Israel Highlights Tour is for all faiths, visiting & touring the main highlights. The tour opens a window on Israel's history past & present, its peoples, and culture. The accompanying expert Guide will take you through the sites and places you have read so much about. Explore with us the spiritual roots in the land of their forefathers.
Discover Israel's true beauty and retrace its history
At a glance
|Sun||Welcome to Israel. Transfer to Tel Aviv hotel|
|Mon||Tel Aviv - Beersheba - Arad - Masada - Jerusalem|
|Tue||Jerusalem: New city tour|
|Wed||Jerusalem Old City and Bethlehem tour|
|Thu||Travel via Jericho & Capernaum to Tiberias|
|Fri||Visites sites around the Sea of Galilee|
|Sat||Acre - Haifa - Tel Aviv|
|Sun||Last day in Israel. Transfer to Airport|
> Weekly departures from Tel Aviv (Sunday), except during Jewish High Holidays
> Visit Masada and take a swim in the Dead Sea
> Full day sightseeing tour of New Jerusalem
> Full day tour visiting sites in Old Jerusalem and Bethlehem
> Travel past Jericho (oldest city in the world) to Tiberias with a stop in Nazareth
> See Peter's house in Capernaum and tour of Tiberias
> Optional boat cruise on the Sea of Galilee (subject to conditions)
> Explore the ancient port of Caesarea
Best time to go
Spring (April and May) and autumn (September and October) are the best time to visit Israel when temperatures are pleasantly mild throughout the country.
Israel food & drink
Food in Israel is of high quality, and of course and varies dramatically in price. Tel Aviv, Israel’s undeniable culinary capital, top restaurants are expensive, even by European standards, but most restaurants across the country are reasonable when you consider the quality and portion sizes. A main dish will cost around 15 USD. Street food is good and reasonably priced. Limonana is a refreshing non-alcoholic drink made up of icy lemonade and crushed mint leaves. Goldstar is a refreshing lager beer and can be found in every store and restaurants
Culture and Language
Israelis are very casual but are typically blunt and direct in speech, which could be interpreted as being rude. The expression “shalom” is very often used to say hello. Dress code is casual, but, when visiting holy sites modest clothing is required. Smoking is considered a violation on Shabbat. There will be a sign at your hotel or restaurant to remind you of the same. Do not ignore it. Hebrew and Arabic are the official languages however English is widely spoken and used on street signs
Taxis in Israel can easily be hailed on the streets. They are metered and a concierge at your hotel will arrange a taxi at a set rate for your next destination. Drivers are friendly and talkative and will freely discuss any topic. Make sure that your driver is familiar with your end destination. Egged is the largest bus Company in Israel. Tel Aviv boasts a convenient bus system, Look out for the DAN buses in town and the Egged coach on the outskirts of the city. You can buy multiple passes or a day pass. Busses do not run on Shabbat and Jewish Holidays. Car rental may also be an option of getting around the country. Highways are modern and well maintained. Signage is in English. Street parking is free unless indicated by a “No parking” sign or a curb marked with red and yellow.
The basic rule is 12-15% in restaurants and cafes. This is often added to your bill. If you join a group tour, plan on tipping between $ 10-12 per person per day for the guide and around $ 5 for the driver
Borekas: pastries can be filled with cheese, potatoes, or vegetables.
Baba Ganoush: a tangy eggplant spread
Falafel: deep-fried chickpea balls, often served in pita bread
Hummus: mashed chickpea spread, hummus can be served in many ways and is a staple in Israeli households
Shwarma: Sliced grilled meat served in a pita bread with salad
Explore Israel on a 7-night tour from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. Follow in Jesus’ footsteps from Gethsemane to the Church of All Nations. Discover Jerusalem’s rich past in the Old City. Travel to Jesus’ birthplace and childhood home. Stand on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, and discover a ruined synagogue where Jesus may have taught; finish your trip through Israel’s culture and history in modern Haifa, ancient Caesarea and Tel Aviv’s bustling port.
View the spiritual and ancient sites of Old and New Jerusalem. Explore Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Golan Heights and the miracle sites of the Sea of Galilee. Visit Haifa, UNESCO-listed Acre, ancient Caesarea and Beit She'an. See Nazareth and other fabled biblical sites on this 8 days tour that takes you deep into the historical and holy heartlands of Israel.
- Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport. You will be met in the arrival hall for transfer to your hotel in Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv - Beersheba - Arad - Masada - Jerusalem (B)
- Leave Tel Aviv driving south, passing by Ashdod and Ashkelon en route to Beersheba, for a drive through the Negev capital.Continue via Arad to Masada. Ascend by cable car to the fortress, which was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans.
- Visit the excavations including Herod’s palaces, the synagogue, bathhouse, and cisterns.
- Enjoy the breath-taking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea.
- Descend for a “float” in the salty water of the world’s lowest place – the Dead Sea.
- Proceed to Jerusalem for overnight.
- Start the day with a panoramic view of Jerusalem from atop the Mt. of Olives.
- On to the Garden of Gethsemane and Church of the Agony.
- Continue to the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book with the famous Dead Sea scrolls, then a visit to the beautifully renovated model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem, dating back to the time of the Second Temple.
- Continue to Yad Vashem (the memorial to the six million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust).
- Afternoon drive to visit the picturesque village of Ein Karem (the traditional birthplace of John the Baptist).
- In the heart of a neighborhood in downtown Jerusalem, visit Mahane Yehuda to experience the flavors, aromas, colors and the traders' interaction with the crowds, at the largest open market in Israel.
- Return to Hotel.
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Transfer and intercity transportation as per itinerary in AC vehicle
- Accommodation in selected hotels in a double/twin room sharing
- Meal plan as per itinerary
- Local English speaking Guide
- Entrance fees
- International flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- Visa fee
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Rates valid for travel between 30 SEP and 22 DEC 2018
- Seasonal supplements may be applicable
- Contact us for any other date of travel required