Jewish Tour of Israel - Eretz Israel trip for 5 days
"A true journey, no matter how long the travel takes, has no end."
William Least Heat Moon 1982
Tours to Jerusalem: The Western Wall
This Tour is lead by guides who specialize in Jewish heritage, biblical Israel and Judaism. This tour of Israel centers on the Jewish perspective in Israel.
We begin our tour of Israel exploring the cobbled streets of Old Jaffa and its ancient port. From Jaffa we drive to Caesarea and see Israel's finest examples of Roman architecture. King Herod created this city and we visit it's most impressive sites, including the Amphitheatre where we view the inscription of Pontius Pilot. We continue our tour along the Mediterranean coast to the modern Israeli port of Haifa. From here we head into the scenic Carmel Mountains and ascend Mount Carmel, taking in its historic sites. Onto Akko (Acre), this fascinating town was fortified by the crusaders and under the citadel archeologists have uncovered the "Knights Halls", a complex of halls including a dungeon used by the legendary Templar Knights. We also visit the impressive port constructed here. In the afternoon we ascend to the city of Tzefat (Safed), the center of Jewish Mysticism, Kabbalah. We enter its synagogues which are steeped in history and learn of the towns dramatic past and courageous citizens. Onto Galilee and our hotel in Tiberias.
We ascend to the Golan Heights, where we visit Qatzrin, it's Talmudic village of Katsrin and its synagogue. From here we drive to a view point over Quneitra where we can look over into Syria and learn about the disputes of the Golan. The Galilee is blessed with scenic routes ruins and ancient synagogues. We get off the beaten track to explore the hidden gems of Jewish heritage. Onto the Dead Sea to experience natures richest spa. We bathe in the salty water and take a mud bath in the rejuvenating mud. Overnight at Dead Sea hotel.
Ascending the famous fortress of Masada, King Herod's mighty desert palace. Masada was used by the steadfast Jews who resisted the might of the invading Roman army. They eventually took their own lives rather than surrender into slavery. Masada remains one of the most important historic sites in Israel. A short drive from Masada we walk through the Oasis of Ein Gedi and visit its main waterfall. From here we board our vehicles and ascend the winding road to Jerusalem.
Our first stop in Jerusalem is on the Mount of Olives where excellent views of Jerusalem give us an insight into the city and help us to understand it's dramatic history. Overnight at Jerusalem hotel.
Hanukah in the Jewish quarter
In the morning we visit Israel's famous Chagall Windows at Hadasa Ein Karem. Onto the Yad Vashem memorial where we spend a few hours. We take some time to stroll to nearby mount Herzl, the resting place of several of Israel's leaders. We continue our tour, briefly stopping at the Knesset, before setting off for the sights and sounds of the Machane Yehuda market. Overnight in Jerusalem.
We explore the Old City of Jerusalem, visiting in all the major sites both ancient and modern. We spend time praying at the Kotel (Western Wall), the Nearby dome of the rock was constructed on the Temple Mount and via the Western walls complex tunnel system we can go underground to see the fascinating work archeologists are carrying out here. Onto King David's citadel and Tower and a comprehensive tour of the Old City according to groups preferences. Tour completion in Jerusalem.
Excursions to Petra and the Pyramids Cairo - may be written into the itinerary either as substitutes or additional days.
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Tours of the Judean Desert
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