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See the remarkable Treasury in Petra, Jordan
Basilica of Annunciation, Nazareth, Israel
Visit the Western Wall, one of the holiest sites in Judaism, Jerusalem, Israel
Church of Beatitudes, Israel
See the ruins of the Citadel in Amman, Jordan

Best of Israel and Jordan

12 DAYS • 22 MEALS Walk in the footsteps of prophets. Discover scenic beauty, fascinating culture and bountiful history as it weaves a colorful tapestry of Israel, home to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Stand in awe at the magnificent sights of the landscape of the nation known as Jordan. It is impossible to describe the feeling of these blended ancient, Biblical, historical and contemporary sites you will witness when you travel to Israel and Jordan.

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The Mayflower Way
  • 22 Meals (9 dinners, 3 lunch and 10 breakfasts)
  • Airport transfers when air is provided by Mayflower Tours
  • Included orientation tour of Jaffa and the White City of Tel Aviv
  • Visit Caesarea with its ancient Roman Theatre as well as Nazareth and Tiberias
  • Tour of the historic walled city of Acre and Banias Falls National Park and a visit to Nimrod Fortress
  • Visit the biblical sites of Capernaum, Tabgha and the Mount of Beatitudes
  • Enjoy a unique lunch — St. Peter's Fish at Kibbutz Ein Gev
  • Visit the Ancient Boat Museum near Tiberias
  • Full-day tour of Jerusalem: Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, the Basilica of Agony, The Old City, Four Quarters, the Via Dolorosa and Western Wall
  • Visit Madaba and Mount Nebo
  • Experience the “healing waters” of the Dead Sea with lunch
  • Morning excursion to Petra, the Siq, the Treasury, Roman Colonnade and Amphitheater with included lunch
  • Panoramic city tour of Amman including the Citadel, Roman Theater and residential areas
  • $60 in Mayflower Money
Day One — Depart USA Today you’ll depart the USA on your transatlantic flight to Tel Aviv, Israel. Day Two — Welcome to Tel Aviv, Israel You arrive in Tel Aviv and are met by your Mayflower Tour Manager and are transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free for you to relax or explore this vibrant city on the shores of the Mediterranean. Tonight, join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for the Welcome Dinner at the hotel. Dinner Day Three — Tel Aviv/Caesarea/Nazareth After breakfast, embark on a full day of sightseeing. Begin in Tel Aviv, often called “The White City” for its UNESCO-designated Bauhaus architecture and boasts an amazing blend of ancient and contemporary sites. Visit Rabin Square, see Independence Hall where David Ben Gurion declared Israel’s independence and Neve Tzedek with its historic homes and art galleries. Continue on to Caesarea, built by King Herod, and its ancient Roman theatre, still used today. Stand in awe of the ancient hippodrome, the Crusader moat and massive aqueduct. Then continue to Nazareth, where you will visit the Basilica of the Annunciation and St. Joseph’s Church before arriving in Tiberias. Breakfast and dinner Day Four — World Heritage Site of Acre You depart after breakfast for the historic walled city of Acre, one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. Dating back to the Phoenician period, you can walk through a labyrinth of alleys and streets in Acre and explore the remnants of Crusader, Muslim and Ottoman conquerors. You’ll see the Crusaders city and Templar Castle, the later Ottoman city and the British prison from the years leading up to Israel’s independence. Continue to the beautiful Banias Falls and ascend the Golan Heights above the Banias spring to visit the Nimrod Fortress and view the Syrian border. Breakfast and dinner Day Five — Mount of the Beatitudes and Tabgha Today you’ll drive along the Sea of Galilee as Biblical sites come into view. Stop at the Mount of Beatitudes, the church with the octagonal dome where Jesus blessed his disciples some 2,000 years ago and gave his Sermon on the Mount. Enjoy a visit to Tabgha, where Jesus fed the 5,000 with two fish and five loaves of bread. Visit the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter and Capernaum. Enjoy a traditional St. Peter’s Fish lunch at Ein Gev and witness first-hand what daily life is really like on a kibbutz, Israel’s communal living system. Experience sailing across the Sea of Galilee and visit the Ancient Boat Museum. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Day Six — Jerusalem, The Eternal City Following breakfast, your city tour includes many Biblical and historical sites important in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Drive up to the Mount of Olives for beautiful panoramic views of the Holy City. Next visit the Garden of Gethsemane, the Basilica of Agony and the Tomb of the Virgin Mary. Enter through Damascus Gate and enjoy a walking tour of the Old City, the Four Quarters through the Muslim, Christian, Jewish and Armenian quarters. Walk up the Via Dolorosa to Calvary Hill, regarded in Catholicism as the site where Christ was crucified and ascended into heaven. After lunch, walk through the narrow “souk” of Jerusalem to the Western Wall. Wander through the Cardo, the reconstructed shopping arcade of Roman times. Breakfast and dinner Day Seven — A day at leisure in Jerusalem Today is yours to explore Jerusalem on your own or join us for an optional excursion to Masada. You’ll drive through the Jordan Valley and the Judean Wilderness. Pass by the beautiful waterfalls of Ein Gedi, an oasis some 1200 feet below sea level. Ascend by cable car to Masada and marvel at the ancient ruins of King Herod’s fortress. Breakfast Day Eight — Explore Jerusalem on a day at leisure The day is left free of planned activities for you to continue your exploration of this amazing city. Or you may choose to join us on a morning optional excursion to Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus. In the afternoon, you may choose an optional excursion to the museum of Yad Vashem, a living museum memorial to the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust. Breakfast and dinner Day Nine — Treasures of Jordan After breakfast you’ll travel on to Jordan crossing the Sheikh Hussein Bridge. The life enriching experience in Jordan begins with a visit to the former Roman city of Jerash. This ancient city is considered to be one of the best preserved Roman sites in the world. After an included lunch, continue on to the Dead Sea —the lowest point on the face of the Earth, at 1,368 ft. below sea level. You’ll have time to experience the healing waters of this remarkable ‘natural health spa’. Drive to Petra via the desert highway and enjoy an included dinner at the hotel this evening. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Day Ten — Petra Enjoy a morning tour of Petra, the Rose Red city. Walk the Siq, a narrow gorge that leads into the city of Petra, emerging dramatically in front of the Treasury along the way. It is impossible to describe the feeling of standing at the foot of the Treasury, looking up at some of the amazing carvings and sharp lines that have survived for all these years. Also see The Monastery, the Silk Tomb and the Roman Colonnade and Amphitheater which could seat 7,000. You’ll travel to Amman and enjoy a free evening. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Day Eleven — Amman On a morning tour of Amman, the capital of Jordan, see a fascinating city of contrasts – a unique blend of old and new, ideally situated on a hilly area between the desert and the fertile Jordan Valley. See the Citadel, the Roman Theater and a view of the residential areas. Visit Mt. Nebo, a holy site where Moses was buried, and Madaba to view the 6th-century mosaic map in St. George’s Church. This evening join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a farewell dinner. Breakfast and dinner Day Twelve — Amman/USA Today will be an early morning as you transfer to the Amman airport and return home filled with memories of your life enriching experiences in Israel and Jordan. Breakfast
Day Two Tal Hotel, Tel Aviv, Israel Days Three and Four Royal Plaza, Tiberias, Israel Days Five through Eight Prima Royale, Jerusalem, Israel Day Nine Bait Zaman Hotel, Petra, Jordan Days Ten and Eleven Warwick II Palazzo Hotel, Amman, Jordan
Departure Date Per Person Twin Single Room
March 9, 2016 $2,299 add $899 Available
October 5, 2016 $2,299 add $899 Available
November 9, 2016 $2,299 add $899 Available

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LEVEL 3: A blend of longer and shorter days on this program with more walking tours mixed with some periods of standing. Expect more of the touring to be over uneven surfaces or involve stairs.