KING ASA TOUR
Tuesday arrival 8 Nights/6 touring days
Arrival to Ben Gurion Airport where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
Jerusalem: the Old City
Start the day with a magnificent panoramic view from Mount of Olives
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
Jerusalem: the New City
Drive to Israel Museum and visit the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed as well as a scale model of Jerusalem as it was during the Second Temple period. Proceed for a tour of 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 permitting).
Overnight in Jerusalem.
Qumran / Masada / 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 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 it therapeutic effects. (*weather permitting) .
Overnight in Tel-Aviv.
Saturday – at leisure
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.
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, then proceed to “Kessem Hagolan”, a multimedia presentation of the area and it’s history.
Overnight in a Kibbutz guesthouse.
Sea of Galilee / Nazareth
Start the day with a visit to Nazareth and a visit to the Basilica of Annunciation. Drive via Tiberias and visit Capernaum to see the ruins of the ancient synagogue and octagonal church of St. Peter. Visit 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 a zodiac wheel.
Overnight in Jerusalem .
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.