Israel Highlights Tour
Guided Tour | Israel
With the seven 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. Spending three nights in Jerusalem will ensure that you will visit all the important religious sites including the Old City, Western Wall, the Via Dolorosa and much more. Choose the optional three night extension to explore some of the wonders of neighbouring Jordan, including the iconic rock city of Petra.
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• Float in the waters of the Dead Sea
• Tour of Old & New Jerusalem
• Visit Christian Holy sites in Nazareth
• Visit the ancient ruins of Caesarea
• Stay in a traditional Kibbutz
• Visit the Sea of Galilee
• Ascend the Golan Heights
• Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv
• Dan Panorama Tel Aviv
• Hotel Crowne Plaza
• Dan Panorama Jerusalem
• Kibbutz Hotel Superior
• Bed & Breakfast | Optional upgrade to Half Board. please enquire for costing
• 4- accommodation options
• Government Licensed English speaking guide on all touring days
• All entrance fees to places of interest while touring
• Modern air-conditioned coach
• Return flights from chosen UK airport with 20kg baggage allowance
• Transfer to/from airport on arrival and departure
Depart from the UK for your flight to Tel Aviv. On arrival you will be met by a representative who will be holding a sign with your name on it, immediately after passport control. The representative will guide you to pick up your baggage, after which you will be escorted via Customs to meet your driver who will transfer you to your hotel. You have your evening at leisure in Tel Aviv. Overnight stay in Tel Aviv.
In the morning you will depart Tel Aviv passing by Ashdod and Ashkelon en-route to Be’er Sheva for a short visit to the capital of the Negev desert. 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. You will descend to the lowest place on Earth, the Dead Sea to possibly ‘float’ in the Dead Sea, weather permitting. Passing by the oasis of Ein Gedi, you will proceed through the Judean desert to Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Start the day at the Israel Museum’s ‘Shrine of the Book’ featuring the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, then on to the renovated model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem. Enjoy the picturesque village of Ein Karem (birthplace of John the Baptist), following your visit to Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, established in 1953, located at the foot of Mt. Hertzl. You will then visit Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus to visit the Church of Nativity and Manger Square. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Enter through one of the gates of the walled Old City to visit the Western Wall and the Temple Mount. Walk along the Via Dolorosa to Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, housing both the traditional site of Crucifixion and the Tomb of the Resurrection. You will then drive to Mt. Zion to visit the Tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper. Enjoy panoramic views of Jerusalem from atop the Mount of Olives. Continue to the Garden of Gethsemane where Judas betrayed Jesus and then visit Mahane Yehuda to experience the largest open market in Israel. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Travel through the Jordan Valley to Beit She’an to visit the excavations of this beautifully preserved Roman city. Proceed to Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation, before travelling to Safed, city of the Kabbalah and centre for Jewish mysticism, for a walk through the charming streets of the artists’ colony. Overnight in a Kibbutz hotel in Galilee.
Drive to the Golan Heights to visit the former Syrian Fortifications and Druze Villages passing by Banias, the source of the Jordan River. Enjoy a tour of Israeli wine country and a wine-tasting experience, with vineyards surrounded by magnificent views. Descending to the shores of the Sea of Galilee, visit the Mount of Beatitudes and the ruins of the ancient synagogue. Visit Tabgha, where the miracle of the loaves and fishes took place, and then continue to Tiberias for a short tour of the old centre of Jewish learning. Optional boat journey across the Sea of Galilee to experience the tranquility and scenery unchanged over the past 2000 years (Subject to conditions and fee). Return to your Kibbutz Hotel for your overnight stay.
Following breakfast head west to Acre (Akko) for a visit to the old famous Crusader stronghold and medieval fortifications. Carry on to Haifa for a panoramic 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 and the ancient port city of Jaffa. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Transfer to Tel Aviv airport for your return flight to the United Kingdom or extend your trip with a visit to Jordan.