After arriving in Amman, you'll have some time to explore this historic city before departing for Wadi Rum desert where you'll spend a night in a Bedouin Camp and then visit the ancient rose-colored buildings in the UNESCO heritage site of Petra. Your final destination in Jordan is the Dead Sea—where you'll spend one night—and then travel to the King Hussein Border. You'll have two days in Jerusalem including a tour through the city and to Bethlehem before heading to your final destination, Tel Aviv, where you'll also enjoy a group tour around this ancient Roman capital port.

Highlights

  • Discover Wadi Rum desert in a Jeep vehicle
  • Enjoy a full-body mud treatment at the Dead Sea
  • Visit Mount of Olives for a panoramic view over Jerusalem
  • Tour the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem
  • Shop for souvenirs at the market of Tel Aviv's Old City

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Amman Amman
Day 2 Karak – Wadi Rum Desert Tour Wadi Rum
Day 3 Wadi Rum - Transfer to Petra Petra
Day 4 Petra Hike - The Dead Sea The Dead Sea
Day 5 King Hussein Border - Jerusalem Jerusalem
Day 6 Jerusalem & Bethlehem Tour Jerusalem
Day 7 Tel Aviv Group Tour Tel Aviv
Day 8 Depart Tel Aviv  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Amman

Amman's city lights at night
Amman's city lights at night

After arriving, your driver will be waiting for you at the airport to transfer you to your hotel in Amman. 

Depending on your time of arrival, you may have some time to explore this bustling capital city.

Suggested activities include:

  • Walk around in Jabal Weibdeh, which is the oldest neighborhood in Amman. There are lots of small side streets, shops offering local goods and produce to be explored, as well as many cafés and restaurants.
  • Close to Jabal Weibdeh is also the King Abdullah II Mosque which welcomes visitors. 
  • Explore the Citadel with the Temple of Hercules which offers a 360-degree view over Amman. It's best to be there during prayer time, as you'll hear the calls to prayers from the various mosques, creating a surreal echo. 
  • Continue to the Roman Theater, and then head through the bustling downtown souks.
  • Head to Rainbow Street in Jabal Amman, which is lined with shops, restaurants, and shisha cafés. You can explore the side roads, and you'll have great views over the surrounding "white hills".
  • Visit the Jordan Museum, where some of the Dead Sea Scrolls are on display.

Day 2: Karak – Wadi Rum Desert Tour

A view from inside a tent in Wadi Rum desert
A view from inside a tent in Wadi Rum desert

In the morning, your driver will pick you up to visit Karak, where you can visit one of the largest Crusader Castles in the Middle East. This castle fell to Saladin in 1189 when he conquered the Transjordan. There is time to explore the ruins and you can choose to have lunch here.

You’ll then travel on to Wadi Rum. Here, you will go on a two-hour Jeep tour through the desert where you'll discover Nabatean inscriptions, red sand dunes, rock bridges, and other bizarre rock formations. In this desert, the movie "The Martian" was shot partly because the landscape looks like it's from another planet.

You will spend the night under the stars in a Bedouin camp where you'll have a traditional dinner.

Optional:

  • Try Mansaf, the Jordanian national dish in Karak, where this dish originally comes from

Day 3: Wadi Rum - Transfer to Petra

Petra at night
Petra at night

Today you’ll travel north to Petra, which is about two hours of driving, where you'll have the day to visit this famous UNESCO site.

You can walk through the mystic Siq until you reach the famous Treasury. There is also a viewpoint opposite it which you can climb up for a view from above. Then, you can visit the Street of Facades and walk through the Roman area, where you can climb up to the High Place of Sacrifice and follow the path to the Garden Temple Complex.

If you have the energy then climb the 800 steps up to the Monastery, Petra’s largest Temple.

Optional:

  • A private tour guide in Petra
  • Visit Petra by Night (this takes place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays)
  • Dinner in the home of a local family

Day 4: Petra Hike - The Dead Sea

The Dead Sea in Jordan
The Dead Sea in Jordan

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel, to hike the secret backdoor hike to Petra with a local guide. This trail will lead you to the Monastery, the largest monument in petra. From here, you can continue by yourself back to the exit.

Your driver will then take you north to the lowest point on earth: the Dead Sea. Here, you have a free afternoon to float in the salty waters, go for a full-body mud treatment or relax in the sun. In the evening, you can enjoy the sun going down over the mountains on the other side.

You'll spend the night at a hotel at the Dead Sea.

Day 5: King Hussein Border - Jerusalem

Sun over the Dead Sea
Sun over the Dead Sea

You'll have the morning to relax and enjoy a dip in the Dead Sea. At around noon, your driver will take you to the King Hussein Border, where you will cross over. On the other side, another driver will await you, and take you to Jerusalem. You'll have the afternoon and evening free to explore this famous city.

Please note: The Jordanian departure tax is 10 JOD, the bus through the no-mans-land at the border costs 8 JD and 2 JD per luggage. This day should fall on a weekday (Sunday - Thursday) since on weekends the border closes earlier.

Day 6: Jerusalem & Bethlehem Tour

A square in the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem
A square in the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem

Today, you will have a group tour around Jerusalem and Bethlehem, with an English speaking guide.

First, you will drive to Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the city. You'll then stop at Mount Zion to visit King David's Tomb, the Room of Last Supper, and the Dormition Abbey. Afterward, you'll enter the Old City and walk through the Armenian and Jewish quarters to the recently excavated and restored Cardo, the Roman road. You'll also see the Jewish Wailing Wall, the Kotel, and continue to the Christian quarter and then walk along the Via Dolorosa and visit the Church of Holy Sepulchre.

You'll then head to Bethlehem where Jesus was born and walk through the Manger square to visit the Church of Nativity and visit the Shepherds' field.

Day 7: Tel Aviv Group Tour

Tel Aviv city life in the evening
Tel Aviv city life in the evening

After breakfast, you will be taken to Tel Aviv to meet the rest of the group.

You'll then drive to Caesarea, the ancient Roman capital and port, and enjoy a walking tour of the theater and the archaeological ruins and excavations. Afterward, you'll continue to Haifa for a scenic view of the city, the port, and the magnificent Bahai Gardens and Shrine before going to Rosh Hanikra. You'll descend by cable car into the underwater grottoes and admire the spectacular natural formation. Your next stop is Acre, the Old City which is recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Here, walk through the market, the mosque and the old port. You can visit the remarkable underground Crusader City and crypt to learn about their fascinating history and culture. 

Day 8: Depart Tel Aviv

A street in Jaffa early in the day
A street in Jaffa early in the day

Depending on your departure details you may have time to relax on one of the city's beaches, check out a museum, or stroll down the trendy Dizengoff Street, or visit the oldest part of town, Jaffa.

Your driver will take you to the Ben Gurion Airport in time for your departure.

Map

Map of Jordan & Palestine Highlights: Amman, Wadi Rum, Petra, The Dead Sea, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv - 8 Days
Map of Jordan & Palestine Highlights: Amman, Wadi Rum, Petra, The Dead Sea, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv - 8 Days