When one imagines a combined trip through Jordan and Israel, the roadmap that comes to mind is probably that of this circuit. In this tour, Petra occupies a prominent place, as we dedicate a full day of visit. In addition, we will reach other regions and emblematic places of the Arab country, such as the Wadi Rum desert, the Dead Sea or the Roman city of Jerash. And when we enter Israeli territory, all attention will be focused on Jerusalem, the eternal holy city of Jews, Christians and Muslims. However, one of the days in Jerusalem is free, so it is possible to take an excursion to other regions of the Hebrew country, such as the Galilee or the Mediterranean coast.
On this combined trip through Jordan and Israel, The first days are dedicated to the Arab country. And on our route through it, we will not leave any essential place in the inkwell. Of course, Petra is one of the great tourist attractions, so your visit will occupy us a whole day.
Wadi Rum is another place that exerts a special influence on visitors, so it is not missing from the roadmap either. And the Dead Sea, extremely saline, will be another destination that will leave locals and strangers speechless. But the list of destinations does not end there: Madaba, Mount Nebo, Ajloun, Jerash… and much more, to enjoy the history, religion and nature of this rich country.
Although this circuit combined by Jordan and Israel It begins and ends in Amman, several days pass through Jerusalem and its surroundings. Given the many and extraordinary places of interest in this holy city, we dedicate two full days to its exploration and, in addition, we add a novelty with respect to other shorter circuits: a free day in Jerusalem, which the traveler can use as he wishes: shopping, additional excursions, etc.
What is certain is that, on your return from your trip, you can proudly say that you visited places as symbolic as the Cenacle, the Mount of Olives or the Western Wall, to name a few examples. And also Bethlehem, because it is very close to Jerusalem and is part of the program.
This combined trip through Jordan and Israel, which lasts 10 days and 9 nights, has its beginning and end in Amman, specifically at the Queen Alia Amman International Airport. And after visiting the most representative places of the Arab country, the route takes a leap to the neighboring country to discover Jerusalem and its surroundings, with a free day for excursions.
This combined trip through Jordan and IsraeHe starts walking at Queen Alia Amman International Airport. There our staff will be waiting for the welcome, assistance in the terminal and transfer to the hotel, which is done by private vehicle with driver. The dinner of this first day will be free.
After a first day that will have served as a simple contact with the country and with our staff, the second day arrives loaded with excursions. After breakfast at the hotel, we will leave for the castle of Ajloun, once impregnable fortress of the Ayyubids and the Mamluks. Today it also offers us a vision of the wettest and greenest Jordan.
Jerash, ancient Gerasa, will be our next stop: an extraordinary Roman city that has preserved almost intact some of its monuments and emblematic spaces: hippodrome, temples, Arch of Hadrian, theaters … For something it is often referred to as the ‘Pompeii of Jordan’.
In the afternoon, and after returning to Amman for free lunch, the route will take us to the Dead Sea, famous for being the lowest point in the world (-400 masl) and for its waters that make bathers float, thanks to its high level of salt. In addition, its sludge and water are used in spa and cosmetic treatments, so that free time can be enjoyed to the taste of each traveler.
Back in Amman in the late afternoon, we will arrive in time to have dinner at the hotel, before going to the rooms to rest.
Amman is not only the starting and concluding point of this combined trip through Jordan and Israel: it is also a city worth visiting, especially for its monuments from Roman times (Roman Theater), as well as other vestiges of the past. And that is what will be seen, among other things, in the visit scheduled for this morning, after breakfast at the hotel.
After that, we will start an unforgettable road trip to visit other destinations of interest. We will start with Madaba and the famous Byzantine mosaic map found in the church of St. George: it is a work of art and a historical cartographic document, as it represents the Holy Land as it had not been done before.
After Madaba, it will be the turn of Mount Nebo: our visit will make us discover the exact point from which Moses contemplated the Promised Land on his return from Egypt. A church and an interpretation space give context to that episode, and the viewpoint will make us feel the same emotion as that of the prophet, with the Jordan Valley in the foreground and Jerusalem in the background on clear days.
The route, then, heads south to go to Petra. But on the way we will stop at the castle of Karak, one of the best examples of the fortresses built by the crusaders in the twelfth century.
At the end of the day we will have arrived in Wadi Musa, the town located opposite Petra and where our hotel will be located: there we will have dinner and rest to regain strength for the next day.
On any combined trip to Jordan and Israel, the day dedicated to Petra is one of the most anticipated. And it is not for less, because its letter of introduction speaks for itself: one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World and World Heritage by Unesco.
After having breakfast at the hotel of Wadi Musa, we will go to the entrance to the Petra enclosure to use our horses, which will take us comfortably through the natural canyons of this city. Called ‘pink city’ for its tonalities under the sun, it was the ancient capital of the Nabataeans and today fascinates locals and strangers for the beauty of its spaces carved in the sandstone rock.
Among these spaces are the Street of the Façades, the Siq with its water channeling, the temples of Nabataean religion, the streets of Roman urbanism, the Al Deir monastery … and its universal Treasury, which could have been the royal tomb of Aretas III.
Undoubtedly, a magical place at the whim of nature and the genius of men. That makes it worthy of such an intense day that will fill our memory with indelible memories and that will conclude with dinner and rest at Wadi Musa’s hotel.
The fifth day of this combined trip through Jordan and Israel It will take us back to the road to visit two very different but surprising destinations. After breakfast, we will move to the nearby Al Beida, also known as Little Petra for its resemblance to the ‘pink city’: in its canyons and rocks were excavated premises, temples and houses in the image and likeness of Petra, offering a picture of the most unique.
From Little Petra we will travel to Wadi Rum, a nature reserve that is a World Heritage Site and is forever associated with Lawrence of Arabia. On board a 4×4 SUV we will travel its tracks to enjoy its rock arches, its winding hills and its lunar landscape, home to the Bedouins and other civilizations of the past.
After the visit to Wadi Rum we will return to Amman and, from the capital, we will start our way to the border (Allenby pass or King Hussein). We will calmly do all the security procedures to enter Israel and, once in its territory, we will cross the Judean desert until we reach Jerusalem, where our hotel awaits us to regain strength for the next day.
Passed the equator of this combined trip by Jordan and Israel, comes one of the most anticipated days for all: that of touring Jerusalem and its surroundings. After breakfast at the hotel, we will go to the Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane, where a basilica recalls the arrest of Christ, and panoramic views show us the sacred city from a bird’s eye view.
Already in Old Jerusalem, the Western Wall will be imposing, as will the nearby Esplanade of the Mosques. South of the walls, Mount Zion will reveal three of its most sacred corners: the Cenacle, the Abbey of the Dormition of the Virgin and the Tomb of King David. And in the neighborhood of Ein Karem we will discover the birthplace of St. John the Baptist and the modern Holocaust Museum.
In the afternoon, we will make an excursion full of emotion: the visit to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. There, the Basilica of the Nativity (fourth century, a World Heritage Site) commemorates this episode, and in its vicinity there are other temples of enormous significance, such as the church of Santa Catalina or the Grotto of San Jerónimo.
After that, we will return to our hotel in Jerusalem to rest and better face the next day, as intense and exciting as today.
The seventh day of this combined trip through Jordan and Israel it is, in turn, the second in the holy city of Jerusalem. And after breakfast, we will discover the places that could not be visited the day before, all of them loaded with symbolism.
We will travel the Via Dolorosa, that is, the Via Crucis that Jesus lived on the way to the Cross. Its last stations take place in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, precisely the place where Christ was crucified and buried, so it is considered one of the holiest temples for Christianity.
After that, we will take a walk through the Jewish quarter, very picturesque and home to artists. Some corners remind us of the Jerusalem of the first centuries of our time, under Roman rule, such as its Cardo Maximus.
Then, we will take a leap in time to travel to modern Jerusalem and know some fundamental constructions for today’s Israeli society. For example, the Parliament (Knesset) or the Israel Museum, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are preserved and where an imposing model of ancient Jerusalem welcomes us.
After this program, it will be time to return to the hotel and rest, in this case with greater relaxation, because the next day is free.
One of the advantages of this combined trip through Jordan and Israel is that it offers a completely free day in Jerusalem, something that other circuits of shorter duration can not afford. Therefore, after breakfast at the hotel, you can explore the city more calmly, shop or visit temples and museums that had no place in the previous two days.
On the other hand, it is also possible to join some excursions in the surroundings, such as the Dead Sea and Masada, an imposing World Heritage site that is forever linked to the Jewish resistance in its war against the Romans. Among its archaeological remains you can distinguish baths, palaces and other structures of Herodian times.
Whatever the choice for this eighth day, you will spend the night again in the hotel in Jerusalem, which will be the last in this city.
Although Jerusalem gives for many more days of visit, this combined trip through Jordan and Israel Return to the territory of the first of both countries. After breakfast at the hotel, we will move to the Allenby border crossing to continue to Amman.
In the Jordanian capital we will enjoy the afternoon free, so that at this time you can make the last purchases in the Arab country or enjoy some leisure activity that could not be done in the first days of the circuit. And at the end of the day, dinner will be served at the hotel before spending the last night of rest of the trip.
This combined trip through Jordan and Israel It comes to an end on the tenth day. In the morning, you will have breakfast at the hotel and check-out, and later, at the agreed time, our staff will pick you up to make the transfer by private vehicle to the Amman Queen Alia Airport. After a last assistance in the terminal, we will say goodbye with gratitude and wishes for a future reunion.
This is the list of services included in the circuit package:
This combined trip through Jordan and Israel does not include the following expenses: