Departs on Sundays
Step through the pages of the Bible with this eight day tour of Israel and the Holyland. Experience sites famed throughout the world and discover why these lands are held sacred by so many. With daily breakfast and dinners included, this itinerary makes biblical history accessible.
- Experience the sensory wonder of a float at the Dead Sea.
- Explore the Knights’ Hall and fascinating Crusaders’ Tunnels.
- Discover the secrets of Old Jerusalem, scene of many of the Bible’s seminal moments.
Meals and Sightseeing as per itinerary
Guaranteed departure (min 2 pax) coach tour
No touring on 16 September 2018
Day 1: Jerusalem
Upon arrival you will be met by a representative of our local operator (look out for your name on a sign) and then transferred to your Jerusalem hotel where accommodation is reserved for four nights on a half board basis. The remainder of the day is at leisure to unwind.
Day 2: Massada & the Dead Sea (BD)
Depart Jerusalem and descend to the lowest place on earth – the Dead Sea. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to the rock fortress of Masada, the last stronghold of the Jewish zealots in their war against Rome. Visit Herod’s palaces, dating back 2000 years. Enjoy a chance to swim in the Dead Sea (weather permitting). The water is so rich in salts and minerals that you float!
Day 3: Jerusalem – New City (B, D)
Start with a spectacular view of Jerusalem from Mount of Olives, and then onto the Garden of Gethsemane. See the famous Dead Sea Scrolls at the Shrine of the Book and the model of Jerusalem from Herodian times. Experience a moving visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. Explore the picturesque village of Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist.
Day 4: Jerusalem Old City and Bethlehem (B, D)
Visit the Western Wall and the Temple Mount (subject to security clearance). Explore the colourful bazaars, and walk the Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross) until the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Visit the tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper on Mount Zion. Continue to Bethlehem (subject to security clearance) to visit Manger Square, Shepherds Fields and the Church of the Nativity.
Day 5: Galilee (B, D)
After breakfast, depart Jerusalem for Galilee. En route, pass Jericho (subject to security clearance), the oldest city in the world. Explore the excavations of the beautiful Roman City of Beit Shean. Continue onto Nazareth to see Mary’s Well and visit the Church of Annunciation. Drive to Safed – city of Mystical Judaism for a walk through the artists’ colony. Overnight in a Kibbutz hotel.
Day 6: Upper Galilee and Golan Heights (B, D)
Ascend the Golan Heights and from Mt. Bental, peer deep into Syria and the ghost town of Kuneitra. Explore Caesari of Philippi at the Banias Springs. Drive along the shores of the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum to visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue. See the beautiful church at Tabgha where the miracle of the fishes and the loaves took place. Enjoy a short tour of Tiberias – the old centre of Jewish learning. Overnight in a Kibbutz hotel.
Day 7: Coastal Plain – Tel Aviv (B, D)
Depart for Acre (Akko) to explore the Knights’ Halls and the secret Crusader tunnels, then to Haifa to view the magnificent Bahai gardens from atop Mount Carmel. Stop at Caesarea, to visit the Roman Theatre and the Crusader Fortress. Continue to Tel Aviv and Jaffa for a short city tour.
Day 8: Tel Aviv (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.
The hotel selection may change – please use this as a guideline only
- Transfers as specified in itinerary
- Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
- Tourist Class hotels with private facilities
- Meals as specified
- 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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