Victoria – Toronto – Tel
Aviv We depart Victoria early this morning for Toronto, where we connect to our overnight flight to Tel Aviv.
Arrive in Tel Aviv this morning and transfer to our hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure until our welcome dinner this evening. (D)
Tel Aviv – Jerusalem
This morning we have a tour of Tel Aviv with a visit to Jaffa, considered the world’s oldest seaport. We continue to Jerusalem, where we spend the next three nights. (B)
On our tour of Old Jerusalem, we start at the Mount of Olives for a stunning, unobstructed view of the city, followed by a stop at the Church of the Pater Noster. We will enter the Old City through the Dung Gate, and see the Wailing Wall, Haram Al Sharif, and the Dome of the Rock. We then visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Christ is said to have been crucified. (B)
Today we drive through new Jerusalem to visit the city and the markets. We also plan to visit the Israel Museum today. (B)
Jerusalem – Jericho –Bethlehem – Jerusalem
After breakfast, we head to Jericho, the oldest continually inhabited city in the world, where we visit Hisham’s Palace to see the Tree of Life and the Monastery of Temptation. We continue to Bethlehem, stopping at the Separation Wall, and visiting the Church of the Nativity, believed to be located at the birthplace of Jesus. We will also drive to the Shepherds Fields in Beit Sahour, which is the place where, according to tradition, the angels first announced Jesus’ birth. (B)
Jerusalem – Masada – Qumran – Eilat
We depart Jerusalem and drive along the Dead Sea to visit the grand fortress of Masada, built by King Herod. We will ascend Masada by cable car and visit the remains of a large Roman style bath house, western palace, watchtowers and synagogue. Next we’ll visit the archaeological site of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947. From here we head south to the Red Sea city of Eilat for a two-night stay. (B)
Today is a free day for you to explore Eilat on your own. (B)
Eilat – Petra, Jordan
This morning our coach takes us to the Arava border between Israel and Jordan, where we will cross on foot and meet our Jordanian driver on the other side. From here we head to Al Beidha, or Little Petra, which was the entry and exit point for the trade routes to the north and north-west. We then transfer to our hotel in Petra. (B)
After breakfast, we head into the Nabatean Red Rose city of Petra, one of the new seven wonders of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site. We enter the city through a one kilometre narrow gorge, flanked on either side by eighty metre-high cliffs. The massive site contains hundreds of elaborate rock-cut tombs, a treasury, Roman-style theatres, temples, sacrificial altars and colonnaded streets. (B)
Petra – Wadi Rum – Eilat – Beer Sheva – Dead Sea
We return to Israel today, driving by Wadi Rum along the way. After crossing the border, we head to Beer Sheva, an ancient city dating from Biblical times. We will visit the old Turkish town, the Turkish railway station and the Bedouin market. We continue on to the Dead Sea for a two-night stay. (B)
Today is a free day to relax and enjoy floating in the salt waters of the Dead Sea, the Earth’s lowest elevation on land. (B)
Dead Sea – Nazareth – Tiberias
On our way to Tiberias, on the Sea of Galilee, we will stop in Nazareth, the boyhood village of Jesus. We’ll visit the Church of the Annunciation, built on the grotto where Mary is believed to have lived; the ruins of the ancient Capernaum synagogue, where Jesus gave the Sermon on the Bread of Life; the Mount of Beatitudes; Church of the Primacy of St. Peter; and Tabgha, known for Christ’s miraculous multiplication of loaves and fish to feed a multitude. We end our day in Tiberias, where we stop for two nights. (B)
Tiberias – Mt. Tabor – Cana – Tiberias
Today we visit Mt. Tabor, thought to be the place of the transfiguration of Christ. We then continue to Cana, the traditional site where Jesus performed his first miracle of turning water into wine. Finally, we enjoy a 45-minute boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, followed by lunch at a local restaurant. (B/L)
Tiberias – Safed – Akko – Haifa
From Tiberias we head north to Safed, one of Israel’s holiest cities and the highest city in the Holy Land. Today, many residents of Safed are involved in Kabbala, and the old city streets and houses are steeped in Kabbalistic influence. We continue to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Acre (Akko), one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. We will walk along the land and sea walls and explore the bustling market. We continue south along the coast to Haifa, where we visit the stunning B’hai Gardens. Overnight in Haifa. (B)
Haifa – Caesarea – Tel Aviv
This morning we drive a short distance south to Caesarea, an ancient capital of the Roman province, situated on the Mediterranean Coast. Here we will view the impressive archaeological remains of the Roman and Byzantine city that once dominated the region. Continue to Tel Aviv for two nights. (B)
Today is a free day until our farewell dinner this evening. (B/D)
Tel Aviv – Toronto – Victoria
Depart Tel Aviv this morning for Toronto, where we go through Customs and Immigration before transferring to our direct flight to Victoria.
Fees and registration
|Tour dates||Nov. 17 – Dec. 4, 2020|
|Total tour cost||$10,340.00|
|Early bird cost*||$10,040.00|
To ensure a place on this tour a nonrefundable deposit of $500 is required with the registration form by July 31, 2020 (provided space is still available). The balance of payment is due on Aug. 7, 2020.
*Early bird: Pay your deposit by Dec. 20, 2019 and receive a $300 reduction on your balance of payment.
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