DAY 1 MONDAY: TEL AVIV ARRIVAL
Welcome to Jerusalem! We’ll meet you at the airport and help you to transfer to your hotel. We hope you’re as excited as we are - this is going to be a great week!
DAY 2 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 Eln 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, D)
DAY 3 WEDNESDAY: JERUSALEM – OLD CITY & BETHLEHEM*
The Old City of Jerusalem is protected on all sides by tall walls, to defend the treasures of the city - today we’ll enter through one of the gates 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. We’ll visit Mt Zion and see the tomb of King David, as well as Dormition Abbery (and, of course, the Room of the Last Supper) - and 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, D)
Day 4 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. We’re then on to Nazareth, to visit the Church of the Annunciation and the carpentry workhop of Joseph.
Walk through the mystic alleys and visit the artists’ colony of Safed, the city of the Kabala.
We’ll be staying in a Kibbutz hotel tonight (B, D)
DAY 5 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, D)
DAY 6 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, D)
DAY 7 SUNDAY: TEL AVIV
Today is a day at your own leisure. Take this opportunity to do any last minute shopping, some more sightseeing or take an optional tour to the Dead Sea. (B, D)
DAY 8 MONDAY: TEL AVIV DEPARTURE
After breakfast you will be transferred to Tel Aviv airport for your departure flight. (B)
(B) = Breakfast
(D) = Dinner
DATES & PRICES
1st April 2019 $2,590.00 pp
15th April 2019* $2,775.00 pp
29th April 2019 $2,590.00 pp
13th May 2019* $2,775.00 pp
27th May 2019 $2,590.00 pp
10th June 2019 $2,590.00 pp
24th June 2019 $2,590.00 pp
8th July 2019 $2,590.00 pp
22nd July 2019 $2,590.00 pp
5th August 2019* $2,775.00 pp
19th August 2019* $2,775.00 pp
2nd September 2019 $2,590.00 pp
16th September 2019 $2,590.00 pp
30th September 2019* $2,775.00 pp
14th October 2019* $2,910.00 pp
28th October 2019 $2,590.00 pp
11th November 2019 $2,590.00 pp
25th November 2019 $2,590.00 pp
9th December 2019 $2,590.00 pp
23rd December 2019* $2,775.00 pp
6th January 2020 $2,590.00 pp
20th January 2020 $2,590.00 pp
3rd February 2020 $2,590.00 pp
17th February 2020 $2,590.00 pp
7 nights accommodation in First Class hotels throughout Israel
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.
Tipping and gratuities, optional tours, travel insurance, items of a personal nature, beverages, mini bar, laundry services, phone calls, meals not indicated in itinerary.
All our tours are guaranteed departures with a minimum of 2 people.
Prices are based on per person twin share
Single supplement available from $1,075.00
Triple share also available
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