8 Day Luxury Israel Discovery

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8 Day Luxury Israel Discovery

Walk in the footsteps of Jesus as you follow His journey from birth to the Crucifixion. Jewish and Islamic sites, as well as an experience to Bethlehem, balance the tour.

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Walk in the footsteps of Jesus as you follow His journey from birth to the Crucifixion. Jewish and Islamic sites, as well as an experience to Bethlehem, balance the tour.

Day by day

First Day welcome to Tel Aviv

Enjoy your complimentary private VIP door-to-door transfer to your UK departure airport. You are met at Ben Gurion Airport and transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv. Share a drink with your fellow guests during a short introduction to your trip. (WR)

Hotel:    Sheraton Tel Aviv and Towers

Second Day take in the vibrant sights of Tel Aviv

Morning sightseeing shows you the highlights of this vibrant city – the Habimah National Theatre, Rabin Square and Carmel Market. Drive along the seashore to the ancient city of Jaffa – see the famous clock tower and view the old harbour. Visit the artists' quarter with its galleries, boutiques and picturesque narrow lanes. At night, enjoy a traditional Shabbat dinner at your hotel. (BB,SE)

Hotel:     Sheraton Tel Aviv and Towers

Third Day we drive to Caesarea, Acre, Nazareth then Galilee

Leaving Tel Aviv, drive along the coastal road to Caesarea to explore the ancient Roman and Crusader ruins, including the huge amphitheatre. Travel via Haifa to Acre, fought over for centuries and captured in turn by Saracens and Crusaders, including Richard the Lionheart. See the fortress, the old harbour area and Crusader crypt before continuing to Nazareth. Visit one of Christianity's most sacred places, the Church of Annunciation, on the site where the angel is said to have appeared to Mary. Head on to your welcoming hotel in Tiberias, on the Sea of Galilee. The day concludes with a brief introduction to life on a Kibbutz. (BB,D)

Hotel:    Leonardo Plaza, Tiberias

Fourth Day we visit the Jordan Valley and dip in the Red Sea

Visit the ancient wooden boat which dates back to the times of Jesus and enjoy a cruise on the Sea of Galilee. Visit Capernaum, where Jesus is said to have entered the Synagogue and taught, and then head to the Mount of Beatitudes, where he preached the Sermon on the Mount. Next, journey through ever-changing landscapes along the Jordan Valley, past ancient Jericho to take a dip in the buoyant salt waters of the Dead Sea. (BB,D)

Hotel:    Hod Hotel, Dead Sea

Fifth Day its onto Jerusalem

Take a cable car ride up to the fortress of Masada, where Jewish Zealots held out for three years against Herod's armies. Pass the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found at Qumran, before driving through the Judean Hills to Jerusalem. Continue up to Mount Scopus for breathtaking views of Jerusalem. Afterwards, visit King David's Tomb on Mount Zion and the Room of the Last Supper before entering the Old City. Here, walk along winding cobbled alleyways to the magnificent Wailing Wall – the most sacred monument in Judaism. Then check into your hotel for three fabulous nights. (BB)

Hotel:    Leonardo Plaza, Jerusalem

Sixth Day take in the sights of Jerusalem

Visit Yad Vashem, the memorial in tribute to those who perished in the Holocaust, and the Shrine of the Book, a wing of the Israel Museum, housing the Dead Sea Scrolls. (BB)

Hotel:    Leonardo Plaza, Jerusalem

Seventh day Optional Bethlehem Experience and Jerusalem

In the morning, perhaps take an option to meet your Local Expert at the West Bank border and continue to the Holy city of Bethlehem. Visit the Church of the Nativity, one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. The structure is built over the cave that tradition marks as the birthplace of Christ, and it is considered sacred by followers of both Christianity and Islam. Return to Jerusalem, where you'll also visit the Garden of Gethsemene and walk through the Old City to see the Temple Mount, one of Islam's holiest sites. Continue along the Via Dolorosa past the Stations of the Cross, Ecce Homo Arch, Pool of Bethesda to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. At night, enjoy a hearty end-of-tour Celebration Dinner with wine. (BB,CD)

Hotel:    Leonardo Plaza, Jerusalem

Eighth Day we Depart Jerusalem 

Your journey comes to an end with transfers to Ben Gurion airport. On arrival at your UK airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your return private VIP transfer home. (BB)

Dining

Tel Aviv: Partake in a Friday night Shabbat dinner.

Jerusalem: Toast the culmination of your tour with a lively Celebration Dinner.

7 Bed and Breakfast (BB), 1 Welcome Reception (WR), 1 Signature Evening (SE), 2 Dinner (D), 1 Celebration Dinner (CD).

Travel Highlights

Caesarea: Explore the Roman and Crusader ruins of Caesarea, formerly one of the splendid cities in Palestine.

Sea of Galilee: Enjoy a morning boat ride at the very place where Jesus is said to have walked on water.

Dead Sea: It's nearly impossible to sink so be sure to take a dip in the mineral-rich waters. Ascend by cable car to the ancient fortress of Masada where Jewish Zealots held out for three years against Herod's armies, before committing mass suicide.

Jerusalem: Visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and Shrine of the Book. Walk the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, site of the Crucifixion.  Walk the Garden of Gethsemene, Room of the Last Supper, Pool of Bethesda, Ecce Homo Arch. See the Temple Mount. Visit the Jewish sites of King David's Tomb and the Western Wall.

Tel Aviv: See Habimah National Theatre, Rabin Square and Carmel market.

Jaffa: Visit the ancient port and artists' quarter.

Acre: See the fortress, the old harbour area and Crusader crypt.

Nazareth: Visit the Church of the Annunciation.

Galilee: A brief talk on the history and contemporary life on a Kibbutz. Visit Capernaum and the Mount of the Beatitudes. View the ancient wooden boat, which is said to date back to the times of Jesus.

Qumran: See the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.

The Difference

An expert multilingual Tour Director, at the pinnacles of their careers, will smooth your way throughout your journey. They are your ‘travelling concierges', expert guides, consummate organisers and friends in a foreign land.

Enjoy the comfort of our luxury air-conditioned coach. Smaller coaches without toilet facilities and 40 seats may be used.

Personal radio headsets, gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights without missing any of your local expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.

Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.

Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porter-age charges at hotels.

From time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local titbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.

Included airport transfers at scheduled times on arrival and departure days.

Guarantees, Bonds and Awards

  • This tour is run by our outstanding travel partners who are award winners British Travel Awards Best Small Group.
  • All Tours are Guaranteed Departures.
  • Tours are fully bonded, protected and guaranteed and you pay the operator directly when booking.
  • ABTA protected

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