Tel Aviv | Jaffa | Caesarea | Galilee | Acre | Nazareth | Jerusalem | Masada | Bethlehem
- Tour 5 historical UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the holy Old City of Jerusalem
- See Israel’s latest high-tech ventures at the Taglit Innovation Center
- Tour many neighborhoods of Tel-Aviv
- Enjoy a cable car ride to Masada
- Float in the Dead Sea
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Upon arrival, you will meet your guide and be transferred to your hotel.
Begin your day with a tour of ancient Jaffa, home to a large Arab Christian population living side-by-side with Jewish residents and visit the ancient seaport and the Jaffa Flea Market. Continue to Tel Aviv’s first neighborhood and then to one of the city’s and Israel’s first streets. Tour Tel Aviv’s “White City” area, a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring many buildings from the 1920s-30s that were built in the Bauhaus (Modern) style of architecture. Your next stop is Taglit Innovation, a cutting-edge center that spotlights new advancements of Israeli start-ups in different fields. Finish the day with a walking tour through the outdoor Carmel Market. At night, visit Tel Aviv’s very trendy Florentin neighborhood for a wonderful graffiti tour, where many of the most talented graffiti artists have added a world of color to Israel’s first modern city. (B)
Morning drive up the Mediterranean shoreline to Caesarea, once the seat of Roman rule, 2,000 years ago. View the excavated Roman Theater, Walk through the excavated fortress and view the aqueduct, once used for conveying water. Your day continues with a visit to a winery for a tour and wine tasting. You then head to Mt. Carmel for a stunning view of the Bahai Gardens and later, the Old City of Acre, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. Acre is a walled port-city that became the capital of the Crusaders after they lost Jerusalem. Walk through the restored underground Crusaders City. (B)
Drive to the Mount of Beatitudes and see a beautiful church with an octagonal dome that represents the 8 “Beatitudes” of the sermon that Jesus blessed his disciples with 2,000 years ago. Also, enjoy a splendid panoramic view of the Lake of Galilee. Next head to Nazareth, the hometown of Jesus, for a visit to the Basilica of the Annunciation, a modern Catholic Church built over the remains of earlier Byzantine and Crusader churches. (B)
Ascend Mt. of Olives for the most famous view of Jerusalem, overlooking the Old City. Then enter this UNESCO World Heritage site, with a walk along the Via Dolorosa, believed to be the path that Jesus walked on his way to being crucified, and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher where, according to Catholic tradition, Jesus was buried and resurrected. Continue to the Jewish Quarter and arrive at the most sacred place for all Jewish people, the Western Wall, and the ancient remains of the wall that surrounded Temple Mount. Then visit is to Yad Vashem, the official memorial to Jewish victims of the Holocaust and the Israel Museum, famous for housing the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Shrine of the Book. (B)
Excursion to the Dead Sea with a stop at Masada, another UNESCO World Heritage site. Set on a giant cliff 500 meters above the Dead Sea, the fortress of Masada is more than 2,000-years-old and is the greatest castle in history built by King Herod. After your visit to Masada, it’s off to enjoy a swim and float in the Dead Sea! Then continue to Bethlehem, the childhood home of the biblical King David. It is also the birthplace of Jesus and has been a major site of pilgrimage since the construction of the Church of the Nativity in the 4th century AD. (B)
Transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B)