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Jordan and Israel Discovery

from $2,479.00

The best of two historical and biblical lands.

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    4 - 16
All about the Jordan and Israel Discovery.

Step back in time and discover two countries with the most amazing ancient and religious histories. The highlights are plentiful, from standing at the viewpoint atop Mount Nebo, where Moses is said to have looked down over the promised land, exploring stunning rose-red Petra; sitting under the stars in Wadi Rum; to the cave where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. We float in that same sea, and take a cable car up to the Monastery of Temptation in Jericho. In Jerusalem we explore wonderful holy sites, and spend a day in Bethlehem, the birth place of Jesus.  The trip ends in the vibrant seaside resort of Tel Aviv. 

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts, 2 dinners
* All accommodation (see accommodation section)
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
* Arrival transfers in Amman

  1. Day 1 Start Amman.

    Trip starts at the hotel in Amman on Day 1 of the itinerary.*Comfortable hotel*

  2. Day 2 Amman city tour; on to Petra via Madaba and Mt Nebo

    After an early breakfast we head to the Citadel for breathtaking views of Amman and a short tour of this site. There is a small but very interesting museum to explore.  From this viewpoint we can see the remains of the Roman Theatre in the old city area.   Leaving Amman we join the King’s Highway which takes us up and down huge ‘wadis’ (valleys). We stop en route at Madaba, known as the city of the mosaics, and beautiful Mt Nebo where Moses saw the promised land just before he died.  Further south we reach the magnificent city of Petra; Jordan’s premier historic site and one of the world’s most outstanding ancient cities.  This is a full day with great sites and stunning natural landscapes.*Standard Hotel*

  3. Day 3 Classic tour of Petra; optional hike up to the Monastery

    This morning we have an early start to make the most of our day exploring the UNESCO World Heritage site of Petra. Petra was hidden for centuries until the Swiss explorer Burckhardt made his great discovery in 1812. It was founded by the Nabateans, an Arab tribe that arrived here in the 6th century BC. Building at Petra began in the third century BC and continued through the Roman period, financed by taxes levied on the desert caravans. Two features of Petra are unique: firstly, it is a city made defensible by being built down a series of chasms, rather than on a hilltop. Secondly, it is built directly into the rock – beautiful red and yellow sandstone carved into the most impressive facades which glow in the brilliant sunlight. To enter Petra we must begin by walking down a narrow chasm, known as the Siq, surrounded by high cliffs on either side. Unveiled at the end of the Siq is El Khazneh, the Treasury. This is just the first breathtaking sight of a remarkable day. Continuing to the centre of the city, we pass the houses and tombs of the rich citizens and the remarkable scale of the site begins to unveil itself.  A optional walk can then be done up 850 steps to El Deir, the monastery, with its superb facade topped by a huge urn.  *Standard Hotel*

  4. Day 4 Visit Little Petra; on to Exodus Private camp in Wadi Rum; sunset jeep safari

    Explore Little Petra with its well preserved ruins which are hidden away in the mountains, before continuing to the spectacular Wadi Rum desert. This is where Lawrence of Arabia and Prince Faisal assembled the Arab tribes for the attack on Aqaba in the First World War, and also where sections of many famous films have been shot including ‘Lawrence of Arabia, ‘Star Wars’ and ‘The Martian’ were shot. Its Mars like landscape is truly breathtaking.  We take a four-wheel drive safari throughout the area stopping at a an outcrop of rocks for sunset before returning to our Exodus permanent tented camp for a star filled night. *Full-service Camping*

  5. Day 5 Travel north to the Dead Sea via Al Karak Castle

    Today we head back up North to the amazing Dead Sea for a float and relaxing evening.  On the way we stop at Al Karak (or Kerak)  Castle for a guided tour of this imposing Crusader stronghold.  This is a place of legend in the battles between the Crusaders and the Islamic armies of Saladin (Salah-ad-Din).  A guided tour through the well preserved ruins opens up another aspect of the history of Jordan.  We continue on to the Dead Sea in time for float in its incredible saline waters and to watch the sunset over Israel on the opposite bank. *Comfortable Hotel*

  6. Day 6 Cross into Israel at the Allenby Bridge; visit Jericho and Dead Sea Scrolls caves; on to Jerusalem

    After breakfast we take a short drive to the Allenby Bridge for the crossing into Israel.  Your tour leader will explain in detail what happens at the border and what happens with the crossing.  It is time to say farewell to the Jordanian Leader and driver.  On arrival on the Israeli side the leader who will accompany the group for the rest of the trip will be waiting.  First stop is Jericho,  claimed to be the oldest city in the world, it is rich with Biblical associations. According to the Bible it was the first town captured by the Israelites under the leadership of Joshua. We take a 2km (1 mile) cable ride to the Greek Orthodox Monastery of Temptation with wonderful views of the Judaean Desert below.  The monastery dates back to the 12th century and is supposedly built around the grotto where the Devil appeared to tempt Jesus.  From Jericho we head to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found by a Bedouin Shepherd boy. Although the caves cannot be entered there is a centre where a short film is viewed and then a trail takes us through the cliffs where the various caves are located.  After this visit we continue on to Jerusalem.*Standard Hotel*

  7. Day 7 Guided walking tour through the old city including major sites

    Today we step back in history with a guided walking tour of the old city of Jerusalem.  This includes the Temple Mount, Dome of the Rock, the Wailing Wall and the Church of the Sepulchre. The city is perfect to explore on foot as it is compact and there are plenty of sites to see and places to sit and rest. Jerusalem’s history stretches back more than 3,000 years  and a guided tour of this labyrinthine is sure to be on the top of the list of memorable experiences of this trip. *Standard Hotel *

  8. Day 8 Today is free for personal exploration of the wonders of Jerusalem

    Today is free for personal exploration of Jerusalem.   The leader will provide suggestions for more places to visit and information on how to get to each one.  You may want to return to the old city and take a leisurely stroll through the streets or head to the Mount of Olives, best known as the scene of Christ’s agony and the Garden of Gethsemane.  Another option is the Yad Vashem or Holocost museum and memorial.  *Standard Hotel*

  9. Day 9 Bethlehem sightseeing tour including the Church of the Nativity

    Today we have a local guide in Bethlehem who will reveal its Biblical traditions.  Perched on a hill at the edge of the Judaean Desert it was the childhood home of David and the birth place of Jesus. It has been a major site of pilgrimage since the construction of the Church of the Nativity in the 4th Century AD.  It is located on the spot which is generally believed to be the likeliest site of the nativity.  It is also one of the world’s oldest churches. The tour will include Manger Square, St Catherine’s Church and the Milk Grotto.   *Standard Hotel*

  10. Day 10 Travel to Tel Aviv stopping at Old Jaffa for a short tour before heading into the city

    Today we head to vibrant Tel Aviv the modern face of the Jewish state.  This Mediterranean resort has a long sandy beach and palm-filled avenues lined with elegant buildings in the Bauhaus style.  First stop is Old Jaffa where according to the Bible a settlement was founded by Noah’s son Japheth in the wake of the great flood.  Remains dating back to 2000 BC found here have established Jaffa as one of the world’s oldest ports.  The House of Simon the Tanner is traditionally held to be where the apostle Peter once stayed and the compact old town is now an attractive centre of local arts and crafts. From here we continue on to Tel Aviv where a city tour includes the colourful Carmel Market.  Tonight there are plenty of great restaurants where the group can head for dinner to share the wonderful memories this trip has created.*Standard Hotel*

  11. Day 11 Trip ends in Tel Aviv.

    Trip ends after breakfast in Tel Aviv.   For those with onward flights our sales team can arrange a private transfer to the Ben Gurion airport  at extra cost or you can arrange a taxi through the hotel reception. Please see transfer section for more details. 

Package Confirmed Dates Trip Status Trip Status Price (PP) Excluding Flights Price (PP) Including Flights  
May 4, 2020
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$2,479.00
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May 21, 2020
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$2,579.00
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September 3, 2020
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$2,579.00
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October 6, 2020
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$2,579.00
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November 18, 2020
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$2,479.00
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February 11, 2021
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$2,649.00
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March 11, 2021
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$2,649.00
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April 22, 2021
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$2,749.00
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May 13, 2021
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$2,749.00
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October 8, 2021
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$2,749.00
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November 5, 2021
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$2,649.00
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