8 Days & 7 Nights – Monday Arrival
MONDAY – Arrival
Arrive at Ben Gurion airport; our representative will meet you after passport control. Transfer to the hotel in Jerusalem for check-in and overnight
TUESDAY – Jerusalem – Old City – Bethlehem*
Out tour will start with a great panoramic view of Jerusalem from the top of the Mt. of Olives. We continue to the Garden of Gethsemane and Church of the Agony. This is followed by a walk through one of the gates of the walled Old City: the renewed Jewish Quarter; the Western Wall, the Temple area; the colorful bazaars; Via Dolorosa and the Stations of the Cross, ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Drive to Mt. Zion and visit the tomb of King David, the Room of the Last Supper and Dormition Abbey.
In the afternoon, we continue to Bethlehem* to visit the Church of the Nativity and a view of the shepherds’ fields. Return to Jerusalem for overnight.
WEDNESDAY – Jerusalem – Old City
After breakfast we drive to Mt. Scopus for a great panoramic view of Jerusalem. Continue to the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book with the famous Dead Sea Scrolls. Visit to the beautifully renovated model of the Herodian city of Jerusalemin Second Temple times.
Proceed to Yad Vashem (the memorial to the six million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust).
In the afternoon, we will visit the picturesque village of Ein Karem, the birthplace of John the Baptist
Time permitting; we will visit the “Machaneh Yehuda” market, one of the most charming market places in Israel where you will feel the special atmosphere of Jerusalem.
Back to the hotel for overnight.
THURSDAY – Beit Shean – Nazareth – Safed
Check out after breakfast. Leave Jerusalem and drive north via Jericho*, the oldest city in the world.
Continue through the Jordan Valley to Beit Shean; visit the excavations of this beautiful Roman City. Proceed to Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation and Mary’s Well.
Our last stop this day will be Safed, city of the Kabbalah, for a walk through the mystic alleys and the artists’ colony.
At the end of the day we drive to the kibbutz hotel for check-in and overnight.
FRIDAY – Golan Heights – The Sea of Galilee
After breakfast we head to the Golan Heights. We will see the former Syrian fortifications, and the Druze villages. Drive via the Banias, the source of the Jordan River. We will drive to the shores of the Sea of Galilee where the first site will be Capernaum. We will visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue and Peter’s House, followed by a visit to Tabgha, where the miracle of the Fish and the Loaves took place.
We conclude our Sea of Galilee tour with a visit to the Mount of Beatitudes. After a short tour of Tiberias, the old center of Jewish learning, return to the kibbutz hotel for overnight.
SATURDAY – Acre – Haifa – Tel Aviv
Check out after breakfast, drive west to Acre for a visit of the famous Crusader stronghold and medieval fortifications.
Continue to Haifa for a sightseeing, including the Baha’i Shrine, Persian Garden and Mount Carmel for a panoramic view of the city.
Proceed southwards to Caesarea to visit the Roman Theater and the Crusader fortress.
Continue to Tel Aviv & Jaffa for a short city tour. Check-in to the hotel in Tel Aviv for overnight.
SUNDAY – Free Day
Day at leisure in Tel Aviv.
Optional tour to the Dead Sea is available.
MONDAY – Departure
Check out after breakfast and transfer to the airport for departure.
*Visiting sites under Palestinian Authority Jurisdiction is subject to the situation.