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Best of Israel & Jordan

March 2 to 14, 2023
A Hosted Vacation with Bailey Marquis

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From the Wailing Wall to the rose-red façades of Petra, this historical interlude with Israel and Jordan will see you visit the tomb of King David, the Mount of Beatitudes and the Dead Sea, before following in the footsteps of spice traders across desert landscapes.

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What's Included?

Inclusive Vacation

12-nights includes hand-picked accommodations, transportation between destinations on a luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi, meals, all porterage and restaurant gratuities, daily touring, an expert Travel Director and professional Driver, and travel insurance.  

22 Meals

1 Farewell Dinner, 1 Lunch, 1 Regional Dinner, 12 Breakfasts, 2 Be My Guest, 5 Dinners

Trip Highlights

Float in the Dead Sea, Visit Church of Nativity, Sail the Sea of Galilee, Dine with locals in Tel Aviv and Amman for exclusive BE MY GUEST experience, Sleep in a luxury tent in the Wadi Rum Desert, Jeep Desert Tour, and More!

Itinerary

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DAY 1 Journey from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem

Thursday, March 2, 2023 || Jerusalem - Israel

 

Your journey through a land regarded by many as the holiest of the holy begins in the sacred city of Jerusalem, which you will have an opportunity to explore before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Drink to herald an epic journey into antiquity. L'chaim!

 

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DAY 2 A Day to Explore the Dead Sea and Masada

Friday, March 3, 2023 || Jerusalem - Israel

 

Journey across the rocky Judean Desert to the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found accidentally by a Bedouin boy in 1947. Visit the striking clifftop fortress of Masada, where a Roman siege ended in the tragic mass suicide of over 900 Zealots. Their sacrifice remains as a symbol of Israel's pledge to remain free. Stroll through the excavations of Herod's palatial retreat, before returning to the lowest point on earth to float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea (time permitting). This evening, we share a traditional meal at our hotel.

 

MEAL(S): Breakfast, Dinner

HOTEL: Dan Panorama

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DAY 3 The Church of Nativity in Bethlehem

Saturday, March 4, 2023 || Jerusalem - Israel

 

Tread in the footsteps of prophets, crusaders and kings, admiring the Old City of Jerusalem from the sacred vantage point of the Mount of Olives. Stroll through the Jewish Quarter where you'll Dive Into Culture at the Wailing Wall and watch faithful Jews cede their prayers to the crevices of its ancient rocks. See the Dome of the Rock on Temple Mount and follow the path taken by Christ past the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa to Golgotha, arriving at the 4th-century Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Christians gather to commemorate at the traditional site of His Resurrection. Later this afternoon, travel to Bethlehem where the story of Mary, Joseph and Jesus officially begins. Visit the Church of Nativity, built on the site traditionally considered to be the birthplace of Jesus, and the Manger Square before returning to Jerusalem.

 

MEAL(S): Breakfast

HOTEL: Dan Panorama

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DAY 4 Onwards to Lower Galilee

Sunday, March 5, 2023 || Tiberias - Israel

 

This morning, continue your compelling discovery of Jerusalem and visit Yad Vashem to commemorate the millions of lives lost in the Holocaust during World War II. See the Dead Sea Scrolls at Israel Museum's Shrine of the Book, the Knesset, and the Givat Ram Campus of the Hebrew University, before travelling through the farmlands of the Jordan Valley. In Nazareth, you'll have an opportunity to visit the sacred Catholic Shrine of the Church of Annunciation, whose cupola overlooks the cave in which Archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary to share the blessing that she would conceive and give birth to the Son of God. Celebrate a strong sense of community at your overnight stop at a Kibbutz hotel, where you'll dine this evening.

 

MEAL(S): Breakfast, Dinner

HOTEL: Kibbutz Lavi

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DAY 5 Admire Capernaum, the Mount of Beatitudes and Safed

Monday, March 6, 2023

 

Begin the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and visit the Jesus Boat, an ancient fishing vessel dating to the 1st century AD. Continue to the ruins of the old synagogue at Capernaum, said to have been built on the home of St. Peter. Then visit the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Next, venture to one of Judaism's Four Holy Cities and the birthplace of the Kabbalah movement, Safed. Proceed to your Kibbutz hotel in Lower Galilee where you'll enjoy dinner.

 

MEAL(S): Breakfast, Dinner

HOTEL: Kibbutz Lavi

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DAY 6 On to Acre, Haifa, Caesarea and Tel Aviv

Tuesday, March 7, 2023 || Tel Aviv - Israel

 

Continue to the almost-intact 12th-century underground city of Acre to admire its medieval Crusader buildings, before enjoying views of the Baha'i Shrine and the beautiful Persian Hanging Gardens of Haifa, created as a memorial to the founders of the Bahá'í Faith. Imagine seafaring traders plying their wares in the ancient port city of Caesarea where we visit the Roman Amphitheatre, then travel to the vibrant city of Tel Aviv, our home for the next two nights.

 

MEAL(S): Breakfast

HOTEL: Dan Panorama

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DAY 7 Discover Coastal Tel Aviv

Wednesday, March 8, 2023 || Tel Aviv - Israel

 

Visit Rabin Square this morning. Here you'll learn about the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who has become a symbol of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Continue to Newe Zedek, the first neighbourhood of Tel Aviv and soak up the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Rothchild Boulevard. Next, stroll through the ancient ruins of Old Jaffa and explore the biblical stories and ancient mythology of the Old Port. The robust aroma of coffee makes an appearance next at an exclusive Be My Guest experience and lunch in Ajami neighbourhood where you'll Connect With Locals and learn about the personal story of a Christian girl growing up in a Jewish, Muslim and Christian area.

 

MEAL(S):Breakfast, Be My Guest

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DAY 8 Off to Amman

Thursday, March 9, 2023 || Amman - Jordan

 

We leave the sacred lands of Israel and journey to the white stone city of Amman. Meet your fellow travellers this evening for a cocktail reception followed by dinner.

 

MEAL(S): Breakfast, Welcome Reception

HOTEL: Landmark

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DAY 9 Explore Ancient Jerash

Friday, March 10, 2023 || Amman - Jordan

 

This morning, we embark on a city tour of Amman to see its Citadel, Archaeological Museum, Roman Amphitheatre and Folklore Museum. Our next stop is to Iraq al-Amir where we'll Make Travel Matter at the Iraq al-Amir Women's Association and learn first-hand how they make soap from olive oil and craft greeting cards and note books from recycled paper. Try your hand at making your own before enjoying a lunch prepared by the women. We continue to the ancient city of Jerash, a favourite city of the Roman emperor Hadrian and an important stop on the incense and spice trade route to the Mediterranean. Amble past its soaring Corinthian columns and view its almost intact city walls, before returning to the seven hills of Amman, where tonight we'll Connect With Locals over an exclusive Be My Guest experience with a local family featuring Jordanian favourites for dinner.

 

MEAL(S): Breakfast, Lunch, Be My Guest

HOTEL: Landmark

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DAY 10 Onwards to Petra

Saturday, March 11, 2023 || Jerash - Jordan, Petra - Jordan

 

The enchanting rose-red façades of Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, beckon. Your journey continues on the fabled King's Highway to visit Mount Nebo, one of the most revered holy sites of Jordan and the place where Moses is buried. You'll see the Madaba Mosaic Map that covers the floor of the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George in Madaba and ascend to the Crusader Shobak Castle, perched on the side of a mountain. Arriving in Petra later, you'll join a Bedouin tribe for a traditional dinner in their camp, under the clear night sky.

 

MEAL(S): Breakfast, Regional Dinner

HOTEL: Hayat Zaman

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DAY 11 Discover Colourful Petra and Scenic Wadi Rum

Sunday, March 12, 2023 || Wadi Rum - Jordan

 

Imagine silk and spice caravans plying their wares as we Dive Into Culture and enter this mystical trading city through the narrow Siq, flanked by towering cliffs soaring 80 metres high. Emerging from the path, the stone façade of the Treasury with its ornate decoration looms ahead – the first of many wonders to be explored. Leaving this ancient wonder behind, you'll trek through the timeless landscapes of the Wadi Rum desert, once described by T.E. Lawrence as 'vast, echoing and god-like'. Check in to your luxury accommodation in Bedouin tents and soak up the endless desert landscapes. Watch a breath-taking sunset lighting up the surrounding sandstone mountains in brilliant golden hues, then gaze up as the day turns to night and the star-studded sky takes centre stage for the rest of the evening.

 

MEAL(S):Breakfast, Dinner

HOTEL: Mazayen Rum Camp

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DAY 12 Journey to Amman

Monday, March 13, 2023 || Madaba - Jordan, Jordan, Amman - Jordan

 

This morning, we embark on a jeep tour through the desert watching the landscape rise almost 2,000 metres from the desert floor, amidst which you'll find canyons, waterholes and rock paintings that span millennia. Return to Amman for your final night in Jordan, enjoying a Farewell Dinner with your travel companions. As the sun sets on this magical city, listen to the mystical call of the muezzin and reminisce over an enchanting trip into antiquity.

 

MEAL(S): Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

HOTEL: Landmark

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DAY 13 Farewell Jordan

Tuesday, March 14, 2023 || Amman - Jordan

 

This morning, we bid farewell to this extraordinary land. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

 

MEAL(S): Breakfast

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Hosted Vacation

Bailey Marquis of Travel Central

Hosted Vacations offer Outstanding Value, Exclusive Amenities and an Experienced Personable Host on board to ensure your trip is more enjoyable.  Bailey is an experienced traveler and advisor with Travel Central in Louisiana with clients all over America.  Focus is always to create a customized experience with a focus on adventure and local experiences. More on Bailey.

HOW TO BOOK

$5,051pp Twin Share | $1,630 Single Supplement​

  • A non-refundable deposit of $952 per person is due to book.

  • Final payment is due by November 2, 2022.​

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Travel insurance is required for this vacation and included in the price above. More about travel insurance.

PRE OR POST TOUR OPTIONS

Airline reservations and pre and post stay options are available to be curated to fit around this trip. Air schedules and pricing with be available starting on April 17, 2022.​

Some Ideas for Pre and Post: 

 

Contact Bailey to add any of these trips onto your existing trip!!

MAKE A RESERVATION OR GET MORE INFORMATION

​Call Bailey at 504-834-7000 or email bailey@travelcentralvacations.com. A complimentary reservation will be created and emailed over to you with full details for you to consider.

Accommodations

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Dan Panorama

Tel Aviv

Dan Panorama has a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and terrace, in Tel Aviv’s Neve Tzedek area, near Hatachana, the Old Jaffa Train Station. The beach is across from the hotel. Free Wi-Fi is provided.

Each spacious and contemporary room of the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv Hotel has a balcony, with views of the Mediterranean Sea.

The hotel's Carmel Club Lounge has sea views from its 18th-floor location, and serves snacks and refreshments throughout the day. The hotel also includes a fitness center.

Dan Panorama’s restaurant is open daily and serves a great range of Israeli dishes and Mediterranean cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is also a poolside bar.

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Hayat Zaman

Petra

Formerly an ancient village called Taybeh, this 5-star resort offers stunning views of the Sharah Mountain Range. Facilities include a fitness room, a traditional hammam, and an outdoor pool.

The air-conditioned rooms at Hyatt Zaman Hotel & Resort feature modern amenities combined with traditional decorations. All rooms have a seating area, a flat-screen TV, and a mini-bar. Some rooms have an private bathroom with a whirlpool.

Hyatt Zaman has several restaurants offering authentic Arabian dishes as well as international cuisine. Guests can enjoy an evening cocktail at the garden bar. The resort’s hammam features original Ottoman features, and offers professional massages.

 

There is also a handicraft souk, and a small shop selling a selection of incense, tea, hand soaps, and body creams. The well-tended walkways of the resort lead to the old village center, with its original water-well and marble benches.

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Lavi Kibbutz 

Galilee

Located high on a mountain, this Glatt- Kosher hotel mainly caters for Jewish religious travelers. At this peaceful location, just minutes from Tiberias, there are spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

 

The hotel has different room types to cater to different tastes and budgets. It offers a full service restaurant, a tennis court, an indoor swimming pool (separate for men and women), and a children’s playground.

 

The hotel offers free wireless internet.

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Mazayen Rum Camp

Wadi Rum

Mazayen Rum Camp is a fixed campsite in Wadi Rum offering luxury accommodations and 5-star service for all of our guests. We aim to provide every guest with an enjoyable Wadi Rum experience, exceeding expectations and extending Jordanian hospitality.

 

Whether you would like to learn Bedouin culture, ride camels like a native, or just want to reflect and relax in Wadi Rum; Mazayen Rum Camp is ready to oblige. Our professional and hospitable staff are skilled in providing our guests with quality accommodations, customer service, cuisine, culture, and recreational activities in Wadi Rum. Our team is responsive and efficient, promptly replying to our guests requests. Our camp was built for the purpose of bringing luxury to the desert. Guests can attain all that they are looking to experience in Wadi Rum with the added premium of quality and comfort in one place. Wadi Rum Protected Park is a treasured gem of Jordan and her foundation. Mazayen Rum Camp would like our guests to experience all of the great possibilities waiting for them at our camp to make the most of their time in this majestic desert.

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Landmark

Amman

The elegant Landmark Amman Hotel & Conference Center is located in the heart of the diplomatic and business districts of Amman. It offers free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center.

All the modern and spacious rooms of Landmark Amman & Conference Center have seating areas and satellite TV.

Fitness n’ Wellness health club offers a wide range of gym equipment as well as a hot tub and a sauna. Massages treatments include a deep tissue massage and a shiatsu massage.

 

There are 6 restaurants and bars, including Colors All Day Restaurant. Fresh juices are available at Sugar Cube. Ghoroub is located on the 13th Floor and serves delicious refreshments and cocktails.

Israel & Jordan March 2023 
March 2 to 14, 2023 || Tel Aviv to Jordan

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