13 Day Pilgrimage & Turkey Tour

1 Tel Aviv, 2 Galilee, 3 Jerusalem & 5 Istanbul
13 nights accommodation, all transfers, most meals and sightseeing
Price Includes
  • 11 nights accommodations in the following order:
  • 1 night at the Hotel [Leonardo Art] or similar, Tel Aviv
  • 2 nights at the Hotel [Leonardo Hotel Tiberias] or similar, Tiberias
  • 3 nights at the Hotel [Leonardo Plaza Jerusalem] or similar, Jerusalem
  • 5 nights at the Hotel [Legacy Ottoman Hotel ] or [Amira Hotel], Istanbul, Standard Room with Buffet Breakfast
  • Israel Items:
  • Meet and assist upon arrival and departure
  • Hotel accommodation based on breakfast and dinner
  • 5 lunches during the full days of the program including water and soft drinks
  • Assistance at Ben Gurion airport upon arrival and departure
  • 1 escorted group transfer upon arrival and departure (English speaking)
  • Tourist class AC vehicle as per above limited to 200 km per day and ten working hours per day
  • Licensed English-speaking tour guide on touring days (up to 10 working hours per day)
  • Entrance fees and parking fees as per program
  • Porterage at hotels including 1 suitcase and 1 trolley
  • Complimentary Travel Kit including maps, hats
  • Turkey Items:
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Personal Right Travel Agent
  • Bosphorus Cruise by regular boat for silver Plan
  • Meals mentioned by the itinerary
  • Entrance fees mentioned by the itinerary
  • Car Park, Gasoline, Highway & Bridge fees
  • Services charges & local taxes
Day By Day Itinerary
DAY 1: Departure from USA

  • Board your international flight from the USA to reach Israel in the next day. Meals will be served on board of the flight.
DAY 2: Arrival Israel

  • Upon arrival to the Ben Gurion International Airport you will meet our representative and transfer to your hotel in Tel Aviv
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Overnight in Tel Aviv
  • Meal: Dinner
DAY 3: Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Haifa, Nazareth

  • Morning mass at local church or our hotel (church name to be advised).
  • Begin the day with a visit to Old Jaffa. Walk through the cobblestoned alleyways and visit the home of Simon the Tanner. We continue to Rothschild Boulevard and the White City of Tel Aviv (UNESCO World Heritage Site), and learn about the Bauhaus architecture.
  • We drive north along the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea, the former capital of Judea, to visit the Crusader Fortress built upon the ancient city of Caesarea, named after Augustus Caesar, who imposed the tax that brought Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem.
  • We continue to Stella Maris, a Carmelite Monastery that is located above the cave where Elijah issued his challenge to the False Prophets. We drive through the Carmel Mountains to Haifa for a panoramic view of the bay and the Bahai Gardens.
  • Continue along the Jezerel Valley to visit the town Jesus lived in Nazareth to the Church of Annunciation by passing Cana of Galilee where Jesus performed his first public miracle.
  • Overnight in Galilee
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4: Around Sea of Galilee, Golan Height

  • Morning mass at local church or our hotel (church name to be advised).
  • Our day starts at the Holy Sites of Sea of Galilee. First we reach Tabgha where 5,000 were fed by Jesus who performed the miracle of the multiplication of fish and loaves. Directly on the lakeshore is the St. Peter Primacy chapel, where Jesus bestowed church leadership upon Peter.
  • Then we visit Capernaum, the launching place of Jesus ministry and look at the ancient synagogue and the house of Simon Petrus.
  • Continue to the Mount of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount for lunch you have the opportunity to taste the famous Petrus fish Optional. Visit the 2000 years old ancient boat at the Jesus Boat Museum, located in Kibbutz Ginosar. We enjoy a boat ride on the beautiful and scenic waters of the Sea of Galilee. We drive to the Golan Heights for a panoramic view on the area.
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Overnight in Galilee
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5: Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Haifa, Nazareth

  • Morning mass at local church or our hotel (church name to be advised).
  • Descend through the Judean wilderness to the Dead Sea basin, lowest spot on earth and visit the ancient caves of Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
  • We continue to Quasr El Yehud the traditional Baptism site on the Jordan River. Drive by Ein Gedi, David hideout from Saul, to the fortress Masada, last stronghold and stand of the zealots against Rome, on the edge of the barren Negev Desert. Ascend and descend the site by cable car. Have time to swim in the waters of the Dead Sea and relax on its shore. Before arriving in Jerusalem, we will stop at the famous Montefiore windmill in the neighborhood of Mishkenot Shaananim and enjoy a viewpoint on the Old City with a welcome drink.
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Overnight in Jerusalem
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6: Jerusalem Old City, Bethlehem

  • Morning mass at local church or our hotel (church name to be advised).
  • This morning we start the day at Mt. of Olives for an introduction to Jerusalem. Ascend the mountains of Jerusalem from Scopus to Mt of Olives for an outstanding breathtaking view of the city across the Kidron Valley to the Eastern Gate Visit the Garden of Gethsemane.
  • We continue through the Christian Quarters, and then a visit to the St. Anne Church , the home of Jesus maternal grandparents and the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the crippled man. We will walk the Via Dolorosa, the way of the Cross at the Antonia Fortress to visit Judgment Hall of Pilate all the way to Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Well then arrive to the Garden Tomb, an ancient Jewish sepulcher which matches the New Testament description of the tomb in which Jesus was buried. Afternoon visit to Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus, including the Church of the Nativity, Manger Square.
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Overnight in Jerusalem
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7: Israel Museum, Yad Vashem, Garden Tomb

  • Morning mass at local church or our hotel (church name to be advised).
  • Visit to the Israel Museum Shrine of the Book with the famous Dead Sea scrolls, then a visit to the beautifully renovated model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem, dating back to the time of the Second Temple.Drive by the Knesset (House of Parliament) and the campus of Hebrew University.
  • Travel to Yad Vashem, considered the primary memorial and museum of the Holocaust. Take a tour of the Holocaust History Museum, which occupies over 4,200 square meters, mainly underground. Well then arrive to the Garden Tomb, an ancient Jewish sepulcher which matches the New Testament description of the tomb in which Jesus was buried.
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Overnight in Jerusalem
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8: Israel - Istanbul

  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport for flight to Turkey.
  • Your Right Travel personal Agent will meet you at Istanbul Airport and you will get the tour documents and briefing about your tour.
  • Overnight in Istanbul
  • Meal: Breakfast
DAY 9: Full Day City Tour, Byzantine & Ottoman Relics

  • After having breakfast at hotel, you will have a full day city tour. Hippodrome: The former center of sprotive and political activities of Constantinople. You will be able to see the Obelisk from Egypt, Serpentine Column from Delphi and fountain of Willhelm II. The Hippodrome of Constantinople was a circus that was the sporting and social centre of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire.
  • Blue Mosque: One of the biggest mosques of Istanbul from 17th century architecture is one of the principal adornments on the skyline of Istanbul. Also famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarest. It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Like many other mosques, it also comprises a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice.
  • The Topkapi Palace is a large palace in Istanbul, Turkey, that was the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans for approximately 400 years (1465-1856) of their 624-year reign. As well as a royal residence, the palace was a setting for state occasions and royal entertainments. It is now a major tourist attraction and contains important holy relics of the Muslim world including the Prophet Muhammeds cloak and sword. The Topkapi Palace is among the monuments contained within the "Historic Areas of Istanbul", which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.
  • Lunch: Full Course Deluxe Menu at a charming restaurant. Continue to Hagia Sophia, Sancta Sophia or Sancta Sapientia is a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey.
  • The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 3,000 shops which attract between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. The Grand Bazaar is located inside the walled city of Istanbul, in the district of Fatih and in the neighborhood bearing the same name. It stretches roughly from west to east between the mosques of Beyazit and of Nuruosmaniye. The Bazaar can easily be reached from Sultanahmet and Sirkeci by tram. Transferred to your Hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 10: Full Day City Tour, Bosphorus & Two Continents

  • After having breakfast at hotel, you will have a full day city tour. Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), mystical smells of different aromas of various spices. Shops selling fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish etc. Bosphorus Cruise, through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, with a possibility to take photographs of marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residential and luxurious apartments.
  • Lunch: Full Course Deluxe Menu at a charming restaurant. Dolmabahce Palace was ordered by the Empires 31st Sultan, Abdulmecid I, and built between the years 1843 and 1856. The construction cost five million Ottoman mecidiye gold coins, the equivalent of 35 tons of gold. Fourteen tons of gold in the form of gold leaf were used to gild the ceilings of the 45,000 square metre monoblock palace, which stands on an area of 110,000 m. Dolmabahce Palace Clock Tower design contains eclectic elements from the Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical styles, blended with traditional Ottoman architecture to create a new synthesis.
  • The Bosphorus Bridge, also called the First Bosphorus Bridge is one of the two bridges in Istanbul, Turkey, spanning the Bosphorus strait and thus connecting Europe and Asia (the other one is the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, which is called the Second Bosphorus Bridge.) The bridge is located between Ortakoy (on the European side) and Beylerbeyi (on the Asian side). It is a gravity anchored suspension bridge with steel pylons and inclined hangers.
  • Camlica Hill rises up from Anatolian Istanbul in all its brilliance, offering a unique perspective on the city. Popular with Sunday strollers, lovers and those needing some fresh air, Camlica Hill is a dearly loved refuge from the stresses of everyday life. Located about 4km from Uskudar. After the tour you will be transferred to your Hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 11:  Turkish Bath

  • Hamam: Its the Middle Eastern variant of a steam bath, which can be categorized as a wet relative of the sauna. A person taking a Turkish bath first relaxes in a room (known as the warm room) that is heated by a continuous flow of hot, dry air allowing the bather to perspire freely. Bathers may then move to an even hotter room (known as the hot room) before splashing themselves with cold water. After performing a full body wash and receiving a massage, bathers finally retire to the cooling-room for a period of relaxation.
  • Meals: Breakfast
DAY 12: Full Day City Tour

  • After having breakfast at hotel, you will have a full day city tour.
  • Cruise in Marmara Sea to Princes Islands, stop at Buyukada, the popular summer resort with sandy beaches and pinewood scenery, once the pleasure island of Byzantine Princes.
  • Tour of the island with horse-drawn carriages before Lunch at a fish restaurant.
  • Also view during the tour: Topkapi Palace, Leanders Tower, Uskudar from the sea
  • After the tour you will be transferred to your Hotel. You can ask to your agent to have a reservation at one of the Dinner Restaurants or Night Clubs. Overnight in Istanbul.
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 13: Departure

  • After breakfast, transfer to Istanbul Airport according to your flight time.
  • Meal: Breakfast

 

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Notes :
  • The sequence of the tour, hotels used, and sites visited may be amended due to beyond control circumstances.
  • Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates.
  • All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary.
  • TURKEY - Visa required. An e-visa must be obtained in advance. Immigration officials advise guests to print a hard copy of their e-visa notification and bring it with them in the event of system failure. Visas are not required for sea cruise passengers who purchase shore excursions to Kusadasi and Istanbul. When entering Turkey via a land border crossing, a pre-obtained e-Visa is also required. Contact the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey.
Not Included
  • International airfare will be provided up on request
  • Gratuities to Driver and Guide
  • Any personal expenses and travel insurances
  • Airport tax, visa expenses and border taxes
  • Late check out / early check in
  • Any other item not mentioned as included
  • Visa to enter Turkey
  • Tips & Personal Items

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