Israel and Jordan Testimonials

Jordan - September 2023

We travelled to Jordan and Egypt in September 2023 on a package organised by Innovative Travel, in conjunction with their local partners in both countries. It was expertly organised, and we had a great time on what for us was a “bucket list” trip.

It was surprising how safe we felt at all times, with guides who were both personable, knowledgeable and could be contacted 24/7. Nothing was too much for them with flexibility to suit our preferences.

We wouldn’t hesitate to use Innovative Travel again.

Bruce and Vicky - travelled September 2023

Egypt, Jordan and Israel - May 2023
We write to record our appreciation for the outstanding trip you put together for us in our recent travels through Egypt, Jordan and Israel. From the time we were met inside the airport at Cairo and escorted through the visa and customs procedures until the time we were deposited at Tel Aviv airport we cannot speak highly enough for the outstanding care and attention we received. Without exception the quality of the accommodation, vehicles we travelled in, the drivers and in particular the guides was of the highest standard. We were guided and guarded throughout as though we were VIPs. It became obvious to us the work that has gone in to make such a trip a reality. The staff in Egypt treated us like family and the same for our guide through Jordan. There was almost a tear in his eyes when we came to say goodbye. Once again our thanks for helping us make many life long memories.
David and Joan - travelled May 2023
Travel Agent: Jonathon Prager, House of Travel Rangiora

Jordan - Feb 2020

Othman Bani Nasser was an outstanding guide and key to our group having the experience of a lifetime. His background in archaeology and history added value and depth to the trip. His honesty in answering historic, political and societal questions were thought provoking and appreciated. Hashim was a very professional driver.

Tina & Mike from Waimauku
Travel agent: Tanya Franklin, The Travel Brokers

Jordan - Dec 2019

We are off to a good start and enjoying immensely! Yesterday was our first day of touring. Our guide, George, is wonderful! He is a wealth of knowledge as well as kind and considerate. The people here have all been so kind and considerate.

Yesterday we went to Jerash and then down to the Dead Sea. The Movenpick has been great and everyone loves the resort. We floated in the Dead Sea and that was an experience. We also had mud and sea salt scrub.

Today we are off to Madaba and then end up in Petra. I just wanted to let you know we are having a ball in this magical, mystical land and to thank you for all that you’ve done to arrange our family holiday!

Robin and family, NZ
Travel agent: Jeremy from World Travellers

Israel - August 2019

It was fantastic to be met at Ben Gurion Airport. Absolutely seamless organisation. We stayed at Dan Panorama. The English speaking staff were amazing and very friendly. We were given a packed breakfast to take as we were leaving early - much appreciated. We would love to return to Israel. Fantastic people.

Elizabeth C

Israel - May 2019
My daughter and I enjoyed our well organised tour of Israel. The guides kept us well informed and all together considering the crowds of tourists. Great to lie back and relax in the Dead Sea.

Highlight for us was our day trip to Beersheba Commonwealth Cemetery to find my great uncles grave (Leonard John Greenslade) NZ Mounted Rifles Killed 5/11/1917. Day made special and very moving by our guide. Great touring experience.

John Greenslade, Montalto, NZ
Travel agent: Kevin from World Travellers Ashburton

Jordan & Egypt - May 2018

I had a wonderful time exploring Jordan and Egypt. The visa assistance was great in both countries, as was the meet and great services. As a solo traveller, I really appreciated this. The guides were excellent and I got on with my Jordan guide particularly well. the hotels were perfect, clean and tidy and I loved the tent experience in Wadi Rum.
Great photo opportunities and plenty of chances to stop, explore and take photos.
I felt very safe at all times - there were plenty of security check points and a police presence.
The highlight for me certainly was Jordan - I would love to return!

Leslie B
Travel expert: Lisa Watson, You Travel Manukau

Jordan & The Holyland

We had a wonderful time in Jordan and Israel. All of the arrangements worked perfectly so thank you for all your hard work and organisation. It made it so easy for us to really relax knowing that each day was planned out for us and we could just go with the flow.
I'm hesitant to pick out highlights, as there were so many:
* The Dead Sea was a brilliant place to start and relax
* Our driver in Jordan (Farwaz) was brilliant - great English and a lovely man
* Feynan Eco Lodge was a lovely time away from the world, reconnecting with nature, going for walks, meeting Bedouin families, without wi fi etc
* Wadi Rum accommodation was incredible - 5 star - magical. Highly recommend this
* The VIP crossing to Israel worked very well. Was very efficient and we didn't have any trouble.
* Accommodation in both Jerusalem and Tel aviv was very nice - chic and modern with strong design focus
Overall we loved Jordan - a brilliant place with lovely people and incredible landscapes. We had less time in Israel, but found it more 'hectic' given that we were in cities.

Hannah & Tom Nov 2017
Travel Agent: Cathy Jennings, You Travel Mt Maunganui

Israel - January 2017
This was my trip of a lifetime and I found it amazing. Food for thought and inspiration for further reading. The local agent and guides were excellent. It would be hard for me to choose a specific highlight - but if I had to choose I would list my visit to Masada, the Yad Vashem holocaust museum, the Israel Museum and Knesset. Other highlights include seeing ultra-orthodox Jews in the street, listening to the taxi driver rant about them, realising that the nice lady greeting me in the hotel foyer was toting a gun, reading the Jerusalem version of the New York Times .. just too many to mention.
I was pleased I did lots of walking on the hill tracks in my home town as I had not anticipated how many steps down to Bronze Age crypts, grottos, cisterns and tunnels would have to be negotiated.
Corallyn - January 2017
Travel Agent: Sandy from HOT Merivale

Holyland Tour

We very much enjoyed our 8 day tour of Israel (spending time in Jerusalem, the Dead Sea and Masada, the Lower Galilee, Tiberias and Acre). Our hotels in Israel were great. We loved the Metropolitan Hotel in Tel Aviv - and have fond memories of the great food!, and Kibbutz Lavi in the Galilee Area. We found the Kibbutz Lavi a friendly place with a great pool and helpful staff.

But, what really made our time in Israel so special were the local reps and guides. Both our tour guide and driver were excellent. Both very helpful and knowledgeable. We felt very safe at all times.

Susan - July
Travel Agent: David @ Harvey World Travel Tauranga

Dubai, Vietnam, Croatia, Egypt, Greece, Jordan and Turkey

We recently returned from a very special overseas trip. We can highly recommend Ancient Kingdoms Holidays – they are tops and we had a wonderful time away. We have used them before and they were excellent then also. The local reps were all great.

We had a great experience on our Jordan Discovery coach tour – people went out of their way to help us. We found Jordan a wonderful place to visit.

We were asked by Ancient Kingdoms Holidays on their survey form for overall suggestions for improvement, and the only comments we could make was "just keep doing what you are doing".

A big thank you also to our Travel Agent Gaylene who told us about Ancient Kingdoms Holidays.

Faye & Gerald – April/May/June
Travel Agent: Gaylene Bennetts from Harvey World Travel in Timaru

Egypt, Israel & Jordan

The accommodation in Egypt was always well situated (in Cairo close to the Pyramids, in Aswan we had an excellent view of the Nile and in Alexandria on the waterfront. Our local reps and guides in Egypt were all excellent – - we felt very safe at all times, and all our guides were very knowledgeable and explained things clearly.

In Israel we experienced the "Classical Israel Tour" – our driver Uri was excellent with great knowledge, and explained everything well with a great sense of humour. The local agents were brilliant, and we loved that the Gilgal Hotel in Tel Aviv was so handy to the beach.

The "Jordan Discovery" tour was another excellent tour with plenty of time at the sites. The whole day at Petra was great.

A big 'thank you' to the Innovative Travel Company for a very well organised tour. This was our second holiday with your company. Thank you so much.

Dianne & Denis – May/June
Travel Agent: Steve Lawson from House of Travel Jenny Nilsson in Hastings

Israel & Jordan
In June, I had the amazing opportunity to go on tour to Jordan and Israel. It was nothing short of an exciting adventure of living, breathing history, cultures, creativity and colour.

The diversity of the different people groups, the richness and depth of their way of living all portray a century's old life style that has been handed down through the generations and that is still vibrant and alive today.

The people are open and friendly, and love to laugh and look for all the good things in life to celebrate. Israel especially is also a very spiritual place where I couldn't help but see and feel God everywhere I went. For me it has been a positively deeply moving and life changing experience. If I could I would go back in a heartbeat for there is so much more yet to be discovered and explored.

Pauline - June
Mike Hawke Jordan and Holyland Tour


Just a short note to say how much we have enjoyed Jordan and how great the Innovative Travel Ground Operators in Jordan have been to deal with and how excellent Ahmed our driver has been. Nothing has been a problem and we have had the most wonderful time imaginable. The service has been excellent and Ahmed is a treasure.
The hotels have also been excellent. We don't want to leave! Please pass on our thanks to the Innovative Travel and their Jordan tour operator.

Sheena & Diane - May
Travel Agent: Peter Dunne @Adventure Travel, Christchurch

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