Jordan is a country that offers everything to the traveler, and has tourist destinations of enormous variety, which can often be discovered in about a week, as you can see in our catalog of circuits. But if you can muster up a few more days for your trip, you’ll want to get to know its neighboring country, Israel, as well. On this page we give you access to our tours of Israel and Jordan, an unbeatable option to discover the Holy Land… and much more.
Jordan and Israel are two neighbouring countries that have managed to overcome their differences and live together under the premise of understanding. As we told you on our page on Judaism, Israel’s relationship with Jordan in the past has been, to say the least, tense, as has happened with the rest of the Arab countries in the region because of their support for the creation of the state of Palestine.
However, for the good of both states, they have managed to reach points of understanding, which has benefited international tourism. Proof of this were the peace agreements of 1994, which made possible numerous projects in both territories. For example, further promotion of Bethany Beyond the Jordan, in the Jordan Valley, declared a World Heritage Site in 2015, or the granting to the Hashemite Republic of Jordan of custody of the holy sites for Islam in the Old City of Jerusalem, especially the Dome of the Rock.
Therefore, the combined circuits of Israel and Jordan are a reality today, and there are many tourists who hire packages of this type to discover the most representative places of both countries in the same trip. This is undoubtedly the best way to make the most of your time, as it often involves a long-distance journey that is not always easy to repeat in the future.
One of the advantages made possible by the tours of Israel and Jordan is the good international connections of both countries with the rest of the world. As you may already know, Queen Alia Amman International Airport is the great gateway to Jordan, with flights from major foreign cities and a passenger traffic of about 10 million. In addition, Aqaba King Hussein International Airport can be a viable alternative for charter and seasonal flights.
And as far as Israel is concerned, there are also several options to choose from. The most important, that of Tel Aviv International Airport (Ben Gurion), which moves about 25 million passengers a year. But you can also consider the option of Ovda Eliat, on the Red Sea.
The existence of these international airports in both countries provides a fundamental detail: the circuit can have a starting point and a different one for the end. For example, starting in Amman and ending in Tel Aviv, and vice versa, which can have advantages in terms of route configuration. In any case, circular circuits are also very common, which are usually an advantage for airline tickets, as they are usually cheaper when the round trip has the same airport as a reference.
For security reasons, there are not many border posts between Jordan and Israel and, in addition, they are closely guarded by the law enforcement agencies of both countries. This has a consequence: sometimes waiting times at the border are longer than desired, so all travelers will need to arm themselves with patience.
However, these border posts operate very normally, except in very exceptional situations. These land border posts are:
Of these three border posts, it is the latter, known as Allenby Bridge, the most used for tourist purposes in the circuits through Israel and Jordan, due to its proximity to Amman.
There is no doubt that Israel is a country with a special attraction, especially for travelers more interested in religion: in its territory are much of what is known as the Holy Land or Promised Land, with the holiest places for the three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
For Judaism, for encompassing to a large extent what were once the kingdoms of Judah and Israel, widely described in the Torah, with special mention of Jerusalem, where the temples of Solomon were located, later destroyed. For Christianity, because here Jesus Christ developed a good part of his life: from his birth in Bethlehem until his death in Jerusalem. And for Islam, because from the Dome of the Rock the prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven.
If we add to this that Jordan is home to other places of extraordinary religious interest (Mount Nebo from which Moses spotted the Promised Land, the exact point of the Jordan River where John the Baptist baptized Jesus, etc.), the result will be a circuit through Israel and Jordan with religion as the main protagonist.
However, it is also possible to enjoy places without religious significance but equally beautiful and interesting for tourists in general. For example, the paradisiacal beaches of Tel Aviv, the bathing areas and spas of the Dead Sea, the archaeological sites of Roman times… and a long list of destinations that we detail in each of our circuits through Israel and Jordan.
In short: if you are not satisfied with discovering only the attractions of a country, choose one of the combined circuits that our agency can organize for you. With the confidence and professionalism of those who know the region and its particular idiosyncrasy inside out.