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Overview

Indulge the mind, body and spirit on this memorable 2-day adventure through Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Masada and the Dead Sea. Visit the Dome of the Rock, an iconic Jerusalem landmark; the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed and the famous Western Wall, the holiest of Jewish sites. See where Jesus was born and where he was crucified. Experience the incredible view from the top of Masada and bask in the rejuvenating waters of the Dead Sea. Overnight accommodation plus hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • 2-Day Best of Israel tour
  • Enjoy guided tours of Old Jerusalem and Bethlehem
  • Visit the Garden of Gethsemane and the Western Wall, and enjoy views of the Dome of the Rock
  • Take a cable-car ride to Masada to see King Herod's mansion
  • Set eyes on the Dead Sea Scrolls at Qumran
  • Relax with a mud bath and float at the Dead Sea
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off included
On this 2-day guided tour, experience the historical highlights of the Old City of Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Trace the life of Jesus by visiting famous pilgrimage sites like Manger Square, the Milk Grotto and the Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross). Walk through the Garden of Gethsemane, see the Dome of the Rock and other iconic locations. Glimpse the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Qumran caves before wrapping up your tour with a relaxing mud bath and float in the Dead Sea. Overnight accommodation and breakfast are included. See Itinerary below for details of each day.

Itinerary

Day 1
Departing from Jerusalem in your air-conditioned coach, stop at the Mount of Olives for scenic views of the Dome of the Rock at the Temple Mount Esplanade in Old Jerusalem.

Pass the Garden of Gethsemane before continuing into the Old City. See the famous Western Wall (Wailing Wall) which functions as an open-air synagogue, before walking the pilgrimage route of the Via Dolorosa. Look out for the 14 Stations of the Cross as you trace Jesus' steps to the site of his crucifixion at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

A short 6-mile coach journey takes you to Bethlehem, where you will see the Manger Square, flanked by the Church of the Nativity and also the Mosque of Oman. From here you will go on to explore the Milk Grotto (where Mary was said to feed the baby Jesus) before visiting Shepherds' Field where according to the Bible, the 'shepherds watched their flocks by night'. You will then be driven to your overnight accommodation at the following hotel (or one of a similar tourist grade standard):

  • Park Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 2
After breakfast the next morning, set off through the Judean desert before arriving at the cable car that takes you to the mountaintop site of Masada. It was here that King Herod built two fortified palaces over 2,000 years ago.

Continue to the Dead Sea past the Ein Gedi oasis to the ancient caves of Qumran where you will see the fabled Dead Sea Scrolls.

Final stop is the Dead Sea, where you'll have approximately two hours to relax on the mineral beach and opportunity to float in the salt-rich water, 400m (1,312 ft) below sea level! Don't miss the chance to have a mud bath in the world's richest source of natural salts.

The drive back to Jerusalem and see the ancient city of Jericho, referred to in the Hebrew Bible as the 'City of Palm Trees' from the distance, before your multi-day tour concludes in the early evening.

Reviews

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p
, Mar 2018

It was a good tour, tour guides were very friendly. The only downfall was the size of the group. We had I think 28 people and it was way too big. It was very rushed going thru old Jerusalem and Bethlehem and could not either hear all the information the tour guide was given and had to pay attention to who was in front of you from your group so you didn't get lost from the group because it was so crowded. Was not able to really take in the sites. The Masada and Dead Sea was better. I would definitely suggest a smaller group so you get the most out of it.

R
, Nov 2017

When looking at the title of the tour, I was drawn to it because I could view the highlights in 2 days. However, most locations was very brief and we didn't get to see enough highlights in Jerusalem.

Pros:
- I was not expecting much from Masada but our guide Shmil did a great job. Loved it.
- It was well planned.

Cons:
- Even though the schedule said first day in Jerusalem/Bethlehem and second day at Masada/Deadsea, they switched without letting me know. So I ended up in Jerusalem on Shabbat so Rock of Dome was closed.
- The hotel arrangement was terrible. When we got to the hotel, they told us they overbooked and overflew us to a different one. It was a tiny hotel embedded in some apartment. It feels quite scary to walk in there. Plus the rooms are not sound proof at all. I was woken up by other people talking outside my room. It felt like they were talking in my room!
- Picking up from each hotel sounds convenient, but it can be a slow process. It dragged 1 hr trip to 2 hrs.
- The deadsea stop was too brief. We only had 1.5 hrs there including lunch. Considering changing before and after swimming, we only got less than 30 mins in the water. I prefer at least 30 mins longer. Not sure if all the dead sea beaches are all crowded like this. This one was super crowded and full of tourists.
- The tour to Bethlehem was too short and due to the long line to the cave, we didn't get to see much inside Church of Nativity. So not worth it.

Bottom line:
- Don't book this 2 day tour. If you want to see all these places, book separate day tours.
- Suggest to book a solo tour for Jerusalem alone.
- Go to the meeting point yourself, instead of letting them pick you up, which takes a long time.

s
, Nov 2015

the tour was on line with my expectations, the tour in the shopping is too long. Being a lot to be seen and a lot of time spent to collect all the tourists from the city, some part of the city of Jerusalem were not visited. It is a good overview but could have been deeper.

u
, Jun 2015

The tour was fun and tour guides we very knowledgable. I felt that there could have been clearer information as to pick up and choice / location of overnight hotel.

C
, Mar 2015

Masada and the Dead Sea were stunning and our tour guide was knowledgeable, classy, and experienced. She did a great job bringing it all together.

As for Jerusalem, unbelievable tour guide Amir Call Or. His charisma, sense of humor and vast amounts of knowledge were humbling and enriching at the same time. He helped me realize how much more there is to see about this amazing country where so much of world's history was made. I highly recommend the tour, which while fast paced you can't pretend to cover a good amount of Jerusalem in a day without unfortunately having to rush, and a tour guide that runs a tight ship, it gives you a great tease/taste of such a historical city. And Amir made it so much more interesting and stimulating.

M
, Jul 2014

Day One tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem was great with excellent guides in both places.
Day Two going to Masada and the Dead Sea was interesting but the tour leader was poor! She catered
to the Spanish speaking people, which only made up 1/4 of the bus. The worst part was that in the
Cable car she pushed one of our group aside to make room for one of her Spanish friends. My opinion
Is that she is not fit to lead tours.

A
, Jun 2014

Tour guides seemed knowledgeable but were trying to make us but from the stores they got some sort of kick back from

d
, Feb 2014

It was absolutely fantastic, guides were great and tour small enough to enjoy with the guide, would recommend to anyone, and will probably use them again for a different tour of Israel

E
, Aug 2013

We had a great time, tour guide were nice, overall a great experience !

p
, Aug 2013

Good tour of Jerusalem. Well balanced with Old City and the other sites (Masada, Dead Sea). Really enjoyed the Old City experience, Masada was incredible, and Dead Sea was great to float around in. Not as much to see in Bethlehem. This was my least favorite portion. Tour guides were good. Only downside was the hotel which was very poor quality. Would recommend booking on your own.


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