|King Solomons Mines & Timna Park
Travel north of Eilat along the Arava to Timna Valley. Drive through the park and view the unusual rock formations, where centuries of wind have eroded the rocks into shapes that look like mushrooms and other formations. View the remains of the ancient copper mines, traditionally called King Solomons mines. See the ancient Egyptian temple dedicated to Hathor, goddess of mining. See the multi-media exhibit telling the story of this fascinating place.
|One Day Petra 7:30 AM
Petra was first established around the 6th Century BC by the Nabatean Arabs, a nomadic tribe who settled in south Jordan for more than 2000 years ago. The tour starts from the Tourist Center with a horseback ride to the entrance of the narrow (1 Km) Siq or gorge with towering rock walls soaring to 200 meters. Following a walk through the Siq, be confronted by the magnificent and dramatic facade of the most famous monument in Petra, the Treasury. Various walks and climbs reveal literally hundreds of buildings, facades, baths, funerary halls, soaring temples, royal tombs, markets, paved streets, as well as the 3000 seat theatre from the early 1st Century AD. After completing border formalities, transfer to your hotel in Eilat
|Full Day Golan Heights with lunch
Ascend the Golan Heights. Stop for spectacular vistas of the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinnereth) and surrounding areas. Visit Mt Ben Tal, site of a former Israeli bunker to understand its stategic importance during the 6 Day War in 1967 and the Yom Kippur War in 1973. After a stop for lunch, visit the kosher winery in Katzrin, the largest town in the Golan Heights. Drive to Safed, a holy city in Judaism and the center of the mystical Kabbala. Stroll through the artists colony and visit an ancient synagogue.
|full day in his footsteps
This morning, embark on a full day tour where you will have the opportunity to take a boat ride on the "Sea of Galilee" docking at Ginosar to see the famous "Jesus Boat", an archaeological treasure recovered from the waters of the Galilee, dating back to the first century. From here, cross the lake to Capernaum, the town of Jesus, where He chose His first Disciples among the humble local fisherman. The day continues with a lunch stop at St. Peters Restaurant. before arriving at the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached His Sermon on the Mount, Tabgha, sight of the multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes (John 6).
|Full Day Masada & Dead Sea
Enjoy a full day tour to Massada and the Dead Sea. Drive through the Judean Desert and along the shores of the Dead Sea to Massada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ascend the towering desert mesa via cable car to visit the excavations of the fortress of King Herod and last stronghold of the Zealots against the Romans. Here you will be able to see many of the original structures, such as the synagogue and storehouses, that have been painstakingly restored by archaeologists. Descend the mount via cable car and continue your tour as you journey via Ein Gedi and the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest elevation on Earth at more than 1,300 feet below sea level. While at this natural wonder, enjoy the opportunity to float in the water or cover yourself in the mineral-rich mud. Afterwards, return to your hotel.
|Half Day Bethlehem 2:00 PM
Enjoy a half day tour featuring the Church of the Nativity, the oldest church in the Holy Land, still in use and commemorates the birthplace of Jesus Christ. Many restoration projects have occurred through the years. Presently the facade of the Church of the Nativity is encircled by the high walls of the three convents: the Franciscan on the northeast side, the Greek Orthodox and the Armenian Orthodox, on the southeast side. A shopping stop for local souvenirs and olive wood handicrafts is included. Please note that Bethlehem is located six miles south of Jerusalem in the West Bank and governed by the Palestinian National Authority.
|Half Day Jerusalem Herodian Mansions & Burnt House
This tour features two visits that take you back to the time of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, an era reaching back as far back as 515 BCE. Your first stop will be a 6 house compound known as the Herodian Mansions. These were the homes of aristocracy, most especially Temple priests and their families. The homes were designed in the Hellenistic Roman style popular at the time. The design of the dwellings, and the findings revealed during the excavations, bear witness to the residents wealth and high standard of living. They allow us to observe the living conditions and way of life of the Jerusalem upper class on the eve of the destruction of the Second Temple. The last visit on this tour will be to the Burnt House, which was excavated in the 1970s. It was believed to have been set ablaze by the Roman legions in 70 AD. It was owned by the Kathros family, members of the wealthy Temple priest aristocracy. You will view an emotional video reproduction of the 2000 year old events, as they were appearing before your very eyes. Watch as they prepare their revolt against the Romans, the different political opinions of the family members, the storming of the city and the house, and the destruction of the temple and the torching of the house
|Half Day Jerusalem New City
Drive past the Knesset, Israels Parliament to visit the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed on a rotating platform. View the model of Jerusalem during Second Temple period. En route to Yad Vashem, pass by the Israeli Supreme Court Building. Explore the new facilities of Yad Vashem, Israels memorial to the Holocaust. Return to your hotel.
|Half Day Jerusalem Old City Jewish Quarter
Enjoy a magnificent overview of Jerusalem and the Judea Desert from Mount Scopus, near the Hebrew University Campus. Proceed to the Old City, Enter through Zion Gate, where provisions for the Jewish Quarter were smuggled through during the War of Independence. Walk to the Cardo, the ancient Roman Street which was the main shopping area during the Roman and Byzantine Periods. Visit the Jewish Quarter and the four Sephardic Synagogues from the 16th Century, restored after the 1967 war. Visit Davidson Center and tour the southern wall excavation.
|Illuminated Jerusalem with dinner
Jerusalem at night shows off her splendor. Drive by the walls of the Old City, and various other monuments to see the city in a new light. Continue to a local restaurant for dinner.
|Jerusalem City of David Archaeology Tour
Tour the City of David, located just outside the Walls of the Old City. The archaeological excavations have revealed the foundations of the city from Biblical time in the Kidron Valley. Visit the recent underground excavations of fortresses and passageways. View Gihon Spring, the major water source of Jerusalem for over 1000 years, and traditionally the site where King David entered and conquered the Jebusite city. This tour requires walks along often uneven terrain and climbing some steps. Only physically fit individuals should consider this option.
|Tel Aviv Sightseeing|
|5 Dinner Value Package
Looking for dependable, affordable restaurants in a foreign country can be challenging, time-consuming and often risky. Your hotels are providing an economical way to stick to your budget, enjoy dependable local cuisine, without incurring any travel cost. Meals are based on the hotels buffet or four-course set menu. Beverages are not included. Nov 10 - Mar 11: 10 Day Israel on Sale - meals will be on days: 2, 5, 6, 7, 9 Apr 11 - Feb 12: 10 Day Israel on Sale - meals will be on days: 2, 3, 4, 7, 9 Nov 10 - Mar 11: 14 Day Israel & Egypt with 3 Day Nile Cruise - meals will be on days: 2, 5, 6, 7, 13 Apr 11 - Jul 11: 15 Day Israel & Egypt with 3 Day Nile Cruise - meals will be on days: 2, 3, 4, 7, 14
|Dinner in Tel Aviv
Drive through the bustling streets of Tel Aviv to ancient Jaffa, which today forms the modern city of Tel Aviv-Jaffa. Walk through the main square for a view of Tel Aviv to the north. Proceed to a local restaurant for dinner.
|Half Day Ayalon Museum
This morning depart for a tour of the Ayalon Institute, located on the outskirts of Rehovot near Tel Aviv. Learn the story of the secret ammunition factory built by Haganah in 1945, the largest Jewish underground movement before the establishment of the State of Israel. Above ground, it appeared to be a Kibbutz. Openings to the factory below were covered by a laundry that masked the sound of the machinery, and between 1946-1948 over 2 million bullets were manufactured which aided Haganah during Israels War of Independence. Return to Tel Aviv.
|Half Day Tel Aviv
See the highlights of Tel Aviv, a vibrant city renowned for its chic, cosmopolitan character. Drive along the Promenade, the Tel Aviv waterfront on the Mediterranean to ancient Jaffa. Walk through the winding alleyways with their many art galleries that now occupy the old structures. Return to modern-day Tel Aviv, down the tree-lined Rothschild Avenue which boasts a large ion of Bauhaus Architecture style from the 19302 and 1940s. Continue past the Mann Auditorium and Habima, Israels National Theatre, through Dizengoff Street, named after Tel Avivs first mayor, dotted with boutiques and side-walk cafes. Visit Yitzhak Rabin Square with its memorial to the late Israeli Prime Minister. Proceed along Ben Gurion Boulevard, named for Israel first Prime Minister and where David Ben Gurions House remains as it was as a permanent exhibition. Return to your hotel.
|Half Day Tel Aviv Walking Tour
Today enjoy a walking tour of Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood of Tel Aviv. At the beginning of the 20th century Neve Tzedek was home to many artists and poets. Many of their houses can still be seen today, many of them restored historic buildings in the Bauhaus style, as you stroll through the narrow lanes and winding streets. End your walk along the seaside promenade.
|Panoramic Night Tour of Tel Aviv with dinner
This evening you will see the highlights of Tel Aviv, a vibrant city renowned for its chic, cosmopolitan character. Drive down Ibn Givrol Street, one of Tel Avivs main streets with shops and restaurants. Pass Yitzhak Rabin Square with its memorial to the late Israeli Prime Minister. Continue past the Mann Auditorium and Habima, Israels National Theatre, and down the tree-lined Rothschild Avenue which boasts a large ion of Bauhaus Architecture style from the 1930sand 1940s. Continue toward the Mediterranean Sea and then south to Jaffa for dinner in a local restaurant.