Essential Israel & Jordan by Private Car

Product Code: F-3045

Trip Duration

12 Days / 11 Nights

Price From

Tel Aviv | Jerusalem | Caesarea | Tiberias | Amman | Mt. Nebo | Petra | Wadi Rum | Dead Sea | Masada | Mitzpe Ramon | Bethlehem | Golan Heights

Highlights:

  • Tour historical UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the holy Old City of Jerusalem
  • Enjoy an audio-visual presentation in the ancient Roman theater in Caesarea
  • Horse ride in Petra, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World
  • Jeep tour in Wadi Rum’s pristine desert
  • Ride a cable car up Masada, the 2,000 year old fortress
  • Learn about the geopolitics of the region with guided tours in Golan Heights and Jerusalem

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Full Itinerary

Upon arrival in Tel Aviv,
transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day of yours to relax and unwind.
(D)Arrival in Tel Aviv

After a famous Israeli buffet breakfast, drive to Jaffa, one of the oldest
port cities in the world. Stroll through the artist quarter to the old port.
Continue to the first neighborhood in Tel Aviv, established in 1887, a
recently gentrified area with wonderful restored homes and small shops and
restaurants. Visit Independence Hall, the location where Israel’s first Prime
Minister, declared Israel’s independence in 1948. Enjoy a walking tour of the
the White City of Tel Aviv, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Constructed from
the early 1930s until the 1950s, the buildings were designed by architects
who were trained in Europe where they practiced their profession before
immigrating. End the day at the bustling Carmel Market, the major local
market of Tel Aviv. (B,D)
Optional:
Evening out with “EatWith,” an easy and wonderful way to access
the underground food scene and connect with creative, open-minded and
interesting local people.

Tel Aviv

Travel to the Ella Valley and tour the ruins of the ancient fortified city
of Azekah, from the times of the Judea Kingdom. Continue to an experimental
R&D center that focuses on developing advanced agriculture in arid
conditions such as irrigating with brackish water. Then experience Bedouin
hospitality in Sfinat Hamidbar located in the heart of the Negev Desert, followed
by a special visit to a winery located on a same site that was a vineyard
during the Nabbatean period more than 2,000 years ago. Taste one of Israel’s
best wines and learn about agrotourism in remote areas. (B,D)Tel Aviv | Ella
Valley |  Mitzpe Ramon

Visit the phenomenal Ramon Crater, a unique geological formation unlike
anything anywhere in the world, with fossils dating back nearly 200 million
years. Enjoy a special jeep tour in the crater. Then visit En Avdat National
Park, an oasis in middle of the desert, where ibex and other animals come to
quench their thirst. Enjoy a short hike along the canyon to water pools.
Continue to the nearby the ancient ruins of the Nabatean city of Avdat, a
UNESCO World Heritage site, that was an important trading city over in the
3rd century BCE. (B,D)Mitzpe Ramon

Cross into Jordan at the Arava Border crossing, then continue to Wadi Rum
for a jeep tour. Known as ‘The Valley of the Moon’, this is the place where
Prince Faisal Bin Hussein and T.E. Lawrence based their headquarters during
the Arab Revolt against the Ottomans in World War I. (B,D)Mitzpe Ramon | Wadi
Rum | Petra

Morning tour to Jordan’s greatest tourist attraction, Petra, a UNESCO World
Heritage site and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Explore this
centuries-old “rose-red” city by horseback and on foot. See Petra’s most
beautiful monument, The Treasury, carved out of the solid rock from the side
of the mountain. Discover soaring temples, elaborate royal tombs, burial
chambers and much more. (B,D)Petra | Amman

Visit the historic Mount Nebo, one of the most revered holy sites of Jordan
and the place where Moses climbed to see the Promised Land and enjoy the
panoramic view of the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. Stop at the old church
on top of the mountain with its well preserved large pieces of mosaic that
date back to the Byzantine era. Cross back into Israel via the Allenby Bridge
and drive south along the Dead Sea shoreline to visit the fortress of Masada,
a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take a cable car up the cliff, for an
unforgettable tour of the palaces, Later experience floating in the Dead Sea.
(B,D)Amman |  Mount Nebo | Masada |
Dead Sea | Jerusalem

After breakfast, ascend Mt. of Olives for a panoramic view of Jerusalem’s
Old City. Enter the Old City and walk along the Via Dolorosa, then visit the
Church of Holy Sepulcher. Proceed to the restored Jewish Quarter and the
“Cardo”, meaning the “heart” of this ancient Byzantine
City. Continue to the Western Wall, the most sacred place for the Jewish
people. (B,D)Jerusalem

Visit the Israel Museum, and its comprehensive collections of
artifacts of the Holy Land, including the Dead Sea Scrolls. Proceed to
Visit Yad Vashem, the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the
Holocaust. Then drive to Bethlehem, believed to be the birthplace of Jesus
and visit the Church of Nativity, another UNESCO World Heritage site. Learn
about the separation fence, disputed neighborhoods, and other current issues
surrounding Jerusalem on a guided borders and boundaries tour. (B,D)Jerusalem
| Bethlehem | Jerusalem

Visit the archeological site of Beit She’an and explore the Roman Theater
and amphitheater, Paladius Street and new excavations in the area. Then
ascend the Golan Heights to visit one of the most famous wineries of Israel
for a wine tasting. Continue to Mt Bental, for a stunning panoramic view of
the Golan Heights, overlooking the border between Israel and Syria and learn
about the geopolitics of the region. Drive to the Mount of Beatitudes and see
a beautiful church with an octagonal dome that represents the 8 “Beatitudes”
of the sermon that Jesus blessed his disciples with 2,000 years ago.
(B,D)Jerusalem | Golan Heights | Tiberius

Head to Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home for a city tour, including the Church
of the Annunciation. Proceed to Mt. Carmel and experience special Druze
hospitality. Drive along the Mediterranean shoreline to visit Caesarea, the
seat of Roman rule 2,000 years ago. View the excavated Roman Theater and
enjoy an audio-visual presentation that brings to life the times of the
Romans who controlled these shores. Walk through the excavated fortress and
view the aqueduct, once used for conveying water. (B,D)Tiberius | Caesarea |
Tel Aviv

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home (B)Departure from Tel
Aviv