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Duration: 9 days Visiting: Israel
Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).
Welcome to Tel Aviv
You will be met at Ben Gurion Airport and transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv. Share a drink with your fellow guests during a short introduction to your trip.
Exploring Vibrant Tel Aviv
(Relaxed Start) Morning sightseeing showcases the highlights of this vibrant city – the Habimah National Theatre, Rabin Square and Carmel Market. Venture along the seashore to the ancient city of Jaffa, see the famous clock tower and the old harbour. Visit the artists' quarter with its galleries, boutiques and picturesque narrow lanes. At night, enjoy a traditional Shabbat dinner at your hotel.
To Caesarea, Acre, Nazareth and Galilee
Journey on from Tel Aviv, along the coastal road to Caesarea to explore the ancient Roman and Crusader ruins, including the huge amphitheatre. Travel via Haifa to Acre, fought over for centuries and captured in turn by Saracens and Crusaders, including Richard the Lionheart. See the fortress, the old harbour area and Crusader crypt, before continuing to Nazareth. Visit one of Christianity's most sacred places, the Church of Annunciation, on the site where the angel Gabriel is said to have appeared to Mary. Head on to your welcoming hotel in Tiberias, on the Sea of Galilee. The day concludes with a brief introduction to life on a Kibbutz.
Along the Jordan Valley to the Dead Sea
Visit the ancient wooden boat which dates back to the times of Jesus and enjoy a cruise on the Sea of Galilee. Visit Capernaum, where Jesus is said to have entered the Synagogue and taught, before heading to the Mount of Beatitudes, where he preached the Sermon on the Mount. Next, journey through ever-changing landscapes along the Jordan Valley, past ancient Jericho, to take a dip in the buoyant salt waters of the Dead Sea.
Masada and the Holy City of Jerusalem
Take a cable car ride up to the fortress of Masada, where Jewish Zealots held out for three years against Herod's armies. Pass the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found at Qumran, before driving through the Judean Hills to Jerusalem. Continue up to Mount Scopus for breathtaking views of Jerusalem. Afterwards, visit King David's Tomb on Mount Zion, and the Room of the Last Supper, prior to entering the Old City. Here, walk along winding cobbled alleyways to the magnificent Wailing Wall – the most sacred monument in Judaism. Then check into your hotel for three fabulous nights.
Visit Yad Vashem - the memorial that is a tribute to those who perished in the Holocaust, and the Shrine of the Book - a wing of the Israel Museum, housing the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Optional Bethlehem Experience and Exploring Jerusalem
(Relaxed Start) In the morning, perhaps take the opportunity to meet your Local Expert at the West Bank border and continue to the Holy city of Bethlehem? Visit the Church of the Nativity, one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. The structure is built over the cave that tradition marks as the birthplace of Christ, and it is considered sacred by followers of both Christianity and Islam. Return to Jerusalem, where you’ll also visit the Garden of Gethsemene and walk through the Old City to see the Temple Mount - one of Islam’s holiest sites. Continue along the Via Dolorosa past the Stations of the Cross, Ecce Homo Arch, and Pool of Bethesda, to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. At night, enjoy a hearty end-of-tour Celebration Dinner with wine.
Your journey comes to an end with transfers to Ben Gurion airport.
Tiberias: The Leonardo Plaza Tiberias Hotel is centrally located close to the Old Town and offers beautifully decorated rooms.
Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.
Tel Aviv (Central) - Israel
Sheraton Towers Hotel, Considered one of Tel Aviv’s more sophisticated hotels, located on the waterfront providing guests with luxury accommodation.
Tiberias (Central) - Israel
Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Tiberias
Ein Bokek (Scenic) - Israel
Hod Hamidbar Resort & Spa Hotel, Dead Sea
Jerusalem (Central) - Israel
Leonardo Plaza Hotel Jerusalem, The Leonardo Plaza graces the Jerusalem skyline in the heart of the city and offers panoramic views. It has many top facilities and is a good base from which to explore the Old and New Cities. WIFI – none.