9 days from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem
Departs From: Tel Aviv
Israel has been a pilgrimage center for people throughout the ages and is a treasure trove of historical and biblical sights. On this Israel tour, start in Tel Aviv and end in Jerusalem with overnights also in Haifa and Kibbutz Lavi. Along the way, you’ll visit its most famous and interesting sights, including many of its UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Baha’i Shrine, the world center of Baha’i faith; Acre, a historic walled port-city where you’ll tour the excavated part of the immense underground Crusader City, dating from 1104-1291; and Masada, a rugged cliff-top fortress where Jewish zealots chose death rather than slavery to the Romans. Also visit many of the sights associated with Jesus, including Cana, site of the first miracle; Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount; Capernaum, where Jesus recruited his first followers among the fishermen; the Garden of Gethsemane with its Rock of Agony, where Jesus prayed his last prayer before his arrest; the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, erected over the site of the crucifixion; the house of Caiaphas, where Jesus was kept the night after his arrest; and the Church of the Nativity, which stands on the site where Jesus was born.You’ll also visit the Wailing Wall, the Jewish religion’s most holy shrine; the Israel Museum, with the Dead Sea Scrolls; and much more. TravelToe has also arranged some out-of-the-ordinary and fun experiences for you on this Israel tour. Take a cruise on the Sea of Galilee and hear a lecture on kibbutz life. Additionally, you’ll travel to the Dead Sea, where TravelToe has arranged for you to experience the buoyancy feeling in the water and receive a salt scrub gift.These are just some of the many highlights of this once-in-a-lifetime Israel vacation!Duration:
All Tours are SOLD OUT for this season. Contact us about availablity for next season.City HighlightsTEL AVIV
Welcome dinnerLATRUN AREA
Visit the site of David’s victory over Goliath in the Valley of Elah, the Monastery of the Trappist Monks in LatrunJAFFA
Walking tour of the ancient portCAESAREA
Visit the Roman Amphitheater and the Crusader fortressHAIFA
Visit the Baha’i ShrineACRE
Visit the underground Crusader cityNAZARETH
Visit the Church of the AnnunciationCANA
Visit the site of the first miracleKIBBUTZ
[LF] Lecture on kibbutz lifeMOUNT OF BEATITUDESCAPERNAUM
A baptismal site on the River JordanSEA OF GALILEE
Panoramic view; see an ancient fisherman’s boat; [LF] enjoy a cruiseBET SHE’AN
Admire its Roman and Byzantine relicsJERUSALEM
A panoramic view from the Mount of Olives; visit the Garden of Gethsemane; guided walking tour, follow the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Western Wall, and walk through the Jewish Quarter to Mount Zion, visit the Upper Room, the tomb of King David, and the house of Caiaphas; visit Yad Vashem and the Israel Museum; the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem; the Garden Tomb; farewell dinnerMASADA
Ride a cable car and visit the cliff-top fortressDEAD SEA
[LF] Experience the buoyancy feeling in the Dead Sea water and receive a salt scrub gift
Day 1 Arrive in Tel Aviv, Israel
. Welcome to Tel Aviv! Enjoy this evening’s welcome dinner with your traveling companions and Tour Director. (D)Day 2 Tel Aviv. Excursion to Valley of Elah–Latrun–Jaffa.
Drive into the ancient land of the Philistines and in the Valley of Elah. Stop at the site of David’s victory over the Philistine champion, Goliath, and hear about this biblical event. Later, refresh your memory with the tale of Samson and Delilah as you proceed through the land of the Dan tribe to the wide Valley of Ayalon. At strategic Latrun, visit the MONASTERY OF THE TRAPPIST MONKS. Continue along the Mediterranean shore and stop in Jaffa for a walk through the beautifully restored ancient port, where medieval pilgrims started their strenuous 2-day trek to Jerusalem. Return to Tel Aviv. (B)Day 3 Tel Aviv–Caesarea–Haifa.
Start your tour of the Holy Land with Caesarea, the perfect place to learn about the Roman and Crusader presence in the country. Visit the ROMAN AMPHITHEATER and the impressive CRUSADER FORTRESS, and admire Herod’s stadium and harbor. Travel to Haifa, a city with a long history dating back to biblical times, and enjoy a visit to the golden-domed BAHA’I SHRINE, the world center of Baha’i faith. (B,D)Day 4 Haifa–Acre–Nazareth–Cana–Kibbutz.
Visit Acre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at the northern end of the lovely Bay of Haifa. Acre became the capital of the Crusader kingdom after its conquest by Richard the Lionheart. Marvel at the forbidding Ottoman fortress and tour the excavated part of the immense underground CRUSADER CITY with its secret passageways and the vaulted crypt of the Knights of St. John. On to Nazareth in Galilee to visit the contemporary CHURCH OF THE ANNUNCIATION. Next, travel on to Cana, where Jesus changed water into wine at a wedding. To this day, many couples renew their wedding vows at this sacred place. After a panoramic view over Lake Tiberias, see an ancient fisherman’s boat said to be from the time of Christ. Time to relax before dinner. This evening, you are invited for a [LF] LECTURE ON KIBBUTZ LIFE. (B,D)Day 5 Kibbutz–Mount of Beatitudes–Capernaum–Sea of Galilee–Bet She’an–Jerusalem
. Heading towards the Sea of Galilee, visit the MOUNT OF BEATITUDES, where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount. On to CAPERNAUM, where Jesus recruited his first followers among the fishermen. Afterwards, [LF] enjoy a CRUISE on the Sea of Galilee. Via the ruins of Kursi, which memorialize two of Jesus’ miracles, arrive at the Jordan River and visit a BAPTISMAL SITE. Then, visit the ancient city of Bet She’an with its fine ROMAN and BYZANTINE RELICS. The city is located at the foot of Mount Gilboa, where King Saul and his son died by their own hands in battle with the Philistines. On the way to Jerusalem, stop for a breathtaking panoramic view of the Holy City, considered one of the oldest places in the world, with a history dating back as far as 4000 BC. (B,D)Day 6 Jerusalem. Excursion to Masada & the Dead Sea.
Drive through the Judean wilderness to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on the surface of the Earth. Enjoy the scenery as you follow the road between the salty water and majestic desert mountains. Catch glimpses of the caves of Qumran, where the precious Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Ascend by cable car to the spectacular cliff-top FORTRESS of Masada, and hear how 960 Jewish rebels made their last stand against Roman forces. Around lunchtime, reach one of the comfortable Dead Sea resorts for free time to [LF] experience the incredible buoyancy in the heavy saltwater and receive a SALT SCRUB GIFT. Then, back to Jerusalem. (B,D)Day 7 Jerusalem. Excursion to the Old City.
After a stunning view of the city from the revered MOUNT OF OLIVES start your guided walking tour. Via the Chapel of Dominus Flevit, designed in the shape of a teardrop to symbolize the tears of Christ, arrive at the GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE, where Jesus prayed the night before his arrest. Nearby are the Cave of the Assumption of Mary, believed to be the Virgin Mary’s tomb; and the Cave of Betrayal, where Judas betrayed Jesus. Follow the VIA DOLOROSA with its nine Stations of the Cross, marking the path Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion. In Golgotha, visit the CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE, erected on the site of the crucifixion and which houses the remaining five Stations of the Cross. Walk past the Temple Mount to see the Dome of the Rock, which is sacred to both the Jewish and Muslim people. On to the WESTERN WALL, the only remnant of the Second Temple, then stroll through the restored Jewish Quarter to MOUNT ZION and visit the UPPER ROOM, where Jesus and his disciples had the last supper; the TOMB OF KING DAVID; and the HOUSE OF CAIAPHAS, where Jesus was kept the night after his arrest and where Peter denied knowing him three times. (B)Day 8 Jerusalem. Excursion to Yad Vashem–The Israel Museum–Bethlehem.
Visit YAD VASHEM, the “World Holocaust Remembrance Center,” then continue to the ISRAEL MUSEUM to see the Shrine of the Book and the Dead Sea Scrolls as well as a scale model of Jerusalem at the time of Christ. Proceed to Bethlehem and see Shepherd’s Field, where the angels announced the birth of Jesus. Next, visit the CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY, which stands on the site where Jesus was born. On the way back to Jerusalem, visit the GARDEN TOMB, and this evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with your traveling companions of an unforgettable journey through the Holy Land. (B,D)Day 9 Jerusalem
. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (the nearest airport is Tel Aviv). (B)Meals
: Full Israeli breakfast daily; 6 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Tel Aviv and a farewell dinner in JerusalemTransportation
Motorcoach or minibus; boat cruise; cable car. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.