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Classic Holyland, Eilat & Negev
   

Holiday Length: 12 days / 11 nights
Departs: Saturdays
Start City: Tel Aviv
End City: Tel Aviv
Type of Holiday: Escorted Coach Tour

  The holyland is a melting pot of different faiths and peoples. With this itinerary, glean an understanding of today's religions, the modern and ancient people of Israel, and the main highlights of the country - Masada, The Dead Sea, the desert and coastal towns, the beautiful and lush Galilee area, and most of all Jerusalem and all it has to offer.

ITINERARY
   
     
Saturday

Arrival

   

Upon arrival to airport meet our representative and transfer to Tel Aviv.  Overnight: Tel Aviv

   
Sunday        Modern Israel
 

Depart Tel Aviv and drive to the Diaspora Museum for a visit.  Proceed along the coastal plain to Caesarea, capital of Judea under the Romans.  See the excavations of the Crusader city and the Roman port, aqueduct and the amphitheatre that has been restored to its former glory as a concert venue.  Continue via the Druze villages to Haifa.  Overnight: Haifa. (B)

   
Monday

Upper Galilee

 

The tour of Haifa will begin at the summit of Mount Carmel where you will take in a breathtaking panoramic view of the Haifa Bay and Western Galilee.  Continue on to the golden domed Bahai Shrine to visit the exotic Persian Gardens.  Proceed to Safed, the center of Jewish mysticism, where you will visit the ancient synagogues and the artists' colony.  Continue to the Golan Heights to see the former Syrian bunkers, Kuneitra and the new Israeli town of Katzrin.  Overnight: Kibbutz guesthouse. (B, D)

   
Tuesday Lower Galilee
 

Start the day with a visit of Tiberias.  Drive to Capernaum to see the ruins of the synagogue and octagonal church of St. Peter and then proceed to Nazareth.  Here you will visit the church of the Annunciation.  Drive via Beit Shean to Beit Alpha to see the remains of the mosaic floor of an ancient synagogue depicting the zodiac.  Overnight: Jerusalem. (B)

   
Wednesday Jerusalem Old City
 

Visit the tomb of King David and the room of the Last Supper on Mt. Zion.  Enter the walled city and walk through the newly restored Jewish Quarter.  Visit the Roman Cardo, the Herodian Quarter and continue to the Western Wall.  Walk along the Via Dolorosa to the church of the Holy Sepulchre, proceed to Mount Scopus and then to the Mount of Olives for a magnificent panoramic view of the Old City.  Continue to Bethlehem (subject to security clearance), stopping at Rachel's Tomb and to visit the Church of the Nativity.  Overnight: Jerusalem. (B)

   
Thursday Jerusalem New City
 

Drive to the Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Kerem to see the Chagall stained glass windows.  Continue to Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust and then to the Israel Museum; Visit 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. View the Knesset, Israel's Parliament, and the Givat Ram Campus of the Hebrew University.  Overnight: Jerusalem. (B)

   
Friday Dead Sea
 

Descend to the Dead Sea – the lowest place on Earth. Visit the ancient city of Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls where found.  Continue along the shores of the Dead Sea to the magnificent cliff top fortress of Masada. Ascend via cable car to explore the remains of King Herod's luxurious palace. Take the chance to enjoy a float on the salty waters of the Dead Sea.  Overnight: Jerusalem. (B)

   
Saturday At leisure
 

Enjoy a day of leisure on your own exploring Jerusalem. Perhaps return to the Old City for some shopping. Overnight: Jerusalem (B)

   
Sunday Negev Desert
 

Travel south into the Negev desert; Visit Israel's Air Force Museum at Hatzerim to view the planes and equipment and to hear the story of this brave fighting force. Visit Sde Boker and see Ben Gurion's Hut and grave, overlooking the magnificent Zin valley. Stop at Mitzpeh Ramon to gaze into the Ramon Crater, an amazing geological wonder. Drive to Timna to see the copper mines of King Solomon and marvel at the huge multi-coloured rock formations.  Overnight: Eilat. (B)

   
Monday Free day (or full day Petra tour)
 

Enjoy a free day in Eilat today exploring the Red Sea coastal resort.

OR

Leave Eilat early in the morning, crossing the Arava border and drive through the scenic Jordanian desert.  Enjoy a spectacular tour exploring the rose-red city of Petra. Enjoy a short horse ride, and then travel on foot through the awesome 'SIQ' valley. Visit the Treasury, and explore hundreds of buildings, tombs, temples, and a 3,000-seat theatre from the first-century AD. Stop for lunch, followed by a visit to Moses Spring before leaving Wadi Moussa. Drive to Aqaba for a short city tour, returning to the Arava border and back to Eilat hotel (lunch included with Petra tour).

Overnight: Eilat. (B)

   
Tuesday Bedouin experience
 

Visit the Eilat underwater observatory, built into a coral reef and one of the largest sea aquariums in the world. Drive trough Negev Desert for a camel riding experience and a visit to an authentic Bedouin tent; Learn about the Bedouin hospitality and enjoy a light lunch. Drive back to Tel-Aviv.

Overnight: Tel Aviv. (B)
   
Wednesday Departure
 

Transfer to Ben Gurion airport for departure. (B)

   
INCLUSIONS






  • Meeting assistance upon arrival
  • Airport transfers as per the itinerary
  • English Speaking guide for all touring
  • A/C coach for touring in a group
  • Twin room accommodation in chosen class of hotels on BB basis 
  • Entrance fees for the above mentioned sites
  • Taxes and service charges
   
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