• Duration

    11 Days

  • Location
    Amman to Jerusalem
  • Price starting from

    € 1,469

  • Package by Tucan Travel

Journey through the Holy Lands of Jordan and Israel on an 11 day adventure as you experience incredible highlights including UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the rose city of Petra and the Biblical city of Bethlehem.

 

Day 1 to 1 – Arrive Amman

Welcome to the dazzling capital city of Jordan. This modern city also comes with its fair share of history dating back to the 13th Century B.C.

The fascinating combination of old and new leaves plenty in the way of exploring. If you are arriving early in the day or have booked pre tour accommodation then we suggest that you make the most of your free time by taking a walk to the Jebel Al Weibdeh area and explore museums, mosques and galleries before perhaps heading to the iconic Citadel. The Citadel sits on the highest hill in Amman and consists of the grand temple of Hercules and the Umayyad Palace. This vantage point offers great views of the city.

Please note you will meet your tour leader at breakfast tomorrow morning. Spend this evening relaxing and perhaps enjoy a traditional Jordanian dinner in one of the local restaurants.

Accommodation : 1 night(s) in hotels at Art Hotel Downtown or similar

Day 2 to 2 – Day trip to Umm Qais and Jerash

This morning you will meet your tour leader at breakfast before departing by private vehicle to visit the city of Umm Qais located in the northwest region of Jordan. Once known as the city of Gadara, the ancient Greco-Roman City of Umm Qais? offers panoramic views over the Sea of Galilee, the Golan Heights and the Jordan Valley. These well preserved ancient ruins will have you feeling like you have just stepped back into a part of history.

After a morning of exploration, we journey towards the ancient city of Jerash. These ruins offer some of Jordan?s best examples of Greco-Roman architecture and are so well preserved that they are often referred to as the Pompeii of the Middle East. Wandering through its cobbled streets and marvelling at its magnificent monuments, temples and theatres it will not be difficult to imagine how life was for its former citizens. The only thing missing here are the roofs of the buildings and the Roman people! Admire Hadrian’s Arch and explore the famous Hippodrome which hosted chariot races to thousands of spectators throughout a time of Roman rule. You can still see the tracks left by the chariots.

Late afternoon we head back to modern Amman to sample some Jordanian cuisine with an included evening meal at a local restaurant with your group and tour leader.

Included Excursions: Guided day tour of Umm Qais and Jerash

Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels at Art Hotel Downtown or similar

Meals: 1 Breakfast(s), 1 Dinner(s)

Day 3 to 3 – Madaba to Petra via Mt Nebo, Wadi Mujib Canyon & Umm ar Rasas

This morning we drive to the market city of Madaba which is also known as the ‘City of Mosaics’, most notably the city is home to the 6th century Mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. We make a stop at the 19th Century Byzantine Greek Orthodox Church of St George where you will have time to view this famous, colourful mosaic which now forms part of the church?s floor.

Whilst in Madaba you will have the option to take part in a traditional Jordanian cooking experience. If you choose to do this then your guide will arrange for you to meet a local who will take you to buy produce from the local shops and market. After purchasing your fresh goods you will return to their home where they will share recipes and local traditions while you prepare and cook an authentic dish together. This will give you the unique opportunity to learn more about local culture and interact with a local family. If you opt not to join the cooking experience then you will have free time to explore Madaba and take lunch.

We depart Madaba and drive along the historical King?s Highway which dates back to biblical times – the winding roads will take us through mountainous scenery observing local life along the way.

During our journey we will make a stop to experience a birds eye view of Wadi Mujib which is best known as ‘The Grand Canyon of Jordan’. Impressive for its grand scale, this gorge was known during biblical times as the River Arnon and was named after its noisy waterfalls. The river was important during this period as it formed a physical boundary between the Moabites and the Amorites. The canyon opens out to the Dead Sea at an altitude of 410m below sea level making it the lowest nature reserve on Earth.

Following this we will visit Mount Nebo – a Holy site in Jordan said to have been the place where Moses saw the Promised Land before he died as mentioned in the Old Testament. Your group will also get the opportunity to catch spectacular panoramic views of the Dead Sea and the Jordan River from Mount Nebo before making our way to the ancient site of Umm ar-Rasas.

In the late afternoon we arrive at our hotel situated just outside the ancient city of Petra. It is ideally located for tomorrow?s activity where we will have a full day to explore the world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, also known as the ‘Rose City’ due to its rose coloured rocks. Prepare to be mesmerised as you enter the city through the dramatic main entrance known as the Siq. Standing tall at an impressive 80m and over 1 km in length, this narrow and majestic gorge acts as a gateway to one of the most picturesque destinations you will ever visit.

Included Excursions: Visit the market city of Madaba and the famous mosaic located in the Church of St George, Wadi Mujib Canyon viewpoint, Mount Nebo & Umm ar Rases

Optional Excursions: Jordanian Cooking Experience – JOD 17

Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels at Silk Road Hotel or similar

Meals: 1 Breakfast(s)

Day 4 to 4 – UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra

Today we start early in order to best experience Petra on our morning guided excursion. You will come face-to-face with this archaeological treasure which is very precious to the people of Jordan, so much so that it is considered a national symbol of the country. One of the Seven New Wonders of the World, this awe inspiring gem comprises of tombs, temples and its notable red-rose sandstone rock in which the city itself was carved inside. You will have the opportunity to continue exploring this in depth during your free afternoon.

This evening you have the option to experience the magic of the city at night with a candlelight experience.

Included Excursions: Guided Tour of Petra UNESCO World Heritage Site

Optional Excursions: Petra by night – JOD 17

Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels at Silk Road Hotel or similar

Meals: 1 Breakfast(s)

Day 5 to 5 – Little Petra & Wadi Rum

If you are left wanting more then you will have the option to wake up early and head back into Petra where you can appreciate the magnificence of the treasury without the crowds!

We will depart from Wadi Musa this morning and make our way to Little Petra where you can gain more of an insight into the immensity of this site.

The adventure continues as we drive further south to the dramatic desert wilderness of Wadi Rum. Bask in the natural beauty of the red-sand desert and its bewildering rock formations. This afternoon you will be able to enjoy a jeep safari visiting sand dunes, petroglyphs and canyons. End your afternoon reflecting on your adventure as you watch the magnificent sunset over the desert.

Tonight we stay in traditional Bedouin tents, complete with beds, private bathroom and communal seating area. This location is perfect for stargazing. You will enjoy a traditional dinner cooked by your Bedouin hosts and learn about how the ?Zarb? is cooked using the ?earth oven?!

Please note that some camps we use may have alternative accommodation such as the Martian Tents. This cannot be pre-booked through Tucan Travel, however there may be an opportunity to upgrade on arrival, subject to availability. This upgrade fee will be payable direct to the camp if chosen.

Included Excursions: Visit Little Petra,Overnight desert experience in Wadi Rum including 2 hour 4X4 jeep tour

Accommodation: 1 night(s) in tented camps at Desert Rose Camp or similar

Meals: 1 Breakfast(s), 1 Dinner(s)

Day 6 to 6 – Wadi Rum to the Dead Sea via Karak

Today we head towards the city of Karak where you will find an ancient fortified castle perched high on top of a hill nestled within the heart of the local town. Built by the Crusaders in the 12th century its strategic position allows for views as far as the Dead Sea on a clear day. After exploring this fascinating crusader castle you will continue to the Dead Sea. Here you will have time to soak up the experiences you have had whilst in Jordan. You have the option to relax by the pool, float in the Dead Sea at the lowest point on earth, or perhaps even have a mud bath along the shoreline. This afternoon you will say goodbye to your tour leader as they will leave you in the safe and comfortable hands of the hotel customer service team.

Included Excursions: Visit Karak Castle

Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels at Ramada Resort or similar

Meals: 1 Breakfast(s)

Day 7 to 7 – Dead Sea

Today you have a full free day to enjoy the Dead Sea which is notable for its deep blue waters made up of Dead Sea salts and minerals. Make the most of your relaxation time while appreciating the magnificent surrounding views of the Jordanian East Coast. The hotel customer service team will be there to assist you with anything you may need.

You will also have the opportunity to visit Bethany Beyond the Jordan – the archaeological site of Bethany which is believed to be the site where Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist. Only recently excavated you can see a number of different churches, baptismal pools and prayer hall which all date back to the Byzantine and Roman period. Not only can you visit the baptism site of Jesus but you will be able to touch the River Jordan and perhaps observe as people are also baptised in this holy river. Just metres over the river you will see people visiting the same spot from the Holy Land of Israel & Palestine.

Included Excursions: Full day at the Dead Sea

Optional Excursions: Bethany Beyond the Jordan (excluding transport) – JOD 12

Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels at Ramada Resort or similar

Meals: 1 Breakfast(s)

Day 8 to 8 – Mount of Olives, Pater Noster Church, Garden of Gethsemane & Jerusalem

This morning you will set off on your journey to the cosmopolitan and Holy city of Jerusalem. You will be transferred to the border where you will exit Jordan, once you have completed the immigration formalities you will then be greeted by your Israeli tour leader at the other side. Please note this is a busy border so sometimes the process can take a few hours.

Our first stop on your Israel adventure will be to the iconic Mount of Olives, a mountain ridge overlooking east of Jerusalem?s old city which is famous for being a key location throughout many Biblical events. Located on its slopes is the Pater Noster Church, where you will find the Lord?s Prayer translated in over 140 different languages carved onto plaques on the walls around the church. Following this we proceed to the Church of Dominus Flevit, it is said that it is from here Jesus looked over Jerusalem and wept over the future of the city. We continue on our guided tour to take footsteps along the well known Palm Sunday Route which represents the final walk where Jesus triumphantly enters Jerusalem after the resurrection of Lazarus.

Following Jesus’ final footprints we arrive at the Garden of Gethsemane where he spent the his last night before being arrested, afterwards visiting the Church of All Nations which was built over the rock where he prayed on the eve of the crucifixion. We take a final walk along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of Holy Sepulcher where it is said that Jesus was buried and resurrected.

This evening we will enjoy an included group dinner where you can further sample the delicious local food.

Included Excursions: Jerusalem West Bank tour including Mount of Olives, Pater Noster Church, Garden of Gethsemane, Church of All Nations

Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels at Jerusalem Grand Park Hotel or similar

Meals: 1 Breakfast(s), 1 Dinner(s)

Day 9 to 9 – Day Trip to Bethlehem and Wine Tasting Experience

After breakfast set off to enter the famous city of Bethlehem. The birthplace of Jesus Christ, Bethlehem holds centuries of history and is home to UNESCO site The Church of the Nativity – one of the oldest churches in the world which you will have the opportunity to visit.

We will visit several other religious sites including a stop at St Jerome’s Cave, where the Bible was translated before continuing to the beautiful Cremisan Valley. Here we can enjoy a wine tasting at the Cremisan Cellars.

After our busy day we will head back to the hotel in Jerusalem.

Included Excursions: Day trip to Bethlehem and wine tasting experience

Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels at Jerusalem Grand Park Hotel or similar

Meals: 1 Breakfast(s), 1 Dinner(s)

Day 10 to 10 – Day Trip to Nazareth

Today we will take a day trip to Nazareth, the home of Mary and Joseph. En route we will drive to the vast Jezreel Valley to make a stop at Mount Tabor, where many people believe was the site of the Transfiguration in the Bible. We will then continue to Nazareth and visit Saint Joseph’s Church which was built on the site of Joseph’s carpentry workshop.

Proceeding onwards we travel to the Cana of Galilee where it is said Jesus performed his first ever miracle by turning water into wine. Heading east we make then a stop at the Church of Primacy of Peter which sits on the northwest shores of Lake Tiberias (Sea of Galilee). This is said to mark the spot where the resurrected Jesus reinstated Peter as chief among the Apostles.

We will return to the hotel in Jerusalem in the evening for a final group dinner.Included Excursions: Day trip to Nazareth via Mount Tabor. Visit Saint Joseph’s Workshop, Cana of Galilee & Sea of Galilee,Visit the Church of Primacy of St Peter

Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels at Jerusalem Grand Park Hotel or similar

Meals: 1 Breakfast(s), 1 Dinner(s)

Day 11 to 11 – Depart Jerusalem

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

Your time in Israel has come to an end. You will have an included transfer back to Tel Aviv Airport.

Included Excursions: Departure Transfer

Meals: 1 Breakfast(s)

What’s Included

Excursions & Activities:

  • Guided day tour of Umm Qais and Jerash
  • Visit the market city of Madaba and the famous mosaic located in the Church of St George, Wadi Mujib Canyon viewpoint, Mount Nebo & Umm ar Rases
  • Guided Tour of Petra UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit Little Petra
  • Overnight desert experience in Wadi Rum including 2 hour 4X4 jeep tour
  • Visit Karak Castle
  • Full day at the Dead Sea
  • Jerusalem West Bank tour including Mount of Olives, Pater Noster Church, Garden of Gethsemane, Church of All Nations
  • Day trip to Bethlehem and wine tasting experience
  • Day trip to Nazareth via Mount Tabor. Visit Saint Joseph’s Workshop, Cana of Galilee & Sea of Galilee
  • Visit the Church of Primacy of St Peter
  • Departure Transfer

Accommodation: 9 night(s) in hotels, 1 night(s) in tented camps

Transportation: Private Vehicle

Meals: 10 Breakfast(s), 5 Dinner(s)

What you need to know

  • We will try to run your tour as close to the itinerary as conditions will allow. On very rare occasions, local events may affect the way your itinerary operates. We ask for your flexibility and understanding in these situations.
  • Many countries have strict rules on the age and quality of foreign cash. We therefore recommend you bring only new, unmarked and undamaged bank notes. This includes your Local Payment on tours where required. ​

What’s not included

  • Visas and travel insurance
  • Spending money – budget for meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras
  • International flights to/from the start/end of your tour and departure taxes
  • Tips on excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items and single rooms.
  • Optional excursions – On each trip, you may find there are some excursions that are not included. This might be because they are not to everyone’s taste or there may be various options of differing value to choose from. More information on the excursions we recommend is listed under each day of your itinerary though prices may vary. If you are after something in particular, don’t hesitate to ask your tour leader.

This tour is subject to our general conditions.  Please read them carefully before booking.