TEL AVIV - JERUSALEM - DEAD SEA - HAIFA / Guided 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.
Depart from the UK for your flight to Tel Aviv. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Monday - Tel Aviv / Beer Sheba / Masada & Dead Sea
Drive to Beersheba via Ashdod and Ashkelon for a short visit to the Negev capital. Continue via Arad to Masada. 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. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Tuesday - Jerusalem - sightseeing of the new city
Drive to Mt Scopus for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. Continue to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of Agony. On to the Israel Museums Shrine of the Book, then to the renovated model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem. Drive to the picturesque village of Ein Karem via Yad Vashem. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Wednesday - 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 and then to Bethlehem* to visit the Church of Nativity. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Thursday - Beit Shean / Tiberias / Galilee
Depart Jerusalem for Jericho*, the oldest city in the world. Travel through the Jordan Valley to Beit Shean. Visit the excavations of this beautifully preserved Roman city. Continue to Capernaum and visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue. Overnight in Kibbutz.
Friday - Upper Galilee / Golan Heights / Nazareth
Drive to the Golan Heights, visit the former Syrian fortifications and Druze villages via Banias. Proceed via the Hula Valley to Safed, city of Kabbalah and visit a synagogue and the artists’ colony. Continue to Nazareth to visit the Christian holy sites. Overnight in Kibbutz.
Saturday - 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.
Sunday - Return flight to UK Airport
Transfer to Tel Aviv airport for your return flight to the UK.