Highlights of Israel & Jordan

10 Days, 2 Countries. Follow in the footsteps of ancient explorers on this epic tour of Israel & Jordan. A land of mystery and adventure awaits!
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Summary

Our tour through Israel & Jordan explores both famous ancient sites and modern attractions. Passionate locals show us their countries from a unique point of view. We explore the striking cities of Tel Aviv and Amman. Ancient Jaffa and Jerusalem are also on our list. Along the way we’ll fuel you with the tastiest local foods. There’s also plenty of solo exploration time. You’ll experience Petra - one of the 7 Ancient Wonders of the World. Sleep in a Bedouin camp, sip on traditional tea around a campfire, and embark on desert safari adventure! See a real oasis! Encounter the legendary Dead Sea! Kick back and relax at a Red Sea resort in Eilat... Wander through unforgettable sites like Caesarea. Discover the Mount of Olives and the pilgrimage sites around Bethlehem. Israel and Jordan are colourful, cultural and spiritual havens. Get ready for a Middle Eastern adventure like no other!

Like all Expat Explore vacation packages, this itinerary is a guaranteed departure. We use modern, air-conditioned private transport, and include free wifi at each hotel so you can stay connected and share all your incredible photos and memories with your friends and family while on your Israel and Jordan tour!

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Highlights of Israel Jordan

Why this Trip

  • All tour dates are guaranteed to depart.
  • Only 10% deposit or minimum $80.00 required and no booking fees.
  • Modern air-conditioned coach transport.
  • Experienced and passionate guides.
  • High quality accommodation.
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Itinerary PrintView full Itinerary here

Start in: Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv, from 15:00 hrs
End in: Jerusalem

Jerusalem, from 10:00 hrs
Duration: 10 Days
Ages: 10 - 75+
Places: 2 Countries
18 Experiences

DAY 1: Arrive in Tel Aviv

Welcome to Tel Aviv! Your middle-eastern adventure starts here. Check in to your hotel and then the rest of the day is set aside to explore the city by yourself. Tel Aviv has many beautiful beaches and great architectural sites to discover. There are also lots of little cafés where you can enjoy a coffee and watch the locals go by.

DAY 2: Jesus' Baptism Site - Mount Masada - Eilat

After breakfast it’s time for a jam-packed day! We depart from Tel Aviv to explore the Baptism site of Jesus at Qasr el Yehud. This is a famous destination on the banks of the Jordan River. It is known as the place where Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist. Leaving the religious site, we drive through the Arava Valley of the Negev Desert to Mount Masada. Marvel at the view of the Dead Sea below. Shift your gaze and drink in the Moab Mountains of Jordan. Then it’s onto Eilat in the early evening. Here we experience nightlife on the shores of the Red Sea. Dinner is served in a traditional Kibbutz - a quintessential Israeli experience!

DAY 3: Eilat - Free day

Today you have the entire day to discover the many marvels of Eilat at your own pace. There are many to choose from! Explore the Red Sea beaches, or go diving. Visit Dolphin Reef, or head to Timna Park. The cliffside views will take your breath away. Alternatively, you could visit to the Underwater Observatory. Or how about touring the city on foot and doing a little shopping? Keen to explore further afield? Head to the Red Canyon hiking trails to explore the mesmerising red rock canyons. There are trails for every fitness level.

DAY 4: Aqaba - Wadi Rum

Today we enter the port city of Aqaba, where you can explore the city. The old town has a wonderful 'souk' (Arab marketplace) with a lively atmosphere. From here, the day keeps getting better. We embark on a desert jeep safari with local Bedouin guides. They escort us through the region’s striking lunar landscape. Many Hollywood movies have been filmed here, including Matt Damon’s ‘The Martian’. Our day ends in a tented camp in Wadi Rum. Here we watch the sun go down over some tasty Bedouin tea. Then we dine on traditional foods (included) and retire to a private tent to sleep under the stars.

DAY 5: Petra - Dead Sea - Amman

Today we have ample time to explore Petra. It's Jordan's most famous archaeological site. Not to mention one of UNESCO's 7 Wonders of the Ancient World! We discover the many tombs and temples carved into the pink sandstone cliffs. The iconic attraction, Al Khazneh, is also on our list. This structure boasts striking Greek-inspired architectural elements. You might recognise it from the movie Indiana Jones. A traditional lunch (included) is served next to the healing waters of the Red Sea. The salt lake is known for giving swimmers the sensation of being weightless. Our day ends in the beautiful city of Amman - the capital of Jordan. We recommend you spend your evening in downtown Amman - it's a must-see!

DAY 6: Jerash - Sea of Galilee - Nazareth

After breakfast this morning we drive from Amman to Jerash. Here we start the day with a city tour. Jerash is one of the biggest Middle Eastern cities, dating back to Roman times. The century-old ruins have been carefully preserved. Exploring these structures will transport you back in time. A local lunch (included) is served in Jerash before we cross the border to Israel. Once there, we make our way to the Sea of Galilee. This freshwater lake is the largest source of drinking water for Israel. It is also an important pilgrimage site for many Christians. We then visit Capernaum, one of the most prominent sites in the area. This fishing village is located in the Galilee region of northern Israel. It is here where Jesus is believed to have worked his Biblical miracles.Tonight we overnight in Nazareth.

DAY 7: Nazareth - Caesarea - Tel Aviv - Jaffa Port - Jerusalem

First thing today we head out to explore Nazareth. This Jewish village is said to have been the childhood home of Jesus. Nazareth is home to an abundance of fascinating architectural sites. From here, we head north to the western coastline. First we stop to explore Caesarea, King Herod's renowned port on the Mediterranean. You’ll have some free time for lunch and exploring. Caesarea is the ancient Roman capital of Judea. We highly recommend that you make your way to the Caesarea amphitheatre. It’s one of the oldest east of the Mediterranean! This afternoon we'll do a city tour of Tel Aviv and Jaffa. Jaffa is an ancient port city that inspired the biblical story of 'Jonah and the Whale'! Explore the beautifully restored city from which modern Tel Aviv developed. Highlights of this tour include a drive up Rothschild Boulevard. We’ll also explore the Neve Tzedek district and you’ll have the chance to visit the Illana Goor Museum. This 18th century home serves as a gallery of 500 pieces of Goore’s private art collection. A favourite among tourists! Tonight we settle down in our hotel in Jerusalem.

DAY 8: Bethlehem - Mount of Olives - Jerusalem

We start the day with a guided tour of Bethlehem. Visit the Church of Nativity and see the famous Shepherd's' Fields. Then we’ll have a photo stop at Banksy wall.  At the Mount of Olives we stop to view the City of Gold from above and visit the Church of all Nations. Next up is the Old City of Jerusalem. This destination has more holy sites than any other square kilometre in the world. We visit the Wailing Wall, Mount Zion, the Via Dolorosa & more. This evening we discover the Machane Yehuda Market back in Jerusalem. Here locals sell fresh produce, pastries, coffee and the best olives around! At night it changes into a hub for tourists and foodies to hang out.

DAY 9: Jerusalem - Free day

Today is your free day in the capital of Israel! Jerusalem has been described as one of the most spiritually intense destinations in the world. It's a holy land for Christians, Muslims and Jews alike. After spending time in the old city yesterday, you can head out to some of the other big attractions today. The Israel Museum should be at the top of your list. It's ranked as one of the top archaeological and art institutions in the world. It hosts a comprehensive range of art and ancient artifact pieces from the land of Israel and beyond. Take a trip to Yad Vashem, The World Holocaust Remembrance Center. There's also the 9/11 Memorial Plaza and the Gardens of Gethsemane. Here you’ll find a quiet space to rest, meditate or pray. Another option is The Shrine of book, home to the biblical parchments known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. Take time to enjoy your last dining experience of Israel. Sample some street food or dine at an award-winning restaurant. Just make sure you get your hands on some local dishes - the food here is exquisite!

DAY 10: End of tour

Your tour of Israel and Jordan has come to an end. Checkout at the hotel is at 10am. Feel free to take your time to explore the many marvels of Jerusalem before you head home. We can highly recommend the Tower of David, Yad Vashem and the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo. Safe travels! We hope to see you again soon.


Tour Accommodation


* Please note that we do use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here

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What's Included

  • 8 nights hotel accommodation (twin share with private en-suite facilities) and 1 night camping (twin share with shared bathroom). Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room
  • Services of a local representative throughout the trip
  • 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Private air-conditioned transport
  • 18 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours of cities plus other exciting experiences)
  • Not Included: Entrance fees as part of the listed experiences. Check the Optional Excursions here for more information.
  • Not Included: Visas and border fees. Check the Pre-departure Information here for more information.

Optional Excursions

Optional excursions are payable in cash currency to your tour leader whilst on tour.
  • Jerash
  • Petra
  • Wadi Rum
  • Masada
  • Jericho
  • Caesarea

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If you have traveled with us before you qualify for a 10% rebate. To claim your rebate, simply type your previous Booking Number in the "Special Notes" box at the final Payment step of the checkout. 

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Detailed Info Pack

  • Tour start & end points
  • Pre-departure information
  • Pre-tour accommodation

For more information on, starting points & times, emergency contact details, budgeting for your tour & much more you can download our information pack here.

Helpful Pre-Trip Info

Visa

Certain nationalities may require an Israeli and/or Jordanian visa for this tour. Please see our pre-departure information for more details. It is your responsibility to contact the relevant embassies to confirm your visa requirements. We can provide support documentation upon request, please contact us for more information.

On tour costs

Please refer to the tour itinerary for full details of the activities and meals that are included in the tour cost, and those that are optional/extra. We would recommend budgeting 20-40 USD per day (this excludes optional excursions).

Room Sharing

Please note, by default all rooms are twin bed rooms.

  • Partners: When you book for more than one person, we will by default group you together in a room (unless you specifically request us not to). If you are unequal numbers (3, 5, 7 etc.) and we are unable to secure a triple room then the the remaining traveler will be roomed with another passenger of the same gender. 
  • Single Travelers: If you are travelling alone there is no compulsory charge - you will share a twin room with another passenger of the same gender. There is an optional single supplement/private room upgrade available for single travellers who wish to have a private room. This can be added at the time of booking or by contacting our customer services team. Please note that the room provided may be a single room with a single bed.
  • Triple Room requests: We can generally provide a triple room on request; however it is not guaranteed to be available in every destination. Please contact our customer services team to request a triple room. Please note that in some hotels, the triple may be a double and a single bed, or the third bed may be a pull-out or bunk-bed. Where we cannot provide a triple room the rooming will consist of one twin room and the third passenger sharing with another single traveller of the same gender.

Free-time

In some destinations you will have a full free day, where you can choose to join our optional excursions or explore on your own.

Meeting Point

Your tour starts in Tel Aviv and finishes in Jerusalem. Please have a look at our essential tour information page for detailed information.

Passport

This should be valid for at least six months after you have returned home from your trip. You should also have at least two blank pages as visas and entry/exit stamps can take up a whole page.

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Have a question?

Are children allowed on your tours?

Our tours are not suitable for children under the age of 10 years old. However, at the discretion of Expat Explore we may consider younger children on certain tours if they meet certain criteria and a request is received in writing via email for consideration. Expat Explore reserves the absolute right to accept or decline a booking at our discretion.

Are international flights included in the tour price?

No, you will need to make your own arrangements to get to the meeting destination for the first day of your tour. Make sure you keep departure times and possible delays in mind when booking flights. We recommend Skyscanner for comparing prices from the vast majority of airlines.

Can you cater for my dietary requirements?

Before the tour starts, you will receive an email from us requesting your dietary requirements. There is always a vegetarian option, which is a meal without meat. We try as much as we can to offer you the traditional local cuisine.

Can you provide a triple room?

We can generally provide a triple room on request; however it is not guaranteed to be available in every destination. Please contact our customer services team to request a triple room. Please note that in some hotels, the triple room may consist of a double bed and a single bed, or a double bed and a pull-out or bunk-bed. Where we cannot provide a triple room the rooming will consist of one twin room and the third passenger sharing with another single traveller of the same gender.

Can you send me a quote?

The price shown on the website for your departure date on the day you book is the price you will pay. If you would like to make a group booking for 10 or more people please contact us.

Do I need a visa?

Please see our visas page and the pre-departure planning section for more information.

Do I need to change money before the tour?

Please make sure you bring with you for the start of the tour the local currency(ies) you will need for at least the first three days, as there may not be an opportunity to change currency at the very beginning of the tour. You should budget for any optional excursions you wish to do in this period (see 'Optional Excursions' tab above) and non-included meals. We don’t recommend carrying large amounts of cash with you on tour; you are better off withdrawing enough cash to last you for the next 5-7 days, rather than carrying enough cash to last you for the entirety of the tour. Please refer to your pre-departure information for more information on the currencies you will require for your particular itinerary.

Do you have on-tour luggage storage facilities?

No, we do not have these facilities. For security reasons you will be required to keep your belongings with you at all times. Please bear this in mind when you are deciding what to bring.

How can I get the documents I need to apply for my visa?

Expat Explore can provide travellers requiring visas with visa support documents on a request basis. Please note that you are required to pay for your tour in full in order to receive the documents. This is an embassy/consulate requirement by law. Once you have received confirmation that your booking has been paid in full, you can request your visa support documents by emailing info@expatexplore.com - please allow up to 10 working days to receive these documents.

How do I book/pay?

You can book online through our website or call our customer service team to make a booking over the phone. You must pay a deposit of the greater of 10% or 50 GBP (or equivalent if booking in a currency other than GBP) via our online payment platform to secure your place. You can pay the remaining amount up to 60 days before departure, with a debit/credit card or with a bank transfer.

How do I pay for optional excursions and entrance fees?

Please ensure you have the necessary cash to pay for the optional excursions and entrances fees you wish to take part in - those in Israel must be paid in Israeli Shekels, and those in Jordan in US Dollars.

How many other people will be on the tour?

It depends on how many other people will book, but group sizes are generally between 15 and 25 people.

How much luggage can I bring?

Due to weight and space limitations, you are allowed to bring one main piece of luggage weighing no more than 20kg, and one small soft bag for hand luggage. On all tours, you will have to carry your own luggage (e.g. into hotels and up to your room if hotels don’t have elevators). Please bear this in mind when you are deciding what to pack.

Is my deposit refundable?

Your deposit payment secures your place(s) on the tour and the price you pay. Your deposit paid at the time of booking is non-refundable. Our full Terms and Conditions can be viewed online.

Is travel insurance compulsory?

Yes, and you are responsible for arranging your own insurance. Passengers and their personal property travel with Expat Explore solely at their own risk. Please refer to our travel Terms & Conditions for more specific information. For a relatively small price, travel insurance provides you with the peace of mind so that you can enjoy your tour without any worries. To receive a quote from one of our preferred travel insurance partners, please click here

What about room sharing & single supplements?

If you are travelling alone there is no compulsory charge - you will share a twin room with another passenger of the same gender. There is an optional single supplement/private room upgrade available for single travellers who wish to have a private room. This can be added at the time of booking or by contacting our customer services team. Please note that the room provided may be a single room with a single bed.

What is included in the tour price?

The tour price includes accommodation for the duration of the tour; transport by private coach; breakfasts, lunches and dinners as per your itinerary and guided walking tours and excursions as per your itinerary. On top of this, you will have a tour representative to assist you along the way with great tips and handy advice! Please refer to the ‘Included’ section of the itinerary where a full breakdown is given.

What is the average age of your groups?

We have a very wide range of ages on our tours, and do not restrict our passengers to certain age groups or limits. A positive attitude and an open mind are more important than a number!

What level of fitness do I need to participate in these tours?

All travellers are required to carry their own bags, get on and off the coach and use public transport. Our city walking tours can last up to 3 hours and certain places involve walking up and down lots of steps. We want you to enjoy your tour, so read through the itinerary thoroughly and make your own conclusions as to whether you feel that you are fit and healthy enough.

What time does each day start on tour?

Generally, we like to make an early start, so that you can spend more time at each destination. On your free days, you can have a lie in if you wish!

Where does my tour depart from?

Please see the 'Tour Start & End Points' tab at the beginning of the Help Section for more information on the start and end points, and meeting times.

Who will be my tour leader?

Our tour leaders come from all walks of life, with different backgrounds and interests. They are all confident and well-travelled, with an in-depth knowledge of the destinations they are working in, and a passion for helping you make the most out of your Expat Explore tour.

Will I get confirmation of my payment?

As soon as your payment has been processed by our accounts team, we will send you a confirmation email. Please note this may take up to 5 working days, depending on your method of payment.
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