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Depart home and fly overnight to Tel Aviv, Israel
Today you'll fly overnight to Tel Aviv, Israel. You can also spend more time here and take full advantage of your international flight when reserving our pre-trip Tel Aviv extension.
Arrive Tel Aviv, relax, and enjoy tonight’s Welcome Dinner
If you’ve purchased your airfare from Vantage, upon arrival you’ll be greeted at the airport by a Vantage representative, who will assist with your private transfer to the hotel. Later this evening you’ll gather with fellow travelers for an informative briefing by your Adventure Leader, followed by a Welcome Dinner in the hotel’s main restaurant.
The best of Tel Aviv: ancient Jaffa and the “White City,” a UNESCO World Heritage Site
This morning, enjoy breakfast at your hotel and a Welcome Briefing. Multigenerational Feature: Set out for a guided morning tour of Tel Aviv. Begin in ancient Jaffa, among the world’s oldest port cities, from which modern Tel Aviv has developed. You’ll then visit the “White City” — a district where more than 4,000 Bauhaus and International Style buildings form the largest such collection anywhere. Designed and built in the 1930s–1950s by German Jewish architects who immigrated here under the British Mandate in Palestine, the White City is one of six UNESCO World Heritage Sites you’ll visit during your adventure.Explore this coastal Mediterranean city at your own pace this afternoon. Tonight, seek out dinner on your own at one of the city’s many restaurants.Note: On the April 11 departure, your hotel will offer only kosher meals due to the Passover holiday.
Highlights of Haifa: From the sea to the gardens
After breakfast and checking out of the hotel, board an air-conditioned motorcoach for your transfer up the coast to Israel’s third-largest city, Haifa. Upon your arrival in the picturesque northern Israeli port, a guided sightseeing tour will introduce you to some of the local historic highlights, such as the archaeological site of ancient Caesarea, seat of the Roman Procurator. You’ll also visit the Muhraka Monastery — a Carmelite monastery high on Mt. Carmel, believed to be the site of Prophet Elijah’s triumph over the prophets of Baal. Cultural Discovery and Unforgettable Moment: Visit a Druze village atop Mt. Carmel, including a traditional lunch with a local Druze family and an enlightening lecture about this rarefied religious community. This afternoon, you’ll depart for Acre, one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities, whose Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your discoveries in this walled metropolis include entrance to Knights Hall, the main fortress and palace of the Crusaders. Afterwards, depart for Haifa and check into your hotel before some time to settle in before dinner at the hotel.Note: On the October 10 departure, your visit to Acre will take place on Day 5, rather than Day 4.Note: On the October 17 departure, your visit to Acre will be replaced by a visit to Nazareth.
Sea of Galilee, Ein Gev Kibbutz tour, tree planting in Yakir Forest
Today’s tour follows in the footsteps of Jesus as we depart for a day-long tour around Israel’s largest freshwater lake, the beautiful Sea of Galilee. Believed to be where Jesus walked on water and found his first disciples among the fishermen, the Sea of Galilee is a pilgrimage site for Christians from all around the world. Visit some of the area’s most important New Testament sites, including Tabgha, site of the miracle of the fishes, the Mount of the Beatitude, and the ancient fishing village of Capernaum, center of Jesus’s ministry. Multigenerational Feature and Cultural Discovery: Get an inside look at the Israeli state’s large-scale Desert to Forest project, an ongoing effort that has created the remarkable Yakir Forest. You’ll even plant a tree of your own — and receive a certificate from the Jewish National Fund. Unforgettable Moment and Cultural Discovery: From there, take a boat ride to the scenic eastern shore’s Ein Gev Kibbutz, where you’ll enjoy a tour by train and a presentation on kibbutz life after an included lunch.Returning to Haifa this afternoon, you’ll visit the celebrated Baha’i Shrine and Gardens, 19 immaculately terraced gardens dedicated to the founders of the Baha’i faith. Witness this botanist’s Shangri-La from on high with a panoramic viewpoint visit, just right for picture-taking. Check into the hotel this afternoon, and spend time at leisure, before meeting your group for dinner at the hotel.Note: On the October 10 departure, the tree-planting excursion is not possible, so it will be replaced by a visit to the Spice Way Farm for a fascinating presentation on medicinal herbs.Note: On the October 17 departure, the tree-planting excursion will be replaced by a visit to Acre.
Discover Nazareth, and behold Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives
This morning, depart for Jerusalem, visiting Nazareth along the way. Your visit to where Jesus lived with Mary and Joseph after his birth features such highlights as the mosaic-filled Basilica of the Annunciation, and Mary’s Well.Multigenerational Feature and Cultural Discovery: During your motorcoach transfer to Jerusalem, your Adventure Leader will give you an introductory Hebrew language lesson. Enjoy lunch en route, then head to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of Israel’s capital below. You’ll then view Temple Mount, site of Jerusalem’s First Temple. Up next is the Church of all Nations and the Gardens of Gethsemane, most famous as the location where Jesus and his disciples slept the night before his crucifixion and whose olive trees may date back as far as Christ. This evening, return to your hotel for an included dinner.Note: On the April 11 and October 17 departures, travelers will stay at the deluxe American Colony Hotel in Jerusalem.Note: On the April 11 departure, you’ll enjoy a traditional Shabbat dinner instead of dinner at the hotel.Note: On the October 17 departure, the Nazareth visit will be replaced by a tree-planting excursion.
Jerusalem highlights with the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial
Today, continue your exploration of this ancient destination with a walking tour of Jerusalem’s Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit a number of notable religious sites here, including the Muslim Quarter at the Bethesda Pool — where, according to the Gospel of John, Jesus healed a paralytic man. Continue along the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, site of Jesus’ tomb.Following lunch at a local restaurant, spend part of the afternoon browsing Jerusalem’s bustling Arab Bazaar, following narrow streets and alleys through the atmospheric Jewish Quarter, and visiting the ancient Roman marketplace. Then, transfer to Mount Zion, where you’ll visit King David’s Tomb and the room where the Last Supper took place.Multigenerational Feature: One of the day’s most memorable but reflective moments is sure to come at Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, where you’ll learn about some of the Third Reich’s youngest victims at the Children’s Memorial and Hall of Remembrance.Note: On the April 11 and October 17 departures, travelers will stay at the deluxe American Colony Hotel in Jerusalem.
The Dead Sea, and Tower of David Sound & Light Show
Today, set out for a Dead Sea resort in neighboring Jordan. En route, watch a video about the Dead Sea and make an excursion to Israel’s Masada, the desert fortress where a band of Jewish rebels made a legendary holdout against a siege by Roman soldiers. Multigenerational feature: A short cable car ride to the top will show you the full scope of the desert and Dead Sea below. You’ll enjoy lunch independently next.This afternoon, return to Jerusalem to visit the Davidson Exhibition Center near the Southern Wall, where a fascinating virtual tour will show you what the original Temple Mount may have looked like to early visiting pilgrims.Arrive back at your hotel this afternoon to freshen up before dinner at a local restaurant. Active Feature / Cultural Discovery / Multigenerational Feature: This evening, marvel as thousand years of history unfold before your eyes at the dazzling Tower of David Sound & Light show, a multimedia voyage through time and space projected on Jerusalem's ancient stones.Note: On the April 11 and October 17 departures, travelers will stay at the deluxe American Colony Hotel in Jerusalem.
Free day in Jerusalem, or optional City of David and Sea Scroll Tours
Today, enjoy this fascinating city at your own pace, including lunch and dinner on your own. Or, you may choose to join one or both of today’s optional tours. This morning, join our optional trip to the City of David Archaeological Site in the Old City. (Please note that this tour can be challenging for those with limited mobility, though there are two adventure options, one of which is less strenuous.) This afternoon’s tour is to Bethlehem, including a visit to the Church of the Nativity — Christ’s birthplace and one of Christianity’s oldest existing churches. You’ll also see the Dead Sea scrolls, ancient papyrus manuscripts in mostly Hebrew that date back to 250 B.C., found in the Qumran caves.Multigenerational Feature and Cultural Discoveries: Tonight (Friday) at sundown, join thousands of observant Jews as they welcome the Sabbath at the Western Wall. This sacred weekly tradition brings together Jews (and others) of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs in joy and prayer — creating a truly spiritual experience. Afterward, join a local family for a traditional Shabbat meal in their home.Note: On the April 11 and October 17 departures, travelers will stay at the deluxe American Colony Hotel in Jerusalem.Note: On the April 11 departure, you’ll be enjoying dinner at the hotel, as you will have already had Shabbat dinner earlier in the trip.
Transfer to Jordan for the second half of your adventure
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before checking out this morning. Then, bid Jerusalem “farewell” as you set out for neighboring Jordan, stopping for an included lunch along the way. You’ll cross the border and meet the Adventure Leader for the second half of your journey, arriving at the Dead Sea in Jordan just in time for dinner at the hotel and the evening at leisure.
Dead Sea Resort experience or optional Jerash excursion
You’ll have the full day at to experience the Dead Sea — a low-elevation salt lake that’s among the world’s saltiest bodies of water and one of its first health resorts. Its remarkably high salt concentration allows for effortless floating, while its rich mineral content is believed to offer therapeutic benefits. Multigenerational Feature: Try a relaxing swim today, or take advantage of the luxurious spa amenities offered at your hotel. Or, join an optional excursion to Jerash — often called the “Pompeii of the East” — a prehistoric Jordanian city whose well-preserved Greco-Roman ruins reflect its illustrious past. Your optional tour includes a delicious local lunch. However you spent the day, join your fellow travelers for dinner at the hotel, followed by a free evening.
Travel the King’s Highway to Madaba, Mt. Nebo, and Petra
Today, depart the Dead Sea and transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra, Jordan’s legendary “Lost City.” Visit several ancient sites along the way, including Mount Nebo, the Biblical mountain from which Moses is believed to have seen the Promised Land prior to his death. Multigenerational Feature: You’ll also stop in the welcoming market town of Madaba, well-known for its exquisite, vibrantly colored mosaics from the Byzantine era. See the most notable of these mosaics — a map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land — on the floor of 19th-century Greek Orthodox Church of St. George. At a mosaic workshop, learn how these amazing works of art come together — and perhaps grab a souvenir while you’re there! After lunch at a local restaurant, continue along the King’s Highway toward Petra. We’ll also check out Jordan Jewel Art & Mosaic for handicrafts and other one-of-a-kinds. Arrive in time for dinner at the hotel and an evening at leisure.
Discover the Lost City of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, followed by a Bedouin dinner experience
Today, you’ll set out for a guided walking tour of Jordan’s greatest archaeological treasure — awe-inspiring Petra. Dating back to approximately 300 BC, this prehistoric city was carved into the pink sandstone cliffs of Jordan’s southwestern desert by the ancient Nabataean people. As you explore Petra’s Great Temple and tombs, your Adventure Leader will share some of this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site’s long and intriguing history. After lunch at a local restaurant, return to the hotel via horse-drawn carriage — giving you a brief glimpse at what life might have been like here some 2,000 years ago. Then, with the afternoon at leisure, discover the area on your own or relax at the resort. Cultural Discovery: This evening, get to know the local Bedouin community’s culture and traditions when you travel to their village in nearby Little Petra. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner with welcoming local Bedouins, followed by an entertaining performance by some traditional sword dancers.
Exploring Jordan’s capital, Amman
This morning, depart Petra for the vast Jordanian capital of Amman — the final destination of your Middle Eastern adventure — stopping in Shobak along the way to visit its imposing hill-top castle. The Crusader fortification dates back to 1189 and has a fascinating history your Adventure Leader can tell you more about. Afterwards, head to Amman, arriving just in time for lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon, take a guided sightseeing tour of this multifaceted Arab metropolis. Later, sample the city’s diverse restaurant scene when you seek out dinner on your own.
Depart Amman and fly to the U.S., or stay on for your optional post-trip extension
Today, depending on your departure time back to the U.S., take the opportunity to discover Amman on your own. Later, transfer to the Amman airport for your flight home — or enjoy the first evening of your post-trip extension here.
The capital and largest city in Jordan, Amman is a fascinating blend of history and modernity, tradition and innovation, culture and commerce — with something for every traveler. This growing metropolis is spread across a number of hills, offering generous panoramic views of the city, its residential suburbs of elegant white stone homes, and the Jordan River Valley beyond. While Amman’s contemporary architecture, chic neighborhoods, and young population epitomize modern-day Jordan, its ancient sites and Roman-era ruins reflect its Middle Eastern heritage. Explore Amman’s rich history at the hill-top Citadel, Archaeological Museum, Roman Amphitheatre, and other sites … experience enduring traditions at local coffee shops, artisans’ workshops, and busy souqs … and sample its more urbane side at art galleries, boutiques, and cutting-edge restaurants.
Important Notice: The above day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Vantage Adventure Leader or regional expert.
Please Note: Breakfast will be provided daily at the hotels. All outdoor activities — such as boat and cable card rides — are subject to change due to local road and weather conditions.