Touring Israel in 16 days

Client emailed me with a list of some of the sites on their bucket list and I built the itinerary from there.

  • √ Jerusalem (enough days to get a good feel for the city including major Jewish and Christian sites as well as Herodium
  • √ Hula Valley and Eilat area for bird migrations 
  • √ Negev Desert for solitude, scenery & desert mammals – Mitzpe Ramon
  • √ Bahai Gardens in Haifa
  • √ Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Mount of Beatitude
  • √ Beit Alpha Synagogue
  • √ Masada and Dead Sea
  • √ Petra
  • + and more

Mar 14-15 Arrival & overnight at Tel Aviv hotel [Leonardo]

  • Visit to Caesarea park, aquaduct and Bird mosaic
  • Bahai Gardens (Haifa & Akko)
  • Akko; dinner at Uri Buri!
  • Overnight in Akko [Alma]

Mar 16

  • Rosh Hanikra & coast sunrise
  • Akko tour: Crusader city; Al Jazzar mosque; Hamam; Templar tunnel; Ramhal synagogue!
  • Drive to Agamon HaHula (birds at sunset)
  • Overnight [Vibe Naftali]

Mar 17

  • + Chastellet (Jacob’s Ford), Crusader fortress on Golan
  • + Gadot Lookout War Memorial
  • Nimrod fortress
  • Banias falls
  • + Lupines
  • + Saar falls
  • Overnight [Kinar]

Mar 18 Full Moon

  • + Archeology museum in Katzrin
  • Gamla & Griffon vultures
  • Mount of Beatitudes
  • Capernaum
  • Sea of Galilee
  • – Bet Alpha synagogue
  • Drive to Jerusalem [3 Arches]

Mar 19 Shabbat

  • Israel museum
  • + Old City tour

Mar 20

  • Temple Mount
  • Lions Gate
  • Golden gate
  • Gethsemane & Church of Agony
  • Kidron valley to City of David
  • + Western Wall Great Bridge tour

Mar 21

  • + Katisma church
  • Herodium
  • + Wadi Qelt, St George monastery
  • + Hisham’s Palace, Jericho
  • driving down to Dead Sea for sunset
  • 2 nights [Ganim, En Boqeq]

Mar 22

  • Photoshoot at sunrise
  • Masada & museum
  • – En Gedi (hiking) in afternoon
  • Float in Dead Sea   

 Mar 23

  • Moa fortress on Spice route; winery?
  • Judean palm trees from 2,000 year old seeds at Kibbutz Ketura
  • Hai Bar     
  • Timna park
  • + Hidden valley
  • + Eilat Bird sanctuary
  • Overnight [Soleil hotel]

Mar 24

  • + Eilat bird sanctuary
  • Cross to Jordan (3+ days)
  • Drive to Dana BioSphere Reserve w Ali
  • hike of reserve w Ahmed
  • Overnight [Dana Guest House]

Mar 25

  • Walk around Dana
  • + Frosted trees at high elevation
  • Little Petra/Baydeh
  • + Neolithic site
  • + Petra museum
  • Overnight [Amra Palace hotel]

Mar 26 Shabbat

  • Petra tour w Prof. Sami El Hasanat
  • + Temple; Petra church
  • Wadi Rum jeep tour w Mohammed
  • + Star gazing
  • Overnight [el Sultanah Beduin camp, Wadi Rum]

Mar 27

  • cross back to Israel from Jordan
  • + Underwater Observatory, Eilat
  • Red Canyon hike
  • Pundak Smadar
  • Drive to Mitzpe Ramon & 2 nights [Ibex ]

Mar 28

  • + wildflowers along <171> to Loz cisterns
  • + Hemed cistern and Nabatean terraces
  • + Bio Ramon
  • Makhtesh Ramon: Carpentry, colored sands, old quarry

Mar 29

  • + Avdat
  • En Avdat reserve; saw Egyptian vultures on their migration
  • + Beersheva
  • + Covid test
  • drive to Jerusalem [Villa Brown, Greek Colony]
  • Israel Museum

Mar 30 Drive clients to airport

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