Medical and Military History in Israel, Palestine and Jordan - Jon Baines Tours

Medical and Military History in Israel, Palestine and Jordan

26 Oct - 11 Nov 2020
  • Cultural Tours

About the tour

Travel through ancient and beautiful countries that blend some of the world's greatest historical and architectural treasures with layers of culture, superb cuisine and a proud tradition of hospitality and welcome. The backdrop to this journey ranges from mountains to Mediterranean coastline and spectacular deserts. The long and complex history of the area encompasses the formation of the Knights Hospitaller and Templar, the Crusades, the end of the Ottoman Empire, TE Lawrence and the Arab Revolt and key scenes from WWI and WWII.

Travel through the Holy Land and experience its historical treasures and modern cosmopolitan societies. Lands where ancient Bibilical stories played out thousands of years ago have been at the centre of history ever since.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, ​Professor John Pearn

​Professor John Pearn

Professor John Pearn is a clinician and medical historian based in Brisbane, Australia. He has been an Academic and Clinical Teacher for 50 years in Medicine and Health Sciences, based at the University of Queensland. He is the Author of some thirty books and more than 200 published papers on the history of medicine and health. As Major General John Pearn, he served in the Defence Reserves for 35 years, ultimately in the appointment of Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force. He commanded the 2 Field Hospital, formerly No. 1 Casualty Clearing Station which was the pivot medical unit on the beach at Gallipoli, 25 April 1915. Professor John Pearn was a founder, later President and then Honorary Life Member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine. He is an historian of the Order of St John. He has been a Member of the Council for the International Society of the History of Medicine for many years; and its Vice President for the last four years. His books include the history of one of the Greek Islands and research publications on Simpson (of Gallipoli fame) and on ancient Greek medicine.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 26 Oct (Mon) Amman: Arrive and transfer to the hotel
  • 27 Oct (Tues) Amman: Visit the Roman city of Jerash. Visit Ajloun and see the ruins of its 12th-century castle
  • 28 Oct (Wed) Jerusalem: Depart Amman to cross Allenby Border. En route to Jerusalem visit the Hill of Olives and Garden of Gethsemene
  • 29 Oct (Thurs) Jerusalem: A full day tour starting on the slopes of Mount Zion. Visit the tomb of King David, the Benedictine Abbey of the Dormition and the Cenacle. Enter the Old City and see the Pool of Bathsheba and a 17thcentury pharmacy. Continue to the Via Dolorosa. Follow the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. See the Umayyad Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aksa Mosque
  • 30 Oct (Fri) Jerusalem: See Hansen House (old leper asylum). Visit East Jerusalem and see the Augusta Victoria Hospital. Visit the Church of St John the Baptist. Onto Bethlehem for the Church of the Nativity. Visit the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital
  • 31 Oct (Sat) Jerusalem / Beersheba: Visit the ancient rock fortress of Masada. Travel to Beersheba (or Be’er Sheva). Visit the Beersheba Anzac Memorial Centre and CWGC cemetery
  • 1 Nov (Sun) Beersheba / Haifa: See the the Monument to the Negev Brigade. Drive via Jaffa and take a walking tour of this ancient port city. Drive to Haifa via Caesarea and the Bai Hai Gardens
  • 2 Nov (Mon) Haifa: Drive to Nazareth. Visit the the Basilica of Annunciation, Mary’s Well and the ancient bath house. Travel to Megiddo, the site of Armageddon. Continue to Zichron Ya’akov for wine tasting. Return to Haifa
  • 3 Nov (Tues) Haifa: Travel to Acre and explore the history of the city including the Knights Halls of Hospitaller and Templar Orders. Lunch and at leisure. Return to Haifa
  • 4 Nov (Wed) Haifa / Amman: Drive to the site of the Battle of Hattin. Continue to the Sea of Galilee and visit the biblical sites of Tabgha and Capernaum. Cross into Jordan. Continue to Amman
  • 5 Nov (Thurs) Mon / Tues Amman: City tour of Amman. Visit the desert castles, including the well-preserved Qusair Amra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to the black basalt fort at Azraq, the headquarters of Lawrence of Arabia during the Arab Revolt.
  • 6 Nov (Fri) Amman / Petra: Drive via Mabada, the “City of Mosaics" known for its spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics. Drive up to Mount Nebo. Visit the vast Crusader castle at Kerak. Continue to Petra
  • 7 Nov (Sat) Petra: Walk along the siq to the rose-red city of Petra. Explore the city including the treasury, its tombs, facades and theatres. Afternoon at leisure to further explore Petra
  • 8 Nov (Sun) Petra: Day at leisure. Option to visit Little Petra and the Dana Reserve. Optional afternoon cookery class (NB: it is not possible to do both options)
  • 9 Nov (Mon) Petra / Wadi Rum: Jeep safari in desert of Wadi Rum.Check into desert camp and at leisure
  • 10 Nov (Tues) Wadi Rum / Dead Sea: Drive to the Dead Sea and transfer to your 5-star resort. Rest of day at leisure before a farewell dinner in the evening
  • 11 Nov (Wed) Dead Sea: Depart for Amman airport or extend by the Dead Sea

Tour cost

Cost is is USD $5,373 pp sharing (excluding international flights and transfers)

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