Jerusalem

Jordan and Israel Discovery Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
Destinations:
Jordan, Israel and Palestine
Programmes:
Culture
Trip Code:
AXJ
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Leisurely / Moderate

You are reasonably fit, enjoy the outdoors and are looking for some exercise. Some previous experience is preferable for activity based trips.

11 Days Flight Inclusive
11 Days Land only
Ages: 16+

Trip Overview

Step back in time and discover countries with the most amazing ancient and religious histories. The highlights are plentiful, from standing at the viewpoint atop Mount Nebo, where Moses is said to have looked down over the promised land, exploring stunning rose-red Petra; sitting under the stars in Wadi Rum; to the cave where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. We float in that same sea, and take a cable car up to the Monastery of Temptation in Jericho. In Jerusalem we explore wonderful holy sites, and spend a day in Bethlehem, the birth place of Jesus.  The trip ends in the vibrant seaside resort of Tel Aviv. 

At a Glance

  • 2 nights 4 - 5 star, 5 nights 3 star, 2 nights comforable hotels, 1 night private desert camp
  • Travel by air-conditioned bus and 4WD
  • Group normally 5 to 16 plus leader. Min age 16 yrs

Trip Highlights

  • Explore Jerusalem and its incredible history
  • Discover stunning Petra and the tranquil Wadi Rum
  • Step back in time in Biblical Bethlehem 
  • Enjoy vibrant Tel Aviv

Is This Trip for You?

Although this is a cultural trip, some days (such as those in Petra) can be long and tiring. There is a lot of ground to cover on this day however climbing up stairs to view the Royal tombs and the hike up to the Monastery (850 steps) are options you can choose not to do.  Your leader will be able to provide you with further advice on how to still get the most of your trip into this magnificient site.  There is extensive walking during our days in Israel in order to see as many of the sites as possible during our guided tours.  You will also have a free day in Jerusalem to plan your own exploration of this incredible city. 

Whilst camping in Wadi Rum please be aware that although the campsite does have plumbed toilets and showers it is basic and hot water may be limited.  Our private Exodus camp is however often mentioned as a highlight of the trip for many of our guests. 

In very rare instances where local conditions require we may need to amend the order of the itinerary but we will ensure that all the elements of the itinerary are still included and site visits are of the same duration.

Please note Ramadan runs from 2 April to 1 May 2022. Ramadan is a special time to visit as it is one of the most important times in the Muslim calendar. Each evening the streets empty while people return home to break the fast and then there is an air of festivity every evening. Our leaders and drivers choose to work at this time so we continue to run trips however please be aware their energy levels may be slightly lower. Tourist sites are still open although closing times may be earlier than usual. Your leader will know how the timings for each day need to be adapted in order to still experience all the inclusions on this trip. Restaurants may close during the day and this is also accounted for in planning meal arrangements for your group. Shops are usually open though their hours may vary and they will definitely be closed during the breaking of the fast. To fully enjoy your holiday experience at this unique time of year we suggest patience and flexibility. (In fact these are useful at any time of year on any overseas holiday.)

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
4
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Amman
End City:
Tel Aviv

Flight Inclusive

Start City:
London
End City:
London

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Amman

    We start at our hotel in Amman on day 1 of the itinerary.  Those on the group flights from London will arrive in the evening.  Land only clients need to provide their flight details if they would like to receive a FREE arrival transfer. Your leader will leave instructions for you at the hotel. 

    4-Star hotel

  • Day 2

    Amman city tour; on to Petra via Madaba and Mt Nebo

    After an early breakfast we head to the Citadel for breathtaking views of Amman and a short tour of this site. There is a small but very interesting museum to explore.  From this viewpoint we can see the remains of the Roman Theatre in the old city area.   Leaving Amman we join the King's Highway which takes us up and down huge 'wadis' (valleys). We stop en route at Madaba, known as the city of the mosaics, and beautiful Mt Nebo where Moses saw the promised land just before he died.  Further south we reach the magnificent city of Petra; Jordan's premier historic site and one of the world's most outstanding ancient cities.  This is a full day with great sites and stunning natural landscapes.

    Comfortable hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Classic tour of Petra

    This morning we have an early start to make the most of our day exploring the UNESCO World Heritage site of Petra. 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 optional walk can then be done up 850 steps to El Deir, the monastery, with its superb facade topped by a huge urn.  

    Comfortable hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Visit Little Petra; on to Wadi Rum; sunset jeep safari

    Explore Little Petra with its well preserved ruins which are hidden away in the mountains, before continuing to the spectacular Wadi Rum desert. 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 many famous films have been shot including 'Lawrence of Arabia, 'Star Wars' and 'The Martian' were shot. Its Mars like landscape is truly breathtaking.  We take a four-wheel drive safari throughout the area stopping at a an outcrop of rocks for sunset before returning to our Exodus permanent tented camp for a star filled night. 

    Permanent Bedouin camp

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 5

    Travel to the Dead Sea via Al Karak Castle

    Today we head back up North to the amazing Dead Sea for a float and relaxing evening.  On the way we stop at Al Karak (or Kerak)  Castle for a guided tour of this imposing Crusader stronghold.  This is a place of legend in the battles between the Crusaders and the Islamic armies of Saladin (Salah-ad-Din).  A guided tour through the well preserved ruins opens up another aspect of the history of Jordan.  We continue on to the Dead Sea in time for float in its incredible saline waters and to watch the sunset over Israel on the opposite bank. 

    5-Star hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 6

    Visit Jericho and Dead Sea Scrolls caves; on to Jerusalem

    After breakfast we take a short drive to the Allenby Bridge for the crossing to the West Bank.  Your tour leader will explain in detail what happens at the border and how the crossing works.  It is sadly time to say farewell to the Jordanian Leader and driver.  On arrival on the West Bank the leader who will accompany the group for the rest of the trip will be waiting.  First stop is Jericho in Palestine,  claimed to be the oldest city in the world, it is rich with Biblical associations.  We take a 2km (1 mile) cable ride to the Greek Orthodox Monastery of Temptation with wonderful views of the Judaean Desert below.  The monastery dates back to the 12th century and is supposedly built around the grotto where the Devil appeared to tempt Jesus.  From Jericho we head to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found by a Bedouin Shepherd boy. Although the caves cannot be entered there is a centre where a short film is viewed and then a trail takes us through the cliffs where the various caves are located.  After this visit we continue on to Jerusalem.

    3-Star hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Jerusalem sightseeing tour

    Today we step back in history with a guided walking tour of the old city of Jerusalem.  This includes the Temple Mount, Dome of the Rock, the Wailing Wall and the Church of the Sepulchre. The city is perfect to explore on foot as it is compact and there are plenty of sites to see and places to sit and rest. Jerusalem's history stretches back more than 3,000 years  and a guided tour of this labyrinthine is sure to be on the top of the list of memorable experiences of this trip. 

    3-Star hotel 

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Free day to explore Jerusalem

    Today is free for personal exploration of Jerusalem.   The leader will provide suggestions for more places to visit and information on how to get to each one.  You may want to return to the old city and take a leisurely stroll through the streets or head to the Mount of Olives, best known as the scene of Christ's agony and the Garden of Gethsemane.  Another option is the Yad Vashem or Holocost museum and memorial.  

    3-Star hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Travel into Palestine for Bethlehem sightseeing

    Today we have a local guide in Bethlehem who will reveal its Biblical traditions.  Perched on a hill at the edge of the Judaean Desert it was the childhood home of David and the birth place of Jesus. It has been a major site of pilgrimage since the construction of the Church of the Nativity in the 4th Century AD.  It is located on the spot which is generally believed to be the likeliest site of the nativity.  It is also one of the world's oldest churches. The tour will include Manger Square, St Catherine's Church and the Milk Grotto.   

    3-Star hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 10

    To Tel Aviv via Old Jaffa

    Today we head to vibrant Tel Aviv the modern face of the Jewish state.  This Mediterranean resort has a long sandy beach and palm-filled avenues lined with elegant buildings in the Bauhaus style.  First stop is Old Jaffa where according to the Bible a settlement was founded by Noah's son Japheth in the wake of the great flood.  Remains dating back to 2000 BC found here have established Jaffa as one of the world's oldest ports.  The House of Simon the Tanner is traditionally held to be where the apostle Peter once stayed and the compact old town is now an attractive centre of local arts and crafts. From here we continue on to Tel Aviv where a city tour includes the colourful Carmel Market.  Tonight there are plenty of great restaurants where the group can head for dinner to share the wonderful memories this trip has created.

    3-Star hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 11

    End Tel Aviv

    Trip ends after breakfast in Tel Aviv.   For those with onward flights our sales team can arrange a private transfer to the Ben Gurion airport  at extra cost or you can arrange a taxi through the hotel reception. Please see transfer section for more details. 

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotels and camps

While in Jordan we spend 1 night in a 4-star hotel in Amman, 2 nights in a comfortable hotel in Petra and 1 night in a 5-star hotel at the Dead Sea. In Wadi Rum we stay at the Exodus permanent tented camp. This private camp is for the sole use of the Exodus group and offers an unforgettable experience.  

Accommodation in Petra is limited and demands on the infrastructure are high; this creates occasional problems with hot water and plumbing for all hotels. In general, the hotels in Petra are of an older style and more basic in comparison with the rest of Jordan.

At the Wadi Rum camp there are traditional style tents equipped with basic beds, sheets and blankets. There are plumbed toilets and basins, and simple shower facilities with (limited) hot water.

During our stay in Israel we spend four nights in a 3-star hotel in Jerusalem and 1 night in a 3-star hotel in the coastal city of Tel Aviv. Throughout the tour we use hotels with en suite facilities and air conditioning. Some hotels have more facilities than others however it is always good to keep in mind that the star rating in Jordan is quite different to what you may expect at home. Sometimes we may use less centrally located hotels in the interests of comfort. 

Single supplements are available for this trip however cannot be guaranteed at Wadi Rum. Please enquire at the time of booking for details and up-to-date prices.

 

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Single supplement from £415.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts are included and two dinners at the Wadi Rum camp and the Dead Sea resort in Jordan.
Whilst staying in hotels we usually eat in local restaurants and the leader can arrange group bookings if people want to dine together.  Mezze (Arabic) or salatim (Hebrew) style meals are very popular as they provide a range of small shared dishes to try along with a main of BBQ chicken/meats or a vegetarian dish.  These allow fast service with a variety of good quality food for the group. In Jordan meals usually cost around 10-15 JOD ( GBP £11-17, USD $14-21, CAN $18-28).  Palestine and Israel can be more expensive so it is advisable to allow around 60 - 80 Shekel per person  ( GBP £14-19, USD $17-23, CAN $22- 30).  If you are vegetarian, please note that main meals are limited in choice; however, mezze is almost always available in restaurants and is a good, filling choice. There is also a good choice of seafood available at the Red Sea and in Tel Aviv. While camping in Wadi Rum we enjoy a wonderful traditional meal called Zarb which is cooked underground.  This consists of rice with a selection including chicken, lamb and vegetables. Vegetables will be cooked separate to the meat for vegetarians.

Transportation

For most of this trip we use an air-conditioned bus, with local drivers. 
To reach the Wadi Rum camp and to explore the surrounding desert, we use basic 4-wheel-drive vehicles, owned by the Bedouin family that hosts us. The vehicles are appropriate for local desert travel but may fall below normal vehicle safety standards expected on our trips. As there are no other vehicles available and as we are not travelling by road we feel that they are an adequate means of transport.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

Spring and autumn are very popular times of year to go to Jordan, Palestine and Israel.  Summer is very hot especially July and August so we don't have departures in these months.  In Spring and Autumn average temperatures can be around 25 - 30ºC.  In winter it is generally crisp and warm in the day, approximately 10-15ºC.

Wadi Rum on average in summer is around 30ºC though it can get as high as 40ºC. At night it is usually around 10ºC cooler. In winter it is much cooler and can get as low as 10ºC during the day. In the evening it is around OºC . There are occasions when there is rain or even snow in the desert. If weather conditions require it we may need to modify the itinerary or the camp location for your comfort and safety. The Dead Sea air temperatures vary from around 14ºC in winter up to high 30s in summer months. The water temperature however doesn’t drop below 20ºC.

Rainfall does occur in all countries during winter months so it is advisable to take an umbrella at these times.  There are even occasions when it snows in Jordan during winter. As with many countries in the world seasons can go on longer than usual so it is advisable to always check the weather of the country you are travelling to a week or two before your trip so you can pack appropriately.  

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 11 days

The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of Royal Jordanian Airlines or BA (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure. Those on the group flight will be met before immigration by an Airport Coordinator who will collect your passport to get it stamped with the group visa. Please be aware in high season this process may be subject to delays. You will then be directed to the baggage collection point and the transfer to your overnight hotel. 

Travelling land only: 11 days starting in Amman and ending in Tel Aviv

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Amman in the evening of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Free Arrival transfers in Amman

Exodus offers FREE arrival transfers on all flights for both Land Only and Flight Inclusive clients arriving in Amman. To receive this free transfer Land Only clients must arrive on the trip start date or have booked pre-tour accommodation at the start hotel. Exodus must receive full flight details in advance. Unless specified otherwise, the transfer will be to the Exodus start (or pre-tour) hotel; transfers to other hotels in the same city may attract an extra charge. Transfers may be shared with other Exodus customers on the same flight, or on a flight with similar arrival times.  Detailed instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure or require them earlier, please contact our office or your travel agent.  

Departure transfers in Tel Aviv

A transfer from Tel Aviv to Ben Gurion airport for the group flight is included.  Our sales team can also arrange private transfers at other times for an additional cost or a taxi can be arranged by the hotel reception. Taxi fares vary depending on time of day and number of passengers and at time of writing approximate cost was $26 - 50 USD (or 110-190 Shekels). 

Location start:
Amman
Location end:
Tel Aviv

What to Take

Essential Equipment

Day pack
Good shoes for walking and lightweight walking boots for Petra
Water bottle (Exodus provides large containers on the bus)
Sunhat
Sun cream
Insect repellent for the night at the desert camp
Torch for desert camp
Appropriate footwear for the Dead Sea as parts are rocky underfoot

 Light cotton clothing is suitable for daytime use, but you may need a sweater, and for departures from the end of September onwards you should also bring a warm jacket.

Please note that Jordan and Palestine are Muslim countries and so modest dress is required on this trip when visiting holy sites, and rural areas (i.e. legs, shoulders and upper arms to be covered). In the larger cities and more popular destinations this is not necessary.

At time of writing the standard weight limit for hold baggage on the recommended international carrier for this trip is 20kg. We recommend packing only one piece of checked baggage.

As advice about luggage allowances for both hand and hold luggage is subject to change, we suggest you check the airline's website for the latest information prior to your departure.

Water Included

Plastic bottles are a big issue in many countries where recycling isn’t yet widely available; they often end up in landfill sites or get burnt, both processes are harmful to the environment and we would like to reduce our impact here. For your trip we provide an alternative to single-use plastic bottles in order to reduce the amount of plastic used. This means that safe drinking water will be available throughout so all you need to do is bring a bottle to re-fill along the way. Please add this to your packing list!

Optional Equipment

Swimwear and flip flop for the Dead Sea and the hotel pools.
Sleeping bag/liner for extra comfort for the night spent in the desert (please note that the basic bedding is already provided including sheets and blankets so this is at your discretion).

Petra, Jordan

Practical Information

Passport

Jordan

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Israel and Palestine

To enter Israel and Palestine as a tourist your passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the date of entry.

Visa

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...

Israel and Palestine

You don’t need a visa to enter Israel or Palestine as a tourist. On entry, visitors are granted leave to enter for a period of up to 3 months. Visitors will be given an entry card instead of an entry stamp in their passport. You should keep your entry card with your passport until you leave. This is evidence of your legal entry into the country and may be required, particularly at any crossing points into the Palestinian Territories. 

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

There are no specific health risks on this trip.

Vaccination

Jordan

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

Israel and Palestine

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements for both Palestine and Israel. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

As we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Jordan's Timezone:
Asia/Amman EEST (GMT +03:00)
Israel and Palestine's Timezone:
Asia/Jerusalem IDT (GMT +03:00)

Electricity

Jordan's Electricity:

230 Volts. Plug types B,C,D,F,G & J; establishments often take UK plugs and/or two round pin plugs.

Israel and Palestine's Electricity:

In Israel and Palestine the power plugs and sockets are of type C and H. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Money

Jordan's Currency

The national currency of  Jordan is the Jordanian Dinar (JOD).  At time of publication (November 2019) this was equivalent to approximately GBP£1.10.  US$1.40, CAD$1.87, AUD$2.00.

The Dinar (JOD) is divided into 1,000 fils. Ten fils is referred to colloquially as 1 piastre, and quite frequently prices of small items are given in piastres.

Israel and Palestine's Currency

New Israeli Shekel commonly referred to as the shekel is the currency used in Israel.

Currencies used in Palestine include the Jordanian Dinar and the US Dollar, but the most popular is the New Israeli Shekel

 

ATM Availability

You can choose to either change your money in advance or on arrival at Amman airport for Jordan. Here you will find both ATMs and Bureaux de Change. ATMs can also be found in the major towns and cities, such as Madaba, Petra, Aqaba and Amman. ATMs can be found throughout Israel.  Even though you may have advised your bank of your travel plans sometimes an ATM will reject your card so it is advisable not to solely rely on this means and to take money in cash (Sterling, Euros or US dollars), with a mix of denominations. Small denomination US dollars are useful for times when you want to change a small amount of money outside the major towns or cities. Major credit cards such as Visa, Mastercard and American Express are fairly widely accepted throughout Israel but this is not always the case in Jordan.  

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

 Optional Excursions - Jordan

There are various excursions possible on this trip - the leader will provide more details.  Please note that all prices are subject to change.
Petra by night: follow the trail from the Siq to the Treasury in candlelight where you will be offered tea and traditional music by the local Bedouins 17 JOD pp (Please note this is not possible every evening and it can get crowded at times. It is a low-key entertainment so it is best not to have any expectations).

Turkish bath: 22 JOD pp.

Camel rides in Wadi Rum:  Sunrise camel rides provided by the local Bedouin will be possible and scheduled according to the group preferences.  The trek takes approximately 1hr 20 and costs 20 JOD pp.

Amman Entry fees: The Citadel is included in our city tour at the beginning of the trip. However if you arrive a day early you may like to visit Mosque Abdallah.  The entrance is 2 JOD.  

Tipping

Our local staff are paid well and fairly for their work with Exodus. Although accepted as part of the local culture, tipping is entirely at your discretion for both the leader and the local staff. If you wish to tip local staff, we have found it useful to operate a group tipping kitty.   The leader will advise how much to collect from those members who would like to participate and either they or a group member can manage this kitty.  The kitty can ease the confusion and embarrassment of not knowing how much or how little to tip local staff such as hotel porters etc. Many clients also wish to tip their leaders and driver at the end of the trip; we suggest around GBP£15-20, CAD$24-32, US$18-24, AUS$27-36 per person for the leader and approximately GBP£10-15, CAD$16-24, US$12-18, AUS$18-27 shared between the driver and other staff.  Most groups prefer to present the money to the leader at the end of the week with two separate envelopes (one for the leader and one for the driver). This is of course entirely at your discretion and to be used as a guideline only.  If you plan to tip the leader and driver this will need to be done separately in Jordan and then in Israel as the staff will change between these countries.  

Responsible Tourism

At Exodus we believe in the power of Sustainable Travel.

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchange, and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to sustainable tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company. 

As much as possible, we try to use accommodation that is locally owned or at least employs local staff and uses local produce. This ensures that our visit directly benefits the local community by providing them with job opportunities and a chance to generate income. Water is especially important and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital to not cause too much waste from single use plastic bottles. Hence, we provide large water containers so that clients can refill their reusable water bottles.

In Jordan we are very proud to work with a local partner that received the Travelife Partner award in July 2021. Travelife is a certification system dedicated to achieving sustainable practices in the global tourism industry. In order to receive the award our Jordanian partner had to comply with over 100 criteria related to Corporate Social Responsibility. The Travelife standard is formally recognised for full compliance with the UN Sustainable Tourism Criteria.

In March 2019, Exodus Travels launched the Exodus Travels Foundation where we support initiatives all around the world. But it cannot exist without travellers who care. Get involved or learn more about what Sustainable Travel means to Exodus here

Exodus Community

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In the Community Travel Forum you'll find the Departure Lounge where you can discuss your trip with fellow travellers before you depart. When you get back from your holiday remember to upload your images to the relevant trip page on our website. This helps other people see what our holidays are really like and you'll be entered automatically into our monthly photo competition.

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

 

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE – STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

Please note, although this trip doesn’t visit any FCDO no-go areas, it does visit a region close to an area where the advice is not to travel. If joining this trip, or if planning any additional travel pre or post tour in the area, you should ensure you visit their website to familiarise yourself with the advice. Any independent travel to these areas is entirely at your own risk and is likely not to be covered by your insurance.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to our website for online bookings, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.