The Living History of Israel
The bountiful blessings of a journey to Israel inspire both pilgrims and historians. From church mosaics to historical mosques, temple walls to alluring beaches, Israel is a classic. It brims with religious and historic importance and contemporary vitality, containing some of the world’s most historically and religiously significant sites. This is where the Baha’i Gardens blossom with date palms and carnations, antique fortresses shimmer with gold stones, and Roman ruins rise out of the coastal plains. The welcoming ambiance spans the whole country: from sampling olives fresh from the orchard to wines produced from verdant vines, from the ancient history to gorgeous landscapes and from the vibrant culture to the genuine hospitality of the Israelis.
Petra and the Jordan Highlights
Jordan’s Petra, what today is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, was the capital of the ancient Nabatean Kingdom. This long lost city, carved intricately into rose-red sandstone rocks, is a mystic and magical place, an eternal tribute to a lost civilization. Our exploration of Jordan will also include a stay on the dramatic shores of the Dead Sea, touring the cinnamon color dessert landscapes of Wadi Rum and some of Jordan's most famous biblical sites: Madaba, Mount Nebo, Saint George Church and Baptismal sites, and Al Karak.
The Futuristic Dubai
Dubai, is a vision of the future. Wrapped in starkly evocative desert splendor, the city is a mecca of culture, finance, and innovation. Beautifully designed architectural wonders house an exciting influx of cultural institutions, galleries, and shopping complexes, glittering cityscapes dazzle visitors and sci-fi concepts such as flying taxis or a lightning-fast hyperloop train reflect a mindset that fearlessly embraces the future. As the wealthiest country in the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates is often associated with glamour and opulence, and the centers of Dubai and Abu Dhabi live up to that reputation. With its superlative-craving society dreaming up and realizing space-age projects, stunningly high buildings and palm-shaped islands, Dubai is a city firmly in charge of writing its own narrative.