Highlights of Israel

Dome of the Rock and Bahai Gardens
Highlights of Israel

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8 Days / 7 Nights
A PRIVATE TOUR

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS
A PRIVATE TOUR
that Includes Tel Aviv, Beersheba, Arad, Massada, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Beit Shean, Tiberias, Galilee, Acre, Haifa and more.

This private tour is an excellent introduction to the Holy Land. Non-denominational in character you will be amazed at the history from ancient civilizations to modern times. Regardless of which category you choose all hotels are highly rated by previous guests and on Trip Advisor. Your licensed guide speaks fluent English and your transportation is new.

 

Jerusalem

Day 01: (Sunday) ARRIVE ISRAEL
Arriving Ben Gurion airport meet our staff in the terminal lobby for transfer to your hotel in Jerusalem. Overnight Jerusalem
NOTE: If you are arriving by land at Sheikh Hussein or Allenby Bridge we can meet you there.

VISAS: All travelers to Israel must have a visa. USA and Canada citizens can obtain one on arrival. Please let us know what passport you are traveling with and we will confirm whether you can get it on arrival.

Garden of Gethsemane and Church of the Agony

Day 02: (Monday) JERUSALEM
Meet your guide in the hotel lobby to start the day at Mt. Scopus where you will enjoy a beautiful, panoramic view of Jerusalem. Next you will visit the Garden of Gethsemane and Church of the Agony. Continue on to the Israel Museum to visit the Shrine of the Book with the famous Dead Sea Scrolls and the beautifully renovated Model of Herodian Jerusalem, depicting the city at the time of the Second Temple. After seeing the Scrolls, you will visit Yad VaShem, Israel's national memorial to the Holocaust and then have a visit to the Hadassah Medical Center's Synagogue, with its Marc Chagall stained glass windows. You will be returned to your hotel via Ein Kerem, the birthplace of John the Baptist. Overnight Jerusalem
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Dome of the Rock and Dormition Abbey

Day 03: (Tuesday) JERUSALEM
This morning depart the hotel at 8:30AM walking with your guide through one of the gates to the walled Old City with the renewed Jewish Quarter, the Western Wall, the Temple Mount area, the colorful bazaars and the Via Dolorosa. Ending the walk at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Next your guide will take you to Mt. Zion for a visit to the Tomb of King David, the Room of the Last Supper and Dormition Abbey. Continue to Bethlehem to visit Rachel's Tomb and the Church of the Nativity. Overnight Jerusalem
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Roman Ruins and Sea of Galilee

Day 04: (Wednesday) JERICHO, BEIT SHEAN, TIBERIAS
Leaving Jerusalem drive north via Jericho* (the oldest city in the world) to Beit Shean. Beit She'an was first settled way back in the Chalcolithic Period (some 5,000 to 6,000 years ago). The city has had many conquerors, among them the Egyptians some 3,500 years ago. Beit She'an was a small town until the Egyptian Pharaoh Thutmose III in the 15th century BCE (recorded in an inscription at Karnak Temple) conquered the area and it became the center of the Egyptian administration of the region. A few hundred years later, the Philistines conquered it (it was they who fastened Saul's body to the wall of Beit She'an after the famous battle on Mount Gilbo'a: 1 Samuel 31 .8 – 11). Beit She'an became part of the kingdoms of David and Solomon, and was eventually destroyed in a fire, apparently at the hands of the King of Assyria (in 732 BCE). Beit She'an was rebuilt as a Hellenistic city about 2,300 years ago, and was renamed Scythopolis ("City of the Scyths"). In the succeeding Roman period, it spread south, reaching the peak of its greatness in the fifth century, when it had 30,000 – 40,000 inhabitants. The remains of this magnificent city can be clearly seen at the city's main site – the National Park of Beit She'an, which is one of the country's most beautiful and impressive national parks. In the northern part is Tel Beit She'an – the location of ancient Beit She'an. South and east of it are the ruins of Roman-Byzantine Scythopolis, which tell of its richness and greatness. Continue to the Sea of Galilee. Overnight Tiberias
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Tiberias

Day 05: (Thursday) TIBERIAS
The Old city holds important Jewish and Christian pilgrimage sites including the Tomb of Maimonides and Abulafia (Etz Chaim) Synagogue. The waterfront features the restaurant-lined Yigal Allon Promenade, a marina and a fish market. A few years after its establishment, around 30 C.E., Jesus Christ moved his base of activities to the northern shore of Lake Kineret, where several well-known miracles took place including walking on the waters of the lake. As Christianity took hold, many churches were built in Tiberias and its surroundings. Tiberias has been continuously inhabited and various buildings and ruins from various periods are well preserved. In the Old City, built during the Crusades and the Ottoman Empire, a number of early sites are visible, including Daher El-Amar's 18th century fortress, a Jewish ritual bath, the black basalt remnants of the city wall, and the Church of St. Peter. Today's church was constructed on the ruins of a Crusader church that had one nave and narrow windows similar to portholes representative of the hull of an overturned boat. The modern church centers on artwork symbolizing the four Gospels under an inscription of Jesus's words to Peter "Be shepherd of my flock." The stained glass windows depict fish and holy figures, while the rear courtyard houses a copy of a statue of Peter brought to Tiberias from Rome in 1833. Overnight Tiberias
Meals: Breakfast



Church of Annunciation in Nazareth and Haifa

Day 06: (Friday) NAZARETH, ACRE, HAIFA
Departing Tiberias we travel to Nazareth, the home of Joseph and Mary. In the old city, the domed Basilica of the Annunciation is, some believe, where the angel Gabriel told Mary she would bear a child. St. Joseph's Church is said to be the site of Joseph's carpentry workshop. The underground Synagogue Church is reputedly where Jesus studied and prayed. Nazareth Village, an open-air museum, reconstructs daily life in Jesus' era. Over the past decade the historical Old City has been extensively renovated, preserving and restoring the architectural beauty and unique character of its narrow lanes and alleys. The combination of these three elements – history, culture and architecture – assures the Old City of Nazareth a place among the most beautiful historical destinations in the world. Departing Nazareth we travel to the coast to Acre, a Unesco World Heritage site. Acre is a historic walled port-city with continuous settlement from the Phoenician period. The present city is characteristic of a fortified town dating from the Ottoman 18th and 19th centuries, with typical urban components such as the citadel, mosques, khans and baths. The remains of the Crusader town, dating from 1104 to 1291, lie almost intact, both above and below today's street level, providing an exceptional picture of the layout and structures of the capital of the medieval Crusader kingdom of Jerusalem. Overnight Haifa
Meals: Breakfast

Bahai Garden and Caesarea

Day 07: (Saturday) HAIFA, CAESAREA, TEL AVIV
We start our day visiting the immaculately landscaped terraces of the Bahá'í Gardens and, at their heart, the gold-domed Shrine of the Báb. At the foot of the gardens lies the German Colony, with shops, galleries and restaurants in 19th-century buildings. Departing Haifa we drive along the coast to visit Caesarea, Herod's port city and the capital of Roman Judea. From here it's on to Tel Aviv. Overnight Tel Aviv
Meals: Breakfast

Day 08: (Sunday) INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE
Staff transfers you to Ben Gurion airport for your international departure.
NOTE: If you are traveling to Jordan we can arrange your transfer to either Allenby Bridge or Sheikh Hussein.

PRIVATE TOUR INCLUDES:
Ground Transfers by air-conditioned vehicle related to the tour starting with arrival to Ben Gurion airport (TLV) or the Israel side of the land crossing at Sheikh Hussein or Allenby Bridge. Baggage handling of no more than 1 piece of luggage per person however baggage and personal effects are at the owner's risk at all times during the tour. Hotels (based on double occupancy). Meals as noted. Included meals are in the main dining room, no speciality restaurants or room service. Fees for visiting antiquity sites and museums shown on the tour outline. Tours as noted in the outline with the services of an English speaking licensed guide. Hotel service charges and taxes.

NOT included are:
Air, Items of a personal nature such as tips, entry visas, entry or departure taxes, phone calls, laundry, beverages of any nature at any time, any items not specifically covered in the included items..


Estimated Tour Cost: (Requires a minimum of two travelers to operate)
Using Budget hotels: $2,089 per person, double occupancy
Jerusalem: Dan Boutique, Shani hotel, Eldan hotel
Tiberias: Villa Alliance, Aviv Holiday Flat
Haifa: Blue Sky, Levontine 14, Tamer Guest House
Tel Aviv: Gordon Inn, Idelson Hotel, Rothschild apartments

  • Using Boutique hotels: $2,345 per person, double occupancy
    Jerusalem: Atlas Harmony, Atlas Arthur, Atlas Bezalel
    Tiberias: Hill Apartments, Aviv Holiday Flat, Leonardo Plaza
    Haifa: Bay Club, Bat Galim, The Colony Hotel
    Tel Aviv: Market House, Ultra, Hotel Rothschild 22

  • Using  Luxury hotels:$2,729 per person, double occupancy
    Jerusalem: American Colony
    Tiberias: Scots hotel, Rimonim Galei Kinnereth
    Haifa: Dan Carmel, Elma Arts Complex, U boutique Kinneret
    Tel Aviv: The Rothschild, Hotel Nordoy, Sheraton, Hilton

    Regardless of which category you choose all hotels are highly rated by previous guests and on Trip Advisor.
    Exact hotels would be named in your invoice however if you have a preference be sure to let us know.


    Tours must be booked at least 45 days prior to arrival.
    Prices and itinerary subject to change without notice.

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