Israel & Jordan - The Essential Tour
December 2 - 16, 2020 (15 Days)
Roundtrip airfare from ABQ to Tel Aviv (not including airline baggage and in-flight charges)
Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
12 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 11 dinners
Admission to all listed attractions
Departure taxes for Israel & Jordan
Your professional English-speaking Israeli Tour Director
Your SUN TOURS Escort (with 20 or more travelers)
All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
**PASSPORT & JORDANIAN VISA REQUIRED**
$5,395 Double occupancy, per person
$6,390 Single occupancy
DEPOSIT: $250 per person now holds your place
FINAL PAYMENT DUE: August 25, 2020
None - Through August 25, 2020
$250 - August 26 - October 5, 2020
$3,200 -October 6 - 27, 2020
100% - After October 27, 2020
TRAVEL PROTECTION IS AVAILABLE STARTING AT $353
Explore all that Israel and Jordan have to offer. From Jerusalem, sacred to the Jewish, Christian and Muslim religions to the stunning desert fortress of Masada, to Galilee, Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, and other famous sites from the New Testament, we’ll learn the history, culture and art of the many people who have called this area home. Stunning Petra enthralls us with its extraordinary beauty.
Included meals are denoted: Breakfast: B, Lunch: L, Dinner: D
Today we’ll depart Albuquerque on our overnight flight to Tel Aviv.
DAY 2 D
After arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, we meet our guide, transfer to our hotel in Tel Aviv, and enjoy a welcome dinner. Two nights’ lodging in Tel Aviv.
DAY 3 B,D
Ancient and modern, deep-rooted and cosmopolitan, Tel Aviv is both a capital city and a fancy resort on the sunny shores of the Mediterranean. Our day starts with an overview of the city as we walk along Rothschild Boulevard to see The White City of Tel Aviv (UNESCO World Heritage). Continue to the Diaspora Museum, which presents thousands of years of a multifaceted culture, bringing to life the unity that underlies the diversity of the Jewish civilization. Continue to the centuries-old port of Yafo (Old Jaffa), from which Jonah set sail. Today, a flourishing colony of artists lives in the area, and there is a picturesque flea market nearby, where we can explore the exotic shops. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, then return to the hotel for dinner.
DAY 4 B,D
In the morning we drive to Caesarea, where we view the aqueduct, the large Crusader Wall and the impressive Amphitheater. We then proceed to the World Heritage Site of Acre. Acre is an exceptional historic walled port-city continuously settled since the Phoenician times. The remains of the Crusader town of Acre, both above and below the present-day street level, provide an exceptional picture of the layout and structures of the capital of the medieval Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. We drive to Tiberias, where we have three nights’ lodging.
DAY 5 B,D
Start the day with a boat ride in the Sea of Galilee. Drive to Tabgha, the traditional site of the miracle of the loaves and fishes, and then to the nearby Mount of Beatitudes. Located on a small hill overlooking the Sea of Galilee, this is the traditional site of Jesus' delivery of the Sermon on the Mount. We proceed to Capernaum, frequently mentioned in the Gospels as Jesus' headquarters during his Galilean ministry. In Kazrin, we visit the Golan Heights Winery. Return to the hotel to freshen up and enjoy dinner.
DAY 6 B,D
Today we drive to Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation and the Synagogue. The we’re on to the city of Safed, one of the four holy cities in Israel, together with Jerusalem, Hebron and Tiberias. Safed became the spiritual center of the Jewish world in the 16th Century. Explore some of its ancient synagogues and the artists’ ateliers as you walk through the ancient, narrow streets.
DAY 7 B,D
After checking out from the hotel, we continue to Bet She’an. Pompey and the Romans rebuilt Bet She’an in 63 B.C. The city continued to grow and prosper in the Roman and Byzantine periods until it was destroyed on January 18, 749 A.D. by an earthquake. Excavations have unveiled a remarkable city, one which incorporated all the 'glory that was Rome' and the best of Hellenistic culture. Cross the border through Sheikh Hussein into Jordan and drive to Amman for dinner and an overnight stay.
DAY 8 B,D
After breakfast we enjoy a city sightseeing tour of Amman. Towering above downtown Amman are the ancient Citadel, the Temple of Hercules, and a Byzantine Church. Later we visit Madaba, the city of mosaics where we can view the Byzantine mosaic from old Palestine - also called the Palestine map. We arrive in Petra for dinner and one nights’ lodging.
DAY 9 B,D
Petra - one of the most fascinating sights in Jordan and one of the Ancient Wonders of the World. We will see the breathtaking view of the treasury, El Khazneh. Archaeologists thought at first that this was a place for all the gold and treasury of the Nabataea people. In fact, it was the grave of the most important of the 13 Nabataea kings.
DAY 10 B,L,D
We cross back to Israel and drive to the Dead Sea area. After lunch we can enjoy the experience of floating in the Sea. We continue along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada where we visit the hilltop ruins and hear the chilling tale of its brave inhabitants. In the afternoon we return to Jerusalem. If time permits, we’ll drive to the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Five nights’ lodging in Jerusalem.
DAY 11 B,D
A holy city for each of the world’s three great religions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – Jerusalem occupies a unique place in the world. Our tour of Jerusalem includes the Mount of Olives, where Jesus first gave the Lord’s Prayer, and the Garden of Gethsemane where Judas betrayed Jesus. In the Old City we see the Western (Wailing) Wall, the most important site of the Jewish world, and visit Davidson Center, in the Jerusalem Archaeological Park. The Park is one of the Jerusalem’s top attractions due to its historical and archeological significance and, of course, its beauty. We walk the Way of the Cross, the Via Dolorosa, to Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. To the southwest, just outside the Old City, is Mount Zion, with the traditional tomb of David and the Cenacle, the traditional Room of the Last Supper.
DAY 12 B,D
Today’s tour includes a visit to the Yad Vashem Memorial to the Holocaust. In picturesque Ein Kerem we visit the Monastery of St John in Desert. On to the Israel Museum with a detailed model of Jerusalem from the time of the Second Temple and the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls. In the modern side of Jerusalem, we drive by the Knesset (parliament) and the campus of Hebrew University. Visit Machne Yehuda market and experience the smells and flavors of Jerusalem.
DAY 13 B,D
Today is ours to explore Jerusalem.
DAY 14 B
Check out from the hotel and proceed to Bethlehem and the Basilica of Nativity, Chapel of St. Jerome, Milk Grotto and the Shepherd’s Field. Visit the Herodion on the way back. We will go to Ben Gurion Airport for our overnight flight home.
We arrive in Albuquerque, full of memories of the desert and oasis, history and contemporary sites we've seen.
Itinerary subject to change