Saturday, October 30, 2010

General tour itinerary to Israel and Jordan

Departure from Johannesburg

Day 1           
Arrival at Ben Gurion airport and transfer to hotel in Jerusalem to for dinner and overnight...

Day 2            
We start the day with a visit to the Holocaust memorial and museum Yad Vashem. We stop
to see the Menorah in front of the parliament building (Knesset). In the afternoon we will
visit Bethlehem where we will visit the church of the Nativity and the shepherd's fields.
We then return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

Day 3           
Today we start by ascending the Mount of Olives and from there we will see the whole city
of Jerusalem. We walk down to the Garden and the Church of Gethsemane and from there
to the Lions gate. Here we enter the old city and go to Bethesda and the Ecce Homo arch.
We walk through the market along the Via Dolorosa and visit the Church of the Holy  
Sepulchre.  We end our visit with a visit to the Garden tomb. Dinner and overnight in

Day 4            
We start with a walk over the Old City walls and after that we proceed to the Wailing Wall
to participate in the celebrations of the Bar mitzvahs when 14 year old boys are reading
from the Thora scrolls for the first time. The afternoon we will go the Mount Zion where
we visit the room of the Last Supper and the tomb of King David. The rest of the afternoon
is at own leisure. Stroll through the markets or do some shopping at the Jewish quarter.
Dinner at the hotel and overnight in Jerusalem. After dinner you may visit the Old City
with its vibrant street café’s, street musicians and many exciting shops.

Day 5           
Today we descend to the Dead Sea area through the Judean desert. We visit the fortress of  Masada, the Biblical oasis of Ein Gedi and " float" on the Dead Sea. You can even take a mud bath – Cleopatra’s secret to beauty! This is also an excellent opportunity to buy some famous Dead Sea products! After a short visit to Qumran where the Dead Sea scrolls were found, we continue to Eilat for dinner and overnight.

Day 6           
We cross into Jordan and visit Petra. Jordan is well known for mosaic craftsmanship. Put
on your walking shoes and explore the secrets of one of the seven ancient wonders of the
world! Dinner and overnight in Petra.  

Day 7 
We visit Mount Nebo and Medeba and we drive to sheikh Hussein Bridge to cross back to
Israel.  Dinner and overnight in our hotel in Tiberias

Day 8           
First we visit the Holy sites around the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, the Mount of Beatitudes
and the traditional place of the miracle of loaves and fishes (Tabgha). Then we visit the
Golan Heights, and one of the sources of the river Jordan and Banyas; Biblical Caesarea
Philippi .We visit the site where the river Jordan leaves the lake. We end our day with a
boat ride over the Lake (Sea of Galilee). Dinner and overnight in Tiberias

Day 9 
Today we visit the mount of transfiguration, Mount Tabor (Sanctuary of the Transfiguration
of Christ), Nazareth village, where we see how life was in the times of Jesus. We also visit
Cana where Jesus performed His first miracle. In the end we return to Tiberias to our hotel
for dinner and overnight

Day 10             
After a visit to Megiddo, biblical Armageddon to Mount Carmel we go to the traditional
site where the Prophet Elijah’s altar was. From here we continue to Caesarea where we
will see the excavations of this crusaders town.  Today we end our tour with a visit to
the old port of Jaffo, the house of Simon the tanner and we make a city tour of tell Aviv.
Dinner and overnight in Tel Aviv

Day 11 
Today we bring you back to the airport for your flight home.

Arrive in JHB
Shalom and lehitra'ot

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