Israel: Holy Land Tour

Israel: Holy Land Tour

Israel: Holy Land Tour
Cityscapes Stopover
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9 Days 8 Nights
Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Caesarea, Sea of Galilee, Golan Heights, Nazareth, Jerusalem

Day 1:     Arrive Tel Aviv

Arrive at Tel Aviv Ben Guiron Airport and transfer to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Accommodation: Tal by the Beach Hotel or similar

Day 2:    Tel Aviv – Jaffa (B)

After breakfast, pick up from your hotel for a fun-packed sightseeing day which will include, a visit to the “State of Mind” Innovation Center at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. Learn about cutting-edge developments by Israeli start-ups in fields such as science, medicine, security, space and more. A walk around the Old Port City of Jaffa, the oldest seaport in the world and home to a vibrant multiethnic community of Muslims, Christians and Jews: get to know the first Jewish city of the modern era, established in 1909. A choice of two culinary tours that will introduce you to the very best of Tel Aviv’s food scene: Carmel market tasting tour to enjoy a fascinating variety of culinary riches, colorful spices and intriguing characters in the main market of Tel Aviv, where the flavors and scents of the old town combine with the young bustling atmosphere of the city’s central market. A Vegan culinary tour, Tel Aviv is the #1 vegan culinary destination in the world, where traditional vegan and vegetarian cuisine and innovative young chefs meet, creating a one-of-a-kind savory adventure for food lovers, whether vegan or not. A stroll along Rothschild Boulevard, the beating heart of Tel Aviv: home of The White City, Tel Aviv’s most prominent collection of Bauhaus (International Style) buildings. Built during the 1930s and the 1940s, this functional architecture not only created well-designed objects, but also a cohesive urban landscape that is unparalleled in the world.

Day 3:    Tel Aviv – Caesarea (B/L/D)

After breakfast, we leave Tel Aviv and head north. Take in the ancient city of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great and once the administrative center of the Roman Empire for the Province of Judaea. The city and its archeological wonders are a testament to its significance throughout the ages. The ancient port, the Roman hippodrome and amphitheater and the impressive palace are among the many historical treasures in this fascinating ancient city. The Kibbutz Experience –past and present –visit Ein Shemerkibbutz museum, where we will experience a journey from the early days of the kibbutz to the present and learn about the kibbutz way of life. Continue with a tour of innovation at Kibbutz Magal, visit the Netafimgreenhouse innovation center, a pioneering enterprise in the field of drip irrigation technology. Enjoy a delicious lunch in the kibbutz dining hall. Continue to the ancient crusader port city of Akko, the fascinating UNESCO heritage site, with new excavations revealing what life was like 1000 years ago. Visit the Crusader Halls and follow the underground tunnels. See the port and fortifications that enabled the inhabitants of the town to resist invasion by Napoleon Bonaparte. Spend time walking through the Arab Bazaar, reliving a Middle Eastern shopping experience.
Accommodation: NEA Resort, Western Galilee or similar

Day 4:     Sea of Galilee – Golan Heights (B/D)

After breakfast, drive to the mystical city of Tzfat, the birthplace of the ancient Jewish mystical text, the Kabbalah. Stroll through the narrow, winding alleys. Peek inside some of the beautiful synagogues. Browse through workshops and galleries in the flourishing artists’ quarter. Then enjoy a tour and wine tasting at the Pelter Winery, a family-owned boutique winery in the Golan Heights. Continue to Katzrin, the “Capital of the Golan Heights”. Walk through a Talmudic village and get a sense of what it was like to live in the times of ancient Israel. Drive to the Sea of Galilee and take a boat ride on the calm waters.

Day 5:     Sea of Galilee – Nazareth – Jerusalem (B/D)

Visit the amazing Bahai Gardens in Akko, which form a wide circle surrounding the historic mansion where Bahá’u’lláh, the Prophet-Founder of the Bahai Faith, resided during the final years of His life and the shrine where His remains were laid to rest. Drive to the Druze village of Isfiya, at the top of Mount Carmel. The Druze are Arab-speaking citizens of Israel and are renowned for their hospitality. Take a fascinating guided tour of the alleys and old quarter of the village.  Continue to Nazareth, Jesus’s hometown. Walk in his footsteps as we tour the Church of the Annunciation and the markets of the Old City.  Drive to Jerusalem. Once in Jerusalem, we will stop for an overview from Mt. Scopus, before checking in at the hotel.  In the evening, experience a special “Shabbat of a Lifetime” dinner, with hospitality in the home of a local Jewish family. Enjoy a traditional meal as you hear about and observe the customs of the Jewish sabbath.
Accommodation: Leonardo Boutique Hotel, Jerusalem or similar

Day 6:     Jerusalem – Masada – Dead Sea (B/L)

Setting off east from Jerusalem towards the Dead Sea, drive to a lookout point for a view of Wadi Qelt and the cliff-hanging Monastery of St. George; founded in the 5thCentury and still active and inhabited by Greek Orthodox monks. Continue on to the legendary mountaintop plateau of Masada, the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their struggle against the Romans in 73CE -overlooking the Dead Sea. Ascending by cable car to the ancient fortress, we shall explore the site, with its synagogue and bathhouse. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon at the Dead Sea, 1388 feet (423m) below sea level. Cake yourself in mineral-rich mud and float in the buoyant waters. Return to Jerusalem and in the evening, take in the Sound and Light Show at the Tower of David –a creative depiction of the history of the city of Jerusalem projected onto the ancient stones.

Day 7:    Jerusalem (B)

Today, our exploration of the Old City of Jerusalem begins at the City of David, with its fascinating tunnels. See the newest exciting excavations revealing Jerusalem during the time of the 1st Temple period. Walk through the Old City and visit some of its famous sites, including the Western Walland the Cardo, an ancient commercial street where you can still shop today. Walk through the Arab Bazaar and experience traditional Middle Eastern life, with its rich colors, flavors, and smells. Our next stop will be a rooftop tour of the Old City neighborhoods, for a behind-the-scenes look at the various communities living alongside each other in this ancient walled city. Walk along part of the Via Dolorosato the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. According to traditions dating back to at least the 4thcentury, the church is the home of the two holiest sites in Christianity: the site where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, known as “Calvary” or “Golgotha“; and Jesus’s empty tomb, where he is said to have been buried and resurrected.

Day 8:    Jerusalem – Bethlehem (B/D)

Visit Yad Vashem, considered to be the world’s primary Holocaust memorial and museum. Take a tour of the new Holocaust History Museum, which occupies over 4,200 square meters, mainly underground. Visit the moving exhibit at the Children’s Pavilion, commemorating the death of over 1.5 million Jewish children in the Holocaust. From Yad Vashem, we will move on to the Israel Museum. There we will see the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition, and view the famous Model of Jerusalem, depicting the city as it was in the 2ndTemple period. Next, the Yvel Design Center, a unique combination of original Israeli creativity and the social impact of philanthropic investment. The tour includes a visit to the Megemeria School of Jewelry & Art; established in 2010 by Yvel founders, Isaac and Orna Levy, the school offers Ethiopian immigrants professional training at no cost, a monthly stipend & assistance in finding employment in the industry. Optional-visit to Bethlehem. See the Church of the Nativity and the remains of ancient Bethlehem (beneath the Greek Monastery), from the times of Christ. OR Leisure time at Mamilla Mall or on Ben Yehuda Street. Meet up again for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 9:    Jerusalem – Tel Aviv – Departure (B)

Transfer from your hotel back to Tel Aviv Airport to board your return flight back to Canada.

B – Breakfast           L – Lunch          D – Dinner

Tour Price per Person Double Occupancy – minimum 2 persons

MONDAY ARRIVAL IN ISRAEL Land Only From Single Supp.
2019: April, June 3020 1200
2019: May, October, November 3080 1290
2019: July 3140 1270
2019: August 3270 1360
2019: September 2930 1160
2019: December 2860 1090

HOTEL BLACKOUT DATES and SEASONAL SURCHARGE may apply.

~~ ALL PRICES ARE IN CANADIAN DOLLARS AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE ~~

Your Tour Package Includes

• Return transfer between airport and hotel.
• Superior 4-Star hotel accommodation with daily breakfast.
• Sightseeing Tours with admission and meals as per itinerary.
• Professional English Speaking local guide service.

Your Tour Package Does NOT Include

• International Airfare from Canada to Israel.
• Any applicable weekend and other surcharges imposed by airlines.
• Any taxes, airport fees and fuel surcharge.
• Travel insurance, Travel Visa and all personal expenses.
• Tipping and gratuities to local guides, drivers, and hotel staff.
• Any items not specified as included.

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