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

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  • Duration

    11 days

  • Places

    9 places

  • Meals

    10 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 5 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Max 30 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

Jerusalem, Galilee, Amman, Petra, Eilat, Tel Aviv, Jerash, Wadi Rum, Dead Sea

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18 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 Yad Vashem Museum and Memorial
  • Visit Israel Museum Dead Sea Scrolls and Second Temple Model
  • Visit Nazareth
  • Boat Ride on Sea of Galilee
  • 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 Treasury
  • Visit Wadi Rum and take a 4x4 tour across the desert
  • Underwater Observatory
  • Hike the Red Canyon
  • Masada
  • The Dead Sea

3 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • Sounds and Light Spectacular 23.00 USD
  • Head to local eateries with the Bitemojo App in Jerusalem 23.00 USD
  • Boat Cruise and Lunch on the Red Sea 65.00 USD

Where I'll Stay?

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  • 10 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    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 or splash out and snooze alone.

About this trip

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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Map & Itinerary

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  • River route
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Nights spent per location

  1. 3 3 nights

    Jerusalem

  2. 1 1 night

    Galilee

  3. via via

    Jerash

  4. 1 1 night

    Amman

  5. 1 1 night

    Petra

  6. via via

    Wadi Rum

  7. 2 2 nights

    Eilat

  8. via via

    Dead Sea

  9. 2 2 nights

    Tel Aviv

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DAY 1 - Arrive Jerusalem

Jerusalem

Welcome to Israel, where we'll kick off our tour in the City of Gold. A visit to the Mount of Olives, a religious centre of Christianity, Islam & Judaism, will give us a breathtaking view over the city.

Stay

Prima Park Jerusalem Hotel (or similar)

DAY 2 - Jerusalem

Jerusalem

Today we’ll get to know the city a little better with a full day tour, uncovering secrets and culture that dates back thousands of years. We’ll discover Jerusalem’s holy history and key sites, including the Jewish Quarter and the Arab Market. With all that knowledge in our heads and all those exciting snaps in our camera roll, this tour is already proving to be utterly enlightening…

Stay

Prima Park Jerusalem Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Lions Gate

  • Visit Dolorosa

  • Visit Church of Holy Sepulchre

  • Visit Arab Market

  • Visit Jewish Quarter

  • Visit Western Wall

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Sounds and Light Spectacular

    23.00 USD

DAY 3 - Jerusalem

Jerusalem

Jerusalem, we're not done with you yet! We’ll spring out of bed for more exploring, this time going beyond the monuments and digging deep into ancient life. We’ll visit the sobering sites of the Yad Vashem Museum and Memorial, also known as The World Holocaust Remembrance Centre. The Second Temple Model will give us an inkling of what the city looked like in ancient times.

Stay

Prima Park Jerusalem Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Yad Vashem Museum and Memorial

  • Visit Israel Museum Dead Sea Scrolls and Second Temple Model

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Head to local eateries with the Bitemojo App in Jerusalem

    23.00 USD

DAY 4 - Jerusalem to Galilee

Jerusalem

This morning, we’ll wrap it up in Jerusalem and head north into the lush pastures of Galilee, Israel’s mountainous region.

Galilee

Prepare to be blown away by Galilee’s sheer beauty. With its lush landscapes and quaint rural villages, it’s a stark contrast from the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem. We won't waste a second, starting with a visit to the holy city of Nazareth (a.k.a the childhood home of Jesus) then getting closer to nature with a traditional boat ride on the sea of Galilee. This surely be a day that will stay with us forever.

Stay

Leonardo Tiberias Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Nazareth

  • Boat Ride on Sea of Galilee

DAY 5 - Galilee to Amman via Jerash

Galilee

We may be waking up in paradise, but we’ll hit the road early to make our morning crossing to Jordan via the Sheik Hussein border. We’ll journey past pine forests and olive groves until we reach the ancient Greco Roman city of Jerash.

Jerash

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

Amman

After an interesting visit of the Iraq Al-Amir Women's Cooperative Society, we’ll make our way to Amman, Jordan’s capital city.

Stay

Jerusalem Inn Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit the Iraq Al-Amir Women's Cooperative Society (contiki Cares)

  • Tour of ancient city of Jerash

DAY 6 - Amman to Petra

Amman

We’ll enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning before setting off. With the knowledge that this afternoon we’ll rally in the Red Rose City of Petra, our anticipation will be at an all-time high.

Petra

Pinch yourself - we’re in Petra! Cue the collective gasp in awe of this magnificent site, where the hues of pink make us forget what era (and what planet) we’re in. Once we’re done taking our mental (and physical) pictures, we’ll have our socks blown off 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.

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 7 - Petra to Eilat via Wadi Rum

Petra

All that cultural discovery of the past few days has us craving some uber chill vibes, and we’ll find them in Eilat. We’ll leave Petra and embark on a journey through Wadi Rum, Jordan’s largest and most stunning desert, where silent landscapes, ancient riverbeds and pastel colours will have us glued to the windows. We’ll even hop in a 4x4 for the full desert experience.

Wadi Rum

Eilat

After a full day of desert-ing, we’ll arrive in the coastal resort of Eilat and turn in for an early night.

Stay

Leonardo Royal Resort Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Wadi Rum and take a 4x4 tour across the desert

DAY 8 - Eilat

Eilat

A full day to enjoy the coastal resort of Eilat? You got that right. Today is all about kicking back, relaxing, and indulging in a little r&r - and with the Red Sea at our toes and the sun on our faces, the good vibes will be unstoppable. We’ll head to the Underwater Observatory to oggle marine life before a late afternoon hike in the Red Canyon will give us panoramic views for days.

Stay

Leonardo Royal Resort Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Underwater Observatory

  • Hike the Red Canyon

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Boat Cruise and Lunch on the Red Sea

    65.00 USD

DAY 9 - Eilat to Tel Aviv

Eilat

We’ll say goodbye to the coastal city of Eilat. Tel Aviv, we’re coming for ya! But first, we’ll unearth the mystical allure of the Negev, which includes a visit to the Dead Sea.

Dead Sea

Tel Aviv

After a day filled with exploring Israel’s most enigmatic sites, we’ll arrive in the cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv.

Stay

Prima City Tel Aviv Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Masada

  • The Dead Sea

DAY 10 - Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv

Welcome to Tel Aviv, Israel’s second-largest city - and arguably its most modern. Today is a free day to explore at your own pace, and in a city inundated with beaches, parks, museums, shopping centres and cafes, boredom simply isn’t an option. 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.

Stay

Prima City Tel Aviv Hotel (or similar)

DAY 11 - Depart Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

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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.