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Highlights of Israel & Jordan - 10 Days

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Starts
Tel Aviv
Destinations
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Ends
Jerusalem
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Highlights

  • Visit the baptism site of Jesus and marvel at Mt. Masada
  • Enjoy a jeep ride through the scorched Wadi Rum desert
  • See Petra, the ancient Nabataean city carved into rock
  • Explore spiritual capitals Jerusalem and Nazareth
  • Savour an authentic Israeli dinner with the locals
Age range
10 to 90 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel, Camping
Max Group Size
51
Transportation
Private Vehicle
Travel style
In-depth Cultural, Coach / Bus
Start in Tel Aviv and end in Jerusalem! With the in-depth cultural tour Highlights of Israel & Jordan - 10 Days, you have a 10 day tour package taking you from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and through Tel Aviv, Israel and 16 other destinations in Asia. Highlights of Israel & Jordan - 10 Days includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, transport.

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  • VS
    Written on June 30, 2018
    3.0 - Average

    The star rating did not allow me to be specific so is not an accurate reflection of the individual aspects of the tour. Itinerary - The itinerary was too fast paced to allow for enjoyment of the areas we visited. I understand that it was the "highlights" but it was so jam packed that we found we did not spend enough time in areas we were looking forward to and were so exhausted from early starts and late finishes that required us to be eating meals late at night to really enjoy the experience. My suggestion would be to make this tour at least 14 days. There was no time to go out at the end of the day with fellow tour mates and enjoy their company and certainly no time each day to even have a shower and change our clothes before eating. We even stopped for dinner before we got to the hotel. The itinerary finished with a free day in Jerusalem which meant that we said goodbye to our guide and transport on day 9 which was weird. There was no last night dinner with our group for us to say goodbye to each other or anything. Given the rushed itinerary and that the tour was advertised as a 10 day tour, wouldn't it make sense to spread it out over that time and if anyone wants to spend extra time in Jerusalem they can after the tour is over. It seemed like they were trying to save money by cutting out the guide and transport a day early. Transportation - Abysmal. The local tour operator was called Funtime Tours and we can honestly say that name does not reflect the nature of these tours. There were 17 people in our group so a minibus/van was provided. Granted there were enough seats for us all (although very narrow) but there was not enough space for 17 pieces of luggage in the back therefore it had to spill over into the seating area. Wouldn't you think that a tour company would understand that 17 people would all have luggage? Some, like us were travelling for longer periods that this tour but having said that, no-one had particularly large bags. The first day the bus had to keep stopping on the side of the road as it was overheating and restarting and was barely able to make it up the hills. Our guide had to make many calls to the company to get them to replace the bus. Finally, another bus met us along the way and after spending a couple of hours walking around Masada (which was wonderful) in near 40 degree heat we boarded another bus (same tight squeeze with luggage etc.) only to find out very quickly that the air-conditioning didn't work. It didn't take long for a number of people to become unwell in the crowded hot bus. After many calls to the company it was decided that as it would take several hours for another bus to meet us, we would push on to Eilat. We stopped for sometime at a roadside service station for everyone to cool down in the air-conditioning then bought big bags of ice and separated into smaller bags so each of us could keep cool for the rest of the day. Thankfully the next day was a free day in Eilat and the one after that was a short trip to the border where we changed guides and bus for Jordan. The bus in Jordan was fantastic. It was a full sized coach with fantastic air-conditoning and even wifi..........well we had wifi the first day then it disappeared the second day and we were told that the company hadn't paid the bill (??) When we crossed back over the border to Israel we were hopeful that we would have a decent bus. It was the same size as before, luggage had to be piled everywhere, but at least the air-conditioning worked. However, as we were arriving at an area we were to stop at, someone started yelling "the bus is on fire". There was smoke everywhere inside. We called out to stop the bus and everyone piled out. We walked the last bit to the sight we were touring and when we came back to the bus the driver seemed to have solved the problem, although we were not updated as to the issue. Also, the Israeli driver was very erratic and sped around corners, swerved all over the road, and on that very hot drive to Eilat without air-conditioning his eyes kept closing and we alerted the guide who then kept talking to him for the rest of the way. We did not feel particularly safe. Accommodation - The first hotel in Tel Aviv, The Golden Beach, was disgusting even for a 3 star hotel. It was dirty and broken down. We didn't even want to walk on the carpet with bare feet. And some of the other travellers aircond did not work. Everybody was very disappointed with the state of the place. The remaining accommodation was reasonable, and what you would expect for a tour like this, however all were so far from restaurants etc. that after a long day on the road we had at least a 30 minute walk to find anything to eat. and that leads me to the meals. Meals - As the tour started on a Saturday (Shabbat), alot of places were closed. Our guide said she was booking a restaurant for us for dinner (our expense) that she knew would be open but is was a 30 minute walk. However, the cost (US$35) per person was way too steep for a number of us. When you are away travelling for a period of time, there are usually budget constraints. Luckily, my husband and I finally found a better option not too far away. The same scenario in Nazareth. Restaurant offered was a 30 minute walk and same price. We declined and went out to look for somewhere else but there was nothing in the vicinity. We finally opted for a snack at the hotel where we were made to sit outside as there was a function in their restaurant. The worst night was the next Saturday in Jerusalem. Shabbat again but this time there was NOTHING opened until after 9pm. We had arrived late at the hotel (again) and were told that we would have to walk 20 - 30 minutes to find somewhere to eat. The instructions of where to walk to were poor and my husband and I ended up walking for a number of kilometres very lost until we found the Jewish markets where food places were just opening up. We had a long walk back to the hotel. The included meals in Jordan were very good. The breakfasts at the hotels were all average and as expected. The Kibbutz meal was good. Guides - Becky was our guide in Israel and she was fantastic. My only suggestion would be that it would have been great to have better understanding of our dinner options at night. Nizar was our guide in Jordan and he was wonderful. Even provided bottled water for us on the bus. Overall - As this tour is mainly in a country that pretty much closes down from Friday night to Saturday night, it might make sense for meals to be included on these days so that transport to the restaurants would also be provided. Also, it would have been helpful to understand how Shabbat effects public transport etc. when arriving on that day. We had to get a taxi from the airport but were able to get bus and train back when we were leaving for a few dollars. Whilst we loved the places we went and the things we saw, this tour was sadly lacking in comfort (and time to sleep). I would highly recommend visiting these two countries, (especially Jordan) but I would not tour with this company again. I am not sure whether the fault lies with Expat Tours as I only heard good things about them from others on our tour who had travelled with them before, or whether it was just a bad choice of local operators - FunTime Tours (Hmmm!)
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  • A
    Written on April 29, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    We found the trip very good, however, the itinerary needs looking at as there were very long days, early get ups and lots of travelling around. We felt there was no need to go to Amman, just for a hotel as there was nowhere to go to at night. We felt it would be better to stay near the Dead Sea or near to Jerash for the following morning. Also, we thought it would be better to start and end the tour in the same place i.e. Tel Aviv, being able to have the last morning in Tel Aviv and give people a chance to get back there to either stay in Tel Aviv or get to flights.
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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Arrive in Tel Aviv
  2. Day 2: Jesus' Baptism Site - Mount Masada - Eilat
  3. Day 3: Eilat - Free day
  4. Day 4: Aqaba - Wadi Rum
  5. Day 5: Petra - Dead Sea - Amman
  6. Day 6: Jerash - Sea of Galilee & Capernaum - Nazareth/Tiberias
  7. Day 7: Nazareth - Caesarea - Tel Aviv - Jaffa Port - Jerusalem
  8. Day 8: Bethlehem - Mount of Olives - Jerusalem
  9. Day 9: Jerusalem - Free day
  10. Day 10: End of tour

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  • Transport

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Typhoid
Recommended for Israel and Jordan. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Hepatitis A
Recommended for Israel and Jordan. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Hepatitis B
Recommended for Israel and Jordan. Ideally 2 months before travel.
Rabies
Recommended for Jordan. Ideally 1 month before travel.
Yellow fever
Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Jordan. Ideally 10 days before travel.

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Location
Tel Aviv is the starting point and Jerusalem is the endpoint.
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TourRadar only requires a deposit of 10% to confirm this Expat Explore Travel booking. The remaining balance is then payable 65 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 22 December 2018 the full payment of $1,710 is necessary.
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No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 65 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $1710 for Highlights of Israel & Jordan - 10 Days, but the deposit of 10% is non-refundable.
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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 1,007 km.
  • Tel Aviv (Israel)
  • 3 km
  • Jaffa (Israel)
  • 3 km
  • Tel Aviv (Israel)
  • 55 km
  • Jerusalem (Israel)
  • 5 km
  • Bethlehem (Palestinian Territory)
  • 5 km
  • Jerusalem (Israel)
  • 42 km
  • Mt Nebo (Jordan)
  • 13 km
  • Madaba (Jordan)
  • 158 km
  • Petra (Jordan)
  • 82 km
  • Wadi Rum (Jordan)
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