Day 1 (Thursday) - Welcome To Israel
Welcome, when you arrive at Ben Gurion airport and after going through passport control, one of our representatives will be waiting for you (in the arrivals hall) where they will welcome you and make sure you are taken straight to your hotel making your landing in Israel pleasant and problem free.
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Day 2 (Friday) - Tel Aviv and Caesarea
We will start the trip by picking you from your hotel in Tel Aviv Drive for a short visit of the city of Jaffa (Joppa, Yaffo) where we will take a short walking tour in picturesque alleys of the old, fortified town. We we'll pass by the house of Simon the Tanner and marvel at the views from the hill top.
Then start our voyage on the coastal road towards the ancient city of Caesarea. After we enter the national park of Caesarea (the name of the old city), we will walk and see the antiquities, which remained in place from the time Israel was controlled by the Romans, and hear the place's most famous stories.
From there we will continue to Megiddo National Park and view the remains of the city that remained in that area from the year 3000 BC, we will learn the history of the place combined with fascinating stories which, according to the belief were held in that place.
After exploring the ancient ruins we'll drive toward the Sea of Galilee, Arrive at Tiberias and check-in to your hotel.
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Day 3 (Saturday) - Sea of Galilee and Golan Heights
The day will start with a drive towards the city Tiberius where according to testimonies Jesus lived half of his life. After a short walk in the city overlooking the Sea of Galilee, we will continue travelling to one of the most important places in the Christian world, Capernaum, also known as THE TOWN OF JESUS.
According to the New Testament, Jesus made Capernaum the centre of his activities for a long period time, and some of the Twelve Apostles (St. Petrus and his holy brother Andreas, and Jacob son of Zebedee and his brother John) resided there.. The place is full of fascinating stories and gorgeous antiques of the ancient synagogue as well as remains from additional ancient time periods.
From there we will continue to Mount of Beatitudes, which is famous for the miracle of bread and fishes, mentioned in the New Testament, and where Jesus managed to feed 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fishes. At the scene of the miracle is the Church of Multiplication, established during the 14th century, which we will also visit.
We will continue to the Mount of Beatitudes overlooking the Sea of Galilee. According to the Christian tradition and the New Testament, Mount Nahum is the place where Jesus delivered the "Sermon on the Mount", which included his main teachings.
From here we will drive up towards the Golan Heights, and we will enjoy the viewpoint from Mount Hermon, Israel's highest mountain, which also serves as the border with Syria. After this, we will drive back to the hotel in Tiberius.
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Day 4 (Sunday) - Nazareth Jordan River
We will start the morning (after breakfast of course) traveling towards Nazareth city, not before we stop on the way to visit the village of Qana in order to see the Wedding Church. The church commemorates the miracle of the wedding that Jesus conducted, when he turned water into wine. Near the church resides the Greek Orthodox Church that also commemorates the event.
From here we will continue to Nazareth, that is one of the most important cities of the Christian religion. According to the New Testament, Mary, the mother of Jesus and her husband of St. Joseph lived in Nazareth, where she was given the Gospel, and where Jesus came into adulthood. We will walk around in the small town of Nazareth, and we will enjoy the city's markets, and we will of course visit none other than the Church of the Annunciation. We will also visit the adjacent St Joseph’s Church, in which according to tradition from the medieval times, the workshop of Saint Joseph was located, the husband of Mary.
We then head towards the baptismal site on the Jordan River - the Yardenit, where you could participate in an optional baptismal service.
From there we will leave Yardenit, and continue to the area Beit Shean, where we will visit the National Park in which antiques from the Roman Empire lie. After the visit to the National Park, we will continue traveling through the valley of Hearne to the holiest city in the world - Jerusalem.
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Day 5 (Monday) - Masada and Dead Sea
After breakfast we begin driving towards the Dead Sea region in the famous Judean Desert. We stop at the Qumran Caves where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered (for an overview only - we dont visit Qumran). From there we continue our drive to the iconic Mount Masada, while driving along a road overlooking the Dead Sea, an incredible experience in itself. When we arrive at Masada we ascend the mountain with the help of a cable car giving us one of the most incredible views in the world.
After we arrive at the mountain plateau we begin our tour of the mountain top fortress where one of the Jewish people's most famous stories of heroism unfolded. The fortress is one of the oldest remains in the world – over 2,000 years old. After our visit to Masada we continue on to the Dead Sea beach where you'll be able to enjoy a dip in the sea at the lowest point in the world. Apart from being the lowest point on Earth and having the highest concentration of salt in water (up to 100 times normal water) the water has health benefits for all forms of skin disease. Besides of course the fact that you can simply float on the water without any help.
After we have enjoyed the sea water and Dead Sea mud (there are showers and rest rooms at the site) we begin our drive back to Jerusalem for overnight.
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Day 6 (Tuesday) - Jerusalem Old City
We will start in the morning (after breakfast of course) with a drive to the Mount of Olives, from there you can take in the breathtaking view across the Old City of Jerusalem. After some time for taking photos, and not before hearing fascinating stories about the site, we will start driving towards the Old City. On approaching the city we will stop at the Tomb of David and the Room of the Last Super and hear the enthralling tales about this site.
From there we will enter the Old City and start with a walk through the lanes of the renewed and beautiful Jewish Quarter, we will hear about the area as we make our way towards the most holy Jewish site – the Kotel or Western Wall. The Western Wall is one of the oldest ancient remains in the Old City of Jerusalem and in fact is one of the four retaining walls which surrounded the Temple Mount for the last two thousand years, from the period of the Second Temple and up until present day. The Western Wall has deep religious, national and historic significance and millions of visitors, both Jews and gentiles, are drawn here each year.
From there we cross over the Via Dolorosa, the road along which, according to tradition, Jesus made his final journey towards the cross. We will pause at important stations as we follow in Jesus' footsteps until of course we come to the jewel in the crown – The Church of the Holy Sepulcher – where according to tradition Jesus was buried.
Afterward we will make our way back to your hotel in Jerusalem.
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Day 7 (Wednesday) - Jerusalem New City
We begin by driving to the Yad VaShem" the Israeli Holocaust Museum which tells the tragic story of the Jewish people during the Second World War. after a visit at the museum we will countinue to Ein Karem; a picturesque village on the south western outskirts of Jerusalem. This small village has great significance in Christian traditions, since this is where according to the tradition John the Baptist was born.
we'll continue to Israel Museum, one of the most famous museums in Israel (if not The most famous). At the museum we will spend time in the section called "The Shrine of the Book" which holds rare and extraordinary archaeological discoveries: The Dead Sea Scrolls and ancient and rare hand written Biblical manuscripts, such as the Aleppo Codex. After leaving the museum we continue our journey on to the Israeli Knesset or in other words the State of Israel Parliament building.
If situation permitting, we might visit Bethlehem to see Rachel’s Tomb and the Church of the Nativity. Back to your hotel in Jerusalem for overnight.
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Day 8 (Thursday) - Jarash
From our hotel in Jerusalem we will start our way north to the border in Bait Shean 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 9 (Friday) - Amman, 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 10 (Saturday) - Petra
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 11 (Sunday) - Back to Tel Aviv
The next day we will take you back across the border to Israel and drop you off in your hotel in Tel Aviv.
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Day 12 (Monday) - 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. 4 hours before your flight departure we will come to pick you back to the airport.
The tour includes:
- Eleven nights' accommodation on Bed & Breakfast. Click here for Hotels Class & Prices.
- Nine touring days as per itinerary, with English speaking guide..
- Transfers from/ to Ben Gurion Airport Tel Aviv.
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off.
- Entrance fees to the sites visited as per itinerary.
- Transport by air-conditioned vehicle/bus.
The tour does not include:
- Lunch, Dinner, Drinks.
- Border fees at Jordan ($72)
- The tour departs on Thursday only.
- Tour Guides certified by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism
- 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.