Military Historical Tours is proud to offer an excursion that will include all military & cultural highlights of the Holy Land.
TOUR LEADER: COL P.J. Dermer, USA(Ret)
Military Historical Tours is proud to offer another in our series of historic tours of the world. Our tour starts in Tel Aviv and proceeds to the historic sites of Israel, covering nearly three thousand years of history, with a comprehensive “on the ground” exploration of the areas visited, and beginning in Jerusalem, the legendary “City of Faith” - home to the world’s three great religions and where we conclude our historic pilgrimage in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. By popular demand, an optional extension to Jordan, visiting the fabled city of Petra, is offered at an additional cost.
Our tours include exclusive cultural, religious and military events, such as guest dinner lectures and speakers on subjects of historic interest; optional battlefield explorations; exclusive access to private museums; private receptions and much more. Information on the events that are offered on your particular expedition will be included in your registration information packet.
All of these things, along with the most experienced staff of Program Directors, Tour Leaders and Historians will combine to make your trip the most enjoyable, relaxing, entertaining and educational experience possible. We welcome your phone calls, letters or e-mails to discuss your tour with one of our Battlefield Tour Leaders. Call us toll free at 800-722-9501 or e-mail us—we look forward to hearing from you!
Tour Price $ 2,995*
* - Based on double Occupancy
Single Room Supplement $ 595
Jordan Post Tour Price $ 795*
Single Room Supplement $ 250
Tour Price Includes:
- Moderate-Deluxe Hotel Accommodations
- Air-conditioned motorcoach
- Transfer to/from Ben Gurion Intl Airport
- Porterage at airport and hotels
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Emergency Medical, Evacuation, Repatriation & baggage insurance included in each tour
- Trip Kit containing tour ball cap, bag tags, name badge and travel info
- “History on Tour” information packet, containing maps and other information
- Admission fees to all sites, museums and special attractions listed
- Services of experienced MHT Directors & English--speaking local guides
Airfare not included: Get your own or Book Optional MHT Airfare: Round-trip economy or business class airfare from your hometown to Ben Gurion (TLV) price quoted upon registration!
Optional Petra Jordan Post Tour
♦ Round trip domestic flights (Ben Gurion - Eilat - Ben Gurion)
♦ 2 Overnights in Eilat 3 star hotel (including breakfast)
On Petra day tour included:
♦ Transfers from Eilat to border & return
♦ Border crossing assistance
♦ Transportation in Jordan a/c bus or minibus (as per group size)
♦ Accompanying Jordanian English speaking guide (border to border)
♦ Lunch in Petra (served buffet style, in a local Petra hotel)
♦ Petra entry fee
Not included: Transportation in Eilat (to/from airport), Israel-Jordan border taxes $60 p/person (paid at the border in cash USD), drinks, tips & personal expenses.
(Day 1) Fri 5 Oct—Depart USA for Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport.
(Day 2) Sat 6 Oct—Arrival in Tel Aviv
Following our arrival at Ben Gurion Airport we will be met for a orientation meeting before we travel to Jerusalem for four (4) overnights. Remainder of the day at leisure to recover. Hotel: Grand Court Meals: Dinner (D)
(Day 3) Sun 7 Oct—Old City of Jerusalem
After breakfast we begin with a tour of historic Jerusalem, starting with a panoramic view of the city from the Mount of Olives. We will also visit Gethsemane, the Temple Mount to see from outside the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque before proceeding to see the holiest place in Judaism - the Western Wall. Following our visit we walk along the Via Dolorosa to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Lecture from Commander of the Israeli Defense Force (I.D.F.) regarding the current situation in Israel and how the military is dealing with it. Overnight Jerusalem Hotel: Grand Court Meals: Breakfast (B) & D
(Day 4) Mon 8 Oct—Jerusalem & Bethlehem
Our tour of the New City will begin after breakfast at the hotel with a visit to “Ammunition Hill” with a focus on the story of the Six-Day War and the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967. Then to the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are on display. We will also visit Har Herzl, Israel’s National Cemetery where we can visit the gravesites of Israel’s greatest political leaders and military heroes, including Theodore Herzl, Ze’ev Jabotinski, and Yitzhak Rabin. Buried alongside these giants are the real heroes, the common soldiers who gave their lives for the Jewish State. We end the day by traveling to Bethlehem to experience a Palestinian controlled area. Overnight Jerusalem Hotel: Grand Court Meals: B & D
(Day 5) Tue 9 Oct—Gush Etzion, Masada & Dead Sea
After Breakfast, we will drive to Gush Etzion south of Jerusalem to experience Caliber 3 – Counter–Terror and Security Academy. We tour Caliber 3’s Facility and meet professionals dedicated to Israel’s security. Experience the life of a counter-terror professional as you are part of a live counter-terror demonstration, shoot handguns, assault rifles and sniper rifles finally competing in a sniper tournament. We then drive via the Judean desert to the lowest place on Earth—the Dead Sea with its famed mud baths. Time permitting – we will float in the Dead Sea. We will then visit the World Heritage Site of Masada where we will travel by cable car up to King Herod’s fortress (option to climb up via the snake trail), we will have a beautiful panoramic view of the Dead Sea and the Judean desert plus we will see the ancient water cistern, old Synagogue, Byzantine church and much more. It was here, around 73 AD that Jewish Zealots under Elazar ben Yair held out against the Roman Tenth Legion and, rather than submit to the Roman Empire’s rule, took their own lives in defiance. The site remains one of the world’s most important archeological sites. We will also visit the museum by the visitors' center. A true “bucket list” site! Overnight Jerusalem Hotel: Grand Court Meals: B & D
(Day 6) Wed 10 Oct—Golan Heights & Kibbutz Life
Following breakfast, we drive via the Judean desert and the Jordanian border to the National Park of Beith Shean to see the archeological ruins from the Roman period. We then ascend to the Golan Heights to visit the Golan Druze minority and how they cope being in between Syrian and Israel. Next we head to the Har Bental Overlook, from this former military base we can look into Syria and learn about the changing military and political dynamics created by the Syrian Civil War. Conditions permit, we will visit the Army base of the I.D.F at the Golan Heights. To end the day we drive to Kibbutz Kfar Gilady and learn about the significance of the Kibbutzim in creating the borders of the state of Israel. Overnight Kibbutz Kfar Gilady in Galilee Meals: B & D
(Day 7) Thur 11 Oct—Crusader Fortresses & Napoleon
Following breakfast at the hotel, we drive west to Acre on the Mediterranean coast. This was the last stronghold of the Crusaders, the Knights of the Cross, before their final expulsion from the Holy Land in 1291. Five centuries later at this same site Napoleon Bonaparte was forced to withdraw after an unsuccessful attempt to storm the city walls. We will explore the fascinating Crusaders’ Hall and tunnels. Next we proceed to Megiddo which is known for its historical, geographical, and theological importance, especially under its Greek name Armageddon. Evangelical Christians believe that this will be the site of the final battle between Jesus Christ and Satan, as outlined in the Book of Revelation. We drive to the beautiful and captivating ancient port city Caesarea, once a Roman capital and former Crusader stronghold. We end the day by traveling south to Tel Aviv for our Overnight. Hotel Metropolitan in Tel Aviv Meals: B & D
(Day 8) Fri 12 Oct—Tel Aviv-–Latrun Armored Museum–Ayalon Institute
After breakfast, we’ll visit the important Latrun Armored Museum. This is a great picture opportunity with the tanks of the I.D.F. from all of their wars. While there we’ll also learn about the road to Jerusalem and the battles relating to this corridor and see the vehicle skeletons from the convoys heading to Jerusalem. We will then proceed to Ayalon Institute - Bullet Factory which tells one of the fascinating and mysterious stories in the history of the struggle for the establishment of the State of Israel. Here, beneath the ground and right under the nose of the British, a factory was created for the production of 9mm bullets for the Sten submachine gun, which was the personal weapon of Palmach Fighters. Return to Tel Aviv and stroll at the beautiful Carmel Market before Shabat. This afternoon we will have some time to enjoy the beaches of Tel Aviv. Tonight we enjoy our Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant. Hotel Metropolitan in Tel Aviv Meals: B & D
(Day 9) Sat 13 Oct—Departure
Following breakfast at the hotel and hotel check out we head to Ben Gurion for our flight home.
Note: Itinerary is subject to change based availability and changes of days
Optional Petra Jordan Post Tour
(Day 9) Sat 13 Oct—Eliat Overnight
Domestic flight from Tel Aviv to Eilat. Flights depart from Ben Gurion Airport -Terminal 1. Eilat is a sunny and vibrant resort by Red Sea, offering ample restaurants, cafés and shops along the beach promenade. Overnight in Eilat.
(Day 10) Sun 14 Oct—Petra Tour
Following a hotel breakfast, Morning pick up from Eilat Hotel. Transfer to Arava Border, escorted border crossing to Jordan & travel to Petra via Aqaba (about 2 hours). In Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, also known as the "Red Rose City." Petra was originally inhabited by the Nabateans famous for their rock-cut architecture, tour begins at the gate of the Archaeological Park. Walk the illustrious Al-Siq Gorge, a narrow canyon with a winding trail. At the park's entry, there is an optional short horseback ride, till the opening of the gorge. At the end of canyon, reveals itself the legendary Treasury Monument. Enter the stone carved shrine then walk along the dry riverbed & explore sites found along its path: the Amphitheatre, Kings' Tombs, Roman Market Road & more. Hear the story of the Nabateans, resourceful desert people that have established Petra as their capital on the “Spice Route”. Lunch break - lunch is served, buffet style, in one of Petra's hotels. Afternoon, travel back to the border & time permitting, short tour of Aqaba, Jordan Red Sea port city. Cross back to Israel & transfer to your Eilat hotel. (B/L)
(Day 11) Mon 15 Oct—Return to Tel Aviv for Flight Home
Airport. Domestic flight back to Ben Gurion for evening flight home as we say Goodbye to Israel. (B)
Israel Military & Cultural History (5 - 13 Oct 2018)
- Product Code: 1810-MIE-IDF
- Availability: In Stock