Start your 9-day Israel Highlights and Petra tour on Sunday. Join us on a journey opening a window to Israel’s history - past and present, its people and diverse cultures. An added bonus is a visit to Petra; one of the new 7 wonders of the world. This tour is perfect for anyone who wants to experience Israel and Jordan being part of a Group and accompanied by a professional tour guide.
The tour is a mix of the most important historic, cultural, artistic, natural and religious attractions in both countries.
At a glance
|Sun:||Arrive Tel Aviv – Overnight in Tel Aviv|
|Mon:||Tel Aviv-Beersheba-Masada-Dead Sea-Jerusalem|
|Tues:||Jerusalem New City Tour|
|Wed:||Jerusalem - Old City and Bethlehem|
|Thur:||Beit Shean - Nazareth - Sea of Galilee|
|Fri:||Around the Sea of Galilee|
|Sat:||Acre- Haifa- Caesarea - Eilat|
|Sun:||Full day Petra tour. Return flight to Tel Aviv|
|Mon:||Last day in Israel. Transfer to Airport for return flight|
> Weekly departures (Sunday)
> Arrival and departure transfers
> Tour in modern AC vehicles
> Qualified English speaking guides throughout
> Entrance fees to sites included
> Spend two full days in Jerusalem visiting sites in Old and New parts of the City
> Travel through the scenic Jordanian desert to Petra, leaving visitors breathless by its size, color and beauty
Best time to go
Spring (April and May) and autumn (September and October) are the best time to visit Israel when temperatures are pleasantly mild throughout the country.
Israel food & drink
Food in Israel is of high quality, and of course and varies dramatically in price. Tel Aviv, Israel’s undeniable culinary capital, top restaurants are expensive, even by European standards, but most restaurants across the country are reasonable when you consider the quality and portion sizes. A main dish will cost around 15 USD. Street food is good and reasonably priced. Limonana is a refreshing non-alcoholic drink made up of icy lemonade and crushed mint leaves. Goldstar is a refreshing lager beer and can be found in every store and restaurants
Culture and Language
Israelis are very casual but are typically blunt and direct in speech, which could be interpreted as being rude. The expression “shalom” is very often used to say hello. Dress code is casual, but, when visiting holy sites modest clothing is required. Smoking is considered a violation on Shabbat. There will be a sign at your hotel or restaurant to remind you of the same. Do not ignore it. Hebrew and Arabic are the official languages however English is widely spoken and used on street signs
Taxis in Israel can easily be hailed on the streets. They are metered and a concierge at your hotel will arrange a taxi at a set rate for your next destination. Drivers are friendly and talkative and will freely discuss any topic. Make sure that your driver is familiar with your end destination. Egged is the largest bus Company in Israel. Tel Aviv boasts a convenient bus system, Look out for the DAN buses in town and the Egged coach on the outskirts of the city. You can buy multiple passes or a day pass. Busses do not run on Shabbat and Jewish Holidays. Car rental may also be an option of getting around the country. Highways are modern and well maintained. Signage is in English. Street parking is free unless indicated by a “No parking” sign or a curb marked with red and yellow.
The basic rule is 12-15% in restaurants and cafes. This is often added to your bill. If you join a group tour, plan on tipping between $ 10-12 per person per day for the guide and around $ 5 for the driver
Borekas: pastries can be filled with cheese, potatoes, or vegetables.
Baba Ganoush: a tangy eggplant spread
Falafel: deep-fried chickpea balls, often served in pita bread
Hummus: mashed chickpea spread, hummus can be served in many ways and is a staple in Israeli households
Shwarma: Sliced grilled meat served in a pita bread with salad
With a professional guide, explore the iconic sites of Jerusalem’s Old City, Nazareth, and Bethlehem; ride the cable car to the fortress of Masada and float at the lowest place on earth – the Dead Sea. In the north of the country, visit the serene Galilee and the Golan Heights.
Other key sites visited on the tour include Haifa, Caesarea and the crusader fortress of Acre, and the southernmost city - Eilat, before traveling to neighboring Jordan to marvel at the ancient red-rock city of Petra.
- Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport where you will be met and assisted with customs and entry formalities.
- Transfer to your hotel in Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv - Beersheba - Masada - Dead Sea (B)
- Leave Tel Aviv - via Ashdod, Ashkelon to Beersheba for a short visit to the Negev capital.
- Continue via Arad to Masada. Ascend by cable car to the fortress, which was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans.
- Visit the excavations, Herod’s palaces, the synagogue, bathhouse, etc.
- Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea.
- Descend for a possible “float” in the in the salty water of the world’s lowest place.
- Travel to Jerusalem for overnight.
Jerusalem - sightseeing of the new city (B)
- Drive to Mt. Scopus for a panoramic view of Jerusalem.
- On to the Garden of Gethsemane and Church of the Agony.
- Continue to Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book with the famous Dead Sea scrolls, then a visit to the beautifully renovated Model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem, dating back to the time of the Second Temple.
- Continue to Yad Vashem (the memorial to the six million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust).
- Afternoon visit to Ein Karem (the birth place of John the Baptist).
- In the heart of a neighborhood in downtown Jerusalem, visit Mahane Yehuda to experience the flavors, aromas, colors and the traders' interaction with the crowds, at the largest open the market in Israel.
- Return to Hotel.
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Transfer and intercity transportation as per itinerary in AC vehicle
- Accommodation in selected hotels in a double/twin room sharing
- Meal plan as per itinerary
- Local English speaking Guide
- Airfares Tel Aviv - Eilat - Tel Aviv
- Entrance fees
- International flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- Visa fee for Jordan
- Border crossing fees
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- The rate is valid for travel between 01 OCT to 22 DEC 2018
- Seasonal Supplements may be applicable
- Contact us for any other date of travel required