The Holy Land
Israel is totally unique – there is no other place like it. A country of tradition, religion, and history, but also, increasingly, of modern culture and heritage. With so much to offer, you could spend months here and still not see everything.
Imagine running in a marathon that is not only unique in location but actually takes you past 3000-year-old sites and tells the story of the city as you go.
You can take part in the 10th Jerusalem Marathon and experience this ancient city from a completely different perspective as part of an exclusive 8-day tour to Israel.
Jerusalem Marathon details
The event will include several tracks – marathon (42.2 km), half-marathon (21.1 km), 10 km race, 5 km race, family 1.7km race and an 800 m community race. This is one of Israel’s largest marathons, with 3000 participants of which thousands are elite runners and runners from abroad.
The various tracks pass by fascinating historical sites that illuminate 3,000 years of the history of Jerusalem, Israel’s capital.
The International Jerusalem Winner Marathon combines physical endurance with exquisite landscapes, fresh mountain air and unique culture and heritage sites such as the Israeli Knesset, Machane Yehuda Marketplace, Mount Scopus, the Old City, David’s Tower, Haas Promenade and more.
It is guaranteed to be a challenging, thrilling and unforgettable experience for all runners.
The Jerusalem Winner Marathon held in Israel’s capital is one of the most unique marathons in the world, combining history with a challenging racing experience.
The various tracks trace 3,000 years of history in this fascinating city that is holy to the world’s three monotheistic religions.
Tens of thousands of runners, representing different religions and countries from all over the world participate in the marathon each year and experience Jerusalem’s cultural and historical landmarks, the city’s unique routes and landscapes (see course map) and an inspiring and unforgettable athletic experience.
The marathon course has been approved by the Association of International Marathons (AIMS).
The day of the marathon is an exciting day not only for the runners but for Jerusalem’s residents and guests as well, who participate in the event to cheer on the runners and revel in the electrifying atmosphere in a unique city on this special day. Activities will be offered throughout the day at the starting point in Sacher Park and at various locations along the different routes throughout the city.
Sporting Events at Sacher Park
On the day of the marathon, Sacher Park is the main attraction and the entire area will take on a festive air in honor of the occasion. Runners and guests are invited to join some of Israel’s best sports trainers in warm-up exercises, Zumba, aerobics and more; dance to the beat of the drums, and get great discounts on sports and athletic equipment including clothes, shoes and recreational products.
Roundtrip airport transfers
3 nights in Tel Aviv including breakfast
4 nights in Jerusalem including breakfast
1 night in Nazareth including breakfast and dinner
Jerusalem Marathon Entry
Expo entrance with pasta dinner
6 day touring in an air conditioned vehicle
6 day touring with an English speaking guide
Entrance fees to sites mentioned
Day 1: March 16, 2020 - Ben Gurion Airport/ Tel Aviv
On arrival at Ben Gurion Airport you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight in Tel Aviv
Day 2: March 17, 2020 – Tel Aviv
After breakfast our tour will start with a visit to Old Jaffa Port. Built 4000 years ago, Jaffa Port is one of the oldest in the world and showcases a unique mix of old and new. It offers spectacular views of Tel Aviv’s coastline and skyline. We proceed to Nachalat Binyamin– a quaint open-air market in the heart of downtown Tel Aviv. In the past 2 decades this market has become synonymous with quality Israeli crafts and folk art. We will also see some of the Bauhaus Buildings, of which there are over 4000 spread across the city. These buildings give the name White City to Tel Aviv and are a UNESCO world Heritage site. We will have some free time in the afternoon to enjoy Tel Aviv at leisure.
Overnight in Tel Aviv
Day 3: March 18, 2020- Jerusalem Old City Tour
This morning we will drive to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. We enter the Old City and walk through the Armenian and Jewish quarters to the recently excavated and restored Cardo, the Roman road. We will visit the Wailing Wall, the Kotel, and continue to the Christian Quarter. We get to walk along the Via Dolorosa and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Overnight in Jerusalem
Day 4: March 19, 2020- Jerusalem New City Tour
After breakfast, we visit Yad Vashem the Holocaust Museum established in 1963. Yad Vashem is the world center for Holocaust research, education and commemoration. With survivor testimonies, powerful displays, artifacts and memorial gardens, this museum embodies one crucial message: Never Again! We take a stroll down the picturesque village of Ein Karem, where John the Baptist was born and raised. We travel to Bethlehem for an overview of the Shepherds’ field and to visit the Church of Nativity and Manger’s square.
In the evening we will attend the Jerusalem Marathon Expo at the convention hall and runners can carbo-load on the Pasta Dinner!
Day 5: March 20, 2020- Marathon Day
Early breakfast starts at 04:30 am
Day 6: March 21, 2020 –Masada and Dead Sea
Today we depart Jerusalem and continue through the Judean Wilderness to the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea. We drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to the base of Masada, the last stronghold of the Jewish zealots against the Romans. We ascend by cable car and tour the famed archaeological site including Herod’s palace, an ancient synagogue and a bathhouse. After descending, we drive to a nearby oasis and enjoy an opportunity to swim or “float” in the unique waters of the Dead Sea.
Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 7: March 22, 2020- Sea of Galilee- Nazareth
After breakfast, we will travel to the Sea of Galilee. We stop at Tabgha, the site of the miracle of the Loaves and Fish and see the mosaic from the 5th century Byzantine basilica. We enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee where Jesus walked on the water. We continue to Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ Ministry. Located here are the ruins of an ancient synagogue and the site of Peter’s house. We drive to the Mount Beatitudes, the site of the “Sermon on the Mount”.
In the afternoon we continue to Nazareth, the town where Jesus spent his childhood and visit the Church of Annunciation and the Church of St. Joseph.
Overnight in Nazareth.
Day 8: March 23, 2020 – Akko, Haifa, Caesarea
Our day starts with a visit to the Akko (or Acre) Subterranean Crusaders Halls– in the heart of the city of Akko, once street level, is now situated eight meters below the ground. A walk through the passages of the 700-year-old knights headquarter allows you to experience the crusader city, once a strategic fortress. We continue to the Bahai Gardens in Haifa, “The Eighth Wonder of the World”. Considered the most striking landmark in Haifa, the magnificence of these gardens leaves visitors stunned. The terraced Gardens are built around a religious shrine and landscaped with precision, beauty and creativity. We then head to Caesarea– the Caesarea National Park holds the remains of a prestigious city established by King Herod the great. Prepare to be amazed when you visit the mighty Roman Amphitheatre, the Hippodrome, as well as the Roman Aqueduct.
Tonight, we will enjoy a festive farewell dinner to end our journey in Jaffa.
Overnight in Tel Aviv
Day 9: March 24, 2020
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home
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