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Trip code : GEJI
Trip valid from : 01/01/2013
Trip valid until : 30/06/2014
Trip length : 11
Trip starts in : Amman
Trip ends in : Jerusalem
Maximum group size : maximum 16

highlights

  • Enjoy a full day exploring Petra
  • Take a jeep safari through the Wadi Rum desert
  • Float in the Dead Sea
  • Free time to explore Amman and Aqaba

(Was Jordan & Israel)

daily-itin

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 yourself familiar with this fascinating location

Day
2

Amman - Aqaba

Meals included: 1 breakfast

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 lively beach side town
  • Perhaps relax on the beach, do some shopping and grab a meal at a local seafood restaurant
Day
3

Wadi Rum - Petra

Meals included: 1 breakfast

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

Meals included: 1 breakfast

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. Pick your jaw up off the ground, 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

Petra - Kings Highway - Amman

Meals included: 1 breakfast

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).

  • 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

Jerash - Amman

Meals included: 1 breakfast

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

  • Enjoy a morning tour of the grand, ancient Roman city of Jerash. 
  • Visit Dead Sea in the afternoon, or explore Amman further
Day
7

Amman - Jerusalem

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Goodbye Jordan, shalom Israel! Cross into Israel and visit Masada and Jericho on the road to Jerusalem. Keep your eyes peeled for Good Samaritans and burning bushes.

Set off early and leave Amman for the Israeli border.

The long and exhaustive security processes at the border crossing require patience, understanding and a sense of humour.

  • Meet your Israeli tour leader on the other side, visit Masada, Qumran and Jericho en route to Jerusalem
Day
8

Jerusalem

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Best bits: Garden of Gethsemane, Manger Square and Church of the Nativity (the birthplace of Jesus Christ), Western (Wailing) Wall, Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross) and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. If you're not feeling the biblical vibe, you're not trying hard enough.

  • Take a tour of Jerusalem, starting with a panoramic view of the city
  • Drive via the Garden of Gethsemane and enter the Old City
  • Walk to the 'Cardo' in the recently restored Jewish Quarter
  • Visit the Western (Wailing) Wall, Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross) and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  • Continue the tour with a visit to Yad Vashem (Israel's memorial to the Holocaust)
Day
9-11

JERUSALEM - SEA OF GALILEE - JERUSALEM

Meals included: 3 breakfasts

On the Sea of Galilee you'll visit the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes. Abbreviations didn't exist back then, clearly. Back in Jerusalem, make sure you try knafeh - shreds of filo dough drenched in syrupy sugar water and filled with gooey, salty, warm, soft goat's cheese. Wash it down with a classic Israeli iced coffee. Heavenly.

Day 9

  • Continue to the Sea of Galilee via the ruins at Capernaum, Tabgha and the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes
  • Pass Tiberias and reach the baptismal site on the Jordan River before returning to Jerusalem.

Day 10

  • Spend a free day further exploring Jerusalem, or take an optional excursion to visit Tel Aviv

Day 11

  • The trip ends today after breakfast, but if you wish to stick around, you'll find plenty more to see and do

itin-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.

trip-grade

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 18-35 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.

Basic

Our Basic tours offer superb value and are ideal for those who are happy to forgo some creature comforts in favour of an authentic and fun experience. Under the leadership of a fully trained tour leader, you will enjoy all the highlights and freedom of independent travel with the convenience, security and companionship of a small group.

Style Facts

  • Plenty of free time to explore independently
  • Optional activities to suit your budget
  • Freedom to choose your own meals
  • Simple famliy run hotels
  • Mostly public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader.

 This tour is operated by our partners Geckos Adventures

included

  • 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.

not-included

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

meals

10 breakfasts

single-room-sup

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.

local-payment

The local payment is the final part of your overall tour cost. It MUST be paid in cash, in the currency indicated, to your tour leader at the start of your trip. Having a local payment helps us to pass cost savings on to you. Please note that the Local Payment is non-refundable.

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