Day 1: Welcome to Israel
Welcome to the Ben Gurion Airport Tel Aviv, Israel. Ben Gurion Airport is located a 25 minute drive from Tel-Aviv and we head for Tel-Aviv where a room in a Tel-Aviv hotel awaits you (included in the package). On your first day when you arrive you can make use of the free time to do whatever you want to. We will be happy to give you suggestions and tips about how to spend your first day in Israel in the best possible way - tell us what you are interested in and we will help you build a plan for your first day.
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Day 2: Jerusalem Private Tour
The tour begins by looking out onto the Old City from the Mount of Olives, with an amazing view of the Temple Mount. This is one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries, dating back over 3,000 years. You will then walk down to the Kidron Valley, where you'll see the Garden of Gethsemane along with the Church of All Nations, believed to be where Jesus prayed with his followers the night before the crucifixion. Look out for the extravagant tombs at the foot of the mountain.
The Old City tour will take you firstly through the Armenian Quarter along the ancient central Roman street, the Cardo, ending at the Western Wall. You will then follow the Via Dolorosa, stopping at the Stations of the Cross, to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site of the crucifixion. After some time in the markets of the Muslim and Christian Quarters, the tour will continue on into the new city of Jerusalem, including a visit to the powerful Holocaust museum Yad Vashem. At the end of the tour you will be taken back to your hotel.
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Day 3: Massada, Qumeran & Dead Sea Private Tour
You'll meet your tour guide in the morning at your hotel and from there start the day. You'll travel from your hotel to the Judean Desert, passing by the Inn of the Good Samaritan. The first stop will be at the Qumran caves where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 2000-year old libraries belonging to an ancient sect of Judaism. From there the tour will head to Masada. You will travel by cable car to the top of the mountain and begin to explore the ancient ruins of King Herod's fortress built over 2 thousand years ago.
Here you will learn the fascinating history of the site, particularly about the last Jewish rebels to oppose the Roman Empire and their refusal until the end to be taken as slaves.
After Masada the next stop will be the famous Dead Sea. As popular with locals as it is with tourists this is where people come from all over the world to float effortlessly in the water at the lowest point on Earth. The abundance of natural minerals have established the Dead Sea as the number one spot for spas and beauty treatments, and you can put the mineral-rich mud all over your body for re-invigorated skin.
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Day 4: Nazareth & Sea of Galilee Private Tour
to Nazareth, you will pass by the Plain of Armageddon, the site where a final
battle between good and evil is prophesized to take place. Traveling up
Israel's coast you will be able to enjoy the view of Mediterranean Sea and the
scenic surroundings. The first stop in Nazareth will be the Church of the Annunciation,
where it is believed that the Virgin Mary was approached by the Angel Gabriel
with news that she would give birth to Jesus. The Church of St. Joseph is next
door to it, marking the residence of the Holy family and Joseph's carpentry
tour continues to other places marking significant points in the life of Jesus.
The Mount of Beatitudes is believed to be where Jesus delivered his famous teaching,
the Sermon on the Mount. From there you will see the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish at Tabgha, marking one of the most famous
miracles of the New Testament.
on you will visit the City of Christ ruins and explore the ancient synagogue
there before heading to the Jordan River to the world-famous baptism spot of
Yardenit where you have the option to be part of a baptismal service. During
the journey back south you will get a good view of Mount Tabor, the location of
The Transfiguration of Jesus.
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Day 5: Northern Galilee and Safed Private Tour
This tour will start with a kibbutz experience, learning about this communal way of life that helped to build this country up from the swamplands. You'll see where the residents live, where they work, the communal dining room and more. Moving on, you'll be visiting the Banyas, a collection of rivers and hills which is particularly beautiful and sometimes claimed to be the location of the Garden of Eden. The waters of the Banyas flow into the Jordan River, coming down as fresh, icy water from the mountain tops, creating stunning landscapes and magnificent waterfalls as it flows.
The next stop will be Kalat Nimrod Fortress, one of the biggest castles in the area built by the Crusaders. The castle provides a stunning view of the surroundings. After that you'll visit Birkat Ram, a lake that formed at the base of an extinct volcano, situated at the foot of Israel's highest mountain, Mount Hermon.
The final stop of the day will be Safed, or Tsfat, which is one of the Holy Jewish cities and the home to Kabbalah - Jewish mysticism. The city is wrought with tales and mysticism, with signs of the 1948 Independence War everywhere. The city is covered in blue, as part of the Kabbalistic method to deter the devil, and the steep city is characterized by cobbled streets and narrow stairways. Built at the top of a mountain, the views are spectacular and there is a thriving artists' quarter where you can buy beautifully crafted souvenirs.
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Day 6: Coastal Plain Private Tour
This tour starts in the ancient Roman city of Caesarea, which served at the regional capital for the Empire and an important port city for traders. Here you will travel back to Roman times, exploring the remains of the typically Roman city, including the hippodrome and other archaeological sites. Israeli and international artists come to perform at the city's amphitheater, considered Israel's premier stage.
Heading north you will be able to enjoy the spectacular views of Haifa's Mount Carmel, which houses the stunning Baha'i Gardens and leading down to the port. The tour will continue in Rosh Hanikra, famous for its limestone grottos perched over the waves. Going up by cable car you will also get a great view of the Lebanese border.
Heading back down south you will visit the very ancient city of Acre, also called Akko. It was built by the Crusaders and has a vast history that can be glimpsed throughout the city. Here you will visit the harbor and the market, and be able to sample its famous humus.
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Day 7: Tel Aviv Private Tour
The tour guide will pick you up from your hotel and takes you to the first stop – the Diaspora Museum – a museum telling the story of the Jewish Diaspora over the last 2000 years and the eventual return of the Jewish People to their spiritual and historical homeland. Next you'll visit some of Tel Aviv's main streets like Dizengoff, Rothschild and Ibn Gvirol. Here you'll make a stop at Rabin Square, where Prime Minister Yitchak Rabin was assassinated during a peace rally in 1994.
The next place on the tour is one of the world's oldest living cities – Jaffa. Now part of Tel Aviv, Jaffa is an incredibly beautiful fusion of the ancient Middle East with a modern European twist. After seeing all the main sites in Jaffa, the tour will move onto Neve Tzedek, the first Jewish neighborhood in the region and the starting point of Tel Aviv. The refurbished area hasn't lost any of its artistic charm and has a special atmosphere.
Here you'll find top class restaurants and nightlife spots, shops selling clothes by famous designers and plenty of art. There is an art market open every Tuesday & Friday on the pedestrianized street Nachalat Binyamin, a perfect place to buy gifts for friends and family. At the other end of this street is the start of Shenkin Street, with a totally different atmosphere. The street is known for its boutique clothes shops and quaint cafés. This concludes the tour and you'll be taken back to your hotel.
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Day 8: 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
The tour includes:
- Six day tours with a private driver-guide that will speak your native language.
- Seven nights' accommodation on Bed & Breakfast basis (Three nights in Jerusalem, two nights in Galilee, two nights in Tel Aviv).
- Transported in our newest models of air-conditioned private cars. All our vehicles are new, luxurious, fully air conditioned and safe.
- Transfers from/ to Ben Gurion Airport Tel Aviv.
- Entrance fees to the sites visited as per itinerary.
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off.
The tour does not include:
- Available Languages: English, Russian, German, Spanish, German, French.
- This itinerary is only a proposal. We can customize this tour according to your request.
- Confirmation will be received 24 - 48 hours post booking.