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Israel and Jordan Uncovered

From Apr 2020

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The one that uncovers the mystical ancient sites of these historical heavyweights

Duration
11 Days
Places
7 places

Visiting Jerusalem, Amman, Petra, Eilat, Tel Aviv, Jerash, Wadi Rum

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

In-Depth Explorer

Group Size

Max 30 people

Transport Style

Coach

Highlights

  • Visit Lions Gate
  • Visit Dolorosa
  • Visit Church of Holy Sepulchre
  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Part pay financing available with UpLift
  • No change fees
  • No booking fees

What's included?

10 nights accommodation

10 nights in Hotel

The trip of a lifetime requires maximum comfort, so after a full day of unearthing ancient mysteries you’ll be bunkering down in cosy hotels for 10 nights. Stay twin share, save a bit of cash and go triple share, or splash out and snooze alone.

14 Meals

3 Dinner, 10 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

15 meals: We know better than anyone else that to travel is to eat - and with all the sumptuous flavours and cacophony of fragrances in the Middle East, you’ll be overwhelmed by choice. We’ve got you covered for breakfast every day, meaning you’ll be fuelled for a full day of exploring, and 5 delicious dinners.

Team

Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.

Transport

All transport included during the trip

The Middle East isn't the easiest land to traverse, but we know this wild continent better than most. Whether it's speedy internal flights, air conditioned coaches or open top safari vehicles, our included transport will speed you from A-B in comfort, safety and style.

Experiences

16 included, 4 optional that you can add

TOP EXPERIENCES ON THIS TRIP:

- Find absolute bliss and a magical feeling of weightlessness as you float in the Dead Sea, Israel
- Get transported back to ancient times at the Rose City of Petra with a local guide, Jordan
- Experience the thrill of zooming through Wadi Rum desert in a 4x4, Jordan
- See the Dead Sea Scrolls and uncover Jerusalem's ancient history in a full day tour, Israel
- Cruise the sea of Galilee in a traditional wooden boat, Israel
- Hike the Red Canyon & dip your toes (or even dive) into the Red Sea, Eilat, Israel*

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs
From the passionate energy of Jerusalem to the eerie stillness of the Dead Sea, plus a whole lotta camels and some astounding Nabatean ruins in between, this is the trip to excite your senses and transport you back to ancient times as you fall head over heels for the Middle East. Over 10 nights we’ll uncover Israel’s enigmatic energy and Jordan’s desert secrets, returning more enlightened than ever.

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Israel and Jordan Uncovered From Apr 2020

16 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Visit Lions Gate
  • Visit Dolorosa
  • Visit Church of Holy Sepulchre
  • Visit Arab Market
  • Visit Jewish Quarter
  • Visit Western Wall
  • Visit Mount Zion
  • Visit Mount Herzl Military Cemetery
  • Visit Yad Vashem Museum and Memorial
  • Visit Israel Museum Dead Sea Scrolls and Second Temple Model
  • City tour of Amman
  • Visit the Iraq Al-Amir Women's Cooperative Society
  • Tour of ancient city of Jerash
  • Visit of Petra and see main monuments including Pharoah's Castle, The Triumphal Arch, the Ampitheatre and the Monastery
  • Visit Wadi Rum & take a 4x4 tour across the desert
  • Tel Aviv Final Dinner

4 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Sounds and Light Spectacular 65.00NIS
  • Experience the surreal stillness of floating in the Dead Sea
  • Visit the ancient fortress of King Herod's Palace in Masada
  • Boat Cruise and Lunch on the Red Sea 65.00 USD

Itinerary

Nights spent per location
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4 nights
Jerusalem
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Jerash
1
1 night
Amman
1
1 night
Petra
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via
Wadi Rum
2
2 nights
Eilat
2
2 nights
Tel Aviv
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain African trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain African countries. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa (if required) to join a trip. Visa & other entry & exit conditions such as currency, arrival/ departure taxes, customs & quarantine regulations change regularly, so make sure you stay up-to-date before you travel. It is also essential that you have any necessary vaccinations & comply with all laws of the countries visited.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our Africa trips the bag restriction is 65x46cm with a max weight of 15kg, and bags must be soft sided. No hard-sided suitcases will be allowed. Your day bag should be a backpack, duffel bag or satchel only (no small luggage cases or suitcases with wheels on board the mini-vans).

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in Africa. They know their way around like the back of their hands & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it, like when you’re on a safari, and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

How much spending money you’ll need will depend on the duration of the trip and how much you anticipate spending on personal expenses like alcohol or shopping. Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot
 
It is strongly advised to have US$ in cash before the start of the trip.  Most places let you pay with card, but it is strongly advised to have US$200 - US$300 just in case. In all areas of the service industry in Africa, whether it’s restaurants, bars, hotels or taxis, it’s common practice to tip if you feel that the service received has been excellent. The same goes for your Contiki team; if you feel that their service has been exceptional then feel free to tip them. Our travellers often ask what to tip, we suggest 2.00 US$ per person per day. Remember that tipping (& how much you tip) is optional - it’s entirely up to you.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

There will be WiFi at some lodges and most hotels, but when you’re staying in safari camps you may be off-grid. But when you’re this close to nature, camping under starswept skies, a mobile detox isn’t such a bad thing. You’ll still be able to upload your best snaps as you travel.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From a giraffe centre in Nairobi and an elephant orphanage in Kenya to a community visit in Shanga, we make sure our African experiences give something back to this incredible continent.

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