M-825: Odyssey of Ancient Civilizations
You will be greeted at the airport by a representative from Mazada Tours.
Transfer to accommodations in Tel Aviv.
Depart Tel Aviv driving south to Masada, Herod’s ancient fortress. Ascend by cable car and tour the mountain fortress while learning about the heroic story of Jewish fighters and their last stand against the Romans.
Take in the archaeological remains of the palace, synagogue, water cisterns, mosaic floors, and roman baths. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea.
Return to your hotel.
After pick-up from your hotel, proceed for a beautiful drive along the coast to Caesarea. History fans will love exploring the archaeological ruins and excavations of this ancient city where gladiators once competed.
Next, you will proceed to Haifa, the third largest city in Israel. Situated on the slopes of Mount Carmel, take in a gorgeous panoramic view of the city and Mediterranean Sea. Visit the Baha’i Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Continue on to Rosh Hanikra where you will descend by cable car to admire the spectacular underwater grottoes. Lastly, we will visit Acre, one of the oldest cities in the world, which has been continuously inhabited for 4,000 years. This city has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk through the bustling market, the mosque, and the old port. See the remarkable underground Crusader City and crypt while learning about their fascinating history and culture.
After your fulfilling day of sightseeing, you will return to your hotel for overnight.
You will depart early in the morning for a domestic flight from Sde Dov Airport in Tel Aviv to Eilat. (For Jerusalem Departure: Transfer from Jerusalem Hotels to Sde Dov airport.) You will be picked up from Eilat Airport and escorted to the Arava border crossing by one of our employees.
After crossing the border, you will be met by one of our multi-lingual Jordanian representatives who will drive you from the Aqaba border station, through the majestic Jordanian desert landscapes, to your first stop on this unique tour – Petra.
You will spend approximately 3 hours touring Petra, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Also known as the “Red Rose City”, Petra was originally inhabited by the Nabateans. This magnificent tour includes horseback riding through the “Ciq” (Canyon), which merges with a captivating view of the Pink Stone Treasury, the Roman Theater and more. After the guided tour, you will proceed to a hotel for a late lunch.
After you finish a fantastic day in this unforgettable location, you will embark on your return trip to Israel, and pass by the renowned resort city of Aqaba for a panoramic view. From here you will continue to the border and then transferred back to Eilat Airport where you will catch a flight back to Tel Aviv. (For Jerusalem Departures: Transfer from Sde Dov Airport back to Jerusalem Hotels.)
After your meaningful day of touring, you will be returned to your hotel for overnight.
Check out of your hotel and transfer to Ben Gurion airport for your departure.
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