We start the day at the Mount of Olives viewpoint for a view and a review of the city’s history. Next we descend to the Garden of Gethsemane , and crossing the kidron valley we enter the Old City and join the “Via Dolorosa” , walking through the streets of the old city up to the Holy Sepulchre . After a lunch + possible shopping break in the market of the Old City , we continue to the Jewish Quarter and appreciate its synagogues and archaeological finds, including a visit to the Western wall . If there is time and desire, we can also go to a view towards Bethlehem from
An urban tour showing Jaffa and its antiquities, and the development of Tel-Aviv. We start with a stroll in the alleys of Old Jaffa , appreciating several art and crafts galleries (e.g. Ilana Goor , Ben-Zion Ymenite Jewelry Workshop , and Adina Plastelina ). Passing through the Christian sites, we can appreciate the Home of Simon the Tanner, and St. Peter’s Church . Descending to the port itself, we can have some coffee while viewing the Andromeda rock, and then advance to the Flea Market . By Car we can then proceed into Tel-Aviv, and explore sites like Neve Tzedek , Rothschild Boulevard , and Nahalat Binyamin market , ending at Rabin Assasination site . .
Today we are headed to one of the hottest region in the Israel – the shores of the Dead Sea. Driving to its southern part we first visit the famous site of Masada , and appreciate its fantastic story and archaeological remains. We then continue to Ein-Gedi , with an optional hike to its waterfalls. Combining a lunch break + an optional visit to AHAVA factory store (Dead Sea Cosmetics company), we end with a bath at the Dead Sea itself. Feeling younger and happier, we head back. If time and permits we could also visit, on the way back, the site of the
Heading towards Nazareth , we first visit Church of Annunciation and stroll along the local city market up to S. Gabriel church . Nearby we can visit the “Wedding church” in Cana , and then head towards the Sea of Galilee and stop for a lunch in one of the fish restaurants. Happily fed we can continue to visit Capernaum and the nearby Mt. of Beatitudes and\or Tabgha, site of the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and fishes as well as Peter’s Primacy church . If time permits, we can also stop at ”Yardenit“ for a baptism ceremony at the Jordan river , or ascend to the top of Mount Tabor and visit the Catholic
An excursion to the north, following Jewish central sites of late antiquity: Caesarea , Beth Shearim , and Sanhedrin centers at Sepphoris , and Tiberias. The tour can also include an extension of a second day tour to sites like Safed , Beth Alpha, Hamat Tiberias , and Capernaum , and ascend to the Golan Heights to explore Gamla , and Umm el-Kanatir . . . .
Bethlehem is the hometown of King David, but is more known in Christianity to be the birth place of Jesus. Hiring a palestinian guide, you will be taken into Bethlehem and to the Church of the Nativity ,where Jesus was born by an old local tradition. We then continue to Herodium , a fortified hilltop built by king Herod in the first century BCE, and ultimately became his burial site. We will appreciate the new visitors center, the unique finds, and the underground caves made by Jewish Rebels some 2000 years ago. Nearby we can have lunch in a nice vegeterian restaurant (at Gavna), and also experience a
A southern exposure to antiquities of the Negev at the time of the Nabatean. Sites included in the tour: Mamshit (ancient, Mampsis), Avdat, Shivta, and Nessana. Optional extension of the excursion by a Jeep trip along the Incense rout through the Ramon Crater, and a visit to the forgotten site of Ruheibah and Halutzah. Optional night accommodation in a Beduin tent, and riding a camel. Cost: Starting at $650.
The recently opened ancient sewage system under the City of David enables a new tour in Jerusalem, mostly underground! We start with a panoramic view of the City of David and the Arab village of Silwan, and then join a 3D presentation film about the City of David in Biblical times. We then explore the new finds that may relate to the remains of the Palace of David, and proceed to the underground water system of Canaanite and Israelite times. Descending Warren’s shaft, we reach the Gihon spring and walk along the Canaanite “dry” tunnel, or through the “wet” Hezekiah’s
A special visit to the holiest mountain in the world – The TEMPLE MOUNT . Such a tour requires special arrangements and can only be done early in the morning. Contact me for more details!
An unforgettable experience of a visit to the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, and the remains of the Canaanite city in Tel el Rumeidha. Further south, a visit to the remains of Ancient Jewish synagogues in Susya and kh. Maon. cost: From Jerusalem: $600 From Tel-Aviv: $650