Explore Israel & Jordan

National Geographic Journeys, Jerusalem to Amman

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Step into the ancient world of the Middle East on a two-week journey that combines the highlights of Israel and Jordan. Discover life in Jerusalem and Bethlehem, learn about the differences in Middle Eastern cuisine, explore the Roman ruins of Jerash, ride through the desert on a 4x4, and venture into the awesome and ancient city of Petra. Connect with the past while glimpsing contemporary life in this incredible region.

What’s included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Jerusalem Lecture with Local Expert, Jerusalem Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Mahane Yehuda Market Walk & Kosher Cooking Class, Jerusalem Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Palestinian Women's Project Local Lunch, Bethlehem Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Lecture on Palestinien Christians in Israel, Bethlehem Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Galilee Winery tour and tasting, Galilee Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Women's Cooking Class & lunch, Jerash Governorate Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Petra Archaeologist Talk, Wādī Mūsá Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Wadi Rum Night Walk, Wadi Rum Your G for Good Moment: Beit Khayrat Souf women-run cafe, Jerash Governorate Your G for Good Moment: Numeira Community Cafe Lunch, Jordan Valley
  • Arrival transfer
  • Entrance to Yad Vashem (the Holocaust memorial)
  • Visit the Israel Museum and view the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Visit old Jerusalem and Bethlehem
  • Visit Masada
  • Explore the Sea of Galilee area including Capernaum and Nazareth
  • Tour Caesarea Maritima
  • Visit to the Citadel and the National Archaeological Museum
  • Guided visit to Jerash
  • Tour the Madaba mosaics
  • Visit Mt Nebo
  • Petra guided tour
  • Wadi Rum desert 4x4 jeep excursion
  • Guided visit to Bethany
  • Visit both sides of the Dead Sea
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Wander the quarters of jerusalem's old city
  • Taste your way through a local market
  • Learn about israeli
  • Palestinian and jordanian cooking
  • Ride through the wadi rum desert on a 4x4
  • Explore the awe-inspiring ancient city of petra

Itinerary

Day 1 Jerusalem We highly recommend booking a pre-night in Jerusalem to recover from jet lag and relax as this is a fast paced trip with little free time. Its important to remember that hospitality expectations can vary greatly from what you are used to in your home Country. The point of travel is to open yourself up to cultural differences and new experiences; practice patience and keep an open mind. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 2 Jerusalem (1B) Lectures are included to provide context to different viewpoints and the wide range of cultural differences within Israel. As everything in Israel relates directly or indirectly to vastly different Political and Spiritual opinions, its important to keep an open mind and see these interactions as learning experiences. Additional Notes: Depending on the time of year and festivals/holidays, the old city can be very crowded with visitors and pilgrims. While we do visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, we often do not have time to visit the "Tomb of Christ", due to long lineups. Should you wish to spend more time in the Church and visit the Tomb, we recommend doing this on your own in your free time (the church is open in the evenings). Included Activities: Mount of Olives Viewpoint Jerusalem Lecture with Local Expert Old Jerusalem Walking Tour - Journeys Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 3 Jerusalem (1B, 1D) This morning, visit the Yad Vashem Memorial to learn about the Holocaust and its ramifications. Continue to the famed Israel Museum to view the Dead Sea Scrolls, one of the greatest archaeological finds of the past century. After, opt to walk through the museum’s state-of-the-art archaeological exhibition on your own. This evening, join a local Israeli chef on a walking tour of Mahane Yehuda Market, followed by a private cooking class. Included Activities: Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum) Visit Israel Museum & Dead Sea Scrolls Mahane Yehuda Market Walk & Kosher Cooking Class Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 4 Jerusalem (1B, 1L) Spend the day in Bethlehem, beginning with a visit to Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity. Walk through a nearby Palestinian refugee camp then head to a local women's project for a demonstration of Palestinian cooking and a local lunch. Visit the accredited Bethlehem Bible College for a lecture on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the Palestinian Christian perspective. Additional Notes: Depending on the time of year and festivals/holidays, Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity can be very crowded with visitors and pilgrims. Access to the grotto is not guaranteed, it is often very crowded with long lines and is closed on some days (without notice). Included Activities: Bethlehem Tour - Journeys Palestinian Women's Project Local Lunch Lecture on Palestinien Christians in Israel Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 5 Jerusalem/Tiberias (1B, 1D) In the Galilee area we stay in a local resort-style hotel which is operated by a Kibbutz. Included Activities: Masada Guided Tour Kibbutz Experience Dead Sea Visit (Israel) Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)
Day 6 Tiberias (1B, 1D) Visit the Mount of Beatitudes for gorgeous views of the Sea of Galilee and to visit the church where Jesus is believed to have delivered his “Sermon on the Mount” speech. Continue to the ruins of Capernaum, where Jesus lived and preached, and where many apostles, including Peter, made their home. Learn about the lives of Israeli Arabs on the way to Nazareth, where we visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, one of the largest churches in the Middle East. Stop at a local winery for a tour and private tasting led by a wine expert. Included Activities: Sea of Galilee area tour Nazareth Tour Galilee Winery tour and tasting Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 7 Tiberias/Tel Aviv (1B) Continue to the Mediterranean, visiting the coastal city of Haifa, and then head south to Caesarea Maritima to see the ruins of Herod’s harbour city. Afterwards, continue to the bustling city of Tel Aviv for our last evening. Additional Notes: After a very busy trip, should you wish to enjoy some relaxation and leisure time, we do recommend booking post nights in Tel Aviv, Included Activities: Caesarea Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours)
Day 8 Tel Aviv/Amman (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 Jordan – either on your own or with any other travellers who are continuing on for the Jordan portion of the tour. You will be met on the Jordanian side of the border and transferred to Amman, 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. Its important to note that transport vehicles in Israel are usually much more modern than in Jordan. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Israel - Jordan) Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (90km)
Day 9 Amman (1B, 1L) Explore Jerash, one of the largest and most well-preserved Roman ruins outside of Italy. After, visit a local café run by women, an activity exclusive to Journeys travellers and part of G Adventures for Good. Here, take a cooking class and enjoy a local lunch. After, return to Amman and visit the National Museum and archaeological site of the Citadel. Included Activities: Jerash Guided Visit Women's Cooking Class & lunch Beit Khayrat Souf women-run cafe National Archaeological Museum & Citadel Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours) Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours)
Day 10 Amman/Wādī Mūsá (1B) Depart early today for the long but very interesting drive by way of the King's Highway to Petra. The first stop is Mount Nebo, which is believed by many to be the site of Moses' death and has thus been a centre for pilgrimage since the earliest Christian times. Visit the town of Madaba, which has some of the finest Byzantine mosaics in the world. Arrive in the early evening at Wadi Musa, our base for exploring Petra. Included Activities: Mt Nebo Visit Madaba Mosaics Guided Tour Petra Archaeologist Talk Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 240km)
Day 11 Wādī Mūsá (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 12 Petra/Wadi Rum (1B, 1L, 1D) After breakfast, drive to Wadi Rum, a vast, silent landscape of ancient riverbeds and the largest and most magnificent of Jordan's desert landscapes. Spend the night in a simple, but comfortable desert camp; The authentic goat-wool tent provides a glimpse into traditional Bedouin living. Each tent has ensuite and is outfitted with sheets, pillows, a raised bed, towels, electricity and thick covers against the desert cold. While the accommodation is simple, it is quite comfortable and offers a truly unique experience. Additional Notes: November – February: The desert can get very cold after the sun sets and it can be cool during the days. If you are visiting during the winter months you should pack warm comfortable clothing for daytime and especially the evenings (a jacket, hat, gloves and warm pajamas). September/October & March/April: evenings can still get chilly so you should bring something warm to wear. Daytime is usually warm and comfortable but you can bring a sweater or jacket just in case. May – August: the weather is very hot during the day and the evenings are usually comfortable and warm. Included Activities: 4x4 Desert Trip Wadi Rum Night Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 13 Wadi Rum/Dead Sea (1B, 1L, 1D) There may be an opportunity for an optional balloon ride over the desert - please speak to your CEO if interested. Its important to note that we cannot guarantee space will be available and we cannot pre-book this activity as it is often cancelled due to weather, local conditions. At 423m (1,388 ft) below sea level, the shores of the Dead Sea are at the lowest land elevation on Earth. The sea is named because its salinity is so high (up to nine times that of the world’s oceans) that only a few microorganisms can live in its waters. The Dead Sea is a resort area, with chain hotels whose sole purpose are to allow access to the Dead Sea. This allows time to relax, float in the sea or opt to visit a spa. Dinner is in the hotel, as there are no local restaurants within the resort area. Additional Notes: Note: Due to major road works in the area, access to Numeira Cafe can be limited and sometimes inaccessible. if we are unable to visit during your departure, your CEO will advise, and take the group to a different area for the included lunch. Included Activities: Numeira Community Cafe Lunch Dead Sea Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s))
Day 14 Dead Sea/Amman (1B) Enjoy a visit to the archaeological site of Bethany, thought to be the site where Jesus was baptized. Continue back to Amman and join our CEO for an optional farewell dinner. Included Activities: Bethany Beyond the Jordan Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Day 15 Amman (1B) Check-out time from the hotel is normally mid-morning, but luggage storage facilities are available. We also encourage you to book a few additional nights if you want more time to explore the city. Additional Notes: Speak to your CEO about arranging your transfer to the airport (additional cost). Included Activities: Departure Day
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