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11 Day Classic Israel - Saturday Departure

11 Day Classic Israel - Saturday Departure


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Israel

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Israel
Depart for Israel

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Tel Aviv and transfer to Jerusalem
Arrive in Tel Aviv and transfer to your hotel in Jerusalem. This evening, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at approximately 7 PM, followed by a Welcome Dinner. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 5 PM on day 2 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Jerusalem Old City Tour
This morning, take a walking tour, exploring Jerusalem's walled Old City with its four distinct sections known as the Christian Quarter, Jewish Quarter, Muslim Quarter and Armenian Quarter. At Mt. Zion, visit the Room of the Last Supper and the traditional tomb of King David. Ascend Mt. Scopus to view the magnificent panorama of the city. From here, on to Tower of David Museum, guarding the Jaffa Gate entrance to the Old City. Stroll along the Via Dolorosa through narrow alleys and souks to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, one of the holiest sites in the Christian world. After time on your own, continue to the Western Wall, the only remaining remnant of the Second Temple. Enjoy dinner this evening at a local restaurant
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Tuesday - Jewish Quarter Tour
After breakfast, return to the Old City and focus on touring the Jewish Quarter this morning. Visit the Western Wall tunnels, followed by the excavation of the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount at the Davidson Archaeological Center. From here walk through the Cardo, the ancient Roman market street that has been excavated to reveal another layer of the city's long history. End the tour with a quick stop at the remains of the Broad Wall, an ancient defensive wall and free time for lunch on your own. The remainder of the day is at leisure or, join the optional Bethlehem tour to visit the Church of the Nativity, commemorating the birthplace of Jesus Christ
Optional: Half Day Bethlehem (PM)
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Wednesday - Jerusalem New City Tour
Today, embark on a morning tour of Jerusalem's New City, beginning at the Israel Museum. While here, visit the Shrine of the Book where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls are kept. See the replica of Jerusalem, built in a 1:50 scale. The model depicts the city as it was nearly 2000 years ago in 66 AD. Following the museum visit continue to the Mount Herzl Military Cemetery, Israel's largest military cemetery, and part of the greater national cemetery. The respect and admiration shown to those lost is evident when viewing the identical headstones of all who served, regardless of rank. End the tour with a visit to the site of Israel's Holocaust Memorial, Yad Vashem, located on the western slope of Mt. Herzl, also known as the "Mount of Remembrance." Spend the balance of the day at leisure. This afternoon, join the optional tour to the Herodian Mansions and the Burnt House in the Old City. Tonight, attend the optional Illuminated Jerusalem, Dinner & Sound & Light Show. The evening begins with dinner at a popular restaurant. Next, drive to the Tower of David to attend the spectacular "Sound & Light" Show that tells the story of Jerusalem accompanied by original music and virtual reality images
Optional: Half Day Jerusalem Herodian Mansions & Burnt House (PM)
Optional: Illuminated Jerusalem with Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Thursday - Masada En Route to the Dead Sea
Today, travel to the desert mesa of Masada overlooking the Dead Sea. Ascend to the top by cable car to visit the archaeological site of Roman and Byzantine ruins. Excavations of the site have uncovered structures not only of Herod's Palace and a Byzantine church but also a swimming pool, a synagogue, rebel dwellings and mosaics. At the bottom of the hill, visit the Museum of Masada that contains artifacts discovered from the mountain and the surrounding area. Arrive at the Dead Sea this afternoon, with leisure time to float in the buoyant water and relax on the beach, before enjoying dinner at the hotel this evening
Overnight: Dead Sea
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Jordan Valley, Beit She'an En Route to Galilee
This morning travel into northern Israel through the Jordan River Valley passing Qumran, the archaeological site near the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Afterwards, stop at Beit Alpha. Go back in time and visit the mosaic floor of the ancient Synagogue depicting lunar Hebrew moons and their corresponding zodiac signs. After a short lunch break on your own, visit the ruins of the Roman theater in the impressive archaeological site of Beit She'an. From here continue to Yardenit, a popular baptismal site on the Jordan River before a stop in Caprice, famous for the diamond factory. Enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening
Overnight: Galilee Region
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday - Day in Galilee
Enjoy a full day at leisure in this lush region with a deep religious heritage to the west of the Sea of Galilee. The region offers much to do in nearby towns and cities, such as Tiberias, or venture out on the Sea itself to get a glimpse of the natural beauty of the area before dinner this evening. Participate in the optional full day tour to Upper Galilee & Golan Heights to understand more about this area. First, stop at Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached His famous "Sermon on the Mount". Next, drive to Safed, a holy city in Judaism and the center of the mystical Kabbalah. Stroll through the artists' colony and visit an ancient synagogue. Proceed to Golan Heights stopping for a tour and lunch at a kibbutz. Continue to Har Bental site of a former Israeli bunker. Next visit a kosher winery in Katzrin, the largest town in the Golan Heights. Return to your hotel
Optional: Full Day Upper Galilee & Golan Heights with Lunch
Overnight: Galilee Region
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday - Nazareth, Haifa, Caesarea En Route to Tel Aviv
Head towards the Mediterranean Sea this morning through the Galilean hills to Nazareth. Visit the Church of the Annunciation, the largest basilica in the Middle East. Continue to Haifa to view the impressive Baha'i Gardens incorporating nineteen distinct terraces in the heart of the city. Follow the Mediterranean coast, stopping in the ancient harbor of Caesarea to see its Roman, Byzantine and Crusader ruins and the impressive theater. Watch history come alive with a multi-media presentation at the visitor center. Drive south along the coastal highway to Tel Aviv for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday - Day in Tel Aviv
Today, spend a full day at leisure to explore the coastal city of Tel Aviv independently. A more modern city than Jerusalem, Tel Aviv has become the financial, arts and business center of Israel. Take time to admire some of the city’s splendid Bauhaus buildings, wander along the beach promenade and the Jaffa Port with its fascinating Arab heritage. Perhaps, visit some contemporary art galleries, artisan boutiques and the dynamic Sarona Market complex, heart of Israel’s culinary art scene
Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Tuesday - Depart Israel
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

Due to local events and holidays, the order of sightseeing may be changed. Details to be provided locally by Tour Manager.

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Inclusions

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 9 nights First Class accommodations
  • 4 nights Jerusalem
  • 1 night Dead Sea
  • 2 nights Galilee Region
  • 2 nights Tel Aviv
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 15 meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

  • Special Features

  • Discover Jerusalem's astonishing walled Old City and Western Wall
  • Visit the site of Israel's Holocaust Memorial, Yad Vashem
  • At Israel Museum, view some of the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Visit Masada, the archaeological site of Roman and Byzantine ruins and the Dead Sea en route
  • Visit the ruins of the Roman amphitheater in the impressive archaeological site of Beit She'an
  • Stop at the Ancient Roman port of Caesarea to see its Roman, Byzantine and Crusader ruins
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

    Passengers should select flights that arrive no later than 5 PM on Day 2 in order to attend orientation meeting and Welcome Dinner.

    Hotel check-in is 4 PM. If you have an early arrival and want to check-in prior to 4 PM you may pre-purchase an additional hotel night.

    Hotel check-out is 12 PM. If you have a late departure flight and want to depart later than 12 PM you may request a hotel Day Use Room for an additional charge. Hotel checkout for a Day Use Room is 6 PM. If you have a flight which requires a longer stay, you may pre-purchase a full post night.

    Upon arrival in Israel at Passport Control, you will receive an Israel Border Control / B2 Stay Permit called an "Electronic Gate Pass". Issuance of the pass replaces the need to stamp your passport. The Electronic Gate Pass is your official form of identification in Israel and must be kept in your possession at all times, and will be relinquished once you depart the country. Escorted tour group guests should bring this pass to the Welcome Meeting as your Tour Manager must record information from it to facilitate express hotel check-in during your tour. Failure to provide this pass at check-in will result in mandatory tax.

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    Accommodations

    Mount Zion Hotel
    This first class hotel is located footsteps away from the ramparts of the Old City and the attractions of modern Jerusalem.

    Daniel Dead Sea Hotel
    This first class hotel is situated in Ein Bokek on the shores of the Dead Sea.

    Ramot Orchid Holiday Village
    This first class hotel is located at the foot of the Golan, overlooking the magnificent Sea of Galilee.

    Dan Panorama Tel Aviv
    This superior first class hotel is centrally located, overlooking the sea.

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    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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