Jordan and Israel Adventure

Classic, Amman to Tel Aviv

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History. Religion. Adventure. Beauty. This tour highlights all of the above and more during a two-week exploration of Israel and Jordan. Use the present to connect with the past as you explore some of the best Roman ruins outside of Italy. Swim in the Dead Sea, take in Petra’s fascinating history, ride through the desert on a 4x4, and spend the night at a Bedouin camp. In 15 days you’ll travel through thousands of years of history. Daunting? Maybe. Life-changing? Definitely.

What’s included

  • Local Living: Bedouin Camp Overnight, Wadi Rum Local Living: Druze Village Visit and Traditional Lunch , Isfiya Druze Village
  • Tel Aviv city tour including Old Port of Jaffa
  • Akko, Nazareth and Bethlehem visits
  • Sea of Galilee and Golan Heights tours
  • Guided tour of UNESCO World Heritage Site of Masada
  • Jerusalem sightseeing including the Western Wall and Holy Sepulcher Church
  • Jerash entrance and guided tour
  • Dead Sea visit
  • Madaba mosaics guided tour
  • Mt Nebo entrance
  • Karak Castle guided tour
  • Petra day pass and local guide
  • Wadi Rum jeep excursion

Highlights

  • Enjoy lunch with a druze family
  • Swim in the dead sea
  • Spend the night in a bedouin camp
  • Enjoy a 4x4 excursion
  • Visit the historic madaba mosaics

Itinerary

Day 1 Amman There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting followed by an optional group dinner. Amman is a very big city and there is not one central area to stay - hotels are spread out across various neighbourhoods within the city. For this reason, to move around the city in your free time, you will have to take a taxi, please feel free to ask your CEO for recommendations and assistance. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Amman/Jerash/Dead Sea/Amman (1B) Set off on a half-day trip to Jerash, a fascinating site and one of the largest and most well-preserved Roman ruins outside Italy. Continue on to the Dead Sea. Known for its high salinity, opt to bob like a cork in the healing waters. Relax on the shores or cover yourself in therapeutic mud. Included Activities: Jerash Guided Visit Dead Sea Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours) Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours) Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Amman/Karak/Petra (1B) Depart early for the first stop, Mt Nebo. Learn the ancient history of this spot and check out the views. Continue on to Madaba to see the famous Byzantine mosaics, dating back to the sixth century. After, visit Karak Castle, built during the Crusades. Arrive in the early evening to Wadi Musa, the town just outside Petra. Included Activities: Mt Nebo Visit Madaba Mosaics Guided Tour Karak Castle Guided Visit Transport: Including stops along the way. Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 240km)
Day 4 Petra (1B) The site is large so please be prepared for a lot of walking over sand and rocks for the entire day. Pace yourself, stay hydrated and be sure to have proper walking/hiking shoes. Included Activities: Petra Guided Tour
Day 5 Petra/Wadi Rum (1B, 1D) Drive to Wadi Rum, a vast, silent landscape of ancient riverbeds and the largest and most magnificent of Jordan's desert landscapes. Head deep into the desert by 4x4 stopping at famous landmarks along the way. Arrive to the tented camp in time for a traditional meal and learn more about this ancient culture. There is a large, central tent that is traditionally decorated and perfect for relaxing or escaping the cold nights in winter. Our dinner is prepared in traditional fashion, with the meat and vegetables cooked in an underground oven. Soft drinks and water are available for purchase. Lanterns light the way but we do suggest you bring a flashlight. Additional Notes: Accommodation in the desert is in one large goat-hair tent divided into "rooms" with curtains. Basic linens are provided but many travellers prefer to bring a sleep sheet for extra comfort. There are shared, unisex facilities. For religious reasons, no alcohol is permitted at the camp. Included Activities: Wadi Rum 4x4 Excursion Bedouin Camp Overnight Transport: Drive time doesn't include stops in the gorgeous desert along the way. Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 6 Wadi Rum/Aqaba (1B) Drive to the Red Sea resort city of Aqaba. Enjoy free time to enjoy the beach, go snorkelling or check out the city. Make sure to try some fresh seafood for dinner. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Aqaba/Amman (1B) The morning is flexible. Spend a little more time at the beach or head back early. Reach Amman by way of the Desert Highway. Enjoy a final night out in the city. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 8 Amman/Jerusalem (1B) You will have one CEO in Israel and one in Jordan. In this case you will be transferred to the border and cross over unescorted to Israel – either on your own or with any other travellers who are continuing on for the Israel portion of the tour. You will be met on the Israel side of the border and transferred to Tel Aviv, where there is free time to relax until the welcome meeting with your new CEO in the evening. See the "Detailed Trip Notes" section of the Tour Details page for helpful instructions on crossing the Israeli-Jordanian border. Additional Notes: Please remember that Israel and Jordan are very different Countries, in terms of culture, daily way of life and infrastructure. The best part of travel is gaining insight into these difference and keeping an open mind. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Jordan - Israel) Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 52km) Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 137km)
Day 9 Jerusalem (1B) Explore the old city of Jerusalem, walking through the Muslim and Jewish quarters. Visit the Western Wall and walk along the Via Dolorosa to the Holy Sepulchre Church. Enjoy the afternoon free to explore on our own. Included Activities: Old Jerusalem Walking Tour - Classic
Day 10 Jerusalem/Negev Desert (1B, 1D) Travel to biblical Bethlehem and visit the Church of the Nativity before heading to Duhaishe Camp for Palestinian refugees. What started as a camp has become a thriving town and here we learn more about the situation of the Palestinians in Israel and what daily life here is all about. Included Activities: Bethlehem Visit Duhaishe Palestinian Refugee Camp Negev Desert Camp Overnight Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
Day 11 Negev/Dead Sea/Jericho (1B) Travel to Masada, and visit the famous rock fortress on a guided tour with our CEO. Opt to hike (or ride) to the top and learn more about this ancient place. Continue on to the fascinating Dead Sea. Cover yourself in the healing mud, bob like a cork in very salty water, or enjoy a little sunbathing on the shore. Spend the night in Jericho. Included Activities: Masada Guided Tour Dead Sea Visit (Israel) Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 12 Jericho/Galilee (1B) Tour the Sea of Galilee area, including the Church of Transfiguration and the ruins of Capernaum. Also visit a local Kibbutz to learn about this interesting communal lifestyle. Included Activities: Sea of Galilee Area Tour Kibbutz Tour Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 13 Galilee/Nazareth (1B) Travel to Nazareth where we visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, one of the largest churches in the Middle East. Included Activities: Nazareth Tour Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 14 Nazareth/Tel Aviv (1B, 1L) Visit a Druze community for a local lunch. Continue to Akko and explore its colourful markets and old city before continuing to vibrant Tel Aviv. Enjoy an orientation walk in historic Jaffa. Included Activities: Druze Village Visit and Traditional Lunch Akko City Tour Tel Aviv Orientation Drive and Jaffa Port Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (200km)
Day 15 Tel Aviv (1B) Depart at any time. Additional Notes: With so much to do and see in Tel Aviv, we highly recommend booking post nights to fully enjoy all that the city has to offer. Included Activities: Departure Day
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