Exploring Jerusalem- November 22th
10:00 | Departure by bus from the hotel \ Visit Mahane Yehuda market
13:00 | Visit the old city
16:00 | Back to the hotel
A Jerusalem mixture- communities and delicacies, Jerusalemite cuisine and inter-community love stories in old Jerusalem.
The tour will take us to the Sephardi Orchard, Mahaneh Yehudah Market and its outskirts, Zikhron Moshe and Makor Baruch neighbourhoods, and HaNevi’im Street. The tour will reveal the secrets of Mahaneh Yehudah Market and the numerous delicacies and surprises it offers. Over the past years, Mahaneh Yehudah has transformed itself and turned into the country’s most ravishing market. We will discover the Iraqi Market, the home of gourmet restaurants, Hamaras (small traditional taverns), and delicatessens, and make a short detour into the market-side neighbourhoods, which preserved their 19th Century charm.
The Old City
We then proceed to a tour of the Old City, filled with awesome splendor and holiness – regardless of the season. The hustle and bustle of the market, the prayers at the Western Wall, and the rich tapestry of churches, mosques, and museums make the Old City a place of ever-lasting interest.
From the market, we will reach the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, a large place of worship located on the spot where Christ is said to have been crucified and buried.
We will then proceed to visit the Western Wall.
The story of the Western Wall begins on the rocks of Mount Moriah behind the Western Wall.
Dead Sea – Saturday – November 25ft
08:00 | Departure by bus from the hotel
09:00 | visit Qumran
11:00 | visit Masada.
14:00 | Exploring the dead Sea of Israel in a Spa Resort hotel \ Lunch at the Hotel Resort Restaurant \ Free time in the Dead Sea including spa and 25 min massage.
19:00 | Arrive back to Jerusalem
Qumran is best known as the place where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered not so long ago. Located on the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea in the Judean Desert Qumran tells an interesting historic story.
In 1947 local Bedouins discovered a clay jar containing 7 scrolls in a cave about 1.5km from Qumran. The ancient scrolls were sold to antique dealers and after changing hands several times they reached scholars who could accurately evaluate the age and value of the parchments. Further exploration uncovered a total of 972 texts including the oldest known existing copy of the Old Testament. The texts are written in Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek and Nabataen.
Masada is not only important because it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site or an ancient fortress occupying a breathtaking strategic location high on a flat plateau above the Dead Sea, but because of its symbolic importance as a symbol of determination and heroism.
Masada is one of the greatest archaeological sites in Israel and, perhaps, across the world. Its dramatic ascent can now be made by cable-car, but the drama and imagery that this site portrays is no less powerful than it ever was. Many people opt to join a tour to Masada, enjoying a guide who will bring the site to life.
During the Masada cable car ride, and from the top of Mount Masada, you’ll be able to see the Dead Sea and the whole surrounding area on the way up, as well as appreciate the amazing engineering efforts it must have taken to build it.
The Masada fortress is part of the National Park complex, and is a protected area so that it may be preserved for years to come and you can see the entire Masada National Park on the way up in the cable car.
See the remnants of the Masada fortress, its buildings, synagogues, homes, public areas and bath houses and hear about the tragic history of the inhabitants of the Masada fortress. The bath houses and homes provide a fascinating look at how people lived at that time.
Next head to the Dead Sea where you can enjoy the therapeutic benefits of the mineral-rich mud as well as experience the unusual sensation of ‘floating’ in the Dead Sea. There is much said about the therapeutic qualities of the Dead Sea minerals and mud, including alleviating several skin conditions.