Jordan & The Holy Land including Istanbul Extension
Half Board (+1)
- Discover 3 incredible countries on this 14-night holiday to Jordan & Israel with a stopover in Turkey.
- Experience Amman with a guided half day city tour & plenty of time at leisure.
- Visit iconic sites in religious history including Bethlehem, Jerusalem, & Mt. Temptation.
- Stand in awe of the pink sandstone cliffs of Petra on a full day trip to the ancient city.
- Enjoy an exciting jeep tour of ‘the Valley of the Moon’ on a day trip to Wadi Rum Desert.
- Uncover the highlights of Istanbul with a guided city tour & free time to explore.
- Dine on a half board basis with breakfast and dinner included each day and 3 nights on a bed and breakfast basis in Istanbul.
Your Guided Group Holiday To Jordan & Israel
Journey with us through the most fascinating sights of the Middle East on this 14-night holiday to Jordan, Israel and Turkey. We’ll visit some of the oldest and most breathtaking sites in the world as we travel through lands rich in religious history. Float in the healing waters of the Dead Sea on the lowest geographical point of earth, drive by jeep through the desert where Lawrence of Arabia led his troops and wander through forts and castles that contain some of the oldest ruins in the world. We’ll also take a day trip to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ, and visit the exact site of his crucifixion. As if Jordan wasn't impressive enough, this holiday includes a three day stay in Istanbul at the end of our tour. Enjoy a city tour with a local guide as well as ample time to explore this incredible city at a leisurely pace.
- Outbound and return flights will be via Istanbul.
Activity Level: Busy
Travel to Jordan
Fly to Amman via Istanbul
Let's begin our adventure to Jordan! Today we travel to Jordan's capital, Amman, via Istanbul.
Depending on flight times we will arrive into Amman in the late evening on Day 1 or the early morning of Day 2 on an overnight flight with early check-in guaranteed.
City tour of Amman
After arriving into Amman either the day before or early in the morning on Day 2, this afternoon we will enjoy a panoramic tour of Amman, the capital of Jordan. Here, we will visit the Citadel, the home of the Temple of Hercules. It dates back to Roman and Byzantine times but some of the ruins go as far back as the Bronze Age. We will also explore the Roman Theatre, the largest theatre in Jordan, the Folklore and Archeological Museum and King Hussein's Mosque and see why this city built on rolling hills is one of the most interesting in the Middle East.
Guided Tour of Jerash
Today you will enjoy a full-day excursion to the Roman city of Jerash, accompanied by your local guide. In the ruins of this ancient city you will see stunning Roman architecture that is in remarkable condition considering it is nearly 2000 years old. Walk down the Maximus Cardo and gaze up at the Doric columns, before checking out Ajlun Castle, a fortress built in AD1184 that has survived two earthquakes. Next, you can enjoy the panoramic views from ancient Byzantine city of Umm Qais, a place where Jesus Christ is said to have performed an exorcism.
The Holy Land
Visit The Holy Land
Full-day guided excursion in the Holy Land will include a visit to the Caves at Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. This ancient fort sits in a canyon, with most of the structures being built out of surrounding rock. The designs are so developed that historians even found baths and a sanitation system in the Hellenistic site! Next you will visit the ancient fortification of Masada, which was built by Herod the Great. Afterwards you will continue onto Bethlehem to check in to your hotel.
Bethlehem & Jerusalem
Guided Tour of Bethlehem & Jerusalem
On this full-day guided tour you will travel to the birthplace of Jesus Christ. In Bethlehem you will visit some of the town's biblical sites including the Basilica of the Nativity, a church that was built above the site where Jesus was supposedly born. At this UNESCO World Heritage Site you can also see the Milk Grotto where Mary is said to have nursed and the Shepherd Fields, from where the Shepherds travelled to see the baby. In the afternoon you will travel to Jerusalem including the Mount of Olives, a famous Jewish cemetery and the Church and Garden of Gethsemane, a beautiful garden that is most well known as the place where Jesus and his disciples are believed to have prayed before his crucifixion. Finally you will visit the Chapel of the Ascension, where you can climb the tower to take in spectacular views over the Judean desert.
Today you will have another day in Jerusalem to explore the holy sites of this famous city. First you will visit Via Dolorosa, to see the street where Jesus dragged his cross, before continuing to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to see where Jesus was crucified. Next visit Mount Zion, the highest point of old Jerusalem and home to of many important sites of the early Christian church, including the Church of the Dormition, the place where Virgin Mary fell asleep and the Cenacle, also known as the 'Upper Room', the site of The Last Supper, and the Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu, which symbolises Peter's denial of Jesus. Tonight, return to your hotel in Bethlehem for overnight.
Transfer to Petra
Transfer to Petra
This morning we will travel to the ancient city of Petra. On our journey we will enjoy panoramic views of Jericho and Mount Temptation, a place where Jesus was said to have been tempted by the devil.
Following border crossing formalities we continue onwards to our hotel with a visit en-route to Kerak Castle, a large crusader castle perched on a hilltop overlooking a vast valley and then Shoubak, the ruins of another castle.
Full Day Excursion to Petra
Enjoy a full-day excursion to the magical 'Red City' of Petra, an ancient city famous for its rock cut architecture, water conduits and pink stone structures. Walking through the Siq (a narrow corridor in the mountain) to enter the city makes the experience even more jaw dropping, as do the buildings. The Greek temple of Al Khazneh, the Hadrian Gate, the courthouse and the Amphitheatre are many of the notable structures that you should not miss when visiting this hidden gem. The actual place where Lawrence of Arabia led his revolt, and featured in the films Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade and Arabian Nights, Petra is no ordinary Middle Eastern city.
Wadi Rum & the Dead Sea
Excursion to Wadi Rum
Get ready for an exciting half-day excursion to the desert of Wadi Rum, also known as ‘The Valley of the Moon.’ Your excursion will include a jeep tour of the desert, where you can see prehistoric carvings in the rock walls. This desert was also used as the setting for Peter O’Toole’s film Lawrence of Arabia.
Float in the Dead Sea
Later in the day, you will continue your journey to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Swim in the mineral rich water, which is renowned for curing all and any skin ailments.
Today you will visit the town of Bethany was where Jesus performed his biggest miracle: raising Lazarus from the dead. It is also believed to be the place of his baptism. In the afternoon, you will be taken to explore more significant holy sites. At Mount Nebo, gaze over the Promised Land of Moses, and see one of the oldest maps in the world at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George.
Time at Leisure & Fly to Istanbul
Free Time at leisure
Spend your free day shopping, sightseeing or relaxing at your hotel. Your guide can recommend activities or suggest places to visit.
Travel to Istanbul
Depending on flight times you will either stay an additional night at your hotel and fly to Istanbul early in the morning on Day 12 or have late check out included this evening and fly to Istanbul in the late evening.
Arrive in Istanbul
Upon arrival in Istanbul you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel (early check-in is guaranteed, may vary according to flight times). The afternoon will be at leisure, to relax and recharge the batteries.
*Please note that your extension in Istanbul is based on an individual rather than a group format.
Tour of Istanbul
Guided Tour of Istanbul
Enjoy a morning city tour of Istanbul, which will include visits to the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia Mosque, the Egyptian Obelisks and the Roman Hippodrome. This wonderful city is a perfect combination of modern and ancient, displaying a dazzling range of architecture from majestic skyscrapers to historic mosques, temples and churches. The afternoon will be at leisure, to relax and get to know your surroundings.
*In order to preserve the beauty and integrity of the iconic Blue Mosque, restoration work is ongoing at this site. Some phases of the restoration involve scaffolding; thus a clear view of the entire Mosque may not be possible.
Free Time in Istanbul
You will have today free to take in some sightseeing and shopping at your own pace. You might like to visit the Underground Cistern, a fascinating network of water channels and ornamental pillars, dating back to Roman times. Another Istanbul highlight is the Grand Bazaar, a sprawling, lively covered market where you can haggle with vendors while drinking apple tea and enjoying the unique atmosphere.
Let's depart Turkey today filled with great memories of our holiday.
Know before you go
Will I be met at the airport?
You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your Travel Department guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
Do I need a Visa?
Please visit our visa page for information on requirements for each country's entry requirements
What if there is an emergency?
We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.
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