ISRAEL – THE HOLY LAND
8 Nights / 9 Days
26th November - 4th December, 2022

ISRAEL – THE HOLY LAND
8 Nights / 9 Days
26th November - 4th December, 2022

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Overview

Israel

Founded in 1948, but also reaching far back into the annals of human history, the state of Israel is a nation quite unlike any other. Few places on earth stir up passion the way that Israel does; the breath-taking beauty of its hills and valleys, the eerie stillness of the Dead Sea, the multi-coloured canyon of Mkhtesh Ramon and the ancient walls and pathways of Nazareth and Jerusalem. While its luxurious and alluring modern cities, beautiful beaches and lush national parks are unrivalled in the Middle East, it’s unparalleled ancient locations, holy to all three main Abrahamic religions, are reason enough to want to visit Israel at least once in your life. 

Jerusalem

Jerusalem is so much more than a travel destination, it is a pilgrimage for the soul and the senses. Jerusalem is still one of those rare places on Earth that is shrouded with ancient history. The entire city’s vibrancy is palpable and deeply respectful of the past. Yet, it is so committed to life that it almost feels like there is a daily cultural rejuvenation. Around every corner there is a story, a history and a future. Whether one is there for a day or a lifetime, Jerusalem leaves an indelible impression on the heart. The living home of the world’s three major religions, Jerusalem is also a vibrant city for outdoor sightseeing.

Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv could not be more different to its older sibling, Jerusalem. Modern, vibrant and cosmopolitan: hedonism is the main religion in this hip, bustling Mediterranean ‘Manhattan’. In Hebrew, the city’s name means ‘Hill of Spring’, and it does have an air of perpetual renewal.  TLV’s biggest draw is its strip of fine beaches, but it’s also home to UNESCO – listed Bauhaus buildings, historic Jaffa (Yafo) with its fascinating Arab heritage, the quiet Neve Tzedek quarter and trendy. Cranes and skyscrapers may point the way forward, but it’s still a city with its feet firmly on the ground. 

Dead Sea

Feel on top of the earth – in the lowest place on earth. 

The lowest place on the face of the earth, the Dead Sea (431m below sea level) brings together breath taking natural beauty, compelling ancient history and modern mineral spas that soothe and pamper every fibre of our body. Salt, mud, sun…and there’s more. Soak up in natural (hot) sulphurous springs and enjoy Spa treatments. Familiar with the phrase “guilty pleasure?” It doesn’t apply here. Take the “guilty” out and simply enjoy a healthy revitalizing relaxing vacation.  

Daily Schedule

Tel Aviv Airport to Jerusalem

  • Departure by Air India flight.
  • Arrival at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport.
  • Meet the Israeli tour representative who will be there to welcome us and assist us with our luggage.
  • Transfer to hotel in Jerusalem. On the way we will stop at a restaurant for a light snack / dinner before check in.
  • Overnight at Jerusalem hotel.
Jerusalem – The Holy city to 3 monotheistic religions – Western Jerusalem – Light & Sound Citadel Show
  • This day of our travel itinerary is all about the Old and the New City of Jerusalem and touring sacred sites of all 3 major religions; Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
  • After breakfast a short drive to the Mount of Olives.  One can only gasp at the view from the Mt. of Olives observation point. The panoramic view unfolds the 3000- year- old history of the city. The city of David, the Dome of the Rock, Al Aqsa Mosque, the third most holy site of Islam, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the ancient Jewish burial site, Gethsemane all lie before us, a testament to the importance of the city to the three monotheistic-faith.
  • Onto the Old City to visit the renewed Jewish Quarter, the Western Wall, the Temple area and the colourful bazaars. The Old City is north of the City of David, and it is here that you will get a shiver down the backbone as you walk through history.  Settled 6,000 years ago, the City of David is one big archaeological site running south of Temple Mount. King David built his Palace here and Jesus along with his disciples shared the Last Supper at a site nearby. Old City highlights include the David Street souk for bargaining, the open-air market surrounding Damascus Gate in the Muslim Quarter, the preserved Roman and Byzantine-road in the Jewish Quarter, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Walk the Via Dolorosa, Armenian and Christian Quarter, Muslim Quarter ending at the Jaffa Gate.
  • Here we will discover the history and the unique spirit of the ancient city by entering through its gates, walking the narrow and winding streets. Stopping at the holy sites of the three monotheistic religions, absorbing the depth of history, faith and culture. We will visit the Holy Sepulchre, site of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, along to the Western Wall & the Jewish quarter to observation of the Dome of the Rock & the Muslim quarter. Enjoy the variety of restaurants, foods and spices from every corner of the world. Brief MidEastern lunch break.
  • On the late afternoon we drive through modern West Jerusalem, you will have the opportunity to view the Knesset, Israel's modern democratic house of Parliament, view the Menorah, the symbol of the State of Israel, gifted by the British government. View Government Enclave, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Supreme Court of Israel, the Bank of Israel, the Prime Minister's office and other government buildings. Drive by the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book, home to the Dead Sea Scrolls. We drive by mixed neighborhoods of religious and secular, view the beautiful String Bridge and the vibrant fruit and vegetable market.
  • In the evening, we will enjoy the  Spectacular Sound and Light show at the Tower of David. The walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for a night time show which is a celebration of sight and sound telling the story of Jerusalem through giant breath taking, virtual reality images.
  • Overnight in Jerusalem.

Bethlehem Church – Ein Kerem Galleries and Churches - Yad Vashem Museum

  • After breakfast we leave for Bethlehem to visit the Church Of Nativity and a view of the Sheperd’s Fields sites. We first visit the famous Church of the Nativity, a World Heritage site, built by Queen Helena in the fourth century. It is the traditional site of the humble birth of Jesus. The Church of the Nativity is the focus, built on Manger Square over the grotto where Jesus was born. We see the faded glory of the original Church and its beautiful mosaic floor and icons belonging to the three Christian denominations that control the Church.
  • A short drive through Jerusalem to the old and picturesque village of Ein Kerem.
  • After Lunch we proceed to Yad Vashem - Holocaust Museum.
  • Overnight in Jerusalem.

Dead Sea Bath – Baptism site and Jericho – Beit-Shean Roman City– Lavi Kibbutz Tour

  • After breakfast we drive east to the Dead Sea spa of Neve - Midbar.  It is the lowest point on earth, 400 meters below sea level; known as Nature's ultimate spa!
  • We will take a break to experience the wonderful sensation of floating on the Dead Sea.
  • Rich in mineral and salt content, the Dead Sea waters are known to have healing properties.  Rub some Dead Sea mud on your body, take a float, relax and let Nature do its best for
  • you. There are changing rooms and refreshments available at the site.
  • After a quick lunch we drive north along the Jordan Valley to Bet She'an National Park,
  • The national park houses the spectacular ruins of the glory that was the
  • Roman and Byzantine city of Bet She'an. Visit the excavations of this beautifully preserved Roman City.
  • Later enjoy a Kibbutz Tour at Lavi Kibbutz. The word ‘Kibbutz’ in Hebrew means group. Traditionally, the kibbutz is a voluntary democratic community where people live and work together to generate income. It is founded on the principles of communal ownership of property and social equality. Today, kibbutzim have changed dramatically, many privatized, yet they continue to play a vital role in industry, culture and Israeli life.
  • Proceed to Tiberias and on to Safed, the city of the Kabbalah, for a walk through the mystic alleys, a visit to a synagogue and the artists’ colony. Tiberias is one of Judaism's four holy cities, the burial place of venerated Jewish sages and a very popular base for Christians visiting holy sites around the Sea of Galilee. It's also one of the most aesthetically challenged resort towns in Israel, its sun-baked lakeside strip marred by 1970s architectural monstrosities. So, the sacred and the kitsch – plus beaches, hot springs and a growing ultraOrthodox population – coexist side by side in a whirl of holiness, hawkers and hedonism.
  • Dinner & Over-night at Tiberias Hotel.

Sea Of Galilee Sites - Boat Sail - Agamon Hula Birds Sanctuary - Winery

  • After breakfast we drive northward to the Sea Of Galilee and the famous sites of the birth of Christianity: Capernaum and Mt. of Beatitudes.
  • We take a Boat Ride to Kfar Nachum and after traditional St. Peter's Fish lunch, we continue on  our way North to the next visit of the day -  Safari Wagon Ride at Agamon Hachola Nature Reserve. Agamon Hula invites you to a unique and magical experience, in nature without partitions where you can observe thousands of unique birds, animals and plants in their natural habitat.
  • On the way back we will visit Netufa Winery. You will have the opportunity at the Visitors Centre to get a professional overview of the local excellent wine production, and some wine tasting of course!
  • Dinner & Over-night at Tiberias Hotel.

Akko Crusaders underground City and Knights Halls - Haifa Bahai Shrine – Caesarea Aqueduct - Tel Aviv

  • After breakfast, we proceed to the Old City of Akko (Acre), UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of the remains of the Crusader town both above and below street level. We will tour the ancient walled city and colourful market.
  • After a visit to the Church of the Annunciation, we drive west to Haifa, built on the slopes of the Carmel Mountain Range.   It is the third largest city in Israel, with breath taking views of the port and the bay area. Visit the magnificent gardens of the Bahai Shrine -A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Posing above roaring traffic and dockside bustle is Haifa's most celebrated sight, a Bahai shrine and tropical gardens. Tumbling down the flanks of Mt Carmel (546m), the gardens bestow a radiant symmetry on this complex city, whose atmosphere can change from placid to fast-paced in the space of a few steps.
  • After lunch we drive south along the Mediterranean shore to view the Roman city of Caesarea, a port city built by Herod the Great.
  • Drive south for your first meeting with Tel Aviv!!
  • Overnight in Tel-Aviv.

Tel-Aviv & Jaffa City Tour.

  • TEL AVIV – BREEZY, URBAN AND COOL
  • Today we will get to know this bustling city declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003 - 'The Nonstop City'.
  • Tel Aviv known as the "little orange”, "White City" or “the city that never sleeps" has a lot to offer. On our tour, we will cover the highlights from the beautiful beach front, to walking through the older neighbourhoods of Neve Tsedek, Rothschild Blvd, continuing to view the Bauhaus architecture, Nachalat Binyamin and the Carmel Market.
  • Visit Jaffa, the oldest port in the world by walking through its ancient streets onto the waterfront with its many stories of immigration, viewing the old port warehouses now converted into galleries, stores and restaurants.
  •  Free evening to enjoy Tel-Aviv’s atmosphere and nightlife.
  •  Overnight in Tel Aviv Hotel

Tel Aviv City – Innovation Museum- Markets

  • Today we will visit the Innovation Museum. (Optional: Tel-Aviv Museum of Art).
  • After lunch we will have free hours of leisure to discover this city on our own. Tel Aviv is one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Titled the ‘Mediterranean Capital of Cool’ by the New York Times, this is a 24-hour city with a unique pulse, combining sandy Mediterranean beaches with a world-class nightlife, a buzzing cultural scene, incredible food, UNESCO recognized architecture, and an international outlook. Tel Aviv is also known as the 'Vegan Capital of the World’ as it enjoys the coveted title through its smatter of vegan friendly restaurants serving different kinds of cuisines like Indian, Ethiopian and Persian to name a few.
  • Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Tel -Aviv - Markets

  •  Last Minute Shopping – Departure.

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