Jerusalem, Massada & The Dead Sea
Netania 6:30 hours
Herzlia 7:00 hours
Tel Aviv 7:15 hours
Jerusalem 8:30 hours
270$ per person
Itinerary and Highligths:
(Two days tour)
Day 1 :
Mount of Olives: Panoramic overview from the Mount of Olives, overlook Jerusalem – New City and the Temple Mount Esplanade of Old City. Travel along the Kidron Valley to view the Garden of Gethsemane and the walls of the city .
Jewish and Christian Quarter: Via the Armenian Quarter enter The Western (Wailing) Wall square. Via the local Bazaar walk along the Christian Quarter, the Stations of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre – the site of the crucifixion. Walk along the 1700 year old Byzantine main street, the Cardo and the renovated Jewish Quarter.
Mt. Zion: Ascend Mt. Zion – Hall of last supper, David’s tomb – enter the 500 year old city ramparts. Stop for overview of Bethlehem and Judean Desert.
New City: Tour the New City, see Knesset, Menorah and government buildings. Visit Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum.
Day 2 :
Massada: Descend to the Judean Desert via the inn of the Good Samaritan. Ascend Massada by cable car to tour the 2000-year-old fortress and palace built by King Herod.
Qumran: Drive via Ein Gedi, stop at Qumran, which is located on a dry plateau about a mile inland from the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea in the West Bank, just next to the Israeli Kibbutz of Kalia. The site was most likely constructed sometime during or before the reign of John Hyrcanus, 134-104 BC and saw various phases of occupation until, probably after the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD, Titus and his X Fretensis destroyed it. It is best known as the settlement nearest to the hiding place of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the caves of the sheer desert cliffs. View the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.
Dead Sea: Float in the mineral-rich Dead Sea – at 400m. below sea level, the lowest place on earth. Take a mud-bath! and benefit from the therapeutic qualities of the natural Dead Sea mud. Drive back to Jerusalem with overview of Jericho and old Roman Road.
*Additional $20 for tour to Bethlehem
*Add $45 for single supplement in hotel
*Recommended hats, bathing suits, towels, comfortable shoes
*Modest dress and comfortable shoes required.
*Bethlehem visit is subject to Palestinian authority regulations.
*On Saturdays Holocaust Museum is closed. Substituted by visit to Garden of Gethsemane