An exciting discovery of the Old World
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Arrival to Ben Gurion airport, meeting local guide & assistance with formalities, then transfer to Netanya for check-in at hotel. Enjoy a visit to the beautiful Mediterranean beach.
Dinner and overnight @ Netanya.
After breakfast, transfer to Bethlehem, to see the Church of the Nativity, Manger Square, and the Shepherds’ Fields. Drive to Jerusalem for a visit of the Holy City. Walk through the Via Dolorosa – the “Way of the Suffering”, from the first station, where Christ was sentenced to death, along the following nine stations, to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre where the last five stations are located. Walk through the Arab bazaar and the Jewish quarter to the Western Wall, the holiest site for Jews. Climb Mount Zion to visit the tomb of King David and the Cenacle, the room of the Last Supper.
Dinner and overnight @ Jerusalem
Drive southward via Judean Desert, along the shores of the Dead Sea. Enjoy bathing and floating on the mineral rich water of the Dead Sea. Continue to Taba border, meet and assist by our representative and after the border formality departure to the Monastery of St. Catherine,
Dinner and overnight @ the Monastery.
Climb Mount Sinai, return to the Monastery for visit, then return to Taba border.
Dinner and overnight @ Eilat.
After breakfast check out of the hotel and transfer to the Aqaba border, meet our representative and assistance with border formalities. Drive to Petra, also known as the Rose City due to the colour of the stone out of which it is carved, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985, and described as “one of the most precious cultural properties of man’s cultural heritage”. On horseback, discover the location where “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” was filmed, then walk through the impressive eastern entrance, which leads steeply down through a dark, narrow gorge (in places only 3–4 m wide), called the Siq (“the shaft”), at the end which stands Petra’s most elaborate ruin, Al Khazneh, “the Treasury”. At the foot of the mountain called en-Nejr, is a massive amphitheatre, cut into the hillside and into several tombs during its construction. Almost enclosing it on three sides are rose-coloured mountain walls, divided into groups by deep fissures, and lined with knobs cut from the rock in the form of towers.
Dinner and overnight @ Petra
After breakfast check out of the hotel and transfer to the ancient city of Madaba, best known for its Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, among which the Madaba Mosaic Map, preserved in the floor of the Greek Orthodox Basilica of Saint George. Then climb Mount Nebo, an elevated ridge approximately 817 meters above sea level where Moses viewed the holy land of Canaan and where, according to Christian tradition, he was buried. Drive due North to the ancient Roman city of Jerash. See the temples of Zeus and Artemis, Hadrian’s Arch, the circus/hippodrome, the unique oval Forum, the long colonnaded street or Cardo, the large South Theatre and smaller North Theatre), two baths and a scattering of small temples, and an almost complete circuit of city walls.
Cross the border into Israel, and visit the Yardenit, the traditional baptism site, and the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the “Sermon on the Mount”. Then see Capernaum, where Jesus spent most of his ministry, and chose his first disciples. The floor plan of the Beatitudes Church is octagonal, the eight sides representing the eight Beatitudes. Drive to Tabgha; in the Church of the Multiplication we will see the beautifully preserved Byzantine era mosaic representing the multiplication of the loaves and fish. In Tiberias we board for a cruise on the Sea of Galilee, before going to our hotel.
Dinner & overnight @ Tiberias
Drive to Nazareth. On the way see the Wedding Church in Kana, where Jesus turned water into wine during the wedding. In Nazareth, visit the Church of the Annunciation. Continue to Haifa and see Mt. Carmel and the Baha’i Temple and Garden. Then transfer to Caesarea Maritima, where the beautiful Aqueduct, the Promontory Palace, and the Theatre remain beautifully preserved. Drive to Tel Aviv, also known as the White City, and a UNESCO listed heritage site since 2003, and see highlights of the ancient port of Jaffa.
Dinner & overnight @ Tel Aviv
Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure.