Welcome to Israel. Please look for a welcome notice in the reception area of our Tel Aviv hotel which will give you information as to the time and location of this evening's welcome meeting, where you will meet your tour leader and travelling companions, as well as filling in a little paper work. Afterwards there will be the chance for the group to head out for an optional local dinner.
After breakfast, we enjoy a quick driving tour of Tel Aviv before continuing to historic Jaffa, where we will visit the Old Markets of Jaffa and visit the Old Port. Our next stop is a unique visit to a Druze village, where we have the opportunity to have a lunch with Druze Family. We make our way to Akko where we visit the Old Markets, Aljazar Mosque and the unique underground crusader castle before continuing to Nazareth.
This morning we travel to Golan Heights for a view over the villages over the Syrian border and learn more of the history behind this unique stretch of land. This afternoon sees us touring the Lake of Galilee, including sites such as the Church of Transfiguration, the Mount of Beatitudes, the location of the Sermon of the Mount, Capernaum, home to one of the earliest churches in the world as well as a monumental ancient synagogue, and Tabgha, with its ancient mosaic of the Loaves and Fishes dating back to the original Byzantine church. This afternoon we make our way to the kibutz where we will spend this night.
This morning we make our way to Massada, a Unesco World Heritage site, and visit the famous rock fortress, the last stronghold of the Jewish in their war against the Romans. The story of the site reveals the courage of the defenders of Massada and their battle against the conquering Romans. Visit Herod’s palace, the mikveh, storerooms, watchtowers, and the synagogue. Our next stop is the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is actually a lake, without any from of life whatsoever existing in its waters. The water is so dense that it is practically impossible to sink, being five to ten times as salty as regular sea water. While swimming, cover yourself with the sea's mud, which is reputed to have special healing powers, and don't forget to take a photo of yourself reading a book while floating! You will notice that the salt penetrates any cuts on your body and has an unusual smell, but there are showers to wash off after swimming.
Today we travel deep into the Negev Desert, where we will explore one of the amazing natural craters in the region before meeting some small business entrepreneurs who have set up fascinating small businesses in this harsh environment. After spending the day in the desert, we head to our Bedouin Camp where we will learn about the lives and local culture of these local nomadic people and enjoy a meal of their local dishes. Overnight at simple Bedouin type camp with shared facilities.
This morning we make our way to biblical Bethlehem where we visit the Church of the Nativity before heading to Ayda Camp for Palestinian refugees. In the late afternoon we make our way back to Jerusalem for the evening.
After breakfast, we enter to the Old City of Jerusalem where we will visit the 4 quarters of the Old City on a guided walk of the historic Christian, Jewish, Armenian and Muslim quarters. later we undertake a short walk along the route of the 14 Stations of the Via Dolorosa, ending at the Holy Sepulcher Church. The remainder of the day is free for your explorations. This evening we meet for an optional final night dinner together to celebrate the end of a wonderful action packed journey.
You are free to depart at anytime today. We are able to assist in post tour accommodation if you would like to extend your visit. Please ask at the time of booking.