Classic Israel & Eilat - 13 Days
Classic Israel & Eilat - 13 Days
|Purpose:||Faith, Culture, History, Archaeology|
|No. of days:||13 days - 12 nights|
|First & Last Cities:||Tel Aviv|
|Other cities:||Caesarea, Megiddo, Druze Villages, Haifa, Tiberias, Safed, Katzrin, Golan Heights, Nazareth, Beit Shean, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Qumran, Massada, Dead Sea, Negev Desert, Timna, Eilat, Mitzpe Ramon, Sde Boker [Petra]|
|Starting cost:||$2,875 including airfare|
The tour will be operated with a max of 34 participants
Day 1 – Fri: Tel Aviv
Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Day 2 – Sat – Tel Aviv
Day at your leisure to discover Tel Aviv or spend some time by the beach nearby.
Day 3 – Sun: Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Megiddo, Druze Villages, Haifa, Tiberias
Drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea, capital of Judea under the Romans. See the excavations of the Crusader city, Roman port, aqueduct and the amphitheater 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 Golden domed Bahai shrine and Gardens. Overnight in a Kibbutz guesthouse. [B/L]
Day 4 – Mon: Tiberias (Safed, Katzrin, Golan Heights)
Drive to Safed, the center of Jewish mysticism, where you will visit the ancient synagogues and 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 Heights Winery for a tour and wine tasting; Proceed to “Golan Magic”, a multimedia presentation of the area and its history. Overnight in a Kibbutz guesthouse. [B]
Day 5 – Tue: Tiberias, Nazareth, Beit Shean, Jerusalem
Start the day with a visit to Nazareth and visit the Church of the 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. [B]
Day 6 – Wed: Jerusalem (Old City, Bethlehem)
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 Last Supper on Mt. 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 Sepulcher. Continue to Bethlehem*; view Rachel's Tomb and proceed to visit the Church of Nativity and Manger's Square. Overnight in Jerusalem. [B]
Day 7 – Thu: Jerusalem (New City, Mt. Herzi, Yad Vashem)
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 Hertzel cemetery and Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust. Drive through Mea Shearim, the ultra-orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem and learn about the residents’ unique lifestyle. In the evening enjoy a middle eastern dinner followed by the Night Spectacular "Sound and Light" show** at the Tower of David Museum.
Overnight Jerusalem. [B/D]
Day 8 – Fri: Jerusalem (Qumran, Massada, Dead Sea)
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 Massada. 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 A.D. 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 (weather permitting). Overnight in Jerusalem. [B/D]
Day 9 – Sat: Jerusalem
Day at your leisure to immerse yourself in Jerusalem’s Old City to explore the side street shops, take fantastic photos, taste the local food or visit some part of the city you have missed. [B]
Day 10 – Sun: Jerusalem, Negev Desert, Timna, Eilat
Travel south through the Negev desert; stop at Timna, a large geological and archaeological park; marvel at the multi-colored rock formations and copper mines; view the outstanding Solomon's Pillars. Continue to Eilat, the southernmost resort city on the shores of the Red Sea; visit the Underwater Observatory Marine Park, built into a coral reef, and enjoy the opportunity for a close up look at the rich life of the Gulf of Eilat. Overnight Eilat. [B]
Day 11 – Mon: Eilat
At Leisure or optional tour to Petra (additional charge)
After assistance with border formalities, drive straight to Petra, the astonishing rose-red city built by the Nabateans (an early Arab tribe). Petra is renowned for its massive architecture, pools, dams and water channels. The visit begins with the possibility of a short horseback-riding for about 2,295 ft., until the entrance of the Siq, which is about 7.5 miles long (walking distance). Petra is famous for its huge monuments such as the treasury, royal tombs, the court, Roman theatre, Roman street, Qasr al-Bint (Palace of Pharaoh’s daughter), and many other smaller fascinating monuments. The city itself is almost 11,100 acres and is considered to be the second wonder of the world. After the visit, time for lunch in a nearby restaurant. After lunch, drive back to border. On the way, a short visit to Aqaba with the possibility to stop and take a walk around. Transfer to the border at around 6:00 pm and cross back to Eilat. Overnight Eilat. [B]
Note: For the tour to Petra, visa is required in advance
Day 12 – Tue: Eilat, Mitzpe Ramon, Sde Boker, Tel Aviv
Depart Eilat via Mitzpe Ramon; stop to gaze into the Ramon crater, a geological wonder; proceed to Sde Boker and see Ben Gurion's hut and grave, which overlook the magnificent Zin Valley. Stop for a camel ride and visit an authentic Bedouin tent; learn about the Bedouin hospitality and enjoy a light lunch. Continue to Hatzerim and visit Israel's Airforce Museum to view the planes and equipment and to hear the story of this brave fighting force. Overnight Tel Aviv. [B/L]
Day 13 – Wed: Tel Aviv, USA
After breakfast, transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure. [B]
[B] = Breakfast | [B/L] = Breakfast and Lunch | [B/D] = Breakfast and Dinner
* Site under the Palestinian Authority Jurisdiction. Visit subject to situation.
** Visit subject to weather conditions.
*** Program sequence is subject to change without advance notice.
· Round-trip airfare New York/Tel Aviv
· Arrival and departure transfers
· Airport assistance on arrival
· 12 nights’ accommodation
o Tel Aviv 3 nights
o Tiberias 2 nights
o Jerusalem 5 nights
o Eilat 2 nights
o Daily breakfast
o 2 dinners
o 2 lunches
· 8 touring days and entrance fees as per itinerary
· Sound and Light show at David Citadel
· Government licensed English speaking guide
Entrance fees to the sites visited as per itinerary
· Taxes or surcharges related to airline tickets
· Travel insurance
· All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
· Other meals not mentioned in itinerary
· Extras and gratuities
· Early check-in, late check-out
· Porterage at the hotels (1 bag per person)
· Expenses of personal nature
· Tips to driver and guide
· Any item not mentioned as “Included”
|Hotel Plan||Plan D||Plan C||Plan B||Plan A|
|Hotel Name||*||Hotel Name||*||Hotel Name||*||Hotel Name||*|
|Tel Aviv||Prima City Tel Aviv||4.0||Dan Panorama||4||Renaissance-Sea View room||4||Dan-Deluxe room||4|
|Galilee||Kibbutz Lavi-Eden wing||5||Kibbutz Lavi-Eden wing||5||Kibbutz Lavi-Eden wing||5||Kibbutz Lavi-Hadar wing||4|
|Jerusalem||Prima Kings||3||Dan Panorama||4||Orient||4.5||King David-Deluxe New City View room||4.5|
|Eilat||Prima Music||4||Dan Panorama||4.5||Dan - Eilat room||4.5||Dan-Deluxe room||4.5|
Hotels will be confirmed at time of booking
|Hotel Plan||Plan D||Plan C||Plan B||Plan A|
|Children under 12 years old sharing room with parents|
Add-ons available from all US gateways.
Prices are per person and may change without notice
This program can be customized for individuals and groups.
Changes to this program may be requested by phone (1855-55-TOURS) or using the web FIT Quote Request
We also be glad to adjust the airfare from your gateway so you take advantage of our special discounted leisure fares
You may add or remove;
o Trip days
o Cities and sites
· Other options
o The program was designed with private services, however, we may substitute shared sightseeing where available
o If you prefer deluxe services we may operate this program including private driver, private guide and concierge service.
Once we have designed the program the way you want we'll give you a quote within 2 business days.
Tour Code: IS05TLV22DH
· Lunches and dinners can be arranged for individuals, families and groups at top restaurants or any restaurant requested by you.
· We can revise the itinerary to spend more time and provide more depth in those areas that you are interested on.
· Any other changes to the itinerary will be accommodated depending on the facilities available in the area.
· Private arrival and/or departure transfer
· The options suggested in the itinerary will be quoted at time of booking
· If you wish to use these programs for your group or as the basis for a customized journey please either call us (1-855-55-TOURS or use the web Group Quote Request.
· In either case our specialists will work with to refine all the details and they will get you a quote with 2 business days. Quotes may be obtained for the air and land portions of just for the lad journey.
· Booking both air and land with us will represent savings for you because of our buying power and longtime relationship with the airlines.
· We will also may have the choice between regular fares and special leisure fares not available to the public.