Grand Israel

Product Code: F-3058

Trip Duration

11 Days / 9 Nights

Price From

Tel Aviv | Mitzpe Ramon | Masada | Dead Sea | Jerusalem | Golan Heights | Tiberius | Nazareth

 Highlights:

  • Experience the Bible come to life while visiting holy sites throughout Israel
  • Tour UNESCO World Heritage sites including Jerusalem’s Old City and Masada
  • Learn about the geopolitics of the region from experts
  • Retrace Jesus’ footsteps in a walk along Via Dolorosa

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Full Itinerary

Depart from US to Tel
Aviv.

Depart from USA

Upon arrival in Tel Aviv, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day of
yours to relax and unwind.

Arrival in Tel Aviv

After a famous Israeli buffet breakfast, drive to Jaffa, where King Solomon
built his port (2 Chron. 2:16), making it one of the oldest port cities in
the world. Stroll through the artist quarter and the flea market. Continue to
the first neighborhood in Tel Aviv, established in 1887, a recently
gentrified area with wonderfully restored homes and small shops and
restaurants. Visit Independence Hall, the location where Israel’s first Prime
Minister, declared Israel’s independence in 1948. Enjoy a walking tour of the
White City of Tel Aviv, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Constructed from the
early 1930s until the 1950s, the buildings were designed by architects who
were trained in Europe where they practiced their profession before
immigrating. End the day at the bustling Carmel Market, the major local
market of Tel Aviv. (B)
Optional:
Evening out with “EatWith,” an easy and wonderful way to access
the underground food scene and connect with creative, open-minded and
interesting local people.

Tel Aviv

Travel to the Ella Valley and tour the ruins of the ancient fortified city
of Azekah, from the times of the Judea Kingdom. Continue to an experimental
R&D center that focuses on developing advanced agriculture in arid
conditions such as irrigating with brackish water. Then experience Bedouin
hospitality in Sfinat Hamidbar located in the heart of the Negev Desert,
followed by a special visit to a winery located on the same site that was a
vineyard during the Nabatean period more than 2,000 years ago. Taste one of
Israel’s best wines and learn about agrotourism in remote areas. (B)Tel Aviv
| Mitzpe Ramon

Visit the phenomenal Ramon Crater, a unique geological formation unlike
anything anywhere in the world, with fossils dating back nearly 200 million
years. Enjoy a special jeep tour in the crater. Then visit En Avdat National
Park, an oasis in the middle of the desert, where ibex and other animals come
to quench their thirst. Enjoy a short hike along the canyon to water pools.
Continue to the nearby the ancient ruins of the Nabatean city of Avdat, a
UNESCO World Heritage site, that was an important trading city over in the
3rd century BCE. (B)Mitzpe Ramon

Visit the fortress of Masada, the greatest castle in history, built by King
Herod 2,000 years ago. Ride a cable car up the 1,200-foot high cliff, for an
unforgettable tour of this UNESCO World Heritage site, with the most
fascinating views of the Judean Desert. Continue to the oasis of Ein Gedi.
where you will observe both the wildlife and enjoy a variety of trees native
to the area. En Gedi is also known as the place in which David was hiding
from King Saul. Enjoy the unique Dead Sea experience of Float and Swim!
(B)Mitzpe Ramon | Masada | Dead Sea | Jerusalem

Visit the Mount of Olives with its breathtaking view of Jerusalem and the
Old City. Enter the Old City of Jerusalem. and walk along the Via Dolorosa.
Visit the Church of Holy Sepulcher. Then proceed to the Jewish Quarter, which
was reconstructed in 1967 and the Western Wall, the most sacred place for the
Jewish people. (B)Jerusalem

Visit the Israel Museum and see a scale model of Jerusalem from the Second
Temple period as well as the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Shrine of the Book.
Proceed to Yad Vashem, the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the
Holocaust. Drive to Bethlehem, believed to be the birthplace of Jesus and
visit the Church of the Nativity. A retired military officer who was in
charge of planning the security fence between the West Bank and Israel will
lead you on a borders and boundaries tour covering the separation fence,
disputed neighborhoods, and other current issues surrounding Jerusalem.
(B)Jerusalem

Visit the archaeological site of Beth She’an, one of the ten Decapolis.
Explore the ancient structures and new excavations in the area. Ascend the
Golan Heights and visit one of the most famous wineries of Israel for a wine
tasting. Continue to Mt Bental, for a stunning panoramic view of the Golan
Heights, overlooking the border between Israel and Syria. Learn about the
geopolitics of the region. Drive to the Mount of Beatitudes to a beautiful
church and enjoy a splendid panoramic view of Tabgha and Capernaum. (B,D)Jerusalem
| Golan Heights | Tiberius

Enjoy a city tour of Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus and visit the
Church of the Annunciation. Proceed to Mt Carmel (1 Kings 18:17-46) and enjoy
special Druze home hospitality. Continue to the artist’s village of Ein-Hod
to visit the Dada Museum, established in 1983 to preserve the art of the Dada
movement. Drive along the Mediterranean shoreline to Caesarea, built by Herod
the Great and once the seat of Roman rule. View the excavated Roman Theater,
with its acoustic and theatrical sound, which was used for many performances
throughout the centuries. Walk through the excavated fortress and view the
aqueduct, once used for conveying water.

Tiberius | Nazareth | Tel Aviv

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)Departure from Tel
Aviv