Israel Prelude
Israel Prelude
Israel Prelude

Israel Prelude

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$1,602.00
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$1,602.00

Departs daily.

Day 1: Jerusalem

Welcome to Israel.  On 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. Remainder of day at leisure.

Day 2: Jerusalem – Old and New (B)

Explore the biblical and cultural highlights of Old and New Jerusalem. Start the tour with a panoramic view of the city from Mount of Olives. Explore the restored Jewish Quarter and visit the Cardo, an ancient Roman marketplace where you can still shop today. Stop at the Western Wall. Continue into the Christian Quarter and walk along the Via Dolorosa, following the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Continue in the afternoon for a moving visit to Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. (On Saturdays visit Garden of Gethsemane and/or Mt. Zion to see the Room of the Last Supper and the Tomb of King David in place of Yad Vashem) Please note –Mount of Olives may be replaced by Mount Scopus.

Day 3: Jerusalem and Bethlehem Tour (B)

Drive to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the city. Enter the Old City and walk through the Armenian and Jewish quarters to the recently excavated and restored Cardo, the Roman road. See the Jewish Wailing Wall, the Kotel, and continue to the Christian quarter.  Walk along the Via Dolorosa and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Continue to Bethlehem for an overview of Shepherd’s field. Drive on for a visit to the Church of Nativity and Manger’s square. Return to Jerusalem.

NOTE: Passports and modest dress required. Tour subject to security clearance.

Day 4: Masada and the Dead Sea (B)

Depart Jerusalem and descend to the lowest place on earth. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to the rock fortress of Masada. Visit Herod’s palaces, dating back 2000 years. Learn about the zealots who defied the Roman Empire from this location.  There is a chance to swim in the Dead Sea. The water is so rich in salts and minerals that you float!

Day 5: Nazareth  - Sea of Galilee (B)

Morning departure north to Nazareth, to see the town of Joseph and Mary. Visit the Church of the Annunciation.  Continue to the Sea of Galilee via Canna to visit the ruins at Capernaum. Stop at Tabgha, where the Miracle of the Fishes and Loaves took place. Return via the Baptismal site at Yardenit.

Day 6: Departure

Transfer to airport for departure flight.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

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

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • Meeting assistance
  • Airport transfers as per the itinerary
  • English Speaking guide for all touring
  • A/C coach for touring in a group (for VIP tours, guaranteed small group of up to 19 pax)
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Tourist class hotel with private facilities
  • Entrance fees for the above mentioned sites
  • Taxes and service charges

TOUR EXCLUSIONS:

  • International airfares
  • Optional tours and excursions
  • Port Taxes and fuel surcharges
  • Porterage
  • 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

Trip prices and dates are correct at the time of the website going live, however all offers are subject to reconfirmation at the time of booking. Note prices usually display available discounted rates if any, (eg. Early Bird Deals if applicable).   All featured tour itineraries and offers maybe subject to change due to seasonal variations without notice, or due to local conditions or other conditions. Please confirm all details at time of booking. Travel insurance is mandatory for all Innovative Travel bookings. All passports must be valid for 6 months prior to your return to your home country.   Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. Special VIP meet and assist offers are valid for New Zealand passport holders, for other nationalities please check at the time of booking. For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Booking Conditions  page.