How to Plan a 7-Day Itinerary in Israel and Jordan

How to Plan a 7-Day Itinerary in Israel and Jordan

By Vicky Leng | Updated Feb. 21, 2024

As neighboring countries, Israel and Jordan form an attractive combo for travelers, with just a 2-hour private transfer between them. You can immerse yourself in the culture-rich and history-filled holy land of Israel as well as explore stunning landscapes and experience exciting outdoor activities in Jordan.

In Israel, you can immerse yourself in the sacred atmosphere of Jerusalem by visiting the famed Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. In Jordan, you can discover the mesmerizing rose-red sandstone city of Petra and experience the unique sensation of effortlessly floating on the Dead Sea.

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Do I Need a Visa for Israel and Jordan?

Petra by Night in JordanPetra by Night in Jordan

Nationals of many countries are exempt from needing a visa to enter Israel, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Most travelers can stay in Israel without a visa for 90 days.

Travelers are required to have an e-visa to visit Jordan, which allows for a stay of up to 30 days. You can apply for the visa on the official Jordan visa website.

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Are 7 Days Enough to Visit Both Israel and Jordan?

7 days are enough to explore both Israel and Jordan if you only have a limited vacation time, but you will have a slightly tight schedule. To make the most of your time and have a worthwhile trip, we suggest you spend 2–3 days exploring the highlights in Jerusalem in Israel and spend the rest of the time in Jordan.

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7-Day Israel and Jordan Itineraries: The Top 2 Options

Below are two hand-picked itineraries: one for families and one for couples. Choose an itinerary you like, or just contact us, and we'll customize an itinerary based on your interests.

1) The Classic 7-Day Israel and Jordan Itinerary for Families

Floating on the Dead Sea with your familyFloating on the Dead Sea in Jordan with your family

This itinerary would be great option for a first-time visit if you're a family with teenagers who have limited time and want to cover the highlights in both countries. You could enjoy some family-friendly activities, such as floating on the Dead Sea and a desert safari, and this route doesn't require frequent hotel changes.

Here is the well-selected itinerary for your inspiration:

  • Days 1–3: Jerusalem (the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Temple Mount)
  • Days 4–5: the Dead Sea (Madaba)
  • Days 6–7: Petra (the Treasury and Al Siq)
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Kick off your journey in Jerusalem, Israel's spiritual capital. We could arrange activities, such as exploring the Western Wall tunnels and a sound and light show, to enhance enjoyment for your kids.

Take a private transfer to the Dead Sea in Jordan to continue your trip. Have a great time as a family as you experience the truly unique sensation of effortlessly floating on the saltiest lake in the world. Hold a newspaper to capture a classic floating photo with your kids! The Dead Sea is located both in Israel and Jordan, but we recommend that you head to the shore that's in Jordan as the same level of hotels and services are much cheaper than in Israel.

End a wonderful trip in Petra, the rose-red sandstone city carved into Jordan's desert cliffs. Take a day trip to Wadi Rum to experience a family-friendly outdoor activity, such as embarking on an adventurous desert safari to discover the epic red canyons and lunar-like landscapes.

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2) A 7-Day Israel and Jordan Itinerary for Couples

Camping in Wadi Rum in JordanCamping in Wadi Rum, Jordan

With this itinerary, you'll have the opportunity to spend an intimate night in a well-equipped desert camp tent under a starry night sky in Wadi Rum and enjoy a romantic time watching candles illuminate the buildings of Petra at night.

Here is the well-organized itinerary for your inspiration:

  • Days 1–2: Amman (the Citadel, the Roman Theater, and Jerash)
  • Day 3: Petra (the Treasury and the Monastery)
  • Day 4: Wadi Rum (a desert safari and camping on a starry night)
  • Day 5: the Dead Sea (enjoy effortless floating, relaxing beach time, local health treatments…)
  • Days 6–7: Jerusalem (the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Mount of Olives)

Start your wonderful trip in Amman, Jordan's capital city, which has plentiful ancient Roman ruins. Take a day trip to Jerash, which is one of the best-preserved Romanesque cities in Jordan, and meander around the old town with your partner. It will feel like going back in time to the glorious civilization of ancient Rome.

Head to Petra to see the breathtaking rose-red sandstone cliffs carved into magnificent structures and watch the romantic Petra By Night display when the entire Treasury frontage is illuminated by candlelight.

Then have an exciting desert safari on day 4 in Wadi Rum, taking a jeep to explore the desert landscape, which is similar to the surface of the moon. Stay in a luxury tent located in a tranquil desert camp and cuddle with your partner on the tent's private terrace to enjoy the starry night.

Finish your trip in the holy land of Jerusalem in Israel. Immerse yourself in the culture-rich Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to complete your trip.

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How Much Does a 7-Day Trip to Israel and Jordan Cost?

A private 7-day trip to Israel and Jordan costs about US$2,000–4,500 per person based on a group of 2–4 people.

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

  • 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 during these times. We suggest that you plan your trip ahead of time and book your flights and hotels at least 6 months in advance if you want to travel in the peak season.

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Best Times to Visit Israel and Jordan

Petra, JordanPetra, Jordan

Israel and Jordan share a similar climate, so when planning your trip to these countries, it is important to focus on the temperature as rainfall is limited even during the rainy season.

The best times to visit both Israel and Jordan are from March to May and September to November when you could enjoy the most comfortable temperatures, ranging from 17 to 27°C (63–81°F) on average. These are good times to experience floating on the Dead Sea or taking a desert safari.

June to August is the hottest time in Israel and Jordan with temperatures ranging from 27 to 32°C (81–90°F) on average, though more like 30–40°C (86–104°F) in the Dead Sea and desert areas. It is the low season in both countries so you can enjoy fewer crowds and cheaper costs.

December to February is the coolest time in both countries with temperatures averaging 12–17°C (54–63°F), though Jerusalem is cooler still, averaging 7–13°C (45–55°F). Christmas and New Year are the busiest times to travel, so we recommend making your reservations at least 6 months in advance.

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