Visit Israel and retrace the footsteps that our ANZAC soldiers walked throughout the Holyland. This tour combines a visit to the key sites throughout Israel with an in-depth exploration of the ANZAC legacy and contribution throughout WW1.
DURATION: 6 Days / 5 Nights
PRICE: $1,450 per person (twin share)
GROUP SIZE: Min 4 people required for tour to operate
Day 1: Arrival
Arrive Ben Gurion Airport. Meeting assistance at airport. Transfer to Jerusalem hotel.
Day 2: Jerusalem Old & New City
Drive to Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the city. Stop at Mount Zion to visit King David's Tomb, Room of Last Supper and the Dormition Abbey; Enter the Old City and walk through the Armenian and Jewish quarters to the recently excavated and restored Cardo, the Roman road. See the Jewish Wailing Wall, the Kotel, and continue to the Christian quarter. Walk along the Via Dolorosa and visit the Church of Holy Sepulchre. Proceed to the New City and visit Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust. On Saturdays and Jewish holidays, instead of Yad Vashem, drive to Ein Karem, southwest of Jerusalem, traditionally known as birthplace of John the Baptist; Stroll in the narrow lanes of the picturesque neighborhood, stopping by Mary's spring and continue to visit the remarkable Church of Saint John the Baptist, Return to point of departure.
Day 3: Jerusalem Old & New City
Depart Jerusalem via the Judean hills to the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth; Visit a Dead Sea cosmetic products shop. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada and learn about the heroic story of the Jewish fighters. Ascend by cable car and tour the mountain fortress built by King Herod, where the Zealots of the first century made their last stand against the Romans. Visit the remains of the walls, palace, synagogue, water cisterns, mosaic floors, roman baths and other findings. Descend by cable car. Continue to the Dead Sea; Enjoy the unique opportunity to float in the Dead Sea and cover yourself with the mineral rich mud that many believe has its therapeutic effects. Return to point of departure.
Day 4: Following the ANZAC Troops
Pick up by private guide and Beersheba expert. Today we follow some of the route that the Anzac troops followed on their way to Beersheba. Visit the ANZAC Memorial at Kibbutz Be’eri and look over the border towards Gaza. Travel along the Besor River. Cross the Hanging Bridge to the Besor Dam built by the ANZACS. Stop by the restored Turkish “Patish” Ruins and hear the story of Colonel Richard Meinertzhagen’s “Haversack Ruse”, where he deliberately left false clues of a major attack coming from Gaza instead of Beersheba. Continue to the Hatzerim Air Force Museum, where you will find a huge collection of airplanes and helicopters, all previously standard equipment of the Israel Air Force. Hear the story of this brave fighting force. Visit Tel Sheva for an overview of the main battlefield sites in the area
Day 5: Beersheba
Visit the magnificent Park of the Australian Soldier established by the Pratt Foundation in 2008. The park includes special facilities for children with physical and/ or mental disabilities, including a maze for blind children with signs in Braille. Stop at the Beersheba Commonwealth Cemetery. The cemetery contains 1,241 Commonwealth burials of the Great War, 67 of them unidentified. There are rows upon rows of graves, meticulously maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Many of the graves are dated 6 November 1917, the date of the battle of Tel-El Khuwelfeh, an intense two day engagement, six days after the Battle of Beersheba. Visit the new Anzac Museum. Onto Allenby Park and Turkish Railway. Transfer to Tel Aviv.
Overnight: Tel Aviv
Day 6: Departure
Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport