City Tour Bus – Jerusalem

The Egged Bus Company, along with City Tour Jerusalem, invite you to experience a panoramic tour of Jerusalem’s greatest sites while riding on a double-decker bus. You can get off the bus whenever you want, at any of the 28 different stations.

The tour lasts two hours. Visitors are provided with headphones and may choose to listen to the explanations and guides in Hebrew, English, Russian, French, Arabic, Italian, Spanish and German.

Tickets may be purchased on the bus, using cash or credit card.

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Israel Museum, Jerusalem – Buy tickets online

Since its establishment in 1965, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem has become one of the leading institutions in Israel and one of the most important and comprehensive museums in the world. The museum features upwards of 500,000 artistic and archaeological exhibits, including the world’s leading collection on archaeology from the Holy Land, Judaica and Jewish ethnography, and works of art ranging from classical to modern. The collections represent the rich history of human culture, dating back almost one million years, through modern times.

The Israel Museum offers a wide range of fascinating exhibits, activities for the entire family and special events at the Shrine of the Book, a model of Jerusalem’s Second Temple, activities in the Youth Department and a 24-dunam sculpture garden.

This summer, museum renovations will be complete and it will feature new programs, fascinating exhibits and interesting activities.

Special opening hours during the first week after reopening:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (July 26-28): 10:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M.
Thursday (July 29): 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 A.M.
Opening Hours
Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Tuesday: 4:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
Friday and Holiday Eve: 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Saturdays and Holidays: 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

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One day tour – Nazareth, Capernaum and the Jordan River

Cruise Ship Excursion from Haifa only – Nazareth, Sea of Galilee, Capernaum (1 day)

Trip Duration: One Day

Trip Schedule: The trip begins in northern Nazareth with a visit to the Church of the Annunciation, one of the holiest Christian sites. According to Christian belief, the church was built on the site where the Virgin Mary lived, and where the angel Gabriel told her that she was pregnant with the son of God. From there we will continue to Capernaum, along the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus lived. We will visit the Church of the Multiplication, in Tabgha, where Jesus carried out the miracle of the loaves and fishes. We will continue driving through the city of Tiberias to the Yardenit baptism site, on the Jordan River.

Must Bring: Hat/head covering, comfortable walking shoes.
Please Note: Visitors must wear modest dress to holy sites (head covering, covered shoulders, pants or long skirts).

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Departs Daily

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Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur & Jewish Holidays

Pickup/Departure

You will be picked up from Haifa port.

If you have questions on the day of the tour, please contact your tour operator (Rent-a-Guide) directly on +972-3-5166699.

Drop-Off

You will be returned to Haifa port.

 

Sea and Sun – Beaches of Tel Aviv

The beautiful white beaches of Tel Aviv are the city’s most popular attraction and a must for any visitor. The magnificent promenade (“Tayelet” in Hebrew), with its beachfront cafes and restaurants, runs along the shore at the main hotel area, providing a great location for morning or afternoon jogging.

Surfing

The beaches are mostly crowded on weekends (Friday and Saturday), and are pleasantly quiet in early mornings, when the only brave swimmers are seniors working on their exercise. The seashores are dotted with kiosks just a few steps from the water, tan worshipers lying on beach-beds while others carefully sitting under parasols.

Beautiful Mediterranean Sunset

While at the beach you may find yourself moving your head from the right to the left, following local pairs playing “Matkot” (Israeli beach Tennis), and on summer evenings, soon after the beautiful Mediterranean sunset, the beaches become a great location for night hang outs, you can find many beach bars, from the new and renovated Mezizim beach bar to the one North of the Marina and others along the beach.

Frishman beach Tel Aviv

The religious beach

The Western Wall Virtual tour – Visit the Kotel

The Western Wall also called the Wailing wall, is the western retaining wall of the Temple Mount, the one that was closest to the Holy of Holies when the Temple stood.

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The holiest Jewish site in the world and a renowned symbol of Jerusalem’s Old City, the Western Wall is a remnant of the retaining wall built by Herod the Great in the 1st century BC, to encompass the Second Temple enclosure.

As the only remainder of their sacred, destroyed Temple, Jewish people from all over the world, throughout two thousands years of exile, have faced the direction of the Western Wall on their prayers.

It is a Jewish belief that the Holy Presence has never left the Western Wall, thus it became the most significant site of Jewish pilgrimage, where Jews came to mourn the ruin of the Temple. This is how the Wall, “Ha’kotel” in Hebrew, has gained the name – the “Wailing Wall”.

The big plaza in front of the Wall is divided into two sections – one for women and one for men. Here you can observe different kinds of Jewish activities and prayers, from orthodox Jews dressed in black reading their bible, to Israeli soldiers and groups of Jewish tourists. Leaning against the Wall and kissing the stones, the prayers’ most famous custom is to insert a note with a prayer to God between the Wall’s bricks, believing in its priority to be answered.

The Western Wall serves as a favorite location for Jewish traditional celebrations, and gets amazingly alive on Friday eve (the arrival of Sabbath) and on Jewish holidays. While visiting the Kotel you may see a Bar Mitzvah kid holding the Torah on his traditional ceremony, or an excited bride & groom being photographed before their wedding.

Information:

The Western Wall is open 24 hours, and requires a modest dress for women and a head cover for the men. Admission is free. The closest gate to enter the Old City directly to the Wall is the Dung Gate. Buses No. 1 and 2 reach inside the Old City to the area of the Wall.

The Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is unlike any other place in the world. It is one of the main attractions for tourists visiting the Israel, and for many good reasons. Thanks to the climate and the mineral qualities of the area, it holds a variety of therapeutic qualities and offers many beauty treatments and body massages you only have to choose from while visiting.

At minus 416 meters below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest place on earth. It is a very sunny area, with 330 days of sun a year and a miraculously dry air, unpolluted so it can purify respiratory systems. The sea itself is the only un-drownable lake on earth, and the sensation of floating in reading position in the salty water is one of the unique pleasures travelers from all around the world come to the Dead Sea for.

Because of its therapeutic qualities, the Dead Sea is the ultimate Spa destination. An assortment of mineral waters of various qualities is used for therapeutic and cosmetic treatments, and the mineral-rich springs rise from deep down into little ponds along the shores. The well-known natural black mud is another famous Dead Sea feature, which improves blood circulation and relieves tensions of mind and muscle. The outdoor activity of getting covered by mud is one that a visitor to the Dead Sea should not miss.

Besides being a relaxing resort, the Dead Sea is also a fascinating and lively location with many attractions for more active travelers. These include the Qumran National Park, with its ancient caves on the northern shores where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest biblical documents known to men, were found. The Ein Gedi Botanical Gardens offer a fun trip for flora lovers, with more than 1000 species of plants from around the world. The Ein Gedi Nature Reserve is another great place for visitors to view some bird sanctuaries and wildlife of the desert. The Arugut reserve, with its series of shallow pools, perfect for bathing, is another popular destination for a short trip, and the Zohar Fortress and Canyon, a canyon in white soft limestone, is also worth a stop.

There are many other routes and small trips to take while visiting the Dead Sea. You can easily find useful information in the tourists Information center in Ein Bokek center, where most of the area’s hotels are located and few restaurants and shops can be found as well.

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