HIGHLIGHTS OF ISRAEL TOUR

DAY 1 SUNDAY: TEL AVIV ARRIVAL

Upon arrival into Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport and after proceeding through immigration and customs formalities, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for overnight.  (B)

 

Day 2 MONDAY: TEL AVIV – BEER SHEBA – MASADA & DEAD SEA  

Headed out of Tel Aviv, we’ll drive south towards Beersheba, for a drive through the Negev capital (keep your camera out - we’re passing Ashdod and Ashkelon on the way!). Then we’re on to Masada, a city is perched on an isolated cliff in the Judean Desert. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2001. To get to the fortress in Masada we’ll need to take a cable car - the fortress was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. You’ll see the excavations, King Herod’s palaces, the synagogue, bathhouses and much more!  (B)

 

DAY 3 TUESDAY: JERUSALEM SIGHTSEEING OF THE NEW CITY 

We’ll start the day with something worth waking up for - a panoramic view of Jerusalem from Mount Olivet (or the Mount of Olives)! We’ll then stop in at the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of the Agony, whose name is very misleading. It’s actually very pretty. Don’t worry. From there, we’ll visit Israel Museum, with a detailed model of Jerusalem from the time of the Second Temple. We’ll also stop by the Shrine of the Book, home to the famous Dead Sea Scrolls. On a more solemn note we’ll visit the Yad Vashem, a memorial built for the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust. 

After a visit to the picturesque village of Ein Karem (the traditional birthplace of John the Baptist), we’ll head to Mahane Yehuda in the heart of downtown Jerusalem, to experience the flavors, aromas, colors and the traders' interaction with the crowds, at the largest open market in Israel.  (B)

 

DAY 4 WEDNESDAY: JERUSALEM – OLD CITY & BETHLEHEM* 

To defend the treasures of this ancient place, the Old City of Jerusalem is protected on all sides by tall walls. We’ll enter through one of the gates today, to visit the renewed Jewish Quarter, the Temple area, the Western Wall and, of course, the colourful bazaars. We’ll make sure you see the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, too, located at the end of the winding Via Dolorosa and the Stations of the Cross.

From there we’re headed to Mt Zion, to see the tomb of King David. Although most historians don’t consider the tomb of King David to be the actual resting place of King David himself, it’s a culturally significant site located in the ruins of a beautiful byzantine church. The Abbey of Dormition (or ‘sleep’) is just a short jaunt from here, so we’ll visit the site where the Blessed Virgin Mary is said to have died - and, of course, we’ll see the Room of the Last Supper. Then we’re on to Bethlehem! See the Church of Nativity, and - depending on conditions set by the Palestinian Authority* - a spectacular view of the Shepherd’s Fields. We’re back in Jerusalem for the night.  (B)

*   Site under the Palestinian Authority jurisdiction.  Visit subject to situation.

DAY 5 THURSDAY: BEIT SHEAN – NAZARETH - GALILEE

Today we’ll leave Jerusalem and head north, passing by Jericho, the oldest city in the world. Travelling through the Jordan Valley, we’ll reach Beit Shean, where you can visit excavations of the beautifully preserved Roman City - the bible records that the bodies of King Saul and his son Jonathon were strung up on this city’s ancient walls. We’re then on to Nazareth, to visit the Church of the Annunciation (thought by some to be built atop the house of the Virgin Mary), and the carpentry workhop of Joseph.

Walk through the mystic alleys and visit the artists’ colony of Safed, the city of the Kabala. Safed is the highest-elevated city in all of Israel - it is so high up it can experience cold, even snowy, winters. We’ll be staying in a Kibbutz hotel tonight.  (B)

 

DAY 6 FRIDAY: GOLAN HEIGHTS AND AROUND THE SEA OF GALILEE 

Today is packed - you’ll see the Golan Heights, pass a Syrian fortification and see Banias, the source of the Jordan River. Bring a camera! Once you’ve snapped some pics we’re straight on to our favourite part of this tour - an Israeli wine country experience, with vineyards stretching into spectacular views. You’ll have a chance to become … ‘acquainted’ with the collection of fine and rare wines with a special wine tasting experience, as well as being offered a tour of the facilities and shown the wine production process, end-to-end. We’ll then descend to the shores of the Sea of Galilee, where we’ll visit the Mount of Beatitudes and the ruins of the ancient synagogue (and Peter’s house) at Capernaum. Then Tabgha, where the miracle of the fish and bread is said to have taken place. Continue to Tiberias for a short tour of the old center of Jewish learning, before some of the group (optional - own cost) departs on a sailing boat across the Sea of Galilee, to experience the tranquility of the scenery which has remained majorly the same during the past 2000 years (subject to conditions).  (B)

 

DAY 7 SATURDAY: ACRE-HAIFA-CAESAREA-TEL AVIV-JAFFA 

After breakfast we’ll drive west towards Acre, for a visit of the old, famous Crusader stronghold and medieval fortifications. We’ll continue to Haifa, for a panoramic sightseeing tour of the city, including the Baha'i Shrine, Persian Garden, Mount Carmel 

and Haifa bay - then we’re on to Caesarea to visit the ancient port, the Roman Theater and the Hippodrome (the place for Ancient Roman chariot races!). It’s an explosion of history and culture, today; this is as much a sightseeing experience as it is a learning one! Once you’ve drunk in the sights, we’ll proceed to Tel Aviv-Jaffa for a short city tour, before heading on to your hotel for the night.  (B)

 

DAY 8 SUNDAY: TEL AVIV DEPARTURE

After breakfast you will be transferred to Tel Aviv airport for your departure flight.  (B)

 

 (B)  = Breakfast

DATES & PRICES

31st March 2019                $2,455.00 pp

14th April 2019*                $2,640.00 pp

28th April 2019                  $2,455.00 pp

12th May 2019*                 $2,640.00 pp

26th May 2019                   $2,455.00 pp

9th June 2019                     $2,455.00 pp

23rd June 2019                   $2,455.00 pp

7th July 2019                       $2,455.00 pp

21st July 2019                     $2,455.00 pp

4th August 2019*               $2,640.00 pp

18th August 2019*             $2,640.00 pp

1st September 2019          $2,455.00 pp

15th September 2019       $2,455.00 pp

29th September 2019*     $2,640.00 pp

20th October 2019*          $2,640.00 pp

3rd November 2019          $2,455.00 pp

17th November 2019        $2,455.00 pp

1st December 2019           $2,455.00 pp

15th December 2019        $2,455.00 pp

29th December 2019        $2,455.00 pp

12th January 2020             $2,455.00 pp

26th January 2020             $2,455.00 pp

9th February 2020             $2,455.00 pp

23rd February 2020           $2,455.00 pp

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • 7 nights accommodation in First Class hotels throughout Israel 

  • Breakfast daily

  • Airport assistance on arrival in Tel Aviv

  • Return transfers to and from Tel Aviv airport

  • English-speaking licenced guide.

  • Sightseeing on a modern air-conditioned vehicle.

  • Entrance fees to all sites as per itinerary.

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

Tipping and gratuities, optional tours, travel insurance, items of a personal nature, beverages, mini bar, laundry services,  phone calls, meals not indicated in itinerary. 

NOTES

  • All our tours are guaranteed departures with a minimum of 2 people.

  • Prices are based on per person twin share

  • Single supplement available from $1,060.00 

  • Triple share also available

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