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Explore Israel & Jordan

14 Days, Jerusalem to Dead Sea
Explore Israel & Jordan

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Step into an ancient world on a two-week Middle East journey that combines the highlights of Israel and Jordan. Discover life in Jerusalem on a dual-perspective walking t read more...

What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 13 nights accommodation Hotels (12 nts), desert lodge (1 nt).
  • Hotels (12 nts), desert lodge (1 nt).
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Private van/bus, walking).
  • Arrival transfer.
  • Walking tour of Jerusalem's Old City.
  • Visit the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations.
  • Entrance to Yad Vashem (the Holocaust Museum).
  • Visit the Israel Museum and view the Dead Sea Scrolls.
  • Tour Bethlehem.
  • Visit a Palestinian refugee camp.
  • Cooking class in a local home.
  • Visit Herodion and Masada
  • Explore the Sea of Galilee area including Caesarea and Nazareth.
  • Visit Haifa, Caesarea Maritima, and Jaffa.
  • Visit to the Citadel and the National Archaeological Museum.
  • Guided visit to Jerash.
  • Tour the Madaba mosaics.
  • Visit Mt Nebo.
  • Lecture with an archaeologist.
  • Petra guided tour.
  • Cooking demonstration and dinner.
  • Wadi Rum desert 4x4 jeep excursion and night walk with Bedouin guide.
  • Guided visit to Bethany.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart.
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Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 445-580 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Jerusalem
Day 2 Jerusalem
Day 3 Jerusalem
Day 4 Jerusalem
Day 5 Jerusalem/Tiberias
Day 6 Tiberias
Day 7 Tiberias/Tel Aviv
Day 8 Tel Aviv/Amman
Day 9 Amman
Day 10 Amman/Wadi Musa
Day 11 Wadi Musa
Day 12 Petra/Wadi Rum
Day 13 Wadi Rum/Dead Sea
Day 14 Dead Sea
Departures
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TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Jerusalem
  • Tiberias
  • Tel Aviv
  • Amman
  • Wadi Musa (Petra)
  • Wadi Rum
  • Dead Sea
  • DAY 1 Arrive Jerusalem

    Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    1h 18:00
    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour.

    Private Vehicle
    Ben Gurion Airport - Jerusalem
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Jerusalem

    Take a specially designed walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem with both Israeli and Palestinian guides trained by National Geographic Emerging Explorer Aziz Abu Sarah. This unique dual-narrative tour allows travellers a deeper understanding of the diverse cultural, religious, and political aspects of Israel. Visit key sites including the Temple Mount, Dome of the Rock, and the Al Aqsa Mosque. Continue to the Western Wall, then walk through the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This afternoon, visit the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, and the Church of All Nations. Later, enjoy a discussion on the current state of affairs with a leading Israeli scholar.

    Old Jerusalem Walking Tour
    Jerusalem
    Take a specially designed walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem with two guides: one Israeli and one Palestinian, both trained by National Geographic Emerging Explorer Aziz Abu Sarah. This unique dual-narrative tour allows travellers a deeper understanding of the diverse cultural, religious and political aspects of Israel. Visit key sites including the Temple Mount, Dome of the Rock, and the Al Aqsa Mosque. Continue to the Western Wall, then walk through the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa, ending inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. In the afternoon, ascend to the top of the Mount of Olives, taking in panoramic views of the Old City.

    Discussion with Israeli Scholar
    Jerusalem
    Discuss present-day Israel with a local rabbi who specializes in conflict resolution. Sit down with this leading Israeli scholar to talk about the current state of affairs here, gaining insight into both Israel and the Middle East.

    Private Vehicle
    Jerusalem
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Jerusalem

    Take a sobering visit to Yad Vashem Memorial to learn about the Holocaust and its ramifications today. In the afternoon, visit the famed Israel Museum. View the Dead Sea Scrolls, housed in the Shrine of the Book, and walk through the museum's state of the art archeological exhibition.

    Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum) Visit
    Jerusalem
    The Holocaust History Museum is home to state-of-the-art exhibits on this horrific tragedy. It also showcases original artifacts and survivor testimonies.

    Israel Museum & Dead Sea scrolls
    Jerusalem
    Visit the famed Israel Museum and view the Dead Sea Scrolls, housed in the Shrine of the Book. Considered one of the greatest archaeological finds of the past century, theses ancient manuscripts (dated at over 2000 years old) were discovered between 1947 and 1956 in 11 caves near Khirbet Qumran, on the shores of the Dead Sea. After, walk through the museum's state of the art archeological exhibition which showcases some of the most significant finds in the region.

    Private Vehicle
    Jerusalem
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Free Time
    Bethlehem Afternoon
    Enjoy some time on your own. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Jerusalem

    Enjoy a second exclusively designed dual-narrative tour of Bethlehem with Israeli and Palestinian guides. Visit Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity. Walk through a nearby Palestinian refugee camp and then head to a local Palestinian family's home for a cooking class and lunch. Later, visit Herodion, a hill fortress built by Herod the Great.

    Bethlehem Walking Tour
    Jerusalem
    Enjoy a dual-narrative tour of Bethlehem with two guides: one Israeli and one Palestinian. This experience was exclusively designed by National Geographic Emerging Explorer Aziz Abu Sarah. Hearing personal stories and cross-cultural learning, visit Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity, known as the birthplace of Jesus, and learn about the city's shrinking Christian population. Also walk through a nearby Palestinian refugee camp, and learn how murals and graffiti have been used to depict the refugees' struggles.

    Palestinian Family Meal
    Jerusalem
    Enjoy a midday break with a visit to a local Palestinian family's home. Experience a cultural immersion, learning about daily life in Bethlehem during a cooking class that focuses on traditional favourites. After, enjoy the results for lunch.

    Private Vehicle
    Jerusalem
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Visit Herodium Hill & Fortress
    Bethlehem
    Visit Herodium and the ruins of a fortress, palace, and small town built by Herod the Great. Designated a National Park, Herod's tomb is thought to be located at this site. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Jerusalem/Tiberias

    Start the day with a guided visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Masada with stops at Herod's Palace, the Bathhouse, and the Synagogue. Next, visit Qumran, the site where a Bedouin shepherd found the Dead Sea scrolls. After that, it's off to the Dead Sea for a swim and mud bath before continuing along the Jordan Valley north to the Sea of Galilee, where we'll stay in a kibbutz hotel for the next two nights.

    Masada Guided Tour
    Masada
    Take a tour of Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage site and stunning rock fortress that was the last stronghold of the Jewish in their war against the Romans. The story of the site reveals the courage of the defenders of Massada and their battle against the conquering Romans. Visit Herod's palace, the mikveh, storerooms, watchtowers, and the synagogue.

    Dead Sea Visit (Israel)
    Dead Sea
    The Dead Sea is actually a lake, without any from of life whatsoever in its waters, hence its name. The water is so dense that it is practically impossible to sink and its five to ten times as salty as regular sea water. While swimming, cover yourself with the sea's mud, which is reputed to have special healing powers, and don't forget to take a photo of yourself reading a book while floating! You will notice that the salt penetrates any cuts on your body and has an unusual smell, but there are showers to wash off under after swimming.

    Qumran caves
    Dead Sea
    Visit the desert and caves of Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered between 1947-1956. Of the 900 scrolls discovered here (to date), most were written on parchment and papyrus and the caves are thought to be an ancient library. Excavations continue and other important archaeological finds continue including an ancient settlement, ritual baths, a tower, pottery kilns and cemeteries.

    Private Vehicle
    Jerusalem - Tiberias 4h-5h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Tiberias

    Visit the Mt. of Beatitudes, for gorgeous views of the Sea of Galilee and visit the church that was built atop this hill, where Jesus is believed to have delivered his "Sermon on the Mount" speech. Continue to the ruins of Capernaum, where Jesus lived and preached, and where many apostles, including Peter, made their home. Learn about the lives of Israeli Arabs on the way to Nazareth, where we visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, one of the largest churches in the Middle East.

    Private Vehicle
    Tiberias
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Sea of Galilee area tour
    Tiberias
    Enjoy stunning sights this morning with a drive to the Mt. of Beatitudes with sweeping views of the Sea of Galilee. Visit the church that was built atop this hill, where Jesus is believed to have delivered his "Sermon on the Mount" speech. Next, tour the ruins of Capernaum, where Jesus lived and preached, and where many apostles, including Peter, made their home.

    Nazareth Guided Tour
    Nazareth
    Visit some of the highlights of Nazareth, a city of religious importance and spirituality. Delve into its rich historic and biblical significance, but also admire its modern culture and Middle Eastern charm. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Tiberias/Tel Aviv

    Continue to the Mediterranean, visiting the coastal city of Haifa and then south to Caesarea Maritima to see the ruins of Herod's harbour city. After, continue toward Jaffa, an ancient port city dating back to the Bronze Age. Continue on to the bustling city of Tel Aviv for our last evening.

    Caesarea Guided Tour
    Qesarya
    Visit the majestic Roman ruins of Caesarea. It was built as part of Herod the Great's ambitious plan to "Hellenise" the Holy Land in the 1st century BC. He chose the site of a small Phoenician port and built a classical Greek city. Herod also constructed an artificial harbour by making use of concrete piling underwater - the first ever such use of concrete.
    Private Vehicle
    Tiberias - Tel Aviv 7h-8h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Tel Aviv/Amman

    Transfer to the border and cross over into Jordan. Transfer to Amman and meet your new CEO.

    Private Vehicle
    Tel Aviv - Beit She'an 2h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Border Crossing (Israel - Jordan)
    Beit She'an - Sheikh Hussein 1h
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

    Private Vehicle
    Sheikh Hussein - Amman 2h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 Amman

    Take an orientation drive through Amman and visit the National Museum and archaeological site of the Citadel. Continue on to visit Jerash, one of the largest and most well-preserved Roman ruins outside of Italy.

    National Archaeological Museum & Citadel
    Amman
    Visit the museum for an overview on Jordan's history and ancient sites. Continue on to the Citadel archaeological site, best known for the Roman Temple of Hercules, but used by numerous civilizations dating back to the Bronze Age.

    Private Vehicle
    Amman - Jerash 1h-1h 30m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Jerash Guided Visit
    Jerash 4h
    Take a step back in time visiting Jerash, one of the most well-preserved Roman sites outside of Italy. Wander amid its paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, handsome theatres, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains, and city walls pierced by towers and gates - all in exceptional condition.

    Private Vehicle
    Jerash - Amman 2h-2h 30m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 10 Amman/Wadi Musa

    Visit the ancient town of Madaba, famous for its mosaics and churches. Continue to Mt Nebo where we are rewarded with stunning views from the summit. In the evening, enjoy a lecture with a local archaeologist to discuss the importance of Petra, and ongoing excavations at this UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Depart early today for the long but very interesting drive by way of the King's Highway to Petra. The first stop is Mount Nebo, which is believed by many to be the site of Moses' death and has thus been a centre for pilgrimage since the earliest Christian times.

    Visit the town of Madaba, which has some of the finest Byzantine mosaics in the world. Arrive in the early evening at Wadi Musa, our base for exploring Petra.

    Private Vehicle
    Amman - Wadi Musa 10h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.
    Mt Nebo Visit
    Jabal Naba
    Visit Mount Nebo, a historic site believed by many to be the location of Moses' death and has thus been a centre for pilgrimage since the earliest Christian times. Trek to the summit (817m or 2,680 ft), and be rewarded with views of the stunning surrounding countryside and Israel in the distance.

    Madaba Mosaics Guided Tour
    Madaba
    Explore Madaba's long history on this guided tour, including its role as the centre of early Christianity. See some of the finest Byzantine mosaics in the world, including the famous sixth-century mosaic map of the Middle East. Tour churches, the Archaeological Park, and the local museum that's housed in several old Madaba residences.

    Petra Archaeologist Talk
    Wadi Musa
    Join an archaeologist for a talk about the UNESCO World Heritage site of Petra, the ancient city that was half-built and half-carved into a sandstone landscape. Learn about the ongoing excavation taking place here, and get a better understanding of the site for when you explore it yourself. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 11 Wadi Musa

    Enjoy a guided tour of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with free time this afternoon to explore on your own. In the evening, enjoy a cooking demonstration and dinner of local specialties.

    Wind your way through the Siq, a narrow, 1km-long (.6 mi) gorge flanked by soaring 80m-high (262 ft) sandstone walls. Take in the astounding colours and patterns of the rock, and, at the end of this passage, catch your first glimpse of Al-Khazneh, the famed treasury of Petra. Spend the morning exploring this famed site with your guide. The guide will give a brief history of the city, which the Nabateans carved from the living rock of the surrounding mountains. The site is large, but group members can set their own pace depending on the weather and the interests of the group.

    Private Vehicle
    Wadi Musa
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Petra Guided Tour
    Petra
    Journey to Petra to explore this UNESCO World Heritage site. Each tour will be different depending on the interests of the group, but everyone arrives through the dramatic Siq, rounding a corner and setting eyes on the famous treasury building.

    With time, hike approx 25km (15 mi) to cover the entire site. Climb (steps) to two sacred hilltops. Depending on the weather and the interests of the group, opt to hike an additional 2km (1.2 mi) to see the magnificent views from the top of the treasury. This makes for a unique and unforgettable experience.

    Get a brief history of the city, one of the greatest tourist attractions in the Middle East. The Nabateans carved this capital from the living rock of the surrounding mountains in Petra. Visit monuments that include the Pharaoh's Castle, the triumphal arch, the amphitheatre, and the monastery.

    Wadi Musa Afternoon
    Continue to explore Petra on your own.

    Cooking Demonstration with Dinner
    Wadi Musa
    Head to a restaurant for a cooking demonstration of some popular local dishes. Under a local chef's guidance, cook a full Jordanian dinner including soup, hot and cold mezza dishes (appetizers), and a main course. Enjoy eating the creations as a delicious dinner. (Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 12 Petra/Wadi Rum

    Continuing to Wadi Rum in the heart of Jordan's desertscape. Enjoy lunch at our lodge and an exciting 4x4 desert excursion. In the evening, take a walk in the desert admiring the night sky with a local Bedouin guide. The guide will teach you the names of the stars and how to use them for desert navigation.

    After breakfast, drive to Wadi Rum, a vast, silent landscape of ancient riverbeds and the largest and most magnificent of Jordan's desert landscapes.

    Enjoy lunch before heading deep into the desert on a 4x4 excursion. Visit water reserves, natural arches, sands dunes, rock bridges, and take in the sunset with cup of Bedouin tea before heading back to the lodge for dinner.

    Private Vehicle
    Petra - Wadi Rum 2h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    4x4 Desert Trip
    4h
    Head deep into the desert by 4x4. Enjoy the desert's amazing natural beauty and unique landscape on this unforgettable drive.

    Wadi Rum Night Walk
    Wadi Rum
    There's nothing quite like counting stars in the night sky from the desert below. Your Bedouin guide will teach you the names of the stars and constellations and how they're used here for navigation. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)

  • DAY 13 Wadi Rum/Dead Sea

    Enjoy a visit to the archaeological site of Bethany, thought to be the site where Jesus was baptized. Continue to the Dead Sea with the option to swim and use the natural sea salts and mud as your own personal spa.

    At 423m (1,388 ft) below sea level, the shores of the Dead Sea are at the lowest land elevation on Earth. The sea is named because its salinity is so high (up to nine times that of the world's oceans) that only a few microorganisms can live in its waters.

    Private Vehicle
    Wadi Rum - Dead Sea 3h 30m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Free Time
    Dead Sea
    Relax under an umbrella next to one of the freshwater swimming pools or enjoy the other facilities at the resort hotel. Why not indulge in an optional massage or one of the other health and beauty therapies available?

    Bethany Beyond the Jordan
    Dead Sea
    Visit the archaeological site of Bethany, thought to be the site of John the Baptist's settlement and where Jesus was baptized. Fairly recently rediscovered, the site is an important archaeological find, numerous sites are being uncovered including Roman and Byzantine Baptismal pools, ancient churches, and caves. (Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 14 Dead Sea

    Depart at any time.

    Check-out time from the hotel is normally mid-morning, but luggage storage facilities are available. We also encourage you to book a few additional nights to relax and take advantage of the stunning natural surroundings.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 445-580 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 16 passengers, at an average there are 10 passengers travelling on this tour. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  3. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  4. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  5. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  6. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  7. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  8. COMBO TRIP

    Please note that this trip is part of a combination of multiple tours. As such, the CEO, staff and/or particular vehicles operating your tour may change between tour segments. You may also expect some group members to join or leave the tour, between tour segments.


  9. RAMADAN

    Depending on the lunar cycle, Ramadan will fall between June 7th and July 7th, 2016. Please note that Ramadan is a month of fasting observed by Muslims throughout the world, during which time the followers of Islam should not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset. There may be some limitations to services and disruptions to schedules during Ramadan, but generally our tours still operate effectively during this period and food is available to non-muslims throughout the day.



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