A weekly guaranteed tour of Israel Operated with arrival every Friday. Highlights: Lunch at a Druze Village - Dinner in a Middle Eastern Restaurant - Sound & Light show at Tower of David - Float in the Dead Sea. Located where three continents--Europe, Asia, and Africa--come to their crossroads, Israel is an intriguing travel destination where cultures, religions, and empires throughout history have left their mark. This 11 day Classical Tour of Israel will take you to experience fascinating historic and archaeological sites, explore modern attractions, and savor delectable gastronomic delights. With shores that touch the Eastern Mediterranean Sea as well as the Red Sea, the options for adventure and activity around, including opportunities to soak in the therapeutic Dead Sea, known for its curative benefits. Here you will discover the roots of three of the world's most prominent religions while exploring antiquities as well as enjoying the modern allure of this fascinating country. Highlights include: Caesarea, capital of Judea under Roman rule; Haifa, where you will explore the famed Bahai Shrine and Gardens and overnight in Lavi; Safed, which mesmerizes with her synagogues and artist colony; and Katzrin, where you can sip on vintages at Golan Height Winery before heading to lower Galilee. You will also take in an awe-inspiring view of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, see King David's Tomb, visit the vaulted Room of the Last Supper, and explore the Church of the Holy Sepulcher; see the actual Dead Sea Scrolls; have the opportunity to float in the mineral-rich Dead Sea; and so much more! It's the adventure of a lifetime in Israel with Travel Plan Tours (TPT)
Today you will board your international flight to Tel Aviv, Ben Gurian Airport.
After arrival at Ben Gurion airport, you will be met by our transfer representative and transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv.
Enjoy a free day at leisure in Tel Aviv.
Drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea, capital of Judea under the Romans. See the excavations of the Crusader city and the Roman port, aqueduct and the amphitheatre that has been restored to its former glory as a concert venue. Proceed to Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon; visit the archaeological excavations including the well preserved water supply system. Continue to Daliat El Carmel, a Druze village and enjoy a late lunch at a local restaurant . Proceed via Mount Carmel to Haifa for a panoramic view of the Haifa bay and the Golden domed Bahai Shrine and gardens. Overnight in a Kibbutz guesthouse.
Drive to Safed , the center of Jewish mysticism, where you will visit the ancient synagogues and the artists’ colony. Continue to the Golan Heights to see the former Syrian bunkers, Kuneitra and the new Israeli town of Katzrin. Stop at the Golan winery for a tour and wine tasting. Proceed to "Kessem Hagolan", a multimedia presentation of the area and its history . Overnight in a Kibbutz guesthouse.
Start the day with a visit to Nazareth and visit the church of Annunciation; Continue to Tiberias; Visit Capernaum to see the ruins of the synagogue and octagonal church of St. Peter; Visit Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the sermon on the mount . Drive via Beit Shean to Beit Alpha to see the remains of the mosaic floor of an ancient synagogue depicting the zodiac. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Start the day with a magnificent panoramic view from Mount of Olives Drive to the Old City. Visit the Tomb of King David and the room of The Last Supper on Mount Zion. Enter the walled city and walk through the newly restored Jewish quarter. Visit the Roman Cardo, the Herodian quarter and continue to the Western Wall. Walk along the Via Dolorosa to the church of the Holy Sepulchre . Continue to Bethlehem*. view Rachel's tomb and proceed to visit the Church of Nativity and manger's square . Overnight in Jerusalem.
Drive to the Israel museum. Visit 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 for a tour at the Knesset , Israel's parliament . Continue to visit Mount Herzl cemetery and Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust. Visit Mea Shearim , the ultra orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem and learn about their unique lifestyle. In the evening enjoy a Middle Eastern dinner followed by the spectacular "sound& light" show* at the Tower of David museum. (Weather conditions permitting) . Overnight in Jerusalem.
Drive through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, almost 1300 feet (400 meters) below sea level. Stop at Qumran to visit the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada. Ascend by cable car and tour the ancient fortress where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans before committing mass suicide in 73 AD. Descend by cable car. Continue to the Dead Sea. Cover yourself with the mineral rich mud and experience a swim in the Dead Sea ** that many believe has its therapeutic effects. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Free day at leisure in Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem
Transfer to the airport for your international flight back to USA.
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