Day 1: Caesarea, Acre and Rosh Hanikra Tour
After a hearty breakfast we'll hit the road to Caesarea, the ancient Roman capital of Judaea. We'll visit the ruins of the ancient Byzantine port city built by Herod the Great. Sites include the Amphitheatre, now a major concert venue, the Hippodrome arena, and the Roman Aqueducts. Next we'll visit the Haifa National Maritime Museum to learn the history of Israel's navy, pre-state illegal immigration and more.
The next stop will be Akko, one of the oldest cities in the world, which dates back to the Pharaoh Thutmose III and was a major part of the Ottoman Empire. Take in the market and fortified walls built from old Crusader stones. The last stop will be the grottos of Rosh Hanikra, an exceptionally beautiful area on the northernmost coast of Israel. Travel down by cable car for the best views in the region.
That night we'll stay at Kibbutz Lavi where we will also eat a traditional kibbutz dinner.
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Day 2: Safed, Tel Facher, Banias, Tel Hai
Following a tasty kibbutz breakfast we'll drive to the city of mysticism, Tsfat. The home of Kabbalah is one of the four Holy cities of Israel, and has been a center of spirituality since the 1600s when the original Kabbalists came to live here. The city is a haven for art lovers with the amazing art market and famous candle shop, and history buffs will enjoy the exciting war stories, original cobblestone alleys, and medieval synagogues. From Tsfat we'll drive over to the Golan Heights for a memorable Jeep Tour. Experience the lush surroundings in style, taking in the variety of plant life and roaming animals.
Then we'll visit the ex-Syrian military base, Tel Facher, and learn about the Six Day War from one of the key locations of the war that changed the face of Israel in 6 days. The next stop will be the beautiful Banias Spring, home to picturesque waterfalls and streams among the lush green of the North. See the ancient remains of Herod's Temple in front of the caves.
Finally, we will learn about the battle of Tel Chai, the infamous 1920 battle led by Josef Trumpeldor to defend the Kibbutz against hundreds of Arab attackers. His last words "It is good to die for our country" are eternalized on the monument commemorating the hopeless battle. That night we will return to Kibbutz Lavi.
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Day 3: Beit Shean, Beit Alpha, Gan Hashlosha
First off we'll visit Tiberius, an ancient town dating back to the 1st century on the world-famous Sea of Galilee. The town is home to the graves of famous Rabbis like the Rambam and Rabbi Akiva and there are fantastic stories to hear. The second stop is Beit She'an where King Saul was defeated in a ferocious battle against the Philistines. Later it was converted to a Greek city by Alexander the Great with colonnaded streets, theatres, temples and fountains. All this was unfortunately destroyed in an earthquake in the year 749 but the remains of the city can still be seen today.
From there it's on to Beit Alpha Synagogue, an excavated synagogue from the Byzantine era with a magnificently preserved mosaic floor depicting the Zodiac, the Binding of Isaac, and the Temple of Jerusalem. Onwards to Gan Hashlosha National Park, chosen by Time Magazine as one of the world's most beautiful parks. Here you can really relax in stunning surroundings, bathe in the hot springs and swim through the waterfalls. Finally, we will drive through the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem, stopping at Mount Scopus to receive a blessing upon entering the eternal capital of Jewish life.
The tour includes:
- Two nights' accommodation on Half Board basis
(Breakfast and Dinner). Click here for Hotels Class & Prices.
- Three touring days as per itinerary, with English speaking guide.
- Entrance fees to the sites visited as per itinerary.
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off.
- Transport by air-conditioned vehicle/bus.
The tour does not include:
- The tour departs on Sunday only.
- The tour departs from Tel Aviv and ends in Jerusalem.
- Pick up from Jerusalem or drop off in Tel Aviv is additional $85 p/p (in double room) or $170 per person (in single room)
- 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.