This tour of Jordan and Jerusalem It allows you to discover the most important of the Arab country, adding a fascinating excursion to that holy city in the neighboring state of Israel. With this travel proposal, your roadmap will take you through Petra and Wadi Rum, the two great tourist attractions of Jordan, without forgetting other places of enormous interest such as Jerash, Madaba or Mount Nebo. In addition, during your stay in Jerusalem, there will be time to discover nearby Bethlehem, so full of symbolism for the entire Christian world. Choose this circuit through Jordan and Jerusalem to live an unforgettable trip, full of beauty and spirituality.
The first five days of this tour through Jordan and Jerusalem They pass through Jordanian lands, concentrating in them the most important of this Arab country… which is no small thing. It starts in the capital Amman, which we will have time to describe with a guided tour, but also focuses on other world-famous destinations.
Of course, Petra. The one that was the capital of the Nabataean Empire and known as the ‘pink city’ hides numerous secrets and corners full of beauty, which we will explore during the whole day we spend in it.
But there is much more. From a historical point of view, it is worth noting Jerash, a Greco-Roman city that is often nicknamed ‘Pompeii of Jordan’. From a religious perspective, Mount Nebo and Madaba will thrill Christian travelers as well as Jews and Muslims.
And for lovers of the most unique nature, two unique destinations: on the one hand the desert of Wadi Rum, with very capricious rocky shapes; and on the other, the Dead Sea, considered the lowest point on the planet, at -400 meters above sea level.
The last days of this tour through Jordan and Jerusalem take place in the latter city and its surroundings, as it is full of historical and fascinating places, both for pilgrims and religious tourists and for any traveler interested in culture in general.
The list of places to visit speaks for itself: the Mount of Olives where the Garden and the Basilica of Gethsemane are located, Mount Zion where the Tomb of King David is located, the Cenacle and the Abbey of the Dormition of the Virgin … And of course, the Old City in which are the most sacred spaces of the ‘three religions of the Book’: Judaism, Christianity and Islam, which here have their Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Dome of the Rock.
In addition, the excursion to Bethlehem will be an emotional trip to the place where the Child Jesus was born, epicenter of the Christian world at Christmas. Undoubtedly, an unforgettable experience that every person, religious or not, must live at some point in his life.
This tour of Jordan and Jerusalem It lasts 8 days and 7 nights, with different starting and ending points: you arrive in Amman (Queen Alia Amman International Airport) and return home from Tel Aviv (Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport). This is the detailed itinerary of the route.
Day 1 of this tour through Jordan and Jerusalem It is that of arrival and welcome. After landing at the Queen Alia Amman International Airport, the staff of our agency will receive you at the terminal and give you a first assistance. Once the border formalities are finished, we will transfer you to the hotel, located in the center of Amman.
On the second day of this tour of Jordan and Jerusalem begin sightseeing, in this case in the form of an excursion: after breakfast at the hotel, we will go out on the road to visit the first of the three destinations of the day: Ajloun.
In Ajloun, the most outstanding monument is its castle, which we will visit to enjoy its panoramic views over the green hills of the nature reserve in which it is located. In addition, we will know its military architecture, as it is a good example of the network of fortresses that the troops of Saladin and the Mamluks raised to defend themselves from the crusaders of the kingdom of Jerusalem and the Mongols, in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, respectively.
From Ajloun we will move to the ‘Pompeii of Jordan’, that is, Jerash. It receives this name because it is an ancient Roman city that has been preserved in very good condition, despite its more than 2,000 years of history. Its Oval Square, its theaters, its temples, its Arch of Hadrian and its hippodrome are some of its most iconic places.
After visiting Jerash, we will return to Amman to have lunch and replenish energy, because in the afternoon we will travel to the Dead Sea: here you will have free time to discover why it is one of the most unique natural corners. On the one hand, it is the lowest point on the planet (-400 meters above sea level, approximately) and on the other, its waters have a salinity level so high that the bather floats effortlessly. In addition, its sludge is highly appreciated in the cosmetic industry.
After the free afternoon at the Dead Sea, we will return to Amman where dinner will be waiting for you at the hotel, prior to a well-deserved rest in the rooms.
This tour of Jordan and Jerusalem leaves Amman on his third day. But not before having breakfast at the hotel and taking an urban tour of the city: the capital of the country surprises with its extensive history with monuments that impact, such as the Roman Theater, and for displaying a vibrant and typically Arab rhythm of life.
After leaving Amman behind, we will head by road to Madaba: this small town is known for its Christian past, which is still palpable in many of its corners today. For example, in its archaeological remains and in its churches, among which St. George stands out: inside is the Byzantine mosaic map of the Holy Land (sixth century), considered the first cartographic representation of this territory that the Jews call the Promised Land and the Muslims, Palestine.
The next destination of the day also has a lot of religious symbolism: Mount Nebo, from where the prophet Moses glimpsed the aforementioned Promised Land. An interpretation center explains its context and a church with beautiful mosaics demonstrates the worship that was given to this space since ancient times. In addition, a viewpoint recalls the biblical episode and, if the day is clear, will allow us to see the final destination of this circuit through Jordan and Jerusalem.
The second section of the day will take us south by road, along the Carretera del Rey, which at the time was a great caravan route. In it impregnable castles were built, such as Karak, which we will visit. It is a construction designed by the Christian crusaders of Jerusalem in the early twelfth century, but later taken by the army of Saladin.
The end of the route of this day concludes in the vicinity of Petra (Wadi Musa), whose exploration we will leave for the next day. For the time being, you will have dinner at the hotel and rest for the expected visit the next day.
For many, the fourth day of this tour through Jordan and Jerusalem is the most anticipated: await the visit to Petra, the ancient capital of the Nabataeans that is not only a World Heritage Site, but also one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. After breakfast and without time to lose, we will go to the Visitor Center to enter the enclosure.
From the Tomb of the Obelisks and through the spectacular Siq or entrance canyon, we will reach its most iconic place: the Treasury, probable mortuary temple of King Aretas III that immortalized Indiana Jones two millennia later. But the tour goes much further and includes the Street of the Façades, the Nabataean theater, temples of its polytheistic religion and the core of the Roman city, with its majestic Columned Street. And as a finishing touch, the imposing climb to the no less spectacular Al Deir Monastery.
Undoubtedly, an intense day to enjoy a place that defies time and the laws of gravity, and that lasts forever in the memory of those who are lucky enough to visit it. Some thoughts that will surely be present during dinner and the night of rest, both in the hotel of Wadi Musa.
The fifth day of this circuit through Jordan and Jerusalem It takes us through places of the most varied among themselves, all of them of extraordinary beauty and magnetism. After breakfast at Wadi Musa’s hotel we will move to the first: Little Petra, in nearby Al Beida, which is named for looking like the younger sister of the ancient Nabataean capital. Here there are also premises and temples carved into the rock, a large canyon that articulates the space and corners of the most surprising, which served as a home for the Bedouins until not long ago.
Where there was also and still is a fascinating Bedouin atmosphere is in Wadi Rum, the next destination of the day. This desert, which delighted T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia
) and which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an overwhelming nature reserve of steep mountains, red sand dunes and capricious rock formations, which we will travel largely in 4×4.
Wadi Rum will be the southernmost point we reach on this circuit through Jordan and Jerusalem and, after the visit, we will return by road to Amman to cross the border into Israel. It will be through the crossing of King Hussein (or Allenby), with the patience and bureaucratic procedures that this formality requires for tourists. And already on Israeli soil, we will cross the Judean desert to reach the hotel in Jerusalem, where the room awaits for the rest of this fifth night.
The last days of this tour of Jordan and Jerusalem They are very intense on a religious level, because they take us to the most charismatic corners of this holy city for Jews, Christians and Muslims. Therefore, after breakfast at the hotel, we will take advantage from the first hour to discover all its secrets and attractions.
First of all, the Mount of Olives, where the famous Jewish Cemetery also extends and from where the views of the city are spectacular. We will visit the Garden of Gethsemane and its Basilica, in the place where Jesus was arrested while praying.
After that, we will enter the Old City to discover some of its most important places, in this case for Jews and Muslims: the Western Wall, which is the only thing left of the ancient Temple of Solomon, and the Esplanade of the Mosques, with its famous Dome of the Rock.
The next stop on the route is located south of the Old City, on Mount Zion, where three places full of symbolism stand out: the Tomb of the Jewish King David, the Cenacle where Jesus starred in his Last Supper with the 12 apostles and the Abbey of the Dormition, where the Virgin entered into eternal sleep.
There will still be time during the morning to visit another important place for religious and cultural tourists: the neighborhood of Ein Karem, where St. John the Baptist was born and where the Holocaust Museum is located.
The afternoon, on the other hand, will be dedicated to an essential excursion in any circuit through Jordan and Jerusalem: the city of Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus Christ. In fact, we will visit the Basilica of the Nativity, which is a World Heritage Site and one of the oldest churches in the world. Other temples worth seeing and that can be part of the tour are the church of Santa Catalina and the Grotto of San Jerónimo.
After that, the route will bring us back to Jerusalem, for a restful night at the hotel.
The penultimate day of this tour through Jordan and Jerusalem It will help us to know the last and important historical and religious places of this sacred city, as well as the attractions of the modern area. Therefore, breakfast at the hotel will give us energy to start the day strongly.
The first section of the day will be dedicated to visiting the places related to the Passion of Jesus: the Via Dolorosa with its 14 stations, especially the last ones located in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, where Christ was crucified and buried. After that, we will also visit the Jewish quarter and the Roman Cardo, one of the most picturesque areas of the city.
Later, the route takes us to discover a very different face of Jerusalem: the modern one. Among the most interesting spaces that we will know is the Jewish Parliament (Knesset), the presidential residence and the Israel Museum, where the Dead Sea Scrolls and a spectacular model of Herodian Jerusalem, from the time of Christ, among other attractions, are exhibited.
After the visit to the Israel Museum, there will be free time for shopping and other leisure activities. And at the end of the day, you will wait at the hotel for the last night’s rest of this circuit through Jordan and Jerusalem.
On the eighth day, our tour of Jordan and Jerusalem It comes to an end. After the relevant breakfast at the hotel, our driver will pick you up in a private vehicle at the agreed time, to arrive in good time at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport. In it, the last assistance will be offered, should you need it, and we will say goodbye full of gratitude for the trust and company during the trip, which we hope will be repeated in the future.
To enjoy this circuit to the fullest, the travel package includes the following services:
In this tour of Jordan and Jerusalem, the following services are not included and must be paid separately: