The Israel Highlights tour is a wonderful medley of old and new, ancient and modern, history and archaeology. This weekly tour introduces the visitor to the most interesting sites of the country, each with its particular geography, panorama and history.
Sunday - Upon arrival at the airport meet our representative and transfer to hotel in Tel Aviv for an overnight.
Monday - Tel Aviv – Beer Sheba- Masada & Dead Sea
Leave Tel Aviv driving south, passing by Ashdod and Ashkelon en route to Beersheba, for a drive through the Negev capital. Continue via Arad to Masada. Ascend by cable car to the fortress, which was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Visit the excavations including Herod’s palaces, the synagogue, bathhouse etc. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea. Descend for a possible “float” in the salty water of the world’s lowest place. - the Dead Sea. Proceed to Jerusalem for overnight.
Tuesday - Jerusalem - sightseeing of the new city
Start the day with a panoramic view of Jerusalem from atop the Mt. of olives. On to the Garden of Gethsemane and Church of the Agony. Continue to 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. Continue to Yad Vashem (the memorial to the six million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust). Afternoon drive to the picturesque village of Ein Karem (the traditional birth place of John the Baptist). Return to Hotel.
Wednesday - Jerusalem - Old City & Bethlehem*
Walk through one of the Gates to the walled Old City to visit the renewed Jewish Quarter; the Western Wall, the Temple area; the colorful bazaars; Walk along the Via Dolorosa and the Stations of the Cross, ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Continue to Mt. Zion and visit the tomb of King David, the Room of the Last Supper and Dormition Abbey. In the afternoon continue to Bethlehem* to visit the Church of the Nativity and a view of the Shepherd's Fields. Return to Jerusalem for overnight.
Thursday - Beit Shean - Nazareth - Galilee
Leave Jerusalem and drive north via Jericho*, the oldest city in the world. Travel through the Jordan Valley and the new settlements to Beit Shean. Visit the excavations of this beautiful preserved Roman City. Proceed to Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation and the carpentry workshop of Joseph. On to Safed, city of the Kabala, for a walk through the mystic alleys, a visit to a synagogue and the artist's colony. Continue to a Kibbutz hotel for overnight.
Friday - Golan Heights and around the Sea of Galilee
Drive to the Golan Heights, passing by the Druze Villages. Visit a former Syrian fortifications on the heights. Pass by Banias, source of the Jordan River. 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. Descending to the Shores of the Sea of Galilee, visit the Mount of Beatitudes and the ruins of the ancient synagogue and Peter's house at Capernaum. Visit Tabgha, where the miracle of the fish and bread took place. Continue to Tiberias for a short tour of the old center of Jewish learning. Optional sailing in a boat across the Sea of Galilee to experience the tranquility and scenery (subject to conditions and fee). Return to the Kibbutz hotel for overnight.
Saturday - Acre - Haifa - Caesarea - Tel Aviv - Jaffa
After Breakfast drive west to Acre for a visit of the old, famous Crusader stronghold and medieval fortifications. Continue to Haifa, for a panoramic sightseeing tour of Haifa, including the Bahai Shrine, Persian Garden and Mt. Carmel and Haifa bay. Proceed southwards to Caesarea to visit the ancient port, including the Roman Theater and the Hippodrome. Continue to Tel Aviv-Jaffa for a short city tour and to your hotel for overnight.
Sunday - Breakfast and transfer to the airport for departure, or extension tour to Jordan.
We recommend to book the tour at least 14 days in advance.
|Per Person in Double Room BB||$1235||$1420||$1730||$2235|
|Supplement for 6 Dinners||$129||$129||$265||Not Available|
|Single Room BB||$1750||$2020||$2600||$3560|
|High Season Suppl. pp||$115 Double $150 Single||$110 Double $155 Single||$140 Double $180 Single||Not Available|
|Peak Season Suppl. pp||$235 Double $290 Single||$240 Double $295 Single||$285 Double $355 Single||Not Available|
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