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Highlights of Israel

Israel, Jerusalem, Nazareth
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Duration

7 Nights 8 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English

Overview

Duration : 7 Nights / 8 Days

Destinations : Tel Aviv – Beer Sheba – Masada – Dead Sea Jerusalem (New City) – Beit Shean – Nazareth – Safed Golan Heights – Sea of Galilee Acre – Haifa – Caesarea

Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival - Tel Aviv

Upon arrival to Tel Aviv Airport you will be met by our representative who will be holding a sign with your name on, immediately after passport control. Our representative will guide you to pick up your luggage, after which you will be escorted via Customs to meet your driver who will transfer you to the hotel. Evening at leisure in Tel Aviv. Overnight at the hotel in Tel Aviv.

Day 2 : Tel Aviv - Beer Sheba - Masada - Dead Sea

Today start the day with Tel Aviv, driving south, passing by the cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon to Beersheba, for a short visit of the capital of the Negev Desert. Continue via Arad to Masada, Israel’s foremost archaeological park. Ascend via cable-car for a thorough visit that gives insight to the rituals, politics and culture of the people who inhabited this desert fortress, which was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Visit the excavations, Herod’s palaces, the synagogue, bathhouse and cisterns, and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea. Descend to the lowest place on earth – the Dead Sea, to experience the mineral-rich black mud and to float in its salty waters. Passing by the oasis of Ein Gedi, proceed through the Judean Desert to Jerusalem. Overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem. (B)

Day 3 : Jerusalem (New City)

Today start the day with a panoramic view of Jerusalem from the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book with the famous Dead Sea scrolls, then a visit to the beautifully renovated model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem, dating back to the time of the Second Temple. Enjoy Ein Karem a picturesque village in the south western outskirts of Jerusalem. This small village has great significance in Christian traditions, since this is where according to tradition John the Baptist was born. Visit Yad Vashem the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, established in 1953, located at the foot of Mt. Hertzl. Bethlehem – the birthplace of Jesus at the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square. Overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem. (B)

Day 4 : Jerusalem (Old City)

This morning after breakfast, enter the Old city of Jerusalem where you will see the Western Wall and the actual site of the Second Temple, the Temple Mount. Walk the Way of the Cross, the Via Dolorosa, to Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, housing both the traditional site of Crucifixion and the Tomb of the Resurrection. To the southwest, just outside the Old City, is Mount Zion, with the traditional tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of Jerusalem - the holy city for each of the world’s three great religions – Christianity, Judaism and Islam, from atop the Mount of Olives. Visit the Garden of Gethsemane where Judas betrayed Jesus. Overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem. (B)

Day 5 : Beit Shean - Nazareth - Safed

Today after breakfast proceed to north passing by Jericho, the oldest city in the world. Travel through the Jordan Valley and the new settlements to Beit Shean, and visit the excavations of this beautifully preserved Roman City. On to Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation and Christian holy sites. Proceed to Safed, city of the Kabbalah and centre of Jewish mysticism, to visit the beautiful streets of the artists’ colony. Overnight at the hotel in Galilee. (B)

Day 6 : Golan Heights - Sea of Galilee

Today after breakfast drive up to the Golan Heights passing by Banias, source of the Jordan River, former Syrian fortifications and the druze villages. Enjoy an Israeli wine country experience, with vineyards surrounded by breathtaking views. Become acquainted with the collection of fine and rare wines enjoying a tour, wine tasting and understanding of the wine production process. Descend to the shore of the Sea of Galilee and proceed to Capernaum, to visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue, the Mount of Beatitudes, traditional site of the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ and Tabgha, the traditional site of the ‘miracle of the loaves and the fish’. Onward to Tiberias, the old center of Jewish learning. Overnight at the hotel in Galilee. (B)

Day 7 : Acre - Haifa - Caesarea - Tel Aviv

Today after breakfast drive through the hills of the Galilee, westwards to Acre (Akko) for a visit of the old, famous Crusader stronghold and medieval fortifications. Continue to Haifa, ascending Mount Carmel for a panoramic view of the city, including the Baha'i Shrine, Persian Garden, and Haifa bay. Proceed along the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea to visit the Roman Theater and the Crusader fortress at what is known as the “masterpiece of Herod the Great”. End the day with a short city tour of Tel Aviv and the ancient port of Jaffa. Overnight at the hotel in Tel Aviv. (B)

Day 8 : Depart Tel Aviv

This morning after breakfast check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for departure. (B)

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