Welcome to Tel Aviv. Located on the Israeli Mediterranean coastline, the city is Israel’s commercial and cultural capital. The cosmopolitan city’s cafes, shopping and nightlife combine with beautiful beaches to create a lively atmosphere. The White City of Tel Aviv was declared by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site for its white colored Bauhaus style buildings that line the streets.
After we arrive in Tel Aviv we enjoy a group welcome dinner to meet our fellow travelers.
Our small group tour embarks as we explore Tel Aviv today. We begin at the Diaspora Museum where we gain insight into Israel’s people, history and culture. We then enjoy a city tour of Tel Aviv before spending some time on our own for lunch.
This afternoon we step back in time and explore the old city, Old Jaffa. We wander through the streets and discover this ancient port city. Our evening is at leisure.
We depart Tel Aviv after breakfast this morning for our next destination, Ginosar. We follow the coast to reach our first stop Haifa, Israel’s third largest city. This picturesque city is located at the foot of Mount Carmel and extends to the coast of the Mediterranean. We enjoy a half day tour of the city, including a visit to the summit of Mount Carmel.
We continue along the coast and visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Acre. Here we enjoy a visit to the city’s Oriental Market, Arab Mosque and Old Port.
Acre has one last treat for us before we continue on to Ginosar – the Acre Crusader City. In this small connection, we explore the halls, passages, tunnels and chambers of the Crusader city that lies beneath the streets of Acre. We learn more about the history of the Crusader era as we meander our way through the city that was built in the 12th century.
We make our way inland and arrive in Nazareth for a city tour before arriving at our hotel in Ginosar in time for dinner.
[Breakfast and Dinner]
We begin our day this morning with a tour of the Kibbutz, learning more of the ins and outs of life here. Our tour takes us to the Yigal Alon Museum where we have the chance to see the Ancient Galilee Boat or “Jesus Boat”. Discovered by local fishermen during a drought in 1986, the ancient boat dates back to the 1st century AD.
Wine is on the menu this afternoon as we travel to the Golan Heights Winery. En-route to the winery we stop at Mount Bental for an incredible panoramic view of the land below. At the winery, we enjoy a tour of the grounds before settling in for lunch and a wine tasting.
Before arriving back at our hotel we make one last stop at the natural springs of Banias to see one of the sources of the Jordan River.
[Breakfast and Lunch]
Jerusalem, Israel’s capital city holds important significance in history for Jewish, Muslim and Christian people. A unique blend of old and new, the city’s architecture combines seamlessly to create this fascinating city full of historical sites and world-class museums.
We begin our journey to Jerusalem after breakfast this morning, stopping along the way at Tiberias, a city located on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. We visit Capernaum and make a stop at the baptismal site of John the Baptist at Yardenit. Our last stop before arriving in Jerusalem is the Jordan Valley where we visit the excavated Roman ruins of Beit Shen.
Upon arriving in Jerusalem, we check into our hotel before enjoying our evening at leisure.
We explore Jerusalem today as we drive through the New City and visit the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament and High Court.
We embark on a tantalizing tasting tour of the Mahane Yehuda market on this delectable small connection. Our taste buds are taken on a journey as we taste our way through the variety of foods on offer.
We pay a visit to Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, this afternoon. Moving and profound, the museum at the Center tells the stories of the Jewish people affected during the time of the Holocaust. We spend the evening at our own leisure.
[Breakfast and Lunch]
We enjoy a full day of touring today starting at Jerusalem’s Old City. We step back in time as we enter the walled city and discover its sights visiting the Roman Cardo, the Herodian Quarter and the Western Wall. We continue to Bethlehem where we gain insight into the birthplace of Jesus visiting Rachel’s Tomb, the Church of Nativity, and Mangers Square.
This evening we get to know the locals of Jerusalem as we join a local family for a traditional Shabbat dinner in their home. We share stories over dinner as we learn about the traditional cuisine and their way of life before we depart with new friendships and lasting memories.
[Breakfast and Dinner]
This morning we visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Masada, a fortress perched high above the Judaean Desert. Built as a palace complex in the last century BC, today the ruins are a testament to Israel’s ancient kingdom history. After a tour of Masada, we make our way to the Dead Sea. Straddling the border between Israel and Jordan, the Dead Sea is the lowest spot on the Earth’s surface. With a mineral content topping out at 33%, the Dead Sea is an incredible natural attraction. We enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to float in the salty waters before returning to Jerusalem to enjoy our afternoon at leisure.
This evening we enjoy a farewell dinner together at a local restaurant.
[Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]
After breakfast this morning we transfer back to Tel Aviv where our tour concludes. We bid farewell to our new friends and to incredible Israel.
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