Step into an ancient world on a two-week Middle East journey that combines the highlights of Israel and Jordan. Discover life in Jerusalem on a dual-perspective walking tour with Israeli and Palestinian guides, explore some of the best Roman ruins outside of Italy, ride through the desert on a 4x4, and venture into the awe-inspiring ancient city of Petra. Connect with the past as well as the future of this region on this incredible itinerary.
Duration: 14 Days
Activities: Local Culture & Cuisine, History
Guide (Language): english
Start City: Jerusalem, Israel
Guaranteed Departure: No
Physical Demand: Average
Trip Rating: 0%
Trip ID: 155196
End City: Sweimeh, Jordan
|Duration: 14 Days||Guaranteed Departure: Yes|
|For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, History||Physical rating: Average|
|Accommodation standard: Moderate%||Traveller Tour Rating: 0%|
|Your Guide: English speaking||Tour code: 155196|
|Starts: Jerusalem, Israel||Finishes: Sweimeh, Jordan|
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Take a specially designed walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem with both Israeli and Palestinian guides trained by National Geographic Emerging Explorer Aziz Abu Sarah. This unique dual-narrative tour allows travellers a deeper understanding of the diverse cultural, religious, and political aspects of Israel. Visit key sites including the Temple Mount, Dome of the Rock, and the Al Aqsa Mosque. Continue to the Western Wall, then walk through the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This afternoon, visit the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, and the Church of All Nations. Later, enjoy a discussion on the current state of affairs with a leading Israeli scholar.
Old Jerusalem Walking Tour
Discussion with Israeli Scholar
Take a sobering visit to Yad Vashem Memorial to learn about the Holocaust and its ramifications today. In the afternoon, visit the famed Israel Museum. View the Dead Sea Scrolls, housed in the Shrine of the Book, and walk through the museum's state of the art archeological exhibition.
Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum) Visit
Israel Museum & Dead Sea Scrolls
Enjoy a second exclusively designed dual-narrative tour of Bethlehem with Israeli and Palestinian guides. Visit Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity. Walk through a nearby Palestinian refugee camp and then head to a local Palestinian family's home for a cooking class and lunch. Later, visit Herodion, a hill fortress built by Herod the Great.
Bethlehem Walking Tour
Palestinian Family Meal
Visit Herodium Hill & Fortress
Start the day with a guided visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Masada with stops at Herod's Palace, the Bathhouse, and the Synagogue. Next, visit Qumran, the site where a Bedouin shepherd found the Dead Sea scrolls. After that, it's off to the Dead Sea for a swim and mud bath before continuing along the Jordan Valley north to the Sea of Galilee, where we'll stay in a kibbutz hotel for the next two nights
Masada Guided Tour
Dead Sea Visit (Israel)
Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)
Visit the Mt. of Beatitudes, for gorgeous views of the Sea of Galilee and visit the church that was built atop this hill, 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.
Sea of Galilee area tour
Nazareth Guided Tour
Continue to the Mediterranean, visiting the coastal city of Haifa and then south to Caesarea Maritima to see the ruins of Herod's harbour city. After, continue toward Jaffa, an ancient port city dating back to the Bronze Age. Continue on to the bustling city of Tel Aviv for our last evening.
Caesarea Guided Tour
Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours)
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 in the evening.
Border Crossing (Israel - Jordan)
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Take an orientation drive through Amman and visit the National Museum and archaeological site of the Citadel. Continue on to visit Jerash, one of the largest and most well-preserved Roman ruins outside of Italy.
National Archaeological Museum & Citadel
Jerash Guided Visit
Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours)
Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours)
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.
Mt Nebo Visit
Madaba Mosaics Guided Tour
Petra Archaeologist Talk
Private Vehicle (10.00 hour(s))
Wind your way through the Siq, a narrow, 1km-long (.6 mi) gorge flanked by soaring 80m-high (262 ft) sandstone walls. Take in the astounding colours and patterns of the rock, and, at the end of this passage, catch your first glimpse of Al-Khazneh, the famed treasury of Petra. Spend the morning exploring this famed site with your guide. The guide will give a brief history of the city, which the Nabateans carved from the living rock of the surrounding mountains. The site is large, but group members can set their own pace depending on the weather and the interests of the group.
Petra Guided Tour
Cooking Demonstration with Dinner
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 is a comfortable desert camp; The authentic goat-wool tent combines traditional Bedouin living with modern amenities including full ensuite. Each tent is outfitted with sheets, pillows, a raised bed, towels, electricity and thick covers against the desert cold.
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.
4x4 Desert Trip
Wadi Rum Night Walk
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
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.
Bethany Beyond the Jordan
Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s))
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 to relax and take advantage of the stunning natural surroundings.
Speak to your CEO about arranging your transfer to the Amman airport (approx. 1 hour away).
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Trip Name: Explore Israel & Jordan
Duration: 14 Days
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Trip Code: 155196
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