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
Jerusalem - Old City – Bethlehem (B)
- Enter the Old City of Jerusalem where you will see the Western Wall and the actual site of the Second Temple, the Temple Mount.
- Walk the Way of the Cross, the Via Dolorosa, to Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, housing both the traditional site of Crucifixion and the Tomb of the Resurrection.
- To the southwest, just outside the Old City, is Mount Zion, with the traditional tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper.
- Enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of Jerusalem - the holy city for each of the world’s three great religions – Christianity, Judaism and Islam, from atop the Mount of Olives.
- Visit the Garden of Gethsemane where Judas betrayed Jesus.
- 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 market in Israel.
- Return to your Jerusalem hotel.
Beit Shean - Nazareth– Galilee (B)
- Leave Jerusalem and drive north passing by Jericho, the oldest city in the world.
- Travel through the Jordan Valley and the new settlements to Beit Shean and visit the excavations of this beautifully preserved Roman City.
- On to Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation and Christian holy sites.
- Proceed to Safed, city of the Kabbalah and center of Jewish mysticism, to visit the beautiful streets of the artists’ colony.
- Overnight in a kibbutz hotel in the Galilee.
Around the Sea of Galilee (B)
- Drive up to the Golan Heights passing by Banias, source of the Jordan River, former Syrian fortifications and the Druze villages.
- Enjoy an Israeli wine country experience, with vineyards surrounded by breathtaking views. Become acquainted with the collection of fine and rare wines enjoying a tour, wine tasting and understanding of the wine production process.
- Descend to the shore of the Sea of Galilee and proceed to Capernaum, to visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue, the Mount of Beatitudes, the traditional site of the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ and Tabgha, the traditional site of the ‘miracle of the loaves and the fish’.
- Onwards to Tiberias, the old center of Jewish learning.
- Optional sailing on a boat across the Sea of Galilee to experience the tranquility and scenery little changed during the past 2000 years (subject to conditions and fee).
- Return to the kibbutz hotel for overnight.
- 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 19 May 2019 and 29 FEB 2020
- Seasonal Supplements applicable for travel between 28 JUL and 24 AUG, 29 SEP to 05 OCT, 20 OCT and 22 DEC 2019
- TOUR WILL NOT OPERATE ON 02 JUN and 06 OCT 2019
- 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