Combine two countries and countless ancient wonders on this 8-day exploration of Jordan & Israel. Stroll the bustling markets of Amman, explore the rose-colored canyons of Petra, camp among the shifting sands of Wadi Rum, and go for a dip in the salty waters of the Dead Sea. After checking off Jordan's greatest hits, you'll hop over to Jerusalem to visit iconic cultural and religious sites like the Garden of Gethsemane, Temple Mount, and the Wailing Wall.


  • Step back in time at the stunning archaeological sites of Jerash & Amman
  • Wander the steep canyons & gorges of ancient Petra
  • Camp under the stars in the deserts of Wadi Rum 
  • Experience the thrill of floating in the Dead Sea
  • Tour the cultural & historic landmarks of Jerusalem
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Welcome to Jordan! Amman
Day 2 Archaeological Wonders of Jerash, Aljoun & Amman Amman
Day 3 Transfer to Petra via Madaba, Mount Nebo & Kerak Petra
Day 4 Explore Petra, Transfer to Wadi Rum Wadi Rum
Day 5 Transfer to the Dead Sea The Dead Sea
Day 6 Transfer to Jerusalem, Afternoon City Tour Jerusalem
Day 7 Jerusalem Sightseeing, Transfer to Amman Amman
Day 8 Transfer to Airport & Departure  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Jordan!

The ancient Jordanian capital of Amman

Welcome to Jordan! Upon arrival at the Queen Alia International Airport, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel in the capital of Amman. The nation's largest city, Amman has been inhabited since the Bronze Age and is full of cultural and historic highlights.

Depending on your arrival time, feel free to explore Amman at your own pace. In the evening, head to dinner at a local restaurant to sample Jordanian specialties like mansaf (rice topped with lamb and pine nuts), Arabic sweets, and mint tea. 

Day 2: Archaeological Wonders of Jerash, Aljoun & Amman

Roman ruins in Jerash

Start today's tour with a transfer north to Jerash, one of the best-preserved Greco-Roman cities in the Middle East. Spend time wandering the extensive site and be sure to check out the well-preserved remains of two amphitheaters, the north-south Colonnaded Street, and the Hippodrome (the site of ancient chariot races).
Continue to Ajloun, in the highlands, where you can explore the 12th-century Ajloun Castle, a fortress built to ward off the Crusader armies at the vital trade and pilgrimage intersection between Jerusalem, Cairo, Damascus, and Mecca. Roam the ramparts and enjoy the sweeping views over the Levant

In the afternoon, your driver will take you back to Amman for an afternoon tour of the historic Old City. Discover the magnificent Amman Citadel (Jabal al Qal'a) and the 2nd-century Roman Theater, two of the most famous archaeological sites in the capital, and stroll amid colorful wares and aromatic spices in Amman's old souks (markets). 

Day 3: Transfer to Petra via Madaba, Mount Nebo & Kerak

Ancient stone mosaics at Madaba

After breakfast at your hotel, you'll check out and meet your driver for today's journey south. Stop in Madaba to check out its intricate Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, including the spectacular Madaba Map, the oldest preserved mosaic map of the Holy Land. Nearby, the Madaba Archaeological Park preserves the mosaic-rich Church of the Virgin Mary and artifacts from the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic eras.

Continue your journey to Mount Nebo, an elevated ridge of the Abarim range said to be where Moses took in the view of the Promised Land. Follow in his footsteps and 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.

Carry on south along the ancient King's Highway to Kerak to visit the impressive Crusader castle of the same name. Exploring the fortress-like structure provides an opportunity to experience the vaulted halls and passageways typical of the era, a remarkable insight into the architectural and military prowess of the Crusaders. When you're ready, continue to Petra where you'll check in to your hotel for the night.  

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Day 4: Explore Petra, Transfer to Wadi Rum

Marvel at the ancient Nabataean stonework of Petra's Treasury

Today you'll explore Jordan's beloved archeological treasure: the lost city of Petra. Known as the "Rose City" for the area's distinctive red sandstone, it's easy to see why Petra was named one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Its intricate architectural design is hundreds of years old, and remarkably well maintained. You can choose to hire a guide for a two-hour tour of the site or spend the day exploring at your own pace.

Enter through the Siq, a dramatically narrow gorge flanked by towering cliffs, and spend your day wandering at your leisure through Petra's seemingly endless temples, tombs, and colonnaded streets. Navigate the impressive water conduit system of the historic Nabataean city, paying a visit to Qasr al-Bint, a grand temple that was once the population's primary place of worship. 

If you're feeling adventurous, climb your way up the 800 steps to the Monastery, Petra's largest and lesser-visited monument. For a stunning view overlooking the Treasury and jagged mountains beyond, hike the steep stone-carved staircase to the top of Jabal al-Khubtha.

After getting your fill of Petra, your driver will take you south into the wilderness of the Wadi Rum, an expanse of desert dubbed the "Valley of the Moon" by Lawrence of Arabia. Along the two-hour drive, you'll pass through red valleys, rock canyons, and dunes to reach a Bedouin-style camp, where you'll enjoy a traditional meal and spend the night sleeping under the stars.

Day 5: Transfer to the Dead Sea

Float in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea

Rise early this morning for an unforgettable desert sunrise. After breakfast, your driver will pick you up for the 4.5-hour drive north to reach the shores of the Dead Sea, one of the most spectacular natural and spiritual landscapes in the world. This landlocked lake is the lowest point on earth and the world's richest source of natural salts, hiding wonderful treasures that accumulated throughout thousands of years. 

After a scenic drive through a landscape of otherworldly, arid hills, you'll reach your hotel, where you can spend the rest of the day at your leisure—floating in the salty waters, enjoying a full-body mud treatment, or relaxing in the sun.

Day 6: Transfer to Jerusalem, Afternoon City Tour

Views over Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives

After a final refreshing dip in the Dead Sea, your driver awaits to transfer you into Israel via the Allenby Bridge. Start by taking in panoramic views over Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. Next, you'll visit the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations before proceeding to Bethlehem to see 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. After exploring Shepherd's Fields chapel in Beit Sahour, you can 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 in Jerusalem for the night.

Day 7: Jerusalem Sightseeing, Transfer to Amman

See the golden-domed Temple Mount in Jerusalem

After breakfast at your hotel, head out for some more sightseeing. Start the day with a visit to the Wailing Wall, where you can view Haram Al-Sharif, also called the Temple Mount, in all its golden-domed glory. A stroll through the colorful bazaars of the Old City takes you towards the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher, built on the site where Christians believe Jesus was crucified and buried before rising up again. Then continue to the Jewish Quarter to explore the Cardo, an ancient colonnaded street dating back to the Roman Empire.

In the afternoon, it's time to head back to Jordan via the Allenby Bridge. After completing the immigration procedures, you'll be met by your driver and transferred to Amman. Get settled into your hotel, then spend the remainder of the evening exploring any city highlights you may have missed, picking up some last-minute souvenirs, or enjoying a celebratory final dinner of Jordanian specialties.

Day 8: Transfer to Airport & Departure

Sunset over Amman

After breakfast, it's time to bid Amman farewell and transfer to the Queen Alia International Airport for your departing flight. Safe travels

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