Explore Jordan, Israel & the Palestinian Territories

Explore Jordan, Israel & the Palestinian Territories

From $ 4,875 AUD

Description

Delve into Israel and Jordan, holy lands rich with history and an oasis of delight and intrigue in the desert. This trip will see you wandering the immense ruins of Petra and exploring a lunar-like landscape at Wadi Rum. Take your time to explore ancient monuments, relics and holy sites of immense significance, visit hilltop fortifications and climb the Mount of Olives for the best view of Old Town Jerusalem. Immerse yourself in this journey across the best of the Middle East and gain a deeper understanding of this enduring land and its people.

Trip Name
Explore Jordan, Israel & the Palestinian Territories
Last Updated
2020-01-19
Days
15
Capacity
12
Highlights
  • Explore the best of the Middle East as you discover Jordan and Israel. Explore Wadi Rum, wander the ruins of Petra and indulge in some serious history across Israel and Palestine.
  • Check out the rock cut tombs and the remains of the ancient city of Petra.
  • Learn the stories behind some of the most challenging and poignant works of graffiti that decorate the barrier wall in Bethlehem during a walking tour.
  • Access the glowing blue grottoes of Rosh Hanikra by cable car, then enjoy views over the Mediterranean Coast of Western Galilee.
  • Spend the night trying to count the billions of stars or chat with the locals at our Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES: Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you print and review a final copy prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any changes once on tour. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and may be on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your leader know you are interested and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

Day 1 - Amman
Ahlan wa sahlan! Welcome to Jordan’s capital, Amman – cosmopolitan and contemporary, yet steeped in biblical history. Your adventure begins with an important welcome meeting at 6 pm this evening. As you don’t spend too much time here, it's worth arriving a day or two early to explore the sights. If you do have time, be sure to head to the citadel, taking in its amazing sweeping views of Amman. The Jordan Museum (home to the Dead Sea Scrolls) and the Roman Theatre are both well worth visiting. After your meeting, head out with your new-found travel pals, and perhaps pick up a coffee from one of the cafes and partner it with an ara’yes – a local-style toastie filled with spiced meat.
Day 2 - Wadi Rum
Follow in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia with a journey to Wadi Rum (approximately 5 hours). A half-day jeep safari will take you through some of the most striking desert scenery on the planet. Wadi Rum is full of weird and wonderful lunar-like rock formations, and traces of ancient civilisations can be seen in the many carved inscriptions found throughout the area – from pictographs to Thamudic, Nabataean and Arabic texts. The most enduring monuments in Wadi Rum are those carved by nature – the natural rock bridges, towering rose-coloured sand dunes and scattered rocky peaks. Tonight, sleep in a simple Bedouin desert camp, with the choice of sleeping under a camel hair tent or out under the stars. Enjoy dinner cooked in an earthen oven by your Bedouin hosts. Meaning ‘desert dwellers’ in Arabic, the Bedouins are a semi-nomadic people, and in Jordan up to 40 per cent of the general population is thought to have Bedouin ancestry. Conditions are basic at the desert camp, but the hospitality of your hosts as well as the chance to sleep beneath the twinkling desert night sky will sure make up for it.
Day 3 - Wadi Rum
After waking up in the unique surrounds of the camp this morning, head out on a trek around the area (approximately 12 to 15 kilometres), with a stop for tea and a lunch break. You might scale one of the large sand dunes for sensational views of the valley – the perfect chance to snap some unbelievable pictures. Explore the distinctive rock formations and bask in its eerie silence. Wadi Rum is probably best known for its connection with the enigmatic British officer T E Lawrence, who was based here during the Great Arab Revolt of 1917–18. Tonight is again yours to enjoy the traditional Bedouin hospitality and the clear night skies of the desert.
Day 4 - Petra
This morning you'll leave your desert camp, taking 4WDs to the main entrance, which is opposite the Seven Pillars of Wisdom – the mountain named after Lawrence of Arabia’s book. The visitor's centre here is also a great spot to buy some jewellery and handicrafts, mostly made by a women's co-operative aimed at supporting local industries. Continue your journey to the fabled city of Petra by private vehicle (approximately 2 hours). The site remained unknown to the Western world until 1812, when it was discovered by Johann Ludwig Burckhardt – a Swiss explorer. In 1985, Petra was designated a World Heritage-listed site. Once arrived, spend the afternoon on a guided tour of Petra. Squeeze through a mile-long narrow path, known as the Siq, through huge towers of rock and get your first glimpse of the iconic Treasury complex. It’s amazing to think that this enormous, intricate building entrance was hand carved out of the rock.
Day 5 - Petra
Enjoy a free day of self-discovery as you explore Petra on your own. The site is surprisingly big, and so it is up to you to choose your own route around the complex. You could explore the old Roman road, other smaller temples and several old tombs, as well as the rock-hewn amphitheatre. For those who are feeling a bit more active, there's the challenging but highly rewarding 1-hour walk up the steps to the secluded yet stunning Monastery.
Day 6 - Madaba
Traverse the King's Highway to the historic crusader castle of Kerak, which stands on a cliff commandingly overlooking Wadi Karak and the Dead Sea in the distance (approximately 2.5 hours). You’ll have time to explore the ruins and discover the legends of centuries-old battles. Pack your swim gear as next you can wash off the dust in the Dead Sea – the lowest point on Earth (420 metres below sea level). This super-salty lake is a perfect place to spend some time relaxing and get some classic floating pictures. For those who are game, why not cover yourself from head to toe for a nutrient-rich natural mineral mud bath. Continue to Mt Nebo – the spot where the prophet Moses is said to have seen the ‘promised land’ and where he’s supposedly buried. Explore this sanctuary and view the remarkable mosaics of the fourth-century church. Afterwards, continue to Madaba, famous for its Ottoman-style houses and beautiful Byzantine-era mosaics, including the acclaimed sixth-century mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land at St George's Church. Other mosaic masterpieces from the fifth to seventh centuries can be found throughout Madaba’s churches, museums and homes.
Day 7 - Madaba / Jerash
Today you will leave Madaba for a short drive to Jerash – once one of the grandest ancient Roman cities in the world (approximately 1.5 hours). These are some of the best-preserved Greco-Roman ruins around. The ancient walled town that survives today is a remarkable evocation of life 2000 years ago. It has a striking collection of archways and theatres, baths, public buildings and colonnaded streets, and is a beautiful place to spend a day exploring. Discover Hadrian’s arch, the partially restored hippodrome, ornate public fountains, the south amphitheatre, and see the collection of daily artefacts uncovered during excavations. Grand columns encircle the city's centrepiece, the Oval Plaza. After a full day of exploring, maybe gather your travel buddies together and share a celebratory shisha as you reminisce on your memories of majestic Jordan.
Day 8 - Jerusalem
This morning we farewell Jordan and make the hour journey to the Alenby Bridge Crossing for your onwards journey to Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Your Tour Leader will escort you to the crossing and provide you with instructions for the border officials. Once you have cleared the border there will be a representative to escort you to your hotel in Jerusalem. Welcome to Israel and Jerusalem, a city steeped in spirituality and legend; a rich tapestry of the many cultures, religions and nationalities that call it home, be they Palestinian Muslims & Christians, Sephardic Jews, Ashkenazi Jews, Armenian Christians, Ethiopian Copts or Greek Orthodox monks. Your arrival at the hotel should be just in time for lunch and the rest of your day is free to explore Jerusalem. We recommend checking out the range of tours on offer from Urban Adventures. There will be a meeting this evening at 6.00pm with your Tour Leader and any fellow travelers, please look for this note in reception
Day 9 - Jerusalem
Explore the Old City this morning on foot. Start with the Courtyard of the Dome and the Western Wall, then continue to St Stephen’s Gate, passing the crusader church of St Anne and the Pool of Bethesda. Continue along the ‘Way of the Cross’ (Via Dolorosa) and stop by the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built where Jesus is believed to have been crucified, buried, and resurrected. Sip tea, sample fresh local bread and then walk through the Christian Quarter up to Jaffa Gate. This afternoon use your free time to explore more of the city. This evening enjoy a homecooked meal of chicken maqloubeh (an upside-down layered dish) with a Palestinian family. With a full belly, enjoy a traditional oud performance from a local musician.
Day 10 - Jerusalem
Start the day off with a panoramic view of the city. Drive out to the Mount of Olives that looks over Jerusalem’s Old City and visit the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus is said to have prayed the night before his crucifixion. See the Church of All Nations (also known as the Basilica of the Agony), then drive the short distance out to Bethlehem and take a graffiti walking tour along the barrier wall. Graffiti by many artists has graced the wall over the years, including famous ones like Banksy. Hear the personal stories behind some of the more prominent pieces and walk past a large refugee camp and the sites of previous conflict. Continue to Manger Square and refuel with some of Bethlehem’s famous falafel. Visit the Church of the Nativity, marking the spot of the stable where Mary is said to have given birth to Jesus, then head back to Jerusalem. Visit the holocaust museum Yad Vashem. Later, meet a local rabbi who for a lively and informative discussion about the Israel—Palestine conflict, Jewish tradition and peace processes. After a fascinating day, retire to your Jerusalem hotel.
Day 11 - Jericho
This morning drive out to the clifftop fortress of Masada. On the way stop at the sixth century Monastery of St George of Koziba and see the massive church built into the mountains. In Masada, take a cable car to the fortress built by King Herod around 35 BC. This UNESCO site is very important to the Jewish people, a symbol of their exile from the Holy Land and of bravery and self-sacrifice. Spend some time visiting the site, then drive around 30 minutes to the shores of the Dead Sea, where the dense and super-salty water means you’ll go for a float, not a swim. Spend some time relaxing here and soaking in the mud, which is supposed to have healing properties. Tonight you’ll stay at a local eco-lodge, where the accommodation is part of a cooperative that aims to protect the ecology of the Dead Sea and the Jordan City Valley.
Day 12 - Haifa
Travel to the western shores of the Sea of Galilee today and Tiberias – established all the way back in AD 20. Swing by Hisham’s Palace in Jericho on the way. Continue via the Jordan City Valley and visit the ancient fishing village of Capernaum. See the site of two ancient synagogues and a church said to have been the home of St Peter. Pass by Tabgha, where the Bible says Jesus performed the ‘miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes’, then head up to Safed (Tsfat), one of Judaism’s Four Holy Cities. At over 900 metres above sea level, Safed is Israel’s highest city and is known as the centre of Kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism. Spend a little time here before continuing to Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation, where Mary is said to have received the news of the Immaculate Conception. Hit the road again and arrive in Haifa for the evening.
Day 13 - Haifa
Leave early this morning and drive to the ancient crusader port of Acre (Akko in Hebrew, approximately 45 minutes). Here you’ll visit the vast complex of buildings occupied by the Knights of St John (Knights Hospitaller), excavated to uncover rooms including a large hall, a dungeon, a dining room and the crypt of an ancient Gothic church. Continue on to Rosh Hanikra for a cable car journey up the cliff to view the spectacular grottoes. In the afternoon, visit the Baha’i Gardens, where the elaborate terraces and a golden shrine sit overlooking the city. Enjoy a free night in Haifa.
Day 14 - Tel Aviv
After breakfast, journey to Tel Aviv via the coast and Caesarea (approximately 1 hour), which served as the capital of Israel during the Roman and Byzantine eras. Built in 25 BC, the city was eventually abandoned and lost under the desert sands. Thanks to archaeological excavations since, its splendour is on show once again. Continue along the coast to Tel Aviv. Take a stroll through the Old City of Jaffa, then drop your luggage at tonight’s accommodation. Head out on an orientation walk with your leader, including Rabin Square. Finish up your walk at the promenade, the perfect place to find a restaurant for dinner this evening.
Day 15 - Tel Aviv
This trip comes to an end today. There are no activities planned and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time after you check out.

Trip Dates

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15-02-202029-02-2020AUD $ 5,165-
22-02-202007-03-2020AUD $ 4,900-
29-02-202014-03-2020AUD $ 5,425-
04-03-202018-03-2020AUD $ 5,525-
07-03-202021-03-2020AUD $ 5,325-
14-03-202028-03-2020AUD $ 5,070-
18-03-202001-04-2020AUD $ 5,375-
21-03-202004-04-2020AUD $ 5,375-
25-03-202008-04-2020AUD $ 5,580-
28-03-202011-04-2020AUD $ 5,685-
11-04-202025-04-2020AUD $ 5,315-
15-04-202029-04-2020AUD $ 5,580-
18-04-202002-05-2020AUD $ 5,580-
22-04-202006-05-2020AUD $ 5,315-
25-04-202009-05-2020AUD $ 5,265-
29-04-202013-05-2020AUD $ 5,265-
02-05-202016-05-2020AUD $ 5,685-
06-05-202020-05-2020AUD $ 5,265-
09-05-202023-05-2020AUD $ 5,120-
16-05-202030-05-2020AUD $ 5,070-
23-05-202006-06-2020AUD $ 5,375-
30-05-202013-06-2020AUD $ 4,875-
03-06-202017-06-2020AUD $ 4,875-
06-06-202020-06-2020AUD $ 4,875-
13-06-202027-06-2020AUD $ 4,875-
20-06-202004-07-2020AUD $ 4,925-
27-06-202011-07-2020AUD $ 5,265-
01-07-202015-07-2020AUD $ 4,875-
04-07-202018-07-2020AUD $ 5,215-
18-07-202001-08-2020AUD $ 4,875-
25-07-202008-08-2020AUD $ 4,875-
01-08-202015-08-2020AUD $ 4,875-
03-08-202017-08-2020AUD $ 4,875-
08-08-202022-08-2020AUD $ 4,875-
15-08-202029-08-2020AUD $ 4,875-
22-08-202005-09-2020AUD $ 4,925-
26-08-202009-09-2020AUD $ 4,875-
29-08-202012-09-2020AUD $ 4,925-
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07-10-202021-10-2020AUD $ 5,315-
08-10-202022-10-2020AUD $ 4,875-
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14-10-202028-10-2020AUD $ 5,420-
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21-10-202004-11-2020AUD $ 5,265-
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Accommodation

Hotel (11 nights),Desert camp (2 nights),Eco Lodge (1 Night)

Transport

Private vehicle,Jeep

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