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13-Day Journey to the Holy Land and Egypt Highlights from Tel Aviv

Description

You will explore the most important historical and religious sites on this tour. See where the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin took place in Rabin's Square. Tour Old Jaffa, an 8000-year-old port city. Take a tour of the ancient ruins, and stroll through the artists' quarter. Continue to the Western Wall by way of the Jewish Quarter. Drive on to Rosh Hanikra and descend in a cable car to the grottoes. Driving back, we will see Acre, a huge Crusader city. The driver will pick you up from your hotel in Eilat and take you to the Jordan border. You will be assisted with border proceedings and continue to Petra, followed by a trip to Cairo before making your way back.

Itinerary
  • Day 1 : Arrival and transfer to your hotelexpand_more

    Pick up from Ben Gurion airport and transfer to Tel Aviv for overnight stay.

  • Day 2: Tel Avivexpand_more
    • Pick up from the hotel, and go for a drive of some of the main streets in Tel Aviv, including the entertainment center, and the business center. Your guide will show you some of the best places to go hang out in the evenings that you are staying in Tel Aviv. 
    • See where the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin took place in Rabin's Square. 
    • Tour Old Jaffa, an 8000-year-old port city. Visit the ancient ruins, and stroll through the artists' quarter. In 1887, the first neighbourhood was built in Neve Tzedek, and we will take a walk through it. 
    • In Nahalat Binyamin, see the musicians, handmade jewellery, and artifacts. 
    • Stop at Sheinkin, with its unique atmosphere, shops, and cafes. 
    • After the tour, you will be driven to your hotel.

    Overnight in Tel Aviv

  • Day 3: Jerusalem and Bethlehemexpand_more
    • Pick up from the hotel. Start the drive along the Kidron Valley, view the Garden of Gethsemane, the Mount of Olives and the Church of all Nations. 
    • Enter the Zion Gate, and tour the Byzantine Cardo. 
    • Continue to the Western Wall by way of the Jewish Quarter. The Western Wall is the remaining wall of the Second Temple. 
    • Walk along to join the pilgrims on the Via Dolorosa to follow the Stations of the Cross and arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. 
    • Visit the Old City market before departing for Bethlehem.
    • Arriving in Bethlehem, we will walk along Manger Square to arrive at the Church of Nativity. The first church was built in 339 A.D. and destroyed by fire, and the second church was built in 565 A.D. The church was constructed over the site where Jesus was said to have been born.

    Overnight in Tel Aviv

  • Day 4 : Masada and Dead Seaexpand_more

    Pick up from the hotel and head towards the Dead Sea, which is located at the lowest point on Earth in the South of Israel. No plant or animal can live in the Dead Sea due to its high salt content which is about 33%. The waters of the Dead Sea are said to be very therapeutic for all sorts of skin ailments, due to the high mineral content in the water. Masada resides on a plateau in the middle of the desert. King Herod was the first to come and build for himself 2 palaces on Masada. Masada is known for the Jews residing here and how the Romans built a huge ramp and finally, fifteen thousand troops conquered Masada by building a ramp that was 375 feet from bedrock stones.

    Overnight in Tel Aviv

  • Day 5 : Caesarea, Haifa and Acreexpand_more
    • Pick up from the hotel. As we are leaving Tel Aviv, drive along the Mediterranean, to Caesarea. Explore the excavations with your guide, and view the well-preserved rooms, a moat, and the gateways. There is a beautiful Roman amphitheatre that is very well preserved, and still used today for major events, and concerts. 
    • See the remains of a hippodrome and a Roman temple. 
    • Continue North through Haifa and tour the Bahai' shrine and the famous gardens. There are 19 terraces that make up the garden. 
    • Drive on to Rosh Hanikra and descend in a cable car to the grottoes. 
    • Driving back, we will see Acre, a huge Crusader city. It is very well preserved, and it is hard to believe that it has survived throughout the years. Atop of the Crusader remains the Turkish prison that was used under Turkish rule, and also by the British to hang the Jews, so that it would limit the immigration after World War 2.

    Overnight in Tel Aviv

  • Day 6: Nazareth and Galileeexpand_more
    • Pick up from the hotel. Drive past Netanya and Hertzeliya, travelling north and drive through the Armageddon plain. There will be a view of Megiddo, and we will stop at the Mount of Precipitation. When arriving in Nazareth, the first stop will be the Church of Annunciation. This church was built on the place that the angel Gabriel appeared before Mary. Next to this is the church of St. Joseph. 
    • Leaving Nazareth, travel to the Sea of Galilee, and pass Cana, where Jesus turned water into wine. At the bottom of Mount Beatitude, tour Capernaum, which was the home of Peter, and the Benedictine Church that commemorates the miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish. 
    • As we continue, view the Golan Heights in the background, and pass Tiberias, the modern city that was built over 2000 years ago and was named after the Roman emperor Tiberius. For those who wish there will be a chance to be baptized with the waters of the Jordan River. 
    • On the way back, we will pass the site of the Transfiguration, at Mount Tabor. 
    • Arrive back in Tel Aviv about 18:00.

    Overnight in Tel Aviv

  • Day 7 : Tel Avivexpand_more

    Enjoy a free day in Tel Aviv.

    Overnight in Tel Aviv

  • Day 8 : Flight to Eilatexpand_more
    • Check out from the hotel at 11:00 am. Transfer to the airport and take a flight to Eilat.
    • Pick up from Eilat Airport and transfer to the hotel. Free day.

    Overnight in Eilat

  • Day 9 : Petraexpand_more
    • Leave at 8:30 a.m. from your hotel or the airport in Eilat. Over 2000 years ago, inheritance, left to us by Nabateans, now called Petra – was very prosperous. More than 20,000 residents occupied it. One of the greatest water systems of their times, which was created by The Nabateans, was built to gather water from flash floods. Water was sold to caravans and merchants, passing through. Inspired by Roman architectural manners, Nabateans created great facades, temples, and statues (numbering about 800). Now Petra is one of "The New Seven Wonders of The World". The highlights are “The Treasury” and “Roman Theater” (amphitheatre with over 4000 seats).
    • A driver will pick you up from your hotel in Eilat and take you to the Jordan border. You will be assisted with border proceedings and continue on to Petra. Take a tour of Petra with a qualified licensed guide. Enter through the Siq (the pathway, a crack in the sandstone), to arrive at the Treasury. 
    • Continue the tour to see the Roman theatre, the facades, the tombs, the cisterns, the crypts, and the temples. After the tour goes for lunch in a local restaurant, travel back to the Jordan border and to your hotel.

    Overnight in Eilat

  • Day 10 : Transfer to Cairoexpand_more

    Check out from the hotel at 11:00 am and transfer to the Egyptian border. Cross the border and transfer to Cairo (approx 10 hours).

    Overnight in Cairo

  • Day 11 : Cairoexpand_more
    • Start at 8:00 am and pick up from your hotel in either Cairo or Giza to start your full-day tour visiting Giza Pyramids where you will visit the Great Pyramids - Cheops, Chephren & Mykerinos. 
    • Then, visit the Valley Temple where the priests mummified the dead body of King Chephren. Also, there, you will have a close-up look at the Sphinx - the legendary guardian that stands by the huge funeral complex with its lion body and the head of king Chephren. 
    • Visit a local restaurant for lunch. Then, continue your day tour to the Egyptian Museum of antiquities. It displays the largest and most precious items of Egyptian art in the world. It exhibits a rare collection of over 250,000 genuine artifacts that date as far back as 5000 years, including an exclusive exhibit dedicated to the Tutankhamon - A collection of treasures, gold, and jewelry that were buried in his tomb for over 3,500 years before they were discovered in the 1920s when his tomb was excavated. (2 hrs Time Spent)
    • Then, visit the Khan El Khalili Bazaar and the numerous shops in this district known for trading fine brassware, copper, perfumes, leather, silver, gold, antiques, and much more. (1 hrs time Spent) 
    • Tour Finishes with drop off at Customer Hotel in Cairo.

    Overnight in Cairo

  • Day 12 : Old Cairoexpand_more
    • Start at 08:00 a.m. and visit the Saqqara and Memphis area, about 27 km southwest of Cairo. When Memphis was the capital of Egypt, during the Old Kingdom period, Saqqara was its necropolis. The deceased pharaohs, her family's menders, and the sacred animals were ceremoniously transported from Memphis to be permanently enshrined in one of the many temples on the site. 
    • Continue the tour to visit the old Cairo, the church of St-Sergius a 5th-century basilica, built over a crypt where the Holy Family is believed to have stayed. The spectacular Citadel of "Saladin"(Salah al-Din) built in 1183 in the medieval stronghold tradition, the Mohammed Ali mosque also known as the Alabaster mosque.

    Overnight in Cairo

  • Day 13 : Cairo - Transfer to airportexpand_more

    Transfer from hotel to Cairo airport.

What's Included
  • Lunch
  • Hotel 3* - 12 nights
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Airport transfers
  • Entrance fees
  • Domestic flight Tel Aviv - Eilat
  • All tours mentioned in the program
What's Excluded
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Visa to Jordan 75$ per person
  • Visa to Egypt 60$ per person
  • Border fees 130$ per person Jordan/Egypt border
  • Meals are not included during the Israel part of the tour
  • Accommodation in Israel - room only basis
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
Know before you go
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not stroller accessible
  • Not suitable for pets
  • Infants must not sit on laps
  • Infant seats unavailable
  • Pick up from Tel Aviv hotels available
Meeting Point

Pick up options can be selected at check out

Language

English

Activity Level

Medium

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