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Tel Aviv | Jerusalem | Caesarea |Tiberias | Amman | Mt. Nebo | Petra | Wadi Rum | Dead Sea | Masada | Mitzpe Ramon | Bethlehem | Golan Heights

Highlights:

  • Tour historical UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the holy Old City of Jerusalem
  • Enjoy an audio-visual presentation in the ancient Roman theater in Caesarea
  • Horse ride in Petra, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World
  • Jeep tour in Wadi Rum’s pristine desert
  • Ride a cable car up Masada, the 2,000 year old fortress
  • Learn about the geopolitics of the region with guided tours in Golan Heights and Jerusalem

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DAY 1
Arrival in Tel Aviv

Upon arrival in Tel Aviv, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day of yours to relax and unwind. (D)

DAY 2
Tel Aviv

After a famous Israeli buffet breakfast, drive to Jaffa, one of the oldest port cities in the world. Stroll through the artist quarter to the old port. Continue to the first neighborhood in Tel Aviv, established in 1887, a recently gentrified area with wonderful restored homes and small shops and restaurants. Visit Independence Hall, the location where Israel’s first Prime Minister, declared Israel’s independence in 1948. Enjoy a walking tour of the the White City of Tel Aviv, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Constructed from the early 1930s until the 1950s, the buildings were designed by architects who were trained in Europe where they practiced their profession before immigrating. End the day at the bustling Carmel Market, the major local market of Tel Aviv. (B,D)

Optional: Evening out with “EatWith,” an easy and wonderful way to access the underground food scene and connect with creative, open-minded and interesting local people.

DAY 3
Tel Aviv | Ella Valley | Mitzpe Ramon

Travel to the Ella Valley and tour the ruins of the ancient fortified city of Azekah, from the times of the Judea Kingdom. Continue to an experimental R&D center that focuses on developing advanced agriculture in arid conditions such as irrigating with brackish water. Then experience Bedouin hospitality in Sfinat Hamidbar located in the heart of the Negev Desert, followed by a special visit to a winery located on a same site that was a vineyard during the Nabbatean period more than 2,000 years ago. Taste one of Israel’s best wines and learn about agrotourism in remote areas. (B,D)

DAY 4
Mitzpe Ramon

Visit the phenomenal Ramon Crater, a unique geological formation unlike anything anywhere in the world, with fossils dating back nearly 200 million years. Enjoy a special jeep tour in the crater. Then visit En Avdat National Park, an oasis in middle of the desert, where ibex and other animals come to quench their thirst. Enjoy a short hike along the canyon to water pools. Continue to the nearby the ancient ruins of the Nabatean city of Avdat, a UNESCO World Heritage site, that was an important trading city over in the 3rd century BCE. (B,D)

DAY 5
Mitzpe Ramon | Wadi Rum | Petra

Cross into Jordan at the Arava Border crossing, then continue to Wadi Rum for a jeep tour. Known as ‘The Valley of the Moon’, this is the place where Prince Faisal Bin Hussein and T.E. Lawrence based their headquarters during the Arab Revolt against the Ottomans in World War I. (B,D)

DAY 6
Petra | Amman

Morning tour to Jordan’s greatest tourist attraction, Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Explore this centuries-old “rose-red” city by horseback and on foot. See Petra’s most beautiful monument, The Treasury, carved out of the solid rock from the side of the mountain. Discover soaring temples, elaborate royal tombs, burial chambers and much more. (B,D)

DAY 7
Amman | Mount Nebo | Masada | Dead Sea | Jerusalem

Visit the historic Mount Nebo, one of the most revered holy sites of Jordan and the place where Moses climbed to see the Promised Land and enjoy the panoramic view of the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. Stop at the old church on top of the mountain with its well preserved large pieces of mosaic that date back to the Byzantine era. Cross back into Israel via the Allenby Bridge and drive south along the Dead Sea shoreline to visit the fortress of Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take a cable car up the cliff, for an unforgettable tour of the palaces, Later experience floating in the Dead Sea. (B,D)

DAY 8
Jerusalem

After breakfast, ascend Mt. of Olives for a panoramic view of Jerusalem’s Old City. Enter the Old City and walk along the Via Dolorosa, then visit the Church of Holy Sepulcher. Proceed to the restored Jewish Quarter and the “Cardo”, meaning the “heart” of this ancient Byzantine City. Continue to the Western Wall, the most sacred place for the Jewish people. (B,D)

DAY 9
Jerusalem | Bethlehem | Jerusalem

Visit the Israel Museum, and its comprehensive collections of artifacts of the Holy Land, including the Dead Sea Scrolls. Proceed to Visit Yad Vashem, the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Then drive to Bethlehem, believed to be the birthplace of Jesus and visit the Church of Nativity, another UNESCO World Heritage site. Learn about the separation fence, disputed neighborhoods, and other current issues surrounding Jerusalem on a guided borders and boundaries tour. (B,D)

DAY 10
Jerusalem | Golan Heights | Tiberius

Visit the archeological site of Beit She’an and explore the Roman Theater and amphitheater, Paladius Street and new excavations in the area. Then ascend the Golan Heights to visit one of the most famous wineries of Israel for a wine tasting. Continue to Mt Bental, for a stunning panoramic view of the Golan Heights, overlooking the border between Israel and Syria and learn about the geopolitics of the region. Drive to the Mount of Beatitudes and see a beautiful church with an octagonal dome that represents the 8 “Beatitudes” of the sermon that Jesus blessed his disciples with 2,000 years ago. (B,D)

DAY 11
Tiberius | Caesarea | Tel Aviv

Head to Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home for a city tour, including the Church of the Annunciation. Proceed to Mt. Carmel and experience special Druze hospitality. Drive along the Mediterranean shoreline to visit Caesarea, the seat of Roman rule 2,000 years ago. View the excavated Roman Theater and enjoy an audio-visual presentation that brings to life the times of the Romans who controlled these shores. Walk through the excavated fortress and view the aqueduct, once used for conveying water. (B,D)

DAY 12
Departure from Tel Aviv

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home (B)

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