Israel And The Holy Land

 

 

9 Days from $2,325 - Land Only

with Petra


Includes a 7-day motorcoach tour


2 Nights Tel Aviv, 3 Nights Jerusalem, 2 Nights Galilee, 1 Night Eilat


Day 1, Sun: TEL AVIV
Arrival in Tel Aviv. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. (D)
Day 2, Mon: TEL AVIV / BEER SHEBA / MASADA & DEAD SEA
After breakfast depart via Ashdod and Ashkelon to Beersheba for a short visit to the Negev capital. Continue via Arad to Masada and ascend by cable car to the fortress, which was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Visit the excavations including Herod’s palace, the synagogue, bathhouse and cisterns. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea. Descend for a “float” in the salty water of the world’s lowest place-the Dead Sea. Proceed to Jerusalem for overnight. (B,D)
Day 3, Tue: JERUSALEM (NEW CITY)
Drive to Mount Scopus for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. Continue to the Garden of Gethsemane and Church of the Agony. Continue to Israel Museum's Shrine of the Book with the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, the renovated Model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem and the Yad Vashem memorial to the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust. Return to Jerusalem via Ein Karem, the birth place of John the Baptist. (B,D)
Day 4, Wed: JERUSALEM (OLD CITY) / BETHLEHEM
Walk through one of the Gates to the walled Old City of Jerusalem to explore the Western Wall, the Temple area and the colorful bazaars. Walk along Via Dolorosa and the Station of the Cross ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Drive to Mt. Zion and visit the tomb of King David, the Room of the Last Supper and Dormition Abbey. Continue to Bethlehem* to visit the Church of the Nativity. Return to Jerusalem. (B,D)
DAY 5, THU: BEIT SHEAN / NAZARETH / GALILEE
Leave Jerusalem and drive north, passing by Jericho, the oldest city in the world. Travel through the Jordan Valley to Beit Shean. Visit the excavations of this beautifully preserved Roman City. Proceed to Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation and the carpentry workshop of Joseph. On to Safed, city of the Kabala, for a walk through the mystic alleys, a visit to a synagogue and the artist’s colony. Continue to a Kibbutz hotel for overnight. (B,D)
DAY 6, FRI: GOLAN HEIGHTS AND AROUND THE SEA OF GALILEE
Drive to the Golan Heights, passing by the Druze villages. Visit a former Syrian fortification on the heights. Pass by Banias, source of the Jordan River. Enjoy an Israeli wine country experience, with vineyards surrounded by breathtaking views. Descending to the shores of the Sea of Galilee, visit the Mount of Beatitudes and the ruins of the ancient synagogue and Peter’s house at Capernaum. Visit Tabgha, where miracle of the fish and bread took place. Continue to Tiberias for a short tour of the old center of Jewish learning. Return to the Kibbutz for overnight. (B,D)
DAY 7, SAT: ACRE / HAIFA / CAESAREA / EILAT
After breakfast drive west to Acre for a visit of the old, famous Crusader stronghold and medieval fortifications. Continue to Haifa, for a panoramic sightseeing tour of the city, including the Bahai Shrine, Persian Garden, Mount Carmel and Haifa bay. Proceed southwards to Caesarea to visit the ancient port, including the Roman Theater and the Hippodrome. Continue to Tel Aviv’s domestic airport for a short flight to Eilat, the Red Sea resort. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. (B,D)
Day 8, Sun: EILAT / WADI RUM / PETRA / AQABA / EILAT / TEL AVIV
After breakfast drive to Petra in Jordan through the scenic Jordanian desert and the Wadi Rum area. Enter the Rose City of Petra through a narrow passage through the mountains. Continue into the heart of this ancient city carved into the mountains. After lunch visit the Moses Spring and drive to Aqaba, Jordan’s coastal city, for a short tour. Return to Eilat airport for the flight to Tel Aviv. Upon arrival in Tel Aviv you will be met and transferred to your hotel. (B,L)
Day 9, Mon: TEL AVIV
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport. (B)

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