Jerusalem Qumran and the Dead-Sea
We'll start the day on Mount of Olives with a panoramic view of the old city and an introduction to the amazing history of Jerusalem making it a holy city for all three monotheistic religions.
On the way we'll pass by different churches of the ascension (Augusta Victoria, Chapel of the Ascension, Pater Noster, the Russian Church of the Ascension). We will also pass by the Hebrew University and the Mormon University – B.Y.U.
On the lower slopes of the mountain we will visit the Church of All Nations, known also as the Church of the Agony, or the Church of Gethsemane – where Judah Iscariot betrayed Jesus. There you'll be abale to see some of the most ancient olive trees in Israel.
We will drive over to Jaffa Gate and walk through the Christian Quarter to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher – The most important church in the world. Through some of the Stations of the Cross, we'll go down to the Muslim Quarter. Next, we'll head over to the Wailing Wall –"the Kotel" and come back to Jaffa Gate, through the Jewish and the Armenian Quarter passing by the restored Cardo (Ancient Street from the 6th Century) and the restored Hurva Synagoge.
We then exit the city trough Jaffa Gate and drive down to the Dead-Sea, the lowest place on earth, 1,300 feet below sea level.
On the way we will pass by the Good Samaritan inn and the ancient city of Jericho.
Before going to float and be covered with the famous black mud, we'll visit Qumran, where the Dead-Sea scrolls were found, and get to know the Essenes, and their way of life some 2,000 years ago.
There you'll have a chance to also have lunch and get some Ahava products – the Dead-Sea Cosmetics.
Then, we'll drive to one of the resorts by the Dead-Sea, so you can have quite a unique experience of floating freely on your back or cover yourself with the local black mud that is known for its properties.
When you're ready relaxed and rejuvenated we'll head back.
Be prepared: Modest dressing is required for the holy sites in Jerusalem, Bathing suite and sandals / flip-flops for the dead sea (you may rent a towel and a locker there)
All tours can be modified, according to your fields of interest, your walking ability, and the time you wish to spend in each site