Day 1: Flight to Tel Aviv. Meet and assist, transfer to hotel for overnight.
Day 2: Tour of Jerusalem & Bethlehem
Tour begins with a drive to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the City. Enter the Old City through Jaffa Gate and walk through the Jewish quarter to the recently excavated and restored Cardo, the Roman road. See the Jewish Wailing Wall, the Kotel and continue to the Christian quarter. Walk along the Via Dolorosa and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Continue to Bethlehem for an overview of Shepherd’s field. Drive past Rachel’s tomb to visit Church of Nativity and Manger’s Square. Return to hotel for overnight
Day 3: Tour of Nazareth, Capernaum, Galilee
Depart Tel Aviv via the coastal road and outstanding landscape of the Lower Galilee to Nazareth, the town where Jesus spent his childhood. Visit the Church of Annunciation and the Church of St Josef. Continue via Kana and proceed to the town of Tiberias. Drive along the shores of the Sea of Galilee to visit Capernaum and view the ruins of the ancient synagogue. Continue to Tabgha, site of the miracle of loaves and fish, located at the foot of the Golan Heights. Continue to Yardenit, famous site of baptism, where the Jordan River exits the Sea of Galilee towards the Dead Sea. Return to hotel for overnight.
Day 4: Transfer to Tel Aviv Airport for departure to Larnaca.
Departures daily except Wednesdays
Situated amongst a range of well-known tourist attractions, shops and eateries, The Maxim Hotel is ideal for those wishing to discover Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area and its surroundings. Just a stone's throw from the shore, it is ideally located for those in search of a sea-side retreat.
This modern hotel offers a range of facilities, such as luggage storage, a 24-hour reception and a ticket service. Additionally, the multilingual staff are available to provide assistance as well as local information, promising an enjoyable stay in Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area.
The Maxim Hotel offers modern rooms equipped with a fax machine, plus all the necessities to ensure a comfortable stay.
The Maxim Hotel houses both a restaurant and a bar where guests are able to unwind of an evening with dinner and a drink. The hotel also serves a daily breakfast.
Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area's attractions, such as White City (Tel Aviv) and Dizengoff Square, are within easy walking distance of The Maxim Hotel. The hotel is also surrounded by the area's popular clubs and pubs, and Dizengoff Center and HaCarmel Market are a 20-minute stroll away.
The main international airport is Ben Gurion and is located 20 minutes from Tel Aviv approximately 45 minutes to Jerusalem.
The electrical current is 220 to 240 volts/50 cycles. Power sockets take a European-style two prong plug.
Taxis can be a good way to get around Israeli cities. Only use licensed taxis which must be metered and always insist that the meter is switched on. Buses are also a cost effective way to travel within the cities and from one city to another.
The Israeli people are friendly and welcoming to tourists. Whilst English is widely spoken, a few words of Hebrew do not go astray. The typical greeting Shalom is used to express hello and goodbye.
There are no special health warnings or vaccinations required for visitors to Israel. However it is advisable to consult your medical practitioner well ahead of your departure time for advice and the latest health warnings.
The official languages of Israel are Hebrew and Arabic.
The currency in Israel is the New Israeli Shekel which is divided into 100 Agorot. US dollars are commonly accepted as local currency and many Israeli merchants will quote prices in USD as well as shekels. Bank hours are Sunday to Thursday from 8.30am-12.00pm, and Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 4.00pm-6.00pm.
A valid passport is the only official document required for some European passport holders. An entry permit valid for three months will be issued on arrival. Please note that it is common practice to request a “loose leaf” visa if you do not wish to have an Israeli entry stamp in your passport. This is advisable as there are countries which will not permit entry to anyone with an Israeli stamp in their passport, such as Lebanon & Syria.
Some of our favourites
- Jerusalem's Old City
- Cosmopolitan Tel Aviv
- Masada at dawn
- Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum
- The Dead Sea
A modern state and an ancient land, Israel is home to the three monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, however the official religion is Judaism.
Safety & Security
Crime is rare in Israel and in that regard Israel is a safe country. Due to the political situation, however, it is necessary for visitors to inform themselves of Government travel warnings. It is also not advisable for visitors to enter the Palestinian Territories.
Tipping is the normal custom in Israel, below are our recommendations;
- Meals in restaurants: 10-15% of total bill. Some restaurants add a 12% service charge and in this case it is not necessary to add extra tips.
- Tour guides: USD$5 per person per day.
- Tour drivers: USD$2.50 per person per day.
- Private tours: USD$10 per person per day.
- Porters: USD$1 per bag.
Below are the average minimum/maximum temperatures for Jerusalem in °C
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
6/12 6/12 8/15 13/22 15/25 18/28 19/29 20/29 19/28 17/25 12/19 8/14
What to Wear
There are no special requirements in Israel with respect to dress. Entrance however to religious sites is however not permitted to anyone dressed immodestly; men and women should cover their legs, shoulders, and necklines. In Jewish places of worship men should cover their heads. In Christian places of worship people in shorts and sleeveless tops will not be allowed to enter.