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Road to Jerusalem

11 days  |  Amman to Jerusalem  |  from USD $3,959  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Experience the magic of Jordan & take a spiritual journey to Jerusalem & beyond. Explore the ancient wonders of Petra, 4x4 in Wadi Rum & float like a cork in the Dead Sea. Top it off with an incredible tour of the Holy Land & some of the world's most sacred & historical sites.

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Day 1

Saturday. Welcome to Jordan and the start of an amazing adventure. Arrive Amman, included transfer to our hotel and overnight.
Overnight: Amman

    Amman
Day 2

Amman - Jerash - Umm Qais - Amman. Heading north, we visit Jerash, the Graeco-Roman city known as the ‘Pompeii of the East’. Built over 2,000 years ago, Jerash is widely regarded as the best-preserved city of the Decapolis, a confederation of 10 Roman cities dating from the 1st century! We’ll explore the site taking in the colonnaded street, amphitheatre, nymphaeum, forum and more before continuing to Umm Qais (Gadara), a dramatic black-basalt Roman city of the Decapolis with panoramic views over the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights.
Overnight: Amman  |  Breakfast

Day 3
Mt Nebo & Umm ar Rasas

Amman - Mt Nebo - Umm ar Rasas - Petra. Today, we tour the citadel, Archaeological Museum and enjoy free time in the local souq before visiting Mt Nebo to take in the views of the Promised Land. Later we explore the roman ruins and beautiful mosaics of Umm ar-Rasas. The mosaic floor of the Church of St Stephen dates to 785, over 150 years after Muslim rule was established in Jordan, and depicts the cities of the day including Jerusalem, with Palestinian cities below such as Nablus and Gaza and seven Trans-Jordanian cities including Philadelphia (modern-day Amman), Madaba and Karak.

Consider doing a Petra by Night excursion (payable locally) for a tantalizing candlelight stroll through Petra’s Siq….a romantic preview of things to come!
Overnight: Petra  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Chief among Jordan’s many archaeological riches is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Rose City of Petra. The city was first settled around the 6th century BC by the Nabataean tribe from Western Arabia. Rediscovered in 1812, it remains on the list of many travellers. We access the hidden archaeological treasures of the Rose City on a walk through a narrow, deep siq, where the rocks finally give way to reveal the famous facade of Al-Khazneh (the Treasury). Continuing our walk, we’ll then go on to explore chunks of this fantastic once-lost city which is full of tombs, temples, an impressive amphitheatre and a Roman colonnaded street. The intrepid can ascend the hundreds of rock-cut steps to Ad-Deir. Better known as the Monastery, Ad-Deir has a similar facade to that of the Treasury, but is far bigger and the views from the nearby cliff-tops are awesome. Want to learn how to cook Middle Eastern food? Consider opting for our Petra Kitchen bolt-on tonight!
Overnight: Petra  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Petra - Wadi Rum - breakfast. A chance to revisit Petra before our afternoon drive to Wadi Rum. A vast, silent landscape of ancient riverbeds, pastel coloured stretches of sandy desert and amazing rock formations known as jebels that rise from the desert floor, the desertscape of Wadi Rum represents some of the most stunning countryside on the planet. Boarding 4x4s jeeps, we take a safari through the sand dunes, getting up close and personal to the surrounding scenery of Wadi Rum. Tonight, we enjoy a Jordanian dinner.
Overnight: Wadi Rum  |  Breakfast, Dinner

    Wadi Rum
Day 6
Karak Castle & the Dead Sea

Wadi Rum - Karak - Dead Sea - Madaba. This morning, we explore the well preserved 12th century crusader castle of Al Karak. It took the Crusaders some twenty years to erect their fortified stronghold, which through the proceeding centuries withstood countless attack and siege. Once finished in 1161, it became the residence of the lord of Transjordan, by then the most important fief of the Crusader kingdom, rich in produce and tax revenues. Note: Shobak crusader castle maybe visited as an alternative to Karak.

Descending some 1300 metres to the lowest point on the earth's surface we arrive at the Dead Sea. Sitting at 422 metres below sea level we spend the afternoon swimming, lathering up with a detoxifying mud bath and bobbing about in the ever warm mineral-rich body of water. After we drive onward to the bustling Muslim-Christian market town of Madaba.
Overnight: Madaba  |  Breakfast, Dinner

    Madaba
Day 7
6th Century Madaba

Famed for it’s Byzantine mosaics, including the fascinating map of the Holy Land made in the 6th century out of two million stone pieces and now housed in the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, Madaba - it's mosaics, quaint village shops and local market are all here to explore.
Overnight: Madaba  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Madaba – Jerusalem. This morning you’ll be picked up at 9:00am and transferred to the Jordanian border where after immigration formalities you will transfer by public shuttle bus over the border into Israel, here you’ll be met by a driver and escorted to your hotel in Jerusalem. The afternoon and evening offer free time. Today is the Sabbath and offers good opportunity to explore the World Heritage Listed city on foot without the usual hubbub.
Overnight: Jerusalem  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9
Bethlehem

Today we enjoy a guided tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Our first stop is the holy Mount of Olives where there are amazing panoramic views of the old city. We take a walking tour of the atmospheric old city; wander through the Armenian and Jewish quarters to the Cardo (ancient Roman road). We continue on through the old City and the Christian quarter, visiting the famous Wailing Wall - a place of constant prayer and one of the most revered Hebrew sites. Retrace the final laboured steps of Jesus, burdened under the weight of the cross, along the Via Dolorosa to the hallowed Church of the Sepulchre; the site of the crucifixion, Jesus’ tomb and the resurrection. A short drive from Jerusalem is Bethlehem – the birthplace of Jesus; where we visit Manger Square and the Church of Nativity, which is reputed to be the oldest Church in the world and the site where Jesus was born. Spend the evening at leisure in Jerusalem.
Overnight: Jerusalem  |  Dinner

Day 10
Nazareth

This morning we head out for another full day of sightseeing around the Holy Land. We take in the sights of Nazareth – the home of Joseph and Mary, visiting the famous Churches of the Annunciation and St. Joseph. Heading North via Cana – where Jesus turned water into wine, we reach the shores of the Sea of Galilee and visit the significant Christian sites of Capernaum, historic Tiberias and Tabgha - site of the legendary Sermon on the Mount and the feeding of the 5000. We travel back to Jerusalem where you can spend your final night soaking up the atmosphere of this revered city.
Overnight: Jerusalem  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11

Tuesday. Jerusalem - breakfast, free time and included departure transfer to Ben Gurion Airport, any time of day.
Breakfast

Perseids Meteor Shower departure - 08 Aug 2015

Why not combine this tour with the amazing celestial spectacle of the Perseids Meteor shower? The Perseids meteor shower is a spectacular celestial light show, that has mystified and amazed sky watchers for nearly 2000 years. The night sky is lit up by often over 60 meteors per hour! You can witness the incredible meteor shower from our desert camp in Wadi Rum, where you will spend two incredible nights star-gazing, when the meteor shower is at its peak on the 10th and 11th August. Please see the Go Guide for details of the amended itinerary. Supplement applies.

Other tours that include the Perseids meteor shower are:
Pyramids, Petra, Promised Land - starting 01 AUG 2015
Totally Jordan - starting 08 AUG 2015

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Al-Qasr Metropole, Amman
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Recently refurbished, the Al Qasr Metropole is a modern and chic boutique hotel. Guest rooms are beautifully furnished and include free Wi-Fi connection and luxury en suite facilities. All guests at the Al Qasr gain free access to the on site Fitness First gym as well as complimentary breakfast. The rooftop restaurant has fantastic panoramic views of Amman and is a great place to spend the evening. Well located in Shmeisani, one of Amman's most prestigious neighbourhoods.

Petra Moon Hotel, Petra
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Just 300 ft from the entrance gate to Petra, the Petra Moon hotel features spacious rooms with private balconies and flat-screen TVs. It also has a roof garden with a seasonal outdoor pool. The soundproofed rooms and suites at Petra Moon come with satellite channels, a DVD player and extra-long beds. Each has air conditioning and a private bathroom. The hotel is 100 metres from the main gate of Petra.

Rainbow Camp, Wadi Rum
Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Deluxe Camp

A row of permanent tents in the desert make up the popular Rainbow Camp. Inside the tents are comfortable camp beds and warm bedding. Showers and toilets are close by and are cleaned thoroughly everyday. Guests can relax in the communal area which is adorned with colourful rugs and cushions. The food at Rainbow Camp always gets rave reviews. Taking an evening stroll around the beautiful surroundings is a great way to work up an appetite before dinner. Well located in the heart of Wadi Rum.

Best Western Grand Hotel, Madaba
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located just a few steps away from the main tourist attractions of Madaba, the Best Western is a contemporary and stylish accommodation. Guest rooms vary from standard to superior and are all equipped with comfortable beds, modern amenities, complimentary wi-fi and private balconies. The hotel also benefits from a refreshing outdoor pool and cosy Irish bar. Both are great places to relax after a great day sightseeing. Perfectly located a short journey to the main sites of Madaba.

Prima Palace, Jerusalem
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Centrally located, the Prima Palace is a modern hotel with a traditional atmosphere. Rooms are tastefully decorated with classic furnishings including authentic netilat yadayim washing sinks. Internet is available at an additional cost. The central courtyard is the perfect place to sit back, relax and escape the hustle and bustle of the city. This hotel is situated within easy walking distance to the old city.

Trip Highlights

Amman - Ancient hilltop citadel, fascinating Archaeological Museum and bustling souqs
Umm Qais - Roman Decapolis city, once a cultural centre, home to poets and great philosophers
Shobak or Karak Crusader castles - Reminders of the former glory of the Crusaders
Wadi Rum - Vast red desert landscape with rolling dunes and dramatic rock formations
Madaba - Christian market town, Church of St George, Jordan’s finest Byzantine mosaics
Jerusalem - TheArmenian, Jewish and Christian Quarters of the Old City; the Wailing Wall; Cardo (Roman Road), Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Nazareth - The Church of the Annunciation and Church of St Joseph.
The picturesque Sea of Galilee
Jerash - Ruins of the ancient Roman city, which at over 2000 years old is still surprisingly well-preserved
Dead Sea - Dramatically beautiful landscape with warm buoyant mineral-rich waters
Petra - The fabled Nabataean city that was all but lost to the modern world until its rediscovery in 1812
Mt Nebo - Perhaps one of the most sacred sites in Jordan with views across the Promised Land
Panoramic views of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives
Bethlehem - Shepherd’s Field, Rachel’s Tomb, Church of the Nativity & Manger Square.
Miracle sites - Cana, Tiberias, Capernaum and Tabgha (site of the sermon on the Mount & the feeding of the 5000)
Umm ar-Rasas - An ancient city and important stop on the caravan route between east and west

Included

10 breakfasts and 2 dinners
1 night - Wadi Rum deluxe desert camp
Dead Sea - Free time to swim and detox
Escorted by licenced Jordanian Tour Guide in Jordan
Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 11
Entrance fees included for sightseeing in Israel
9 nights - 4 star hotels
4x4 desert safari through the sand dunes of Wadi Rum
Touring of Amman, Jerash, Dead Sea, Petra, Wadi Rum, Umm ar-Rasas, Mt Nebo and Madaba
Touring in Israel - Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Cana, Tiberias, Capernaum & Tabgha
All relevant transfers and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles

Not Included

Laundry, drinks and items of a personal nature
Tip for your tour guides in Jordan and Israel. We recommend you allow $3 - 5 USD per day, per traveller. Tipping your tour guides is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: $35-45 USD
International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: $140-150 USD

I had a great time in Jordan, from sightseeing to food and the overall hospitality. Thanks!

James Condon

Hi,

We (my husband, my daughter and I) recently travelled with On The Go Tours to Jordan and Israel (Road To Jerusalem), at the end of June/early July.

My contact person was Cherylyn at On The Go.

We had a wonderful trip and would thoroughly recommend the tour to others.

Our guides were great, both in Jordan and in Israel

Just to let you know that our guide in Israel (Sharif) in particular was amazing, with his detailed knowledge of (everything!) as well as his great sense of humour and excellent communication skills) followed very closely by Jamila who went above and beyond her duties to sort all sorts of things out for the group. Just thought I'd put in a plug for them so the company would know.

Shelley Randell

I have been on many tours and travelled all over the world. I would have to say that Jamila is one of the best tour guides I have ever had, she is very knowledgeable and nothing is a problem, she looked after us as if we were her own chicks, she was a great laugh. I had a fantastic time with her and I think she is real asset to on the go tours.

Teena Yearbury

Jordan part of the tour has been excellent, the guide has gone out of her way to make us welcome and look after us.

Jeremy Iles

this was my first experience abroad & it was truly enjoyable.

Faith Tabisher

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'single supplement' below applies for single travellers who would like their own room for the entire tour and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.

Easter departure, book early!
Easter Departure
This is a special Perseids Meteor Shower departure. Special touring arrangements apply. Please refer to the Trip Notes for further details.
Perseids Meteor Shower Departure
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Supplementary Prices

 
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Amman Pre-Tour accommodation
USD $119
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Madaba Post-Tour accommodation
USD $109
USD $30

If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged whilst travelling in Jordan, however a single supplement will apply whilst in Israel (days 8 - 11). Please contact us for the relevant cost.

This tour is also available on a private basis - for details please see the Supplementary Prices above.

Tour Details
Starts
Amman
Ends
Jerusalem
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 9, Dinner: 5
Tour Bolt-ons
Enhance your trip with these amazing added extras and bolt-ons
Petra Kitchen
USD $69

I had a great time in Jordan, from sightseeing to food and the overall hospitality. Thanks!

James Condon
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