Jordan & Israel: Cultural Crossroads

Delve into the past and present of Jordan and Israel, uncovering a land of quiet deserts, modern coastlines, ancient ruins, and spiritual roots. Soak in the natural minerals of the Dead Sea - the lowest point on Earth. Venture through the red-rock city of Petra. Traverse the desert on the back of a pick-up truck and see the ethereal moonlike landscape of Wadi Rum. Engage in a poignant discussion with a Holocaust survivor at the World Holocaust Remembrance Center. Dine with a local family at a home-hosted dinner. Walk through the vibrant stalls of the Jaffa Flea Market in Tel Aviv. Discover unwavering cultures and connect with the locals as you experience the best of 2 iconic countries.

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Tour Operator
Collette
Offer
Offer valid through 6/30/2024
Duration
15 Days
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1AmmanThe stillness of the desert. The breeze off the coast. The foundation of spiritual phenomena. The lowest point on Earth. In Jordan and Israel, uncover the truth behind a land cloaked in mysteries, legends, and unwavering cultures.
Day 2AmmanStart your journey in Amman, the innovative capital of Jordan. Make your way to the legendary Dead Sea, whose salty shores draw inquisitive nomads, health gurus, and those seeking out a slice of indulgence. Feel at peace as you settle into your tranquil home for the next 2 nights. As the sun sets on the turquoise tides, get to know your fellow travelers over dinner at your hotel.
Day 3Dead SeaAdmire sprawling vistas from Mount Nebo, where Moses shared his vision of the elusive Promised Land. In Madaba, visit St. George's Church, whose Byzantine mosaic illustrates a glimpse into ancient history. Then, connect with the local community during a home hosted lunch. Experience traditional Jordanian hospitality and authentic home cooking as you share stories and mingle with your hosts over a traditional meal. Return to the hotel in the mid-afternoon and enjoy time on your own to float in the Dead Sea's ethereal waters.
Day 4Dead SeaStart your morning with an Impact Moment at a cooperative promoting the conservation of traditional crafts through the employment of Bedouin women, where you'll participate in a hands-on lesson before lunch.* Continue on to Petra, a red sandstone city carved into the cliffs and settle into your hotel for a 2-night stay.
Day 5PetraBeat the crowds and the heat of the sun with an early-morning tour of Petra's archaeological remains (UNESCO). With towering bluffs overhead, delve into this ancient crossroad with a local guide. The remainder of the day is yours to discover this "lost city" on your own. This evening, try your hand at culinary techniques during an authentic Arabic cooking class. After you prepare your meal, discover the unique blend of flavors as you enjoy your carefully crafted dinner.
Day 6PetraLaunch into a land of quiet stillness and open dunes as you make your way to Wadi Rum. Cruise through the reserve on the back of a pick-up truck and take in the vast landscape around you. Take time for lunch at a local camp before returning back through the desert. Grab your bags and get ready for the second part of your adventure as you cross the border into Israel.** A short transfer takes you to your hotel located in Eilat's Marina, your home for the next 2 nights.
Day 7EilatSoak in the atmosphere as it's your choice! Spend a morning exploring the traditional site of King Solomon's mines at Timna -OR- relax aboard a glass-bottom-boat cruise of the Gulf of Aqaba in search for marine life. With a free afternoon, perhaps you'll go on an optional excursion to the Eilat Mountains, where you'll be able to take in the sun as it sets over four countries: Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Israel and Egypt. Gather around a bonfire and gaze over the Sinai, the area where Moses led the Jews during their Exodus from Egypt and back to the Promised Land.
Day 8EilatDiscover why the locals have so much pride in their ability to grow food in this harsh climate. Visit the Vidor Center for Desert Agriculture and learn about drip irrigation and other innovative techniques that allow crops to flourish in the desert. Travel to the desert fortress of Masada (UNESCO), perched upon a cliff overlooking the Dead Sea. Explore Herod's Palace and the Roman Camp. Descend the ancient walls by cable car before continuing on to Jerusalem, your home for the next 3 nights.
Day 9JerusalemToday, you'll begin your exploration of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, where you'll marvel at the panoramic view of the Holy City, including the shining Dome of the Rock. Get ready to see Jerusalem on foot and embark on a comprehensive tour of the old city, covering multiple religions that have coexisted here for centuries. Pause at the Western (Wailing) Wall, follow the Stations of the Cross on the Via Dolorosa, and walk in the footsteps of millions before you. With the remainder of your day at leisure, delve into Jerusalem's Shuk (the Bazaars of the Old City), with each narrow street dedicated to different trades passed down through generations. As you explore, breathe in the smell of freshly baked bread, roasting sesame seeds, and savory spices. This evening, you may opt to see the city from the different perspective with a tour of Jerusalem at night.
Day 10JerusalemReflect on the sorrows of the past at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, followed by a poignant discussion with a Holocaust survivor.*** The rest of the day is yours to do as you please. Perhaps you'll take an optional tour through the Judean Hills to Bethlehem returning in the early evening.
Day 11JerusalemA full morning transfer takes you to the hills of Galilee and to Safed, a beautiful little town of weather-worn alleyways and one of Judaism' Four Holy Cities. This afternoon, join a local expert for a walking tour of the Old Town. Learn about Kabbalah's mystical beliefs, providing a glimpse into a local religion. This evening, connect with one of the town's Orthodox Jewish families over a home-hosted dinner.
Day 12SafedHead to Magdala, regarded to be the hometown of Mary Magdalene, and find an ancient city of stone carvings and excavated temples. Sail on the sea of Galilee in a historic replica boat before continuing on to the Mount of Beatitudes, an overlook where Jesus gave his famous Sermon of the Mount. Then, meet with a member of the Druze community to learn more about this mysterious and secretive sect of Islam. Return to Safed in the early evening for a buffet dinner at your hotel.
Day 13SafedExplore Nazareth, the childhood town of Jesus. More than just a religious town, Nazareth's culinary scene and growing businesses brought the city into the 21st century. After visiting the Basilica of the Annunciation, experience an Impact Moment at a community center where local women lead a lesson on traditional crafts. Pause for lunch in a historic house, featuring Arab-Israeli favorites such as hummus, baba ghanoush, pastries, and more. This afternoon, head to the bustling waterfront city of Tel Aviv - the remainder of the day is yours. Perhaps you'll relax in an outdoor cafE, walk along the beach, or check out the dynamic nightlife.
Day 14Tel AvivMake your way through Tel Aviv's historic section, Jaffa, passing by St. Peter's Church, Wishing Bridge, Ramses Gate, and the unique Suspended Orange Tree. Then taste your way through one of Tel Aviv's lively street markets**** as you connect with the locals, getting a true taste of everyday life in this bustling Mediterranean city. This evening, toast to the end of your trip at a farewell reception.
Day 15Tel AvivWish Israel goodbye as you depart for home.
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
03/02/2025$5,599.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
04/23/2025$5,599.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
04/27/2025$5,599.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
Lodging
Dead Sea Marriott Resort - Dead Sea, Jordan
Petra Marriott - Petra, Jordan
Dan Panorama - Eilat, Israel
Atlas Arthur Hotel - Jerusalem, Israel
Ruth Zefat Hotel - Safed, Israel
Atlas Artist Hotel - Tel Aviv, Israel
Disclaimer
* NOTE: Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.

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    Delve into the past and present of Jordan and Israel, uncovering a land of quiet deserts, modern coastlines, ancient ruins, and spiritual roots. Soak in the natural minerals of the Dead Sea - the lowest point on Earth.

 
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