View our latest travel disruption updates on Coronavirus here

Jordan and Israel Discovery

11 days
from
$3,649 NZD
Loading...
Culture
Suitable for:
Age 16+
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
AXJ
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailor Made Adventures
Activity:
Culture
Group size:
4–16
Min age:
16

Visit the stunning highlights of Jordan, Palestine and Israel

Step back in time and discover countries with the most amazing ancient and religious histories. The highlights are plentiful, from standing at the viewpoint atop Mount Nebo, where Moses is said to have looked down over the promised land, exploring stunning rose-red Petra; sitting under the stars in Wadi Rum; to the cave where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. We float in that same sea, and take a cable car up to the Monastery of Temptation in Jericho. In Jerusalem we explore wonderful holy sites, and spend a day in Bethlehem, the birth place of Jesus.  The trip ends in the vibrant seaside resort of Tel Aviv. 

Highlights

  • Explore Jerusalem and its incredible history
  • Discover stunning Petra and the tranquil Wadi Rum
  • Step back in time in Biblical Bethlehem 
  • Enjoy vibrant Tel Aviv

Key information

  • 9 nights hotels, 1 night private desert camp
  • Travel by air-conditioned bus and 4WD
  • Group normally 6 to 16 plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Countries visited: Jordan, Israel and Palestine

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival and departure transfers

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
0800 643 997
Call for tailor made trips:
0800 643 997
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Itinerary

Amman
to
Tel Aviv
  • Day 1

    Start Amman

    Trip starts at the hotel in Amman on Day 1 of the itinerary.

    Comfortable hotel

  • Day 2

    Amman city tour; on to Petra via Madaba and Mt Nebo

    After an early breakfast we head to the Citadel for breathtaking views of Amman and a short tour of this site. There is a small but very interesting museum to explore.  From this viewpoint we can see the remains of the Roman Theatre in the old city area.   Leaving Amman we join the King's Highway which takes us up and down huge 'wadis' (valleys). We stop en route at Madaba, known as the city of the mosaics, and beautiful Mt Nebo where Moses saw the promised land just before he died.  Further south we reach the magnificent city of Petra; Jordan's premier historic site and one of the world's most outstanding ancient cities.  This is a full day with great sites and stunning natural landscapes.

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Classic tour of Petra

    This morning we have an early start to make the most of our day exploring the UNESCO World Heritage site of Petra. Petra was hidden for centuries until the Swiss explorer Burckhardt made his great discovery in 1812. It was founded by the Nabateans, an Arab tribe that arrived here in the 6th century BC. Building at Petra began in the third century BC and continued through the Roman period, financed by taxes levied on the desert caravans. Two features of Petra are unique: firstly, it is a city made defensible by being built down a series of chasms, rather than on a hilltop. Secondly, it is built directly into the rock - beautiful red and yellow sandstone carved into the most impressive facades which glow in the brilliant sunlight. 

    To enter Petra we must begin by walking down a narrow chasm, known as the Siq, surrounded by high cliffs on either side. Unveiled at the end of the Siq is El Khazneh, the Treasury. This is just the first breathtaking sight of a remarkable day. Continuing to the centre of the city, we pass the houses and tombs of the rich citizens and the remarkable scale of the site begins to unveil itself.  A optional walk can then be done up 850 steps to El Deir, the monastery, with its superb facade topped by a huge urn.  

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Visit Little Petra; on to Wadi Rum; sunset jeep safari

    Explore Little Petra with its well preserved ruins which are hidden away in the mountains, before continuing to the spectacular Wadi Rum desert. This is where Lawrence of Arabia and Prince Faisal assembled the Arab tribes for the attack on Aqaba in the First World War, and also where sections of many famous films have been shot including 'Lawrence of Arabia, 'Star Wars' and 'The Martian' were shot. Its Mars like landscape is truly breathtaking.  We take a four-wheel drive safari throughout the area stopping at a an outcrop of rocks for sunset before returning to our Exodus permanent tented camp for a star filled night. 

    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    Travel to the Dead Sea via Al Karak Castle

    Today we head back up North to the amazing Dead Sea for a float and relaxing evening.  On the way we stop at Al Karak (or Kerak)  Castle for a guided tour of this imposing Crusader stronghold.  This is a place of legend in the battles between the Crusaders and the Islamic armies of Saladin (Salah-ad-Din).  A guided tour through the well preserved ruins opens up another aspect of the history of Jordan.  We continue on to the Dead Sea in time for float in its incredible saline waters and to watch the sunset over Israel on the opposite bank. 

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Visit Jericho and Dead Sea Scrolls caves; on to Jerusalem

    After breakfast we take a short drive to the Allenby Bridge for the crossing to the West Bank.  Your tour leader will explain in detail what happens at the border and how the crossing works.  It is sadly time to say farewell to the Jordanian Leader and driver.  On arrival on the West Bank the leader who will accompany the group for the rest of the trip will be waiting.  First stop is Jericho in Palestine,  claimed to be the oldest city in the world, it is rich with Biblical associations.  We take a 2km (1 mile) cable ride to the Greek Orthodox Monastery of Temptation with wonderful views of the Judaean Desert below.  The monastery dates back to the 12th century and is supposedly built around the grotto where the Devil appeared to tempt Jesus.  From Jericho we head to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found by a Bedouin Shepherd boy. Although the caves cannot be entered there is a centre where a short film is viewed and then a trail takes us through the cliffs where the various caves are located.  After this visit we continue on to Jerusalem.

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Jerusalem sightseeing tour

    Today we step back in history with a guided walking tour of the old city of Jerusalem.  This includes the Temple Mount, Dome of the Rock, the Wailing Wall and the Church of the Sepulchre. The city is perfect to explore on foot as it is compact and there are plenty of sites to see and places to sit and rest. Jerusalem's history stretches back more than 3,000 years  and a guided tour of this labyrinthine is sure to be on the top of the list of memorable experiences of this trip. 

    Standard Hotel 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Free day to explore Jerusalem

    Today is free for personal exploration of Jerusalem.   The leader will provide suggestions for more places to visit and information on how to get to each one.  You may want to return to the old city and take a leisurely stroll through the streets or head to the Mount of Olives, best known as the scene of Christ's agony and the Garden of Gethsemane.  Another option is the Yad Vashem or Holocost museum and memorial.  

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Travel into Palestine for Bethlehem sightseeing

    Today we have a local guide in Bethlehem who will reveal its Biblical traditions.  Perched on a hill at the edge of the Judaean Desert it was the childhood home of David and the birth place of Jesus. It has been a major site of pilgrimage since the construction of the Church of the Nativity in the 4th Century AD.  It is located on the spot which is generally believed to be the likeliest site of the nativity.  It is also one of the world's oldest churches. The tour will include Manger Square, St Catherine's Church and the Milk Grotto.   

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    To Tel Aviv via Old Jaffa

    Today we head to vibrant Tel Aviv the modern face of the Jewish state.  This Mediterranean resort has a long sandy beach and palm-filled avenues lined with elegant buildings in the Bauhaus style.  First stop is Old Jaffa where according to the Bible a settlement was founded by Noah's son Japheth in the wake of the great flood.  Remains dating back to 2000 BC found here have established Jaffa as one of the world's oldest ports.  The House of Simon the Tanner is traditionally held to be where the apostle Peter once stayed and the compact old town is now an attractive centre of local arts and crafts. From here we continue on to Tel Aviv where a city tour includes the colourful Carmel Market.  Tonight there are plenty of great restaurants where the group can head for dinner to share the wonderful memories this trip has created.

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 11

    End Tel Aviv

    Trip ends after breakfast in Tel Aviv.   For those with onward flights our sales team can arrange a private transfer to the Ben Gurion airport  at extra cost or you can arrange a taxi through the hotel reception. Please see transfer section for more details. 

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Jordan

Visas are required by most nationalities, including British, and can be obtained at the border or Amman airport. At time of print, visa fees (usually 40JOD) have been waived for all nationalities travelling to Jordan with a tour operator and spending a minimum of 2 nights in country. Our airport representative will meet and assist you with obtaining the free visa on arrival in Jordan at Customs & Immigration. He will be carrying an Exodus sign.

For more information on the free Jordan Visa, please see the link below:
http://international.visitjordan.com/MediaCenter/News/JordanianGovernmen...

Israel and Palestine

You don’t need a visa to enter Israel or Palestine as a tourist. On entry, visitors are granted leave to enter for a period of up to 3 months. Visitors will be given an entry card instead of an entry stamp in their passport. You should keep your entry card with your passport until you leave. This is evidence of your legal entry into the country and may be required, particularly at any crossing points into the Palestinian Territories. 

Vaccinations

Jordan

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid.

Israel and Palestine

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements for both Palestine and Israel. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts are included and two dinners at the Wadi Rum camp and the Dead Sea resort in Jordan.
Whilst staying in hotels we usually eat in local restaurants and the leader can arrange group bookings if people want to dine together.  Mezze (Arabic) or salatim (Hebrew) style meals are very popular as they provide a range of small shared dishes to try along with a main of BBQ chicken/meats or a vegetarian dish.  These allow fast service with a variety of good quality food for the group. In Jordan meals usually cost around 10-15 JOD ( GBP £11-17, USD $14-21, CAN $18-28).  Palestine and Israel can be more expensive so it is advisable to allow around 60 - 80 Shekel per person  ( GBP £14-19, USD $17-23, CAN $22- 30).  If you are vegetarian, please note that main meals are limited in choice; however, mezze is almost always available in restaurants and is a good, filling choice. There is also a good choice of seafood available at the Red Sea and in Tel Aviv. While camping in Wadi Rum we enjoy a wonderful traditional meal called Zarb which is cooked underground.  This consists of rice with a selection including chicken, lamb and vegetables. Vegetables will be cooked separate to the meat for vegetarians.

Weather

Spring and autumn are very popular times of year to go to Jordan, Palestine and Israel.  Summer is very hot especially July and August so we don't have departures in these months.  In Spring and Autumn average temperatures can be around 25 - 30ºC.  In winter it is generally crisp and warm in the day, approximately 10-15ºC.

Wadi Rum on average in summer is around 30ºC though it can get as high as 40ºC. At night it is usually around 10ºC cooler. In winter it is much cooler and can get as low as 10ºC during the day. In the evening it is around OºC . There are occasions when there is rain or even snow in the desert. If weather conditions require it we may need to modify the itinerary or the camp location for your comfort and safety. The Dead Sea air temperatures vary from around 14ºC in winter up to high 30s in summer months. The water temperature however doesn’t drop below 20ºC.

Rainfall does occur in all countries during winter months so it is advisable to take an umbrella at these times.  There are even occasions when it snows in Jordan during winter. As with many countries in the world seasons can go on longer than usual so it is advisable to always check the weather of the country you are travelling to a week or two before your trip so you can pack appropriately.  

Is this trip for you?

Although this is a cultural trip, some days (such as those in Petra) can be long and tiring. There is a lot of ground to cover on this day however climbing up stairs to view the Royal tombs and the hike up to the Monastery (850 steps) are options you can choose not to do.  Your leader will be able to provide you with further advice on how to still get the most of your trip into this magnificient site.  There is extensive walking during our days in Israel in order to see as many of the sites as possible during our guided tours.  You will also have a free day in Jerusalem to plan your own exploration of this incredible city. 


Whilst camping in Wadi Rum please be aware that although the campsite does have plumbed toilets and showers it is basic and hot water may be limited.  Our private Exodus camp is however often mentioned as a highlight of the trip for many of our guests. 

In very rare instances where local conditions require we may need to amend the order of the itinerary but we will ensure that all the elements of the itinerary are still included and site visits are of the same duration.

Please note Ramadan runs from 23 April to 23 May 2020. Ramadan is a special time to visit as it is one of the most important times in the Muslim calendar. Each evening the streets empty while people return home to break the fast and then there is an air of festivity every evening. Our leaders and drivers choose to work at this time so we continue to run trips however please be aware their energy levels may be slightly lower. Tourist sites are still open although closing times may be earlier than usual. Your leader will know how the timings for each day need to be adapted in order to still experience all the inclusions on this trip. Restaurants may close during the day and this is also accounted for in planning meal arrangements for your group. Shops are usually open though their hours may vary and they will definitely be closed during the breaking of the fast. To fully enjoy your holiday experience at this unique time of year we suggest patience and flexibility. (In fact these are useful at any time of year on any overseas holiday.)

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
0800 643 997
Call for tailor made trips:
0800 643 997
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels and camps

While in Jordan we spend 1 night in a 4-star hotel in Amman, 2 nights in a standard hotel in Petra and 1 night in a 5-star hotel at the Dead Sea. In Wadi Rum we stay at the Exodus permanent tented camp. This private camp is for the sole use of the Exodus group and offers an unforgettable experience.  

Accommodation in Petra is limited and demands on the infrastructure are high; this creates occasional problems with hot water and plumbing for all hotels. In general, the hotels in Petra are of an older style and more basic in comparison with the rest of Jordan.

At the Wadi Rum camp there are traditional style tents equipped with basic beds, sheets and blankets. There are plumbed toilets and basins, and simple shower facilities with (limited) hot water.

During our stay in Israel we spend four nights in a 3-star hotel in Jerusalem and 1 night in a 3-star hotel in the coastal city of Tel Aviv. Throughout the tour we use hotels with en suite facilities and air conditioning. Some hotels have more facilities than others however it is always good to keep in mind that the star rating in Jordan is quite different to what you may expect at home. Sometimes we may use less centrally located hotels in the interests of comfort. 

Single supplements are available for this trip however cannot be guaranteed at Wadi Rum. Please enquire at the time of booking for details and up-to-date prices.

 

Call for general departures:
0800 643 997
Call for tailor made trips:
0800 643 997
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

Travel literature, whether it’s the fascinating memoirs of a life-changing trip into the mysterious Himalayan mountai

Have you been on this adventure? Tell others what it’s like by writing a review.

Dates & Prices

Please provide as much information as possible below so we can best help with your holiday requirements.

Fields with * are mandatory.

Please provide as much information as possible below so we can best help with your holiday requirements.

Fields with * are mandatory.

Trips you might also like

Highlights of Morocco

102 reviews

Imperial cities, Atlas Mountains, Sahara Desert and the Atlantic coast

Culture
Suitable for:
Age 16+
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
15 Days from $2,099 NZD
Guided
View More Details