Day 1: Jewish Heitage Jerusalem
We will start the trip by picking you from your hotel; from there we will start driving to Mount Scopus which is located near the Hebrew University, where we will enjoy the scenic views of Jerusalem and the Judean Desert. From there we will drive to the Old City, and stop at David's Tomb located on Mount Zion, a particularly holy place for the Jewish people where according to the faith David is buried. We will go through the Cardo, for those of you who don't know, every Roman city had a Cardo - a main street that passes from north to south, and a Decumanus - a main street that passes from west to east. The Cardo path is full of Roman antiquities and, of course, wall remains from the First Temple era.
From there we will go to the Jewish quarter and pass through the four Sephardic synagogues built in the 16th century and restored in 1967 after the Six Day War in which Jerusalem's Old City was occupied. We will visit the Davidson Center located on the Temple Mount excavation site. This is a tourist center, one of the newest in the world, combining archaeological content display with computer equipment, displays and visualizations. We will go to one of Jerusalem's most important attractions - The Western Wall, the same part of the wall that surrounded the Temple Mount during the Second Temple era - for more than 2000 years. In the Wall area we will be able to watch the Bar Mitzvah ceremony (if there will be one) held for every Jew who reaches the age of 13.
From there we get to the Me'ah Shearim neighborhood famous for the very, ultra conservative way of life held by its local residents. There we will learn about the very extreme orthodox society living in Me'ah Shearim. From there we will go to the military cemetery and continue to the famous Yad Vashem Museum, where we will learn about the tragic story of the Holocaust. At this point the trip is over, and from here you will return back to your hotel.
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Day 2: Massada and The Dead Sea
We’ll begin our tour descending to the Judean Desert via the Inn of the Good Samaritan. Moving forward we arrive at Masada and then ascent by cable car to tour the remains of the Herodian Fortress, built by King Herod two thousand years ago. Touring the sites, we’ll revisit its history and heritage, relating to the up rise of the Jewish Zealots against their Roman overlords.
We then leave Massada and head towards The Dead Sea, one of the most toured sites in Israel by tourists and locals alike. On shore you could enjoy a mud bath bearing many therapeutic. Dipping in the sea itself is also highly recommended, experiencing the Dead Sea’s unique attributes, allowing for extreme ease of floating and effortless swimming. On our way back we’ll get a view of the Ein Gedi oasis, the Qumran caves where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and the ancient city of Jericho, the oldest city in existence with settlements dating back to 9000 BCE.
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Day 3: Caesarea, Acre and Rosh Hanikra
We will begin the tour in Caesarea, a city dating back to the Roman era, which constituted its regional capital and functioned as a port city. In the city, we would travel by foot along the archaeological sites of the city including the port, the hippodrome and the mesmerizing amphitheater - once the cultural hub for ancient Roman life and nowadays hosts concerts held by top Israeli and international artists.
Moving on we head north towards Haifa while enjoying a breathtaking panoramic view from Mount Carmel on the Bahai Gardens (one of the most frequently and beautiful toured attractions in Israel) the city of Haifa and the port. Haifa offers some of the most memorable views in Israel. Our journey continues to Rosh Hanikra, where we ascend via cable car to the spectacular limestone grottoes situated on the water front. On top of Rosh Hanikra, we will also get a view of the Lebanese border with Israel.
Making our way back traveling south, we stop at the ancient city of Acre to visit the well-preserved Crusader city and enjoy the city’s vast history reflected in all its surroundings.
Among the sites, we’ll visit in Acre are the Old City Market, and the harbor.
The tour includes:
- Two nights' accommodation on Bed & Breakfast basis.
- Three touring days as per itinerary, with English speaking guide.
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off service.
- Transport by air-conditioned van/bus.
- Entrance fees. (unless otherwise specified).
The tour does not include:
- Lunch, dinner, drinks.
- Entrance fees to City of David.
- The sequence of the days and sleeping arrangements might be changed due to lack of availability.
- Single supplement is required according to Hotel Class & Prices.
- High season supplement is required according to Hotel Class & Prices.
- A moderate dress code is required to enter the holy places. Knees and shoulder must be covered.
- Confirmation email will be received 24 hours post booking.