Especially tailored for first time visitors to Israel including Eilat and Petra (Jordan)
for wheelchair and scooter users, slow walkers, visually and hearing impaired
14 Days (13 Nights)
Day 1, Monday
On arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport, you will be met and transferred to Jerusalem arriving at your hotel. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 2, Tuesday
This morning enter the Old City through the Zion Gate, one of the eight gates of Jerusalem. Stop at the traditional burial place of King David’s Tomb housed in the Hagia Zion on the ground floor. On the upper floor in the same building is the Cenacle (Room of the Last Supper). Walk the Jewish Quarter, one of the four traditional quarters of the city passing the famous “Cardo” a double columned main thoroughfare on our way toward the Western Wall (Kotel or Wailing Wall).
This afternoon explore the New City stopping at the Israel Museum housing the famous Dead Sea Scrolls and see the famous model of the Second Temple recreated on a scale of 50:1. Afterwards plant a tree with your own hands in the Jerusalem Hills.
Day 3, Thursday
Today’s tour takes us back to the Old City and through the Muslim Quarter, the largest of the four quarters with its bazaars. On our way pass the Via Dolorosa, the path upon which Jesus walked to His Crucifixion and continue on to the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher where we find the last Five Stations of the Cross.
Visit Golgotha which according to the Gospels is where Jesus was crucified. Our last stop will be the rock cut Garden Tomb unearthed in 1867 believed to be the burial and resurrection site of Jesus. This evening enjoy dinner at a special Jewish Moroccan Restaurant and see Jerusalem by night.
Day 4, Friday
This morning we focus our sights on Yad Vashem, the moving and somber memorial dedicated to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Remembering the darkest moment in Jewish history, you will see the unique and moving Children’s Memorial which pays tribute to the 1.5 million murdered Jewish children whose names, age and countries of origin can be heard in the background. Also see the Garden of the Righteous honoring non-Jews known as the Righteous Among Nations who risked their lives to save Jews.
Next we stop to view the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) and the Seven Stick Candelabra (Menorah) a bronze monument built by British Jewish sculptor Benno Elkan. Your tour ends as the Sabbath approaches in Jerusalem.
Return to the hotel for overnight.
Day 5, Saturday
The day is at leisure to celebrate the Sabbath.
Day 6, Sunday
Leaving Jerusalem this morning we cross the Jordan Valley between the mountains of Moab and Samaria en route to the Lower Galilee. Pass Afula known as the “Capital of the Valley” and Nazareth “the Cradle of Christianity” where the Angel Gabriel told Mary she would conceive and where Jesus spent his youth. There are many churches in Nazareth including the Church of the Annunciation, one of the world’s most holy Christian liturgical sites. Nearby is the Church of St. Joseph where according to tradition, Mary’s husband had his carpentry shop.
Stop to visit the ancient town of Sepphoris (Zippori), birthplace of Mary and famous for its haunting mosaic known as “Mona Lisa of the Galilee” on the floor of a fifth century synagogue. Continue to Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee.
Day 7, Monday
TIBERIAS/CAPERNAUM/TABGHA/MOUNT OF BEATITUTDES/TIBERIAS
Our day begins with a visit to Yardenit, the traditional Baptism site where the Jordan River flows out of the Sea of Galilee into the Dead Sea. Next is the ancient fishing village of Capernaum located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. Excavations have uncovered the remains of two old synagogues built one over the other.
Continue to Tabgha scene of the Multiplication of Fish and Loaves. Between Capernaum and Ginosar is the Mount of Beatitudes, the hill upon which Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Enjoy a St. Peter’s Fish lunch on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.
Day 8, Tuesday
TIBERIAS/HAMAT GADER/GOLAN HEIGHTS/TIBERIAS
Today we head for the hot springs of Hamat Gader located near the junction of the boundary between the Israeli-occupied portion of the Golan Heights and Jordan near the Sea of Galilee. An opportunity to bathe in the mineral and fresh water pools.
The hot water springs were used for healing purposes and recreation. Proceeding along the shores of the Sea of Galilee we drive up to the strategic Golan Heights for a view of a former Syria fortification and the Syrian border.
Day 9, Wednesday
Leaving Tiberias proceed through the Judean desert to the Dead Sea. Continue to Qumran on the West Bank at the edge of the Judean Wilderness where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in a cave in 1947 by a Bedouin shepherd. P
ass the Issiait village on your way to Masada, the isolated mountaintop fortress of King Herod where a cable car ride will take you to the top. It was here that the zealots chose to commit mass suicide rather than be enslaved by the Romans. Visit the ruins of the fortifications before heading to the shores of the Dead Sea, the saltiest and lowest place on earth. There will be time for a swim in the buoyant waters before transferring to your hotel.
Overnight Dead Sea.
Day 10, Thursday
Today we travel through the Arava region location between the Dead Sea and Eilat on the northern tip of the Red Sea. Twenty-five minutes north of Eilat is the Timna Valley where the story of the world’s earliest copper mines dating back more than 6000 years ago when man first began smelting copper ore unfolds. The best known formation is Solomon’s Pillars, natural structures created by centuries of water erosion through fractures in the sandstone cliffs. Continue to the popular resort of Eilat.
Day 11, Friday
Early departure from Eilat this morning. A short drive to the Arava border crossing where you will be assisted with your visa. Enter Jordan and drive via the Desert and King’s Highway until you come to the rose red city of Petra, jewel of the Nabataeans hidden in the mountains of Jordan for thousands of years when it was rediscovered in 1812 by a Swiss Explorer. On arrival at the visitor’s center walk to the Siq Canyon, the main entrance to Petra and one of Petra’s most impressive sights.
Counted as one of the Wonders of the World, Petra is an archaeological phenomenon. Your guide will share the history of this incredible city. The temples, tombs and other structures are all carved out of the sandstone cliffs. Explore the major sites and ruins including the magical Treasury featured in the last scenes of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Lunch will be provided. At the end of the tour return back to the border crossing with Jordan and cross back into Israel and on to Eilat.
Day 12, Saturday
The day is free for relaxation to celebrate Shabbat. In the evening transfer to the airport for your flight back to Tel Aviv. You will be met on arrival and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight Tel Aviv.
Day 13, Sunday
Begin the day with an introduction and special visit to Independence Hall, the site of David Ben Gurion’s monumental proclamation of the State of Israel in December 1948. Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard, Tel Aviv’s Bauhaus architecture district being proclaimed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and being referred to as the ‘White City’.
Next is Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood built in the “new” city of Tel Aviv back in 1887. At the beginning of the 20th century Neve Tzedek was the home of many artists and writers. This evening enjoy a seaside walk at the Tel Aviv Port with its galleries, restaurants and coffee shops.
Overnight Tel Aviv.
This morning, time permitting, visit famous Dizengoff Street and Shuk Hacarmel, the Tel Aviv open air market for last minute shopping before transferring to the airport for departure or extending your stay in Israel.
YOUR LAND ARRANGEMENTS INCLUDE:
*transfers from and to the airport
*deluxe air conditioned van transportation (adapted van transportation for wheelchair or scooter users)
*12 days of tours following the itinerary
*a local government certified experienced English speaking tour guide
*13 nights accommodation at 3 or 4 or 5 star hotels including breakfast (accessible accommodation for wheelchair and scooter users)
*day 11 lunch in Petra
YOUR LAND ARRANGEMENTS DO NOT INCLUDE:
*airfare to and from Tel Aviv
*departure taxes, fuel surcharges or airport improvement fees
*Jordanian visa charge
*Jordanian exit tax
*Carriages at Petra
*porterage at the airport or hotels
*early check in/late check out
*single room supplement – a limited number of single rooms available on payment of supplement
*meals and beverages not specified
*optional tours not quoted
*rental of special mobility equipment
*the services of an ASL interpreter not included (available at additional cost)
*gratuities for individual services such as laundry, valet service or any other items of a purely personal nature
*tipping to tour guide, local guides, drivers, hotel or restaurant staff
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