I am currently booked on a tour (with Overseas Adventure Travel) that includes a total of 24 days, including five days in Jordan (Amman and Petra), 14 in Israel (Haifa, a kibbutz near the Golan Heights, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv) and 5 in Palestine (Jericho and Bethlehem). The tour starts October 20. I was originally booked for last year, and this is my rescheduled itinerary.
I am now thinking of postponing again until February or March, mainly over concerns that some of the destinations will not be ready for tourism this fall. Israel itself seems to be a model of vaccination rollout, but I'm not sure about the rest of the trip.
I have several options:
- The exact same itinerary starting in mid-January
- A late-January departure that doesn't include the 5 days in Palestine at the end (but does include a day-trip to Bethlehem from Jerusalem)
- A March departure that replaces the 5 days in Jordan with 8 days in Ethiopia and replaces the 5 days in Palestine with 5 days in southern Israel (Eilat, and other locations along the Egyptian border). If I do this, I might try adding some days in Jordan on my own at the end, as I'm very interested in seeing Petra.
Of course, the fourth option is to stick with my currently booked trip and hope for the best regarding travel conditions in that region.
Any thoughts? I don't need advice about travel in the waning days of the pandemic; none of us really know what the world will be like this fall or next spring. I'm just interested in the timing (weather and such) and the pluses or minuses of each itinerary. Ethiopia was never on my travel radar, but the description sounds fascinating and very enticing. How easy would it be to visit Petra on my own?