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The Best of Israel & Jordan

  • Destination: Africa & Middle East, Israel
  • Start: 06/08/2019
  • End: 06/17/2019

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 OPTIONAL PRE-TOUR EXTENSION TO TIBERIAS & SEA OF GALILEE 

  • Double Occupancy $5295 | Single Occupancy $6895
  • 10days/8 nights in Israel and Jordan, including 4 nights in Israel (Jerusalem, Negev Desert) and 5 nights in Jordan (Petra, Dead Sea, Amman)
  • Deluxe (5★) accommodations throughout
  • Activity level: Easy
  • International Air Routing: USA – Tel Aviv (TVL)/Amman (AMM) – USA

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Few countries in the world have had more influence on western culture and civilization than Israel. For millennium, Jerusalem and sites around what is today called Israel have played a role in the formation of our religious beliefs and cultural mores. With Coda Tours, you will explore such historic locales as the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the legendary birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem. You will also ascend to the Masada where Herod the Great built palaces and 960 Jews committed mass suicide to avoid capture by the Romans in the 1st century. In Jordan, we experience equally famous sites. Spend the full day the archaeological site of Petra, once the Kingdom of the Nabateans. Swim in the hypersaline waters of the Dead Sea. We have planned a pre-trip extension to Tiberias, the Golan Heights and Haifa to round out your trip to this region and include the maximum sightseeing available.

Please click ( + ) signs by each day for detailed information.


Day 1

SAT JUN 8, 2019 • Depart USA

Depart the USA on any regularly scheduled flight to Tel Aviv.
Day 2

SUN JUN 9 • Tel Aviv, Israel | Jerusalem

day2Upon arrival in Tel Aviv, you will be met and transferred to Jerusalem where accommodations are reserved at the Orient Jerusalem Hotel. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner tonight with your traveling companions.

Hotel: Orient Jerusalem Hotel – 5*
Room: Studio Room
Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 3

MON JUN 10 • Old Jerusalem

day3After breakfast, set off for a full day of exploration of the Old City of Jerusalem starting with a breathtaking view of the city from the Mt. of Olives. Kings and Prophets, emperors and sultans, rabbis, bishops and sheiks have all left their mark on Jerusalem. Visit the Western Wall, the only remains of the second temple destroyed by the Romans in the year 70, C.E. See the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount. This is the third most sacred site in Islam. From the sacred rock, where the Temple stood, it is said that Prophet Mohammed jumped to heaven. Visit the alleged Tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper. Proceed to the restored Jewish Quarter, walking along the Cardo, the colonnaded main street of Byzantine Jerusalem. Then walk the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher wherein are the last five Stations of the Cross. Pause for lunch in the Old City. Finally visit the Garden Tomb regarded by the Protestant world as the burial place of Jesus. No visit to the Old City would be complete without testing your negotiating skills in the old marketplace. If you leave the old city through the Jaffa Gate, don’t forget to pay your respects in front of the two almost forgotten tombs – those of the architects of the Old City Walls who were killed by the Ottoman Sultan Suliman the Magnificent in 1538 (as they were the only people that knew all of the “secrets of the wall.”) This evening dinner is on your own to sample one of the many great restaurants in Jerusalem.

Hotel: Orient Jerusalem Hotel – 5*
Room: Studio Room
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

TUE JUN 11 • New Jerusalem & Bethlehem

day4Breakfast at the hotel. Today is dedicated to the new city of Jerusalem. Stops will include: Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust. Visit the Museum, Children’s Pavilion and walk along the Avenue of the Righteous. Drive via the Supreme Court Building and the Knesset (Parliament).

On to Bethlehem with a visit to the Church of the Nativity erected over the site believed to be the exact place where the manger rested. Lunch is in Bethlehem. Afterwards visit the amazing Israel Museum, truly one of the most impressive museums in the world. We will return to the hotel late in the afternoon. Tonight, you June wish to attend the light & sound show at the Tower of David Museum (not included.)

Hotel: Orient Jerusalem Hotel
Room: Studio Room
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

WED JUN 12 • Jerusalem | Masada & The Negev Desert

day5After breakfast depart Jerusalem and travel via the Judean desert and the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth (1260 feet below sea level) to Masada. Ascend by cable car to this last stronghold of the Zealots in their struggle against the Romans. Visit the excavations, the ancient synagogue, the roman baths, and Herod’s Palace. Lunch is at the site of Masada. Continue to our spectacular hotel in the desert – Beresheet resort. Tonight, we celebrate at a Bedouin hospitality dinner in the desert.

Hotel: Beresheet Resort
Room: Desert View Room
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

THU JUN 13 • The Negev Desert | Wadi Rum | Petra

After breakfast, drive south the Israeli/Jordanian border. After formalities, drive to awesome Wadi Rum. This beautiful valley served at the site for the filming of “Lawrence of Arabia.” Lunch is with a local family today, followed by a 4×4 jeep ride into the depths of the valley. Continue to Petra and check in to the Movenpick Hotel. Dinner is at a local restaurant this evening.

Hotel: Movenpick Hotel
Room Classic Room
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

FRI JUN 14 • Petra

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a full day exploring the “Rose Red” city of Petra. Ride on horseback to the entrance of the narrow Siq (Passage). (Note the horseback ride is optional. You may also walk the distance.) Continue on foot and be awe-struck by the appearance of the Treasury as feature in the “Raiders of the Lost Ark” film. Sculpted from a mountain range by the Nabataeans in the third century BCE, Petra was abandoned and lost to the outside world for a thousand years before its rediscovery in 1812. Major sites include the Treasury, the Temple of the Winged Lions, the Baths, markets, storerooms and tombs. After our guided tour, you are free to climb to the Monastery, have lunch at one of the cafeterias on site or return to the hotel to rest. Dinner is at the hotel this evening.

Hotel: Movenpick Hotel
Room Classic Room
Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8

SAT JUN 15 • Petra | Kerak Castle | Dead Sea

After breakfast depart for the Dead Sea, stopping at the crusader castle called Kerak Castle. Kerak Castle’s construction was begun in 1140’s and became one of the largest crusader castles of the Levant. The castle was besieged by Saladin on 1184. Lunch is on your own today.

We continue to the Dead Sea and check in to the Kempinski Ishtar Hotel. Dinner at the hotel this evening.

Hotel: Kempinski Ishtar Hotel
Room: Superior Room
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9

SUN JUN 16 • Dead Sea | Madaba | Mt.Nebo | Amman

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the morning at the Dead Sea. Its famously hypersaline water makes floating easy, and its mineral-rich black mud is used for therapeutic and cosmetic treatments. After lunch on your own, check out of the hotel and drive to Madaba to visit St. George Church & the famous 6th-century mosaic map of the Holy Land. Continue to Mt Neo from where Moses is said to have seen the Promised Land. Continue to Amman, where you will have a panoramic tour before ending at the hotel for check in.

This evening we gather for a Farwell Dinner.

Hotel: Intercontinental Hotel Amman
Room: Classic Room
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10

MON JUN 17 • USA

Arrive the USA./div>
Meals: Breakfast

Rates & Facts

Rates Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
Per Person $5295 $6895

Inclusions
  • 5-star accommodation as listed in the itinerary in described room types (upgrades may be available upon request.)
  • Private English-speaking guides throughout the tour. Different guides in each country.
  • All transfers upon arrival & departure.
  • Breakfast daily; 4 lunches & 6 dinners, including Welcome & Farewell dinners.
  • All guided tours, with entrance fees, as described in the itinerary.
  • Jordanian Visa (free visa will be arranged for the clients who provide full passport details in advance).
  • Horse ride in Petra.
  • 2-hour Jeep tour in Wadi Rum
  • Accompanying Coda representative on minimum participation.
  • Daily mineral water aboard the buses.
  • Pre-departure information and Portfolio
Not Included

International airfare USA to Tel Aviv and Amman to USA. (USA/TLV…AMM/USA) Coda Tours will be happy to provide quotes for Business Class and Economy Class flights; Pre-trip stay in Tel Aviv. Offered on an optional basis; Meals not listed in the itinerary; Drinks with meals unless indicated; Tips to guides, drivers, Coda Tour manager; Departure tax: usually included in the flight ticket; Items of a personal nature; Any other service not mentioned.

Optional Extension to Tiberias, Golan Heights & Haifa

Day 1

WED JUN 5, 2019 • Depart USA

Depart the USA on any regularly schedule flight to Tel Aviv.
Day 2

THU JUN 6 • Arrive Tel Aviv

Arrive in Tel Aviv. You will be met and transferred to the hotel.

Hotel: Hilton Hotel
Room: Standard room
Meals: None

Day 3

FRI JUN 7 • Tel Aviv |Capernaum | Nazareth | Tiberias

Depart to Tiberias this morning with stops in Capernaum, where Jesus may have taught and in Nazareth, where Jesus is said to have grown up. End the day in Tiberias, on the Sea of Galilee. Dinner is at the hotel.

Hotel: Scots Hotel or similar
Room: Standard room
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

SAT JUN 8 • Tiberias | Golan Heights | Safed

Drive to the Golan Heights and gaze across the plains to Syria. Continue to Safed, a center of Kabbaleh & Jewish mysticism. Return to Tiberias for overnight.

Hotel: Scots Hotel or similar
Room: Standard room
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

SUN JUNE 9 • Tiberias | Haifa | Acre | Caesarea | Jerusalem

Leave Tiberias and tour Haifa where we will see the Baha’i Center, Acre for a tour of the Crusader Castle and to Caesarea, a town built by Herod the Great. End in Jerusalem and check in to our hotel, The Mamilla.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel

Rates Private tour Please inquire about pricing

  • 3 nights deluxe hotel accommodations w/breakfast
  • Arrival transfer and transfer Tel Aviv
  • 3 lunches & 2 dinners
  • Transportation
  • Israeli guide
  • Sighteeing as indicated


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