The Israel Jerusalem Classic Tour is the ultimate package for those who are interested in focusing on the city of Jerusalem and its surrounds. The tour includes five nights stay in Jerusalem, three-day tours in the old city. Spend one-day visiting Masada and the Dead Sea. Jerusalem is so important to a vast number of people around the world. Christians, Muslim and Jews call home. Millions of visitors arrive in the city each year for all kinds of reasons. One can divide the city into two parts; old and new Jerusalem. Old Jerusalem exists over 300 years and is divided into four parts; Armenian, Muslim, Christian and Jewish. Most important sites are the Western Wall, The Holy Sepulchre Church and Temple Mount. The New City has over 60 museums of which the Israel Museum, Bible land are the most important. Apart from history, the local markets such as the Mahana Yehuda Market are well worth a visit.
With this tour, you see Jerusalem in all its glory.
At a glance
|Day 1||Welcome to Israel. Transfer to Jerusalem hotel|
|Day 2||Jerusalem: Old and new city tour|
|Day 3||Jerusalem - In the footsteps of Jesus tour|
|Day 4||City Of David Underground Jerusalem Tour|
|Day 5||Full day Dead Sea & Masada tour|
|Day 6||Last day in Israel. Transfer to Airport|
> Explore Jerusalem and its surrounding with very professional guides
> Tour program includes four days of sightseeing with pick up/drop off at your hotel
> Enjoy panoramic views from the Mount of Olives
> Visit the lowest place on Earth; the Dead Sea
> Overlook Jerusalem's new city and the Temple Mount
> Visit the holiest sites in the Old City
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 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
Jerusalem Old and New
The spiritual capital of roughly two-thirds of the world’s population, as well the capital city of the State of Israel, Jerusalem draws 3.5 million visitors every year to sites sacred to Jews, Muslims, and Christians alike.
Sites such as the Dome of the Rock on Temple Mount, the Western Wall, and Tomb of King David, the Mount of Olives, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Hall of the Last Supper are all waiting to be discovered by you.
Get lost searching for these attractions in the walled portion of Jerusalem known as the Old City—or navigate the labyrinth of medieval alleyways connecting the Muslim, Jewish, Christian, and Armenian quarters. Each with its own set of sacred sites, residential districts, and bazaars.
Most visitors to Jerusalem seek the sacred and spiritual within the bounds of the Old City. Whereas most of Jerusalem’s residents live in the New City, which has the amenities to serve them. Visit the Market to see the spices, teas, sweets, and foods that maintain Israel’s status as the land of milk and honey. Or complete the museum circuit of Yad Vashem Holocaust Remembrance Museum and the Bible Lands Museum.
Welcome to Israel
- Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport.
- From here you will be transported straight to your Jerusalem hotel by our professional team who will accompany you from the arrivals hall in the airport to your Jerusalem hotel.
- The rest of the day will be free for you to use in any way you wish.
- Overnight stay in Jerusalem
Jerusalem Old and New (B)
- This one day tour starts with a view of Jerusalem as seen from atop Mount Olives; looking down at the Old City and the Temple Mount. The Mount of Olives is also one of the oldest Jewish burial sites; over three hundred years old.
- We then descend and make our way along the Kidron Valley; offering a view of the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations; where according to sources Jesus and his followers prayed the night before his crucifixion.
- Along the Kidron Valley road we will get a view of the monumental burial tombs situated at the Mount’s feet.
- We then proceed into the Old City entering from Mount Zion; past the Armenian Quarter walking along the ancient Byzantine Cardo dating back to the Roman era; with our final stop being the Western Wall (the Kotel).
- Leading to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher are the Stations of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) which we explore along the way to the church; the site of the crucifixion.
- Before leaving the Old City we’ll enjoy a brief strolls in the bazaars located in the Christian and Muslim Quarters.
- Finish the tour with a short walk into the New City and a visit to Yad Vashem; the Holocaust museum.
- Overnight stay in Jerusalem
In the footsteps of Jesus (B)
- We’ll start our tour on the Mount Olives; visiting the site of the Ascension and the Church of Pater Noster; built by Constantine the Great; constructed on top of the site of a 4th-century basilica to mark the Ascension of Jesus Christ.
- The church houses dozens and dozens of panels; each rendering the Lord’s Prayer in 123 different languages.
- After a mesmerizing overview of Old and New Jerusalem including the Temple Mount; we begin our descent; stopping by the Dominus Flevit Church where Jesus cried and mourned as he foresaw the destruction of Jerusalem.
- We continue to the Mount’s foot touring the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane; the site of Jesus’s capture by the Romans.
- Before ascending to the Old City and entering through the Lion's Gate; and take a look back at the Kidron Valley and the three thousand years old Jewish cemetery on Mount Olives; with the monumental burial sites located at its base.
- Enter the Old City through the Lion’s Gate; making way towards the Church of St. Anne; home to the Virgin Mary and then move on to the Pools of Bethesda depicted in the Gospel of St. John.
- Our final stop will be the Convent of the Sisters of Zion located at the end of the Via Dolorosa.
- Underneath the convent, see evidence reflected in ancient stone pavements; engraved with markings used by the Roman soldiers for playing games.
- Overnight stay in Jerusalem
- 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 01 SEP to 31 OCT 2018
- Seasonal supplements may be applicable (tour does not operate during Jewish High Holiday in Israel)
- Contact us for any other date of travel required