Our Israel Highlights and Petra tour is a journey for all faiths, opening a window to Israel’s history – past and present, its people and diverse cultures, with the added opportunity to visit one of the new 7 wonders of the world.
With a professional guide, explore the iconic sites of Jerusalem’s Old City, Nazareth and Bethlehem; ride the cable car to the fortress of Masada and float at the lowest place on earth – the Dead Sea. In the north of the country, visit the serene Galilee and the Golan Heights.
Other key sites visited on the tour include Haifa, Caesarea and the crusader fortress of Acre, and the southernmost city – Eilat, before travelling to neighbouring Jordan to marvel at the ancient red-rock city of Petra.

This tour is perfect for anyone who wants to experience Israel and Jordan in 9 days. The tour is a mix of the most important historic, cultural, artistic, natural and religious attractions in both countries.

 

1

SUN

Tel Aviv
* Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport where you will be met and assisted with customs and entry formalities.
* Transfer to your hotel in Tel Aviv
2

MON

Tel Aviv – Beersheba – Masada – Dead Sea
* Leave Tel Aviv via Ashdod; Ashkelon and– Beer Sheba.
* Enjoy a short visit to the Negev capital.
* Continue via Arad to Masada.
* 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 breath-taking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea.
* Time permitting; you could possibly enjoy “floating” in the salty water of the Dead Sea.
* Proceed to Jerusalem via Ein Gedi & Kalya.
* Overnight in Jerusalem.
3

TUE

Jerusalem
* Drive to Mt. Scopus for a panoramic view of Jerusalem.
* Proceed to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of the Agony.
* Continue to Israels Museum; with the Shrine of the Book with the famous Dead Sea scrolls.
* Proceed for 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).
* This afternoon visit the Hadassah medical centres synagogue; with Marc Chagall stained glass windows.
* Pass by Ein Karem (the birth place of John the Baptist).
* Return to Hotel for overnight.
4

WED

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 colourful bazaars; Via Dolorosa and the Stations of the Cross ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Matt.27:33-57; 28:10).
* Drive to Mt. Zion and visit the tomb of King David; the Room of the Last Supper and Dormition Abbey.
* Afternoon departure for Bethlehem and visit Rachel’s Tomb and the Church of the Nativity
* Return to Jerusalem for overnight.
5

THU

Beit Shean – Tiberias – Galilee
* Leave Jerusalem; and drive north via Jericho; the oldest city in the world.
* Through Jordan Valley and the new settlements to Beit Shean (Mark 5:20; 7:31).
* Visit the excavations of this beautiful preserved Roman City.
* Continue to Tiberius; the oldest centre of Jewish learning.
* Drive along the shores of the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum (Matt 4:13 13:54; 17:24; Luke 7; Mark 1:2; John :.46-54) and visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue.
* Arrive at your Kibbutz hotel for overnight
6

FRI

Upper Galilee – Golan Heights – Nazareth
* Drive to the Golan Heights.
* Visit the former Syrian fortifications and the Druze villages via Banias; (Matt 16:13 and Mark 8:27) the source of the Jordan River.
* Travel through the Hula Valley to Safed; city of the Kabala and visit its synagogue and the artists’ colony.
* Next will be Nazareth (Luke 1:26; 4:16; Matthew 2:23) with its Christian Holy Sites.
* Return to the Kibbutz hotel for overnight.
7

SAT

Acre – Haifa – Tel Aviv
* After Breakfast drive west to Acre (Micah 1:10) 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 cost to Caesarea and visit the Roman Theatre and the Crusader fortress.
* End the day with a short city tour of Tel Aviv Jaffa.
* Overnight in Tel Aviv.
8

SUN

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 its 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 Amphitheater; 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

9

MON

Eilat – Tel Aviv
* After breakfast; make your own way to Eilat Airport for your flight back to Tel Aviv.
* On arrival at Tel Aviv International Airport; check in for your departure flight.
* Services end at the airport.
* Thank you for choosing Azure Travel for your Israel experience. We value your patronage & look forward to serving you again in the near future.

* 2 nights in Tel Aviv
* 3 nights in Jerusalem
* 2 nights on the Kibbutz
* 2 nights in Eilat
* Meals included – 8 breakfasts
* Assistance at the airport upon arrival.
* Transfers from / to airport upon arrival.
* Sightseeing in a modern air conditioned motor – coach.
* Return Flights TLV – ETH – TLV
* English speaking guide.
* Entrance fees as per tour program.

* The above rate is LAND ONLY, and EXCLUDES ALL INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS                                                                                1. The tour is on a guaranteed departure basis – subject to a minimum of 2 participants.
2. The sequence of a tour, hotel used, and sites visited may be amended due to circumstance.
3. Reservations received less than 14 days prior to departure are on a request only

* The above rate is LAND ONLY, and EXCLUDES ALL INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
* Seasonal Supplements MAY apply
* Rates valid at time of quoting, and all subject to any exchange rate fluctuations, airlines and supplier rate changes and fuel levies.
1. The tour is on a guaranteed departure basis – subject to a minimum of 2 participants.
2. The sequence of a tour, hotel used, and sites visited may be amended due to circumstance.
3. Reservations received less than 14 days prior to departure are on a request only

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