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Mark DeBruin Tour Plan, Spring 2019

Feb 23 (SAT)

14:50 Arrival, WELCOME TO ISRAEL!  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 () or similar ($600)

Taxi cost: $100

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Feb 24 (SUN)

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

O/N: The Norman Hotel ()  ($600)

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  .

O/N: Efendi Hotel (), Akko ($600)

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  , and site where Jesus turned water into wine – Cana .

O/N:  Scots Hotel (), Tiberias ($500)

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 .

O/N:  Scots Hotel (), Tiberias ($500)

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). The day can also include a visit to Caesarea Philippi (Banias) , and Tel Hazor 

O/N:  Scots Hotel (), Tiberias ($500)

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 .

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

Guide + transportation cost: $700

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Mar 2 (SAT) 

A free day, or an optional visit to Bethlehem , with a local Palestinian guide ($100), 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 then can have a self 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)

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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 .

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

Guide + transportation cost: $700

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Mar 4 (MON)

In the morning we go to the origin of Biblical Jerusalem: City of David  . We then continue to Mount of Olives and review Chapel of the Ascension , and the Garden of Gethsemane  as well as Mount of Olives Viewpoint .

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

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

Guide + transportation cost: $700

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Mar 5 (TUE) 

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 

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

Guide + transportation cost: $700

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Mar 6 (WED)

Checking out and heading to “Negev”, on our way south we visit Battle site of David and Goliath Tel Lachish  Beer-Sheva  Ben Gurion’s Tomb and Hut 

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

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

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Mar 7 (THUR) 

A day exploring the Ramon Crater   and its vicinity: Ramon Crater Visitors Center  , The “Carpentry” Metsad Saharonim Avdat  Remaliah Cisterns  and Salman Bedouin Hospitality Experience .

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

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

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Mar 8 (FRI)

A drive to Eilat   wit a stop on the way to tour Timna  and especially its Tabernacle Replica . In Eilat itself we will check in, and then you go and visit the Eilat Underwater Observatory .

After check in at Eilat I will drive back home (5 hours drive..)

O/N: Eilat ($500)

Guide + transportation cost: $1000

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Mar 9 (SAT) 

In the morning you cross the border, meet the Jordanian guide, and then go for some snorkeling in Aqaba. Then explore Aqaba  itself, and learn about its critical roll in the “Great Arab revolt” in 1918. 

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

O/N: Wadi Rum

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Mar 10 (SUN)

After breakast you join a Jeep Tour in Wadi Rum , and then head to the mediaval castle at Shobak  and Little Petra .

O/N:  Movenpick Hotel (), Petra

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Mar 11 (MON) 

An early start will enable reaching spectacular Petra  before the crowds and the heat, 

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 12 (TUE) 

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 hotel, Hamamt Main

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March 13 (WED) 

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 14 (THUR) 

Early breakfast and transfer to the Airport.

8:15 Departure from Amman, FAIREWELL!