Fascinating Israel 2020

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Israel

Tour Itinerary

Israel has been a pilgrimage center for people throughout the ages and is a treasure trove of historical and biblical sites. On this Israel tour, start in Tel Aviv and end in Jerusalem with overnights in Haifa and Kibbutz. Along the way, visit the most famous and interesting sites, including many UNESCO World Heritage Sites: in Haifa, the golden-domed Baha’i Shrine, the world center of Baha’i faith; Acre, a historic walled port-city where you’ll see some of the immense underground Crusader city, dating from 1104-1291; and Masada, a rugged cliff-top fortress where Jewish zealots chose death rather than slavery to the Romans. Also visit many of the sites associated with Jesus, including Cana, site of the first miracle; Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount; Capernaum, where Jesus recruited his first followers among the fishermen; the Garden of Gethsemane with its Rock of Agony, where Jesus prayed his last prayer before his arrest; the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, erected on the site of the crucifixion; and the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, which stands on the site where Jesus was born.Also, visit the Via Dolorosa; the Mount of Olives; the Israel Museum, with the Dead Sea Scrolls; and much more. Globus has arranged some out-of-the-ordinary experiences for you on this Israel tour. Take a relaxing cruise on the Sea of Galilee, and hear a lecture on kibbutz life. Additionally, travel to the Dead Sea, where Globus has arranged for you to experience the water’s incredible buoyancy and receive a salt scrub gift.These are just some of the many highlights of this once-in-a-lifetime Israel vacation!

Day 1: ARRIVE IN TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
. Welcome to Tel Aviv! Enjoy this evening’s welcome dinner with your traveling companions and Tour Director. (D)

Day 2: TEL AVIV. EXCURSION TO VALLEY OF ELAH–LATRUN–JAFFA.
Drive into the ancient land of the Philistines and in the Valley of Elah. Stop at the site of David’s victory over the Philistine champion, Goliath, and hear about this biblical event. Later, refresh your memory with the tale of Samson and Delilah as you proceed through the land of the Dan tribe to the wide Valley of Ayalon. At strategic Latrun, visit the MONASTERY OF THE TRAPPIST MONKS. Continue along the Mediterranean shore and stop in Jaffa for a walk through the beautifully restored ancient port, where medieval pilgrims started their strenuous 2-day trek to Jerusalem. Return to Tel Aviv.
Today’s Distance: 50 mi / 80 km (B)

Day 3: TEL AVIV–CAESAREA–ACRE–HAIFA.
Start your tour of the Holy Land with Caesarea, the perfect place to learn about the Roman and Crusader presence in the country. Visit the ROMAN AMPHITHEATER and the impressive CRUSADER FORTRESS, and admire Herod’s stadium and harbor. Visit Acre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at the northern end of the lovely Bay of Haifa. Acre became the capital of the Crusader kingdom after its conquest by Richard the Lionheart. Marvel at the forbidding Ottoman fortress and tour the excavated part of the immense underground CRUSADER CITY with its secret passageways and the vaulted crypt of the Knights of St. John. Continue to Haifa, a city with a long history dating back to biblical times, and enjoy a visit to the golden-domed BAHA’I SHRINE, the world center of Baha’i faith.
Today’s Distance: 58 mi / 94 km (B,D)

Day 4: HAIFA–NAZARETH–CANA–SEA OF GALILEE–KIBBUTZ.
Drive to Nazareth in Galilee to visit the contemporary CHURCH OF THE ANNUNCIATION. Next, travel on to Cana, where Jesus changed water into wine at a wedding. To this day, many couples renew their wedding vows at this sacred place. After a panoramic view over Lake Tiberias, [LF] enjoy a relaxing CRUISE on the Sea of Galilee, and see an ancient fisherman’s boat said to be from the time of Christ. Time to relax before dinner. This evening, you are invited for a [LF] LECTURE ON KIBBUTZ LIFE.
Today’s Distance: 55 mi / 88 km (B,D)

Day 5: KIBBUTZ–MOUNT OF BEATITUDES–CAPERNAUM–BET SHE’AN–JERUSALEM
. Heading towards the Sea of Galilee, visit the MOUNT OF BEATITUDES, where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount. On to CAPERNAUM, where Jesus recruited his first followers among the fishermen. Via the ruins of Kursi, which memorialize two of Jesus’ miracles, arrive at the Jordan River, and visit a BAPTISMAL SITE. Then, visit the ancient city of Bet She’an with its fine ROMAN and BYZANTINE RELICS. The city is located at the foot of Mount Gilboa, where King Saul and his son died by their own hands in battle with the Philistines. On the way to Jerusalem, stop for a breathtaking panoramic view of the Holy City, considered one of the oldest places in the world, with a history dating back as far as 4000 BC.
Today’s Distance: 122 mi / 197 km (B,D)

Day 6: JERUSALEM. EXCURSION TO MASADA & THE DEAD SEA.
Drive through the Judean wilderness to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on the surface of the Earth. Enjoy the scenery as you follow the road between the salty waters and majestic desert mountains. Catch glimpses of the caves of Qumran, where the precious Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Ascend by cable car to the spectacular cliff-top FORTRESS of Masada, and hear how 960 Jewish rebels made their last stand against Roman forces. Around lunchtime, reach one of the comfortable Dead Sea resorts for free time to [LF] experience the incredible buoyancy in the heavy saltwater and receive a SALT SCRUB GIFT. Then, back to Jerusalem.
Today’s Distance: 81 mi / 130 km (B)

Day 7: JERUSALEM. EXCURSION TO YAD VASHEM–THE ISRAEL MUSEUM–BETHLEHEM.
Visit YAD VASHEM, the “World Holocaust Remembrance Center,” then continue to the ISRAEL MUSEUM to see the Shrine of the Book and the Dead Sea Scrolls as well as a scale model of Jerusalem at the time of Christ. Proceed to Bethlehem and see Shepherd’s Field, where the angels announced the birth of Jesus. Also visit the CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY, which stands on the site where Jesus was born.
Today’s Distance: 6 mi / 10 km (B,D)

Day 8: JERUSALEM. EXCURSION TO THE OLD CITY.
Visit the GARDEN TOMB and, after a stunning view of the city from the revered MOUNT OF OLIVES, start your guided walking tour. See the Chapel of Dominus Flevit, designed in the shape of a teardrop to symbolize the tears of Christ, and arrive at the GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE, where Jesus prayed the night before his arrest. Nearby are the Cave of the Assumption of Mary, believed to be the Virgin Mary’s tomb; and the Cave of Betrayal, where Judas betrayed Jesus. Follow the VIA DOLOROSA with its Stations of the Cross, marking the path Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion. In Golgotha, visit the CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE, erected on the site of the crucifixion and which houses the remaining five Stations of the Cross. On to the WESTERN WALL, the only remnant of the Second Temple. See the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock, which are sacred to both the Jewish and Muslim people. Stroll through the restored Jewish Quarter to MOUNT ZION and visit the UPPER ROOM, where Jesus and his disciples had the last supper; and visit the TOMB OF KING DAVID. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with your traveling companions after an unforgettable journey through the Holy Land. (B,D)

Day 9: JERUSALEM
. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (the nearest airport is Tel Aviv). (B)

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Inclusions

  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Sightseeing & Activities:

TEL AVIV
Welcome dinner

LATRUN AREA
Visit the site of David’s victory over Goliath in the Valley of Elah, the Monastery of the Trappist Monks in Latrun

JAFFA
Walking tour of the ancient port

CAESAREA
Visit the Roman Amphitheater and the Crusader fortress

ACRE
Visit the underground Crusader city

HAIFA
Visit the Baha’i Shrine

NAZARETH
Visit the Church of the Annunciation

CANA
Visit the site of the first miracle

SEA OF GALILEE
Panoramic view; see an ancient fisherman’s boat; [LF] enjoy a cruise

KIBBUTZ
[LF] Lecture on kibbutz life

MOUNT OF BEATITUDES
Visit the site where Jesus delivered his sermon

CAPERNAUM
Visit the site where Jesus recruited his followers

RIVER JORDAN
Visit a baptismal site

BET SHE’AN
Admire its Roman and Byzantine relics

JERUSALEM
A panoramic view from the Mount of Olives; visit the Garden of Gethsemane; guided walking tour, follow the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Western Wall, and walk through the Jewish Quarter to Mount Zion, visit the Upper Room, the tomb of King David; visit Yad Vashem and the Israel Museum; the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem; the Garden Tomb; farewell dinner

MASADA
Ride a cable car and visit the cliff-top fortress

DEAD SEA
[LF] Experience the buoyancy feeling in the Dead Sea water and receive a salt scrub giftMotorcoach or minibus; boat cruise; cable car.

Meals:
Full Israeli breakfast daily; 6 three-course dinners, including a welcome dinner in Tel Aviv and a farewell dinner in Jerusalem


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Accommodations

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$980-$1290

No triple room reduction.

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

Tel Aviv: Herods Hotel Tel Aviv
Contemporary High-rise Hotel situated on the Mediterranean, in hub of fashionable tourist center.
Address:
155 Hayarkon Street
Tel Aviv , Israel
Haifa: Dan Panorama
Sleek 19-story Tower set on the slopes of Mount Carmel, overlooking Haifa Bay.
Address:
107 Hanassi Avenue
Haifa , Israel
Kibbutz: Kibbutz Lavi
Guest House & Kibbutz in two buildings, situated on a hillside with views of the Golan Mountains.
Jerusalem: Dan Panorama Jerusalem
The Dan Panorama Hotel Jerusalem with its dignified architecture and honey-colored Jerusalem stone exterior resonates with the spirit of this legendary city. One of Jerusalem's favorite hotels, the Dan Panorama Hotel boasts an exceptional location that enables you to explore Jerusalem's multifaceted attractions simply by stepping outside.
Address:
39 Keren Hayesod Street
Jerusalem , Israel

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Questions & Answers

Question: Are there optional tours for Fascinating Israel?

Yes, there will be optional excursions for this itinerary that you can either purchase 3 weeks prior to the departure date or while on tour.

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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Ratings based off 25 reviews . Currently showing 6 reviews with comments only.
By Cheepuloti R on Apr 29, 2019

The tour surpassed my expectations. The pickup and drop off were on time and perfect. Jerusalem is amazing. We saw the ruins at Caesarea, CAPERNAUM and cruised on the Sea of Galilee. We went to visit the BAPTISMAL SITE at the Jordan river. The Dead Sea and Masada are breath taking. I floated in the Dead Sea briefly. People were rubbing clay on their bodys. But I did not. The hotels were clean and the food at the hotels was good. The western wall in Jerusalem was sacred and there were lot of people. The old city is incredible. I strongly recommend that every Christian should visit Jerusalem at least once.

By Christopher T on Jul 09, 2018

The tour director was often unorganized, did not communicate proactively with the group and did not have a strong enough command of English to properly explain historical detail.

By Carin K on Oct 09, 2017

Due to religious reasons, we had to change the route. However, these religious holidays are known and the trip should have been planned accordingly. The hotel Dan Panorama in Jerusalem was not adequate: room too small for two people, and state of place leaving much to be desired (old, some broken items, rust in the bath).

By Anthony B on May 22, 2017

This was my second trip with Affordable Tours. My booking agent could not have been better. He was great. My biggest disappointment with the tour was the guide. Although a very nice person and extremely knowledgeable, she was many times unorganized and did not do anything to bring the "group" together. As I said her knowledge was without a doubt wonderful.

By Robert S on May 16, 2016

Our guide lacked in personal communication; he was abrupt, argumentive and rude at times. This may be a cultural difference but still not a very desirable characteristic. The tour itinerary was very demanding, partly because our guide chose to add part of the next days agenda to two of our days. We were told that this was because of the Sabbath. We walked 5 hrs in the old city and then went to Bethlehem (scheduled for the following day) and had to walk for another two hrs. This was in 90 degree weather too. The other thing that was less than desirable was the coach...no place to put bottles, cameras, snacks on seat backs; there was no WC for emergencies.

By Netta S on Jun 17, 2013

We had a wonderful trip and the itinerary covered a lot of sights!!


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