Israel & Jordan Explorer tour

Israel & Jordan Explorer tour

Tour Experience

Cultural tour of Israel & Jordan, including Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Galilee, Jerash, Petra & Wadi Rum

Available

Every Saturday all year round

Location

Jerusalem, north Israel, Jerash, Petra & Wadi Rum

This fast-paced, exciting tour takes you through Israel, Jordan and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and includes to the major highlights of this fascinating region.

Whilst in Israel we'll include visits to Jerusalem, Caesarea, Tel Aviv, Jaffa and also the northern towns of Acre and Haifa where you'll see the beautiful Bahai Gardens. Crossing the border into Jordan your first visit will be to some of the worlds best remaining Roman ruins in Jerash, before driving south to Petra via Madaba and Mount Nebo. Next up on our list of highlights is the incredible 'lost' city of Petra where we'll spend most of the day before driving to nearby Wadi Rum for a unique night spent in a Bedouin camp. After a night beneath the stars we'll take a Jeep safari through the desert and canyons, in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia. Our tour concludes after returning to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories where last but not least we'll visit Bethlehem, Galilee, Masada and the lowest place on earth, the Dead Sea.
To fit around religious and public holidays and for other logistical reasons in Israel, the order of touring days may sometimes be adjusted. If numbers doing the full tour are low, then some of the Israel day tours may be arranged as 'seat in coach' trips.

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INCLUDED

  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • All transport and transfers
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Sightseeing tours as per itinerary
  • English speaking guide during touring days
  • All site entry fees
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

EXCLUDED

  • International flights (available on request)
  • Visa fees
  • Border tax & crossing fees (payable locally at approx. $107 per person)
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Single room supplements (chargeable if a same-sex room share is not available)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks, tips and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for tour leader and drivers
  • Any other items not mentioned above

PACKAGE DETAILS

Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrive in Tel Aviv and transfer to Jerusalem

Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Jerusalem where they’ll help you settle in and introduce you to the local area. During busy periods we may use a hotel in Bethlehem.
OVERNIGHT:
Jerusalem Hotel
EXTRAS:
Extra day in Jerusalem – pre-tour, Single room supplement (ISSHIE)

DAY 2: Sightseeing to Caesarea, Haifa, Acre and Rosh Hanikra

After breakfast in Jerusalem we’ll begin our journey to the Mediterranean coast where we’ll visit the impressive Herodian city of Caesarea. Whilst here we’ll have the opportunity to see the excavations of the Crusader city and the Roman port, aqueduct and the amphitheatre that has been restored to its former glory as a concert venue. After time to explore we’ll head up the coast to see the beautiful Bahai Gardens in Israel’s third city – Haifa. From here we’ll also tour Acre – the crusader port and visit the grottoes at Rosh Hanikra.
OVERNIGHT:
Jerusalem Hotel
MEALS:
Breakfast

DAY 3: Mediterranean Israel, Jaffa and Tel Aviv

Today we head back towards the Mediterranean where we’ll visit the ancient port city of Jaffa, followed by the bustling and vibrant city of Tel Aviv, known for being the cultural capital of Israel and for its beautiful golden beaches. You’ll have free time to explore the city and beaches.
OVERNIGHT:
Jerusalem Hotel
MEALS:
Breakfast

DAY 4: Enter Jordan, visit Jerash, Madaba and Mt Nebo

After an early start today we cross the border into the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, where we’ll focus our attention on the gems of the north. Firstly we’ll visit Jerash, one of the largest and most well-preserved sites of Roman architecture in the world outside Italy, the ancient city of Jerash boasts an unbroken chain of human occupation dating back more than 6,500 years. The city’s golden age came under Roman rule and Jerash is now generally acknowledged to be one of the best-preserved Roman provincial towns in the world. Having been hidden for centuries in sand, evacuations restorations over the past 70 years have revealed a fine example of the grand, formal provincial Roman urbanism that is found throughout the Middle East, comprising paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, handsome theatres, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains and city walls pierced by towers and gates.
After exploring Jerash we start heading south, past the capital Amman towards Petra. En-route we stop in Madaba and see the town’s main attraction, the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George where we’ll see its famous 6th Century Byzantine mosaic map of the Holy Land and other biblical sites. We’ll also enjoy great views of the Holy Land from Mt. Nebo, known as the burial place of the prophet Moses.
Our journey today will end in Petra where we’ll spend the night, getting ready for the main event tomorrow!
OVERNIGHT:
Petra Hotel
MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5: Petra tours and overnight in Wadi Rum

We enjoy a full day today inside the world famous Nabatean site of Petra. The ancient capital of the Nabataean commercial empire until the Romans finally took over in 106AD, Petra was largely forgotten, except by the local Bedouins, until it was ‘discovered’ in 1812 by a young Swiss explorer, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. Petra is situated on the edge of Wadi Aruba., whose canyon walls and surrounding hills make it almost impossible to approach except through a narrow, winding cleft in the rock, called the Siq. The city itself has very few free-standing buildings, as the Nabateans chose to carve their homes, buildings and tombs into the multi-coloured sandstone cliffs. Nowadays, the Jordanian government and local people are well aware of Petra’s interest to tourists, and the tourism infrastructure in the adjoining village of Wadi Musa is booming, though, thankfully, once you enter through the Siq, the site is protected, and all the building feels miles away. We have a whole day today to tour this fascinating city (2-3 hour guided tour, then free time to explore yourselves). We start by walking through the Siq, which rises to 200m above us, and narrows to just 2m wide in places. The ancient Nabatean water channel can still be seen on one wall, as well as some remnants of the terracotta pipes that brought water into the city. All of a sudden, a now classic view appears around one corner, and one of Petra’s most impressive monuments, the Khazneh (Treasury) comes into view. Our guide will explain how this, and the other buildings here, are mainly elaborate facades carved into the rock from the top down, and also discuss the spiritual significance of the building style. From the Khazneh, the valley opens out, with tombs carved into the rock on both sides. We’ll see the ruined Roman amphitheatre, and colonnaded street, and during your free time you can walk up a steep and narrow winding gorge past beautifully coloured sandstone cliff walls to the huge and imposing ‘Monastery’. The biggest of Petra’s carved monuments at 50m high and 45m wide, this is truly spectacular, as are the distant views west across Wadi Aruba and the Jordan valley. Another climb can take you to the High Place of Sacrifice, and Lion Fountain. All in all, this is a full & tiring, but hugely rewarding day touring one of the world’s most famous ancient sites.
After a full day exploring incredible Petra, we’ll make a short drive to nearby Wadi Rum where we then spend a memorable night at the camp where we enjoy our Bedouin hosts’ hospitality, traditional food, and plenty of tea. You can sleep in comfortable Bedouin tents (beds & all bedding provided), or find an atmospheric spot outside under the stars if you prefer (bring a sleeping bag).
OVERNIGHT:
Wadi Rum Bedouin Camp
MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6: Jeep Safari and Aqaba tour

After breakfast in Wadi Rum, we take a jeep safari through the beautiful desert scenery, seeing more of the sheer cliffs and bizarre rock formations. After leaving Wadi Rum behind we visit the Red Sea resort towns of Aqaba and Eilat where you’ll have some free time before we leave at around 8pm in the evening to return to Jerusalem where we’ll spend the night (arriving around midnight).
OVERNIGHT:
Jerusalem Hotel
MEALS:
Breakfast

DAY 7: Old City of Jerusalem & Bethlehem

Start the day with a magnificent panoramic view from Mount of Olives. Drive to the Old City. Visit the Tomb of King David and the room of The Last Supper on Mount Zion. Enter the walled city and walk through the newly restored Jewish quarter. Visit the Roman Cardo, the Herodian quarter and continue to the Western Wall. Walk along the Via Dolorosa to the church of the Holy Sepulchre. Later, subject to time restrictions and border permissions, enter the Occupied Palestinian Territories and visit Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity and Mangers Square.
OVERNIGHT:
Jerusalem Hotel
MEALS:
Breakfast

DAY 8: Galilee - Nazareth, Cana, Mount Beatitude & Yardenit

Our day today is focused on the Galilee region. Leaving Jerusalem we pass through the Jezreel Valley (Valley of the Armageddon) on your way to Nazareth, where you’ll tour the Church of the Annunciation and St Joseph. Drive through Cana and pass the Church of the Multiplication. Visit Cana, and see Mount Beatitude on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Visit the Yardenit Baptism Site on the Jordan River and immerse in the water. Our day ends in Jerusalem.
OVERNIGHT:
Jerusalem Hotel
MEALS:
Breakfast

DAY 9: Masada and the Dead Sea

Drive through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, almost 1300 feet (400 meters) below sea level. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada. Ascend by cable car and tour the ancient fortress where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans before committing mass suicide in 73 AD. Descend by cable car. Continue to the Dead Sea. Cover yourself with the mineral rich mud and experience a swim in the Dead Sea, subject to the weather, that many believe has its therapeutic effects.
OVERNIGHT:
Jerusalem Hotel
MEALS:
Breakfast

DAY 10: Tour ends in Jerusalem

Your tour comes to an end today after breakfast in Jerusalem, and your time is free until we transfer you back to the airport for your departure.
Note: To fit around religious and public holidays and for other logistical reasons in Israel, the order of touring days may sometimes be adjusted. If numbers doing the full tour are low, then some of the Israel day tours may be arranged as ‘seat in coach’ trips.
OVERNIGHT:
N/A
MEALS:
Breakfast
EXTRAS:
Extra day in Jerusalem – post-tour

DURATION

10 days

Price

A$2782

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