Day 1:

Depart.

 


Day 2:

Arrive and overnight in Tel Aviv.

 


Day 3:

Drive along Coast to Caesaria, (built by Roman King Herod).  Continue north up the coast of the Mediterranean. Transfer to bicycles for a ride from Nahariyya to Rosh HaNikra (6 miles).   Kayyaking and diving in the grottos (depending on weather).

Proceed to Acre, a World Heritage site of UNESCO.    Evening walk along the city walls and historic port.

Dinner and overnight.

 


Day 4:

Hike near the Arch Rainbow Cave, one spectacular view followed by rappelling off the mammoth natural stone arch bridging the mountains. Hike back to top using cables.  Druze hospitality lunch at Village of Beit Jann, home to @10,000 Druze.  All Terrain Vehicle adventure ride through the Naftali Mountains, overview of local vineyards and the Huleh Valley.  Dinner and overnight at kibbutz.

 


Day 5:

Bicycle around the perimeter of the Hula Valley alongside the water and through the fruit groves. Stop to visit the birds observatories.

Hike the Banias trail.  Kayaking on the Jordan River.

Overnight at Kibbutz.

 


Day 6:

starts with “wet hike” in the Black Canyon.    Hiking and rappelling in the Golan Heights.   Full day adventure in deep canyon of volcanic stone. Wine tasting at local fine winery.

Continue to Capernaum,  the home of St. Peter and the ruins of a majestic synagogue.   Drive the shores of the Sea of Galilee.  Proceed through the Jordan Valley along the banks of the Jordan River.    Pass ancient town of Jericho and ascend through the Judean Desert to Jerusalem.

Stop on a hilltop outside of Jerusalem for the view.  Dinner and Overnight Jerusalem.

 


Day 7:

Explore the Old City, sacred to three great religions, starting from Mount Zion, the traditional tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper.   Proceed to Jewish Quarter, visit the Western Wall, and the Southern Wall excavations.   View the Dome of the Rock, Islam’s third holiest site and site of the Temple.  On to Broad Wall and Cardo,  bazaar (market) of 2000 years ago.

Follow the Via Dolorosa through the  Old City to Church of the Holy Sepulchre.   Experience bargaining in the Old City.  Continue to the ancient archaeological ruins of Jerusalem in the City of David.   Walk 8th Century Hezekiah’s water tunnel.

 


Day 8:

Start at Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust Victims.  Drive to the “Kfar Hanokdim” camel ranch in the Negev  where we camel ride at sunset, experience Bedouin hospitality, and a traditional feast meal.   Overnight.

 


Day 9:

Depart to hike the Roman trail Masada to see the sunrise over the Dead Sea.  Tour the Massada fortress to see the ancient palaces, the bathhouse, the synagogue, and fortification on top of the isolated plateau.  Descend by cablecar.    Proceed to Ein Gedi, a natural oasis fed by four springs.   Hike the Tsafit trail.   From here we go down to our Dead Sea hotel for relaxation and rejuvenation at the Dead Sea.  Dinner and overnight.

 


Day 10:

hike the Fox’s Chimney natural salt caves for caving and rappelling in the dark caverns that are unique to Israel and Iran.  We hike through small canyons and over mountain tops in the desert with magnificent views of the mountains of Moav and Edom and the Dead Sea spread below.  We reach a yawning hole in the ground we rappel down over 210 feet through huge beautiful, salt formation, into the belly of the earth.  In the pitch dark bottom  we use headlamps to explore the caverns and salt formations. We exit to the beach of the Dead Sea.   We then return to Tel Aviv for ‘happy hour.’

 


Day 11:

ride to the Jaffa port, along the seaside promenade, then tour the more than 5000 Bauhaus buildings on Rothschild Blvd; proceed to Neveh Tzedek, the first neighborhood built outside of Jaffa, where beautiful old homes with amazing architecture are restored.

Dinner and a last night on the town.

 


Day 12:

Depart.

 

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