Holy Land Tour

10 Nights with Eilat | Sunday Arrival

Sunday: Welcome to Israel

Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, where you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Monday: Caesarea / Muhraka / Megiddo / Acre

Depart Tel-Aviv and drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea, once the Roman capital of the region; visit the excavations of the ancient city, the Roman theater and aqueduct. Proceed to Muhraka, the site of confrontation between Elijah and the prophets of Baal; enjoy the spectacular view of the Jezreel valley and the lower Galilee. Continue to Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon; learn the impressive history of this battle field as you visit the archaeological excavations including the well-preserved water supply system. Onto Acre to visit the remarkable underground Crusader City and crypt; walk through the Old City recognized by UNESCO as world heritage site , the local market and harbor .

Overnight: Kibbutz Guesthouse

Tuesday: Tiberias / Capernaum / Banias

After a short tour of Tiberias, enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee; visit the Yigal Alon center where the “Jesus boat”, an ancient fishing boat from the 1st century, is displayed. Continue to Capernaum to visit the remains of the 2nd century synagogue.  Stop at Tabgha, the site of the Miracle of Fish and Loaves, and visit the Church of Multiplication with its 4th century mosaic floor. Proceed to the Mount of Beatitudes, the place where Jesus delivered the sermon on the mount. Drive to the Banias Springs and tour the Golan Heights.

Overnight: Kibbutz Guesthouse

Wednesday: Cana / Nazareth / Bet She'an

Drive to Cana to visit the Wedding Church, where Jesus performed his first miracle turning water into wine. Continue to Nazareth to visit the Church of  Annunciation, Joseph’s workshop and Mary’s Well. Proceed to Yardenit, the baptismal site on the Jordan river. Next, stop at Bet She’an to visit the newly excavated Roman city and amphitheater . Drive along the Jordan valley to Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Thursday: Jerusalem (Old City)

Drive to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the city; visit the Church of All Nations, King David’s Tomb and Room of the Last Supper on Mount Zion.  Enter the Old City; walk through the Cardo, the ancient roman road, and visit the Jewish and Christian Quarters; view the Temple Mount; walk along the Via Dolorosa and the Bazaar to visit the Church of Holy Sepulchre. Next, drive to the Garden Tomb and enjoy the beautiful gardens and peaceful ambiance. 

Overnight: Jerusalem

Friday: Jerusalem (New City) / Bethlehem

Drive to Ein Karem to see the Church of Visitation;proceed to Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust. Visit Israel Museum, the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea scrolls are housed, and the miniature model of Jerusalem as it was during the Second Temple period. Proceed to Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus; visit Shepherds’ Field; walk through Manger Square to visit the remarkable Church of Nativity.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Saturday: Qumeran / Masada / Dead Sea

Drive through the Judean hills to the Qumeran caves, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found; Continue along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada, the last stronghold of the Jews after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D; ascend Masada by cable car and tour the mountain fortress built by King Herod; visit the remains of the walls, water cistern and Herod’s Palace; descend by cable car. Continue to the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth; enjoy the opportunity to float in the salty water and cover yourself with the mineral rich mud, believed to have therapeutic effects.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Sunday: Timna / Underwater Observatory

Travel south through the Negev desert; Stop at Timna, a large geological and archaeological park; marvel at the multi-colored rock formations and copper mines, and view the outstanding Solomon’s Pillars. Continue to Eilat, the southernmost resort city on the shores of the Red Sea; visit the Underwater Observatory marine park built into a coral reef, and enjoy the opportunity for a close up look at the rich life of the Gulf of Eilat.

Overnight: Eilat

Monday: Free day in Eilat - or - Optional Day Tour to Petra

Enjoy a free day on your own in Eilat.

 

Optional Day Tour to Petra ($265 per person):

After assistance with border formalities, drive straight to Petra,the astonishing rose-red city built by the Nabateans (An early Arab tribe). Petra was renowned for its massive architecture, pools, dams and water channels. The visit begins with the possibility of a short horseback ride for about 700 m. until the entrance of the Siq, which is about 1.2 km long (walking distance). Petra is famous for its huge monuments such as the Treasury, Royal Tombs, the Court, Roman Theater, Roman Street, Qasser El- Bint (Palace of Pharaoh’s daughter) and many other smaller monuments which fascinate the visitors. The city itself is almost 45 square km and is considered to be the second Wonder of the World. After the visit, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, drive back to the border and make a short stop on the way to visit Aqaba, with a possibility to stop and walk around. Transfer to the border at around 6pm and cross the border back to Eilat.

Overnight: Eilat

Tuesday: Ramon Crater / Sde Boker / Bedouin Lunch

Depart  Eilat via Mitzpe Ramon and stop to gaze into the Ramon Crater, a geological wonder. Proceed to Sde Boker and see Ben Gurion’s hut and grave overlooking the magnificent Zin valley. Stop for a camel ride and a visit to an authentic Bedouin Tent; learn about the Bedouin hospitality and enjoy a light lunch. Continue to Hatzerim and visit Israel’s Air Force Museum to view the planes and equipment and to hear the story of this brave fighting force.

Overnight: Tel-Aviv

Wednesday: shalom Israel

After breakfast, transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure.

Package Includes:

 

– Shared transfers on arrival & departure (from/to Ben Gurion Airport)

– 10 nights accommodation on half board basis (breakfast & dinner)

– 8 touring days as per itinerary, with English speaking guide

– Entrance fees to the sites visited as per itinerary

– Light lunch at a Bedouin Tent on the way from Eilat to Tel Aviv

 

The hotels appearing in the table might be replaced with similar ones.

The program is subject to change due to local conditions.

2018 Dates


Mar 4, 11, 18, 25

Apr 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

May 6, 13, 20, 27

Jun 3, 10, 17, 24

Jul 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Aug 5, 12, 19, 26

Sep 30

Oct 7, 14, 21, 28

Nov 4, 11, 18, 25

Dec 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

 

2019 Dates


Jan 6, 13, 20, 27

Feb 3, 10, 17, 24

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