Day 1: Welcome to Israel
Welcome, when you arrive at Ben Gurion airport and after going through passport control, one of our representatives will be waiting for you (before the baggage claim) where they will welcome you and make sure you are taken straight to your hotel making your landing in Israel pleasant and problem free.
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Day 2: Jerusalem Old City and Bethlehem
Wake up and look out of your window to see the world’s holiest city, a center of both conflict and spirituality since its birth 3000 years ago. We’ll start the day at the Mount of Olives, with its holy sites and ancient tombstones overlooking the Temple Mount. Then we’ll continue into the Jewish Quarter, one of the most visited spots in Israel. Every corner is teeming with history, dating back almost 3,000 years and home to countless cultural landmarks. We’ll then move on to the Christian Quarter to see the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the holiest site in Christianity, where it is believed that Jesus was crucified and buried. The church has sections for all the different sects of Christianity and is filled with candles and incense.
From there we’ll visit King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion, where people come to pay homage to the King who unified the Israelite tribes, built Jerusalem, and composed the psalms. We’ll also visit the room that houses the Last Supper, decorated with Ottoman art. We will then leave Jerusalem to visit Bethlehem to see the Grotto of the Nativity where Jesus was born, and also visit the tomb of Rachel, the matriarch of the Jewish People.
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Day 3: Jerusalem New City
We begin by driving to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, one of the most famous museums in Israel (if not The most famous). At the museum we will spend time in the section called "The Shrine of the Book" which holds rare and extraordinary archaeological discoveries: The Dead Sea Scrolls and ancient and rare hand written Biblical manuscripts, such as the Aleppo Codex. After leaving the museum we continue our journey on to the Israeli Knesset or in other words the State of Israel Parliament building.
From there we go to the Mount Herzl Cemetery, where the nation's greats are buried including Prime Ministers and Presidents. We continue to "Yad VaShem" the Israeli Holocaust Museum which tells the tragic story of the Jewish people during the Second World War. In the evening we will enjoy a Middle Eastern dinner followed by the spectacular Sound and Light Show at the Tower of David Museum (weather conditions permitting).
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Day 4: Masada, Qumran and the Dead Sea
After breakfast we begin driving towards the Dead Sea region in the famous Judean Desert. We stop at the Qumran Caves where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. After our visit at the site we continue our drive to the iconic Mount Masada, while driving along a road overlooking the Dead Sea, an incredible experience in itself. When we arrive at Masada we ascend the mountain with the help of a cable car giving us one of the most incredible views in the world. After we arrive at the mountain plateau we begin our tour of the mountain top fortress where one of the Jewish people's most famous stories of heroism unfolded. The fortress is one of the oldest remains in the world – over 2,000 years old.
After our visit to Masada we continue on to the Dead Sea beach where you'll be able to enjoy a dip in the sea at the lowest point in the world. Apart from being the lowest point on Earth and having the highest concentration of salt in water (up to 100 times normal water) the water has health benefits for all forms of skin disease. Besides of course the fact that you can simply float on the water without any help.
After we have enjoyed the sea water and Dead Sea mud (there are showers and rest rooms at the site) we begin our drive back to the hotels.
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Day 5: Day of Leisure in Tel Aviv
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Day 6: Caesarea, Megiddo and a Druze village
We will start the trip by picking you from your hotel in Tel Aviv, and then start our voyage on the coastal road towards the ancient city of Caesarea. After we enter the national park of Caesarea (the name of the old city), we will walk and see the antiquities, which remained in place from the time Israel was controlled by the Romans, and hear the place's most famous stories. From there we will continue to Megiddo National Park and view the remains of the city that remained in that area from the year 3000 BC, we will learn the history of the place combined with fascinating stories which, according to the belief were held in that place.
After the visit, we will travel to Dalyat El Carmel, one of the largest Druze villages in Israel. The Druze population is an integral part of Israel's citizens and unlike Israeli Arabs, Druze swear allegiance to the state and serve in the army. There we will stop for a late lunch which will include the traditional Druze food (great food!!). After we eat we will continue our way to the hotel, which is located in Kibbutz Lavi not before we stop for a beautiful observation from Mount Carmel on the Bahai Gardens and the Port of Haifa.
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Day 7: Safed, the Golan Heights and a Wine Tour
After a nice kibbutz breakfast we’ll head straight to Tzfat (Safed) to visit the Old City and the Artists’ Quarter. One of the four Holy cities, Tzfat has a fascinating history from its spiritual beginnings in the 1600s, when the Kabbalists came to the city, to the stories that took place during the War of Independence. The city is characterized by its spiritual atmosphere, the old cobble stone streets, and each synagogue has a story to tell.
Next we’ll drive over to the Golan Heights. Starting at the Golan Magic Welcome Center, we’ll see a presentation involving a moving model with light and sound effects accompanied by a film explaining the history of the region on a panoramic screen. Once we’ve educated ourselves we’ll embark on a Winery Tour in the ancient town of Katzrin, which exports to over 25 countries. We’ll do some wine tasting and learn how the wines are produced. After that we’ll return to the kibbutz for dinner.
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Day 8: Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee
After breakfast we will start our trip to the city of Nazareth, one of the most famous cities in the Christian tradition and a sacred area for a large part of the Christian population. Upon arrival to the city we will visit the Church of Annunciation where according to Christian belief was the home of the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus, and where the angel Gabriel announced to her the gospel she was pregnant with the son of God. For this reason the Basilica of Annunciation, and the city of Nazareth, are among the most sacred places in Christendom. After we hear the stories of the place, we will drive through the city of Tiberius towards Mount Nahum, or his second name, Mount of Beatitudes, where according to tradition Jesus gave the "Sermon on the Mount", which included his main teachings.
Mount Nahum is also the place in which the twelve apostles were chosen by Jesus in the New Testament. After visiting the Mount of Beatitudes we will continue through Beit Shean towards Beit Alpha, where we will view the ruins of the ancient synagogue located in the place which holds fascinating stories. After the visit we will start to our return towards Tel Aviv.
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Day 9: Last Day in Israel
Here it is, the last day has arrived, which is in fact a free day. You will have to vacate your hotel room at 11am so that if by chance your flight is in the evening you can leave your luggage at the hotel and enjoy the rest of your last day to the full. As always we will be happy to help you plan a tour for the last day, let us know what interests you and we will assist you in making a plan for your last day in Israel. 4 hours before your flight departure we will come to pick you back to the airport.
The Yourway Team wishes you a pleasant and safe flight and hopes to see you again soon in Israel.
The tour includes:
- Eight nights' accommodation on Bed & Breakfast basis except Kibbutz Lavi on a Half Board basis (Breakfast & Dinner). Click here for Hotels Class & Prices.
- Dinner in Jerusalem on Thursday followed by a Sound and Light show at David Citadel (Day 3).
- Lunch at a Druze village on Sunday (Day 6).
- Six daily tours with an English Speaking tour guide.
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off.
- Transport by air-conditioned vehicle/bus.
- Transfers from/ to Ben Gurion Airport Tel Aviv.
- Entrance fees to the sites visited as per itinerary.
The tour does not include:
- Lunch, Drinks, Dinner (Except Kibbutz Lavi Hotel Galilee).
- The tour departs on Tuesday only.
- Tour guides certified by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism.
- A moderate dress code is required to enter the holy places. Knees and shoulder must be covered.
- Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
- Confirmation will be received 24 - 48 hours post booking.