May 26 (Sun) – 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 aqueduct, Caesarea Port, Paul’s Prison in Caesarea (?), Herods Palace in Caesarea, Caesarea 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 ApocalypicArmageddon.
May 27 (MON) – 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 ).
May 28 (TUE) – 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 Capernaum is 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 .
May 29 (WED) – 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 .
May 30 (THUR) – 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 .
May 31 (FRI) – Jerusalem
Heading out of Tel-Aviv we could drive along the “Burma Road” . Upon reaching Jeruslaem we could check in to the hotel, and then have a tour of the Old City covering its most significant highlights: The Christian Quarter , the Via Dolorosa , Church of the Holy Sepulchre , the Western wall , and more.
June 1 (SAT) – Bethlehem
Shabbath will be used for a day of relax, or if you want I can set you with an Arab guide who could take you to Bethlehem , as well as Mount of Olives Viewpoint , and possibly have also a visit to Garden of Gethsemane , and maybe a review of the highlights of the Israel Museum .
June 2 (SUN) – Dead Sea
Heading to the lowest dry place in the world, after 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 famousDead Sea Scrolls were found (Qumran ).
June 3 (MON) – Petra
In the Morning we will cross the border into Jordan and head for a tour of Petra .
June 4 (TUE) – Dive and Fly
In the morning of our last day we could enjoy a snorkel or Scuba Diving experience at the Red Sea .
After lunch we will start heading to the Airport (5 hours drive..) for your flight back.