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Elena Tour plan, May 2019

May 3 (FRI)

Arrival, WELCOME TO ISRAEL!. Upon leaving the airport we head up to Jerusalem, greet it from the top of Mount of Olives Viewpoint , and then check, and then explore Mahane Yehudah Market    on Friday, and walk along Mea Shearim 

In the evening you can go to watch (and participate) in the special festive prayers at the Western Wall before Shabbath. 

O/N: Jerusalem

Cost (guide + transportation): $650

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May 4 (SAT)

The first full day in Jerusalem will be devoted to exploring mostly its christian sites. Entering the Old City   at Jaffa Gate , we first head to the church of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre  , which by Christian tradition is the site of the Golgotha  and the Tomb of Jesus . We then walk along parts of the Via Dolorosa  and try to assess the city some 2000 years ago, and eventually reach traditional site of the trial of Jesus.

Passing through the Jewish Quarter , our last aim is to reach and visit the sites on Mount Zion : site of the “Last supper” (Cenacle ), rest place of Mary (Dormition Abbey ), and King David’s Tomb Mark on Mount Zion .

O/N: Jerusalem

Cost (guide + transportation): $700

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May 5 (SUN)

Our second day in Jerusalem is devoted to exploring in the Jewish Quarter , namely the Herodian Quarter , the Burnt House , and the Southern Wall Archaeological Park  . After lunch we check out , and heading north, we can pass by the site where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were found (Qumran  ), an have an option to swim at the Dead Sea .

O/N: Tiberias

Cost (guide + transportation): $700 (plus cost of my room)

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May 6 (MON)

Devoting the morning to Roman era sites around the Sea of Galilee we visit sites like Ancient Tiberias Magdala , and Capernaum . After a lunch break in a local fish restaurant, we continue to Cana  and Nazareth  , and learn about sites relating to the childhood of Jesus, and if time permits we also visit the ancient Jewish Catacombs in Beth Shearim .

O/N: Haifa

Cost (guide + transportation): $700 (plus cost of my room)

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May 7 (TUE)

Focusing on historical sites along the coast we first head to Akko   and explore its impressive remains from the time of the Crusaders, as well as its modern Arab market (“Suq“). We then continue to Haifa  for a photo op. at the Bahaian Terraced Gardens  and possibly visit Elijah’s Cave . After lunch we explore the wealth of remains ancient Caesarea  , ending in Tel-Aviv.

O/N: Tel-Aviv

Cost (guide + transportation): $700

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May 8 (WED) (Memorial Day)

Being the national memorial day we include a drive along “Burma Road”   which provided a critical support to Jerusalem in the 1948 war. We then continue to the Battle site of David and Goliath .

We then return to Jaffa  and stroll in its alleys, learning about its unique history, and see the city preparing for the night parties.

In the evening you will have an oppurtunity to join the “Independance day” parties in Tel-Aviv!

O/N: Tel-Aviv

Cost (guide + transportation): $700

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May 9 (THUR) (Independence day)

Happy Independence Day!. Today you are free to discover Tel-Aviv   yourself, visit historical and military sites which will be open to the public, and watch the annual military aerial show!.

In the evening you will head to the airport for departure. FAIRWELL!

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