Israel and Jordan

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel Finish: Amman, Jordan

Visiting: Tel Aviv, Israel , Haifa, Israel , Jerusalem, Israel , Petra, Jordan , Amman, Jordan , Tel Aviv


Duration: 13 Nights

Tour code: IJ2021

Tour operator: Tauck

Age range: 0-99


Prices From: $5490

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Tour Overview

When you travel to Israel and Jordan with Tauck you explore all the threads – civilizations, cultures, history, traditions, religions and the arts – that are so intricately woven together throughout this compelling area of the world. Gain special insights into its diversity from knowledgeable local guides and experts in their fields as our multidimensional Jordan and Israel tours take you from bustling modern-day Tel Aviv to ancient sites such as 4,000-year-old Jaffa, King Herod's port city of Caesarea, mountaintop Masada and Jerusalem's Old City. Expand your understanding of the religions that have so much to do with Israel and Jordan, past and present, during a Tauck Exclusive private panel discussion. Sail on the Sea of Galilee, relax at a resort along the Dead Sea, travel on Jordan's King's Highway to the fabled pink city of Petra, and dine Bedouin-style at a traditional feast. Privately guided tours and special cultural experiences for Tauck guests only bring it all to life, and superb hotels put you in the best locations throughout this extraordinary trip.

Highlights

  • icon A special farewell dinner in Petra – a Bedouin-style traditional feast featuring a sword dance
  • icon Premium accommodations – including Pool View rooms at Movenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea, and Junior Suites at Movenpick Resort Petra
  • icon A cruise on the Sea of Galilee aboard a working replica of a 2,000-year-old fishing boat
  • icon Walking tours exploring Israel’s and Jordan’s antiquities, guided by local experts & professional Tauck Directors; modern-day discussions including a “Prophet Sharing” panel discussion
  • icon Guided visits to diverse sites such as the Western Wall, Dome of the Rock, Sephardic Synagogues, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Mt. Nebo, and Jezzar Pasha Mosque

Itinerary

icon Day 1: Arrive Tel Aviv

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

Accommodation Name: InterContinental David Tel Aviv

Meals: Dinner

Tour begins: 6:00 PM, InterContinental David Tel Aviv. A transfer is included from Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport to the InterContinental David Tel Aviv, set on a beachfront promenade, with sweeping views of the Mediterranean, in the city’s most fashionable neighborhood. Please join us this evening for our welcome cocktail reception and dinner where you'll meet your fellow travelers and Tauck Director.

icon Day 2: Ancient Jaffa and Tel Aviv

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

Accommodation Name: InterContinental David Tel Aviv

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

On your first full day in Israel travel excursions around Tel Aviv reveal some of the striking contrasts that define the country. Our guide will give you a little Hebrew lesson with handy words to know during our welcome briefing before you set off for a walking tour through the maze of narrow, cobblestone streets of 4,000-year-old Jaffa, believed to be the oldest port city in the world. Explore the Visitors’ Center in Kedumim Square and its museum with exhibits on the history of Jaffa and archaeological treasures. Have lunch at a local café, then travel from the romantic eccentricity of Jaffa to the Bauhaus architecture of Rothschild Boulevard... a true leap of time! Many Jewish refugees from Germany in the 1930s brought functional, modern design with them, and the plethora of square white buildings with curved balconies on every street earned Tel Aviv the nickname "The White City" and a UNESCO World Heritage designation as you'll learn on a city tour. But there the austerity of Tel Aviv ends; for the remainder of the day, spend time exploring this hip, young, city on your own. Your hotel is within easy walking distance of the beach, restaurants and a nightlife that is second to none.

icon Day 3: Ancient Caesarea and Haifa

Location: Haifa, Israel

Accommodation Name: Dan Carmel Haifa Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Over a period of just 12 years, Herod transformed Caesarea into a grand city and major seaport – and dedicated it to Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus, who had returned it to Herod after wresting it away from Cleopatra. During a walking tour, view the spectacular Roman amphitheatre, still used as a performing venue today; what was once the great harbor Herod built; the hippodrome that held 20,000 spectators for chariot races; and what remains of Herod’s palace. After lunch, continue on to Haifa, international headquarters of the Baha’i Faith, and the Baha’i Shrine and Gardens on famed Mount Carmel. A succession of 19 manicured garden terraces lead to the Shrine of the Bab, entombing the remains of the Bab, Baha’i Allah, the herald of the Baha’i Faith. Your hotel, the Dan Carmel Haifa Hotel, sits atop Mount Carmel with great city views. Following a "Prophet Sharing" panel discussion, a unique opportunity to ask questions and share information about the major religions that co-exist in this multicultural land, dinner this evening will be at the hotel.

icon Day 4: Along the Sea of Galilee

Location: Haifa, Israel

Accommodation Name: Dan Carmel Haifa Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

A day excursion from Haifa – from the Mediterranean coast of northern Israel travel inland to the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus gathered his first disciples among the fishermen. At Yigal Alon Museum, you’ll discover an archaeological treasure that rocked the worlds of archaeology, history and religion when it was found in 1986 – the Galilee Boat, a 2,000-year-old fishing vessel discovered in the mudflats of Galilee. Exhaustive scientific research places the fishing boat in the time and place of Jesus along the Sea of Galilee. Board a working replica of the boat and sail the waters of Galilee on a guided tour to see how fishermen in Jesus' time lived and worked. Learn about this rural area's many kibbutzim – farming communities which teach self-reliance, collective action and civic responsibility, and have lunch at a local restaurant in Nazareth followed by a visit to the Church of Annunciation. Return to your hotel where the rest of the evening is free to enjoy as you please.

icon Day 5: Akko, Place of Many Rulers

Location: Jerusalem, Israel

Accommodation Name: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today in Israel travel to one of the oldest continuously inhabited cites in the world, Akko, dating back to the era of the Egyptian Pharaoh Thutmose. Begin your visit to this richly historical city with a visit to the Jezzar Pasha Mosque, an excellent example of Ottoman architecture, named for Ahmed al-Jezzar Pasha, who defeated Napoleon at the 1799 French siege of Acre. A walking tour through the walled city takes in the Knight’s Hall, the citadel and prison, as well as the ancient tunnels. Traces of the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Muslims, Crusaders, Ottomans, Bedouins and the British, who have all ruled here, as well as of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, can be seen. Next up is a Tauck Exclusive – lunch at one of the city's best-known, most sought-after restaurants, Uri Buri, run by famed Chef Uri Jeremias; casual with understated elegance, his seafood is famous all over Israel. Continue on to Jerusalem, your hotel, the Waldorf Astoria Jersusalem, is one of the newest and most luxurious in the city.

icon Day 6: Jerusalem – City of Cultural Diversity

Location: Jerusalem, Israel

Accommodation Name: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

For three of the world’s great religions, Judaism, Islam and Christianity, Jerusalem is indeed a city of great significance. A walking tour led by an expert local guide begins in the Jewish Quarter of the city and the Cardo, a bustling marketplace built atop a site dating back to the time of Emperor Justinian, 6th century BC. Visit the iconic Western Wall, the last remnant of Solomon's temple, which held the Ark of the Covenant. The wide plaza before the wall is an open-air synagogue where Jews gather daily to pray; it has been among Judaism’s most holy prayer sites for over 2,000 years – people of many religions leave prayer notes in the cracks and crevices of the wall. Descend into the ornate, ingeniously engineered Sephardic Synagogues, built below street level during Ottoman rule in obeyance of a law that no Jewish temple could be higher than the surrounding houses. Your visit reveals a restored complex of four synagogues, Yochanan ben Zakai, Istanbuli, Eliahu Ha’navi and Emtsai, each built in a different time period to accommodate the needs of the Sephardic community of the day. Following lunch at a local café, visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial Museum, where a guide accompanies you through the images, survivors' accounts, and artifacts that put human faces on the Holocaust; it will be one of the most deeply moving experiences of your trip. The evening is at your leisure in Jerusalem.

icon Day 7: The Old City / Dome of The Rock

Location: Jerusalem, Israel

Accommodation Name: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, return to the Old City for a visit to Temple Mount where the revered 7th-century Islamic shrine, the Dome of the Rock, is built atop Temple Mount – its golden dome shelters the rock from which the Prophet Mohammed ascended to Heaven. For Jews, it covers the holiest spot on Earth, the Foundation Stone of Solomon's inner temple. For many Christian pilgrims, a walk on the Via Dolorosa, along which Jesus carried the cross to the site of the crucifixion after Pilate’s condemnation, is a most meaningful experience. Explore the winding path before continuing on to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which encloses the place where Jesus was crucified and buried. Following lunch at a local restaurant, the afternoon is free. Join us tonight for a cooking demonstration at Eucalyptus, one of Jerusalem's most unique dining experiences. After dinner, head to the Tower of David for a spectacular sound and light show.

icon Day 8: Bethlehem / Dead Sea Scrolls

Location: Jerusalem, Israel

Accommodation Name: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem

Meals: Breakfast

Following breakfast, you have a choice of spending additional time in Jerusalem or joining us for a guided sightseeing excursion. Go through the security barriers to the West Bank for a visit to Bethlehem. Take a walking tour of the Church of the Nativity, built over what is traditionally thought to be the birthplace of Jesus, one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. Beneath the elaborate church lies the Grotto of the Nativity, with the Chapel of the Manger just steps away. Visit the Milk Grotto, where the Holy Family took refuge before their flight into Egypt, then return to Jerusalem. On your return to Jerusalem, view the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Israel Museum, where they are exhibited. Spend the evening as you wish in Jerusalem.

icon Day 9: Masada / Crossing into Jordan

Accommodation Name: Movenpick Resort/Spa Dead Sea

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Depart Jerusalem for the cliff-top fortress at Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built by King Herod between 37 and 31 BC and the mighty stronghold of the Jewish Zealots who fled Jerusalem rather than submit to Roman rule during the First Jewish-Roman War in the 1st century AD. Take a cable car to the top of the mountain with a knowledgeable guide to explore the site, learn the story of what happened here over 2,000 years ago and discover why Masada has such tremendous significance today. Drive to Jordan and your luxury resort and spa on the Dead Sea, where you'll enjoy a premium Pool View room during your two-night stay. A cooking demonstration precedes dinner at your hotel this evening.

icon Day 10: Day along the Dead Sea or Jerash

Accommodation Name: Movenpick Resort/Spa Dead Sea

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is a day of personal choice. You may be ready to just kick back and relax today, enjoying your Pool View room and the amenities of your spa resort on the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is the "Great Salt Lake" of the Middle East, and true to its name, devoid of life except for the many visitors who come to marvel at its mineral-rich, therapeutic qualities. Or, join your Tauck Director for a visit to the ancient city of Gerasa, today called Jerash. Step back in time 2,000 years as you explore the exceptionally well-preserved remains of Roman architecture in the Middle East, including Hadrian’s Arch, the Hippodrome, the Oval Plaza, temples, theatres, arches, walls, baths and more in this fascinating archaeological site. After lunch, return to your resort to spend the rest of the afternoon. This evening, enjoy a lecture by a local woman as she provides insight into what life is like for her generation in Jordan. Dinner tonight is at your choice of restaurants at the hotel.

icon Day 11: To Mount Nebo and Petra

Location: Petra, Jordan

Accommodation Name: Movenpick Resort Petra

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, your adventure takes you from the Dead Sea to Petra along the King’s Highway, the oldest continuously used trading route in the world. Traveling south through ancient biblical lands, you'll stop first at Mount Nebo, where Moses looked out upon the "Promised Land." On a clear day, Jericho, the Dead Sea, the River Jordan and even Jerusalem can be seen from Mt. Nebo; visit the Memorial Church of Moses to see the well-preserved ancient mosaics that are located inside the excavated Old Baptistery. Biblical history is everywhere en route, most notably in Madaba; visit St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church to view an incredible 6th-century map detailing the major biblical sites of the time. Enjoy a lunch of traditional Jordanian specialties before heading on to Petra, where dinner is at your leisure at your resort – just a short walk to the entrance of the 2,000-year-old city of Petra – where you'll enjoy a Junior Suite.

icon Day 12: Pink City of Petra & Bedouin evening

Location: Petra, Jordan

Accommodation Name: Movenpick Resort Petra

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The 2,000-year-old city of Petra, which the ancient Nabataeans carved out of colorful sandstone cliffs, was named one of the "New Seven Wonders of the World" – it is quite truly amazing. Almost forgotten for over a thousand years, Petra is one of the best-preserved biblical sites in the world. You’ll travel through the narrow, high-walled canyon called the Siq… and suddenly, there it is, the huge, world-famous Treasury – your first sight is one of those life-transformational moments. Explore this incredible site on foot where you'll view Petra’s tomb facades, royal tombs, temples and other structures on foot. Have lunch at the Basin Restaurant in the Old City, and return by camel. The afternoon is spent as you please – then get set for tonight's special farewell dinner! Join us this evening for a real taste of Jordan when you dine Bedouin-style at a traditional feast. A dance troupe of Jordanian men, dressed in customary Bedouin garments, entertains with a performance of the Dabkeh sword dance for a look at centuries-old traditions.

icon Day 13: Amazing King's Highway to Amman

Location: Amman, Jordan

Accommodation Name: Amman Rotana

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive along the winding 5,000-year-old King's Highway, through golden canyons and ancient villages, to Amman; this is one of the oldest continuously used roads in the world. Tauck’s Jordan and Israel travel experience ends in Amman. Guests with early evening flights will be taken directly to Queen Alia International Airport while those departing late night or early the next morning will stay at Amman Rotana.

icon Day 14: Journey Home

Location: Amman, Jordan

Meals: Breakfast

Tour ends: Amman. A transfer is included from Amman Rotana to Queen Alia International Airport. You should allow a minimum of three hours for flight check-in.

What's Included

  • A cruise on the Sea of Galilee aboard a working replica of a 2,000-year-old fishing boat
  • Guided visits to diverse sites such as the Western Wall, Dome of the Rock, Sephardic Synagogues, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Mt. Nebo, and Jezzar Pasha Mosque
  • Premium accommodations – including Pool View rooms at Movenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea, and Junior Suites at Movenpick Resort Petra
  • Walking tours exploring Israel’s and Jordan’s antiquities, guided by local experts & professional Tauck Directors; modern-day discussions including a “Prophet Sharing” panel discussion
  • A special farewell dinner in Petra – a Bedouin-style traditional feast featuring a sword dance

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Reviews

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Israel/Jordan
Loved the accommodations - except Petra...hotel was not particularly clean - toilets had to be flushed many times, drain in bathroom sink didn't work, had to call down for toilet ....more Loved the accommodations - except Petra.

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hotel was not particularly clean - toilets had to be flushed many times, drain in bathroom sink didn't work, had to call down for toilet paper, food was horrible.

Everyone were given a King bed-while we had two singles.

Lunches were the same boring meals day after day.

Too much emphasis on churches.

Being in Jerusalem, not going with the group to Church visits day after day, instead visiting the City on our own.

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Israel & Jordan 3/23/2007
Trip was everything that we expected it to be. From the moment we landed until we left, all our needs were taken care of professionally. Our guide went over and ....more Trip was everything that we expected it to be.

From the moment we landed until we left, all our needs were taken care of professionally.

Our guide went over and above to make the trip very memorable.

In addition to that, the local guides were very informative and professional.

The magnificent views from Masada, and being at the Western Wall are moments I will never forget.

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lsreal and Jordan
This is a trip of culture,history and faith. No matter your belief you will be inspired by the guided tours through history and the development of this land and the ....more This is a trip of culture,history and faith.

No matter your belief you will be inspired by the guided tours through history and the development of this land and the peoples who inhabited it.

My wife and I were amazed to see the vast number sites that we read about and were related to our faith.

We felt comfortable and the peoples were friendly.

For us it was the religious site of the birth of Jesus.

I will add the Western Wall as well as "The Rock " the mosque in Jerusalem.

I must add Petra " the pink city " .

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wonderful trip
First time in these 2 countries, enjoyed the sightseeings, the diversity of the people. The guides were absolutely excellent, very knowledgeable and friendly. The organization of the trip was ....more First time in these 2 countries, enjoyed the sightseeings, the diversity of the people.

The guides were absolutely excellent, very knowledgeable and friendly.

The organization of the trip was outstanding even taking into account they had to change the schedule several times due to the presence of the president in Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Petra was stunning,and worth the trip by itself.

Surprised, pleasantly so about Jordan in general and the ruins of Jerash in particular.

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Israel & Jordan Oct 2017
Absolutely loved Israel, Bethlehem & Jordan! Wonderful friendly people! Amazing sites! Tauck trip well organized & planned, wonderful food, amazing hotels, coach bus! ....more Absolutely loved Israel, Bethlehem & Jordan! Wonderful friendly people! Amazing sites! Tauck trip well organized & planned, wonderful food, amazing hotels, coach bus! Our tour director, Matt Mazanec, is awesome! Matt is well organized, patient, wonderful to make you feel at home! Highly recommend this trip! Lois [Employee Name] Indianapolis Inside Jesus Tomb & Nativity manger birth place of Jesus.

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Israel, Jordan and France
Since I took two Tauck trips back to back, I have no idea which of the trips for which this reviewed has been requested. Israel and Jordon ....more Since I took two Tauck trips back to back, I have no idea which of the trips for which this reviewed has been requested.

Israel and Jordon were excellent.

I had never been to Jordan, so it was all I hoped for.

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The France trip was also excellent.

All escorts and guides were wonderful! All hotels were also wonderful! Petra; ....less
Great Tour
Tauck did an excellent job of showing us Israel and part of Jordan. The days were full of activities, the hotels were top notch, and there was lots of good ....more Tauck did an excellent job of showing us Israel and part of Jordan.

The days were full of activities, the hotels were top notch, and there was lots of good food.

I blogged the trip and took lots of pictures.

You can see what happened on our tour at http://www.

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htm Good trip, and recommended.

(1)Just being in the land of Israel - the land of Moses, David, Solomon and Jesus.

(2)Seeing the old city of Jerusalem (3)Our visit to Petra and the camel ride.

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Israel and Jordan
Great experience- seamless from start to finish. Our tour leader was VERY knowledgeable and the tour guides in each location were terrific. The hotels we stay ....more Great experience- seamless from start to finish.

Our tour leader was VERY knowledgeable and the tour guides in each location were terrific.

The hotels we stay at were top notch with great rooms and services.

Overall itinerary was excellent.

It was one of the best trips we have ever taken and we would not hesitate to use Tauck again.

There were many- at the top of the list would be Jerusalem and Petra.

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Israel/Jordan
This was my first tour with any group and it exceeded my expectations. Accommodations were great and the tour guides were excellent. They really knew their stuff! ....more This was my first tour with any group and it exceeded my expectations.

Accommodations were great and the tour guides were excellent.

They really knew their stuff! I especially enjoyed one in Jordon and one in Israel.

It was amazing how informative they were, especially without referring to any notes.

There were so many, particularly the spectacular scenery in the Rift Valley in Jordan, but the Farewell dinner with the local entertainment was definitely up there.

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Ideal Way to Tour Isreal and Jordan
The Tauck tour of Israel and Jordan was intense. It was educational and memorable. The tour leader gave us a sense of complete security in this environment. We had excellent ....more The Tauck tour of Israel and Jordan was intense.

It was educational and memorable.

The tour leader gave us a sense of complete security in this environment.

We had excellent local guides at every stop and felt we were given a good understanding of the complicated history of the region, as well as the current political issues.

The entrance into Petra with view of the treasury was by far the most dramatic and beautiful moment.

Nothing in the world can compare.

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