3 Day Tour Classic Jerusalem & Masada
Day 1 Wednesday
JERUSALEM’S OLD CITY – THE ETERNAL CAPITAL
Located on the eastern slopes of the Jerusalem mountains, near the Temple Mount and the City of David, this peak is named after the olive trees that covered its grounds in biblical times. Today, camel rides, monasteries and ancient tombstones dot these scenic slopes.
The Jewish Quarter remains one of the single most-visited spots in all of Israel. Nestled within one square kilometer of land lay millennia of ancient history. The Old City dates back to the 8th century BCE and is home to numerous landmarks of historical significance.
Located in the Old City's Christian Quarter, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is the holiest site in Christian faith. It is here that Jesus was crucified and later buried. At the center of the church is the Stone of Unction, the location where Jesus’ body was prepared for burial.
Located on Mount Zion in a 1,000-year-old building, people come here to pay tribute to the great King David, who is most notably famous for composing the Book of Psalms and establishing a unified capital for Israel. A medieval tradition places his tomb at this location.
Visit the Last Supper Room, built in commemoration of the Last Supper shared by Jesus and his disciples the night before his crucifixion. Though the room is mostly empty, it does have some decorations dating back to the Ottoman period.
Next we will travel to Bethlehem, the place of the birth of Jesus in the Grotto of the Nativity. Also in Bethlehem is the tomb of Rachel, a symbol of hope for the Jewish people, as she was childless for many years, but ultimately became the atriarch of the Jewish people.
Overnight: Prima Royal Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 2 Thursday
UNITED JERUSALEM – THE NEW CITY
Visit the seat of Israel’s government since 1966. Sitting at the heart of modern Jerusalem, the Knesset is the home of the Israeli parliament with its 120 members. See Israeli democracy in action and learn about the architecture and art of the Knesset building itself.
In 1963, the Yad Vashem Museum was established as the world center for Holocaust research, education and commemoration. With survivor testimonies, powerful displays, artifacts and memorial gardens, this museum embodies one crucial message: Never again.
A burial place for prominent Zionist figures such as Theodore Herzl, Golda Meir and Yitzhak Rabin, here you will also find an expansive military cemetery; one quite full for a country so young. The loss of the soldiers who fought for the land of Israel is palpable.
Founded in 1965, this is the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and one of the world’s leading art and archaeology museums. Here you will find the oldest existing biblical manuscripts in the world, the Dead Sea Scrolls, which are housed in the Shrine of the Book.
In the evening you’ll head back to the Tower of David’s rooftop to view an epic nighttime extravaganza of sight and sound depicting the conquests of the Greeks, Roman’s, Crusaders, Turks, and others as they tried to overtake Jerusalem. This show is simply “Spectacular”.
Overnight: Prima Royal Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 3 Friday
THE JUDEAN DESERT – KING HEROD’S FORTRESS
Learn about the Dead Sea Scrolls and the people who wrote them when you explore the Qumran National Park. Marvel at the table-like structures that are said to have been used to write the scrolls, the ritual baths and the caves where the scrolls were discovered in 1947.
Ride via cable car to the top of Masada and explore what remains of King Herod's palace. See what it was like to live there as you view the preserved baths, cisterns and barracks. It was here that leader Eleazer Ben Yair kept the Roman Legion's siege at bay for three years.
Yam Hamelach, literally meaning “Sea of Salt,” is 417 meters below sea level, making it the lowest place on earth. Its salty water contains unique healing properties, which, combined with the nutrient-filled mud found on its shores, creates one luxurious and healthy day.
Your tour ends back in Jerusalem…Thank you!
Enjoy your stay at some of Israel’s finest hotels
- 2 nights at the Prima Hotel in Jerusalem
Ensuring that your visit is easy, comfortable, and fun!
- Touring in an Air-Conditioned Coach
- All Guiding with a Professional English Speaking Guide
- All entrance fees included
Get a taste of authentic Israeli cuisine
- Enjoy an authentic Israeli-style breakfast daily!
TOUR SITES INCLUDED
Explore Israel’s myriad of historical and modern sites
Mount of Olives
Old City Jewish Quarter
Old City Christian Quarter
King David’s Tomb
Last Supper Room
Israel Museum & Dead Sea Scrolls
Israeli Parliament Building – The Knesset
Mount Herzl National Memorial
Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum
Dinner & Tower of David Night Spectacular Show – Included Evening Activity!
Qumran Dead Sea Scroll Caves
Masada Mountain & Cable Car
Dead Sea Float & Mud
DON’T FORGET TO ASK ABOUT…
Valuable additions to your experience in Israel
- Travel and Medical Insurance – “Cancel at any time”
- Cell phone rentals – especially a U.S. number for family and friends to reach you!
This Tour Begins: Every Wednesday
|Per Person in a Double Room||$795|
|Per Person in a Single Room||$7845|
|High Season Supp June- Aug & December||$95|