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Highlights of Israel and Jordan
Commences Tel Aviv 09 November and ends Jerusalem 27 November 2022

  • Caeserea
  • Colonnaded Street, Jerash
    Colonnaded Street, Jerash
  • Petra Treasury at Night
    Petra Treasury at Night
  • Jericho, West Bank
    Jericho, West Bank
  • Old Port of Jaffa, Tel Aviv
    Old Port of Jaffa, Tel Aviv
  • Jerusalem
  • Petra
  • Port of Akko
    Port of Akko
  • Shivta National Park, Negev
    Shivta National Park, Negev
  • St Geroge's Monastery, West Bank
    St Geroge's Monastery, West Bank
  • Shepherds' Fields, Bethlehem
    Shepherds' Fields, Bethlehem
  • Nazareth
  • Program Status Places Available
  • Price AUD 10,990
  • Program Code GCTIJ22
  • Single Supplement AUD 2,250
  • Program Leader Mark Goodwin
  • Activity Rating Moderate

Tour Itinerary

  • 18 Nights
    • 2 - Tel Aviv
    • 1 - Haifa
    • 2 - Sea of Galilee
    • 3 - Amman
    • 1 - Petra
    • 1 - Aqaba
    • 2 - Negev Desert
    • 2 - Bethlehem
    • 4 - Jerusalem

Commences Tel Aviv 09 November and ends Jerusalem 27 November 2022

 Tour Highlights

  • Discover the UNESCO-listed Bauhaus architecture of Tel Aviv, along with its fascinating Museum of the Jewish People
  • Learn about the historic ports of Jaffa, Caesarea, Haifa and Acre
  • Explore the Sea of Galilee together with Nazareth and the spectacular Golan Heights
  • Discover the Jordanian capital, Amman, with its ancient sites and stimulating Jordan Museum
  • Learn about the ancient UNESCO-listed Jordanian cities of Jerash and Petra
  • Explore the incredible landscapes of the Negev Desert
  • Learn about life in the Palestinian West Bank with time in Bethlehem and Jericho
  • Visit the astonishing Masada and swim in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea
  • Experience the city of Jerusalem with its sites, holy to three of the world's religions, its Old Jewish, Christian and Muslim Quarters and its poignant museums
  • Meet the local people to learn about their way of life and sample their local cuisine

Tour Overview

Deeply significant to Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths, this ancient land is imbued with a beguiling mix of cultural influences. Our journey takes us from forward-facing Tel Aviv with its elegant palm-lined Bauhaus architecture to the fragrant alleyways of Jerusalem's Old City, thronging with pilgrims winding their way between holy sites.

In Israel's north, we watch the balmy waters of the Mediterranean lap at Roman and Crusader remains and marvel at beautiful churches commemorating Christ's miracles around the tranquil Sea of Galilee, while it is the natural wonders of the dramatic Negev Desert and the Dead Sea which draw us to the Israel's south. The welcoming cities of the West Bank provide us with an insight into Palestinian culture, while our time in Jordan allows us to be immersed in the vibrant city of Amman and to experience an ancient world at the breath-taking ruins of rose-coloured Petra.

Our fascinating 18-night program comprehensively explores the highlights of ancient and modern Israel along with the intriguing Palestinian West Bank and the greatly underestimated but truly memorable sights of Jordan. Of course, we learn about the history and culture of these exciting countries, but we also meet the friendly local people and sample their inviting cuisine.

Tour Inclusions

    • 18 nights en-suite hotel accommodation in Israel, Palestinian West Bank and Jordan
    • Typical local breakfast and dinner daily with 5 lunches in Jordan
    • Touring by comfortable  and modern coach
    • Transport, field trips and excursions as indicated
    • Applicable entry fees and services of local guides
    • Services of Program Leader
    • Gratuities and necessary tips
    • Detailed Preparatory Information

Mark Goodwin

Mark Goodwin has been in the travel profession for over 35 years, first as a tour guide, then rising to Director of Operations with SAGA Holidays, the UK's leading tour operator for the senior market, as Commercial Director with Rank Education, one of Britain's leading educational operators, as Director of Operations with the Travel Organisation, the UK's then leading conference and incentive Operator and the last 20 years as President and CEO of Golden Compass. Mark has now retired from his role as CEO but still enjoys arranging and leading specialist groups for Golden Compass Tours.

Mark is double Honours graduate from King's College London in Modern Languages – French and German, an Associate of Kings College (Divinity) and a Fellow of the Institute of Travel & Tourism, as well as a past Member of the Institute of Directors.

He has taught in France as well as spending significant periods of time in Germany, Italy and Austria as well as travelling extensively through almost all of Europe and North Africa. He has led a number of tours through Scandinavia, the Baltics and the Balkans. 


This program includes placeswhich can only be explored on foot and where walking tours may be a little longer and not always on the flat. Accommodation may have some stairs and or have some rooms which may involve some walking to access.
All our programs naturally involve some walking in order to discover bet­ter the places visited and, although we arrange porterage where this is available, participants are expected to be able to handle their own bags. Our program leaders will always try to make as much of the program as possible available for those who find walking longer distances, uphill or down steps difficult but, in same places, this cannot always be avoided.
If you have any concerns at all about your level of fitness, please do not hesitate to talk to us and discuss further with the experts who know the particular demands of each program.

Register your interest early

Golden Compass’s Tours educational travel programs are only available by booking direct with Golden Compass Tours. This gives you a cost saving and dealing direct with the specialist who actually arranges your tour on the ground.

Follow these simple steps to secure your place on one of our unique tours:

  1. Select the program or programs you are interested in joining, make a note of the program code that appears next to the program price (eg: GCTAD17) and call us on 1800 132 385 to check availability and hold an option.
  2. Access the Golden Compass booking form here.
  3. Complete the details you have available (we understand your flights and travel insurance details may not be confirmed when you make your booking).
  4. Print and sign your form, then simply scan and email your form direct to info@goldencompasstours.com.au. If you prefer you can post it to our Australian postal address at:

  Golden Compass, PO Box 163, Keiraville, NSW 2500, Australia.

Please note we require a deposit of AUD500 per person per program with the full balance for each tour being due 80 days prior to the start of your program.

Once the deposit payment has been taken you will then be sent your confirmation letter either by email or post (as you prefer). An invoice for the balance will be issued to you 12 weeks prior to the departure of your first tour or tours. Full payment by MasterCard, Visa or electronic bank transfer is required 80 days prior to the start of your tour. Payment will be charged by Golden Compass Tours from you in Australian dollars.

If you need any assistance, please call our Freecall number on 1800 132 385.