8 days & 7 nights extension to Crusader Travel’s Eilat programme. The Highlights of Israel tour is an exciting journey to Israel’s most important sites.
Sunday – Arrival in Tel Aviv
Upon arrival to airport meet our representative and transfer to hotel in Tel Aviv for an overnight. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Monday – Visit Tel Aviv – Beer Sheba – Massada – Dead Sea
Leave Tel Aviv – via Ashdod – Ashkelon – Beersheba. A short visit to 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, Herod’s palaces, the synagogue, bathhouse, etc. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea. Descend for a possible “float” in the in the salty water of the world’s lowest place. Via Ein Gedi & Kalya, proceed to Jerusalem for overnight. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Tuesday – Visit Jerusalem New City
Drive to Mt’ Scopus for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. On to the Garden of Gethsemane and Church of the Agony. Continue to 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 visit the Hadassah medical centre’s synagogue, with Marc Chagall stained glass windows. Via Ein Karem (the birth place of John the Baptist). Return to Hotel. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Wednesday – Visit Jerusalem Old City
Walk through one of the Gates to the walled Old City: the renewed Jewish Quarter; the Western Wall, the Temple area; the colourful bazaars; Via Dolorosa and the stations of the cross ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Drive to Mt’ Zion and visit the tomb of King David, the Room of the Last Supper and Dormition Abbey. Afternoon continue to Bethlehem (Site under the Palestinian Authority Jurisdiction. visit subject to the situation), to visit the Church of the Nativity and return to Jerusalem for overnight. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Thursday – Visit Beit Shean – Tiebrias – Galilee
Leave Jerusalem, and drive north via Jericho (Site under the Palestinian Authority Jurisdiction. visit subject to the situation), the oldest city in the world. Through Jordan Valley and the new settlements to Beit Shean. Visit the excavations of this beautiful preserved Roman City. Proceed to Tiberias, the old centre of Jewish learning. Drive along the shores of the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum , to visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue. Continue to a Kibbutz hotel for overnight. Overnight in a Kibbutz.
Friday – Visit Upper Galilee – Golan Heights – Nazareth
Drive to the Golan Heights. Visit the former Syrian fortifications, and the Druze villages, Via Banias, source of the Jordan River. Proceed via the Hula Valley to Safed, city of the Kabala, to visit a synagogue and the artists’ colony and then to Nazareth to visit the Christian Holy Sites. Return to the Kibbutz hotel for overnight. Overnight in a Kibbutz.
Saturday – Visit Acre – Haifa – Tel Aviv
After Breakfast drive west to Acre for a visit of the old, famous Crusader stronghold and medieval fortifications. Continue to Haifa, sightseeing tour of Haifa, including the Bahai Shrine, Persian Garden and Mount Carmel for a panoramic view of the city and the bay. Proceed along the cost to Caesarea to visit the Roman Theatre and the Crusader fortress. End the day with a short city tour of Tel Aviv-Jaffa and overnight. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
After breakfast transfer to the airport for departure.
HOLIDAYS IN ISRAEL & JORDAN
- Destination Jordan
- Eilat and Beyond
- Learn to dive Eilat
- Diving in the Red Sea
- Low cost flights announced
- Diving in Eilat
- Accommodation in Jordan
- Kibbutz Fly/Drive
- Treasures of Jordan Tour
- Heritage of the Holy Land
The Israel Tour Includes:
- 7 Nights’ Accommodation- 3 nights Jerusalem
- 2 nights Kibbutz
- 2 nights Tel Aviv
- 6 full touring days in modern a/c transportation
- Daily Israeli Buffet Breakfast
- Meeting & assistance at the airport on arrival
- Return transfer from / to Ben Gurion Airport
- Govt. licensed English speaking guide (see separate programs for tours in other languages)
- Entrance fees to sites on tour
- Tour guaranteed for 2 people travelling together
Does Not Include:
*Porterage at airport
*Tipping – guide/driver/hotel staff
*Beverages with meals