A magnificent completion to the Israel Highlights tour,which is a wonderful tapestry of old and new, ancient and modern, history and archaeology, is a visit to the red city of Petra, carved into the sandstone rock of the Arabah desert in Jordan.
Sunday - upon arrival to airport meet our representative and transfer to hotel in Tel Aviv for an overnight.
Monday - Tel Aviv - Beer Sheba - Massada Dead Sea
Leave Tel Aviv - via Ashdod - Ashkelon - Beersheba. A short visit to the Negev capital. Continue via Arad to Massada. 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, Herod’s palaces, the synagogue, bathhouse, etc. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea. Descend for a possible “float” in the in the salty water of the world’s lowest place. Via Ein Gedi & Kalya, proceed to Jerusalem for overnight.
Tuesday - Jerusalem - sightseeing of the new city
Drive to Mt’ Scopus for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. On 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, then a visit to the beautifully renovated Model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem, dating back to the time of the Second Temple. Continue to Yad Vashem (the memorial to the six million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust. Afternoon visit Ein Karem (birth place of John the Baptist). Return to Hotel.
Wednesday - Jerusalem - (Old City) - Bethlehem*
Walk through one of the Gates to the walled Old City: the renewed Jewish Quarter; the Western Wall, the Temple area; the colorful bazaars; Via Dolorosa and the Stations 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. Afternoon continue to Bethlehem* to visit the Church of the Nativity and return to Jerusalem for overnight.
Thursday - Beit Shean - Nazareth - Galilee
Leave Jerusalem, and drive north via Jericho*, the oldest city in the world. Continue through the Jordan Valley and the new settlements to Beit Shean. Visit the excavations of this beautiful preserved Roman City. Proceed to Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation and the carpentry workshop of Joseph. On to Zafed, city of the Kabala, for a walk through the mystic alleys, a visit to a synagogue and the artisit's colony. Continue to a Kibbutz hotel for overnight.
Friday - Golan Heights - and around the Sea of Galilee
Drive to the Golan Heights. Visit the former Syrian fortifications, and the Druze villages, Via Banias, source of the Jordan River to the Mount of Beatitudes. Visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue and Peter's house at Capernaum. Visit Tabgha, where the 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 hotel for overnight.
Saturday - 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, sightseeing tour of Haifa, including the Bahai Shrine, Persian Garden and Mount Carmel for a panoramic view of the city and the bay. Proceed along the coast to Caesarea to visit the Roman Theater and the Crusader fortress. Continue to Tel Aviv Sde Dov airport for a short flight to Eilat - the Red Sea resort. Upon arrival take a Taxi to the Hotel for overnight.
Sunday - Eilat - Petra - Eilat
After breakfast leave Eilat-Israel, cross the Arava border and drive to Petra through the scenic Jordanian desert and the Wadi Rum area. Enter the Rose City of Petra through the Siq, a narrow passage through the mountains that has inspired people for centuries - up to the treasury which suddenly appears at the end of the gorge, leaving the visitors breath-taken by it's size, color and beauty. Continue into the heart of this ancient city carved into the mountains, passing hundreds of tombs and monuments and a spectacular Amphitheatre, which once held 3,000 spectators. Stop for a sit-down lunch, followed by a visit to Moses Spring before leaving Wadi Moussa - the new town of Petra. Drive to Aqaba for a short city tour, return to the Arava border and back to Eilat for overnight (or evening flight back Tel Aviv , overnight in Tel Aviv).
Monday - breakfast, own arrival to domestic airport for departure flight to Tel Aviv (longer stay upon request).
Border tax Jordan/Israel & visa to Jordan (approx $130 per person) are not included.
We recommend to book the tour at least 14 days in advance.
|Per Person in Double Room BB||$1850||$2040||$2400||$3055|
|Supplement for 6 Dinners||$138||$145||$290||Not Available|
|Single Room BB||$2430||$2700||$3355||$4555|
|High Season Suppl. pp||$115 Double $125 Single||$120 Double $140 Single||$140 Double $165 Single||Not Available|
|Peak Season Suppl. pp||Not Available||Not Available||Not Available||Not Available|
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