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Where Hummus All Began

Trip Length

Trip Code

11 days GEJI

Countries Visited

Israel, Jordan

Start City

End City

Amman Jerusalem
Where Hummus All Began

Hang out in Amman, head to Aqaba for some Red Sea play and Wadi Rum for desert, and on to Petra for ancient amazingness. Zoom along the Kings Highway, check out Jerash, Jerusalem and the Sea of Galilee (it rhymes, awesome).

In a traditional Bedouin coffee ceremony you’ll actually drink three cups of coffee: one for the soul, one for the sword and one because you’re a guest. Don’t ask for a fourth – it’s greedy and you might wet your pants on the bus.

 

TRIP CHANGES IN 2015

In 2015 this itinerary will be increasing from from 11 days to 14 days. The Jordan section of the trip will be unchanged, and an additional night will be spent in Tiberias for the Israel section. This trip will no longer cross into Israel via the Allenby Bridge, it will instead cross via Sheikh Hussein Brigde in the North of Jordan. This border crossing is located approximately 2.5-3hr drive north of Jordan ( further away than the existing crossing ) but does not have the crowds and delays the current border crossing has. These changes have been made based on past passenger feedback

Where Hummus All Began


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Amman

The locals are friendly, but they don’t really understand the concept of personal space. Keep these phrases under your belt: Imshi baeed (go away), La'a Shukran (no, thanks) Bass! (that’s enough, mate).

Day 2: Amman - Aqaba

Meals included: 1 breakfast

It won’t take long to see the best bits of Aqaba, and then you’re free to swim, snorkel and dive in the Red Sea. How many of the 100 species of fish can you spot?

Day 3: Wadi Rum - Petra

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Keep an eye out for the Wadi Rum Desert Patrol in their spiffing khaki and red uniforms. Then live out your Indiana Jones fantasies at Petra, the 2000-year-old city carved into pink sandstone.

Day 4: Petra

Meals included: 1 breakfast

We like to make a dramatic entrance to the legendary Al Khazneh (The Treasury), so we take you through a narrow gorge, past tombs and rock formations before you eventually get your first glimpse of it. Pick your jaw up off the ground, because there are flies everywhere.

Day 5: Dana - Kings Highway - Amman

Meals included: 1 breakfast

By now you should be addicted to hummus, ara'yes (oven-baked sandwiches filled with spiced mince) and mansaf (Google it, then wipe your drool of this page). If not, we haven't done our job properly. 

Day 6: Jerash - Amman

Meals included: 1 breakfast

A guy we know took a packet of unsalted chips to the Dead Sea. After swimming he grabbed a bunch of chips, wiped them on his arm to make them salty, then ate them. We just wanted to mention that somewhere.

Day 7: Amman - Jerusalem

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Goodbye Jordan, shalom Israel! Cross into Israel and visit Masada and Jericho on the road to Jerusalem. Keep your eyes peeled for Good Samaritans and burning bushes.

Set off early and leave Amman for the Israeli border

The long and exhaustive security processes at the border crossing require patience, understanding and a sense of humour

Day 8: Jerusalem

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Best bits: Garden of Gethsemane, Manger Square and Church of the Nativity (the birthplace of Jesus Christ), Western (Wailing) Wall, Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross) and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. If you're not feeling the biblical vibe, you're not trying hard enough.

Day 9-11: Jerusalem - Sea of Galilee - Jerusalem

Meals included: 3 breakfasts

On the Sea of Galilee you'll visit the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes. Abbreviations didn't exist back then, clearly. Back in Jerusalem, make sure you try knafeh - shreds of filo dough drenched in syrupy sugar water and filled with gooey, salty, warm, soft goat's cheese. Wash it down with a classic Israeli iced coffee. Heavenly.

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Your Trip

What to know

Entrance fees are not included, you pay these as you go along.

Nuts and Bolts

• Gecko’s expert English-speaking local tour guides in both countries.

• Sightseeing (not including entrance fees): Dana ancient village; Shobak Crusader Castle; Madaba’s Greek Orthodox Church of St. George; Roman city of Jerash; Petra; Jerusalem; Garden of Gethsemane; Nazareth; ruins at Capernaum; Tabgha; the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes; Sea of Galilee; Jericho; Bethlehem; and Masada.

• Jeep safari in the Wadi Rum.

• Time to relax at the Dead Sea.

• Free time to explore Amman, Aqaba and Jerusalem.

Summary of accommodation, transport & meals

Transport

Accommodation

Meals

Not Included

International flights, arrival and departure transfers, entrance fees, visas, airport taxes, additional meals, drinks, optional sightseeing tours, insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.

Optional Extras

We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.


Entrance

Entrance fees are not included, you pay these as you go along.


Important Information

EMERGENCY CONTACT:

 

In the case of an on ground issue or problem, our local based Jordan Office can be reached on: +962 79 554 7137 In the case of an on ground issue or problem, our local based Israel Office can be reached on: +972-54-761-3668

Ramadan
Ramadan occurs in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is an interesting (although sometimes frustrating) time to travel in the Middle East. In the evening there is a celebratory atmosphere as people break their fast, and to witness all this is a real highlight. However, during the day, people must refrain from eating, smoking and drinking so if you encounter someone who is a bit grumpy, be sympathetic! Tourist sites are generally unaffected although some places may close early, but your leader will plan around this. Most hotels bars and tourist restaurants will remain open. Ramadan lasts for one month and the exact dates for each year can be found on the web at www.holidays.net/ramadan/dates.
 

Crossing the border from Jordan to Israel
You cross between Jordan and Israel at the Allenby Bridge. This border is about 40kms (approx 1 hr) from Amman and about 30kms from Jerusalem. Here you will say goodbye to your Jordanian tour guide.

Your Jordanian tour guide is not allowed to travel into Israel just as your Israeli leader is not allowed into Jordan. . You will need to purchase a bus ticket and pay for the pieces of luggage you are carrying, and then continue to pay the exit tax (approx. $6.00 per person), before boarding the JETT bus or taxi to cross the bridge. The bus will drop you off at the Israeli entry point. Proceed through Israeli immigration. After completing formalities you will receive an entry stamp. Although this stamp does not present a problem when entering Jordan or Egypt, if you wish to visit Syria, Lebanon or any Arab country which has not signed a peace treaty with Israel, you should explicitly request that your tourist visa be stamped on "Form 17 L" instead of your passport. This will ensure that you will gain all the benefits of holding a tourist status while in Israel. Likewise, you should ask the Jordanian authorities to stamp your exit and entry from any crossing point connecting Jordan with the occupied West Bank or Israel on a separate sheet of paper as well.

When you have finished at the Israeli entry point. You will be met by your driver and guide outside the immigration point near the taxi rank. Please keep an eye out for our sign. Please allow up to three hours for crossing the actual border. If you are to return to Jordan after Israel you must have a valid Jordanian visa, you cannot obtain this at the Allenby bridge border. You will also be required to pay an exit fee of approx US$38 which is paid on the Israeli side of the border. A bus ticket does not exceed US$3.00.

Please note that exit taxes, visa fees and bus/luggage tickets are not included in the package and are not refunded by Peregrine or any of its agents.

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please ensure that you have the most up-to-date information for your trip. We recommend that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

8 September 2014


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