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
Explore the holy cities of Jerusalem and Nazareth with our Israel holiday package itinerary. We promise a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage vacation you will love.
Day 1: Welcome to Tel Aviv
Your journey begins with your arrival at Tel Aviv Airport, where our friendly representative will be eagerly waiting for you. Look out for a sign with your name, and they will be there to assist you right after you clear passport control. They'll help you retrieve your luggage and guide you through the customs process. Once that's done, you'll be introduced to your driver, who will be your escort to the hotel.
With the formalities taken care of, you'll have the evening to yourself to explore the vibrant city of Tel Aviv or simply unwind at your hotel. Enjoy a restful night in Tel Aviv.
Day 2: Tel Aviv to the Dead Sea via Beer Sheba and Masada
Today, you will set off from Tel Aviv on an exciting journey. As you head south, you will pass by the cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon before reaching Beersheba, the capital of the Negev Desert. Here, you'll have a brief opportunity to explore this historic city.
The adventure continues as you travel through Arad and reach Masada, a remarkable archaeological park that offers a fascinating window into the rituals, politics, and culture of the people who once inhabited this desert fortress. This ancient site was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots during their struggle against the Romans. You'll have the chance to explore the excavations, including Herod's palaces, a synagogue, a bathhouse, and cisterns. And don't forget to take in the breathtaking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea from atop Masada.
The next destination is the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth. Here, you can experience the unique sensation of floating effortlessly in the buoyant, salty waters. You can also indulge in the mineral-rich black mud that's renowned for its skin benefits. As we move on, we'll pass by the picturesque oasis of Ein Gedi before journeying through the rugged beauty of the Judean Desert to reach our final destination for the day, Jerusalem. Tonight, you'll rest at your hotel in Jerusalem, filled with memories of an unforgettable day.
Day 3: Exploring Jerusalem (New City)
Let's kick off our day with a spectacular view of Jerusalem from the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum. This unique museum is famous for hosting the renowned Dead Sea Scrolls, offering a glimpse into ancient history. Next on our itinerary is a visit to the beautifully restored model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem, which dates back to the time of the Second Temple. It's a fascinating journey back in time.
We'll then head to Ein Karem, a charming village situated in the southwest of Jerusalem. This picturesque place holds great significance in Christian traditions, as it is believed to be the birthplace of John the Baptist. The history and beauty of this village will surely captivate you. Our next stop is Yad Vashem, the official memorial dedicated to the memory of the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Established in 1953, it is located at the base of Mt. Hertzl. Visiting this solemn place is a poignant reminder of the past.
In the afternoon, you will venture to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. Here, you can explore the historic Church of the Nativity and Manger Square, where the story of Christmas began. As the day comes to a close, you will come back to your comfortable hotel in Jerusalem for an overnight stay.
Day 4: Exploring the Timeless Beauty of Jerusalem (Old City)
Start your day with a delicious breakfast and embark on an unforgettable journey into the heart of the Old City of Jerusalem. Begin by visiting the Western Wall, a site of profound significance, and stand in awe of the very location where the Second Temple once stood, the Temple Mount. Your steps will then lead you along the Way of the Cross, known as the Via Dolorosa, a path of reflection that takes you to Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This sacred place houses not only the traditional site of the Crucifixion but also the Tomb of the Resurrection, making it a deeply spiritual and moving experience. Beyond the ancient city walls, to the southwest, you'll find Mount Zion, home to the traditional tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper.
Don't forget to take a moment to relish the breathtaking panoramic view of Jerusalem, a city revered by three of the world's major religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. This unparalleled vista can be found at the peak of the Mount of Olives, an ideal spot to absorb the city's rich heritage. Continuing your journey, visit the Garden of Gethsemane, a place where the poignant betrayal of Jesus by Judas unfolded. As the day comes to a close, you'll return to your comfortable hotel in Jerusalem.
Day 5: Beit Shean, Nazareth, and Safed Exploration
After a satisfying breakfast, we'll continue our journey north, taking in the fascinating sights of this ancient land. Our adventure begins as we pass by Jericho, an ancient city with a history as old as time itself, often referred to as the world's oldest city. We'll then follow the picturesque Jordan Valley, with its new settlements, on our way to Beit Shean.
At Beit Shean, you'll have the chance to explore the beautifully preserved Roman City and its intriguing excavations. The remnants of this once-thriving Roman settlement offer a unique glimpse into the past.
Our next destination is Nazareth, where we'll visit the Church of the Annunciation and other significant Christian holy sites. Continuing our adventure, we'll make our way to Safed, often called the city of Kabbalah and a hub of Jewish mysticism. Here, you can wander through the charming streets of the artists' colony, taking in the creativity and inspiration that infuses the air. As the day comes to a close, we'll find our accommodation in Galilee, where you can relax and recharge for the adventures yet to come.
Day 6: Golan Heights and the Beautiful Sea of Galilee
After a satisfying breakfast, we will set off on a captivating journey to the Golan Heights, passing by the Banias, the source of the Jordan River, along with the remnants of former Syrian fortifications and the charming Druze villages. As we ascend, prepare to be amazed by the stunning Israeli wine country, where lush vineyards are surrounded by breathtaking vistas.
Immerse yourself in an Israeli wine country experience like no other. You'll have the opportunity to explore the art of winemaking, surrounded by the serenity of the vineyards. As we make our way down to the shores of the mesmerising Sea of Galilee, our next destination is Capernaum. Here, we'll explore the captivating ruins of an ancient synagogue. Our journey continues to the Mount of Beatitudes, a place steeped in tradition and believed to be the location of the renowned 'Sermon on the Mount.' You'll also have the chance to visit Tabgha, the traditional site associated with the 'miracle of the loaves and the fish.' Our travels lead us onward to Tiberias, an ancient centre of Jewish learning and a place rich in history. As the day draws to a close, we'll settle into our comfortable hotel in Galilee for a restful overnight stay.
Day 7: A Journey Through History - Acre, Haifa, Caesarea, and Tel Aviv
Begin your day with a hearty breakfast. We'll start by heading westwards through the scenic Galilee hills to the captivating city of Acre, also known as Akko. Here, you'll have the opportunity to explore the ancient and renowned Crusader stronghold, along with its well-preserved mediaeval fortifications. A journey back in time awaits.
Our next destination is the vibrant city of Haifa. As we ascend Mount Carmel, be prepared to be awed by the panoramic views of the city, including the Baha'i Shrine, the exquisite Persian Garden, and the picturesque Haifa Bay.
Continuing along the stunning Mediterranean coast, we'll make our way to Caesarea. Here, you'll have the chance to visit the Roman Theater and the imposing Crusader fortress, often referred to as the "masterpiece of Herod the Great." To wrap up this incredible day of exploration, we'll enjoy a brief city tour of Tel Aviv, a modern contrast to the historical gems you've encountered. Don't miss the chance to explore the ancient port of Jaffa. Finally, you can look forward to a comfortable overnight stay at our hotel in Tel Aviv.
Day 8: Saying Goodbye to Tel Aviv
After a satisfying breakfast, make sure to complete your check-out at the hotel. Following that, we'll arrange a comfortable transfer to the airport for your departure.
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