The Faces and Places of Israel
10 Days / 8 Nights
|Round trip air from the U.S. All transfers and sightseeing Tel-Aviv Jaffa Caesarea Haifa Mount Carmel Bahai Center Nazareth Tiberias Sea of Galilee Capernaum Tabgha Golan Heights Kibbutz Yardenit Beit Shean Jericho Jerusalem Dead Sea Massada Israel Museum Ein Karem Church of Nativity Bethlehem Mount Scopus Old City Mount Zion Via Dolorsa Bazaar Deluxe hotels as indicated All entrance fees, guidance and taxes|
Depart USA for your scheduled flight to Tel Aviv, all meals and beverages served on board flight.
Arrive Tel Aviv where you will be met and transferred to your hotel, The Carlton Hotel for an overnight.
Breakfast and after a short tour of Tel Aviv and Jaffa, drive north to Caesarea, once the Roman capital of the holy land. See the excavations of the Roman statues, the aqueduct and the Roman theater, which has been restored to its former glory as a concert venue. Continue to Haifa and begin the tour at the Summit of Mount Carmel, for a panoramic view of Haifa Bay and the Western Galilee. Proceed to the Bahai Center and visit the exotic Persian gardens. Then on to Acre to visit the old crusader stronghold and the medieval fortifications. Overnight in Nahariya at the Carlton Hotel. (B)
An Israeli girl and her pet
Breakfast, then drive to Nazareth, visit the Basilica of the Annunciation and Joseph's workshop. Continue via Cana, the sight of the first miracle, to Tiberias, a very lovely resort town. Embark on a short boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. On to Capernaum, the old town on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. See the ancient synagogue from the second Temple period. Continue to Tabgha, where the Miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish took place. Drive to the Summit of the Mount of Beatitudes, the site of the sermon on the Mount. Then proceed to the Golan Heights and see the former Syrian Fortification and the Syrian border. Continue to a Kibbutz for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
Breakfast, and a short tour of the kibbutz, then drive to Safed to visit the old synagogue and the artists colony. Proceed to Yardenit, where the Jordan River flows from the Sea of Galilee, a few meters down from the place where John the Baptist baptized Jesus. Continue to Beit Shean and visit the excavations of the former Roman city. Drive along the Jordan Valley, passing Jericho, the oldest city on Earth. Ascend to Jerusalem for a short orientation tour and a first taste of this unique city. Overnight in Jerusalem at the luxurious Holiday Crowne Plaza Hotel. (B)
Breakfast, then depart Jerusalem and drive via Ma'ale Adumim and the Good Samaritan Inn. Descend through the Judean Desert to the salty shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth. Proceed along the Dead Sea to Massada, Herod's fortress and the last stronghold of the Zealots. Ascend by cable car and tour the mount. See the excavations and enjoy the view of the wilderness. Time and weather permitting, an opportunity will be provided to float on the Dead Sea, before returning to Jerusalem. Overnight. (B)
Jerusalem: Church of Flagellation
Breakfast, then visit the Israel Museum's Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea scrolls are displayed. Continue to Yad Vashem, the memorial of the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Proceed to Hadassah Medical Center at Ein Karem to see the famous Chagall stained glass windows. Drive to Bayit Vagan, to view the scale model of Jerusalem as it was during the second Temple period. The last stop of the day is in Bethlehem to see the Church of the Nativity and the Shepherd's Field. Return to Jerusalem. Overnight. (B)
Breakfast, then drive to Mount Scopus and enjoy the magnificent view of Jerusalem. Then on to the Mount of Olives. Continue to the Garden of Gethsemane and visit the Basilica of the Agony. Tour the Old City and walk through the newly restored Jewish quarter and visit the Western Wall and the Temple Mount with the Dome of the Rock. Proceed to Via Dolorosa and walk on the way of the cross to the church of the Holy Sepulchre. On to Mount Zion to visit the traditional Tomb of King David, room of the Last Supper and the Dormition Abbey. Visit the promenade of the Cardo and the bazaar. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B)
Breakfast and a day at leisure for shopping or relaxing by the hotel pool. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B)
Breakfast, then you will be met and transferred to Tel Aviv Airport for your flight back home. Arrive USA the same day. (B)
Also Included: All taxes, service charges, entrance fees to sights mentioned , transfers, meeting and assistance and baggage handling is included as well. All is included. "If any modifications or changes are needed to package, that will be accommodated at an extra cost".
Not included: Items of personal nature, such as phone calls, tips, wine, etc.
If airfare from the U.S.A. is not required, please deduct $920 from posted rate.
Depature from other gateway cities is available as follows: Departure out of Boston, please add $129. Departure out of Washington, D.C., add $149. Departure out of Chicago, please add $259. Departure out of Los Angeles, please add $369.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: For single occupancy in hotels and on board cruise, please add $549.
EXTENSIONS & OPTIONAL TOURS: Extra days and optional tours to sites are available upon request.
If you need a different package, we will customize it for you.
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