How to Plan a Trip to Israel and Jordan in 2024/2025

By Vicky Leng | Updated Jul. 18, 2023

Israel and Jordan are neighboring countries in the Middle East. They are worth visiting for their culturally-rich buildings, stunning landscapes, and the unique experience of floating on the Dead Sea. We recommend that you spend 7–11 days exploring the highlights in both countries: 3–5 days in Israel and 4–6 days in Jordan.

In Israel, immerse yourself in the holy atmosphere in Jerusalem where Jesus died, was buried, and was resurrected, where you can see the faithful praying fervently at the Western Wall and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. In Jordan, you can marvel at the incredible sandstone city of Petra, have a desert safari in Wadi Rum, which resembles the surface of the moon, and float effortlessly on the Dead Sea.

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Do I Need a Visa to Visit Israel and Jordan?

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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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Top Things to Do in Israel and Jordan

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Israel's Jerusalem and Jordan's Amman, Petra, and the Dead Sea are must-see destinations for first-time visitors.

Top Things to Do in Israel

  • Jerusalem is the sacred city in Israel where you can immerse yourself in the country's most iconic historical buildings.

1) Experience the spiritual atmosphere at the Western Wall as you observe the faithful in prayer.

Western Wall in JerusalemWestern Wall in Jerusalem

2) Explore the revered Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which holds significant importance as the believed site of Jesus' burial and resurrection.

Church of the Holy SepulchreChurch of the Holy Sepulchre

3) Enrich your soul by visiting the iconic Temple Mount to marvel at the Dome of the Rock.

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4) Meander around the Tower of David Museum to witness the captivating cultural relics and the remnants of the ancient city walls.

Tower of David MuseumTower of David Museum

Suggested reading: How to Plan a First Trip to Israel>>>

Top Destinations in Jordan

  • Amman, Petra, and the Dead Sea are the top destinations you shouldn't miss in Jordan.

1) Explore ancient Roman ruins in Amman: be taken back to the Roman era as you walk round the Citadel and Roman amphitheater, and head to the impressive Jerash to see one of the best-preserved ancient Roman cities in the Middle East.

Roman amphitheater in AmmanRoman amphitheater in Amman

2) Place yourself in the enchanting rose-red sandstone city of Petra: embark on a tour of the majestic Treasury and Al Siq, which are carved into the sandstone cliffs.

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3) Take an adventurous desert safari day trip to Wadi Rum, which has a similar landscape to the moon's.

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4) Experience the unique sensation of effortlessly floating on the Dead Sea: take a classic picture while holding a newspaper as you float on the saltiest lake in the world.

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How Much Does Travel Cost in Israel and Jordan?

A private tour in Israel costs approximately US$500 per day per person and the cost in Jordan is approximately US$200–300 per day per person, including 4-star hotels, a full-day itinerary, tickets for attractions, transportation, a private car, and a private guide.

Travel costs at Christmas and New Year can be double, so we suggest that you plan your trip ahead of time and book your flights and hotels at least 6 months in advance.

Our specialist travel consultants would based on your interests to create a flexible itinerary and make your trip more comfortable.

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How Long to Spend in Israel and Jordan

To enjoy a wonderful time and create a memorable trip in Israel and Jordan, we recommend that you spend at least 7–11 days in both countries to see the must-see cities: 4–6 days in Jordan and 3–5 days in Israel are ideal.

1). Take a 7-day Israel and Jordan itinerary for the essence of each country:

  • Days 1–3: Jerusalem (the Western Wall, the Temple Mount, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Mount of Olives)
  • Days 4–5: the Dead Sea (the Amman Citadel, the Roman Theater, and float effortlessly on the Dead Sea)
  • Days 6–7: Petra (the Treasury, the Siq, and the Monastery)

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2). Have an 11-day adventure itinerary in Jordan and Israel for a deeper exploration:

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  • Days 1–2: Amman (the Citadel, the Roman Theater, and Old Town Market)
  • Days 3–4: Petra (sandstone city of Petra and the Treasury)
  • Days 5–7: Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea (desert safari, camping, and floating on the Dead Sea)
  • Days 8–11: Jerusalem (the Western Wall, the Mount of Olives, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Tower of David Museum)

Find out more 2-week itinerary options in 2-Week Jordan and Israel Itineraries for First-Timers >>>

3). Or enjoy a 15-day best of Israel, Jordan, and Egypt family itinerary for more relaxation:

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  • Days 1–3: Jerusalem (the Western Wall, the Temple Mount, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre)
  • Days 4–5: Amman and the Dead Sea (the Citadel and the Roman Theater)
  • Days 6–7: Petra (sandstone city of Petra, the Treasury, and Al Siq)
  • Days 8–9: Cairo (the Giza pyramid complex, a camel ride, the Sphinx, and the Egyptian Museum)
  • Days 10–12: Nile cruise (the Temple of Philae, the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Horus, and the Colossi of Memnon)
  • Days 13–15: Hurghada (relax on the beach and a safari tour to visit a Bedouin village)

Extending your Israel -Jordan tour to Egypt is a good idea as well, and you could check our hand-picked itinerary options, especially for families and couples. You can get more details from How Long to Spend in the Middle East.

Best Times to Visit Israel and Jordan

Israel and Jordan don't get much rain even during the rainy season, so just consider the temperature when planning your trip to both countries.

The best times to visit both Israel and Jordan are from March to May and September to November when you could enjoy the most pleasant temperatures, ranging from 17 to 27°C (63–82°F). 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 (82–90°F) on average, but much hotter in the desert areas. It is the low season in both countries so you can enjoy fewer crowds and cheaper costs.

December to February is the coldest time in both countries with temperatures averaging 12–17°C (55–64°F). Christmas and New Year are the busiest times to travel so we advise that you plan your trip ahead of time and make your reservations at least 6 months in advance.

Get more weather details in Best & Worst Times to Visit Jordan and Israel >>>

Is It Safe to Visit Israel and Jordan?

Israel and Jordan are relatively safe countries to travel to. Both countries take tourism very seriously and invest a lot of money to ensure the safety of travelers. The main tourist areas, such as Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Amman, Petra, and the Dead Sea, are reliably safe. We suggest that you check your country's travel advisories before your trip, though.

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