Israel Highlights Tour

With the 7 night Israel Highlights Tour, you will get to experience Israel’s blockbuster attractions including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and the Dead Sea. The tour begins with an overnight stay in Tel Aviv and a trip towards Jerusalem the next day. En route you will visit Masada, King Herod’s palace and get a chance to float in the Dead Sea. 3 nights in Jerusalem will ensure that you will visit all of the important religious sites including the old city, Western Wall, the Via Dolorosa and much more. From there you visit Jericho, the Golan Heights and Nazareth while staying in a traditional Kibbutz for 2 nights. The tour ends back in Tel Aviv for a city tour and overnight stay.

8 Days Itinerary: Israel Highlights Tour

Tel Aviv - Massada - Dead Sea - Jerusalem - Bethlehem* - Galilee - Golan Heights - Nazareth - Haifa
Departure Days: Sundays

Day 1

Tel Aviv

Depart from the UK for your flight to Tel Aviv. Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Day 2

Tel Aviv - Beer Sheba - Massada - Dead Sea

Drive to Beersheba via Ashdod and Ashkelon en-route to Beer Sheba for a short visit to the Negev capital. Continue via Arad to Massada. Ascend by cable car to the fortress, the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Explore the excavations, King Herod’s Palace, the synagogue, and bathhouse and enjoy views of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea. Possible ‘float’ in the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 3

Jerusalem - New City

Enjoy panoramic views of Jerusalem from atop the Mount of Olives. Continue to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of Agony. On to the Israel museum’s Shrine of the Book with the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, then to the renovated model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem. Drive to the Yad Vashem, the memorial to the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust and then to the picturesque village of Ein Karem (birthplace of John the Baptist) to experience the largest open market in Israel. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 4

Jerusalem - Old City - Bethlehem*

Enter through one of the gates of the walled Old City to visit the renewed Jewish Quarter, Western Wall, the Temple area and the colourful bazaars. Walk along the Via Dolorosa and the Stations of the Cross ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Afternoon drive to Mt Zion to visit the tomb of King David and then to Bethlehem* to visit the Church of Nativity. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 5

Beit Shean - Tiberias - Galilee

Depart Jerusalem passing through Jericho, the oldest city in the world. Travel through the Jordan Valley to Beit Shean to visit the excavations of this beautifully preserved Roman city. Proceed to Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation and the carpentry workshop of Joseph. On to Safed, city of the Kabbalah, for a walk through the mystic alleys, a visit to a synagogue and the artists’ colony. Overnight in Kibbutz hotel.

Day 6

Upper Galilee - Golan Heights - Nazareth

Drive to the Golan Heights, visit the former Syrian Fortifications and Druze Villages via Banias, the source of the Jordan River. Enjoy a tour of Israeli wine country, with vineyards surrounded by breathtaking views and wine tasting. Descending to the shores of the Sea of Galilee, visit the Mount of Beatitudes and the ruins of the ancient synagogue and Peter's House at Capernaum. Visit Tabgha, where the miracle of the fish and bread took place. Continue to Tiberias for a short tour of the old centre of Jewish learning. Optional sailing in a boat across the Sea of Galilee to experience the tranquillity and scenery little changed during the past 2000 years (Subject to conditions and fee). Overnight in Kibbutz Hotel.

Day 7

Acre - Haifa - Caesarea - Tel Aviv

Head west to Acre (Akko) for a visit to the old famous Crusader stronghold and medieval fortifications. Carry on to Haifa for a sightseeing tour including the Baha’i Shrine, Persian Garden and Mt Carmel for a view of the city and bay. Continue along the coast to Caesarea to visit the Roman theatre and the Crusader fortress. Complete your day with a short city tour of Tel Aviv, Jaffa. Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Day 8

Tel Aviv

Transfer to Tel Aviv airport for your return flight to the UK.

* Site under the Palestinian Authority jurisdiction. Visit subject to situation.

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