Day 1: Jerusalem old and New
This day tour starts with a view of Jerusalem as seen from atop Mount Olives, looking down at the Old City and the Temple Mount. Mount Olives is also one of the oldest Jewish burial sites, over three hundred years old. We then descend and make our way along the Kidron Valley, offering a view of the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations, where according to sources Jesus and his followers prayed the night before his crucifixion.
Along the Kidron Valley road we will get a view of the monumental burial tombs situated at the Mount’s feet. We then proceed into the Old City entering from Mount Zion, past the Armenian Quarter walking along the ancient Byzantine Cardo dating back to the Roman era, with our final stop being the Western Wall (the Kotel).
Leading to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre are the Stations of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) which we explore along the way to the church, the site of the crucifixion. Before leaving the Old City we’ll enjoy a brief strolls in the bazaars located in the Christian and Muslim Quarters. Finish the tour with a short walking into the New City and a visit to Yad VaShem, the Holocaust museum.
Day 2: Masada and the Dead sea
We’ll begin our tour descending to the Judean Desert via the Inn of the Good Samaritan, on site we will tour the Inn and its adjacent museum. The Good Samaritan Museum is the only mosaic museum in the country and has on display a vast range of unique artifacts unearthed in excavations across Judea, Samaria and Gaza.
Moving forward we arrive at Masada and then ascent by cable car to tour the remains of the Herodian Fortress, built by King Herod two thousand years ago. Touring the sites, we’ll revisit its history and heritage, relating to the up rise of the Jewish Zealots against their Roman overlords. We then leave Masada and head towards The Dead Sea, one of the most toured sites in Israel by tourists and locals alike.
On shore you could enjoy a mud bath bearing many therapeutic. Dipping in the sea itself is also highly recommended, experiencing the Dead Sea’s unique attributes, allowing for extreme ease of floating and effortless swimming. On our way back we’ll get a view of the Ein Gedi oasis, the Qumran caves where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and the ancient city of Jericho, the oldest city in existence with settlements dating back to 9000 BCE.
The tour includes:
- One night at three stars hotel in Jerusalem:
Park Plaza Jerusalem Hotel.
- Available luxury hotels for additional fee of $70 per person.
- Two daily tours.
- Professional tour guide in your language.
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off.
- Transport by air-conditioned vehicle/bus.
- Entrance fees.
The tour does not include:
- The order of the days and sleeping arrangements might be changed.
- Single supplement: $50 per person.
- High Season Supplement: $50 per person.
- A moderate dress code is required to enter the holy places. Knees and shoulder must be covered.
- Recommended hats, bathing suits, towels.
- Confirmation will be received 24 hours post booking.