Fly. Meet and greet. Overnight Tel Aviv.
Drive south towards Gaza visiting the Black Arrow WW1 ANZAC memorial, then onward to Beersheva, scene of the famous charge by Australian Light Horsemen during the Third Battle of Gaza. Whilst at Beersheba we visit the ancient settlement of Tel Sheva, HQ of the New Zealand Mounted Brigade during the battle. The settlement overlooks the ground over which the Australian Light Horsemen charged. In Beersheba we visit the Commonwealth Cemetery and ANZAC visitors’ center, the Turkish memorial and railway station, now a visitors centre describing the battle and the park of the Australian soldier. Overnight in Beersheba.
Drive from the Negev descending to the Dead Sea and Great Rift Valley. Stop at the ancient plateau of Masada, Herod’s winter palace. Then continue northwards up the Jordan Valley through Judea and Samaria stopping at the Crusader castle of Belvoir with its superb views over the Jordan Valley. Continue northwards to the Golan Heights. Overnight in the Golan.
First of two days in the Golan Heights. Start by visiting Tel Dan, the source of the river Jordan and the site of an ancient settlement. See a knocked out German Panzer IV, hit during the 1967 Six Day War. Then we visit Nimrod and ancient mountain Fortress built by the nephew of Saladin who defeated the Crusaders in 1197 and added to by Sultan Bybars. After lunch we visit Kibbutz El Rom and the Valley of Tears and hear the story of the Israeli tank regiment OZ.77 which saved Israel during the 1973 Yom Kippur War, when 44 British built Centurion tanks faced and fought off over 700 Syrian tanks and Armoured vehicles. Overnight in the Golan.
We visit the hill of Tel Fakhr fought over in 1967 as Israeli troops pushed up onto the Golan Heights during the 6 Day War. We then visit an active Israeli Armoured Corps unit based on the Golan Heights and hear about what life is like today for soldiers and civilians living on the Golan and the multi-national threat they face from Syria. After lunch we visit a selection of military memorials on the Golan commemorating actions in the 1967 Six Day war and the 1973 Yom Kippur War. We finish the day on Mount Bental a former IDF observation Post that looks over the ruins of old Quinetra, passed through by ANZAC troops en route to Damascus in 1918 and destroyed in 1967 and 1973. Overnight in Golan.
We leave the Golan and head south for Jerusalem stopping e-route at Ramleh Cemetery the largest Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Israel and then at Latrun, the home of the Israeli Armoured Corps and their excellent tank museum. We then drive on to Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem.
We start the day early at the Mount of Olives overlooking Jerusalem hearing about the fight for the city in WW1 and then we head to Mount Scopus visiting Jerusalem War Cemetery and Memorial to those with no known grave from the 1917/18 Palestine campaign. We then head onto Jaffa Gate and look at General Allenby’s entry into Jerusalem on 11th December 1917. In the afternoon we enjoy a walk around the old City with our Israeli guide or enjoy a few hours exploring the city yourself. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Free time in Jerusalem until your transfer to Tel Aviv for flight home.
The cost for our 8-days / 7-nights In the footsteps® of the Battlefields of Israel Tour is $2,684.00 USD (approx £1,950.00 GBP) per person.
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