Tour Highlights


Though it may appear a common wall built of imperfect sandstone by zealous hands, this place – this sacred locale – is more than merely its physical elements. Devout men stand in prayer speaking to their lord, faithful in their service. To be in the presence of such powerful convictions will humble even the most cavalier guest.

  • Walk through the ancient city of Petra
  • Journey deep into the Jordanian desert to Wadi Rum
  • Stay at the luxurious Kempinski Palace Dead Sea Resort on the shores of the Dead Sea
  • Step back to where it all began - Jerusalem the most holy of lands
  • Stay at the landmark hotel King David in Jerusalem
  • Visit one of the oldest cities in the world - Jericho
  • Stroll along the palm-lined beach of Lanarca
  • Visit the ancient site of Choirokoitia 
Petra, Jordan

Explore the ruins of Petra

We were all spoilt from day one and all made to feel that Captain's Choice were continually focused on our well being and on our enjoyment.

Col Bradford - Ancient & Holy Lands, 2016

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Please note: this tour contains a moderate level of activity and requires passengers to have a healthy fitness level.

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Depart Australia

Day 1: Thursday 12 October

Our upcoming journey is sure to answer the many questions you have about this much disputed and hallowed region. Recline in comfort on your Emirates flight from Australia to Amman via Dubai. You might choose to break up your flight with a stopover in Dubai, so that you are rested and ready for the beginning of your Middle East adventure.

Arrive Petra (Jordan)

Day 2: Friday 13 October

On arrival in Amman, we take you directly overland to Petra. In 1812, Swiss explorer Jean Louis Burckhardt happened upon ‘one of the most elegant remains of antiquity existing.’ He was the first mortal to set foot over the threshold of Petra in over 600 years. For the next two nights, we will be staying a stone’s throw from the main gates at the five-star Movenpick Resort Petra. Come together for a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travellers this evening.

Petra

Day 3: Saturday 14 October

By horseback or on foot, discover the winding passageways of the lost city of Petra. Gaze upon the pillars of the Treasury and be spellbound by the soft sandstone of the Siq. See the Street of Facades, the Royal Tombs and the Pharaoh’s Castle, and perhaps choose to climb the 800 steps to the ancient monastery.

Petra, Jordan

Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea

Day 4: Sunday 15 October

We journey deeper into the Jordanian desert, passing dusty caravans of camels as we  make our way to Wadi Rum. The rocky,  barren wilderness has been home to Bedouins for thousands of years. Discover canyons turned deep orange and ochre by the sun, tattooed with ancient Nabatean rock inscriptions from a time when civilisation was just beginning. We then follow a spectacular road up to the Dead Sea, where the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar awaits. During a two-night stay here, we relish private access to the Dead Sea itself. 

Wadi Rum, Jordan - Luxury Travel

Barren yet beautiful Wadi Rum

Madaba, Jerash or Amman

Day 5: Monday 16 October
  • Relax or explore, the choice is yours. Spend a leisurely day floating in the buoyant, remedial waters of the Dead Sea beside our hotel. Or perhaps visit the country’s capital, Amman; explore the ancient Roman remains of Jerash; or visit Mt Nebo and Madaba, to see the amazing mosaics dating from the 6th century.
  • Choose from the hotel’s fine restaurants for a dine-around dinner this evening. 

Jerusalem (Israel)

Day 6: Tuesday 17 October

Bid Jordan farewell as the King Hussein Bridge leads us to Israel. Soon we arrive at the iconic King David Hotel, our decadent residence for the next five nights. Standing proud for nearly 100 years and crafted from stately pink quartz, the King David is a great base from which to explore Jerusalem, Israel’s capital.

Breathe in the mysticism of the Holy City and relax in your regal surroundings this afternoon before dinner at one of the King David’s lavish restaurants.

Jerusalem

Day 7: Wednesday 18 October

We uncover the icons of Jerusalem today starting with Temple Mount, Judaism’s most holy site. At the City of David, the story of Jerusalem is explained exclusively to us by one the site’s chief archaeologists. The sanctity of Jerusalem is brought home at the Western Wall - also known as the Wailing Wall - where those of Jewish faith make their ultimate pilgrimage. We return to our hotel for a rest, but not before stopping at Mt Zion and the room of the Last Supper.

  • Tonight, choose from one of our hand-selected restaurants for a dine-around dinner. 

Jerusalem

Day 8: Thursday 19 October

After visiting the Garden of Gethsemane this morning, we enter the walled Old City of Jerusalem. After lunch, travel the Via Dolorosa - the Way of Sorrows - to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Garden Tomb. This evening, a ‘biblical eating’ experience at Eucalyptus restaurant sees local chefs prepare traditional Israeli ingredients with an aesthetic twist. We walk off dinner on the way to a sound and light show that depicts the history of Jerusalem on the city walls.

Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem Old City

Masada and the Dead Sea

Day 9: Friday 20 October

During a free morning, perhaps take an independent stroll around town or simply relax at your charming hotel. Later, after a trip out to the Great Rift Valley, it’s time to explore the desert fortress of Masada. While the Romans had to conquer it by foot, you will be whisked to the top of the mountain by cable car. As dusk falls, enjoy dinner overlooking the Dead Sea with the lights of Jordan shimmering in the distance.

Dead Sea, Jordan

Float in the Dead Sea

Jerusalem

Day 10: Saturday 21 October

The main museum, the Avenue of the Righteous and the Children’s Memorial at Yad VaShem remind us of the horrors of Israel’s more recent history. At the Israel Museum, a range of archaeological finds await, including the mysterious Dead Sea Scrolls, housed at the Shrine of the Book. After lunch we explore Bethlehem, moving on to Manger Square to take in the Church of the Nativity and the monasteries of the Shepherds’ Fields.

Beth Shean - Nazareth - Rosh Pina [The Sea of Galilee]

Day 11: Sunday 22 October

Today starts with a walk back in time at Beth Shean, settled some 5,000 to 6,000 years ago. Nazareth then puts on a warm welcome as we delve into the fascinating Middle Eastern archaeology and charm of Israel’s largest Arab city. If you wish, take the opportunity to submerge yourself in the Jordan River at Yardenit, where it is said Jesus was baptised. Over lunch, sample a local speciality, St Peter’s fish, caught from the tranquil Sea of Galilee, which we sail upon this afternoon. After a busy day, we ascend the Galilee Mountains on the way to the Mizpe Hayamim Spa Hotel where we rest for two nights. Tonight, dine on treats gathered from the hotel’s working farm.

Golan Heights

Day 12: Monday 23 October

You may have heard of the Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha and Capernaum so we’ll take a panoramic tour this morning on our way to Israel’s mountainous region. Originating from volcanic eruptions, the plateau of the Golan Heights becomes more magnificent as you climb from the plains. A journey east reveals the lush woodlands of Banias Nature Reserve. Along winding pathways we uncover falls, springs and ancient ruins, before climbing the volcanic cone of Mt Bental for panoramic views. 

Rosh Pina - Tel Aviv

Day 13: Tuesday 24 October

From desert to sea, we head for Rosh Hanikra on the Mediterranean coast for a cable car ride taking us past the grottos and caves in the white cliff face. The views then carry us onwards to the ancient city of Akko and the Bahai Gardens in Haifa. We lunch at Daliat El Carmel then tour ancient Caesarea, the Roman capital of Israel. After an Israeli archaeologist shares his insight into the Holy Land, we admire the Latin American art of the Ralli Museum then head for the UNESCO listed city of Tel Aviv. Set amid Independence Park right by the beach, Hilton Tel Aviv is a welcome stop for the next two nights. Tonight we enjoy an authentic sampling dinner at Market Kitchen.

Bahai Gardens, Haifa - Luxury Touring

The terraced Bahai gardens of Haifa

Tel Aviv

Day 14: Wednesday 25 October

The first modern Jewish city, Tel Aviv is a place of culture, art and entertainment. Visit Independence Hall and the Palmach Museum to learn more about Israel’s intriguing history. Superbly rounding out a leisurely day, tonight we dine on regional fusion dishes that you won’t find anywhere else in the world at Herbert Samuel - run by celebrity chef Jonathan Roshfeld. 

Tel Aviv - Larnaca (Cyprus)

Day 15: Thursday 26 October

A new day, a new country. We wave farewell to Israel and fly to Larnaca in Cyprus, transferring to Limassol and the pinnacle of Cypriot luxury, the independently owned Four Seasons Hotel. Here we will stay for the next five nights.

Nicosia and Kyrenia

Day 16: Friday 27 October

In July 1974, Turkish forces invaded the north and Cyprus was divided. A green line still exists as a border between the north, occupied by Turkey, and the Republic of Cyprus in the south. Thankfully it is possible to travel over that border and we do so on the way to explore Nicosia, the island’s capital. Pass through olive groves to the harbour town of Kyrenia then, at the foot of the Five Finger Mountains, the 12th century Bellapais Abbey will delight you with its Italian frescos and coastline views. 

Limassol

Day 17: Saturday 28 October
  • Today is yours to do with as you wish. Spend the day relaxing at your hotel or perhaps join a half-day tour of the cosmopolitan seafront town of Limassol. Choose from any of the fine restaurants located in our hotel during a dine-around evening tonight. 

Larnaca and Famagusta

Day 18: Sunday 29 October

Larnaca’s palm lined promenade is just the place for a morning stroll to the Byzantine Church of St Lazarus. Continue to the eastern coast and the seaside town of Famagusta, known for its beaches and Venetian walls. At the 12th-century Kingdom of Salamis, we wander amid crumbling colonnades, marble baths and elaborate mosaics in what remains of Cyprus’ most important pre Christian city. Heading back to our hotel, we pass by the heavily guarded ‘Ghost City’ of Varosha.

Paphos

Day 19: Monday 30 October

Today we discover the Cypriot secrets of winemaking, beginning in the town of Omodos, where we sample the local delicacy, grapes blended with almonds.

In Paphos, believed to be the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Roman mosaics at the House of Dionysus are sure to impress. Our time amid the hilly vine covered region then ends at Geroskipou, where we view the ornate paintings at the island’s Byzantine church, Agia Paraskevi.

Paphos Castle

Paphos castle rests on the edge of the city's harbour

Depart Larnaca

Day 20: Tuesday 31 October

Enjoy a free morning to unwind and enjoy Limassol, soaking in the sunshine on one of the many lovely beaches. After lunch, we will transfer to the airport for our late afternoon flight returning to Australia via Dubai.

Arrive Australia

Day 21: Wednesday 1 November

Arriving home late this evening, you’ll no doubt be brimming with stories to tell.

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Sightseeing

Sightseeing

Sightseeing in each destination is included. Select Options even allow you to tailor aspects of the touring to your individual tastes when there are multiple touring options.

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Meals and Drinks

All meals are included with your tour price along with beer, wine and soft drinks. Dining experiences can range from Michelin-starred restaurants to intimate local eateries.

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Flights

We have included different flight options for your convenience. Should you wish to fly with a different airline to the group we can help you with those arrangements if you wish.

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Tipping, Taxes, Transfers and Travel Insurance (subject to terms & conditions) are included. We even look after your luggage for the entire trip so you don't have to.

Tour Host Team

Tour Host Team & Doctor

Wherever you are in the world, you will always have a friendly and knowledgeable Tour Host Team on hand. Not to mention a Doctor on every tour for your peace of mind.

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Accommodation

We believe a superior standard of service is just as important as five star facilities. We select our hotels with location and accessibility in mind as well as luxury.

Accommodation highlights


King David Hotel Jerusalem
Petra

Movenpick Resort

Located on the northern shores of the Dead Sea, this resort offers stunning views and a tranquil setting.

Dead Sea, Kempinski Hotel - Jordan - Luxury Tour
Dead Sea

Kempinski Hotel

The perfect combination of 5-star luxury and natural surroundings, this hotel provides impeccable comfort and beautiful views across the Dead Sea and towards the West Bank.

King David Hotel
Jerusalem

King David Hotel

A legendary landmark in its own right, this hotel strikes a wonderful balance between old-world charm and new-world luxury.

For all round efficient, safe touring, all well organised to interesting, and inaccessible or difficult places - Captain's Choice can't be bettered.

Joan Lawrence - Ancient & Holy Lands, 2016

Solo Traveller

Solo Travellers

Many Captain’s Choice guests travel solo, and almost all of them find that making friends on holiday is easy, thanks to the welcoming and like minded nature of our travellers. At the start of the tour, all solo travellers are invited to a Welcome Reception, enabling you to get to know other guests travelling on their own.

Members of our Tour Host Team are always available for a friendly chat and a meal, but if you prefer time for private reflection then that is always respected too – you can choose to be as involved as much or as little as you please. Either way, it’s a fun and rewarding way to see the world.

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Based on per person, twin share - from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane flying with Emirates. Prices from other cities are available on request.

All regional flights are in Economy Class

Land Only guests join Petra for dinner on Day 2 and depart Limassol after breakfast on Day 20.

Please note: this tour contains a moderate level of activity and requires passengers to have a healthy fitness level.

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