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    This is the perfect spot to fill out on your 2018 marathon race card

    The Eighth International Jerusalem Winner Marathon will take place in Jerusalem on Friday, March 09th, 2018. This challenging event is Israel’s largest marathon and features several different tracks. Roads will be closed as the Marathon Day involves the entire city. From 645 AM until 200 PM thousands of runners will run by historic sights paying homage to the history of Israel’s capital while being cheered on by the residents of the city. 2018 is guaranteed to be an exciting year. Over the years, thousands of runners from all around the globe have travelled to Israel to participate in the Jerusalem Winner Marathon and every year, the number of runners has increased over and over.


We look forward to having you join us in making the Eighth International Jerusalem Winner Marathon a huge success.
Aufgang Travel wishes all of the runners success.


Day 1. Tuesday. Jerusalem – Mar 6

Ben Gurion Airport / Jerusalem

Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 2. Wednesday. Jerusalem – Mar 7

9:00 AM

Jerusalem City Tour (Old City)

Start the day with a magnificent panoramic view from Mount of Olives.
Drive to the Old City and visit the Tomb of King David and the Room of Last Supper on Mt. Zion.
Enter the walled city and walk through the newly restored Jewish quarter. Visit the Roman Cardo, the Herodian quarter and continue to the Western Wall, also known as the “Kotel”, the holiest site for members of the Jewish faith. Walk along the historic Via Dolorosa, which contains Eight stations of the Cross ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where the last Five stations are located.

Jerusalem Mountains Experience

Afternoon drive to Jerusalem mountains to have ATV trip (Self driven ranger jeeps, 2 persons per vehicle, driver must have a valid driver’s license).


Dinner at a local restaurant (Piccollino).

“Sound & Light” show at the Tower of David

After dinner enjoy the 45 minutes outdoor spectacular “Sound & Light” show at the Tower of David Museum.
Overnight in Jerusalem.




Day 3. Thursday. Jerusalem – Mar 8

Jerusalem City Tour (New City)

Drive to the Israel Museum to visit the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed, and the miniature model of Jerusalem as it was during the Second Temple period. Proceed on a tour at the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. Next is Yad Vashem, the memorial dedicated to the tragic victims of the Holocaust.
In the evening pick up your BIB number at the Expo in the Arena.

Pasta dinner

Pasta dinner at the Expo venue (free for the full marathoner / 50 NIS for all others around $15.00 US).

Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 4. Friday. Jerusalem – Mar 9

Jerusalem MARATHON

6:45 Half Marathon / 7 :00 Marathon / 9:30 – 10KM

After the race, an optional walk to Machne Yehuda Market to enjoy the local flavours before Shabbat starts (15 minutes walk from the finish line).

Victory Dinner

Gather for a Victory dinner at a local restaurant (Eucalyptus, Mahne Yuda, Adom etc.)

Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 5. Saturday. Dead Sea – Mar 10

Qumran – Masada

Drive through the Judean desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, almost 1300 feet (400 meters) below sea level. Stop at Qumran to visit the site where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada, the isolated mountain top fortress built by King Herod. Ascend by cable car and tour the ruins of the Sicarii fortress where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans before committing mass suicide in 73 AD. Descend by cable car.

Dead Sea

Descend by cable car and continue to the Dead Sea where you can cover yourself with the mineral rich mud and experience floating in the Dead Sea that many believe have therapeutic effects.
Lunch can be booked at a supplement of $35 p.p. (approximately).

Dinner at the hotel

Dinner and overnight at the Dead Sea.

Day 6. Sunday. Galilee – Mar 11

Dead Sea – Galilee along the Jordan Valley

Drive via the Jordan Valley to Beit She’an with its recently excavated amphitheatre. Visit the excavations of this beautiful preserved remnants of a Roman city which was destroyed in an earthquake. Continue to the resort town of Tiberias on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee and visit Capernaum to see the ruins of the ancient synagogue and octagonal Church of St. Peter.

Hula Nature Reserve

 After lunch visit the Hula Nature Reserve, one of the best bird-watching sites in Israel. Millions of migratory birds can be found here during autumn and spring resting and nesting on their journey.

Dinner at the hotel

Dinner and overnight in a Kibbutz guesthouse.

Day 7. Monday. Galilee – Mar 12

Safed – the center of Jewish mysticism

Drive to Safed, the center of Jewish mysticism, where you will visit the ancient synagogues and the colorful artists’ colony. Continue to the strategic Golan Heights to see the former Syrian bunkers, Kuneitra and the new Israeli town of Katzrin.


Golan Heights including the wine tasting tour

Enjoy a short hike (around 2 hours) on the Golan Heights and stop at the Golan Winery for a tour and wine tasting.

Dinner at the hotel

Dinner & Overnight in a Kibbutz guesthouse.

Day 8. Tuesday. Tel Aviv – Mar 13

Nazareth / Acre / Haifa

 Drive to Nazareth and visit the Church of Annunciation before continue to Acre, an Old City recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Walk through the old port and local market. Enjoy a panoramic view of Haifa Bay from the Mount Carmel, the Golden domed Baha’i shrine and its manicured gardens.


Drive via the coastal plain to Caesarea, once the Roman capital of the region. See the excavations of the Crusaders’ city and the Roman port, the aqueducts and the amphitheater that has been restored to its former glory as a concert venue.

Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Day 9. Wednesday. Tel Aviv – Mar 14

Tel-Aviv “White City” Exploration

Drive around the main streets of Tel Aviv, the center of business and entertainment of Israel. Also known as the “White City”, Tel Aviv was declared by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site for its Bauhaus style buildings. Stop at Rabin’s square, place of assassination of Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin.

Old Jaffa / Neve Tzedek

Continue to Old Jaffa, one of the oldest port cities in the world. Visit the ancient ruins and walk along the Artist’s Quarter. Get round Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood of Tel Aviv, built in 1887 and Nahalat Benyamin, the craft market pedestrian mall of the city where you can enjoy live street music, arts and handmade jewelry (only opened Tuesdays and Fridays). Across the way is Sheinkin street, the lively and colorful street specially known for its unique shops, café life and youthful ambiance.

Overnight in Tel-Aviv.

Day 10. Thursday. Departure – Mar 15

Transfer to the airport

Transfer to Ben Gurion airport for departure. Shalom!


Trip Information & Documents

Land Tour Cost

The price is $2497 US per person sharing DBL/TWIN room (based on 30 participants)
Single supplement $1010 US

Your land rate includes:

  • Meeting & assistance upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport by our representative
  • Porterage at airport and hotels
  • Arrival and departure group transfers
  • 9 nights’ accommodation based on double occupancy at hotels with private facilities as per following:March 6-10, 2018 | Dan Panorama | Jerusalem | breakfast | 4 nights
    March 10-11, 2018 | Daniel Hotel | Dead Sea | breakfast and dinner | 1 night
    March 11-13, 2018 | Pastoral Kfar Blum | Upper Galilee | breakfast and dinner | 2 nights
    March 13-15, 2018 | Renaissance | Tel Aviv| breakfast | 2 nights
  • Meals:

Daily breakfast at the relevant hotels
3 dinners in Jerusalem
3 dinners in the hotels at the Dead Sea and Upper Galilee

  • 7 full days touring in an air-conditioned deluxe bus – as per the itinerary
  • 7 full days sightseeing with English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary

Your land rate does not include:

  • Airfare to and from Tel Aviv
  • Departure taxes, fuel surcharges or airport improvement fees
  • Insurance
  • Early check in – late check out
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Optional tours/activities/evening outgoings not mentioned
  • Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry or valet service
  • Border tax/visa fees (if going to Petra)
  • Any tips to guide / driver / restaurants / hotels (recommended: $7 US per person/day for the guide, $4-5 US per person/day for the driver, staff at restaurants/ hotels etc. $2 US per person)
  • Anything else not mentioned under “Included”
  • E. & O.E.

General remarks:

  • Please note that single rooms are limited
  • Check in at all hotels between 2-3 pm
  • Check out of all hotels between 11 am to 12 noon


Don’t miss an opportunity to prolong your discovering of the natural wonders and historical treasures.

Day 11. Thursday. Eilat – Mar 15

Negev Desert / Timna / Underwater Observatory

Travel south through the Negev desert stopping at Timna, a large geological and archaeological park where you will marvel at the multi colored rock formations and copper mines. View Solomon’s pillars before continuing to Eilat, the southernmost resort city on the shores of the Red Sea where you will visit the Underwater Observatory marine park, built into a coral reef and enjoy the opportunity for a close up look at the rich life of the Gulf of Eilat.

Dinner at a local restaurant in Eilat (not included).

Overnight in Eilat.

Day 12. Friday. Eilat – Mar 16

Day tour to Petra

Once completing border formalities and crossing the border, board your bus and receive bottled mineral water. It is not permitted to take food or drink into Jordan from Israel.

  • Important: Israeli shekels or Canadian dollars are not accepted in Jordan. Please remember to take $125 US per person (subject to change) to cover border fees and Jordan visa, as well as some small US bills should you wish to purchase drinks, etc. or pay tips.

You now begin the two-hour drive to Petra via Aqaba and the famous Wadi Rum. Your specialist guide will give you an in-depth briefing on the history of Jordan and its culture. As you reach the Wadi Rum area the Red Desert scenery is particularly striking. Take a moment to enjoy the remarkable views. This area was the base of British Lieutenant Thomas Edward Lawrence during the Arab revolt (Lawrence of Arabia). Nearing Petra stop once more at a viewpoint overlooking the town of Wadi Musa (Moses Valley) where on a hilltop in the distance we can see the shrine which marks the grave of Aaron, Moses’ brother.

From the visitors center at Petra’s entrance, walk to the Siq.
Horses are available for this walk, but a tip is expected from the handlers ($5 US). We suggest participants walk with their guide to the Siq. Along the route we see the ‘Silica Quarries’. The Jinn Blocks and the first large site the ‘Obelisk Tomb’. At the entrance to the Siq we see the stone dam that protects Petra from floods and the ancient drainage channels of the site. Entering the Siq view the remains of the Arch that marked the entrance to Petra. See the beginning of the Petra’s ingenious water system that runs the entire length of the Siq.

Within the Siq you will find several deities and ancient carvings adorning its towering canyon walls. At the end of the Siq we find Petra’s most renowned monument, the Treasury (Khazneh). Take a few minutes for photographs before continuing your tour along the astounding Street of Facades towards the Nabataean Theater. Get an impression of observing some of the most imposing graves, as well as the Royal Tombs. Time permitting, walk along the Colonnade Street and visit the Great Temple before heading back to the Siq and Petra’s entrance.

Enjoy a late lunch at a restaurant in Wadi Mussa, remember that drinks are not included in the tour price. Return via Aqaba and Eilat. En route see the sunset over Wadi Rum and stop briefly at Aqaba’s colorful Arabian market (souq). After passing Jordan’s only port city, we return to Eilat by evening.

Overnight in Eilat.

Day 13. Saturday. Tel Aviv – Mar 17

Eilat / Mitzpe Ramon / Sde Boker

Depart Eilat via Mitzpe Ramon stopping to gaze into the Ramon crater, a geological wonder. Head to Sde Boker and see Ben Gurion’s hut and grave overlooking the magnificent Zin Valley. Visit the amazing Desert research station at Ashalim, where Israe’s disadvantages is turned into successful agriculture, against all odds. Pause for a camel ride and visit to an authentic Bedouin tent where you will learn about Bedouin hospitality. Enjoy a light lunch before continuing on to Tel Aviv.

Overnight in Tel-Aviv.

Day 14. Sunday. Departure Mar 18

Transfer to the Airport

After breakfast, transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure. Shalom!

Trip Information & Documents

Land Tour Cost

The price is $1170 US per person sharing double room (based on 15 participants).
Single supplement $275 US

Quote includes:

  • 3 nights’ accommodation in the following hotels:

March 15-17, 2018 | Dan Panorama | Eilat| breakfast | 2 nights
March 17-18, 2018 | Renaissance | Tel-Aviv | breakfast | 1 night

  • Meals:

Daily breakfast at the relevant hotels
Lunch during the 1 day Petra tour

  • 3 full days touring in air-conditioned deluxe bus – as per our suggested itinerary
  • 3 full days sightseeing with English speaking guide
  • 1 day Petra & entrance fees as per our suggested itinerary

Not included:

  • Any meals not mentioned above
  • Optional excursions / activities / evening outings
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Border tax / visa fees ($125 US per person paid locally in cash)
  • Any tips to guide / driver / restaurants / hotels (recommended as per following: $7 p.p per day for the guide, $4-5 p.p. per day for the driver, staff at restaurants/ hotels etc. $2 p.p.)
  • Anything else not mentioned under “Included”


For information and individual reservations, please contact

Idit Papular @ 905-771-7800 Ext. 733 or 1-808-789-7117 Ext. 733

For groups of 15 + please contact Janice Snider @ 905-771-7800 Ext. 729

I/we are very interested in receiving additional information on extensions and other arrangements etc.

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