Deluxe Israel and Petra

  • Discover the kaleidoscope of cultures and religions

    Feb. 29 – Mar. 14, 2020

    Israel is unique – nestled on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea – a meeting place: East meets West; modern meets ancient; religious meets secular… It’s a kaleidoscope of cultures and religions!

    Join Dignity Travel as we discover Israel and the world wonder of Petra and this once in a lifetime experience.

    Tour package
    $11,072.50* per person (double occupancy)
    $16,057.70* per person (single occupancy)

    Reservation deadline for this tour is Dec. 10, 2020.

    Space may be available after this deadline. All itineraries and prices are subject to change without notice and are based on estimated group size. A deposit of $8,000.00 per person is required to confirm your reservation. If traveling as a single occupant a $10,000 deposit is required. All major credit cards accepted for deposit. Deposits are fully refundable until the final payment deadline -minus processing fees. Final payment is due by Jan. 10, 2020.

    Dignity Travel will assist you with your flight arrangements and trip insurance. 

    Dignity Travel advantages for this tour

    • Wheelchair accessible tour and accommodations
    • Easy tour designed specifically for people who are slow walkers, cannot walk a long distance or use a wheelchair
    • Contrast vibrant cities with an unhurried immersion in the Israeli countryside, exploring the Sea of Galilee, Arava Desert, Dead Sea and the beautiful shores of the Red Sea
    • Small group experience (limited to ten people) with fulltime group hosts to assist you throughout the tour
    • Deluxe accessible 4 and 5-star hotel accommodations with daily breakfast
    • Relax with multiple night stays in tranquil hotels set along the Red Sea, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the Hula Valley
    • Sunset Mediterranean boat ride
    • Explore local markets
    • Free day on the shores of the Red Sea
    • Optional swimming in the Dead Sea
    • Tips for local guides and drivers included
    • Entrance fees to listed attractions included as per itinerary
    • Local English-speaking guides at all destinations
    • Be surrounded by culture as we discover the different regions of Israel and Petra, Jordan
    • Personal care attendants and/or nurse (based on group size or arranged on an individual basis)
    • Roommates for single travelers may be arranged
    • Security and social opportunities of group travel experience
    • Accessible private ground transportation throughout tour
    • Airport/hotel transfers included

     

    Itinerary at a glance

    Feb. 29 – Depart North America

    Mar. 01 – Arrive Tel Aviv and transfer to Hula Valley hotel

    Mar. 02 – Tour Sea of Galilee region

    Mar. 03 – Kibbutz visit and Mount Bental

    Mar. 04 – Day tour to Nazareth

    Mar. 05 – City tour of Tel Aviv

    Mar. 06 – Explore Tel Aviv and its markets

    Mar. 07 – Scenic drive to Eilat and visit to Ramon Crator

    Mar. 08 – Day tour to one of the seven world wonders – Petra

    Mar. 09 – Free day at the Red Sea

    Mar. 10 – Visit the Arava Desert and Dead Sea

    Mar. 11 – Discover the old city of Jerusalem

    Mar. 12 – Tour the new city of Jerusalem

    Mar. 13 – Explore the Israel Musem

    Mar. 14 – Transfer from hotel to airport for your flight home

    *Rates include all of the listed group benefits. Rates are subject to availability and are the same for accessible or non-accessible rooms. The number of accessible rooms are limited and available on a first come basis. Book early to guarantee your room choice. All itineraries and prices are subject to change without notice and are based on group size. The rate does not include international airfare or travel protection.


  • Tel Aviv/Galilee Mar. 01

    You will be greeted my Dignity Travel group hosts at the airport in Tel Aviv. We will transfer to our hotel in the beautiful upper Galilee region of Israel.

    Dinner

  • Galilee Mar. 02

    Today we will tour of area surrounding the Sea of Galilee including the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes, the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter, and Capernaum -a former fishing village where Jesus and the Apostles lived.

    We will also visit the Tel Dan National Park which combines a lush nature reserve with a biblical archaeological experience. We will enjoy a sunset ride through the Hula Valley – an important place for migrating birds.

    Breakfast

  • Galilee Mar. 03

    Discovering the ruins of the ancient Jewish village of Katzrin located in central Golan is one of the highlights today. The location of Katzrin, mentioned in ancient Jewish sources, was identified at the end of the 19th century. The synagogue and village were discovered and excavated about 30 years ago. The remains of ancient Katzrin have been restored after excavation: the columns of the synagogue are upright once more and the houses near the synagogue are two stories high and roofed. Samples of ancient household utensils and agricultural implements are displayed in the houses and there are activities showing life during ancient times.  Bake your own Pita bread on the fire and dip it in fresh local olive oil and Zaatar.

    We continue our tour with a Kibbutz visit. Hear about the unique social commune lifestyle and ideology. See some of the local agriculture and the dairy farming. Eat lunch at the communal kibbutz dining room. We resume our tour to a local winery and enjoy wine tastings.

    We will then explore Mount Bental, which is a dormant volcano that rises over Kibbutz Merom Golan rising to a height of 3,786 feet above sea level.  We will take time to have an historical and geopolitical overview of the region. The vantage point offers magnificent views of Mount Hermon, the Syrian side of the Golan Heights and the mountains of Southern Lebanon to the north. The outpost overlooks the Valley of Tears (scene of a decisive battle during the Yom Kippur War) and the ruins of the Syrian city of Kuneitra.

    Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Galilee/Nazareth/Tel Aviv Mar. 04

    We depart from Galilee today and travel towards Tel Aviv with a stop in Nazareth – the childhood home of Jesus – where we will visit the most popular site, the Catholic Church of Annunciation, also known as the Basilica of the Annunciation.  It is considered the most holy church for Christianity.

    We will also visit one of the Druze villages of the Galilee. The Druze is an ethnic group known for hospitality. Learn about their fascinating history, unique religion, and ancient tradition, and engage in a short culinary workshop, followed by an amazing Druze feast.

    We will then visit Ramat Hanadiv, a living memorial to Baron Edmond de Rothschild, a major figure in the establishment of the modern State of Israel. The Gardens beckon guests into a place of rare tranquility as you stroll the pathways among exquisitely landscaped gardens and breathe their fragrance throughout the year. Along the way visitors can view Mediterranean scenery.

    Breakfast, lunch

  • Tel Aviv Mar. 05

    An art expert will guide us at Tel Aviv Museum of Art today as we explore the fascinating relationship between the Israeli art world and the Zionist narrative. In this dynamic tour you will figure out what makes Israeli art into what it is, when it all started and how it expresses a unique relationship with the international art world and contemporary issues in Israeli society. This tour through the extensive Israeli collection at the museum is an amazing way to visually explore both the Israeli narrative from the early 20th century until today and the development of the local art scene.

    After our amazing tour of the art museum, we will enjoy a boat ride on the Mediterranean from Herzliya marina – we will enjoy the sunset and make a toast.

    Breakfast, lunch

  • Tel Aviv Mar. 06

    We start the morning with time on own to explore the Nahalat Binyamin open-air art & craft market and the famous Carmel Market.

    After time in the markets, we will discover the new Independence Trail which follows 10 stops of Tel Aviv’s heritage sites learning about the history of this great city along the way. The trail begins at the intersection of tree-lined Rothschild Boulevard and Herzl Street, home to Tel Aviv’s first kiosk. The trail ends across the street at Independence Hall, where on May 14, 1948, David Ben-Gurion read aloud the Declaration of Independence as Israel was declared an independent Jewish state.

    We will also enjoy an architecture tour – UNESCO has declared Tel Aviv a World Cultural Heritage Site. We will stroll through Rothchild Boulevard in the center of Tel Aviv, tracing the routes lined by beautiful buildings and extraordinary balconies, which have been preserved and even enhanced.

    After a day full of sightseeing, we will partake in Musical Kabbalat Shabbat on the beach promenade followed by a Friday night Shabbat meal.

    Breakfast, dinner

  • Tel Aviv/Eilat Mar. 07

    Today we depart Tel Aviv for Israel’s southern most city which sits on the Red Sea – Eilat. Along the way we will stop to visit the Ramon center -the geological center in Mitzpe Ramon also dedicated to Ilan Ramon a former Israeli pilot and the first and the only Israeli astronaut lost his life in a mission in space with the Colombia spaceship. Enjoy the magnificent view over the Ramon Crater.

    Breakfast, dinner

  • Eilat/Petra/Eilat Mar. 08

    We will have a full day to explore Petra, one of the seven world wonders. We will enter by Siq and visit the Treasury, Street of Facades, Theater, Colonnaded Street.

    Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Eilat Mar. 09

    This is your free day to enjoy the beautiful Red Sea shore.

    Breakfast, dinner

  • Eilat/Dead Sea/Jerusalem Mar. 10

    We depart Eilat today for Jerusalem. Along the way, we will visit the Arava Desert and Agricultural Center and stop for a swim in the Dead Sea – the lowest place on earth. Attempt flotation in a sea that is 33% salt and keeps you buoyant.  We will have time to relax and eat lunch at a local hotel and spa.

    After time at the Dead Sea, we will continue to Masada where we will tour King Herod’s private fortress which, following the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 BCE, became a base for a small band of Jewish zealots in revolt against the Romans. Although the rebels held their own, siege eventually overcame them, and according to historian Josephus, chose mass suicide over surrender.

    Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Jerusalem Mar. 11

    We begin our tour in the Holy City today by looking over Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. We will then visit the Church of All Nations, take time to reflect at the Western Wall to appreciate its centrality to the Jewish faith, see the Temple Mount, browse the famous Arab shuk, and stroll along part of the Via Dolorosa, and visit the Holy Sepulcher.

    In the evening we will enjoy the Jerusalem Spectacular – The walls of David’s Citadel serve as a stage for a spectacular nighttime sound and light show. The story of Jerusalem unfolds through giant breathtaking, virtual reality images amidst the archaeological remains in the Citadel’s courtyard and to the sound of original music.

    Breakfast

  • Jerusalem Mar. 12

    We visit the museum at Yad Vashem today, Israel’s National Memorial to the Holocaust. You will tour this memorial to the darkest moment in world and Jewish history, its children’s memorial, and exquisite gardens. Yad Vashem is an unforgettable place of tribute and remembrance.

    We will then travel to the picturesque village of Ein Karem to enjoy a Basket weaving workshop.

    In the evening we will enjoy a concert at the Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies.

    Breakfast, lunch

  • Jerusalem Mar. 13

    Today we will Visit the unique collections at the Israel Museum, the country’s national museum. Discover renowned international and Israeli art, the world’s most complete Judaica collections and the charming Billy Rose Sculpture Garden. You can also visit the Shrine of the Book, home to the exceptional archaeological finds of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other rare ancient manuscripts.

    Breakfast, dinner