15 Day Affordable Israel & Jordan

15 Day Affordable Israel & Jordan


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Israel , Jordan

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Israel
Depart for Israel

DAY 2, Wednesday - Arrive in Tel Aviv
Arrive in Tel Aviv; transfer to your hotel in this vibrant city, known as Israel's "playground on the sea." Balance of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to your new time zone. Perhaps, walk along the bustling beachfront promenade and stop at a café. This evening, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at approximately 7 PM. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 5 PM on day 2 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible
Overnight: Tel Aviv

DAY 3, Thursday - City Tour of Tel Aviv
Start with a visit to Jaffa (Joppa), the ancient port city linked with biblical stories of Solomon, Jonah and St. Peter. Tour the ancient ruins and walk to the beautifully reconstructed Artists' Quarter. From atop the hill, stop to admire breathtaking panoramic views of the Mediterranean coast and Tel Aviv. Continue to trendy Neve Tzedek (Tel Aviv's "Soho"), the first neighborhood constructed outside of Jaffa and to HaTachana, a renovated Ottoman train station converted to a vibrant entertainment complex. Balance of the day is at leisure, or join the optional Panoramic Night Tour of Tel Aviv. Get acquainted with this vibrant and cosmopolitan city on this panoramic tour that begins on bustling Ibn Gvirol Street and travels to Yitzhak Rabin Square with its memorial to the late Israeli Prime Minister. Continue past the Mann Auditorium and Habima, Israel's national theatre to tree-lined Rothschild Avenue known for its distinctive Bauhaus architecture dating back to the 1930s. Dinner is included at a popular Tel Aviv Restaurant
Optional: Panoramic Night Tour of Tel Aviv with Dinner
Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Friday - Caesarea, Nazareth, Northern Israel
Begin the day with a drive north along the crystal-blue waters of the Mediterranean coast to ancient Caesarea; see the astounding Roman, Byzantine and Crusader ruins and the 2000-year-old theater. At the Visitor's Center, view the informative presentation before departing for Nazareth. Drive through the rolling Galilean hills to the sacred town where, according to tradition, Jesus spent his childhood and youth; visit the Church of the Annunciation. Continue to your hotel for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Galilee Region
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Saturday - Day in the Galilee Region
On your day at leisure in the Galilee Region, mix the serene quiet of the pristine Sea of Galilee, the largest freshwater lake in Israel, with nature, history, and religion. Don't miss the optional full day tour starting at the age-old fishing village of Capernaum on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, home to a celebrated Byzantine-era synagogue and frequently mentioned in the Bible as Jesus' base during his Galilean ministry. Stop at a working kibbutz for a tour, followed by lunch at an authentic Druze restaurant. Continue to Har Bental site of a former Israeli bunker. Finish the day at the ancient site of Banias. Set in the Banias Nature Reserve, one of the most naturally beautiful places in Israel, see ruins of the old city. Afterward, return back to the hotel in time for dinner
Optional: Full Day Capernaum & Northern Galilee with lunch
Overnight: Galilee Region
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Sunday - Yardenit, Beit She'an, Jerusalem
Depart from your hotel in the Galilee Region and stop for a tour of a local diamond factory and showroom. After travel to the Jordan River, considered one of the world's most sacred rivers. Visit the popular baptismal site of Yardenit. Head south to reach the impressive archaeological site of Beit She'an, an ancient city dating back to King Saul; see the remains of an ancient Roman city and the ongoing excavations. Before getting to Jerusalem, a stop just outside the city provides a scenic panoramic view. Continue to the hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Monday - Jerusalem Old City Tour
Begin your walking tour of Jerusalem* at the walled Old City with its four distinct sections; the Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Armenian Quarters. Follow the steps along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, one of the holiest sites in the Christian world. Pass through the narrow alleys and souks to visit the Western Wall; continue to Mt. Zion; see the Room of the Last Supper and the traditional Tomb of King David. The remainder of the day is on your own. Stroll through the lanes of the Old City, visit the exotic bazaars or, participate in the optional afternoon Jerusalem Old City tour that begins at the Zion Gate. Visit the Cardo, a colonnaded Roman shopping street during the Byzantine period, the Jewish Quarter's four Sephardic Synagogues and the Burnt House, set ablaze by the Romans. Then, on to the Davidson Center in the archaeological Park with its exhibits and presentations. Tonight's very special optional evening includes dinner at a local restaurant, then attend the spectacular Sound & Light Show*Due to local events, the order of the Jerusalem sightseeing might be altered. Details will be provided locally by your Tour Manager
Optional: Half Day Jerusalem Old City - Jewish Quarter (PM)
Optional: Illuminated Jerusalem, Restaurant Dinner and Sound & Light Show (PM)
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Tuesday - Day in Jerusalem
Visit the New City on the optional Jerusalem New City tour. Drive via the Supreme Court building and the Knesset, Israel's Parliament, to the Israel Museum. Here, view the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed and the miniature model of Jerusalem during Second Temple period. Then, on to Yad Vashem, Memorial to the Holocaust, on the Mount of Remembrance. The optional afternoon tour to Bethlehem includes a visit to the Church of the Nativity, commemorating the birthplace of Christ. A stop for local olive wood handicrafts is included
Optional: Half Day Jerusalem New City (AM)
Optional: Half Day Bethlehem (PM)
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Wednesday - Day in Jerusalem
A full day to discover this fascinating city on your own. In Jerusalem, one of the oldest and holiest cities in the world, there are endless opportunities to explore. A walk through the city's colorful neighborhoods reveals a diverse blend of traditional and modern cultures. Or, join the fascinating optional full day tour to Masada and the Dead Sea that begins with a drive along the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, to Masada. Ascend by cable car to the top of these heroic heights; listen to the brave tale of the Zealots who chose to perish rather than live under Roman rule. Visit the archaeological sites including the remains of Herod's Palace, a synagogue, bath houses, dwellings, and workshops. After a visit to the Museum of Masada at the base, drive to the Dead Sea for a swim in the salty and buoyant waters. Return to Jerusalem for a "Farewell to Israel" dinner with your group
Optional: Full Day Masada & Dead Sea
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Thursday - Travel to the Dead Sea (Jordan)
Depart Israel to begin the tour of Jordan. Transfer from your hotel in Jerusalem and arrive at the Allenby Bridge border. You will be escorted through the border crossing process and then you will be met by your Jordanian Tour Manager. Visa for Jordan is required but arranged free of charge. Israel Departure tax of $50-$60 is payable locally*. Travel to your hotel in the Dead Sea area, the lowest point on earth. The balance of the day is at leisure to swim in the therapeutic mineral rich waters and sample the Dead Sea's renowned restorative powers. Or, join an optional tour to the village of Bethany, the site of Jesus' baptism by John the Baptist. As it was also where the prophet Elijah ascended to heaven via a chariot of fire. The sites that make up Bethany were part of early Christian pilgrimages between Mt. Nebo and Jerusalem. This evening, attend an orientation meeting with your new Tour Manager and traveling companions *Please visit Visa and Entry Fee/ Departure taxes page for more details
Optional: Half Day Bethany
Overnight: Dead Sea
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Friday - Mount Nebo, Madaba, Shobak Castle
After breakfast, travel to Petra. En route, stop at Mount Nebo, the reputed burial site of Moses, overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. Continue to the mosaic city of Madaba, where an ancient map of the Holy Land is set into the floor of Saint George's Church. Afterward, stop at Moses Springs and visit a mosaic school and workshop where you will have the opportunity to learn about this incredible craft. After lunch in Madaba, proceed to Shobak Castle. The ruins of this Crusader castle are located just east of Arabah. Arrive in Petra for overnight
Overnight: Petra
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12, Saturday - Petra City Tour
An astonishing day exploring Petra! Enter the "rose red" city hand-sculpted from a mountain range by the Nabateans in the 3rd century BC. Begin your walk (or ride) through the "Siq", a winding canyon road. At the end, you’ll gaze in total amazement at Petra’s most extraordinary monument - the towering Treasury building rising over 140 feet. Beyond, discover soaring temples, elaborate royal tombs, a theater, burial chambers and water channels - all remnants of a once great Nabatean culture. Today, Petra is both a Jordanian national treasure and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is truly a once in a lifetime experience! After lunch, there will be time on your own to further explore Petra before returning to the hotel
Overnight: Petra
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13, Sunday - Wadi Rum Desert, Travel to Amman
Morning departure to Wadi Rum, a surreal desert terrain of ancient river beds, wind-sculpted mountains, vast desert vistas and pastel colored sands. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, often described as the "Valley of the Moon", served as inspiration (and site of the filming) for T.E. Lawrence’s novel, Lawrence of Arabia. Ride in a 4x4 vehicle to explore the valley, with its looming rock faces that seem to grow directly out of the sand and endless skies. Cross the huge red sand dunes and the eroded pillars of sandstone rock known as "The Seven Pillars". Then, lunch in an authentic Bedouin tent in the midst of the desert, where you’ll be introduced to "Zarb" - a selection of foods cooked in an oven with hot coals beneath the desert floor. Afterward, travel to your hotel in Amman
Overnight: Amman
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 14, Monday - Jerash, Amman City Tour
This morning, journey north of Amman to the city of Jerash, the best-preserved example of Roman civilization in Jordan. Jerash, was part of the Decapolis (the ten large Roman cities of the East) The city features theaters, churches, temples of Zeus and Artemis, a Nymphaeum and colonnaded street. After lunch, proceed to a city tour of Amman, often referred to as the "White City" because of the white stone used to build the houses. Amman is among the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. The tour will take you to the museums, the Citadel, the Roman Amphitheater, the souks, and the city's modern district. The balance of the day is at leisure. Later this evening, savor a Farewell Dinner with your Tour Manager and travel companions
Overnight: Amman
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15, Tuesday - Depart Jordan
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

Due to local events and holidays, the order of sightseeing may be changed. Details to be provided locally by Tour Manager.

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Inclusions

Please Note: Land Price does not include airfare, departure or arrival transfers, airline taxes and fuel surcharges.

Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Tel Aviv, Amman-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 13 nights accommodations
  • 2 nights Tel Aviv
  • 2 nights Galilee Region
  • 4 nights Jerusalem
  • 1 night Dead Sea
  • 2 nights Petra
  • 2 nights Amman
  • Hotel taxes, fees and service charges
  • Departure transfer
  • 22 meals: 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour managers throughout
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
  • Visa to Jordan
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    Special Features

  • Tour the astounding Roman, Byzantine and Crusader ruins at ancient Caesarea
  • Visit the Church of the Annunciation and Mary's Well in sacred Nazareth
  • In Tiberias, enjoy the pristine Sea of Galilee, the largest freshwater lake in Israel
  • At the Jordan River stop at the popular baptismal site of Yardenit
  • Discover Jerusalem's astonishing walled Old City
  • Float in the buoyant, salty waters of the Dead Sea in Jordan
  • Stand atop Mount Nebo, where Moses climbed to see the Promised Land
  • At Madaba, see the vivid 6th century mosaic map of the Holy Land
  • Explore astonishing Petra, the Nabatean city sculpted from rock
  • Travel to Wadi Rum, a surreal desert terrain known as “The Valley of the Moon”
  • Tour the archaeological site of Jerash, known as the “Pompeii of the East”
  • Take a city tour of Amman, capital of the Kingdom of Jordan
  • *Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival transfer, but does include departure transfer.

    Passengers should select flights that arrive no later than 5 PM on Day 2 in order to attend welcome meeting and orientation.

    Expect possible delays at the Allenby Bridge Border crossing from Israel to Jordan which can be 1 to 4 hours. This process includes a change of bus and guide at border. The drive is approximately 15 minutes. Israel Departure tax & fees of $50-$60 is payable locally. Visa for Jordan is required but arranged free of charge.

    Illuminated Jerusalem, Dinner & Sound & Light Show is not available on May 8 & May 22 departures due to local events.

    During Ramadan (Apr 23 - May 23, 2020), historic and cultural sites may close early and operate with minimal staff. The order of sightseeing may be changed to accommodate the holiday observance. Traffic congestion is common during Ramadan. Some hotels and restaurants may not serve alcoholic beverages. Entertainment may be limited to be respectful of the holiday observance. Modest dress is suggested during Ramadan (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops). Use discretion when drinking, eating, and smoking in public between sunrise and sunset.

    Upon arrival in Israel at Passport Control, you will receive an Israel Border Control / B2 Stay Permit called an "Electronic Gate Pass". Issuance of the pass replaces the need to stamp your passport. The Electronic Gate Pass is your official form of identification in Israel and must be kept in your possession at all times, and will be relinquished once you depart the country. Escorted tour group guests should bring this pass to the Welcome Meeting as your Tour Manager must record information from it to facilitate express hotel check-in during your tour. Failure to provide this pass at check-in will result in mandatory tax.


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    Hotel check-in is 4 PM. If you have an early arrival and want to check-in prior to 4 PM you may pre-purchase an additional hotel night.

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    Accommodations

    Cinema Hotel
    This superior tourist class hotel, originally one of the first theaters of Tel Aviv, is located on Dizengoff Circle.

    Nof Ginosar
    The first class kibbutz hotel is located on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, less than 20 minutes from Tiberias.

    Nof Ginosar
    The first class kibbutz hotel is located on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, less than 20 minutes from Tiberias.

    Ron Beach Hotel
    This first class hotel is located on the waterfront of the Sea of Galilee with lovely views.

    Prima Royale Hotel
    This tourist class hotel is centrally located in the Talbieh district, the heart of Jerusalem.

    Prima Royale Hotel
    This tourist class hotel is centrally located in the Talbieh district, the heart of Jerusalem.

    Dead Sea Marriott Resort & Spa
    This first class resort has magnificent views of the Dead Sea.

    Marriott Petra
    This first class hotel overlooks the majestic landscape of Petra and is only a 10 minute drive to the valley entrance.

    Marriott Amman
    This first class hotel is located in the business district convenient to the area's main tourist attractions.

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    Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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