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Grand Holyland Tour
   

Holiday Length: 12 days / 11 nights
Departs: Wednesday's
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 ancient and modern Israel and today's religions.Highlights include Masada and the Dead Sea, plus time in the Galilee with a stay in a Kibbutz Hotel.


ITINERARY
 
                                 
 
Wednesday Arrival
   

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

   
Thursday         Modern Israel
 

Start your tour of Israel with a guided tour of Independence Hall where the establishment of the modern state of Israel was declared. Enjoy a visit to Mini Israel to see miniature models of the most famous and important sites from all over the country. See the secret underground arms factory from British Mandate times at the Ayalon Institute. Visit the restored battle fields of the War of Independence at Yad Mordechai. Overnight: Tel-Aviv. (B) 

   
Friday Tel Aviv
 

Enjoy a tour of Tel Aviv today.  Stop at Rabin Square to see where the late Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin was assassinated.  Visit the ancient port city of Old Jaffa and walk through the charming artist's quarter. Explore Neve Zedek and learn about the development of Tel Aviv including its famous Bauhaus architecture. Enjoy the colour of Nahlat Binyamin Boulevard and buy handmade artifacts in the craft market. Finish the day with a walk through the trendy Bohemian district at Shenkin Street.  Overnight: Tel-Aviv. (B) 

   
Saturday At leisure
 

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

   
Sunday Coastal Plain
 

Leave Tel Aviv for a tour along the great Coastal Plain of the shimmering Mediterranean Sea. Stop to explore the ancient port city of Caesarea. See the aqueducts and the restored amphitheatre now used as a concert venue. Continue onto Haifa for a panoramic view of the city from Mt. Carmel. Stroll through the colourful local markets at Acre and visit the old harbour. See the magnificent limestone grottos via cable-car at Rosh Hanikra.

Overnight: Kibbutz guesthouse. (B, D)

   
Monday Upper Galilee
 

Visit the fascinating Old City at Safed (Zfat) and stroll through the artist's quarter. Enjoy a Jeep tour of the Golan Heights. Peer deep into Syria and see the remains of the ghost town of Kuneitra.  Stop at the former Syrian Army camp at Tel Facher. Explore the source of the Jordan River at the Banias Springs. Evening activity:  Meet with a Kibbutz member and learn about their unique lifestyle.  Overnight: Kibbutz guesthouse. (B, D)

   
Tuesday Lower Galilee
 

Enjoy a short tour of Tiberias. See the excavations of the ancient Roman city of Beith Shean. Stop at Beit Alpha to see the ancient Synagogue of the Zodiac. Swim the warm waters at the natural springs of Gan Hashlosha (weather permitting). Travel down the fertile Jordan Valley for the ascent to Jerusalem. Say a blessing on the top of Mount Scopus as you overlook the city. Overnight: Jerusalem. (B)

   
Wednesday Jerusalem Old City
 

See the Tomb of King David on Mt. Zion. Walk along the ancient Roman Cardo. Visit the restored Jewish Quarter. Enjoy a fascinating tour of the underground Western Wall Tunnels. See the excavations of the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount. Stroll through the colourful Oriental Bazaars. Explore 3,000 years of history at Jerusalem's Citadel Museum.

Overnight: Jerusalem. (B)
   
Thursday     Jerusalem New City
 

See the coming of age Bar-Mitzvah ceremonies at the Western Wall. Enjoy a fascinating walk through the ultra-orthodox neighbourhood at Mea Shearim. Drive by the Knesset, Israel's parliament and see the famous Menorah with biblical emblems.  Visit the Shrine of the Book to see the original Dead Sea Scrolls. See the model of Jerusalem as it was during the time of King Herod. Experience a moving visit to Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Mount Herzl Military Cemetery. Visit the former Jordanian Army stronghold at Ammunition Hill.

Overnight: Jerusalem (B)

   
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.  Stop for a lunch and spa facilities at a private Dead Sea beach. Take the chance to enjoy a float in the salty waters (lunch included). Overnight: Jerusalem (B,L)

   
Saturday     At leisure
 

Enjoy a day of leisure on your own exploring Jerusalem. Perhaps return to the Old City for some shopping.  Overnight: Jerusalem (B)

   
Sunday     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
  • Twin room accommodation in chosen class of hotels on BB basis (Half Board for Holyland Wednesday and Holyland Sunday tours)
  • Entrance fees for the above mentioned sites
  • Taxes and service charges
   
 

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