National Geographic Journeys: Explore Israel & Jordan (DOJNG)
Trip Style: Information Not available
Service Level: Upgraded
Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10.
Meals Included: 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Depart on a night walk under the stars to Wadi Rum, Take a dual-narrative walking tour of Bethlehem and Old Jerusalem, Ride through the desert on a 4x4, Explore the awe-inspiring ancient city of Petra
Step into the ancient world of the Middle East on a two-week journey that combines the highlights of Israel and Jordan. Discover life in Jerusalem on a dual-perspective walking tour with Israeli and Palestinian guides, explore the Roman ruins of Jerash, ride through the desert on a 4x4, and venture into the awesome and ancient city of Petra. Connect with the past while glimpsing contemporary life in this incredible region.
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- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 12/31/2020
- 14 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Jerusalem||Day 1 Jerusalem|
We highly recommend booking a pre-night in Jerusalem to recover from jetlag and relax as this is a fast paced trip with little free time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle
|Day 2||Jerusalem||Day 2 Jerusalem (1B)|
Take a specially designed walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem with both Israeli and Palestinian guides an experience exclusively designed by National Geographic Emerging Explorer Aziz Abu Sarah. This unique dual-narrative tour allows travellers a deeper understanding of the diverse cultural, religious, and political aspects of Israel. Visit key sites including the Temple Mount, Dome of the Rock, and the Al Aqsa Mosque. Continue to the Western Wall, then walk through the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This afternoon, visit the Mount of Olives for stunning views of Jerusalem, then enjoy free time to wander on your own or opt to visit the Garden of Gethsemane. Later, enjoy a discussion with a local scholar on conflict resolution and local interfaith issues. Included Activities: Old Jerusalem Walking Tour Mount of Olives Viewpoint Discussion with Israeli Scholar Transport: Private Vehicle
|Day 3||Jerusalem||Day 3 Jerusalem (1B)|
Take a sobering visit to Yad Vashem Memorial to learn about the Holocaust and its ramifications today. In the afternoon, visit the famed Israel Museum. View the Dead Sea Scrolls, housed in the Shrine of the Book and observe one of the greatest archaeological finds of the past century. After, opt to walk through the museum's state of the art archeological exhibition on your own. Included Activities: Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum) Visit Israel Museum & Dead Sea Scrolls Transport: Private Vehicle
|Day 4||Jerusalem||Day 4 Jerusalem (1B, 1L)|
Enjoy a second exclusively designed dual-narrative tour of Bethlehem with Israeli and Palestinian guides. Visit Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity. Walk through a nearby Palestinian refugee camp and then head to a local Palestinian familys home for a cooking class and lunch. Included Activities: Bethlehem Walking Tour Palestinian Family Meal Transport: Private Vehicle
|Day 5||Tiberias||Day 5 Jerusalem/Tiberias (1B, 1D)|
Start the day with a guided visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Masada with stops at Herod's Palace, the Bathhouse, and the Synagogue. After that, it's off for a visit to the Dead Sea, continuing along the Jordan Valley north to the Sea of Galilee, where we'll stay in a kibbutz hotel for the next two nights. Included Activities: Masada Guided Tour Dead Sea Visit (Israel) Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)
|Day 6||Tiberias||Day 6 Tiberias (1B, 1D)|
Visit the Mt. of Beatitudes, for gorgeous views of the Sea of Galilee and visit the church that was built atop this hill, where Jesus is believed to have delivered his "Sermon on the Mount" speech. Continue to the ruins of Capernaum, where Jesus lived and preached, and where many apostles, including Peter, made their home. Learn about the lives of Israeli Arabs on the way to Nazareth, where we visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, one of the largest churches in the Middle East. Included Activities: Nazareth Guided Tour Sea of Galilee area tour Transport: Private Vehicle
|Day 7||Tel Aviv||Day 7 Tiberias/Tel Aviv (1B)|
Continue to the Mediterranean, visiting the coastal city of Haifa and then south to Caesarea Maritima to see the ruins of Herod's harbour city. After, continue toward Jaffa, an ancient port city dating back to the Bronze Age. Continue on to the bustling city of Tel Aviv for our last evening. Additional Notes: After a very busy trip, should you wish to enjoy some relaxation and leisure time, we do recommend booking post nights in Tel Aviv, Included Activities: Caesarea Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours)
|Day 8||Amman||Day 8 Tel Aviv/Amman (1B)|
You will have one CEO in Israel and one in Jordan. In this case you will be transferred to the border and cross over unescorted to Jordan - either on your own or with any other travellers who are continuing on for the Jordan portion of the tour. You will be met on the Jordanian side of the border and transferred to Amman, where there is free time to relax until the welcome meeting with your new CEO in the evening. See the "Detailed Trip Notes" section of the Tour Details page for helpful instructions on crossing the Israeli-Jordanian border. Additional Notes: Please remember that Israel and Jordan are very different Countries, in terms of culture, daily way of life and infrastructure. The best part of travel is gaining insight into these difference and keeping an open mind. Its important to note that transport vehicles in Israel are usually much more modern than in Jordan. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Israel - Jordan) Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
|Day 9||Amman||Day 9 Amman (1B)|
Take an orientation drive through Amman and visit the National Museum and archaeological site of the Citadel. Continue on to visit Jerash, one of the largest and most well-preserved Roman ruins outside of Italy. Included Activities: National Archaeological Museum & Citadel Jerash Guided Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours) Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours)
|Day 10||Wadi Musa||Day 10 Amman/Wadi Musa (1B)|
Depart early today for the long but very interesting drive by way of the Kings Highway to Petra. The first stop is Mount Nebo, which is believed by many to be the site of Moses death and has thus been a centre for pilgrimage since the earliest Christian times. Visit the town of Madaba, which has some of the finest Byzantine mosaics in the world. Arrive in the early evening at Wadi Musa, our base for exploring Petra. Included Activities: Mt Nebo Visit Madaba Mosaics Guided Tour Petra Archaeologist Talk Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00 hour(s))
|Day 11||Wadi Musa||Day 11 Wadi Musa (1B, 1D)|
Wind your way through the Siq, a narrow, 1km-long (.6 mi) gorge flanked by soaring 80m-high (262 ft) sandstone walls. Take in the astounding colours and patterns of the rock, and, at the end of this passage, catch your first glimpse of Al-Khazneh, the famed treasury of Petra. Spend the morning exploring this famed site with your guide. The guide will give a brief history of the city, which the Nabateans carved from the living rock of the surrounding mountains. The site is large so please be prepared for a lot of walking over sand and rocks. Pace yourself, stay hydrated and be sure to have proper walking/hiking shoes. Included Activities: Petra Guided Tour Cooking Demonstration with Dinner Transport: Private Vehicle
|Day 12||Wadi Rum||Day 12 Petra/Wadi Rum (1B, 1L, 1D)|
After breakfast, drive to Wadi Rum, a vast, silent landscape of ancient riverbeds and the largest and most magnificent of Jordans desert landscapes. Spend the night in a simple, but comfortable desert camp; The authentic goat-wool tent provides a glimpse into traditional Bedouin living. Each tent has ensuite and is outfitted with sheets, pillows, a raised bed, towels, electricity and thick covers against the desert cold. While the accommodation is simple, it is quite comfortable and offers a truly unique experience. Additional Notes: November - February: The desert can get very cold after the sun sets and it can be cool during the days. If you are visiting during the winter months you should pack warm comfortable clothing for daytime and especially the evenings (a jacket, hat, gloves and warm pajamas). September/October & March/April: evenings can still get chilly so you should bring something warm to wear. Daytime is usually warm and comfortable but you can bring a sweater or jacket just in case. May - August: the weather is very hot during the day and the evenings are usually comfortable and warm. Included Activities: 4x4 Desert Trip Wadi Rum Night Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
|Day 13||Dead Sea||Day 13 Wadi Rum/Dead Sea (1B, 1D)|
At 423m (1,388 ft) below sea level, the shores of the Dead Sea are at the lowest land elevation on Earth. The sea is named because its salinity is so high (up to nine times that of the world's oceans) that only a few microorganisms can live in its waters. Included Activities: Bethany Beyond the Jordan Transport: Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s))
|Day 14||Dead Sea||Day 14 Dead Sea (1B)|
Check-out time from the hotel is normally mid-morning, but luggage storage facilities are available. We also encourage you to book a few additional nights to relax and take advantage of the stunning natural surroundings. Additional Notes: Speak to your CEO about arranging your transfer to the Amman airport (approx. 1 hour away). Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: N/A
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