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Bud Angell Tour plan, April 2020

April 18 (SAT)

segway jaffa tour  3:25  – Arrival, WELCOME TO ISRAEL!. If you wish I could set a VIP reception and a transfer to the hotel. The day is devoted to relax and enjoy the Shabbath. 

However if you prefer I could set a tour for that day as well, or some local activities (Segway Tour  tour or similar).

O/N: Crown Plaza Hotel, Tel-Aviv

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April 19 (SUN)

caesarea tour

Our first full day tour will start with a drive to the Roman and Byzantine era Metropolils  of Caesarea  .  We will review its well preserved aqueduct and then explore the site’s Port, including the New Visitors Center, and walk along Caesarea Hippo-Stadium to Herods Palace in Caesarea and Caesarea Theatre.

haifa bahai gardensWe then head on to Haifa  for a quick view of the iconic Bahai Gardens in Haifa , and later reach Akko   where we appreciate both the local market and the Hospitallers Citadel / “The Knights Halls” .

O/N: Mizpe Hayamim?

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April 20 (MON) 

capernaum tour appreciating the breakfast and views of the renewed “Mizpe Hayamim” spa hotel, we head down to the Sea of Galilee  and visit some of its famous sites related to Christian history, such as Mount of Beatitudes ,  Capernaum  Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and FishSea of Galilee Boat , and possibly Sail on the Sea of Galilee 

O/N: Mizpe Hayamim

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April 21 (TUE)

Completing our review of Holy Christian sites we head to the northern top of the state of Israel and visit Caesarea Philippi (Banias)  and possibly hike the Banias hike and water fall .

golan heights bental

Next we ascend up the Golan Heights  and possibly have lunch at the home of a special Druze  women (Naseeba Samara), and later reach the top of Mt. Bental   for amazing panoramas of the region, including into Syria, and possibly join an ATV tour along the Syrian Border . IF time and will permits we could end the day with a visit to a local winery. 

O/N: Mizpe Hayamim

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April 22 (WED)

nazareth church of annunciation

Heading to Jerusalem we make a few stop on the way such as at the site of the “First miracle of Jesus” – Cana  . Nearby we stroll in the local markets of Nazareth  , review the Church of Annunciation , and have lunch at the BEST Kebab restaurant in Israel!

We then traverse through the plains of “Armageddon”, and if time and will permits we could also visit the archaeolical site of Megiddo 

O/N: Prima Kings, Jerusalem

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April 23 (THUR) 

The first day in Jerusalem will be devoted to exploring the Old City  . We will start with an early visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre    to reach mostly the  Golgotha  and the  Tomb of Jesus , and later walk along the “Stations of the Cross” (Via Dolorosa ).

After light lunch break (Hummus any one?) and possible shopping in the local market (Suq ) we continue to the Jewish Qaurter, where we visit sites like the Western wall  , the Temple Institute , the Cardo  and more.

O/N: Prima Kings, Jerusalem

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April 24 (FRI)

tour to the Israel Museum

On our second day of exploring Jerusalem we will visit the main attractions on Mount Zion  such as the site of the “Last supper” (Cenacle ), King David’s Tomb Mark on Mount Zion  and more. We then contiue to the Israel Museum   and appreciate its main attractions, such as “Shrine of the Book” , the Model of the Second Temple , and the Archaeological Wing .

For lunch we head into Mahane Yehudah Market   and experience the sounds smells and tastes of the local market before Shabbath, and later drive along the Ultra Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim 

Shabbath Shalom!

O/N: Prima Kings, Jerusalem

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April 25 (SAT) 

An Arab guide will take you today to selected sites in the West bank. In Jericho  you will walk on the ruins of the Biblical site (Tel es-Sultan ), and possibly take the cable car ride to the Monastery of the Temptation . Nearby you could visit the Baptism site (qasr el-Yahud)  .

church of nativity bethlehem

In Bethlehem  you will go to the Church of Nativity   and the Shepherds’ Field  and learn about the hometown of David, becoming a Holy City to the Christian world, and now a Palestinian town of conflict.

O/N: Prima Kings, Jerusalem

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April 26 (SUN) 

tour to masada A day tour the to the Dead Sea will begin with a visit to the site where the famous “Dead Sea Scroll” were found (Qumran  ), followed by a drive at Ein-Gedi Nature Reserve   and trying to track some of the wild life. At Masada   we will take a cable car to the top of the famous site of Jewish drama and trajic end, and then head for lunch and a swim at the Dead Sea . We then have a 2.5 hours drive to get to Eilat   and check in.

O/N: Dan Panorama Eilat

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April 27 (MON) 

A morning pick up by the agency will take you to the border crossing where a Jordanian guide and driver will take you to the famous Nabatean former capital of Petra  . Walking through the Siq  you will be amazed by the unique rock fomations, and the “Treasury” at the end (Al-Khazneh ).

You will have lunch at the site and then return to the entrance, possibly visiting the new Petra Museum . You will then drive back to the border crossing, with an optional quick stop at Wadi Rum   on the Way.

O/N: Dan Panorama Eilat

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April 28 (TUE) (Memorial Day)

scuba dive Eilat red sea A relaxing morning in Eilat can be used for snorkeling or Scuba Diving at the Red Sea  , and then head to a 5 hours drive to get to Tel-Aviv  .

Alternatively we could leave early in the morning, drive through Ramon Crater  , and possibly visit Ramon Crater Visitors Center  and/or Ben Gurion’s Tomb and Desert home .

In the evening expect long parties to mark eve of INDEPENDENCE DAY!.

O/N: Crown Plaza Hotel, Tel-Aviv

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April 29 (WED)

Independence hall israel HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!. Today is a day off for the guide.. You can enjoy the beach, relax, and possibly visit one of the national institutions (Independence Hall Rabin Center Palmach Museum Rabin Assassination site , etc.)

O/N: Crown Plaza hotel, Tel-Aviv

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April 30 (THUR) 

jaffa private tour

Our day tour of Tel-Aviv and Jaffa will begin with a stroll along the art galleries and alleys of Jaffa , appreciating the mix of Ottoman architecture and and some archaeological discoveries. Reaching the port we could check the “Catch of the day” of the local fisherman and then walk to the colorfull Flea Market  , where we can also have lunch.

palmach museumWe will then return to the car, and drive along points of Interest in Tel-Aviv such as Neve Tzedek Rothschild Boulevard , Rabin Assassination site . We could combine it also with a visit to the Palmach Museum .

O/N: Crown Plaza hotel, Tel-Aviv

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May 1 (FRI)

azeqah tourOur last day of the tour will be concentrating on the “Shfelah”. We will drive along the 1948 war “Burma Road”  , and review the Battle site of David and Goliath  and sites related to Samson. 

We then return to Tel-Aviv and make sure not the miss the Friday Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Fair   and the local Carmel Market  

Shabbath Shalom!

O/N: Crown Plaza hotel, Tel-Aviv

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May 2 (SAT) 

4:50 – Departure, Farewell!