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Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: amman

Amman CityAmman City

On arrival at Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport, you are met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of your day is free for you to explore Amman.

Meals
None
Lodging
TBD

Day 2: aqaba

Consider exploring Aqaba underwaterConsider exploring Aqaba underwater

After breakfast, you are transferred to the bus station for the JETT bus direct to Aqaba. This is a very efficient service, and the journey takes approximately four hours. On arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the town and port.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
TBD

Day 3: aqaba / wadi rum bedouin camp

Bedouin tents in Wadi RumBedouin tents in Wadi Rum

After a brief orientation of Aqaba, you may visit the old castle (time permitting) before driving to Wadi Rum. After lunch in the small village of Rum and a browse around the excellent and informative visitor's center, you visit several of Wadi Rum's distinctive rock formations and soak in the vast silence and spectacular desert landscapes. Meet your Bedouin hosts and ride camels to your traditional Bedouin tent situated deep within Wadi Rum. The Bedouins live in scattered camps throughout the area. Enjoy an evening with them at their camp, set in this amazing location. Wadi Rum is a truly beautiful place with towering sandstone mountains. It fully deserves the amount of time we spend here, with the wind-sculpted rock formations changing hue throughout the day from sunrise to sunset. Wadi Rum is probably best known for its connection with the enigmatic British officer T.E. Lawrence, who was based here during the Great Arab Revolt of 1917-1918. Much of David Lean's film of his exploits, "Lawrence of Arabia," was actually filmed in Wadi Rum.

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging
Bedouin camp

Day 4: wadi rum / petra

Local musicianLocal musician

It’s well worth rising early and watching the cliffs change color as the sun comes up. Enjoy a walk in the morning and scale one of the large dunes to enjoy sensational views of the surrounding area. Photographers will be especially delighted. Then take 4WDs from the camp back to the main entrance of Wadi Rum. The visitor center is a great spot to buy souvenirs, mostly made by a women’s cooperative which supports traditional local industries. You then continue your journey to Petra. On arrival, there is time in the afternoon to check out the town, or just relax in preparation for a big day of exploring Petra tomorrow.

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging
TBD

Day 5: petra

The iconic Treasury at PetraThe iconic Treasury at Petra

For most people, the image of Petra is a narrow chasm with glimpses of the famous Treasury in the distance. You are sure to be surprised by the size and scale of this ancient city, built by the Nabataean people. Explore the old Roman road, amphitheater and several old tombs. You may also climb up to the Monastery for a fine view of the entire site. It is a memorable day and sure to be one of the main highlights of your trip. There is a cafeteria on the site where you may enjoy a light lunch. In the mid-afternoon, return to your hotel and consider enjoying a Turkish bath. This is a great experience and Petra is an excellent – and safe – place to try one. The cost is around US$21 per person. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

 

 

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
TBD

Day 6: shobak / dana / madaba / amman

Greek Orthodox Church of St. GeorgeGreek Orthodox Church of St. George

This morning, drive along the King’s Highway, a road that dates back to the time of the Old Testament. Stop at Shobak Castle, originally built to protect the eastern flank of the Latin Kingdom and its trade routes to the sea before it fell to Saladin in 1189. Enjoy a walk through the site and then continue to the ancient village at Dana, where local artisans sell attractive silver jewelry and charms. You then reach Madaba, where you visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, which houses an ancient mosaic map of the region. This is of particular interest, as it clearly depicts Palestine and Lower Egypt around 550 AD. Expect to arrive in Amman in the late afternoon.  In the evening, you may try one of several fine restaurants for dinner. (Please note that Kerak Castle is not included in your tour, as it is often very congested and busy. Your guide can arrange an optional visit.  Many travelers prefer instead to spend any extra time in Amman.)

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
TBD

Day 7: jerash / dead sea / amman

Roman ruins of JerashRoman ruins of Jerash

The Roman city of Jerash is quite well-preserved. Founded in the time of Alexander the Great, by the 3rd century AD, it had become a center of considerable importance. Today it is one of the grandest ancient cities in the world with an imposing collection of archways, theaters, baths, public buildings, and colonnaded streets. Visit the site in the morning and later drive down to the Dead Sea. The afternoon is at your leisure to float in the warm therapeutic waters, the world's saltiest.  Return to Amman for the night.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
TBD

Day 8: bethlehem / jerusalem

Aerial view of JerusalemAerial view of Jerusalem

Today is an early start as you leave Amman and head for the King Hussein/Allenby Bridge. Located only 40 kilometers from Amman, this marks the border with Israel.  It is important that you read the "Additional Information" notes at the end of this itinerary regarding crossing the border from Jordan into Israel. Once you have cleared immigration and customs, you are met by your new driver and given a quick tour of Jericho - considered by some to be the oldest, longest inhabited city in the world - before being transferred to Jerusalem.  In the afternoon we make a short journey south to Bethlehem, where we make our pilgrimage to Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity, built over the site that marks it as the traditionally-accepted birthplace of Jesus Christ and a sacred place for Christians and Muslims alike.  Its impressive Constantine mosaics, colonnaded ancient basilica and the small grotto that marks Jesus' birthplace are all impressive.  We then drive to Beit Sahour to visit one of the most sacred places for Christians, the Shepherds' Field, identified in the New Testament as the site where the Angel of the Lord visited the shepherds and informed them of Jesus' impending birth.  At long day's end, return to Jerusalem.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
TBD

Day 9: jerusalem

Ancient olive tree in the Garden of GethsemaneAncient olive tree in the Garden of Gethsemane

Begin your tour of Jerusalem with a panoramic view of the city's great urgan skyline - the serried buildings and ancient ramparts of the Old City, the churches adorning the Mount of Olives and the iconic gold of the Dome of the Rock.   Start the day with a short drive to the Mount of Olives to take in a panoramic view of the city's extraordinary ensemble before driving to the Garden of Gethsemane.  From there you walk to St. Stephen’s Gate through which one enters the Old City.  Walk to the 'Cardo' in the recently restored Jewish Quarter, which was the old north-south axis in Roman times. Visit the Western (Wailing) Wall, Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross), and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.  When entry is permitted, you can also visit the Temple Mount, the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque.  After lunch (not included), the tour continues with a visit to Yad Vashem (Israel's memorial to the Holocaust).  Please note that Yad Vashem is closed on public holidays and also on Fridays and Saturdays. On these days, you will visit Mount Zion, the Cenacle and the Dormition Abbey instead.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
TBD

Day 10: nazareth / sea of galilee

This morning is a drive through the Jordan Valley, whose fertile lands were chronicled in the Bible, stopping en route at Beit Shean to view a well-preserved Roman theatre and a unique Byzantine mosaic floor. Passing through Tiberias, one of Judaism’s four holy cities, we stop at Yardenit - the new commemorative site of Jesus' baptism in the Jordan River.  At Nazareth you will visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, which incorporates, according to Roman Catholic tradition, the cave in which Mary received the news from Gabriel that she would give birth to Jesus. Afterwards, return to Tiberias to sail across the Sea of Galilee to Tabgha, where Jesus performed the Miracle of the Multiplication of the loaves and fishes. We stop off at the ancient settlement site of Capernaum situated on the banks of the Kinneret, where Jesus once lived and Peter’s house still stands, before returning to Tiberias for our overnight stay in a hotel on a kibbutz.

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging
TBD

Day 11: tiberias/acre/caesarea/tel aviv

Church of the AnnunciationChurch of the Annunciation

Leave Tiberias and head northward to the ancient crusader port of Acre, a World heritage listed site with an eventful history from the time of the crusades through the Napolionic battles to the present day.   Visit the massive complex of buildings occupied by the Knights of St John as well as the Knight Templars' secret tunnel. Passing through Haifa we arrive at Caesarea, which served as the capital of Israel during the Roman and Byzantine eras and which nowadays holds some of the country’s finest classical remains, including an aqueduct and a graceful theatre which overlooks the Mediterranean. Around 5:00 pm you arrive in lively Tel Aviv, where your last night is spent in Israel’s liveliest city. With its lively cafe culture and relaxed beach scene, Tel Aviv makes for the perfect end point to your adventure.

 

 

 

 

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
TBD

Day 12: tel aviv/onward

Your trip ends today, after breakfast. Check-out time is usually around 12:00 noon and you are free to leave at any time. If you have arranged a private airport transfer you will be advised of the pick-up time. Bid farewell to your tour leader and your group.

Additional accommodation can be pre-booked if you wish to spend more time exploring Tel Aviv.

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$6,350
The land cost published is for the stated itinerary and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in the full itinerary. For a custom & private adventure, the final cost will be based on the activities selected, trip duration, accommodations, etc. Developing an initial custom trip itinerary is a service we provide to all clients at no cost. If after development of the initial itinerary you request additional development but are not ready to make a deposit, a trip planning fee may apply.
Single Supplement:
$950
No single supplement if willing to share; single room additional cost
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

Optional sightseeing:
Petra by Night US$17 (estimated)
Turkish Bath JD15 (estimated)

'Baksheesh' and Tipping: Throughout the Middle East, tipping is part of the fabric of life. The local word is 'baksheesh', which when translated into English falls somewhere in between 'tip' and 'bribe'. Everyone constantly tips everyone else, and foreign travelers are expected to comply with this system. It is part of everyday life and is a form of remuneration for doing something, regardless of the standard of service. This is quite confusing for those used to the Western concept of tipping as a way of showing appreciation. You will need to have small change with you throughout the trip to account for this expense.  Tips will be made to the local guides, drivers, porters, and anyone else who provides services.  The amount will vary from trip to trip, but it usually works out to be about the equivalent of US$3 per person per day.  If you are out on your own, for example at a restaurant, you should also leave a tip for the waiter.

Please note that the aforementioned estimated tip amount does not include the gratuity for your driver/guide, who accompanies you throught the trip.  They work hard for you, and, if you are happy with their service, it is appropriate to tip them as well. The normal amount expected is US$3-5 (or equivalent) per day from each member of the group.

Ramadan occurs in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is an exciting (and at times, frustrating) time to travel in the Middle East. In the evenings, there is a celebratory atmosphere as people break their fast, and to witness all this is a real highlight. However, during the day, people must refrain from eating, drinking, smoking, and sexual activity, so if you encounter someone who is a bit grumpy, be sympathetic! Tourist sites are generally unaffected although some places may close early; your trip will be plannd around this as well as the Eid el Fitr feast, which celebrates the end of Ramadan.

Crossing the border from Jordan to Israel: You cross between Jordan and Israel at the Allenby Bridge. This border is about 40 km (approx. 1 hr) from Amman and about 30 km from Jerusalem. Here you will say goodbye to your Jordanian driver/guide

Your Jordanian driver/guide is not allowed to travel into Israel just as your Israeli leader is not allowed into Jordan. You will need to purchase a bus ticket and pay for the pieces of luggage you are carrying, and then pay the exit tax (approx. US$6 per person), before boarding the JETT bus or taxi to cross the bridge. The bus will drop you off at the Israeli entry point. Proceed through Israeli immigration. After completing formalities, you will receive an entry stamp. Although this stamp does not present a problem when entering Jordan or Egypt, if you wish to visit Syria, Lebanon, or any Arab country which has not signed a peace treaty with Israel, you should explicitly request that your tourist visa be stamped on "Form 17 L" instead of your passport. This will ensure that you will gain all the benefits of holding a tourist status while in Israel. Likewise, you should ask the Jordanian authorities to stamp your exit and entry from any crossing point connecting Jordan with the occupied West Bank or Israel on a separate sheet of paper.

When you have finished at the Israeli entry point, you will be met by your driver and guide outside the immigration point near the taxi stand. Please keep an eye out for a sign for your group. Allow up to three hours for crossing the actual border. If you are to return to Jordan after Israel you must have a valid Jordanian visa; you cannot obtain this at the Allenby Bridge border. You will also be required to pay an exit fee of approx. US$38, which is paid on the Israeli side of the border. A bus ticket does not exceed US$3.

There is a departure tax of JD5 (approx. US$8) for all clients departing Jordan overland (e.g., road to Syria or ferry to Egypt), and this must be paid in Jordanian Dinars.

Please note that exit taxes, visa fees, and bus/luggage tickets are not included in the package and are not refunded by Journeys or any of its agents.

Wadi Rum: Please note that the two days in Wadi Rum are quite active. You'll ride a camel, enjoy a jeep safari, and do a fair amount of walking. While you don't need to be particularly fit, there is a fair amount of activity. You also spend the night in a basic Bedouin tent. This is all a lot of fun and a great experience if you are prepared for the nature of the experience.

Duration:
12 days
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Terms & Conditions: 

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Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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Madaba's ancient mosaic map
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Greek Orthodox Church of St. George
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Masada, the Fortress of King Herod
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Ancient olive tree in the Garden of Gethsemane

Jordan and Israel Explorer

Wadi Rum and Petra, Jerash, the Dead Sea, Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Galilee

overview

To explore the ancient lands of Jordan and Israel is to come face-to-face with the various epochs of history that have made us who we are. The Jordanian capital, Amman, was previously known as Philadelphia, and its Roman theater reminds us of the glories of that great empire. Mysterious Petra appears out of nowhere—a remarkable rose-colored city hewn from the sandstone cliffs by the Nabataean people and now regarded as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The desert at Wadi Rum resonates to the exploits of T.E. Lawrence, more popularly known as Lawrence of Arabia. Then there is Jerusalem—one of history’s great cities and a holy site for many of the world’s religions. From the Wailing Wall to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and from the Temple Mount to the narrow streets of the Old City, there are few cities in the world that are more evocative and exciting, yet still mean so much to so many people.

 

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overview

To explore the ancient lands of Jordan and Israel is to come face-to-face with the various epochs of history that have made us who we are. The Jordanian capital, Amman, was previously known as Philadelphia, and its Roman theater reminds us of the glories of that great empire. Mysterious Petra appears out of nowhere—a remarkable rose-colored city hewn from the sandstone cliffs by the Nabataean people and now regarded as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The desert at Wadi Rum resonates to the exploits of T.E. Lawrence, more popularly known as Lawrence of Arabia. Then there is Jerusalem—one of history’s great cities and a holy site for many of the world’s religions. From the Wailing Wall to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and from the Temple Mount to the narrow streets of the Old City, there are few cities in the world that are more evocative and exciting, yet still mean so much to so many people.

 

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itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: amman
    Amman CityAmman City

    On arrival at Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport, you are met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of your day is free for you to explore Amman.

    Meals
    None
    Lodging
    TBD
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: aqaba
    Consider exploring Aqaba underwaterConsider exploring Aqaba underwater

    After breakfast, you are transferred to the bus station for the JETT bus direct to Aqaba. This is a very efficient service, and the journey takes approximately four hours. On arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the town and port.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    TBD
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: aqaba / wadi rum bedouin camp
    Bedouin tents in Wadi RumBedouin tents in Wadi Rum

    After a brief orientation of Aqaba, you may visit the old castle (time permitting) before driving to Wadi Rum. After lunch in the small village of Rum and a browse around the excellent and informative visitor's center, you visit several of Wadi Rum's distinctive rock formations and soak in the vast silence and spectacular desert landscapes. Meet your Bedouin hosts and ride camels to your traditional Bedouin tent situated deep within Wadi Rum. The Bedouins live in scattered camps throughout the area. Enjoy an evening with them at their camp, set in this amazing location. Wadi Rum is a truly beautiful place with towering sandstone mountains. It fully deserves the amount of time we spend here, with the wind-sculpted rock formations changing hue throughout the day from sunrise to sunset. Wadi Rum is probably best known for its connection with the enigmatic British officer T.E. Lawrence, who was based here during the Great Arab Revolt of 1917-1918. Much of David Lean's film of his exploits, "Lawrence of Arabia," was actually filmed in Wadi Rum.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Bedouin camp
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: wadi rum / petra
    Local musicianLocal musician

    It’s well worth rising early and watching the cliffs change color as the sun comes up. Enjoy a walk in the morning and scale one of the large dunes to enjoy sensational views of the surrounding area. Photographers will be especially delighted. Then take 4WDs from the camp back to the main entrance of Wadi Rum. The visitor center is a great spot to buy souvenirs, mostly made by a women’s cooperative which supports traditional local industries. You then continue your journey to Petra. On arrival, there is time in the afternoon to check out the town, or just relax in preparation for a big day of exploring Petra tomorrow.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    TBD
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: petra
    The iconic Treasury at PetraThe iconic Treasury at Petra

    For most people, the image of Petra is a narrow chasm with glimpses of the famous Treasury in the distance. You are sure to be surprised by the size and scale of this ancient city, built by the Nabataean people. Explore the old Roman road, amphitheater and several old tombs. You may also climb up to the Monastery for a fine view of the entire site. It is a memorable day and sure to be one of the main highlights of your trip. There is a cafeteria on the site where you may enjoy a light lunch. In the mid-afternoon, return to your hotel and consider enjoying a Turkish bath. This is a great experience and Petra is an excellent – and safe – place to try one. The cost is around US$21 per person. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

     

     

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    TBD
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: shobak / dana / madaba / amman
    Greek Orthodox Church of St. GeorgeGreek Orthodox Church of St. George

    This morning, drive along the King’s Highway, a road that dates back to the time of the Old Testament. Stop at Shobak Castle, originally built to protect the eastern flank of the Latin Kingdom and its trade routes to the sea before it fell to Saladin in 1189. Enjoy a walk through the site and then continue to the ancient village at Dana, where local artisans sell attractive silver jewelry and charms. You then reach Madaba, where you visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, which houses an ancient mosaic map of the region. This is of particular interest, as it clearly depicts Palestine and Lower Egypt around 550 AD. Expect to arrive in Amman in the late afternoon.  In the evening, you may try one of several fine restaurants for dinner. (Please note that Kerak Castle is not included in your tour, as it is often very congested and busy. Your guide can arrange an optional visit.  Many travelers prefer instead to spend any extra time in Amman.)

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    TBD
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: jerash / dead sea / amman
    Roman ruins of JerashRoman ruins of Jerash

    The Roman city of Jerash is quite well-preserved. Founded in the time of Alexander the Great, by the 3rd century AD, it had become a center of considerable importance. Today it is one of the grandest ancient cities in the world with an imposing collection of archways, theaters, baths, public buildings, and colonnaded streets. Visit the site in the morning and later drive down to the Dead Sea. The afternoon is at your leisure to float in the warm therapeutic waters, the world's saltiest.  Return to Amman for the night.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    TBD
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: bethlehem / jerusalem
    Aerial view of JerusalemAerial view of Jerusalem

    Today is an early start as you leave Amman and head for the King Hussein/Allenby Bridge. Located only 40 kilometers from Amman, this marks the border with Israel.  It is important that you read the "Additional Information" notes at the end of this itinerary regarding crossing the border from Jordan into Israel. Once you have cleared immigration and customs, you are met by your new driver and given a quick tour of Jericho - considered by some to be the oldest, longest inhabited city in the world - before being transferred to Jerusalem.  In the afternoon we make a short journey south to Bethlehem, where we make our pilgrimage to Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity, built over the site that marks it as the traditionally-accepted birthplace of Jesus Christ and a sacred place for Christians and Muslims alike.  Its impressive Constantine mosaics, colonnaded ancient basilica and the small grotto that marks Jesus' birthplace are all impressive.  We then drive to Beit Sahour to visit one of the most sacred places for Christians, the Shepherds' Field, identified in the New Testament as the site where the Angel of the Lord visited the shepherds and informed them of Jesus' impending birth.  At long day's end, return to Jerusalem.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    TBD
    Show on a map
  • Day 9: jerusalem
    Ancient olive tree in the Garden of GethsemaneAncient olive tree in the Garden of Gethsemane

    Begin your tour of Jerusalem with a panoramic view of the city's great urgan skyline - the serried buildings and ancient ramparts of the Old City, the churches adorning the Mount of Olives and the iconic gold of the Dome of the Rock.   Start the day with a short drive to the Mount of Olives to take in a panoramic view of the city's extraordinary ensemble before driving to the Garden of Gethsemane.  From there you walk to St. Stephen’s Gate through which one enters the Old City.  Walk to the 'Cardo' in the recently restored Jewish Quarter, which was the old north-south axis in Roman times. Visit the Western (Wailing) Wall, Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross), and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.  When entry is permitted, you can also visit the Temple Mount, the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque.  After lunch (not included), the tour continues with a visit to Yad Vashem (Israel's memorial to the Holocaust).  Please note that Yad Vashem is closed on public holidays and also on Fridays and Saturdays. On these days, you will visit Mount Zion, the Cenacle and the Dormition Abbey instead.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    TBD
    Show on a map
  • Day 10: nazareth / sea of galilee

    This morning is a drive through the Jordan Valley, whose fertile lands were chronicled in the Bible, stopping en route at Beit Shean to view a well-preserved Roman theatre and a unique Byzantine mosaic floor. Passing through Tiberias, one of Judaism’s four holy cities, we stop at Yardenit - the new commemorative site of Jesus' baptism in the Jordan River.  At Nazareth you will visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, which incorporates, according to Roman Catholic tradition, the cave in which Mary received the news from Gabriel that she would give birth to Jesus. Afterwards, return to Tiberias to sail across the Sea of Galilee to Tabgha, where Jesus performed the Miracle of the Multiplication of the loaves and fishes. We stop off at the ancient settlement site of Capernaum situated on the banks of the Kinneret, where Jesus once lived and Peter’s house still stands, before returning to Tiberias for our overnight stay in a hotel on a kibbutz.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    TBD
    Show on a map
  • Day 11: tiberias/acre/caesarea/tel aviv
    Church of the AnnunciationChurch of the Annunciation

    Leave Tiberias and head northward to the ancient crusader port of Acre, a World heritage listed site with an eventful history from the time of the crusades through the Napolionic battles to the present day.   Visit the massive complex of buildings occupied by the Knights of St John as well as the Knight Templars' secret tunnel. Passing through Haifa we arrive at Caesarea, which served as the capital of Israel during the Roman and Byzantine eras and which nowadays holds some of the country’s finest classical remains, including an aqueduct and a graceful theatre which overlooks the Mediterranean. Around 5:00 pm you arrive in lively Tel Aviv, where your last night is spent in Israel’s liveliest city. With its lively cafe culture and relaxed beach scene, Tel Aviv makes for the perfect end point to your adventure.

     

     

     

     

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    TBD
    Show on a map
  • Day 12: tel aviv/onward

    Your trip ends today, after breakfast. Check-out time is usually around 12:00 noon and you are free to leave at any time. If you have arranged a private airport transfer you will be advised of the pick-up time. Bid farewell to your tour leader and your group.

    Additional accommodation can be pre-booked if you wish to spend more time exploring Tel Aviv.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$6,350
The land cost published is for the stated itinerary and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in the full itinerary. For a custom & private adventure, the final cost will be based on the activities selected, trip duration, accommodations, etc. Developing an initial custom trip itinerary is a service we provide to all clients at no cost. If after development of the initial itinerary you request additional development but are not ready to make a deposit, a trip planning fee may apply.
Single Supplement:
$950
No single supplement if willing to share; single room additional cost
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

Optional sightseeing:
Petra by Night US$17 (estimated)
Turkish Bath JD15 (estimated)

'Baksheesh' and Tipping: Throughout the Middle East, tipping is part of the fabric of life. The local word is 'baksheesh', which when translated into English falls somewhere in between 'tip' and 'bribe'. Everyone constantly tips everyone else, and foreign travelers are expected to comply with this system. It is part of everyday life and is a form of remuneration for doing something, regardless of the standard of service. This is quite confusing for those used to the Western concept of tipping as a way of showing appreciation. You will need to have small change with you throughout the trip to account for this expense.  Tips will be made to the local guides, drivers, porters, and anyone else who provides services.  The amount will vary from trip to trip, but it usually works out to be about the equivalent of US$3 per person per day.  If you are out on your own, for example at a restaurant, you should also leave a tip for the waiter.

Please note that the aforementioned estimated tip amount does not include the gratuity for your driver/guide, who accompanies you throught the trip.  They work hard for you, and, if you are happy with their service, it is appropriate to tip them as well. The normal amount expected is US$3-5 (or equivalent) per day from each member of the group.

Ramadan occurs in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is an exciting (and at times, frustrating) time to travel in the Middle East. In the evenings, there is a celebratory atmosphere as people break their fast, and to witness all this is a real highlight. However, during the day, people must refrain from eating, drinking, smoking, and sexual activity, so if you encounter someone who is a bit grumpy, be sympathetic! Tourist sites are generally unaffected although some places may close early; your trip will be plannd around this as well as the Eid el Fitr feast, which celebrates the end of Ramadan.

Crossing the border from Jordan to Israel: You cross between Jordan and Israel at the Allenby Bridge. This border is about 40 km (approx. 1 hr) from Amman and about 30 km from Jerusalem. Here you will say goodbye to your Jordanian driver/guide

Your Jordanian driver/guide is not allowed to travel into Israel just as your Israeli leader is not allowed into Jordan. You will need to purchase a bus ticket and pay for the pieces of luggage you are carrying, and then pay the exit tax (approx. US$6 per person), before boarding the JETT bus or taxi to cross the bridge. The bus will drop you off at the Israeli entry point. Proceed through Israeli immigration. After completing formalities, you will receive an entry stamp. Although this stamp does not present a problem when entering Jordan or Egypt, if you wish to visit Syria, Lebanon, or any Arab country which has not signed a peace treaty with Israel, you should explicitly request that your tourist visa be stamped on "Form 17 L" instead of your passport. This will ensure that you will gain all the benefits of holding a tourist status while in Israel. Likewise, you should ask the Jordanian authorities to stamp your exit and entry from any crossing point connecting Jordan with the occupied West Bank or Israel on a separate sheet of paper.

When you have finished at the Israeli entry point, you will be met by your driver and guide outside the immigration point near the taxi stand. Please keep an eye out for a sign for your group. Allow up to three hours for crossing the actual border. If you are to return to Jordan after Israel you must have a valid Jordanian visa; you cannot obtain this at the Allenby Bridge border. You will also be required to pay an exit fee of approx. US$38, which is paid on the Israeli side of the border. A bus ticket does not exceed US$3.

There is a departure tax of JD5 (approx. US$8) for all clients departing Jordan overland (e.g., road to Syria or ferry to Egypt), and this must be paid in Jordanian Dinars.

Please note that exit taxes, visa fees, and bus/luggage tickets are not included in the package and are not refunded by Journeys or any of its agents.

Wadi Rum: Please note that the two days in Wadi Rum are quite active. You'll ride a camel, enjoy a jeep safari, and do a fair amount of walking. While you don't need to be particularly fit, there is a fair amount of activity. You also spend the night in a basic Bedouin tent. This is all a lot of fun and a great experience if you are prepared for the nature of the experience.

Duration:
12 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
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Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

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Choose accommodations and amenities that fit your personal style
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Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
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Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
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Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
●●●●○ Deluxe
Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
●●●●● Uncommon
The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
× activity level
Match the trip’s intensity to your ability and motivation.
●○○○○ Gentle
Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
●●○○○ Active
Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
●●●○○ Vigorous
Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
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Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
●●●●● Demanding
Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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