Where Hummus All Began Trip Notes

At Imaginative Traveller we always aim to provide accurate information for our travellers. Unfortunately information such as the price of optional activities is occasionally subject to change, and this means that we are constantly revising our trip notes. In order to ensure that you have the most up to date information for your trip we suggest that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure.

  • Trip code :GEJI
  • Trip length : 11
  • Trip starts in : Amman
  • Trip ends in : Jerusalem
  • Maximum group size : 16
  • Ages : 18 - 39
  • Meals : 10 Breakfasts
  • Accommodation : 12 Nights Hotel
  • Transport : Jeep, Private Bus, Public Bus

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  • 2000 year-old ruins of Jerash
  • Get your caffeine hit in Jordan
  • The Dead Sea
  • The Sea of Galilee
  • UNESCO World Heritage-listed Jerusalem
  • Crusader castle at Shobak
  • Bethlehem's Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity
  • UNESCO World Heritage-listed Petra
  • Wadi Rum's red earth desertscapes
  • Red Sea resort of Aqaba
  • Jordan's capital Amman

Hang out in Amman, head to Aqaba for some Red Sea play and Wadi Rum for desert, and on to Petra for ancient amazingness. Zoom along the Kings Highway, check out Jerash, Jerusalem and the Sea of Galilee (it rhymes, awesome).In a traditional Bedouin coffee ceremony you’ll actually drink three cups of coffee: one for the soul, one for the sword and one because you’re a guest. Don’t ask for a fourth – it’s greedy and you might wet your pants on the bus. TRIP CHANGES IN 2015In 2015 this itinerary will be increasing from from 11 days to 14 days. The Jordan section of the trip will be unchanged, and an additional night will be spent in Tiberias for the Israel section. This trip will no longer cross into Israel via the Allenby Bridge, it will instead cross via Sheikh Hussein Brigde in the North of Jordan. This border crossing is located approximately 2.5-3hr drive north of Jordan ( further away than the existing crossing ) but does not have the crowds and delays the current border crossing has. These changes have been made based on past passenger feedback

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Day
1

Amman

The locals are friendly, but they don’t really understand the concept of personal space. Keep these phrases under your belt: Imshi baeed (go away), La'a Shukran (no, thanks) Bass! (that’s enough, mate).

  • Arrive in Amman and get familiar with your surroundings
Day
2

Amman - Aqaba

It won’t take long to see the best bits of Aqaba, and then you’re free to swim, snorkel and dive in the Red Sea. How many of the 100 species of fish can you spot?

  • Arrive in Aqaba and spend free time exploring this beachside town
  • Relax on the beach, do some shopping and grab a meal at a local seafood restaurant
Day
3

Wadi Rum - Petra

Keep an eye out for the Wadi Rum Desert Patrol in their spiffing khaki and red uniforms. Then live out your Indiana Jones fantasies at Petra, the 2000-year-old city carved into pink sandstone.

  • Set off on an awesome jeep tour into the Wadi Rum desert
  • Continue the journey to Petra.
Day
4

Petra

We like to make a dramatic entrance to the legendary Al Khazneh (The Treasury), so we take you through a narrow gorge, past tombs and rock formations before you eventually get your first glimpse of it. Pick your jaw up off the ground, because there are flies everywhere.

  • Spend heaps of time exploring the ancient city of Petra, founded more than 2000 years ago
  • Wander through the narrow ‘siq’ and visit the numerous tombs, temples and public buildings - as well as the rock-hewn amphitheatre
  • Wind down with an optional Turkish Bath at the hotel
Day
5

Dana - Kings Highway - Amman

By now you should be addicted to hummus, ara'yes (oven-baked sandwiches filled with spiced mince) and mansaf (Google it, then wipe your drool of this page). If not, we haven't done our job properly. 

  • Follow the ancient Kings Highway, a road that dates back to the Old Testament
  • Reach Dana and enjoy a stroll though the ancient village
  • Visit the crusader castle at Shobak and the Greek Orthodox church of St. George in Madaba
  • Arrive in the lively city of Amman and head out 'on the town'
Day
6-7

Dead Sea - Jerash - Amman


A guy we know took a packet of unsalted chips to the Dead Sea. After swimming he grabbed a bunch of chips, wiped them on his arm to make them salty, then ate them. We just wanted to mention that somewhere.

  • Morning tour of the grand, ancient Roman city of Jerash
  • Visit Dead Sea in the afternoon, or explore Amman further
Day
8

Amman - Tiberias


Goodbye Jordan, shalom Israel!

Set off early and leave Amman for the Israeli Sheikh Hussein border north of Amman. This border crossing is not as busy as the others and we hope to have a realtively easy border crossing but we ask for your patience, understanding and a sense of humour just in case!

Meet your Israeli leader on the other side and drive to Tiberias for dinner and overnight.  

Day
9

Tiberias - Nazareth - Jerusalem

This morning tour Tiberias visiting Tabgha, where Jesus performed the Miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes.  Visit Capernaum.  On to Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation and Mary’s Well.  Continue to Jerusalem either through Highway 6 or through the Coastal Highway. 

Day
10

Jerusalem - Massada - Jericho - Jerusalem

This morning drive down to Massada, then on to Jericho.  From there drive to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity and the Shepherds’ Fields before coming back to Jerusalem for overnight.

Day
11-12

Jerusalem 

Day 11:

Early this morning drive north to Nablus. Visit Jacob’s Well and from there go to the Old City of Nablus to walk through the streets, visit the Turkish Hammam (Bath), an olive oil soap factory, watch how Knafeh, the world famous sweet originating from the city, is made, then try it out from the opposite shop. Once the tour of Nablus is done, drive up to Mount Gerizim to visit with oldest Jewish community – the Samaritans and learn about their views on Judaism and their ways of life. Drive to Sabastya, to walk through the Roman ruins amidst olive trees and hills and the site where John the Baptist was allegedly beheaded. Return to Jerusalem for overnight

Day 12:

Begin your tour of Jerusalem with a panoramic view of the city. You then drive via Gethsemane to a gate through which you enter the Old City. You walk to the 'Cardo' in the recently restored Jewish Quarter, which was the old north-south axis in Roman times. You visit the Western Wall, Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross) and the Church of the Holy Sepulchure.  After lunch (not included) the tour continues with a visit to Yad Vashem (Israel's memorial to the Holocaust) before returning to Jerusalem.

Day
13

Jerusalem

 

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  • Gecko’s expert English-speaking local tour guides in both countries.
  • Sightseeing (not including entrance fees): Dana ancient village; Shobak Crusader Castle; Madaba’s Greek Orthodox Church of St. George; Roman city of Jerash; Petra; Jerusalem; Garden of Gethsemane; Nazareth; ruins at Capernaum; Tabgha; the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes; Sea of Galilee; Jericho; Bethlehem; and Masada.
  • Jeep safari in the Wadi Rum.
  • Time to relax at the Dead Sea.
  • Free time to explore Amman, Aqaba and Jerusalem.


optional-extrasWe have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.

Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

  • Dead Sea - Half Day Tour with Lunch
    Approx US$90 (depending on numbers)
  • Petra - Petra by Night
    US$17
  • Petra - Turkish Bath
    US$21

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International flights, arrival and departure transfers, entrance fees, visas, airport taxes, additional meals, drinks, optional sightseeing tours, insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.


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RAW

Our Raw tours are best suited for those with a sense of adventure, are willing to step outside their comfort zone and don’t mind being thrown in at the deep end. For independent travellers who want to travel with others. Just the ticket for those aged between 18-39 or anyone young at heart who has an open mind, an eye on the budget and a nose for adventure. Authentic experiences that expand the mind rather than hold the hand.

Style Facts

  • The freedom to explore without breaking the bank
  • Time to do your own thing – or join in optional group activities
  • YOU choose where YOU want to eat
  • Basic accommodation
  • A variety of public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader.

Discovery

Discovery tours are all about exploring & experiencing the world with like-minded people, dipping your toe beneath the usual tourist surface & discovering the real essence of a region. They are genuinely innovative, exciting & imaginative tours that offer that little bit more to travellers.

This tour is operated by our partners Geckos

 

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A necessary bugbear of adventure travel, visas can appear complicated, costly and confusing to apply for. Imaginative Traveller recommend applying for visas with a professional visa service who can guide you though the process and take care of lodging and collecting your passport with multiple embassies, so we have teamed up with The Visa Machine.

The Visa Machine ‘live and breathe’ visas and have the expertise to provide current and accurate information and arrange the correct visas for your trip, quickly and at a good price.

Please click here for more information.

 

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We strongly recommend you visit your doctor to discuss health requirements for your trip. They will advise you regarding the appropriate inoculations. In some places anti-malaria medication may also be required. Some vaccines need to be administered a few weeks before departure so allow yourself plenty of time. Obtain a certificate of vaccination and carry this with you on this trip. A dental check up is also highly recommended.

 

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Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
 
You will need to take cash to cover all additional expenses not included in your tour cost. These include food, drinks, optional sightseeing, tips, laundry, souvenirs and possible delays. If in doubt, bring more than you think you will need. It is always useful to carry an additional amount for emergencies. If there is a medical emergency you are sometimes required to pay at the time; providing your claim falls within the scope of your policy, your insurance company will make reimbursement later.


 

travel-insurance

You must have extensive travel insurance as a condition of booking with us, and without evidence of a valid policy you won’t be allowed to start your trip. Please click here for more information

 

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Responsible tourism is at the heart of Imaginative Traveller. For 20 years we have taken customers to places around the world in social and environmentally responsible manner, ensuring everyone involved respects and maintains the natural and often delicate balance of the destination.

As travellers ourselves we are well aware of the impact that tourism can have and whilst economic gain from tourism is often fundamental to a country, it should never be at the expense of its culture or the environment. It is our aim to provide journeys that have minimal negative and maximum positive impact on the places we visit. We do not believe that, as visitors, we should impose our own cultures on others; rather that we should experience foreign cultures and appreciate them for what they are.

We believe giving something back is essential. We therefore work with our customers and the people we visit to ensure the benefits go directly to contribute to local cultures and environmental conservation. This is not only good the communities we visit but it also gives our travellers more enriched adventures.

For further information about responsible travel please click here.

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Itinerary Variation

While the information presented here details our planned itinerary, including routes taken, activities included, accommodation and meeting times, please accept that unforseen changes may occur. We are constantly on the lookout to improve our program and further enhance your experience. Naturally, we will keep you up to date with any last minute amendments to your tour.

Meals

10 Breakfasts

Single room supplement

Most of our travellers like the thought of travelling with a few like-minded souls. There are NO compulsory single supplements on most tours as we simply arrange twin shared accommodation for you and another tour member of the same sex. But don't worry if that doesn't appeal. We do understand there are times when you just want a bit of privacy and 'me' time so we are more than happy to arrange a private room upon request when you book.

Other Information

Entrance fees are not included, you pay these as you go along.

Entrance Fees

Entrance fees are not included, you pay these as you go along.

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