Holy Land & Eilat
Holy Land & Eilat
|Purpose:||Faith, Discovery, Culture, History, Archeology|
|No. of days:||11 days - 10 nights|
|First & Last Cities:||Tel Aviv|
|Other cities:||Caesarea, Muhraka, Megiddo, Acre, Tiberias, Capernaum, Banias, Cana, Nazareth, Beit Shen, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Qumran, Massada, Dead Sea, Timna, Eilat, Ramon Crater, Sde Boker|
|Starting cost:||$2,349 including airfare|
Day 1 – Sun: Tel Aviv
Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Tel Aviv. [D]***
Day 2 – Mon: Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Muhraka, Megiddo, Acre, Galilee
Depart Tel-Aviv and drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea, once the Roman capital of the region; visit the excavations of the ancient city, the Roman theatre and aqueduct. Proceed to Muhraka, the site of confrontation between Elijah and the prophets of Baal; enjoy the spectacular view of the Jezreel valley and the lower Galilee. Continue to Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon; learn the impressive history of this battle field as you visit the archaeological excavations including the well-preserved water supply system. Onto Acre to visit the remarkable underground Crusader City and crypt; walk through the Old City recognized by UNESCO as world heritage site, the local market and harbor. Overnight in Kibbutz. [B/D]
Day 3 – Tue: Galilee (Tiberias, Capernaum, Banias)
After a short tour of Tiberias, enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee; visit the Yigal Alon center where the "Jesus boat", an ancient fishing boat from the 1st century, is displayed. Continue to Capernaum to visit the remains of the 2nd century synagogue. Stop at Tabgha, the site of the Miracle of Fish and Loaves, and visit the Church of Multiplication with its 4th century mosaic floor. Proceed to Mount of Beatitudes, the place where Jesus delivered the sermon on the mount. Drive to the Banias Springs and tour the Golan heights. Overnight in Kibbutz. [B/D]
Day 4 – Wed: Galilee, Cana, Nazareth, Beit Shen, Jerusalem
Drive to Cana to visit the Wedding Church, where Jesus performed his first miracle turning water into wine. Continue to Nazareth to visit the Church of Annunciation, Joseph’s workshop and Mary’s well. Proceed to Yardenit, the baptismal site on the Jordan river; next, stop at Beit Shen to visit the newly excavated Roman city and amphitheater. Drive along the Jordan valley to Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem. [B/D]
Day 5 – Thu: Jerusalem (Old City)
Drive to Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the city; visit the Church of All Nations, King David’s Tomb and Room of Last Supper on Mt. Zion. Enter the Old City ; walk through the Cardo, the ancient roman road; visit the Jewish and Christian quarters; view the Temple Mount; walk along the Via Dolorosa and the oriental Bazaar to visit the Church of Holy Sepulcher. Next, drive to the Garden Tomb and enjoy the beautiful gardens and peaceful ambiance. Overnight in Jerusalem. [B/D]
Day 6 – Fri: Jerusalem (New City, Bethlehem*)
Drive to Ein Karem to visit the Church of Visitation; proceed to Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust. Visit Israel Museum, the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea scrolls are housed, and the miniature model of Jerusalem as it was during the Second Temple period. Proceed to Bethlehem*, birthplace of Jesus; visit Shepherds' field; walk through Manger Square to visit the remarkable Church of Nativity. Overnight in Jerusalem. [B/D]
Day 7 – Sat: Jerusalem (Qumran, Massada, Dead Sea)
Drive through the Judean hills to Qumran caves, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found; Continue along the shores of the Dead Sea to Massada, the last stronghold of the Jews after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D; ascend Massada by cable car and tour the mountain fortress built by King Herod; visit the remains of the walls, water cistern and Herod’s Palace; descend by cable car. Continue to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth; enjoy the opportunity to float in the unsinkable water and cover yourself with the mineral rich mud, believed to have therapeutic effects. Overnight in Jerusalem. [B/D]
Day 8 – Sun: Jerusalem, Timna, Underwater Observatory, Eilat
Travel south through the Negev desert; Stop at Timna, a large geological and archaeological park; marvel at the multi colored rock formations and copper mines; view the outstanding Solomon's pillars. Continue to Eilat, the southernmost resort city on the shores of the Red Sea; visit the Underwater Observatory marine park, built into a coral reef and enjoy the opportunity for a close up look at the rich life of the Gulf of Eilat. Overnight in Eilat. [B/D]
Day 9 – Mon: Eilat
Free day in Eilat or day tour to Petra (with additional charge) [B/D]
Signature option: Full-day Petra
After assistance with border formalities, drive straight to Petra, the astonishing rose-red city built by the Nabateans (An early Arab tribe). Petra was renowned for its massive architecture, pools, dams and water channels. The visit begins with the possibility of a short horseback-riding for about 700 m. until the entrance of the Siq, which is about 1.2 km long (walking distance). Petra is famous for its huge monuments such as the treasury, royal tombs, the court, roman theatre, roman street, Gasser-el-Bint (Palace of Pharaoh’s daughter) and many other smaller monuments which fascinate the visitors. The city itself is almost 45 square km and is considered to be the second wonder of the world. After the visit, time for lunch in a nice restaurant. After lunch drive back to border. On the way, a short visit to Aqaba with the possibility to stop and take a walk around. Transfer to the border at around 6:00 pm and crossing back to Eilat. Overnight in Eilat. [L]
Day 10 – Tue: Eilat, Ramon Crater, Sde Boker, Tel Aviv
Depart Eilat via Mitzpe Ramon. Stop to gaze into the Ramon crater, a geological wonder. Proceed to Sde Boker and see Ben Gurion's hut and grave overlooking the magnificent Zin valley. Stop for a camel ride and a visit to an authentic Bedouin tent; Learn about the Bedouin hospitality and enjoy a light lunch. Continue to Hatzerim and visit Israel's Airforce Museum to view the planes and equipment and to hear the story of this brave fighting force. Overnight Tel-Aviv. [B/L]***
Day 11 – Wed: Tel Aviv, USA
After breakfast, transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure.
[B] = Breakfast | [B/L] = Breakfast and Lunch | [B/D] = Breakfast and Dinner
* Visit subject to the security conditions.
** Program sequence is subject to change without advance notice.
· Round-trip airfare New York/Tel Aviv
· Arrival and departure shared transfers
· 10 nights’ accommodation:
o Tel Aviv – 2 night
o Galilee – 2 nights
o Jerusalem – 4 nights
o Eilat – 2 nights
o Breakfast daily
o Dinner daily
o 1 lunch
· Visits of:
o Caesarea the Roman city
o Megiddo and the Armageddon
o Crusader fortress in Acre
o Church of Multiplication
o Mount of Beatitudes
o Banias Springs
o Nazareth church of Annunciation
o Yardenit Baptismal site
o Beit Shen
o Tomb of King David
o Room of the Last Supper
o Roman Quarter
o Church of the Holy Sepulcher
o Western Wall
o Qumran Dead Sea Scrolls
o The Shrine of the Book
o Timna archaeological Park
o Eilat underwater observatory
o Ramon Crater
o Sde Boker Ben Gurion Tomb & Village
o Atzerim Airforce Museum
· Panoramic tours of Jerusalem
· Walk the Via Dolorosa
· Float on the Dead Sea
· Entrance fees to sites visited
· A/C motor-coach during the tour
· English-speaking guise throughout the tour
· Local taxes
· Taxes or surcharges related to airline tickets
· Jordan Visa ($50.00)
· Travel insurance
· All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
· Other meals not mentioned in itinerary
· Extras and gratuities
· Early check-in, late check-out
· Porterage at the hotels (1 bag per person)
· Expenses of personal nature
· Tips to driver and guide
· Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
|Hotel Plan||Plan D||Plan C||Plan B||Plan A|
|Hotel Name||#||Hotel Name||#||Hotel Name th>||#||Hotel Name||#|
|Tel Aviv||Grand Beach||3.5||Grand Beach||3.5||Grand Beach||3.5||Dan Panorama||4|
|Galilee||Lavi - Lev room||5||Lavi - Eden room||4||Lavi - Eden room||4||Lavi - Eden room||4|
|Jerusalem||Jerusalem Gate||3||Prima Park||4||Grand Court||3.5||Dan Panorama||4.5|
|Eilat||Prima Music||4||Prima Music||4||Dan Panorama/ Neptune||4.5||Dan Panorama/ Neptune||4.5|
Hotels will be confirmed at time of booking
|Hotel Plan||Plan D||Plan C||Plan B||Plan A|
|Children under 12 years old sharing room with parents|
Add-ons available from all US gateways.
Prices are per person and may change without notice
This program can be customized for individuals and groups.
Changes to this program may be requested by phone (1855-55-TOURS) or using the web FIT Quote Request
We also be glad to adjust the airfare from your gateway so you take advantage of our special discounted leisure fares
You may add or remove;
o Trip days
o Cities and sites
· Other options
o The program was designed with private services, however, we may substitute shared sightseeing where available
o If you prefer deluxe services we may operate this program including private driver, private guide and concierge service.
Once we have designed the program the way you want we'll give you a quote within 2 business days.
Tour Code: IL06TLV22DH
· Lunches and dinners can be arranged for individuals, families and groups at top restaurants or any restaurant requested by you.
· We can revise the itinerary to spend more time and provide more depth in those areas that you are interested on.
· Any other changes to the itinerary will be accommodated depending on the facilities available in the area.
· Private arrival and/or departure transfer
· The options suggested in the itinerary will be quoted at time of booking
· If you wish to use these programs for your group or as the basis for a customized journey please either call us (1-855-55-TOURS or use the web Group Quote Request.
· In either case our specialists will work with to refine all the details and they will get you a quote with 2 business days. Quotes may be obtained for the air and land portions of just for the lad journey.
· Booking both air and land with us will represent savings for you because of our buying power and longtime relationship with the airlines.
· We will also may have the choice between regular fares and special leisure fares not available to the public.