|DAY 1: Wednesday - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for Israel. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for your journey.
|DAY 2: Thursday - Arrive in Tel Aviv and transfer to Jerusalem
Arrive in Tel Aviv and transfer to your hotel. This evening enjoy a welcome briefing at your hotel.
|DAY 3: Friday - Optional Tour, Jerusalem Old City Tour
This morning, enjoy at Half day tour of Jerusalems Old City , which is divided into 4 Quarters: Christian, Jewish, Armenian and Muslim. Stroll through the colorful winding alleys of the city. Walk along the Via Dolorosa, and some of the Stations of the Cross en route to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Pass through the local bazaars en route to Mount Zion to visit the Room of the Last Supper and the Tomb of King David. Following your day exploring this ancient city, enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening.
And you can chosse our OPTIONAL tour (Half Day Bethlehem 2:00 PM) Enjoy a half day tour featuring the Church of the Nativity, the oldest church in the Holy Land, still in use and commemorates the birthplace of Jesus Christ. Many restoration projects have occurred through the years. Presently the facade of the Church of the Nativity is encircled by the high walls of the three convents: the Franciscan on the northeast side, the Greek Orthodox and the Armenian Orthodox, on the southeast side. A shopping stop for local souvenirs and olive wood handicrafts is included. Please note that Bethlehem is located six miles south of Jerusalem in the West Bank and governed by the Palestinian National Authority. ( B, D )
|DAY 4: Saturday - Optional Tour, Day at leisure in Jerusalem
Enjoy the day at leisure in this fascinating city. Stroll the pedestrian Ben Yehuda Street with its many shops and cafes and restaurants or visit one of the citys many museums or you can choose our OPTIONAL tour (Full Day Masada & Dead Sea)Enjoy a full day tour to Masada and the Dead Sea. Drive through the Judean Desert and along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ascend the towering desert mesa via cable car to visit the excavations of the fortress of King Herod and last stronghold of the Zealots against the Romans. Here you will be able to see many of the original structures, such as the synagogue and storehouses, that have been painstakingly restored by archaeologists. Descend the mount via cable car. Next, visit the Museum of Masada. The museum combines archaeological artifacts and a theatrical atmosphere, together with accompanying radio play and audio explanations, to create a meaningful guided tour of the Story of Masada. Continue your tour as you journey via Ein Gedi and the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest elevation on Earth at more than 1,200 feet below sea level. While at this natural wonder, enjoy the opportunity to float in the water or cover yourself in the mineral-rich mud. Afterwards, return to your hotel. Later this evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. ( B, D )
|DAY 5: Sunday - Day at leisure in Jerusalem
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Jerusalem or you can choose our OPTIONAL tour (Half Day Jerusalem Old City - Jewish Quarter) Begin the Old City tour, entering through Zion Gate, where provisions for the Jewish Quarter were smuggled through during the War of Independence. Walk to the Cardo, the ancient Roman Street which was the main shopping area during the Roman and Byzantine Periods. Visit the Jewish Quarter and the four Sephardic Synagogues from the 16th Century, restored after the 1967 war. Visit Davidson Center and tour the southern wall excavation(AM).
After noon you can choose our OPTIONAL tour (Half Day Jerusalem New City) Drive past the Knesset, Israels Parliament to visit the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed on a rotating platform. View the model of Jerusalem during Second Temple period. En route to Yad Vashem, pass by the Israeli Supreme Court Building. Explore the new facilities of Yad Vashem, Israels memorial to the Holocaust. Return to your hotel(PM).
Evening you can choose our OPTIONAL tour (Illuminated Jerusalem with dinner) Jerusalem at night shows off her splendor. Drive by the walls of the Old City, and various other monuments to see the city in a new light. Continue to a local restaurant for dinner. ( B )
|DAY 6: Monday - Beit Shean and Capernaum Sightseeing
Depart Jerusalem, driving via the Jordan Valley to Beit Shean, a city mentioned in the Bible, later a Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine city which was destroyed by an earthquake in 749AD. Drive around the Sea of Galilee, with views of Tiberias, to Capernaum, site of a second century village and synagogue on the northern shore. ( B, D )
|DAY 7: Tuesday - Day at leisure in Tiberias
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Tiberias. With the evening at leisure we suggest a visit to a local diamond factory or you can choose our OPTIONAL tour (Full Day Golan Heights Tour with Lunch) Drive to Safed, a holy city in Judaism and the center of the mystical Kabbala. Stroll through the artists colony and visit an ancient synagogue. Proceed to Golan Heights stopping at Mitzphe Gadot for a tour and lunch at Kibbutz Gadot. Continue to Har Ben Tal site of a former Israeli bunker. Next visit a kosher winery in Katzrin, the largest town in the Golan Heights. Return to your hotel. ( B )
|DAY 8: Wednesday - Nazareth, Haifa and Ceasarea Sightseeing
Drive south through the Galilean hills to Nazareth, home of the Church of the Annunciation, the largest basilica in the Middle East. Continue to Haifa, stopping for a view of the picturesque Bahai Gardens. Proceed to the Mediterranean coast, and visit Caesarea. Tour the remains of the Roman and Crusader ruins and the impressive theatre. Visit the harbor and see ancient history come to life with the multi-media presentation. Drive south along the coastal highway to Tel Aviv or you can choose our OPTIONAL tour (Panoramic Night Tour of Tel Aviv with dinner) This evening you will see the highlights of Tel Aviv, a vibrant city renowned for its chic, cosmopolitan character. Drive down Ibn Givrol Street, one of Tel Avivs main streets with shops and restaurants. Pass Yitzhak Rabin Square with its memorial to the late Israeli Prime Minister. Continue past the Mann Auditorium and Habima, Israels National Theatre, and down the tree-lined Rothschild Avenue which boasts a large ion of Bauhaus Architecture style from the 1930sand 1940s. Continue toward the Mediterranean Sea and then south to Jaffa for dinner in a local restaurant. ( B )
|DAY 9: Thursday - Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. ( B )
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