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Classical 8 nights tour of Israel

Summary  

A weekly guaranteed tour of Israel.  Operated with arrival every Tuesday 3 nights Jerusalem, 2 nights Tel Aviv, 2 nights Galilee,1 night Jerusalem


Itinerary ~~

  

Monday, Fly to Israel


Tuesday, Arrive in Jerusalem

Arrival to Ben Gourion airport where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight Jerusalem.


Wednesday, Jerusalem: the old city

Start the day with a magnificent panoramic view from mount of olives.

Drive to the old city; Visit the tomb of king David and the room of last dupper on mt. Zion.  Enter the walled city and walk through the newly restored Jewish Quarter.  Visit the Roman Cardo, the Herodian quarter and continue to the western wall.  Walk along thevia dolorosa to the church of holy scpulchre. Continue to Bethlehem*; view Rachel's tomb and proceed to visit the church of Nativity and manger's square. Overnight in Jerusalem

  

Thursday, Jerusalem: the new city

Drive to Israel Museum ;  visit the shrine of the book where the dead sea scrolls are housed and the  miniature model of Jerusalem as it was during the second temple period ; Proceed for a tour at the Knesset , Israel's parliament . Continue to visit Mount Hertzel cemetery and Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust.

Drive through Mea Shearim, the ultra orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem and learn about their unique lifestyle.

In the evening enjoy a middle eastern dinner followed by the spectacular "sound& light" show* at the tower of David museum. (weather conditions permitting). Overnight in Jerusalem 

  

Friday, Qumeran / Massada / Dead Sea

Drive through the Judean desert to the Dead Sea the lowest point on earth, almost 1300 feet (400 meters) below sea level.  Stop at Qumeran to visit the site where the dead sea scrolls were found. Drive along the shores of the dead sea to Massada.  Ascend by cable car and tour the ancient fortress where the zealots made their last stand against the Romans before committing mass suicide in 73 a.d.  Descend by cable car.

Continue to the Dead sea; Cover yourself with the mineral rich mud and experience a swim in the Dead sea* that many believe has its therapeutic effects. (*weather permitting). Overnight in Tel-Aviv. 

  

Saturday, 

Free day at leisure in Tel Aviv. Overnight in Tel Aviv.


Sunday, Caesarea /Megiddo/ Druze village/Haifa

Drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea, capital of Judea under the Romans.  See the excavations of the crusader city and the Roman port, aqueduct and the amphitheater that has been restored to its former glory as a concert venue.  Proceed to Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon; visit the archaeological excavations including the well preserved water supply system. Continue to Daliat el Carmel, a druze village and enjoy a late lunch at a local restaurant . Proceed via mount Carmel to Haifa for a panoramic view of the Haifa bay and the golden domed Bahai Shrine and gardens.

Overnight in a Kibbutz guesthouse. 

  

Monday, Safed / Golan Heights/Winery 

Drive to Safed, the center of Jewish mysticism, where you will visit the ancient synagogues and the artists’ colony. 

Continue to the Golan Heights to see the former syrian bunkers, Kuneitra and the new Israeli town of Katzrin.  Stop at the Golan winery for a tour and wine tasting; Proceed to "kessem hagolan", a multimedia presentation of the area and it's history.

Overnight in a Kibbutz guesthouse. 

  

Tuesday, Sea of Galilee / Nazareth

Start the day with a visit to Nazareth and visit the church of Annunciation; Continue to Tiberias; Visit Capernaum to see the ruins of the synagogue and octagonal church of St. Peter; Visit Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the sermon on the mount.  

Drive via Bein Shean to Beit Alpha to see the remains of the mosaic floor of an ancient synagogue depicting the zodiac.Overnight in Jerusalem

  

Wednesday, Fly to USA 

Transfer to Ben Gurion airport for departure.

Highlignts

  1. Lunch at a Druze Village
  2. Dinner in a Middle Eastern Restaurant
  3. Sound & Light show at Tower of David
  4. Float in the Dead Sea

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