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.
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).
- Arrive in Amman and get familiar with your surroundings
Day 2 - Amman - Aqaba
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?
- Arrive in Aqaba and spend free time exploring this beachside town
- Relax on the beach, do some shopping and grab a meal at a local seafood restaurant
Day 3 - Wadi Rum - Petra
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.
- Set off on an awesome jeep tour into the Wadi Rum desert
- Continue the journey to Petra.
Day 4 - Petra
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.
- Spend heaps of time exploring the ancient city of Petra, founded more than 2000 years ago
- Wander through the narrow ‘siq’ and visit the numerous tombs, temples and public buildings - as well as the rock-hewn amphitheatre
- Wind down with an optional Turkish Bath at the hotel
Day 5 - Dana - Kings Highway - Amman
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.
- Follow the ancient Kings Highway, a road that dates back to the Old Testament
- Reach Dana and enjoy a stroll though the ancient village
- Visit the crusader castle at Shobak and the Greek Orthodox church of St. George in Madaba
- Arrive in the lively city of Amman and head out 'on the town'
Day 6 - Jerash - Amman
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.
- Morning tour of the grand, ancient Roman city of Jerash
- Visit Dead Sea in the afternoon, or explore Amman further
Day 7 - Amman - Jerusalem
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
- Meet your Israeli tour leader on the other side, visit Masada, Qumran and Jericho en route to Jerusalem
Day 8 - Jerusalem
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.
- Take a tour of Jerusalem, starting with a panoramic view of the city
- Drive via the Garden of Gethsemane and enter the Old City
- Walk to the 'Cardo' in the recently restored Jewish Quarter
- Visit the Western (Wailing) Wall, Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross) and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
- Continue the tour with a visit to Yad Vashem (Israel's memorial to the Holocaust)
Day 9-11 - Jerusalem - Sea of Galilee - Jerusalem
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.
- Continue to the Sea of Galilee via the ruins at Capernaum, Tabgha and the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes
- Pass Tiberias and reach the baptismal site on the Jordan River before returning to Jerusalem.
- Spend a free day further exploring Jerusalem, or take an optional excursion to visit Tel Aviv
- The trip ends today after breakfast, but if you wish to stick around, you'll find plenty more to see and do
What to Know
An experienced English-speaking local tour guide (leader/guide in Jordan and Israel), all transportation, accommodation and meals as indicated.
- 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.
Trip Dates and Prices
Start Date – End Date Trip Status Price 15 Aug 2014 - 25 Aug 2014 Fully Booked US $1,410 Contact us 12 Sep 2014 - 22 Sep 2014 Fully Booked US $1,385 Contact us 26 Sep 2014 - 06 Oct 2014 Available US $1,425 Book Now 10 Oct 2014 - 20 Oct 2014 1 place left US $1,425 Book Now 24 Oct 2014 - 03 Nov 2014 Available US $1,425 Book Now 21 Nov 2014 - 01 Dec 2014 Available US $1,410 Book Now 02 Jan 2015 - 12 Jan 2015 Available US $1,410 Book Now 09 Jan 2015 - 19 Jan 2015 Available US $1,410 Book Now 13 Mar 2015 - 23 Mar 2015 Available US $1,370 Book Now 27 Mar 2015 - 06 Apr 2015 Available US $1,370 Book Now 24 Apr 2015 - 04 May 2015 Available US $1,370 Book Now 08 May 2015 - 18 May 2015 Available US $1,345 Book Now 12 Jun 2015 - 22 Jun 2015 Available US $1,345 Book Now
Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments
At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.
Where Hummus All Began
Laura - Australia, 27 Feb, 2013
The whole experience was amazing. Being on our first guided tour we weren't really sure what to expect. The people were friendly, the guides informative, the food delicious and the attractions impressive.
Where Hummus All Began
Robert - Australia, 4 Jul, 2012
All the major bases were covered on this trip. There was one redundant day to Amman.
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What to know
Entrance fees are not included, you pay these as you go along.