Journey to Israel, discovering some of the most significant sites of the ancient world including Bethlehem, Nazareth, Caesarea and the oldest city in the world, the ruins of Jericho. "Float" in the tranquil, healing waters of the Dead Sea. Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Baha'i Shrine & Gardens, Acre, and Jerusalem's Old City. Ascend the ancient walls of Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage site, by cable car. Enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Get a taste of the local flavor during lunch at a communal settlement, known as a kibbutz. Relax for four nights in the holy city of Jerusalem. No matter where you look, the legendary stories of mankind's collective history come to life.
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- Offer valid through 9/30/2017
- 9 Days
|Day 1||Tel Aviv||Overnight Flight: Embark on an inspirational journey to the Holy Land and visit some of the most ancient sites in the world.|
|Day 2||Tel Aviv||Tel Aviv, Israel - Tour Begins - Jaffa - Tel Aviv: Your tour begins in Tel Aviv, a bustling city brimming with culture and history. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at a popular local restaurant in the ancient port city of Jaffa.|
|Day 3||Tel Aviv||Tel Aviv - Caesarea - Haifa - Acre - Tiberias: Travel along the Mediterranean coast to the ruins of the ancient Roman capital of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great around 22 B.C. Pause to visit the Roman theatre, aqueduct and fortress. Travel the Valley of Armageddon to the fascinating excavation site of Tel Megiddo. Next, take in the breathtaking panorama of Haifa and the Baha'i Shrine and Gardens on Mount Carmel (a UNESCO World Heritage site). Then, feel like you have stepped back in time with a visit to the ancient Crusader city of Acre (UNESCO). Your day comes to a close in Tiberias.|
|Day 4||Tiberias||Tiberias - Cana - Nazareth - Tabgha - Capernaum - Sea of Galilee: This morning, get to know some important biblical locations. Begin with a visit to Cana, considered to be the site of the First Miracle, where Jesus turned water into wine. Next, travel to Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation and Mary's Well. Afterward, visit the Mt. of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount; and Tabgha, site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes. Your visit to Capernaum is followed by a stop at the Galilee Boat Museum to see the display of the boat that sailed the Sea of Galilee approximately 2,000 years ago during the time of Jesus. Later, enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Get a taste of the local flavor during lunch at a communal settlement, known as a kibbutz.|
|Day 5||Tiberias||Tiberias - Beit Shean - Jericho - Qumran - Dead Sea: Begin the day by stepping into Roman times with a visit to Beit Shean to see the well-preserved ancient theatre. Continue along the Jordan River Valley to Jericho. Over 2,000 years old, it is considered to be the oldest city on earth. Journey to Qumran, the location of one of the most important archaeological finds of all time - the discovery of the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls. Afterward, proceed to the lowest place on earth, the Dead Sea. Perhaps you'll choose to "float" in the tranquil, healing waters; experience the natural buoyancy due to its high salt concentration and the benefits of its minerals to beauty and health. The remainder of the day is at leisure.|
|Day 6||Dead Sea||Dead Sea - Masada - Bethlehem - Jerusalem: Today's route leads you to the former palatial fortress of Masada (UNESCO). Ascending the ancient walls of Masada by cable car, a visit to Herod's Palaces, the Roman Camp and the Synagogue await. A stop in the biblical city of Bethlehem, spread along the Judean Hills, allows for a visit to the Church of the Nativity - the birthplace of Jesus and the first church ever built. Tonight you arrive in one of the holiest cities in the world, Jerusalem.|
|Day 7||Jerusalem||Jerusalem: Drive to Mount of Olives to take in the vast panoramic view of the city of Jerusalem and the surrounding area. Proceed to the Church of Ascension and the Garden of Gethsemane. Discover the Kidron Valley and the tombs of Mary, Absalom, Zachariah and James. Continue on to St. Peter in Galicantu and Mt. Zion where you will see the room of The Last Supper and the tomb of King David. See the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum to view the display of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Then, visit the Garden Tomb.|
|Day 8||Jerusalem||Old City, Jerusalem: A magnificent tour of the Holy City of Jerusalem begins with a drive to the old walled city. While walking through the four quarters that make up the Old City (UNESCO), you will visit the Western (Wailing) Wall, the Temple area, the Dome of the Rock (outside view only), the Pool of Bethesda, and the Church of St. Anne. Next, walk the path of the Stations of the Cross as you traverse the Via Dolorosa, beginning at Pilate's Judgment Hall and ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. In the afternoon, continue exploring the city independently or explore the sights, sounds and aromas of the world-renowned Mahane Yehuda Market, known to everyone as the shuk (open-air market).|
|Day 9||Jerusalem||Jerusalem: Your day is at leisure to explore independently or simply relax. This evening, join your fellow travelers for dinner at one of Jerusalem's most popular restaurants.|
|Day 10||Jerusalem||Jerusalem - Tour Ends:|
- Isrotel Tower Hotel Tel Aviv, Israel
- Isrotel Ganim Hotel Dead Sea, Israel
- Leonardo Plaza Hotel Tiberias Tiberias, Israel
- Prima Park Hotel Jerusalem, Israel
- * NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.