|Tel Aviv||2||Carlton (Premium Sea View Room – Executive Lounge Access)|
|Haifa||2||Dan Carmel (Deluxe Bay View Room)|
|Jerusalem||5||Orient (Orient Room – Executive Lounge Access)|
Depart the U.S.A. on your flight to Israel.
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 at leisure. Tonight, Get Together Dinner. (D)
Morning walking tour through the city’s well known streets including Dizengoff Square ending at Ben Gurion House, former residence of the First Prime Minister. Early afternoon optional visit to Machon Ayalon, the fascinating underground Ammunitions Factory (must be pre-booked with minimum 2 persons; $110 per person including roundtrip transfers). Remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy all of the delights of this Mediterranean paradise. (B)
Depart Tel Aviv and drive to the extraordinary Israeli Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin Center. Continue to ancient Caesarea; explore the Roman and Crusader ruins including the impressive 2,000-year-old theater and aqueduct. Then, visit Caesarea Harbor, a 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)
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; visit the ancient synagogues and the charming Artists’ Quarter. Return to your hotel for Dinner and overnight. (B.D)
Depart Haifa en route 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. Continue to Katzrin, capital of the Golan and to the Monument of the 7th Brigade. In the magnificent strip of the Golan known for producing the finest wines in the world, enjoy wine tasting and a tour of the wine making process. Continue for a visit to a former Syrian army bunker at Kibbutz Kfar Charuv, settled by Americans and Israelis together. Enjoy a late lunch in the communal dining room. Then drive south to Jerusalem, stopping first for a blessing and a toast to our arrival in the eternal city. Overnight in Israel’s capital. (B.L)
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, visit the Children’s Pavilion and Avenue of the Righteous. Then, continue to Mount Herzl to pay respects to Israel’s founders and heroes. Pass the Supreme Court and the Knesset (Parliament) en route to the Shrine of the Book, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls. 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)
Drive to Mt. Zion to visit the 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 main street of Byzantine Jerusalem. Continue to the Western Wall, the last remnant of the Second Temple and view the Dome of the Rock. Proceed through the 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. End today with a visit to the fabulous Friends of Zion Heritage Center before returning to your hotel; or, an optional visit to Bethlehem may be arranged. (B)
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. Stop at the Western Wall, time permitting, beautifully illuminated on this Sabbath eve before arriving to the hotel. Tonight, home hospitality dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B.D)
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)
Morning transfer from Jerusalem to the Allenby/ King Hussein Bridge. Our representative will meet you at the Terminal Building on the Israeli side of the Border, attend to all required procedures at this crossing and escort you to the awaiting vehicle to begin your tour of Jordan; an Exclusive IsramBeyond Service with no waiting for shuttle buses! Meet your Jordanian guide and begin your drive through the dramatic desert scenery of the Kings Highway. First stop is the Byzantine Church of Mt. Nebo, highest point of the Moabite mountain range, offering a remarkable view of the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. Then proceed to Madaba, home to some of the finest Byzantine mosaics in the world. View the 6th century mosaic map of the Holyland. After lunch, visit the magnificent crusader castle of Kerak before continuing on to Petra. Dinner and overnight in Petra. (B.L.D.)
Today, discover a most unforgettable day in the “hidden” city of Petra. Travel on horseback or on foot into the “rose-red” city beginning at “Siq”, a winding canyon road. Marvel at one of Petra’s most impressive monument, The Treasury, made famous in the movie “Indiana Jones”, carved out of solid rock from the side of the mountain. Beyond the Treasury, you’ll discover soaring temples, elaborate royal tombs, a theatre, burial chambers and water channels. After lunch, depart Petra and drive north to Amman. Check into your hotel for overnight. (B.L)
Begin with a tour of Amman, the capital of Jordan. See the Roman Theatre and the Citadel containing the remains of the massive Temple of Hercules. Continue to Jerash, known as the “Pompeii of the East”, one of the world’s best-preserved Greco-Roman cities. Tour the Temples of Artemis and Zeus, the Roman Forum, Hadrian’s Arch, the massive Theatre and the mile-long Street of Columns. On to Saladin’s 12th-century mountain top castle, Ajloun Castle, one of the finest examples of military architecture. Enjoy a late afternoon lunch before continuing to the border between Jordan and Israel – Sheikh Hussein. Cross to Israel and transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your late evening flight home arriving U.S.A. the next day; enjoy our Express Check-In Service and complimentary entrance to the exclusive Dan VIP Lounge. (B.L)
Note: Passengers extending in Israel may be transferred to Jerusalem or Tel Aviv with an additional charge.
|Thursday Departures – Limited to 28 participants||Twin||Single|
|2021 Departure Dates|
|May 13*, 20||$5420||$7390|
|May 27 & Jun 3||5360||7280|
|Jun 10^ & 24||5310||7175|
|Jul 1, 15, Aug 19, 26||5270||7105|
|Sep 30, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4||5435||7430|
|2022 Departure Dates|
|Mar 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Apr 28*, May 5||5475||7505|
|May 12, 19, 26*||PRICES TO BE ADVISED|
For dates prior to May 2021, please refer to our Egypt & Jordan 2020-21 Brochure.
^ Jun 10 departure will utilize Sheraton Hotel n Tel Aviv.
* Revised touring in Israel due to holidays.
Tour is guaranteed on a minimum of 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).
Jordan entry permit is included (US & Canadian Passports) providing tour is booked minimum 2 weeks prior to departure. If less than 2 weeks, you will be responsible to obtain your own visa from the Jordanian Embassy prior to your departure from the USA.
Border Crossing Fees are not included and must be paid locally (approximately $75 per person at time of printing).