HIGHLIGHT – 8 DAYS
Our Highlights of Israel tour is a journey for all Great Religions, opening a window to the country’s history – touch the past and present, as well as its people and diverse cultures. With a professional guide, explore the important sites of Jerusalem’s Old City, Nazareth, and Bethlehem, ascend by cable car to the fortress of Masada, and float at the lowest place on the planet – the Dead Sea. In the north of the country, visit the serene Galilee and Valleys, and the Golan Heights. Other sites visited on the tour include Haifa, Caesarea, the Crusader Fortress of Acre, Tel Aviv, and the Ancient Sea Port of Jaffa.
Upon arrival at Tel Aviv Airport, you will be met by our representative who will be holding a sign with your group name on, immediately after passport control. Our representative will guide you to the bus and meet your driver, who will start the journey with a short city tour of Tel Aviv and the Ancient Seaport of Jaffa. Driving south passing by the City of Ashdod to your hotel in Ashkelon, for Check-in, dinner, and overnight.
In the morning after breakfast meet your tour guide to check-out the hotel, and set off from Ashkelon, driving south to Beersheba, for a short visit of the capital of the Negev Desert. Continue via Arad to Masada, Israel’s foremost archaeological park. Ascend via cable-car for a thorough visit that gives insight to the rituals, politics, and culture of the people who inhabited this desert fortress, which was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Visit the excavations, Herod’s Palaces, the Synagogue, Bathhouse, and Cisterns, and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Roman Camps. Descend to the lowest place on earth – the Dead Sea, to experience the mineral-rich black mud and to float in its salty waters. Check-in the hotel, dinner, and overnight in Jericho.
In the morning after breakfast, check-out the hotel. Drive to Mount Scopus or “Mount of the Watchmen/ Sentinels”, passing Hadassah Hospital and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, for a panoramic view of the Old City of Jerusalem, where over 4000 years of history unravels before you. On to the Garden of Gethsemane and Church of All Nations at the foot of the Mount of Olives. Continue to the Israel Museum which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Shrine of the Book, then visit the large scale renovated model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem, dating back to the time of the Second Temple. Visit Yad Vashem – the world Holocaust remembrance center. Afternoon drive to the picturesque village of Ein Karem – the birthplace of John the Baptist. In the heart of a neighborhood in downtown Jerusalem, visit Mahane Yehuda to experience the flavors, aromas, colors, and the traders’ interaction with the crowds, at the largest open market in Israel. Continue to the hotel for dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
In the morning, after breakfast, check-out the hotel. Step back in time on a visit to the Old City of Jerusalem, entering through the Gate to the walled Old City to visit the renewed Jewish Quarter, the Western Wall, the Temple Mount, and the colorful Souk. Walk along the Via Dolorosa, stopping at the 14th Stations of the Cross, ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Visit Mount Zion and the Tomb of King David, the Room of the Last Supper and Dormition Abbey. In the afternoon continue to Bethlehem, to visit the traditional Birthplace of Jesus at the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square. Return to the hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
In the morning, after breakfast, check-out the hotel. Leave Jerusalem and drive north passing by Jericho, the oldest city in the world. Travel through the Jordan Valley and the new settlements to Beit She’an, and visit the excavations of this beautifully preserved Roman City. On to Nazareth in the Central Galilee, to visit the Church of the Annunciation and Christian Holy Sites. Check-in the hotel for dinner and overnight in Nazareth for 3 nights.
After breakfast, drive up to the Golan Heights and visit the former Syrian fortifications and the Druze villages, passing by Banias, source of water for the Jordan River. 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, the traditional site of the “Sermon on the Mount” and Tabgha, the traditional site of the”Miracle of the Loaves and the Fishes”. 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). Return to the hotel in Nazareth for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, drive north through the Hills of the Galilee, to Safed, City of the Kabbalah and center of Jewish mysticism, to visit a synagogue and the beautiful streets of the artists’ colony. Westwards to Acre (Akko) for a visit of the old, famous Crusader stronghold and medieval fortifications. Continue to Haifa, for a panoramic sightseeing tour of the city, including the Baha’i Shrine, Persian Garden, Mount Carmel, and Haifa Bay. Proceed along the Mediterranean Coast to Caesarea to visit the Roman Theater and the Crusader Fortress at what is known as the “Masterpiece of Herod the Great”. End the day back to the hotel, for dinner and overnight in Nazareth.
We have reached our final day on this tour. After breakfast and check-out at the hotel, we will take you back to the airport for your International flight back home.
Say “farewell” and remember…
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