Israel Highlights and Petra Tour 9-day Tour starts 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.
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.
At a glance
|Sun:||Arrive Tel Aviv – Overnight in Tel Aviv|
|Mon:||Tel Aviv-Beersheba-Masada-Dead Sea-Jerusalem|
|Tues:||Jerusalem New City Tour and Bethlehem|
|Wed:||Jerusalem - Old City|
|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) - except during Jewish Holidays
> 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, the holiest city in the world
> Travel through the scenic Jordanian desert to Petra, leaving visitors breathless by its size, color and beauty
- Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport. Make your way to your hotel
- The remainder of the day is free
Tel Aviv - Beersheba - Masada - Dead Sea (B)
- Meet your tour guide at your hotel and set off from Tel Aviv, driving south, passing by the cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon to Beersheba, for a short visit of the capital of the Negev Desert.
- Continue via Arad to Masada, Israel’s foremost archaeological park.
- Ascend via cable-car for a thorough visit that gives insight to the rituals, politics, and culture of the people who inhabited this desert 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 and cisterns, and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea.
- Descend to the lowest place on earth – the Dead Sea, to experience the mineral-rich black mud and to float in its salty waters.
- Passing by the oasis of Ein Gedi, proceed through the Judean Desert to Jerusalem.
- Overnight in Jerusalem.
Jerusalem - sightseeing of the new city and Bethlehem (B)
- Start the day at the 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. Enjoy Ein Karem; a picturesque village in the southwestern outskirts of Jerusalem. This small village has great significance in Christian traditions since this is where according to tradition John the Baptist was born. Visit Yad Vashem the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, established in 1953, located at the foot of Mt. Hertzl.
- Visit Bethlehem - the birthplace of Jesus at the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square.
- Return to your Jerusalem hotel.
- Transportation as per itinerary in AC vehicle
- Accommodation at 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
- Border crossing fees
- Transfers to/from the Airport.in Tel Aviv
- Visa to Jordan and border fees (The payment will be made in cash at the border).
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- The rate is valid for travel between 27 OCT and 21 DEC 19
- Contact us for any other date of travel required
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