Explore ancient history and culture in Israel on this 6-day trip. Visit ancient synagogues and King David's tomb in Jerusalem, tour the ancient fortress of Masada, and let the healing waters of the Dead Sea soothe you. End your trip in Petra, Jordan's incredible desert city.
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When is the best time to visit?
Spring and fall are the sweet spots here—specifically May and September. Summer (June through August) is simultaneously busy and very hot. You'll find popular sites and Tel Aviv's sandy beaches packed with people during the day, though mornings and evenings (and the excellent, air-conditioned Israel Museum) provide respite. December through February is chilly and wet, but the end of winter brings excellent conditions for hiking in the northern Golan Heights region: wildflowers and mild temperatures abound. Keep religious observances in mind throughout the year; this is a country that goes quiet during holidays.
How many days do I need?
Israel is small in size, but substantial in terms of history and culture. Those with limited time could check out Jerusalem's highlights in a day or two; travelers planning for 3-5 days can also visit the Galilee region or the beaches of Tel Aviv. If you plan to spend at least a week, you can do all of that and more: lounge by the Red Sea in the resort town of Eilat, visit Bethlehem, Jericho (the world's oldest city), and other important Biblical sites, or head into neighboring Jordan for an extended adventure.
Things to Do in Israel
Visiting Jerusalem's Old City is an absolute must. Weave through the maze of market alleys, making your way through the Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and Armenian quarters. While in Jerusalem, you'll also want to visit the Machane Yehuda food market for falafel, rugelach, and za'atar. Stroll down Tel Aviv's funky Dizengoff Street, take a surfing lesson, and explore the 4,000-year-old port city of Jaffa. Head north to visit beautiful Haifa, mystical Safed, ancient Acre, and the rolling hills of the Golan Heights. And of course, don't forget to take a dip (er, float) in the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea.
From Jerusalem's old city streets to the underwater world of the Red Sea, this family-friend adventure is the perfect 12-day getaway. Explore the City of David and see the Western Wall and visit the ancient desert fortress of Masada and soak in the Dead Sea. End your trip in the modern city of Tel Aviv for ancient ports and snorkeling in the Red Sea.
Dive deep into Israel's history and religion on this packed 9-day itinerary. Walk through the Old City of Jerusalem and see the City of David, visit the lowest place on earth and float on the Dead Sea, explore the Judean desert, and tour ancient religious sites like the Mount of Beatitudes and Megiddo. Round off the tour with stops at Safed to learn about Kabbalah (Jewish Mysticism) and a free day in the beach city of Tel Aviv.
From Mediterranean beaches to the shores of the Dead Sea, this compact 8-day itinerary is the perfect introduction to Israel. Splitting your time between modern Tel Aviv and ancient Jerusalem, you'll tour the cities' cultural landmarks and historic highlights before embarking on a series of fascinating day trips into the surrounding landscapes. Take a cable car to the breathtaking hilltop fortress of Masada, wander the colorful markets of Acre, and look out over the Bay of Haifa from the fabled Hanging Gardens of Mount Carmel.
This 9-day journey through Israel and Jordan introduces you to some of the Middle East's most fascinating cultural and spiritual sites. After strolling the ancient waterfront and modernist squares of Tel Aviv, you'll hop over to Jerusalem to soak up the history and atmosphere of the Old City. Head west into Jordan to discover Roman ruins in Amman, then skirt the Dead Sea and Mount Nebo to reach the spectacular Nabataean city of Petra. After a detour into the wilds of the Wadi Rum desert, it's back to Tel Aviv for some beachside downtime before your departure.
Experience Jerusalem's ancient history and the beautiful nature of the Judean Desert on this short and sweet 3-day itinerary. Visit the Tomb of King David and stroll through an open-air market, see the Dead Sea Scrolls, and take in the views from the hilltop Masa fortress. End your trip on the Dead see to experience the rich minerals and world-famous salty water.
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Israel and Jordan ... an unforgetable journey
Apr 27 - May 8, 2022
In Israel, our guide Joseph was amazing as he educated us throughout the Old City of Jerusalem. He was knowledgeable and invested in what he was doing. He truly cared and enjoyed all aspects of the trip. Our visit would not have been the same without him.
In Jordan, our guide Wasef was a wealth of information. He was kind, he was informative, and he was passionate about giving us the best experience in our journey. He was energetic, spoke excellent English and negotiated for us on our... read more
8 nights in Jordan and Israel
Feb 14 - Feb 21, 2020
First of all, I want to say thank you to Lena for sticking with us! We took months to plan and finalize our trip, and she was with us through it all, changing our itinerary multiple times and answering our seemingly endless questions promptly!
Jordan was full of natural beauty and we LOVED our hike in Dana and our guide Mohammed. Will never forget having Bedouin tea and freshly warmed pitas with him over lunch. Equally lovely was Wadi Rum. Aicha Camp was gorgeous (and they upgraded us to... read more