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Grand tour of Israel

12 Day tour

A weekly guaranteed tour of Israel
Operated on Saturdays.

Program

- Saturday - Day 1 - Arrival in Tel Aviv
After arrival at Ben Gurion airport, you will be met by our transfer representative and transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv.

- Sunday -Day 2 - Tel Aviv to Haifa - Diaspora Museum / Caesarea / Druze villages - (B)
Depart Tel Aviv and drive to the Diaspora Museum for a visit.
Proceed along the coastal plain to Caesarea, capital of Judea under the Romans.  See the excavations of the Crusader city and the Roman port, aqueduct and the amphitheater that has been restored to its former glory as a concert venue.  Continue via the Druze villages to Haifa.
Overnight in Haifa.

- Monday - Day 3 - Haifa / Safed / Golan Heights - (B/D)
The tour of Haifa will begin at the summit of Mount Carmel where you will take in a breathtaking panoramic view of the Haifa Bay, Bahia Gardens and Western Galilee.  Proceed to Safed, the center of Jewish mysticism, where you will visit the ancient synagogues and the artists’ colony.  Continue to the Golan Heights to see the former Syrian bunkers, Kuneitra and the new Israeli town of Katzerin. 
Dinner & overnight Kibbutz hotel Lavi

- Tuesday - Day 4 - Jerusalem - (B)
Sea of Galilee / Nazareth
Start the day with a visit to Tiberias.  Drive to Capernaum to see the ruins of the synagogue and octagonal Church of St . Peter . Proceed to Nazareth , here you will visit the Church of the Annunciation .  Drive around the new Jewish town and visit the Arab market.  Drive via Beit Shean to Beit Alpha to see the remains of the mosaic floor of an ancient synagogue depicting the zodiac.
Overnight in Jerusalem.

- Wednesday - Day 5 - Jerusalem: The Old City - (B)
Visit the tomb of King David on Mt. Zion and the room of the last supper . Enter the walled city and walk through the newly restored Jewish Quarter.  Visit the Roman Cardo, the Herodian Quarter and continue to the Western Wall.  Walk along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher .   Proceed to Mount Scopus and then to the Mount of Olives for a magnificent panoramic view of the Old City. Continue to Bethlehem** stopping at Rachels tomb and visit the church of Nativity
Overnight in Jerusalem.

- Thursday - Day 6 - Jerusalem: The New City - (B)
Drive to the Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Kerem to see the Chagall stained glass windows.  Continue to Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust and then to the Israel Museum.  Visit the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed  At the same grounds of the Museum we will visit the Miniature model of Jerusalem As it was 2000 years ago .We will  see the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, and the Givat Ram Campus of the Hebrew University. Overnight in Jerusalem.

- Friday - Day 7 - Jerusalem - (B)
Qumran / Massada / Dead Sea
Drive through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, almost 1300 feet (400 meters) below sea level.  Stop at Qumran to visit the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.  Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Massada.  Ascend by cable car and tour the ancient fortress where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans before committing mass suicide in 73 AD.  Descend by cable car, time and weather permitting, an opportunity will be provided to float on the Dead Sea.
Overnight in Jerusalem.

Saturday - Day 9 - Jerusalem - (B)
Day at Leisure & Overnight  in Jerusalem

Sunday - Day 10 - Jerusalem to Eilat - (B)
Travel south to the Negev desert; Visit Israel’s Air Force Museum at Hatzerim to view the planes and equipment and to hear the story of this brave fighting force. Stop for a camel riding experience and a visit to an authentic Bedouin tent; Learn about the Bedouin hospitality and enjoy a light lunch.
Visit Sde Boker and see Ben Gurion’s hut and grave, overlooking the magnificent Zin valley. Stop at Mitzpe Ramon to gaze into the Ramon Crater, an otherworldly geological wonder..
Arrive to Eilat for overnight.

- Monday - Day 10 - Eilat - Petra - Eilat - (B)
Today we will go on a day trip to Petra
Petra is a historical and archaeological city in the southern Jordanian governorate of Ma'an, that is famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system. Another name for Petra is the Rose City due to the color of the stone out of which it is carved.
Established possibly as early as 312 BCE as the capital city of the Nabataeans, it is a symbol of Jordan, as well as its most-visited tourist attraction.
It lies on the slope of Jebel al-Madhbah. Petra has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985.  Petra was chosen by the Smithsonian Magazine as one of the "28 Places to See Before You Die.
After the tour we will return to Eilat.
Overnight in Eilat.

- Tuesday - Day 11 - Eilat to Tel Aviv - (B)
Visit the underwater observatory, one of the largest sea aquariums in the world, built into a coral reef. Drive to Timna to see the copper mines and King Solomon’s pillars and marvel at the huge multi-colored rock formations.
Drive back to Tel-Aviv for overnight.

- Wednesday - Day 12 – Departure from Israel – (B)
Shalom! It is time to head for home. We will transfer you to the airport and wish you well, asking that you keep Israel in your heart. We truly hope that our paths will cross again.

Total cost:    $_______ Per person in a double room & $________ in single room

Note:
Tours over Jewish holidays and August are subject to hotel confirmation and restrictions

Price includes
* All hotels (Superior class centrally located hotels)
* All land transfers in comfortable vehicles
* All meals mentioned in the itinerary (B-breakfast, L-lunch & D-dinner)
* Professional, English-speaking tour guides
* All taxes and service charges

Excludes
* International flight tickets (assistance with air reservations is available)
* Travel Insurance (assistance with travel insurance is available)
* Drinks with meals
* Tips to guide/driver and Hotel staff.


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