Israel And Petra Tour

Israel is a fascinating destination that offers a wealth of historical and cultural experiences. For seniors, Israel can be an especially rewarding travel destination, with its accessible attractions, comfortable accommodations, and vibrant culinary scene. Whether you are interested in ancient sites, scenic drives, or relaxing activities, there is something for everyone in Israel. This page provides tips and advice for seniors traveling to Israel, including suggested itineraries, accessible attractions, and answers to frequently asked questions. Whether you are a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler, we hope this page will help you plan a memorable trip to Israel.

Check visa requirements

Before you travel to Israel and Petra, check the visa requirements for your country. Some countries require a visa to enter, while others may be able to enter visa-free for a certain period of time.

Consider the weather

Israel and Petra can be hot and dry, especially in the summer months. Be prepared for the heat by bringing plenty of sunscreen, a hat, and light, breathable clothing. However, if you plan to visit Petra in the winter months, it can be quite cold, so be sure to pack warm layers.

Visit religious sites respectfully

Israel and Petra are home to many important religious sites, including the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock, and the Monastery in Petra. When visiting these sites, be respectful of local customs and traditions, dress modestly, and avoid loud or disruptive behavior.

Be prepared for lots of walking

Israel and Petra are both destinations that require a lot of walking, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water to stay hydrated. If you have any mobility issues, consider hiring a wheelchair or scooter to help you get around.

Learn some basic Hebrew and Arabic

While English is widely spoken in Israel and Petra, it’s always a good idea to learn some basic Hebrew and Arabic phrases to help you navigate and communicate with locals. Even a few words of greeting or thanks can go a long way in making a connection with the people you meet on your trip.

Plan ahead

It’s important to plan ahead when visiting Israel and Petra to make the most of your time and ensure that you’re able to see all the sights you’re interested in. Research your destinations, make a rough itinerary, and book any necessary tickets or tours in advance.

Pack appropriately

Israel and Petra can be hot and dry, so be sure to pack comfortable, lightweight clothing, sunscreen, and a hat. If you plan to visit religious sites, it’s also important to pack modest clothing that covers your shoulders and knees.

Be respectful of local customs

Israel and Petra are home to many different cultures and religions, so it’s important to be respectful of local customs and traditions. Dress modestly, remove your shoes when entering mosques or homes, and be mindful of local customs around eating, drinking, and public displays of affection.

Stay hydrated

It’s easy to get dehydrated in the hot, dry climate of Israel and Petra, so be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Carry a refillable water bottle and refill it whenever possible.

Hire a local guide

Consider hiring a local guide to help you navigate the sights and gain a deeper understanding of the history and culture of the region. A guide can also help you avoid crowds, find the best photo spots, and get insider tips on local cuisine and culture.

Our Top Tours

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Explore Israel's highlights on this 12-day tour, including a visit to Petra, Jordan. Discover iconic sites like Masada, the Dead Sea, and Jerusalem...

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Classical Israel Tour Package 4 Days

Explore Israel's top highlights in this 4-day package. Experience Jerusalem's Old City, relax in the Dead Sea, and visit Nazareth. Discover the Sea...

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Bethlehem Half Day Tour

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Bethlehem, Jericho and Qasr al-Yahud

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7 Days Itinerary For Your Trip

  • Arrive in Tel Aviv and check into your hotel.
  • Spend the day exploring the city’s vibrant art scene, trendy cafes, and beautiful beaches.
  • Take a bus or train to Jerusalem and begin your day at the Western Wall, one of the holiest sites in Judaism.
  • Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site where Jesus was crucified and buried.
  • Explore the bustling markets and narrow streets of the Old City, including the Muslim Quarter, Jewish Quarter, and Christian Quarter.
  • Take a day trip to Masada, an ancient fortress perched atop a dramatic cliff overlooking the Dead Sea.
  • After exploring Masada, relax in the salty waters of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth.
  • Take a day trip to Masada, an ancient fortress perched atop a dramatic cliff overlooking the Dead Sea.
  • After exploring Masada, relax in the salty waters of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth.
  • Fly to Jordan and take a bus or taxi to Petra, the ancient city carved into the rock.
  • Spend the day exploring Petra’s many wonders, including the Treasury, the Monastery, and the Siq.
  • Take a day trip to Wadi Rum, the stunning desert landscape made famous by Lawrence of Arabia.
  • Explore the red sand dunes, rocky outcroppings, and ancient petroglyphs.
  • Spend the night in a Bedouin camp and experience traditional Bedouin hospitality.
  • Take a bus or private car to Amman, Jordan’s capital city.
  • Visit the ancient Roman theater, the Citadel, and the King Abdullah Mosque.
  • Depart from Amman for your journey home.

This 7-day itinerary covers many of the most significant Christian sites in Israel and can be customized to your preferences and schedule. Note that some sites may have limited hours or require advanced booking, so be sure to plan ahead.

 
 

Popular  Q & A

A: The best time to visit Israel and Petra is during the spring (March to May) or fall (September to November) when the weather is mild and comfortable for outdoor activities. The summer months can be very hot and crowded, while the winter months can be rainy and cold in some parts of the region.
A: When visiting religious sites in Israel and Petra, it’s important to dress modestly and respectfully. This typically means covering your shoulders, knees, and midriff, and avoiding tight or revealing clothing. In some cases, you may also be required to cover your head or remove your shoes before entering.
A: Israel and Petra are generally safe destinations for travelers, but it’s always a good idea to check the latest travel advisories from your government and to exercise caution in crowded or touristy areas. Be aware of your surroundings, keep your belongings close, and avoid any protests or demonstrations.
A: While it’s possible to explore Petra on your own, hiring a local guide can greatly enhance your experience by providing historical and cultural context, insider tips, and help navigating the site. A guide can also help you avoid crowds and find the best photo spots.
A: Israel and Petra are both easily accessible by bus, taxi, and private car. Public transportation in Israel is reliable and affordable, while private cars or taxis are a good option for exploring Petra or visiting remote destinations. Keep in mind that traffic in major cities can be congested, so plan accordingly.
A: Israel and Petra are home to many different cultures and religions, each with their own dietary restrictions. In general, Jewish and Muslim dietary laws prohibit the consumption of pork and require the separation of meat and dairy products. Additionally, many restaurants in Israel and Petra offer vegetarian and vegan options, and it’s also easy to find halal and kosher-certified food. If you have any specific dietary restrictions, it’s always a good idea to check with your tour guide or restaurant staff to ensure that your needs are accommodated.

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