2-Week Jordan and Israel Itineraries for First-Timers

2-Week Jordan and Israel Itineraries for First-Timers

By Rita | Updated Feb. 21, 2024

As neighbors, Jordan and Israel are a popular combo for Middle East trips. Two weeks are ideal to explore their iconic landmarks.

But how do you balance your interests with your time during a 2-week Jordan and Israel tour? Usually, most couples or families prefer to spend more time in Jordan for diverse experiences. While, if you're more interested in a pilgrimage-style trip, more time in Israel is recommended. To discover more of the Middle East, combining these countries with Egypt is also a good choice.

The following three well-organized itinerary suggestions showcase the above themes. We're happy to tailor these itineraries just for you, whether you're celebrating a graduation, a special romantic occasion, or enjoying retirement.

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Itinerary 1: A Classic 2-Week Jordan and Israel Itinerary for Couples/Families

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This itinerary ideally balances cultural immersion, nature adventures, and relaxing beach time for family trips and romantic getaways.

You'll experience the holy land of Israel, then discover the secrets of the Dead Sea, marvel at the splendid Rose City of Petra, and uncover the hidden gems of the Mars-like Wadi Rum in Jordan. For an energetic-to-relaxed tour pace, we have thoughtfully concluded your trip on the beaches near the Red Sea in Jordan.

Check out the following 2-week Israel and Jordan tour:

5 Days in Israel

  • Days 1–2 in Tel Aviv (the ancient city of Jaffa, Carmel Market, and Tel Aviv Museum of Art)
  • Days 3–5: in Jerusalem (the Mount of Olives, the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a food-hunting tour, and the Israel Museum)

In Israel, Tel Aviv showcases the bustling modern life and coastal charm of Israel, while Jerusalem is the cultural and religious center of Israel. For more family fun, you and your teenage kids could cycle along the seaside biking trails in Tel Aviv and embark on a food journey into the hidden alleys.

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9 Days in Jordan

  • Days 8–9 in Petra (hike through the sandstone city of Petra and see Petra By Night)
  • Days 10–11 in Wadi Rum (a desert safari and camping)
  • Days 12–14 in Aqaba (your choice of beach activities at the Red Sea: snorkeling, sunbathing, swimming…)

In Jordan, your kids could float on the Dead Sea to practice the concepts of buoyancy they've learned in textbooks. When camping in the desert, you and your partner could indulge in tranquil private hours, savor romantic candle-lit dinners, and enjoy stargazing together. Our carefully chosen boutique hotel, with its bubble-shaped design, ensures both comfort and easy access to breathtaking sunrises and sunsets.

Beach vacations are ideal as part of family trips or romantic getaways. While both Jordan and Israel boast stunning beaches, we highly recommend Jordan as it's the more budget-friendly option. You can enjoy a similar experience while saving up to half the cost compared to Israel. For family trips during Christmas and the New Year, departing before December 20th is beneficial for obtaining cheaper international flight tickets.

Itinerary 2: A 14-Day Bible-Place-Filled Israel and Jordan Itinerary for Pilgrimage-Makers

If you're planning a pilgrimage trip to Jordan and Israel, don't miss out on this itinerary's suggestions.

With this Bible-based trip, you'd wander around holy Jerusalem, venture into Galilee to explore the sites where Jesus preached, discover the Jordan River baptismal site, and hike up Mount Nebo.

View the following well-organized Jordan–Israel itinerary for inspiration:

6 Days in Jordan

  • Days 1–2 Amman (the Citadel, the Roman Theater, and the ancient city of Jerash)
  • Days 3–4 in Petra (Mount Nebo, Saint George's Church in Madaba, the Siq, the Treasury, the Monastery, and Petra by Night)
  • Days 5–6 by the Dead Sea (Hadrian's Arch and Bethany Beyond the Jordan)

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8 Days in Israel

  • Days 7–8: Tiberias (a cruise tour of the Sea of Galilee, the Golan Heights, and the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth)
  • Day 9: Haifa (the Baha'i Gardens and the German Colony)
  • Day 10: Tel Aviv (the ancient city of Jaffa with a sunset dinner and Neve Tzedek)
  • Days 11–14: Jerusalem (the Western Wall and its tunnels, the Via Dolorosa, the Mount of Olives, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a spectacular night view, and a day trip to Bethlehem)

Religious sites in Israel and Jordan may have different operating hours and accessibility on Fridays and Saturdays due to the observance of the Sabbath and other religious holidays. Always with first-hand news, our travel experts would create the best plan for you!

Are you finding it challenging to plan a pilgrimage tour to Jordan and Israel? Contact us and we will customize the itinerary to cater to your interests, as well as any other preferences or wishes you might have.

If you want a longer pilgrimage trip in the Middle East, you can get more inspiration from our 24-Day Grand Middle East Bible Journey.

Itinerary 3: Egypt, Jordan, and Israel in 2 Weeks — a Diverse Middle East Experience

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This itinerary is specially designed for those looking to experiencing the diversity of the Middle East in 2 weeks. Bordering each other, you could easily travel between these three countries.

As well as the must-sees in Jordan and Israel, you'll step back in time and have a date with ancient Egypt, including the majestic pyramids and significant temples along the Nile. After a week-long cultural and outdoorsy trip, what could be better than refreshing yourselves on a leisurely Nile cruise for 5 days?

You could check out the following carefully-crafted itinerary for inspiration, with 3 days in Israel, 4 days in Jordan, and 7 days in Egypt:

  • Days 1–3 in Jerusalem (the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Mount of Olives, a sound and light show)
  • Days 4–5 at the Dead Sea in Jordan (Bethany Beyond the Jordan, floating on the Dead Sea, a day trip to Amman with a food tour and ancient relics)
  • Days 6–7 in Petra (hiking through the sandstone city of Petra, Petra by Night, a day-trip excursion to Wadi Rum)
  • Days 8–9 in Cairo (the Giza pyramid complex with a camel ride, the Great Sphinx, the Egyptian Museum, a food tour, the Khan el-Khalili market, and the El Tannoura dance show)
  • Days 10–11 on a Nile cruise from Luxor (cruise check-in, the Luxor Temple, the Karnak temple complex, the Valley of the Kings, the temple of Queen Hatshepsut, and the Colossi of Memnon)
  • Day 12 on the Nile cruise (the Temple of Kom Ombo and the Temple of Horus in Edfu)
  • Days 13–14 finishing the Nile cruise in Aswan (a city tour to visit the Aswan High Dam, the Philae temple complex, the Unfinished Obelisk, and Abu Simbel; cruise check-out)
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In Egypt, your trip would not be complete without seeing the pyramids and enjoying a Nile cruise. Our carefully-selected dahabiya has just 5–6 cabins, so you'd be away from chaotic tour groups and could enjoy more quality time alone.

To create lifelong memories, we are experienced in customizing exclusive moments for you:

  • If you're traveling with teenagers, they may be excited about a camel ride around the pyramids, hunting food in a local bazaar, and the El Tannoura dance show.
  • If you're going as a couple, photogenic sunrise balloon ride over Luxor and a sunset felucca sailing trip along the Nile are the best backdrops for once-in-a-lifetime romantic occasions!

If you would like some leisurely beach time, consider extending your trip to the more-cost-effective Hurghada in Egypt or Eilat in Jordan for 3–4 days.

How Much Does a 2-Week Jordan and Israel Tour Cost?

You can expect a Western-like cost in Israel, which is about twice that of Jordan. If you take a private tour, the costs in Israel are the highest at US$500+ per day per person, while a private Jordan tour falls in the range of US$200–300 per day per person. Children under 10 can receive discounts of between 30% and 50%.

Specializing in customized private tours, we are experts at optimizing your costs. For example, we usually suggest exploring the Dead Sea and the Red Sea in Jordan. That way, you can enjoy almost the same experiences at these natural wonders, but you can save 30–50% in Jordan. Booking with us 1 year in advance is beneficial to get early-bird benefits.

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