Israel is the beating heart of the three great monotheistic religions of the world, and this compact itinerary makes the most of time spent here with visits to many of the most important sites. For those passing through the Middle East, this three-night tour offers a fantastic side trip and insight into why this land is so sacred to so many.
- Walk the Stations of the Cross, along the Via Dolorosa, believed to be the path Jesus walked on his way to crucifixion.
- Experience the sensory wonder of a float in the Dead Sea.
- Explore the temple site of Masada, last stronghold of the Jewish zealots in their struggle against the Romans.
Meals and sightseeing as per itinerary
No touring on 18 & 19 September 2018
Day 1: Jerusalem
Upon arrival at Tel Aviv Airport you will be met by a representative of our local operator (look out for your name on a sign) and then transferred to your Jerusalem hotel where accommodation is reserved for three nights. Remainder of day at leisure to unwind and begin soaking up the atmosphere of the Holyland.
Day 2: Jerusalem – Old and New (B)
After breakfast you will be picked up from hotel to begin exploring the biblical and cultural highlights of Old and New Jerusalem. Sights visited today include Mount Zion, the 'Old City' and the Western Wall, the Stations of the Cross and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. (On Saturdays visit Garden of Gethsemane in place of Yad Vashem).
Optional (supplement applies): Replace Jerusalem Old and New with Jerusalem and Bethlehem Tour:
Drive to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the city. Enter the Old City and walk through the Armenian and Jewish quarters to the recently excavated and restored Cardo, the Roman road. See the Jewish Wailing Wall, the Kotel, and continue to the Christian quarter. Walk along the Via Dolorosa and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Continue to Bethlehem for an overview of Shepherd’s field. Drive on for a visit to the Church of Nativity and Manger’s square. Return to Jerusalem.
NOTE: Passports and modest dress required. Tour subject to security clearance.
Day 3: Masada and the Dead Sea (B)
Depart Jerusalem and descent to the lowest place on earth. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to the rock fortress of Masada. Visit Herod's Palace, dating back 2000 years. Then hear about the zealots who defied the Roman Empire from this location. Enjoy a chance to swim in the Dead Sea. The water is so rich in salts and minerals that you float!
Day 4: Jerusalem Departure (B)
Transfer to airport for onward flight.
Modest dress is required for entrance to holy sites - Men: Long Pants. Women: Skirt or long pants and shoulders covered
Order of sightseeing may be amended depending on local travel restrictions and security clearance.
- Meeting assistance
- Airport transfers as per the itinerary
- English Speaking guide for all touring
- A/C coach for touring in a group (for VIP tours, guaranteed small group of up to 15 pax)
- Tourist class hotel with private facilities
- Entrance fees for the above mentioned sites
- Taxes and service charges
- International airfares
- Optional tours and excursions
- Port Taxes and fuel surcharges
- Tipping/Gratuities (please refer to tour notes for a recommended guideline)
- Personal Expenses
- Departure taxes
- Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
- Visas (unless specified)
- Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above
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