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 (included in the package). 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: 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.
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Day 3: Nazareth, Tiberias & Sea of Galilee
The tour will begin its journey traveling north alongside Israel’s scenic coastal highway, providing a magnificent view of the Mediterranean Sea and the Plain of Armageddon whilst making way to Nazareth.
Arriving in Nazareth we visit the Church of Annunciation, a significant remnant of the Byzantine era where it is said according to Catholic sources, The Annunciation was held. Next to the Church of Annunciation lies the Church of St. Joseph, the proclaimed site of residence of the Holy family and the carpenter’s workshop.
Leaving Nazareth we will head towards the Sea of Galilee and stop by the ruins to explore Capernaum, the city of Christ and the ancient synagogue residing within it.
We then stop at Tabgha to visit the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish, residing on top of two previously existing churches.
We then head towards the baptismal site on the Jordan River - the Yardenit, where you could participate in an optional baptismal service.
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Day 4: Flight to Eilat & Day of Leisure
At 9:30 AM, you will be picked from your hotel in Jerusalem to Tel Aviv Sde Dov Airport.
We will book you a 12:00 flight from Sde Dov (Tel Aviv) to Eilat. You must arrive at the airport approximately one and a half hours before your departure time in order to check in and go through security. Your plane tickets will be waiting for you at the Arkia counter and you will receive them upon presenting your Yourway voucher. Upon your arrival in Eilat, our representative will take you to your hotel. You will then have time to relax and enjoy the numerous attractions in Eilat. You will find additional tourist information on Eilat by clicking here
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Day 5: Petra Tour & Flight Back to Tel Aviv
Our driver will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning. We recommend that you take a packed breakfast with you as you will be served a late lunch. Our representatives will meet you at the Southern Border (the Arava border), assisting with visa requisition and passage through the border. To save time with the crossing, we will send your passport details to the border a day in advance so on the day we should be able to go straight through. You'll be accompanied the whole time by our staff and your tour guide will meet you on the other side. The native tour guide will sort out the border crossing and after collecting your visas we'll be on the road to Petra.
The tour takes place on a minibus and therefore spaces are limited. This ensures a smooth visit which lasts around 4-5 hours. First thing you'll be given is a bottle of mineral water – got to stay hydrated! The two hour drive to Petra takes us through Aqaba and the nature reserve of Wadi Rum, while your tour guide briefs you on Jordan's intricate history and culture. There will be a stop-off at a magnificent viewpoint, showcasing the red desert views, the inspiration for Lawrence of Arabia. A second viewpoint overlooks Wadi Musa, a town which means 'the valley of Moses', and in the background you'll see the shrine to Moses' brother Aaron, believed to be his grave site.
We'll start by making our way to Siq Canyon, either by walking with the guide or hiring a horse for $5. The road takes us through the Silica Quarries, the Jinn Blocks, and then finally the Obelisk Tomb. Once at the Siq we'll see the stone damm that was built to shield the city from floods, with its impressive primitive draining channels. Inside the Siq an archway is visible – once the grand entrance to the ancient city. The plumbing runs all the way through the Siq, reminding us how advanced the inhabitants of Petra were for their time.
It's always amazing to see the ancient carvings in the rock, paying homage to the various deities worshipped in the city. The end of the canyon is marked by Petra's most famous structure, the Treasury (the Khazneh), the perfect spot for a photo break! From here the tour continues down the Street of Facades to the Nabataean Theater. The Royal Tombs are an impressive site, and after that we'll walk down the Colonnade Street to see the Great Temple, assuming there is time of course. Then we'll return to the Siq entrance for a well-deserved lunch at a local restaurant in Wadi Mussa. After a delicious lunch we'll make our way back to the Arava border and to the airport in Eilat.
Flight back from Eilat to Tel Aviv Sde-Dov Airport at 08:55 PM
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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 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 8: 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:
- Seven nights accommodation on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
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- Six daily tours with a professional tour guide.
- A round-trip flight from Tel Aviv Sde Dov Airport to Eilat.
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off.
- Transport by air-conditioned vehicle/bus.
- Entrance fees.
The tour does not include:
- Lunch, dinner, drinks.
- Transfers to / from the Airport.
- Visa to Jordan and border fees - US$62 per person (The payment will be made in cash at the border).
- The sequence of the days might be changed. You will receive the final Itinerary once your booking is confirmed.
- Visa to Jordan and border fees will be paid in cash only (payable in U.S dollars, Pound Sterling or Israeli Shekel).
- 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.