Day 1: Caesarea, Haifa, Acre and Rosh Hanikra
We will begin the tour in Caesarea, a city dating back to the Roman era, which constituted its regional capital and functioned as a port city. In the city, we would travel by foot along the archaeological sites of the city including the port, the hippodrome and the mesmerizing amphitheater - once the cultural hub for ancient Roman life and nowadays hosts concerts held by top Israeli and international artists.
Moving on we head north towards Haifa while enjoying a breathtaking panoramic view from Mount Carmel on the Bahai Gardens (one of the most frequently and beautiful toured attractions in Israel) the city of Haifa and the port. Haifa offers some of the most memorable views in Israel. Our journey continues to Rosh Hanikra, where we ascend via cable car to the spectacular limestone grottoes situated on the water front. On top of Rosh Hanikra, we will also get a view of the Lebanese border with Israel.
Making our way back traveling south, we stop at the ancient city of Acre to visit the well-preserved Crusader city and enjoy the city’s vast history reflected in all its surroundings.
Among the sites, we’ll visit in Acre are the Old City Market, and the harbor.
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Day 2: City of David & Underground Jerusalem
We’ll start our tour with an overview of modern and Old Jerusalem city from Mount Olives looking down at the Old City and the Temple Mount. As we drive along the Kidron Valley, we see the ancient Jewish cemetery dating back over 3,000 years, the monumental burial sites at its base and across the way, the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane where it is said Jesus, and his followers prayed the night prior to Jesus’s crucifixion.
Before entering the Old City through the Zion Gate, we visit the Tomb of King David on Mount Zion. In the upper floor of the structure, we would visit the hall traditionally proclaimed as the Hall of the Last Supper. We will then continue to the 16th century Sepharadi synagogues located in the Jewish quarter, walking along the Byzantine Cardo. In the Jewish Quarter, we explore the exciting excavated Second Temple Herodian mansions providing insight to the quality of life in ancient Jerusalem.
While making our way out of the Jewish quarter, we will descend to the Western Wall, the Kotel, exiting the Old City through the Dung gate. We end our tour exploring the excavations of the 3,000 years-old City of David while gaining an acquaintance with its elaborate and sophisticated water system, which was constructed and continuously altered throughout the ages in accordance to military and population necessities.
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Day 3: Jerusalem Old and New
This one day tour starts with a view of Jerusalem as seen from atop Mount Olives, looking down at the Old City and the Temple Mount. Mount Olives is also one of the oldest Jewish burial sites, over three hundred years old. We then descend and make our way along the Kidron Valley, offering a view of the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations, where according to sources Jesus and his followers prayed the night before his crucifixion. Along the Kidron Valley road we will get a view of the monumental burial tombs situated at the Mount’s feet.
We then proceed into the Old City entering from Mount Zion, past the Armenian Quarter walking along the ancient Byzantine Cardo dating back to the Roman era, with our final stop being the Western Wall (the Kotel). Leading to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre are the Stations of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) which we explore along the way to the church, the site of the crucifixion.
Before leaving the Old City we’ll enjoy a brief strolls in the bazaars located in the Christian and Muslim Quarters. Finish the tour with a short walking into the New City and a visit to Yad VaShem, the Holocaust museum.
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Day 4: Massada and The Dead Sea
We’ll begin our tour descending to the Judean Desert via the Inn of the Good Samaritan. Moving forward we arrive at Masada and then ascent by cable car to tour the remains of the Herodian Fortress, built by King Herod two thousand years ago. Touring the sites, we’ll revisit its history and heritage, relating to the up rise of the Jewish Zealots against their Roman overlords.
We then leave Massada and head towards The Dead Sea, one of the most toured sites in Israel by tourists and locals alike. On shore you could enjoy a mud bath bearing many therapeutic. Dipping in the sea itself is also highly recommended, experiencing the Dead Sea’s unique attributes, allowing for extreme ease of floating and effortless swimming. On our way back we’ll get a view of the Ein Gedi oasis, the Qumran caves where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and the ancient city of Jericho, the oldest city in existence with settlements dating back to 9000 BCE.
The tour includes:
- Three nights' accommodation on Bed & Breakfast basis. Click here for Hotel Class & Prices.
- Four touring days as per itinerary, with English speaking guide.
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off service.
- Transport by air-conditioned van/bus.
- Entrance fees. (unless otherwise specified)
The tour does not include:
- Lunch, dinner, drinks.
- Entrance fees to City of David.
- The sequence of the days and sleeping arrangements might be changed due to lack of availability.
- Single supplement is required according to Hotel Class & Prices.
- High season supplement is required according to Hotel Class & Prices.
- A moderate dress code is required to enter the holy places. Knees and shoulder must be covered.
- Confirmation will be received 24 hours post booking.