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Highlights of Jerusalem
Best time to go: April to May, September to November
3 Nights | from £1,495pp
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Day 1 UK/Jerusalem
Your journey begins with an international flight to Tel Aviv. Upon arrival at Ben-Gurion Airport, you will be met in the Arrivals Hall and transferred to your hotel in Jerusalem, the Dan Boutique.
Day 2 Jerusalem/Bethlehem
Meet your private guide in the morning and start the day with a sweeping view of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. Walk down the Palm Sunday road to the Garden of Gethsemane with its ancient olive trees and the Church of All Nations, designed by Antonio Barluzzi, known as the architect of the Holy Land for the numerous churches he built. Then visit the Israel Museum. Here you will see the fascinating Model of Jerusalem as it was during the time of the Second Temple and the Shrine of the Book, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls. From here, it's on to Bethlehem, where you visit the Church of the Nativity, which rests over the cave where Jesus was born. It was originally built by the Emperor Constantine in the 4th century.
Day 3 Masada/Qumran Caves
After breakfast, you depart overland, along the Dead Sea to Masada, where you take the cable-car up to the last stronghold of the Zealots. Some 2000 years ago, Roman legions stormed one of the two paths to the top of this sandstone mountain to reach the Jewish Zealots headquartered there. The soldiers held out for three years against the invading Roman army before taking their own lives to avoid capture and enslavement. Many of their fortifications, originally built by King Herod, still stand.
After visiting Masada, stop at Qumran Caves, located on the Dead Sea's northern shore, and the place where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. Now a national park, the caves were used for storage purposes by the Essenes, a mystical sect that produced the Dead Sea Scrolls.
In 1947, a young Bedouin shepherd discovered manuscript fragments in the caves hidden for centuries in airtight jars. The fragments from the Books of Exodus, Isaiah and Psalms are now on exhibit in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
Day 4 Jerusalem/UK
Check out of the hotel and begin your day in the Old City where your guide will walk you through the Four Quarters of the city for you to experience a city holy to so many. First view the Temple Mount, known by Moslems as the Haram el Sharif. Visit the Western Wall where you may observe worshippers praying towards the Holy of Holies, and performing rituals such as that of placing written prayers into the seams between the rocks of the wall. Walk along the Way of the Cross, through the markets of the Christian and Moslem Quarters. The Via Dolorosa ends at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Here you can observe the intense devotion and prayer, by many different denominations, at the site of the Crucifixion and the Tomb of Christ. Afterwards, head to Tel Aviv Airport for your flight back to the UK.
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. However, as a guide, this 4 day Israel holiday will cost from £1,495 per person based on two adults sharing with flights from the UK and including a private guide and transport and subject to availability.
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Best time to be there
Israel can be visited throughout the year although the ideal time is in the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). The climate is cooler and temperatures are mild in these months making it the perfect time to explore the country.
Tel Aviv (British Airways, Easyjet)
4 hours 50 minutes direct
GMT +2 hours
No mandatory vaccinations