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Explore this extension to Petra and the King's Highway in Jordan!

 
 

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Allenby Bridge, Petra Early this morning we drive down to the Allenby Bridge and cross over into Jordan. We pick up our Jordanian bus and guide and proceed to Petra, in the heart of the Seir Mountains, where Aaron brother of Moses was buried. Walk through the Siq, the main entrance to Petra to the Treasure (the one in the Indiana Jones’ movie!). We continue past tombs and burial chambers to one of the largest theaters in Jordan, carved into the Sandstone Mountains. Apparently, some sacrificial rituals used to take place here. Then we walk uphill to the Royal Tombs for the view of the lower part of Petra and its Roman remains. Some may want to continue to the church of Petra and the Palace of Pharaoh’s Daughter, which is really a Nabatean tomb. Walk back to the entrance and check into the Nabatean Moevenpick Hotel in Petra.

Day 2: King’s Highway and the Dead Sea This morning we continue on the Exodus route, driving north along the historical King’s Highway, passing by the well-conserved Crusader city of Kerak. Drive through Wadi Mujeb to Umm al Rassas, whose churches offer fantastic examples of Mosaic art. From there we go to Madaba, with its 6th-century mosaic map depicting the Holy Land as Christian pilgrims knew it then. We end the day at Mt. Nebo, from which God showed Moses the Promised Land. We then drive to the salty Dead Sea to float and relax. Overnight at a hotel on the Dead Sea.

Day 3: Transfer to airport for departure We have a leisurely morning to relax and float in the waters of the Dead Sea or make use of the magnificent spa facilities of our hotel. This afternoon, we leave for the recently discovered baptismal site of “Bethany beyond the Jordan” nearby. Then we proceed to the Allenby Bridge, crossing the Jordan near the place where Elijah and Elisha crossed at Beth Abara. After passport control, we meet our Holy Land guide and bus and continue to Ben Gurion airport for departure.

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