From the Rose City of Petra to the shores of the Dead Sea, enjoy nine days of exploration in Jordan and Israel on this comprehensive tour. With a curated focus on the area's most fascinating highlights, you'll hit all of the cultural sights and natural wonders that make this region a timeless and sought-after destination.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Ben Gurion Arrival + Night in Tel Aviv

Welcome to Israel! One of our trusted drivers will meet you at Ben Gurion Airport upon your arrival. You'll be transferred directly to your hotel in the heart of Tel Aviv to get settled and rest up for the week of travel ahead. 

Day 2: Sheikh Hussein Bridge + Jerash + Amman City Tour 

On your first morning, you'll be picked up bright and early, entering Jordan via the Sheikh Hussein Bridge: an international border crossing that spans the Jordan River. Once you arrive at the border, a private shuttle bus will take you across - be sure to have cash on hand to pay your fare directly. 

From there, you'll head to the ruins at Jerash. Nearly two thousand years old, this ancient Roman city is one of the best-preserved archeological sites in the Middle East. Spend hours wandering among the arches and columns, and be sure to climb up to the Temple of Zeus for a quick selfie with the breathtaking view. 

The old city of Amman is your next stop, where you'll start with lunch in al Balad, the historic city center. Grab some baklava before soaking up the city's rich history at the Citadel and the Roman Theatre. The rest of the afternoon will be spent strolling through Amman's old marketplace and visiting the brightly colored mosaics in the courtyard of the Al-Husseini mosque.

Day 3: Mount Nebo + Madaba + Karak 

After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, you'll journey south to Mount Nebo. According to the Old Testament, this is the lofty peak where Moses took in the view of the Promised Land and is now considered one of the holiest places in Biblical tradition. Look out at the Dead Sea and beyond, before eventually making your way to the Memorial Church of Moses, a modern structure that now houses excavated relics from the region. 

Continue your day in Madaba, a charming town known for its Byzantine mosaics, including the famous Madaba Map: the oldest preserved mosaic map of the Holy Lands. You'll also make a stop in Karak, a city that was once the capital of Moab, its skyline still dominated by a castle at its center. Visiting the fortress-like structure provides an opportunity to experience firsthand the vaulted halls and passageways typical of the era, an impressive insight into the architectural and military prowess of the Crusaders. 

With an evening arrival in Petra, you are able to join a nighttime tour of the ancient city - a fantastic opportunity to gain a unique perspective of the ruins before your daytime explorations the next morning.

Day 4: Petra + Camping at Wadi Rum

Enjoy a full day at Petra, the crown archeological jewel of Jordan. Get lost in the "Lost City," constructed in the third century BC and known for its intricate architectural elements cut from the landscape's rose-colored rock walls. Enter Petra through the Siq, a rocky passage leading to the ruins officially named one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World. Pass the hours marveling at sights like Qasr Al-Bint, the magnificent Treasury, and the Royal Tombs. After getting your fill of the Rose City, spend a peaceful night under the stars enjoying the hospitality of the Bedouins, camping out in the desert wilderness of Wadi Rum.

Day 5: Wadi Rum Jeep Tour & Camel Ride

Wake up in the great outdoors and get excited for your most adventurous day yet. Take a 4x4 Jeep tour of the Wadi Rum wilderness, traversing the expanse of orange dunes and canyons in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia. After lunch, take one more look around the desert from a different vantage point: a one-hour tour on the back of a camel. That afternoon, you'll say goodbye to the magic of Wadi Rum and head to your hotel near the shores of the famously salty Dead Sea.

Day 6: Dead Sea + Allenby crossing + Jericho + Bethlehem 

Relax with a float in the Dead Sea - the lowest point on earth, at 400 meters below sea level. Swim in the salty waters, hang out by the pool, or pamper yourself with mineral spa treatments specific to the region. After a few hours of lounging in the sun, you'll say goodbye to Jordan and head back into Israel via the Allenby Crossing. Pass through Jericho, the oldest city in the world, arriving in Bethlehem to visit the Church of Nativity. Also known as the Grotto, this mosaic-lined basilica was built to commemorate what is widely believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ.

On your way to Jerusalem, tour the Shepherd's Fields of Beit Sahour. Stretch your legs with a stroll through religious ruins from the early days of Christiandom before getting back on the road and checking into your hotel for the night.

Day 7: Jerusalem Old City Tour

There's a lot to see in Old Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives is a perfect place to start your morning. Begin at the top for a stunning, unobstructed view of the city, followed by a stop at the Church of the Pater Noster - be sure to take a peek at the plaques on the basilica walls, listing translations of the Lord's Prayer in over one hundred languages.  

From the hilltop, follow the traditional Palm Sunday route to the Garden of Gethsemane with its grove of centuries-old olive trees. Enter the Old City through the Dung Gate and make your sightseeing rounds, hitting up the Wailing Wall, Haram Al Sharif, and the Dome of the Rock, to name a few. Walk along the Via Dolorosa, observing the Stations of the Cross and ending up at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Christ is said to have been crucified and buried. Exit the Old City through the bazaars near the Jaffa Gate, observing the landmarks of Western Jerusalem from your vehicle on the short ride back to your hotel.

Day 8: Caesarea + Haifa + Acre 

On your last full day of touring, begin with a drive to coastal Caesarea, where the Apostle Paul was said to have set sail for Rome - a crucial event in the spread of Christianity to the Western world. Bask in the breeze from the Mediterranean Sea while viewing impressive archaeological remains of the Roman and Byzantine city that once dominated the region. 

Haifa is next on the agenda, a seaside metropolis known for its immaculately kept Baha’i Gardens. Make one final stop at Acre for a tour of the underground city and crypt, a surviving remnant from the days of the Crusaders, and a walk through the city's outdoor market. You'll spend your last evening of the trip in Tel Aviv, enjoying one last delicious Israeli dinner, recounting your favorite memories from the trip, and preparing for the next day's departure. 

Day 9: Tel Aviv City Tour + Departure from Ben Gurion

Spend your last morning taking in the colorful hustle and bustle of Tel Aviv. Begin at Rabin Square, a historical plaza in the city center, where you can pay your respects at the Holocaust memorial monument and visit the recently constructed ecological water pool. From there, head to the White City of Tel Aviv, a neighborhood holding the largest collection of Bauhaus architecture in the world. Built in the mid-20th century, it was eventually designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its exemplary modern design. 

Old Jaffa will be next, an ancient port-town-turned-artist-colony that happens to be the oldest neighborhood in Tel Aviv. Wander through the beautifully restored Zodiac Alleyways before making a final stop at the Carmel Market. You'll find yourself pleasantly lost among the locals in the maze of food stalls, eventually ending up perusing the craft vendors on Nahalat Binyamin Street for some last-minute souvenir shopping. After an unforgettable nine days, you'll bid farewell to Jordan and Israel and depart to Ben Gurion Airport for an evening flight. Until next time!

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Map of Highlights of Jordan & Israel: 9 Days
Map of Highlights of Jordan & Israel: 9 Days

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Highlights of jordan: 6 days, Jordan - Jul 22 - Jul 27, 2018

Traveler: Mia F. - Local specialist: Tamara Salameen

I enjoyed the private Jordan tour and all Tamara’s hard work putting it together at the last minute. Her flexibility and helpfulness along the way were most important, answering my numerous questions, and ensuring I had non-smoking hotel rooms and a driver I could speak to.
The disappointments were mostly due to a lack of research on my part and even so we’re far outweighed by the positives. I would and will recommend your agency, driver Ala’a (the very cool, smart Aloosh), the Ramada Dead... read more

I enjoyed the private Jordan tour and all Tamara’s hard work putting it together at the last minute. Her flexibility and helpfulness along the way were most important, answering my numerous questions, and ensuring I had non-smoking hotel rooms and a driver I could speak to.
The disappointments were mostly due to a lack of research on my part and even so we’re far outweighed by the positives. I would and will recommend your agency, driver Ala’a (the very cool, smart Aloosh), the Ramada Dead Sea Resort, and most of the sites. The Citadel in Amman and Wadi Rum 4x4 tour (wear sneakers and socks for full enjoyment) and overnight were surprisingly interesting, Petra as awesome as imagined, and Wadi Mujid the clear winner - just a very expensive late addition. If you’re at all fit, tough, and can swim and climb a ladder, get Wadi Mujid included in your tour (Dead Sea area).
Tamara is to be commended for her patience, for taking such good care of me along the way and for being so responsive to my many questions and needs. Jordan is a beautiful, exciting country with much to do beyond the ruins. I will go back to the people at KimKim for future worldwide trips. Great support.

Highlights of jordan & israel: 9 days, Jordan - May 29 - Jun 6, 2018

Traveler: Regina T. - Local specialist: Lena Sluga

Overall, our trip to Jordan and Israel was great.

Our journey to Jordan was well-taken care by Akram. He led us to many spectacular spots, which were unforgettable. He also shared Jordanian history and culture. The service Akram provided was exceptional.

We were particularly grateful to be arranged to accommodate in the luxury camp in the Wadi Rum Desert. Our camp was so luxurious and beautiful, which was beyond our expectations. The food was good. And our favourite part was hooka-ing under... read more

Overall, our trip to Jordan and Israel was great.

Our journey to Jordan was well-taken care by Akram. He led us to many spectacular spots, which were unforgettable. He also shared Jordanian history and culture. The service Akram provided was exceptional.

We were particularly grateful to be arranged to accommodate in the luxury camp in the Wadi Rum Desert. Our camp was so luxurious and beautiful, which was beyond our expectations. The food was good. And our favourite part was hooka-ing under the starry night in the middle of the desert. This was an experience that we would never forget.

However, there is still room for improvements for hotels we lived in Jordan. While it was true that the rooms are spacious, they were not as clean as we expected. There was little hair on the pillow cover in one of the hotels that we lived which implied that the hotel did not wash their pillow cover for every guest they served. Moreover, Worst of all, our experience in the Dead Sea Spa Hotel was horrible. While they had a good buffet, we were disappointed with the attitude of their staff members. Our room lock was not walking initially and the hotel made a promise that it only took five minutes for them to fix it. However, it eventually took us two to three hours to wait for the response from the hotel, in spite of our repeated and kind request to the hotel to fix the lock. We only had one night in the Dead Sea area and much time was wasted in fixing the lock of our room. What a pity!

Moreover, we were advised to purchase a 2-day Jordan pass. It turned out that we only spent one day in Petra. Perhaps better communication should be made between different parties so as to save us some money.

For our journey in Israel, we are amazed by the choice of hotel, which were so fancy. Also, the group tours are generally good. The tour guides were humorous. Yet, there was one exception, our tour to Bethlehem was poorly arranged. The tour guide looked grumpy all the time. Worse, our tour was conducted in both English and Spanish. Since it was apparent that the tour guide was more proficient in Spanish, I and my friends felt neglected by the tour guide. The queuing arrangement in the church of Bethlehem sucked! People just pushed others, without order and discipline.

Moreover, it will be great if there were fewer 'shopping stops' in those group tours in Israel. Frankly speaking, we were not really interested in shopping and we found those compulsory stays in their assigned shops was quite annoying.

Thank you Lena for all the arrangments, we really appreciate that. Generally speaking, we had a good experience. Yet, there were still minor parts that Lena should take care of to further improve the quality of similar tours later on.

Highlights of jordan & israel: 9 day itinerary, Jordan - May 27 - Jun 5, 2018

Traveler: william n. - Local specialist: Andy Nurse

Guides were great, in particular Jerusalem guide. Drivers were great, Jordan driver was very funny/full of knowledge and you can tell he really enjoys his job. When we experienced a bad hotel and had to change in Tel Aviv, Walid was great. He assured us the company would reimburse us and that their first priority is to take care of customers. I will discuss the hotel in an email/further on this, was our only bad experience, but was quite bad, unfortunately. Hotels in Jordan and Jerusalem were great, and wadi rum was really great as well.

Trip to jordan, Jordan - Sep 21 - Sep 27, 2017

Traveler: Sin Pin J. - Local specialist: Basma Hayudini

We truly had a great time in Jordan. Basma and team organized a well-planned itinerary but we wished we had more time in Jordan, especially in Petra and the Dead Sea. Jordan is an amazing place for a holiday. People are friendly and the food is great. The place is safe. We felt safe and relax wherever we traveled. The driver we had in Jordan was fantastic. He has good knowledge of the places we visited that made our holiday in Jordan more special and memorable. Thank you.

Jordan and jerusalem, Jordan - Sep 9 - Sep 15, 2017

Traveler: Robyn F. - Local specialist: Basma Hayudini

The sites were great as was the drivers in both Jordan (Nabil) and Israel (Abed) as they were not only excellent drivers but their knowledge was excellent for our group which was not a religious tour. Our guide MaHa, in Jordan was also good in adjusting the itinerary to our particular preferences. I felt this was more a group tour in a small van rather than a private tour. We would have appreciated being offered a broader range of accommodation options to suit a range of budgets. We would... read more

The sites were great as was the drivers in both Jordan (Nabil) and Israel (Abed) as they were not only excellent drivers but their knowledge was excellent for our group which was not a religious tour. Our guide MaHa, in Jordan was also good in adjusting the itinerary to our particular preferences. I felt this was more a group tour in a small van rather than a private tour. We would have appreciated being offered a broader range of accommodation options to suit a range of budgets. We would have also appreciated a broader set of itinerary's - for example - just camp dinner at wadi rum with no overnight We also had to identify our own more upmarket hotels in some locations.

Basma was excellent in adjusting the tour to our needs but we were surprised when she informed us she was leaving the tour half a day earlier because it suited the tour company better and there was no guiding to be done in the last leg. It would have been better if you had informed us we only needed a guide for 3 days instead of four.