Classic Tour of Israel 15 Days 2016-17

Day 1

Day 2 Independence Hall / Latrun / Beit Guvrin

Day 3 Tel Aviv / Ben Gurion Airport

Day 4 At Leisure

Day 5 Caesarea, Megiddo, & Druze Villages

Day 6 Safed, Golan Heights & Winery

Day 7 Sea of Galilee & Nazareth

Day 8 Jerusalem Old City

Day 9 Jerusalem New City

Day 10 Qumeran, Massada, & Dead Sea

Day 11 Timna / Eilat / Observatory

Day 12 Petra - Optional

Day 13 Mitpe Ramon / Sde Boker / Hatzerim

HOLYLAND AND JORDAN SUNDAY 10 NIGHTS

Sunday

Ben Gurion Airport / Tel Aviv

Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, where you will be met by a Diesenhaus Unitours representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in 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 theatre 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, identi ed as the site of Armageddon; learn the impressive history of this battle eld 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 in Kibbutz.


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 shing 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 oor. Proceed to Mount of Beatitudes, the place where Jesus delivered the sermon on the mount. Drive to the Banias Springs and tour the Golan heights.

Overnight in Kibbutz.


Wednesday

Cana / Nazareth / Beit Shean

Drive to Cana to visit the Wedding Church, where Jesus performed his rst 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 Beit Shean to visit the newly excavated Roman city and amphitheatre. Drive along the Jordan valley to Jerusalem.

Overnight in Jerusalem.


Thursday

Jerusalem (Old City)

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

Overnight in Jerusalem.


Friday

Jerusalem (New City) / Bethlehem*

Drive to Ein Karem to visit 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’ eld; walk through Manger Square to visit the remarkable Church of Nativity. Return to Jeruslaem.

Overnight in Jerusalem.


Saturday

Qumeran / Massada / Dead Sea

Drive through the Judean hills to Qumeran caves, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found; Continue along the shores of the Dead Sea to Massada, the last stronghold of the Jews after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D; ascend Massada 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 point on earth; enjoy the opportunity to oat in the unsinkable water and cover yourself with the mineral rich mud, believed to have therapeutic acts.

Overnight in Jerusalem.


Sunday

Jerusalem / Sheikh Hussein Bridge / Jerash / Amman

Drive from Jerusalem to the Sheikh Hussein border crossing for procedures to enter Jordan. Proceed to Jerash – city of the Decapolis, located about 45km north of Amman in the fertile heights of the Gilad. Visit the ancient Roman city with colonnaded streets, the baths and the hill of the top Temple etc. Drive to Amman for a panoramic city tour of the Jordanian capital. Overnight in Amman.


Monday

Amman / Petra

After early breakfast, leave the hotel and travel south on the road to Wadi Musa, the modern village of Petra. Ride on horseback to the “Siq” (canyon) and then on foot to Petra, known as “Sela Edom” or red rock city, the ancient capital of the Nabateans from 3rd century B. C. to 2nd Century A. D. Visit the most interesting monuments such as the Treasury, El Khazneh (a tomb of a Nabatean king) then the eld of tombs, obelisks, the altar, (Al Madhbah) – from this point you can view the whole of the rock city, then back to Wadi Musa village. Overnight in Petra.


Tuesday

Petra / Madaba / Mt. Nebo / Allenby Bridge / Tel Aviv

Drive to Madaba to see the ancient mosaic map of the Holy Land and ruins of historical sites. Continue about 10kms to Mount Nebo, from where Moses viewed the Promised Land. From there you will see the Jordan Valley, Jericho and the Dead Sea etc. Visit the remains of the Byzantine church with a mosaic oor. Drive to the border and onwards to Tel Aviv.

Overnight in Tel Aviv.


Wednesday

Tel Aviv / Ben Gurion Airport

Transfer to Ben Gurion airport for departure.

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