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. This includes the striking cities of Tel Aviv, Jaffa and Jerusalem. We show you the highlights, fuel you with the best local foods and then give you plenty of time to explore by yourself. We visit the Mount of Olives, discover the Old City of Jerusalem and the pilgrimage sites around Bethlehem. You will also encounter the Jordan River Valley, Jerash and Mount Nebo. Visit Petra, one of the 7 New Wonders of the World and sleep at a Bedouin campsite! Then go on a desert safari, visit Jericho, see a real oasis and the Dead Sea. Not to mention the Caesarea, the Bahá’í Gardens and Akko! This Middle Eastern tour truly has it all.

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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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 14:00 hrs
End in: Jerusalem

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

DAY 1: Arrive in Tel Aviv

Today is the first day of your Israel and Jordan tour! Arrive in Tel Aviv and check in to your hotel. 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 cafes where you can sit, enjoy a coffee and watch the city go by. This evening you'll have the option of joining your tour representative on an outing to experience Tel Aviv's famous nightlife. Toast your arrival in Israel with the rest of the group and see some of the city's after-hours hot spots!

DAY 2: Jaffa - Tel Aviv - Free Afternoon

This morning we start with a walking tour of Jaffa, the ancient port city that inspired the biblical story of 'Jonah and the Whale'. We explore the beautifully restored old city from which modern Tel Aviv developed. Then we wander through the famous flea market that is one of the city's most vibrant neighbourhoods. At lunchtime we take you to one of the best hummus restaurants in Tel Aviv, where you'll have the opportunity to enjoy this popular Middle-Eastern dish. This afternoon we'll suggest a few self-guided walks through the city and leave you with some free time to discover more of Tel Aviv on foot. Get a little lost and see a bit of true Israeli life up close!

DAY 3: Tel Aviv - Jerusalem - Bethlehem - Jerusalem

We wake up early to travel through the striking Judean Hills on our way to Jerusalem. 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, which has more holy sites than any other square kilometre in the world. We visit the Wailing Wall, Mount Zion, the Via Dolorosa & more. Our next stop is Bethlehem, where we visit the Church of Nativity and see the famous Shepherd's' Fields. This evening we discover the Machane Yehuda Market back in Jerusalem.

DAY 4: Jerash - Mount Nebo - Madaba - Petra

Today is a busy day! We drive through the Jordan River Valley and cross into Jordan, where we meet our local guide. We tour the city of Jerash - one of the biggest Middle Eastern cities that dates back to Roman times. On our way to Mount Nebo, the spot from where Moses first saw the Holy Land, we pass by the capital of Amman and hear more about the country's culture and history. At Madaba we visit the famous Byzantine Mosaics, before continuing to Petra, where we stay the night.

DAY 5: Petra - Wadi Rum

Today we take the full day to explore Petra, Jordan's most famous archaeological site and one of UNESCO's 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. We discover the many tombs and temples carved into the sandstone cliffs, and visit the imposing 45m-high Al Khazneh with its impressive Greek facade. Your guide will show you all the main highlights of the site and there will be plenty of time for personal exploration. Afterwards, we transfer to Wadi Rum where we overnight at a Bedouin campsite!

DAY 6: Wadi Rum - Aqaba - Eilat

Get ready for an action-packed day! After breakfast we leave on a desert jeep safari with local Bedouin guides who escort us through the breathtaking lunar landscape where many Hollywood movies are filmed. After a short break back at camp, we drive to the port city of Aqaba, where we enjoy a walking tour and explore the city's markets. We cross the border back into Israel at Arava, and continue to Eilat. Tonight we stay over in Eilat and discover the nightlife on the shores of the Red Sea.

DAY 7: Eilat - Free day

Today you have the entire day to discover the many marvels of Eilat at your own pace. Explore the Red Sea Beaches, go diving and visit Dolphin Reef. Or head to Timna Park and the Underwater Observatory! Maybe you want to tour the city on foot and do a little shopping? This evening we head out into the desert for a bonfire experience. Guests have the option to head back to the hotel or spend the night under the stars at the Avara Desert camp.

DAY 8: Mount Masada - Ein Gedi - Dead Sea - Jericho - Qasr el Yehud - Jerusalem

Get ready for a jam-packed day! We drive through the Arava Valley of the Negev Desert to Mount Masada. Here we watch the sun rise over the Dead Sea and Moab Mountains of Jordan. We take time to tour the site and visit the ruins of King Herod's Palace. Next, we drive to the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve to explore this beautiful desert oasis. The rest of the day is spent relaxing in the healing waters of the Dead Sea - a salt lake that is also the lowest point on land in the world and where swimming is similar to floating - and visiting Jericho. You'll also have the chance to visit Qasr el Yehud, the famous site on the banks of the Jordan River where Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist, before we return to Jerusalem.

DAY 9: Caesarea - Haifa - Akko - Rosh Hanikra - Jerusalem

On our last full day of tour, we visit no less than four of Israel's most famous travel destinations. Heading north to the western coastline, we first stop to explore Caesarea, King Herod's renowned port on the Mediterranean. In Haifa we discover the Bahá’í Gardens with its intricate terraced layout along the northern slope of Mount Carmel; and in the Crusader city of Akko we walk through the markets. Finally, we stop over on the northern border to see the grottoes at Rosh Hanikra. We spend our final evening in Jerusalem.

DAY 10: End of tour

Your tour of Israel and Jordan has come to an end. Checkout at the hotel is at 11am, but 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
  • 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Private air-conditioned transport
  • 24 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
  • Madaba
  • Mount Nebo
  • Petra
  • Wadi Rum
  • Masada
  • Ein Gedi
  • Jericho
  • Caesarea
  • Rosh Hanikra
  • Tel Aviv Nightlife Tour

Return customers get 10% off!

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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How we make awesome trips affordable

  • No intermediary: You book directly from the tour operator so you don't have to pay any travel agent.
  • As a Europe leading bus tour operator we have 11 years of experience finding the best hotels for your budget and continuously optimizing our selection based on customer feedback.
  • We book our hotels well in advance so we get early bird rates that we can pass on to you!
  • Thanks to the great number of people who travel with us each year, we can negotiate great deals that would be quite impossible for you to find on your own.

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 10% or 50 GBP (whichever is greater) via our online payment platform to secure your place. You can pay the remaining amount up to 35 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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