Day 1 – 28/08 Wed: Ben Gurion – City of David – Western Wall
Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport (08:45) Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities. Transfer to Jerusalem. We start by the Western Wall and you will be in the east Jerusalem neighborhood or Silwan, where the City of David is located. Make sure you buy a ticket that includes a trip through Hezekiah’s Tunnel (a good activity when the midday sun is out). After traipsing through the 2,700-year-old tunnel for 580 yards to the Pool of Siloam and touring the City of David, take a rest back at your hotel and freshen up for the evening,
Western Wall & Western Wall Tunnel
you will be introduced to the Old City of Jerusalem, your bus will take you to the Old City’s Jewish Quarter where you will visit the Western Wall ) where the faithful Jews cry their petitions to God, and descend underground to view the foundations of the Temple Mount. The details of this tour are too intricate to review or summarize here – the foundation excavations are probably the most dramatic and academically complex excavations you will see – your professional guide will provide both the agenda and the onsite explanations throughout your tour. You will learn about the city’s architecture, development, inhabitants, governance and physical layout during each period – pre Temple, 1st Temple, 2nd Temple, Herodian, Roman, Byzantine, Islamic, Crusader, Mamluk and Ottoman. You will learn about the structure and function of the Temples in each period and the city’s walls and fortifications. You will learn about commerce and residential life during each period.
Overnight in Jerusalem, Dinner.
Day 2 – 20/09 Thursday: Old City of Jerusalem
After breakfast, You will walk through and learn about ancient Jerusalem’s market street, the Cardo, and about the city’s urban design since the time of King David. We begin our tour in the Temple Area of Mt. Moriah. Visit the El Aksa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock that was built on the ancient site of Solomon’s Temple. After this we walk along the Via Dolorosa to Pilate’s Judgment Hall, the Chapel of the Flagellation, the Ecce Homo Arch) where Jesus was tried before Pilate. Then continue through the Old City bazaars to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We pass by the Armenian Quarter (Normally opens for visitors from 15:00 till 15:30) The Armenian Quarter is separated from the Christian Quarter by David Street (Suq el-Bazaar) and by Habad Street (Suq el-Husur) from the Jewish Quarter. And it is surrounded by a Wall .Transfer to your hotel in Jerusalem, Dinner.
Day 3 – 30/08 Friday: The Dead Sea – Masada – Qumran – Jericho
Breakfast, An excursion today takes us to the remarkable scenery of the Dead Sea and Masada, a UNESCO-listed fortress situated on an isolated cliff in the Judean Desert. We ascend by cable car to the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Here we visit the excavations of King Herod’s palace, the synagogue and bathhouse. The site also offers spectacular views of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea. Drive to Ein Bokek & Neve Zohar, a Tour in the Bus. We’ll also see the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and enjoy floating on the salty, mineral-rich waters (weather permitting). Transfer to Qaser El-Yahud for the overview of The Jordan River and the Baptismal Site. Transfer to Jericho, the oldest city in the world; panoramic Tour in the bus in the city. Transfer to Tell es-Sultan (Sultan’s Hill) is a UNESCO-listed archaeological site in the West Bank, located two kilometres north of the centre of Jericho. The tell was inhabited from the 10th millennium BCE, and has been called “the oldest town in the world”, with many significant archaeological finds; the site is also notable for its role in the history of Levantine archaeology. Heading back to Jerusalem. Overnight: Jerusalem, Dinner