Explore Israel & Jordan

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.

Middle East

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
You will visit
  • Jerusalem
  • Dead Sea



Day 1: Jerusalem

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Private Vehicle


Day 2: Jerusalem (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Old Jerusalem Walking Tour
Discussion with Israeli Scholar

Private Vehicle


Day 3: Jerusalem (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum) Visit
Israel Museum & Dead Sea Scrolls

Private Vehicle


Day 4: Jerusalem (1B, 1L)

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.

Included Activities:
Bethlehem Walking Tour
Palestinian Family Meal
Visit Herodium Hill & Fortress

Private Vehicle


Day 5: Jerusalem/Tiberias (1B)

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

Included Activities:
Masada Guided Tour
Dead Sea Visit (Israel)
Qumran caves

Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)


Day 6: Tiberias (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Sea of Galilee area tour
Nazareth Guided Tour

Private Vehicle


Day 7: Tiberias/Tel Aviv (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Caesarea Guided Tour

Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours)


Day 8: Tel Aviv/Amman (1B)

Additional Notes:
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.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Israel - Jordan)

Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))


Day 9: Amman (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
National Archaeological Museum & Citadel
Jerash Guided Visit

Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours)
Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 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

Private Vehicle (10.00 hour(s))


Day 11: Wādī Mūsá (1B, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Petra Guided Tour
Cooking Demonstration with Dinner

Private Vehicle


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 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.

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

Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))


Day 13: Wadi Rum/Dead Sea (1B, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Bethany Beyond the Jordan

Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s))


Day 14: Dead Sea (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 to relax and take advantage of the stunning natural surroundings.

Additional Notes:
Speak to your CEO about arranging your transfer to the Amman airport (approx. 1 hour away).

Included Activities:
Departure Day

    • Arrival transfer
    • Walking tour of Jerusalem's Old City
    • Visit the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations
    • Entrance to Yad Vashem (the Holocaust Museum)
    • Visit the Israel Museum and view the Dead Sea Scrolls
    • Tour Bethlehem
    • Visit a Palestinian refugee camp
    • Cooking class in a local home
    • Visit Herodion and Masada
    • Explore the Sea of Galilee area including Caesarea and Nazareth
    • Visit Haifa, Caesarea Maritima, and Jaffa
    • Visit to the Citadel and the National Archaeological Museum
    • Guided visit to Jerash
    • Tour the Madaba mosaics
    • Visit Mt Nebo
    • Lecture with an archaeologist
    • Petra guided tour
    • Cooking demonstration and dinner
    • Wadi Rum desert 4x4 jeep excursion and night walk with Bedouin guide
    • Guided visit to Bethany
    • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels (12 nts), desert lodge (1 nt)
    Meals Included
    • 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
    • Private van/bus, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Depart on a night walk under the stars to Wadi Rum
  • Take a dual-narrative walking tour of Bethlehem and Old Jerusalem
  • Ride through the desert on a 4x4
  • Explore the awe-inspiring ancient city of Petra