Day 1: Welcome to Israel
Welcome to the Ben Gurion Airport Tel Aviv, Israel. Ben Gurion Airport is located a 25 minute drive from Tel-Aviv and we head for Tel-Aviv where a room in a Tel-Aviv hotel awaits you. On your first day when you arrive you can make use of the free time to do whatever you want to. We will be happy to give you suggestions and tips about how to spend your first day in Israel in the best possible way - tell us what you are interested in and we will help you build a plan for your first day.
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Day 2: Jerash & Amman Tour
You will be picked up from a pre-arranged meeting point in either Jerusalem or Tel Aviv, and pass through the beautiful ancient Israeli city of Beat Shean before arriving at the border crossing. Once through you will be joined by a local tour guide, government licensed and fluent in English, who will accompany you on the 2 hour journey to the ruins of the ancient Roman city, Jerash.
The many great sites include Bab Amman, an arch dedicated to Emperor Hadrian upon his first visit to the city, and the Forum, surrounded by columns and supported by an underground wall. The Temple of Zeus houses a geometrically perfect set of stairs, while the South Theater would have accommodated around 4,000 people. The city's main 'high street' was the Street of Columns, connecting the North-to-South axis of the city. The tracks of many chariots carved in the stone can still be seen clearly.
Further highlights include the Baths, a staple of any ancient Roman city, the Nymphaeum, a fountain Temple dedicated to the water Nymphs, and a host of early Christian sites. After Jerash, we will drive to Amman, a metropolis in the center of Jordan, the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom and the largest city in the country. After a short tour in Amman you will transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.
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Day 3: Madaba and Mt Nebo Tour
The next morning we'll leave the hotel and set off on the road to Madaba, which contains some fascinating Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, including a particularly famous mosaic depicting a 6th century map of Jerusalem and the surrounding lands. Around 2 million colourful stone fragments form a vivid picture of the Holy land which includes the mountainous landscapes, many settlements and cities, and even extends down to the Nile Delta.
From here we move on to Mt Nebo, from where it is believed that Moses looked out onto the Promised Land for the first and only time before his death. Here the group will visit a Byzantine Church notable for its mosaic floors.
Next we'll be off to a breath-taking viewpoint that encompasses the Jordan Valley, Jericho, and the Dead Sea.
Then it's back on the road towards Wadi Musa, the modern name for Petra, passing through the crusader's castle in Shobak.
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Day 4: Petra Tour
Time for a nice breakfast before checking out and driving into Petra where we will begin the tour. Petra is known as Ha Sela Ha Eddom, the Red Rock, due to its unique landscape.
We'll kick off the tour with a horseback ride into the Siq Canyon. Then we'll proceed on foot through the ancient Nabatean capital, a snapshot of history from the 3rd century BC to the 2nd century AD.
Highlights include the Treasury, a carved monument and burial site of a Nabatean king, the altar, a field of tombs, the obelisks and more. There is also a viewpoint from where you can see the entire city, a memorable image.
After touring Petra, we will return to Amman for the night.
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Day 5: Back to Jerusalem
The next day we will take you back across the border to Israel and drop you off in Jerusalem.
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Day 6: Jerusalem Old and New
This one day tour starts with a view of Jerusalem as seen from atop Mount Olives, looking down at the Old City and the Temple Mount. Mount Olives is also one of the oldest Jewish burial sites, over three hundred years old. We then descend and make our way along the Kidron Valley, offering a view of the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations, where according to sources Jesus and his followers prayed the night before his crucifixion. Along the Kidron Valley road we will get a view of the monumental burial tombs situated at the Mount’s feet.
We then proceed into the Old City entering from Mount Zion, past the Armenian Quarter walking along the ancient Byzantine Cardo dating back to the Roman era, with our final stop being the Western Wall (the Kotel). Leading to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre are the Stations of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) which we explore along the way to the church, the site of the crucifixion.
Before leaving the Old City we’ll enjoy a brief strolls in the bazaars located in the Christian and Muslim Quarters. Finish the tour with a short walking into the New City and a visit to Yad VaShem, the Holocaust museum.
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Day 7: Masada and 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 8: Golan Heights
The Golan Heights form a natural border between Israel and Syria making this high range of mountains a strategically vital asset to Israeli security. On the Golan Heights Day Tour you can learn about both the modern and ancient history of this region. The Golan Heights are known as one of the most beautiful regions of the country with lush green countryside kept fresh with by the flowing water of the Jordan River. From the vantage point high above the Jordan Valley you can look down on the Sea of Galilee on the Israeli side and also get a glimpse of Syria beyond the boarder.
The tour begins driving up the coastal road and then east toward the Sea of Galilee where it stops at Poriya for a view of the Sea of Galilee, the Jordan Valley and the Golan Heights. From Poriya we continue to the view point at Hammat Gader and then ascend to the Golan Heights Shalom Observatory before continuing to the city of Katzrin where we visit the museum, the excavations of the Talmudic Katzrin, and the ancient synagogue.
After Katzrin we ascend Mt. Bental overlooking the Kuneitra Valley and the triangular border with Syria, Jordan and Israel. The tour concludes with a stop at a former Syrian fortification before returning south to the hotels via the Jordan River Valley..
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Day 9: Safed & Northern Galilee
We begin the day with a brief tour of a Kibbutz learning about this communal living unique to Israel. We see the communal dining room, the various work assignments and where the kibbutz residents live and work. From there our journey takes us to the Banyas reserve (Caesarea Philippi) thought to have been the site of the Garden of Eden, the breathtaking landscape and foliage is enhanced by the flowing water which leads to the Jordan River. This pure icy water comes from the mountain tops and pours down in gushing streams through rocks and rivulets forming picturesque waterfalls.
Our next stop is Kalat Nimrod Fortress, a Crusader Castle and one of the biggest in the area. Nimrod's Castle is well preserved and sits upon a hill providing a bird's eye view across Israel's northern countryside.Next we reach Birkat Ram a lake which was naturally formed in the crater of an extinct volcano at the foot of Mount Hermon, Israel's highest mountain.
Safed is our last stop before returning to our hotels. This holy city perched among the hills has a mystic and enchanting feel to it. The history of this ancient city is rich with tales of miracles, religious leaders and Biblical events. We visit ancient synagogues and wander the narrow lanes of the artist's Quarter. Here among the stone buildings and cobbled lanes which have stood the test of time, artists display and sell their spiritually inspired works, paintings, sculptures, religious artifacts and silverware.
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Day 10: Caesarea, Acre, 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.
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Day 11: Last day In Israel
Here it is, the last day has arrived, which is in fact a free day. You will have to vacate your hotel room at 11am so that if by chance your flight is in the evening you can leave your luggage at the hotel and enjoy the rest of your last day to the full. As always we will be happy to help you plan a tour for the last day, let us know what interests you and we will assist you in making a plan for your last day in Israel.
The tour includes:
- Ten nights accommodation on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
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- Eight daily tours with a professional tour guide.
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off.
- Transport by air-conditioned vehicle/bus.
- Entrance fees.
The tour does not include:
- Jordan Visa Fees (JD 40= USD 60 )
- Israeli Departure tax (NIS 100 = USD 28)
- Jordan Departure tax (10 JD = USD 15)
- Shuttle bus service between borders (NIS 10 = USD 3).
- All types of insurance.
- Personal expenses.
- Lunch, dinner, drinks.
- Transfers to / from the Airport.
- Possibility to book transfers to / from the Airport.
- Single traveler supplement is required (According to Hotels Class & Prices).
- High season supplement is required (According to Hotels Class & Prices).
- A moderate dress code is required to enter the holy places. Knees and shoulder must be covered.
- Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
- Confirmation will be received 24 - 48 hours post booking.