11 Day Israel & Jordan Christmas Tour Dec 22, 2019 - Jan 1, 2020

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INCLUDES CHRISTMAS DINNER & MASS IN BETHLEHEM AND A NEW YEAR'S EVE GALA DINNER IN PETRA!

Israel Christmas Tour 2019. Discover the Land of the Bible during Christmas time! Experience a spiritual journey of a lifetime. 

Day 1. Sunday, Dec. 22 Arrival 

Arrival to Tel Aviv International Airport. Our representative will meet you after passport control and escort you to your transfer to your hotel in Jerusalem.  

Day 2. Monday, Dec. 23 Jerusalem (Old City)

Today will begin with a tour of the Garden of Gethsemane, the place where Jesus prayed and his disciples slept the night before his crucifixion. Make your way to Mt. Zion where you will visit David’s Tomb and the site of the Last Supper, also known as the “Upper Room”. We continue to the Christian Quarter where you will enter the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where Jesus was crucified. From there, walk where Jesus walked and make your way down Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross). The day will continue with a trip to The Cardo, what used to be a main street in the Old City during the time when Judea was under Roman rule. Go down to the Western Wall and spend some time in reflection and/or prayer. End the day with an overnight in Jerusalem. 

Day 3. Tuesday, Dec. 24 Free Morning - Night Tour of Jerusalem - Christmas Dinner - Bethlehem 

Free morning in Jerusalem.  In the early evening, get picked up from your hotel for an exciting night tour of Jerusalem. After, drive to Bethlehem for a festive Christmas dinner and then watch the Midnight Mass from the outside.  Drive back to Jerusalem for an overnight.

Day 4. Wednesday, Dec. 25 Jerusalem (New City) - Mahane Yehuda Market

The morning will begin with a visit to Israel’s official memorial to the Holocaust, Yad VaShem, located on Mt. Herzl. Drive past The Knesset and the Israeli Supreme Court, on your way to the Israel Museum, Israel’s national museum, where you will see the Dead Sea Scrolls as well as a model of the Second Temple. Continue the day with an exciting tour of the Mahane Yehuda Marketplace (Shuk) and experience life as an Israeli. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 5. Thursday, Dec. 26 Mt. of Olives - Bethlehem

Go up to the Mt. of Olives, a cemetery that once was covered in olive groves, where you will have a magnificent panoramic view of Jerusalem. Depart for Bethlehem to see the Church of Nativity located at Manger Square. Overview of the Judean Desert and Shepherd's Field. Finish the day back in Jerusalem for your overnight. 

Day 6. Friday, Dec. 27 Qumran - Masada - Dead Sea

Begin the morning with a visit Qumran and see the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Travel on to Masada where you will take a cable car up to the fortress. The history of the famous Jewish fortification will unfold before your eyes; the palaces built by King Herod, the synagogue and bathhouses used by the Jews. Descend Masada by cable car and drive to the Dead Sea for some relaxation and a dip in the water. Overnight back in Jerusalem. 

Day 7. Saturday, Dec. 28 Caesarea - Haifa - Nazareth - Cana - Galilee

After breakfast drive to the ancient city of Caesarea that was built by King Herod the Great while driving along the beautiful Mediterranean coast. We will then proceed to Haifa, passing by Mt. Carmel to see the famous Bahai Gardens. From Haifa, we will drive to Nazareth and the Church of Annunciation. Drive to Cana, where the miracle of Jesus turning water into wine took place and visit the “Wedding Church”.  End the day with an overnight in Tiberias/Galilee Sea.

Day 8. Sunday, Dec. 29 Galilee - Mt. Beatitudes - Capernuam - Tabgha - Golan Heights

Start the day with an exciting boat ride on the Galilee Sea. Continue to see the “Jesus Boat”, the ancient boat found sunk in the Sea of Galilee from the time of Jesus. Ascend up to Mt. Beatitudes, where Jesus gave the “Sermon on the Mount”.  Continue the day in Capernaum, known as “The Town of Jesus”, visit the synagogue and Peter’s house. Take a lunch break with a delicious St. Peters fish lunch. Next, we will visit Tabgha, the place where the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes took place. You will also have the amazing opportunity to see the famous mosaic under the alter of the ancient church of Tabgha. Proceed to the Golan Heights and have an overview from above. End the day at your hotel in the Galilee Sea for your overnight.

Day 9. Monday, Dec. 30 Transfer to Sheikh Hussein Border - Madaba - Mt. Nebo - Petra 

After breakfast, you will be transfered to the Sheikh Hussein Border. Continue to Mt. Nebo, the place where Moses looked over the Holy Land and the Dead Sea. That is the place where Moses was seen for the last time, therefore we consider this the burial site of Moses. Here, you can visit the memorial church of Moses and if the sky is clear, the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea, and Jericho can be seen. Drive to Madaba, famous for the unique mosaic map of the Holy Land, which can be found on Saint George’s church floor. End the day with a transfer to Petra for your overnight. 

Day 10. Tuesday, Dec 31 Petra - New Year's Eve Gala Dinner

After breakfast, enter the Red City of Petra through the Siq, by horse or by foot (optional carriage). This is a narrow passage through the mountains which has inspired people for centuries. Suddenly the impressive treasury wonder appears at the end of the gorge, leaving the visitors breath-taken by its size, color and beauty. Continue into the heart of this ancient city carved into the mountains, passing hundreds of tombs and monuments and a spectacular Amphitheatre. Stop for a traditional lunch. Head back to your hotel for some time to rest and prepare for a spectacular New Year's Eve Gala dinner.

Day 11. Wednesday, Jan 1  Departure

Transfer to Queen Alia International Airport for departure*. Until next time! 

*Optional transfer to Tel Aviv available. Contact us for more details. 

Room type - Regular Tourist Comfort Superior Deluxe Executive
Per Person in Double Room - $2775 $3790 $4330 $5380
Single Room Supplement - $1322 $1876 $1942 $2000
Supplement for dinners - $588 $444 - -
High Season Supplement (per tour - single pay double) - - - - -
Double Room Peak Season Supplement (per night) - - - - -
Single Room Peak Season Supplement (per night) - - - - -
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HOTELS
Hotel Area Comfort Superior  Deluxe  Executive
Jerusalem Eyal  Olive Tree  Mamilla King David
Galilee Kibbutz Hotel Kibbutz Hotel

Kibbutz Hotel

Kibbutz Hotel

Petra Petra Moon Old Village

Movenpick Resort Petra

Movenpick Resort Petra - Upgraded Room

Including

  • Meeting and assistance upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport
  • 2 transfers: from & to the airport
  • 10 night hotel accommodation including daily buffet breakfasts
  • All entrance fees according to the itinerary
  • Government licensed English speaking guide on touring days
  • 9 days sightseeing in a modern air-conditioned motor-coach
  • 1 Christmas Eve Festive dinner in Bethlehem on December 24th
  • Viewing the mass from the outside in Bethlehem at Manager Square
  • 1 lunch in Petra
  • 1 New Year's Eve Gala Dinner in Jordan

Excluding

  • Tips to guide, driver, hotel staff, etc.
  • International flights
  • Traveler's medical & baggage insurances
  • Porterage at airport
  • Dinners, if booking on BB basis
  • Beverages with meals
  • Supplement for private transfers
  • Visa and Border fees
  • Anything not mentioned in the "rate includes" section

Important Notes

  • In case the hotels mentioned in the table are not available, a similar hotel from the same category will be booked.
  • Kibbutz Hotel is upon availability. In case of no availability, the overnight will be in Tiberias.

  • Noah Tours does not assist with purchasing tickets to the mass.

  • The mass will only be viewed from the outside. If you have ticket and stay for the entire mass, you will need to book your own transfer back to the hotel.

  • If you book on HB basis and your arrival flight arrives after dinner time, dinner cannot be guaranteed.
  • It is possible to book additional nights at hotels if arriving before or departing after the tour dates.

  • In the case where the client books an extra night before the tour with their own arrangements, the transfer to the hotel is not included in the package.

  • Please ensure that your passport is valid for at least 7 months at the time of your tour.

  • The sequence of the tour, hotels used, and sites visited may be amended due to circumstances.

  • Tours of holy sites require modest dress (should cover shoulders, no short sleeves, short skirts or shorts).

  • We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express & bank transfers.

  • A third adult sharing a double room receives a 5% discount from the double room rate.

  • To confirm a place on this tour a deposit of USD $300 per person is required.

  • The program can be extended and tailor-made for groups or private tours.

  • Noah Tours may change the sequence of the tour as long as we include all the sightseeing as in the tours program.

  • Free WiFi is available at most hotels but cannot be guaranteed.
  • This offer is valid for 7 days.

  • For more information, please see our terms and conditions

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