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Meals and Sightseeing as per itinerary Guaranteed departure (min 2 pax) coach tour No touring on 16 September 2018
Day 1: JerusalemArrive at Ben Gurion International Airport
Day 2: Jerusalem - Masada and the Dead Sea – Jerusalem (B D)
Depart Jerusalem and descend to the lowest place on earth. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to the rock fortress of Masada. Visit Herod’s palaces dating back 2000 years. Then hear about the zealots who defied the Roman Empire from this location. A chance to swim in the Dead Sea. The water is so rich in salts and minerals that you float!
Day 3: Jerusalem - New City (B D)
Start with a spectacular view of Jerusalem from Mount of Olives and then onto the Garden of Gethsemane. See the famous Dead Sea Scrolls at the Shrine of the Book and the model of Jerusalem from Herodian times. Experience a moving visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. Explore the picturesque village of Ein Karem where John the Baptist was born.
Day 4: Jerusalem - Old City and Bethlehem (BD)
Visit the Western Wall and the Temple Mount (subject to security clearance). Explore the colourful bazaars and walk the Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross) until the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Visit the tomb of king David and the Room of the Last Supper on Mount Zion. Continue to Bethlehem (subject to security clearance) to visit Manger Square Shepherds Fields and the Church of the Nativity.
Day 5: Jerusalem – Galilee (B D)
Depart Jerusalem. Enroute pass Jericho (subject to security clearance), the oldest city in the world. Explore the excavations of the beautiful Roman City of Beit Shean. Continue onto Nazareth to see Mary’s Well and visit the Church of Annunciation. Drive to Safed city of mysticl Judaism for a walk through the artists’ colony. Overnight: Galilee Kibbutz hotel.
Day 6: Upper Galilee (B D)
Ascend the Golan Heights and from Mt. Bental peer deep into Syria and the ghost town of Kuneitra. Explore Caesari of Philippi at the Banias Springs. Drive along the shores of the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum to visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue. See the beautiful church at Tabgha where the miracle of the fishes and the loaves took place. Enjoy a short tour of Tiberias – the old centre of Jewish learning.
Overnight: Galilee Kibbutz hotel.
Day 7: Galilee – Coastal Plains - Tel Aviv (B D)
Depart for Acre (Akko) to explore the Knights’ Halls and the secret Crusader tunnels then to Haifa to view the magnificent Bahai gardens from atop Mount Carmel. Stop at Caesarea to visit the Roman Theatre and the Crusader Fortress. Continue to Tel Aviv and Jaffa for a short city tour.
Day 8: Tel Aviv - Jerash – Amman (B D)
Drive to Sheik Hussein Bridge for border crossing procedures to enter Jordan. Explore Jerash the ancient Roman city of the Decapolis. Visit the Citadel and Roman Amphitheatre on a panoramic city tour of Amman.
Day 9: Amman - Petra – Amman (B D)
After an early breakfast leave the hotel and travel along the Desert Highway on the road to Petra. Enjoy a spectacular full day tour exploring the rose-red city of Petra. Enjoy a short horse ride and then travel on foot through the awesome ‘Siq’ valley. Visit the Treasury and explore hundreds of buildings tombs temples and a 3000-seat theatre from the first-century AD. After the visit drive back to Amman.
Day 10: Amman - Kings Way – Amman or Tel Aviv Airport (B)
See the intricate ancient Mosaic map of the Holy Land at Madaba. Visit Mt. Nebo where Moses viewed the Promised Land before his passing. Explore the remains of the Byzantine Church with a mosaic floor and from a platform in front of the church enjoy a breathtaking view across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. In the afternoon transfer to Amman airport or over the border and onto Jerusalem or Tel Aviv Airport.
* 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. The hotel selection may change – please use this as a guideline only
- Transfers as specified in itinerary
- Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
- Tourist class hotels with private facilities
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
- Professional English speaking driver/guides
- Entrance fees
- Israel Travel Notes – issued by Innovative Travel
- 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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