Israel Highlights and Petra Tour

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 Petra one of the new 7 wonders of the world.

At a GlanceIsrael Highlights and Petra tour view of the treasury at Petra carved out of the rock
Sun:    Arrive Tel Aviv – Overnight in Tel Aviv
Mon:  Tel Aviv-Beersheba-Masada-Dead Sea-Jerusalem
Tue:    Jerusalem Tour
Wed:  Jerusalem – Old City and Bethlehem
Thur:  Beit Shean – Tiberias – Sea of Galilee
Fri:     Upper Galilee – Golan Heights – Nazareth
Sat:    Acre- Haifa- Tel Aviv
Sun:   Travel to Jordan border. Via Jerash to Amman
Mon:  Leave for Petra and tour of Petra
Tue:   Petra to Tel Aviv via Madaba & Mount Nebo
Wed: Last day in Israel. Transfer to Airport

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 to Beersheba for 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 breathtaking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea.
* Descend for a possible “float” in the in the salty water of the world’s lowest place.
* Via Ein Gedi & Kalya, proceed to Jerusalem for overnight.
3

TUE

Jerusalem – sightseeing of the new city
* Drive to Mt. Scopus for a panoramic view of Jerusalem.
* On to the Garden of Gethsemane and Church of the Agony.
* Continue to Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book with the famous Dead Sea scrolls, then 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).
* Afternoon visit to Ein Karem (the birth place of John the Baptist).
* In the heart of a neighborhood in downtown Jerusalem, visit Mahane Yehuda to experience the flavors, aromas, colors and the traders’ interaction with the crowds, at the largest open the market in Israel.
* Return to Hotel.
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 colorful bazaars; Via Dolorosa and the stations of the cross, ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
* Drive to Mt. Zion and visit the tomb of King David, the Room of the Last Supper and Dormition Abbey. * In the afternoon continue to Bethlehem to visit 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 the Jordan
Valley and the new settlements to Beit Shean.
* Visit the excavations of this beautifully preserved Roman City. Proceed to Tiberias, the old center of Jewish learning.
* Drive along the shores of the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum, to visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue.
* Optional sailing in a boat across the Sea of Galilee to experience the tranquility and scenery little changed during the past 2000 years (subject to conditions and fee).
* Continue to a 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,
source of the Jordan River.
* Enjoy an Israeli wine country experience, with vineyards surrounded by breathtaking views.
* Become acquainted with the collection of fine and rare wines enjoying a tour, wine tasting and understanding of the wine production process.
* Proceed via the Hula Valley to Safed, city of the Kabala, to visit a synagogue and the artists’ colony and then to Nazareth to visit the Christian Holy Sites.
* Return to the Kibbutz hotel for overnight.
7

SAT

Acre – Haifa – Tel Aviv
* After Breakfast drive west to Acre for a visit of the old, famous Crusader stronghold and medieval fortifications.
* Continue to Haifa, for a panoramic sightseeing tour of the city, including the Bahai Shrine,
Persian Garden, Mount Carmel and Haifa bay.
* Proceed along the coast to Caesarea to visit the Roman Theater and the Crusader fortress.
* End the day with a short city tour of Tel Aviv-Jaffa and overnight.
8

SUN

Hussein Bridge or (Allenby Bridge) – Jerash – Amman

* Drive from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to the 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.
* Then drive to Amman for a city tour of the Jordanian Capital.
* Overnight in Amman

9

MON

Amman – Petra
* After early breakfast, leave the hotel and travel south on the road to Wadi Musa.
* 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, the field of tombs, obelisks and the altar, (Al Madhbah) – from this point you can view the whole of the rock city.
* Then back to Wadi Musa for overnight.
10

TUE

Petra – Madaba – Mount Nebo – Jerusalem – Tel Aviv

* Drive to Madaba to see the ancient mosaic map of the Holyland and ruins of historical sites.
* Continue about 10 kms. 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 a Byzantine church with a mosaic floor, and then drive to the border and transfer
* Back to Jerusalem or Tel Aviv for overnight.

11

WED

Departure

* Breakfast and transfer to the airport for departure.

* 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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