Israel & Jordan

Discovering the Holy Land & exploring the lost city of Petra

Base Fare:
$7,995 per guest, double occupancy

Your Journey includes

Shore excursions in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Nazareth, Petra, Wadi Rum and more.
All entrance fees during included excursions.
Most meals daily, as noted in itinerary.

14 nights in unique accommodation.

Round trip air fare from Toronto. Air gateways available across Canada.
Private car home pick up service.

Israel & Jordan

As the dynamic centre of the three monotheistic pillars, Israel and Jordan posses layered histories, diverse people, and rugged landscapes, all of which are infused with significance and emotion. Participate in these ancient cultures during your 16-day journey through the Holy Land. Behold Petra, a now-desolate city carved into the sandstone mountains of southern Jordan. Float in the calming, curing waters of the Dead Sea. Discuss culture and history with the locals, including the Bedouin people of Wadi Rum and a Jewish community in Jerusalem. Wherever you journey in these remarkable countries, a sense of reverence and awe never truly leaves you.

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Base Fare:
$7,995 per guest, double occupancy

Discover, Learn, Experience, on included, private excursions

  • Discover Tel Aviv

  • Old city of Jaffa and Neve Tzedek neighbourhood 

  • Caesarea National Park
  • Mount Carmel
  • Haifa and the Bahai Gardens
  • Intercultural exchange with the local Druses
  • Tiberias, Safed, Acre
  • Benedictine Monastery of Tabgha, site of the 
Multiplication of Loaves
  • Nazareth and the Basilica of the Annunciation 

  • Yardenit Baptismal Site at the Jordan River 

  • Bet Shean National Park and Byzantine city 

  • Amman, gem of the Middle East experience
  • Nabatean city of Petra, Obelisk Tomb, through the Siq to the Treasury

  • Explore Wadi Rum with the Bedouin people Dead Sea, the lowest spot on Earth
  • Masada UNESCO site

  • Village of Nokdim, oasis in the Judean desert Jerusalem, Mount of Olives, Old City, Agony church, Gethsemane Garden, Holy Sepulcher, the Cenacle, David’s Tomb, Dormition Abbey and the Wailing Wall
  • Yad Vashem, the Dead Sea scrolls 

  • Visit with a local Jewish Community 


Necessities – Know the cost of your Journey before you leave home

  • Visas – no hassle for you! Included where necessary, courier from and to your home, all processing fees 

  • All Taxes incl. GST, HST, PST, VAT 

  • Gratuities on all included items; Jerry Van 
Dyke Journey Managers, sightseeing guides, 
coach drivers, porters, attraction guides etc. 

  • Private car home pick up or a credit, or an 
overnight at the Toronto Airport Hilton 

  • All service charges on included items
  • Entrance fees during sightseeing
  • Services of a professional Journey Manager
  • Services of local guides
  • Deluxe overnight carry-on bag or backpack
  • Porterage for one piece of baggage
  • Full pre-trip information and assistance
  • All sightseeing as listed
  • Meals as listed

 

Outstanding Accommodation

  • Tel Aviv, fine tuning, 3 nights
  • Tiberias, fine tuning, 3 nights

  • Amman, fine tuning, 1 night 

  • Fine tuning - accommodation will be similar in quality toWadi Rum, Dead Sea and Jerusalem
  • 
Petra, fine tuning, 2 nights
  • Wadi Rum, Sun City Camp, 1 night
  • Dead Sea, David Dead Sea Hotel, 1 night
  • Jerusalem, Dan Hotel, 3 nights

Air Travel with scheduled airlines, not charters

  • Toronto to Tel Aviv

  • Contact our office for additional air gateways – Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria, Winnipeg, Halifax, Moncton, Charlottetown, etc.

 

CANADIAN DOLLARS PER GUEST

  • TWIN: $7,995
  • SINGLE: $9,995

ALL FARES ARE FOR DEPARTURE FROM TORONTO. OTHER AIR GATEWAYS AVAILABLE.

These journey fares include the current known fuel surcharges. Additional charges may apply at final payment date. 

Travel Insurance 
Peace of Mind travel always involves the proper insurance coverage. We strongly recommend you have insurance coverage in place to proect you in the event of an unexpected incident. Cancellation / Interruption Emergency Medical Seniors Emergency Medical Annual Medical Plan All Inclusive Annual Plan Baggage and Personal affects Contact our office and speak with our friendly insurance experts.

Custom flight itineraries 
Do you want something different than our included air program? We are happy to help design a custom itinerary, just for you.

Pre Post overnights in Toronto 
We have a special agreement with our Toronto Airport hotel that includes 2 weeks of parking.

Journey Itinerary

Day 1

DEPART FOR ISRAEL

Enjoy your private car home pick up service. Guests departing from Toronto are greeted at the airport by your Journey Manager and Jerry Van Dyke staff who assist with your check in. Meet your fellow travellers and board your flight.

Day 2

TEL AVIV

On arrival, our local guide greets us with a warm, friendly smile. Afternoon at your leisure to relax in comfort and elegance at your hotel and prepare for your coming adventure in one of the most intriguing and history filled regions of the world. (Dinner)
Overnight Tel Aviv, fine tuning your hotel experience, will share details soonest

Day 3

DISCOVER TEL AVIV AND JAFFA

The streets of the Old City of Jaffa call out to us, and explore them we do. This ancient port city is famous not only for its association with the biblical stories of Jonah, Solomon, and St. Peter but also for its art galleries. In the Neve Tzedek neighbourhood, history comes alive as we explore one of the first Jewish neighbourhoods to be built outside the walls of Jaffa. Today the village like atmosphere has attracted younger people and turned Neve Tzedek into one of Tel Aviv's most fashionable districts. Our tour continues through Rothschild Street and on to The Habima Theatre, Israel's national theatre and one of the first Hebrew language theatres in the world. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Overnight Tel Aviv, fine tuning your hotel experience, will share details soonest

Day 4

YOU CHOOSE

Today is yours. Our local guide and your Journey Manager have prepared some surprise excursions for you to explore, relax or slumber, at your own pace.(Breakfast, Dinner) 
Overnight Tel Aviv, fine tuning your hotel experience, will share details soonest

Day 5

CESÁREA, DALIAT EL CARMEL, TIBERIAS

Enjoy the legendary views along the Mediterranean coast as we venture to Cesárea National Park to see the remains of the former Roman capital, its ancient theater and hippodrome. Stroll the seaside promenade to the new port area within the Crusader walls. After lunch, explore Mount Carmel, with its stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and the port City of Haifa. Take in the stunning Bahai Gardens before venturing on to Daliat el Carmel for an intercultural exchange with the local Druses. Dinner tonight is in Tiberias. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
Overnight Tiberias, fine tuning your hotel experience, will share details soones

Day 6

ACRE, SAFED

In Acre, called Ptolemais when St. Paul visited it, discover a gem of the medieval world, with Knights Halls, fishermen’s port, bazaar and ramparts overlooking the Mediterranean. Safed is famous for its Synagogues and is considered one of Judaism's Four Holy Cities, along with Jerusalem, Hebron and Tiberias. The city has long remained a center of Kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Overnight Tiberias, fine tuning your hotel experience, will share details soonest

Day 7

CAPERNAUM & NAZARETH

Our day begins in Capernaum, known as Jesus’ ‘town,’ scene of many miracles and teachings. Visit the Benedictine Monastery of Tabgha, site of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes where Jesus fed 5,000 people. Visit the church at Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. After lunch, experience Nazareth and the Basilica of the Annunciation, which contains magnificent representations of Mary from around the world. Sail across the Sea of Galilee in a wooden vessel reminiscent of Jesus’ day. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 
Overnight Tiberias, fine tuning your hotel experience, will share details soonest.

Day 8

BET SHEAN, AMMAN

The Yardenit Baptismal Site is situated on the banks of the Jordan River, at the Southern tip of the Sea of Galilee. Slow down, take your time and experience the tranquility and spiritual beauty of the waters where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Jesus practiced and preached across this part of the Holy Land. At the archeological site in Bet Shean National Park, witness the spectacular ruins of the glory that was the Roman and Byzantine city of Bet Shean. After lunch, we cross into Jordan on the Sheikh Hussein Bridge. We arrive in Amman mid-afternoon. (Breakfast, Lunch) 
Overnight Amman, fine tuning your hotel experience, will share details soonest

Day 9

AMMAN

In Amman, discover a city largely of the 20th Century that captures the very spirit of the region in such a way as to foster the Middle East experience. The city has many hills and at the bottom, overlooked by the magnificent Citadel, lie the spectacular Roman ruins, a maze of souqs, coffee houses and mosques essential to Jordanian life. After lunch, free time to explore before departing for a significant drive to Petra. (Breakfast)
Overnight Petra, fine tuning your hotel experience, will share details soonest

Day 10

NABATEAN CITY OF PETRA

Petra is an historical and archaeological marvel. Hidden away in the red-sandstone Mountains of southern Jordan, it is a desolate, lost city that was once a lively hub and a welcome oasis for traders and their caravans. Witness the massive Obelisk Tomb and take a deep breath as you begin your trek on foot through the Siq, the narrow gorge that leads to Petra’s most impressive monument, the Treasury.
Behold, your experience has just begun as we continue to the Street of Facades, the Theater, the Royal Tombs, the Colonnaded Street, the Byzantine Church, the Temple, the Monumental Arch and Qasr El-Bint Faroun. After lunch, visit with the local Bedouins who share their culture, empowering us to better understand these unique people. Into the evening, we gather and sit down to dinner to regale in ancient stories. Return to Petra later this evening. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 

Overnight Petra, fine tuning your hotel experience, will share details soonest

Day 11

WADI RUM WITH THE BEDOUIN PEOPLE

Few people spend more than a couple hours in this remote, intriguing environment. With the right guides, a day in Rum is a spectacular treat and today is your day. Our Bedouin hosts greet us in their traditional hospitable style and carry us away in their 4 x 4’s for a day of exploration and a BBQ lunch, Bedouin style. The Bedouin people have lived in Rum for thousands of years and led nomadic lives as hunters, pastoralists, farmers and traders.
They gained notoriety more recently when they fought alongside Lawrence of Arabia during the Arab Revolt in 1917. Lawrence himself references Wadi Rum in his book ‘The Seven Pillars of Wisdom,’ and his exploits have become part of local folklore. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 

Overnight Wadi Rum, Sun City Camp

Day 12

DEAD SEA, THE LOWEST POINT ON EARTH

A leisurely day takes us across the Arava border into Israel to the resort area of Ein Bokek on the shores of the Dead Sea. This is the lowest surface of the earth, at 1,410 feet below sea level. Interestingly, different languages have very similar names for this salty, isolated, odd coloured body of water; Arabic ‘Al-Baḥr Al-Mayyit’ (‘Sea of Death’) and Hebrew ‘Yam HaMelaẖ’ (‘Salt Sea’), and in English also called ‘Salt Sea.’ However you say it, it is one of the most interesting places known to man. Truly, the salt is so thick, its waters more resemble a sponge as you can sit up in the water and read a book. Enjoy free time at the Spa, on the beach or soaking in the healing waters. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 
Overnight Ein Bokek, David Dead Sea

Day 13

MASADA UNESCO SITE, JERUSALEM

Ascending by cable car, your eyes and soul begin to comprehend how impressive the mountain top settlement of Masada is. This ancient fortification is situated on top of an isolated rock plateau, on the eastern edge of the Judean Desert, overlooking the Dead Sea. Herod the Great built the fortress of Masada and furnished this fortress as a refuge for himself. It included a casement wall around the plateau, storehouses, large cisterns ingeniously filled with rainwater, barracks, palaces and an armory. After the Romans breached the fortress walls and re-conquered the village, it was largely forgotten for over 1,500 years. The arid desert region kept it largely intact and today it remains one of the most important historical places in Jewish history. We depart for the Valley of the Zealots in the Judean Desert, to a green oasis: the village of Nokdim. Enjoy lunch in this serene setting before continuing to Jerusalem for the night. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 
Overnight Jerusalem, Dan Hotel

Day 14

JERUSALEM, A DAY OF DISCOVERY

Our day begins with the panoramic view of the Old City from the Mount of Olives, with its ancient Jewish cemetery and historic churches. Behold the Agony church, Gethsemane Garden and a view of Kedron Valley with the Absalom and Zachary tombs. We continue through the Via Dolorosa until we reach the Holy Sepulcher for a visit. Discover Mount Zion, the Cenacle, David’s tomb and the Dormition Abbey. Our morning finishes at the Wailing Wall before returning to the hotel for an afternoon of leisure. (Breakfast, Dinner) 
Overnight Jerusalem, Dan Hotel

Day 15

YAD VASHEM, THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS AND VISIT WITH A JEWISH COMMUNITY

Today we venture into New Jerusalem for a visit of Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial. Walk through this astounding place with its moving focus on the individuals of the Holocaust, the Children’s Memorial and Hall of Remembrance. At the Israel Museum discover the mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Shrine of the Book and see the 1:50 scale Model of ancient Jerusalem from the time of the Temple. After our farewell lunch, visit Yad Hashmona for a meeting with a local Jewish community which believes in Jesus as the Messiah. Remainder of day is at your leisure to prepare for our journey home tomorrow. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 
Overnight Jerusalem, Dan Hotel

Day 16

HOME

Board flights for home. Guests ending their journey at Toronto Pearson are greeted by Jerry Van Dyke staff and assisted to your private car home. (Breakfast) 

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Journey Highlights





Jerusalem

Wherever you go in the ancient city of Jerusalem, you are met with sights of awe-inspiring grandeur. Behold the Old City from the Mount of Olives, wander through Gethsemane Garden, walk along the Via Dolorosa, visit the Holy Sepulcher, and stand beneath the Wailing Wall. To witness places of such deep historical and religious importance is to gain a new understanding of their significance, both within the city of Jerusalem and around the world.

Lost City of Petra

Petra, the capital of the Nabataean Arabs, is a city carved right out of the rock. Explore one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, hidden away in the red-sandstone mountains of southern Jordan. To enter the city, make your way down the Siq, at the end of which you’re greeted by Petra’s most impressive building, the Treasury. While Petra is now desolate, it is easy to imagine the bustling society that once inhabited the astounding buildings, which include the Theater, the Royal Tombs, the Byzantine Church, the Monumental Arch, and many others.

Wadi Rum

There is no better way to experience a new place than to be welcomed by the people who have lived there for thousands of years. That’s how you’ll discover Wadi Rum, a valley cut into the red sandstone and granite of Jordan and the home of the Bedouin people. Spend a day exploring Wadi Rum and sharing a BBQ lunch with your Bedouin hosts, learning about this awe-inspiring and unique area from the ones who know it the best.

The Dead Sea

At 1,410 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest surface on earth. However, that is not the Dead Sea’s only claim to fame. Because of its salty composition, it is easy to float tranquilly on the surface and let the calming sound of the water relax each muscle in your body. When you’re not soaking in the healing waters, enjoy some down time on the beach or let the nearby spa rejuvenate and prepare you for even more relaxation and adventure.

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