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Israel and Jordan Uncovered

(From April 2022)

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Man in Petra

The one that uncovers the mystical ancient sites of Israel & Jordan

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  • Duration

    12 days

  • Places

    8 places

  • Meals

    11 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 5 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Maximum 30 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager & Local Guides

Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum, Jerusalem, Haifa, Tel Aviv, Jerash, Aqaba

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About this trip

From the passionate bustle of Jerusalem to the rose-tinted Nabatean ruins of Petra and the sweeping beaches of the Red Sea, plus a stay in a traditional Kibbutz and a night under the stars in Wadi Rum, this is the trip will excite your senses and transport you back to ancient times as you fall head over heels for the Middle East. Over 11 nights we’ll uncover Israel’s enigmatic energy and Jordan’s desert secrets, returning more enlightened than ever.

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Map & Itinerary

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Nights spent per location

  1. 1 1 night

    Amman

  2. via via

    Jerash

  3. 2 2 nights

    Petra

  4. 1 1 night

    Wadi Rum

  5. via via

    Aqaba

  6. 1 1 night

    Amman

  7. 3 3 nights

    Jerusalem

  8. 1 1 night

    Haifa

  9. 2 2 nights

    Tel Aviv

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DAY 1 - Arrive Amman

Amman

Welcome to Jordan! Bronze age ruins, a restored Roman theatre, art galleries & a Royal Automobile Museum, Jordan's capital city is a Middle Eastern metropolis of ancient and modern and the perfect place to begin our Israel & Jordan adventures. We’ll linger here for a night and enjoy an included dinner to get to know each other.

Stay

Rawa Hotel Suites (or similar)

DAY 2 - Amman to Petra via Jerash

Amman

We’ll enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning before setting off, bound for a visit and lunch stop at the Treadright-supported Iraq Al-Amir Women's Cooperative Society on our way to the ancient Greco-Roman city of Jerash and Rose City of Petra.

Jerash

Here in Jerash, we’ll uncover the Greek & Roman influences on this holy land, as a tour of the city sees us peruse Corinthian columns and ancient ruins.

Petra

Arriving in Petra, our anticipation will be at an all-time high with the knowledge that tomorrow we’ll be visiting the UNESCO World Heritage site that this city is famed for.

Stay

Petra Panorama Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit the Iraq Al-Amir Women's Cooperative Society (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience)

  • Tour of ancient city of Jerash

DAY 3 - Petra

Petra

Today is dedicated to uncovering the wonders of Petra - the magnificent ancient capital of the Nabatean Kingdom, where the hues of pink make us forget what era we’re in. Once we’re done taking pictures, we’ll be awed a second time as our local guide briefs us on the city’s history. Getting up close and personal with Pharaoh’s Castle, the Triumphal Arc and the Treasury, we’ll see just why this is the greatest attraction in the Middle East. After a full day of exploring, we’ll head back to our hotel for an included dinner.

Stay

Petra Panorama Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit of Petra and see main monuments including Pharoah's Castle, The Triumphal Arch, the Ampitheatre and the Treasury

DAY 4 - Petra to Wadi Rum

Petra

All that cultural discovery of the past few days has us craving some chill time, and we’ll find it in Wadi Rum. We’ll leave Petra and embark on a journey through Jordan’s largest and most stunning desert.

Wadi Rum

Silent landscapes, ancient riverbeds and pastel colours will have us glued to the windows as we hop in a 4x4 for the full desert experience. Tonight, we'll be treated to a Special Stay overnight in the desert, complete with luxurious tents and dinner under the stars.

Stay

Wadi Rum El Zawaydeh Camp

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Take a 4x4 tour across the desert

DAY 5 - Wadi Rum to Amman via Aqaba

Wadi Rum

Rested and in love with the desert, we're almost ready to leave Jordan. Heading back to Amman today, we have a final night here in Jordan with a special visit to the opulent resort town of Aqaba on the way.

Aqaba

Ready for some R&R? Aqaba is all about sweeping beaches, renowned dive spots and indulging in everything this resort town has to offer - with the Red Sea at our toes and the sun on our faces.

Amman

Sun-kissed and relaxed, we'll return to Amman with an optional dinner out this evening to celebrate our final night in Jordan.

Stay

Rawa Hotel Suites (or similar)

DAY 6 - Amman to Jerusalem

Amman

Rolling over the border to Israel, our first stop will be ancient Jerusalem.

Jerusalem

Welcome to Israel, where we'll kick off our tour in the City of Gold. In this religious centre of Christianity, Islam & Judaism, we'll begin with an included dinner to get to know each other, before a locally guided tour of this holy city tomorrow.

Stay

Prima Park Jerusalem Hotel (or similar)

DAY 7 - Jerusalem

Jerusalem

Today we’ll get to know Jerusalem a little better with a full day tour, uncovering secrets and culture that dates back thousands of years. We’ll discover the city's holy history and iconic sites, including the Jewish Quarter and the Arab Market, and visit Lions Gate, Dolorosa, and the Church of Holy Sepulchre. Tonight you have the chance to see the city lit up at night, with an optional light show.

Stay

Prima Park Jerusalem Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • We'll take in the wonderful sites of Jerusalem on a visit through the Jewish Quarter, Arab Market, Lions Gate, Dolorosa and the Church of Holy Sepulchre

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Sounds and Light Spectacular

    23.00 USD

DAY 8 - Jerusalem

Jerusalem

For our second day in Jerusalem, you have the option to go beyond the monuments and dig deeper into ancient life, with a free day to explore. Maybe step back in history at the Israel Museum to view the Dead Sea Scrolls and see what the city might have looked like in ancient times with the Second Temple Model. Or take up the chance to visit the ancient fortress of Masada and float in the Dead Sea on our optional day trip, or foodies can opt to explore a new side to the city on a BiteMojo food tour.

Stay

Prima Park Jerusalem Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Experience the surreal stillness of floating in the Dead Sea & Visit the ancient fortress of King Herod’s Palace in Masada

  • Head to local eateries with the Bitemojo App in Jerusalem

    23.00 USD

DAY 9 - Jerusalem to Haifa

Jerusalem

It's been incredible, but it's time to move on from Jerusalem and discover more of Israel. On our way out of Jerusalem, we'll make a visit to the sobering site of the Yad Vashem Museum and Memorial, also known as The World Holocaust Remembrance Centre.

Haifa

Here in Haifa we'll discover life outside of the cities on a Kibbutz, a collective community way of living, unique to Israel. We'll enjoy a traditional dinner here at the Kibbutz and experience Israeli hospitality.

Stay

Kibbutz

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Yad Vashem Museum and Memorial

DAY 10 - Haifa to Tel Aviv

Haifa

Waving goodbye to Kibbutz life in Haifa, today we have our sights set for Tel Aviv.

Tel Aviv

Bustling, modern, fresh and exciting, charming cafes rub shoulders with ancient monuments here in Israel’s second-largest city, translating to 'Hill of Spring'. After all the ancient history we've absorbed on this trip, you'll have the whole afternoon and evening free to orientate yourself into the urban vibes of Tel Aviv.

Stay

Lighthouse Hotel (or similar)

DAY 11 - Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv

Today we'll meet Doris Hiffawi as part of a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experience and enjoy famous Anton coffee and sweets as Doris invites us to her home in the Ajami neighborhood of Jaffa. She will share her personal story of a Christian girl growing up in a Jewish, Muslim, and Christian area. Her heartfelt story shows the complexity of the mixed population city, speaks to the Arab Christian identity in Israel, and explores the true meaning of female empowerment in the area.The rest of the day is free for you to explore at your own pace, and in a city inundated with beaches, parks, museums, shopping centres and cafes, we promise you won't get bored. Keep it high energy with a day full of seeing the sights and sinking your teeth into Tel Aviv’s eclectic culinary scene, or slow it down with a day spent perusing boutiques with an ice cream in hand. An extra special option group dinner tonight eating in the homes of Tel Aviv locals will be our farewell to this incredible journey we've been on together.

Stay

Lighthouse Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Included Coffee and Sweets with Doris Hiffawi (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • EatWith locals inside their homes & taste traditional Israeli food in Tel Aviv

    46.00 USD

DAY 12 - End Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv

It’s been one incredible adventure, but all good things must come to an end. After a hearty breakfast, we’ll say our goodbyes and swap details. We sense new adventures on the horizon!

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Top Experiences

7 included & 4 free time add-ons available to add later

  • Visit the Iraq Al-Amir Women's Cooperative Society (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience)

    Included

    Amman

  • Visit of Petra and see main monuments including Pharoah's Castle, The Triumphal Arch, the Ampitheatre and the Treasury

    Included

    Petra

  • Take a 4x4 tour across the desert

    Included

    Wadi Rum

Israel and Jordan Uncovered (From April 2022)

7 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Visit the Iraq Al-Amir Women's Cooperative Society (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience)
  • Tour of ancient city of Jerash
  • Visit of Petra and see main monuments including Pharoah's Castle, The Triumphal Arch, the Ampitheatre and the Treasury
  • Take a 4x4 tour across the desert
  • We'll take in the wonderful sites of Jerusalem on a visit through the Jewish Quarter, Arab Market, Lions Gate, Dolorosa and the Church of Holy Sepulchre.
  • Visit Yad Vashem Museum and Memorial
  • Included Coffee and Sweets with Doris Hiffawi (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience)

4 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • Sounds and Light Spectacular 23.00 USD
  • Experience the surreal stillness of floating in the Dead Sea & Visit the ancient fortress of King Herod’s Palace in Masada
  • Head to local eateries with the Bitemojo App in Jerusalem 23.00 USD
  • EatWith locals inside their homes and taste traditional Israeli food in Tel Aviv 46.00 USD

Where You'll Stay

Learn more about the accommodation available on this trip

  • Wadi Rum El Zawaydeh Camp

    Wadi Rum El Zawaydeh Camp

    Wadi Rum, Jordan

    Located between the red sand dunes of Wadi Rum, El Zawaydeh Camp offers Bedouin-style tents and an excellent location to explore the Jordanian desert.

    1 night

  • 11 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    9 nights in Hotel, 2 nights in Contiki Special Stay

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