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No area of the world combines the stories of our childhood with the headline of today better than the areas referred to as the Holy Land. Today that term can be used to describe areas within Egypt, Jordan and Israel. The state of Israel created a little over sixty years ago, has roots stretching back to ancient times and was the birthplace of three of the world’s oldest religions Judaism, Christianity and Islam. While Israel is today a Jewish state and Jordan and Egypt predominantly Muslim, there are many sites sacred to Christians to be found in both Jordan and Egypt. This program is designed to combine those ancient sites with a look at the contemporary culture and events shaping both their world and the world in general. We believe that you will find it both educational and inspirational

14 Days:$8,763 per person inclusive of superior rooms in deluxe hotels, most meals, comprehensive sightseeing with expert private guides and Egyptologists, with touring and transfers by private car and driver, airfare between and within Jordan and Egypt. International airfare is additional. Private departures based on your schedule for a minimum of four and a maximum of six guests. Rates for private departures for two people available on request.

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Personal Highlights:


• Visiting the Shrine of the Book, repository of the Dead Sea Scrolls
• Standing on the cliff top of Masada, the last redoubt of the Jewish Zealots and seeing the outlines of the Roman forts used in the siege far below you
• Exploring the old city of Jerusalem, the Mount of Olives and Gethsemane
• Stand in the footsteps of Moses at Mount Nebo where he was able to gaze upon but not enter the Promised Land and, later, as the sun rises on Mount Sinai where Moses received the Ten Commandments

Day 1 Depart USA

You board your aircraft for the overnight flight to Tel Aviv the commercial capital of Israel situated on the shores of the Mediterranean

 

Day 2 Welcome to Israel

You will arrive in Tel Aviv and receive a VIP reception from our representative. They will escort you to your car which will then take you on the brief trip to your exquisite boutique hotel in Jerusalem. Formerly a Pasha's Palace it offers a place of tranquility amid the many nearby attractions of Jerusalem. You have a chance to relax before dinner at the hotel

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Day 3 A Day in Jerusalem

After breakfast you will meet your expert guide who will, along with your driver, be showing you the key sites of Jerusalem. The exact itinerary will be worked out between your guide and yourselves based on your interests but a suggested itinerary would start with a trip to the Mount of Olives providing spectacular views of the Old City and allowing your guide to point out the key points of interest that you will later be visiting. After visiting Gethsemane you will enter the city of Jerusalem and explore its four quarters. During your day you will revisit history going back over 4,000 years and will visit scared sites like the Dome of the Rock, the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. You will also have the chance see some of the more modern areas of the city as you enjoy an elegant lunch. After you day's exploration you are returned to the hotel. There are an abundance of fine restaurants within walking distance of your hotel and your guide or the concierge can make recommendations.

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Day 4 Bethlehem, the Dead Sea Scrolls and Yad Vashem

In the morning you will travel to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity built to honor the site where Jesus was born. After your visit you return to Jerusalem where you have lunch and then your guide will take you to the Israel Museum where you will learn about the discovery and significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls. You last visit of the day will be to Yad Vashem which is a leading educational and research institute dedicated to the history of Judaism. It is also home to moving memorial to the Jewish lives lost in the holocaust. After some time for reflection you are returned to the hotel.

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Day 5 Masada and the Bridge to Jordan

After breakfast you will meet your guide and drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to the mountain fortress of Masada. Built by King Herod, it was designed along with several other sites as a place of escape should the people of Israel rise up against him. On a mountain top plateau, excavations have unearthed a minor city with homes granaries, armories and numerous other artifacts. It was here that the Zealots fighting against Roman occupation made their last stand and, when defeat was inevitable, flung themselves to their death rather than accept slavery. From the top you can look down and see the outlines of the fortified positions used by the Romans during the siege. After your visit you head to the Allenby Bridge which is a crossing pint between Israel and Jordan. Here you will say goodbye to your Israeli guide and at the other side meet your Ultitude Jordanian guide who will escort you into Amman, the capital city. Dinner is at the hotel this evening.

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Day 6 Historical and Contemporary Amman

Much of Amman is a bustling cosmopolitan city reflecting its selection as the Jordanian capital. There are, however, several historical artifacts relating to its past history. Your guide will meet you at the hotel and start the day by taking you to the hilltop citadel dating back to Roman times. You can view the Temple of Hercules and also get a dramatic vista of Amman spread out beneath you. You will also visit the Archaeological Museum, the Folklore Museum and the Roman Theatre before stopping for lunch at Wild Jordan Café. In the afternoon you walk through the oldest part of Amman called "Jabel Amman" the 1st Circle where most of the houses of the well known families of Amman lived or still live today. Most of the houses were built in the 1920's and 1930's and the Late King Hussein, father of today's King Abdullah was born in one of the houses.

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Day 7 Mount Nebo, Madaba and the Road to Petra

This morning you will check out of your hotel and your luggage will be placed in the car as you make your way to Petra. On the way, however, there are some interesting and historical stops. Your first stop is Mount Nebo, the mountain from where Moses was allowed to see the Holy Land, but not allowed to enter it. Ever since the first days of Christianity, the mountain has been a holy place and a pilgrimage site. Like Moses you can witness the breathtaking view over Jordan, the Dead Sea and Israel. When the weather is clear you should be able to see Jerusalem which is about 40 miles away. Leaving Mount Nebo, you take a brief ride to Madaba the "City of Mosaics" At St George's Church is one of the highlights, the world famous mosaic floor depicting a large map of Palestine. Centrally located on this mosaic floor is a detailed map of Jerusalem as it was during the 6th Century AD. After a stop for lunch, you visit Kerak Castle Built by Payen le Boutellier, the lord of Montreal, in 1142. Sitting on a hilltop and filled with underground galleries, rooms , secret passageways and its thick defensive walls pierced by narrow arrow slits, this Crusader's Castle controlled the traffic from north to south on the king's highway. After inspecting the castle you depart via the Desert Highway for Petra.

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Day 8 Petra…The Rose Red City

Today you will take part in adventure back in time. Your day will start when your guide picks you up at your hotel and takes you to the main gate of Petra. There you mount a horse which will take you on the short journey from the main gate to the entrance of the old city. Experience is not necessary since the horses are led by their handlers. After dismounting, walk through the "Siq" a narrow gorge about a third of a mile long with red rock walls over 240 feet on either side. Your mind will turn to "Indiana Jones and the last Crusade" which was filmed here. At the end of the "Siq" you come face to face with The Khazneh (the Treasury) carved into the rocks and which also played a starring role in the movie. But Petra is more than this iconic image. The ancient city was built from 800 BC to 100 AD by Nabetean Arabs. In this era, Petra was a fortress, carved out of craggy rocks in an area which was virtually inaccessible. In the 1st and 2nd Century, after the Romans took over, the city reached the peak of its fame. Petra covers an area of 80 square miles and over 800 monuments can be found, mainly carved into the rock. You will spend time exploring the city with your guide and even having lunch within the city. When shipping slowly replaced caravan routes, the city's importance gradually dwindled; it fell into disuse and was lost to the world until 1812, when it was re-discovered by the Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. After you have made your own discovery of the "rose red city half as old as time" you drive back to Amman

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Day 9 Amman, Cairo and the Treasures of Tutankhamen

In the morning you will be transferred to the airport and assisted with your check-in for the brief flight to Cairo. Upon arrival you will be met by an Ultitude representative who will take you to your car where your luggage will be stowed. Your guide will then take you to lunch at La Pasha Restaurant. After lunch, you will be introduced to your personal Egyptologist will take you on a fascinating tour of 7,000 years of Egyptian History as he takes you through the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, one of the world's most famous museums. The museum houses the world's greatest collection of Ancient Egyptian artifacts including 12 rooms filled with golden treasures from the world-famous tomb of the boy-king Tutankhamen. After the tour you will be escorted to your hotel

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Day 10 Memphis, Sakkara and Giza

the morning you will be transferred to the airport and assisted with your check-in for the brief flight to Cairo. Upon arrival you will be met by an Ultitude representative who will take you to your car where your luggage will be stowed. Your guide will then take you to lunch at La Pasha Restaurant. After lunch, you will be introduced to your personal Egyptologist will take you on a fascinating tour of 7,000 years of Egyptian History as he takes you through the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, one of the world's most famous museums. The museum houses the world's greatest collection of Ancient Egyptian artifacts including 12 rooms filled with golden treasures from the world-famous tomb of the boy-king Tutankhamen. After the tour you will be escorted to your hotel

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Day 11 The Sinai and The Ten Commandments

After breakfast on board, you disembark and meet your Ultitude guide who will escort you to the airport and facilitate your check-in for the flight to Sharm El sheikh, the cosmopolitan resort of the shores of the Red Sea but also serving as the gateway to mystical areas of the Sinai. Upon arrival in "Sharm" you are met and escorted to your deluxe hotel located on the beach. You have the afternoon to relax and prepare yourself for the wondrous adventure ahead. An early dinner and a brief nap will allow you to be relatively rested as; in the late evening you meet your guide who is going to be your narrator as your follow in the footsteps of Moses. Your first journey is across the Sinai made tolerable by the coolness of the evening and miraculous by the star filled sky. After three hours you arrive at the base of Mount Sinai and begin your ascent following "Moses' footsteps" until you reach the summit where it is believed that God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. At the summit is the Holy Trinity Chapel built in the middle 20th Century on the site of a church dating back to the 5th Century. The hotel has prepared and packed a picnic which you enjoy as you watch the sunrise over the Sinai Peninsula and Mount Sinai itself.

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Day 12 The Burning Bush and St. Catherine’s Monastery

After some time for personal reflection you descend Mt. Sinai as Moses did and find yourself at the monastery of Saint Catherine's built by the Roman Emperor Justinian on what is said to be the site of the Burning Bush. Inside the walls are various chapels, a mosque and the bush, unique to this area and said to be from the same strain from biblical times. In addition there are several wells including the Well of the daughters of Jethro where Moses is said to have met his wife Zapporah, a library whose collection of religious manuscripts rivals the Vatican and an icon gallery. After your unique experience you head back to the coast stopping at Dahab for some lunch. Back at the resort you have the chance to relax and relive the adventure.

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Day 13 Reflections on a Fabled Land

This day is open for you to pursue your own adventures whether that is snorkeling in the pristine waters or shopping the luxury boutiques. Regardless of your selection you will find it hard not to reflect on your recent experiences. You have seen the birthplace of Jesus, explored the holy sites of Jerusalem and been in awe of the treasures of Petra. You have viewed the treasures of the boy king and the pyramids of ancient times. You have seen the Sinai through the eyes of Moses and had a chance to see how interrelated these cultures truly are.

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Day 14 Return to USA

After breakfast you are met by your guide and escorted to the airport for your return flight to the US arriving back that same afternoon.

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Accommodations
Days 2 - 4
Jerusalem

The Mamilla Hotel
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The Mamilla locality, home to Mamilla Hotel is uniquely situated at the junction between Jerusalem of old and new. Mamilla Hotel is alongside Alrov Mamilla Avenue, Jerusalem's new shopping experience, overlooking the Old City walls, the Tower of David and Jaffa Gate and is within walking distance of many major touristic sites, and just a short taxi ride from several significant venues located outside the city center. The Avenue directly leads into the Old City's main entrance, Jaffa Gate, and from here it's a stroll to myriad holy places, archeological sites and vibrant exotic markets dotting the ancient city. Designed in collaboration with world-renowned architects Moshe Safdie and Piero Lissoni, the Mamilla Hotel incorporates contemporary comforts and distinctive furnishings to create a unique ambience that both stimulates the senses and relaxes your body and soul. The hotel features exceptional rooms, distinctive restaurant and bar venues, and incomparable service. From the magnificent views of the Rooftop outdoor lounge & restaurant, through the shimmering ambience of the Mirror Bar, to the immersion of the Holistic Wellbeing Retreat, the hotel is ushering in a new era of luxury lifestyle hospitality in Jerusalem.
Days 5 - 6
Amman

Four Seasons, Superior Room
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Between the prestigious Al Sweifiyah residential area and the Shmeisani financial district, Four Seasons offers Amman's finest setting for business or leisure. Its dramatic hilltop location presents breathtaking views of the surrounding cityscape. The 15-storey hotel offers 192 generously sized guest rooms and suites – renowned as the largest in the city. Bright and airy interiors decorated in contemporary yet classic residential style are enhanced by expansive hilltop views of the city. Spacious modern-deco bathrooms feature a marble and granite vanity, a walk-in glass-walled shower and a separate deep soaking tub. The WC and bidet are in a separate alcove – complete with telephone. Each guest room also features a large dressing area.
Day 7
Petra

Movenpick
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The Mo¨venpick Petra is located at the entrance to the historic city. This resort, with an oriental flair features an exciting combination of natural stone, handcrafted wood and luxurious Middle Eastern fabrics and textiles. With 183 newly renovated rooms and a wide spectrum of choices for your culinary cravings, the resort will provide lasting memories of your time spent in one of the World’s most extraordinary destinations.
Day 8
Amman

Four Seasons, Superior Room
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Between the prestigious Al Sweifiyah residential area and the Shmeisani financial district, Four Seasons offers Amman's finest setting for business or leisure. Its dramatic hilltop location presents breathtaking views of the surrounding cityscape. The 15-storey hotel offers 192 generously sized guest rooms and suites – renowned as the largest in the city. Bright and airy interiors decorated in contemporary yet classic residential style are enhanced by expansive hilltop views of the city. Spacious modern-deco bathrooms feature a marble and granite vanity, a walk-in glass-walled shower and a separate deep soaking tub. The WC and bidet are in a separate alcove – complete with telephone. Each guest room also features a large dressing area.
Days 9 - 10
Cairo

Four Seasons at First Residence, Superior Room
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A gracious sanctuary of Four Seasons hospitality and service, with impressive views of the Great Pyramids over the old-growth canopy of Cairo’s ancient Zoological and Botanical Gardens. The Hotel is at the center of the First Residence apartments and shops overlooking the Nile River. Within a 20-storey tower, the hotel offers 269 guest rooms, including 43 suites. Among the most spacious in the city, the comfortable accommodations take full advantage of the setting, overlooking a range of lovely vistas from the pyramids and the Nile to the pool, the Botanical Gardens and captivating city views. The soothing interiors feature soft gold, red and green tones and gilded, empire-style furnishings. Signature Four Seasons marble bathrooms include a deep soaking tub, large granite-topped vanity and separate glass-enclosed shower.Stirring views of the Nile are the backdrop to dining at Four Seasons – from the Italian fare in Seasons to authentic Thai cuisine in Lai Thai and contemporary Lebanese dishes in Aura. The Tea Lounge, with its dazzling ocular window, and the warm, club-like Library Bar each offer a relaxed setting for social meetings.
Days 11 - 13
Sharm El Sheikh

Four Seasons, Superior Room
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Enjoy a seaside resort experience unparalleled in the Middle East. Superb dining, spa, fitness, Red Sea diving and sports – and luxurious guest rooms clustered like a hillside village above the shimmering drama of the Red Sea. Set in the natural beauty of Sinai, Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh offers 109 guest rooms, including 88 suites. In addition, 61 luxurious residential suites and 3 residential villas offer enhanced space and amenities for friends, families and travelling companions. All guest rooms and suites feature a private balcony or terrace – most with stunning views of the sea. Dine on Italian regional specialties at elegant Il Frantoio. Meet for breakfast, Middle Eastern mezzeh or themed buffets at Arabesque. Dine by the beach at Reef Grill. Enjoy light meals with an Indian or Mexican twist poolside at Waha or Gezira Pool Bar & Restaurant