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Classic Holyland
   

Holiday Length: 8 days / 7 nights
Departs: Saturday
Start City: Tel Aviv
End City: Jerusalem
Type of Holiday: Escorted Coach Tour

  The Holyland is a melting pot of different faiths and peoples. With this itinerary, glean an understanding of today's religions and what has contributed to this modern country whilst visiting many historic and biblical sites.


                                  
ITINERARY  
Saturday Arrival
   

Upon arrival to airport meet our representative and transfer to Tel Aviv.  Overnight: Tel Aviv

   
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. Overnight: Kibbutz guesthouse (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. Onto "Kessem Hagolan", a multimedia presentation of the area and it's history. Overnight: Kibbutz guesthouse (B,D)

   
Tuesday Sea of Galilee 
  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. Continue onto Jerusalem. Overnight: Jerusalem (B)
   
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.  Overnight: Jerusalem (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)  Overnight: Jerusalem
   
Friday Dead Sea
  Depart Jerusalem via the Judean Mountains and descend to the lowest place on earth. Visit the ancient city of 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 (weather conditions permitting). Overnight: Jerusalem (B)
   
Saturday Departure
 

Transfer to Ben Gurion airport for departure (B)

   
INCLUSIONS






  • Meeting assistance upon arrival
  • Airport transfers as per the itinerary
  • English Speaking guide for all touring
  • A/C coach for touring in a group
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees for the above mentioned sites
  • Taxes and service charges
   
 

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