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Israel/Jordan

Journey of a Lifetime: Israel and Jordan

Discover holy sites, stunning architecture, modern cities and well-preserved ruins as you explore these two ancient countries on the shores of the Mediterranean.
Rating (4.97)
Program No. 21566RJ
Length
14 days
Starts at
4,399
Flights start at
925
Israel/Jordan

Journey of a Lifetime: Israel and Jordan

Discover holy sites, stunning architecture, modern cities and well-preserved ruins as you explore these two ancient countries on the shores of the Mediterranean.
Length
14 days
Starts at
4,399
Flights start at
925
Length
14 days
Rating (4.97)
Starts at
4,399
Flights start at
925
Program No. 21566RJ

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Oct 15 - Oct 28, 2022
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Oct 15 - Oct 28, 2022
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Oct 22 - Nov 4, 2022
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Oct 29 - Nov 11, 2022
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Nov 5 - Nov 18, 2022
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Nov 12 - Nov 25, 2022
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Feb 18 - Mar 3, 2023
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Apr 15 - Apr 28, 2023
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5,929
Sep 16 - Sep 29, 2023
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5,699
Sep 30 - Oct 13, 2023
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5,929
Oct 14 - Oct 27, 2023
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5,929
Oct 21 - Nov 3, 2023
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5,929
Oct 28 - Nov 10, 2023
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At a Glance

The material and historical riches of Israel and Jordan are relics of their roles as bridges between the Persian Empire and the Greco-Roman world. Their societies have been shaped by millennia of overlapping cultures, religions and languages. Explore ties between past and present in these fascinating nations where 5,000 years of human history converge.
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Walking up to three miles per day; some uneven terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Explore Jerusalem, a holy city to all three Abrahamic faiths.
  • Discover Petra, a stunning city cut from rose-red rock by the ancient Nabataean people of Jordan.
  • Visit Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea before continuing on to Amman.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Petra, The Rose-Red City
by Christian Auge, Jean-Marie Dentzer
Jam-packed with color illustrations, archival material, maps and site plans, this shirt-pocket encyclopedia is our best-selling book on Petra.
Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths
by Karen Armstrong
A popular history by the author of A History of God. Armstrong tackles big subjects -- and this book is no exception. It's a comprehensive, concise portrait of the city over the last 5,000 years.
Islam, A Short History
by Karen Armstrong
Armstrong brings authority and experience to this vivid, clear-headed survey of the history and impact of Islam from the birth of Muhammad to present-day challenges. The best short introduction to the subject.
Israel & The West Bank: With Petra
by Genevieve Belmaker
A guide to Jerusalem that includes color photos and helpful planning maps with descriptions.
Jerusalem: The Biography
by Simon Sebag Montefiore
Jerusalem: The Biography: is a 2011 bestselling non-fiction book by British popular historian and writer Simon Sebag Montefiore.
Married to a Bedouin
by Marguerite van Geldermalsen
"Where you staying?" the Bedouin asked. "Why you not stay with me tonight -- in my cave?" Thus begins the fascinating odyssey of a young nurse from New Zealand who would marry and raise her family among the community of 100 Bedouin families living in the ancient city of Petra.
Eyewitness Guide Jerusalem: Israel, Petra & Sinai
by Eyewitness Guides
This compact, illustrated guide provides a thorough overview of Israel and western Jordan, including Petra, Wadi Rum and Amman.
The Rough Guide To Jordan
by Matthew Teller
An in depth expert and comprehensive guide to Jordan. The Rough Guide to Jordan will help readers discover the best places to explore, sleep, eat, drink and shop.
Apeirogon: A Novel
by Colum McCann
McCann writes a complex and uplifting story of a Palestinian father and an Israeli Father who form an unexpected bond by the grief of losing a daughter.
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14 days
13 nights
31 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight

Activity note: Important Note: This Road Scholar program is an educational journey to Israel and Jordan to explore the culture, history and religions (Judaism, Christianity & Islam) that shaped the identity of the people of this region. Thus, the program doesn’t focus on one particular faith or denomination, but rather it follows a multidisciplinary approach to give participants a holistic understanding of the destination and its people.

DAY
2
Arrival in Israel and Orientation
Tel Aviv
D
Prima City Hotel

Activity note: On entry into Israel you will receive at the border control a small Entry Permit (a small blue card) – this must be kept until your departure out of the country. You will most likely be asked, at hotel check- ins, to produce this as proof of your tourist status in the country, thus exempting you from the Value Added Tax on hotel accommodation, which is currently 17%. If you do not have the Entry Permit you will be liable to pay the VAT directly to the hotel for all services taken at the hotel.

Afternoon: Check into the hotel and take some time to relax before dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Your Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicted distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

DAY
3
Tel Aviv - White city and Jaffa
Tel Aviv
B,D
Prima City Hotel

Activity note: Walking 1,5 miles on mainly flat terrain, some steps in Old City. Stone pavement can be slippery. Standing up to 2 hours.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Discover Jaffa, one of the oldest port cities in the world. Built on top of a hill overlooking the Mediterranean Sea with a natural harbor and fertile soil, ancient Jaffa has been conquered and reconquered countless times by Ancient Civilizations. We will learn about the fascinating and turbulent history of Jaffa and walk its winding streets and alleyways. Then drive through the "White City" of Tel Aviv to Sarona a newly renovated complex in the heart of Tel Aviv. Originally a German Templar Colony, the site sits at the heart of what is a new central business and commercial center.

Lunch: Lunch on your own to explore local cuisine.

Afternoon: Free afternoon in Tel Aviv. At 5 p.m. we will have lecture in hotel on current state of affairs in Israel.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Mount of Olives & Old city, Mount Zion and the Western Wall
Jerusalem
B,L,D
Prima Kings Hotel

Activity note: Today’s activities include extensive walking and many steps on the tours to Mount Zion, Jewish Quarter & Western Wall.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Coach departure to Jerusalem and stops on the way for a field trip of Kibbutz. We will visit Local Kibbutz to learn the history of the Kibbutz movement in Israel and learn about the early settlers. Traditionally based on agriculture, the kibbutz is a form of communal living that integrates elements of socialism and Zionism.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch, Field Trip trip to Mount Zion where we will visit the room of the last supper, King David Tomb, the Dormition Abbey, then enter the old city to visit the Jewish Quarter where we will see the Roman Cardo and the Biblical Broad Wall dated to the days of King Hezekiah. We will continue the tour at the view point overlooking the Temple Mount (Mount Moriah) and have a good view of both the Al Aqsa Mosque and the shrine of the Dome Of the Rock. Finally we will reach the Western Wall the only remnant of the glorious Temple and the most sacred site in the world for Jewish people (The Kotel). Here you will have time to put a note between the stones with personal wishes and prays a hundreds of years old tradition. At 5.30 p.m. we will have lecture in the hotel about Palestinian Society: Its hopes and challenges by a leading Arab scholar.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Holocaust Memorial & Bethlehem
Jerusalem
B,L,D
Prima Kings Hotel

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles, uphill walking, no railings, stone pavement can be slippery. Standing up to 2 hours. Wear comfortable shoes.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will take a field trip to Yad Vashem (Holocaust Memorial). On the way to the memorial, we will pass by important government centers. Yad Vashem was established by Israeli Law in 1953 to commemorate the six million Jews and their communities wiped out in the Holocaust. It has the largest and the most comprehensive archive and information repositories on the Holocaust, housing more than 50 million pages of documents and hundreds of thousands of photographs and films.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Field Trip: The "little town" of Bethlehem, mentioned in any number of Christmas carols, attracts pilgrims worldwide on account of its description in the New Testament (and particularly the Gospels) as the birthplace of Jesus. The Church of the Nativity, one of the oldest churches in the world, is the focus of Christian veneration within the city.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Archeological dig and Israeli Museum / Christian Quarter
Jerusalem
B,L
Prima Kings Hotel

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles, no railings, stone pavement can be slippery. Standing up to 2 hours. Wear comfortable shoes.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast participate in an archaeological project on site of an archeological dig in Jerusalem. Field trip to the Old City to visit Christian Quarter including the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

Lunch: At local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch, guided field trip of the Israel Museum of Jerusalem. Visit the scale model of Jerusalem, which depicts Jerusalem as it was in the Second Temple era, and visit the Shine of Book, where the fragments of the Dead Sea scrolls are exhibited in this special building.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore local cuisine.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Masada & Qumran
Tiberias
B,L,D
Prima Galil Tiberias Hotel

Activity note: Today's activities include ascending the fortress of Masada by cable car, walking up to two hours continuously with stops in shaded areas, and walking on gravel and uneven grounds (but not uphill). Rails are available at most sites on the mountain. We will descend by cable car (visit time approximately two hours). In addition, in Qumran, there will be walking on uneven ground and gravel for 45 minutes with stops on the way. Rails are available.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast we check out and drive to the ruins of the Fortress of Masada, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. This magnificent fortress was built by King Herod the Great and later became a refuge from the Zealots who withstood the attack of the Roman Legion. Explore the bathhouses, ritual baths, store houses and the Herodian Villa.

Lunch: Lunch in local restaurant at Dead Sea

Afternoon: After lunch we continue to Qumran, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the biblical community of the Essenes. Discover the history of the Dead Sea Scrolls, considered the most extensive set of religious texts outside the Bible. Gain insight into the Second Temple period, the Roman conquests and the Jewish revolts. Later in the afternoon, continue your drive toTiberias.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Capernaum, Magdala & Nazareth
Tiberias
B,L,D
Prima Galil Tiberias Hotel

Activity note: Please note the dress code in the Church of the Annunciation is conservative. Men: No hats, shorts must cover the knees. Women: No tank tops or sleeveless shirts and skirts or pants must cover up to the ankles.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Located on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee, the ruins of Capernaum were first discovered in 1838 by American explorer Edward Robinson. Numerous archeological excavations have taken place since the 1900’s.We continue to newly excavated site Magdala. Once ancient Jewish city situated on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. City has strong Jewish and Christian history.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch continue to Nazareth and visit the Church of the Annunciation. Believed by many, particularly those of Roman Catholic faith, to be the site where the Archangel Gabriel informed Mary that she would conceive Jesus. Return to Tiberias.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Transfer and cross the border into Jordan, Mt. Nebo & Madaba
Petra
B,L,D
Movenpick Resort Petra

Activity note: Please note that you will need to carry your own luggage several hundred meters from the Israeli bus through security to the Jordanian bus. The Jordanian visa will be arranged for all the participants by Road scholar. Some walk on uneven and sandy terrain.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Check out and transfer to the border crossing to Jordan at Sheikh Hussein Border Crossing. Excursion to Mt. Nebo. According to Jewish and Christian tradition, Moses was buried by God somewhere on this mountain.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Madaba.

Afternoon: Continue for Madaba field trip. Madaba has been continuously inhabited for nearly 3500 years, and contains, arguably, the most impressive concentration of mosaic monuments in the region, including a map of Palestine located within St. George’s Church. Continue to Petra.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Petra
Petra
B,L,D
Movenpick Resort Petra

Activity note: Strenuous walk in and out of Petra along a sloping path that includes natural and slippery surfaces. Total walking distance will be up to five miles, with only two benches along the way. Temperatures can be high with little to no shade. Please wear comfortable shoes.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will explore the monuments and settlements of Petra, whose name derives from the Latin word, Petrae, meaning rock. Numerous archaeological excavations have taken place since its “discovery” in 1812 by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. Hidden in a great rift valley east of Wadi 'Araba, 80 kilometers south of the Dead Sea, Petra was the principle city of ancient Nabetaea, though subsequently ruled by several other empires including Roman, Byzantine, and Persian. Note: Horse rides are available during the excursion to Petra and are included in your program cost. The ride is from the entrance of Petra to the entrance of the Sikh. The horse drawn carriages however, are not included. Any participant wishing to make use of these must pay directly at the time. The cost for the use of these carriages is approximately 35 USD. Please coordinate this with your group leader.

Lunch: Buffet Lunch at the Basin Restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy some free time to explore Petra on your own, perhaps take a donkey to the Monastery. Return to hotel walking. NB pax who have difficulties walking will be assisted by the Local Expert. Upon arrival to hotel , presentation : Life and Culture of the Bedouins in Jordan by an local Expert.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Petra - Wadi Rum - Dead Sea
The Dead Sea
B,L,D
Movenpick Resort and Spa Dead Sea

Activity note: Limited walking over sandy, uneven and difficult terrain. Participants must be able to climb into/out of vehicles on their own. There will be two hours of desert driving off-road in vehicles that are old, with no air-conditioning or seat belts. These are owned and operated by local Bedouins. Ride will be bumpy. Guests with mobility restrictions and/or back and neck conditions are not advised to participate. The drive from Wadi Rum to the Dead Sea is about four hours.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will check out of the hotel and depart by motorcoach for Wadi Rum. This wadi is the largest in Jordan, and covers nearly 300 square miles of a harsh landscape with high mountains, deep valleys, canyons, caves, and sand. Over millennia, residents and travelers have left their mark in ancient petroglyphs, inscriptions, and in the ruins of temples. The Bedouin people who continue to live here are descendants of those who fought with Lawrence of Arabia. As a nationally protected area, there is an intensive conservation program in place to protect the unique landscape. Here, we will hop aboard open off-road vehicles and enjoy an expert led exploration of this area. These vehicles will travel over rough terrain, so participants are advised to notify the Group Leader if they wish to skip this activity.

Lunch: Lunch in Hasan Zawaideh Camp in Wadi Rum.

Afternoon: We will board the motor coach once again and transfer to the Dead Sea region. Upon arrival, we will check-in to our new hotel. Enjoy some time to settle into your rooms and relax before dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Dead Sea and Bethany Beyond the Jordan
The Dead Sea
B,D
Movenpick Resort and Spa Dead Sea

Activity note: Make sure to bring your swimsuit and water shoes to swim in the Dead Sea.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Explore a revered site in the Christian tradition by visiting Bethany Beyond the Jordan, the site where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Afterwards, attend a lecture about Christianity in Jordan.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to experience the Dead Sea floating & swimming - Free time (hotel to provide towels and swimming service).

Dinner: Buffet Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
13
Jerash & Amman
Amman
B,L,D
Kempinski Hotel Amman

Activity note: Today's activities include significant walking in Jerash. Please wear comfortable shoes. Please note that rooms are booked until Friday morning. For participants who booked Road Scholar air, transfers will take place on this evening and the following morning, depending on your flight schedule.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Discover Jerash, considered the Pompeii of the Middle East. Archaeological excavations have revealed ancient Jerash to have been a prominent Greco-Roman City destroyed by an earthquake in the 8th century CE. During the Crusades, the ruins of Jerash were transformed into military fortifications. Panoramic Amman and explore the Mosque of Amman.

Lunch: In local restaurant.

Afternoon: Continue to explore Amman. Field trip to Amman’s Citadel, Jabal el Qala. Also visit the National Archaeological Museum for an overview of Jordan’s past. Then participate in an onsite lecture: Jordan and its Capital.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Transfer to the Amman Airport. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!

DAY
14
Departure US, Queen Alia International Airport, Amman Jordan
In Flight

Morning: Overnight flight and arrival in the U.S.






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