead Sea Scrolls are exhibited, among other relics.
In the evening, the rest will also be in the hotel in Jerusalem, after dinner for free in the city.
The eighth day of this tour of the Holy Land and Jordan It will have the rhythm and program you want, because after breakfast at the hotel it will be free. Therefore, you can visit museums and corners of the city not yet explored, or you can book an excursion to the surroundings. For example, Madaba and the Dead Sea, which will take you to that World Heritage site, from the time of King Herod.
At the end of the day, you will spend the last night of rest in Jerusalem at the hotel, although the circuit will continue later through Israeli lands.
On this ninth day, the circuit through the Holy Land and Jordan leaves Jerusalem (after breakfast at the hotel), but enters other sacred corners for Christianity in Galilee, as they are closely related to the life of Jesus.
The route will take us to the surroundings of Jericho, one of the oldest and holiest cities for the Jews: we will see a panoramic view of it and, above all, we will know the Mountain of Temptations, where Jesus was tempted by the devil.
Nazareth will be the next stop. Your visit is well worth the Basilica of the Annunciation, where the archangel Gabriel announced to Mary the conception of Jesus, and the church of St. Joseph, located where Mary’s companion had his carpenter’s workshop.
After that, we will know Yardenit, on the Jordan River, which is one of the possible places of the baptism of Christ. It is very close to the Sea of Galilee, where other wonders related in the New Testament occurred. For example, in Capernaum, where Jesus offered his first sermons and where the Synagogue and the House of St. Peter are also preserved. Or in Tabgha, where the miracle of the loaves and fishes was worked. Or on the nearby Mount of Beatitudes, where he gave the Sermon on the Mount.
In all these places there are temples to visit and, after that, we will head to Kibbutz, where the hotel that will provide us with accommodation tonight will be.
Our tour of the Holy Land and Jordan sets course for the west and the Mediterranean on this tenth day, with many (and very interesting) places to visit. Therefore, we have breakfast at the hotel and without time to lose, we will get on the road.
The first thing we will visit will be Safed, famous for being the cradle of Jewish mysticism (Kabbalah). There we will have the opportunity to visit the synagogue of Josef Caro. From there, we will travel by road to Acre (World Heritage), where we will admire above all the constructions of the crusaders, as this was one of the great bastions of their kingdom in medieval times.
Next, we will follow the coastline to the south, where we will come across the Bahai shrine (World Heritage) and its imposing gardens. It is the surroundings of Haifa and Mount Carmel, so we will also take the opportunity to visit the Stella Maris monastery on the abode of the prophet Elijah, who later inspired the Carmelites.
There will still be time in the afternoon to visit Caesarea, one of the most imposing Roman cities in Israel, where a Roman theater and an aqueduct are preserved, among other elements.
And at the end of the day we will arrive in Tel Aviv, at the hotel where we will spend the last two nights of this circuit through the Holy Land and Jordan.
Tel Aviv is the most modern and cosmopolitan city in Israel, and also has historical and picturesque places. Therefore, your visit is included in this circuit through the Holy Land and Jordan.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the Jaffa neighborhood, a former fishing port that today exudes bohemian air, as well as other corners of the modern city, which is often called the White City (World Heritage) for the color of the Bauhaus-style houses of Jewish architects expelled from Germany by the Nazis. Corners such as Yitzhak Rabin Square and Carmel Market are some of those that can be part of the route, as well as the Museum of the Diaspora and the Tel Aviv Museum.
The afternoon, on the other hand, will be free, so it is an ideal time to shop, some leisure activity or simply take a walk (or a swim) on the city’s beaches, the most popular in the country. After that, the last night of rest at the hotel will arrive.
After 11 intense days of sightseeing, the tour of the Holy Land and Jordan It comes to an end on this twelfth day. As usual, breakfast will be served at the hotel and, at the agreed time, our staff will pick you up by private vehicle to transfer you to the airport, in this case the Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport. And after a last assistance in the terminal, we will say goodbye with gratitude and with the best wishes, including a future reunion.
To optimize the trip to the maximum, these are the services included in the package:
On this tour of the Holy Land and Jordan, the following services are excluded from the travel package: