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Doug Tour Plan, March 2022

March 15 (TUE) – Welcome!

  • Evening arrival, Welcome to Israel!. take a taxi to Tel-Aviv and settle in.

Overnight: Tel-Aviv

 

March 16 (WED) – Be a Tel-Avivian

Overnight: Tel-Aviv

 

March 17 (THUR) – Galilee

  • Head north for the Week-end. First stop at the ruins of ancient Caesarea. Appreciate the wealth of finds of the Roman Metropolis, as well as Caesarea’s new visitors center.
  • Drive to Nazareth and have a lunch break at Israel’s best Kebab restaurant.
  • Enter the Church of Annunciation and learn about Nazareth in the 1st century.
  • Walk through Nazareth’s old city to its main spring and adjacent Greek-Orthodox church.
  • Continue to Cana and learn where Jesus turned water into wine.
  • Visit Magdala and learn about the latest discoveries made at the site relating to significan chapter in both Jewish and Christian history.

Overnight: Tiberias

 

March 18 (FRI) – Golan Heights

Overnight: Tiberias

 

March 19 (SAT) – Akko and Haifa

  • Morning tour of Akko and its rich remains from the time of the Crusaders. Walk through the “Knights Templars” compound, the old city, and the “Templars Tunnel“.
  • Drive to Haifa and enjoy the grand top view of the Bahai Gardens. Combine it with a lunch break in the former “Templars Colony” in Haifa.
  • Head to Jerusalem, With a stop at Emmaus on the way, where Jesus appeared after his resurrection.

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

March 20 (SUN) – Jerusalem

  • Morning tour of Jerusalem’s old city, starting with a visit to the Temple Mount.
  • Continue along the “Stations of the Cross” to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
  • After a lunch break in the local market (suq) drive to the Israel Museum to review its main highlights, or a tour of the National Holocaust Musuem (“Yad Vashem“).

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

March 21 (MON) – Dead Sea

  • Head towards the Dead Sea, stopping at the Sea Level sign for a quick camel ride.
  • Pass by the Ein-Gedi oasis, and drive through the nature reserve, tracking some of the local desert wildlife.
  • Ascend up to the summit of Masada and learn about the special history of this dramatic site.
  • Have a special kbbutz lunch experience in Ein-Gedi. Follow it by a stroll in the Kibbutz’ botanical gardens.
  • Reach one of the public beaches to enjoy a swim at the Dead Sea.
  • Stop at Qumran for a view of the caves where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were found.

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

March 22 (TUE) – Samson Land

  • Head to the the fertile Judean lowhills, biblical tuscany. See the site of the David and Goliath Battle.
  • Continue to the new discovery relating to where the ark was returned at Beth-Shemesh.
  • Drive into the Negev, stopping at Ben-Gurion’s desert hut. Learn about the special bigoraphy and character of Israel’s first Prim Minister.
  • Reach the Crater for a grand view and visit it’s visitor center. Optional rappeling and/or hike along the nothern edge of the crater at sundown.
  • After Dinner: Optional stagazing activtiy in the crater.

Overnight: Mizpe Ramon

 

March 23 (WED) – Ramon Crater

  • Hike in Ramon’s Crater Nekarot gorge. Optional ATV or off-road tour in the Crater.
  • Head north, drive around the border with Gaza, learn about the tension with the Hamas. See the rockets display in Sderot.
  • Optional visit to Yad Mordechai 1948 battle site or ancient Ashkelon.

Overnight: Tel-Aviv

 

March 24 (THUR) – Free Day

  • Free day in Tel-Aviv.
  • Afternoon transfer to the airport for departure. Farewell!

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