This exciting 5 day tour takes in the best Jerusalem and the surrounding area. Start off by visiting Beersheba, ascend Masada and float in the Dead Sea. Visit Jerusalem's New City and Bethlehem, including a visit to the Israel Museum's Shrine of the Book, Ein Karem, Yad Vashem Holocaust museum and Betherlehem. Finish off with a visit to Jerusalem's Old City, taking in the Western Wall, the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Mount Zion, the Garden of Gethsemane and Mahane Yehuda.
Sunday | Arrival
Upon arrival to Tel Aviv Airport you will be met by our representative who will be holding a sign with your name on, immediately after passport control. Our representative will guide you to pick up your luggage, after which you will be escorted via Customs to meet your driver who will transfer you to your hotel. Evening at leisure in Tel Aviv.
Monday | Masada & the Dead Sea
Meet you tour guide in the morning and set off from Tel Aviv, driving south, passing by the cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon to Beersheba, for a short visit of the capital of the Negev Desert. Continue via Arad to Masada, Israel’s foremost archaeological park. Ascend via cable-car for a thorough visit that gives insight to the rituals, politics and culture of the people who inhabited this desert 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 and cisterns, and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea.
Enjoy Ein Karem; a picturesque village in the south western outskirts of Jerusalem. This small village has great significance in Christian traditions, since this is where according to tradition John the Baptist was born. Visit Yad Vashem the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, established in 1953, located at the foot of Mt. Hertzl. Visit Bethlehem – the birthplace of Jesus at the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square. Return to your Jerusalem hotel.
Wednesday | Jerusalem Old City
Enter the Old City of Jerusalem where you will see the Western Wall and the actual site of the Second Temple, the Temple Mount. Walk the Way of the Cross, the Via Dolorosa, to Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, housing both the traditional site of Crucifixion
and the Tomb of the Resurrection. To the southwest, just outside the Old City, is Mount Zion, with the traditional tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of Jerusalem - the holy city for each of the world’s three great religions – Christianity, Judaism and Islam, from atop the Mount of Olives. Visit the Garden of Gethsemane where Judas betrayed Jesus.
Thursday | Departure
Transfer to the airport for departure
The above tour packages includes the following:
- English Speaking guide for all touring
- A/C coach for touring in a group
- Twin room accommodation in chosen class of hotels on BB basis (HB where indicated)
- Entrance fees for the above mentioned sites
The above mentioned does not include:
- Any extra meals or beverages or hotel extras
- Tips for guides & drivers
- Any personal expenses
- Passport, visa and border crossing fees
- Travel insurance
- Anything not mentioned in inclusions