This is a crisp capsule that tries to bring together for the intrepid traveller all the important places of importance from a historical/religious perspective and the places of stunning natural beauty along with slices of entertainment and relaxation. In short it’s a peep into a country that’s quite an experience in itself. . .
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Arrive at Tel Aviv
Arrive in Tel Aviv and check-in to your Hotel – have the day at leisure.
Beersheba, Masada and the Dead Sea
Leave Tel Aviv for Masada through Beersheba – the capital of the Negev. After ascending the fortress at Masada for breath-taking views of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea, proceed for a ‘float’ on the Dead Sea. Overnight at Jerusalem.
Jerusalem – the New City
A full day of sightseeing today: starting with the panoramic views from atop Mt. Of Olives, visit the Garden of Gethsemane, Church of Agony, Israel Museum (with the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem) and Yad Vashem. Make a short visit to the village of Ein Karem – the birthplace of St. John the Baptist, before finishing the day at Mahane Yehuda – the largest open market in Israel.
Jerusalem – the Old City & Bethlehem
Enter the walled old city of Jerusalem today and visit the Jewish quarter, the Western wall, the Temple area, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Mt Zion to visit the tomb of King David, the room of the Last Supper, the Dormition Abbey and walk through the colourful Bazaars. Afternoon travel to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity and for a view of the Shepherd’s fields.
Beit Shean, Nazareth
Leave Jerusalem towards Tiberius passing by Jericho and through the Jordan valley to Beit Shean – the Roman city. Then on to Nazareth to visit the Church of Annunciation and the carpentry workshop of Joseph. After a short trip to the city of Kabala – Safed, proceed to a Kibbutz hotel for an overnight stay.
Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilee
Start the day with a visit to a vineyard to understand the wine production process and participate in a wine tasting session. See the Golan Heights from a distance, visit the shores of the Sea of Galilee (optional boat tour) and go on a short tour of Tagba and Tiberius. Overnight at the Kibbutz hotel.
Acre, Haifa, Caesarea, Jaffa & Tel-Aviv
Leave for Tel-Aviv and en route make short tours to Acre, Haifa (Bahai Shrine, Persian garden, Mount Carmel, Haifa Bay etc) and Caesarea (Port, Roman Theatre, Hippodrome).
Depart to the Tel Aviv airport for your flight back home after getting the taste of a slice of history, ancient culture and natural beauty!