way to extend your Israel vacation is to spend a few days in the
beautiful resort of Eilat, just a one-hour flight from Tel Aviv
or Jerusalem. Eilat is located at the southernmost tip of the Negev,
on the Red Sea, where the sun always shines.
extension to Eilat offers a wide variety of activities:
- Visit the Underwater
Observatory and Aquarium, a living museum 20 feet under the sea.
- Swim with dolphins,
scuba dive, snorkel or cruise the Red Sea in a glass-bottomed boat.
a Bedouin experience. Sip tea and bake pita bread with members of
this nomadic tribe. Take a sunset camel ride.
a one-day jeep tour into the Sinai Desert to visit Santa Catharine
Monastery, Mount Sinai and the Burning Bush.
- Cross into
Egypt for the day - or evening - and visit the Taba Hilton Hotel
- One-day bus tour from Eilat
morning pickup at the hotel. Cross at the Arava Border and drive
to Petra, the "Rose-Red City," in an air-conditioned bus. Enjoy
a panoramic view of Wadi Rum. Go a short distance on horseback (or
on foot) to the entrance of the "Lost City" of Petra, the Nabatean
city seen in the movie "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade".
Walk one mile through the Siq to the ancient temples. Visit the
Treasury, then continue into the heart of this ancient city for
a look at the Roman Theater, the caves in the rock and dozens of
imposing monuments. Lunch at Wadi Moussa. Late afternoon return
one-day and overnight tours to Petra are available.