Tailormade: A Week in Jordan & Jerusalem Extension

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BBI
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Tailormade Adventures

Visit the highlights of Jordan and the cultural city of Jerusalem

Treat this sample itinerary as inspiration, your trip can be created specifically for you by one of our Tailormade experts and we will help you choose how you wish to travel through this destination. Maybe add in an extra day’s sightseeing, take time out to relax or we can change accommodation to your budget. It will be your adventure, your way!

Jordan is an ideal destination for a one-week adventure. Bursting with things to see and do this trip includes the best of what this magnificent country has to offer, visiting all the major sites of interest. We will have two full days to explore the so called 'rose-red city' of Petra and to take a guided visit around Jerash, one of the best preserved Roman cities in the Middle East. There is time to float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea and snorkel over the beautiful coral reefs of the Red Sea. We will also experience the fabulous scenery in the desert at Wadi Rum, where we take a 4WD excursion into the more remote regions and camp out like the Bedouin.

Highlights

  • Discover Petra's secrets, with two full days at the labyrinthine rose-red city
  • Experience Bedouin life at a desert camp in Wadi Rum
  • Stroll through the ancient streets of Roman Jerash
  • Float in the mystical Dead Sea
  • Visit Mt Nebo, claimed to be Moses' burial site
  • Explore Nazareth and Jerusalem
  • City of David and Underground Tour
  • Caesarea Maritima National Park

What's included

  • Meet & Assist in arrivals and departures
  • Accommodation at hotels as mentioned above on bed & breakfast basis except in Wadi Rum on half board basis
  • Transfers as per mentioned in the program in A/C mini van
  • English speaking escort/driver all through the tours days
  • Local English speaking guide at Petra & Jerash for 1.5–2 hours
  • Entrance to all sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transfer from Allenby to the hotel in Jerusalem upon arrival
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport upon departure
  • Sightseeing in a mini van
  • Entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the program
  • English speaking tour guide for 5 days in Israel

What's not included

  •  Visa fees for FIT’S (individuals cost JOD 40.00 = USD 57.00)
  • Departure tax for all number of groups between borders  
  • Any personal expenses such as telephone call, laundry, drinks, mini bar, etc...
  • Tips to guides, driver, and horse boy in Petra, restaurants & hotel staff
  • Any optional tours or meals unspecified in tour program
  • Permanent English/French/Italian/German speaking guide
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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Amman; transfer to Amman hotel

    Fly to Amman; transfer to Amman hotel. The hotel is a 35 minute transfer from the airport. Land only passengers will be met at the airport.

     

    Accommodation: Days Inn Hotel

  • Day 2

    Visit Jerash and float in the Dead Sea

    This morning we drive north to Jerash, known as Gerasa in ancient times. This was one of the ten wealthy, self-governing cities of the Decapolis during Roman times, and was famous throughout the Roman world for the luxury of its lifestyle. Buried for centuries under blown sand, Jerash is the only city of the Decapolis to have survived, with a dramatic oval forum, colonnaded main streets which remarkably have the drains still intact, two theatres and the impressive temple of Zeus. After a good look around we head south to the Dead Sea in time for a 'float' in the saline waters. In the evening we return to Amman.

     

    Accommodation: Days Inn Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Drive down King's Highway to Petra via Mt Nebo, Madaba and Kerak

    Today is a long driving day down the King's Highway which takes us up and down huge 'wadis' (valleys). There are several stops of interest en route including Madaba, known as the city of the mosaics, Mt Nebo and Kerak, which is a magnificent fortified town. Further south we reach the magnificent city of Petra; Jordan's premier historic site and one of the world's most outstanding ancient cities.

     

    Accommodation: Petra Palace Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Days 4-5

    Two full days to explore the expansive sights of Petra

    wo full days to explore Petra, the so called rose-red city, 'half as old as time'. Petra was hidden for centuries until the Swiss explorer Burckhardt made his great discovery in 1812. It was founded by the Nabateans, an Arab tribe that arrived here in the 6th century BC. Building at Petra began in the third century BC and continued through the Roman period, financed by taxes levied on the desert caravans. Two features of Petra are unique: firstly, it is a city made defensible by being built down a series of chasms, rather than on a hilltop. Secondly, it is built directly into the rock - beautiful red and yellow sandstone carved into the most impressive facades which glow in the brilliant sunlight. 

    To enter Petra we must begin by walking down a narrow chasm, known as the Siq, surrounded by high cliffs on either side. Unveiled at the end of the Siq is El Khazneh, the Treasury. This is just the first breathtaking sight of a remarkable day. Continuing to the centre of the city, we pass the houses and tombs of the rich citizens and the remarkable scale of the site begins to unveil itself. A long walk beyond the centre is El Deir, the monastery, with its superb facade topped by a huge urn (the walk up is by a series of steps). There is so much to take in and explore and some of this can be done on horseback - your tour leader will be able to assist if required.

    (Please note that due to current Jordanian group regulations the journey down the Siq on horseback is part of the ticket price - it costs US$10 and is included in the tour price. It is possible to walk this section for those who would prefer but the cost of the ride is part of the entrance fee and therefore cannot be refunded.)

    On one of the days we take a walk to the High Places which only few people attempt to visit. This can be quite arduous and is not recommended for those who are unsure of their fitness. However, those who do make it to the top are rewarded with wonderful views over parts of the site visited on the previous day.

     

    Accommodation: Petra Palace Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    To the Wadi Rum desert; 4WD excursion and overnight in a Bedouin camp

    This morning we join the modern Desert Highway and make our way south to Wadi Rum, a beautiful desert area where dramatic sandstone mountains rise from the sandy desert floor. This is where Lawrence of Arabia and Prince Faisal assembled the Arab tribes for the attack on Aqaba in the First World War and also where sections of the 1962 epic film were shot. 

    We join our Bedouin guides for a 2-hour 4x4 trip to explore the highlights of the protected area. Towards the end of the day we return to our private camp, located near the small village of Disseh where we enjoy traditional Bedouin hospitality and may have the chance to sleep out under the stars.

     

    Accommodation: Bedouin Camp

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Morning in Wadi Rum; desert drive to Aqaba; free afternoon to relax or optional snorkelling over the coral reefs of the Red Sea

    We wake amidst the dramatic desert scenery and then make our way on to Aqaba, Jordan's port and holiday resort, famous for beautiful coral reefs. We have free time to lounge on the beach, swim, or snorkelling. Your leader will be able to advise you on which are the best private beaches to visit as the public beaches generally do not have as many facilities. There are several good restaurants in Aqaba for our evening meal together.

     

    Accommodation: Golden Tulip Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    To Amman; citadel tour and free time

    In the morning we travel back to Amman on the fast Desert Highway. In the afternoon you will be given a guided tour of Amman where you will be taken to the famous Amphitheatre. Dating back to the Roman period, when the city was known as Philadelphia, it is one of the main landmarks of Jordan. Then any additional time is free to explore the city or for some last minute shopping!

     

    Accommodation: Days Inn Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Fly to Tel Aviv

    After breakfast we will transfer to Amman Airport to catch the flight to Tel Aviv. Transfer from the aiport to the hotel. The rest of the day is free in Tel Aviv.

     

    Accommodation: Seanet Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

    After breakfast, we go to the Mount of Olives and visit Pater Noster Church. Continue to see the panoramic view of the old city of Jerusalem. Proceed to Dominus Flevit then walk the Palm Sunday route and descend to the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus spent the last night before he was arrested. Visit the famous Church of All Nations. Go to Saint Ann’s Church through the Lions Gate and visit Pools of Bethesda. Start walking the Via Dolorosa and end at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Visit the Holocaust History Museum. Overnight in Jerusalem.

     

    Accommodation: Jerusalem Gate Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 11

    Jezreel Valley and Nazareth

    After breakfast, we will drive to Jezreel Valley and visit Mount Tabor, traditional place of the transfiguration. Continue to Nazareth, the home of Mary and Joseph, and visit the Basilica of the Annunciation and Saint Joseph’s Workshop. Proceed to Cana of Galilee where Jesus performed his first miracle. We go to visit Mount of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount. Continue to Tabgha where the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes took place then visit Saint Peter’s Primacy Church. Continue to visit the ruins of Capernaum, the town where Jesus made his home after leaving Nazareth. Back to Jerusalem.

     

    Accommodation: Jerusalem Gate Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    City of David and Underground Tour

    Half day visit of City of David and Underground Tour. Visit Mount of Zion, the Dormition Abby Church, the upper Room and Saint Peter in Galicantu Church and the Garden Tomb then continue to Bethlehem. Visit the Nativity Church, Saint Catherine Church, Saint Jerome’s Caves, Milk Grotto Church and Shepherd’s Field. Back to Jerusalem and overnight at the hotel.

     

    Accommodation: Jerusalem Gate Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Jerusalem back to Tel Aviv

    Check out from the hotel in Jerusalem. Visit Ein Karem, the Visitation Church and Abu Ghosh Church. Continue towards Jaffa to visit Jaffa Port, St Peter’s Church in Jaffa’s Old City and the Clock Tower. You will also have some time to spend by the beach. It's a short drive to your hotel in Tel Aviv to check in. Free afternoon and enjoy the beach in Tel Aviv. Overnight in Tel Aviv.

     

    Accommodation: Seanet Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Caesarea Maritima National Park

    Breakfast. Drive to visit Caesarea Maritima National Park and the Roman Aqueducts. Continue to Haifa and visit the Baha’i Gardens the Akko, the walls of the Crusader city of Akko and the Crusader Knights Hall. Head back to your hotel in Tel Aviv for your last night.

     

    Accommodation: Seanet Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    Depart Tel Aviv

    After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your international flight home.

    Meals included: Breakfast

Essential Info

Visas

Jordan

Visas are required by most nationalities, including British, and can be obtained at the border or Amman airport. At time of print, visa fees (usually 40JOD) have been waived for all nationalities travelling to Jordan with a tour operator and spending a minimum of 2 nights in country. Our airport representative will meet and assist you with obtaining the free visa on arrival in Jordan at Customs & Immigration. He will be carrying an Exodus sign.

For more information on the free Jordan Visa, please see the link below:
http://international.visitjordan.com/MediaCenter/News/JordanianGovernmen...

Vaccinations

Jordan

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid.

Weather

Spring and autumn are very popular as it is cooler at around 24ºC in the day and down to 8ºC at night. Rain is more likely but protracted bad weather is unlikely. Summer in Jordan is hot and dry but not unpleasant. Daytime maximum temperatures are around 32ºC in Amman. Aqaba is very hot when the air is still, but there is usually a breeze. Rain is unusual but possible. In winter it is generally crisp and warm in the day, approximately 10-15ºC. However desert temperatures can approach freezing or below at night. There are even occasions when it snows in Jordan during winter.

Jordan

Is this trip for you?

There’s a world of life-changing experiences out there, and all our trips are hand-crafted to showcase the best, wherever you’re headed. But what happens if you want to take a detour? Linger a while longer? Or want something completely unique to you? With Exodus’ Tailormade Adventures we can tailor almost any holiday to suit you, creating a bespoke adventure. Every element can be tailored to suit your requirements: we can sort flights and hotel upgrades, extra nights, regional departures, beach extensions, stop overs and more. 

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Accommodation

Tailormade Accommodation

Whether the destination is more important than the accommodation, or you would like to overnight in comfort, our Tailormade team can offer a wide variety of accommodation options from camping and village houses, to some of the finest hotels around. We do this so we can offer accommodation to suit every budget. The team will listen to your requirements to insure we find the right accommodation to suit you.

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Experts

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Dates & Prices

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

 

* Please note:  Tailormade adventures don’t have scheduled departures – you choose to travel on the dates that suit you. The exact cost per person will depend on your dates of travel and your chosen inclusions but for the itinerary shown based on July departures we estimate £1499 per person. To find out how much your perfect adventure would be, call our team for an exact quote on 0208 772 3874.

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