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Experience The Highlights Of Israel & Negev Tour, A Highly Recommended Introductory Tour of Israel


Sunday Arrival

Upon arrival to airport meet our representative and transfer to hotel in Tel Aviv for an overnight.

Monday Tel Aviv-Masada-Dead Sea

Leave Tel Aviv and drive 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.

Tuesday 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 drive to the picturesque village of Ein Karem (the birth place of John the Baptist) . Return to Hotel.


Wednesday Jerusalem (Old City)–Bethlehem*

Walk through one of the Gates to the walled Old City: the renewed Jewish Quarter; the Western Wall; 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.


Thursday 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.

Friday Upper Galilee-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 Nazareth to visit the Christian Holy Sites. Return to the Kibbutz hotel for overnight.


Saturday 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. End the day with a short city tour of Tel Aviv-Jaffa and overnight.

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Sunday Tel Aviv - Nahal Hemar - Nahal Sdom - Ein Yerakam - Makhtesh Katan - Makhtesh Gadol

Departure from Tel Aviv/Jerusalem/Dead Sea. The tour begins with the following route: Nahal Hemar (a stream featuring a cave with archeological finds from Neolithic times), Nahal Sdom (a stream), Mt. Sodom observation point (including the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah). Stop for rest and refreshments. Continue to the following sites: Ein Yerakam (a desert spring, camel trail from the Nabatean era), Makhtesh Katan (the Small Crater – unique geological erosional landform), Makhtesh Gadol (the Large Crater, including the multicolored sands and petrified trees). Kibbutz Mashabei Sadeh Country Lodging (or similar) – dinner and overnight stay.

Monday Avdat - Ramon Crater - Nahal Ramon - Mt. Gvanim - Ein Saharonim - Nahal Ardon - Ben Gurion's memorial - Ein Akev

Breakfast. We will begin the day with a tour of Avdat – an ancient Nabataean city on the ancient incense route, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to the observation point at the Ramon Crater and visits to the following sites: Nahal Ramon (one of two streams that drain the spectacular Makhtesh Ramon), Mt. Gvanim (fossils) and Nahal Gvanim (a stream), Ein Saharonim (a tiny spring found in the Ramon Crater, with lush vegetation and wildlife) + the Saharonim fort, Nahal Ardon (a stream with rare volcanic intrusions known as dikes). Hospitality and light lunch at a Bedouin tent. Visit to Ben Gurion's memorial (the graves of David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, and his wife Paula, with breathtaking views of the Tzin Canyon and Ovdat Highland). Short walk to Ein Akev desert spring and waterfall (option for swimming). Return to Central Israel.


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