Our Israel travel expert says: “Jerusalem is a city you must visit, one day in Jerusalem is not enough but better than nothing…”
We set out from Eilat (or from Eilat’s port for those arriving on a cruise ship as a shore excursion from Eilat), and drive along the Arava Valley towards the Dead Sea, where we stop for a short break. There is also a possibility to take a short dip in its unique and healthy water. Then we ascend to The Holy City, Jerusalem. We start with a panoramic view from The Mount of Olives – a good place for an introduction to the city and its history. Then we visit the holy sites of the three monotheistic religions, represented in Jerusalem: We start with the Wailing Wall, which represents the last remnants of the Jewish Temple, destroyed by the Romans. Usually, you can see the various types of Jews who come to worship at this holy place. If open to visitors, we ascend to the Temple Mount, where we can look at the famous Dome of the Rock. Then we continue through the Arab Market (“Suq”) to the “Via Dolorosa”, Jesus’ “Way of Suffering”, which leads us to The Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where according to the Christian tradition Jesus was crucified and buried. After lunch, we drive to Bethlehem, the birth town of Jesus Christ. Here we visit the Church of the Nativity, including the Grotto of the Mangery. This church is the oldest church in the world, which was never destroyed until this very day. Important remark: This visit can be canceled without prior notice due to security regulations or other reasons which are not under our control. Responsibility in the Palestinian-controlled areas is solely on our Palestinian colleagues. We continue driving through the New City towards the Dead Sea, and back to your hotel in Eilat.
1. As we visit some of the holiest places for the various religions, respectful, modest clothing, is required. This means you have to cover both your knees and shoulders, including men.
2. Swimming gear is necessary if you want to bath in the Dead Sea.
3. During wintertime (November till April) warm clothing is necessary