Best of Jordan and Israel

  • destination Israel & Jordan
  • traveltime15 days
  • moneyFrom € 1695,- pp

This 15-day trip through Jordan and Israel is overflowing with culture and history. Admire the awe-inspiring Petra and Wadi Rum, and float on the Dead Sea in Jordan. Delve into fascinating Jerusalem, Jaffa and Tel Aviv in Israel.

Your journey will start in the capital of Jordan, Amman. This vibrant city is home to many cultural highlights, such as the citadel and the amphitheater. After visiting Amman you will continue your way to the south of Jordan where you will visit sites near the Dead Sea and the Kings Highway. One of the highlights of this holiday is visiting Petra, the red city of the Nabataeans. After an exciting overnight stay in the beautiful Wadi Rum, you’ll cross the border near Eilat.

The second part of your holiday will take place in Israel, which is more similar to Europe. However, the country has also been influenced by many different religions and nations.  After arriving in Eilat you will drive to the city of King Herod, Masada. Additionally, you will head north towards the historic Jerusalem.

This holiday in Jordan and Israel comes to an end in Tel Aviv, a young and modern city which is less than an hour away from Jerusalem.

Would you like to spend more time in both countries?  Have a look at our 18-day holiday »

Itinerary

Flight to Amman, Jordan including meet & assist and airport transfer

Upon arrival, you’ll be met at the airport and privately transferred to your hotel in Amman. Here you can get some well-earned rest and relaxation. Depending on the time of arrival you might still have some time to explore Rainbowstreet in the evening. Here you will find many restaurants and shops that are open until late.

Amman - Jerash - Ajloun - Amman instructions local representative & pick up rental car

You will start your trip in the capital of Jordan; Amman. Our local representative will meet you on arrival to discuss the rest of your trip. You receive the keys from the rental car and from here you will continue your journey.

First you can choose to visit Amman, a lively and modern city which offers you a glimpse of the modern Jordanian life. The city has a number of highlights that are worth a visit, for example the Citadel and the blue King Abdullah I Mosque.

From Amman you will head towards Jerash, a city founded by Alexander the Great. It is one of the best-preserved Roman cities in the world. Unfortunately Jerash is not listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, because wrong methods were used to restore the city. Nevertheless, Jerash is one of the biggest surprises of Jordan. Located in the middle of a contemporary city, you can imagine yourself back into Roman times. A must see in Jordan.

From Jerash you can to drive to Aljoun Castle if you have some time left before you drive back to Amman.

Amman - Madaba - Mount Nebo - Dead Sea

Today you will go to the Dead Sea Area, which is the lowest point on earth. From your accommodation you can travel towards Madaba, which is known for the very well preserved mosaic map in the St. George Church. Also, from Madaba you can easily reach the next landmark Mount Nebo, or Mount of Moses. This is a famous mountain with an associated church. This place is well known because it is where Moses looked out over the Promised Land.

Dead Sea - Ma'in Hot Springs - Dana optional hike Wadi Mujib or Wadi Bin Hammad

In the morning there is time to relax and float in the Dead Sea. Next, you will drive to the hot springs of Ma’in. A beautiful mountain road takes you to this natural spa.

Alternatively you can visit Wadi Bin Hammad or Wadi Mujib today. Wadi Bin Hammad is a nature reserve where you can take an easy walk through the gorges and enjoy the beautiful nature. This hike will take approximately 2 hours. Wadi Mujib offers breathtaking views into the beautiful gorge. For the real adventurous among us, you can walk, swim and climb through the gorge. Definitely a recommendation for the adventure-seeking traveler.

Afterwards, you will drive towards the Dana Biosphere Nature reserve. This is the biggest nature reserve of Jordan. Here you will check-in at your accommodation for the night.

Dana - Little Petra - Petra optional hike with guide

Today you wake up in the valley of Dana. The Dana Nature Reserve consists of various mountains and dry river beds. Because this is a protected area, wild animals such as hyenas and wolves are able to live here.

You can discover the area with one of our local guides today. After breakfast you will meet your guide at your accommodation, from where you will go on a 4-hour hike. The guide will show you the best routes and he will cook you a traditional Bedouin lunch in nature.

When you finished the hike, you will continue to Petra and check in at your accommodation. You can also choose to visit Little Petra in advance. Archaeologists believe Little Petra used to be a trading suburb and agricultural center. This is the place where visitors of Petra would resupply. Moreover, a couple of the oldest settlements in the world find their home here. Visiting Little Petra gives you a taste of tomorrow, when you will visit Petra. Our advise: start your visit early in the morning to avoid the crowds and heat in the afternoon.

Petra optional backdoor hike with guide

Today you will visit the ancient city of Petra, one of Jordan’s national treasures and one of the seven wonders of the world! Today you enter the red city of the Nabataeans. Centuries ago, the Nabataeans built a kingdom which was hidden in the mountains. The ingenious water system enabled the kingdom to flourish in this remote place for a long time. This is also one of the main reasons why all the carvings are so well preserved.

You can spend an entire day in the city. It will be an unforgettable visit but make sure you are ready for a full day of hiking. There are two ways to visit the site. The first one is the traditional way through the Siq (Canyon), this is the main entrance. The Siq will take you to the Treasury. You can visit the Treasury, basin, the royal tombs and the theater, the High Place of Sacrifice and the Roman soldier tombs. All the way at the end of the complex you will find the Monastery.

The second one is through the back door; the more adventurous route! It begins with a 20 minute drive through the desert. After the drive you will begin with a 1,5 hour hike through a mountain area, until you reach the Monastery. Then you will continue towards the main site of Petra. Your guide will explain about the archaeology and the history of the site and it inhabitants. After exploring the city you will be exiting from the main gate. This way you are avoiding the tourist crowds, definitely an advantage.

Petra - Wadi Rum including jeepsafari with lunch

You leave the Nabataean city of Petra and head towards the Wadi Rum desert. The local Bedouins still live here and preserve the area. As the landscape hasn’t changed much over the years it feels like you go back in time. The Bedouins make sure that the protected area still has the same charm it had a thousand years ago.

Wadi Rum is one of the most beautiful deserts in the world, alternated by rugged rocks on both sides. The unique appearance creates the feeling you are on a different planet. No wonder this area served as a film location for many large productions, for example the classic Lawrence of Arabia (1960), and more recent Star Wars the Rise of Skywalker (2019).

Upon arrival your local Bedouin guide will be waiting for you. He will take you on a jeep safari for about four hours and will provide a delicious traditional lunch along the way. At the end of the tour you will be brought to your desert camp. Enjoy the beautiful starry sky at night.

Wadi Rum - Aqaba optional balloon flight Wadi Rum at sunrise | hand in rental car

If you wish you can start the day in a very unique way: with a balloon flight over the Wadi Rum at sunrise!

Today you will leave the vast landscape of the desert and return to civilization. You can still enjoy the quietness of the desert in the morning before you continue your journey towards Aqaba. After a 1 hour drive you can check-in at your resort and process the impressions of the past few days at your ease. It is time to sit back and relax!

Aqaba optional snorkeling or diving excursion

Today is at leisure, you have time to relax by the pool or go explore the Red Sea and its underwater world. We can arrange a diving or snorkeling excursion additionally. The Red Sea is well-known for its beautiful corals. Additionally, Aqaba has many souqs and restaurants that are worth a visit.

Aqaba - Eilat - Masada - Ein Gedi including transfers to and from the border & pick up rental car

Today you will leave the Kingdom of Jordan and cross the border from Aqaba to Eilat (Israel). These two cities are only separated by the border and lie very close to each other. Therefore crossing the border is very easy and quick. After you went through customs on the Israeli side of the border our driver will be waiting for you and will take you to the car rental company to pick up your rental car. You will continue your journey through the Negev Desert to your next destination: Ein Gedi. Along the way you can stop at Masada, a citadel built on top of a barren mountainous desert plateau thousands of feet above the Dead Sea.

Ein Gedi - Jerusalem

In the morning you can visit the nature reserve of Ein Gedi. There are two hiking options. The first one only takes 1,5 hours. The second, more advanced, hike takes 3 to 4 hours in total.

From Ein Gedi your trip continues to the Holy City Jerusalem. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Jerusalem optional visit with a guide

Optional: in the morning you will meet our local Israeli guide. Together with the guide you will explore the old city of Jerusalem. The old part of the city is divided in four quarters: the Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Armenian quarter. The history of the old city dates back to 1004 BC when King David founded Jerusalem. The old city of Jerusalem has a lot of stories to tell, according to your interest we will put together a plan for the day with a guide. You will visit the Mount of Olives, the via Dolorosa and the church of the Holy grave. This will be an intense but unforgettable day.

Jerusalem – Yad Vashem - Bethlehem – Tel Aviv hand in rental car

After an extensive visit of the Old City yesterday, you can now visit some sites outside the Old city walls. You can pass the border to the West Bank and visit Bethlehem today. The birthplace of Christ is only 10 km south of Jerusalem and offers a wide range of historic sites to visit. The main place to visit is the Church of Nativity, a church built on top of the place where Jesus was born. This UNESCO site is surrounded by other historic sites to visit like the fields of the Shepherds and St. Catherine’s Church. After you have been to Bethlehem you can visit Yad Vashem. This is Israel’s largest Holocaust Memorial. The memorial is set on the slopes of the mount of Remembrance. Yad Vashem is an impressive place to visit and we definitely recommend everyone to take part in this Israeli experience.

If you have any time left today you can drive to Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation. At the end of the day you drive to Tel Aviv where you will spend the night.

Tel Aviv – Jaffa – Tel Aviv optional (bike)tour with a guide

After breakfast you can explore the modern city of Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv emerged as a suburb of one of the oldest cities in the world: the 3000-year old city of Jaffa. Nowadays Jaffa is one of the suburbs of Tel Aviv and well-known for its oranges. Visit the old city of Jaffa and stroll through the narrow streets with plenty of shops, galleries, restaurants and small markets.
Be sure to visit the flea market and the old port of Jaffa. You can also rent bikes here and cycle along the boulevard of Tel Aviv, which is 13 kilometres long. Or you can go relax at the beach. There is plenty to choose from!

Tel Aviv – Return flight including airport transfer

Unfortunately your trip has come to an end. Approximately 3 hours before your flight departs, you will be picked up by one of our drivers, who will take you to the airport. Hopefully you have had an amazing time in Israel!

Accommodation

Brown Beach House

Tel Aviv Brown Beach House is just a few meters away from the seafront. The hotel also features the ‘Flamingo bar’, a popular bar for both guests and locals.

Eldan Hotel

Jerusalem The Eldan Hotel enjoys a convenient location in the city centre, overlooking Jerusalem's ancient city walls.

Corp Amman Hotel

Amman The Corp Amman Hotel is located in front of the Royal Cultural Centre in the Queen Alia Street in Amman. The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool and a gym.

Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea

Dead Sea Located on the edge of the Dead Sea, the Holiday Inn Resort features a large outdoor pool and a private beach.
Jordanië Wadi Rum Woestijn
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Jordanië Wadi Rum

Wild Camping

Wadi Rum Sleep under the stars in the Wadi Rum desert! A hotel where more than 1000 stars are guaranteed.

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Details & Prices

Best of Jordan and Israel

  • destination Israel & Jordan
  • traveltime15 days
  • moneyFrom € 1695,- pp
Included
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Overnight stay in selected hotels
  • Meet & assist local representative
  • Visa Jordan
  • Jeepsafari Wadi Rum
  • Guide in Petra
  • Guidance Arava border crossing
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • Car rental with full insurance and without excess
  • All taxes and fees
  • Personal travel app with travel route and information
  • An unforgettable experience! 
Excluded
  • Other meals and beverages
  • Personal expenses & tips
  • Optional excursions
Optional
  • Backdoorhike to Petra
  • Snorkeling and/or diving excursion Aqaba
  • Guide in Jerusalem
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