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Classic Holyland Tuesday
  The Holyland is a melting pot of different faiths and peoples. This coach tour seeks to discover these wonders and provide an insight into the rich and diverse heritage of the Holy Land - the birthplace of the world's three major religions.  Trace the areas holy heritage from jerusalem and Nazareth through to Galilee, visiting the renowned historic and biblical sites and experiencing local culture and hospitality: including a Druze village, overnight in a kibbutz and a wine tasting on the Golan Heights

Holiday Length: 9 days / 8 nights
Departs: Tuesday
Start City: Jerusalem
End City: Jerusalem
Type of Holiday: Coach Tour

 

ITINERARY
 
                           
 
Tuesday Arrival
    Meet and assistance at Ben Gurion airport and transfer to your Jerusalem hotel.
                                
 
Wednesday Jerusalem - Old City and Bethlehem
 

Start the day with a magnificent panoramic view of the Old City from the Mount of Olives. Visit the tomb of King David and the Room of the 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 Sepulchre.  Continue to Bethlehem (subject to security clearance) to visit the Church of the Nativity. (B)

   
Thursday Jerusalem - New City
 

Start your day with a visit to the Israel Museum - Tour the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed and see the miniature model of Jerusalem as it was during the second temple period. Enjoy a tour of the New City – include a view the Knesset (Israel's Parliament). Continue for a moving visit to Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. Visit Meah Shearim, the ultra-orthodox neighbourhood in Jerusalem and learn about their unique lifestyle. In the evening enjoy a middle eastern dinner followed by the spectacular "sound and light" show at the Tower of David museum (weather conditions permitting).  (B,D)

   
Friday Dead Sea - Tel Aviv
 

This morning visit Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls where found.  Continue along the shores of the Dead Sea to the magnificent cliff top fortress of Masada. Ascend via cable car to explore the remains of King Herod's luxurious palace and hear about the zealots who defied the Roman Empire from this location.  Take the chance to enjoy a float in the salty waters. Continue onto Tel Aviv. (B)

   
Saturday Tel Aviv
 

Enjoy a day at leisure. Take a walk along Tel Aviv's famous beaches. (B)

   
Sunday Coastal Plain
 

Depart Tel Aviv along the coastal plain to Caesarea, capital of Judea under the Romans.  Visit the excavations of the ancient city, the Roman theatre and aqueduct. Proceed to Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon - visit the archaeological excavations including the well preserved water supply system . Continue to the Druze village at Daliat El Carmel and enjoy lunch and famous Druze hospitality at a local restaurant . Continue on via Mount Carmel to Haifa for a panoramic view of the Haifa bay and the Golden domed Bahai shrine and gardens before overnighting in a kibbutz hotel.  (B,L,D)

   
Monday Upper Galilee
 

Proceed to Safed, the center of Jewish mysticism, to 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 a Golan winery for a tour and wine tasting before returning to your kibbutz hotel for overnight. (B,D)

   
Tuesday Sea of Galilee - Jerusalem
 

Start the day with a tour of Tiberias.  Explore the centre of Jesus' ministry at Capernaum to see the remains of the synagogue where he preached, and the octagonal church of St. Peter. Onto Nazareth to visit the church of the Annunciation.  Drive via Beit Shean to Beit Alpha to see the remains of the mosaic floor of an ancient synagogue depicting the zodiac.  Overnight: Jerusalem (B,D)

   
 Wednesday     Jerusalem departure
  Transfer to Ben Gurion airport for departure. (B)
   
INCLUSIONS




  • Accommodation in Tourist, Moderate First or First Class hotels
  • Transfers and transportation in A/C coach
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing with an English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
   
 

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