JEREMIAH TOUR –
Friday Arrival – 12 Nights – 8 touring days
JEWISH HERITAGE TOURS JEREMIAH TOUR
Arrival to Ben Gurion airport where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight Tel-Aviv .
Day at leisure
Drive north to Caesarea, once the Roman capital of the region. See the excavations of the Crusaders city, the aqueduct and the amphitheater which has been restored as a concert venue. Proceed to Haifa for a panoramic view from Mt. Carmel and visit
“AF AL PI CHEN” , at the Illegal Immigrant and Navel Museum used to house illegal immigrants under the British Mandate.
Drive to Acre and walk along the old harbour and local market. Continue to the northernmost point of Israel at Rosh Hanikra. Descend by cable into the chalk grottoes.
Overnight at a Kibbutz guesthouse.
Drive to Safed, Kabalistic center. Here visit the Joseph Caro and the Ari synagogues, the most important synagogues in the city; stroll around the the Artists Quarter.
Enjoy a Jeep tour at the foot of the Golan Heights.
Continue to the Golan Heights, stopping at an observation point over the city of Kuneitra, and the Syrian territory.
Stop at Tel Facher, a former Syrian army camp. Visit the Banias springs.
Next visit Tel-Hai to see the “Roaring Lion” monument and learn about the heroic battle of Josef Trumpeldor and his comrades in 1920.
Overnight at a kibbutz guesthouse.
Meet with a Kibbutz member and learn about their unique lifestyle.
Drive to Tiberias to visit Rambam’s grave and then proceed to Beit Shean, also known as “Scythopolis”. This is the largest archeological park in Israel with beautiful excavations from Roman and Byzantine periods.
Stop at Beit Alpha to see the beautiful mosaic floor of a synagogue from the Byzantine period.
Onto Gan Hashlosha, (Sachne) where you will have an opportunity to enjoy in the water springs located at the foot of the Gilboa mountain, famous for the story upon which King Saul was killed in the battle against the Philistines.
Continue via the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem, stopping at Mount Scopus for a blessing as you enter the city.
Tour the Old City of Jerusalem.
Start with a visit of the tomb of King David on Mt. Zion. Walk along the Cardo — the ancient Roman road and visit the Four Sepharadic Synagogues on the Jewish Quarter, restored after the Six Days War.
Tour the Western Wall tunnels, visit Davidson Center and walk through the local Arab bazaar. Walk to Jaffa Gate to the Tower of David Museum to visit ancient remains of the city beginning with the First Temple period.
Enjoy seeing the Bar-Mitzvah ceremonies at the Western Wall.
Continue to Mea Shearim and learn about the unique lifestyle of the ultra-orthodox communities. Drive to Mount Herzl, the military cemetery and Yad Vashem, a memorial to the Holocaust. Visit Ammunition Hill, a former Jordanian army stronghold which was, conquered by the IDF the Six Day War. Today it has been converted into a national memorial site and museum. Drive by the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament and see the menorah with the Biblical emblems. Next visit the Israel Museum, the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea scrolls are housed and the newly moved Holyland model – a scaled model of Jerusalem as it was during the Second Temple period.
Drive through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea. Stop at Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. Continue to Masada, ascend by cable car and tour the ancient fortress; visit the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue, the bathhouses etc. Descend by cable car.
Next stop for lunch and Spa facilities in one of the leading hotels in the area.
Day at leisure
Travel south through the Negev Desert. Visit Timna and see the copper mines and King Solomon’s pillars and marvel at the huge multi-colored rock formations. Continue to Eilat and stop to visit the Underwater Observatory, one of the largest seaquariums in the world which is built into a coral reef.
Free day in Eilat or day in Petra (optional)
After assistance with visa to the Jordanian border, drive to Petra through desert highways; your ultimate destination is the astonishing rose-red city of Petra which was built by the Nabateans (an early Arab tribe). Petra was renowned for its massive architecture, pools, dams and water channels. Petra is the legacy of the Nabateans who settled in the south of Jordan more than 2000 years ago. The visit begins with the possibility of a 700 meter horseback-ride till the entrance of the Siq, which is about 1.2 km long (walking distance). Possibility to rent a chariot (extra charge) to get inside Petra and back to the gate outside. Petra is famous for its huge monuments such as the Treasury, Royal Tombs, the Court, Roman theater, Roman street, Qassier El- Bint (Palace of Pharaoh’s daughter) and many other smaller monuments which fascinate the visitors. The city itself is almost 45 square km and is considered to be the second wonder of the world. After the visit, time for lunch in a nice restaurant. After lunch drive back to border. On the way, a short visit to Aqaba with the possibility of stopping and walking around. Transfer to the border at around 18:00 p.m and crossing back to Eila .
Overnight Eilat .
Mitzpe Ramon/Sde Boker /Tel-Aviv
Depart Eilat via Mitzpe Ramon; stop to gaze into the Ramon Crater , a geological wonder. Proceed to Sde Boker and see Ben Gurion’s hut and grave overlooking the magnificent Zin valley.
Stop for a camel riding experience and a visit an authentic Bedouin tent where you will learn about Bedouin hospitality and enjoy a light lunch.
Continue to Hatzerim to visit Israel’s Airforce Museum to view the planes and equipment plus to hear the story of this brave fighting force .
Drive back to Tel-Aviv.
Transfer to Ben Gurion airport for departure.