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PRE-RACE OPTIONAL TOUR | MARCH 9-11

Biblical Highlights and Western Pearls of Galilee

Saturday, March 9: Arrive in Tel Aviv and be met at the airport for your transfer to your Tel Aviv Hotel.  Please note that due to Shabbat, check-in is at 6:00 PM.  If you arrive earlier, your hotel bellman will be happy to store your luggage while you start your acquaintance with this bustling city!

Sunday, March 10: Following an early breakfast, we will begin the two day tour with the first stop being Nazareth, the town where Jesus spent his childhood.  We will visit the Church of Annunciation and the Church of St. Joseph, and then continue, via Kana, to Tiberias, the lovely resort town.  We will drive along the Sea of Galilee to visit Capernaum and view the ruins of the ancient synagogue where Jesus taught.  Other stops include Tabgha, the site of the miracle of fish and loaves located at the foot of the Golan Heights and Yardenit, the famous baptismal site where the Jordan River leaves the Sea of Galilee towards the Dead Sea. Tonight you will overnight at the Kibbutz Lavi Hotel. Located in Kibbutz Lavi, the hotel is an area of lush vegetation surrounded by green fields where you will enjoy the magnificent views of the region of the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights.   (Breakfast and dinner included)

Monday, March 11:  Following breakfast and check-out, we will head to the border of Israel and Lebanon to Rosh HaNikra and descend by cable car into the underwater grottoes and admire the spectacular natural formation. From here we will drive along the coast to Acre, the Old City recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Site.  Here you can walk through the market, the mosque and the old port; and visit the remarkable underground Crusader City and crypt and learn about their fascinating history and culture. We will continue down the coast to Caesarea, the ancient Roman capital and port.  Here you will enjoy a walking tour of the theatre and the archaeological ruins and excavations. The final stop will be Haifa for a scenic view of the City, the Port and the magnificent Bahai Gardens and Shrine. Tonight you will overnight in Tel Aviv. (Breakfast included)

IMPORTANT TO NOTE:

  • Only a small overnight bag is needed and recommended for your overnight at the Lavi Hotel.  You can leave your luggage with the bellman at your Tel Aviv Hotel, as you will be returning here for the next two nights. 
  • Modest dress (no shorts or sleeveless shirts) and head covering are required for visiting holy sites.
  • Tour involves quite a bit of walking.

POST RACE OPTIONAL TOUR | MARCH 18-20

Petra, Jordan

Monday, March 18 - This morning will be an early departure from your Tel Aviv Hotel to the Sde Dov Airport for your short flight to Eilat, Israel (ETH).  Here you will be greeted by an English-speaking host and transferred to the Arava Jordanian Border.  Upon crossing the border, your Jordanian English-speaking guide will meet you and transfer you to the Movenpick Petra Hotel where you will stay for the next two nights. (Dinner included)

Tuesday, March 19 - After breakfast, you will proceed to Petra for a full day tour.  Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (Breakfast and dinner included)

Wednesday, March 20 - After a leisure breakfast and check-out, you will transfer from your hotel to the Arava Border.  Upon crossing you will be transferred to the Eilat Airport for your return flight to Tel Aviv.  If your international flight home is today then you will fly into the TLV airport.  Please note that the scheduled arrival time in TLV is 6:00 PM therefore your return flight should be 10:00 PM or later.  If you plan to spend an additional night in Tel Aviv (not included in the package cost) you will fly to the domestic airport (SDV) and transfer to the Renaissance or the Royal Beach Hotel. (Breakfast included)