Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Beer Sheba, Nazareth, Golan Heights
Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Beer Sheba, Nazareth, Golan Heights
Tourism, especially religious tourism, is an important industry in Israel, with the country’s temperate climate, beaches, archaeological, other historical and biblical sites, and unique geography also drawing tourists. Israel’s security problems have taken their toll on the industry, but the number of incoming tourists is on the rebound. In 2017, a record of 3.6 million tourists visited Israel, yielding a 25 percent growth since 2016 and contributed NIS 20 billion to the Israeli economy.
The tourism sector is considered a cornerstone of the economy, being a large source of employment, hard currency and economic growth. In 2010, there were 8 million visitors to Jordan. The majority of tourists coming to Jordan are from European and Arab countries. The tourism sector in Jordan has been severely affected by regional turbulence. The most recent blow to the tourism sector was caused by the Arab Spring, which scared off tourists from the entire region. Jordan experienced a 70% decrease in the number of tourists from 2010 to 2016. Tourist numbers started to recover as of 2017.
According to the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, Jordan is home to around 100,000 archaeological and tourist sites. Some very well preserved historical cities include Petra and Jerash, the former being Jordan’s most popular tourist attraction and an icon of the kingdom. Jordan is part of the Holy Land and has several biblical attractions that attract pilgrimage activities. Biblical sites include: Al-Maghtas—a traditional location for the Baptism of Jesus, Mount Nebo, Umm ar-Rasas, Madaba and Machaerus. Islamic sites include shrines of the prophet Muhammad’s companions such as ‘Abd Allah ibn Rawahah, Zayd ibn Harithah and Muadh ibn Jabal. Ajlun Castle built by Muslim Ayyubid leader Saladin in the 12th century AD during his wars with the Crusaders, is also a popular tourist attraction.
Upon arrival to the airport you will meet our representative and transfer to your hotel in Tel Aviv for overnight.
Leave Tel Aviv driving south, passing byAshdod and Ashkelon en route to Beersheba, for a drive through the Negev capital.
Continue via Arad to Masada. Ascend by cable car to the fortress, which was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans.
Visit the excavations including Herod’s palaces, the synagogue, bathhouse and cisterns.
Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea.
Descend for a “float” in the salty water of the world’s lowest place – the Dead Sea.
Proceed to Jerusalem for overnight.
Start the day with a panoramic view of Jerusalem from atop the Mt. of Olives.
On to the Garden of Gethsemane and Church of the Agony.
Continue to the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book with the famous Dead Sea scrolls, then a visit to the beautifully renovated model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem, dating back to the time of the Second Temple.
Continue to Yad Vashem (the memorial to the six million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust).
Afternoon drive to visit the picturesque village of Ein Karem (the traditional
birth-place of John the Baptist).
In the heart of a neighborhood in downtown Jerusalem, visit Mahane Yehuda to experience the flavors, aromas, colors and the traders’ interaction with the crowds, at the largest open market in Israel.
Return to Hotel.
Enter through one of the gates to the walled Old City to visit the renewed Jewish Quarter, the Western Wall, the Temple area and the colorful bazaars.
Walk along the Via Dolorosa and the Stations of the Cross, ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Continue to Mt. Zion and visit the tomb of King David, the Room of the Last Supper and Dormition Abbey.
In the afternoon continue to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity and a view of the Shepherd’s Fields.*
Return to Jerusalem for overnight.
Leave Jerusalem and drive north, passing by Jericho, the oldest city in the world.
Travel through the Jordan Valley to Beit Shean. Visit the excavations of this beautifully preserved Roman City.
Proceed to Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation and the carpentry workshop of Joseph.
On to Safed, city of the Kabala, for a walk through the mystic alleys, a visit to a synagogue and the artists’ colony.
Continue to a Kibbutz hotel for overnight.
Drive to the Golan Heights, passing by the Druze villages.
Visit a former Syrian fortification on the heights.
Pass by Banias, source of the Jordan River.
Enjoy an Israeli wine country experience, with vineyards surrounded by breathtaking views. Become acquainted with the collection of fine and rare wines enjoying a tour, wine tasting and understanding of the wine production process.
Descending to the shores of the Sea of Galilee, visit the Mount of Beatitudes and the ruins of the ancient synagogue and Peter’s house at Capernaum.
Visit Tabgha, where the miracle of the fish and bread took place.
Continue to Tiberias for a short tour of the old center of Jewish learning.
Optional sailing in a boat across the Sea of Galilee to experience the tranquility and scenery little changed during the past 2000 years (subject to conditions and fee).
Return to the Kibbutz hotel for overnight.
Breakfast and transfer to the airport for departure.
* Site under the Palestinian Authority jurisdiction. Visit subject to situation.
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Duration: 07 Nights/ 08 Day
1. The tour is on a guaranteed departure basis – subject to a minimum of 2 participants.
2. The sequence of the tour, hotels used, and sites visited may be amended due to circumstances.
3. Reservations received less than 14 days prior to departure are on a request only basis.
7 nights hotel accommodation on bed and breakfast basis.
Assistance at the airport upon arrival.
Transfers from/to airport on arrival and departure.
Sightseeing in a modern air-conditioned motor-coach.
Service of a Government licensed guide on all touring days.
Entrance fees to places of interest while touring.
Porterage at airport.
Tipping for guide, driver and hotel staff.
Beverages with meals.
Traveller’s medical baggage insurance.