4 Days Itinerary With Jewish Emphasis

 

This tour dedicates one day to Jerusalem, another to the Dead Sea and Masada, the third to the Golan Heights and the last to the coastline.

Everything here can be altered according to your wishes.

 

Day 1

An exceptional panoramic view from the Mount of Olives overlooking both the Old City and the Temple Mount will constitute our first meeting with Jerusalem. As if stepping into a postcard, we'll head to the Old City's narrow alleys and start at the Jewish Quarter.

There, we'll stop at the Western Wall (HaKotel), the most important site in the world for the Jewish people. Following an introduction to this place, we'll have some personal time, to take it all in or pray, whichever you wish.

The Western Wall Tunnels (pre booking is needed) will await us next, taking us back in time to the Second Temple period. They will lead us into the heart of the Muslim Quarter and the start of the Via Dolorosa. Through this Path of Agony we'll retrace the exact steps Jesus took as he progressed to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where he would be crucified and buried. This marks our entrance to the Christian Quarter and from here we'll follow the main road of Roman Jerusalem, the Cardo, through both its ancient and modern reincarnations.

The 2800-year-old Broad Wall will allow us to learn more about the archeological hills upon which the city is built. Afterwards, if time permits it, we'll visit the Hurva Synagogue, the main temple of the Jewish Quarter. This part of our day will conclude at Mount Zion, where tradition places King David’s Tomb.

Going back 3000 years, we'll encounter the oldest part of Jerusalem, the City of David. The options available to us here include Hezekiah's Tunnel, the Siloam Pool and lastly, the Gihon Spring, reputed to be the most excavated site in the world. A walk upon the recently discovered path from the Siloam Pool to the Temple Mount's main entrance through steps which Jewish pilgrims used thousands of years ago will complete our day.

Overnight: the Dead Sea area.

 

Day 2

There is no better way of starting your day than Mud from the dead seawith a relaxing float on the Dead Sea waters. We'll do so early on, so we can leave quickly for the mountainous fortress of Masada. Ascending by cable car (or by walking, if you prefer), we'll arrive at the top of the palace built by King Herod, where the zealots who rebelled against the Roman Empire held their last stand.

We'll see the remains of the synagogue, water system, mosaic floors, Herod’s private Roman bath, roman camps and much more. The afternoon will bring us to the Qumran caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, written by the Essenes who lived before the rebellion.Another possibility is to enjoy the scenic springs of Ein Gedi, the only freshwater spring in this region and the site of many biblical stories.

Overnight: a kibbutz in the vicinity of the Sea of Galilee.

 

Day 3

Climbing up the Golan Heights, we'll kick off this day at Tel Dan, the town conquered by the tribe of Dan after a long battle against the Philistines and the spot where Jeroboam decided to build the capital for his northern Kingdom of Israel.

This is also where the Sea of Galilee's main water source can be found, ideal for soaking in the splendor of nature. We'll continue to the magnificent Banias Waterfalls to enjoy Mother Nature. Human culture was also at work, as it was here that Agrippa II built his palace and Pan, the pagan God of Shepherds, had a temple erected in his honor.

We could stop for lunch at the incredible restaurant Dag al Hadan or at one of the Druze villages close by. This will provide the opportunity to learn about the Druze culture and way of life while enjoying the view of Mount Hermon and the Nimrod Fortress. Another observation point will be at Mount Bental, of the Tears Valley and Syria, setting the background to understand Israel's difficult Yom Kippur War. We'll also be able to see some Syrian military bases, deserted since before 1967, during an off-road drive in a 4x4 that will offer a different experience of the region.

Overnight: a kibbutz in the vicinity of the Sea of Galilee.

 

Day 4

Driving via Nahariya, we'll make our way to Rosh Hanikra, located on the border with Lebanon and consisting of both the breathtaking limestone grottos and British Mandate train, which connected Beirut with Haifa.

At the ancient city of Acre, we'll visit the Crusaders Halls and Turkish Hamam. We can walk the recently discovered 12th century Templar Tunnels; then stroll through the Old City, the Oriental Market, see the Arab Mosque and the Old Port. If time allows it, we'll stop inside the incredible Tunisian Synagogue.

The city of Haifa will greet us with a view of its bay from the top of Mount Carmel as we'll explore the area and the spectacular Baha'i Gardens.

Finally, we'll arrive at the 2000-year-old city of Caesarea. Built by King Herod, it became a major Roman city in the region. We'll enjoy the landmarks of the amazing port, the Amphitheater, the Hippodrome and many other archeological findings.

From here we'll return to Tel Aviv or Jerusalem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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