Category Archives: Day Tours

Day Tour Jerusalem

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This tour is for any visitors to Jerusalem (or locals). This tour will bring you to all the important and well-known touristic sights the Jerusalem has to offer. The tour is designed for the individual, as for groups, with or without a professional guide.

In this itinerary are always alternatives and added sights. Click on More Info or Things to do behind the sigh. Restaurants in the neighborhood of the sights are available in this itinerary each day. Click on Restaurants.

Click here for the day tour map.

  1. Jaffa Gate at the Tourist information boot (tour starts here)
  2. Tower of David
  3. Qishle – police headquarters and prison during Ottoman times
  4. St. James Cathedral Church
  5. Zion Gate
  6. King David’s tomb
  7. Mount Zion
  8. Dormition Abbey

BREAK

  1. The Western Wall Excavations
  2. The Davidson Center
  3. City of David
  4. Gihon Spring
  5. Hezekiah’s and Siloam Tunnels
  6. Zecharias’ Tomb
  7. Church of the Assumption (Mary’s Tomb)
  8. Lions’ Gate
  9. Church convictionRestaurants.

BREAK

  1. Church of St. Mary of agony
  2. VIA DOLOROSA
  3. The Ethiopian PatriarchateRestaurants.
  4. Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  5. Old City Bazaar
  6. Lutheran Church of the Redeemer
  7. Church of St. John the Baptist
  8. Cardo

BREAK

  1. Burnt House
  2. Western wall
  3. Al-Aqsa Mosque
  4. Temple Mount
  5. Dome of the Rock (tour ends here) – Restaurants.

Sodom Day Tour

By tradition, this area is the site of Sodom and Gomorrah, the biblical cities that were destroyed in a storm of fire and brimstone, punishment from God because of their people’s depravity (Genesis 18-19). These days, Sodom is much better known for its desert hiking and cycling trails than for sodomy. And for that we have this day tour. Normally, a day tour occupies about a half day, but I added several hiking opportunities to this day you and that means you will be busy the whole day. It’s breathtaking nature in action. Look also for the stories behind the cursed cities in Israel. See also the maps of the Dead Sea.



‘The Situation of Man’

The Situation of Man
The Situation of Man

Atop a bluff overlooking the Dead Sea Works stands this modern sculpture, a rusty steel column with old steel railway ties striving to climb it like desperate worms.
Next to the sculpture, a viewpoint looks out over a crazy juxtaposition of smoke-spewing heavy industry, electric-blue evaporation pools, green farm fields (over in Jordan) and the wild, tawny beauty of the desert.

Mountains of Moab
Mountains of Moab

Views are best in the late afternoon, when the setting sun turns the mountains of Moab a reddish gold.

Mountains of Moab
Mountains of Moab

The 600m-long access road intersects Rte 90 250m north of the main entrance to the Dead Sea Works. Turn off at the white-on-brown sign reading ‘Plant Viewing Point’ (ignore the yellow ‘no trespassing’ sign) and follow the green signs marked (in Hebrew) ‘LaMitzpeh’ (‘to the scenic lookout’). Beyond the sculpture, a 4WD road continues to the Amiaz Plateau.

Lot’s Wife

Lot's Wife pillar, Mount Sodom
Lot’s Wife pillar, Mount Sodom

About 11km south of the southern end of Ein Bokek, high above the west side of Rte 90, a column of salt-rich rock leans precariously away from the rest of the Mt Sodom cliff face. It is popularly known as Lot’s Wife because, according to the Bible, Lot’s wife was turned into a pillar of salt as punishment for looking back to see Sodom as it burned (Genesis 19:17 and 19:26).

Dead Sea Works

Dead Sea Works
Dead Sea Works

Israel’s only major natural resource – other than sunlight and the gas fields off the Mediterranean coast – is the Dead Sea, from which products ranging from magnesium chloride and anhydrous aluminium chloride to table salt and cosmetics are extracted. Founded in the 1930s, the DSW is now the world’s fourth-largest producer of potash, an important component of agricultural fertiliser.
By day, the rusty (from the salt air) smokestacks, pipes and holding tanks of the DSW complex look like a mid-20th-century industrial dystopia, but by night, when the sprawling facilities are lit by thousands of yellowish lights, the site has a mysterious, otherworldly beauty.

Mount Sodom

Mount Sodom
Mount Sodom

Two trails head down the steep flanks of Mt Sodom from a lookout point, reachable by 4WD, whose views are at their best in the late afternoon.

Ma’aleh HaSulamot (Ladders Ascent; 1½ hours to walk down), named after its many stairs, connects with Rte 90 across the highway from the sun-blasted huts of the Dead Sea Works’ first workers’ camp, built in 1934.

Another descent to Rte 90 is Shvil HaDagim (Fishes Trail; 1½ hours down), so named because of the many fossilised fish you can see in the rocks.

Mt Sodom, 11km long and up to 2km wide, is one of the world’s stranger geological formations. Start with the fact that it’s made almost entirely of rock salt, a highly soluble material that in any other climate would have melted away. In fact, over the millennia the area’s rare rainfalls have dissolved some of the salt, creating deep in the bowels of the mountain a maze of caves (closed to the public) up to 5.5km long.

Many are connected to the surface by shafts that hikers need to make sure they don’t fall into, and some are filled with delicate, eerie salt stalactites. And then there’s the matter of Mt Sodom’s summit.

A respectable 250m above the surface of the Dead Sea – the views of Jordan’s Moab Mountains are gorgeous – it also happens to be 176m below sea level.

West of Mt Sodom, Wadi Sodom is ideal for mountain biking. If you start at the top (accessible by 4WD), it’s about two hours, mostly downhill, to the Neve Zohar area.

A round-trip circuit that connects with beautiful Wadi Pratzim (Wadi Perazim), whose upper reaches pass the famous Flour Cave (closed to the public), is another option.

Sleeping

The Mt Sodom area has several well-marked camping zones (chenyonei layla) without facilities, including one up on the Amiaz Plateau (Mishor Amiaz) and another further north at Wadi Tze’elim.

Mt Sodom International Bike Race: www.desertchallenge.co.il

Map of Dead Sea - Sodom Day Tour
Map of Dead Sea – Sodom Day Tour

Kfar Cana Day Tour

About 8 km northeast of central Nazareth on the road to Tiberias (and on the Jesus Trail), the Arab town of Kafr Kana (Cana) is believed to be the site of Jesus’s first miracle (John 2:1-11), when he changed water into wine at a wedding reception. About 10% of the population is Christian.This is a day tour, especially when you want to renew your wedding vows. Map.

Kfar Kana
Kfar Kana

Most of Kafr Kana’s Christian sights are on or near stone-paved Churches St, which intersects the main road through town (Rte 754) at an oblique angle, at a point just north of a special parking lane on the eastern side of the street. The intersection is marked by a large white-on-black sign.

Kfar Kana
Kfar Kana

Cana Catholic Wedding Church (Churches St; h8am-5.30pm Mon-Sat, noon-5.30pm Sun)
This late-19th-century, green-domed Franciscan church stands on the site believed by Catholics to be that of Jesus’s wedding miracle. In the basement is an ancient jar that may have been among the six used by Jesus when he turned water into wine. Under the church floor, through a glass tile, you can see an ancient Jewish inscription in Aramaic.

Cana Greek Orthodox Wedding Church (First Miracle Church; Rte 754; h9am-5pm)
This richly decorated, late-19th-century church – topped by a copper-brown dome – shelters two ancient jars believed to have been used by Jesus to perform the  wedding miracle. Visitors are welcome to come and see the church scout troop’s drum and bagpipe band practice on Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 7pm.

Renewal of your wedding vows

Wedding Vows renewal
Wedding Vows renewal

For those under you who want or plan to renew your wedding vows, it’s of course possible. You must call for an appointment, but the best way to do and arrange that is by the Cana Guest House (see below). For additional services, like wedding cake, gifts, dinner, party, talk with Su’ad of the Cana Guest House.

Sleeping

Cana Guest House (04-651 7186, Su’ad 052-409 8001; http://www.canaguesthouse.com; dm/d/tr/q without breakfast 120/300/430/500NIS)
The welcoming Billan family has turned four apartments into 18 comfortable, clean rooms, many quite spacious, some with private bathroom. Guests can use the kitchen and hang out in the lemontree-shaded courtyard. Dorms have three or four beds. Breakfast costs 35NIS, a packed lunch 35NIS and a hearty, home-cooked dinner 70NIS. Situated behind the Cana Catholic Wedding Church B&B compound.cana-wedding-guest-house-7 costume_cana

Transport

Lots of short-haul buses, including 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31, connect Kafr Kana with Nazareth, 8km to the southwest; most buses go to Paulus VI St in Nazareth’s Old City. A sherut to/from Nazareth’s Paulus VI St costs 8NIS. Nazareth Tourism & Transport’s bus 431 (hourly except Friday evening and Saturday) links Kafr Kana with both Tiberias (19NIS, 30 minutes) and Nazareth (8.80NIS, 20 minutes); most, but not all, stop on Paulus VI St.

Tour Packages and Pricing

This is the page, where you can find pricing information for tour packages. Price tables are divided into Pricing for guide only, pricing for guide and transport only, pricing for guide, transport and hotel only and pricing for guide, transport, hotel and food only. All prices for the named tour itineraries are based on these prices. As you can see, prices are extremely low. Click here for the Itineraries.

For example, a Catholic tour 7 days, 30 persons cost $537 (p.p.) all-in. The tour Israeli Gem tour has the same price for 7 days: $537 (p.p.), but the Israeli Gem tour 10 days has the price $767 per person.

But there are people, who want to have a full tour but only with guide and transport. They want to arrange the accommodations themselves. In those cases, the same example of tours have different prices: a Catholic tour 7 days, 30 persons cost $222 (p.p.). The tour Israeli Gem tour has the same price for 7 days: $222 (p.p.), but the Israeli Gem tour 10 days has the price $317 per person.

  1. Pricing Guide only
  2. Pricing Guide and Transport only
  3. Pricing Guide, Transport and Hotel
  4. Pricing Guide, Transport, Hotel and food (all-in)

Price lists Guide only
(independent of number of people in group)

If you want to hire only the guide, whatever the size is of your group, here follows the price list. For the itineraries, click here. For any question, contact us.

Days Guide
1 $150
2 $300
3 $450
4 $600
5 $750
6 $900
7 $1,050
8 $1,200
9 $1,350
10 $1,500
11 $1,650
12 $1,800
  • Included: Itinerary, guide
  • Excluded: Accommodations, transport, food, visa, insurance, entrance fees, personal expenses
  • Optional: For religious (Christians) people, we can add a priest, pastor or monk to your group.
  • Optional: For $200, we can supply a virtual guide (electronic book on tablet computer with tour information).

These tours are for (extended) families with loads of customizations and don’t like the tour-out-of-the-can. For them, each day in Israel is a new, unknown adventure.

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Price list Guide and Transport

This price list contains the prices for the guide and the transport (usually mini-van or bus) only. Your price is in the columns p.p., depending on the number of persons in your group and the number of days touring. For the itineraries, click here. For any question, contact us.

Days 6
people
p.p. 16
people
p.p. 30
people
p.p.
1 $450 $175 $850 $147 $1050 $132
2 $900 $250 $1,600 $194 $2,000 $163
3 $1,350 $325 $2,350 $241 $2,950 $195
4 $1,800 $400 $3,100 $288 $3,900 $227
5 $2,250 $475 $3,850 $334 $4,850 $259
6 $2,700 $550 $4,600 $381 $5,800 $290
7 $3,150 $625 $5,350 $428 $6,750 $322
8 $3,600 $700 $6,100 $475 $7,700 $353
9 $4,050 $775 $6,850 $522 $8,650 $385
10 $4,500 $750 $7,500 $469 $9,500 $317
11 $4,950 $825 $8,250 $516 $10,450 $348
12 $5,400 $900 $9,000 $563 $11,400 $380
  • Included: Itinerary, guide, transport
  • Excluded: Accommodations, food, visa, insurance, entrance fees, personal expenses
  • Optional: For religious (Christians) people, we can add a priest, pastor or monk to your group.
  • Optional: For $200, we can supply a virtual guide (electronic book on tablet computer with tour information).

Tours for those, who only want to have an itinerary, guide and transport are for those who want to wander through the Holy Land and see where their path leads them. The guide needs to be very knowledgeable in order to serve such groups. Many who want to hike the deserts of Israel choose for such tour and mostly small groups prefer this.

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Price list guide, transport and hotel (tourist class (usually compared with 3-stars))

This price list contains the prices for the guide, transport (usually mini-van or bus) and hotel only. Your price is in the columns p.p., depending on the number of persons in your group and the number of days touring. For the itineraries, click here. For any question, contact us.

For those, who wants to have a hostel, guest house, camping site, 4-5 star hotels, boutique hotels, let me know and I calculate for you the best price.

Days 6
people
p.p. 16
people
p.p. 30
people
p.p.
1 $705 $118 $1,430 $90 $2,225 $74
2 $1,410 $235 $2,860 $179 $4,450 $148
3 $2,115 $353 $4,290 $268 $6,675 $223
4 $2,820 $470 $5,720 $358 $8,900 $297
5 $3,525 $588 $7,150 $447 $11,125 $371
6 $4,230 $705 $8,580 $536 $13,350 $445
7 $4,935 $823 $10,010 $626 $15,575 $520
8 $5,640 $940 $11,440 $715 $17,800 $593
9 $6,345 $1,058 $12,870 $804 $20,025 $668
10 $7,050 $1,175 $14,300 $894 $22,250 $742
11 $7,755 $1,293 $15,730 $983 $24,475 $816
12 $8,460 $1,410 $17,160 $1,073 $26,700 $890
  • Included: Itinerary, guide, transport, accommodations
  • Excluded: Food, visa, insurance, entrance fees, personal expenses
  • Optional: For religious (Christians) people, we can add a priest, pastor or monk to your group.
  • Optional: For $200, we can supply a virtual guide (electronic book on tablet computer with tour information).

There are groups, who want to be in charge of the food (where and when they want to eat).

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Price list guide, transport and hotel (tourist class) and food

This price list contains the prices for the guide, transport (usually mini-van or bus), hotel and food (breakfast, lunch and dinner) only. Your price is in the columns p.p., depending on the number of persons in your group and the number of days touring. For the itineraries, click here. For any question, contact us.

For those, who wants to have a hostel, guest house, camping site, 4-5 star hotels, boutique hotels, let me know and I calculate for you the best price.

Days 6
people
p.p. 16
people
p.p. 30
people
p.p.
1 $780 $130 $1,505 $94 $2,300 $77
2 $1,560 $260 $3,010 $188 $4,600 $153
3 $2,340 $390 $4,515 $282 $6,900 $230
4 $3,120 $520 $6,020 $376 $9,200 $307
5 $3,900 $650 $7,525 $470 $11,500 $383
6 $4,680 $780 $9,030 $564 $13,800 $460
7 $5,460 $910 $10,535 $658 $16,100 $537
8 $6,240 $1040 $12,040 $753 $18,400 $613
9 $7,020 $1170 $13,545 $847 $20,700 $690
10 $7,800 $1300 $15,050 $941 $23,000 $767
11 $8,580 $1430 $16,555 $1,035 $25,300 $843
12 $9,360 $1560 $18,060 $1,129 $27,600 $920
  • Included: Itinerary, guide, transport, accommodations, food
  • Excluded: Visa, insurance, entrance fees, personal expenses
  • Optional: For religious (Christians) people, we can add a priest, pastor or monk to your group.
  • Optional: For $200, we can supply a virtual guide (electronic book on tablet computer with tour information).

By experience, this is the choice of many groups, because they say they want to have an all-in tour. Well, here it is.

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Tour Itineraries

The tour itineraries are models or templates and can be easily customized (in principle for free). If you choose for a tour down here, I advise you to contact me and we go over the itinerary and see what can be changed, which will meet your expectations, requirements and preferences.



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