DAY 1: Amman – Border Crossing – Jerusalem: Mt of Olives & Old City Tour
- Pick up from your door in Amman (or elsewhere in Jordan), and transfer to King Hussein / Allenby Bridge Israeli Terminal.
- From the border crossing, drive to the Mount of Olives for a wonderful view over Jerusalem.
- Continue to the Church of the Pater Noster, where the Lord’s Prayer is displayed on local-style pottery panels in over 100 different languages and dialects.
- The traditional Palm Sunday route takes you then past the vast Jewish Cemetery and several other churches and monasteries. At the foot of the mountain, you can stroll through the Garden of Gethsemane with its beautiful ancient olive trees.
- Enter the Old City through the Dung gate to visit the Wailing (or Western) Wall, and view the Haram Al Sharif with the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock.
- Walk the Via Dolorosa with its Stations of the Cross till you arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Jesus was crucified and buried, and then rose again.
- Take some time to explore the bazaars, and leave then the Old City to the west by Jaffa Gate. If time is permitting, you can drive through West Jerusalem and view various landmarks.
Overnight in Jerusalem.
DAY 2: Jerusalem – Bethlehem – Shepherd’s Field – West Jerusalem
- Depart from your hotel to Bethlehem, crossing into the West Bank and stopping at the Separation Wall.
- Continue into today’s modern city of Bethlehem to see the Church of the Nativity, believed to be located at the birthplace of Jesus.
- Drive to the Shepherd’s Fields in Beit Sahour, which is the place where according to some tradition the angels first announced Jesus’ birth.
- After that, return to Jerusalem. If there is time, you can visit a site in the western part of the city, such as the Mahane Yehuda Market, Yad Vashem (the Holocaust Memorial), or the Israel Museum (where you can see the Dead Sea Scrolls). Please discuss your preference with your driver or guide, and note that museums may close early on some days.
Overnight in Jerusalem
DAY 3: Jerusalem – Jericho – Qumran – Masada – Border Crossing – Amman
- Today, you will leave Jerusalem towards the East, and follow a long, winding road down to the Dead Sea area. On your way you can stop at the Inn of the Good Samaritan. The site is associated with a story from the New Testament, in which a Samaritan helped a wounded traveler from a hostile tribe. Nowadays, you can also find there a museum, showcasing mosaics from all over the region. Then continue to Jericho, the oldest city in the world.
- After Jericho, you will visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. The scrolls are ancient Jewish manuscripts of outstanding historic, religious and linguistic significance – the oldest of them dating back as far as the 3rd century BC.
- Then head on to Masada, a desert fort high above the Dead Sea, and site of the last stand of the Jews in their fight against the Romans.
- In the evening, we will take you back along the shores of the Dead Sea to the border crossing, and from there up to Amman (or elsewhere in Jordan), where we will drop you off at your preferred location.