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Explore Israel & Jordan

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 14 Days | Jerusalem to the Dead Sea
  • Group Size: Max 16

Trip Details

 

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.

Trip Highlights

    • Take a dual-narrative walking tour of Jerusalem’s Old City, led by an Israeli guide and a Palestinian guide, both trained by National Geographic Emerging Explorer Aziz Abu Sarah.
    • Learn about the ongoing excavations of Petra from an archaeologist, and then spend a day exploring this incredible ancient city.
    • Go stargazing with a Bedouin in Wadi Rum, and dine with a Palestinian family in Bethlehem.
    • See the ancient sites of Galilee, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the mosaics of Madaba, and the ruins of Jerash.

Itinerary - 14 Days

Day 1 — Jerusalem

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Days 2 & 3 — Jerusalem

Take a specially designed walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem with two guides, one Israeli and one Palestinian, both trained by National Geographic Emerging Explorer Aziz Abu Sarah. This unique dual-narrative tour allows travelers a deeper understanding of the diverse cultural, religious, and political aspects of the region. Visit key sites including the Temple Mount, the 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 and take in amazing views of the Old City. Later, enjoy a discussion on the current state of affairs with a leading Israeli scholar. (1B)

Days 3 & 4 — Jerusalem/Bethlehem

Pay respects to victims of the Holocaust at the evocative Yad Vashem Memorial, and then step further back in history among the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Israel Museum. The next day, take another exclusively designed dual-narrative tour of Bethlehem with Israeli and Palestinian guides. Visit Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity, built over the spot considered by many to be the birthplace of Jesus. Walk through a nearby Palestinian refugee camp, and then head to a local Palestinian family’s home for a cooking class and lunch. (2B, 1L)

Days 5 & 6 — Masada/Dead Sea/Nazareth/Sea of Galilee

Enjoy a guided visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Masada. Next, head to the Dead Sea for a float and mud bath before continuing to the Sea of Galilee to stay in a kibbutz hotel for two nights. The next day, visit the Mount of Beatitudes and the ruins at Capernaum. (2B, 2D)

Days 7, 8, & 9 — Tel Aviv/Amman/Jerash

Head west to the Mediterranean, visiting the coastal city of Haifa and then traveling south to Caesarea Maritima to explore the ruins of Herod’s harbor city. Then it’s off to the ancient port city of Jaffa and bustling Tel Aviv, followed by a transfer across the border to Amman. On a city tour, visit the Jordan Museum and the archaeological site of the Citadel. Head to Jerash, one of the largest and best-preserved Roman ruins outside of Italy. (3B)

Days 10 & 11 — Madaba/Mt. Nebo/Wadi Musa/Petra

Visit the ancient town of Madaba, famous for its mosaics and churches. Continue to Mount Nebo for the stunning views from its summit. This evening, enjoy a lecture by a local archaeologist on the importance of Petra and the ongoing excavations at this World Heritage site. The next day, go on a guided tour of Petra with free time to explore on your own. Attend a cooking demonstration and traditional dinner in Wadi Musa. (2B, 1D)

Days 12 & 13 — Wadi Rum/Dead Sea

Head to Wadi Rum in the heart of the desert. After lunch at our lodge, take an exciting 4x4 ride over the dunes. This evening, walk into the desert for a traditional Bedouin feast with music and entertainment and admire the night sky alongside a Bedouin guide who will explain how to use the locations of stars for desert navigation. The following day, visit the archaeological site of Bethany, believed to be the site of Jesus’s baptism, before going on to the Dead Sea for a float or an optional mud or sea salt treatment. (2B, 1L, 2D)

Day 14 — Dead Sea

Depart at any time. (1B)

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Dates

2017
  • Oct 15 - 28, 2017 (sold out)
  • Oct 22 - Nov 04, 2017 (sold out)
  • Nov 05 - 18, 2017 (sold out)
  • Nov 19 - Dec 02, 2017 (sold out)
  • Dec 10 - 23, 2017
  • Dec 24, 2017 - Jan 06, 2018
2018
  • Jan 07 - 21, 2018 ALT
  • Jan 21 - Feb 04, 2018 ALT
  • Feb 04 - 18, 2018 ALT
  • Feb 18 - Mar 04, 2018 ALT
  • Mar 04 - 18, 2018 ALT
  • Mar 18 - Apr 01, 2018 ALT
  • Apr 08 - 22, 2018 ALT
  • Apr 22 - May 06, 2018 ALT (sold out)
  • May 06 - 20, 2018 ALT
  • May 20 - Jun 03, 2018 ALT
  • May 27 - Jun 10, 2018 ALT
  • Jun 03 - 17, 2018 ALT
  • Jun 17 - Jul 01, 2018 ALT
  • Jun 24 - Jul 08, 2018 ALT
  • Jul 08 - 22, 2018 ALT
  • Jul 22 - Aug 05, 2018 ALT
  • Aug 05 - 19, 2018 ALT
  • Aug 19 - Sep 02, 2018 ALT
  • Sep 02 - 16, 2018 ALT
  • Sep 30 - Oct 14, 2018 ALT
  • Oct 07 - 21, 2018 ALT
  • Oct 14 - 28, 2018 ALT
  • Oct 21 - Nov 04, 2018 ALT
  • Nov 04 - 18, 2018 ALT
  • Nov 11 - 25, 2018 ALT
  • Nov 25 - Dec 09, 2018 ALT
  • Dec 09 - 23, 2018 ALT
  • Dec 16 - 30, 2018 ALT

ALT indicates a departure that has a slightly different itinerary than the one shown on this page. Click the ALT icon to see the day-to-day itinerary.

2017 departures are 14 days, starting in Jerusalem and ending at the Dead Sea; 2018 departures are 15 days, starting in Jerusalem and ending in Amman.

Trip Cost

Price From

$4,099

Activity Level

Light/Moderate

Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.

Click here for a description of all activity levels.

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Cost Details

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $1,350

What's Included

Arrival transfer, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional spa treatments at the Dead Sea are at an additional cost.

Accommodations
Comfortable, mid-range hotels (12 nights), desert camp (1 night)

Meals Included
13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners. Allow an additional $445-580 for meals not included.

Transportation
Private van

Optional Experience

You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.