Galilee: Kibbutz Hotel
Tel Aviv: Sea.Net
Every Sunday of 2020
Surcharges apply during HIGH SEASON
Meeting assistance at the airport upon arrival
Transfers from/to airport on arrival and departure
7 nights hotel accommodation on half-board basis
6 days of touring
Sightseeing in a modern air conditioned coach
Service of a government license guide on all touring days
Entrance fees to sights as per itinerary
Tipping for guide, driver and hotel staff
Meals not mentioned
Day 1 Sunday: Arrival in Tel Aviv
Upon arrival to airport meet our representative and transfer to Jerusalem Overnight: Jerusalem
Day 2 Monday: Masada and the Dead Sea
Depart Jerusalem and descend to the lowest place on earth. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to the rock fortress of Masada. Visit Herod’s palaces, dating back 2000 years. Then hear about the zealots who defied the Roman Empire from this location. Enjoy a chance to swim in the Dead Sea (weather permitting). The water is so rich in salts and minerals that you float!
Day 3 Tuesday: Jerusalem - New City and Bethlehem
Start with a spectacular view of Jerusalem from Mount of Olives, and then onto the Garden of Gethsemane. See the famous Dead Sea Scrolls at the Shrine of the Book and the model of Jerusalem from Herodian times. Experience a moving visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. Explore the picturesque village of Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist. Continue to Bethlehem (subject to security clearance) – the birthplace of Jesus at the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square.
Day 4 Wednesday: Jerusalem - Old City
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. In the heart of a neighborhood in downtown Jerusalem, visit Mahane Yehuda to experience the flavors, aromas, colors and the traders’ interaction with the crowds, at the largest open market in Israel.
Day 5 Thursday: Galilee
Depart Jerusalem passing by Jericho, the oldest city in the world. Explore the excavations of the beautiful Roman City of Beit Shean. Continue onto Nazareth to see the carpentry workshop of Joseph and visit the Church of Annunciation. Drive to Safed – city of Mystical Judaism for a walk through the artists colony.
Overnight: Galilee Kibbutz hotel
Day 6 Friday: Upper Galilee
Ascend the Golan Heights and visit a former Syrian fortification on the heights. 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. Pass by Caesarea of Philippi at the Banias Springs. Drive along the shores of the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum to visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue. See the beautiful church at Tabgha where the miracle of the fish and the loaves took place. Enjoy a short tour of Tiberias – the old centre of Jewish learning.
Optional: Optional sailing in a boat across the Sea of Galilee to experience the tranquility and the scenery that has changed little during the past 2000 years (subject to conditions and fee).
Overnight: Galilee Kibbutz hotel
Day 7 Saturday: Coastal Plain
Depart for Acre (Akko) to explore the Knights’ Halls and the secret Crusader tunnels, then to Haifa to view the magnificent Bahai gardens from atop Mount Carmel. Stop at Caesarea, to visit the Roman Theatre and the Crusader Fortress. Continue to Tel Aviv and Jaffa for a short city tour.
Overnight: Tel Aviv