Israel - Tour of the Holy Land

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Incredible 8 day Israel Holy Land tour offering you a chance to travel and view the incredible historic sites of Jerusalem, Nazareth, Caesarea, and Massada. Experience swimming in the Dead Sea (weather permitting). These are just a few of the places you will visit on this trip. Explore the roots of your faith on this uplifting tour through Israel. Walk in the footsteps of spiritual leaders, explore ancient biblical sites, and stand in the places where history unfolded all while accompanied by fellow believers. A professional Tour Guide is dedicated to bringing these places to life. This is an experience of a lifetime!

At a glance

Sun Welcome to Israel. Transfer to Tel Aviv hotel
Mon Visit Caesarea-Meggido-Haifa and Acre
Tue Boat ride - Tabgha - Banias and Golan Heights
Wed Visit Nazareth & baptismal site. Overnight in Jerusalem
Thu Old Jerusalem tour
Fri Jerusalem and Bethlehem tour
Sat Full day Dead Sea & Masada
Sun Last day in Israel. Transfer to Airport

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Highlights

> Guaranteed departures on Sundays (Except during High Holidays)
> Professional guide during sightseeing
> Two meals daily (Bfst and dinner)
> See spectacular views of the Jezreel Valey and Lower Galilee
> Spend two nights in a Kibbutz, run by members of the Kibbutz (founded in 1949)
> Enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee
> Full day tour of Old Jerusalem
> Full day tour of New Jerusalem and Bethlehem
> Float in the Dead Sea, rich in minerals

Country information

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

Getting around
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.

Tipping
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

Traditional dishes
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
 

Spend time in Jerusalem, where a guided walking tour of Jerusalem’s Old Town takes you to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed the night before his arrest; the Jewish Quarter and Western Wall, the most sacred place in Judaism; and the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, where Christians mark the crucifixion and burial of Jesus. You’ll also walk the famous Via Dolorosa, the last path of Jesus.

Sea of Galilee Highlights

Visit Nazareth, the cradle of Christianity. Here, you’ll visit the Church of the Annunciation, where Archangel Gabriel told Mary she would conceive and give birth to Jesus. From Nazareth, travel to Cana of Galilee, where Jesus turned water into wine. Also travel to Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount. In Bethlehem, visit one of Christianity’s holiest places, the Church of the Nativity, situated on the site where Jesus was born.

History comes to life on your visits to Caesarea, where you’ll marvel at the remains of this city built in the 1st century BC; the 12th-century Crusader Fortress; Megiddo, an important site in antiquity and the site predicted for the Battle of Armageddon; and Bet She’an, one of the world’s best-preserved Roman cities.

 


Itinerary

Day 1

Tel Aviv (D)

  • Arrival at Ben Gurion airport where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
  • Overnight Tel-Aviv
Day 2

Caesarea - Megiddo - Haifa – Acre (B-D)

  • Depart Tel Aviv and drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea; capital of Judea under the Romans.
  • Travel to Muhraka, the site of confrontation between Elijah and the prophets of Baal.
  • Continue to Megiddo; identified as the site of Armageddon.
  • Visit the archaeological excavations including the well-preserved water supply system.
  • Onto Acre where you will visit the underground Crusader City and crypt
  • Continue to the Kibbutz for overnight
Day 3

Tiberias - Capernaum – Banias (B-D)

  • After a short tour of Tiberias; we take 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
  • Travel to Tabgha; the site of the miracle of fish and loaves and visit the Church of Multiplication with its 4th-century mosaic floor.
  • Drive to the Banias Springs and tour the Golan Heights.
  • Return to Kibbutz for overnight

Inclusions

  • 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

Exclusions

  • International flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
  • Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fee
  • Tips
  • Services not stated in the itinerary

Validity

  • The rate is valid for travel between 07 OCT and 25 NOV 2018
     
  • High Season supplements may be applicable
  • Tours will not operate on 9 - 16 - 23 and 30 SEP 2018 
     
  • Contact us for any other date of travel required