Day 2 : Arrival in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Mon.) Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport and check into your hotel. At 6:(30pm. meet your tour traveling companions at a welcome drink hosted by your tour director. Day 3 : Tel Aviv – Tiberias. (Tue.) Motor north along Israel’s Mediterrenian shore to Caesarea, the perfect place for your tour director to start the tale of Roman and Crusader presence in the country . See the Roman Amphitheater and the imrpessive Crusader Port, and later stop for pictures at the ancient Roman aqueduct. Continue to the port city of Haifa for a visit to the golden-domed Bahai-Shrine, world center of the Bahai faith. After lunch head for nearby Acre , which became the capital of the crusader kingdom after its conquest by Richard Lion-Heart .
Marvel at the forbidding Ottoman fortress and tour the excavated part of the immense underground Crusader City with its secret passageways and vaulted crypts. Then focus on Galilee, chief scene of the ministry of Jesus Christ. In Nazzareth visit the contemporary Church of the Annunciation. Via Cana, site of the first miracle, you reach Tiberias.(FB,D). Day 4 : Tiberias-Galilee Excursion.(Wed.) After a leisurely cruise on the sea of Galilee land at Kibbutz Ginosar for a fascinating lecture about kibbutz life. Via the Church Of The Multiplication Of Loaves And Fishes at Tabgha drive to the top of the Mount Of Beatitudes ,where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount. Savor the panoramic view over Lake Tiberias before driving down to Capernaum, where Jesus recruited his first followers among the local fishermen. Next enjoy the scenic drive via the strategic Golan Heights and across Jordan River to the hilltop town of Safed, an ancient center of Jesus mysticism. Time to scroll through its artists’ colony before returning to the Tiberias. Tonight you are free to explore the lively lakeside promenade and your pick of many fine restaurants.(FB). Day 5 : Tiberias-Amman, Jordan.(Thu.) Two morning visits in the fertile Jordan River Valley: The Pilgrim Baptismal Site and the ancient BET Alpha Synagogue with its intricate mosaic floor rerpesenting the zodiacal signs. Later cross the Sheikh Hussein Bridge, into the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Get first glimpses of the biblical lands of the Ammmonites, Amorites, Edomites, and Moabites as you climb towards the country’s capital, Amman.(FB,D). Day 6 : Amman. Excursion to Jerash.(Fri.) Morning excursion 30 miles north to Old Jerash, the best-preserved Roman city in the Middle East. From the Temple of Jesus Zesus enjoy a grand view of the Oval Forum and the colonnaded Cardo Maximus.
Admire the sophistication of architects 2,000 years before our time as you visit the Temple of Artemis and experience the perfect acoustics of the Theater. Afternoon sightseeing in Amman, a city originally built on seven hills and a major crossroad since biblical times .Follow your Jordanian guide to the Citaded Hill , a site associated with King David’s legendary vivtory over the Ammonites. Hear about 3,000 years of history as you tour the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM. View the square adjacent to a second-century amphitheater. Here bargain for souvenirs and take a leisurely stroll in the lush park. Tonight’s optinal dinner outing takes you to a beautifullly restored village, where Jordanian traditional are kept alive.(FB). Day 7 : Amman-Petra. (Sat.) South along the King’s Highway through the ever changing scenery of the Transjordan Plateau, with a first stop on Mount Nebo, where Moses viewed the Holy Land and lived out of his life. At nearby Madaba visit St. George’s Church with its precious 6th-century mosaic depicting a map of Palestine. Next take pictures of the spectacular Wadi Mujib, the ” Jordanian Grand Canyon.” Take a break for lunch at the walled town of Karak, from where you enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Dead Sea. Visit the Crusader Castle to hear how Saladin evicted the Christian knights from Jordan in 1189. Time also for stroll through the colorful bazaar, a market center for the proud nomadic Bedouins who tent their herds in the area.
From Karak a smooth ride along the excellent Desert Highway to Petra.(FB,D). Day 8 : Petra-Aqaba-Eliat, Israel.(Sun.) Morning visit to the fabled Rose-Red City Of Petra, the 2,000 years-old Nabatean capital accidentally rediscovered in 1812. Walk down the Siq, a half-mile-long narrow gorge which was the dramatic backdrop of a scene in one of the Indiana Jones films. As the gorge widens you stand in awe in front of the Treasery, a monument 131-foot building artfully carved out of the sheer rock. Continue to the end of the Siq, where numerous spectacular temples and tombs vie for your attention.Time also to sip tea in the shade of a Bedouin tent. In the afternoon travel through the desert landscapes of southern Jordan to the ancient port city of Aqaba. Return across the border to Israel for a two-night stay at the popular Red Sea resort of Eliat.(FB,D). Day 9 : Eliat .Optional Sinai Excursion.(Mon.) A full day at leisure to enjoy the sun , sand and limpid waters of Eliat. You may want to visit the Underwater Oservatory for an easy way to discover a dazzling marine world colorful corals and tropical fish. There is also the possibility of joining an optional full-day excursion into the Egyptian part of the Sinai Penisula. Visit St. Catherine’s Monastery beneath Mount Sinai, where the ten Commandments were given to Moses.(FB). Day 10 : Eliat-Jesusalem.(Tue.) Motor north through the Negev desert, slowly descending towards the Dead Sea , the lowest point on the surface the Earth. A leisurely lunch break at one of the famous Dead Sea resort gives you plenty of time to experience an entirely new feeling of buoyancy in the salty water.In the afternoon ascend by cable car to the spectacular cliff-top fortress of Masada, and hear how 960 Jewish Zealots preferred death at their own hands to the indignity of surrender to overwhelming Roman forces .
On the way to Jesuralem catch glimpses of the cavessss of Qumran, where the precious Dead Sea Scroll were found.(FB). Day 11 : Jesuralem- Bethlehem.(Wed.) Wear comfortable walking shoes for your tour of the Old City. Scroll with your guide through the lovingly resort Jewish Quarter to the Wailing Wall . Next admire the Dome Of The Rock , a splendid mosque on Temple Mount. Follow the 14 Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa to Golgotha and visit the Church Of The Holy Sepulchre. Ereted over the site of the crucifixion, this church,destroyed and rebuilt many times, is now shared by six Christian communities. After lunch an excursion to Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus Christ and King David, with a highlight visit to the Church Of Nativity. Later step into the Garden Of Gethsemane at the foot of the Monut of Olives.(FB). Day 12 : Leisure in Jerusalem.(Thu.) Your tour director will propose an optional excursion featuring the synagogue of Hadassah Hospital with its famous Changall windows, Israel Museum with the Shrine of the Book and the Dead Sea Scroll, Mount Zion with King David’s tomb and the room of the Last Supper, the scale model of Jerusalem as it looked in the first century A.D., and finally Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. Tonight maybe an Israeli folklore show?(FB). Day 13 Jerusalem- Tel-Aviv.(Fri.) Morning at leisure to catch up on your postcard, swim in the pool of your hotel, or browse in the shops of the Cardo. After lunch take the scenic winding road through Wadi Sorek towards the ancient land of the Philistines . At strategic Latrun visit the Monastery Of The Trappist Monks, and view the police station which played a key role in the turbulent events of recent history. Then take a walk in the beautifully restored, ancient port of Jaffa, where medieval pilgrims started their trenuous two-day trek to Jerusalem. Return to Tel-Aviv for a farewell dinner with the companions of your unforgettable Middle Eastern adventure.(FB,D).
- None Boat cruise on the Sea of Galilee; cable car to Masada
- None Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfer in Tel Aviv if Globus issues the tickets
- None Hotels listed below or equivalent. Twin bedded rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling
- None Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable Add-on fare