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Jordan & Israel Explorer

This document contains essential information that you need to prepare for, as well as information you will need during your holiday with Imaginative Traveller.

We ask that you read it carefully and that you take the document with you on your holiday. It contains information on visas, vaccinations, spending money, etc, as well as a detailed, day by day itinerary of your trip.


your-trip

What's Included

  • English-speaking local tour leader in both countries, and professional local guides at some sites.
  • Sightseeing (including entrance fees where applicable): Aqaba; Shobak Castle; Dana ancient village; Madaba; Roman city of Jerash; Massada; Qumran; Jericho; Bethlehem; Jerusalem; Garden of Gethsemane; Tabgha; Beit Shean
  • Sightseeing (including entrance fees where applicable): Yardenit - commemorative site of Jesus' baptism; Nazareth; ancient settlement site of Capernaum; ancient crusader port of Acre; and Caesarea.
  • Full day exploring Petra’s old Roman road, amphitheatre, tombs and the ‘Monastery’.
  • Exploration of the Wadi Rum including a camel ride to a traditional Bedouin tented camp for an overnight stay (mattresses and blankets provided).
  • Sailing excursion on the Sea of Galilee.
  • Overnight stay in a hotel on a kibbutz in Tiberias.
  • Time to relax at the Dead Sea.
  • Free time to explore Amman, Aqaba, Petra, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
  • Arrival transfer.

transport

  • 4WD vehicle
  • Boat
  • Bus
  • Camel
  • Jeep
  • Private aircon bus
  • Public aircon coach

not-included

 

  • Flights
  • Meals unless specified
  • Drinks
  • Visas
  • Departure taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips (see below)
  • Spending of a personal nature
  • Optional sightseeing
  • Departure transfer
  • Daily budget

optional-extras

  • Old Jaffa - Port and Alleyways
    Free
  • Petra - Petra by Night
    US$17
  • Petra - Turkish Bath
    US$21
  • Tel Aviv - Artist's Colony 
    Free
  • Tel Aviv Beach
    Free
  • Tel Aviv Museum of Art
    NIS 50.00

 


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Visas and Permits

Israel

Americans, Australians, British, Canadians and New Zealanders are currently issued with a ‘tourist visa’ on arrival free of charge. All other nationalities should check with the Israeli Embassy or Consulate in their country for up-to-date visa information. It is important to be aware that many Arab and Islamic countries deny entry to any person that has evidence of a visit to Israel. Syria, Iran, Libya and several other countries are included in this list. If you are planning to visit any of these countries with the same passport you must request that your Israeli ‘tourist visa’ be stamped on a loose leaf ‘Form 17 L’ instead of in your passport. Likewise, if entering Israel through the land borders with Jordan please ask the Jordanian officials not to stamp an exit stamp in your passport. If you have evidence in your passport of visits to certain Islamic countries, Israeli border officials will scrutinize you regarding the purpose of your visit to Israel. They can sometimes appear difficult and the delay can be lengthy however patience and a friendly demeanor are advised.

Jordan

Australians, New Zealanders, Americans, British and Canadians require a visa for Jordan. All other nationalities should check with the Jordanian Embassy or Consulate in their country for up-to-date visa information.

Visas are available on arrival at the airport in Amman for approximately US$58 however this must be paid for in Jordanian dinar appx JOD40. As the process can sometimes be time consuming, you may wish to consider obtaining your visa prior to arrival.

If you are arriving in Jordan by ferry at the port of Aqaba it is possible to obtain a Jordanian visa on board, either as an individual or as a group. There is normally no charge for this visa.

Important

For those continuing on to Israel after Jordan please ensure that you obtain an individual visa only. Do not enter Jordan on a group visa, as you will find entry to Israel at the Allenby Bridge border difficult. If you obtain your Jordanian visa on the ferry boat from Nuweiba keep your passport separate from your group and obtain the visa individually.

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Many governments publish up-to-date travel advice for countries around the world. Information is gleaned from both local and international sources as well as ‘friendly’ governments, and the notices are often on the cautious side. Sometimes there will be conflicting information. For example, the Australian, UK and Canadian governments may agree on the nature of the advice; however, frequently they do not. And sometimes the views expressed by a particular government can be coloured by political considerations. We will monitor these travel advisories closely and may alter itineraries or cancel trips as a result. However, it is also your responsibility to stay informed and form a balanced view. We recommend that you visit the websites or contact the departments listed below. Unless otherwise stated, it is not normally the intention of the relevant government travel advice to dissuade you from travelling. Rather, it is to inform you of where and when you should exercise caution to avoid problems. Please also note that, as a responsible tour operator, we maintain constant links with our ground operators and your safety - at all times - is our paramount concern. You can check your government's latest travel advice at one of the links below:

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 

UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

U.S. Department of State

New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Passport

Please ensure that you have a current passport well before travelling. It also needs an accurate photo and should be valid for at least six months after you are scheduled to return home. Also check that your airline tickets are in exactly the same name as your passport.

Border Crossing

The crossing from Jordan into Israel can take some time and patience is required. After completing formalities on the Jordan side, a bus takes you across no-man's land to the Israeli side, where security checks are thorough - expect queues. Your tour leader is unable to accompany you through formalities; you say farewell to your Jordan leader upon boarding the bus and your Israeli leader will be waiting for you upon exiting Customs & Immigration on the Israel side. Please note the crossing usually takes around three hours but can take up to five or six.

 

travel-insurance

Every Imaginative traveller is required to have comprehensive travel insurance. This covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. You can arrange your own insurance or we can recommend a policy for you. Remember to bring a copy of your insurance policy with you so your tour leader can record the details at the pre-tour briefing. If you arrive at your destination without travel insurance, you'll need to organise this before you can continue on your journey.

Medical---prep

Apart from having travel insurance and being in generally good health, some pre-holiday health preparation is advised. We strongly recommend you visit your doctor to discuss health requirements for your trip. They will advise you regarding the appropriate inoculations and in some places anti-malarial medication may also be required. Some vaccines need to be administered a few weeks before departure so allow plenty of time. Obtain a certificate of vaccination and carry this with you on this trip. A dental checkup is also highly recommended before departure.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required or recommended for this trip so you should consult with your travel doctor to obtain the latest up to date information.

Remember, it is your responsibility to ensure that you obtain any vaccinations or preventative medicines for the countries you are visiting – or any which may be required by your home country upon your return

For travellers from Australia and New Zealand, we recommend the Travel Doctor-TMVC clinics (see www.traveldoctor.com.au or phone 1300 658 844 for an appointment in Australia). Travellers from countries other than Australia and New Zealand should contact similar organisations or their travel doctor for advice. General health and vaccination information is available to all travellers at
www.traveldoctor.com.au/travelreport. Some vaccines require more than one dose, so arrange for your visit at least 4-6 weeks before you travel.

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We recommend that you photocopy the main pages of your passport, your airline ticket, itinerary, insurance policy and credit card. Keep one set of photocopies with you, separate from the originals. Leave one set of copies at home with family or friends. It is also worth taking some extra passport photos with you.

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General Packing List

Remember - the lighter you travel the better! A lockable suitcase with wheels is ideal for this holiday. It is recommended that you keep your luggage weight around 15kg and certainly no more than 20kg. A small or medium-sized backpack (45-50 litres) is another good option.

When you pack your clothing, consider the climate at the time of year you are travelling and any specific requirements for your trip as at certain times of the year some of the items suggested in the list that follow may not be necessary. Bear in mind that the weather will vary significantly from place to place. Laundry facilities are available in some destinations.

Below is a list of equipment and documentation that we suggest you take with you. Please use this checklist as a guide when packing for your holiday.

  • Travel documents: passport, visa (if required), travel insurance, air tickets or e-ticket receipts, Trip Notes
  • Photocopy of main passport pages, visa (if required), travel insurance and air tickets
  • Spare passport photos
  • Money: cash/credit card/EFTPOS card
  • Money belt
  • Small padlocks
  • Metal chain and padlock to secure luggage on overnight trains – additional precaution
  • Small first-aid kit
  • Daypack for use on day or overnight excursions
  • Watch/alarm clock and torch/flashlight (and spare batteries)
  • Electrical adapter plug
  • Toiletries/roll of toilet paper/travel wipes
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen, lip balm, sunhat and sunglasses
  • Earplugs and eye mask (for light sleepers)
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses (if required)
  • 2 strong plastic garbage bags (for laundry and in case of rain)
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Phrase book
  • Warm clothes - when travelling in cooler climates
  • Wind and waterproof jacket
  • Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes with good walking socks
  • Camera and spare film (or recharge for digital cameras)
  • Binoculars

money

Currency

Israel

The sheqel (aka shekel), with sub-denomination being the agora.

Jordan

The currency of Jordan is the dinar (JD), divided into 1000 fils. Credit cards are widely accepted in hotels and shops. There are also ATMs in Amman, Aqaba and Petra which accept Visa, MasterCard and cards connected with Cirrus.

Exchange rates

Refer to www.xe.com for current exchange rates.

Accessing Money

Israel

Israel is not as cheap as many other countries in the Middle East. It’s on par with western Europe in fact. ATMs are widely available and a good option for getting cash. Bring some hard currency as well to be safe.

Jordan

Money is safest carried in the form of traveller's cheques; however, these are difficult to change outside of major cities. With the introduction of ATMs in most areas more and more people are bringing a combination of cash and credit cards. Some ATMs, belonging to smaller banks, will not work so occasionally you may need to try two or three before you are successful. Look for ATMs displaying either the Maestro, Cirrus, Visa or MasterCard symbols. ATMs will allow you to access cash (in local currency) from your credit card and possibly from your savings account if it is linked to Maestro or Cirrus network. If you do decide to bring traveller's cheques then we recommend a combination of the two - half cash and half traveller's cheques. Traveller’s cheques can only be changed in large cities. If you are bringing cash, then the best currencies are US dollars, euros or British pounds. If you are purchasing visas, then US dollars or British pounds (notes only) cash are required. Be aware that most insurance policies will not cover for loss or theft of cash. Credit cards are useful for large purchases such as carpets or gold from a large store, but generally speaking they are not accepted in many places. Local restaurants, markets, and many hotels will only accept cash as payment for goods or services. Please ensure you only use banks, licensed money exchangers or hotels. We also suggest you keep your receipts. Do not change money with street touts. This is illegal.

Personal Expenses

Middle East & North Africa

You will need to take money with you to cover any additional meals and drinks not included in your tour cost. Other costs to consider are tips, laundry, souvenirs, additional sightseeing and possible delays. It is much better to come with more than you would expect to spend and to end the trip with a surplus, rather than being caught short! It is always useful to carry an additional amount for emergencies, which could happen en route. If there is a medical emergency you are sometimes required to pay at the source and reimbursement will be made later by your insurance company. This is the situation where having a credit card may be useful. In general, please note that Jordan is significantly more expensive than Egypt and Syria. If you are planning to stop over in Oman or the Emirates, you will find them more expensive again.

Spending Money

Your tour includes breakfast each day and several other meals as indicated in the itinerary. You will need additional funds to cover all additional expenses not included in your tour cost.

We suggest you allow approximately US$250 for your extra food and drink requirements. Jordan and Israel are quite expensive, with the better restaurants charging European prices. Of course snack food purchased 'on the street' is more reasonable. Also you should carry sufficient funds for additional sightseeing/optional activities you may wish to undertake.

In Jordan there is a departure/border tax of approx US$7.50 per person.

Credit cards are increasingly accepted in the Middle East and North Africa both as a means of payment and also for drawing cash from ATM machines which are plentiful. Cash can be drawn on credit with Visa or Mastercard or directly from your savings account if it is linked into the Cirrus or Maestro network. Look for ATM's displaying either Cirrus, Maestro, Plus, Visa or Mastercard symbols. Although this is a very convenient and safe form of receiving local currency it is not always available when you most need it so it should not be your only source of money. You should have a backup supply of US Dollars in either cash or Travellers Cheques.

Airport Taxes

Jordan

In most countries you must pay an airport departure tax. The departure tax for Jordan is currently 5 Jordanian dinars. The same tax applies for those travelling overland from Jordan to either Syria or Egypt.

Tipping

Throughout the Middle East, tipping is part of the fabric of life. The local word is 'baksheesh', which when translated into English falls somewhere in between 'tip' and 'bribe'. Everyone constantly tips everyone else and foreign travellers are expected to comply with this system. It is part of everyday life and is a form of remuneration for doing something, regardless of the standard of service. This is quite confusing for those used to the western concept of tipping as a way of showing appreciation.

Over the years we have found that most of our customers find this constant need for tipping to be both tiresome and embarrassing, especially if you don't have the correct small change. To overcome this, we have established a very successful tipping kitty system. At the beginning of the tour, your tour leader will suggest collecting a set amount from each tour member. He/she will then distribute all tips along the way, on behalf of the group, to the local guides, drivers, porters and anyone else who provides services along the way. We have surveyed thousands of our previous clients and the vast majority clearly prefer this procedure. We hope that this system will also work for you. The amount will vary from trip to trip, but it usually works out to be about the equivalent of US$5 per person per day in Jordan and Israel.

If you are out on your own, for example at a restaurant, you should also leave a tip for the waiter.

Please note that the tipping kitty will NOT include a gratuity for your tour leader. They work hard for you and if you are happy with their service it is appropriate to tip them as well. The normal amount expected is US$5 per day for your leader in Jordan and Israel.


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On arrival

On arrival at Amman's Queen Alia International Airport, you are met by a transfer guide (or our local representative) holding a sign with your name on it. You are then transferred to your start hotel. Please make sure you have informed us of your flight arrival details well before you travel. Please note that hotel rooms are generally only available after 1 pm, so if you are arriving early we recommend that you also book accommodation for the night before.

Hotel Check In / Check Out

Generally, your room will be available on Day 1 between 12 noon and 2 pm. Sometimes it may be available earlier but this is in no way guaranteed. If your flight is scheduled to arrive in the early morning you may have to wait until your room becomes available. Alternatively you can book one night's 'pre-tour accommodation' which will ensure that your room is ready whenever you arrive. Rooms must generally be vacated by 12 noon on your final day unless you have made prior arrangements with the hotel Reception. If you want to keep your room for longer you may have to pay an additional charge. Most hotels have a store-room should you wish to store your luggage after check-out.

Photo etiquette

If you want to take someone's photograph, please ask first . This is just normal courtesy and if you are refused permission please abide by that person's wishes. At certain ancient sites, and in most museums, photography (video or still) may be forbidden, or may incur an extra charge for camera-use. Do not take photos of buildings, structures and personnel of potential military significance (including airports, bridges, army barracks, and police stations).

Flexibility and patience

Travelling with us can provide you with some really rewarding travel experiences. Our tours visit countries where travel modes and lifestyles are often not as sophisticated as our own. There is also a laid-back attitude amongst workers and there will often seem to be huge amounts of red tape and bureaucracy when doing the simplest things. You will enjoy your trip much more if you slip into the rhythm of local life and are prepared to take things as they come.

A word on drugs

In most countries even the smallest quantity of an illegal substance is considered a very serious offence and can carry lengthy jail terms. Avoid any contact with illegal drugs. Don’t put yourself and others at risk and never carry bags or luggage for other people. Any person found to be carrying or using illegal drugs will be asked to leave the trip immediately without the right to any refund.


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No Smoking

To make the journey more comfortable for all tour members we request that you refrain from smoking in all enclosed areas including the tour bus and in your hotel room.

Ramadan

Ramadan occurs in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is an interesting (although sometimes frustrating) time to travel in the Middle East. In the evening there is a celebratory atmosphere as people break their fast, and to witness all this is a real highlight. However, during the day, people must refrain from eating, smoking and drinking so if you encounter someone who is a bit grumpy, be sympathetic! Tourist sites are generally unaffected although some places may close early, but your leader will plan around this. Most hotels bars and tourist restaurants will remain open. Ramadan lasts for one month and the exact dates for each year can be found on the web at www.holidays.net/ramadan/dates.

Wadi Rum

Please note that the two days in Wadi Rum are quite active. You'll ride a camel, enjoy a jeep safari and Wadi Rum is a great place for walking. So, while you don't need to be particularly fit, there is a fair amount of activity. You also spend the night in a basic Bedouin tent. This is all a lot of fun and a great experience, but please be aware of the nature of the experience.

 

Crossing the border from Jordan to Israel

In Jordan there is a departure/border tax of approx US$7.50 per person. You will cross the border between Jordan and Israel at the Allenby Bridge. This border is about 40kms (approx 1 hr) from Amman and about 30kms from Jerusalem. Here you will say goodbye to your Jordanian tour leader. Your Jordanian tour leader is not allowed to travel into Israel just as your Israeli leader is not allowed into Jordan. You will need to purchase a bus ticket and pay for the pieces of luggage you are carrying, and then continue to pay the exit tax (approx. $6.00 per person), before boarding the JETT bus or taxi to cross the bridge. The bus will drop you off at the Israeli entry point. Proceed through Israeli immigration. After completing formalities you will receive an entry stamp. Although this stamp does not present a problem when entering Jordan or Egypt, if you wish to visit Syria, Lebanon or any Arab country which has not signed a peace treaty with Israel, you should explicitly request that your tourist visa be stamped on "Form 17 L" instead of your passport. This will ensure that you will gain all the benefits of holding a tourist status while in Israel. Likewise, you should ask the Jordanian authorities to stamp your exit and entry from any crossing point connecting Jordan with the occupied West Bank or Israel on a separate sheet of paper as well.

When you have finished at the Israeli entry point. You will be met by your driver and guide outside the immigration point near the taxi rank. Please keep an eye out for our sign. Please allow up to three hours for crossing the actual border. If you are to return to Jordan after Israel you must have a valid Jordanian visa, you cannot obtain this at the Allenby bridge border. You will also be required to pay an exit fee of approx US$38 which is paid on the Israeli side of the border. A bus ticket does not exceed US$3.00.

Please note that Peregrine has not charged you in the tour price the exit taxes, visa fees and bus/luggage tickets and they are therefore not refunded by Peregrine or any of its agents.

 

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Jordan & Israel Explorer

Trip Length

Trip Code

13 days

PGJI

 

Minimum Passengers

6 people

 

Maximum Passengers

16 people

 

Countries Visited

Israel, Jordan

 

Start City

End City

Amman

Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel

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Day 1: Amman

Accommodation: Golden Palace Hotel or similar, Amman

Activities:

  • On arrival at Amman's Queen Alia International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. This is simply an arrival day so you may arrive in Amman at any time.
  • Note that hotel rooms are generally only available after midday. The balance of the day is free to explore your surroundings, but normally a welcome meeting is held in the evening where you meet your tour leader and fellow travellers.

Day 2: Aqaba

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: My Hotel or similar, Aqaba

Activities:

  • After breakfast you will be transferred to the bus station for the JETT bus direct to Aqaba. This is a very efficient service and the journey takes around four hours. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel and the rest of the day will be free for you to explore the town and port.
  • In the evening you will meet your tour leader along with any group members arriving from Egypt.

Day 3: Aqaba - Wadi Rum

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Camping

Activities:

  • You will enjoy a brief orientation of Aqaba with your guide. You can visit the old castle (time permitting) before driving to Wadi Rum. After time for lunch you will head into the protected area in rather rickety old jeeps, operated by the local Bedouin community.
  • This is an attempt by the Jordanian Government to bring much-needed income into this region - an initiative we also support.
  • You will visit several interesting rock formations and enjoy the spectacular desert landscapes for which Wadi Rum is deservedly renowned.

Day 4: Wadi Rum - Petra

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Amra Palace Hotel, Petra

Activities:

  • It's well worth rising early to watch the cliffs change colour as the sun comes up. You will enjoy a walk in the morning (the length of the walk will depend on how energetic you are feeling) before scaling one of the large dunes to enjoy sensational views of the surrounding area. Keen photographers will be delighted.
  • You will then take 4WDs from your camp back to the main entrance. The visitor's centre is also a great spot to buy some jewellery and knick-knacks, mostly made by a women's co-operative which is aimed at supporting traditional local industries.
  • You will then continue your journey to Petra. On arrival, there is time in the afternoon to check out the town, withdraw or change money and just relax…ready for a big day of exploring Petra tomorrow.

Day 5: Petra

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Amra Palace Hotel, Petra

Activities:

  • A regular and fully justified contender for the '8th Wonder of the World' title, the iconic Petra view – the Treasury's glorious façade, glimpsed from the narrow cleft known as the Siq – is arguably the single most striking sight of the entire region.
  • The first glimpse of this exquisite craftsmanship among such stark scenery is a moment that manages to be both eagerly anticipated and also an unlikely and almost surreal surprise.
  • Petra's greatest surprise, however, is its size. With your guide you will explore the old Roman road, amphitheatre and several old tombs. You will also climb up to the Monastery – the site's second beautiful façade – from where you will have a magnificent view of the entire site.
  • This is a memorable day exploring a truly extraordinary destination and sure to be one of the highlights of your trip. There is a cafeteria on the site, where you will enjoy a light lunch. In the mid-afternoon you will return to your hotel and your tour leader will attempt to persuade you to take a Turkish bath! This is the perfect time to enjoy a bath, and it is also a great experience - Petra is an excellent and safe place to try this tradition of the region. The rest of the day will be at your leisure.

Day 6: Shobak - Dana - Madaba - Amman

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Golden Palace Hotel or similar, Amman

Activities:

  • This morning you will drive along the King's Highway, a road that pre-dates Old Testament times. You will reach Shobak Castle, originally built to protect the eastern flank of the Latin Kingdom and its trade routes to the sea before it fell to Saladin in 1189.
  • You will stroll through the site and continue on to the ancient village at Dana, where local artisans sell attractive silver jewellery and charms.
  • You will then reach Madaba, where you'll visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George that houses an ancient mosaic map. This is of particular interest as it clearly depicts Palestine and Lower Egypt around 550 AD.
  • You can expect to arrive in Amman in the late afternoon, where in the evening you will try one of its several fine restaurants. (Please note that Kerak Castle is not included in your tour, as it is often very congested and busy. However, if there is sufficient interest among members of the group, your leader can also arrange an optional visit to Kerak Castle. Many travellers however prefer to spend extra time in Amman.)

Day 7: Jerash - Dead Sea - Amman

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Golden Palace Hotel or similar, Amman

Activities:

  • The Roman city of Jerash is one of the grandest ancient cities in the world, its archways and theatres, baths, public buildings and colonnaded streets constitute a striking collection and make it a beautiful place to explore.
  • Grand ionic columns encircle the city's centrepiece, the Oval Plaza, a wonderfully atmospheric place to linger after exploring Jerash's riches. You will visit the site in the morning and later drive down to spend the afternoon at the Dead Sea.
  • Relax on the shore or take a dip like no other – the warm, highly saline waters make swimming difficult but bobbing on the water's surface a unique pleasure.
  • Afterwards you will return to Amman for the night.

Day 8: Amman - Jerusalem

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: National Hotel or similar, Jerusalem

Activities:

  • Today will be an early start as you leave Amman and head for Israel, crossing into the country over the King Hussein/Allenby Bridge some 40 kilometres from Amman. It is important that you read the notes below regarding this border crossing. Once you have cleared Immigration and Customs, you will be met by your Israeli guide and head off down the western coastline of the Dead Sea.
  • Your first stop is the clifftop fortress of Massada whose tale of doomed resistance by the Zealots against the Romans resonates deeply for the Jewish people and the modern state of Israel.
  • From here you will retrace your steps to Qumran, an archaeological site of a small monastic community from the time of Christ who produced the Dead Sea Scrolls, which were found by a shepherd in caves nearby.
  • Then to Jericho, a slow-paced West Bank townconsidered by some to be the longest inhabited city in the world, before continuing on to Jerusalem.

Day 9: Jerusalem

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Legacy Hotel or similar

Activities:

  • Jerusalem has one of the great urban skylines – the serried buildings and ancient ramparts of the Old City, the churches adorning the Mount of Olives and the iconic gold of the Dome of the Rock.
  • You will start the day with a short drive to the Mount of Olives to take in a panoramic view of the city's extraordinary ensemble before driving to the Garden of Gethsemane.
  • From there you will walk to St Stephen’s Gate, where you will enter the Old City. You will visit the 'Cardo' in the recently restored Jewish Quarter, which was the old north-south axis in Roman times, then the Western (Wailing) Wall, the Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross) and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
  • When entry is permitted you will also visit the Temple Mount, the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque. Jerusalem is one of those handful of cities in the world where there is so much to see all in one place; after lunch (not included), the rest of the afternoon will be free for you to further explore neighbourhoods within and beyond the walls of the old city to make your own discoveries.
  • Tonight you will have dinner at Azzahra restaurant where you should try musakhan, a local speciality.

Day 10: Jerusalem

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Accommodation: Legacy Hotel or similar

Activities:

  • This morning you will embark on a short drive to Bethlehem. En route you will pass through a gap in the controversial security wall that separates Israel proper from the West Bank. You will park in Manger Square and visit the Church of the Nativity, the world's oldest continually operating church that marks the birthplace of Jesus.
  • The history alone of the building itself is impressive, as is the devotion of some visitors. You will continue to the outer edge of West Jerusalem to visit Yad Vashem, Israel's memorial to the Holocaust, an event that still reverberates strongly in the national psyche. A number of memorials are scattered over landscaped grounds, with a very sobering museum at it centre.
  • Nearby is the gorgeous village of Ein Kerem where, after a quick tour of its lanes of stone houses, you can take an optional lunch. In the afternoon you will return to Jerusalem for one last afternoon of free time to take in the city's myriad of attractions.

Day 11: Nazareth - Sea of Galilee - Tiberias

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Kibbutz En Gev or similar, Tiberias

Activities:

  • This morning you will drive through the Jordan Valley, whose fertile lands were chronicled in the Bible, to Nazareth. There you will visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, which incorporates, according to Roman Catholic tradition, the cave in which Mary received the news from Gabriel that she would give birth to Jesus.
  • Passing through Tiberias, one of Judaism's four holy cities, you will sail across the Sea of Galilee to Tabgha, where Jesus performed the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. You will return to Tiberias to visit Yardenit - the new commemorative site of Jesus' baptism in the Jordan River - and stop off at the site of the ancient settlement of Capernaum situated on the banks of the Kinneret, where Jesus once lived and Peter's house still stands.
  • You will have lunch at a restaurant and try the local delicacy - St Peter's fish - fresh from the water opposite. The day ends in Tiberias where you will stay overnight in a hotel on a kibbutz.

Day 12: Tiberias - Haifa - Caesarea - Tel Aviv

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Metropolitan Hotel or similar, Tel Aviv

Activities:

  • You will leave Tiberias and head north to the ancient crusader port of Acre, a World Heritage-listed site and a place alive with an eventful history from the crusades through to the Napoleonic battles, and on to the present day.
  • You will visit the massive complex of buildings occupied by the Knights of St John as well as the Knight Templars' secret tunnel. You will then head down the coast to Haifa where you'll visit the spectacular Baha'i Gardens.
  • The perfectly manicured gardens are one of the holy places for the Baha'i faith, one of the world's youngest religions. After lunch, you will arrive at Caesarea which served as the capital of Israel during the Roman and Byzantine eras and which nowadays holds some of the country's finest classical remains, including an aqueduct and a graceful theatre which overlooks the Mediterranean.
  • Afterwards, you will arrive in Tel Aviv where you'll spend your last night in Israel's liveliest city. With its lively cafe culture and relaxed beach scene, Tel Aviv makes for the perfect end point to your adventure.

Day 13: Tel Aviv

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Metropolitan Hotel or similar, Tel Aviv

Activities:

  • Your trip will come to an today after breakfast. Check-out time is usually around 12 noon and you are free to leave at any time. If you have arranged a private airport transfer you will be advised of the pick-up time. Additional accommodation can be pre-booked if you wish to spend more time exploring Tel Aviv.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

EMERGENCY CONTACT:

In the case of an on ground issue or problem, Peregrine's Cairo office can be reached on: +2 01096811067

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19 March 2014

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