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Grand Holyland, Eilat & Negev
   

Holiday Length: 14 days / 13 nights
Departs: Wednesday's
Start City: Tel Aviv
End City: Tel Aviv
Type of Holiday: Escorted Coach Tour

  On this 15 day tour of the Holyland experience all the highlights - the desert area of The Negev, the Red Sea resort of Eilat, the fortress of Masada, the Dead Sea, the Ancient city of Jerusalem, and the seaside city of Tel Aviv with the old port of Jaffa.  Highlights include visits to the Christian sites of the Galilee, and a stay in a Kibbutz Hotel.  

ITINERARY
   
     
Wednesday

Arrival

   

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

   
Thursday        Modern Israel
 

Start your tour of Israel with a guided tour of Independence Hall where the establishment of the modern state of Israel was declared. Enjoy a visit to Mini Israel to see miniature models of the most famous and important sites from all over the country. See the secret underground arms factory from British Mandate times at the Ayalon Institute. Visit the restored battle fields of the War of Independence at Yad Mordechai.  Overnight: Tel Aviv (B)

   
Friday Tel Aviv
 

Enjoy a tour of Tel Aviv today.  Stop at Rabin Square to see where the late Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin was  assassinated.  Visit the ancient port city of Old Jaffa and walk through the charming artist's quarter. Explore Neve Zedek and learn about the development of Tel Aviv including its famous Bauhaus architecture. Enjoy the colour of Nahlat Binyamin Boulevard and buy handmade artifacts in the craft market. Finish the day with a walk through the trendy Bohemian district at Shenkin Street.

Overnight: Tel-Aviv. (B)

   
Saturday At leisure
 

Enjoy a day at leisure. Take a walk along Tel Aviv's famous beaches. Overnight: Tel Aviv.

   
Sunday Coastal Plain
 

Leave Tel Aviv for a tour along the great Coastal Plain of the shimmering Mediterranean Sea. Stop to explore the ancient port city of Caesarea. See the aqueducts and the restored amphitheatre now used as a concert venue. Continue onto Haifa for a panoramic view of the city from Mt. Carmel. Stroll through the colourful local markets at Acre and visit the old harbour. See the magnificent limestone grottos via cable-car at Rosh Hanikra.  Overnight: Kibbutz guesthouse. (B, D)

   
Monday Upper Galilee
 

Visit the fascinating Old City at Safed (Zfat) and stroll through the artist's quarter. Enjoy a Jeep tour of the Golan Heights. Peer deep into Syria and see the remains of the ghost town of Kuneitra.  Stop at the former Syrian Army camp at Tel Facher. Explore the source of the Jordan River at the Banias Springs. Evening activity:  Meet with a Kibbutz member and learn about their unique lifestyle.

Overnight: Kibbutz guesthouse. (B, D)

   
Tuesday Lower Galilee
 

Enjoy a short tour of Tiberias. See the excavations of the ancient Roman city of Beith Shean. Stop at Beit Alpha to see the ancient Synagogue of the Zodiac. Swim the warm waters at the natural springs of Gan Hashlosha (weather permitting). Travel down the Jordan Valley for the ascent to Jerusalem. Say a blessing on the top of Mount Scopus as you overlook the city. Overnight Jerusalem. (B)

   
Wednesday Jerusalem Old City
 

See the Tomb of King David on Mt. Zion. Walk along the ancient Roman Cardo. Visit the restored Jewish Quarter. Enjoy a fascinating tour of the underground Western Wall Tunnels. See the excavations of the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount. Stroll through the colourful Oriental Bazaars. Explore 3,000 years of history at Jerusalem's Citadel MuseumOvernight: Jerusalem. (B)

   
Thursday Jerusalem New City
 

See the coming of age Bar-Mitzvah ceremonies at the Western Wall. Enjoy a fascinating walk through the ultra-orthodox neighbourhood at Mea Shearim. Drive by the Knesset, Israel's parliament and see the famous Menorah with biblical emblems.  Visit the Shrine of the Book to see the original Dead Sea Scrolls. See the model of Jerusalem as it was during the time of King Herod. Experience a moving visit to Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Mount Herzl Military Cemetery. Visit the former Jordanian Army stronghold at Ammunition Hill. 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. Stop for a lunch and spa facilities at a private Dead Sea beach. Take the chance to enjoy a float on the salty waters of the Dead Sea (lunch included).  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.

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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).

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 and the end of your Grand Holyland tour.

   
   
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 (Half Board for Holyland Wednesday and Holyland Sunday tours)
  • Entrance fees for the above mentioned sites
  • Taxes and service charges
   
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