KING AMAZIAH TOUR – Wednesday arrival 11 NIGHTS – 8 touring days

ISRAEL TOURS – KING AMAZIAH TOUR

Wednesday
Arrival to Ben Gurion airport where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight Tel-Aviv

Thursday
Independence Hall/Latrun /Ayalon Institute
Start the day with a visit to the Independence Hall where the establishment of the State of Israel was declared. Next, drive to Latrun to visit the Armored Corps Museum, one of the most diverse tank museums in the world. Visit the new  Mini-Israel Park including miniature replicas of the most important landmarks and buildings in Israel. Continue to visit the Ayalon Institute,  an ammunitions factory run by the Hagana movement prior to May 1948.

Overnight Tel-Aviv.

Friday
Diaspora Museum/Old Jaffa/Tel-Aviv
Visit the Diaspora Museum. Drive around the main streets of Tel Aviv — Israel’s center of business and entertainment. Stop at Rabin’s Square, place of  Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabins’ assassination. Continue to Old Jaffa, an 8000 year old port city. Visit the ancient ruins and walk along the restored Artists Quarter. Visit Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood outside of Old Jaffa built in 1887 and Nahalat Benyamin, the pedestrian mall with its musicians, hand made jewellery and artifacts. Next stop on Sheinkin St., the lively and colorful street especially known with the unique shops, café life and youthful ambiance.

Overnight Tel-Aviv.

Saturday : at leisure
Overnight Tel-Aviv

Sunday
Caesarea /Megiddo/ Druze village/Haifa
Drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea, capital of Judea under the Romans. See the excavations of the Crusader city and the Roman port, aqueduct and the amphitheater that has been restored to its former glory as a concert venue. Proceed to Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon; visit the archaeological excavations including the well preserved water system . Continue to Daliyat-al-Karmel, a Druze village, and enjoy a late lunch at a local restaurant. Proceed via Mount Carmel to Haifa for a panoramic view of the Haifa Bay and the golden domed Bahai shrine and gardens.
Overnight in a kibbutz guesthouse.

Monday
Safed / Golan Heights/Winery
Drive to Safed , the center of Jewish mysticism, where you will visit the ancient synagogues and the Artists Colony.
Continue to the Golan Heights to see the former Syrian bunkers, Kuneitra and the new Israeli town of Katzrin. Stop at the Golan Winery for a tour and wine tasting. Proceed to “kessem hagolan”, a multimedia presentation of the area and it’s history.
Overnight in a kibbutz guesthouse.

Tuesday
Sea of Galilee / Nazareth
Start the day with a visit to Nazareth and visit the Basilica of the Annunciation. Continue via Tiberias to visit Capernaum where the ruins of an ancient synagogue and octagonal church of St. Peter are located. Visit the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount.

Drive via Beit Shean to Beit Alpha to see the remains of the mosaic floor of an ancient synagogue depicting the zodiac wheel.
Overnight in Jerusalem.

Wednesday
Jerusalem: the Old City
Start the day with a magnificent panoramic view from Mount of Olives and then drive to the Old City. Visit the Tomb of King David and the Room of Last Supper on Mt. Zion. Enter the walled city and walk through the newly restored Jewish quarter. Visit the Roman cardo, the Herodian Quarter and continue to the Western Wall. Walk along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Continue to Bethlehem*; view Rachel’s tomb and proceed to visit the Church of Nativity and Manger Square.
Overnight in Jerusalem.

Thursday
Jerusalem: the New City
Drive to the Israel Museum and visit the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea scrolls are housed and a scale model of Jerusalem as it was during the Second Temple period are located. Proceed for a tour at the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament. Continue to visit Mount Herzl cemetery and Yad Vashem, a memorial to the Holocaust.
Visit Mea Shearim, an ultra-orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem and learn about their unique lifestyle.
In the evening enjoy a Middle Eastern dinner followed by the Night Spectacular Sound and Light Show* at the Tower of David Museum.(weather conditions permitting) .
Overnight in Jerusalem.

Friday
Qumran / Massada / Dead Sea
Drive through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, over 1300 feet (400 meters) below sea level. Stop at Qumran to visit the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were first found. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada. Ascend by cable car and tour the ancient fortress where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans before committing mass suicide in 73 CE, descend by cable car. Continue to the Dead Sea. Cover yourself with the mineral rich mud and experience a float in the Dead Sea* that many believe has  therapeutic effects.

Overnight in Jerusalem.

Saturday – at leisure
Overnight in Jerusalem
Sunday – transfer to Ben Gurion airport for departure

* Visit subject to availability
** Visit subject to weather conditions
The above program can be extended and tailor-made for groups.

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