Highlights Tour + Petra / Itinerary

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Sunday Arrival
9 Days & 8 Nights

Day 1SUNDAY - Arrival
Upon arrival to airport meet our representative and transfer to hotel in Tel Aviv for an overnight.
Day 2MONDAY - Tel Aviv / Beer Sheba / Masada / Dead Sea
Tel Aviv / Beer Sheba / Masada / Dead Sea - Leave Tel Aviv - via Ashdod - Ashkelon - Beersheba. A short visit to the Negev capital. Continue via Arad to Masada. Ascend by cable car to the 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, etc. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea. Descend for a possible “float” in the in the salty water of the world’s lowest place. Via Ein Gedi & Kalya, proceed to Jerusalem for overnight. MONDAY - Tel Aviv / Beer Sheba / Masada / Dead Sea
Day 3TUESDAY - Jerusalem / Sightseeing of the New City
Drive to Mt’ Scopus for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. On to the Garden of Gethsemane and Church of the Agony. Continue to 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. Continue to Yad Vashem (the memorial to the six million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust. Afternoon visit Ein Karem ( The birth place of John the Baptist ). Return to Hotel.
Day 4WEDNESDAY - Jerusalem ( Old City ) / Bethlehem*
Walk through one of the Gates to the walled Old City: the renewed Jewish Quarter; the Western Wall, the Temple area; the colorful bazaars; Via Dolorosa and the stations of the cross ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Drive to Mt’ Zion and visit the tomb of King David, the Room of the Last Supper and Dormition Abbey. Afternoon continue to Bethlehem* to visit the Church of the Nativity and return to Jerusalem for overnight. WEDNESDAY - Jerusalem ( Old City ) / Bethlehem*
Day 5THURSDAY - Beit Shean / Tiberias / Galilee
Leave Jerusalem, and drive north via Jericho*, the oldest city in the world. Through Jordan Valley and the new settlements to Beit Shean. Visit the excavations of this beautiful preserved Roman City. Proceed to Tiberias, the old center of Jewish learning. Drive along the shores of the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum , to visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue. Continue to a Kibbutz hotel for overnight.
Day 6FRIDAY - Upper Galilee and Golan Heights / Nazareth
Drive to the Golan Heights. Visit the former Syrian fortifications, and the Druze villages, Via Banias, source of the Jordan River. Proceed via the Hula Valley to Safed, city of the Kabala, to visit a synagogue and the artists’ colony and then to Nazareth to visit the Christian Holy Sites. Return to the Kibbutz hotel for overnight.
Day 7SATURDAY - Acre / Haifa / Tel Aviv
After Breakfast drive west to Acre for a visit of the old, famous Crusader stronghold and medieval fortifications. Continue to Haifa, sightseeing tour of Haifa, including the Bahai Shrine, Persian Garden and Mount Carmel for a panoramic view of the city and the bay. Proceed along the cost to Caesarea to visit the Roman Theater and the Crusader fortress. Continue to Tel Aviv‘s airport for a short flight to Eilat , the Red Sea resort . Upon arrival take a Taxi to the Hotel for overnight.
Day 8SUNDAY - Eilat / Petra / Eilat
After breakfast leave Eilat - Israel, cross the Arava border and drive to Petra through the scenic Jordanian desert and 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 the visitors breath-taken by it's 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. Stop for a sit-down lunch, followed by a visit to Moses Spring before leaving wadi Moussa - the new town of Petra. Drive to Aqaba for a short city tour, return to the Arava border and back to Eilat for overnight *. SUNDAY - Eilat / Petra / Eilat
Day 9MONDAY
Breakfast, own arrival to domestic airport for departure flight to Tel Aviv ( Longer stay upon request ).

* Or evening flight back Tel Aviv, overnight in Tel Aviv.
* Site under the Palestinian Authority Jurisdiction. Visit subject to situation.

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