Israel Discovery - Insight Vacations

Israel Discovery (Winter 2017-18)

Duration: 9 days Visiting: Israel

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Walk in the footsteps of Jesus as you follow his journey from birth to the Crucifixion. The tour is balanced with visits to sacred Jewish and Islamic sites, as well as experiencing Bethlehem.

  1. Day 1

    Your Journey Begins

    Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).

  2. Day 2

    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.

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    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.

  4. Day 4

    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.

  5. Day 5

    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.

  6. Day 6

    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.

  7. Day 7

    Exploring Jerusalem

    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.

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    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.

  9. Day 9

    Depart Jerusalem

    Your journey comes to an end with transfers to Ben Gurion airport.

Highlights

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Caesarea: With your Local Expert, explore the Roman and Crusader ruins of Caesarea, formerly one of the splendid cities in Palestine.
  • Dead Sea: Ascend by cable car to the ancient fortress of Masada. Your Local expert will explain this is where Jewish Zealots held out for three years against Herod's armies, before before sacrificing themselves.
  • Jerusalem: Accompanied by your Local Expert, walk the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre - site of the Crucifixion. You will also walk the Garden of Gethsemene and the Temple Mount as well as seeing the Room of the Last Supper, the Pool of Bethesda and Ecce Homo Arch.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sea of Galilee: Enjoy a morning boat ride at the very place where Jesus is said to have walked on water.
  • Dead Sea: Be sure to take a dip in the famously mineral-rich waters where it's easy to float.
  • Jerusalem: Visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and Shrine of the Book.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tel Aviv: See Habimah National Theatre, Rabin Square and Carmel market.
  • Jaffa: Visit the ancient port and artists' quarter.
  • Acre: See the fortress, the old harbour area and Crusader crypt.
  • Nazareth: Visit the Church of the Annunciation.
  • Galilee: Visit Capernaum and the Mount of the Beatitudes. View the ancient wooden boat, which is said to date back to the times of Jesus.
  • Qumran: See the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
  • Jerusalem: Visit the Jewish sites of King David's Tomb and the Western Wall.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Tel Aviv: Partake in a Friday night Shabbat dinner.
  • Jerusalem: Toast the culmination of your tour with a lively Celebration Dinner.
  • Included Quality Dining: 7 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Welcome Drink (WR), 1 Signature Evening (SE), 2 Three-course table d’hôte Dinners or Buffets (D) with tea or coffee; plus 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) with wine and tea or coffee. Departure on tour for New Year’s Eve enjoys a festive Highlight Dinner which will replace an included meal.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Tel Aviv: Sheraton Towers Hotel is considered one of Tel Aviv’s more sophisticated hotels, located on the waterfront and providing guests with luxury accommodation.
  • Tiberias: The Leonardo Plaza Tiberias Hotel is centrally located close to the Old Town and offers beautifully decorated rooms.

  • Dead Sea: The magnificent Hod Hamidbar Hotel on the shore of the Dead Sea, offers you serenity, relaxation and the perfect pampering experience in their modern spa.
  • Jerusalem: The Leonardo Plaza Hotel graces the Jerusalem skyline, located in the heart of the city and offering panoramic views. It has many top facilities and is a good base from which to explore the Old and New Cities.

OUR FIVE-STAR SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Insight Tour Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend in a foreign land.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned coach with an on-board restroom (alternative coaches and vehicles, without on-board facilities, may be used on occasion).
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary (available for groups of 8 or more).
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included; you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • From time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish - a local tidbit representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Complimentary transfers are available from/to Tel Aviv Airport on arrival and departure days, or when additional accommodation has been booked through Insight Vacations.

Optional experiences

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 trips. 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.

Accommodation

 

Sheraton Hotel Tel Aviv

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.

Leonardo Plaza Tiberias

Tiberias (Central) - Israel

Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Tiberias

Hod Hotel Dead Sea Ein Bokek

Ein Bokek (Scenic) - Israel

Hod Hamidbar Resort & Spa Hotel, Dead Sea

Leonardo Plaza Jerusalem

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.

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