Highlights of Jordan & Israel

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Israel, Jordan

Best time to go: February to June, September to November

7 Nights | from £2,595pp

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • A private driver and guide will accompany throughout, in Jordan taking you from Amman to Jerash along the King’s Highway and on to Petra
  • Enjoy a half-day tour of the ancient site of Petra, with free time for you to explore on your own
  • Cross from Jordan to Israel via the VIP channel to visit Jerusalem’s most holy and significant sites
  • Visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem
  • Visit Magada and Qumrum Caves on the Dead Seas northern shore where the famous scrolls were discovered

Day 1 London / Amman
As you arrive into Amman, you will be met by a member of the A&K team, who will assist you through customs and immigration before driving you to the Al Qasr Metropole.
Al Qasr Metropole

Day 2 Amman / Jerash
Your private guide will meet you in the hotel to take you on a tour of Amman, the capital of Jordan, known in history as Rabbath-Ammon and in Greco-Roman times as Philadelphia. High above the city at the ancient Citadel you’ll be able to identify evidence of Amman's many lives: the regal columns of a roman temple in silhouette against the sky, the elegant capitals of a Byzantine church, endlessly inventive carvings in the Umayyad Palace, fascinating displays in the Archaeological Museum, and digs and ruins everywhere you step. At the foot of the Citadel, take a seat in the Roman Theatre, a deep-sided bowl carved into the hill and still used for cultural events. Later on you’ll be driven to Jerash. Second only to Petra in terms of profile, the ancient city is remarkable for its long chain of human occupation. At a well-watered site in the hills of Gilead, remains from Neolithic times have been found, as well as Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Umayyad. Jerash's golden age, however, arrived with Roman rule when it was a member of the Decapolis, a dynamic commercial league of ten Greco-Roman Cities. Today it is acknowledged as one of the best-preserved province cities of the Roman Empire. You’ll head back to Amman for the evening.
Al Qasr Metropole | Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Amman / Petra

Set off on the ancient Kings' Highway, travelling through rugged scenery and once-flourishing Byzantine towns. Your first stop is Mount Nebo, the mountain where Moses was allowed to see the Holy Land but not allowed to enter it; here you will find the ‘Church of Moses’, built by the first Christians; ever since the early days of Christianity this mountain has been a holy place and a destination for pilgrims. Like Moses, you will be treated to a superb view over Jordan, the Dead Sea and Israel. When the weather is clear, you should even be able to see Jerusalem. Your next stop is Madaba, the 'City of Mosaics' that stands perched on an archaeological site with more than 4,000 years of history buried beneath it; here you’ll visit St. George's Church which houses a world famous mosaic floor. Continuing along the King’s Highway, you’ll stop at Kerak to see the Crusader's Castle perched on the edge of a valley, before arriving in the rose-red city of Petra, where you’ll be staying at the Petra Guest House.
Petra Guest House | Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Petra
Put on your walking shoes to explore to ensure you can do justice to what is undoubtedly the jewel in Jordan’s crown. You’ll enter the site through the Siq, a narrow gorge that stretches over a kilometre in length, flanked on either side by soaring 80m high cliffs, where you’ll be surrounded by dazzling colours and rock formations. As you reach the end of the Siq you will catch your first glimpse of the famous Al-Khazneh (the Treasury), delicately carved into the sheer rock face. There are hundreds of elaborate rock-cut tombs and a massive Roman-style theatre; your guide will enlighten you with stories, history and insight into every aspect of this magnificent and beautiful ancient complex, before leaving you to explore and absorb the magic of Petra in your own time.
Petra Guest House | Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Petra / Jerusalem
Head north to Allenby Bridge and the border crossing into Israel. You’ll be whisked through the VIP customs channel you will be met by a member of the A&K team in Israel and taken to your hotel in Jerusalem, the Dan Boutique.
Dan Boutique | Meals: Breakfast

*NB - You may wish to add on a few days in Jordan to incorporate Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea*

Day 6 Jerusalem / Bethlehem
Start the day with a sweeping view of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, before walking down Palm Sunday road to the olive groves of the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations, designed by Antonio Barluzzi, known as the architect of the Holy Land for the numerous churches he built. At the Israel Museum you will see the fascinating Model of Jerusalem as it was during the time of the Second Temple and the Shrine of the Book, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls. From here, it’s on to Bethlehem, where you’ll visit the Church of the Nativity, which lies over the cave where Jesus was born.
Dan Boutique | Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Masada / Qumran Caves
After breakfast, set off alongside the Dead Sea to Masada, to take the cable-car up to the last stronghold of the Zealots. Some 2000 years ago, Roman legions stormed one of the two paths to the top of this sandstone mountain to reach the Jewish Zealots headquartered there. The brave Israelite soldiers held out for three years against the invading Roman army before taking their own lives to avoid capture and enslavement; many of their fortifications, originally built by King Herod, still stand. On the way back to Jerusalem, stop at Qumran Caves, located on the Dead Sea's northern shore, the place where fragments of the Dead Sea scrolls were found in 1947 by a young Bedouin shepherd, where they had been hidden in the caves for centuries in air-tight jars; fragments from the Books of Exodus, Isaiah and Psalms are now on exhibit in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
Dan Boutique | Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 Jerusalem Old City / London

Begin the day in the Old City with your guide who will walk you through the Four Quarters so you can get real feel for the city. You’ll visit the Temple Mount, known by Muslims as the Haram el Sharif, and the Western Wall, a place most holy to Jews, where you may observe worshippers praying towards the Holy of Holies and placing written prayers into the seams between the rocks of the wall. You’ll walk along the Way of the Cross, through the markets of the Christian and Muslim Quarters. The Via Dolorosa ends at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; here you can observe the intense devotion and prayer, by many different denominations, at the site of the Crucifixion and the Tomb of Christ. Later on, you’ll be driven to Tel Aviv Airport for your flight back to London.
Meals: Breakfast

Pricing
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 8 day journey costs from £2,595 per person, based on two sharing, including international flights.

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Useful info

Best time to be there

Israel can be visited throughout the year although the ideal time is in the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). The climate is cooler and temperatures are mild in these months making it the perfect time to explore the country.

Fly to

Tel Aviv (British Airways, Easyjet)

flying time

4 hours 50 minutes direct

time difference

GMT +2 hours

Visas

Not required

Health Requirements

No mandatory vaccinations


Best time to be there

March to May and September to November are best times to be in the country, but Jordan's Mediterranean climate is pleasant all year round. Lightweight clothes are advised between May and September. Warmer clothes are necessary for winter and cool summer evenings. Rainwear is needed from November to April. It has been known to snow as far south as Petra.

Fly to

Amman (British Midland International - daily, Royal Jordanian - daily)

flying time

5 hours direct

time difference

GMT +2 hours

Visas

Required - obtainable in advance or on arrival

Health Requirements

No mandatory vaccinations


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