Jordan and Israel vacation
A guided, 11 day cultural tour of Jordan and Israel, from Amman to Petra and Masada to Jerusalem, via Bedouin camps, camel treks and biblical sites.
Jordan: Amman Jerash Dead Sea Petra Wadi Rum Camel trek Bedouin camp stay Aqaba Israel: Masada Kibbutz stay Qumran National Park Jerusalem Bethlehem Yad Vashem
US $2750ToUS $2790 excluding flights
Prices based on 2 adults sharing.
Single supplement available.
Mimimum age 14.
Single supplement available.
Mimimum age 14.
Description of Jordan and Israel vacation
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1 Reviews of Jordan and Israel vacation
3 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 17 Nov 2019 by Melanie Holdsworth
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
We enjoyed the vacation overall very much, which was helped by the group we were with who were all very easy going. I particularly enjoyed a visit to a pepper farm in Israel, (which wasn't on the itinerary!) the young farmer who ran the farm was very honest with all the problems he encountered- it was so interesting. I also really enjoyed the Kibbutz visit, although it wasn't how I imagined, ie. no longer a Kibbutz in the traditional sense, we sat with the driver who was Palestinian and our Israeli guide, the conversation between them at times was quite heated but gave a real indication of the problems in Israel. Of course enjoyed Petra and good to stay two nights there.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
our first guide in Jordan, Awad was extremely good, his English speaking skills (helped by the fact he'd lived in Toronto and therefore understood our needs
etc) , he had a great sense of humour along with charm and charisma . He didn't bombard us with information, just told us enough of the main points at the
historical sites to keep us interested and engaged. He dealt with everything very efficiently, accommodating individual needs, we didn't have to really think
as it was all done for us. Our second guide, Dov, we believe, was drafted in at the last minute it seems against his wishes. Although he was a very nice guy, his command of English wasn't good enough, He wasn't able to answer questions in a satisfactory way. We had to rely on a member of our group who had a Lonely Planet on Israel to gain the information. He wasn't assertive enough to keep the group together and therefore people drifted off. He really didn't know enough about the sites to be able to tell you about them or just give interesting snippets of info. It was a bit disappointing from this point of view, I was also hoping to gain real insight in to the situation in Israel but it didn't really happen. I actually felt for him as I think he was out of his depth.
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetDuring this trip we spend 1 night in traditional kibbutz accommodation in Israel and 1 night in a desert camp in Wadi Rum, Jordan, both of which have far less impact on the environment than a standard hotel. The Middle East struggles with regular droughts and water shortages, so by staying in these alternative smaller properties we are supporting a local community and their responsible water usage. In both accommodations, the food is cooked for the group specifically, avoiding large amounts of food waste. Our leaders will also encourage the use of small restaurants where the locals can be found eating, which avoids the large all-you-can-east tourist restaurants and helps towards preventing food waste.
In Petra, we stay for two nights, which is a little longer than some operators offer because we want our groups to have the chance to visit the ancient site of Petra early in the morning ahead of the crowds to experience the true magic. We also offer an optional activity to see Petra by night when many of the day-trippers and coaches have left the area which helps to manage tourist numbers to the area and reduce our collective impact.
As a travel company we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key, and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage.
PeopleWe work closely with our Jordanian operator to run this trip in a way to give as much back as possible to the local communities. Part of this is employing local leaders, who are committed to responsible tourism. The leaders are trained by us and will give a briefing on responsible tourism and how you can help reduce your impact and maximise the benefits to the local community from your visit. This will include how to dress respectfully and act respectfully at holy sites.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people.
As a company we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of the UK travel industry body AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.