From the passionate energy of Jerusalem to the eerie stillness of the Dead Sea, plus a whole lotta camels and some astounding Nabatean ruins in between, this is the trip to excite your senses and transport you back to ancient times as you fall head over heels for the Middle East. Over 10 nights we'll uncover Israel's enigmatic energy and Jordan's desert secrets, returning more enlightened than ever.
15 meals: We know better than anyone else that to travel is to eat - and with all the sumptuous flavours and cacophony of fragrances in the Middle East, you’ll be overwhelmed by choice. We’ve got you covered for breakfast every day, meaning you’ll be fuelled for a full day of exploring, and 5 delicious dinners.
Welcome to Israel, where we'll kick off our tour in the City of Gold. A visit to the Mount of Olives, a religious centre of Christianity, Islam & Judaism, will give us a breathtaking view over the city.
Today we’ll get to know the city a little better with a full day tour, uncovering secrets and culture that dates back thousands of years. We’ll discover Jerusalem’s holy history and key sites, including the Jewish Quarter and the Arab Market. With all that knowledge in our heads and all those exciting snaps in our camera roll, this tour is already proving to be utterly enlightening…
Jerusalem, we're not done with you yet! We’ll spring out of bed for more exploring, this time going beyond the monuments and digging deep into ancient life. We’ll visit the sobering sites of the Yad Vashem Museum and Memorial, also known as The World Holocaust Remembrance Centre. The Second Temple Model will give us an inkling of what the city looked like in ancient times.
Our final day in this ancient city is a full free day, which is the perfect chance to opt to head out and experience the ancient allure of the Dead Sea and Masada. You'll drive through Jericho and the Judean hills along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada, the last stronghold of the Jews after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D. Here, ascend Massada by cable car and tour the mountain fortress built by King Herod, visit the remains of the walls and explore Herod’s Palace. Later, there'll be time to take a dip in the Dead Sea, where you can enjoy the novelty of floating in the unsinkable water and covering yourself with the mineral rich mud. Who needs a fancy spa when you have this?
Jerusalem to Amman via Jerash
This morning, we’ll wrap it up in Jerusalem (bye Israel) and head to Amman, on the border of Jordan. Through pine forests and olive groves we'll drive until we reach the ancient Greco-Roman city of Jerash.Here in Jerash, we’ll uncover the Greek & Roman influences on this holy land, as a tour of the city sees us peruse Corinthian columns and ancient ruins.After an interesting visit and lunch stop at the Treadright-supported Iraq Al-Amir Women's Cooperative Society, we’ll make our way to Amman, Jordan’s capital city.
Amman to Petra
We’ll enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning before setting off. With the knowledge that this afternoon we’ll rally in the Red Rose City of Petra, our anticipation will be at an all-time high.Pinch yourself - we’re in Petra! Cue the collective gasp in awe of this magnificent site, where the hues of pink make us forget what era (and what planet) we’re in. Once we’re done taking our mental (and physical) pictures, we’ll have our socks blown off a second time as our local guide briefs us on the city’s history. Getting up close and personal with Pharaoh’s Castle, the Triumphal Arc and the Treasury, we’ll see just why this is the greatest attraction in the Middle East. After a full day of ooh-ing and aah-ing, we’ll head back to our hotel for an included dinner.
Petra to Eilat via Wadi Rum
All that cultural discovery of the past few days has us craving some uber chill vibes, and we’ll find them in Eilat. We’ll leave Petra and embark on a journey through Wadi Rum, Jordan’s largest and most stunning desert.Silent landscapes, ancient riverbeds and pastel colours will have us glued to the windows as we hop in a 4x4 for the full desert experience.After a full day of desert-ing, we’ll arrive in the coastal resort of Eilat and turn in for an early night.
A full day to enjoy the coastal resort of Eilat? You got that right. Today is all about kicking back, relaxing, and indulging in a little r&r - and with the Red Sea at our toes and the sun on our faces, the good vibes will be unstoppable. You'll have the chance to opt to head to the Underwater Observatory to ogle marine life, hit the beach, or just relax by the pool.
Eilat to Tel Aviv
We’ll say goodbye to the coastal city of Eilat and catch a speedy flight to the cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv.Welcome to Tel Aviv, Israel’s second-largest city - and arguably its most modern. After all the ancient history we've absorbed over the last 9 days, you'll have the whole afternoon and evening free to orientate yourself into the urban vibes of this city.
Today is a free day to explore at your own pace, and in a city inundated with beaches, parks, museums, shopping centres and cafes, boredom simply isn’t an option. Keep it high energy with a day full of seeing the sights and sinking your teeth into Tel Aviv’s eclectic culinary scene, or slow it down with a day spent perusing boutiques with an ice cream in hand. A final included dinner tonight will be our farewell to this incredible journey we've been on.
Depart Tel Aviv
It’s been one heck of an adventure - but all good things must come to an end. After a hearty breakfast, we’ll say our goodbyes and swap deets. We sense new adventures on the horizon!