A journey through the Holy Land from Israel to Jordan, combining religious history, cultural heritage and natural beauty
Tel Aviv - 1 night
Haifa - 2 nights
Jerusalem - 3 nights
Aqaba - 2 nights
Petra - 2 nights
Dead Sea - 2 nights
The Middle East is a region rich in history and the physical and cultural landscapes of Israel and Jordan bear witness to this. Over millennia empires and armies have swept through, laying claim to the cities and land and leaving a legacy of palaces, harbours, forts and temples of worship.
Israel is an evocative country, a land of ancient miracles and volatile politics, where past and present are linked. The country is of great importance to three major world faiths – Christianity, Islam and Judaism; the heritage of this is evident in the eclectic mix of people and cultures in the country.
Jordan unearths fascinating cultural and religious heritage and diverse natural wonders. Visit ancient, biblical and historic sites including the holy sites of Mount Nebo, where Moses viewed the ‘Promised Land’, Madaba for its ancient Holy Land mosaic map and Roman Jerash.
Jordan’s natural beauty is all around, from the red dusty desert scenes of Wadi Rum to the indigo waters and marine splendours of the Red Sea and the unique waters of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth.
Culture & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
5 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Expert Guides
Day 1 Fly from Heathrow to Tel Aviv. Transfer to 4-star Tal by the Beach Hotel for overnight.
Day 2 Travel via old Jaffa along the coast to the ancient Roman town Caesarea. Visit the excavations of the crusader city. Continue to Haifa for a view from Mount Carmel over the Bay of Haifa and the famous Bahá’í Gardens. Drive north to Rosh Hanikra, take the steepest cable car in the world down to the sea grottos. Return to Haifa for two nights at the 4-star The Colony Hotel. (B)
Day 3 Drive to Safed, the centre of Jewish mysticism, to visit the ancient synagogue and the artist’s colony, continue to the Golan Heights for a panoramic view of Syria and Israel. Enjoy a wine tasting. (B)
Day 4 Travel to Nazareth and visit ‘Nazareth Village’ to experience ancient life in the Galilee, continue to Lake Galilee and the biblical site of Capernaum. Drive to Megiddo, the site of Armageddon to visit the archaeological excavations and to Beit Alpha to see the remains of the mosaic floor of an ancient synagogue. Stay for three nights at the 4-star Arthur Hotel in Jerusalem. Shabbat Dinner. (B, D)
Day 5 Drive to Mount Olives for a view over the old city and a walking tour of its four quarters including the Tomb of King David and the room of the Last Supper, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Temple Mount and the Western Wall. (B)
Day 6 Visit to the Shrine of the Book and Second Temple Model at the Israel Museum, Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial and Mea She’arim one of the oldest Jewish neighbourhoods. Evening Sound and Light show at the Tower of David. (B)
Day 7 Travel through the Judean wilderness to the Dead Sea and by cable car to King Herod’s desert fortress of Masada. Continue to Eilat and cross the Arava border in to Jordan. Transfer to the 5-star Mövenpick Aqaba Resort for two nights. (B)
Day 8 A day to relax or take the optional ‘Yellow Submarine’ (£30), a semi-submersible viewing the Red Sea marine splendours and coral reserve. Sunset drink and cruise. (B)
Day 9 Travel to Wadi Rum and enjoy a 4x4 drive in the desert to view the ‘Seven Pillars of Wisdom’. Continue to Little Petra for a visit. Two nights at the 5-star Petra Marriott Hotel. Enjoy a drink at the Nabataean Cave Bar. Optional Petra by Candlelight (£25, bookable locally). (B)
Day 10 Morning guided visit of Petra (4 hrs of walking) and afternoon free to explore independently (perhaps climb up to the Monastery, el-Deir). Special dinner at a camp. (B, D)
Day 11 Travel to Madaba (3 hrs) to visit St. George’s Church, the archaeological park and Church of the Apostles. Lunch at a traditional restaurant. Visit Mount Nebo and continue to the 5-star Marriott Dead Sea & Spa for two nights. (B, L)
Day 12 Visit ancient Jerash. Free time to float on the Dead Sea. (B)
Day 13 Early morning return flight to London Heathrow. (B)
This is a full itinerary with most visits on foot and sites with steps/inclines and uneven surfaces.
For safety reasons 4x4 drives would have to be done whilst sitting inside the vehicle.
A newly refurbished 4-star hotel, a few steps away from the beach and Tel Aviv Port. Restaurant, rooftop terrace, gym, sauna and WiFi (free). 123 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
A 4-star boutique hotel in a restored building, set in the German Colony area of Haifa. Breakfast room, bar and WiFi (free). 40 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-fridge, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
A modern 4-star hotel in the heart of Ben-Yehuda. Breakfast room, bar and WiFi (free). 58 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
A central 5-star resort hotel. Private beach, outdoor pools (one heated), jacuzzi and gym. Restaurants, bars, café, bakery shop and WiFi (free). 235 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
A 5-star resort hotel located in Wadi Musa offering amazing views of the Petra mountains and Rift Valley in a quiet location, a 15-minute drive from Petra entrance. Restaurant, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 100 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
A 5-star hotel located on the shores of the mineral rich Dead Sea, set against the backdrop of rugged mountains and with beach-front access. Restaurant, bar, pool, spa and WiFi (free). 250 air-conditioned rooms with safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow
Supplements per person
Single supplement £1145 (Mar & Aug £1225; Oct & Nov 2023 £1325)
British Airways World Traveller Plus - On request
British Airways Club World- On request
Yellow Submarine £30
Extra nights – Tel Aviv
Tal by the Beach Hotel
(per night) £125 (2023 £135)
Single supplement £105 (2023 £120)
Extra nights – Dead Sea
Marriott Dead Sea & Spa
(per night) £80 (£105)
Single supplement £70 (2023 £85)
Arrival transfer add £55 (2023 £70)
Departure transfer add £39 (2023 £45)
Air travel and taxes, Jordan visa procurement+ (British passport holders), transfers, 12 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 2 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
A local departure tax of NIS 103 per person is payable upon leaving Israel.
+ The Jordanian visa is not included if choosing independent arrival and you are returning on a different flight to the rest of the group.
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