Sept 9 (FRI)
Arrival, Welcome to Israel! After baggage claim, and PCR tests (if still apply) you will be transferred to the hotel and wait for PCR results (if still apply).
Sept 10 (SAT)
Our first day in Israel will start with a review of the southern Coastal plain. We will drive through the ancient site of Jaffa, and then head south to review a few Philistine biblical sites. At Ashdod we can visit its local Philistine Museum, and stroll on its biblical tell. At Tel Ashkelon we will tour the big archaeological site, appreciating its rich remains, from Canaanite to Crusaders times. Nearby we can also visit the city of Sderot and learn about life around the hostile Gaza strip. We will see the Hamas rockets display at the local police station, and view into Gaza from a hilltop nearby.
Next we will drive to the sites of Gath and Ekron and learn more about Philistine material culture, and especially finds relating to the Ark of the Covenant and the time it was held by the Philistines. If interested and time permitting we can also join a tour of the 1948 Secret Bullet Factory at the end of the day.
Sept 11 (SUN)
Our morning begins with a stroll along Rothschild Boulevard and a review of the history of the “first Jewish City”. We will review the special architecture of this part of the city, and at the hall of Independence learn about the dramatic event of declaring here on May 14th 1948 the Jewish State of Israel!.
We then return to the car and head north for a few days. Our first stop will be the Metropolis of Caesarea. Walking among its remains from Roman-Byzantine periods, we will review its significant role in the history of the region, the history of Judaism, and the history of Christianity.
Sept 12 (MON)
Waking up near the Sea of Galilee, we will enjoy the morning breakfast and then tour the main historical and archaeological sites around the famous lake: Magdala, the Boat of the Galilee discovery, Capernaum, Tabgha churches, Mount of the Beatitudes, Bethsaidah, Ein-Gev, Tiberias, and more. We could also set a private sail on the Sea of Galilee, and of course – try some “Saint Peter’s fish” for lunch!
Sept 13 (TUE)
An early morning start will take us to the bird watching haven at Agmon Ha’Hula. We will continue from there up the Golan Heights and possibly set an Off-Road tour next to the Syrian border. For lunch we could try a special Druze lunch and hospitality experience and end the day with a visit to one of the regions’ famous wineries.
Sept 14 (WED)
Heading to Jerusalem, our first stop will be Cana, “the Site of the first Miracle”. We will visit the “Wedding church” and could possibly try some local wine again. In Nearby Nazareth we will visit the gigantic Church of Annunciation, stroll in the local market, and try some heavenly Kebab for lunch :-). Heading on to Jerusalem, if time and will permit, we could make a stop at Megiddo or Emmaus.
Sept 15 (THUR)
Our full day tour of Jerusalem’s old city will begin with a 4 hours walk in the its maze of alleys and a visit to some of iconic historical sites. We could start with a visit to the Temple Mount, continue along the “Stations of the Cross” (Via Dolorosa), and on to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. After a light lunch break we could continue to the Jewish quarter and the Western Wall, the City of David, or Holy Christian sites on Mount Zion. We end the day with a drive to Mount of Olives for a final grand panoramic view of the city.
Sept 16 (FRI)
In the morning we will visit the Israel Museum and review its highlights: The Archaeological wing, Jewish Art and Life Wing, the 1st century model of Jerusalem, and the exhibition of the Dead Sea Scroll (“the Shrine of the Book“). After a stroll and a lunch break at the Mahane Yudah market, we will continue to the Arab village of Abu Ghosh where we will review recent discoveries that might be linked to the Ark of the Covenant.
Sept 17 (SAT)
Checking out, we head down to the shores of the Dead Sea, one of the most beautiful roads in all of Israel! We will appreciate the majestic Judean desert and its cliffs facing the Dead Sea. We will drive through the Ein-Gedi Nature reserve and try to capture some of its unique local wildlife. At Masada we will review the amazing remains of the Herodian palatial stronghold where Roman battled against Jewish rebels to the bitter end. If time and will permit, we will have a swimming experience by the Dead Sea, and continue along the long Aravah road to the southern end of Israel – Eilat.
Sept 18 (SUN)
A full day devoted to scuba diving experience at different locations at the Dead Sea, as well as some optional hikes in the Eilat Mountains.
Sept 19 (MON)
In the morning you cross the border into Jordan, where the Jordanian guide, van and driver will wait for you. You will have a tour of Aqaba, and then continue along Wadi Yatim into one of the most enchanting landscapes in the world – Wadi Rum. You will have an off-road tour at the site, and also a special Bedouin style lunch break. Later you will continue towards Petra and if time and will permit you could also visit “little petra“, and the new Petra Museum.
Overnight: Wadi Musa.
Sept 20 (TUE)
An early morning start will get you into the iconic site of Petra ahead of the crowds, and the heat. You will walk along the famous siq, have a tea break in front of the treasury, and continue to the city Center. You will then head back to the border, and returning to Israel, we will drive to the Ramon Crater.
Overnight: Mizpe Ramon.
Sept 21 (WED)
A relaxing day at the resort facing the Ramon Crater could be used for swimming at the hote’s infinity pool and massage treatments. We could also go for a hike in Parsat Nekarot, or set an offroad tour in the Crater. In the evening you can also join a stargazing activity.
Overnight: Mizpe Ramon.
Sept 22 (THUR)
Heading to Tel-Aviv, we could visit tomb and Desert home of Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime-minister. We could also visit the Biblical archaeological site of Tel-Sheva. Upon reaching Tel-Aviv we will set PCR tests before your departure flights.
Sept 23 (FRI)
Transfer to the Airport for Departure. Farewell!