Israel & Sinai:

Itineraries

 

ISRAEL & SINAI

The Sinai is a beautiful desert peninsula. As well as stunning landscape it has great historical significance for the 3 main religions. Because of its location it is best combined with tours of Israel and Egypt. There is increasing choice of accommodation in Sinai with Hilton hotels at Taba and Sharm, as well as good three star hotels at St. Catherine village and along the coast. St. Catherine's monastery is located at the foot of Mt. Sinai. It is possible to visit the monastery between 9 and 12 every morning, except Fridays, Sundays and holidays. 

 Visas


Visas for south Sinai can be obtained at the Egypt-Israeli border at Taba, or at Nuweiba port. These are valid for two weeks only; they are not valid for the rest of Egypt. If you plan onward travel to Egypt, you must obtain an Egyptian visa prior to entering Sinai. 

Seasons
The Sinai coast is mild in the winter. It can get cold in the mountains. In the summer the whole Sinai Peninsula can get very hot.

Suggested itinerary – Israel/Sinai (13 nights – 14 days)

Day 1: Welcome arrival at Ben Gurion Airport. Transfer to Arad in the Negev. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Drive through the Negev to Dimona, Sde Boker, Avdat, Mitzpe Ramon and the Craters to Eilat. Rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Drive to Taba for border crossing into Egypt. Continue along the Gulf of Eilat, the Coral island and the "fjord." Stop at the Oasis of Nuweiba for a swim. In the afternoon proceed to the Monastery of St. Catherine. Dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Early morning climb to Mount Sinai for an impressive view of the sunrise and the surrounding mountains. Visit the Chapel of the Burning Bush and descend to visit the Monastery of St. Catherine with its valuable collection of icons and manuscripts. In the afternoon, drive back to Taba. Proceed to Eilat for dinner and 
overnight at hotel.

Day 5: Free day for swimming in the Red Sea.

Day 6: Drive via Timna, Solomon's Pillars and the Arava Valley to Massada, Ascend by cable car to the Fortress. Visit and descend to continue to Ein Gedi, Qumran, Jericho and Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 7: Morning: Drive to Mount of Olives, panoramic view of Jerusalem. Visit Pater Noster Church, Chapel of the Ascension, Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations. 
Afternoon: view the Kidron Valley and proceed via Rachel's Tomb, the Shepherds' Field, and the Fields of Boaz to Bethlehem. Visit the Basilica of the Nativity, the Grotto and the Manger. Return to Jerusalem.

Day 8: Morning: Walking tour in the Old City visiting the Temple area, Dome of the Rock, Al-Aksa Mosque, the Western Wall, St. Anne's Church and the Pool of 
Bethesda. 
Afternoon: Antonia Fortress, Ecce Homo, Via Dolorosa, Holy Sepulcher and Calvary .Stroll through the bazaars back to your hotel.

Day 9: Morning: Drive to Mount Zion to visit the Room of the Last Supper and King David's Tomb. Continue past the Knesset building to the Shrine of the Book, the model of Jerusalem, Yad Vashem and Mount Herzl. 
Afternoon: Free.

Day 10: Free day at leisure for personal activities.

Day 11: Morning: Drive via Beeroth, Bethel and Shiloh to Nablus (Shechem). Stop at Jacob's Well and continue via Samaria and Afula to Nazareth. 
Afternoon: Visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, St. Joseph's Carpentry Shop and Mary's Well. Proceed via Cana of Galilee to Tiberias for dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 12: Morning: Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee from Tiberias to Capernaum. Visit Capernaum, Tabgha and the Mount of the Beatitudes. Continue to Ein Gev and the outlet of River Jordan (the baptismal site.) 
Afternoon: Free or optional touring.

Day 13: Morning: Drive north to Acre, visit the Crusaders' fortifications and St. John's Crypt. Continue to Haifa, Mount Carmel, Stella Maris and the Persian Gardens. 
Afternoon: Proceed along the Mediterranean coast. Visit Caesarea and continue to Tel Aviv for dinner and overnight.

 Day 14: Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure.

 

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