Days
14
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$5,165USD

Journey through a history of Biblical proportions on this premium adventure across Jordan and Israel

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 theatre reminds us of the glories of that great empire. Mysterious Petra appears out of nowhere – a remarkable rose-coloured 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, exciting and still have meaning to so many people. End this adventure in Tel Aviv after a visit to Nazareth and the beautiful Sea of Galilee.


Start
Amman, Jordan
Finish
Tel Aviv, Israel
Countries
Israel, Jordan
Style
Peregrine
Code
PGJIC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • Discover the many different sides of Jordan on a trip that reveals hidden treasures and iconic highlights over eight exciting days.

  • Journey through the desert to a traditional Bedouin camp and get to know these friendly people before spending a night under a staggeringly beautiful starry sky. A cup of tea in hand, settle in for some stargazing on your private terrace at a remote desert camp in Wadi Rum.

  • You never forget your first glimpse of The Treasury through narrow canyon walls in Petra, often referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Spend a day taking in the majesty and mystery of this unforgettable place.

  • Spend a night in our feature stay; a luxury tented camp in Wadi Rum.

  • Take a week to explore the modern and ancient sides of Israel with a passionate and extremely knowledgeable local leader

  • Discover for yourself some of the most famous religious sites in the world – the location of the Miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth, the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, and walk the ‘Way of the Cross’ in Jerusalem

  • Experience the contrasts between the modern, cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv while exploring its nightlife, and the reverential atmosphere of Jerusalem while taking in the panoramic view from atop the Mount of Olives

  • Taste the flavours of Israel while sampling local fare, including traditional meals of musakkhan (roasted chicken with onions, sumac, and olive oil on flat bread) and delicious yogurt salad

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Is this trip right for you?

  • There is a lot of walking, especially in Petra and Wadi Rum, without shade so please bring comfortable shoes and a hat to make the most of your time at the sites.

  • In Wadi Rum we stay in a permanent tented camp sites

  • This trip visits a number of religious sites so it's advisable to bring clothes that cover arms and legs if you want to go inside and remain respectful. A light scarf is is also a good idea for covering shoulders and arms when it's hot.

  • At major sites you can expect to be exposed to the elements at length, so be prepared with a hat, sunscreen and plenty of fluids.

  • Sites can get congested during peak travel periods with coaches of large pilgrim groups. We do our best to plan our visits around these times but sometimes it is unavoidable. There may be delays, queue's and private services that prevent us from entering the site. Your trip leader will manage this as best as they can on the day.

  • It’s not all hot desert days in Israel, as the winter months (December through to February) can be quite cold. Temperatures in northern parts of the country can drop to freezing overnight. Snowfall around these areas is also common. Regardless of which month you plan to travel, be sure to pack clothes that will prepare you for varying temperatures as they can differ quite dramatically ( 10 degrees or more ) from one side of the destination to the next.

  • Israel & The Palestinian Territories is by no means a cheap destination and you should budget accordingly. The good news is that your expert local leader is on hand to help you uncover the best deals!

  • The border crossing between Jordan and Israel will be unescorted by a Peregrine leader however you will be met by a border representative who will help you to complete your formalities. It can be a busy border with some delays. Once you exit on the Israel side you will be met by our peregrine representative who will escort you to your hotel in Jerusalem

  • The 'Holyland hotel' caters primarily for large pilgrim groups and it can be difficult to secure small, boutique style accommodation in central locations with local 4 star amenities.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017


Welcome to Jordan, cosmopolitan and contemporary, yet steeped in biblical history. On arrival at Amman's Queen Alia International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. While this is an arrival day and you may arrive at any time, please note that hotel rooms are generally only available after midday, and that there will a Welcome Meeting with your leader tonight. If you arrive with time to spare then walk the streets, where you’ll soon hear “Welcome to Jordan” from the locals. Maybe pick up a coffee from one of the cafés and partner it with an ara’yes, a toastie filled with spicy mincemeat. Maybe head to the Old Town’s Roman Amphitheatre, find fine culture at the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, look down on the city from the hilltop Temple of Hercules, or begin your trip with a relax in a Turkish bath house.
Accommodation
  • Grand Palace Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
An airport arrival transfer is included. This transfer is only valid if arriving on day 1 or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through Peregrine. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 15 days prior to travel (note - we may not be able confirm request made within 15 days of travel). Once you have provided your details a transfer representative will be booked to meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
After breakfast today you’ll leave the Jordanian capital of Amman and journey down the Desert Highway, with the beach resort of Aqaba as your destination (approximately 4 hours). On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Aqaba is the only port city in the country, lying at the very northern tip of the Red Sea, and you will have the rest of the day free to explore the town and port. The small Ottoman Mamluk Fort, dating from the 14th century and from where Lawrence of Arabia rode to Cairo, is worth a look. Otherwise most of the fun is to be found in the water. Acquaint yourself with the hotel's pool, or head to the beach – some of the best snorkelling in the world can be found around the untouched coral reefs just south of the town. In the evening you will meet your tour leader along with any group members arriving from Egypt.
Accommodation
  • Days Inn Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning you will see the contrast between the sparkling waters of the Red Sea and an ochre sea of desert on the way to spellbinding Wadi Rum. Drive approximately 1 hour into this desolate yet achingly romantic landscape the way the locals do – in rather old, rickety (but reliable) jeeps operated by the local Bedouin Community. After lunch (not included) in the small village of Rum and a browse around the visitor's centre, you will visit some of the most stunning desert scenery you’ll ever witness. Wadi Rum is a truly beautiful place, where great gouts of rock on a carpet of bright red sand have been eroded into fantastical gnarled shapes. Visit several of the distinctive rock formations and soak in the vast silence of this lunar-like landscape. 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 1917-18. Today you will also meet your new Bedouin Friends, the backbone of Jordan. Journey through the sweeping swathes of desert, wondering how this place could be liveable until you soon get your answer – a group of dark tents low-pitched to the ground: a Bedouin camp. Meaning ‘Desert Dwellers’ in Arabic, the Bedouins are a semi-nomadic people considered by many to be the predecessors of the settled Arabs, and in Jordan up to 40 per cent of the general population is believed to possess Bedouin ancestry. This might explain the legendary hospitality of the Jordanians – in traditional Bedouin culture, a huge onus is placed on taking in and feeding any visitor, and so a very warm welcome is assured on your arrival.
This evening enjoy a delicious dinner cooked in an earthen oven by your Bedouin Hosts. Zarb otherwise known as Bedouin barbeque has been prepared for centuries by Bedouins in the Arabian Peninsula who cooked their food underground in earth ovens. This way of cooking does not require much equipment. Which was important as Bedouins travelled a lot as they roamed the desert in search of water and pastures for their cattle.
The chicken, lamb and vegetables are placed on the bbq racks, this is then placed into the large fire pit and covered with a lid. This then covered with sand and blankets to keep the heat inside. Cooking time can take 2.5 – 3 hours. Once the food is ready the sand and blankets are removed to reveal the delicious slow cooked smoky meat and perfectly cooked vegetables.
Spend the night in this incredible location, deep in Wadi Rum and under a huge expanse of stars.
Accommodation
  • Desert Luxury Camp or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Wadi Rum - Desert Jeep tour
  • Wadi Rum - Camel ride (30 min.)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Here we stay in permanent Bedouin style tents with shared bathroom facilities.
Tents are luxuriously furnished complete with comfortable king-size or twin beds, Bedouin sofa, mirrors, lamps, and the finest bed linens. All the furniture is hand-made. There is cosy relaxation area outside the tent to watch the stars at night. Electricity is provided in the guest tents in the evenings via solar power. Each tent has a private terrace with a fantastic view over the Wadi Rum Mountains.
After waking up in the unique surrounds of the Bedouin camp this morning, you will enjoy a walk around the area (the length of the walk will depend on how energetic you are feeling) before scaling one of the large dunes to enjoy sensational views of the surrounding area. Keen photographers will be delighted. You will then take 4WDs from your camp back to the main entrance, which is opposite the Seven Pillars of Wisdom, the mountain named after Lawrence of Arabia’s book. The visitor's centre here is also a great spot to buy some jewellery and handicrafts, mostly made by a women's co-operative that is aimed at supporting traditional local industries. You will then continue your journey to the fabled city of Petra (approximately 2.5 hours). On arrival there is time in the afternoon to check out the town that has grown up around the site, and to just relax… ready for a big day of exploring Petra tomorrow.
Accommodation
  • Petra Moon Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Petra - Guided Tour
Optional Activities
  • Petra - Petra By Night tour - JOD17
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Petra is justifiably on most people’s list of ‘must-visit’ places. It is the jewel of Jordan, the lost city of the biblical Nabateans, an impressive series of tombs and dwellings hidden behind ornate façades carved directly into the rock. Dating back to the 6th century BC, the site was lost to Western minds until it was rediscovered in 1812 by a Swiss explorer. The iconic Petra view – the Treasury's glorious façade, glimpsed from the narrow cleft known as the Siq – is arguably the single most striking sight of the entire region. The first taste of this exquisite craftsmanship among such stark scenery is a moment that manages to be both eagerly anticipated and also an almost surreal surprise. The Siq leads through the rock and is sometimes only a few metres wide, with walls soaring up to 180 metres on either side, and it is impossible not to imagine the armies and traders who made their way down here in the ancient times. Petra's greatest surprise, however, is its size. With your guide you will explore the old Roman road, amphitheatre and several old tombs. You will also climb up to the second beautiful façade of the Monastery, from where you will have a magnificent view of the entire site. This is a memorable day exploring a truly extraordinary destination, a highlight of your trip. There is a cafeteria on the site, where you can enjoy a light lunch. In the mid-afternoon, return to your hotel where it won't take much convincing for you to try a soothing traditional Turkish bath. The rest of the day will be at your leisure – perhaps take the chance to witness Petra by night. Seeing the Treasury plaza lit up by flickering candle light while Bedouin music plays is a magical experience.
Accommodation
  • Petra Moon Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Petra is an incredible site and almost demands more than one visit. If you want to see more, then get up early to soak in the dramatic setting, walk to extra sites like the High Place of Sacrifice, and just try to comprehend the history and life of city that was once able to challenge the might of Rome. Later, the ancient Crusader castle at Shobak makes as imposing sight as you make the short drive up to it. It was 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. Stroll the site and discover a small chapel, original gatehouse, and find out where a long, dark secret passage leads. Continue half an hour to the ancient village at Dana, on the edge of the Dana Biosphere Reserve, where local artisans sell attractive silver jewellery and charms. Drive on to Madaba (approximately 3 hours), home to a number of fine Byzantine mosaics. Visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George and see an impressive mosaic map of the Holy Land that clearly depicts Palestine and Lower Egypt around 550 AD. You will arrive in Amman in the late afternoon, where you can spend the evening in one of its several fine restaurants.

Notes: Please be aware that Kerak Castle is not included in your tour, as it is often very congested and busy. However, if there is sufficient interest among members of the group, your leader can also arrange an optional visit to Kerak Castle. Many travellers however prefer to spend extra time in Amman.
Accommodation
  • Grand Palace Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Shobak - Shobak Castle
  • Dana - Ancient Village Visit
  • Madaba - St Georges Church
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you will leave Amman for a short drive north (approximately 1 hour) to Jerash, once one of the grandest ancient Roman cities in the world. These are some of the best ruins Greco-Roman ruins around. Reaching its zenith as a favourite of the emperor Hadrian, it has a striking collection of archways and theatres, baths, public buildings and colonnaded streets, and is a beautiful place to spend a morning exploring. Grand ionic columns encircle the city's centrepiece, the Oval Plaza, a wonderfully atmospheric place to linger after exploring Jerash's riches. You better have packed your swim gear, because in the afternoon you can wash off the dust from exploring ruins with a dip like no other. Drive approximately 1.5 hours to spend the afternoon on the shores of the Dead Sea. Named for the dearth of life in its waters, this lake is so intensely salty that the density of the water makes swimming and getting underneath the surface very difficult. Floating on the surface without any sort of lilo makes for a unique pleasure though. Maybe grab a handful of the shoreline’s mud and slick it over your body on the way back in – it’s full of nutrient-rich natural minerals and will leave your skin feeling luxurious. Afterwards you will return to Amman for the evening (approximately 1 hour). Maybe spend your final night at one of the many bars and restaurants in West Amman, or ask your leader about the traditional cafes dotted around the city where locals spend their evenings.
Accommodation
  • Grand Palace Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Dead Sea - Visit including lunch
  • Jerash - Roman ruins
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
This morning you will cross the border between Jordan and Israel. Please see special information for more details on the border crossing.
Once you have completed your border formalities you will be transfered to your hotel in Jerusalem.
Tonight you will meet your new leader and the rest of the group at a welcome meeting.  After your welcome meeting take a short walk to a local restaurant in the old city serving a traditional meal of musakkhan (roasted
chicken with onions, sumac, and olive oil on whole wheat flat bread) with yoghurt salad.
Included Activities
  • Jerusalem - traditional Musakkhan dinner
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Please note the border crossing can be a little bit intimidating.
The crossing will be unescorted by a Peregrine leader however you
will be met by a border representative who will help you to complete
your formalities. It can be a busy border, but the V.I.P service
entitles you to move to the front of the line and you will travel in a
private vehicle rather than the public shuttle. Once you exit on the
Israel side you will be met by our Peregrine representative who will
escort you to your starting point hotel.
It is also possible that you may be asked plenty of questions from
the government officials especially if you have a number of stamps
in your passport. Note it may be common for you to be taken to a
separate area for further questioning which can delay the process,
and unfortunately, this is quite common.
this morning meet your leader and walk to St. Stephen’s Gate (also known as Lion’s Gate) to enter the Old City, and visit the crusader church of St. Anne and the Pool of Bethesda. Now located in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem, this pool was mentioned in the Gospel of John and is associated with healing. Walk along the Way of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) – the “way of sorrows” which follows Jesus’ path to crucifixion – and stop by the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built where Jesus is believed to have been crucified, died, buried, and rose again. Walk along the ‘Cardo’ in the recently restored Jewish Quarter, which was a road that ran the entire length of the city in Byzantine times. Visit the Wailing Wall – the remains of the Temple Mount, which acts as an outdoor synagogue, where written prayers are slid into the cracks between stones. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to wander around the city on your own
Included Activities
  • Jerusalem - Western Wall (Wailing Wall)
  • Jerusalem - Walk the Via Dolorosa
  • Jerusalem - Holy Sepulchre
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you will drive via the biblical town of Ma'aleh Adumim and the Inn of the Good Samaritan in the Judean Desert to visit Masada. The Inn of the Good Samaritan is a museum located near the site of the inn mentioned in the New Testament's parable of the Good Samaritan, and it displays mosaics and artefacts discovered throughout Israel. In Masada you will take a cable car to discover the spectacular cliff-top fortress of Masada, built by King Herod around 35BC. This UNESCO site is very important to the Jewish people, a symbol of their exile from the Holy Land and of bravery and self-sacrifice. The story goes that here a Jewish sect called the zealots held out against the Roman army in AD66. Rather than surrender, they either fought to the death or committed suicide, every last man, woman and child. Afterwards you will drive to an archaeological site on the West Bank, about a mile from the north shore of the Dead Sea. Major discoveries have been made here in Qumran, not the least of which is the Dead Sea Scrolls. Here you will also have a chance to float in the Dead Sea. Named for the death of life in its waters, this lake is so intensely salty that the density of the water makes swimming and getting underneath the surface very difficult. Continue up the shore to the town of Jericho. Discover this slow-paced town in the West Bank, where people have lived for 11,000 years. On a drive around the city see the Mount of Temptations (where Jesus was tempted by the devil) and a Sycamore Tree mentioned only in the Gospel of Luke. Return to Jerusalem for your final night.
Included Activities
  • Qumran - Archaeological site visit
  • Masada - Dead Sea & Fortress visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning you will drive out to visit the Garden of Gethsemane, most famous as the place where Jesus prayed and his disciples slept the night before Jesus' crucifixion. See the Church of All Nations (also known as the Basilica of the Agony), which holds inside a section of bedrock where Jesus is said to have prayed before his arrest.
From here continue to Yad Vashem for a sobering and moving visit to Israel’s memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. Our local leaders are not permitted to guide in this museum so you will have a guided tour with a local guide which will take approximately 2-3 hours.
Even the non-religious have no doubt heard of Bethlehem, even if it’s just through Christmas Nativity plays. Early this morning visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, marking the spot of the stable where Mary is said to have given birth to Jesus, and the Shepherds’ Fields in Beit Sahour just a couple of kilometres east of the city. This area has been identified as the scene where Angels visited the lowly shepherds and informed them of Jesus’ birth. The Roman Catholics and the Greek Orthodox each have their own Shepherds’ Field. The Roman Catholic site features a Franciscan Chapel designed to resemble the shepherds’ tent, while the Greek Orthodox site features a 5th century church built over a cave.
Accommodation
  • Hosh Al Syrian Guesthouse or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Tiberias - traditional St Peter's Fish lunch
  • Bethlehem - Church of the Nativity & Shepherds' Field
  • Jerusalem - Yad Vashem Museum
  • Jerusalem - Mount of Olives
  • Jerusalem - Garden of Gethsemane & Basilica of the Agony
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning travel to Tiberias where you will take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee (weather permitting), and afterwards visit Tabgha. This is where the Bible says Jesus performed the Miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, one of the only miracles that’s in all the gospels. Here you can see the church and its ancient mosaics that were built to mark the spot of the miracle. A short way up the lakeshore is Capernaum; see the ruins of this old fishing town, the site of two ancient synagogues and a church said to have been the home of Saint Peter. Here you will have the traditional St. Peter’s Fish lunch. The name “St. Peter's Fish” comes from a story in the Gospel of Matthew about the apostle Peter catching a fish that carried a coin in its mouth.
Then visit the Church of the Annunciation, where Mary received the news of the Immaculate Conception, along with the well where she drew water every day.

Continue on to the hometown of Jesus – Nazareth where you’ll have the evening at your leisure.

Included Activities
  • Tiberias - Church of the Multiplication
  • Nazareth - Visit to Church of Annuniciation & Mary's Well
  • Tiberias - Sea of Galilee boat ride
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Today as we make our way to Tel Aiv we stop at once the once ancient crusader port and capital of Acre. Here you’ll visit the vast complex of buildings occupied by the Knights of St John (Knights Hospitaller), excavated to uncover rooms including a large hall, a dungeon, a dining room and the crypt of an ancient Gothic church. You will also see the secret tunnel of their rivals, the Knights Templar – an underground passage between their fortresses.
Continue through Haifa where you’ll view the Bahai Gardens on Mount Carmel Mountains (a memorial and shrine to the Bahai faith) and look out across the Mediterranean Sea. 
Stop for a farewell lunch with your leader and driver at a Druze restaurant before visiting Caesarea, which served as the capital of Israel during the Roman and Byzantine eras. This was once a great port town built by King Herod around 25BC, complete with a theatre, amphitheatre, hippodrome, palace, Roman temple and an extensive network of aqueducts, along with an artificial harbour. The city was eventually abandoned and lost under the desert sands, but thanks to archaeological excavations since the 1950s, its splendour is on show once again. 
Arrive in Tel Aviv for the night where you leader will bid you farewell.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Metropolitan or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bahai Gardens - view & photo stop only
  • Caesarea - Guided Visit
  • Akko - Templar Tunnels
  • Tel Aviv - Traditional Druze Lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Your journey through Israel & the Palestinian Territories comes to an end today after breakfast and you are free to leave at any time. If you are keen to see more of the area, why not join one of our tours that continues through to Jordan or spend more time to explore the cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Due to strict security measures, we recommend that you allow 3 hours minimum to get through airport security before your flight departure

Meals

13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

4WD vehicle, Boat, Bus, Camel, Jeep, Private aircon bus, Public aircon coach, Plane

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel (12 nights), Luxury Desert Camp (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Wadi Rum - Desert Jeep tour
  • Wadi Rum - Camel ride (30 min.)
  • Petra - Guided Tour
  • Shobak - Shobak Castle
  • Dana - Ancient Village Visit
  • Madaba - St Georges Church
  • Dead Sea - Visit including lunch
  • Jerash - Roman ruins
  • Jerusalem - traditional Musakkhan dinner
  • Jerusalem - Western Wall (Wailing Wall)
  • Jerusalem - Walk the Via Dolorosa
  • Jerusalem - Holy Sepulchre
  • Qumran - Archaeological site visit
  • Masada - Dead Sea & Fortress visit
  • Tiberias - traditional St Peter's Fish lunch
  • Bethlehem - Church of the Nativity & Shepherds' Field
  • Jerusalem - Yad Vashem Museum
  • Jerusalem - Mount of Olives
  • Jerusalem - Garden of Gethsemane & Basilica of the Agony
  • Tiberias - Church of the Multiplication
  • Nazareth - Visit to Church of Annuniciation & Mary's Well
  • Tiberias - Sea of Galilee boat ride
  • Bahai Gardens - view & photo stop only
  • Caesarea - Guided Visit
  • Akko - Templar Tunnels
  • Tel Aviv - Traditional Druze Lunch

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