Fully escorted Classic Israel tour. Your eleven-day Israel experience begins as you land in Tel Aviv on Sunday. Spend the day in the “city that never sleeps.”. Explore the Christian sites around the Sea of Galilee. Sit back and relax as your drive along the scenic Jordan Valley to Jerusalem. The Holy City will capture your imagination, religiously as well as historical. Massada and the Dead Sea are visited and then it is southwards to Eilat. Visit an authentic Bedouin Camp before returning to Tel Aviv
At a glance
|Sun||Welcome to Israel. Transfer to Tel Aviv hotel|
|Mon||Visit Caesarea-Megiddo and Acre|
|Tue||Boat ride - Capernaum- Tabgha-Mount of Beatitudes|
|Wed||Cana-Nazareth & Baptismal site and arrive Jerusalem|
|Thu||Visit sites in Old Jerusalem|
|Fri||New Jerusalem & Bethlehem tour|
|Sat||Full day Dead Sea and Masada tour|
|Sun||Depart for Eilat|
|Mon||Eilat: Day at leisure|
|Tue||Visit a Bedouin camp. Overnight in Tel Aviv|
|Wed||Last day in Israel. Transfer to Airport.|
> Travel through Israel with an experienced knowledgeable guide Guide
> Two meals daily are included in your program
> Spend 2 Nights in a Kibbutz (Galilee) and explore every corner of this historical area
> Boat a typical boat for an inspiring trip on the Sea of Galilee
> All sites in New and Old Jerusalem are included
> Travel to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus
> Float on the unsinkable waters of the Dead Sea
> Travel southwards to the resort city of Eilat
> Vist an authentic Beduin Camp on your return journey to Tel Aviv
Best time to go
Spring (April and May) and autumn (September and October) are the best time to visit Israel when temperatures are pleasantly mild throughout the country.
Israel food & drink
Food in Israel is of high quality, and of course and varies dramatically in price. Tel Aviv, Israel’s undeniable culinary capital, top restaurants are expensive, even by European standards, but most restaurants across the country are reasonable when you consider the quality and portion sizes. A main dish will cost around 15 USD. Street food is good and reasonably priced. Limonana is a refreshing non-alcoholic drink made up of icy lemonade and crushed mint leaves. Goldstar is a refreshing lager beer and can be found in every store and restaurants
Culture and Language
Israelis are very casual but are typically blunt and direct in speech, which could be interpreted as being rude. The expression “shalom” is very often used to say hello. Dress code is casual, but, when visiting holy sites modest clothing is required. Smoking is considered a violation on Shabbat. There will be a sign at your hotel or restaurant to remind you of the same. Do not ignore it. Hebrew and Arabic are the official languages however English is widely spoken and used on street signs
Taxis in Israel can easily be hailed on the streets. They are metered and a concierge at your hotel will arrange a taxi at a set rate for your next destination. Drivers are friendly and talkative and will freely discuss any topic. Make sure that your driver is familiar with your end destination. Egged is the largest bus Company in Israel. Tel Aviv boasts a convenient bus system, Look out for the DAN buses in town and the Egged coach on the outskirts of the city. You can buy multiple passes or a day pass. Busses do not run on Shabbat and Jewish Holidays. Car rental may also be an option of getting around the country. Highways are modern and well maintained. Signage is in English. Street parking is free unless indicated by a “No parking” sign or a curb marked with red and yellow.
The basic rule is 12-15% in restaurants and cafes. This is often added to your bill. If you join a group tour, plan on tipping between $ 10-12 per person per day for the guide and around $ 5 for the driver
Borekas: pastries can be filled with cheese, potatoes, or vegetables.
Baba Ganoush: a tangy eggplant spread
Falafel: deep-fried chickpea balls, often served in pita bread
Hummus: mashed chickpea spread, hummus can be served in many ways and is a staple in Israeli households
Shwarma: Sliced grilled meat served in a pita bread with salad
The highlight of your classic tour is the Golden city of Jerusalem. Explore the Old City visiting Mount Zion and the tomb of King David, next, walk along an ancient Roman road, the Cardo to see the Jewish Quarter.
Marvel at the Temple Mount, pray at the Western Wall and walk the Via Dolorosa. Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher as well as Mount Scopus, and also the Mount of Olives. Also, visit Bethlehem and see Rachel’s Tomb and the Church of the Nativity. During Jerusalem's New City your, a stop is made at Yad Vashem memorial, and Israel Museum, to see the Shrine of the Book, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Lake Tiberias (also known as the Sea of Galilee) is an area closely associated with the life and times of Jesus, making it a religious center for both Christians and Jews, and the area is full of religious shrines and historical sites of interest.
The city of Tiberias was built in honor of the Roman Emperor. Not only did it serve as an important spiritual center and as the site of the compilation of the Talmud, early pioneers also established some of Israel's first kibbutzim (collective farms) around Tiberias.
Many travelers still visit farms, ranches, and kibbutzim in the area.
Today, Galilee is a popular vacation spot, offering year-round and is also the perfect area to explore if you want to experience some of the biblical landscapes.
Drive through the Judean Desert to the lowest place on earth the Dead Sea, to the fortress of Masada. Soak up the sun in Eilat before you head back home
- Arrival to Ben Gurion airport where you are met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
- Overnight at your hotel in Tel-Aviv.
Caesarea – Megiddo – Haifa – Acre ( B-D)
- Depart Tel-Aviv and drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea; once the Roman capital of the region.
- Visit the excavations of the ancient city; the Roman theatre and aqueduct.
- Continue to Megiddo; identified as the site of Armageddon;
- Visit the archaeological excavations including the well-preserved water supply system.
- Drive to Acre to visit the ancient city and harbor.
- Continue to Kibbutz Lavi for overnight.
Tiberias – Capernaum – Banias (B-D)
- After a short tour of Tiberias; enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee;
- Visit the Yigal Alon center where the "Jesus boat"; an ancient fishing boat from the 1st century; is displayed.
- Continue to Capernaum; Visit the remains of the 2nd century synagogue.
- Proceed to Tabgha; the site of the Miracle of Fish and Loaves and visit the Church of Multiplication with its 4th century mosaic floor.
- Continue to Mount of Beatitudes; the place where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount.
- Drive to the Banias Springs and waterfalls and tour the Golan Heights.
- Return to Kibbutz Lavi for overnight.
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Transfer and intercity transportation as per itinerary in AC vehicle
- Accommodation in selected hotels in a double/twin room sharing
- Meal plan as per itinerary
- Local English speaking Guide
- Entrance fees
- International flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- Visa fee
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Rates valid for travel between 07 OCT to 18 NOV 2018
- Seasonal supplements may be applicable
- Contact us for any other date of travel required