April 17th -
28th - 11-days, 10-nights - $2,950 (land
epic trip that I'm sure is on many of your lists, I know it's
on mine. Imagine walking in the footsteps of Jesus! On this
trip, which was months in the planning, we will visit many of
the key sites. The night we land on April 18th Israel will be
HaZikaron, their independence day which is very festive with
is also first class with awesome hotels, breakfasts and dinners
included as well as all tours! It's really an excellent group
rate and we have group air locked in as well (see below).
Don't miss this opportunity to join us for what will certainly
be an amazing adventure.
1 Arrive Tel Aviv (D)
to Israel! You will be met by our representative and your tour
guide at Ben Gurion Airport. Proceed on a short tour of Tel
Aviv and the ancient port city of Jaffa before transfer to your
hotel to rest and unwind from your flight.
Tel Aviv is Israel’s largest city and biggest
commercial center spanning along the beautiful beach strip of
the Mediterranean. It is the country’s greatest cultural
center with a variety of museums, galleries, theaters and concert
Check in to Dan Panoramic Tel
2 - Sea of Galilee
ancient port city of
one of the most attractive places to tour in Tel Aviv–Jaffa.
There are ancient churches, which are
among the most beautiful in Israel, serving the city’s
with open doors for visitors and the faithful.
In 1909 sixty six Jewish families who resided in Jaffa established
the first neighborhood of what would later become the city of
Tel Aviv. Other new neighborhoods were added until it eventually
became the center of the Yishuv – the Jewish settlement
in Palestine at the time. It was in Tel Aviv, on May 14th
that David Ben Gurion
declared the independence of the State of Israel. Continue
Caesarea from where
the Apostle Paul sailed to Rome. Extensive ruins of the
Roman aqueduct and amphitheater built by King Herod remain.
Visit Mt Carmel and enjoy Druze hospitality and
Lunch at a nearby village. Stop at
Megiddo where it is believed that the Armageddon will
and visit the Catholic Church and the site of the Transfiguration.
Continue to Megiddo (Amageddon) and visit the
and this 5,000 year old city from the times of King Solomon,
from the time of King Ahab. Drive
Jesus performed His first miracle by turning water into wine)
to the Sea
Dinner and overnight stay at Caesar
- Sea of Galilee
the day with a buffet breakfast and then head out 4x4 Jeep tour
in the Golan Heights. See the
Golan Heights from
atop Mt. Benthal. This is one
of the most beautiful and most traveled
parts of the country as it is abundant with wonderful
scenic treasures and archeological sites. We
will visit a
Golan winery for tasting. We will also meet the
vintner and see the wine making process.
Mount of Beatitudes
the location of the Sermon on the
Mount. Boat ride on the sea of Galilee. Stop at
see the ancient synagogue where Jesus preached. We will
conclude our day with a ‘wet and wild’ exciting
adventure kayaking down the Jordan River.
Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
4 - Jerusalem
breakfast check out of the hotel and drive south to view among
Israel’s most impressive ruins are those found in
She’an. Excavators have discovered 18 successive
towns featuring black and white stones, marble columns, mosaics,
and a 6,000 seat Byzantine amphitheater. Visit Beit Alpha
see the ancient mosaic and synagogue.
Via Jordan Valley
Qaser El Yahud (traditional baptism site on Jordan River)
Bethlehem the birthplace of Jesus.
and check in to Olive Tree Hotel in
the day following breakfast
and ascend the
Mt. of Olives
- one of the most prominent sites in the Jerusalem vicinity
mentioned in the
Holy Scriptures where you will be able to enjoy a spectacular
panoramic view of the Old City. Stop at
Dominus Flevit Chapel and enter
Garden of Gethsemane alongside the Church
of All Nations. Continue
City of David, a location
that has been used throughout the history of Jerusalem as a means
to smuggle in and out of the city, particularly during sieges.
The Tunnel emerges at the excavated Pool of Siloam, where ancient
pilgrims washed and refreshed themselves from a long journey before
continuing on to the Temple for worship. Enter
via Lions Gate to the Old City: Pool of Bethesda,
Ecce Homo, Stations of the Cross, Church of Holy Sepulcher, Jewish
Quarter, Western Wall.
we'll drive to Mount Zion and visit the room of the Last
and the Tomb of King David.
through the Jewish Quarter reaching the Wailing Wall-
the holiest place for the Jews and the Dung Gate and drive through
the New City of Jerusalem to Ein Karem. Visit the church
of St John the Baptist. End
the day at Garden Tomb (Gordon’s Calvary}
Return to your
hotel for dinner and overnight.
7 - Eilat
an early breakfast this morning we drive to visit the fortress
is a fortress built by Herod theGreat on an isolated plateau rising
some 1,440 feet above the western
of the Dead Sea. It was here at Massada that the Jewish
Zealots held out
against the Roman soldiers. The siege of the Romans against
the Jewish Zealots took place between 72-73 AD. The northern tip
of the fortress contained lavish palatial apartments for Herod
the Great. The larger palace was built near the Western Gate.
Enormous caverns were dug out midway to catch the rain water for
drinking. See the
restoration efforts of remains of buildings dating back to the
fourth and fifth centuries AD.
& "float" at the
at a hotel
Ein Gedi and David’s Waterfall. It is mentioned
several times in the Book of Psalms, the place where King David
hid from King Saul. Hike to the waterfalls.
in to Leonardo
Royal Resort for
dinner and overnight.
8 - Eilat
Pick-up from your hotel
in Eilat. Cross the Arava Border and drive to Petra (approximately
through the scenic Jordanian Desert, past the Wadi Rum area,
where Lawrence of Arabia once lived and fought together
with the Bedouin. Arrive at Petra where the visitor enters
the Rose City of Petra through the siq – a narrow passage
through the mountains, which have inspired awe for centuries. At
the end of this gorge, the visitor is suddenly confronted with
the first view of the Treasury, leaving him breath-taken by its
size, color and beauty. Continue into the heart of this
ancient city carved into the mountains, passing hundreds of tombs
and monuments and a spectacular Amphitheatre, which once held
our visit to Petra, a stop for a sit-down lunch followed by a
visit to Moses Spring before leaving Wadi Moussa (the new town
of Petra). We drive to
Aqaba for a short city tour and return to the Arava Border.
Transfer (with guide) from Arava border to Eilat hotel.
Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
9 - Eilat
breakfast, enjoy a city tour of Eilat.
Then we will visit the Red Canyon voted the #2
attraction of Eilat on Tripadvisor.
If you’re feeling a little adventurous
and fancy some hiking in amazing desert scenery, head out of
Eilat to the Red Canyon . The Red Canyon itself is approximately
long and 2-3 meters wide, reaching
a height of some 30 meters. And why is it the Red Canyon? Well,
the canyon is mostly deep red sandstone, with additional shades
of red, purple and white. This tour will run about 2 hours.
of day at leisure or - Optional- Underwater
Dolphin Reef, where you can Snorkel or dive with dolphins
(on own account. We will provide more information on this tour).
Enjoy dinner at hotel and overnight
Check in to Dan
Panoramic Tel Aviv hotel and farewell dinner
After breakfast, drive north through the Arava. Visit the Timna
park and model of the Tabernacle.
Stop for a visit at the Mizpe Ramon crater.
Check into our Tel Aviv hotel for dinner
morning transfer (with guide) to Ben Gurion for departure flight
there you have what will likely be the perfect Israel vacation.
I believe we've packed as much as we can into this itinerary
and am confident that you will be delighted with the tours and
hotels. I hope you decide to join us.
Dinner and overnight stay at Grand
We will have our group air settled by June, 2017
& assistance on arrival and departure from Ben-Gurion Airport
by Ophir representative
· Porterage at airport and hotels
· 10 overnights at the above mentioned hotels or similar
· 8.5 days sightseeing as per program below (7.5 days in
Israel and 1 day in Petra)
· Expert, government licensed English speaking tour guide
on sightseeing days & transfers
· Luxury air-conditioned vehicle as mentioned above
· Evening bus (with guide) on April 25
· Transfer (with guide) from Ben Gurion airport to Tel
· Transfer (with guide) from Jerusalem hotel to Ben Gurion
Full Israeli buffet style breakfasts and dinners daily at hotels
· Lunch in Petra
· Druze hospitality and lunch
· Entrance fees to all sites mentioned
· Petra Tour
· Massada Cable Car (2-way)
· Sound and Light show at the Tower of David museum
· Pilgrimage Certificate
of a personal nature
· Meals not mentioned above
· Tips to drivers, guides & hotel staff
· Medical and/or Travel insurance.
· Water on bus
· Optional activities in Eilat on April 28
· Horse Drawn Carriage in Petra
· Any other item not mentioned above
· $130 p/p (subject to change) to be paid at the Arava
border forJordan Visa fees and border taxes
Panorama Tel Aviv *****
Panorama Hotel offers easy access to everywhere you want to
be. Cross the road fronting this Tel Aviv hotel and you’re
on the Mediterranean where great beaches and soft sands greet
you. A stroll along the coastal promenade takes you to the flea
market and scenic harbor of ancient Jaffa, or to the outdoor
cafés of Tel Aviv. A fascinating walk through the adjoining
historic neighborhood leads to Israel’s major corporate
and financial headquarters.
Tiberias Caesar Premier Leisure Hotel is located on the city's
promenade, at a short walking distance from the Kinneret (Sea
of Galilee), and yet in the heart of the city's shopping and
entertainment centers. The hotel offers convenient access for
local touring and sight-seeing in the Golan Heights and the
The hotel has 220 spacious, well-designed
rooms, all with spectacular views towards the Kinneret and the
Golan Heights. There are also 7 luxurious suites, and 2 presidential
suites are available for a vacation upgrade.
The hotel boasts its own luxurious spa –
the only hotel in the entire region with a Thermo-Mineral pool
– as well as 20 treatment rooms, salt-water baths, a large
gym, and a superb sauna.
Olive Tree Hotel Jerusalem ****
Tripadvisor review 19 of 97 hotels
MOST POPULAR HOTEL
Welcome to the Olive Tree Hotel. Our hotel is located in Jerusalem's
beautiful American Colony neighborhood and is adjacent to Jerusalem's
Old City and many of the city's holy sites. We pride ourselves
on providing our guests with first class accommodations in a
warm and inviting atmosphere. Our
hotel is located in the heart of one of the most exciting cities
in the world. Our newly renovated hotel was built around an
ancient olive tree. Legend has it that the olive tree provided
shade for caravans of pilgrims just before they entered the
Holy City of Jerusalem. There are those who claim that to this
very day as you relax in the hotel's Tree Garden Café
you can still hear the strings of King David's harp serenading
with the unique historical aspects of our hotel we pride ourselves
on being one of the most technologically advanced hotel properties
in the country. The most up to date internet technology is installed
throughout the hotel. Our hotel guestrooms are outfitted with
a Hotel IPTV innovative technological TV and entertainment system.
Our guests can enjoy making FREE international telephone calls
to over 50 countries worldwide from the comfort of their room.
FREE high speed WIFI is available in all hotel public areas
Royal Resort ****
in Eilat, this hotel is close to North Beach, Eilat Museum and
Art Gallery, and Dolphin Reef. Area attractions also include
Aqaba Fort and Coral Beach.
There’s a large swimming pool as well
as a children’s pool and non-stop fun activities for all
ages. Meals are plentiful and tastefully prepared, with extended
restaurant opening times for maximum visitor convenience. There
are plenty of facilities and services to help you relax and
indulge yourself during the day – plus an exciting in-house
dancing club for you to visit at night.
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