Israel & Jordan (non-kosher)

Thursday Departures 2016 until May 2017

ITINERARY

Thursday: En Route

Depart the U.S.A. on your flight to Israel.

Friday: Tel Aviv

Welcome to Israel! Arrive Ben Gurion Airport; meeting, assistance and transfer to your hotel on Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean beach. Balance of the afternoon and evening at leisure in the city the New York Times calls “The Capital of Mediterranean Cool.” Tonight, Get Together Dinner. (B.D.)

Saturday: Tel Aviv

Morning walking tour includes Ben Gurion House. Remainder of the day at leisure to enjoy all of the delights of this seaside city. Tel Aviv’s museums and restaurants are world-class. Don’t miss Tel Aviv’s hip port neighborhood, with its yachts, eateries and café-filled boardwalk. (B)

Sunday: Tel Aviv/Haifa

Depart Tel Aviv. Drive to the extraordinary Israeli Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin Center chronicling the life of the late Prime Minister and the development of the State of Israel. Continue to ancient Caesarea; explore the Roman and Crusader ruins including the impressive 2,000-year-old theater (still in use!) and aqueduct. Then, visit Caesarea Harbor: a fascinating, multi-media presentation brings ancient history to life! Arrive in Nazareth, the sacred town where Jesus spent part of his youth; visit the Church and view Mary’s Well. On to the sparkling port city of Haifa; check into your hotel atop Mt. Carmel. This evening, visit a Druze Village --meet these unique Israelis! Hear of their traditions and share a Druze Dinner. (B.D.)

Monday: Haifa/Tiberias

View the golden-domed Baha’i Shrine and their breathtaking “hanging gardens,” – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Drive along the coast to Rosh Hanikra; descend by cable car to see the magnificent underwater grottoes. Continue through the picturesque seaside town of Nahariya to the timeless Crusader city of Acre; walk

through the subterranean city and bazaars that recall the colorful Middle Ages.Then, to Safed, one of Judaism’s holiest cities, where the Kabbalah was developed in the 16th.-century; visit the ancient synagogues and the charming Artists’ Quarter.

Arrive in Tiberias for a special Dinner and overnight. (B.D)

Tuesday: Tiberias/Jerusalem

Morning drive to Capernaum, see the ruins of the ancient synagogue dating back to the 5th-century. Then, ascend the strategic Golan Heights and learn about the 20th century battles that protected Israel’s future. On to Katzrin, capital of the Golan and to the monument of the 7th Brigade; see the multimedia presentation “Kesem Hagolan” for a greater understanding of the region. Visit a former Syrian army bunker at Kibbutz Kfar Charuv, settled by Americans and Israelis together; view of the fertile valleys below as you tour the kibbutz and enjoy lunch in the communal dining room. Travel to Bet Shean, an ancient city from the time of King Saul; see the excavated remains of the magnificent Roman city destroyed by an earthquake in the 8th.-century. Drive south and then rise through the mountains to the “golden” city of Jerusalem. Overnight in Israel’s capital. (B.L)

Wednesday: Jerusalem

Drive to Hadassah Medical Center to the see the sublime Chagall Windows. On to Yad Vashem, Israel’s national Memorial and Museum of the Holocaust, with its Children’s Pavilion and Avenue of the Righteous. Then, to Mount Herzl to pay respects to Israel’s founders and heroes. Pass the post-modern Supreme Court and the Knesset (Parliament) en route to the Shrine of the Book, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Time to walk through the New Israel Museum and the Billy Rose Sculpture Garden; see the Scale Model of ancient Jerusalem. Evening: Night Tour and Restaurant Dinner. (B.D)

Thursday: Jerusalem

Enter the Old City from the Dung Gate; walk to the Western Wall, last remnant of the Second Temple. Witness joyous Bar Mitzvah ceremonies! View the Dome of the Rock. Drive to Mt. Zion to visit the traditional Tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper. Proceed to the restored Jewish Quarter; walk along the Cardo, the colonnaded main street of Byzantine Jerusalem. Visit the Herodian Mansions, a completely excavated residential quarter from 2000 years ago, or, walk through the extraordinary Hasmonean Tunnel (tunnel schedule permitting.) Follow the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; walk through the exotic bazaars with their wondrous aromas. End today with a visit to the fabulous new Friends of Zion Heritage Center celebrating the Christian heroes who have contributed to the Jewish people and the State of Israel. These heroes come alive through, cutting edge, high tech imaging, audio-visual presentations, holograms and much more. Or, an optional visit to Bethlehem may be arranged.

Evening: “Night Spectacular” Sound and Light Show at the Citadel Museum (weather and schedule permitting). (B)

Friday: Jerusalem

Descend through the Judean desert to the Dead Sea, lowest point on Planet Earth.. Ascend Masada by cable car and see this last stronghold of the Zealots in their struggle against the Romans. Visit the excavations, Herod the Great’s palace, synagogue and bathhouse. Then, opportunity to enjoy an “unsinkable” swim in the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea. Drive via the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, on your return to Jerusalem. Evening: Traditional Friday Night Dinner. (B.D)

Saturday: Jerusalem

Morning walking tour with Isram’s Tour Director includes the Museum of the History of Jerusalem in the Old City with its exciting new “Kishle” Excavations. Remainder of the day at leisure. (B)

Sunday: Jerusalem / Petra

Morning transfer from your hotel in Jerusalem to the Allenby/King Hussein Bridge. Our representative meets your vehicle at the Terminal Building on the Israeli Side of the Border and will attend to all required procedures at this crossing and escorts you to the awaiting vehicle to begin your tour of Jordan; an Exclusive Isram service (no waiting for shuttle buses!). Meet your Jordanian guide and begin your drive through the dramatic desert scenery of the Kings Highway. First stop is the Byzantine Church of Mt. Nebo where Moses viewed the Promised Land. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea where, in March 2000, Pope Paul II planted an olive tree as a symbol for peace. Then proceed to Madaba, Byzantine Center of master mosaics; see the oldest surviving mosaic map of the Holyland. After lunch, visit the dramatic crusader castle of Kerak, a maze of stone vaulted halls and endless passageways. Arrive in Petra, built by the Nabateans over 2000 years ago. Dinner and overnight in Petra. (B.L.D)

Monday: Petra /Amman

A most unforgettable day! Your guide will take you on a tour into the 'hidden' city of Petra. UNESCO has described it as 'one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage.' Start the visit with a horse ride, or if you chose, an exhilarating walk from the main gate of Petra to the entrance of the old city. Continue by foot to visit the rose-red city of Petra-- City of the Edomites and later the Nabateans who carved a breathtaking empire out of the solid mountain rock hidden by a canyon. You will visit the Treasury made famous in the movie 'Indiana Jones'; see the Theatre Tombs, Hall of Justice, Palaces and Temples. After lunch, depart Petra and drive north to Amman. Check in to your hotel for overnight. (B.L)

Tuesday: Amman / Jerash /Ajloun/Israel (Ben Gurion Airport)

Begin with a tour of Amman, the capital of Jordan known as Rabbath Ammon and Philadelphia in Biblical times. See the Roman Theatre and the Citadel containing the remains of the massive Temple of Hercules. Then, travel north to the city of Jerash, the "Pompeii of the East" which is perhaps, the best preserved of the provincial Roman towns. Known as the city of a 1,000 Pillars, its historical monuments cover a time span of more than 5,000 years. Around its colonnaded main street, see the Cardo, South Theatre, Temple of Zeus, Hadrian's Arch, the Artemis Temple and the Nymphaeum. The city's 14 churches date from Byzantine time and are filled with fine mosaics. On to Ajloun and the Arab Castle from where the forces of Salahedin (Saladin) launched their campaigns against the Crusader. Enjoy a late afternoon lunch before continuing to the border between Jordan and Israel – Sheikh Hussein. Cross to Israel and transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your late evening flight; enjoy our Express Check in Service and complimentary entrance to the exclusive Dan VIP Lounge at Ben Gurion Airport. (B. L)

Wednesday: USA

Morning arrival in the USA.

(B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner

Prices on request.