Departs on Wednesdays
Meals and Sightseeing as per itinerary
Guaranteed departure (min 2 pax) coach tour
No touring on 21 28 March; 4 April; 16 May; 5 12 19 26 September 2018
Day 1: Tel Aviv
Welcome to Israel. On arrival you will be met by a representative of our local agent (look out for your name on a sign) and transferred to your Tel Aviv hotel where accommodation is reserved for four nights. Remainder of day at leisure.
Day 2: Modern Israel (B)
Start your tour of Israel with a guided tour of Independence Hall where the establishment of the modern state of Israel was declared. Drive to Latrun to visit the Armored Corps museum, one of the most diverse tank museums in the world. Enjoy a visit to Mini Israel to see miniature models of the most famous and important sites from all over the country. See the secret underground arms factory from British Mandate times at the Ayalon Institute.
Day 3: Tel Aviv (B)
Enjoy a tour of Tel Aviv today. Stop at Rabin Square to see where the late Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin was assassinated. Visit the ancient port city of Old Jaffa and walk through the charming artist’s quarter. Explore Neve Zedek and learn about the development of Tel Aviv including its famous Bauhaus architecture. Enjoy the colour of Nahlat Binyamin Boulevard and buy handmade artifacts in the craft market. Finish the day with a walk through the trendy Bohemian district at Shenkin Street.
Day 4: Tel Aviv (B)
Enjoy a day at leisure, perhaps by taking a walk along Tel Aviv’s famous beaches.
Day 5: Coastal Plain (B L D)
Depart Tel Aviv along the coastal plain to Caesarea, capital of Judea under the Romans. Visit the excavations of the ancient city, the Roman theatre, and aqueduct. Proceed to Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon - visit the archaeological excavations including the well preserved water supply system. Continue to the Druze village at Daliat El Carmel and enjoy lunch and famous Druze hospitality at a local restaurant. Continue on via Mount Carmel to Haifa for a panoramic view of the Haifa bay and the Golden domed Bahai shrine and gardens. Overnight in a Kibbutz guesthouse.
Day 6: Upper Galilee (B D)
Proceed to Safed, the center of Jewish mysticism, to visit the ancient synagogues and the artists’ colony. Continue to the Golan Heights to see the former Syrian bunkers, Kuneitra, and the new Israeli town of Katzrin. Stop at a Golan winery for a tour and wine tasting. Onto Kessem Hagolan for a multimedia presentation of the area and its history.
Day 7: Sea of Galilee – Jerusalem (B)
Start the day with a tour of Tiberias. Explore the centre of Jesus’ ministry at Capernaum to see the remains of the synagogue where he preached. Also see the octagonal church of St. Peter. Onto Nazareth to visit the church of the Annunciation. Drive via Beit Shean to Beit Alpha to see the remains of the mosaic floor of an ancient synagogue depicting the zodiac. Five nights accommodation has been reserved in Jerusalem.
Day 8: Jerusalem Old City & Bethlehem (B)
Start the day with a magnificent panoramic view of the Old City from the Mount of Olives. Visit the tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper on Mt. Zion. Enter the walled city and walk through the newly restored Jewish Quarter. Visit the Roman Cardo, the Herodian Quarter, and the Western Wall. Walk along the Via Dolorosa to the church of the Holy Sepulchre. Continue to Bethlehem (subject to security clearance) to visit the Church of the Nativity.
Day 9: Jerusalem New City (B D)
Start your day with a visit to the Israel Museum - Tour the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed and see the miniature model of Jerusalem as it was during the second temple period. Enjoy a tour of the New City – including a view of the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament). Continue for a moving visit to Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. Visit Meah Shearim the ultra-orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem and learn about their unique lifestyle. In the evening enjoy a middle eastern dinner followed by the spectacular sound and light show at the Tower of David museum (weather conditions permitting).
Day 10: Dead Sea (B)
Depart Jerusalem via the Judean Mountains and descend to the lowest place on earth. Visit the ancient city of Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls where found. Continue along the shores of the Dead Sea to the magnificent cliff top fortress of Masada. Ascend via cable car to explore the remains of King Herod’s luxurious palace and hear about the zealots who defied the Roman Empire from this location. Take the chance to enjoy a float in the salty waters.
Day 11: Jerusalem (B)
Enjoy a day of leisure on your own exploring Jerusalem. Perhaps return to the Old City for some shopping.
Day 12: Departure (B)
Transfer to Ben Gurion airport for your onward flight.
Modest dress is required for entrance to holy sites - Men: Long Pants;. Women: Skirt or long pants and shoulders covered
Order of sightseeing may be amended depending on local travel restrictions and security clearance.
- Transfers as specified in itinerary
- Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
- Tourist Class hotels with private facilities
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
- Professional English speaking driver/guides
- Entrance fees
- Israel Travel Notes – issued by Innovative Travel
- International airfares
- Optional tours and excursions
- Port Taxes and fuel surcharges
- Tipping/Gratuities (please refer to tour notes for a recommended guideline)
- Personal Expenses
- Departure taxes
- Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
- Visas (unless specified)
- Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above
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