Holy Land Express

Jerusalem, Galilee, Masada and the Dead Sea
plus Cairo Flash and Eilat & the Red Sea optional extensions

This itinerary is for a past tour program.
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View of Jerusalem's Old City, The Wall and the Dome of the Rock from the Mount of Olives Israel is known the world over as The Holy Land, the centerpiece of the world's three great religions: Islam, Judaism and Christianity. Everywhere you go in this amazing country, you will find yourself walking in the exact places where the events of the Bible unfolded. There is hardly a visitor who has not been moved deeply and personally by the experience of visiting this fascinating and ancient land. For the sheer magnitude of its spiritual, historical and archeological value, Israel is a place like no other on earth.

We invite you to get on board our Holy Land Express and personally experience the thrill of walking in the footsteps of Jesus in the Galilee, Jerusalem and the Dead Sea. There is no place like it in the world, and now you can give yourself the gift of spiritual renewal for a price that is truly miraculous. But don't wait too long. With prices this low, this exciting tour is sure to sell out fast!


Detailed Itinerary

Holy Land Express 7 Day Tour Itinerary Day 1: USA/Israel. Departure from the USA on the first leg of our journey to Israel. Aloft, we will have dinner, a little sleep time and breakfast.

Day 2: Jerusalem. Upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport later this afternoon (via Zurich, Switzerland), meeting and assistance through customs. Then it's off to Jerusalem, your base for the next five nights. Dan Panorama Hotel or Jerusalem Pearl Hotel Dinner provided.

Olive trees, Garden of Gethsemane
Garden of Gethsemane
Day 3: Jerusalem Old & New. After breakfast, begin your day atop the Mount of Olives. Walk the Palm Sunday path to Dominus Flevit Chapel, visit the ancient olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane, and enter the Old City. Follow the Via Dolorosa, the agonizing route Jesus walked with the cross on the way to Gulgotha. Visit St. Anne's Church, the Pool of Bethesda, Pilate's Judgment Hall, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Garden Tomb.

Western Wall Plaza, Jerusalem
Western Wall Plaza, Jerusalem   © Willem Proos
Continue to the Temple Mount, considered one of the holiest places in the world by Judaism, Islam and Christianity, with the golden Dome of the Rock and Al Aksa Mosque. Then emerge at the Western (Wailing) Wall, where you'll have a chance to leave your own personal prayer between the giant, ancient stones of the Second Temple Wall.

Scale Model of Old Jerusalem This afternoon you'll visit Yad VaShem, the memorial to the Holocaust, and continue to the scale model which depicts the Old City during the Second Temple Period. Your last stop is at the Israel Museum's Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed and exhibited. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Full-scale model of the Galilee Boat
Full-scale model of the Galilee Boat   © HolyLandPhotos.org
Day 4: The Galilee. Depart after breakfast for Nazareth, the town where Jesus spent his boyhood. Visit the Church of the Annunciation and then continue to Cana, where Jesus performed His first miracle, turning water to wine. Drive to Tiberias, the ancient town on the Sea of Galilee, where you'll board a replica of a first century boat and sail across the Sea to Capernaum. Here you'll visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue where it is thought that Jesus taught. Continue to Tagbha, site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes. Breakfast & dinner provided.

View from Masada, Israel Day 5: Masada & the Dead Sea. Drive south through the Judean Hills and desert to the Dead Sea. Drive along the shore of the Dead Sea to Masada. Ascend by cable car and tour the mountain fortress built by Herod, where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans. Visit the remains of the walls, palaces, water cisterns and mosaic floors.

Swimming in the Dead Sea
Swimming in the Dead Sea   © Itamar Grinberg
Descend from Masada by cable car and continue to a spa at the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, where you'll have an opportunity to float in the mineral-filled water.

Zion Square, Jerusalem
Zion Square, Jerusalem   © IMOT
Day 6: Jerusalem at Leisure. Enjoy an entire day to explore one of the world's most fascinating and coveted cities, on your own or through optional tours. Your superior first class hotel is centrally located, within walking distance to many of the major Jerusalem attractions, including the Old City, Zion Square and downtown. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Day 7: Jerusalem/USA. Today you'll be escorted to the airport as you bid farewell to Jerusalem and board your return flight to the USA. Your journey comes to an end as you arrive in the USA later today. Or, continue your stay in Israel on a fascinating three day extension to Israel's popular resort on the Red Sea, Eilat.


Cairo Flash Pre-Tour Extension

Begin your journey to Israel with a visit to another ancient and fascinating city: Cairo, Egypt. Enjoy three nights at the deluxe Cairo Sheraton Hotel & Towers including buffet breakfast daily, a full day of guided touring of the most significant sites in and around Cairo and a full day at leisure to explore further on your own or on optional tours.

Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Towers Day 1: Depart USA. Your fascinating journey to Cairo begins this evening as you depart JFK International Airport in New York for your overnight non-stop flight to Cairo.

Day 2: Cairo, Egypt. Late afternoon arrival in Cairo, where East and West come together in a wonderful and chaotic mix of old and new. You'll be met by our representative in Cairo, assisted with visa and customs formalities and then escorted to your deluxe hotel located on the banks of the Nile River. Sheraton Cairo Hotel, Towers & Casino

Tomb of Tutankhamen
Tomb of Tutankhamen
Day 3: Old Cairo, Pyramids & Sphinx. Today's full day included excursion begins at the Egyptian Museum, perhaps the most prominent in the world, containing, among other treasures, the priceless antiquities of King Tutankhamon's tomb. Your tour continues to the Old City of Cairo where you'll visit the Christian and Jewish Quarters.

The Sphinx at Giza, Egypt Continue to Giza, a short drive from bustling, downtown Cairo. Here you visit the Pyramids of Cheops and Chephren, which have stood for 46 centuries and are considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World and possibly the most visited monuments of Egypt. The Sphinx, a feline character 50 meters long and 22 meters high, carved from a single stone, lies just before the Pyramids and until today remains shrouded in mystery as to its meaning and origin. Breakfast provided.

Cairo Citadel Day 4: Cairo. A full day is yours to explore Cairo and its surroundings on your own or on optional tours arranged exclusively for Friendly Planet travelers. Your hotel is ideally located along the River Nile, commanding panoramic views of the Nile and City, in the heart of Cairo, adjacent to the world-famous Egyptian Museum and within walking distance of the main business and shopping center. Our Cairo representatives will be on hand to make suggestions if you prefer to explore independently. To make the most of your visit and enrich your experience, our representatives will offer you a chance to join some excursions to the city's highlights as well as exciting evening activities. Breakfast provided.

Egyptian street vendor Day 5: Cairo/Jerusalem. Today you'll be escorted to the airport as you bid farewell to Cairo and board your short flight to Israel. Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport and transfer to your hotel in the heart of Jerusalem, within walking distance of the Old City. Breakfast provided.

Cairo Flash Extension Prices: $575 per person double occupancy. Add $135 per person for single occupancy rooms. $28 per person for visa to Egypt.


Eilat & the Red Sea Post-Tour Extension
plus Petra Optional Day Tour

Parasailing On The Red Sea
Parasailing On The Red Sea   © IMOT - Albatros
Israel's wonderful Red Sea resort of Eilat is only a one hour flight from Jerusalem. But you may as well be a whole world away. Here, at the southern tip of Israel, you'll enjoy the warm, calm waters of Israel's most popular vacation destination. One of the world's best coral reefs is located here, and you can scuba dive, snorkel, dive with dolphins and even take an evening camel safari into the desert. The lost city of Petra in Jordan is a short drive from Eilat, and during your stay you will be able to take part in a full day tour to this fascinating red rose city.

Eliat Marina On The Red Sea
Eilat Marina, Red Sea   © Itamar Grinberg
Day 7: Jerusalem/Eilat. Transfer to the airport this morning for your short flight to Eilat on the Red Sea. Transfer to your centrally located hotel and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure. Accommodations: Dan Panorama Hotel. Breakfast provided.

Lost City of Petra, Jordan Day 8: Eilat/Petra Optional Tour. Enjoy the day at leisure or take advantage of a wonderful day tour to Petra. Early this morning we'll cross into Jordan at the Arava border and drive to the Nabatean capital of Petra, a secret and mystical city carved more than 2,000 years ago in pink sandstone. After a tour of the ancient city, including a portion on horseback, we board our bus and return to Israel, arriving in Eilat for overnight.

Eilat, Red Sea
Eilat, Red Sea   © IMOT
Day 9: Eilat/Tel Aviv. Enjoy the morning at leisure to explore Eilat, swim in the Red Sea, visit the Underwater Observatory and see the extensive and magnificent corals and sea life of the Red Sea, or simply relax and enjoy the pool at your hotel. This afternoon, transfer to the airport for the short flight to Tel Aviv. Transfer independently to your centrally located hotel in Tel Aviv. Accommodations: Dan Panorama Hotel. Breakfast provided.

Day 10: Israel/USA. Transfer independently to Ben Gurion Airport and board your return flight to the USA, arriving later this afternoon.

Eilat Extension Prices: $399 per person double occupancy. Add $199 per person for single occupancy rooms. For July 16 and August 13 departures only, prices are $499 for double occupancy and $299 for single occupancy supplement.

Petra Optional Day Tour: $159 per person. Taxes and border crossing fees are $35 in addition and must be paid in U.S. dollars at the border.


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