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Mark DeBruin Tour Plan, Spring 2019

Feb 23 (SAT)

14:50 Arrival, WELCOME TO ISRAEL! An optional VIP escort at the airpot ($250), and then a transfer to Tel-Aviv and check in.

After a drink and refreshing up we go for Evening Tour of Jaffa  + dinner,

O/N: The Norman Hotel () ($600-$800)

Guide + transportation cost: $700

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Feb 24 (SUN)

A day tour of Tel-Aviv, with the main attractions of:  Independence Hall , Rothschild Boulevard , Palmach Museum , and Rabin Assassination site .

Optional Activities:  Jaffa on Segways  ($150), Cooking Workshop  + lunch ($500?), or a unique Live Shooting   experience in an Anti-Terror facility. ($300)

O/N: The Norman Hotel ()  ($750)

Guide + transportation cost: $700

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Feb 25 (MON)

Check out and heading north, touring highlights of ancient  Caesarea  , stopping for a photo opp at the Bahaian Terraced Gardens  in Haifa , and exploring Crusdaers remains at Akko  .

Optional activities: Powered Parachute Flight   above Caesarea ($500), Speed boat to the Rosh-Hanikra Grottoes  ($100)

O/N: Efendi Hotel (), Akko ($600-$800)

Guide + transportation cost: $700 (+ $250 cost of guide’s hotel room)

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Feb 26 (TUE) 

Exploring sites in the Galilee related to the childhood of Jesus: Roman era Sepphoris / Zippori , highlights of Nazareth   + Arab style lunch, and site where Jesus turned water into wine – Cana .

O/N:  Scots Hotel (), Tiberias ($500-$700)

Guide + transportation cost: $700 (+ $250 cost of guide’s hotel room)

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Feb 27 (WED)

Exploring Holy Christian sites around the Sea of Galilee: Capernaum Magdala Mount of Beatitudes Sea of Galilee Boat  in Kibbutz Ginosar, Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes Church of the Primacy of Peter .

Optional Activity: Sail on the Sea of Galilee ($20 joining a group, $200 private sail)

O/N:  Scots Hotel (), Tiberias ($500-$700)

Guide + transportation cost: $700 (+ $250 cost of guide’s hotel room)

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Feb 28 (THUR)

Ascenind up to the top of the Golan Heights , we will view into syria from Mt. Bental , and review the currecnt geo-politics of the region, which can also be experienced by an ATV tour along the Syrian Border  ($100), or a jeep tour with a local geo-political specialist ($300). The day can also include some wine tasting in a local winer ($50), and a visit to Caesarea Philippi (Banias) , and Tel Hazor 

O/N:  Scots Hotel (), Tiberias ($500-$700)

Guide + transportation cost: $700 (+ $250 cost of guide’s hotel room)

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Mar 1 (FRI) 

Heading for Jerusalem for the week-end we drive along the Jordan valley and visit the Baptism site of Yardenit  or Baptism site (qasr el-Yahud) , as well Roman era member of the “Decapolis” Beit She’an .

Upon reaching Jerusalem we stop for a view Jerusalem at Mount of Olives Viewpoint , and drive along the Jewish Ultra Orthodox are of Mea Shearim .

Optional Activity:  Helicopter Flight  scenic flight from near the Baptism site to Jerusalem, flying above the Dead Sea , Ein Gedi , Masada  , Jerusalem, and Mar Saba Monastery  or Saint George Monastery  . Landing in Jerusalem, and driving along Mea Shearim . ($2700)

 O/N: King David Hotel (), Jerusalem ($600-$800)

Guide + transportation cost: $700

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Mar 2 (SAT) 

Your first day in Jeruslaem will begin with a visit to nearby town of Bethlehem  (With a local Palestinian guide), where you will visit the Church of Nativity  , and the Shepherds’ Field , and also learn about the Palestinian self administrated areas. 

After lunch you will return to Jerusalem and have a tour of the highlights of the Israel Museum   , namely the “Shrine of the Book” ; the Model of the Second Temple ; and the  Archaeological Wing .

O/N:  King David Hotel (), Jerusalem ($600-$800)

Guide + transportation cost: $700

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Mar 3 (SUN)

Today is all devoted to a proper exploration of the old city of Jerusalem!. We start with a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre   and its main parts, the Golgotha  and the Tomb of Jesus .

We sample some of the sites of the Via Dolorosa  as well as the local Arab market (the Suq ) and reach the Western wall   in the Jewish Quarter .

After a lunch break we continue to the site of the “Last Supper” (Cenacle ), and the Christian tradition inside Dormition Abbey .

Optional Activity: VIP donors tour of the City of David   ($3000?), and 

Visit special Ethiopian Jewelry School (YVEL) .

O/N:  King David Hotel (), Jerusalem ($600-$800)

Guide + transportation cost: $700

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Mar 4 (MON)

Day tour to the Dead Sea that will include a visit to Masada  , and a view of the caves where the famous “Dead Sea Scrolls” were found (Qumran  ), and the oasis of Ein Gedi 

Optional Activity: Lunch + swim at the Dead Sea  and use of spa at the Herod’s hotel () ($200)

O/N:  King David Hotel (), Jerusalem ($600-$800)

Guide + transportation cost: $700 (+ $250 cost of guide’s hotel room)

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Mar 5 (TUE) 

Checking out and heading to “Negev”, before we leave Jerusalem we visit the Chapel of the Ascension , and the Garden of Gethsemane  as well as Mount of Olives Viewpoint 

On our way south we visit Battle site of David and Goliath Tel Lachish  Beer-Sheva  Ben Gurion’s Tomb and Hut . For lunch or dinner we can also experience Salman Bedouin Hospitality Experience .

Optional Activity: Tour around Border with Gaza with an IDF officer and pilot specialist ($600).

O/N:  Beresheet Spa Hotel (), Mizpe Ramon ($500-$700)

Guide + transportation cost: $800 (+ $250 cost of guide’s hotel room)

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Mar 6 (WED)

Discovering the desert in the early spring we have a Jeep tour along the “Incense route”  ($400) that will reveal also much of the desert early spring flowers bloom (!), and could also do some Rappeling in Ramon Crater . ($300)

In the afternoon we enjoy the hotel spa facility, and possibly book a massage. ($100)

After dinner we return to the desert for a Stars Watching Session in Machtesh Ramon , possibly combined with a bonfire. ($650)

O/N: O/N:  Beresheet Spa Hotel (), Mizpe Ramon ($500-$700)

Guide + transportation cost: $700 (+ $250 cost of guide’s hotel room)

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Mar 7 (THUR) 

Following the long night yesterday, we have a late breakfast and checktout, and as we head to Eilat   we stop on the way to tour Timna  and especially its Tabernacle Replica .

Upon reaching Eilat   we check in, and possibly go for a Sail on the Red Sea , ($700) which can be combined with various water sports activities, or visit the Eilat Underwater Observatory .

O/N:  Herod’s Vitalis spa Hotel (), Eilat ($500-$700)

Guide + transportation cost: $800 (+ $250 cost of guide’s hotel room)

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Mar 8 (FRI)

In the morning we go for a unique Diving experience with Dolphins in the Red Sea   (no experience needed!) ($300), and after lunch we check-out, cross into Jordan, where the Jordanian guide will be waiting for us.

We first drive into Aqaba  and learn about its critical roll in the “Great Arab revolt” in 1918. 

We Then drive into Wadi Rum , where we check into a luxury Tents / Martian tents hotel.

In the evening we have a festive dinner (“Hafla“) that could also include a Bedouin style “renewel of the vows” ceremony and party. 

O/N: Wadi Rum

In Jordan the agent set all the costs  in one package deal.

The Options are:

A. I am your guide till the 11th, then a Jordanian guide: $8580 per person

B. I do not join you, and you will have (only) a Jordania guide, throughout the tour: $8680 per person

C. I Join you till the 11th, as well as a Jordanian guide (from the 8th to the 14th): $9810 per person.

  • In any case I will charge $600 per day that I join you in Jordan.
  • The offer includes Breakfast and dinner. It does not include lunch costs and tips.

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Mar 9 (SAT) 

An early wakeup will enable you to exprience a unique early morning Balloon flight in Wadi Rum .

After breakast you join an ATV tour in Wadi Rum   or a Jeep Tour in Wadi Rum . And after a Bedouin Lunch in Wadi Rum , we head to the mediaval castle at Shobak  and Little Petra , and checking in at “Wadi Musa” for the big day expected tomorrow..

O/N: Movenpick Hotel (), Petra

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Mar 10 (SUN)

An early start will enable us riding on camels along the “siq” before the crowds and reaching spectacular Petra .

We could combine a hike to the “Monastery” (Ad Deir ) the “High place”, or “Aaron’s tomb”. 

O/N:  Movenpick Hotel (), Petra

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Mar 11 (MON) 

After breakfast Danny will return to Eilat, and you will continue to explore central Jordan. In the morning you will have a  4 hours hike in Wadi Bin Hammad .

After lunch you will drive to visit Lot’s Cave , and possible sites of Sodom and Gomorrah (Bab Edh-Dhra / Sodom and Gomorrah), Later you will also see a unique rock formation (Lot’s wife?), and after a scenic ride along the Dead Sea you will reach a unique spa hotel based at an amazing thermal waterfall (!).

O/N: Evason Main spa Hotel ()

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Mar 12 (TUE) 

The morning begins with a visit the site where John the Baptist was executed (Machaerus ), and later to where Moses saw the “Promised Land!” (Mount Nebo ).

In betwenn you will visit the town of Madaba  to appreciate some of its famous ancient mosaic floor.

O/N: Four Seasons hotel (), Amman

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March 13 (WED) 

Your morning will begin with a ride to famous antiquities of Gerasa  / Jarash. After an intensive appreciations of these the city’s fantastic remains you will return to Amman  for a possible of Amman Citadel Amman Archaeological Museum , and the Jordan Museum .

O/N: Four Seasons hotel (), Amman

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March 14 (THUR) 

Early breakfast and transfer to the Airport.

8:15 Departure from Amman, FAIREWELL!