Day 1 – Caesarea
Shalom and welcome to Israel!.
Pending on time of arrival, we could visit the ruins of the ancient metropolis Caesarea on our way up north, especially appreciating the Caesarea aqueduct, Caesarea Port, Paul’s Prison in Caesarea (?), Herods Palace in Caesarea, Caesarea Theatre, and more.
Day 2 – Golan Heights
Crossing the Jordan River , today we ascend to the top of the Golan Heights . At Mt. Bental we view into Syria and review the conflict between Israel and Syria, as well as the ongoing civilian war in Syria.
We end with a visit and an optional hike to Gamla , “The Masada of the North”, where the Jews were also defeted by the Imperial Roman forces some 2000 years ago.
Pending on time and will we can also visit a local winery, or a Chocolate worskshop (De Karina Chocolatiere ).
Day 3 – Galilee
This day is devoted to sites in the Galilee and around the Sea of Galilee. We start with a visit to Capernaum , “Hometown of Jesus” according to the New Testament, today an impressive archaeolical site, that bears, among others, the biggest synagogue ever found in Israel. Nearby we visit Magdala , a site that also combines significant Jewish and Christian history, and next we head up to Nazareth , where we have a nice local lunch, and then review the finds at Roman era Sepphoris . On the way back, if time permits, we could also visit Cana .
Day 4 – Akko and Caesarea
Heading west we devote the morning to the significant mediavel city of Akko . Former Capital of the Crusaders, Akko presents an impressive complex of the Hospitallers (the “Knights Halls” ) as well as an authentic local Arab Market.
From Akko we could have a Boat ride around its walls, or sail to Haifa , where we can appreciate the Bahaian Terraced Gardens . If time and will permits, we could also visit Atlit Detainee Camp , and\or view Atlit Crusaders Fortress .
Day 5 – Tel-Aviv
A full day devoted to the modern history of Israel as reflected in Jaffa and Tel-Aviv will start with a stroll along old Jaffa, and its nearby Flea Market . Next we will head to Rothschild Boulevard .
We will end with a drive to Rabin Assasination site , and asses the current geo-politics of Israel and its surroundings.
Day 6 – “Samson Land”
Heading out of Tel-Aviv we could appreciate some quite a few sites on our way to Jerusalem: the Palmach Museum , the Secret Bullet Factory (“Machon Ayalon”) , a drive along the “Burma Road” , Battle site of David and Goliath , Beth Shemesh , crawl in Bar Kokhba caves , or visit the prolific David Gerstein Studio , and/or visit one many local wineries in the region.
Day 7 – Jerusalem
If you have an interest to visit and contribute to the City of David archaeological project (The Ir David organization), we will have a special VIP tour of the site, and continue into the Old City where we will visit the Western wall , and possibly have a private tour of the Western Wall tunnels .
Day 8 – Dead Sea
Heading to the lowest dry place in the world, after we pass the Sea level sign we will see Jericho and the Baptism site (qasr el-Yahud) in the distance, and stop to view the caves where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were found (Qumran ).
Day 9 – Eilat
The Morning can be used for an experience of Scuba Diving at the Red Sea . Eventually we cross into Jordan, visit Aqaba , and to Wadi Rum for a Bedouin traditional Lunch experience, followed by a Jeep Tour , or an ATV tour in Wadi Rum .
Upon reaching Wadi Musa, we check in, have dinner, and later participate in the Petra Night Tour .
Day 10 – Petra
The morning will be devoted to a full tour of Petra , including a hike to the “Monastery” (Ad Deir ). Later we drive to visit Little Petra , and the Crusaders fortress of Shobak , Lot’s Cave , or Bab Edh-Dhra / Sodom and Gomorrah? . In the evening we reach Ma’in Hot Springs , where we can go for a night dip in a waterfall from a natural thermal spring (!)
O/N: Ma’in Hot Springs
Day 11 – Madaba
Later we continue to Mount Nebo , and view the “Promised Land” from the presumed place where Moses died and was buried.
We end the day with visiting the site where John the Baptist was beheaded – Machaerus . See me presenting the site to “The Watchman”:
Day 12 – Jerash
We end heading to Amman intl. airpot for departure.