Our head office
Encounters Travel
Leigh House
Varley Street
Leeds, LS28 6AN
West Yorkshire
United Kingdom
+44 203 725 8921
tours@utwtravel.com
Agent log in

ISRAEL & JORDAN EXPLORER

Price from
US$1,999
(per person)
Duration
10
Days
Tour Type
Shoestring

HIGHLIGHTS

Old Jerusalem & Bethlehem, mordern Tel Aviv, historic Jaffa, Port cities of Haifa & Acre, Roman Jerash, Madaba & Mt Nebo, rose city of Petra, Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum, Red Sea at Aqaba, Galilee & Masada, float in the Dead Sea
COUNTRIES : Israel, Jordan

This fast-paced, budget tour takes you through Israel, Jordan and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and includes visits to the major highlights of this fascinating region.

Whilst in Israel we'll include visits to Jerusalem, Caesarea, Tel Aviv, Jaffa and also the northern towns of Acre and Haifa where you'll see the beautiful Bahai Gardens. Crossing the border into Jordan your first visit will be to some of the worlds best remaining Roman ruins in Jerash, before heading south to Petra via Madaba and Mount Nebo. Next up on our list of highlights is the incredible 'lost' city of Petra where we'll spend most of the day before driving to nearby Wadi Rum for a unique night spent in a Bedouin camp. After a night beneath the stars we'll take a Jeep safari through the desert and canyons, in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia. Our tour concludes after returning to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories where last but not least we'll visit Bethlehem, Galilee, Masada and the lowest place on earth, the Dead Sea.

Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Jerusalem where they'll help you settle in and introduce you to the local area. During busy periods we may use a hotel in Bethlehem.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Jerusalem Hotel
  • EXTRAS:
    Extra day in Jerusalem - pre-tour, Single room supplement (ISSHIE)

After breakfast in Jerusalem we'll begin our journey to the Mediterranean coast where we'll visit the impressive Herodian city of Caesarea. Whilst here we'll have the opportunity to see the excavations of the Crusader city and the Roman port, aqueduct and the amphitheatre that has been restored to its former glory as a concert venue. After time to explore we'll head up the coast to see the beautiful Bahai Gardens in Israel's third city - Haifa. From here we'll also tour Acre - the crusader port and visit the grottoes at Rosh Hanikra.

Note: To fit around religious and public holidays and for other logistical reasons in Israel, the order of touring days may sometimes be adjusted. If numbers doing the full tour are low, then some of the Israel day tours may be arranged as 'seat in coach' trips

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Jerusalem Hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast

Today we head back towards the Mediterranean where we'll visit the ancient port city of Jaffa, followed by the bustling and vibrant city of Tel Aviv, known for being the cultural capital of Israel and for its beautiful golden beaches. You'll have free time to explore the city and beaches.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Jerusalem Hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast

After an early start today we cross the border into the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, where we'll focus our attention on the gems of the north. Firstly we'll visit Jerash, one of the largest and most well-preserved sites of Roman architecture in the world outside Italy, the ancient city of Jerash boasts an unbroken chain of human occupation dating back more than 6,500 years. The city's golden age came under Roman rule and Jerash is now generally acknowledged to be one of the best-preserved Roman provincial towns in the world. Having been hidden for centuries in sand, evacuations restorations over the past 70 years have revealed a fine example of the grand, formal provincial Roman urbanism that is found throughout the Middle East, comprising paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, handsome theatres, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains and city walls pierced by towers and gates.

After exploring Jerash we start heading south, past the capital Amman towards Petra. En-route we stop in Madaba and see the town's main attraction, the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George where we'll see its famous 6th Century Byzantine mosaic map of the Holy Land and other biblical sites. We'll also enjoy great views of the Holy Land from Mt. Nebo, known as the burial place of the prophet Moses.

Our journey today will end in Petra where we'll spend the night, getting ready for the main event tomorrow!

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Petra Hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We enjoy a full day today inside the world famous Nabatean site of Petra. The ancient capital of the Nabataean commercial empire until the Romans finally took over in 106AD, Petra was largely forgotten, except by the local Bedouins, until it was 'discovered' in 1812 by a young Swiss explorer, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. Petra is situated on the edge of Wadi Aruba., whose canyon walls and surrounding hills make it almost impossible to approach except through a narrow, winding cleft in the rock, called the Siq. The city itself has very few free-standing buildings, as the Nabateans chose to carve their homes, buildings and tombs into the multi-coloured sandstone cliffs. Nowadays, the Jordanian government and local people are well aware of Petra's interest to tourists, and the tourism infrastructure in the adjoining village of Wadi Musa is booming, though, thankfully, once you enter through the Siq, the site is protected, and all the building feels miles away. We have a whole day today to tour this fascinating city (2-3 hour guided tour, then free time to explore yourselves). We start by walking through the Siq, which rises to 200m above us, and narrows to just 2m wide in places. The ancient Nabatean water channel can still be seen on one wall, as well as some remnants of the terracotta pipes that brought water into the city. All of a sudden, a now classic view appears around one corner, and one of Petra's most impressive monuments, the Khazneh (Treasury) comes into view. Our guide will explain how this, and the other buildings here, are mainly elaborate facades carved into the rock from the top down, and also discuss the spiritual significance of the building style. From the Khazneh, the valley opens out, with tombs carved into the rock on both sides. We'll see the ruined Roman amphitheatre, and colonnaded street, and during your free time you can walk up a steep and narrow winding gorge past beautifully coloured sandstone cliff walls to the huge and imposing 'Monastery'. The biggest of Petra's carved monuments at 50m high and 45m wide, this is truly spectacular, as are the distant views west across Wadi Aruba and the Jordan valley. Another climb can take you to the High Place of Sacrifice, and Lion Fountain. All in all, this is a full & tiring, but hugely rewarding day touring one of the world's most famous ancient sites.
After a full day exploring incredible Petra, we'll make a short drive to nearby Wadi Rum where we then spend a memorable night at the camp where we enjoy our Bedouin hosts' hospitality, traditional food, and plenty of tea. You can sleep in comfortable Bedouin tents (beds & all bedding provided).

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Wadi Rum Bedouin Camp
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast in Wadi Rum, we take a jeep safari through the beautiful desert scenery, seeing more of the sheer cliffs and bizarre rock formations. After leaving Wadi Rum behind we visit the Red Sea resort towns of Aqaba and Eilat where you'll have some free time before we leave at around 8pm in the evening to return to Jerusalem where we'll spend the night (arriving around midnight).

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Jerusalem Hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast

Start the day with a magnificent panoramic view from Mount of Olives. Drive to the Old City. Enter the walled city and visit the Roman Cardo, the Western Wall, and walk along the Via Dolorosa to the church of the Holy Sepulchre. Later, subject to time restrictions and border permissions, enter the Occupied Palestinian Territories and visit Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity and Mangers Square.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Jerusalem Hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast

Our day today is focused on the Galilee region. Leaving Jerusalem we pass through the Jezreel Valley (Valley of the Armageddon) on your way to Nazareth, where you'll tour the Church of the Annunciation and St Joseph. Drive through Cana and pass the Church of the Multiplication. Visit Cana, and see Mount Beatitude on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Visit the Yardenit Baptism Site on the Jordan River and immerse in the water. Our day ends in Jerusalem.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Jerusalem Hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast

Drive through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, almost 1300 feet (400 meters) below sea level. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada. Ascend by cable car and tour the ancient fortress where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans before committing mass suicide in 73 AD. Descend by cable car. Continue to the Dead Sea. Cover yourself with the mineral rich mud and experience a swim in the Dead Sea, subject to the weather, that many believe has its therapeutic effects.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Jerusalem Hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast

Your tour comes to an end today after breakfast in Jerusalem, and your time is free to explore the city further before we pick you up in plenty of time to transfer you to the airport for your departure flight.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    N/A
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast
  • EXTRAS:
    Extra day in Jerusalem - post-tour
Included:
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • All transport and transfers
  • 24-hour airport arrival and departure transfer service
  • English speaking guide during touring days
  • All site entry fees
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

Excluded:
  • International flights (available on request)
  • Visa fees
  • Border tax & crossing fees (payable locally at approx. $107 per person)
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks, tips and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for tour leaders and drivers
  • Any other items not mentioned above

Notes:

Due to the nature of travel in Israel, tour days may be re-ordered with short notice, however you are assured to visit all places listed within the tour itinerary. We will provide you with as much notice as possible of any tour alterations.
As this is a fast paced tour, please be aware that many touring days will start very early (normally between 5 and 7am).
During some High Season dates a hotel in Bethlehem may be used in place of Jerusalem.

The hotels and accommodations listed below are the ones we use most often on this tour. From time to time we may exchange these for similar properties at the same level. In general, specific hotels cannot be guaranteed on our group tours, but you may select your preferred options if you are booking a tailor-made trip.
jerusalem-gold-hotel-jerusalem.jpg
Local rating
Our rating
Jerusalem Gold Hotel
Jerusalem, Israel

The Jerusalem Gold is an elegant hotel in the heart of the new city, next to the Central Bus Station and a 20-minute walk from the historic centre.


The Jerusalem Gold is an elegant hotel in the heart of the new city, next to the Central Bus Station and a 20-minute walk from the historic centre.

Rooms at the Jerusalem Gold come with extra-long beds, Mahogany furniture, black-out curtains, and double glazed windows for extra quiet. You can choose your pillow from a menu. Modern facilities include air conditioning, fridge, video games, and a laptop-sized safe.

The hotel is a stone throw away from the Jerusalem Congress Centre, while the colourful Mahne Yehuda Market is within walking distance. The city's major attractions, such as the Biblical Zoo, Time Elevator and Science Museum, are easily accessible by public transport.

There are numerous restaurants, shops and entertainment venues within short walking distance from the Gold Hotel.

al-anbat-petra.jpg
Local rating
Our rating
Al Anbat Hotel
Petra, Jordan

Alanbat Hotel is located in the peaceful heart of Petra with sublime mountains and spectacular panoramic views of Petra's sunset.


Located on the main street in Wadi Musa, this hotel is just 1.9 miles from Petra. Leisure options include an outdoor pool, hammam and hot tub.

The air-conditioned rooms come with private bathrooms equipped with toiletries and hairdryers. Each room has a mini-fridge and a TV set. Some rooms include balconies.

Guests can relax in the Turkish bath and sauna, or have a massage. Al Anbat Hotel & Restaurant also provides a stone lounge with cushioned seats and shisha.

Panoramic views of the mountains can be enjoyed from the hotel's restaurant, which serves traditional local cuisine. Breakfast buffet is served every morning and there is an outdoor dining area.

The hotel is located 5 minutes' drive from the Roman Theatre and 10 minutes by car from Taybeh Village.

bait-ali-camp-wadi-rum.jpg
Local rating
Our rating
Bait Ali Camp
Wadi Rum, Jordan

Located in the heart of Wadi Rum, this Bedouin camp and rest area offers a variety of accommodation. It features a seasonal outdoor pool, and traditional evening campfires and barbecues.


Located in the heart of Wadi Rum, this Bedouin camp and rest area offers a variety of accommodation. It features a seasonal outdoor pool, and traditional evening campfires and barbecues.

Bait Ali offers Bedouin tents and chalets, some with a private bathroom. The shared bathroom facilities feature modern showers and toilets.

The large, modern kitchen of Bait Ali serves local Arabic dishes. The camp also has terraced areas with a traditional Zerb oven.

Guests can admire Wadi Rum’s rock formations and desert from a hot air balloon. Other activities offered are buggy safaris, camel riding, and land sailing.

Our tours are designed to include all that you need to enjoy a really special time in the destination you're visiting. However, we do also offer some extra options to complement the tour and add some additional sightseeing or activities, or some extra time at either end of the tour.

All accommodation based options (e.g. Single supplements, extra nights, cruise upgrades) should be booked and paid for in advance so that we can make the appropriate arrangements. Other options may either be booked and paid for in advance or while you are on the tour, though we recommend booking in advance to ensure there are no issues with availability.

Many options are priced the same throughout the year, but some may incur single or high season supplements - full details are given on the tour reservation form or on request.

Single room supplement (ISSHIE)
Price from
US$1094
per person



Single room supplement (ISSHIE)
Min numbers: 1 person

This option books a single room in all the accommodation throughout the tour. Room shares may be available but the supplement is payable if a room share cannot be arranged.


This option books a single room in all the accommodation throughout the tour. If you are a single traveller and would be happy to share a room, let us know and we will see if we can pair you up with another single traveller of the same sex. If a room share is not available when you book then we will add the single room supplement to your booking and it will be payable with your balance payment unless we have arranged a room share for you by then. If a room share is arranged after you have paid the supplement then we will refund it to you. Room shares are arranged in order of booking.

 Extra day in Jerusalem - pre-tour
Price from
US$84
per person



Extra day in Jerusalem - pre-tour
Min numbers: 1 person

This option adds an day night to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport arrival transfer is NOT included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.


This option adds an extra day to the start of your tour in Israel, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability at the time of booking). Your airport arrival transfer is NOT included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Note: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

Extra day in Jerusalem - post-tour
Price from
US$84
per person



Extra day in Jerusalem - post-tour
Min numbers: 1 person

This option adds an extra day to the end of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport departure transfer is NOT included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.


This option adds an day to the end of your tour in Israel, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability at the time of booking). Your airport departure transfer is NOT included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Note: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

 Departure airport transfer
Price from
US$34
per person



Departure airport transfer
Min numbers: 1

This option can be added onto your last day in Israel or on any subsequent days if you choose to extend the tour. We pick you up from your hotel in Jerusalem and transfer you to the airport in Tel Aviv in plenty of time for your departure flight.


This option can be added onto your last day in Israel or on any subsequent days if you choose to extend the tour. We pick you up from your hotel in Jerusalem and transfer you to the airport in Tel Aviv in plenty of time for your departure flight. Prices shown are based on a car carrying 3 travellers, with corresponding higher rates available for 1 or 2 people on request.
israel-jordan-explorer-map.jpg
Israel & Jordan Explorer tour notes

The detailed Tour Notes below have been written to give you some more detailed information about how the tour runs, what to expect, and how to prepare for your holiday. We recommend downloading an up to date copy of these shortly before you travel in case of any changes.

We use good quality hotels rated at the Israeli and Jordanian 3 and 4-star level on this tour. Local star ratings may vary slightly from international standards but we ensure we use some of the very best hotels available at the level stated.

Accommodation is based on twin, triple or double en-suite rooms with air conditioning. All couples will stay in a private double room.

In Wadi Rum we use a Bedouin camp located on the edge of the Wadi Rum Reserve. The Bedouin crew will look after you and prepare some traditional meals before we fall asleep under the stars. Mattresses and blankets are provided, together with basic toilet facilities (we recommend bringing a sleeping bag for extra warmth in the winter months).

This tour includes an arrival airport transfer from Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv to your hotel in Jerusalem at anytime on Day 1 of the tour, and a transfer back from your hotel to the airport on Day 10. If you would like to add extra time in Israel and arrive before Day 1 of the tour or leave after Day 10, we can provide you with a quotation for your extra nights and airport transfer.

For legal reasons when crossing from Israel into Jordan, it's not possible for us to use the same vehicle so you'll be escorted to the immigration point on the Israel side of the border before taking a shuttle bus to the Jordanian side where our Jordanian team will greet you. Once in Jordan you'll have a Jordanian guide and driver who will continue with you for this part of the tour. You should budget approximately $107.00 for border fees which are not included in the tour price. These fees will be paid locally, in cash, when crossing the border. We have many passengers each year crossing this border and our local team are very experienced - full assistance will be given at each side.

Our trips feature a mix of different transport options. We want you to feel like you’re really experiencing the country you’re travelling through, but at the same time we want you to finish journeys refreshed enough to enjoy the next stage of the tour. Our routes in Israel and the small distances involved mean that we use private vehicles throughout this tour.

This tour includes two crossings of the Israel/Jordan border. We ask for your patience when crossing borders, as this process can sometimes take more than an hour. Please be assured that our local team is working daily with the authorities and is doing whatever they can at all times to expedite this. We also suggest that you try to travel as light as possible, as the Israeli security is tight and it can take a while for them to search through and check large cases.

Crossing at Beit Shean (Sheikh Hussein) from Israel to Jordan.
Our border assistant will explain the procedure to you at the entrance to the terminal. First, you enter the terminal and visit the exit tax kiosk and pay your exit tax (100 ILS plus 5 ILS surcharge in USD, EUR or Israeli Shekels). Take your exit tax to the immigration counter and hand it over with your passport. After processing your passport you walk through the duty free and outside across the road there is a waiting area. Here you can wait till called to board your shuttle bus to the Jordan Terminal. Note: Our staff cannot accompany you during this process, so you should follow the instructions of the assistant and border staff to ensure your crossing is smooth.  You pay the shuttle bus fee of JOD 1.6 (approx. $2.3 US or 10 NIS) on arrival at the Jordan terminal and then head to Jordanian immigration to arrange your Jordan visa and enter the country. Once on the Jordanian guide, your guide/assistant (sometimes the same person), will handle the taxes and if appropriate, visa payments.

Crossing via the Arava Crossing from Jordan into Israel.
Our assistant team on both sides can take you right up to the border fence and will explain to you the procedure throughout.

On this tour covering both Israel and Jordan you will be escorted by different guides. A Jordanian guide will handle that section of the tour, while in Israel specialist local guides will accompany the group for the different day tours there. Due to border restrictions we are not able to send the same guide with the group for the whole tour.

The minimum group size is 2, and the maximum is 45. Average group sizes are around 12-15. On some of our Shoestring tours such as this one, some travellers may join the group for portions of the itinerary, so the group may not remain exactly the same for the full duration.

Our trips feature a mix of different transport options. We want you to feel like you’re really experiencing the country you’re travelling through, but at the same time we want you to finish journeys refreshed enough to enjoy the next stage of the tour. The small distances involved in Jordan mean that we use private vehicles throughout this tour. These will be minivans, minibuses or small coaches, depending on the number of travellers in the group.

The jeeps used in Wadi Rum are provided by the local Bedouins we work with, and while suitable for your desert safari, they may fall below the normal safety and quality standards for vehicles we use during the rest of our tours.

Your airport transfers are only included on the first and last day of the set tour itinerary, plus on any additional days if you book your hotel room with us. If you make your own arrangements for additional accommodation at either the beginning or the end of the tour then you will need to arrange your own airport transfers on these days.

Tipping is common practice in Jordan, as a sign of appreciation for services provided. You may therefore wish to tip your guide and driver at the end of the tour.  You should not feel obliged to tip any particular amount, and should consider your personal budget. We are often asked to provide a guide however, and can suggest that approx. USD 3-8 per person per day would be appropriate.

The local currency in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories is the Israeli Shekel (ILS). You do not need to arrange to bring any Shekels with you as exchange facilities are available in the international airports and in most hotels, banks and bureau de changes in major towns. You should try to obtain and keep hold of small denomination notes or coins on you during the tour as these are useful for toilets, tips and small purchases. ATMs are readily available in major towns and many local shops will accept VISA/Mastercard or Amex, but may charge fees of up to 10% - check before you pay. Travellers cheques are not recommended as they can not be changed in many places now, and can incur high fees.

While in Israel and the OPT you will need sufficient funds to cover meals not included in the itinerary, drinks, snacks, souvenirs and personal expenses such as laundry. These should generally all be paid for in local currency, though tips for guides and drivers may be paid in hard currency (GBP, USD, EUR).

It is difficult to recommend a level of personal spending money which will suit everyone as this can differ greatly, but as a guideline, we would suggest allowing USD 25-35 per person per day as a minimum. Allow more if you plan on doing lots of shopping, or buying many alcoholic drinks.

The local currency in Jordan is the Jordanian Dinar (JD). You do not need to arrange to bring any Jordanian Dinar with you to Jordan as exchange facilities are available in the international airports and in most hotels, banks and bureau de changes in major towns. You should try to obtain and keep hold of small denomination notes or coins on you during the tour as these are useful for toilets, tips and small purchases. ATMs are readily available in major towns and many local shops will accept VISA/Mastercard or Amex, but may charge fees of up to 10% - check before you pay. Travellers cheques are not recommended as they can not be changed in many places now, and can incur high fees.

While in Jordan you will need sufficient funds to cover meals not included in the itinerary, drinks, snacks, souvenirs and personal expenses such as laundry. These should generally all be paid for in Jordanian Dinar, though tips for guides and drivers may be paid in hard currency (GBP, USD, EUR).

It is difficult to recommend a level of personal spending money which will suit everyone as this can differ greatly, but as a guideline, we would suggest allowing USD 15-25 per person per day as a minimum. Allow more if you plan on doing lots of shopping, or buying many alcoholic drinks.

Your airport transfers are only included on the first and last day of the set tour itinerary, plus on any additional days if you book your hotel room with us. If you make your own arrangements for additional accommodation at either the beginning or the end of the tour then you will need to arrange your own airport transfers on these days.

We want to give you as much flexibility as possible when it comes to booking your holiday with us. So, to take account of people with varying travel plans, we don’t include your international flights in the main tour price. We are however very happy to book your flights for you, and our ATOL (UK flight sales license) protects all holidays booked together with a flight from the UK.

Please contact us with your preferred dates and departure airport and we’ll give you a selection of airlines, times and fares to choose from. Your airport arrival & departure transfers are included on the first and last days of the tour whether you book your flights independently or through us. All our group tours in Israel start and finish at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv (TLV).

Tipping is common practice in Israel, as a sign of appreciation for services provided. You may therefore wish to tip your guide and driver at the end of the tour.  You should not feel obliged to tip any particular amount, and should consider your personal budget. We are often asked to provide a guide however, and can suggest that approx. GBP 5 / USD 8 per person per day would be appropriate.

Passports should be valid for at least six months after your departure from the country. Please do not bring an almost full or almost expired passport. Visa arrangements are the responsibility of the traveller, and requirements are subject to change by the local authorities.

To promote tourism to the country, the Jordanian government is currently waiving Visa fees for certain nationalities (including UK, USA, CA, EU, AU, NZ, SA). When confirming your reservation with us, please could you complete all passport details on your travellers information sheet and return it to us promptly and at least 4 weeks prior to departure so that we can take steps to arrange your free arrival visa if available. The free visa offer requires a stay in Jordan of at least 2 nights if you are arriving by air, or 3 nights if you are arriving by land.

Multiple entry visas for Jordan are no longer available and you will need to arrange two visas if you are doing a combination tour (eg. with Egypt and/or Israel) that visits Jordan more than once.

If you wish to arrange your visa in advance or your stay will be shorter than described above, then a visa fee of 40JD (approx. USD 57) will be due.

Other nationalities may require a visa prior to arrival and to obtain this in advance, please contact your local Jordanian embassy or consulate or a visa agency for details. In addition, if you plan to enter Jordan via the southern Wadi Araba crossing (Eilat-Aqaba) or the Allenby Bridge/King Hussein border with Israel in the north, you will need to obtain your Jordan visa in advance as these are not available on arrival at the border.

Passports should be valid for at least six months after your departure from the country. Please do not bring an almost full or almost expired passport. Visa arrangements are the responsibility of the traveller, and requirements are subject to change by the local authorities.

Many nationalities (including UK, European, USA, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, South African) do not need to obtain a visa to enter Israel as a period as long as your stay is for less than 3 months. Other nationalities should check with their local consulate.

Most of our tours visiting Israel also enter the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). No special visas are required but check points and border posts are operated by the Israeli authorities and access is sometimes limited or restricted.

Luggage: Suitcases, rucksacks or fabric holdalls are all fine to bring with you to Jordan. You should also bring a small daypack/bag to take out during the day. Your main luggage will normally be left in the hotel during your sightseeing trips – you will not need to carry it far, and there are nearly always hotel porters to assist.

Luggage limits: There is no luggage limit for this tour. However, most airlines restrict you to between 20kg and 25kg for your hold luggage and between 5kg and 10kg for hand luggage. Please check with your airline before travelling to the airport.

Clothing: The climate in Jordan varies widely from hot days in the summer to cool and sometimes wet days in the winter months. At night, especially in the deserts, the temperatures can drop quite dramatically. So you must pack for cool conditions. Formal dress (eg. suits & ties) is not required. Modesty rates highly in Jordan, especially for women, so to respect the local culture & people, please ensure all clothes are loose fitting and not revealing. Shorts (not hot-pants) are OK in tourist sites, as are T-shirts, but these should not show too much bare flesh (we suggest that your shoulders should remain covered). When visiting any mosques, legs and arms should be covered.

Other items: If your tour includes an overnight Bedouin camp then bedding is provided but we recommend bringing a light sleeping sheet or sleeping bag liner for comfort all year round (even with the best efforts, sand does find its way pretty much everywhere). In the winter months, or if you think you would like to sleep under the stars instead of in your tent, then we recommend you bring a sleeping bag with you as it can get very cold at night. We also recommend you bring a sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, a basic first aid kit, toiletries, money belt, small torch, camera & charger.

Luggage: Suitcases, rucksacks or fabric holdalls are all fine to bring with you to Israel and Jordan. You should also bring a small daypack/bag to take out during the day. Your main luggage will normally be left in the hotel during your sightseeing trips – you will not need to carry it far, and there are nearly always hotel porters to assist.

Luggage limits: There is no luggage limit for this tour. However, most airlines restrict you to between 20kg and 25kg for your hold luggage and between 5kg and 10kg for hand luggage. Please check with your airline before travelling to the airport.

Clothing: The climate in Israel and Jordan varies widely from hot days in the summer to cool and sometimes wet days in the winter months. At night, especially in the deserts, the temperatures can drop quite dramatically. So you must pack for cool conditions. Formal dress (eg. suits & ties) is not required. Modesty rates highly in Jordan (and parts of Israel), especially for women, so to respect the local culture & people, please ensure all clothes are loose fitting and not revealing. Shorts (not hot-pants) are OK in tourist sites, as are T-shirts, but these should not show too much bare flesh (we suggest that your shoulders should remain covered). When visiting any mosques, legs and arms should be covered.

Other items: At the Bedouin camp bedding is provided but we recommend bringing a light sleeping sheet or sleeping bag liner for comfort all year round (even with the best efforts, sand does find its way pretty much everywhere). In the winter months, or if you think you would like to sleep under the stars instead of in your tent, then we recommend you bring a sleeping bag with you as it can get very cold at night. We also recommend you bring a sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, a basic first aid kit, toiletries, money belt, small torch, camera & charger.

We want to give you as much flexibility as possible when it comes to booking your holiday with us. So, to take account of people with varying travel plans, we don’t include your international flights in the main tour price. We are however very happy to book your flights for you, and our ATOL (UK flight sales license) covers all holidays booked together with a flight from the UK.

Please contact us with your preferred dates and departure airport and we’ll give you a selection of airlines, times and fares to choose from. Your airport arrival & departure transfers are included on the first and last days of the tour whether you book your flights independently or through us. Nearly all our Jordan tours start and finish at Amman airport (AMM).

You should ensure you are fully insured for medical emergencies including emergency evacuation and repatriation.

Recommended vaccinations and other health protection measures vary according to the country you are visiting and where you are travelling from. We recommend you contact your GP/medical practitioner or a travel clinic for current information on vaccinations needed for your destination.  You should ensure that you are up to date with vaccines and boosters recommended for your normal life at home, including for example, vaccines required for occupational risk of exposure, lifestyle risks and underlying medical conditions.
In addition, additional courses or boosters normally recommended for the countries in this region are:

Egypt: Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A
Jordan: Tetanus, Hepatitis A
Israel: Hepatitis A, Poliomyelitis

Malaria is not generally present unless it has been contracted abroad; you do not need to take malaria prophylactics.

More information is available here: Egypt, Jordan, Israel

Note: We are aware of some places in Egypt using ‘black henna’ instead of pure brown henna. Black henna contains a chemical dye PPD (paraphenylenediamine) which can result in severe allergic reactions and resultant scarring. To be safe we recommend avoiding any henna tattoos while in Egypt unless you are certain they are using pure brown henna.

The time in Egypt, Jordan and Israel is GMT plus 2 hours. Daylight saving adjustments have historically been applied in some years but not others. At present it appears that there will be no daylight saving changes in Egypt 2016 and beyond, though this may change at short notice (with a resulting impact on flight times and schedules). In Jordan and Israel, daylight saving of one hour is generally applied between the end of March and the end of October, making it GMT plus 3 hours. Exact dates vary from year to year and sometimes the changes may be scrapped altogether.

Sockets are two round pronged and 220 volts (Type C). Universal adaptors are available in most airport shops if you don’t have one already. Standard European adapters will work fine, though sometimes they may feel a little loose in the sockets. All hotel rooms have electrical sockets where you can re-charge cameras, phones etc. Hair dryers are normally available on request from the hotel reception if not in your room already.
If you have US appliances (110 volts) you will need a voltage converter as well as a plug adapter.

If you would like to book a place on this tour, please complete the online reservation form on our website (via the Dates & Prices tab on the tour page). You can pay your deposit or full balance online, or just hold a reservation if you prefer. We will then contact you with more details about how to complete your booking. Payments may be made by debit or credit card (subject to a card processing fee), or by making a bank transfer or posting us a cheque/bank draft. Full details will be provided in your booking confirmation email. Please contact us if you would like any more information or have any questions before making a booking.

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our tours and needs to cover personal accident & liability, medical expenses and repatriation, travel delay & abandonment. We also strongly recommend that you take out cover against cancellation and lost/stolen baggage. Personal medical insurance does not normally provide sufficient cover and is generally not suitable for travel on our tours. You will not be able to join your tour if you have not provided us with details of your insurance or if you arrive without cover in place (no refunds will be due in this event). More information...

You may arrange your own insurance, or you can take advantage of a comprehensive policy that we can arrange for you through Endsleigh Insurance which has been designed to be suitable for our tours. The policy is available to travellers of all nationalities and you do not need to live in the UK  to take out the policy. For full details of cover provided, prices and to apply for one of our policies, please complete travel insurance application form.

Note: Any country that borders the Mediterranean is considered as 'Europe' for the purposes of travel insurance (including Turkey, Israel, Egypt and Morocco). If you are doing a tour that visits one country in 'Europe' and one that is 'Worldwide' (for example, an Egypt and Jordan tour), then you need a 'Worldwide' policy. When completing the form you should enter your travel dates including any extra days involved in overnight flights or connecting travel between your home and the tour. Our policies are not able to cover any extra time or activities other than your tour and options booked with us and your travel to & from home.

If you plan to arrange a hot air balloon flight locally, or do some scuba diving during your tour, you should check the small print in your policy to make sure these are covered (these are covered in our policy). Please also check the maximum altitude that you will be reaching and that full cover including emergency evacuation is provided up to this altitude.

IMPORTANT:  We must have your travel insurance details (policy number and type of insurance) before you depart or you may not be allowed to join the tour.  If you haven't told us already, please let us know the details when you can. You should take a paper copy of your insurance policy with you as you may be asked to show this at the start of the tour.

We are a UK registered company and an ABTA Member (Y4447) and you can be confident when booking with us that your money is safe and protected.
If you book a flight departing from the UK from us with your tour, or if you live in the UK and your tour includes domestic flights, then your entire package is ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 10467.
Additional financial protection is also provided through International Passenger Protection for passengers not booking flights.
Please see our website or booking conditions for more information.

It is impossible not to have an impact on the local environment, cultures and eco-systems when you travel. However, it is very possible to try and ensure that these impacts are as limited, or positive as possible. We are committed to ensuring that we try to leave our host countries in a better state than we found them and encourage and assist our travellers to help us with this.
The following are a few simple tips that require very little effort on your part but which will help ensure that any effect you have on the locations you visit is positive rather than negative.

  • Don’t prejudge: Things in different countries will almost certainly be different. That doesn’t make them worse or inferior, just different.
  • Communicate: Don’t expect locals to speak your language. Take the trouble to learn a few words or phrases of the local language. Don’t worry about sounding silly. Most locals are patient and accommodating and appreciate you making the effort to communicate in their language.
  • Conserve energy: Be careful not to waste valuable resources. Use local resources sparingly. Switch off lights, air-conditioning and fans when you leave the hotel room and don’t waste water. Remove superfluous packaging. Many countries have far less efficient waste disposal systems than ours. Remove packaging from newly acquired items before leaving home.
  • Don’t litter: No matter how untidy or dirty the country you’re travelling in may look to you, avoid littering, as there is no need to add to the environment's stress. Many of the countries we visit have a tough challenge dealing with rubbish and waste. Please consider taking home as much plastic waste as you can (e.g. water bottles).
  • Choose environmentally friendly products: By using environmentally friendly (bio degradable) sun creams, shampoos and detergents you can help reduce pollution.
  • Respect local customs and traditions: As you are a guest in these countries, you should also comply with the local customs. If you are friendly and well mannered, the locals will reciprocate and it will only enhance your experience. It’s important to follow dress and behaviour guidelines especially when visiting religious or sacred sites (your tour leader will advise you how best to do this).
  • If a client commits an illegal act the client may be excluded from the tour and Encounters Travel shall cease to have responsibility to/for them. No refund will be given for any unused services.

All porters are employed and equipped following guidelines set by the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG).

You can stay in touch with us online by following us on Facebook and Twitter. We post updates on relevant travel news in our destination countries, special offers and discounts and other interesting travel related news and information.
www.facebook.com/encounterstravel
www.twitter.com/encounterstravl (yes, without the 'e')

It is important when considering and preparing to travel anywhere in the world that you have a good understanding of the country you are visiting, its laws and customs, and the possible risks and situations that may occur. This includes specific risks related to your itinerary (eg. does it involve water & can you swim, are you fit enough for the activities included), as well as more general risks such as terrorism and natural disasters.

General details and links to more information about health risks, visa requirements, money, and travel insurance are given in these tour notes. We recommend that you re-read all these before your departure as well as the small print of your travel insurance policy so you know exactly what is covered and what is not.

You should take copies of your important travel documents with you and ideally also store them online securely as a backup. Make sure that you have given us your emergency contact details and told that person where and when you are travelling. Ensure you take enough money with you and that you have access to emergency funds.

Finally, you should read through and stay updated with the current official government travel advice for your destination. We are registered partners with the UK Foreign Office's 'Know Before you Go' campaign which provides further useful and invaluable information.

'Know Before you Go' campaign

Luggage: Suitcases, rucksacks or fabric holdalls are all fine to bring with you to Israel. You should also bring a small daypack/bag to take out during the day. Your main luggage will normally be left in the hotel during your sightseeing trips – you will not need to carry it far, and there are nearly always hotel porters to assist.

Luggage limits: There is no luggage limit for this tour. However, most airlines restrict you to between 20kg and 25kg for your hold luggage and between 5kg and 10kg for hand luggage. Please check with your airline before travelling to the airport.

Clothing: The climate in Israel varies widely from hot days in the summer to cool and sometimes wet days in the winter months. At night, especially in the deserts, the temperatures can drop quite dramatically. So you must pack for cool conditions. Formal dress (eg. suits & ties) is not required. When visiting any mosques, legs and arms should be covered.

Other items: We also recommend you bring a sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, a basic first aid kit, toiletries, money belt, small torch, camera & charger.

Israel & Jordan Explorer dates & prices

This tour is also available for booking privately for travel anytime through the year, and we can also customise the itinerary to fit your personal requirements. Please contact us for details and prices.
Start Date End Date Price (P/P) Offer Price Note
17 Dec, 2016 26 Dec, 2016 US$2289 - - Book now
24 Dec, 2016 02 Jan, 2017 US$2659 - - Book now
31 Dec, 2016 09 Jan, 2017 US$2659 - - Book now
07 Jan, 2017 16 Jan, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
14 Jan, 2017 23 Jan, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
21 Jan, 2017 30 Jan, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
28 Jan, 2017 06 Feb, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
04 Feb, 2017 13 Feb, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
11 Feb, 2017 20 Feb, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
18 Feb, 2017 27 Feb, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
25 Feb, 2017 06 Mar, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
04 Mar, 2017 13 Mar, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
11 Mar, 2017 20 Mar, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
18 Mar, 2017 27 Mar, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
25 Mar, 2017 03 Apr, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
01 Apr, 2017 10 Apr, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
08 Apr, 2017 17 Apr, 2017 US$2429 - - Book now
15 Apr, 2017 24 Apr, 2017 US$2659 - - Book now
22 Apr, 2017 01 May, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
29 Apr, 2017 08 May, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
06 May, 2017 15 May, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
13 May, 2017 22 May, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
20 May, 2017 29 May, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
27 May, 2017 05 Jun, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
03 Jun, 2017 12 Jun, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
10 Jun, 2017 19 Jun, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
17 Jun, 2017 26 Jun, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
24 Jun, 2017 03 Jul, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
01 Jul, 2017 10 Jul, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
08 Jul, 2017 17 Jul, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
15 Jul, 2017 24 Jul, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
22 Jul, 2017 31 Jul, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
29 Jul, 2017 07 Aug, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
05 Aug, 2017 14 Aug, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
12 Aug, 2017 21 Aug, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
19 Aug, 2017 28 Aug, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
26 Aug, 2017 04 Sep, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
02 Sep, 2017 11 Sep, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
09 Sep, 2017 18 Sep, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
16 Sep, 2017 25 Sep, 2017 US$2429 - - Book now
23 Sep, 2017 02 Oct, 2017 US$2659 - - Book now
30 Sep, 2017 09 Oct, 2017 US$2659 - - Book now
07 Oct, 2017 16 Oct, 2017 US$2429 - - Book now
14 Oct, 2017 23 Oct, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
21 Oct, 2017 30 Oct, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
28 Oct, 2017 06 Nov, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
04 Nov, 2017 13 Nov, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
11 Nov, 2017 20 Nov, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
18 Nov, 2017 27 Nov, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
25 Nov, 2017 04 Dec, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
02 Dec, 2017 11 Dec, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
09 Dec, 2017 18 Dec, 2017 US$1999 - - Book now
16 Dec, 2017 25 Dec, 2017 US$2289 - - Book now
23 Dec, 2017 01 Jan, 2018 US$2659 - - Book now
Feefo logo
tripadvisor winner 2014 and 2015
ISRAEL Reviews
Service

Product

Posted Feb 04, 2016
Service rating : Great service

Product : Great tour guide
Read More...
Service

Product

Posted Oct 24, 2015
Service rating : From the moment we were met by our taxi until our taxi dropped us off at the airport to return home we were treated like royalty. The whole holiday was superb

Product : We had been with Encounters Travel before to Jordan which was excellent, so our expectations were high. We were not disappointed. The hotels were very good, the guide extremely knowledgeable with excellent English, and food plentiful and excellent. We visited all the places We remembered from the bible at Sunday school, and then some. I would recommend this holiday to anyone. It was fantastic. I shall definitely book another holiday with Encounters Travel.
Read More...
Service

Product

Posted Aug 18, 2015
Service rating : Excellent

Product : Excellent made so in part by a brilliant guide
Read More...
Service

Product

Posted May 24, 2014
Service rating : Smooth organisation and communicative company - low stress holiday!

Product : I wish we could have done this years ago! The small group concept works so much better than a big coach tour, providing both flexibility, good use of time and more personal attention from a first rate guide.
Read More...
Service

Product

Posted May 23, 2014
Service rating : Booking was efficient and accurate; queries were handled promptly by e-mail; phone calls were answered in a friendly and informed manner; adding extra days at the beginning and end of the tour caused no problem at all; the pre-trip information was useful.

Product : In many respects this was an excellent tour giving a good insight into much of what Israel has to offer. My criticism would be that it was very 'whistlestop' and I think too much is crammed into too few days. The time allocation at a number of the sights was insufficient and we were not able to see things completely or have free time to experience it on our own. On a number of days we did not have a lunch break until mid afternoon, having had breakfast at 7.30 am and there was not always time to grab refreshment mid morning. The bias of the trip was very much Christian; it would have been more balanced if we could have visited a synagogue and mosque and maybe Greek/Russian orthodox. It'really a 12 day tour squashed into 6. I have no regrets about going on this trip, I just would have liked more time.
Read More...