Israel and Jordan

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Relive an age before 20th Century partitions, when these countries formed the Biblical stage, the marching ground of Roman legions, Muslim armies and Christian Crusaders.

Overview

Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Luxury - 5 star
Physical level
Easy

Highlights

    • Caesarea: Explore the Roman and Crusader ruins of Caesarea, formerly one of the splendid cities in Palestine.
    • Sea of Galilee: Enjoy a morning boat ride at the very place where Jesus is said to have walked on water.
    • Dead Sea: It's nearly impossible to sink so be sure to take a dip in the mineral-rich waters.
    • Dead Sea: Ascend by cable car to the ancient fortress of Masada where Jewish Zealots held out for three years against Herod's armies, before committing mass suicide.
    • Jerusalem: Visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and Shrine of the Book.
    • Jerusalem: Walk the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, site of the Crucifixion.
    • Jerash: Step back 2,000 years in time in this marvellous ancient city, the finest surviving example of a Greco-Roman city in the world.
    • Petra: Visit the ‘rose red' city and journey through the winding dark passageway between rock walls 90-180 meters high to the ancient hidden city.

What's this trip about?

    Relive an age before 20th Century partitions, when these countries formed the Biblical stage, the marching ground of Roman legions, Muslim armies and Christian Crusaders.

Details

Itinerary focusOperator does not provide
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityTel Aviv
End CityAmman

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural
  • Transformative
  • Holy Land

Destinations

  • Israel
  • Jordan

Attractions

  • Amman
  • Bethlehem
  • Dead Sea
  • Galilee
  • Jericho
  • Jerusalem
  • Jordan Valley
  • Nazareth
  • Petra
  • Tel Aviv

Activities

  • Culture
  • Historic sightseeing
  • Homestays & Cultural Immersion
  • Nature
  • Ruins & Archaeology

Trip includes

    • An expert Insight multilingual Tour Director, at the pinnacles of their careers, will smooth your way throughout your journey. They are your ‘travelling concierges', expert guides, consummate organisers and friends in a foreign land.
    • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned coach. Smaller coaches without toilet facilities and 40 seats may be used.
    • Personal radio headsets, gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights without missing any of your local expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
    • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
    • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
    • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
    • Included airport transfers at scheduled times on arrival and departure days.

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Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 1: Welcome To Tel Aviv

Accommodation: Sheraton Tel Aviv & Towers

You are met at Ben Gurion Airport and transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv. Share a drink with your fellow guests during a short introduction to your trip.

Welcome Reception

Day 2: Exploring Vibrant Tel Aviv

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Sheraton Tel Aviv & Towers

(Relaxed Start) Morning sightseeing shows you the highlights of this vibrant city – the Habimah National Theatre, Rabin Square and Carmel Market. Drive along the seashore to the ancient city ...

Day 3: To Caesarea, Acre, Nazareth And Galilee

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Leonardo Plaza, Tiberias

Leaving Tel Aviv, drive along the coastal road to Caesarea to explore the ancient Roman and Crusader ruins, including the huge amphitheatre. Travel via Haifa to Acre, fought over for cen...

Day 4: Along The Jordan Valley To The Dead Sea

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Hod Hotel, Dead Sea

Visit the ancient wooden boat which dates back to the times of Jesus and enjoy a cruise on the Sea of Galilee. Visit Capernaum, where Jesus is said to have entered the Synagogue and taught, a...

Day 5: Masada & The Holy City Of Jerusalem

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Leonardo Plaza, Jerusalem

Take a cable car ride up to the fortress of Masada, where Jewish Zealots held out for three years against Herod's armies. Pass the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found at Qumran, before dri...

Day 6: Exploring Jerusalem

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Leonardo Plaza, Jerusalem

Visit Yad Vashem, the memorial in tribute to those who perished in the Holocaust, and the Shrine of the Book, a wing of the Israel Museum, housing the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Day 7: Optional Bethlehem Experience And Exploring Jerusalem

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Leonardo Plaza, Jerusalem

 (Relaxed Start) In the morning, perhaps take an option to meet your Local Expert at the West Bank border and continue to the Holy city of Bethlehem. Visit the Church of the Nativity, o...

Day 8: Welcome To Amman

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Amman Marriott Hotel

Drive through the Judaean Desert to the border with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. With the formalities completed, you are met on the other side and transfer through a landscape that has changed little ...

Day 9: Jerash, The Pompeii Of The East And On To Petra

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Petra Marriott Hotel

The journey to Jerash reveals the most beautifully preserved example of a Greco-Roman city still in existence. Enter through Hadrian's Arch, to explore the grand ruins of the Temples of Arte...

Day 10: Exploring The Lost City Of Petra

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Petra Marriott Hotel

This day is devoted to the beautiful ‘rose red city, half as old as time'. You enter this lost city through a narrow gorge, the Siq, with walls that rise up to 200 metres. Emerge from the pa...

Day 11: To the crusader castle of shobak, mt. Nebo and back to amman

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Amman Marriott Hotel

Follow the King's Highway to visit Shobak, an authentic 12th century crusader fortress, perched on the side of a rocky mountain standing guard over a barren and desolate land. Admire the Ara...

Day 12: Depart Amman

Meals: Breakfast

Your journey concludes with a transfer to the airport. Alternatively, why not extend your stay with a short drive to the lowest spot on earth? The Jordan Valley Dead Sea Resort & Spa is 400 meters below sea level.

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Price From $4,575
Price per day$381
Last Updated: 2/22/2018

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Accommodation

,Stay At The Best Addresses Tel Aviv: Sheraton Towers Hotel. Considered one of Tel Aviv’s more sophisticated hotels, located on the waterfront providing guests with luxury accommodation. Tiberias: The Leonardo Plaza Tiberias Hotel is centrally located close to the Old Town. Offering beautifully decorated rooms and a wide range of facilities. Dead Sea: The magnificent Hod Hamidbar hotel on the shore of the Dead Sea, offers you serenity, relaxation and the perfect pampering experience in their modern spa. Jerusalem: Leonardo Plaza Hotel Jerusalem. The Leonardo Plaza graces the Jerusalem skyline in the heart of the city and offers panoramic views. It has many top facilities and is a good base from which to explore the Old and New Cities. Amman: The 5-star Amman Marriott Hotel is located in one of the capital's busiest centers, with easy access to all historical sites. It offers spacious rooms and features 2 restaurants, 2 bars, and a health club with 2 pools. Petra: The Petra Marriott Hotel is majestically situated to overlook the dramatic and picturesque rose-red city. It combines the warmest Arabian hospitality with the splendor of the ancient city of Petra.
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Meals Included

10 Breakfasts and 7 Dinners.

Age Requirements
No age restrictions
Optional Activities

Optional experiences

Most Insight tours already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Tour Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your tour. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Jerusalem By Night

Drive through the time-worn streets of Jerusalem by night to witness the ancient sites and monuments beautifully illuminated. Enter the walled old city and walk through the twisting maze of alleyways of the Jewish quarter to the flood lit Western Wall. Above it shines the golden orb of the Dome of the Rock.

Adult Price: USD 25

Code: JER0001

Bethlehem Excursion

Meet your local guide at the West Bank border and continue to the city of Bethlehem. Visit the Church of the Nativity, one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. The structure is built over the cave that tradition marks as the birthplace of Christ, and it is considered sacred by followers of both Christianity and Islam. Important: Please note from the Check Point this tour will be operated by a local Bethlehem guide and coach.

Adult Price: USD 40

Code: JER0002

Dessert Castles (Kharraneh, Amra & Azraq)

Pick up from Amman and transfer to the East; to the Jordan's desert castles, beautiful examples of both early Islamic art and architecture, stand testament to a fascinating era in the country's rich history. Their fine mosaics, frescoes, stone and stucco carvings and illustrations, inspired by the best in Persian and Graeco - Roman traditions, tell countless stories of the life as it was during the eighth century. Called castles because of their imposing stature, the desert complexes actually served various purposes as caravan stations, agriculture and trade centers, resort pavilions and outposts that helped distant rulers forge ties with local Bedouins. Several of these preserved compounds, all of which are clustered to the east and south of Amman, can be visited on one - or two - day loops from the city. Qusair Amra, one of the best preserved monuments, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its interior walls and ceilings are covered with lively frescoes, and two of the rooms are paved with colorful mosaics.

Adult Price: USD 113

Code: AMM0001

Iraq Al-Amir Visit

Pick up from Amman Hotel and transfer to Iraq Al-Amir visiting Qasr Al-Abd; Although little is known for definite about the history of Qasr al-Abd it is widely believed to have been built by aTobiadnotable,HyrcanusofJerusalem, head of the powerful Tobiad family and governor ofAmmon. According to a local legend, Tobiad was a commoner who fell in love with the daughter of a nobleman. When he asked for her hand in marriage, the nobleman said that Tobiad could only have her hand if he built the so-called "Castle of the Slave." After completing the castle, the nobleman had Tobiad killed as he did not want his daughter marrying a commoner. After the tour, we visit the local Women Association to experience how soap from Olive Oil is made & how greeting cards & note books are made of recycled paper. Of course, we get to try a little with our hands! We sit then to enjoy a meal prepared by the women. After lunch, transfer back to Amman for drop off Amman Hotel.

Adult Price: USD 138

Code: AMM0002

Amman To Ajlun Castle

Pick up from Amman Hotel and transfer to Ajloun Castle for a visit. (Qal'at Ar-Rabad) was built by one of Saladin's generals in 1184 AD to control the iron mines of Ajloun, and to deter the Franks from invading Ajloun. Ajloun Castle dominated the three main routes leading to the Jordan valley and protected the trade and commercial routes between Jordan and Syria; it became an important link in the defensive chain against the Crusaders, who unsuccessfully spend decades trying to capture the castle and the nearby village. After the tour, head to Rassoun for lunch with a local family. Nestled among a forest of oak and pine trees, is a quaint village about 20 minutes drive from Ajlun. Lunch in Rassoun, a simple but generous home-cooked meal, is served in the home of Abu Baker and his family. Abu Baker, a retired army officer, has built a modest living room and kitchen (with facilities) on top of his house, where he entertains paying guests to a typical Jordanian meal prepared by his wife and daughters. After lunch, head back to Amman for drop off at Amman Hotel.

Adult Price: USD 165

Code: AMM0003

Additional Information
Additional Included Highlights Tel Aviv: See Habimah National Theatre, Rabin Square and Carmel market. Jaffa: Visit the ancient port and artists' quarter. Acre: See the fortress, the old harbour area and Crusader crypt. Nazareth: Visit the Church of the Annunciation. Galilee: A brief talk on the history and contemporary life on a Kibbutz. Visit Capernaum and the Mount of the Beatitudes. View the ancient wooden boat, which is said to date back to the times of Jesus. Qumran: See the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Jerusalem: Walk the Garden of Gethsemene, Room of the Last Supper, Pool of Bethesda, Ecce Homo Arch. See the Temple Mount. Visit the Jewish sites of King David's Tomb and the Western Wall. Amman: See the Roman Amphitheatre and Citadel Hill. Shobak: Explore the Crusader fortress seeing the Crusader chapel.
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