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Take Me To 12.24.2018

The Land of Milk + Honey

Intro Stay Highlights itinerary

Israel is a hot topic. This tiny nation has been making news headlines for years as a country steeped with rich history, fascinating modern-day technology, as well as controversial politics. But regardless of what you have heard, nothing substitutes seeing what the buzz is all about for yourself.

Combining Israel and Jordan is the perfect way to get a more complete perspective of the unique culture (and ancient wonders of the world!) that this region of the world has to offer. Regardless of what faith you believe in, there is so much beautiful, religious history to experience here. All are welcome. Maybe you would rather marvel at the structures of ancient civilization or perhaps you are interested in exploring a modern day city like Tel-Aviv. No matter, there is something for everyone. We have partnered with Israel My Way, our specialists based in the country, to tailor the prefect itinerary.

Written By

Daniela Ratner

Duration

8 nights, 9 days

We Love it For

Travelers looking to catch a glimpse of ancient history and adventure seekers.

Trip Style

Sightseeing and cultural immersion

Agent Notes

For those who have always wanted to visit the Holy land. This itinerary will give you the most well rounded perspective.

Stay

For a true sense of place when visiting Israel and Jordan

Mamilla Hotel

While there are many options for those travelers who like classic décor, we prefer the chic simplicity of the Mamilla. Favorably positioned in the Mamilla Mall, the property boasts two excellent restaurants, one of them with a view to match. It is just a stone throws away from the Old City too. Insider tip: book an Executive Level room and get access to the Club Lounge.

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Bespoke Hideaways Tented Camp

The best way to explore the Mars-like desert is in luxury tents, of course! No other camp offers heated tents, full bathrooms en-suite with showers, luxury amenities and excellent food. Not only will you be well taken care of here, but these unique accommodations will have you coming home raving to friends and family.

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The Jaffa

This brand new hotel located in historic Jaffa district was once a convent and hospital. The antiquated details have been perfectly preserved and juxtaposed with modern furnishing. The result is a contemporary hotel with restored elements such as stucco, stained glass windows and stonework that dates back to the 12th century. Insider tip: make sure to reserve a table at Don Camilo, sister restaurant to NYC's Carbone of Major Food Group.

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Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the history of the Western Wall Day 2
  • Enjoy a traditional meal in a Bedouin tent in Wadi Rum Day 5
  • Experience a graffiti tour of Tel Aviv with your expert guide, Libbi Day 6
  • Taste (arguably) the best seafood in Israel at Uri Buri Day 8
  • Taste (arguably) the best seafood in Israel at Uri Buri Day 9

ItineraryItinerary

1 Jerusalem, Israel
Arrival to the City of David

Enjoy an orientation and panoramic view of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. You may elect to continue on to Explore the Christian Quarter and visit numerous places holy to Christianity. Find goods ranging from spices and tapestries to ceramics and jewelry. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure and check in to the Mamilla hotel where you can book a Watsu treatment at the Akasha Spa before dinner then end the evening at Happy Fish, the hotel’s seafood restaurant or head up to The Rooftop, Mamilla’s outdoor restaurant with a magnificent view of the city and even better spread by the hotel’s Executive Chef, Cobi Bachar.

2 Jerusalem, Israel
Visit the Western Wall

Stroll through the cobblestoned alleys of the Jewish Quarter. You will also visit the Western Wall, the most important site for Jewish prayer, explore one of the most excavated sites in the city via the Underground Tunnels Tour. Later, join a local culinary expert for a delicious tour of the Machane Yehuda outdoor market, be sure to come back in the evening to dine at Machneyuda restaurant for the ultimate tasting experience, the menu of the day is determined by what’s available in the market that day.

3 Jerusalem, Israel
Live Like the Locals

Discover the Dead Sea Scrolls as well as extensive Biblical antiquities, art and cultural holdings at The Israel Museum. At the City of David, uncover remnants of King David’s over 3,000-year-old beginnings of Israel’s capital city. Enjoy the shops, cafes and attractions of downtown Jerusalem. Later on this day, Stroll through Nachalat Shiv’a, one of the earliest courtyard neighborhoods built outside of the Old City, now revived as a pedestrian promenade. On this evening, join other guests to savor a traditional Shabbat dinner with a Jerusalem family.

4 Petra, Jordan
Off to Jordan!

This morning, visit Yad Vashem Holocaust Center where victims’ experiences can be witnessed through artifacts, survivor testimonies, and personal stories. Afterwards, get an education of IDF (Israeli Defense Force) shooting and combat methods, guided by Israeli professionals at Caliber3.

Late afternoon, catch your flight to Eilat and cross the border into Jordan. A representative will meet you and assist with all border crossing procedures. A visit to the Petra Archaeological Park awaits!

5 Petra, Jordan
Explore Petra

Rise early for a full day of magic! Explore the architectural ruins of Petra’s ancient Nabatean capital. Early this afternoon, your driver will pick you up from Petra and transfer you to your luxury, tent adventure in Wadi Rum. Get an off-road tour of the timeless rust red granite and sandstone landscapes of Jordan’s largest valley. At sunset, enjoy some Bedouin hospitality. This evening you will partake in a traditional Bedouin dinner.

6 Tel Aviv, Israel
Off to Tel Aviv

This morning, cross the border to return to Israel. Board a domestic flight back to Tel Aviv. Upon arrival, visit the clandestine Machon Ayalon bullet factory used just prior to statehood. Check in to The Jaffa, your home for the next 2 nights. Enjoy the Old Jaffa neighborhood. Relive the port’s significance as the point through which many entered the country. Explore and shop at the Nachalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Fair and don’t miss a food tour of the Tel Aviv markets with Inbal Baum of Delicious Israel. Learn the language of Tel Aviv street art from our expert guide, Libbi Cohen (owner of Secret Urban History), during a fascinating graffiti tour. This evening, make a dinner reservation at Turkiz for some of the best Turkish food.

7 Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel Aviv

This morning, re-experience the signing of Israel’s Declaration of Independence at Independence Hall. Later, relax and enjoy the sun, surf and sand at one of Tel Aviv’s famous beaches. You may instead opt to visit the Rothschild Boulevard area, replete with cultural amenities, a rich culinary center, and the pulse of business. Shop through quaint Neve Tzedek, enjoying its restored architecture and narrow streets. This evening, enjoy dinner at one of Tel Aviv’s amazing restaurants, followed by a nightlife tour.

Tel Aviv Waterfront From Jaffa
Tel Aviv waterfront from Jaffa

This evening tour, perfect for night-owls, offers an intimate glimpse into ‘the city that never sleeps’. You’ll stroll through the pulsing heart of the city, exploring the trendiest after-hours hot spots. Get a thrilling look at the bars and clubs that truly showcase the city’s thriving arts, music and dance scene and raise a toast together before sending you off to paint the “white city” red!

8 Golan Heights
North of Israel

This morning your guide, driver and touring vehicle will pick you up from The Jaffa hotel. You will then head northward to the Golan Heights to a meeting point to board an awaiting jeep and together with a Military Officer (IDF Reserves).

Embark on an expedition, passing former Syrian army headquarters and positions overlooking the Galilee. Conclude the expedition at one of the highest mountains on the Golan Heights, the Bental Volcano, which will give you a terrific view of the Israeli/ Syria lines. Hear from the officer of the importance of this area to Israel as well as a thorough explanation and insight on the complex situation between Israel and Syria and visit army bases (pending military confirmation).

Overnight at the Setai Sea of Galilee Hotel.

Golan Heights
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9 Akko, Israel
Ending on a High Note

Enjoy leisurely breakfast, and late morning, get ready to head out. Your driver/guide will pick you up to head back to Tel Aviv stopping by the port city of Akko where you can explore the well-preserved old city walls.

Port City of Akko
Port City of Akko

The must-do in Akko, is a meal at Uri Buri, quite arguably the best fish and seafood restaurant in the county. Don’t forget to taste their homemade ice cream, cardamom is our favorite! If you’re lucky, you might even get to meet the charming proprietor, Uri Jeremias himself.

Afterwards continue on to Haifa where you will stop and admire The Bahai Gardens, also known as the hanging gardens of Haifa. The beautiful garden terraced surround the shrine of the Bab on Mount Carmel.

If you have time, stop by Caesarea National Park on your way back to the Ben Gurion airport for a tour of  an archaeological park with pillars and sculptures, and the remains of a hippodrome, with frescoes and stone seating.

Later this evening, bid farewell the city and transfer to the airport for your international flight home.

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