Sunset at Masada | Israel
FROM: AUD $3,145

From the vibrant coastal city of Tel Aviv, spend 8 days exploring the incredible highlights of Israel. Travelling inland we head for the centuries old city of Jerusalem, where you can see, smell and touch the history that has shaped it as well as visiting the birth place of Jesus, Bethlehem. We'll look out across the Sea of Galilee and rise to the top of Mount Carmel in Haifa. Visiting the Crusadar castle at Caesarea, your tour ends back in Tel Aviv.

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Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

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Itinerary

Day 1

Tel Aviv

Sunday. Upon arrival at the airport you will be met and transfered to your hotel in Tel Aviv. Rest of the evening is free.
Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day 2

Masada Fortress & The Dead Sea

Tel Aviv - Beer Sheba - Masada - Dead Sea - Jerusalem (West Bank). Set off from Tel Aviv, and drive south past the cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon to the Negev capital of Beer Sheba. After a short visit, continue via Arad to the Masada Fortress which sits atop an isolated rock cliff and was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Ascending by cable car to the fortress offers incredible views of the Dead Sea and at the top explore the excavations of Herod’s Palaces, the synagogue and the bathhouse. Later descend to the lowest place on Earth to float in the famously buoyant, salt-laden water of the Dead Sea. From the Dead Sea journey to Jerusalem, passing by the oasis of Ein Gedi and the Judean Desert en route. Spend the evening at leisure.
Overnight: Jerusalem  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Jerusalem New City

Today's sightseeing tour of Jerusalem New City starts at the Israel Museum which houses The Dead Sea Scrolls in the Shrine of the Book. Continue to visit the beautifully renovated Model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem, which dates back to the time of the Second Temple. The next stop on our tour of the New City is Yad Vashem, the world Holocaust remembrance centre. Founded in 1953, Yad Vashem started as an organisation committed to documenting the memory of Holocaust victims. The new museum was opened in 2005 and has 9 galleries of interactive historical displays, all of which are informative, moving and vital to a continued commemoration of those that lost their lives during one of history's darkest periods.

This afternoon visit the the picturesque village of Ein Karem, which is the birth place of John the Baptist. Next, drive to Bethlehem to visit the birthplace of Jesus at the Church of the Nativity before returning to Jerusalem for the night.
Overnight: Jerusalem  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

Jerusalem Old City & Bethlehem

Step back in time on a tour of Jerusalem's revered Old City today. Enter through one of the Gates to the walled Old City, to visit the renewed Jewish Quarter, the Western Wall (aka the Wailing Wall), the Temple Mount and the colourful souk. Then walk along the Via Dolorosa, stopping at the Stations of the Cross en route to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher is one of the world's holiest Christian shrines and the site of Jesus' crucifixion and burial. Continuing your tour, visit Mt Zion and the tomb of King David, the Room of the Last Supper and Dormition Abbey. Continuing to the Mount of Olives you'll have a spectacular view of this holiest of cities, a place where the three religions of Islam, Judaism and Christianity have tussled for power of the city for centuries.

Next visit the Garden of Gethsemane, where Judas betrayed Jesus, before travelling to Downtown Jerusalem to explore bustling Mahane Yehuda, which is Israel's largest open market.
Overnight: Jerusalem  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Beit Shean, Nazareth & Safed

Beit Shean - Nazareth - Safed - Galilee. Bid farewell to Jerusalem and drive north past Jericho, which is considered to be the world's oldest city. Travelling through the Jordan Valley and the new settlements to Beit Shean, see the excavations of this beautiful preserved Roman city before continuing on to Nazareth to visit the Church of Annunciation and other Christian holy sites. Final stop of the day is Safed, city of the Kabbalah and centre of Jewish mysticism, where you'll visit a synagogue and explore the beautiful streets of the artists’ colony. Your home for the next two nights is a kibbutz hotel in Galilee.
Overnight: Galilee  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

Golan Heights & the Sea of Galilee

Driving to the Golan Heights, visit the former Syrian fortifications and the Druze villages, passing Banias, the source of the Jordan River. Then enjoy a tour of the Israeli wine country, visiting picturesque vineyards where you can take in the wonderful views, learn about wine production and sample fine wines.

Descending to the shore of the Sea of Galilee take a tour of the Miracle Sites. In Capernaum visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue, the Mount of Beatitudes - site of the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ and Tabgha - site of the miracle of the loaves and the fish. Then travel on to Tiberias, the old centre of Jewish learning. This afternoon there is also an optional sailing trip across the Sea of Galilee to experience the tranquillity and beautiful scenery which has hardly changed in the past 2000 years (book and pay locally). Then return to your kibbutz hotel for the night.
Overnight: Galilee  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Acre, Haifa, Caesarea & Tel Aviv

Galilee - Acre - Haifa - Caesarea - Tel Aviv. After breakfast drive through the hills of the Galilee, westwards to Acre, where you'll explore this old, Crusader stronghold and its medieval fortifications. Continue to Haifa, the largest city in northern Israel which dates back over 3000 years. Sightseeing here includes the UNESCO world heritage listed Bahai Shrine and the magnificent gardens on the slopes of Mount Carmel which are spread over 19 terraces, the highest of which is the Persian Gardens where you can enjoy the wonderful panoramic view of the city and Haifa Bay.

Travelling down the coast to reach Caesarea, visit the Roman Theater and Crusader fortress at what is known as the “masterpiece of Herod the Great”. Then continue your journey to Tel Aviv and end the day with a short city tour of Tel Aviv and the ancient port of Jaffa.
Overnight: Tel Aviv  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8

Tel Aviv

Sunday. Arrangements come to an end after breakfast and onward transfer to airport. Alternatively extend your stay to enjoy more time in cosmopolitan Tel Aviv.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the per person price.

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Hotels

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.

Hotel Metropolitan, Tel Aviv

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

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.

Hotel Grand Beach, Tel Aviv

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

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 Grand Court , Jerusalem

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

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

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

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.

Kibbutz Kfar Giladi, Galilee

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Founded in 1916, the Kibbutz Kfar Giladi is a recently renovated hotel in a former Kibbutz. All of the guest rooms are well furnished and include breathtaking views across the dramatic Golan Heights. Internet access is available and the hotel also offers a sauna and massage service for guests who fancy a bit of pampering. Delicious kosher food is served for breakfast; and lunch and dinner can be ordered upon request. The accommodation is located in Upper Galilee offering stunning views of the Hula Valley and Mount Hermon.

In Brief

Range
Starts
Tel Aviv
Ends
Tel Aviv
Departs
Sundays
Hotel Rating
Superior (4 star)
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 7, Dinner: 6
The famous golden Dome, sparkling in the sunset, along with the rest of the city of Jerusalem
Slanted trees in the olive groves of Galilee
The immaculately landscaped Baha'i Gardens in Haifa
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