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 continuing to 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 $ 875
Jordan Post Tour Price $ 695*
Single Room Supplement $ 100
Tour Price Includes:
* Moderate-Deluxe Hotel Accommodations
* Air-conditioned motorcoach
* Meals as indicated in the itinerary
* Emergency Medical, Evacuation, Repatriation, and 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!
(Day 1) Sun 29 Oct—Depart USA for Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport.
(Day 2) Mon 30 Oct —Arrival in Tel Aviv
Following our arrival at Ben Gurion Airport. This evening we join together for a traditional “Fisherman’s Feast” at the old Port of Jaffa for Welcome Dinner and briefing by your Tour Leader and & Israeli hosts. Hotel: Dan Panorama Tel Aviv (Meals: Dinner–D)
(Day 3) Tue 31 Oct—Gaza Strip
Next we will visit Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, this kibbutz established by survivors of Warsaw Ghetto, and named in memory of the commander of the Ghetto uprising Mordechai Anilevitz. During the Independence War Kibbutz Yad Mordechai was the first to be attacked by the Egyptian Army. Then stop at Moshav Netiv HaAsara, which borders the north end of the Gaza strip for a lookout of the area.
Afterwards, head to the Black Arrow Memorial site that honors the operations of the Paratroopers and Special Unit 101 that conducted retaliatory raids against the Egyptians in Gaza during the turbulent 1950s. This location also gives has visitors a lookout point into looking over the Gaza Strip. Meet with a Security Official that will discuss the complex situation that exists between Israel and the Hamas controlled Gaza Strip. Lunch en Route at a local eatery. Time permitting we stop at the Ad-Halom (Up To Here) Bridge. This was the farthest north the Egyptian Army was able to penetrate in 1948 before they were stopped by the newly created Israeli Air Force. Special visit to the Iron Dome Battery. Hotel: Dan Panorama Tel Aviv (Meals: B/L)
(Day 4) Wed 1 Nov—Crusader Fortresses & Napoleon
Following breakfast at the hotel, we drive north via the coastal highway to the beautiful and captivating ancient port city Caesarea, once a Roman capital and former Crusader stronghold. We'll continue to Nazareth and visit the church of Annunciation and stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Then travel 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 General Napoleon Bonaparte’s French were forced to withdraw after an unsuccessful attempt to storm the walls. Explore the Crusaders' Halls and tunnels. Afternoon drive across the Galilee and check into our kibbutz hotel where we’ll have dinner. Hotel Kibbutz HaGoshrim (Meals: B/L/D)
(Day 5) Thur 2 Nov—The Long Struggle for the North
Today after breakfast at the hotel we will travel north through the Hula Valley and the town of Kiriat Shmona to the Kibbutz Kfar Giladi. There we’ll visit the HaShomer (the Guard) Museum. This organization was the first Jewish defense organizing in the land of Israel for almost 2,000 years & the genesis for the IDF. Then head up the Lebanese border to the Misgav Am Benaya Observation point. Receive a security brief from a former Israeli Officer about the situation along the northern border. Next we will ascend the Golan Heights & drive by Mt. Hermon and Tel Faher the site of a famous Six-Day War Battle. Lunch will be in one the Druze villages on the Golan. Hear about this minority of Israel and the special situation these Golan Druze find themselves vis a vi Syrian and Israel. Afterwards stop at the Valley of Tears the site of the main Syrian attack during the Yom Kippur War and where only a few Israeli tanks held off a massive armored assault against the IDF. Head to the Har Bental overlook, from this former military base we can look into Syria and learn about the changing dynamics created by the Syrian Civil War. Then we’ll visit the Golan Heights Winery, one of the most advanced wineries in Israel. Israel combines traditional winemaking knowledge with cutting-edge wine related technologies. Time permitting we'll end the Golan Heights tour at Mitzphe Gadot Observation Post. For Dinner, we’ll go to the famous Dag al HaDan restaurant that sits over the Dan River. (Hear Personal Testimony of an IDF Veteran) Hotel Kibbutz HaGoshrim (Meals: B/L/D)
(Day 6) Fri 3 Nov—Baptism & Jordan Valley
Following breakfast, we head to the north part of the Sea of Galilee to visit the Mount of Beatitudes and Capernaum. Later, we will stop at Yardenit the official baptismal site of the Jordan. Stop at Kibbutz Gesher which was held under siege in the 1948 War of Independence and was almost completely destroyed by the onslaught from the Jordanian Arab Legion. Today the original bunkers where Jewish fighters fought to defend their settlement and new country during the 1948 War of Independence have been renovated into a visitor center. Along the banks of the Jordan see a bridge with parts from the Roman, Mamluk, and British Eras. Lunch at Kibbutz Gesher. In the Jordan Valley we’ll stop a Memorial for IDF soldiers who fell in the “Valley of Chases” trying to stop terrorist infiltrations from neighboring Jordan. Ascend up the Judean Mountains until our arrival in Jerusalem, followed by check in at our hotel in Jerusalem. Group dinner this evening in the hotel. Hotel Dan Panorama Jerusalem (Meals: B/L/D)
(Day 7) Sat 4 Nov—Dead Sea & Masada
After breakfast, we will drive via the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest elevation on earth. We will stop at Qumran and visit the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. We will continue to Masada, the ancient fortress of King Herod the Great, which rests atop an isolated mountain in the desert. 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 Roman 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. Later we will drive to a Dead Sea Spa Hotel to enjoy a buffet lunch and swimming in the Dead Sea. In the afternoon we return to Jerusalem. Hotel: Dan Panorama Jerusalem (Meals: B/L)
(Day 8) Sun 5 Nov—Jerusalem & Bethlehem
We will begin our tour after breakfast 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 Old City, the Western Wall, the Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. In the Jewish Quarter learn about the fierce battle for Jerusalem between 1947-1949. Travel to Bethlehem for lunch and then visit the Church of the Nativity. The late afternoon will be free for leisure and shopping in Jerusalem. Group dinner this evening will be at hotel main dining room, followed by a lecture by a representative of the IDF or United States Security Coordinator/Defense Attaché. Hotel: Dan Panorama Jerusalem (Meals: B/L/D)
(Day 9) Mon 6 Nov—Battles for Jerusalem
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. Hear the personal story of a veteran soldier of the battle. We will continue to the military cemetery at Mt. Herzl Israel’s national cemetery where we can visit the gravesites of Israel’s greatest political leaders and military heroes. Lunch en route to the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are on display. Enjoy Jerusalem at night. Hotel: Dan Panorama Jerusalem (Meals: B/L)
(Day 10) Tue 7 Nov—Battles for the Roads
Following breakfast at the hotel and hotel check out. Just outside Jerusalem stop at Castel, the site of a major battle for Jerusalem during the War of Independence for a panoramic view of the road leading to Jerusalem. The Castel is an old Crusader fortress built on top Byzantine ruins. Make a quick stop at Har Adar (Rader Mt) a former Arab Legion position, then have a look out from the over the region from the top of the tower. Then we will drive to Latrun, where ferocious fighting took place in 1948, and visit the Armored Corps Museum. (Meals: B) Group will have the day use of hotel rooms to freshen up before our transfer to BGN Airport for our international flight to the USA arriving the following day.
Optional Petra Jordan Post Tour
(Day 10) Tue 7 Nov—Eliat Overnight
Domestic flight fromTel 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 11) Wed 8 Nov—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 12) Thur 9 Nov—Return to Tel Aviv for Flight Home
Airport. Domestic flight back to Ben Gurion for flight home as we say Goodbye to Israel. (B)
♦ 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 + horseback ride (optional short horse ride upon entry only & does not include tip to the horseman.)
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.
Israel Military & Cultural History (29 Oct - 8 Nov 2017)
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