Window into ancient civilisations or a modern, progressive and democratic nation? A holy place for Jews, Christians or Muslims? Israel is all of these, and a cultural melting pot of the Middle East, Europe and Africa. This tour delves into different slices of Israel’s past, including Jewish, Roman and Crusader history. It explores the 20th century return of Jews and the formation of the nation of Israel, and looks at the current Palestinian/Israeli conflict from both points of view. See also how the country is at the forefront of technological and agricultural innovation. Cross into Jordan to experience traditional Middle Eastern hospitality, see stunning desert scenery and be amazed at the ancient city of Petra. Tour manager Andrew Matheson has developed this itinerary so he can share his fascination with the unique history and magnificent landscapes of this focal point of global politics.

Your tour manager is Andrew Matheson, an experienced tour manager who enjoys making travel a memorable experience for group members.  He is a keen and adventurous traveller and has visited more than 80 countries to date, including Israel and several in the Middle East.

As well as private journeys, his careers as a diplomat and an international development consultant have seen him travelling widely, and working in remote places on pretty much every continent in the world.

Andrew applies his organisational skills to make sure trips run to plan and deliver the best for all tour members.  He looks forward to sharing this journey through Israel and Jordan with you.


  • The services of an experienced New Zealand based Calder & Lawson tour manager
  • Economy class airfares
  • 1 nights accommodation north bound
  • 15 nights accommodation in Israel and Jordan
  • 1 day room south bound
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Local guides
  • All group transfers
  • Admissions as detailed in the itinerary
  • All tips for local guides and drivers
  • Pre-tour material


  • Airline taxes
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Beverages during included meals, unless specified
  • Hotel porterage

This tour has been withdrawn from the 2019 tour programme. It may be offered again in the future.