Israel Holy Land Tour Escorted Vacation


Your tour of the Holy Land takes you to Caesarea to visit its Roman theater, Megiddo, the site of Armageddon, and the medieval fortifications at Acre as well as the ruins of the ancient synagogue at Capernaum, the Church of the Multiplication at Taghba, and the Mount of Beatitudes.  Explore the holy sites at Nazareth and Jerusalem, see Qumran where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered, and take a cable-car to the ruins of the fortifications at Massada.


ESCORTED VACATION – Guaranteed departures English only escorted coach tour. Scheduled departures - 8-day/7-night tour visiting Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Tiberias, Nazareth, Jerusalem & Massada. Includes accommodation at first or superior first class hotels with breakfast & dinner daily, arrival & departure transfers, touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach, and guided sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary.

Includes

  • Transfers per itinerary
  • Hotels per itinerary or similar
  • Meals per itinerary; (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
  • Sightseeing per itinerary
  • ASTA TOP Tour operator travel funds protection program
  • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Excludes

  • Porterage; one luggage per person
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours
  • Customary tips and gratuities
  • Flights

Daily Itinerary

Day

1

Tel Aviv – Arrival

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. (Your arrival transfer is included only if you arrive on the actual day the tour commences. For customers arriving earlier an individual transfer can be organized at an additional cost.) (D)

Day

2

Caesarea – Megiddo – Acre

Drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea, capital of Judea under the Romans. Visit the excavations of the ancient city, the Roman theater, and the aqueduct. Proceed to Muhraka, the site of the confrontation between Elijah and the prophets of Baal and enjoy a spectacular view of the Jezreel Valley and the Lower Galilee. Continue to Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon. Visit the archaeological excavations including the well-preserved water supply system. Drive to Acre to visit the remarkable underground crusader city and crypt. Walk through the old city recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site, the local market, and the harbor. Continue to Kibbutz Lavi. (B,D)

Day

3

Tiberias – Capernaum – Banias – Golan Heights

After a short tour of Tiberias, enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Visit the Yigal Alon center where the "Jesus Boat", an ancient fishing boat from the 1st century, is displayed.  Continue to Capernaum to visit the remains of the 2nd century synagogue. Proceed to Tabgha, the site of the "Miracle of Fish and Loaves" and visit the Church of Multiplication with its 4th century mosaic floor. Continue to the Mount of Beatitudes, the place where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Drive to the Banias Springs and waterfalls and tour the Golan Heights. Return to Kibbutz Lavi for overnight. (B,D)

Day

4

Cana – Nazareth – Beit Shean – Jerusalem

Drive to Cana to visit the Wedding Church, where Jesus performed his first miracle turning water into wine. Continue to Nazareth to visit the Church of Annunciation, Joseph’s workshop, and Mary’s well. Drive to Yardenit, the baptismal site on the Jordan River. Continue to Beit Shean to visit the newly excavated Roman city and amphitheater. Drive along the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem. (B,D)

Day

5

Explore Jerusalem's old city

Drive to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the city. Visit the Church of All Nations, King David’s Tomb, and the Room of the Last Supper on Mount Zion. Enter the old city and walk along the Cardo, the ancient Roman road. Visit the Jewish and Christian quarters, view the Temple Mount, and walk along Via Dolorosa and the oriental bazaar to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Next, drive to the Garden Tomb and enjoy the beautiful gardens and peaceful ambiance. (B,D)

Day

6

Explore Jerusalem's new city

Drive to Ein Karem to visit the Church of Visitation. Proceed to Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust. Visit the Israel Museum, the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed, and the miniature model of Jerusalem as it was during the Second Temple period. Proceed to Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus. Visit Shepherd's Field and walk through Manger Square to visit the remarkable Church of Nativity. (B,D)

The visit of Bethlehem is subject to security conditions.

Day

7

Qumran – Massada – Dead Sea

Drive through the Judean Hills to the Qumeran Caves, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. Continue along the shores of the Dead Sea to Massada, the last stronghold of the Jews after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D.. Ascend Massada by cable car and tour the mountain fortress built by King Herod. Visit the remains of the walls,  the water cistern, and Herod’s Palace.  Continue to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Take the opportunity to float in the unsinkable water and cover yourself with the mineral rich mud, believed to have therapeutic effects. Return to Jerusalem. (B,D)

Day

8

Jerusalem – Return

You will be transferred to the Tel Aviv airport for your return flight home. (Your departure transfer is included only if you depart on the actual day the tour concludes. For customers departing later an individual transfer can be organized at an additional cost.) (B)