Israel and Jordan. These names evoke deep emotion and excitement. Places that are a dream to see and experience. Much of the Bible happened and was written in the very sites you will experience. For centuries, believers have made the journey to the Holy Land, experiencing Scripture in a tactile way. Enjoy the world-class destinations of Israel and Jordan with outstanding archaeological, sacred, and cultural attractions. Those with a taste for adventure enjoy exploring some of the most spectacular scenery in the Middle East.
Food is diverse and of a high standard. Hotels are famous for their generous and fresh meals and every kind of food, from falafel to sushi, is easily found in the many cafes and restaurants. Walk where Jesus walked, stand where prophets lived, explore where kings conquered, and discover the beauty of the ancient and modern in Israel and Petra!
Expect to encounter God in a fresh, new way! Stories from the Bible took place in the very places you will be visiting in Israel where Scripture truly comes alive while a history-rich program takes you through the sites you’ll be visiting.
Expect warm hospitality and inviting adventures.
Expect to walk up and down and all around.
Expect to drink a lot of water, no matter the time of year. Israel and Jordan have long, warm, and dry summers and mild winters. Pack layers as you may encounter cool evenings.
Expect a life-changing experience. There’s so much to see and do, you’ll want to return again and again!
Upon arrival to the Airport, you will be met by our representative who will be holding a sign with your name on it, immediately after passport control. Our representative will guide you to pick up your luggage, after which you will be escorted, via Customs, to meet your driver who will transfer you to your hotel. Evening at leisure in Tel Aviv. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Meet you tour guide in the morning and set off from Tel Aviv, driving south, passing by the cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon to Beersheba, for a short visit of the capital of the Negev Desert. Continue via Arad, to Masada, Israel’s foremost archaeological park. Ascend via cable car for a thorough visit that gives insight to the rituals, politics, and culture of the people who inhabited this desert fortress, the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Visit the excavations, Herod’s palace, the synagogue, bathhouse, and cisterns, and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea. Descend to the lowest place on earth—the Dead Sea, to experience the mineral-rich black mud and to float in its salty waters. Passing by the oasis of Ein Gedi, proceed through the Judean Desert to Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Start the day at the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book with the famous Dead Sea Scrolls. Then visit the beautifully renovated model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem, dating back to the time of the Second Temple. Enjoy Ein Karem, a picturesque village in the southwestern outskirts of Jerusalem. This small village has great significance in Christian traditions, since this is where, according to tradition, John the Baptist was born. Visit Yad Vashem, the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, established in 1953, located at the foot of Mt. Hertzl. Visit Bethlehem**—the birthplace of Jesus at the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square. Return to your Jerusalem hotel.
**Site under the Palestinian Authority jurisdiction. Visit subject to situation.
Enter the Old City of Jerusalem where you will see the Western Wall and the actual site of the Second Temple, the Temple Mount. Walk the Way of the Cross, the Via Dolorosa, to Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, housing both the traditional site of Crucifixion and the Tomb of the Resurrection. To the southwest, just outside the Old City, is Mount Zion, with the traditional tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of Jerusalem—the holy city for each of the world’s three great religions—Christianity, Judaism and Islam, from atop the Mount of Olives. Visit the Garden of Gethsemane where Judas betrayed Jesus. In the heart of a neighborhood in downtown Jerusalem, visit Mahane Yehuda, to experience the flavors, aromas, colors, and the traders’ interaction with the crowds, at the largest open market in Israel. Return to your Jerusalem hotel.
Leave Jerusalem and drive north, passing by Jericho, the oldest city in the world. Travel through the Jordan Valley and the new settlements, to Beit Shean, and visit the excavations of this beautifully preserved Roman City. On to Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation and Christian holy sites. Proceed to Safed, city of Kabbalah and the center of Jewish mysticism, to visit the beautiful streets of the artists’ colony. Overnight in a kibbutz hotel in the Galilee.
Drive up to the Golan Heights, passing by the Banias, source of the Jordan River, and passing by former Syrian fortifications and Druze villages. Enjoy an Israeli wine country experience with vineyards surrounded by breathtaking views. Become acquainted with the collection of fine and rare wines enjoying a tour, wine tasting, and understanding of the wine production process. Descend to the shore of the Sea of Galilee and proceed to Capernaum to visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue, the Mount of Beatitudes, the traditional site of the “Sermon on the Mount,” and Tabgha, the traditional site of the “miracle of the loaves and the fish.” Onward to Tiberias, the old center of Jewish learning. Optional sailing on a boat across the Sea of Galilee to experience the tranquility and scenery where little has changed during the past 2,000 years. (Boat sailing subject to conditions and fee.) Return to the kibbutz hotel for overnight.
After breakfast, drive through the hills of the Galilee, westward, to Acre (Akko), for a visit of the old, famous Crusader stronghold and medieval fortifications. Continue to Haifa, ascending Mount Carmel for a panoramic view of the city, including the Baha’i Shrine, Persian Garden, and Haifa bay. Proceed along the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea to visit the Roman Theater and the Crusader fortress at what is known as the “masterpiece of Herod the Great.” Continue to Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv for a short flight to Ramon Airport, Eilat and transfer to Eilat, the Red Sea resort town. Overnight in Eilat.
After breakfast, leave Eilat, Israel, and cross into Jordan at the Arava border. Drive to Petra through the scenic Jordanian desert, passing by the Wadi Rum area. Enter the Rose City of Petra through the Siq, a narrow passage through the mountains that has inspired people for centuries, then up to the Treasury which suddenly appears at the end of the gorge, leaving visitors breathless by its’ size, color, and beauty. Continue into the heart of this ancient city carved into the mountains, passing hundreds of tombs and monuments and a spectacular amphitheater, which once held 3,000 spectators. Exit the city and stop for a sit-down lunch in Wadi Musa—the new town of Petra, followed by a visit to Moses’ Spring, before leaving. Drive to Aqaba for a short city tour, before returning to the Arava border and back to Ramon Airport, Eilat for return flight to Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv. Transfer from Tel Aviv airport to Tel Aviv hotel for overnight.
After breakfast, departure to Ben Gurion Airport for international flight.
*Program sequence is subject to change without advance notice.
**Visit subject to security conditions.
*Due to circumstances beyond our control, specific hotels cannot always be guaranteed. In the case that any hotel is unavailable, comparable hotels will be used.
Your safety and security are our foremost priorities. In accordance with Israel Advantage Tours’ practices, we are dedicated to ensuring both. We are in constant contact with our overseas offices, travel partners, and professional and experienced tour guides, as well as other contacts we have on the ground. Our partners are constantly monitoring the country, its sites, cities, highways, gathering the latest news and details of what’s happening throughout Israel. Be assured that we work closely with our overseas partners and ground operators in demonstrating our utmost commitment in ensuring that the tour runs safely and smoothly.
Israel is a safe place to visit and tourists feel secure while moving about the country. According to the US State Department, “Personal safety conditions in major metropolitan areas, including Tel Aviv and Haifa and their surrounding regions, are comparable to or better than those in other major global cities.”
Armed security guards are stationed at many establishments in Israel for your safety. They may inspect your bags or use a metal detector upon entry. In Israel, the military also serves alongside the local police.
Israelis uphold a longstanding tradition of extending a warm welcome toward their tourists. This is why many visitors rank Israel so highly as a safe, affordable, and worthwhile travel destination. This accounts for the ongoing increase in tourism to Israel during recent years.
Come and see for yourself how comfortable you feel being home, in Israel.
US citizens do not require a visa to visit Israel. Please visit the following website link to learn about visa requirements for citizens from countries other than the US.
US citizens do not require vaccinations, but do let your physician know that you plan to travel to Israel to ensure that you bring proper medications with you.
Water in the hotels in Israel is safe to drink. Bottled water is readily available and can be purchased at the majority of tour sites or on the tour vehicle. Typically, the cost is nominal.
The shekel, or more precisely the NIS (New Israeli Shekel), is the currency in Israel. Most shops, stores, restaurants, sites, and places you’ll be visiting accept US currency and will likely return your change with shekels. There are ATMs throughout Israel, sometimes even in hotel lobbies should you wish to exchange your money after arriving in Israel. We suggest bringing currency in smaller denominations; it’s easier to purchase souvenirs with smaller denominations.