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It is no wonder that Israel, and especially Jerusalem, continues to be a sought-after destination. 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 historical and archeological value, Israel is a place like no other on earth. And now you can experience Jerusalem for for an unbelievably low price.
But that's not all. Extend your adventure with a post-tour extension to the beautiful Red Sea resort of Eilat in Israel, with an optional tour to the fascinating lost city of Petra in Jordan.
Day 1: Depart USA. Your fascinating journey to Israel begins this evening as you check in at JFK International Airport in New York for your overnight non-stop flight to Tel Aviv via Israir.
Grand Court Hotel.
Day 3 - 6: Jerusalem. The next four days are yours to explore the world's most fascinating and coveted city, on your own or through our optional guided touring program. Your superior first class hotel is close to many of the major Jerusalem attractions, including the Old City, Zion Square and downtown.
Day 8: Arrive USA. Your fascinating journey comes to an end as you arrive in the USA this morning. Or, continue your stay in Israel on a fascinating three day extension to Israel's popular Red Sea resort, Eilat, including an optional excursion to the Lost City of Petra in Jordan.
Dan Panorama Hotel or Magic Palace Hotel. Breakfast provided.
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. Breakfast provided.
Day 10: Arrive USA. Your fascinating journey comes to an end as you arrive in the USA this morning.
Eilat Extension Prices: $499 per person double occupancy. Add $150 per person for single occupancy rooms ($200 for Dec. 9 departure).
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.
In order to help you make the most of your time in Jerusalem, we have designed a special optional touring package that covers the most important sites you won't want to miss, with Jerusalem as your base. Without having to change hotels during your visit, you'll tour Old and New Jerusalem, Masada and the Dead Sea, and the Galilee. This special package is not a seat-in-coach tour that picks up passengers in different hotels throughout the city, but a private tour only for Friendly Planet passengers, escorted throughout by one of our exceptional, inspirational tour guides who know and love the land. All entrance fees to places visited are included. The three tours included in our special package are described below.
Note: Modest dress (no shorts or sleeveless shirts) and head coverings are required for visiting the holy places.
Full Day Tour to Masada & the Dead Sea. Drive south through the Judean Hills and desert, then along the shore of the Dead Sea to Masada. Ascend by cable car and tour the mountain fortress built by Herod, where the Jewish Zealots made their last stand against the Romans. Visit the remains of the walls, palaces, water cisterns and mosaic floors.
Full Day Tour to Nazareth, Tiberias & Capernaum. 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 of turning the water to wine. Drive to Tiberias, the ancient town on the Sea of Galilee. Cross the Sea of Galilee by boat to Capernaum where 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, located at the foot of the Golan Heights. Conclude the day at Yardenit, the site where the Jordan River leaves the Sea of Galilee and heads toward the Dead Sea, and a special spot for Baptism services.
Special Optional Tours Package Price: $210 per person, based on a minimum of 10 passengers.
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