Jordan and Israel holiday
Prices based on 2 adults sharing.
Single supplement available.
Mimimum age 16.
Description of Jordan and Israel holiday
Take in the timeless beauty of Israel and Jordan with this two country tour of ancient cities and awe-inspiring desert landscapes.
Beginning our journey in Jordan, we’ll spend a couple of days exploring the lively city of Ammam, where streets are lined with coffee shops and boutiques, and a world-class museum sits alongside ruins of a Roman fountain and the Temple of Hercules. We’ll also take an afternoon trip to the nearby historic city of Jerash, a major destination for anyone wanting to see magnificent Roman architecture. From here we travel south to the Dead Sea, where you’ll float like a cork on the water’s surface, before exploring Jordan’s main attraction: the ancient city of Petra. You’ll get a real feel for life out in the desert with a night spent under the stars in a cosy, traditional Bedouin tent, before taking a camel ride through the legendary Wadi Rum Valley and travelling on to Aqaba.
We wave goodbye to Jordan and climb to the hilltop fortress of Masada by cable car, where we’re greeted with spectacular views of surrounding Israel. Crossing into the West Bank, we’ll have the opportunity to discover life in a kibbutz community and enjoy a traditional communal meal with our hosts. After exploring Qumran National Park, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, we get our first glimpse of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. Sights also include the historic City of David, Temple Mount and the Western Wall, as well as a visit to Bethlehem Yad Vashem.
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1 Reviews of Jordan and Israel holiday
Reviewed on 17 Nov 2019 by Melanie Holdsworth
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
We enjoyed the holiday overall very much, which was helped by the group we were with who were all very easy going. I particularly enjoyed a visit to a pepper farm in Israel, (which wasn't on the itinerary!) the young farmer who ran the farm was very honest with all the problems he encountered- it was so interesting. I also really enjoyed the Kibbutz visit, although it wasn't how I imagined, ie. no longer a Kibbutz in the traditional sense, we sat with the driver who was Palestinian and our Israeli guide, the conversation between them at times was quite heated but gave a real indication of the problems in Israel. Of course enjoyed Petra and good to stay two nights there.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
our first guide in Jordan, Awad was extremely good, his English speaking skills (helped by the fact he'd lived in Toronto and therefore understood our needs
etc) , he had a great sense of humour along with charm and charisma . He didn't bombard us with information, just told us enough of the main points at the
historical sites to keep us interested and engaged. He dealt with everything very efficiently, accommodating individual needs, we didn't have to really think
as it was all done for us. Our second guide, Dov, we believe, was drafted in at the last minute it seems against his wishes. Although he was a very nice guy, his command of English wasn't good enough, He wasn't able to answer questions in a satisfactory way. We had to rely on a member of our group who had a Lonely Planet on Israel to gain the information. He wasn't assertive enough to keep the group together and therefore people drifted off. He really didn't know enough about the sites to be able to tell you about them or just give interesting snippets of info. It was a bit disappointing from this point of view, I was also hoping to gain real insight in to the situation in Israel but it didn't really happen. I actually felt for him as I think he was out of his depth.
PlanetDuring this trip we spend 1 night in traditional kibbutz accommodation in Israel and 1 night in a desert camp in Wadi Rum, Jordan, both of which have far less impact on the environment than a standard hotel. The Middle East struggles with regular droughts and water shortages, so by staying in these alternative smaller properties we are supporting a local community and their responsible water usage. In both accommodations, the food is cooked for the group specifically, avoiding large amounts of food waste. Our leaders will also encourage the use of small restaurants where the locals can be found eating, which avoids the large all-you-can-east tourist restaurants and helps towards preventing food waste.
In Petra, we stay for two nights, which is a little longer than some operators offer because we want our groups to have the chance to visit the ancient site of Petra early in the morning ahead of the crowds to experience the true magic. We also offer an optional activity to see Petra by night when many of the day-trippers and coaches have left the area which helps to manage tourist numbers to the area and reduce our collective impact.
As a travel company we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key, and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage.
PeopleWe work closely with our Jordanian operator to run this trip in a way to give as much back as possible to the local communities. Part of this is employing local leaders, who are committed to responsible tourism. The leaders are trained by us and will give a briefing on responsible tourism and how you can help reduce your impact and maximise the benefits to the local community from your visit. This will include how to dress respectfully and act respectfully at holy sites.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people.
As a company we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of the UK travel industry body AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.