Welcome to Jericho
Local authorities proudly call Jericho the ‘world’s oldest continuously inhabited city' and this is no idle boast – archaeological evidence traces the city’s history back more than 10,000 years. But despite the biblical stories, it was earthquakes rather than trumpets that proved Jericho's biggest challenge, levelling some of its most fantastic sites – such as Hisham's Palace – over the centuries.Jericho has... Read More
Top experiences in Jericho
Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem
Your day tour begins with a descent into the Judean desert, a barren wilderness in the heart of the Holy Land. En-route, you will pass the Inn of the Good Samaritan, before ascending by cable car to reach the mountaintop site of Masada. The cliff's remoteness and difficult approach made it a perfect fortress, and it was here that King Herod built two fortified palaces over 2,000 years ago. After exploring the archeological ruins of Masada with your guide, you will continue to the Dead Sea past the Ein Gedi oasis and the ancient settlement of Qumran. Here you'll have the opportunity to view the many caves where approximately 900 parchment documents of religious significance were discovered - the fabled Dead Sea Scrolls. The Dead Sea is the next stop, where you'll have approximately two hours to relax on the mineral beach and enjoy the surreal experience of floating in the salt-rich water, 400m (1,312 ft) below sea level! Don't miss the chance to have a mud bath in the world's richest source of natural salts. You will also have the opportunity to purchase Dead Sea skin care products at duty-free prices from the famous Ahava laboratory.The drive back to Jerusalem along the Old Roman road which links Jerusalem and Jericho, and see Jericho from the distance.Combining ancient and natural wonders, Israel's top day trip is not to be missed!
Private Tour: Mount Nebo, Madaba and The Dead Sea Day Trip from Amman
Start your day trip with a pickup from your Amman hotel and meet your private driver for the day. While not an official Ministry of Jordan guide, your driver is knowledgeable about the area and its history, and is able to point out sites of interest along the way. Start the tour with a panoramic visit of the capital of Jordan from the ancient area with a view point from the Citadel and continue to the new modern Amman then proceed to the Amman citadel and Roman theater. Known in Jordan as Jebel al-Qala'a, the citadel is believed to have been fortified during the Bronze Age, and artifacts from that time period indicate that the hilltop site was a fortress for thousands of years. Pay your entrance fee, pose for photos by the ruins, and then take a look around the old Roman theater before traveling to Madaba, approximately 45 minutes south of Amman.Often called the ‘City of Mosaics,’ Madaba owes its popularity to a lavish mosaic map of the Holy Land that covers the floor of St George’s Church. Head inside the church to see it, and learn about its history as well as the town’s other ancient biblical sites from a local guide. After a quick stop for lunch, continue to Mount Nebo, the hill where the prophet Moses was said to have been granted a view of the Promised Land before he died. Admire views of Jordan Valley, seeing the ancient lands of Judah and Jericho, and head inside the Franciscan monastery, which is built on the site of Mount Nebo’s ancient church, to see relics and mosaics with a local guide. Later in the afternoon comes your chance to relax, and there are few places better to do so than at the lowest point on Earth: the Dead Sea. Considered as one of the world’s true natural wonders, the impressive body of water is fed by a collection of incoming rivers that gush to its land-locked shores. The waters are unable to flow elsewhere, so they evaporate and leave behind a rich concentration of natural salt that attributes to the Dead Sea’s famous buoyancy. Relax on one of the public beaches, or upgrade to spend your free time at the Dead Sea Tourist Beach Rest House. Bob around in the Dead Sea’s salty water, perhaps reading a newspaper as you recline on the surface! How you spend your time at either site is up to you; just remember to bring your bathing suit, a towel and sunscreen. In the late afternoon, travel back to Amman with your private driver and finish your day with a hotel drop-off.
West Bank Tour from Jerusalem
Meet your guide in central Jerusalem and travel by air-conditioned minivan through the desert landscapes and hills to the landlocked West Bank beside the western shores of the Jordan River.Head for Qasr-el-Yahud, a site on the riverbanks where it’s believed that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Listen intently as your guide explains more about the Biblical importance of this holy place, and then continue to the site of ancient Jericho, believed to be one of the world’s oldest cities. Explore some of the haunting ruins that have been unearthed by archaeologists, some dating as far back as 9,000 BC.Travel onward to the Palestinian town of Ramallah, considered as the unofficial capital of the West Bank. Walk through the bustling streets and visit the tomb of the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, who was buried in a mausoleum here in 2007.When you reach Bethlehem, enjoy an Arabic-style lunch at a local restaurant before exploring this holy city. See the Church of the Nativity, believed to stand where Jesus was born, and visit the Milk Grotto, whose walls are cited to have turned white from a drop of the Virgin Mary’s milk as she fed baby Jesus. Stroll through the Old City and colorful market and see the Separation Wall that divides the city from Israel.As you leave, stop at Aida Refugee Camp, established in the 1950s. Visit its vibrant youth center to learn about the activities it provides for the camp’s women and children before returning to Jerusalem. Your tour finishes with a drop-off at the original starting point.
Masada and Ein Gedi Day Trip from Tel Aviv
Leave your Tel Aviv hotel and travel through the barren Judean Desert that stretches around the city. Pass the Inn of the Good Samaritan – the setting of one of the New Testament’s most famous parables – and watch the sultry barren hills of the desert give way to the stone towers of Jericho, one of the world’s oldest cities.Continue alongside the shores of the Dead Sea, admiring its serene blue water juxtaposed against the sun-baked desert canyons. A stop at Ahava factory, located in a Kibbutz named Mitzpe Shalem about 40 Km northern to Masada maybe included if time permits, however the stop is not a mandatory part of the itinerary. The duration of the visit is about 30 minutes and includes Cafeteria, restroom opportunity and a chance to buy the products from the Factory store for those who are interested.Then stop at the cable car station that leads to Masada. The UNESCO World Heritage site is home to the ruins of King Herod’s ancient fortress, a palace complex that later became a besieged Jewish stronghold against a bloody Roman invasion.Hop inside the cable car and ride to the mountain’s flat-topped summit while gazing down over Snake, a winding walkway that leads to the top. Explore Masada’s excavations with your guide, discovering ruined stone houses, bathhouses and a 1st-century synagogue and more. After learning about the site during the days of King Herod and during the Roman attack of 73 AD, return down the mountain by cable car.Enjoy a quick break for lunch at a cafe at the base station (own expense), and then travel through the desert to Ein Gedi, a tropical nature reserve where you’ll spend your afternoon. Pay your entrance fee, and then head inside for a walk, following the streams that trickle past waterfalls, lush tropical foliage and rare birdlife. The oasis is said to have been the place where King David once hid from Kind Saul, and your guide will recount biblical stories from the site as you walk.After exploring Ein Gedi, return to your coach and travel back to Tel Aviv, passing the Qumran Caves where ancient biblical scrolls have been found. Your day trip then finishes at your central Tel Aviv hotel.
6-Day Tour of Christian Israel
Day 1 to Jerusalem. Start the tour with an amazing view of Jerusalem and the Old City. Enter the Old City, and the Jewish Quarter, arriving at the Western Wall. Walk on the Via Dolorosa, on the path of the Stations of the Cross. Tour the Church of the Holy Sepuchre where Jesus was buried and the crucifixion took place. Walk through the Old City and see the market. Visit the Holocaust Museum, which commemorates the death of 6,000,000 Jews. Day 2 tour Bethlehem and Jericho. Drive towards the Dead Sea passing the Inn of the Good Samaritan. Jericho is the oldest inhabited city in the world. View the Mount of Temptation, continue to Bethlehem to see where Jesus was born. Cross Manger Square to arrive at the Church of Nativity, and tour the church that is dedicated to St. Catherine. When leaving we will pass Shephers's Fields and the Milk Grotto. On day 3 walk in the footsteps of Jesus, with the Church of the Ascension. Nearby see a Crusader grotto and cloister called the Pater Noster, that is where Jesus preached. Stop at Dominus Flevit, and continue to the Garden of Gethsemane, which holds the Church of all Nations. Enter the Old City by crossing the Kidron Valley and enter the Lions Gate. Tour the Church of St. Anne, and visit the pools of Bethesda. Walk to the convent of the Sisters of Zion, and see the water cistern that is still there from the second temple. Day 4 Do not forget to bring your bathing suit and a towel. Drive to the Dead Sea through the Judean Desert. Pass the Inn of the Good Samaritan. Arrive at Masada, and go up by cable car to tour the Roman bath house, the two palaces, an ancient synagogue, and much more. Drive to the Dead Sea for a soothing swim in the warm salty water. Day 5 tour Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee. Drive North, view Megiddo, stop at the Mount of Precipitation, arrive in Nazareth. Tour the Church of Annunciation, and the Church of St. Joseph. Leaving Nazareth, pass Cana and continue on to the Sea of Galilee. Visit Capernaum at the bottom of Mount Beatitude. Arrive at the Benedictine Church that the miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fish took place. The Sea of Galilee is our next stop, with a chance for a baptismal cerimony, in the waters of the Jordan River. On the return trip we will pass Mount Tabor. Day 6 tour Caesarea, Acre, and Haifa. Tour the Roman theater in Caesarea, that is still used today for cultural events and concerts. Next to the theater is the hippodrome. After, tour a Roman temple. Drive to Haifa to tour the Baha'i gardens and the shrine. Continue to Rosh Hanikra to travel down by cable car into the grottos. Arrive in Acre to tour the largest crusader city in all of Israel. Tour the Turkish prison complete with gallows.
The Best of Jordan in 8 Days
Explore the Roman ruins of Jerash, the city of Amman, the mosaics of Madaba and the stunning views and churches of Mount Nebo. Then, experience the spectacular sites of Petra and Wadi Rum, the beaches of Aqaba and float the waters of the Dead Sea over the course of eight totally amazing days.Day 1: You will be taken to your hotel in Amman for free time or an overnight depending on arrival time.Day 2: Start the day with the city tour of Amman to see the Citadel, down town, the Roman theater and the National museum. Then, an hour drive to the north to explore the stunning ruins of the Roman site of Jerash (one of the most well preserved Roman cities outside Rome). Drive back to Amman for an overnight.Day 3: Drive to Petra via the King’s way starting at Mount Nebo which sits above the Dead Sea with fantastic views. It is where Moses looked at the Holy Land and where he was buried. There are Roman remains and exotic Byzantine churches with beautiful mosaics. it will be possible to see Mt. of Olives, Jericho and the roofs of Jerusalem. Afterward, drive to Madaba to see the mosaics at the archaeological museum and St George Church to see the mosaic map. Continue along the King’s way via the Muijb canyon then the city of Karak to visit the medieval Crusader fort then head to Petra for an overnight. Day 4: Explore the Rose red city of Petra of which 2 ½ hours guided tour then time to visit more of the site on your own (may be a climb to the monastery which is around 900 steps) then back to the hotel for an overnight.Day 5: Visit to Little Petra, "Siq al Barid", an ancient town entirely excavated in stone. During Nabatean times it was used as a Caravanserai. Drive south (2 hours) for a 3 hour jeep tour in Wadi Rum, also known as The Valley of the Moon. Wadi Rum is a valley cut into the sandstone and granite rock in south Jordan. In the West, Wadi Rum may be best known for its connection with British officer T. E. Lawrence, who described it as "Vast, Echoing and God-like".Dinner and overnight at a fixed Bedouin desert camp, the right place to admire the stunning sky of Wadi Rum. Day 6: After breakfast there is time for a camel ride (optional) then an hour drive to Aqaba for a free day and maybe time to swim or snorkel and overnight.Day 7: After breakfast you will take 4 hour drive through the scenic Wadi Araba to the Dead Sea for time to relax and float in the sea waters and overnight. Day 8: Drive to Amman or the airport for departure,end of the tour. Transport is via private A/C vehicle; all entrance fees to the sites included; hotels on a bed & breakfast basis and a half board stay in Wadi Rum; the services of local guides in Petra and Jerash as detailed and a 3 hour jeep tour in Wadi Rum.