Our Israel Plus Eilat and Petra tour package is perfect for travelers who want to combine a visit to Israel with an unforgettable day tour to the Hidden City of Petra in Jordan. Wind down your trip with a visit to Eilat – a beautiful resort city on the coast of the Red Sea, and the southmost place in Israel. Here you can just relax, get a tan and soak in the spectacular desert scenery before going back home.

 

Tour Highlights:
  • Participate in an archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin National Park.
  • Explore Jaffa’s reconstructed Artists’ Quarter with its galleries and boutiques.
  • Tour the Israeli Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin Center.
  • Visit ancient Caesarea. See the impressive 2,000-year-old amphitheater which is still used for performances.
  • Tour Nazareth where Jesus spent part of his youth.
  • Drive to Haifa for a view of the Baha’i Gardens – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Descend by cable car to see the magnificent underwater grottoes in Rosh HaNikra.
  • Learn about the wine making process and enjoy wine tasting in a Golan Heights’ winery.
  • Visit a former Syrian army bunker in the Golan Heights.
  • Experience lunch in a communal dining room at a Kibbutz.
  • Explore Jerusalem’s Old City in all of its history and wonder.
  • See the Scale Model of ancient Jerusalem at the Israel Museum.
  • Watch the “Night Spectacular” Sound & Light show at the Tower of David Museum.
  • Join an Israeli family in their home for a traditional Friday dinner.
  • Ascend Masada, a historical mountain fortress built by King Herod.
  • Enjoy an effortless float in the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea.
  • Explore the rose-red City of Petra, Jordan.
  • Spend a full day at leisure in Eilat. (Optional activities are available)

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Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem, Eilat, Petra

Tour Departs on: Wednesdays
Tour Includes
  • Professional Tour Director
  • Round trip flights Tel Aviv/ Eilat
  • Choice of Deluxe Hotel Plans
  • Comprehensive Sightseeing
  • Transfers as indicated
Meals
  • Daily Israeli Buffet Breakfast
  • Friday Night Dinner in Tel Aviv
  • 2 Dinners in Haifa
  • Lunch at Kibbutz Kfar Charuv
  • Restaurant Dinner in Jerusalem
  • Traditional Friday Night Dinner-Israeli home in Jerusalem
  • Lunch in Petra
Special Features
  • Dinner and special presentation in Haifa
  • Tips to all restaurant staff
  • Express Airport Check-in Service & Dan VIP Lounge at Ben Gurion Airport (upon return to the USA)

Wednesday: En Route

Depart the U.S.A. on your flight to Israel.

Thursday: Tel Aviv

Welcome to Israel! Arrive Ben Gurion Airport; meeting, assistance and transfer to your hotel in trendy Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean beach. Balance of the afternoon and evening at leisure in the “city that never sleeps”.

Friday: Tel Aviv

Today, a great adventure! Spend the morning digging and excavating at the Tel Maresha Dig at Beit Guvrin National Park (weather permitting).  Continue to the 4,000-year-old port city of Jaffa. Explore the magnificently reconstructed Artists’ Quarter with its galleries and boutiques.  Afterwards, on to Tel Aviv’s bustling Carmel Market and lively Nachlat Benjamin Street with its delightful cafes and craft stalls — definitely the place to be on Friday afternoon! Tonight, Get Together Dinner.  (B.D)

Saturday: Tel Aviv

Morning walking tour includes Ben Gurion House, former home of Israel’s first Prime Minister; see his personal belongings and expansive library. Remainder of the day at leisure to enjoy all of the delights of this seaside city. Tel Aviv’s museums and restaurants are world-class. Don’t miss Tel Aviv’s hip port neighborhood, with its yachts, eateries and café-filled boardwalk. (B)

Sunday: Tel Aviv/Haifa

Depart Tel Aviv. Drive to the extraordinary Israeli Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin Center chronicling the life of the late Prime Minister and the development of the State of Israel. Continue to ancient Caesarea; explore the Roman and Crusader ruins including the impressive 2,000-year-old theater (still in use!) and aqueduct.  Then, visit Caesarea Harbor: a fascinating, multi-media presentation brings ancient history to life! Arrive in Nazareth, the sacred town where Jesus spent part of his youth; visit the Church and view Mary’s Well.  On to the sparkling port city of Haifa; check into your hotel atop Mt. Carmel. Evening: Enjoy Dinner and a special cultural presentation (subject to min. 10 participants).  (B.D)

Monday: Haifa

View the golden-domed Baha’i Shrine and their breathtaking “hanging gardens,” – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Drive along the coast to Rosh Hanikra; descend by cable car to see the magnificent underwater grottoes. Continue through the picturesque seaside town of Nahariya to the timeless Crusader city of Acre; walk through the subterranean city and bazaars that recall the colorful Middle Ages. Then, to Safed, one of Judaism’s holiest cities, where the Kabbalah was developed in the 16th.-century; visit the ancient synagogues and the charming Artists’ Quarter. Return to your hotel for Dinner. The balance of the evening is at leisure to enjoy a stroll under the Carmel skies and the glow of this beautiful port city. (B.D)

Tuesday: Haifa/Jerusalem

We’ll depart Haifa driving first to Capernaum to see the fantastic ruins of the ancient synagogue dating back to the 5th-century.  Ascend the strategic Golan Heights and learn about the 20th century battles that protected Israel’s future. On to Katzrin, capital of the Golan and to the Monument of the 7th Brigade. It is here, in the magnificent strip of the Golan that has become known for producing the finest wines in the world, that we will enjoy a tour of the wine making process as well as sample some of the Golan’s tastiest wines. Continue for a visit to a former Syrian army bunker at Kibbutz Kfar Charuv, settled by Americans and Israelis together; view of the fertile valleys below as you tour the kibbutz and enjoy lunch in the communal dining room.  Visit the remains of an 8th century Roman city at Bet Shean (not visited in winter due to early closure). Then drive south and rise through the mountains to “golden” Jerusalem, stopping first for a blessing and a toast to our arrival in the eternal city. Overnight in Israel’s capital. (B.L)

Wednesday: Jerusalem

Drive to Hadassah Medical Center to the see the sublime Chagall Windows. On to Yad Vashem, Israel’s national Memorial and Museum of the Holocaust, with its Children’s Pavilion and Avenue of the Righteous. Then, to Mount Herzl to pay respects to Israel’s founders and heroes. Pass the post-modern Supreme Court and the Knesset (Parliament) en route to the Shrine of the Book, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Time to walk through the New Israel Museum and the Billy Rose Sculpture Garden; see the Scale Model of ancient Jerusalem. Evening: Night Tour of illuminated Jerusalem followed by a Restaurant Dinner and the “Night Spectacular” Sound & Light Show at the Citadel Museum (weather and schedule permitting). (B.D)

Evening: Join the Isram Israel Tour Manager for the ‘Night Spectacular’ Sound and Light Show at the Citadel Museum (weather and schedule permitting): The walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for a nighttime show which is a celebration of sight and sound. Amidst the archaeological remains in the Citadel’s courtyard and to the sound of original music, the story of Jerusalem unfolds through giant, breathtaking, virtual reality images using spectacular laser technology.

Show runtime: 45 minutes. The Night Spectacular will not take place in the event of rain.

Thursday: Jerusalem

Drive to Mt. Zion to visit the traditional Tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper. Enter the Old City to the restored Jewish Quarter; walk along the Cardo, the colonnaded main street of Byzantine Jerusalem. Walk to the Western Wall, last remnant of the Second Temple.  View the Dome of the Rock. Proceed through the extraordinary Hasmonean Tunnel (tunnel schedule permitting) or tour the Herodian Mansions, a completely excavated residential quarter from 2000 years ago. Follow the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; stroll through the exotic bazaars with their wondrous aromas. End today with a visit to the fabulous Friends of Zion Heritage Center celebrating the Christian heroes who have contributed to the Jewish people and the State of Israel. These heroes come alive through, cutting edge, high tech imaging, audio-visual presentations, holograms and much more. Or, an optional visit to Bethlehem may be arranged. A free night tonight. The shops are open late as it’s the start of the Israeli weekend. Enjoy the many eateries along the outdoor Mamilla Mall, Ben Yehuda Street, or the “Tachana”. (B)

Visit to the Old City and Bethlehem requires modest dress. Shorts must be knee length and not shorter (for men and women); no sleeveless shirts or blouses.

Friday: Jerusalem

Descend through the Judean desert to the Dead Sea, lowest point on Planet Earth. Ascend Masada by cable car and see this last stronghold of the Zealots in their struggle against the Romans. Visit the excavations, Herod the Great’s palace, synagogue and bathhouse. Then, opportunity to enjoy an “unsinkable” swim in the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea. Drive via the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, on your return to Jerusalem. Early evening: Visit the Western Wall to join Jerusalemites welcoming the Sabbath (during daylight savings time only). Tonight, a unique and memorable evening as we join an Israeli family at their home to enjoy the traditional Friday dinner together.  (B.D)

Saturday: Jerusalem

Enjoy a full day at leisure for relaxation and on your own exploration.  For those still craving to see and do as much as possible, your tour manager will provide tickets to the Museum of the History of Jerusalem in the Old City-definitely worth a visit. Overnight in Jerusalem.  (B)

Sunday: Eilat

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Eilat. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Balance of day at leisure to enjoy the facilities at your hotel on the Red Sea. (B)

Monday: Eilat/ Petra*/ Eilat

A most unforgettable day touring Petra. Morning transfer from your hotel in Eilat to the Arava border crossing. Assistance at the border is provided.  Arrive in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and drive to the “hidden” city of Petra. Start the visit with a horse ride, or, if you prefer, an exhilarating walk from the main gate to the entrance of the Old City. Continue by foot to visit the rose-red city of Petra—city of the Edomites and later the Nabateans. Visit the Treasury carved out of a single piece of rock. The site was made famous in the movie “Indiana Jones”; see the Theatre Tombs, Hall of Justice, Palaces and Temples. After Lunch, depart Petra driving to the resort city of Aqaba for a short panoramic tour before returning to the Arava border crossing back to Eilat. Transfer to your hotel in Eilat for overnight. (B.L)

Visa for Petra, border Crossing/assistance fees are not included and  are to be paid locally approx $ 133 per person at time of printing (Visa will be secured on your behalf by our representatives).

*Petra overday tour is operated by a local company on group basis. Number of participants is not guaranteed to be 28 or under)

Tuesday: Eilat

A full day at leisure to enjoy this wonderful resort city.  Optional activities and excursions are available from your hotel or just relax and enjoy the cool, clear waters and underwater life of the Red Sea. (B)

Wednesday: En route

Day at leisure in glorious Eilat. We have arranged for a late check out for you (by 6:00 P.M.). Late afternoon, transfer to Eilat airport for your flight to Tel Aviv departing early evening. Upon arrival in Tel Aviv, transfer between the domestic terminal at Ben Gurion to the international terminal where you will enjoy our Express check in service for your late evening flight home. Complimentary entrance to the exclusive Dan VIP Lounge is included as you await your international flight’s departure. (B)

LAND PRICES PER PERSON Prices in USD
ISRAEL PLUS EILAT AND PETRA –  LAND PRICES PER PERSON (USD)**
(Includes Round Trip Flights Tel Aviv/Eilat)
13 Days/11 Nights – FRIDAY Departures
                1 night Tel Aviv, 2 nights Haifa,  5 nights Jerusalem, 3 nights Eilat
  Plan A Plan B
2018 Twin Single Twin Single
May 11^ 4165 5785 4525 6620
May 18*, 25, Jun 1, 8, 15 4110 5685 4420 6395
Jun 22, 29, Jul 6, 20 4195 5855 4420 6400
Aug 3 4505 6470 4765 7085
Aug 17, Sep 28*, Oct 5, 12 4075 5615 4340 6230
Oct 19, 26 4195 5855 4420 6400
Nov 2, 9, 16 4110 5685 4280 6110
Dec 14 4210 5890 4430 6410
Dec 21 4330 6130 4625 6815
Dec 28 3965 5395 4245 6040
2019
Jan 18, Feb 15 3905 5275 4225 5995
Mar 8, 22, 29, Apr 5 4075 5615 4340 6230
Apr 26* 4110 5680 4415 6385
May 3 4080 5625 4340 6230
May 10, 17, 24, 31 PRICES TO BE ADVISED
14 Days/12 Nights – THURSDAY Departures
                  2 nights Tel Aviv, 2 nights Haifa,  5 nights Jerusalem, 3 nights Eilat
  Plan A Plan B
2018 Twin Single Twin Single
May 10^ 4415 6150 4830 7095
May 17*, 24, 31, Jun 7, 14 4365 6055 4725 6875
Jun 21, 28, Jul 5, 19 4450 6225 4730 6875
Aug 2 4755 6840 5070 7560
Aug 16, Sep 27*, Oct 4, 11 4330 5985 4645 6710
Oct 18, 25 4450 6225 4730 6875
Nov 1, 8, 15 4365 6055 4585 6590
Dec 13 4455 6240 4735 6885
Dec 20 4575 6480 4930 7295
Dec 27 4210 5745 4550 6515
2019
Jan 17, Feb 14 4145 5625 4510 6435
Mar 7, 21, 28, Apr 4 4330 5985 4645 6710
Apr 25* 4400 6110 4795 7020
May 2* 4340 6005 4645 6710
May 9, 16, 23, 30 PRICES TO BE ADVISED
15 Days/13 Nights – WEDNESDAY Departures
                3 nights Tel Aviv, 2 nights Haifa,  5 nights Jerusalem, 3 nights Eilat
  Plan A Plan B
2018 Twin Single Twin Single
May 9^ 4750 6590 5215 7650
May 16*, 23, 30, Jun 6, 13 4705 6510 5115 7435
Jun 20, 27, Jul 4, 18 4790 6680 5120 7440
Aug 1 5095 7295 5460 8125
Aug 15, Sep 26*, Oct 3, 10 4670 6440 5035 7270
Oct 17, 24 4790 6680 5120 7440
Oct 31, Nov 7, 14 4705 6510 4980 7155
Dec 12 4780 6670 5125 7450
Dec 19 4900 6910 5320 7860
Dec 26 4535 6180 4940 7080
2019
Jan 16, Feb 13 4475 6060 4880 6955
Mar 6, 20, 27, Apr 3  4670  6440  5035  7270
Apr 24* 4775 6630 5260 7735
May 1* 4685 6470 5035 7270
May 8, 15, 22, 29  PRICES TO BE ADVISED
For all tours above:

 

Visa for Petra, border crossing/assistance fees are not included and are to be paid locally–$130 per person at time of printing (Visa will be secured on your behalf by our representatives).

*Revised touring due to holiday

^ Tour is revised–Eilat stay is 2nts Monday-Wednesday (return to USA on Thu).

Tour is guaranteed on minimum 4 passengers. Should the tour fall below 4 passengers, you’ll be offered the option of touring by Share-a-Car in Israel
at a supplement of $495 per person (3 persons minimum).

 

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