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Tour of the Holy Land plus Eilat

///Tour of the Holy Land plus Eilat
Tour of the Holy Land plus Eilat 2018-04-24T14:25:57+00:00

READY MADE GUIDED GROUP TOURS

Tour of the Holy Land plus Eilat

Sunday arrival
10 Nights
Half Board
Choice of 3, 4, or 5 star hotels

Day 1
Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Day 2
Our tour of the Holy Land plus Eilat starts today. We depart Tel Aviv and drive up the coast to Caesarea, the town built in honour of Augustus Caesar by Herod the Great. Here we see the magnificent amphitheatre, aqueduct and hippodrome. Continuing on to Muhraka on Mount Carmel, we see the site of Elijah’s confrontation with the false prophets, whilst savouring the view of the Jezreel Valley and lower Galilee. Then we make our way to Megiddo, the Biblical Armageddon, where we visit its remarkable excavations. We continue to Acre, visiting the outstanding underground Crusader city and crypt. We walk through the Old City, a UNESCO world heritage site, the harbour and the market. Overnight in Kibbutz.

Day 3
We start the day with a short tour of Tiberias, then board a replica wooden boat and enjoy a memorable trip on the Sea of Galilee. After our boat ride we see the Jesus Boat, an ancient fishing boat, at the Yigal Alon Centre. We continue on to Capernaum to experience “the Town of Jesus” and see the remains of the ancient synagogue. The next stop is Tabgha, the site of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. From here we proceed to the famous Mount of Beatitudes where we can visualise Jesus delivering the Sermon on the Mount. We end the day’s touring with a trip to the Banias Springs and a visit to the Golan Heights. Overnight in Kibbutz.

Day 4
We depart our kibbutz and drive to Cana, home to the Wedding Church, and see where Jesus performed His first miracle, turning water into wine. Next, we make our way to Nazareth where we visit the Church of the Annunciation, Mary’s Well and Joseph’s workshop. We continue to Yardenit baptismal site on the River Jordan and see people from all over the world being baptised. Our next stop is Bet Shean to explore the excavated Roman city and amphitheatre. From here, we travel through the Jordan valley to Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 5
We spend the day in Jerusalem, starting with a panoramic view of the city from the Mount of Olives and a visit to the Church of all Nations. On Mount Zion, we see King David’s Tomb and the traditional Room of the Last Supper. Entering the Old City, we walk along the ancient Roman road known as the Cardo. Then we visit the Jewish and Christian Quarters and view the Temple Mount. We follow the Via Dolorosa and go through part of the Shuk to reach the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We finish the day at the peaceful and deeply meaningful Garden Tomb. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 6
We spend most of today in Jerusalem. The day begins with a short drive to the outskirts of Jerusalem to visit Ein Kerem, the traditional birthplace of John the Baptist. Then we spend time at Yad Vashem, the moving memorial to the Holocaust. Afterwards, we visit the Israel Museum where the Dead Sea Scrolls are safely kept. We also see the fascinating model of Jerusalem as it would have been at the time of the Second Temple. The day’s touring ends with a trip to Bethlehem* where we visit the Shepherds’ Fields, and walk through Manger Square to the Church of the Nativity. We then return to Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 7
The day begins with a drive through the Judean hills to the Qumran caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered by a goatherd. Continuing along the shores of the Dead Sea, we reach Masada, Herod’s hilltop fortress. Here we see the remains of the walls, Herod’s Palace and amazing water cistern. We ascend and descend by cable car. Afterwards we go to the Dead Sea**, the lowest place on the planet, and experience a float on the sea, as well as the opportunity to pamper your skin with the mineral-rich mud. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 8
After travelling south through the Negev desert, we stop at Timna, a large geological and archaeological park. Here we see the spectacular multi coloured rock formations and copper mines. We also view Solomon’s Pillars, impressive sandstone hills located in the centre of the Timna Valley. We continue to Eilat, the southernmost resort city on the shores of the Red Sea. In Eilat, we visit the Underwater Observatory Marine Park. Overnight in Eilat.

Day 9
Today you can have free time in Eilat or enjoy an optional day trip to Petra in Jordan (with an additional charge). If you opt for the Petra trip, we drive straight to Petra after assistance with border formalities. Petra is well known as the magnificent rose-red city built by the Nabateans, who were an early Arab tribe. The city was famous for its massive architecture, pools, water conduits, and dams. We start with the option of a short horseback ride (around 700 metres) until we reach the Siq. The Siq is a narrow canyon that takes us into Petra (a short walk of about 1200 metres). Petra is famous for its huge structures such as the Treasury, the Temple of Qasr Al-Bint, Roman theatre, Roman street, royal tombs, the court, and many other monuments. The city is almost 45 square kilometres in size and is known as the one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. After the visit, we stop for lunch and then drive back to the border. En route, we have a short visit to Aqaba with the possibility of  stopping to take a walk around. We transfer to the border at about 6pm and cross back to Eilat. Overnight in Eilat.

Day 10
We leave Eilat via Mitzpe Ramon, stopping to view the Ramon crater, a geological marvel. From here we proceed to Sde Boker in the Negev desert. It is best known as the retirement home of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion. We see his hut and grave overlooking the spectacular Zin valley. We enjoy a camel ride and visit an authentic Bedouin tent, experiencing Bedouin hospitality and enjoying a light lunch. We continue to Hatzerim and visit the Israeli Air Force Museum to see its planes and equipment. We also hear the story of this courageous military force. Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Day 11
After breakfast, we transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure, after our remarkable tour of the Holy Land plus Eilat.

Notes
* Bethlehem is under Palestinian Authority jurisdiction. Visit subject to local conditions.

** Visit subject to weather conditions.

This tour includes transfers on arrival and departure.

It is possible that on occasion your group may be joined by members of other tours, therefore please be aware that the group size may change at any time.

This tour requires a minimum of 2 passengers to operate.

Prices will vary depending on dates, flights, and room types chosen. Please note that certain dates will not be available due to Jewish festivals.

The itinerary is subject to change depending on local prevailing conditions, although every effort will be made to adhere to the itinerary.

 

Kingdom Holidays - Ein Kerem - photo taken by Mordagan for the Israeli Ministry of Tourism
Kingdom Holidays - Ancient Synagogue in Capernaum - Photo taken by Itamar Grinberg for the Israeli Ministry of Tourism
Kingdom Holidays - Timna Park - photo taken by Dafna Tal for the Israeli Ministry of Tourism
Kingdom Holidays - Masada - photo taken by Itamar Grinberg for the Israeli Ministry of Tourism
Kingdom Holidays - Eilat Underwater Observatory Marine Park photo taken by Dafna Tal for the Israeli Ministry of Tourism
Kingdom Holidays - Ramon Crater - photo taken by Dafna Tal for the Israeli Ministry of Tourism