Day 1: Arrive Tel Aviv, meet your driver at the transfer desk. Private transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Day 2: Tour of Jerusalem & Bethlehem
Tour begins with a drive to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the City. Stop at Mount Zion to visit King David’s tomb, room of last supper and the Dormition Abbey. Enter the Old City and walk through the Jewish quarter to the recently excavated and restored Cardo, the Roman road. See the Armenian and Jewish quarter, 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 where Jesus was born. Visit the Church of Nativity and Manger Square. Return to hotel in Tel Aviv 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 Basilica of Annunciation and the Church of St Josef. Continue via Kana to Tiberias a lively resort town on the Sea of Galilee. Drive along the Kinnaret lake to Capernaum and view the ruins of the ancient synagogue where Jesus taught. Continue to Tabgha and visit the church of the Multiplication of loaves and fish, with the beautiful mosaic floor. Continue to Yardenit, famous site of baptism, where the Jordan River exits the Sea of Galilee towards the Dead Sea. Enjoy the peaceful and natural surrounding on site. Return to hotel in Tel Aviv for overnight.
Day 4: Private transfer to Tel Aviv Airport for departure. (The pick up time from hotel in Tel Aviv is 4 hours prior to flight departure time – due to traffic and security check)
ISRAEL HIGHLIGHTS PACKAGE INCLUDES:
Additional nights stay with Optional Tours from Tel Aviv:
Dead Sea & Massada: Depart Tel Aviv via the Judean hills to the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Massada. Ascend by cable car and tour the mountain fortress built by King Herod, where the Zealots of the first century made their last stand against the Romans. Visit the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue, water cisterns, mosaic floors, roman baths and other findings. Descend by cable car. Continue to the Dead Sea. Enjoy the unique opportunity to swim and float in the mineral rich Dead Sea which has therapeutic effects. On the way back, view Qumeran caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. (Daily Tour – shared with other English speakers)
Pearls of the Western Galilee: Drive along the coastal road to Caesarea, the ancient Roman capital and port. Enjoy a walking tour of the theatre and the archaeological ruins and excavations. Continue to Haifa for a scenic view of the city, the port and the magnificent Baha’i gardens and shrine. Proceed to Rosh Hanikra, descend by cable car into the underwater grottoes and admire the spectacular natural formation. Onto Acre, the old city recognised by UNESCO as world heritage site. Walk through the market, the mosque and the old port. Visit the remarkable underground Crusader city and crypt and learn about their fascinating history and culture. (Tours every Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat – shared with other English speakers)
Alternative accommodation is possible. If preferred can stay in Jerusalem with tours from Jerusalem instead, note that accommodation will be at a higher cost.
Some tours are conducted in two languages – English and either French/German or Spanish
ISRAEL HIGHLIGHTS TOUR
November 2022 – February 2023 (regular departures)
Package prices are per person for 3 nights and are indicative:
ISRAEL HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDES:
Optional Tours from Tel Aviv:
(shared tours with other English speakers)
Prices based on minimum 2 persons and are indicative subject to change according to availability, therefore hotel supplements may apply. Alternative hotels are possible. Tours are shared with other English speakers. Longer stays are possible with extra optional tours. Christmas/New Year, Easter & Jewish holiday supplement may apply.
Solo Traveller Supplement €88 due to private transfer for persons travelling solo.
If Spanish, French, German or Russian guided tours are preferred, this can be arranged on specific days. Private tours are on request.
Longer Alternative Tour: 7 night Holyland tour departs every Sunday.