HIGHLIGHTS

8 days / 7 nights

Guaranteed departure every Sunday

SUNDAY

Upon arrival to airport meet our representative and transfer to hotel in Tel Aviv for overnight.

MONDAY: TEL AVIV – BEER SHEBA- MASADA- DEAD SEA

We leave Tel Aviv, after breakfast in the hotel, via Ashdod and Ashkelon en route to Beersheba for a drive through the Negev capital. Continue via Arad to Masada. Ascend by cable car to the fortress, which was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Visit the excavations, Herod’s palaces, the synagogue, bathhouse, etc. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea. Descend for a “float” (if weather allows it) in the in the salty water of the world’s lowest place. Via Ein Gedi and Kalya, proceed to Jerusalem for overnight.

TUESDAY: JERUSALEM – SIGHTSEEING OF THE NEW CITY

Breakfast at the hotel and then drive to Mt. Scopus for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. Continue to the Garden of Gethsemane and Church of the Agony. Continue to Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book with the famous Dead Sea scrolls, then a visit to the beautifully renovated Model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem, dating back to the time of the Second Temple. Continue to Yad Vashem (the memorial that commemorates the six million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust). In the afternoon drive to the picturesque village of Ein Karem (the birth place of John the Baptist). Return to hotel for overnight.

WEDNESDAY: JERUSALEM – (OLD CITY) – BETHLEHEM

Breakfast at the hotel and then walk through one of the Gates to 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 return to Jerusalem for overnight.

THURSDAY: BEIT SHEAN – NAZARETH – GALILEE

Leave Jerusalem after breakfast, and drive north via Jericho, the oldest city in the world and drive through Jordan Valley to Beit Shean. Visit the excavations of this beautiful preserved Roman City. Proceed to Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation and the carpentry workshop of Joseph. We continue on to Safed, city of the Kabala, for a walk through the mystic alleys, a visit to a synagogue and the artist’s colony. Continue to a Kibbutz hotel for overnight.

FRIDAY: UPPER GALILEE AND GOLAN HEIGHTS – TIBERIAS

After breakfast, drive to the Golan Heights. Visit the former Syrian fortifications, and the Druze villages, Via Banias, source of the Jordan River, travel to Mount of Beatitudes. Then, visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue and Peter’s house at Capernaum. Continue to Tabgha, where the miracle of the fish and bread took place. Continue to Tiberias for a shour tour of the old center of Jewish learning. Return to kibbutz hotel for overnight.

SATURDAY: ACRE – HAIFA – TEL AVIV

After breakfast drive west to Acre for a visit of the old and famous Crusader stronghold and medieval fortifications. Continue to Haifa to enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city, including the Bahai Shrine, the Persian Garden and Mount Carmel for a panoramic view of the city and the bay. Proceed along the cost to Caesarea to visit the Roman Theater and the Crusader fortress. End the day with a short city tour of Tel Aviv-Jaffa and overnight.

SUNDAY

Breakfast and transfer to the airport for departure, or extension tour to Jordan.

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