Middle East

Israel & Jordan Itinerary

Duration
16 Days Itinerary
From
USD $4,995 Dates/Prices
Day
Day 1
1

Tel Aviv

Welcome to Tel Aviv. Located on the Israeli Mediterranean coastline, the city is Israel’s commercial and cultural capital. The cosmopolitan city’s cafes, shopping and nightlife combine with beautiful beaches to create a lively atmosphere. The White City of Tel Aviv was declared by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site for its white colored Bauhaus style buildings that line the streets.

After we arrive in Tel Aviv we enjoy a group welcome dinner to meet our fellow travelers.

[Dinner]

Day 2
2

Tel Aviv: The White City

Our small group tour embarks as we explore Tel Aviv today. We begin at the Diaspora Museum where we gain insight into Israel’s people, history and culture. We then enjoy a city tour of Tel Aviv before spending some time on our own for lunch.

This afternoon we step back in time and explore the old city, Old Jaffa. We wander through the streets and discover this ancient port city. Our evening is at leisure.

[Breakfast]

Day 3
3

Tel Aviv to Ginosar

We depart Tel Aviv after breakfast this morning for our next destination, Ginosar. We follow the coast to reach our first stop Haifa, Israel’s third largest city. This picturesque city is located at the foot of Mount Carmel and extends to the coast of the Mediterranean. We enjoy a half day tour of the city, including a visit to the summit of Mount Carmel. 

We continue along the coast and visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Acre. Here we enjoy a visit to the city’s Oriental Market, Arab Mosque and Old Port.

Special Experience

Acre has one last treat for us before we continue on to Ginosar – the Acre Crusader City. In this small connection, we explore the halls, passages, tunnels and chambers of the Crusader city that lies beneath the streets of Acre. We learn more about the history of the Crusader era as we meander our way through the city that was built in the 12th century.

We make our way inland and arrive in Nazareth for a city tour before arriving at our hotel in Ginosar in time for dinner. 

[Breakfast]

Day 4
4

Ginosar: Kibbutz and wine

We begin our day this morning with a tour of the Kibbutz, learning more of the ins and outs of life here. Our tour takes us to the Yigal Alon Museum where we have the chance to see the Ancient Galilee Boat or “Jesus Boat”. Discovered by local fishermen during a drought in 1986, the ancient boat dates back to the 1st century AD.

Wine is on the menu this afternoon as we travel to the Golan Heights Winery. En-route to the winery we stop at Mount Bental for an incredible panoramic view of the land below. At the winery, we enjoy a tour of the grounds before settling in for lunch and a wine tasting.

Before arriving back at our hotel we make one last stop at the natural springs of Banias to see one of the sources of the Jordan River.

[Breakfast and Lunch]

Day 5
5

Ginosar to Jerusalem

Jerusalem, Israel’s capital city holds important significance in history for Jewish, Muslim and Christian people. A unique blend of old and new, the city’s architecture combines seamlessly to create this fascinating city full of historical sites and world-class museums.

We begin our journey to Jerusalem after breakfast this morning, stopping along the way at Tiberias, a city located on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. We visit Capernaum and make a stop at the baptismal site of John the Baptist at Yardenit. Our last stop before arriving in Jerusalem is the Jordan Valley where we visit the excavated Roman ruins of Beit Shen.

Upon arriving in Jerusalem, we check into our hotel before enjoying our evening at leisure.

[Breakfast]

Day 6
6

Jerusalem

We explore Jerusalem today as we drive through the New City and visit the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament and High Court.

Special Experience

We embark on a tantalizing tasting tour of the Mahane Yehuda market on this delectable small connection. Our taste buds are taken on a journey as we taste our way through the variety of foods on offer.

We pay a visit to Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, this afternoon. Moving and profound, the museum at the Center tells the stories of the Jewish people affected during the time of the Holocaust. We spend the evening at our own leisure.

[Breakfast and Lunch]

Day 7
7

Jerusalem and Bethlehem: historic sights

We enjoy a full day of touring today starting at Jerusalem’s Old City. We step back in time as we enter the walled city and discover its sights visiting the Roman Cardo, the Herodian Quarter and the Western Wall.  We continue to Bethlehem where we gain insight into the birthplace of Jesus visiting Rachel’s Tomb, the Church of Nativity, and Mangers Square.

Special Experience

This evening we get to know the locals of Jerusalem as we join a local family for a traditional Shabbat dinner in their home. We share stories over dinner as we learn about the traditional cuisine and their way of life before we depart with new friendships and lasting memories.

[Breakfast and Dinner]

Day 8
8

Jerusalem: Masada and the Dead Sea

This morning we visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Masada, a fortress perched high above the Judaean Desert. Built as a palace complex in the last century BC, today the ruins are a testament to Israel’s ancient kingdom history. After a tour of Masada, we make our way to the Dead Sea. Straddling the border between Israel and Jordan, the Dead Sea is the lowest spot on the Earth’s surface. With a mineral content topping out at 33%, the Dead Sea is an incredible natural attraction. We enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to float in the salty waters before returning to Jerusalem to enjoy our afternoon at leisure.

This evening we enjoy a farewell dinner together at a local restaurant.

[Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]

Day 9
9

Jerusalem to Amman

Welcome to Amman, Jordan’s capital city. Amman has been continuously inhabited since 6,000BCE and is the gateway to Jordan’s historic delights. Few ancient ruins remain in the crowded city, with the hilltop Citadel a highlight, offering sweeping views across the city.

We cross the border into Jordan today, making our way to its capital Amman. After we arrive, we discover the city on a tour. Our small group travels to the Citadel and impressive Roman Theater, and through old Amman. This evening we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

[Breakfast and Dinner]

Day 10
10

Amman: Roman ruins and ancient castles

Our small group departs Amman this morning on a full day sightseeing tour of the surrounding area. We begin at Jerash, one of the best-preserved Greco-Roman cities in the Middle East. Home to amazing ruins of temples, agora and colonnaded streets, we step back in time and experience a Roman Chariot show, gaining insight into this fascinating time in history. 

We continue to Ajloun Castle where we explore the castle and its many towers, staircases and chambers. Built between 1184 and 1188, the ancient castle has sweeping views over the Jordan Valley.

Special Experience

This afternoon we visit a community center and connect with the locals. We see the work the center does to support the local community at the center’s Calligraphy House. Here, we are welcomed by a group of local women who will demonstrate the art of calligraphy. We learn about the Arabic alphabet before we pick up a quill and pot of ink and attempt to master the art of calligraphy ourselves. 

[Breakfast and Lunch]

Day 11
11

Amman to Petra

One of the Middle East’s greatest historical and architectural treasures, Petra is a site to behold. The unique city, carved directly from red sandstone rockface, was a trade route for the silks of China, the spices of India and the incense of Arabia. Constructed around 100BCE, Petra is unlike any other place in the world.

We depart Amman after breakfast this morning for Petra. Along the way we visit Mount Nebo, where we stop and take in sweeping views across the Holy Land, and Madaba. Known as the City of Mosaics, Madaba is home to the impressive 6th century Mosaic Map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. We continue to Little Petra, known locally as Siq al-Barid. Also carved directly from the walls of sandstone rockface but encompassing a much smaller area than Petra, we stop in Little Petra for some sightseeing before continuing to Petra. We enjoy dinner at Al Qantarah restaurant this evening.

[Breakfast and Dinner]

Day 12
12

Petra: jewel of Jordan

We spend the day today discovering the wonder of Petra. We enter Petra through the Siq, an 800-meter-long gorge lined with soaring cliffs. Once through the eye of the needle, we explore this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site with time at the Treasury, Pharaoh’s Castle, the Triumphal Arch, the Amphitheatre and the Monastery. Half-built and half-carved into the rock, the beauty of the Hellenistic buildings combined with the strong cultural traditions of the Bidoul people make Petra a true bucket-list destination.

[Breakfast and Lunch]

Day 13
13

Wadi Rum: the Jordanian desert

We travel to Wadi Rum this morning, where we are greeted with a traditional Bedouin musical performance in the spectacular red sand desert landscape. A ride through the desert in Jeeps acquaints us with the land before we explore Wadi Rum further by foot during a hike through the desert’s many rock formations.

Special Experience

We indulge in a traditional Bedouin lunch this afternoon. We learn more about the locals of Wadi Rum, their traditions and lifestyle, and enjoy a meal together in the middle of the desert.

[Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]

Day 14
14

Aqaba: a seaside oasis

Today we swap our desert landscape for a seaside one, as we travel from Wadi Rum to Aqaba. Located on the Red Sea, Aqaba is known for its clear waters and vibrant coral reefs.

We arrive in Aqaba and enjoy a city tour, taking in the highlights of this seaside city. Our afternoon is at leisure to enjoy an activity of our choice – a relaxing afternoon on the beach, a snorkel trip or a glass bottom boat tour of Aqaba’s coral reef.

[Breakfast]

Day 15
15

Dead Sea: a day to indulge

Straddling the border between Israel and Jordan, the Dead Sea is the lowest spot on the Earth’s surface. With a mineral content topping out at 33%, the Dead Sea is an incredible natural attraction.

Special Experience

We make our way to the Dead Sea this morning and check in to our hotel. We indulge in a Dead Sea mud treatment and get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to float in the salty waters.

This evening we enjoy a farewell dinner together at a local restaurant.

[Breakfast and Dinner]

Day 16
16

Depart Dead Sea

After breakfast this morning we transfer back to Amman where our tour concludes. We bid farewell to our new friends and to incredible Israel and Jordan.

[Breakfast]

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