Grand Israel / 15 days / Wednesday arrival (includes Eilat and optional Petra) Available in English
Day 1 . Wednesday - Arrival
Arrival to Ben Gurion airport where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight Tel-Aviv
Day 2 . Thursday - Independence Hall / Latrun / Ayalon
Start the day with a visit to the independence hall where the establishment of the state of Israel was declared; Next, drive to Latrun to visit the armored corps museum , one of the most diverse tank museums in the world ;Visit the new “mini Israel” miniature park including miniature replicas of the most important landmarks and buildings in Israel . Continue to visit ayalon institute, once an ammunition factory for the Hagana, the underground movement before May 1948. Overnight Tel-Aviv.
Day 3 . Friday - Diaspora museum / Old Jaffa / Tel-Aviv
Visit the diaspora museum; Drive around the main streets of Tel Aviv, center of business and entertainment of Israel. Stop at Rabin's square, place of assassination of prime minister Itzhak Rabin. Continue to old Jaffa, an 8000 year old port city; Visit the ancient ruins and walk along the restored artist's quarter. Visit Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood of Tel Aviv, built in 1887 and Nahalat Benyamin, the pedestrian street of the city with its musicians, hand made jewellery and artifacts. Next , stop at Sheinkin, the lively and colorful street especially known with the unique shops, café life and youthful ambiance. Overnight Tel-Aviv.
Day 4 . Saturday - At leisure
At Leisure - overnight in Tel Aviv
Day 5 . Sunday - Caesarea /Megiddo/ Druze Village/Haifa
Drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea, capital of Judea under the Romans. See the excavations of the crusader city and the Roman port, aqueduct and the amphitheater that has been restored to its former glory as a concert venue. Proceed to Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon; visit the archaeological excavations including the well preserved water supply system . Continue to Daliat el Carmel, a Druze village and enjoy a late lunch at a local restaurant. Proceed via mount carmel to Haifa for a panoramic view of the Haifa bay and the golden domed Bahai shrine and gardens. Overnight in a kibbutz guesthouse.
Day 6 . Monday - Safed / Golan Heights / Winery
Drive to Safed, the center of Jewish mysticism, where you will visit the ancient synagogues and the artists’ colony. Continue to the Golan heights to see the former Syrian bunkers, Kuneitra and the new Israeli town of Katzrin. Stop at the Golan winery for a tour and wine tasting ; Proceed to "kessem hagolan", a multimedia presentation of the area and it's history. Overnight in a kibbutz guesthouse.
Day 7 . Tuesday - Sea of Galilee / Nazareth
Start the day with a visit to Nazareth and visit the church of Annunciation; Continue to Tiberias; Visit Capernaum to see the ruins of the synagogue and octagonal church of St. Peter; Visit mount of beatitudes where Jesus delivered the sermon on the mount. Drive via Beit Shean to Beit Alpha to see the remains of the mosaic floor of an ancient synagogue depicting the zodiac. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 8 . Wednesday - Jerusalem: the Old City
Start the day with a magnificent panoramic view from mount of Olives. Drive to the old city ; Visit the tomb of king David and the room of last supper on Mt. Zion. Enter the walled city and walk through the newly restored Jewish quarter. Visit the Roman cardo, the herodian quarter and continue to the western wall. Walk along the via dolorosa to the church of the holy sepulchre. Continue to Bethlehem*; view Rachel's tomb and proceed to visit the church of Nativity and manger's square. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 9 . Thursday - Jerusalem: the New City
Drive to the Israel museum; visit the shrine of the book where the Dead Sea scrolls are housed and the miniature model of Jerusalem as it was during the second temple period; Proceed for a tour at the knesset, Israel's parliament . Continue to visit mount Hertzel cemetery and Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust .Visit Mea Shearim, the ultra orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem and learn about their unique lifestyle. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 10 . Friday - Qumran / Masada / Dead Sea
Drive through the Judean desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, almost 1300 feet (400 meters) below sea level. Stop at Qumran to visit the site where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada. Ascend by cable car and tour the ancient fortress where the zealots made their last stand against the Romans before committing mass suicide in 73 AD. Descend by cable car. Continue to the Dead Sea; Cover yourself with the mineral rich mud and experience a swim in the Dead Sea* that many believe has its therapeutic effects. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 11 . Saturday – At leisure
At leisure - overnight in Jerusalem
Day 12 . Sunday - Timna / Underwater Observatory / Eilat
Travel south through the negev desert; Visit Timna and see the copper mines and king Solomon’s pillars and marvel at the huge multi-colored rock formations. Continue to Eilat and stop to visit the underwater observatory, one of the largest seaquariums in the world, built into a coral reef. Overnight Eilat.
Day 13 . Monday - Optional day in Eilat or Day in Petra
After assistance with visa to the Jordanian border, drive straight to Petra through desert highways, your ultimate destination is the astonishing rose-red city of Petra which was built by the Nabateans (An early Arab tribe). Petra was renowned for its massive architecture, pools, dams and water channels. Petra is the legacy of the Nabateans who settled in the south of Jordan more than 2000 years ago. The visit begins with the possibility of a short horse back-riding for about 700 m. until the entrance of the siq, which is about 1.2 km long (walking distance). There is a possibility to rent a chariot (extra) to get inside Petra and back to the gate outside. Petra is famous for its huge monuments such as the treasury, royal tombs, the court, roman theatre, roman street, qassier el- bint (palace of Pharaoh’s daughter) and many other smaller monuments which fascinate the visitors. The city itself is almost 45 square km and is considered to be the second wonder of the world. After the visit, time for lunch in a nice restaurant. After lunch drive back to border. On the way, a short visit to Aqaba with the possibility to stop and take a walk around. Transfer to the border at around 18:00 p.m and cross back to Eilat. Overnight Eilat .
Day 14 . Tuesday - Mitzpe Ramon / Sde Boker / Tel-Aviv
Depart Eilat via Mitzpe Ramon; stop to gaze into the ramon crater, a geological wonder; Proceed to Sde Boker and see Ben Gurion's hut and grave overlooking the magnificent Zin valley. Stop for a camel ride experience and a visit to an authentic bedouin tent; learn about the Bedouin hospitality and enjoy a light lunch. Continue to Hatzerim and visit Israel's airforce museum to view the planes and equipment and to hear the story of this brave fighting force. Drive back to Tel-Aviv.
Day 15 . Wednesday - Departure
Transfer to Ben Gurion airport for departure