Classic Israel Tour
This 8 day tour, starts and ends in Tel Aviv, Israel. Focussing on modern day Israel this tour visits Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories explores the Mediterranean coast, Nazareth and the Golan Heights as well as the Dead Sea, Masada and Old Jerusalem.
- Tel Aviv – Overnight
- Masada Fortress – UNESCO Heritage site
- Dead Sea (Masada) – Swimming, floating, relaxing
- Jerusalem – Mount Scopus
- Jerusalem – Israel Museum
- Jerusalem – The Holyland Scale Model
- Jerusalem – Yad Vashem (Holocaust Memorial)
- Jerusalem – Ein Karem (Birthplace of John the Baptist)
- Jerusalem – Old City
- Jerusalem – Arab Bazaar
- Jerusalem – Via Dolorosa
- Jerusalem – Church of the Holy Sepulchre
- Jerusalem – Mount Zion
- Jerusalem – Tomb of King David
- Jerusalem – Cenacle (Room of the Last Supper)
- Bethlehem – Church Of the Nativity
- Bethlehem – Manger Square
- Beit Shean
- Nazareth – Basilica of the Annunciation
- Kibbutz Lavi – Overnight
- Golan Heights
- Golan Heights Winery – Wine Tasting
- Banias Spring
- Galilee Sea
- Mount of the Beatitudes
- Tabgha – Church of the Multiplication
- Kibbutz Lavi – Overnight
- Acre – UNESCO Heritage site
- Haifa – Bahai Shrine and Gardens – UNESCO Heritage site
- Mount Carmel
- Caesarea – Ancient Site
- Tel Aviv – Overnight
Max group size:
- Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
- Tips except driver and tour leader
- Entrance fees
Welcome to Israel! After arrival at Ben Gurion airport, you will be met by our transfer representative and transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv. The remainder of the day is free..
Today we set off from Tel Aviv, driving south, passing by the cities of Ashdod, Ashkelon and Beersheba, the capital of the Negev Desert. We continue via Arad to Masada, Israel’s foremost archaeological park and ascend via cable-car for a thorough visit that gives insight to the rituals, politics and culture of the people who inhabited this desert fortress. We visit the excavations, Herod’s palaces, the synagogue, bathhouse and cisterns, and enjoy the incredible views of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea. We later descend to the lowest place on earth and the Dead Sea, to experience the mineral-rich black mud and to float in its salty waters. We end the day by passing by the oasis of Ein Gedi and proceeding through the Judean Desert to Jerusalem.
Today, we drive to Mount Scopus, passing the WWI British cemetery, Hadassah Hospital, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for a panoramic view of the Old City. We continue to the Israel Museum, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Shrine of the Book after which we’ll visit the large scale renovated model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem. We also visit Yad Vashem and the world Holocaust remembrance centre and followed by an afternoon drive to the picturesque village of Ein Karem. In downtown Jerusalem, we visit Mahane Yehuda to experience the flavours, aromas, colours and the traders’ interaction with the crowds and the largest open market in Israel
We go back into time and visit the Old City of Jerusalem and we start the tour by entering through one of the gates to the walled Old City to visit the renewed Jewish Quarter and the colourful Souk. We walk along the Via Dolorosa, stopping at the Stations of the Cross, ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We also make a visit to Mt. Zion and the tomb of King David, the Room of the Last Supper and Dormition Abbey. In the afternoon, we continue to Bethlehem to visit the traditional birthplace of Jesus at the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square.
We leave Jerusalem today and drive north passing by Jericho, the oldest city in the world. We’ll travel through the Jordan Valley and the new settlements to Beit Shean and visit the excavations of well-preserved Roman City. Later, we head to Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation and Christian holy sites, and a visit to Safed, the ‘City of the Kabbalah’, and centre of Jewish mysticism, to visit a synagogue and the beautiful streets of the artists and colony.
Today we drive up to the Golan Heights and visit the former Syrian fortifications and the Druze villages, passing by Banias, source of the Jordan River. We get to experience an Israeli wine country experience and vineyards surrounded by endless views. While here, we become acquainted with the collection of fine and rare wines all while enjoying a tour, wine tasting and understanding of the wine production process.
Later, we descend to the shore of the Sea of Galilee and proceed to Capernaum, to visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue, the Mount of Beatitudes, traditional site of the Sermon on the Mount and Tabgha. We then head onwards to Tiberias, the old center of Jewish learning.
Today, you’ll have the option to go sailing on a boat across the Sea of Galilee to experience the scenery little changed during the past 2000 years.
After breakfast, we start the last day of our tour with a drive through the hills of the Galilee, westwards to Acre (Akko) for a visit of the old, famous Crusader stronghold and medieval fortifications. We then continue to Haifa, for a panoramic sightseeing tour of the city, including the Baha’i Shrine, Persian Garden, Mount Carmel and Haifa bay. We then head along the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea to visit the Roman Theater and the Crusader fortress at what is known as the ‘masterpiece of Herod the Great’. We end the day with a short city tour of Tel Aviv and the ancient port of Jaffa.
After breakfast, your time is free until we pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to Ben Gurion airport for your departure.