Israel and Jordan are two Middle Eastern countries that due to their location at the crossroad of civilizations contain some of the most important landmarks in human history. Taking this city break tour will allow you to see both countries in one week, which is a great opportunity if you want to explore this land but do not have much time at your disposal.
Sunday - Arrival
Upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv for overnight.
Evening at leisure in Tel Aviv.
Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Monday - Masada & The Dead Sea
Meet your tour guide in the morning and set off from Tel Aviv, driving south, passing by the cities of Ashdod, Ashkelon, and Beersheba, the capital of the Negev Desert.
Continue via Arad to Masada, Israel’s foremost archaeological park.
Ascend via cable car for a thorough visit that gives insight into the rituals, politics, and culture of the people who inhabited this desert fortress, which was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Visit the excavations, Herod’s palaces, the synagogue, the bathhouse, and cisterns, and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea.
Descend to the lowest place on earth – the Dead Sea, to experience the mineral-rich black mud and float in its salty waters.
Passing by the oasis of Ein Gedi, proceed through the Judean Desert to Jerusalem.
Overnight in Jerusalem.
Tuesday - Jerusalem
Start the day at the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book with the famous Dead Sea scrolls, then a visit to the beautifully renovated model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem, dating back to the time of the Second Temple.
Visit Yad Vashem the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, established in 1953, located at the foot of Mt. Hertzl.
Enjoy Ein Karem; a picturesque village on the southwestern outskirts of Jerusalem. This small village has great significance in Christian traditions since this is where according to tradition John the Baptist was born.
Visit Bethlehem – the birthplace of Jesus at the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square.
Return to your Jerusalem hotel.
Wednesday - Jerusalem
Enter the Old City of Jerusalem where you will see the Western Wall and the actual site of the Second Temple, the Temple Mount.
Walk the Way of the Cross, the Via Dolorosa, to Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, housing both the traditional site of the Crucifixion and the Tomb of the Resurrection.
To the southwest, just outside the Old City, is Mount Zion, with the traditional tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper.
Enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of Jerusalem - the holy city for each of the world’s three great religions – Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, from atop the Mount of Olives.
Visit the Garden of Gethsemane where Judas betrayed Jesus.
In the heart of a neighborhood in downtown Jerusalem, visit Mahane Yehuda to experience the flavors, aromas, colors, and the traders' interaction with the crowds, at the largest open market in Israel.
Overnight in Jerusalem.
Thursday - Sheikh Hussein Bridge - Jerash - Amman
Drive from Jerusalem to the Sheikh Hussein border crossing for procedures to enter Jordan.
Proceed to Jerash - the city of the Decapolis, located about 45km north of Amman in the fertile heights of the Gilad. Visit the ancient Roman city with colonnaded streets, the baths, and the hill of the top Temple.
Drive to Amman for a panoramic city tour of the Jordanian capital including the Citadel and Roman Amphitheatre.
Overnight in Amman.
Friday - Amman - Mount Nebo - Petra
After breakfast drive to Mount Nebo, from where Moses viewed the Promised Land. From here you will see the Jordan Valley, Jericho and the Dead Sea.
Continue south along the Desert Highway to Wadi Musa, the modern village of Petra.
Enter the site of Petra and walk, or ride on horseback, to the "Siq" (Canyon).
Walk through the "Siq" to red rock city, the ancient capital of the Nabateans from the 3rd Century BC to the 2nd Century AD.
Visit the most interesting carved monuments such as the Treasury (El Khazneh - a tomb of a Nabatean king) then the field of tombs, obelisks, and the altar. From this point, you can view the whole of the rock city.
After the visit, return to Wadi Musa.
Overnight in Petra.
Saturday - Wadi Rum Jeeps - Madaba - Amman
After breakfast drive south to the towering mountains and rock formations of Wadi Rum, which mesmerized Lawrence of Arabia.
Drive through the stunning landscapes on a desert jeep safari, visiting the Lawrence Spring and Khazali Canyon.
Drive north to Madaba to visit the remains of the Byzantine church with its ancient mosaic floor map, the oldest surviving original cartographic depiction of the mosaic map of the Holy Land and Jerusalem.
Overnight in Amman.
Sunday - Departure
After breakfast, leave the hotel and drive to the border. (Or transfer to Amman Airport for the departing flight).
Cross the Jordan River and drive back to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, or Ben-Gurion Airport for a departing flight.
Please note that the sequence of the tour and sites visited may be amended due to circumstances at the company’s or the guide’s discretion.
Transfer from the airport on arrival and drop off in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem on return from Jordan
(Return drop off is also available at Ben Gurion Airport - depending on flight time)
(Flight departure time MUST be 19:00 or later)
7 nights hotel accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis
Sightseeing in a modern, air-conditioned touring vehicle
Service of a government-licensed guide on all touring days
Entrance fees to sites on the program.
Assistance at the airport upon arrival
(Rates for assistance on arrival supplement will be advised in due course)
Porterage at the airport
Tipping for guide, driver, and hotel staff
Beverages with meals
Traveler’s medical/baggage insurance
Entry Visa to Jordan (if required for restricted nationalities)
(approx. US$60 per person - paid on tour - subject to change)