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Journey from Jordan to the Holy Land, uncovering ancient sites along the way. Walk the rock-carved city of Petra and experience Bedouin life, camping on the dunes of Wadi Rum before crossing the border into Israel and Palestinian Territory to witness the holiest sites on earth. Along the way, indulge the senses, dining on Middle Eastern eats and recouping in the calm waters of the Dead Sea.
Explore Tour Leader
3 nights premium hotel
6 nights comfortable hotel
1 nights comfortable tented camp
Trip maximum 16 Explore Average 11
Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.
Our tour starts in Amman, one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. Home to almost half of Jordan's entire population, Amman is a fascinating city of contrasts, where the ancient and the modern collide. Get lost in the bustling souks of downtown, where you'll be tempted by falafel and baklawa stalls, or visit the hillside Roman Theatre for a taster of the city's varied history.
There are no activities planned for today, so you're free to arrive in Amman at any time. If you'd like an airport transfer, you'll need to arrive at Queen Alia International Airport (AMM), a 30-minute drive from our hotel.
Due to most flights arriving late in the evening, our Explore Leader will meet you for a welcome meeting the next morning. You'll find the meeting information on the notice board in the hotel reception.
Toledo Hotel (or similar)
This morning, we start with a tour of Amman, the cultural heart of the Hashemite kingdom. The origins of Jordan's capital can be traced back 9,000 years and rose to prominence with the arrival of the Ammonites in 1200BC. We'll walk through history, visiting Amman's ancient highlights, including the Citadel and Temple of Hercules, the 8\super th\nosupersub -century Ummayad Palace and the Roman Theatre and Nymphaeum.
In the afternoon, we'll head north of Amman to ancient Jerash. Inhabited for 6,500 years, the city's golden age was in Roman times when it became part of the Decapolis League - a confederation of important Middle Eastern cities.
One of the best-preserved Roman ruins in the world, only 10% of the city has been uncovered since excavation began more than 100 years ago but you can still get a feel for how life in the city once was. Walk the colonnaded streets, visit the hilltop temples, explore the chariot-racing stadium, and hear your voice amplified in the ancient theatre.
This morning, we'll depart Amman and head to the Dead Sea This unique body of water is the lowest point on the earth's surface. With a salt content of 33%, it's almost impossible to sink and we'll take a dip to experience the mysterious floating sensation. While we're there, you can cover yourself in the water's rejuvenating mud, famous for its healing properties. After your dip, feel free to unwind by the pool or at the bar - there are shower facilities to freshen up in, too.
Once we've had a float, we'll journey on to Petra. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the seven wonders of the world, the ancient 'rose city' is Jordan's most valuable treasure. Our Explore Leader will guide us on a tour through Petra's highlights before we have free time to explore further. As you enter the site, you're led down a kilometre-long chasm (known as the Siq) where the towering canyon walls reach up to 200 metres high. At the end of the Siq sits the beating heart of the city, the Treasury - miraculously well-preserved, the façade stands at 43-metres-high. Beyond the Treasury, the ancient city becomes a sprawl of tombs and temples waiting to be explored. The Bedouin community who still live within Petra sell their wares and offer refreshments along the colonnaded streets. As the day goes on, you'll notice the façades change colour with the light as the early morning and late afternoon sun brings out red, pink, and orange highlights in the rocks.
After an action-packed day, we'll refuel with a traditional Bedouin dinner. We'll visit a nearby restaurant and learn how to make Maklouba, an upside-down dish of meat, rice and vegetables, followed by Um Ali, a creamy Arabic dessert.
Edom Hotel (or similar)
Today is free for you to uncover more of Petra. Climb the steep path to the High Place of Sacrifice for a panorama over Wadi Araba and the Negev Desert or trek up to the Monastery - Petra's largest monument.
In the evening, there's the option to witness Petra by night. Follow the candlelit Siq trail and watch how the light plays against the high canyon rocks, blanketed by stars, before coming upon the treasury, lit up by night. Settle into the sands in front of the ancient temple and listen to a welcome speech from the Bedouin community that still calls the city home.
Leaving Petra behind, today we'll embrace the nomadic lifestyle of the Bedouin and head into the dunes of Wadi Rum. We'll travel to the Wadi Rum visitor's centre by bus, where we'll meet our 4Wd vehicles to journey onwards through the desert. Our exhilarating drive along the sands will lead us through untouched parts of Wadi Rum.
Described by T.E. Lawrence as 'vast, echoing and God-like…', Wadi Rum occupies 74,000 acres with its monolithic outcrops of granite rock and sandstone rising out of the blankets of sand. The Bedouins learned to live within this hostile environment 3000 years ago, adapting to the elements to perfect their nomadic way of life.
Once we've watched the sun go down, setting the dunes aglow with fiery red and orange light, we'll head back to camp to experience Bedouin hospitality. We'll be served a traditional Zarb, a BBQ of chicken or goat meat (vegetarian options will be available) cooked under the desert sand served alongside a selection of mezze.
Tonight, we'll sleep in a traditional Bedouin tent, crafted from goat hair which offers the best protection against the extreme desert climate. We'll share a communal tent (with gendered compartments) with rugs, mattresses, pillows, and blankets provided. There is a toilet and shower block at the end of the site. Private tents are also available at an extra cost.
Salim Camp (or similar)
Comfortable Tented Camp
After a full-on few days exploring the highlights of Jordan, we'll head to Aqaba for downtime by the Red Sea. A resort town, Aqaba is where local Jordanians come to holiday, lounge on the beach and experience water sports. The port city is famous for its preserved coral reefs and sea life and this afternoon there'll be the option to get out on the water for a snorkelling trip.
If you don't have your sea legs, you can cool off in the hotel's rooftop pool or wander the vibrant souks. There are plenty of restaurants and bars to get a flavour for local life, too.
My Luxury Hotel (or similar)
Setting off early this morning, we'll make our way to the border of Aqaba into Eilat. Here, we'll say goodbye to our Jordanian Explore Leader and greet our new tour leader and driver.
Making our way north, we'll head to the isolated, hilltop fortress of Masada, around a three-hour drive. The story of Masada is shrouded in mystery - it was fortified by Herod the Great and was once the last stronghold of the Zealots during the First Revolt AD70 against the Romans. We'll take a cable car up to the citadel, where we can take in the panorama of the desert, Mount Moab and the Dead Sea. After exploring the ruins, we'll continue to our accommodation for tonight in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve.
Our hotel in Ein Gedi had humble begins, starting off as a place for the women of the local kibbutz to visit and take advantage of the healing properties of the water. Now, the hotel sits within verdant gardens, between the Dead Sea and the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve.
Prima Oasis Hotel (or similar)
Today starts with a visit to the Ein Gedi National Park. We'll visit the excavation site of the synagogue and take in its intricate mosaic floor. Next, we'll drive to the Mount of Olives viewpoint where we're treat to a panorama of the old city of Jerusalem. We'll leave the bus and take a walking tour of the city, passing through Herod's Gate and making our way through the winding streets, bustling with stalls and shops, to the Via Dolorosa, traditionally believed to be the route taken by Christ on the day of his execution. Our route will take is via the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the holy Sepulchre, the holiest site in Christendom and the reputed place of the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We'll spend the afternoon uncovering Jerusalem's sacred sites, including Mount Zion, where we'll see the Last Supper rooms and King David's Tomb.
Hotel Caesar Premier (or similar)
After an early breakfast, this morning we'll return to the Old City on foot. Along the way, we'll visit the Temple Mount, the City of David and the Western Hall. Known as Haram esh-Sharif in Arabic, Temple Mount is a small hill inside the walls of the Old City and is recognised as a holy site in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We'll continue to the historic City of David, where Jesus healed a blind man before stopping by the Western Wall - sometimes referred to as the Wailing Wall - the last remnant of the sacred Second Temple.
After lunch, we'll drive to Bethlehem, around one hour away. As we cross the border into Palestinian Territory, we'll say goodbye to our Explore Leader in Israel and meet our local Palestinian guide. We'll take a guided walk from the central bus station along the cobbled streets to the Church of the Nativity before continuing by bus to the Shepherd Fields and the Milk Grotto.
This evening is free to continue exploring Jerusalem. Discover the modern areas outside of the Old City or walk the pedestrianised Jaffa Street.
Please note, Bethlehem can become incredibly busy with tourists and pilgrims. This means we can't guarantee the time we get to spend at each site or predict the length of queues. Some areas, including the Church of the Nativity and Milk Grotto have long wait times and little shade, so be prepared with a sun hat and water.
Today we'll take the train to Yad Vashem, the world Holocaust memorial centre, dedicated to preserving the memory of the Jews who were murdered. Here, we'll learn about the history of the Holocaust and hear true life stories of those impacted. We'll also visit the memorial dedicated to the 6,000,000 people who lost their lives.
This afternoon, we'll head back to the Old City of Jerusalem for a walking tour of the city's ancient streets. Our Explore Leader will guide us through markets and religious sites before leaving us to shop, eat or discover more at our own pace.
Our tour ends at our hotel in Jerusalem.
There are no activities planned today, so you're free to depart at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day, luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you'd like an airport transfer, you need to depart from Ben Gurion Airport (TLV).
Israel has a Mediterranean climate. Summer is hot with fairly high humidity in coastal regions. Rainfall is mostly from November to March: during this period temperatures can drop quite sharply, particularly in December, so pack accordingly.
2 Pin Round
Jewish, Islam, Christian.
Hebrew, Arabic, English.
During April to November days are generally sunny and hot without rain with temperatures around 32°C. In spring and autumn evenings can be cool and night temperatures can drop suddenly especially in the desert. Expect cold nights in winter (December to February) when temperatures can drop to around 0 degrees. Some rain should also be expected at this time of year.
Palestinian Territories has a Mediterranean climate. Summer is hot with fairly high humidity in coastal regions. Rainfall is mostly from November to March: during this period temperatures can drop quite sharply, particularly in December, so pack accordingly.
Jordan (Jordanian dinar) Petra - Ottoman bath JD25.00 pp, Petra by Night JD17.00 pp Petra - Cookery demonstration including meal JD25.00 pp Wadi Rum - Camel trek JD20.00 pp Israel (US dollars) Jerusalem Sound & Light Show - from $22.00 pp (subject to weather conditions and availbility)
Clothes should be casual and practical. Long trousers should be worn in some holy places, and women must cover their arms, legs and head. In the warm, summer months this region can get very hot during the height of the day, so lightweight and loose fitting clothing is recommended when visiting conservative areas. A hat and sunglasses are recommended. During winter, medium weight clothing for layering and rainwear is advisable. A fleece will be useful during this time for early mornings (Masada visit & Wadi Rum) when it can be chilly. An umbrella can be useful! Pack swimwear and a towel for your visit to the Dead Sea.
Comfortable walking shoes or boots, trainers and sandals.
One main piece of baggage and daypack. Remember you are expected to carry your own luggage so don't overload yourself.
Blankets and mattresses are provided, but we suggest you bring your own sleeping sheet. A personal water bottle and small torch are useful for the night camping. In addition a high factor suncream and sunglasses.
Jordan Jordanian hospitality is second to none and we choose our hotels to reflect that. However, due to the recent rise in tourism, many hotels are experiencing high demand and can become full very quickly. Unfortunately, this can lead to lower levels of service and quality. In Petra in particular, we have picked the hotel for the excellent proximity to the archaeological site. While we try our best to make sure our chosen accommodation is available to us, it is subject to change. Our camp in Wadi Rum is situated deep in the desert. We camp in a communal Bedouin tent (with gendered compartments), furnished with mattresses and bedding - there are showers and toilets on-site, too. If you'd rather sleep alone, private tents can be requested on the day at a no extra cost, subject to availability. Israel and Palestinian Territories In Ein Gedi, we stay in a comfortable hotel located between the Dead Sea and the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. Our hotel has an onsite spa and swimming pool. In Jerusalem, our hotel is centrally located, a short tram ride from Jaffa Gate and the Old City. The hotel has a bar and rooftop swimming pool. Note that some hotel swimming pools operate separate timetables for men and women. Refer to your final document for your departure's confirmed hotel list.
Can you drink the water?
It is generally possible to drink the local tap water, therefore to reduce the need for single-use plastic bottles we recommend you bring a refillable water bottle with you. Your leader will advise you on refill points each day.
Can you drink the water?
The water quality is poor and therefore it is recommended to avoid drinking tap water during your trip.
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Jordan: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the time you arrive. Visa fees are waivered for tourists of British, American, Australian, New Zealand and Canadian nationalities on arrival at an international Jordanian airport. There are however, certain conditions that each tourist of these nationalities must meet in order to gain the free visa. Most of these are already met by Explore trips; however flight information, passport details and arrival date into Jordan all have an effect on qualifying for the free visa. Please see below for the category that is applicable to your flight arrangements: The following information relates to the above nationalities travelling on flights to Jordan arranged by Explore arriving on the first day of the tour: In order to qualify for the free visa, the above nationalities must advise their passport details at least 16 days prior to your departure date to Explore and must be met by a representative who will assist with the visa process, this is already arranged by Explore as part of the transfer arrangements from the airport to the start of the tour. The following information relates to the above nationalities with Land Only arrangements arriving on the first day of the tour: In order to qualify for the free visa, these tourists must advise their passport details at least 16 days prior to your departure date to Explore and must be met by a representative who will assist with the visa process. Land Only customers of the above nationalities arranging their own flights to arrive in Jordan on the first day of the tour must advise their full flight details to Explore at least 16 days prior to your departure date. We will then arrange for the representative to meet you as part of the transfer arrangements from the airport to the start of the tour. The following information relates to the above nationalities arriving in Jordan prior or after the first day of the tour: In order to qualify for the free visa, tourists of the above nationalities must advise their passport details at least 16 days prior to your departure date to Explore and must be met by a representative who will assist with the visa process. To qualify for the free visa, you must contact Explore at least 16 days prior to your departure date to arrange and purchase a private transfer. We will then arrange for the representative to meet you as part of the transfer arrangements. Please Note: For all tourists of the above nationalities that do not advise their passport details and for all above nationalities that arrange their own travel arrangements and do not advise their flight details to Explore within the above specified timelines, the Jordanian visa fee of JD40.00 (approximately £45) will be applicable. This must be paid on arrival at an international Jordanian airport in order for individuals to gain a visa to enter the country. All other nationalities should consult the relevant consulate to determine if they are applicable for the above free visa on arrival or must gain a visa prior to departure. Israel & Palestinian Territories: Visas are not required by UK, New Zealand, Australian, US & Canadian citizens. Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office. Note: You will now be given a visa card at immigration with your details on it. This replaces a stamp in your passport and must be kept safe as it will be required when exiting the country.
If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may be able to apply through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.
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Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information.
You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.
Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The complimentary transfers will be arranged from the Explore designated airport or train station to your trips joining point, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both.
The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.
Free transfers are not available for Polar customers.
If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.
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It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Read more information about what travel insurance is required.
Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.
You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.
We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.
On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.
Nothing compulsory, we recommend protection against, typhoid, tetanus, diphtheria, polio, rabies, hepatitis A and B. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.
Nothing compulsory, but we recommend protection against typhoid, tetanus infectious hepatitis and polio. Consult your travel clinic for latest advice on different prophylaxis available against malaria. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.
Nothing compulsory, we recommend protection against, typhoid, tetanus, diphtheria, polio, rabies, hepatitis A and B. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at http://www.explore.co.uk/Travelhealth/ and from your local healthcare provider.
In 2024, Ramadan runs from the 10th of March to the 9th of April 2024. Read more about travelling during Ramadan.
The following 2024 departures will coincide with Ramadan.
03 March 2024
17 March 2024
07 April 2024