Best of Israel

Best of Israel

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Best of Israel

8 Days Starting and ending in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

Visiting: Tel Aviv-Yafo, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Lower Galilee, Sea of Galilee

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

WISBZN19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

15 - 28

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
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Tour Overview

Embark on the "Best of Israel" tour, a captivating journey through the sacred landscapes and historical treasures of Israel. This meticulously crafted tour invites you to explore Jerusalem with a Local Specialist, uncovering the profound history and spiritual significance of iconic sites such as the Fortress of Masada, the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, and the Mount of Olives. Marvel at the ancient Wailing Wall and experience a scenic cruise on the Sea of Galilee. With luxury air-conditioned coach travel, cherry-picked hotels, and an array of included meals, this tour promises comfort and convenience. Highlights include visiting the Israel Museum, the Church of Annunciation in Nazareth, and the ancient Synagogue at Safed, ensuring a deeply enriching experience. Whether you're drawn to the walking tours, art galleries, or the rich tapestry of history and archaeology, the "Best of Israel" tour offers a unique blend of cultural immersion and historical exploration.

Highlights

  • Explore Jerusalem with a Local Specialist

  • Visit the Fortress of Masada and the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, the Mount of Olives and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the Church of Annunciation in Nazareth, Jesus Boat at the Sea of Galilee, the old Synagogue and the Mount of Beatitudes near Capernaum, the ancient Synagogue and artists' colony at Safed, the underground Crusader City of Acre and the Roman Amphitheater at Caesarea

  • View the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem and the Baha'i Shrine from the summit of Mount Carmel in Haifa

  • Scenic Cruise boat ride on the Sea of Galilee

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Journey Begins In The Sacred City Of Jerusalem
Location: Tel Aviv-Yafo
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Dan Panorama Jerusalem
Meals Included: No Meals

Upon arrival to Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, you’ll be met and transferred through a land regarded by many as the holiest, to the sacred city of Jerusalem. Dependant on arrival time you will have an opportunity to explore before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Drink and an introduction to your Israeli journey. L’chaim!

Day 2 : A Day To Explore The Dead Sea And Masada
Location: Jerusalem
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Dan Panorama Jerusalem
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Journey across the rocky Judean Desert to the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found accidentally by a Bedouin boy in 1947. Visit the striking clifftop fortress of Masada, where a Roman siege ended in the tragic mass suicide of over 900 Zealots. Their sacrifice remains as a symbol of Israel's pledge to remain free. Stroll through the excavations of Herod's palatial retreat, before returning to the lowest point on earth to float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea (time permitting). This evening, we share a traditional meal at our hotel.

Day 3 : The Church Of Nativity In Bethlehem
Location: Bethlehem
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Dan Panorama Jerusalem
Meals Included: Breakfast

Tread in the footsteps of prophets, crusaders and kings, admiring the Old City of Jerusalem from the sacred vantage point of the Mount of Olives. Stroll through the Jewish Quarter where you’ll Dive Into Culture at the Wailing Wall and watch faithful Jews cede their prayers to the crevices of its ancient rocks. See the Dome of the Rock on Temple Mount and follow the path taken by Christ past the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa to Golgotha, arriving at the 4th-century Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Christians gather to commemorate at the traditional site of His Resurrection. Later this afternoon, travel to Bethlehem where the story of Mary, Joseph and Jesus officially begins. Visit the Church of Nativity, built on the site traditionally considered to be the birthplace of Jesus, and the Manger Square before returning to Jerusalem.

Day 4 : Onwards To Lower Galilee
Location: Lower Galilee
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Kibbutz Lavi Hotel Galilee
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, continue your compelling discovery of Jerusalem and visit Yad Vashem to commemorate the millions of lives lost in the Holocaust during World War II. See the Dead Sea Scrolls at Israel Museum's Shrine of the Book, the Knesset, and the Givat Ram Campus of the Hebrew University, before travelling through the farmlands of the Jordan Valley. In Nazareth, you’ll have an opportunity to visit the sacred Catholic Shrine of the Church of Annunciation, whose cupola overlooks the cave in which Archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary to share the blessing that she would conceive and give birth to the Son of God. Celebrate a strong sense of community at your overnight stop at a Kibbutz hotel, where you'll dine this evening.

Day 5 : Admire Capernaum, The Mount Of Beatitudes And Safed
Location: Sea of Galilee
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Kibbutz Lavi Hotel Galilee
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Begin the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and visit the Jesus Boat, an ancient fishing vessel dating to the 1st century AD. Continue to the ruins of the old synagogue at Capernaum, said to have been built on the home of St. Peter. Then visit the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Next, venture to one of Judaism's Four Holy Cities and the birthplace of the Kabbalah movement, Safed. Proceed to your Kibbutz hotel in Lower Galilee where you’ll enjoy dinner.

Day 6 : On To Acre, Haifa, Caesarea And Tel Aviv
Location: Tel Aviv-Yafo
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Dan Panorama Tel Aviv
Meals Included: Breakfast

Continue to the almost-intact 12th-century underground city of Acre to admire its medieval Crusader buildings, before enjoying views of the Baha'i Shrine and the beautiful Persian Hanging Gardens of Haifa, created as a memorial to the founders of the Bahá'í Faith. Imagine seafaring traders plying their wares in the ancient port city of Caesarea where we visit the Roman Amphitheatre, then travel to the vibrant city of Tel Aviv, our home for the next two nights.

Day 7 : Discover Coastal Tel Aviv
Location: Tel Aviv-Yafo
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Dan Panorama Tel Aviv
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Visit Rabin Square this morning. Here you’ll learn about the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who has become a symbol of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Continue to Newe Zedek, the first neighbourhood of Tel Aviv and soak up the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Rothchild Boulevard. Next, stroll through the ancient ruins of Old Jaffa and explore the biblical stories and ancient mythology of the Old Port. The robust aroma of coffee makes an appearance next at an exclusive Be My Guest experience in Ajami neighbourhood, where you’ll Connect With Locals over lunch and learn about the personal story of a Christian girl growing up in a Jewish, Muslim and Christian area.

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

Our epic journey through the sacred lands of Israel has come to an end. All that's left to say is a fond farewell to fellow pilgrims as you prepare for your journey home.

What's Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

  • Optional Experiences and free time

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

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What's Not Included

  • Flights

    International round-trip airfare

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and is recommended

Mode of Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

Accommodation

Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

Check out our Q&As

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Trafalgar is pleased to offer complimentary airport transfers at any time either on the starting and ending day of the trip or on other days in conjunction with pre and post-trip accommodation booked through Trafalgar

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes, 5 years or above

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Yes

  • What is the maximum group size?

    28 guests

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Vaccination against Covid-19 is not mandatory to travel with Trafalgar. However, we strongly recommend that guests are vaccinated before travelling. Please note that airlines and/or other authorities may have different requirements. It is the guest's responsibility to comply with these requirements at all times.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1947

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

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

    Yes

Reviews of this Operator

Renato Arrieta  

Best tour I joined so far

14-Jan-2023

My first time with Trafalgar and I see no reason why I should not join them again.

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King Ng, Lafayette, California  

Very well planned trip with timely breaks during the coach ride..

08-Nov-2021

It was a well organized tour group and we hit lots of interesting and beautiful scenes. Like our previous trips with Trafalgar, tourists were treated with well manner and professional tour guide/director, making our trip very enjoyable and delightful!

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Trusted Customer  

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We really did see the best of Egypt and beyond. Our tour guide, Mohammad, guided us through the rich history and the urban and rural life of such a unique and delightful country. We felt very safe and pampered.

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Marshal Daguio  

Wonderful Best Of Turkey

06-Nov-2021

It was my first time with Trafalgar Tour and I had a wonderful trip from day 1 till the last day. The Tour Director, Yocel Atik is very knowledgeable and Excellent. The health director and coach driver are helpful and supportive as well. The hotels selected were comfortable especially Rixos Hotel and Movenpick Hotel. The Best of Turkey is better than I expected.

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Barbara, Canada  

Irish Experience

09-Nov-2021

I am single and travel alone. I always feel secure and well-looked after when I travel with Trafalgar

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