ISRAEL & PETRA TOUR 9 Days Tour

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Day 1   Home-Tel Aviv-Caesarea-Haifa-Tiberias

Arrive to Ben Gurion airport in the morning.

Travel north and visit Caesarea, the ancient capital of Roman Judea. Here history comes to life, as modern technology enables visitors to “see” and “speak" to major figures throughout history. We will then visit a boutique winery and enjoy a wine and cheese lunch together near the Mediterranean Sea. We will head north to Haifa and enjoy a panoramic view of the bay, harbor and the magnificent Bahai Gardens. We’ll learn about the Bahai Religion and their vision towards business & success. We will continue north to Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee. Dinner at hotel, overnight Tiberias

 

Day 2   Sea of Galilee-Golan Heights-Tiberias

We’ll start our day by sailing on the Sea of Galilee in a replica of the ancient fishing boat. Following, we’ll ascend the Golan Heights for a breathtaking view that spans the topography and allows us to envision the battles that took place here during the Six Day War in 1967. We will see a 360 degree movie complete with sights, sounds and fragrances of the Golan Heights. followed by a visit to see the operation of ancient as well as modern olive presses. After lunch we will enjoy a 4x4 jeep tour at the Golan Heights and enjoy the beautiful landscape. Dinner at hotel, overnight Tiberias

Day 3   Tiberias-Kibbutz Almog-Dead Sea

We’ll depart Tiberias, via the Jordan Valley, to visit Kibbutz Almog, where we will learn about the life of a Kibbutz at the Judean desert, and the special agriculture on salty water. We will then have a short drive to the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, where we stop at the renowned Ahava Cosmetics Factory & Visitors Center. Continue to the Dead Sea Spa & hotel; Enjoy the unique opportunity to float in the Dead Sea and cover yourself with the mineral rich mud that many believe has its therapeutic effects. Dinner at hotel, overnight Dead Sea

Day  4   Dead Sea-Masada-Ketura-Eilat

This morning, we will visit Masada, UNESCO world heritage site. We’ll ascend by cable car to the last stronghold of the Zealots in their struggle against the Romans. We will continue south to Ketura Sun project. It is the first commercial medium size solar field in Israel, as well as the first solar field in the Middle East. The solar field is built on the premises of Ketura, an income-sharing community in the Arava Valley, in the south of Israel, about 45 minutes north of Eilat. This location has some of the highest levels of solar radiation in the world and at the same time enables a direct connection to Israel’s national grid. We’ll drive further south to Eilat city resort on the Red Sea. Dinner at hotel, overnight Eilat 

 

Day 5   Eilat

 Today we will have the chance to experience one of the Seven Wonders of the World on an optional tour at an additional fee to Petra, Jordan. Those who will prefer can take an optional tour to the Underwater Observatory at the Eilat Coral Beach following by a yacht sail on the Red Sea with a rich BBQ lunch. Afternoon at leisure, enjoy water activities, stroll along the promenade or shop. Dinner at hotel, overnight Eilat 

 

Day 6   Eilat- Ramon Crater-Negev desert-Jerusalem

Today we will drive to the capital city of Israel- Jerusalem. Our first stop will be at the Mitzpe Ramon Visitor Center, is set on the northern cliffs of the Ramon Crater, and tells the geological story behind this unique and amazing work of nature. The Ramon Crater is the world’s largest one. We will drive through the Negev desert and stop at a tent and enjoy a traditional Bedouin hospitality and a short camel ride. We will stop for a magnificent view of Jerusalem before entering the city. Dinner at hotel, overnight Jerusalem 

Day 7   Jerusalem

We will enter the Old City and walk through the newly restored Jewish Quarter, visit the Cardo and the Western Wall, the most sacred Jewish site. Explore the Wall Tunnels and view the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock, one of the sacred sites for the Muslims. On to the colorful bazaar – the Shuck - with some time for shopping and end our day walking along the Via Dolorosa to the church of the Holy Sepulcher. To end up the day we will take a special journey in the Time Elevator multimedia experience and tell the story of the city. Dinner at hotel, overnight Jerusalem 

Day  8   Jerusalem-Tel Aviv

On our last day we will visit the modern City of Tel Aviv. Walk along the beach promenade and then stroll through the picturesque alleys of Old Jaffa and enjoy its unique atmosphere cafes and boutiques.

We’ll continue to The public library in the Shalom Tower, which turned to a center provides a co-working space and facilities for teams dedicated to developing Internet startups and technology companies. We’ll meet there an innovation expert and hear about Israel as a start up nation.  We will then enjoy the colorful HaCarmel market. After lunch we will have a special tour at a "Diamond Center". We will learn how to recognize the value of a diamond. Continue to diamond polishing factory to see and learn about different cutting and polishing process, for those interested there is a possibility to purchase diamond jewelry at the factory directly. We will then have some free time for shopping at the Old Tel Aviv Port leisure area. Dinner at hotel, overnight, Tel Aviv

 

Day 9   Tel Aviv-Home

We will spend the morning at the Sarona Market complex before we will be transferred to the airport for our flight back home.