Highlights of the Holyland and Petra Tour

Available every Sunday
From$2,080

Description

Highlights of the Holyland and Petra Tour, 9 Days

Highlights

Explore the Highlights of the Holyland and Petra. This 9 day adventure covers Israel top tour sites and Petra. Begin in Tel Aviv make your way to Visit the archeological sites atop Masada plateau then immerse yourself in the Dead Sea; Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Northern Israel and sleep at a kibbutz near Galilee and to continu to the Golan Hights, through Israel’s culture and history in modern Haifa, ancient Caesarea and Tel Aviv’s bustling port. Our last destination is the historical and archaeological UNESCO site Petra in Jordan.

Itinerary

Day 1: Sunday – Welcome to Israel

Our representative will meet you after passport control upon your arrival to Ben Gurion Airport, assisting as you pick up your luggage and head out for the transfer to your hotel. Check in at the hotel in Tel Aviv.
• Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Day 2: Monday

We start our tour with driving south to Beersheba, for a short visit of the capital of the Negev Desert. Continue via Arad to Masada, Israel’s foremost archaeological park. Ascend via cable-car for a thorough visit that gives insight to the rituals, politics and culture of the people who inhabited this desert 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 and cisterns, and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea. Our next destination is Dead Sea, Descend to the lowest place on earth – the Dead Sea, to experience the mineral-rich black mud and to float in its salty waters. Passing by the oasis of Ein Gedi, proceed through the Judean Desert to Jerusalem.
• Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 3: Tuesday

Start your day at the 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. Enjoy Ein Karem; a picturesque village in the south western outskirts of Jerusalem. This small village has great significance in Christian traditions, since this is where according to tradition John the Baptist was born. Visit Yad Vashem the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, established in 1953, located at the foot of Mt. Hertzl. Visit Bethlehem – the birthplace of Jesus at the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square.
• Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 4: Wednesday

Enter the Old City of Jerusalem where you will see the Western Wall and the actual site of the Second Temple, the Temple Mount. Walk the Way of the Cross, the Via Dolorosa, to Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, housing both the traditional site of Crucifixion and the Tomb of the Resurrection. To the southwest, just outside the Old City, is Mount Zion, with the traditional tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of Jerusalem – the holy city for each of the world’s three great religions – Christianity, Judaism and Islam, from atop the Mount of Olives. Visit the Garden of Gethsemane where Judas betrayed Jesus. 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 market in Israel.
• Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 5: Thursday

After breakfast Leave Jerusalem and drive north passing by Jericho, the oldest city in the world. Travel through the Jordan Valley and the new settlements to Beit Shean, and visit the excavations of this beautifully preserved Roman City. Discover the New Testament sites of Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee on this day trip from Jerusalem. In Nazareth, Jesus’ childhood home, explore the Church of the Annunciation and Christian holy sites. Proceed to Safed, city of the Kabbalah and centre of Jewish mysticism, to visit the beautiful streets of the artists’ colony.
• Overnight in a kibbutz hotel in the Galilee.

Day 6: Friday

Drive up the Golan Heights, passing by Banias (the source of the Jordan River), former Syrian fortifications, and the Druze villages. We go through a beautiful Israeli wine country journey with vineyards encompassed by awe-inspiring views. Acquaint yourself with the vast collection of fine and rare wines while enjoying a tour, wine tasting, and presentation on the wine production process. Descend to the shore of the Sea of Galilee and proceed to Capernaum, to visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue, the Mount of Beatitudes, traditional site of the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ and Tabgha, the traditional site of the ‘miracle of the loaves and the fish’. Onwards to Tiberias, the old center of Jewish learning. Optional sailing on 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).
• Return to your kibbutz hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 7: Saturday

We start this exciting day with drive through the hills of the Galilee, westwards to Acre (Akko) for a visit of the old, famous Crusader stronghold and medieval fortifications. Continue to Haifa, ascending Mount Carmel for a panoramic view of the city, including the Baha’i Shrine, Persian Garden, and Haifa bay. Proceed along the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea to visit the Roman Theater and the Crusader fortress at what is known as the “masterpiece of Herod the Great”. Continue to Tel Aviv‘s domestic airport for a short flight to Eilat, the Red Sea resort. Transfer to your Eilat hotel.
• Overnight in Eilat.

Day 8: Sunday

After breakfast leave Eilat, Israel and cross into Jordan at the Arava border. Drive to Petra through the scenic Jordanian desert, passing by 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 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 Amphitheatre, which once held 3,000 spectators. Exit the city and stop for a sit-down lunch in Wadi Musa – the new town of Petra, followed by a visit to Moses Spring before leaving. Drive to Aqaba for a short city tour, before returning to the Arava border and back to Eilat for return flight to Tel Aviv.
• Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Day 9: Monday

Check out of the hotel following breakfast. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for the flight home.

Hotels

Accommodation in Tel Aviv

Tourist Class: SeaNet
First Class: Metropolitan
Superior Class: Crowne Plaza
Deluxe Class: Carlton

Accommodation in Jerusalem

Tourist Class: Gold
First Class: Grand Court
Superior Class: Dan Panorama
Deluxe Class: David Citadel

Accommodation in Galilee

Tourist Class: Kibbutz Hotel
First Class: Kibbutz Hotel
Superior Class: Kibbutz Hotel
Deluxe Class: Kibbutz Hotel

Accommodation in Eilat

Tourist Class: Adi
First Class: Vista
Superior Class: Dan Panorama
Deluxe Class: Herods

Additional Information

The tour includes:
• 8 Nights hotel accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
• Assistance at the airport upon arrival
• Transfers from/to airport on arrival and departure
• Sightseeing in a modern air conditioned touring vehicle
• Service of a Government licensed guide on all touring days
• Entrance fees according to the itinerary

The tour does not include:
• Porterage at airport
• Tipping for guide, driver and hotel staff
• Beverages with meals
• Traveler’s medical/baggage insurance
• Border taxes & Visa for Israel/Jordan border crossing (total $130 per • person to be paid on day of tour)
• Border taxes for Israel/Egypt border crossing (total $70 per person to be paid on day of tour)
• Any item, product or service not specifically listed under “Inclusions”

Notes:
• Booking is subject to terms and conditions
• Optional: Dinners in your hotel, with extra charge
• The sequence of the tour, hotels used and sites visited may be amended due to circumstances
• Between hotel and border in Israel are operated as transfers only with a driver – no guide/escort
• Passengers should arrange their own travel, luggage and health insurance
• Click Tours will not be responsible for any loss, damage or injury
• Tours are conducted in English only
• A single supplement will apply for choosing 1 adult
• High Season supplement will apply in Holidays and Summer Time
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  • Price: From $2,080