ISRAEL, JORDAN & GREECE DISCOVERY
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Day1 : Jerusalem for 3 nights
Meet & greet private transfer from Tel Aviv airport to Jerusalem for 3 people
1 double + 1 single, breakfast & VAT taxes included at Hotel Arthur
Housed in a historic building in the centre of the German colony in Jerusalem, Villa Ba’Moshava – Boutique Hotel offers free-to-use bikes. Free Wi-Fi access is available.
Rooms here come with a Smart TV, air conditioning and pay-per-view channels. Each room has a bathroom with either a bathtub or a shower and free toiletries. Tea and coffee are included in the room rate. Some rooms have a balcony.
Boutique Villa Ba’Moshava runs a 24-hour front desk and has a garden for guests to relax in. Other facilities offered include a tour desk, luggage storage and dry cleaning.
Breakfast is available at a café nearby. The Happy Hour with an open buffet is served every afternoon. Emek Refaim Street is just 1 block away. Ben Gurion Airport is 57 km away. Public parking is available nearby.
Full day private tour
Drive to Mount of Olives for panoramic view of the city. Stop at Mount Zion to visit King David’s Tomb, Room of Last Supper and the Dormition Abbey. Enter the Old City and walk through the Armenian and Jewish Quarters to the recently excavated and restored Cardo, See the Jewish Wailing Wall, the Kotel, and continue to the Christian Quarter. Enjoy a culinary tour in the Old City and taste local middle eastern food.
Morning Cooking class and market visit
Your host will take you on a private culinary tour in the Nachlaot neighborhood and Mahane Yehuda market, « The Shuk. »
From the moment you step into the main market alley, you get surrounded by an incredible mixture of smells, tastes and bold colors of all sorts of exotic food and spices from all over the world.
At the market, we’ll taste and pick the freshest ingredients for an exciting cooking class at our kitchen close by.
Then, we will peel, slice, chop, grind, bake and fry a delicious and colorful feast of the local cuisine!
Underground Tour: From the City of David to the Western Wall
Recently opened to the general public! Come explore an underground tunnel commissioned by Herod the Great, who is widely recognized as the greatest builder of ancient times. Highlights of the 1.5 hour tour include seeing and touching the south-western cornerstone of the Temple Mount, walking along Jerusalem’s main thoroughfare during the Second Temple period, and hearing about the incredible artifacts discovered inside the tunnel, including a bell made of pure gold, a Roman sword, and a Temple seal.
Duration: 1h30 minutes
Day 4: Ein Gedi for 2 nights
Full day private tour
Depart Jerusalem, drive along the Dead Sea Shores, stop at Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls where found, continue to Kibbutz Ein Gedi guest house, tour the Kibbutz & the amazing botanical garden.
Dinner & overnight at Kibbutz Ein Gedi
1 double room + 1 single, dinner, breakfast & VAT taxes included at Hotel Kibbutz Ein Gedi
Kibbutz Hotel offers a great location, just a 5-minute drive from the Dead Sea. Free entrance is available to Ein Gedi’s private beach and the nearby spa’s mineral pools. Free private parking is possible on site.
Rooms at the Ein Gedi Kibbutz Hotel are set in the rich botanical gardens. You will have in-room tea/coffee-making facilities and a TV with satellite channels.
The hotel features beautiful views of the surrounding streams, hills, desert, and lake. The outdoor swimming pool is free and open from April to November. There is an excellent restaurant on site.
The Masada and Ein Gedi Nature Reserve sites are nearby. Jerusalem is a 1-hour drive away. Staff will assist you with tours around the Kibbutz and the beautiful natural surroundings.
Full day private tour
Early morning rise (around 4 am) – climb the snake trail to Masada, learn about the heroic story of the Jewish fighters against the Romans.
One person will go up by cable car.
Spend the rest of the day at the beach or enjoy the spa facilities.
Dinner & overnight Kibbutz Ein Gedi
Day 6: Amman, Jordan for 1 night
Full day private tour
Check out hotel, drive along Jordan Valley to Sheik Hussein crossing point.
After border procedure & custom clearance, cross in to Jordan, your Jordanian guide will wait on
Jordan side, drive to Jerash, Madeba, dates from the middle Bronze Age, was once a Moabite border city & visit Mount Nebo.
Proceed to Amman for dinner & overnight
1 double room + 1 single, dinner, breakfast & VAT taxes included at Amman International Hotel ****
Situated next to the University of Jordan, this 4-star hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with a flat-screen TV. It has an outdoor pool and 4 dining outlets.
All rooms at the Amman International Hotel are spacious and come with free Wi-Fi and a private bathroom with a bath tub. Some rooms have a balcony as well.
A selection of dining experiences can be enjoyed through the hotel’s restaurants and cafés. The hotel offers an armchair lounge and library. The Main Restaurant Bar offers the latest sporting events and live music.
Amman International Hotel organises special conferences and events in the banquet halls. The pool area can be used for wedding receptions and gala dinners. The 24-hour staff can arrange guided city tours and day trips around Jordan.
The hotel is 35 km from Queen Alia International Airport. The Royal Culture Centre and the Military Museum are within a 15-minute drive of the hotel.
Day 7: Petra for 1 night
Full day private tour
Check out hotel, sightseeing in Amman, drive along the Kings Highway to Petra, tour Petra, participate in a local food workshop
Dinner & overnight Petra
1 double room + 1 single, dinner, breakfast & VAT taxes included at Hotel Petra Moon ****
Just 100 m from the entrance gate to Petra, this hotel features spacious rooms with flat-screen TVs. It also has a roof garden with a seasonal outdoor pool.
The soundproofed rooms and suites at Petra Moon come equipped with satellite channels, a DVD player and extra-long beds. Each has air conditioning and a private bathroom.
Guests can enjoy a buffet breakfast in the restaurant. Local and international meals are available for lunch and dinner. There is also a grocery store and a vending machine with drinks.
Car rentals can be arranged by the staff at Petra Moon. Horseback riding and hiking trails are available to all guests.
The hotel is located only 100 m from Jett bus station. Aqaba Airport is 160 km away. A shuttle to Aqaba, Amman, and Aqaba Airport can be arranged by Petra Moon’s staff.
Day 8: night in the desert for 1 night
Jeep tour in Wadi Rum.
Once you have arrived in Wadi Rum, you will meet your guide
When you are ready you will head into the desert by Jeep, to enjoy Wadi Rum Jeep tour He will take you to the best and most beautiful areas of Wadi Rum.
This tour offers a great balance of driving, stopping & spending time at each place. There is a relaxed pace to the day and at each stop you have the opportunity to hike, scramble, and explore in your own time & your own way:
Lawrence Spring Walk up through rocks and boulders to find the water (and a lovely fig tree to rest under). During spring time you are greeted by the heady smell of herbs.. The view across the Wadi from here is legendary! 1 hour hike optional
Khazali Canyon This canyon was once used by the local Bedouin to rest in the shade, in the hot summer. You can easily imagine how it would have looked with Bedouin tents, family’s resting, drinking tea, and children playing. You can find on the canyon walls many ancient rock inscriptions (See if you can spot the inscriptions of feet, and the Orynx). 15 minute hike
Red Sand Dunes This area is very beautiful with many differing colour’s of rock and sand. You can climb up the sand dune for the wonderful view at the top. Then we like to jump off it & run down it (some silly people also like to roll down it!). 10/15 minute hike
Anfishieh Inscriptions Rock inscriptions of the Camel Caravans on the Anfishieh Jebel from the Thamudic and Nabatean periods. Inscriptions
House of Lawrence A Nabatean structure that Lawrence of Arabia (according to hearsay) used during the Great Arab Revolution to store weapons. But without lingering on the possible academia of this site, there is a wonderful view from here. Archaeological interest/viewpoint.
Around about now: LUNCH We find a beautiful and quiet place to rest and enjoy some food which your guide will prepare for you. In the summer months the days are long and hot. We have a long leisurely lunch break of approx 2-3 hours in the shade. In the winter months we have a shorter break (around 1 hour) to make the most of the daylight hours.
Burdah Arch This natural rock bridge is set high up on the mountain. So on your tour you will just look at it from a distance… Viewpoint.
Um Frouth Arch For some scrambling (or scrambling watching). This is a natural rock bridge, created by many years of water and wind. You can climb to the top… as long as you are not afraid of heights! 10 minute scramble
Small Sand Dune There is a wonderful view across the red desert to the white desert from here & this is the best dune for those jumping photographs. 10 minute walk & viewpoint
The « Chicken » Rock a unique 2 legged rock in a beautiful location. We often enjoy the sunset from here or stop 9 as they are located in the best position for sunset viewing. Viewpoint.
To the Camp: Enjoy a delicious Bedouin dinner, the stars and the night in the desert. In the camp we have Bedouin tents (private), with mattresses and blankets. We have toilets (two Western) and two shower’s (cold water/ sun warmed). We have a cosy main tent with a fire for sitting and relaxing in. The Camp is in the white desert in a unique and beautiful location, secluded and away from any other tourist camps
Day 9: Jerusalem for 2 nights
In the morning after breakfast at approx 7.30am we will return to the village by Jeep, for your onward journey. Usually leaving the Camp at 8am and arriving back by 8.30am. This Jeep transfer is included in the price
Private Transfer to Arava
Private transfer to Ramon airport in Eilat
Flight from Eilat to Ben Gurion airport
Meet & greet private transfer from airport to hotel
1 twin city view + 1 single room, breakfast & taxes included at St Andrews Guest House
Located in Jerusalem and with Western Wall reachable within 2.7 km, St Andrews Guest House provides concierge services, non-smoking rooms, a garden, free WiFi and a shared lounge. Featuring luggage storage space, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk, a business centre and organising tours for guests.
At the guest house, each room has a desk. At St Andrews Guest House each room includes air conditioning and a private bathroom.
A continental breakfast is available daily at the accommodation.
Church of All Nations is 4.1 km from St Andrews Guest House, while Garden of Gethsemane is 4.2 km away. The nearest airport is Ben Gurion, 55 km from the guest house, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.
Day at leisure
Day 11 : Chania for 2 nights
Private transfer from hotel to Tel Aviv airport
Aegean Flight from Ben Gurion to Athens
Departure: 10:30 am, arrival: 12:35 pm
Sky Express flight from Athens to Chania
Departure at 4:20 pm, arrival at 5:20 pm
Meet and greet private transfer from Chania airport to hotel
1 twin room with balcony + 1 double single use with balcony, breakfast & VAT taxes included at Ionas Boutique Hotel***
Ionas Hotel is a carefully restored historical home, located in the heart of the Old Town of Chania. Ionas is a perfect base for guests wishing to explore authentic Chania.
The Venetian and Ottoman elements of this charming building have been restored and thoughtfully recreated to celebrate its heritage. Even the core walls of the building date back to 1538.
The heart of the house showcases a staircase that has been carefully crafted from wood and iron to create a fine example of classic design. The decorative touches of stain-glass windows add to the unique beauty of Ionas house.
However, modern luxuries have not been ignored and each spacious room is equipped with a separate bathroom, featuring a spa bath or hydro-massage shower. The hotel is also fully air-conditioned throughout.
Ionas Hotel is just 100 m from the harbour, with many of Chania’s monuments and museums within a short walking distance. The local markets, cafés and restaurants provide plenty of afternoon and evening entertainment.
Full day small group hiking tour to Samaria Gorge – 1 person
Samaria Gorge – Small Group Tour, enjoy a guided 16km hike through the longest and most impressive of Europe’s limestone gorges, a magnificent example of Crete’s many gorges, stretching from the White Mountains down to the Libyan sea.
Samaria or the Samaria Gorge is one of the main sights of Crete, the second most visited (following the Minoan palace of Knossos) and by far the most popular walk. Every tourist who visits Crete will have heard of this beautiful gorge or soon will.
The locals call it the “Farangas” or “Great Gorge”, both in admiration at its beauty and to differentiate it from the many other, smaller gorges of Crete.
We leave early in the morning and passing through several beautiful villages we reach the plateau of Omalos.
Our hike will last approximately 6 hours and will take us, along a breathtaking and constantly changing landscape, to Agia Roumeli, a laid back coastal village by the South coast, accessible only by boat.
The tour will allow you a chance to experience this must-see natural phenomenon at a slower pace, attended to by a specialized guide.
At the base of the gorge you can enjoy a refreshing swim and lunch at one of the local tavernas at Agia Roumeli Village.
After an hour’s sail to the nearby port, you will be transferred back to Chania in the evening by our deluxe mini coach.
Included: Transport with deluxe mini coach from/to your hotel, English speaking hiking guide, entrance ticket to the gorge, boat ticket from Agia Roumeli to Sfakia
3 hour private guided walking tour of Chania for 2 people
Meet at your hotel.
We will walk around Chania old town for about 3 hours at the Jewish, Christian, Muslim sections of the city, and will discover sights of different eras on the city and how it changed through time.
Prehistoric ruins lie just a few steps away from Byzantine and Renaissance fortification walls, old monasteries, Turkish Hamams, fortresses as well as Christian, Jewish and Muslim places of worship.
Every house and narrow street in the old town hides a different story or legend, about rulers, wealthy people, and slaves. We will stop by all the main attractions of the old town, walk along the waterfront and see the important works and public buildings and how their use changed throughout the years, depending on the needs of each conqueror.
This is not just a historical tour, we will also walk through markets, learn about Cretan products and see how the old buildings changed in order to meet the needs of today.
Stops will be made for rest, photos or shopping. You will visit two different panoramic viewpoints at Kasteli hill and Firkas fort.
Guide is flexible and will adapt to particular interest.
Tour ends at the old Venetian port.
Day 13: Heraklion for 3 nights
Private transfer from Chania to Heraklion with a stop in Rethymnon
1 superior twin sea view + 1 double sup single use sea view, breakfast & VAT taxes included at Hotel Lato***
Situated opposite the old city harbour, Lato Boutique Hotel features a rooftop restaurant-bar overlooking Heraklion’s Venetian Fortress. It offers free Wi-Fi and trendy rooms and suites with views over the old harbour and Heraklion City.
Lato modern and air-conditioned units are recently renovated and each offers a balcony and work desk. Amenities include a safe, a minibar and an LCD satellite TV. Some units include a hot tub or furnished balcony.
Guests can enjoy daily American and buffet breakfast enriched with Cretan flavours. The gourmet restaurants Brilliant and Herbs’ Garden serve preset, 4-course lunch and dinner menus, specially prepared from our Chef. The stylish rooftop restaurant-bar is the perfect spot to enjoy a candlelit dinner and watch the sunset over the Mediterranean Sea.
Guests can enjoy moments of relaxation at the small steam room – hot tub area upon request and at extra charge. Room service is available 18 hours a day. Lato Boutique Hotel also includes several multifunctional spaces and conference rooms accommodating up to 350 persons, which can host weddings, birthday parties, workshops and more.
Lato Hotel’s 24-hour front desk offers various services, from car rental to tour desk. The main pedestrian street, Archaeological and the Historical Museum of Heraklion lie within a short minutes’ walk, while restaurants, bars and shops can be found at a walking distance. Guests benefit from free public parking near the premises.
Heraklion Bites and Sights – Small Group at 1 pm
Dive into Heraklion’s history with stories of its turbulent past and visits to its legendary churches, fountains, and monuments
Learn the secrets of the Cretan diet by sampling its best products at a local market
Discover the local side of Heraklion through its lesser-known streets, forgotten laneways, and old city walls
Admire art collections in unique locations
Indulge in local flavours like a meze platter and oh-hey-that’s-strong raki and tsikoudia
One of the most vibrant cities in all of Greece, Heraklion has been at the crossroads of civilisations for centuries. In its infancy the city was known as “Kastro”, which historians believe indicates that the city was surrounded by fortification walls. Join this Heraklion walking tour to get to know the city as it is now, but also as it was centuries ago, uncovering remnants of occupations by the Byzantines, Arabs, Venetians, Turks, and pirates…yes, pirates.
Heading off from “Freedom Square” aka Eleftherias Square, our tour of Heraklion will continue through lesser-known streets and neighbourhoods to give you the opportunity to see the real city as a local insider. Appropriately, you’ll start off with a freshly brewed traditional coffee paired with a wander through the local market, where you can sample local products such as barley rusks and olives and cheese (what else would you expect?!), and chat with local shop owners.
From there, take a hop back in time with a walk atop Heraklion’s great Venetian wall fortifications for some of the best view of the city. It’s also a great vantage point to see how these walls (ahem, the longest in Europe, ahem) divide the old city from the new city. Continue along to the lonesome tomb and monument of Nikos Kazantzakis, the son of Crete, and discover what inspired him to write Zorba.
Moving on, we’ll walk along the pedestrian street, 25 August, admiring some of Heraklion’s major highlights, like St. Titus Cathedral and the Morosini Fountain in the heart of the city. Continue along the hidden backstreets of Heraklion, where your local guide will discuss the city’s history and point out further evidence of how the city has been shaped into the lively place it is today.
After our morning exploration, our Heraklion walking tour will end at a local favourite – a meze tavern, where you’ll finish things off with a bang, or, rather, a drink! Dig in to a meze platter and sip local specialties like raki and tsikoudia, the island’s famous (and oh so strong) distilled spirit. Opa!
Zeus Cave, traditional villages and old windmills – Full Day Private tour
This is my favorite tour in Crete because you get to see the real Crete, the monasteries, the old villages, Zeus Cave where the king of all the Greek gods was born. His mother gave birth there to hide from his father Kronos. We will see the old traditional windmills and the amazing views from an altitude of around 1000 m above sea level . Then it’s off to Lasithi plateau, the biggest one in Crete . Driving through the old villages on the Lasithi plateau you feel that you are traveling back in time, like time stopped long ago.
– Picking you up from your hotel .
– Stop on the way for a coffee.
– Visit the Monastery of Virgin Mary in Kera .
– Visit the picturesque village of Krasi where the oldest Plane tree in Crete is found .
– Visit the Lasithi plateau with the old traditional wind mills .
– Visit the Zeus Cave where Zeus the king of all the Greek gods was born .
– Driving around the plateau through old villages that time seems to have stopped
– Visit the village of Mochos walking around to see the beautiful churches and then enjoying a Cretan traditional lunch .
– Visit the fishing village of Sissi , walking around the Palm Bay .
– It’s time to hit the road and get back to the hotel.
Take a taxi on own from hotel to Knossos about 15 minutes
Knossos is easily reached from the Iraklio’s bus station. Simply take bus number 2 (city bus line which runs 3-5 times an hour) until it reaches its final stop: Knossos. The public buses are cheap. In 2019 the bus was only around €1.50 one-way. The buses from Iraklion bus station to the minoan Knossos Palace ran daily in the saison at least from from 8am through to 7pm;
Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket (Shared Tour – Small group)
Join our small group (up to 12 pax)
Walking tour at Knossos palace with a Licensed Tourist Guide. Skip-the-ticket line to enter Knossos Palace. Explore the ancient palace, step into the royal residence and see the Minoan king’s throne. Be amazed by the House of the Frescoes and its colorful wall paintings. Learn about the history of the Minoan Civilization, probably the oldest one on the European continent. Use the combine ticket (value for money) to enter the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion when you go to Heraklion city later.
Day 16: Athens for 1 night
Private transfer from hotel to airport
Aegean flight from Heraklion to Athens
Departure: 8:25 am, arrival: 9:15 am
Meet and greet private transfer from airport to hotel
1 superior double room, Acropolis view + 1 single Acropolis view room, breakfast & VAT taxes included at Hotel Electra Palace*****
With a great location in the centre of Plaka, facing the Acropolis, this 5-star hotel offers personalised service, a beautiful rooftop pool and well-appointed rooms with a buffet breakfast included.
Electra Palace Hotel Athens is within walking distance from most of Athens’ main attractions. Syntagma Square is less than 5 minutes’ walk away and the parliament and shopping districts are nearby.
The spacious rooms are equipped with air conditioning and satellite TV. Thoughtful touches also include bathrobes and slippers. Some rooms offer direct views of the Acropolis.
Guests can start their day with Greek Breakfast provided in the dining area. Electra Palace Hotel’s rooftop has a lovely pool area and a restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine. The restaurant’s terrace looks directly to the Acropolis.
The helpful staff at Electra Palace is happy to offer local information and advice. Guests can also make use of the hotel’s spa facilities, including an indoor pool and sauna.
Half day private tour of Athens pm
Our visit in Ancient Athens for your Half Day Private Tour begins with our first stop at Acropolis Hill with Parthenon on top. Then is Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, Erechtheion, Dionysus theatre and Herodion theatre which will make you understand the Athenian civilisation. Leaving Acropolis we make a short stop to see the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Arch of Hadrian.
Not far away from there is our next stop, the Old Olympic Stadium (Kallimarmaro) where the first modern Olympic games took place in 1896. We will also see the Presidential Palace and changing of the guards in front of the Greek Parliament at Syntagma square.
The Trilogy of Athens (National Library – University – Academy of Athens), three classical buildings are waiting for us for our next stop.
It’s time for Lycabettus Hill now for a panoramic view of the city and to take great photos before passing by from Plaka, the old city of Athens for lunch at a traditional Greek Tavern (to be paid locally).
Private transfer from hotel to airport
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