Escorted Israel & Jordan Adventure with Sandra Keeso-Hall
May 10 - 24, 2022 | Tel Aviv to Amman | 13 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches & 9 Dinners
Land Only: CA $10,690 per person when you book by April 20, 2021
Discover the rich diversity of Israel and Jordan: the cultures, faiths and ethnicities that coexist in this land of prophets, iconic locales and turbulent history. Sail the Sea of Galilee on a replica ancient fishing vessel, explore the crusader citadel at Akko, and ride camelback in the “lost city” of Petra. Guided sightseeing to legendary sites – like the Western Wall, Dome of the Rock, Via Dolorosa – offers unique insights into Judaism, Islam and Christianity, while cultural experiences connect you to the hearts of the people who live in this complex crossroads of ancient and modern worlds.
You Tour Includes
• Guided visits to diverse sites such as the Western Wall, Dome of the Rock, Sephardic Synagogues, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and Jezzar Pasha Mosque.
• A special Bedouin-style traditional feast, in Little Petra, featuring a sword dance
• Private reception at the Tower of David and the amazing sound and light show across the walls of the Tower of David.
• Lunch at the famed seafood restaurant Uri Buri in Akko; Sea of Galilee cruise aboard a working replica of a 2,000-year-old fishing boat; walking tours exploring Israel’s and Jordan’s antiquities including a private walking tour inside Baha’i Shrine and Gardens; modern-day discussions include a “Prophet Sharing” panel.
• Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted.
• 33 meals, gratuities to local guides, service charges, admission fees, taxes and porterage.
To book this exciting Escorted tour please contact Sandra Keeso-Hall
May 10 2022: Arrive Tel AvivTour Begins | Hotel: InterContinental David Tel Aviv | Meals: Dinner
A transfer is included from Ben Gurion Airport to
InterContinental David Tel Aviv, noted for sweeping views of the Mediterranean Sea. Please join us this evening for a welcome cocktail reception and dinner at the hotel.
May 11 2022: Ancient Jaffa and Tel AvivHotel: InterContinental David Tel Aviv | Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Your day begins with a Hebrew lesson, followed by a walking tour of Jaffa, the ancient Arab seaport at the heart of the modern city. This enclave is home to a diverse
population of Jews, Muslims, and Christians, its winding stone streets and alleys a maze of galleries, antique shops, and restaurants. After lunch at a local café, a city tour
offers a striking contrast to the mud and stone look of Jaffa
and reveals why Tel Aviv earned a UNESCO World Heritage
designation. The “White City” by the sea is famous for its
wealth of Bauhaus architecture – plain white modernist
houses that reflect simplicity and practicality – brought here
by European immigrants in the 1930s. The rest of the day
is free for you to explore this hip young city on your own. Your hotel is within easy walking distance of the beach,
restaurants and a nightlife second to none.
May 12 2022: Ancient Caesarea and HaifaHotel: Dan Carmel Haifa Hotel | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Travel to Caesarea, named for the Roman emperor Caesar Augustus, for a walking tour of its ruins. Leave the sun-baked sands for the green foothills of Mount Carmel and a private walking tour inside Baha’i Shrine and Gardens on the slope of Mount Carmel, featuring terraces and
immaculate gardens that lead to the golden-domed tomb of
the Bab, messenger of the Baha’i Faith, which teaches that
no religion has a monopoly on the truth. Dine at your hotel,
high atop Mount Carmel, with great city views.
May 14 2022: Along the Sea of GalileeHotel: Dan Carmel Haifa Hotel | Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Visit the Yigal Allon Museum and learn about the Galilee Boat, a 2,000-year-old fishing vessel discovered in 1986. Board a working replica of the boat and sail the Sea of Galilee on a guided tour to see how fishermen in Jesus’ time lived and worked. Stop in Nazareth for lunch; this rural area contains many kibbutzim – farming communities which teach self-reliance, collective action, and civic responsibility. Return to Haifa, where guests can participate in a “Prophet Sharing” panel discussion, a unique opportunity to ask questions and share information about the major religions coexisting in this multicultural land. Your evening is free to spend as you please.
May 15 2022: Akko, Place of Many RulersHotel: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem | Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Today you’ll explore the old citadel of the walled seaport city of Akko, with its warren of streets and alleys, arches, towers, tunnels and underground chambers; experience the tranquility of the 18th-century Jezzar Pasha Mosque and view its graceful minarets and stunning mosaics, built over the ruins of a Crusader church. Enjoy lunch at one of the city’s best-known, most sought-after restaurants, Uri Buri, run by Chef Uri Yirmias; casual with understated elegance, his seafood restaurant is famous all over. Arrive in Jerusalem via the Mount of Olives before arriving at your award-winning hotel, one of the newest and most luxurious in Israel, set in the heart of the ancient city.
May 16 2022: Jerusalem City of Diverse CulturesHotel: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
A guided Jerusalem walking tour includes a visit to the Western Wall, last remnant of Solomon’s Temple. The wide plaza before the wall is an open-air place of reflection where Jews gather daily to pray and offer supplications to God, sometimes written on paper and stuffed into cracks between the massive stones. Take a walk along the Cardo; visit the Jewish Quarter; and descend into the ingeniously engineered Sephardic Synagogues, built below street level. Following lunch at a café, visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial Museum, where a guide walks you through the images, survivors’ accounts, and artifacts that put human faces on the Holocaust. Dine at the hotel tonight.
May 17 2022: The Old City and Dome of the RockHotel: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Special Dinner and spectacular light show!
Return to the Old City for a visit to the Dome of the Rock, a 7th-century Islamic shrine built on the Temple Mount. Its golden dome shelters the rock from which the Prophet Mohammed ascended to Heaven; for Jews, it covers the holiest spot on Earth, the Foundation Stone of Solomon’s inner temple, which contained the Ark of the Covenant. Retrace the steps Jesus took on the Via Dolorosa en route to the Crucifixion; the winding path ends at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, enclosing the place where Jesus was crucified and buried. An ancient tasting menu, centuries old, highlights a special dining experience and presentation at The Eucalyptus, one of Jerusalem’s popular restaurants.
Dinner is followed by a dessert reception at the Tower of David prior to a spectacular sound and light show.
May 18 2022: Bethlehem and the Dead Sea ScrollsHotel: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem | Meals: Breakfast
Spend time in Jerusalem or join us for a locally guided visit to the West Bank and Bethlehem. Tourism is the primary industry, but Bethlehem is also home to fine art by local craftsmen with centuries-old skills. Here you’ll visit the 4th-century Church of the Nativity, one of the oldest churches in the world. Enter through a low door, known as
The Door of Humility, then wind downstairs to a cave below the basilica known as the Grotto of the Nativity; a silver star on the floor marks the spot where Jesus was born. Walk from Manger Square to the Milk Grotto, carved out of soft white rock, where the Holy Family took refuge before their flight into Egypt. Then return to Jerusalem for a visit to the
Israel Museum where you’ll view the Dead Sea Scrolls, the earliest known manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible; they were discovered in caves in the West Bank in the 1940s.
May 19 2022: Masada and Crossing Into JordanHotel: Movenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Depart for Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site overlooking the Dead Sea. A Jewish revolt against the Romans ended on this windswept plateau in 73 AD; view its restored ancient buildings, rebels’ houses, and synagogue. Today, Masada has an important connection to the modern state as it is the place where Israeli soldiers swear their oath of allegiance. Have lunch and cross into Jordan; enjoy premium pool-view rooms at your resort on the Dead Sea.
May 20 2022: Day along the Dead Sea or JerashHotel: Movenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Visitors to the Dead Sea marvel at its dramatic landscape, float in its buoyant salt waters, or cover themselves in its mineral-rich, therapeutic black mud. Spend a relaxing day at the resort, enjoy the spa, or join us for a trip to the ancient city of Jerash. Step back in time 2,000 years and explore well-preserved remains of Roman architecture including Hadrian’s Arch, the Hippodrome, temples, baths, colonnaded streets and more in this fascinating archaeological site. Dine tonight at the resort.
May 21 2022: To Mount Nebo and PetraHotel: Movenpick Resort Petra | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Depart the Dead Sea for the ancient “lost city” of Petra; on the way, stop at Mount Nebo, where Moses looked out upon the “Promised Land.” You’ll also visit the Memorial Church of Moses to see its ancient mosaics, located inside the excavated Old Baptistery. Biblical history is everywhere en route, most notably in Madaba; visit St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church to view a map from the 6th century
detailing major biblical sites. Enjoy a lunch of traditional Jordanian specialties then arrive in Petra late afternoon; stay in Junior Suites at Mövenpick Resort Petra.
May 22 2022: Pink City of Petra & Bedouin EveningHotel: Movenpick Resort Petra | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Spend the morning discovering the 2,000-year-old pink city of Petra, carved out of rose-colored sandstone cliffs. The temples, tombs and the Treasury remained hidden in the mountains for thousands of years before discovery in 1812.
Explore on foot and by horse cart; visit the elaborately sculpted Treasury – after lunch in the old city, return to your hotel by camel and horse cart. Spend the afternoon at leisure at the hotel, then get set for tonight’s special farewell dinner! As a Tauck Exclusive, join us this evening for a real taste of Jordan when you’ll dine Bedouin-style at
a traditional feast near Petra. A dance troupe of Jordanian men, dressed in customary Bedouin garments, entertains with a performance of the Dabkeh sword dance for a look at captivating centuries-old traditions.
May 23 2022: Amazing King's Highway to AmmanHotel: Amman Rotana | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Drive along the winding 5,000-year-old King’s Highway to Amman, one of the world’s oldest continuously used roads; take a brief city tour prior to arriving at the hotel. Guests with early evening flights will be taken directly to Queen Alia International Airport while those departing late night or early the next morning will stay at Amman Rotana.
May 24 2022: Journey HomeTour Ends | Meals: Breakfast
Tour ends: Amman. Transfer is included from Amman Rotana to Queen Alia International Airport. You should allow a minimum of three hours for flight check-in at the airport.
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO BOOKCONTACT SANDRA KEESO-HALL
Mobile: 905-599-7174 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org