Tailor made tour of Jordan & Israel
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Description of Tailor made tour of Jordan & Israel
An escorted tour of Jordan and Israel. In Jordan you will take in all the sights from Amman to Wadi Rum, and in Israel and Palestine points of interest range from the Holy City of Jerusalem to Acre in the north, with its beautiful UNESCO registered Old City.
Visit some of the finest sites of the ancient world amid the most dramatic natural scenery, including the luscious green Jordan Valley, the ancient Roman sites of Pella, Um Qais, Jerash and the Ajloun fort. Walk the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem, tracing the footsteps of Jesus before the crucifixion and visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem which marks the traditional site of Christís birth. Spend a day visiting sights in the north of the Holy Land including Jesusí home town of Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee. Float in the Dead Sea, and head south along the Kingís way visiting Mount Nebo, Madaba and Kerak, before entering the Dana Nature Reserve to explore the beautiful landscapes of the Jordan Rift Valley. Spend a full day at Petra for a visit to the famous ancient city before continuing to Wadi Rum for an exciting desert tour. You will also have the opportunity to experience the real Jordan with accommodation in authentic Arabic hotels and guesthouses as well as staying in a traditional Bedouin camp.
This tour is with your own English-speaking driver guide and private vehicle in Jordan and with English-speaking guide and shared transport in Israel. The knowledgeable guides will accompany you for the duration of your trip, giving you an insight into the history and traditions of the country. This trip can be tailor-made to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements, by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination.
|Day 1:||Private transfer from the airport to your hotel in Amman where you will stay overnight.|
|Day 2:||Today you will be met at your hotel by your English-speaking driver guide who will take you on a morning city tour of Amman. Then continue to north of Jordan to visit the Roman ruins of Pella and Um Qais, with stunning views overlooking the Sea of Galilee to the Israel and Syrian borders. Return to Amman for overnight stay.|
|Day 3:||Your guide will collect you from your hotel and drive you to the Jordan/Israel border where, after immigration formalities, you will be met and transferred into Jerusalem. This afternoon is completely at your leisure to explore this wonderful city.|
|Day 4:||This morning you will be collected for your full day tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Visit the Western (Wailing) Wall and the Mt. of Olives with a stunning panoramic view of the city. Walk the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and end the day with a visit to Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity, the site of Christís birth. Return to Jerusalem for overnight stay.|
|Day 5:||Today you will enjoy a full day tour to the north of the country to visit Nazareth housing the Church of the Anunciation and also Taghba, the site of the miracle of the loaves and fishes. Visit the Sea of Galilee. Return to Jerusalem for overnight stay.|
|Day 6:||Full day tour to the coastal town of Haifa with its panoramic views of the port, en-route visit Caesarea with its impressive Roman & Crusader ruins and Acre with the UNESCO registered Old City. Finally visit Rosh Hanikra on the Lebanese border and explore the sea ravaged grottos. Return to Jerusalem for overnight stay.|
|Day 7:||Today you will leave Israel and transfer back into Jordan. When in Jordan, visit Ajloun National Park where you will walk around the ancient crusader fort before heading to the famous Roman City of Jerash. Here, a private guide will accompany you around the ruins. Transfer onwards to the Dead Sea late afternoon to relax. Overnight stay.|
|Day 8:||Today is entirely at leisure to relax and enjoy the sensation of floating in the famous Dead Sea. Overnight stay.|
|Day 9:||Drive south along the Kingsí Way, visiting Mt. Nebo and the alleged burial site of Moses, overlooking the Dead Sea & the Jordan Valley and Madaba with the oldest map of the Holy Land. Then drive through the magnificent scenery of Wadi Mujib to Kerak to visit the Crusader Castle before arriving at Dana Nature Reserveís Feynan Wilderness Lodge to stay overnight.|
|Day 10:||This morning enjoy your 5hr hike of the area. The Reserve contains a remarkable diversity of landscapes that range from wooded highlands to rocky slopes and from gravel plains to dunes of sand. Moreover, Dana supports diverse wildlife, which includes a variety of rare species of plants and animals. This afternoon your guide will transfer you to Taybet Zaman Eco-Resort just south of Petra with free time to visit Petra for sunset. * Depending on your day of travel, you may have the opportunity to experience Petra by Night, a romantic and unforgettable experience as the heritage site is flooded with flickering candlelight. Please enquire!|
|Day 11:||Full day spent at Petra, where you will have a private English-speaking guide for 3 hours to give you a tour of the ancient city and insight into the Nabatean culture & history. The afternoon is free to explore the ruins. This evening, enjoy the experience of cooking local Jordanian cuisine alongside local women in the Petra Kitchen. Stay overnight in Petra.|
|Day 12:||Today another morning at leisure to explore Petra. Afterwards venture in a 4x4 vehicle into the Wadi Rum Desert, the largest and most magnificent of Jordan's desert landscapes with sandstone mountains, matching the colour of knife-edged dunes. Overnight under the stars in a local Bedouin camp where dinner is included.|
|Day 13:||This morning you have the opportunity to experience the Wadi Rum on foot, before transferring down to Aqaba for a few days on the beach.|
|Day 14:||Today is entirely at leisure to relax and enjoy the hotel & beach.|
|Day 15:||This morning your guide will collect you from your hotel and transfer you to Aqaba airport in time for your departure flight to the UK via Amman.|
4 Reviews of Tailor made tour of Jordan & Israel
Reviewed on 17 Aug 2019 by David GwilliamsThe top 3 parts of the holiday were Petra, Jerusalem and Dead Sea. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Nov 2016 by Hefin SalisburyAmazing, interesting Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Jan 2014 by Helga TrimEvery moment was a memorable moment...Jerash in Jordan was a surprise...Petra Kitchen was a lot of fun ...Dinner at Fauzi Azar Inn, and singing and dancing at Bedouin Camp was great too! Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Sep 2013 by Jean Ross9/10...Jordan - particularly Petra which lived up to, and surpassed its reputation Read full review
Planet and peopleRSCN
RSCN is a non-government organization devoted to the protection and care of Jordanís wild plants, animals and natural landscapes. Wild Jordan is the part of RSCN responsible for socio-economic growth projects, including all eco-tourism and handicraft enterprises that link the protection of nature with improving the livelihoods of local communities.
Jordan's Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature is for the benefit of the local community and is an important source of employment and education in the local region. Two of the reserves featured in this tour are The Dana Nature Reserve and the Wadi Rum. The RSCN also operates a handicraft centre and locally produced goods as well as organically grown herbs and preserves are available in local shop.
Preserving the pristine wilderness: there are no hotels in Wadi Rum itself but many local Bedouins offer tourists an overnight stay in their tents in the middle of the desert. Relatively few of Jordan's Bedouin still follow the ways of their ancestors. Most have settled in cities and towns and are found in every walk of life.
Yet low-slung black tents and pack camels have not vanished from the landscape, and many travellers find a shared meal or coffee with traditional desert Bedouin to be their most memorable experience. Naturalists will be drawn to the desert in springtime, when rains bring the greening of the hills and an explosion of hundreds of species of wild flowers. Red anemones, poppies and the striking Black Iris, Jordan's national flower, grow at will by the roadside and in more quiet reaches.
Stay in a genuine Bedouin camp in the desert, with traditional food, accommodation in tents and entertainment around a well lit bonfire. You can also hire a local Bedouin guide who will offer you either a 4WD vehicle, or for the more adventurous a camel ride, to explore the area.
Taybet Zaman Eco Resort, Petra
Located 10 kilometres from Petra, the village of Taybet has been converted to a 5 star resort with the support of the local community. The old village was almost deserted as the community had moved away during the 1960s, and in the early 1990s the mayor proposed turning the old village houses into a tourist resort, rebuilt and owned by the local community. The end result was a recycled village, owned, rebuilt, and run by the locals, keeping the community and its heritage alive and spurring growth. There is a Turkish bath and a restaurant serving traditional Arabic meals as well as a small market area which sells locally produced pottery and textiles to keep alive old crafts skills and bring employment and money to revitalise the villagers.
Taybet Zaman was restored with respect to authenticity of materials, environment, and regional style resulting in a preservation of culture, recycling of materials, offering a rustic and local Jordanian experience to its guests. Since its completion in 1994, Taybet Zaman has won numerous awards, including the 1996 British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow Award and the 1997 Green Global Commendation Award.
Feynan Wilderness Lodge, Dana
Feynan Lodge has been developed by Jordanís Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature and opened in the summer of 2005. It is set among the arid mountains of Wadi Feynan on the western border of Dana Nature Reserve. The lodge, also known as the Wilderness Lodge, has been set up as a cool, atmospheric retreat for tourists wishing to explore this undiscovered and archaeologically rich area of Jordan. It is an interesting piece of architecture built entirely of local materials and designed by a local architect. The unique arabesque desert design uses traditional adobe methods and lends a romantic feel to this remote location. The RSCN have been keen to incorporate some eco-friendly technologies, which include solar power by day and candlelight at night. The staff are all from the local Bedouin community which makes it an important asset to this remote area.
The Petra Kitchen offers an evening of learning, fun and a very special dining experience allowing you to recreate some of the traditional Jordanian dishes for yourself, alongside some of the local women. Great care has been taken to make The Petra Kitchen a truly Jordanian experience - right down to the furnishings which are all crafted in Jordan, the tableware which is all produced by the Iraq al Amir Womenís Co-operative and the aprons & table linens which are all hand-embroidered by the Jordan River Foundation.
Above the Petra Kitchen, there is also a small fair trade shop selling handicrafts made by local artisans which are of a very good quality and are often entirely unique items. A lot of these items are made by local women in their homes or by members of charitable organizations set up to support local women, so buying items here helps these women but also helps inject money into the local economy.
As a company, we have a policy of staying in locally owned accommodation wherever possible and our ground agents employ local guides using transport owned and operated by local people. Lunches are eaten in locally owned and managed restaurants thus supporting the community financially. This provides valuable employment to the region and keeps the money you spend in the country, helping to maintain and develop the infrastructure.