How to Plan a 2-Week Egypt, Jordan, and Israel Trip: the Top 2 Itinerary Ideas

How to Plan a 2-Week Egypt, Jordan, and Israel Trip: the Top 2 Itinerary Ideas

By Vicky Leng | Updated Feb. 21, 2024

Egypt, Israel, and Jordan are three top destinations in the Middle East, and a combination trip to these three countries is popular for travelers, especially for families and couples. These neighboring countries provide diverse and unique experiences that cater to different interests and preferences.

If you're considering traveling to these countries for the first time, a 2-week trip would be enough to explore the highlights and create meaningful memories in these countries. International flights from Cairo in Egypt and Tel Aviv in Israel are plentiful, so we suggest you consider these two cities as your entry and exit options.

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Where to Go in Your 2 Weeks in Egypt, Jordan, and Israel

Jerusalem in IsraelJerusalem in Israel

Two weeks are ideal for first-timers to explore the iconic highlights and experience diverse activities in these three countries. A reasonable order to visit these three countries is either Egypt, Jordan, and Israel, or Israel, Jordan, and Egypt.

To have a comfortable trip without rushing, we suggest you spend 7–8 days in Egypt, 4–5 days in Jordan, and 3 days in Israel.

In Egypt, the top must-see cities are Cairo, Aswan, and Luxor. You can visit the incredible pyramid complexes and temples of ancient Egypt, go camel riding to experience the Egyptian vibe, and take a private Nile cruise to appreciate the charming scenery in Egypt from a different perspective.

In Jordan, the must-visit destinations are Amman, Petra, and the Dead Sea. Explore the well-preserved Roman ruins and rose-red sandstone city, and experience adventurous activities, such as a desert safari and floating effortlessly on the Dead Sea.

In Israel, Jerusalem is a top bucket list destination that you should not miss. Immerse yourself in this holy land to experience its rich religious atmosphere and explore the historical sites mentioned in the Bible.

Here, we have provided two well-selected 2-week itineraries for you to choose from for your trip. Alternatively, you can tell us your preferences, group size, time, and budget, and we will create a custom trip that's tailored to your requirements.

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1) A Classic 2-Week Itinerary for Families with Teenagers

Floating on the Dead Sea in JordanFloating effortlessly on the Dead Sea in Jordan
  • Explore the best of Israel, Jordan, and Egypt as a family.

This itinerary would be perfect for families with teenagers when traveling to these three countries. It covers the highlights of each destination, includes diverse family-friendly experiences, and allows for some beach time for your family to relax.

Here is a hand-picked family itinerary, for your inspiration:

  • Days 1–3: Jerusalem (the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Temple Mount)
  • Day 4: the Dead Sea
  • Days 5–6: Petra (rose-red sandstone city)
  • Days 7–8: Cairo (the Giza pyramid complex, the Great Sphinx, camel riding, and the Egyptian Museum)
  • Days 9–12: Nile cruise from Aswan to Luxor (the Philae temple complex, the Valley of the Kings, and Luxor Temple)
  • Days 13–15: Hurghada (surfing, snorkeling, and exploring a Bedouin village)
Map of Egypt Jordan and Egypt tour

Days 1–3: Jerusalem

Western Wall in JerusalemWestern Wall in Jerusalem

Jerusalem, in Israel, is considered to be the holiest city in the world due to its religious significance. Immerse yourself in the solemn atmosphere at the Western Wall, explore the renowned Church of the Holy Sepulchre where Jesus' burial and resurrection are believed to have occurred, and meander through the Temple Mount to witness the iconic Dome of the Rock.

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Day 4: The Dead Sea

Head to the Dead Sea in Jordan for a unique experience of floating effortlessly on the water. On the way to the Dead Sea, you can explore one of the few well-preserved Roman ruins in the Citadel and the Roman Theater in Amman.

Days 5–6: Petra

Petra in JordanPetra in Jordan

Explore the rose-red sandstone city carved into the cliffs in Petra. Appreciate the impressive Treasury and the Monastery. Take a day trip to Wadi Rum, which has a similar landscape to the surface of the moon, and enjoy an exciting desert safari with your family.

Days 7–8: Cairo

Mummy in Egyptian MuseumMummy in Egyptian Museum

Cairo, the capital of Egypt, is home to mysterious and majestic pyramids. Imagine riding a camel to explore the spectacular Giza pyramid complex and witnessing incredible artifacts from ancient Egypt, such as mummies and the Tutankhamun mask at the Egyptian Museum. There are almost no new hotels in the old city of Cairo — the new hotels are mostly based around New Cairo.

Days 9–12: Nile cruise from Aswan to Luxor

Experience the Nile with a dahabiyaExperience the Nile with a dahabiya

A Nile cruise is a top experience that you shouldn't miss. It provides you with a unique perspective to appreciate the scenery and historical attractions along the river. We would select a small and traditionally-styled houseboat (just for 10-12 people) for you based on your group size and requirements. Also, we would arrange a private guide for you to visit the highlights when you go ashore.

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Days 13–15: Hurghada

enjoy snorkeling in HurghadaEnjoy snorkeling in Hurghada

Enjoy some leisurely free time in Hurghada, a coastal city on the Red Sea. Relax on a sandy beach and engage in exciting sea-based activities, such as surfing and snorkeling. You would also have the opportunity to join a small group safari tour to explore a Bedouin village, where you could learn about the lives of desert-dwelling nomadic people.

A 2-Week Itinerary for Couples

Petra in JordanPetra in Jordan
  • Explore the highlights of Egypt, Jordan, and Israel, and enjoy a romantic and intimate time with your partner.

This itinerary includes discovering the highlights of Egypt, Jordan, and Israel, as well as creating romantic moments with your partner, such as riding the best value hot-air balloon in Luxor and enjoying the view of the pyramids with your partner at sunset from the balcony of your hotel.

Here is a well-received itinerary, for your inspiration:

  • Days 1–3: Cairo (the Giza pyramid complex, camel riding, the Egyptian Museum, a food tour)
  • Days 4–7: Nile cruise from Aswan to Luxor (the Philae temple complex, the Colossi of Memnon, and Luxor Temple)
  • Days 8–9: Petra (rose-red sandstone city)
  • Day 10: Wadi Rum (a desert safari, camping)
  • Days 11–12: the Dead Sea
  • Days 13–15: Jerusalem (the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Temple Mount)
Map of Egypt Jordan and Egypt tour

Days 1–3: Cairo

Camel riding in front of the pyramidsCamel riding in front of the pyramids

Cairo in Egypt is the ideal city to enter when traveling to these three countries as it offers many options for international flights. Enjoy the view of the pyramids with your partner at sunset from the balcony of your hotel.

Days 4–7: Nile cruise

Hot air ballon in LuxorHot air ballon in Luxor

Immerse yourself in a romantic cruise on an intimate dahabiya houseboat to admire the historical sights along the Nile. We would arrange a private guide for you to visit the highlights when you go ashore as well as a ride in the world's best-value-for-money hot-air balloon in Luxor with your partner.

Days 8–9: Petra

Head to Petra, the rose-red sandstone city carved into the cliffs in Jordan. Explore the enchanting Treasury and the Street of Facades to immerse yourself in the old city. Another way to experience Petra is by admiring it at night when the entire floor is illuminated by candlelight.

Day 10: Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum CampWadi Rum Camp

Wadi Rum is the most magnificent desert in Jordan, often referred to as the Valley of the Moon due to its landscape that resembles the surface of the moon. Embark on a desert safari to explore the majestic red canyons and indulge in an overnight stay at a Wadi Rum camp, allowing you to fully enjoy the breathtaking starry nights.

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Days 11–12: the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea in JordanThe Dead Sea in Jordan

Experience the unique sensation of effortlessly floating on the Dead Sea and capture a memorable moment by taking a classic picture while holding a newspaper.

Days 13–15: Jerusalem

People praying in front of the Western WallPeople praying in front of the Western Wall

Cross the border to the sacred city of Jerusalem in Israel, considered to be one of the most revered cities in the world. Regardless of your religious beliefs, you will be amazed by its historical sites. Take a stroll around the Western Wall and witness faithful individuals engaged in prayer, visit the renowned Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is one of the oldest churches in the world and the site of Jesus's crucifixion and resurrection, and explore the iconic Dome of the Rock located on the Temple Mount.

How Much Does a 2-Week Trip to Egypt, Jordan, and Israel Cost?

Camel riding in EgyptCamel riding in Egypt

A private 2-week trip to Egypt, Jordan, and Israel costs about US$5,000–8,000 per person based on a group of 2–4 people.

A private tour includes 4-star hotels, a full-day itinerary, tickets for attractions, transportation, a private car, and a private guide, but these items and services vary in cost between countries:

  • Egypt: approximately US$200–300 per day per person
  • Jordan: approximately US$250–350 per day per person
  • Israel: approximately US$500 and above per day per person

Christmas and New Year are the busiest times to travel, and travel costs can double at these times. For the festive season, we suggest that you plan your trip ahead of time and book your flights and hotels at least 6 months in advance.

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