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Explore Jordan, Israel & the Palestinian Territories

15 Days | Find the heart of Israel and Jordan on this Intrepid Adventure.

4.5 out of 5 based on 17 reviews submitted.
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Delve into Israel and Jordan, holy lands rich with history and an oasis of delight and intrigue in the desert. This trip will see you wandering the immense ruins of Petra and exploring a lunar-like landscape at Wadi Rum. Take your time to explore ancient monuments, relics and holy sites of immense significance, visit hill-top fortifications and climb the Mount of Olives for the best view of Old Town Jerusalem. Immerse yourself in this journey across the best of the Middle East and gain a deeper understanding of this enduring land and its people.



Trip overview

Map of Explore Jordan, Israel & The Palestinian Territories including Israel and Jordan
Start
Amman, Jordan
Finish
Tel Aviv, Israel and the Palestinian Territories
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Territories
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 14
Trip code
EESRC
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Explore the best of the Middle East as you discover Jordan and Israel. Explore Wadi Rum, wander the ruins of Petra and indulge in some serious history across Israel and Palestine.
  • Check out the rock-cut tombs and the remains of the ancient city of Petra.
  • Learn the stories behind some of the most challenging and poignant works of graffiti that decorate the barrier wall in Bethlehem during a walking tour.
  • Access the glowing blue grottoes of Rosh Hanikra by cable car, then enjoy views over the Mediterranean Coast of Western Galilee.
  • Spend the night trying to count the billions of stars or chat with the locals at our Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum.

Is this trip right for you?
  • There is a lot of walking around the sights in Jordan, most with out shade, especially in Petra and Wadi Rum, please bring comfortable shoes and a hat to make the most of your time at the sights  
  • The weather can be quite cool in winter, please bring clothing you can layer. As the days get warmer, temperatures can start to soar. From April to October, to avoid the midday heat, some days start very early (eg at 0500). Please be prepared for this: we try to make things as comfortable for you as possible.
  • 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.
  • As the days get warmer, temperatures can start to soar. From April to October, to avoid the midday heat, some days start very early (eg at 0500). Please be prepared for this: we try to make things as comfortable for you as possible.
  • These destinations can be expensive on the ground and you should budget accordingly. The good news is that you have expert local leaders to help uncover the best deals!
  • Known as 'baksheesh' in the Middle East, tipping is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry. If you are satisfied with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate and always appreciated. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. Don’t be taken back if this tipping culture is even more apparent in Israel.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2024 to 31 December 2024.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2023 - 31 December 2023

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Inclusions

Meals

14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Jeep

Accommodation

Hotel (11 nights), Desert camp (2 nights), Guest House (1 Night)

Activities
  • Wadi Rum - Bedouin Desert Camp
  • Aqaba - Leader-lead Walking Tour
  • Wadi Rum - Bonfire Talk with the Sheik
  • Wadi Rum - Guided hike
  • Wadi Rum - 4WD jeep safari
  • Petra - Leader-led tour of Petra
  • Petra - Two-Day Pass
  • Kerak - Castle visit
  • Mt Nebo - Site visit
  • Dead Sea - Swimming opportunity
  • Jerash - Roman ruins
  • Madaba - St Georges Church
  • Jerusalem - Guided tour of Old City
  • Jerusalem - Mount of Olives
  • Bethlehem - Separation Barrier Graffiti Tour
  • Bethlehem - Church of Nativity
  • Jerusalem - Local Family Dinner
  • Jerusalem - Church of All Nations
  • Jerusalem - Yad Vashem Museum
  • Dead Sea - Visit and float
  • Masada - Masada visit
  • Sea of Galilee - Capernaum
  • Nazareth - Church of Annunciation
  • Nazareth - Walking Tour
  • Akko - Knights Fortress Visit
  • Rosh Hanikra - Cable Car & Grottoes
  • Caesarea - Roman Amphitheatre & Aqueduct
  • Tel Aviv - Leader-led tour of Old Jaffa
  • Tel Aviv - Leader-led orientation walk
Add on activities
  • Amman - King Abdullah I Mosque (entrance fee) - JOD2
  • Amman - Roman Theatre (entrance fee) - JOD2
  • Amman - Citadel (entrance fee) - JOD3
  • Madaba - Al-Maghtas Bethany Baptism site (entrance fee) - JOD12
  • Amman - Jordan Archaeological Museum (entrance fee) - JOD3
  • Petra - Petra By Night - JOD17
  • Jerusalem - Old City Ramparts -Entry Fee - ILS18
  • Jerusalem - Israel Museum - Entry Fee - ILS54
  • Jerusalem - audio guide at Yad Vashem Museum - ILS35
  • Jericho - Tell es-Sultan - ILS10
  • Jericho- Mt Temptation Cable Car - ILS60
  • Haifa - Baha'i Gardens - Free

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is bookable on this trip, excluding Day 2,3 (Desert Camp) where you will be in shared accommodation, and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. Accommodation in Wadi Rum is in Bedouin tents, bedding is provided, but in the colder months November-March you may want to consider bring a sleeping bag. Bathrooms in Wadi Rum are on a share basis.
3. Following recent safety incidents we recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest information on travelling in Israel (particularly within the West Bank) before your departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas of your itinerary. We have links to prominent government travel advisories and regular updates on issues affecting this trip on our Travel Alerts page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/travel-alerts
4. Important alert: Yom Kippur day in 2023 will be on 24-25th Sep. we'll need to make below changes to departures during this time to ensure you'll be able to experience all included activities on your trip:
Departure code: EESRC230913
D12 - Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Rosh Hanikra, Knights Fortress in Akko. Overnight in Nazareth.
D13 - Nazareth walking tour & Church of Annunciation. Overnight in Nazareth.:
Departure code: EESRC230916
D9 - Bethlehem tour in the morning and home cooked lunch with a local Palestinian family
D10 - Jerusalem old city guided tour (except for Courtyard of Dome)
D11 - morning visit Courtyard of Dome and continue to Jericho as per original itinerary.

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Reviews

4.5 out of 5 based on 17 reviews submitted.
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Helen · Traveled September 2023
A great way to see Jordan and Israel with a packed itinerary. Israel was the highlight for me thanks to Eyal our very knowledgeable and thoughtful tour leader for whom no question was off limits. Jerusalem is fascinating and I appreciated having both the city tour with Eyal and free time to explore. I recommend booking extra time in Amman to see the citadel and in Tel Aviv to enjoy the beach and Bauhaus architecture.
Review submitted 04 Oct 2023

Kevin · Traveled May 2023
Jordan exceeded my expectations by a long way.the vast amount of knowledge our guide Laith shared with us was very lnteresting with lots of funny stories included.Best tour guide ever from the last 40 years of traveling.
Review submitted 22 May 2023

Luca · Traveled March 2023
Israel experience just incredible. Jo the tour guide was so knowledgeable and balanced when giving us informations, considerate of the group needs. Activities are cool. Petra just beautiful, Wadi Rum an unforgettable experience!
Review submitted 28 Mar 2023

Angela · Traveled February 2023
This tour is fascinating. Both Jordan and Israel have an abundance of sites of historical and Biblical significance. Our tour leaders were first class and the transport clean and comfortable. Sadly the standard of hotels was disappointing. Some hotels had no heating, which did not work in February. We would not advise taking the trip to Wadi Rum in February. It is freezing cold there by day as well as by night.
Review submitted 25 Feb 2023

Timothy · Traveled December 2022
This busy trip covers a multitude of ancient sites and dispassionately explains the religious past and present. But it also provides information and understanding of the intractable political present with exposure to strongly held views all sides. The leaders are knowledgeable, accommodation standard is very variable but well sited.
Review submitted 31 Dec 2022
Explore Jordan, Israel & the Palestinian Territories
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EUR €3,825