Highlights of Israel - 8 days

Highlights of Israel - 8 days

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Highlights of Israel - 8 days

8 Days Starting and ending in Tel Aviv

Visiting: Tel Aviv-Yafo, Be'er Sheva, Masada National Park, Dead Sea, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Beit She'an, Tiberias, Golan Heights, Capernaum, Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, Acre, Haifa, Caesarea

Tour operator:

On The Go Tours

Tour code:

2323/HOI

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 45

Age range:

HHL, BBL & HIJ tours allow children aged 12+

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Please contact On The Go Tours with specific dietary requests

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Small Group

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Tour Overview

COACH TOUR: From the vibrant coastal city of Tel Aviv, spend 8 days exploring the incredible highlights of Israel. Travelling inland and head for the centuries old city of Jerusalem, where you can see, smell and touch the history that has shaped it, as well as the birth place of Jesus, Bethlehem. Look out across the Sea of Galilee and rise to the top of Mount Carmel in Haifa. Visit the Crusader Castle at Caesarea and end the tour back in Tel Aviv.

Highlights

  • Tel Aviv - Explore this cosmopolitan city and the ancient port of Jaffa

  • Masada – Take a cable car up to the ancient fortification of Masada and enjoy unrivalled views over the Dead Sea

  • The Dead Sea – Float in the famously buoyant, mineral-rich waters

  • Jerusalem New City (West Bank) - Admire incredible views of the Old City from Mount Scopus, see the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Israel Museum and visit the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre

  • Jerusalem Old City (West Bank) - Explore the sacred sites of the Old City including the Wailing Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Via Dolorosa

  • Bethlehem (West Bank) - Visit the Shepherd’s Field, Church of the Nativity and Manger Square

  • Beit Shean - Take in the excavations of this beautifully preserved Roman city

  • Nazareth - See the Church of the Annunciation and other holy sites

  • Safed - Pay a visit to a synagogue and explore the beautiful streets of the artists’ colony in the city of the Kabbalah

  • The wine region - Learn about wine production on a tour of a vineyard and sample fine wine

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Itinerary

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Day 1 : Vibrant Tel Aviv
Location: Tel Aviv-Yafo
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Metropolitan
Meals Included: No Meals

Sunday. Upon arrival at the Ben Gurion Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv. The rest of the evening is at your leisure.

Renowned for its hedonistic nightlife, this dynamic city also offers beautiful beaches, art galleries and markets. And with a variety of trendy bistros, high-end restaurants and delicious street food stalls, there's plenty to choose from, for dinner.

Day 2 : Masada Fortress & The Dead Sea
Location: Tel Aviv-Yafo, Be'er Sheva, Masada National Park, Dead Sea, Jerusalem
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Grand Court
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Tel Aviv - Beer Sheba - Masada - Dead Sea - Jerusalem (West Bank). Set off from Tel Aviv, and drive south past the cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon to the Negev capital of Beer Sheba. After a short visit, we continue via Arad to the Masada Fortress which sits atop an isolated rock cliff and was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Ascending by cable car to the fortress offers incredible views of the Dead Sea and at the top explore the excavations of Herod’s Palaces, the synagogue and the bathhouse. Later, we descend to the lowest place on Earth to float in the famously buoyant, salt-laden water of the Dead Sea. From the Dead Sea we journey to Jerusalem, passing by the oasis of Ein Gedi and the Judean Desert enroute. Spend the evening at leisure.

Day 3 : Jerusalem New City & Bethlehem
Location: Jerusalem, Bethlehem
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Grand Court
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today's sightseeing tour of Jerusalem New City starts at the Israel Museum which houses The Dead Sea Scrolls in the Shrine of the Book. Continue to visit the beautifully renovated Model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem, which dates back to the time of the Second Temple. The next stop on our tour of the New City is Yad Vashem, The World Holocaust Remembrance Centre. Founded in 1953, Yad Vashem started as an organization committed to documenting the memory of Holocaust victims. The new museum was opened in 2005 and has 9 galleries of interactive historical displays, all of which are informative, moving and vital to a continued commemoration of those that lost their lives during one of history's darkest periods.

This afternoon we visit the picturesque village of Ein Karem, which was the birthplace of John the Baptist. Next, we drive to Bethlehem to visit the birthplace of Jesus at the Church of the Nativity before returning to Jerusalem for the night.

Day 4 : Jerusalem Old City
Location: Jerusalem
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Grand Court
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Step back in time on a tour of Jerusalem's revered Old City today. Enter through one of the Gates to the walled Old City, to visit the renewed Jewish Quarter, the Western Wall (Wailing Wall), the Temple Mount and the colourful souk. Then, we walk along the Via Dolorosa, stopping at the Stations of the Cross enroute to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is one of the world's holiest Christian shrines and the site of Jesus' crucifixion and burial. Continuing your tour, we visit Mt Zion and the tomb of King David, the Room of the Last Supper and Dormition Abbey. Continuing to the Mount of Olives you'll have a spectacular view of this holiest of cities, a place where the three religions of Islam, Judaism and Christianity have tussled for power of the city for centuries.

Next, we visit the Garden of Gethsemane, where Judas betrayed Jesus, before travelling to Downtown Jerusalem to explore bustling Mahane Yehuda, which is Israel's largest open market.

Day 5 : Beit Shean & Golan Heights
Location: Beit She'an, Tiberias, Golan Heights
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Grand Court
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Beit Shean - Golan - Tiberias. Bid farewell to Jerusalem and drive north past Jericho, which is considered to be the world's oldest city. Travelling through the Jordan Valley and the new settlements to Beit Shean, see the excavations of this beautiful preserved Roman city before continuing up the Golan Heights, where we will enjoy an Israeli wine country experience. Here, we will tour the winery, learn about the wine production process and even indulge in some wine tasting.

Afterwards, we travel through the Golan, spotting its Druze villages, former Syrian fortifications and panoramic views of Mount Hermon and into Syria. As we descend through the picturesque Hula Valley, our route leads us to Tiberias, nestled along the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Renowned as one of the four holy cities in Judaism, it was within these very walls that the Jewish Talmud, the cornerstone of Jewish religious law, was compiled.

Day 6 : Capernaum & Nazareth
Location: Capernaum, Sea of Galilee, Nazareth
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Kibbutz Kfar Giladi
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Following the scenic shoreline of the Sea of Galilee, our journey proceeds to the historic site of Capernaum, where the ruins of an ancient synagogue stand as a testament to the rich history of the region. From there, we ascend to the Mount of Beatitudes, a revered location associated with the transformative 'Sermon on the Mount.' Our path then leads us to Tabgha, where tradition holds the ground for the profound 'miracle of the loaves and the fish.'

An optional boat excursion awaits, inviting travelers to sail across the waters of the Sea of Galilee, enveloped by an ambiance that has remained remarkably unchanged over 2000 years (book and pay locally).

Our journey then carries us to Nazareth, a city steeped in biblical significance, where we pay a visit to the hallowed Church of the Annunciation and other sacred Christian sites.

Day 7 : Acre, Haifa, Caesarea & Tel Aviv
Location: Acre, Haifa, Caesarea, Tel Aviv-Yafo
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Grand Beach
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Galilee - Acre - Haifa - Caesarea - Tel Aviv. After breakfast, we drive through the hills of the Galilee, westwards to Acre where you'll explore this old Crusader stronghold and its medieval fortifications. Continue to Haifa, the largest city in northern Israel which dates back over 3000 years. Sightseeing here includes the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Bahai Shrine and the magnificent gardens on the slopes of Mount Carmel which are spread over 19 terraces, the highest of which is the Persian Gardens where you can enjoy the wonderful panoramic view of the city and Haifa Bay.

Travelling down the coast to reach Caesarea, we’ll see the Roman Theatre and Crusader Fortress at what is known as the “masterpiece of Herod the Great”. Then, continue our journey to Tel Aviv and end the day with a short city tour of Tel Aviv and the ancient port of Jaffa.

Day 8 : Tel Aviv
Location: Tel Aviv-Yafo
Meals Included: Breakfast

Sunday. Arrangements come to an end after breakfast and onward transfer to the Ben Gurion Airport. Alternatively extend your stay to enjoy more time in cosmopolitan Tel Aviv, please enquire.

For information about visas, top travel tips and much more, take a look through our travel guide.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    4 star

  • Breakfast daily and 6 dinners

  • 7 nights 4 star hotels

  • Entrance fees for all included sightseeing

  • Touring - Masada, Dead Sea, Jerusalem, Ein Karem, Beit Shean, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Sea of Galilee, Acre, Haifa, Caesarea, Jaffa and Tel Aviv

  • Vineyard tour and wine tasting in Israel's wine region

  • Escorted by an English speaking driver guide

  • All transfers and transportation in modern air-conditioned vehicles

  • Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 8

  • This coach tour is operated in conjunction with other tourist groups, not solely On The Go. You will join travellers from a number of different operators, some staying in different hotels for sightseeing each day

What's Not Included

  • International flights and visa

  • Tip for your tour guide and driver. We recommend you allow USD$5-7 per day, per traveller for your guide and USD$2 per day, per traveller for your driver. Tipping your guide and driver is an entirely personal gesture

Age Policy

HHL, BBL & HIJ tours allow children aged 12+

Accommodation

Hotel Metropolitan



Within easy walking distance from major city attractions, Hotel Metropolitan is a modern hotel with excellent amenities. Guest rooms are designed in a contemporary style with soft furnishings and stylish en suite bathrooms. The hotel also has an onsite bar and cafe serving food throughout the day. In the summer head to the outdoor pool with sundecks - the perfect way to start the day!



Perfectly located in the centre and very heart of Tel Aviv.





Grand Beach Hotel



Located just a few minutes walk from Tel Aviv's golden beaches, the Hotel Grand Beach offers a comfortable and luxurious atmosphere. Guest rooms are modernly furnished and include free Wi-Fi. With a number of excellent eating options including a lavish buffet in the 'Jerusalem' dining room. The roof top pool is another highlight affording stunning views of the seafront and the city and is a great place to cool off!



Perfectly located close to the sea front and the bustling city centre with lots of restaurants and cafes nearby.





Hotel Grand Court



Centrally located. the Hotel Grand Court is a very modern hotel and an excellent base for exploring the holy city. Guest rooms are bright and well furnished with free Wi-Fi throughout. The Garden Court is the perfect spot to enjoy breakfast al-fresco. There is also a refreshing outdoor pool to relax in or by (open April - September).



Perfectly located just a short walk from the Old City.





Ramada by Wyndham Jerusalem



Conveniently located near the entrance to the city with plenty of museums and shopping close by and the Old City just a short 15-minute taxi drive away. This comfortable hotel offers spacious and bright guest rooms and has a wide range of amenities including free WIFI and a hearty Israeli buffet breakfast. During your spare time unwind in the saunas or go for a swim in the indoor or seasonal outdoor pools.





Lake House Hotel



The Lake House Hotel is located near to the historic centre of Tiberias and the majestic Golan Heights, set on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Guest rooms are contemporary in design equipped with air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi. The hotel features a large collection of facilities, including an outdoor swimming pool overlooking the exciting view of the Sea of Galiee. Lake House hotel has a fantastic variety of dining options. The Lobby Bar and restaurant offer fine dining with rich and varied menus.





The Hotel Royal Plaza



Located on the outskirts of Tiberias, the Hotel Royal Plaza is a modern hotel offering a tranquil atmosphere in an unbeatable location. Guest rooms are warm, inviting and tastefully furnished. Meals are served in the bright and airy dining room and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The onsite Royal Spa Health Club is a great place to relax and get some pampering. The outdoor pool offers a cooling respite form the Israeli heat.



The property is located opposite a well-maintained public beach, situated just outside of Tiberias.

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the maximum group size?

    45

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 8

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Ensuring our footprint is light and that the benefits of travelling reach the local communities you visit is paramount to us. We’re proud to say that when travelling with us, the large majority of your holiday funds remain within the countries you visit, supporting local economies at a grass roots level.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1998

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    With English-speaking tours, it's not a huge surprise that most on our travellers are from English-speaking countries or have English as their second language. Our group tours cater for everyone from 18 years old to 70+

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Patty Hejney  

Highlights of Israel - 8 days

09-Jun-2023

Filled out paper form, but just wanted to re-iterate that Onra was a great guide...so much kowledge!! She did a great job!! Our driver Nabil was also excellent...professional, safe driver and very personable....made the tour very enjoyable!!

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