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Big Tour of Israel

Day 1 – Caesarea

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 aqueductCaesarea PortPaul’s Prison in Caesarea (?)Herods Palace in CaesareaCaesarea Theatre, and more.

Driving through the Jezreel Valley and the Galilee, we could also visit the Biblical site of Megiddo  and learn on its identification with Apocalypic Armageddon.

O/N: North

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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.

Next we join a local ATV tour  by the border, possibly climb on tanks at the 7th Brigade Tank Monument , and after lunch we visit “Golan Magic” Visitors Center .

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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 ).

O/N: North

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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 .

O/N: North

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Day 4 – Akko and Haifa

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 .

O/N: Tel-Aviv

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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 .

At Shalom Meir Tower Visitors Center   we will review the early history  Tel-Aviv , and  nearby we will visit the “Independence hall”  , where the state of Israel was declared (!).

We will end with a drive to  Rabin Assasination site , and asses the current geo-politics of Israel and its surroundings.

O/N: Tel-Aviv

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Day 6 – Shefelah

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 , ancient Beth Shemesh  or crawl in Bar Kokhba caves .

After a lunch break we could visit the prolific David Gerstein Studio , and/or visit one the many local wineries in the region.

Upon reaching Jerusalem we will drive along the “Capitol hill” and see the Parlaiment building (Knesset ), and the Supreme Court Building , before checking in to your hotel.

O/N: Jerusalem

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Day 7 – Jerusalem

Our full day tour of the holiest city in the world will begin with an introduction from Mount of Olives Viewpoint , and possibly have also a visit to Dominus Flevit  and the Garden of Gethsemane .

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  .

After a lunch break we continue into the Christian Quarter  and walk along parts of the Via Dolorosa  to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre  .

O/N: Jerusalem

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Day 8 – Dead Sea

Heading to the lowest dry place in the world, we might wand to make a stop at the Sea level sign for a Camel Ride. Next we will pass by Jericho  and the Baptism site (qasr el-Yahud)  and view the caves where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were found (Qumran  ).

Later we will drive by the oassis of Ein Gedi , and possibly spot some local Ibex. The main focus will be on the mgnificant site of Masada  , famed for its dramatic and tragic history.

We now head for a lunch and a swim oppurtunity at the Dead Sea , and then head to Eilat   (2.5 hours drive). If time and will permits we could stop Hazeva  or Vidor Center .

O/N: Eilat

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Day 9 – Eilat / Petra

Our time in Eilat   can be used for a full day tour of Petra  and Wadi Rum . Alternatively we could use the time to visit the Eilat Underwater Observatory Scuba Diving at the Red Sea   (No Experience needed!), or drive up to Eilat Mountains and hike in the “Red Canyon”  and view into Egypt.

Another option is a drive to the ancient Copper mines in Timna , where we can also appreciate the Tabernacle Replica At the end of the day we have a 2 hours drive to Mitzpe Ramon .

O/N: Mitzpe Ramon

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Day 10 – Ramon Crater

Our day at the heart of the Negev will beding with a visit to Ramon Crater Visitors Center , followed by a  Jeep tour in Ramon Crater , including The “Carpentry” .

For a unique and authentic Bedouin lunch experience we could attend the Salman Bedouin Hospitality Experience , and in the afternoon we could Rappel in Ramon Crater 

At night we could join a session of Stars Watching Session in Machtesh Ramon .

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O/N: Mitzpe Ramon

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Day 11 – Sderot

On our last day we head to airport, with an optional stop at Ben Gurion’s Tomb and Hut  in Kibbutz Sde-Boker, and/or a review of Beer-Sheva   and\or Tel Be’er Sheva .

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Alternatively we could drive by the border with Gaza, and  learn about the rockets threat in Sderot .

Reaching Ben-Gurion airport, we part, with hugs and kisses 🙂

Farewell!



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