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Holyland Splendours
   

Holiday Length: 8 days / 7 nights
Departs: Sunday - year round
Start & End City: Tel Aviv
Type of Holiday: Escorted Coach Tour

  This complete itinerary will provide you an insight into the rich and diverse patrimony of the Holyland - the birthplace of the world's three major religions.


ITINERARY  
                                  
Sunday    Tel Aviv

   Upon arrival to airport meet our representative and transfer to your Tel Aviv Hotel
   Overnight: Tel Aviv
   
Monday    Masada and the Dead Sea 
 

Depart Tel Aviv and descend to the lowest place on earth. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to the rock fortress of Masada. Visit Herod's palaces, dating back 2000 years. Then hear about the zealots who defied the Roman Empire from this location.  Enjoy a chance to swim in the Dead Sea. The water is so rich in salts and minerals that you float! Ascend the mountains to Jerusalem. Overnight: Jerusalem (B)

   
Tuesday    Jerusalem - New City
 

Start with a spectacular view of Jerusalem from Mount Scopus, and then onto the Garden of Gethsemane. Visit the tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper on Mount Zion. See the famous Dead Sea Scrolls at the Shrine of the Book. Experience a moving visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. See the Marc Chagall stained glass windows at the Hadassah medical center, and visit Ein Karem where John the Baptist was born.

Overnight: Jerusalem  (B)

   
Wednesday    Jerusalem - Old City & Bethlehem
 

Visit the Western Wall and the Temple Mount (subject to security clearance).  Explore the colourful bazaars, and walk the Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross) until the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Continue to Bethlehem (subject to security clearance) to visit the Shepherds Fields, Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity.  Overnight: Jerusalem (B)

   
Thursday    Sea of Galilee
 

Depart Jerusalem via Jericho (subject to security clearance), the oldest city in the world. Explore the excavations of the beautiful Roman City of Beit Shean. Proceed to Tiberias, and drive along the shores of the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum to visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue.  Overnight: Galilee Kibbutz hotel (B) 

   
Friday    Upper Galilee
 

Drive to Safed – city of Mystical Judaism. Explore Caesari of Philippi at the Banias Springs.  Ascend the Golan Heights and from Mt. Bental, peer deep into Syria and the ghost town of Kuneitra. Continue onto Nazareth and the Church of Annunciation.

Overnight: Galilee Kibbutz hotel  (B,D)

   
Saturday    Coastal Plain
 

Depart for Akko (Acre) to explore the Knights' Halls and the secret Crusader tunnels, then to Haifa to view the magnificent Bahai gardens from atop Mount Carmel. Stop at Caesarea, to visit the Roman Theatre and the Crusader Fortress.  Overnight: Tel Aviv (B)

   
Sunday    Departure
     Transfer to the 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
   
NOTES

  •   Passage to Bethlehem is subject to security clearance.
  • Sightseeing may vary on religious holidays
   
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