Classic Israel Tour

Friday Arrival—9 nights

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A nine night tour starting on Friday focusing on classical sites incorporating Tel Aviv, Caesaria, Haifa including the Bahai Shrine, the Golan Heights, the mystical city of Safed, the old and new cities of Jerusalem including the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Dead Sea and more. We will be staying at hotels in four main bases: Tel Aviv, Haifa, Kibbutz Lavi guesthouse in the Galilee and Jerusalem. Our accommodation will be on bed and breakfast basis apart from the kibbutz guesthouse which will be on half board basis.

“They were always available, and as a first time world traveler, this assuaged my anxiety. Adrienne arranged tours that were all inclusive and expertly prepared. The hotels were incomparable. She worked within my budget as well. It was a 5-star experience thanks to Adrienne.”

Friday Arrival—9 nights

Please note:

  • Guaranteed departure for bookings received up to 14 days prior arrival.
  • Within 14 days, on request.
  • Minimum 2 persons, bookings of one person are on request and subject to written confirmation.
  • All hotels are on Bed & Breakfast basis except Lavi Kibbutz Hotel, on Half Board.
Friday

Ben Gurion Airport / Tel Aviv
Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight: Tel Aviv.

Saturday

At leisure
Overnight: Tel Aviv.

Sunday

Caesarea / Megiddo / Druze Villages / Haifa
Drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea, capital of Judea under the Romans. See the excavations of the Crusader city and the Roman port, aqueduct and the amphitheater that has been restored to its former glory as a concert venue. Proceed to Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon; visit the archaeological excavations including the well preserved water supply system. Continue to Daliat El Carmel, a Druze village and enjoy a late lunch at a local restaurant. Proceed via Mount Carmel to Haifa for a panoramique view of the Haifa bay and the golden domed Bahai Shrine and Gardens. Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi.

Monday

Safed / Golan Heights / Winery
Drive to Safed, the center of Jewish mysticism, where you will visit the ancient synagogues and the artists’ colony. Continue to the Golan Heights to see the former Syrian bunkers, Kuneitra and the new Israeli town of Katzrin. Stop at the Golan winery for a tour and wine tasting; Proceed to “Kessem Hagolan”, a multimedia presentation of the area and  history.
Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi.

Tuesday

Sea of Galilee / Nazareth / Jerusalem
Start the day with a visit to Nazareth and visit the church of Annunciation; Continue to Tiberias; Visit Capernaum to see the ruins of the synagogue and octagonal church of St. Peter; Visit Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the sermon on the mount. Drive via Beit Shean to Beit Alpha to see the remains of the mosaic floor of an ancient synagogue depicting the zodiac.
Overnight: Jerusalem.

Wednesday

Jerusalem: The Old City / Bethlehem
Start the day with a magnificent panoramic view from Mount of Olives Drive to the Old city ; Visit the tomb of King David and the room of last Supper on Mount Zion. Enter the walled city and walk through the newly restored Jewish quarter. Visit the Roman Cardo, the Herodian quarter and continue to the Western Wall. Walk along the Via Dolorosa to the church of the Holy Sepulchre. Continue to Bethlehem*; view Rachel’s tomb and proceed to visit the Church of Nativity and Manger Square.
Overnight: Jerusalem. *(Visit to Bethlehem subject to change).

Thursday

Jerusalem: The New City
Drive to The Israel Museum ; visit the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed and the miniature model of Jerusalem as it was during the second temple period; Proceed for a tour at the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. Continue to visit Mount Hertzel Cemetery and Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust. Visit Mea Shearim , the Ultra-Orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem and learn about their unique lifestyle. In the evening enjoy a middle eastern dinner followed by the spectacular “sound & light” show* at the Tower of David Museum *Weather conditions permitting
Overnight: Jerusalem.

Friday

Qumran / Massada / Dead Sea
Drive through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, almost 1300 feet (400 meters) below sea level. Stop at Qumeran to visit the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Massada. Ascend by cable car and tour the ancient fortress where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans before committing mass suicide in 73 AD. Descend by cable car. Continue to the Dead Sea; Cover yourself with the mineral rich mud and experience a swim in the Dead Sea* that many believe has its therapeutic effects (*weather permitting).
Overnight: Jerusalem.

Saturday

At leisure
Overnight: Jerusalem.

Sunday

Jerusalem / Ben Gurion Airport.
Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure.