7 days

Journey Through Israel

Journey Through Israel

Bethlehem's Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity

UNESCO World Heritage-listed Jerusalem

Jordan's capital Amman

The Sea of Galilee

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  • Commencing at the airport gateway of Amman, then travelling overland through Israel to Tel Aviv, this short trip takes in all the history and stories from the Bible along the way. From fascinating Jerusalem to the Sea of Galilee, and across to the towns of the Mediterranean coast down to Tel Aviv, this itinerary unveils the layers of mystery from the history of the Holy Land.

    Why we love it

    • Commencing at the airport gateway of Amman, then travelling overland through Israel to Tel Aviv, this short trip takes in all the history and stories from the Bible along the way.
    • From fascinating Jerusalem to the Sea of Galilee, and across to the towns of the Mediterranean coast down to Tel Aviv, this itinerary unveils the layers of mystery from the history of the Holy Land.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Amman

    • On arrival at Amman's Queen Alia International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. This is simply an arrival day so you may arrive in Amman at any time.
    • Note that hotel rooms are generally only available after midday. The balance of the day is free to explore your surroundings, but normally a welcome meeting is held in the evening where you meet your tour leader and fellow travellers.
    Grand Palace Hotel or similar

    Day 2-3 - Amman - Jerusalem

    • Today will be an early start as you leave Amman and head for Israel, crossing into the country over the King Hussein/Allenby Bridge some 40 kilometres from Amman. It is important that you read the notes below regarding this border crossing. Once you have cleared Immigration and Customs, you will be met by your Israeli guide and head off down the western coastline of the Dead Sea.
    • Your first stop is the clifftop fortress of Massada whose tale of doomed resistance by the Zealots against the Romans resonates deeply for the Jewish people and the modern state of Israel.
    • From here you will retrace your steps to Qumran, an archaeological site of a small monastic community from the time of Christ who produced the Dead Sea Scrolls, which were found by a shepherd in caves nearby.
    • Then to Jericho, a slow-paced West Bank townconsidered by some to be the longest inhabited city in the world, before continuing on to Jerusalem.
    Legacy Hotel or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 3 - Jerusalem

    • Jerusalem has one of the great urban skylines – the serried buildings and ancient ramparts of the Old City, the churches adorning the Mount of Olives and the iconic gold of the Dome of the Rock.
    • You will start the day with a short drive to the Mount of Olives to take in a panoramic view of the city's extraordinary ensemble before driving to the Garden of Gethsemane.
    • From there you will walk to St Stephen’s Gate, where you will enter the Old City. You will visit the 'Cardo' in the recently restored Jewish Quarter, which was the old north-south axis in Roman times, then the Western (Wailing) Wall, the Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross) and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
    • When entry is permitted you will also visit the Temple Mount, the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque. Jerusalem is one of those handful of cities in the world where there is so much to see all in one place; after lunch (not included), the rest of the afternoon will be free for you to further explore neighbourhoods within and beyond the walls of the old city to make your own discoveries.
    • Tonight you will have dinner at Azzahra restaurant where you should try musakhan, a local speciality.
    Legacy Hotel or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 4 - Jerusalem

    • This morning you will embark on a short drive to Bethlehem. En route you will pass through a gap in the controversial security wall that separates Israel proper from the West Bank. You will park in Manger Square and visit the Church of the Nativity, the world's oldest continually operating church that marks the birthplace of Jesus.
    • The history alone of the building itself is impressive, as is the devotion of some visitors. You will continue to the outer edge of West Jerusalem to visit Yad Vashem, Israel's memorial to the Holocaust, an event that still reverberates strongly in the national psyche. A number of memorials are scattered over landscaped grounds, with a very sobering museum at it centre.
    • Nearby is the gorgeous village of Ein Kerem where, after a quick tour of its lanes of stone houses, you can take an optional lunch. In the afternoon you will return to Jerusalem for one last afternoon of free time to take in the city's myriad of attractions.
    Legacy Hotel or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 5 - Jerusalem - Nazareth - Tiberias

    • This morning you will drive through the Jordan Valley, whose fertile lands were chronicled in the Bible, to Nazareth. There you will visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, which incorporates, according to Roman Catholic tradition, the cave in which Mary received the news from Gabriel that she would give birth to Jesus.
    • Passing through Tiberias, one of Judaism's four holy cities, you will sail across the Sea of Galilee to Tabgha, where Jesus performed the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. You will return to Tiberias to visit Yardenit - the new commemorative site of Jesus' baptism in the Jordan River - and stop off at the site of the ancient settlement of Capernaum situated on the banks of the Kinneret, where Jesus once lived and Peter's house still stands.
    • You will have lunch at a restaurant and try the local delicacy - St Peter's fish - fresh from the water opposite. The day ends in Tiberias where you will stay overnight in a hotel on a kibbutz.
    Kibbutz Ein Gev or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 6 - Tiberias - Tel Aviv

    • You will leave Tiberias and head north to the ancient crusader port of Acre, a World Heritage-listed site and a place alive with an eventful history from the crusades through to the Napoleonic battles, and on to the present day.
    • You will visit the massive complex of buildings occupied by the Knights of St John as well as the Knight Templars' secret tunnel. You will then head down the coast to Haifa where you'll visit the spectacular Baha'i Gardens.
    • The perfectly manicured gardens are one of the holy places for the Baha'i faith, one of the world's youngest religions. After lunch, you will arrive at Caesarea which served as the capital of Israel during the Roman and Byzantine eras and which nowadays holds some of the country's finest classical remains, including an aqueduct and a graceful theatre which overlooks the Mediterranean.
    • Afterwards, you will arrive in Tel Aviv where you'll spend your last night in Israel's liveliest city. With its lively cafe culture and relaxed beach scene, Tel Aviv makes for the perfect end point to your adventure.
    Kibbutz Nof Ginosar or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 7 - Tel Aviv

    • Your trip will come to an today after breakfast. Check-out time is usually around 12 noon and you are free to leave at any time. If you have arranged a private airport transfer you will be advised of the pick-up time. Additional accommodation can be pre-booked if you wish to spend more time exploring Tel Aviv.
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • Peregrine tour leader
    • Arrival transfer
    • Transport
    • Sightseeing and entrance fees

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport transfers
    • Departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Insurance (compulsory on all trips)
    • Meals not listed (lunches and dinners)
    • Any optional tours or activities during free time
    • Camera fees
    • Excess baggage charges
    • Tips
    • Items of a personal nature
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Trip Code PGTI
Group size 1 - 16
Start City: Amman
End City: Tel Aviv

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