Promised Land – Jordan and Israel

15 Days
from AUD$ 13,554

Highlights

  • Unveil Amman’s rich heritage and culture
  • Admire the beauty of Petra, Jordan’s legendary “Rose City”
  • Set off on a thrilling 4×4 Jeep adventure in Wadi Rum
  • Experience a magical night under the desert sky embracing Bedouin culture
  • Explore Jerusalem’s ancient stone walls, sacred sites, and vibrant markets
  • Unveil the Christmas story at Shepherd’s Field
  • Engage in traditional handicrafts and interact with the elderly at Yad Lakashish
  • Float in the Dead Sea
  • Discover the rugged beauty and ancient history of the Judean Desert
  • Sail across the sacred Sea of Galilee
  • Experience a Turkish bath with ‘The Last Bath Attendant’
  • Wine Tasting at Golan Heights
  • Explore the ancient wonders of Caesarea, from Crusader ruins to Roman amphitheatres
  • Engage with a Druze community and learn their fascinating way of life
  • Experience the vibrant pulse of Tel Aviv’s UNESCO-listed ‘White City’

Embark on an extraordinary journey through the ancient lands of Jordan and Israel, where history, culture, and spirituality intertwine to create unparalleled experiences.

Our in-depth tour offers a comprehensive exploration of two of the most captivating countries in the Middle East, immersing you in the rich heritage and diverse landscapes that have shaped the region for millennia. From the awe-inspiring ruins of Petra and the majestic deserts of Wadi Rum in Jordan to the sacred sites of Jerusalem and the serene shores of the Sea of Galilee in Israel, our journey will take you on a profound odyssey through time and tradition. Unveil the hidden treasures and timeless wonders of Jordan and Israel.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Amman

Ahlan Wa Sahlan – Welcome to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan! you will be met and be assisted through immigration and customs procedures. Afterwards, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in Amman, which is approx 30-minute drive. Check in and enjoy some leisure time.

In the evening, meet your fellow travellers as you enjoy a delicious dinner at a local restaurant situated in Downtown Amman, offering a taste of authentic Jordanian cuisine.

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Khan Khediwe Hotel or similar

Services

Airport transfer

Day 2 - Jerash - Amman

Jerash

After breakfast, drive for approx an hour to Jerash, one of the best-preserved Roman provincial cities in the Middle East. Explore its ancient wonders, including paved streets, collonaded walkways, majestic temples, and impressive theatres, offering a glimpse into the grandeur of Roman civilisation.

Amman City Tour

Afterwards, return to Amman, and delve into the city’s rich history with a guided tour of its historical sites.

Citadel Hill and Archaeological Museum

Begin at Citadel Hill, where you’ll discover remains dating from the Roman to the early Islamic period and visit the Archaeological Museum to further explore Jordan’s heritage.

Souk

Continue through Amman’s bustling downtown area, strolling through the vibrant Souk to experience everyday life in the city. Admire the Roman Theatre, dating back to the 2nd century and boasting a seating capacity of 6,000 spectators.

Jabal Amman and Jabal Weibdeh

Stroll through Jabal Amman and Jabal Weibdeh, renowned for their vibrant artistic communities,
charming handicraft shops, and delightful restaurants.

Jabal Amman and Jabal Weibdeh

Stroll through Jabal Amman and Jabal Weibdeh, renowned for their vibrant artistic communities,
charming handicraft shops, and delightful restaurants.

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Khan Khediwe Hotel or similar

Services

Private vehicle with English-speaking guide

Day 3 - Dead Sea – Kerak Castle – Dana Village – Feynan Ecolodge

Dead Sea

Drive to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth 400 metres below sea level. Experience the unique sensation of floating effortlessly in its buoyant waters, known for their therapeutic properties since the time of Herod the Great. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a Dead Sea resort, taking in the stunning views of this natural wonder.

Kerak Castle

Afterwards, continue with a scenic drive to Kerak Castle, a remarkable Crusaderfortress perched on a hilltop. Explore its underground passageways and imagine the epic battles that once took place here as forces clashed during the time of Salah Ad-Din’s siege.

Dana Village

Next, visit Dana Village, home to Bedouin communities for centuries. Explore the breathtaking views of Jordan’s largest nature reserve and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the area.

Feynan Ecolodge

Finally, head to Feynan Ecolodge, nestled in the heart of the desert. Check-in and enjoy a delicious dinner at the lodge, surrounded by the tranquil beauty of the desert landscape. Hailed as one of the best 25 ecolodges in the world by National Geographic Traveler Magazine, the award-winning, solar-powered Feynan Eco Lodge offers the most developed eco-experience in Jordan; an experience only made possible by a unique partnership between EcoHotels and the RoyalSociety for the Conservation of Nature, a Jordanian NGO devoted to the protection of the Kingdom’s finest natural landscapes.

Explore local archaeological sites or simply relax and unwind in the serene courtyards and terraces of the candle-lit complex, safe in the knowledge that your travels in Jordan are socially and
environmentally responsible.

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

Feynan Ecolodge

Services

Private vehicle with English-speaking guide – please note your vehicle into Fenyan Ecolodge is a local Bedouin driver to support the local community.

Day 4 - Petra

After breakfast, transfer to Dana, then continue with a scenic drive of approximately one hour to
Petra – Jordan’s most iconic attraction.

Petra, known as the “Rose City,” was established around the 6th century BC by the Nabataean Arabs, who carved magnificent structures into rose-coloured sandstone cliffs. You’ll enter the narrow canyon known as the Siq, a mesmerizing journey leading to Petra’s hidden treasures.

As you walk through the Siq, explore the stunning monument known as the Treasury, one of Petra’s most iconic structures. Continue along the Street of Facades to explore the RoyalTombs and Pharaoh’s Castle, each offering a glimpse into Petra’s rich history and architectural grandeur.

Afterwards, enjoy some free time to explore Petra at your own pace, soaking in the majestic beauty
of this ancient city.

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Petra Guest House or similar

Services

Private vehicle with English-speaking guide

Day 5 - Petra - Wadi Rum

After breakfast at your hotel in Petra, drive approximately one and a half hours to Wadi Rum.

Wadi Rum, Jordan’s largest wadi, is a breathtaking desert landscape inhabited since prehistoric times. Upon arrival, embark on a thrilling adventure with a 4×4 Jeep tour led by a local Bedouin driver. Explore the rugged terrain, marvel at the ever-changing colours of the sand and mountains, and soak in the serene atmosphere that surrounds you. As you traverse through the vast expanse of WadiRum, you’ll encounter dramatic canyons, towering red sand dunes, ancient Nabatean rock inscriptions, and
natural rock formations, including a stunning rock bridge formed over centuries.

Later, check into your campsite in Wadi Rum, where you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner under the desert sky, hopefully, adorned with a canopy of stars, creating a magical ambience for your night in the desert.

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation

Sun City Camp or similar

Services

Private vehicle with English-speaking guide

Day 6 - Wadi Rum - Allenby Border

After breakfast, drive approx 4 hours to Allenby Bridge, also known as King Hussein Bridge. After the formalities at the Jordanian terminal, board a shuttle bus and then cross into Israel.

Welcome to Israel! On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Jerusalem. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Jerusalem, the timeless heart of three major world religions, is a city steeped in history, spirituality, and cultural significance. With its ancient stone walls and labyrinthine streets, Jerusalem is a living testament to thousands of years of human civilisation. Here, sacred sites such as the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre draw pilgrims and visitors from around the globe, each seeking a connection to the divine and a deeper understanding of their faith. But Jerusalem is not merely a city of the past; it is also a vibrant modern metropolis, where bustling markets, vibrant neighbourhoods, and a blend of cultures converge to create a unique and dynamic
atmosphere.

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Alegra Hotel or similar

Services
Private vehicle with English-speaking guide

Day 7 - Jerusalem

Mt of Olives

This morning, you’ll start at the Mount of Olives. Revered by multiple faiths as a sacred site, this iconic hill offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Old City’s domes, minarets, and ancient walls, casting a spellbinding allure over all who behold it. From its storied summit, where olive trees whisper tales of the ages, pilgrims and visitors alike are drawn to its hallowed ground, where biblical events unfolded and prophetic visions were cast – an ideal spot to understand Jerusalem’s history and why it’s known as “The Holy City.”

Garden of Gethsemane

Walk down to the holy Jewish Cemetery to reach the Garden of Gethsemane, renowned for its ancient Olive trees. This site holds significance in the New Testament as the place where Jesus went with his disciples to pray on the night before he was crucified.

Yad Avshalom

Continue to “Yad Avshalom” a grand Petra-style tomb attributed to Absalom, son of King David.

Wailing (Western) Wall

Finally, you’ll visit the Wailing (Western) Wall, the last remains of the Jewish Temple, where you can pray or write your wishes on a note and place it between the ancient temple stones, as thousands have done before you.

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Alegra Hotel or similar

Services

English-Speaking guide

Day 8 - Old City of Jerusalem

Today, you will continue to explore the Old City of Jerusalem. Jerusalem holds a unique significance in the world as it is considered holy to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

City of David

Explore the City of David, the ancient heart of Jerusalem, often referred to as “where it all began,” and experience the daring walk through the nearly 3000-year-old Hezekiah’s Tunnel. At the Davidson Centre, witness recent excavations of the Southern wall of the Temple Mount and immerse yourself in an audio-visual presentation detailing the journey of Jewish pilgrims who ascended three times a year to the Temple in Jerusalem.

Temple Mount

Next, visit the Temple Mount(if open to visitors), home to the Muslim Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque. Explore the colourful oriental market of the old city “Souk,” experiencing its vibrant mix of colours, sounds and scents. Follow some “Stations” of the “Via Dolorosa” to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, believed to be where Jesus was crucified and buried.

Western Wall tunnels

Continue to the Western Wall tunnels where you’ll walk deep underground for a unique experience
spanning 400 metres beneath the vibrant streets of the Muslim Quarter.

Armenian Quarter

Finally, you will visit the Armenian Quarter and explore ancient churches with intricate artwork, rich symbolism, and ornate decorations, and learn about their significance to the Armenian community and Christian heritage in Jerusalem.

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Alegra Hotel or similar

Services

English-Speaking guide

Day 9 - Bethlehem

Today, drive to Bethlehem to discover its sacred sites.

Rachel’s Tomb

Begin your visit to Rachel’s Tomb, a sacred site in Jewish tradition, that serves as the burial place of
the Biblical matriarch Rachel. It symbolises hope, prayer, and maternal compassion.

Church of Nativity

Proceed to the Church of Nativity and learn about its significance as the birthplace of Jesus Christ and its status as one of the oldest continuously operating Christian churches in the world.

Shepherds field

Shepherd’s Field is traditionally believed to be the site where the angels announced the birth of Jesus
to the shepherds. Discover the biblical narrative of Jesus’ birth and reflect on the message of peace
and goodwill associated with the Christmas story.

The Walled Off Hotel

Continue the tour and observe the exterior of The Walled Off Hotel, designed by the anonymous
London-based artist known as Banksy. The hotel is not only a place to stay but also serves as a powerful art installation and a platform for political commentary on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. If time permits, there is a museum inside the hotel which is worth exploring. (Entrance fee not included).

Mea Shearim

Drive through Mea Shearim, an Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood. This neighbourhood, founded in the 19th century, remains a stronghold of tradition, where residents adhere faithfully to customs passed down through generations. Your guide will offer insights into the rich traditions and practices that define this tight-knit community, providing a deeper understanding of its cultural significance and historical roots.

Mahane Yehuda

At lunch, you’ll head to Mahane Yehuda, a bustling market offering diverse culinary delights. Enjoy a self-tasting tour with 10 different bites that represent Jerusalem’s diverse flavours, from traditional Middle Eastern to international cuisine.

Yad Lakashish

Later in the afternoon, you will visit Yad Lakashish, a community program supporting elderly residents of Jerusalem. Here, you’ll engage in traditional handicrafts, interact with the elderly, and have the chance to try crafting yourself. This program serves as a lifeline for connection and fulfilment, providing the elderly with meaningful engagement and a sense of belonging.

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch (food tour)

Accommodation

Alegra Hotel or similar

Services

Private vehicle with English-speaking guide

Day 11- Mt Beatitudes, Capernaum, and Sea of Galilee

Kfar Kama

After breakfast, check out from your hotel and drive to Kfar Kama, a charming Muslim town nestled in the Galilee region. Immerse yourself in the cultural richness of the area as you explore its streets and interact with locals.

Mount of Beatitudes

Continue to the iconic Mount of Beatitudes. Here, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the Sea
of Galilee, also known as Lake Kinnereth. Explore the serene surroundings and take in the tranquillity of the landscape. You’ll also have the chance to visit the peaceful church, a masterpiece crafted by the renowned Italian architect Antonius Berluzzi. Serves as a place of solace, inspiration, and renewal, a timeless symbol of faith and devotion in the heart of the Galilee.

Archaeological Excavations of Capernaum

Next, visit the archaeological excavations of Capernaum. Here, you’ll learn of the captivating story of the town’s rise and fall and diverse cultural and religious heritage. Explore the remnants of the ancient settlement, including the famous Synagogue, which stands as a testament to centuries of historical and cultural significance. This site remains a key destination for Christian pilgrims and scholars seeking to deepen their understanding of its legacy.

Sailing on the Sea of Galilee

Afterwards, you will embark on a captivating boat ride across the tranquil waters of the Sea of Galilee aboard a historical boat reminiscent of the vessels used during the time of Jesus. As you sail, immerse yourself in the Christian traditions and reflect on the legendary deeds associated with Jesus on this very lake. Let the gentle breeze and rhythmic motion of the boat transport you back in time, offering a unique perspective on the rich history of this sacred body of water.

Wine Tasting at Golan Heights

Later in the afternoon, enjoy a delightful wine-tasting tour at one of the Golan Heights’ most
renowned wineries. Here, amidst the picturesque vineyards and rolling hills, you’ll have the chance to savour an exquisite selection of wines crafted with meticulous care and expertise. From crisp whites to robust reds, each sip offers a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the region.

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotel the Colony or similar

Services

Private vehicle with English-speaking guide

Day 12 - Acco, Rosh Hanikra and Safed

Knights Halls

After breakfast, visit Acco (Acre), a city steeped in history and culture. Your first stop is the underground “Knights Halls,” marvels of preservation from the Crusader era. Explore these ancient chambers, imagining the knights who once walked these halls centuries ago.

Acco Prison

Next, you visit Acco Prison, a sombre reminder of the struggles faced by Jewish underground fighters during the British mandate.

Turkish bath

Afterwards, explore Acco’s vibrant atmosphere as you visit a Turkish bath, where “The Last Bath
Attendant” shares captivating legends and stories of the city’s past.

“Or Hatorah” Synagogue

Continue to the Tunisian “Or Hatorah” Synagogue, a testament to the dedication of a simple Jew who adorned the synagogue with intricate mosaics depicting Jewish history and religion. Discover the craftsmanship and symbolism woven into the walls of this unique place of worship.

Rosh Hanikra

Drive to Rosh Hanikra, located right on the Lebanese border. Here, you descend into the breathtaking grottos carved by the relentless force of the sea, enjoying a thrilling cable car ride that offers panoramic views of the Mediterranean coastline.

Zefat (Safed)

Take a scenic drive to Zefat(Safed) and enjoy the picturesque landscapes and rolling hills of the Galilee region. Upon reaching Zefat, known as the Capital of the Kabbalah, explore its famous synagogues, each steeped in rich history and spiritual importance. Wander through the winding streets of Zefat and explore art galleries showcasing the works of local artists. Admire the vibrant colours and intricate designs that capture the essence of this mystical city.

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotel Shalom & Relax by Atlas or similar

Services

Private vehicle with English-speaking guide

Day 13 - Haifa, Druze village – Megiddo - Caesarea & Tel Aviv

Haifa Bay

This morning, embark on a scenic drive to Haifa where you’ll be greeted by the stunning vistas of Haifa Bay. Take in the majestic sight of the golden dome of the Bahai Shrine and Gardens, nestled amidst the greenery. Enjoy the serene atmosphere as you soak in the beauty of this iconic landmark against the backdrop of the shimmering bay.

Druze village

Continue toDaliyat El Carmel, a Druze village, where you’ll hear captivating stories about their way of life and their unique connection to Israel. Enjoy a delicious lunch amidst the charming surroundings.

Megiddo

Next, head to Megiddo, the legendary site associated with Armageddon. Explore the archaeological excavations, including the intricate water supply system, offering insight into ancient engineering marvels.

Caesarea

Afterwards, drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea, once the capital of Judea during Roman rule. Explore the fascinating excavations of the Crusader city, the Roman port, the aqueduct, and the splendidly restored amphitheatre, now a venue for concerts and events.

Finally, drive back to Tel Aviv and the rest of the evening is yours at leisure

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotel Shalom & Relax by Atlas or similar

Services

Private vehicle with English-speaking guide

Day 14 - Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv Day Tour

After breakfast, drive through the bustling main streets of Tel Aviv, often referred to as the heartbeat of Israel’s business and entertainment scene. Explore the architectural beauty of the “White City,” a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site renowned for its Bauhaus architecture.

Rabin Square

Visit Rabin Square which is a significant historical site marking the tragic assassination of Prime
Minister Itzhak Rabin. Take a moment to reflect on the impact of this event on the nation’s history
and politics, paying homage to Rabin’s legacy of peace and leadership.

Old Jaffa

Continue your exploration in Old Jaffa, a port city with a history spanning over 4,000 years. Wander
through ancient ruins and stroll along the restored artists’ quarter, absorbing the artistic vibe.

Ilana Gur Museum

Visit the Ilana Gur Museum to delve into contemporary art and culture, gaining insight into Israel’s thriving artistic scene.

Neve Tzedek

Explore Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv’s first neighbourhood, established in 1887. Wander through its charming streets, filled with quaint cafes, boutiques, and galleries.

Nahalat Benyamin

Explore Nahalat Benyamin, Tel Aviv’s vibrant pedestrian street, bustling with life on Tuesdays and Fridays Enjoy the melodies of street musicians and peruse stalls of handmade jewellery and artefacts. Discover unique souvenirs and artisanal treasures, showcasing the creativity of local artisans.

Carmel Market

Indulge your senses at Carmel Market, Tel Aviv’s largest market. Explore the maze of food stalls,
sampling local delicacies and soaking up the bustling ambience.

HaCarmel

Head to Shuk HaCarmel, where you’ll find an array of goods, from handmade specialities to designer items. Delight in the vibrant energy of this bustling market.

Sheinkin Street

Finally, explore Sheinkin Street, renowned for its eclectic shops, lively cafes, and youthful vibe. Take
in the unique atmosphere of this vibrant thoroughfare, a hub of creativity and cultural expression.

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotel Shalom & Relax by Atlas or similar

Services

Private vehicle with English-speaking guide

Day 15 – Departure

This morning is yours at leisure until it is time to transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Meals

Breakfast

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What’s included

Jordan Inclusions:

  • Arrival airport transfer
  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • All transfers, sightseeing and excursions by air-conditioned private vehicle
  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary
  •  Professional-speaking local guide
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Transfer to border

Israel Inclusions:

  • Border crossing transfer
  • 9 nights’ accommodation
  • All transfers, sightseeing and excursions by air-conditioned private vehicle
  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Professional-speaking local guide
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Departure transfer
Exclusions
  • International & domestic flights not mentioned above
  • Visas
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • All services, and meals other than those indicated above
  •  Any changes to the proposed and confirmed program
  • All items of a personal nature e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips
    etc

**Please note that this tour can be organised on request for private departures.

* Pricing is subject to change at anytime until full payment has been received.

* A minimum of 5 adults is required to guarantee this departure.

A non-refundable deposit of $1000 AUD per person is required to secure your place. Final payment is due no later than 60 days prior to departure. Travel insurance is mandatory for travelling with Crooked Compass. For full terms and conditions, please click here.

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