Culture program - Israel
Classical Tour Israel 7 nights + optional PETRA
min in group 20 person
14/9- Ben Gurion Airport/Tel Aviv
Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport. Meeting and assistance by a Diesenhaus Unitours representative. Transfer to hotel. Overnight Tel Aviv
15/9- Jesus boat/Capernaum/Tabgha/ Mount Beatitudes/Mount Tabor
After breakfast, boat ride on the Sea of Galilee where Jesus walked on water.(optional) Continue to Capernaum, center of Jesus' Ministry. Located here are the ruins of an ancient synagogue and the site of Peter's house. Proceed to Tabgha, the site of the miracle of the Loaves and Fish and see the mosaic from the 5th century Byzantine basilica. Drive to Mount Beatitudes, site of the " Sermon on the Mount". Before returning to your hotel have a stop at Yardenit, on the shores of the Jordan River and renew baptismal promises (rental of robe & Certificate $ 10 per person). Overnight Tiberias.
Drive to Nazareth, where Jesus spent his boyhood and visit the House of Joseph and the Church of the Annunciation. Then stop at Cana, site of the First Miracle. Continue through the Jezreel plain to Jerusalem, city of peace, home of the three monotheistic religions. Overnight Jerusalem.
17/9 Jerusalem-old city & Bethlechm
Begin the day's tour on the Mount of Olives for a breathtaking view of the entire city. Walk down the traditional Palm Sunday route to the Church of All Nations and the Garden of Gethsemane. Continue by foot in the Walled City. In the Jewish Quarter see the Cardo and Western Wall. Enjoy the panoramic view of the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount. In the Christian Quarter visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This afternoon drive to Manger Square in Bethlehem and visit the Church of the Nativity and the milk grotto. Overnight Jerusalem
18/9- Qumran/Massada/Dead Sea
Depart Jerusalem and drive to the Dead Sea .
Continue through the Judean Wilderness to the lowest point on earth -- the Dead Sea. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to the base of Massada, (optional ) the last stronghold of the Jewish zealots against the Romans. Ascend by cable car and tour the famed archaeological site including Herod's palace, an ancient synagogue and a bathhouse. After descending drive to a nearby oasis and enjoy an opportunity to swim or "float" in the unique waters of the Dead Sea. Continue to Eilat for overnight.
At leisure or optional tour to Petra (additional charge)
After visa assistance at the Jordanian Border, drive straight to Petra through desert highways. Your ultimate destination is the astonishing rose-red city of Petra which was built by the Nabateans (an early Arab tribe). Petra was renowned for its massive architecture, pools, dams and water channels. Petra is the legacy of the Nabateans who settled in the South of Jordan more than two-thousand years ago. The visit begins with the possibility of short horseback-riding for about 700 m. until the entrance of the Siq, which is about 1.2 km long (walking distance). There is a possibility to rent a chariot (extra) to get inside Petra and back to the gate outside. Petra is famous for its huge monuments such as The Treasury, Royal Tombs, The Court, Roman Theatre, Roman Street, Qassier El-Bint (Palace of Pharaoh's daughter) and many other smaller monuments which fascinate visitors. The city itself is almost 45 square km and is considered to be the second wonder of the world. After the visit, enjoy lunch at a nice restaurant followed by a drive back to the border. En-route, stop for a short visit at Aqaba with possibility for a short walk. Transfer to border at approximately
18:00 for crossing to Eilat.
Overnight in Eilat.
20/9- At Leisure
Afre breakfast Drive North along the Arava Valley back to TLV.
Drive around the main streets of Tel Aviv, center of business and entertainment of Israel. Stop at Rabin's Square, place of assassination of Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin. Continue to Old Jaffa, an 8000 year old port city; Visit the ancient ruins and walk along the restored artist's quarter.
22/9-We transfer to the BGN airport for our return Back home.
The above rates are based on the following hotels:
14-15/9 Deborah TLV-BB Basis
15-16/9 Prima Too Tiberias
16-18/9 Jerusalem Gate Jerusalem
18-21/9 Prima Music Eilat
21-22/9 Depature TLV
7.nights' hotel accommodation at the above-mentioned hotel, on a half board basis (14-15/9 BB Basis)
Price per person in DBL1345 EUR
Price per person in SGL 1765 EUR
Tallinn-Helsingi-Tel Aviv-Helsingi-Tallinn- Flight
Meeting and assistance on arrival at Ben Gurion Airport by Diesenhaus Unitours representative.
Porterage at the hotels
5 full days Air-conditioned vehicle
5 days of sightseeing with Russian speaking guide
Entrance fees Capernaum, Tabcha, Mount of Beatitudes.
Expenses of a personal nature
Any meals not mentioned above
Border taxes, Dep. TAX
All kind of personal items