COACH TOUR - From vibrant Tel Aviv we trace Israel’s holy heritage through the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth and Jerusalem with time to float in the Dead Sea and explore ancient Roman archaeological sites and impressive cliff-top fortresses.
Tel Aviv - Jaffa - Tiberias. A short drive brings us to Jaffa, an ancient port where we enjoy a walking tour of the picturesque fortified town, see the House of Simon the Tanner and marvel at the hilltop views. Continuing north along the coast we visit Caesarea, one of the great cities of antiquity and Megiddo, the location of many ancient battles and the city referred to in the book of Revelation as ‘Armageddon’. Here we explore the archaeological ruins before continuing to the Sea of Galilee and historic Tiberias, where Jesus lived and preached.
Overnight: Tiberias | Breakfast, Dinner
Tiberias. Today we visit Capernaum, an ancient fishing village and the centre of Jesus’ ministry. In Tabgha, the site where Christ miraculously fed the 5,000, we see the wonderful mosaic floor of the Church of Multiplication before continuing to the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus preached the ‘Sermon on the Mount’. Ascending to the rocky plateau of the Golan Heights we enjoy panoramic views of the rugged peaks of Mount Hermon with the green pastoral Huleh valley stretching out below.
Overnight: Tiberias | Breakfast, Dinner
Tiberias - Jerusalem. First stop today is Cana to visit the Wedding Church where Jesus performed his first miracle, turning water into wine. We continue on to Nazareth, the city where Jesus spent his childhood, where we visit the Church of Annunciation, Mary’s Well and Joseph’s Church. Passing through the Jordan Valley we reach Beit Shean and explore the excavations of this beautifully preserved Roman city, destroyed in an earthquake, before travelling on to Jerusalem.
Overnight: Jerusalem | Breakfast, Dinner
Jerusalem - Dead Sea - Jerusalem. An excursion today takes us to the remarkable scenery of the Dead Sea and Masada, a UNESCO-listed fortress situated on an isolated cliff in the Judean Desert. We ascend by cable car to the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Here we visit the excavations of King Herod’s palace, the synagogue and bathhouse. The site also offers spectacular views of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea. We’ll also see the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and enjoy floating on the salty, mineral-rich waters (weather permitting) before heading back to Jerusalem.
Overnight: Jerusalem | Breakfast, Dinner
Start the day with the spectacular panoramic views from Mt. Scopus before a stop at the Mount of Olives, the site where Jesus first gave the Lord’s Prayer. We visit the Garden of Gethsemane before heading to the Old City where we see the Western Wall, the Temple Mount, Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Just outside of the Old City is Mount Zion with the traditional tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper.
On day 7 we discover new Jerusalem, starting with the official memorial site of Yad Vashem, a sprawling complex dedicated to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. After paying our respects we head to Ein Karem, a picturesque village where John the Baptist was born. Spend some time in the Israel Museum visiting the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, and a detailed model of Jerusalem from the time of the Second Temple. Passing the Knesset (House of Parliament) and the campus of the Hebrew University we make our way to Bethlehem in the West Bank where we visit Rachel’s Tomb and the Church of the Nativity. Then we return to Jerusalem for the night.
Overnight: Jerusalem | Breakfast x 2, Dinner x 2
Thursday. Jerusalem - breakfast. Today marks the end of our tour. After hotel check out, transfer to the airport.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged provided there is another single traveller booked on the tour date of your choosing. If a roommate cannot be found the single room supplement will apply.Read More
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.
Hotel Grand Beach, Tel Aviv
Located just a few minutes walk from Tel Aviv's golden beaches, the Hotel Grand Beach offers a comfortable and luxurious atmosphere. Guest rooms are modernly furnished and include free Wi-Fi. With a number of excellent eating options including a lavish buffet in the 'Jerusalem' dining room. The roof top pool is another highlight affording stunning views of the seafront and the city and is a great place to cool off! Perfectly located close to the sea front and the bustling city centre with lots of restaurants and cafes nearby.
Hotel Metropolitan, Tel Aviv
Within easy walking distance from major city attractions, Hotel Metropolitan is a modern hotel with excellent amenities. Guest rooms are designed in a contemporary style with soft furnishings and stylish en suite bathrooms. The hotel also has an onsite bar and cafe serving food throughout the day. In the summer head to the outdoor pool with sundecks - the perfect way to start the day! Perfectly located in the centre and very heart of Tel Aviv.
Golan Hotel Tiberias, Tiberias
The Golan Hotel Tiberias is family run property located in the historic centre of Tiberias on the hillside overlooking the old city and the Sea of Galilee. The hotel benefits from an outdoor seasonal swimming pool with a spacious sun terrace. You can unwind with a drink at either the poolside bar or at the Kinnereth lobby bar. The hotel’s restaurant Panorama offers Local and International kosher dishes. All rooms offer views of the Sea of Galilee and the distant mountains and are equipped with modern amenities, ensuring a comfortable stay.
Leonardo Hotel Tiberias, Tiberias
The Leonardo Hotel in Tiberias is scenically located on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, the only freshwater lake in Israel, and just a short stroll from the centre of town. The hotel benefits from direct access to a private beach and a large pool. Rooms are equipped with plush furniture and a range of modern amenities, ensuring a comfortable stay. Guests will wake up each morning to wonderful views of the Sea of Galilee. The restaurant serves delicious cuisine and the staff are very attentive.
Hotel Grand Court , Jerusalem
Centrally located. the Hotel Grand Court is a very modern hotel and an excellent base for exploring the holy city. Guest rooms are bright and well furnished with free Wi-Fi throughout. The Garden Court is the perfect spot to enjoy breakfast al-fresco. There is also a refreshing outdoor pool to relax in or by (open April - September). Perfectly located just a short walk from the Old City.
Leonardo Jerusalem, Jerusalem
The modern Leonardo Hotel is in an ideal base for exploring the sites of Jerusalem. Centrally located within a short walk of famous sites such as the Via Doloroza, Western Wall and the Old City. Rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated, with all modern amenities. The two restaurants serve delicious local and international cuisine and breakfast is plentiful. After a long day of sightseeing, the large outdoor pool is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a refreshing swim, while those who can't resist a holiday workout can head to the fitness centre.
The tour was excellent. It had the right balance between sightseeing, travel and rest time. We enjoyed all of the places that we visited and thought the time at each was about right.
Feedback for Gardi - brilliant tour guide, full of information and interesting stories, happy to answer all questions, kept us informed, very friendly, really made it special.
Feedback for Ona - fun and friendly, very informative and knowledgable, timekeeping could have been better - but some of that was outside of her control.
It would have been better if we had kept the same group and the same guide throughout the trip. When we got to Jerusalem we changed to a new guide and merged with a bigger group who had only just arrived. This made the group dynamic a little difficult. ”
We had 3 guides - 1 for Telaviv-Galilee-Jerusalem; 1 for Jerusalem and Judean Desert and one for Bethlehem (West Bank). They were all excellent. They were truly professionals. The first one, Gadi was exceptional. He often went out of his way to please his group!
The tour was great. The guides, the food, the hotels, the weather and the varied scenery were brilliant. If any thing there was a bit of timing problem in Jerusalem, but this was beyond the control of the guide as it was election time. In the Old City some sites were closed temporarily because Nathanyahu was visiting the Western Wall to celebrate his new mandate.
As satisfied customers we have recommended our experience to friends some of whom have already planned to travel with On The Go Tours next year.
If we go on holiday abroad next time definitely we will choose On the Go Tours again.
Zerabruck and Genet Bairu
Hi Sarah. In between holidays at the moment (isn't life a bore :-). Had an absolutely wonderful and exhilarating time in Israel and the trip went beyond my expectations. The guide, Marc, was brilliant and extremely knowledgeable, and the small group of 14 got on famously, despite the varying age group (20 - 86) and nationalities. We were very lucky indeed. All in all though a most memorable trip, and I would definitely travel with On The Go Tours on a future occasion. ”
Guide was brilliant - very knowledgeable. Hotels were large noisy ones that provided more disturbances to sleep than would be expected.
I think it should be stated Half-Board means eating at hotels - last hotel for example you had quite a few hundred people at the buffet dinner/breakfast every day. The tour itself was good. Liked the fact the guide took into account traffic at destinations and would mix up the itinerary to make sure we spent the least amount of time queuing. ”