8 Days 7 Nights
* The Palestinian Authority has jurisdiction over the site. Visits are contingent on the circumstances.
Please keep in mind that the order of the trip and the locations visited may be changed due to unforeseen circumstances at the discretion of the operator or the guide.
Meet our agent at the airport and be transferred to your accommodation in Jerusalem. In Jerusalem, spend the night.
Proceed the day in the Israel Museum's Shrine of the Book, which holds the famed Dead Sea scrolls, followed by a visit to the magnificently reconstructed model of Herodian Jerusalem from the Second Temple period. Enjoy Ein Karem, a lovely village on Jerusalem's southwestern borders.
This little village holds enormous significance in Christian traditions since it is said to be the birthplace of John the Baptist. Visit Yad Vashem, the official monument to Jewish Holocaust victims, which was constructed in 1953 and is located at the foot of Mt. Hertzl.
Visit the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus.
In Jerusalem, spend the night
Enter the Old City of Jerusalem, where you will view the Western Wall and the Temple Mount, the real location of the Second Temple. Take the Via Dolorosa to Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which houses both the traditional location of the Crucifixion and the Tomb of the Resurrection. Mount Zion, just outside the Old City to the southwest, contains the supposed grave of King David as well as the Room of the Last Supper.
From atop the Mount of Olives, take in a breathtaking panoramic view of Jerusalem, the sacred city for each of the world's three main religions – Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Visit the Garden of Gethsemane, the location of Judas' betrayal of Jesus.
Visit Mahane Yehuda, located in the Centre of a neighborhood in central Jerusalem, to experience the flavors, fragrances, colours, and traders' interactions with the public at the largest outdoor market in the city. In Jerusalem, spend the night.
Drive north from Jerusalem, going via Jericho, the world's oldest city. Travel across the Jordan Valley and new towns to Beit Shean, where you can see the excavations of this well preserved Roman city.
Then it's on to Nazareth to see the Church of the Annunciation and other Christian holy places. Visit the picturesque streets of the artists' colony in Safed, the city of the Kabbalah and the centre of Jewish mysticism. Overnight in a Kibbutz hotel in Galilee.
Drive up to the Golan Heights, going via Banias, the Jordan River's headwaters, historic Syrian defences, and Druze communities. Enjoy a wine country experience in Israel, with vineyards surrounded by stunning scenery.
Enjoy a tour, wine tasting, and a knowledge of the wine production process as you become acquainted with the collection of great and rare wines. Descend to the Sea of Galilee's shore and go to Capernaum to see the remnants of the ancient synagogue, the Mount of Beatitudes, the traditional location of the 'Sermon on the Mount,' and Tabgha, the traditional site of the'miracle of the loaves and fish.'
On to Tiberias, the ancient hub of Jewish scholarship. Optional boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to experience the tranquillity and landscape that hasn't altered much in the last 2000 years (subject to conditions and fee). Stay the night at a Kibbutz hotel.
After breakfast, drive west across the Galilee highlands to Acre (Akko) to see the historic, famed Crusader fortress and mediaeval walls. Continue to Haifa, where you may visit Mount Carmel for a panoramic view of the city, including the Baha'i Shrine, Persian Garden, and Haifa Bay.
Continue down the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea, where you can see the Roman Theater and the Crusader castle, also known as Herod the Great's "masterpiece." Finish the day with a quick tour of Tel Aviv and the old port of Jaffa.In Tel Aviv, spend the night.
Day of leisure in Tel Aviv, with the option of visiting Masada and the Dead Sea. (extra charge) In Tel Aviv, spend the night.
Breakfast and transfer to the airport for departure.
Israel's official languages are Hebrew (often referred to as Israeli) and Arabic.
Throughout the nation, English is extensively spoken. It should not be assumed, however, that every inhabitant you encounter will be able to talk in the language.
The Israeli new shekel is the country's official currency. Mastercard and Visa are commonly accepted credit cards. ATMs that dispense local money are popular in Israel.
The best time to visit Israel is between April and May, or between October and November, when temperatures are mild but not excessively hot throughout the nation.
Rich with culture and history, Israel can be a wonderful learning experience for the whole family. Whether it be exploring the Old City of Jerusalem or floating in the Dead Sea, there is something for everyone. 'A fast paced country with a laid back attitude' says it all