TUESDAY DAY 2: JERUSALEM
Wake up to a new morning in Jerusalem, a fascinating city, of great importance to Jews, Christians and Muslims. We start the day at the Israel Museum Shrine of the book with the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered in caves near Qumran. The scrolls, considered a great literary treasure, date back 2000 years and offer tremendous insight to Judaism and early Christianity.
Visit the beautifully renovated model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem, dating back to the time of the Second Temple.
Take a short drive to the outskirts of Jerusalem for a visit of Ein Karem, a charming little village believed to be the birthplace of John the Baptist.
Continue to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, a living memorial to the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust. Continue to Bethlehem, where Jesus was born, where we will visit at the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square.
After a full and eventful day, we return to our hotel in Jerusalem.
Return to our hotel for overnight.
MONDAY DAY 1: JERUSALEM
Arrival at Ben-Gurion airport.
Upon arrival to Ben-Gurion airport, our representative will be waiting to greet and assist you. Transportation will be provided to your hotel in Jerusalem.
WEDNESDAY DAY 3: JERUSALEM
An exceptional day lays ahead of us today. We begin our tour by entering the walled Old City where we will see the Western Wall and the actual site of the Second Temple, the Temple Mount. As we walk down the cobbled alleys of the Old City, history comes vividly into life and we can almost imagine the City's busy tumult in ancient times.
We walk the Via Dolorosa and the Stations of the Cross to Calvary and the the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, housing both the traditional site of Crucifixion and the Tomb of the Resurrection.
To the southwest, just outside the Old City, is Mount Zion, with the traditional tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of Jerusalem - the holy city for each of the world’s three great religions – Christianity, Judaism and Islam, from atop the Mount of Olives. Visit the Garden of Gethsemane where Judas betrayed Jesus. Drive downtown for a visit to the Mahane Yehuda outdoor market to experience the flavors, aromas, colors and the traders' (noisy) interaction with the crowds.
Return to your hotel for overnight.
THURSDAY DAY 4: BEITH SHEAN / NAZARETH / SAFED
After breakfast, we leave Jerusalem and head north. We drive through the Jordan Valley to Beit-Shean passing Jericho, referred to in the Old Testament as the "City of Palms".
In Beit Shean, we visit the excavations of a Roman city which include Roman terms, hippodrome and streets with beautiful mosaic floors.
We head to Nazareth to visit the Basilica of Annunciation and the Christian Holy sites.
We continue uphill to Safed, reputed for once having being the core of Jewish mysticism. We take a pleasant walk through the artist's colony, where the traditional and the modern co-exist, forming the city's unique and delightful character.
After a visit to the artists' colony , we return to the Kibbutz for a good night’s rest.
FRIDAY DAY 5: UPPER GALILEE & GOLAN HEIGHTS / SEA OF GALILEE
We take a lovely drive through the lush, panoramic Golan Heights, passing by Banias, former Syrian fortification and Druze villages.
Enjoy a wine tasting tour , learn about the wine production process and enjoy the beautiful of views of the surrounding vineyards.
Descend to the shore of the Sea of Galilee and proceed to Capernaum, to visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue, the Mount of Beatitudes, traditional site of the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ and Tabgha, the traditional site of the ‘miracle of the loaves and the fish’.
Onwards to Tiberias, the old center of Jewish learning. Optional sailing on a boat across the Sea of Galilee to experience the tranquility and scenery little changed during the past 2000 years (subject to conditions and fee).
Return to Kibbutz hotel for overnight.
SATURDAY DAY 6: ACRE / HAIFA / CAESAREA / TEL-AVIV
We begin the last day of our journey through history with a visit to Acre, declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
After a visit to the famous Crusader stronghold and medieval fortifications, we drive to Haifa, ascending Mount Carmel for a Panoramic view of the Bahai Shrine and Persian gardens and the Haifa bay. We drive along the coast to Caesarea where we visit the Roman Theater and the Crusader Fortress. Our day ends with a short city tour of Jaffa and Tel-Aviv, where we will spend the night.
SUNDAY DAY 7
Free day in Tel-Aviv or optional tour to Masada & the Dead Sea
Day at leisure in Tel Aviv, or an optional tour to Masada & the Dead Sea.
Overnight in Tel Aviv.
MONDAY DAY 8
Our journey has reached its end and we hope that you enjoyed it as much as we have enjoyed hosting you.
We part with the Hebrew greeting of Shalom and Le-Hitraot and hope to welcome you again in the future.
Transportation is provided from the hotel to the airport for your flight back home.
- 7 nights’ hotel accommodation including daily breakfasts
- Assistance at the airport upon arrival
- Transfers from and to the airport
- 2 dinners in the Galilee
- Sightseeing in a modern air conditioned motor coach
- Service of a government licensed guide on all touring days
- Entrance fees according to the itinerary.>
- Wi-Fi: available in all hotels and public places, restaurants, cafés.
- ATMs: are available in all big cities, it is advisable to exchange money in a bank or an exchange place and not in your hotel. You can exchange currency at the airport, after exiting through customs.
Major credit cards are widely accepted in stores, restaurants and cafes.
- Cell phones: If you wish to rent a local cell phone for your stay, this can be done at the airport. You can also purchase a local SIM card.
Suggested tipping on group tours is recommended at $5-10 per person per touring day for the guide and $3-5 per person per driving day for the driver.
Customary tips in Israeli restaurants and cafes is between 10-15% depending on how pleased you are with your waiter/waitress. 10% is usually the minimum, with 12% an average tip. Taxi drivers do not expect to be tipped (locals do not tip in taxis).
- Weather: It is best to check updated weather conditions a couple of days prior to your departure and pack accordingly.
- Clothes: Israel is a liberal and modern country, there is no particular dress code and you are not expected to dress up for restaurants etc. When visiting Holy sites, shoulders must be covered, trousers/dresses/skirts must be below knee length.
- Documents: your passport must be valid for at least 6 months when entering the country. Check with us if you require an entry visa to Israel/Jordan/Egypt.
- Electricity: The Israeli power supply is single phase 220 volts at 50 Hertz. Most sockets have a three-pin hole, although double pinned European plugs can also be used.
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