LOCALLY ESCORTED SMALL GROUP TOUR
Trip Length: 10 days
Trip Dates
: May 11-20, 2012
7 nights in Deluxe hotels | 17 meals
Rates
: $3595 double | $4695 single
International Airfare is additional

EXTEND YOUR TRIP
Jordan's Petra

Day 1-- fri may 11 USA to Tel Aviv, Israel
Day 2-- sat may 12 Arrive Tel Aviv, Israel - Jerusalem
Day 3-- Sun may 13 Old Jerusalem
Day 4-- mon may 14 New Jerusalem & Bethlehem
Day 5-- tue may 15 Jerusalem for Qumrum & Masada
Day 6 - wed may 16 Jerusalem to Nazareth & the Jordan Valley
Day 7-- thu may 17 Sea of Galillee & Golan Heights
Day 8-- fri may 18 Haifa, Acre & Caesarea to Tel Aviv
Day 9 -- sat may 19 Tel Aviv for Old Jaffa & New Tel Aviv - USA
Day 10 -- sun may 20 USA

Day 1 - Fri, May 11  DEPART USA
Depart USA on any regularly scheduled flight to Tel Aviv, Israel.

Day 2 - Sat, may 12       
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - JERUSALEM

Upon arrival in Tel Aviv, you will be met and transferred to Jerusalem where accommodations are reserved at the new Mamila Hotel. This evening join fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.
Hotel: Mamilla Hotel
Room: Studio Room
Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 3 - Sun, May 13       OLD JERUSALEM
After breakfast, set off for a full day of exploration of the Old City of Jerusalem starting with a breathtaking view of the city from the Mt. of Olives. Kings and Prophets, emperors and sultans, rabbis, bishops and sheiks have all left their mark on Jerusalem. Visit the Western Wall, the only remains of the second temple destroyed by the Romans in the year 70, C.E. Visit the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount. This is the third most sacred site in Islam. From the sacred rock, where the Temple stood, it is said that Prophet Mohammed jumped to heaven. Visit the alleged Tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper. Proceed to the restored Jewish Quarter,
where we will walk along the Cardo, the colonnaded main street of Byzantine Jerusalem. Then follow the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher wherein are the last five
Stations of the Cross. Finally visit the Garden Tomb regarded by the Protestant world
as the burial place of Jesus. Lunch is served at typical Middle Eastern restaurant. No visit to the Old City would be complete without testing your negotiating skills in the old marketplace.  If you leave the old city through the Jaffa Gate, don’t forget to pay your respects in front of the two almost forgotten tombs – those of the architects of the Old City Walls who were killed by the Ottoman Sultan Suliman the Magnificent in 1538 (as they were the only people that knew all of the “secrets of the wall.”)
Hotel: Mamilla Hotel
Room: Studio Room
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 - mon, may 14      NEW JERUSALEM & BETHLEHEM
Breakfast at the hotel. Today is dedicated to the new city of Jerusalem. Stops will include: Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust. Visit the Museum, Children’s Pavilion and walk along the
Avenue of the Righteous. Drive via the Supreme Court Building and the Knesset
(Parliament) to the Israel Museum where see the Shrine of Book, home of the Dead
Sea Scrolls and the Scale Model of ancient Jerusalem from the second temple times.
Continue on to Hadassah Medical Center, on of the most advanced in the world; and
a visit to the Synagogue with the wonderful Chagall windows. Then to Ein Karem, the
birthplace of John the Baptist, and home of St. Anne.
Finally on to Bethlehem with a visit to the Church of the Nativity erected over the site
believed to be the exact place where the manger rested. We will return to the hotel
late in the afternoon. Tonight attend the light & sound show at the Tower of David
Museum.
Hotel: Mamilla Hotel
Room Studio Room
Meals Breakfast

Day 5 - tue, may 15       JERUSALEM – QUMRUM & MASADA
After breakfast depart Jerusalem and travel via the Judean desert and the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth (1260 feet below sea level) to the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. We will continue to Masada. Ascend by cable car to this last stronghold of the Zealots in their struggle against the Romans. Visit the excavations, the ancient
synagogue, the roman baths, and Herod’s Palace. Then an opportunity to enjoy an
“unsinkable” swim in the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea, followed by lunch. We will return to Jerusalem in the early evening.
Hotel: Mamilla Hotel
Room: Studio Room
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 - Wedm, May 16     JERUSALEM - NAZARETH & THE JORDAN VALLEY
After breakfast, drive to Nazareth, the sacred town where Jesus spent part of his youth. Visit the Basilica of the Annunciation and Mary’s Well. On the way to Beit Shean, one of the most impressive archeological parks in the world, we enter the Zippori National Park site with its special mosaics. We then visit Beit Shean, the huge site of the ancient city of Scythopolis destroyed by an earthquake. Excavations in Bet She'an have uncovered the remains of a Canaanite city, a Hellenistic city (renamed Scythopolis) and a Roman Byzantine city. During its Hellenistic period, the city was the capital of the 10 Greek cities (including Jerash) known collectively as the Decapolis. Continue via the Jordan Valley to Tiberias. Check into the Scots Hotel. Dinner is at the hotel this evening.
Hotel: Scots Hotel
Room Standard Room
Meals Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - thu, May 17       SEA OF GALILEE & GOLAN HEIGHTS
After breakfast set off to the Sea of Galilee, to visit the various pilgrimage sites
around the lake. Drive along the shores of the Sea nearby Capernaum, home town of St. Peter where ruins of a majestic synagogue were found.  From here proceed to Tabgha, the site of the Multiplication of Loaves and Bread and Feeding of the Multitudes. On to the nearby town of Safed.  Wandering through the lanes and alleyways of Safed today, you may be struck its simple beauty.  It is this beauty which inspires the many artists who have settled here during the last decades and have turned Safed into a center of Israeli art. From here drive north to the nature reserves of Tel Dan. Enjoy a short hike along the Hatzbani River before heading up to the Golan Heights for a visit to Nimrod’s Castle. Nimrod is perched on a hill in the Upper Galilee and is one of the larger fortresses in the Middle East. Drive through the small towns and villages of the Golan Heights – learn about the population of the area .Time permitting, visit Mount Ben Tal for a few from the Golan Heights west towards the Galilee, north towards Lebanon and east into Syria.
Dinner and overnight at the Scots Hotel.
Hotel: Scots Hotel
Room: Standard Room
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinne
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Day 8 - fri, may 18       HAIFA, ACRE & CAESAREA – TEL AVIV
After breakfast depart for Tel Aviv via Haifa, Acre & Caesarea Drive through Haifa, with it’s Bahai Temple and Persian Gardens.  Our next stop is the seaside town of Akko. This port city is located north of Haifa Bay. Inside the walled city are many fortresses, citadels, churches and mosques all depicting the history of the many rulers to mention a few – Canaanites, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Crusaders and Mamelukes - who governed and fought for this city throughout the history. Its colorful Oriental markets, museums and beaches are a few more of the city’s attractions.  The old city of Acre has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage. On to the port city of Caesarea. Herod built Caesarea into the grandest city other then Jerusalem over the course of 12 years and renamed this city “Caesarea” in honor of the emperor. This is also the site where the Romans tortured and executed Rabbi Akiva following the Bar Kochba revolt in 135 CE. Today the amphitheater is not only a spectacular relic of the past, but a modern performing venue for concerts. From Caesarea continue along the Mediterranean coast to Tel Aviv. Check in to the Carlton Hotel. The evening enjoy a farewell dinner at a popular restaurant.
Hotel: The CarltonHotel
Room: City View Room
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - sat, may 19          TEL AVIV – OLD JAFFA & NEW TEL AVIV - USA
After breakfast depart for a city tour of Tel Aviv and Jaffa. Drive along Tel Aviv’s coastline to Jaffa.  Visit the artists’ quarter and Jaffa’s ancient flea market. Jaffa  (founded by the Canaanites in 18 th century B.C.)  has been historically important largely because of its port that dates back over 4000 years. The biblical account mentions that the cedars from Lebanon for the construction Solomon’s Temple came in via Jaffa to Jerusalem.  Passing the renovated Turkish governor’s offices ( the Seraya Building) and the  Turkish train station, proceed to Neve Tsedek (Oasis of Justice), Tel Aviv’s first neighborhood.  On to Rothschild Blvd where there are over 5000 Bauhaus buildings, the largest number in any one city in the world; a fact that led UNESCO to recognize it as a “World Heritage Site." Tel Aviv is also known as, "The white city", named so in account of the bright colors of the building style: white, off-white, light yellow. On to Rabin Square, the large public square in front of Tel Aviv’s city hall, where, in November 1995 Prime Minister Rabin was assassinated.
This evening, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA. (If you would like to check out the nightlife in Tel Aviv, we recommend extending your trip a couple of nights. Please ask us for details.)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 - Sun, may 20       USA
Arrive the USA

mamilla hotel, jerusalem
Located in the heart of the City, with magnificent views of the Old City walls, the Tower of David, Jaffa Gate, and alongside Jerusalem's new shopping and entertainment experience, the Alrov Mamilla Avenue. Mamilla Hotel, the newest of luxury hotels in Jerusalem, brings world-class superior design and lifestyle hospitality to Jerusalem and Israel.

scots hotel- The luxurious Scots Hotel was established by the Church of Scotland in 2004 in the historical compound of the Scottish Hospital, and uniquely combines the 19th century basalt buildings with a modern and up-to-date hotel of international standards. When planning the hotel, great emphasis was placed on conserving the character of the compound by producing a synergy between new and old and creating an atmosphere of serenity and mystery.

THE CARLTON tel Aviv
The Carlton is the only boutique style 5 star deluxe property in the city, offering 270 spacious bedrooms including 10 suites. Overlooking the Tel Aviv Marina and only steps from the cultural and business centers of Israel, it offers a wide range of Guest Rooms and Suites to meet your every need.


Rates

Double $3595
Single $4695
Single rates can be avoided if you are willing to share. We will be happy to match you with another single traveler who also wishes to share. If no share is available, the single rate will apply.
Special Note - Rates are based on current rates and currency exchange rates at the time of publishing the tour on-line. Rates are subject to change until final payment has been made.
ADDITIONAL HOTEL NIGHTS & TRANSFER RATES
Mamilla Hotel Jerusalem

Double Occ. = $400 p.n.

Single Occ. = $400 p.n.

Cartlon Hotel Tel Aviv
Double Occ. = $340 p.n.

Single Occ. = $340 p.n.

Arrival TransferAirport/Jersusalem: $125 per car/ 2 pax
Departure Transfer - Tel Aviv/Airport
: $70 per car/2 pax

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS
No visa is required for American or Canadian passport holders. Travelers of other nationalities should check with the appropriate Consulate or Embassy for requirements.

TRAVEL Warnings
The State Department maintains a travel warning for travel to Israel. Please visit Travel.State.Gov to read this warning.

SHOTS
None required or recommended. It is recommended you have your regular vaccinations up-to-date before traveling. For further information, visit the Center For Disease Control website.

INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE
US Airways, Continental, Iberia, Alitalia, Swiss, British Airways, Lufthansa, Air Canada are among airlines that can be used for this trip. We recommend booking at least 7 months in advance if you want to try to use Frequent Flyer Miles for free tickets or upgrades or the American Express Platinum card 2-4-1 program.

MINIMUMS
All departures are guaranteed on a minimum of 10 participants. A small group charge will be assessed for fewer than 10 travelers. This tour can be operated as a Private Tour, can be customized and repriced based on final itinerary.

INCLUSIONS

  • 7 nights at Deluxe Hotels as per the itinerary on BB (bed & breakfast) basis.
  • Lunches and dinner as outlined in the itinerary.
  • Private English speaking guide/escort throughout the tour.
  • Air-conditioned, modern bus/van transportation.
  • Transfers to/from the hotel and airport assistance upon arrival and departure for those purchasing flights through Coda International Tours and traveling on group tour dates. Separate transfer costs will be charged to those who are not ticketed by Coda International Tours or if traveling on other than the dates of the tour. Participants are required to provide Coda Tours with complete international flight details at least 2 weeks prior to the schedule tour departure date.
  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary.
  • Porterage at hotels and at airport upon arrival for those ticketed by Coda International Tours.

EXCLUSIONS

  • Any meals not mentioned.
  • Beverages with meals.
  • Tips to guide, driver, restaurants and hotel personnel
    Recommended key:
    For the guide -  $ 7-10 per person per touring day
    For the driver - $ 3-5 per/person per touring day.
  • Overweight for the domestic flight. Usually weight for domestic flights is 15 kgs per person
  • Trip Cancellation & Interruption insurance which is highly recommended.

AVERAGE TEMPERATURES / AVERAGE RAINFALL

 
Tel Aviv
High
May
81
Sep
86
Low
May
59
Sep
68
Inches
May
.80
Sep
0
Extend your trip in jordan

JORDAN'S PETRA
May 8-12, 2012

See the Red Rose City of Petra, one of the world's most important archaeological sites.

 

day 1 - Tue May 8 DEPART USA  
day 2 - wed May 9 ARRIVE AMMAN Intercontinental Hotel
  You will be met and assisted for all formalities and transfered to the Intercontinental Hotel. Overnight in Amman.  
day 3 - Thu May 10 Amman - Madaba - Mt Nebo - Petra Movenpick, Petra
  Depart this morning after breakfast to Mt. Nibo of Biblical fame, then to Madaba to visit St. George Church & the famous mosaic map of the Holy Land. Stop for lunch in local restaurant before continuing via Kerak, the Crusaders Castle, to Petra. Check in to the Mövenpick Resort Petra Hotel and overnight in Petra.  
day 4 - Fri may 11 PETRA Movenpick, Petra
  Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a full day exploring the "Rose Red" city of Petra. Enter on horseback (optional) and foot through the narrow Siq (Passage). Sculpted from a mountain range by the Nabataeans in the third century BCE, Petra was abandoned and lost to the outside world for a thousand years before its rediscovery in 1812. Major sites include the Treasury, the Temple of
the Winged Lions, the Baths, markets, storerooms and tombs. Return to Mövenpick Resort Petra Hotel. Dinner at the hotel.
 
day 5 - Sat May 12 DRIVE PETRA - ALLENBY BRIDGE - JERUSALEM Join Israel Tour
  Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to King Hussein Bridge 2.5 - 3 hrs drive. Complete exit formalities
in Jordan, then shuttle across to Allenby (Israeli side). Complete entry formalities in Israel and
transfer to the Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem (approx 2 hrs drive).
 

RATE: $1795 per person, double occupancy; $2250 single occupancy

Above Rates Include:-
- Accommodation for 1 night in Amman at the Intercontinental Hotel.
- Accommodation for 2 nights in Petra at Mövenpick Resort Petra Hotel (or similar).
- All meals as per detailed program and request at Hotels (B – 3 / L- 1 / D- 1).
-Transfers in deluxe A/C coach with excellent driver.
- Entrance fees to sites and tours as mentioned in above program
- Horse riding in Petra & tip to the horse leader.
- Portage at Hotel
- Full time Guide for 3 Days during tours / program.
- Assistance with border crossing at Allenby Bridge.
- Small bottle of water for each client every day during Tours.

Above Rates Do Not include:-
- Any services and tours Not mentioned in above program
- Any personal expenses during program
- Any meals Not mentioned above and Drinks during all meals –unless mentioned.
- Entry visa and departure tax where and IF needed
- Tips for guides, drivers

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Timeless Israel

Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Tiberias, Haifa & the Dead Sea
Optional extension to Jordan's Petra


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