Israel Escape and Jordan


  • 13 days

  • Middle East

  • Active pace

Tour : KQE

From

£1,521 pp

Tour only

Based on 23rd Jan 2020

From

£2,187 pp

Tour with flights & transfers

Based on London Heathrow

Overview

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See Israel and Jordan on this guided tour of the historic Middle East, and enjoy shorter travel time, fewer crowds, and lower costs than the busy travel season. Begin in Tel Aviv, stop in the port of Jaffa, then through the Holy Land to Caesarea to visit the Roman Amphitheater and Crusader Fortress, and also Nazareth…

In Jordan, travel to Bethany Beyond the Jordan, where John the Baptist is said to have baptized Jesus; Madaba with its archaeological treasures; Mount Nebo, where Moses saw the Promised Land; and Jordan’s “Grand Canyon” at Wadi Mujib. Take an exciting four-wheel drive through the pristine desert of Wadi Rum. Visit Petra, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World—stand in awe in front of the 1st-century-BC Treasury, carved into the sheer sandstone rock, and walk down the Siq, the colorful gorge between the high cliffs; also sip tea in a real Bedouin tent. Travel to the Greco-Roman city of Jerash, before an overnight in Jordan’s capital Amman. Ancient sites and fascinating landscapes await you on this off-season guided tour of Israel and Jordan—without the crowds, costs, or lengthy travel schedule of the high-season!

Highlights

TEL AVIV Welcome dinner

JAFFA Walk around the ancient port

CAESAREA Visit the Roman Amphitheater and the Crusader fortress

NAZARETH Visit the Church of the Annunciation;

CANA Visit the site of the first miracle

HAIFA Visit the Baha’i Shrine

MOUNT OF BEATITUDES Visit the site where Jesus delivered his sermon

CAPERNAUM Visit the site where Jesus recruited his followers

JORDAN RIVER Visit a baptismal site

SEA OF GALILEE Enjoy a cruise

LATRUN Visit the site of David’s victory over Goliath in the Valley of Elah and the Monastery of the Trappist Monks in Latrun

BETHLEHEM Visit the Church of Nativity

JERUSALEM Visit the Israel Museum, Yad Vashem, and Mount Zion; guided walking tour; the tomb of King David, the Upper Room, the Garden Tomb, a panoramic view from the Mount of Olives; visit the Garden of Gethsemane, follow the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa, visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Western Wall; farewell dinner

MASADA Ride a cable car and visit the cliff-top fortress

DEAD SEA Experience the buoyancy feeling in the Dead Sea water; Jerash

WADI RUM Visit the largest wadi in Jordan and enjoy a four-wheel drive to the desert of Wadi Rum and receive a local scarf

PETRA Guided sightseeing, including the Siq and the Treasury; sip tea in a Bedouin tent

KERAK Visit the Crusader Castle

WADI MUJIB Visit the Jordanian Grand Canyon

MADABA Visit St. George’s Church and the Archaeological Museum

MOUNT NEBO Visit the mountain where Moses saw the Promised Land

BETHANY BEYOND THE JORDAN Visit the site of John the Baptist’s settlement

DEAD SEA Farewell dinner

Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 12 breakfasts, 9 dinners

Arrive in Tel Aviv, Israel

Day
1

Welcome to Tel Aviv! Enjoy this evening’s welcome dinner with your traveling companions and Tour Director.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Tel Aviv – Jaffa – Caesarea – Nazareth – Cana – Haifa

Day
2

Stop in Jaffa for a walk through the beautifully restored ancient port, where medieval pilgrims started their strenuous 2-day trek to Jerusalem. Then, continue your tour of the Holy Land to Caesarea, the perfect place to learn about the Roman and Crusader presence in the country. Visit the ROMAN AMPHITHEATER and the impressive CRUSADER FORTRESS, and admire Herod’s stadium and harbor. On to Nazareth in Galilee, to visit the contemporary CHURCH OF THE ANNUNCIATION. Then Cana, site of the first miracle where Jesus changed water into wine at a wedding. To this day, many couples renew their wedding vows at this sacred place. Arrive in Haifa, a city with a long history dating back to biblical times.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Haifa. Excursion to the Mount of Beatitudes – Capernaum – Sea of Galilee

Day
3

Start your day with a visit to the golden-domed BAHA’I SHRINE, the world center of Baha’i faith. Heading towards the Sea of Galilee, visit the MOUNT OF BEATITUDES, where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount. Then proceed to CAPERNAUM, where Jesus recruited his first followers among the fishermen. Via the ruins of Kursi arrive at the Jordan River and visit the BAPTISMAL SITE, followed by a relaxing CRUISE on the Sea of Galilee.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Haifa – Valley of Elah – Latrun – Bethlehem – Jerusalem

Day
4

Drive into the ancient land of the Philistines and the Valley of Elah. Stop at the site of David’s victory over the Philistine giant, Goliath, and hear about this biblical event. Later, hear the tale of Samson and Delilah as you travel through the land of the Dan tribe to the wide Valley of Ayalon. At strategic Latrun, visit the MONASTERY OF THE TRAPPIST MONKS. Stop en route for a breathtaking panoramic view of the Holy City of Jerusalem, considered one of the oldest places in the world, with a history dating back as far as 4000 BC. Proceed to Bethlehem and see Shepherd’s Field, where the angels announced the birth of Jesus. Next, visit the CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY, which stands on the site where Jesus was born. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Jerusalem. Excursion to the Israel Museum, Yad Vashem, and Mount Zion

Day
5

Visit the ISRAEL MUSEUM with the Shrine of the Book, and the Dead Sea Scrolls, followed by the YAD VASHEM MEMORIAL created to commemorate the six million martyrs of the Holocaust. Continue to MOUNT ZION, and visit the UPPER ROOM, where Jesus and his disciples had the last supper, and then the TOMB OF KING DAVID.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Jerusalem. Excursion to the Old City

Day
6

This morning, visit the GARDEN TOMB. After seeing a stunning panorama of the city from the revered MOUNT OF OLIVES, start your guided walking tour. Via the Chapel of Dominus Flevit, designed in the shape of a tear drop to symbolize the tears of Christ, arrive at the GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE, where Jesus prayed the night before his arrest. Nearby are the Caves of the Assumption of Mary and of the Betrayal. Follow the Stations of the Cross along the VIA DOLOROSA to Golgotha, and visit the CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE. Erected over the site of the crucifixion, this church is shared by six Christian communities. Also see the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock, a splendid mosque on the holy mount. Continue to the WESTERN WALL, the most holy shrine in the Jewish religion.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Jerusalem. Excursion to Masada and the Dead Sea

Day
7

Drive through the Judean wilderness to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on the surface of the Earth. Enjoy the scenery as you follow the road between the salty water and majestic desert mountains. Catch glimpses of the caves of Qumran, where the precious Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Ascend by cable car to the spectacular cliff-top FORTRESS of Masada, and hear how 960 Jewish zealots preferred death at their own hands to the indignity of surrender to overwhelming Roman forces. Around lunchtime, reach one of the comfortable Dead Sea resorts and experience the feeling of buoyancy in the heavy water. Return to Jerusalem.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Jerusalem, Israel – Allenby Bridge – Jerash, Jordan – Amman

Day
8

A comfortable drive across the Allenby Bridge, brings you to Jordan. Drive north to JERASH, which was inhabited as early as 3200 BC. Although the city was impacted by the earthquake of 749 AD, it is the site of the best preserved Greco-Roman ruins in the Middle East. Next, arrive in Jordan’s capital, Amman.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Amman – Wadi Rum – Petra

Day
9

An exciting visit to Wadi Rum is on the program today. Wadi Rum is the largest wadi (ravine) in Jordan and made famous by the movie Lawrence of Arabia. Enjoy a spectacular FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE through the sand dunes and receive a keffiyeh, a local headscarf. Continue to the “Rose-Red City” of Petra, where you can relax at your hotel this evening or explore the ancient city.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Petra

Day
10

Full day of guided sightseeing in Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New7Wonders of the World®. Lost to the world for centuries, it is located in the biblical land of Moab. Enjoy an unforgettable experience as you walk down the SIQ, the narrow gorge made famous in the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Stand in awe in front of the iconic and famed TREASURY. See spectacular temples and tombs created out of the rose-colored sandstone, and sip tea in a real BEDOUIN TENT.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Petra – Kerak – Wadi Mujib – Dead Sea

Day
11

This morning features Kerak, with a visit to the CRUSADER CASTLE and Wadi Mujib, the “Jordanian Grand Canyon.” Continue to your hotel at the Dead Sea for your 2-night stay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Dead Sea. Excursion to Madaba, Mount Nebo & Bethany Beyond the Jordan

Day
12

A fascinating day awaits! Stop in Madaba to visit ST. GEORGE’S CHURCH, which houses a precious 6th-century mosaic map of the Holy Land. Also explore the MADABA ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM. Today’s major highlight is a visit to MOUNT NEBO, where Moses saw the Promised Land. Next is Bethany Beyond the Jordan, where Christians believe that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Return to the Dead Sea to enjoy a farewell dinner with your traveling companions to commemorate an unforgettable journey.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Dead Sea

Day
13

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (The nearest airport is Amman).

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

Tour only

From

£1,521 pp

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Excursions
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Individual audio system

Tour with flights

From

£2,187 pp

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Excursions
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • All airport taxes

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