Holy Land Tour 10 Night (Sunday Arrival) plus Petra

Tour Rates & Dates:

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*Please note that all rates displayed are based on standard room double occupancy.
Upgraded room categories may be available to book later in the booking process.
If Land & Air price is displayed, the air portion includes tax and fuel surcharges, which are subject to change until ticketed.

Tour Overview:

Discover Israel from Ancient Wonders to Modern Miracles!
(Tour package is Land Only - Contact Ayelet Tours for flight assistance)

A trip to the Holy Land is an amazing experience that will bless you with precious memories for the rest of your life. The cities and towns of the bible are alive and thriving in the modern state of Israel. Visit Jerusalem, Nazareth, the Galilee, and many more important places from both the Old and New Testaments. Live this marvelous experience by visiting them all in this ancient and spiritual land!

This Holy Land Tour Includes:

  • 1 Night in Tel Aviv
  • 2 Nights in the Galilee
  • 4 Nights in Jerusalem
  • 2 Nights in Eilat
  • 1 Night Tel Aviv
  • Choice of hotel levels (see "BOOK it" page for options)
  • Fully escorted with a professional guide throughout
  • View the ancient Roman ruins in Caesarea
  • See the Bahia Gardens in Haifa
  • Visit Capernaum, where Jesus preached, in the Galilee
  • Stop at Yardenit, the baptismal site on the Jordan River
  • View Jerusalem, the City of Gold, from atop the Mount of Olives
  • Walk along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
  • See the Church of Visitation at Ein Karem
  • Tour Yad Vashem, Israel's memorial to the Holocaust
  • Explore the treasures at the world class Israel Museum
  • Learn the stories of King Herod's desert palace at Masada
  • Enjoy an unsinkable float in the Dead Sea
  • Marvel at the beautiful desert landscape of Timna
  • Visit Eilat's fascinating Underwater Observatory
  • Optional tour (additional cost) of Petra, Jordan
  • See the breathtaking Ramon Crater in Mitzpe Ramon
  • Visit an authentic Bedouin tent & enjoy a camel ride


Rates Include the Following Services:

Transfer on arrival and departure from/to Ben Gurion Airport
10 nights accommodation with breakfast and dinner daily at hotel
9 touring days as per itinerary with English speaking guide 
Entrance fees to the sites visited as per itinerary*

Note: Standard rooms are offered throughout. If standard rooms are unavailable at time of booking at any given property, upgraded rooms, if available, may be offered to client at an additional charge. Hotels may be substituted with similar hotels in the same category.

*Itinerary subject to change

Rates Do Not Include:

* Public group day tour to Petra, available at an additional cost of $275.00 per person; non-refundable
* Border taxes for Petra trip - roughly $65.00 per person, payable in USD at the border; credit/debit cards, travelers checks or other currencies are not acceptable
* Jordan Visa - Fee is $69.00 including processing. Ayelet Tours will coordinate the visa - passport information must be accurate and submitted no later than 10 days prior to arrival; non-refundable
* Visa fees or border taxes
* Tips to driver, guide, wait staff, porters, housekeepers, etc. (Budget about $15.00 per person per day)
* Meals not listed
* Travel Insurance (Highly Recommended; see options at www.ayelet.com)
* Any items of personal nature or meals not specifically listed as included

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Saturday: DEPARTURE

Depart the United States on our overnight flight to Israel.


Upon arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport, we are met and assisted by our Ayelet Tours representative... Transfer to our hotel... Dinner & Overnight at our hotel in Tel Aviv.


Breakfast at our hotel... This morning we check out of our hotel and drive north along Israel's scenic coastal plain to Caesarea, where we view the amazing Roman ruins, including the Roman Theater and the aqueduct... We continue to Megiddo, site of biblical Armageddon whose 20 layers of civilization were featured in James Michener's The Source... We proceed via Mt. Carmel to Haifa, where we take in panoramic views of the port city, and admire the beautiful Bahai Temple and Persian Gardens... Next we travel to Akko where we explore the ancient city and harbor.

Dinner & Overnight at our kibbutz in the Galilee


• Breakfast at our hotel.
• We begin our day with a visit to Tiberias, one of four holy cities in Judaism.
• We enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.
• We continue to Capernaum where Jesus began his ministry and site of numerous miracles. We see the ruins of several synagogues and the octagonal Church of St. Peter.
• Visit Yigal Alon museum where the “Jesus boat” is displayed.
• Our next stop is Tabgha, site of the Church of Multiplication, where the mosaic floor depicts a basket with loaves and two fishes, symbolic reference to the miracle where Jesus was able to feed the multitudes.
• Then drive to the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the “Sermon on the Mount”.
• We continue to the Banias Springs and Waterfalls for a short walk.
• We tour the Golan Heights passing former Syrian bunkers and stop atop Har Bental for panoramic views stretching far into neighboring Syria.

Dinner & Overnight at our kibbutz in the Galilee


• Breakfast at our hotel and check out.
• We travel to Nazareth via Cana for a visit to the Church of the Annunciation,** which many believe marks the site of Mary's childhood home and the Annunciation by the angel Gabriel, St. Joseph's workshop and Mary's well.
• We continue to Yardenit, the baptismal site on the Jordan River.
• Next we drive to Beit Shean, where we stop to see the ancient Roman ruins.
• We continue our journey with a drive south through the Jordan River Valley to Jerusalem.

Dinner & Overnight at our hotel in Jerusalem.


• Breakfast at our hotel.
• We begin our day with an ascent up the Mount of Olives for a magnificent panoramic view of the City of Gold.
• We visit the Church of All Nations.
• We continue Mt. Zion, where we visit the tomb of King David and then proceed to the Upper Room, believed to be the site of the Last Supper.
• We enter the walled Old City and walk through the restored Jewish quarter, including the Roman Cardo marketplace.
• We continue to the Western Wall for a moment of reflection.
• Next, we walk the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa, ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
• We visit the colorful markets and bazaars of the Arab “shuk”.
• Our last stop takes us to the Garden Tomb of Christ.

Dinner & Overnight at our hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 7: Friday: NEW JERUSALEM

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• We begin today at Ein Kerem to see the Church of Visitation.
• We continue to Yad Vashem, Israel's memorial to the Holocaust, where we view the many moving exhibitions including the Hall of Names and the Avenue of the Righteous Among the Nations.
• Next we visit the newly renovated Israel Museum to see the Shrine of the Book which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls and the miniature model of Jerusalem as it was during the Second Temple period, among other fascinating exhibits.
• We continue to Bethlehem** (security permitting) to visit the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square.

Dinner & Overnight in Jerusalem.


• Breakfast at our hotel.
• This morning, we depart Jerusalem and drive south through the Judean desert.
• Our first stop is the Qumran Caves, where we learn about this site, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
• We drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada, where we ascend the desert plateau by cable car to view the remains of King Herod's palace and fortifications, and hear the story of the Jewish Zealots' last stand against the approaching Roman armies. Descend by cable car.
• We continue to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, where we have time to enjoy the mud baths and an unsinkable swim in the salty waters (weather permitting).

Return to Jerusalem for dinner & our overnight stay.

Day 9: Sunday: THE SOUTH

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• This morning, we check out of our hotel and travel south through the Negev desert.
• We stop at Timna to see the ancient copper mine and King Solomon's pillars and marvel at the huge multi-colored natural rock formations.
• We continue to Eilat, where we visit the Underwater Observatory and Marine Park, one of the largest sea aquariums in the world, which is built directly into a Red Sea coral reef.

Dinner & Overnight at our hotel in Eilat.

Day 10: Monday: EILAT

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Enjoy a day of leisure relaxing or enjoying some of the many water sports on the shores of the Red Sea or opt for an exciting *day tour to Petra in Jordan.
*Day tour to Petra (OPTIONAL - Additional cost applies)
• A mini-bus will provide early morning pick-up at hotels and transfer to Jordanian border for crossing formalities.
• After assistance with visa processing, we continue across the border into Jordan, and board our bus to begin our touring experience.
• Drive through desert highways to our ultimate destination, the astonishing rose-red city of Petra. Petra is renowned for its massive architecture, pools, dams and water channels. Petra is the legacy of the Nabateans (an early Arab tribe), who settled in the South of Jordan more than two thousand years ago.
• The visit begins with the possibility of a short horseback-ride for about 700 meters (a little less than ½ mile) to the entrance of the Siq, which is about 1.2 km (about ¾ mile) long (walking distance).
• There is a possibility to rent a cart (extra) to get inside Petra and back to the gate outside.
• Petra is famous for its huge monuments such as The Treasury, Royal Tombs, The Court, Roman Theatre, Roman Street, Qassier El- Bint (Palace of Pharaoh's daughter) and many other smaller monuments which fascinate visitors. The city itself is almost 45 square km and is considered to be the eighth wonder of the world.
• Late lunch is included.
• Arrive at Jordan/Israel border around 6:00 PM to conclude crossing formalities.
• Cross the border back into Israel & return to Eilat for a free evening.

Dinner & Overnight at our hotel in Eilat.


• Breakfast at our hotel.
• This morning, we check out of our hotel and drive to Mitzpe Ramon. We stop to gaze into the magnificent natural crater, the largest of its type in the world and a true geological wonder.
• We travel to Sde Boker, where we visit the gravesite and original hut of David Ben Gurion, and hear about his dream to make the desert bloom.
• We continue to a Bedouin camp to see an authentic tent, ride a camel, and enjoy Bedouin hospitality with a light lunch.
• We next visit Hatzerim, Israel's Air Force museum. We see the planes and equipment and hear the story of this brave fighting force.

Dinner & Overnight at our hotel in Tel Aviv.

Day 12: Wednesday: DEPARTURE

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Transfer to the airport for our flight back to the United States, arriving home the same day.


*Itinerary subject to change
**Visit subject to availability

A PUBLIC GROUP DAY TOUR TO PETRA may be added for $275.00 per person, not including visa fee or border taxes. Listed tour cost and Jordanian visa fee/processing charge of $69.00 are payable in advance and are non-refundable.

NOTE: Travelers to Petra must provide accurate passport information to allow Ayelet Tours to secure your Jordanian visa a minimum of 10 days in advance of travel. In addition, travelers must carry a valid passport and $65.00 per person in US currency for border taxes on the day of the Petra tour. Credit cards and travelers checks are not accepted at border crossing. Rates subject to change without notice.

Please note:
If you depart from Israel during your visit (for example to go to Jordan or Egypt even for one day) VAT refund must be requested from customs at your departure land border at the time you depart. VAT at Ben Gurion airport will only process the refund for any goods purchased since last date of entry into Israel.