Tour the 2 holiest cities Jerusalem and Bethlehem your first day, and continue on by internal flights to Petra the second day. Short on time? Book this tour to see it all in 2 days.
Bethlehem is the city where Jesus and King David were born. It is one of the most holliest towns for Christians and every year at Christmas tens of thousands of people make the pilgrimage to Bethlehem. Jews also consider it a very holy city because it is said that King David was crowned here King of Israel. The Church of Nativity was first completed in 339 A.D., it has been destroyed, rebuilt, and added on to many times throughout history.
Petra is an inherritance that was left to us by the Nabataens over 2000 yearrs ago. The Nabataens were very industrious creating one of the greatest water systems of their time. Petra was occupied by over 20,000 residents, and was very prosperous. They built water cisterns and collected the water from the flash floods, then went on to sell the water to caravans passing through and merchants. The Nabataens created great facades in the sandstone in the typical Roman archetectual manner, the most famous of them is the Treasury. There is a Roman theater in which you can see the tombs still there between the seating. The amphitheater once held over 4000 seats There are many temples, statues, facades, numbering about 800 in Petra for you to view.
Tour the 2 holiest cities Jerusalem and Bethlehem your first day, and continue on by internal flights to Petra the second day. Pick up at 07:15 a.m. from Tel Aviv hotels.
Day 1: Pick up from your hotel, and start the tour in Jerusalem with a view of the Temple Mount and the Old City. Continue the drive to see the Mount of Olives, the Church of all Nations and the Garden of Gethsemane. Enter the Zion gate of the Old City, and pass the Armenian Quarter and the Byzantine Cardo. Walking through the Jewish Quarter arrive at the Western Wall. Follow the pilgrims along the Via Dolorosa, and follow the Stations of the Cross to arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Walk through the markets before driving to Bethlehem.
In Bethlehem, walk across Manger Square to arrive at the Church of Nativity. Tour the church with your guide to view the original mosaic floor, built in the 6th century. Go down to the Grotto of the church to view the star, that shows the birth place of Jesus. Opposite this you can see the manger and the altar that is dedicated to the three wise men. When leaving Bethlehem you can see the Field of Ruth gleaned the fields of Boaz.
Return to Tel Aviv for overnight in hotel.
Day2: Start your day with an early morning flight from Sde Dov airport in Tel Aviv ( transfer from major hotel in Tel Aviv is included ) transfer from Jerusalem for an extra fee, around 6:40 a.m. You will arrive in Eilat about 7:40 a.m. and a driver will pick you up at around 8:10 a.m. and take you to the Jordanian border. He will help you with the border proceedings, and there will be a driver waiting on the other side to take you to Petra. Tour Petra with a licensed guide, tour the famous Treasury, the mourning halls, the beautiful facades, the temples, and much more. After the tour, go for lunch in a local restaurant. Then head back to the border, and your flight to Tel Aviv around 21:00 p.m.
The order of days can be altered upon domestic flights