Israel: Deluxe Small Group Tour 2017

12 days / 11 nights

From $3,126

(land only per person)

Tour Highlights: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Massada, Dead Sea, Qumran, Nazareth, Caesarea, Haifa, Acre, Sea of Galilee

This exclusive program is especially designed for the luxury traveler with a group of maximum 12 participants per tour. Participants will benefit by the guides showing personal guidance and attention to each one of the group members! This new and unique tour is designed to include the best that Israel has to offer, incorporating its fascinating historical UNESCO world heritage sites, holy sites, exciting and educational “hands on” attractions as well as its vibrant markets, cultural experiences not to be found on other tours!

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A VIP Small Group Guaranteed Tour to Israel
12 days | 11 nights | 8 touring days

Highlights include:

  • Rabin Center
  • The new Sarona  (Templars’ quarter in Tel Aviv)
  • Tel Aviv art museum
  • Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee
  • Ein Gedi nature reserve
  • City of David
  • Shuk bites at Mahane Yehuda Market
  • Spectacular night show at Tower of David museum
  • Western Wall tunnels and more

Special attractions include:

  • VIP meeting and assistance before passport control upon arrival and departure.
  • Private arrival transfer from Ben Gurion airport to hotel in Tel-Aviv.
  • Private departure transfer from Jerusalem hotel to Ben Gurion airport.
  • 11 night accommodation in first class category hotels and upgraded rooms on bed & breakfast. VIP amenities included in the room at the Carlton hotel.
  • Dinners are included at the hotel in the north.
  • 8 sightseeing days as per itinerary.
  • Tours will be conducted in our modern, deluxe type of vehicles:
    • Mercedes E. Class, Mercedes Viano, deluxe Chevrolet Savannah or deluxe Mercedes Sprinter – depending on number of participants.
  • Professional government licensed English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees to all sites as described in the program.
  • Gil Travel Kit

Not included Features:

  • Airfare
  • Travel Insurance (Strongly Recommended)
  • Tips to guide/driver and hotel staff
  • Meals not mentioned above itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature

In order to ease the arrival and departure procedures and avoid waiting in long lines, the travelers will receive a VIP service at Ben Gurion airport – upon arrival you are met just before passport control and escorted through baggage claim to the meeting point with the driver for the private transfer.

Upon departure our representative will meet and escort you through security procedures and passport control.

Why Gil Travel?

  • Experienced Travel Agents: Over 40 years of experience; sending over 40,000 people to Israel every year!
  • 5 Star Treatment: Enjoy private transfers to and from the airport and hotel.
  • Guaranteed Israel Tour: Your trip will never be canceled, subject to a minimum of 2 passengers traveling.
  • Israel Tour Experience: Our Israel tours are packed with exciting opportunities to explore, learn and enjoy.

Note: No credit/refund for any unused services.

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Day 1 - Tuesday
En Route

El-AL-Airplane

Depart for Israel from the U.S.

Day 2 - Wednesday
Arrival to Israel
Tel Aviv, Tours to Israel

Tel Aviv

Welcome to Israel! Arrival to Ben Gurion airport where you will be met and assisted before passport control, by our VIP service representative; Transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in Tel-Aviv.

Day 3 - Thursday
Tel Aviv
Independence Hall

Independence Hall

Start the day with a visit to Itzhak Rabin center; learn the legacy of the late Prime Minister and explore the making, the history and the development of the state. Next, visit the Independence Hall where the establishment of the state of Israel was declared.

Continue to Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood of Tel-Aviv built in 1887 outside the old port city of Jaffa; explore the narrow alleys and the unique low buildings; Proceed to the Carmel market and enjoy the vibrant noises, smells and colors; onto Jaffa, an ancient port city, named for Japeth, one of the sons of Noah who built it after the flood; Stop at the Visitors’ Center and enjoy a multimedia presentation of the 8000 year old port town and its history ; walk around the restored city, the Artists’ Quarter ,galleries and the renovated harbor.

Overnight in Tel-Aviv.

Day 4 - Friday
Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv Museum, Jewish Heritage Tour Israel

Tel Aviv Museum

Visit Tel-Aviv museum, Israel’s largest art museum that displays a wide collection of permanent and temporary exhibits of both Israeli and international artists.

Witness the old meet the new as you visit Sarona, originally a 140 year old German Templar colony, occupied later by the British forces and handed back to the Israelis in 1947; the complex served as Israel Defense Forces headquarters for many years; It has now been restored, preserving the original architecture, and converted to a lively pedestrian open air commercial center.

Drive through the main streets of Tel-Aviv, passing by Rabin’s Square, place of assassination of Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin.

Before heading back to the hotel, stop at Tel-Aviv port and enjoy the promenade along the seafront with the unique shops, cafés and youthful ambiance.

Overnight in Tel-Aviv.

Day 5 - Saturday
Tel Aviv - at leisure
Port of Jaffa

Port of Jaffa

A free day at your leisure in Tel Aviv. We recommend a visit to the old train station within walking distance of your hotel.

Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Day 6 - Sunday
Coastal Route
Haifa, Jewish heritage Israel tours

Haifa

Drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea, once the roman capital of the region. Explore the ruins and excavations of the Crusaders’ city and the amphitheatre which has been restored as a concert venue; learn the history of the city through a multimedia presentation; Proceed to Haifa to visit the Clandestine Immigration and Naval museum (“Af al Pi Chen“) and hear the story of the illegal immigrants to Israel at the time of the British mandate.

Visit Acre, one of the ancient port cities in Israel, declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site; learn the history of the city through its unique buildings, fortresses and intact fortifications. Visit the underground Crusader City and walk through the old city, mosques and local market.

Overnight at Mitzpe Hayamim Spa hotel.

Day 7 - Monday
Golan Heights/Galilee
Golan Heights

Golan Heights

Drive to Safed, one of the four holy cities in Israel, also considered the center of the Kabballah, the Jewish mysticism ; Visit the Joseph Caro and the Ari synagogues, the most important synagogues in the city; stroll around the artists’ quarter and the picturesque alleyways. Continue to the Golan Heights; Stop at Gadot overlook, the memorial site for the fallen of the Golan, located over former Syrian bunkers and see the monument built on site in honor of the Alexandroni brigade. Tour the reconstructed Talmudic Village of Katzrin and experience ancient life through the restored home, olive press and ancient synagogue.

Continue to Mount Bental, a dormant volcanic mountain, for a panoramic view of Mount Hermon and the Golan; learn the story of one of the largest tank battles that took place in 1973 war. Return to your hotel.

Overnight at Mitzpe Hayamim Spa hotel.

Day 8 - Tuesday
Sea of Galilee/Nazareth
Nazareth, Christian Israel Tour

Nazareth

Drive to Tiberias; Visit Capernaum and explore the ruins of the synagogue and church of St. Peter.

Enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee; visit the Yigal Alon center where an ancient 2000 year old ancient boat discovered is displayed.

Onto Nazareth to visit the Church of Annunciation.

Continue to Beit Shean, also called “Scythopolis”, the biggest archaeological park in Israel with beautiful excavations from Roman and Byzantine periods.

Continue via the Jordan valley to Jerusalem; Stop at Mount Scopus for a blessing as you enter the city.

Overnight at David Citadel hotel Jerusalem.

Day 9 - Wednesday
Old City AJerusalem
Jewish Quarter, Jerusalem

Jewish Quarter, Jerusalem

Tour the Old City of Jerusalem; Visit the Jewish and Christian quarters; Walk through the Cardo, the reconstructed main street of Byzantine Jerusalem. Visit the Wailing Wall.

Continue to the City of David and explore the excavations of the first temple period; learn the story of ancient Jerusalem as you tour the Western Wall tunnels; discover the hidden layers of the walls revealed underground. Return to your hotel to freshen up and get ready for your night out.

Enjoy a Middle Eastern dinner followed by the Spectacular night show at Tower of David Museum.

Overnight at David Citadel hotel Jerusalem.

Day 10 - Thursday
New City Jerusalem
Yad Vashem

Yad Vashem

Start the day with a visit to the Israel museum, the shrine of the book where the Dead Sea scrolls are housed, and the new holy land model, a miniature replica of Jerusalem as it was during the second temple period.  Continue for a tour at the Knesset, Israel’s parliament and see the Menorah with the biblical emblems.

Experience the contemporary Jerusalem at the famous Mahane Yehuda market with its authentic and colorful stands; Enjoy the “Shuk bites” and taste a variety of local food.

Continue to Yad Vashem, the memorial to the holocaust.

Overnight at David Citadel hotel Jerusalem.

Day 11 - Friday
Qumran/Dead Sea/Masada
Dead Sea Israel, Jewish Heritage tour Israel

Dead Sea

Drive through the Judean desert; Stop at Ein Gedi Nature Reserve and explore the lush oasis filled with waterfalls, vegetation and rare wildlife. Continue to Massada, ascend by cable car and tour the ancient fortress; visit the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue, the bathhouses etc.

Descend by cable car.

Next, stop for lunch and Spa facilities in one of the leading hotels in the area.

Overnight at David Citadel hotel Jerusalem.

Day 12 - Saturday
Jerusalem - at leisure
Western Wall, Jewish Heritage Israel Tiours

Western Wall

Enjoy a free day at leisure in Jerusalem.

Overnight: David Citadel Hotel Jerusalem.

Day 13 - Sunday
Departure

El-AL-Airplane

Transfer to Ben Gurion airport where you will be met and assisted by our VIP representative who will escort you through security check and passport control.

Have a safe return flight – Shalom and see you again!

*All itineraries are subject to availability

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Dates and Rates

Valid March 8, 2017 – December 27, 2017

Save $75 per person for reservations paid by cash or check

Save $75 per person for reservations of six or more passengers

*Departure from origin should be one (1) day before tour start date.

 Royal Beach - Mitzpe Hayamim - David Citadel Carlton- Mitzpe Hayamim - David Citadel
Arrival DatesPer Person in Single RoomPer Person in Double RoomPer Person in Triple RoomPer Person in Single RoomPer Person in Double RoomPer Person in Triple Room
3/8/2017$5,760$3,942$3,398$6,255$4,040$2,979
3/15/2017$5,760$3,942$3,398$6,255$4,040$2,979
4/26/2017$5,944$4,034$3,643$6,438$4,132$3,223
5/10/2017$5,944$4,034$3,643$6,536$4,180$3,223
5/17/2017$5,944$4,034$3,643$6,536$4,180$3,223
6/14/2017$5,939$4,034$3,653$6,536$4,180$3,233
6/21/2017$5,939$4,034$3,653$6,536$4,180$3,233
7/12/2017$5,756$3,942$3,408$6,353$4,090$2,989
8/2/2017$6,588$4,358$3,824$6,353$4,089$2,989
8/30/2017$5,633$3,881$3,408$6,230$4,028$2,989
10/25/2017$5,797$3,960$3,447$6,389$4,107$3,028
11/8/2017$5,760$3,942$3,398$6,255$4,040$2,979
11/22/2017$5,711$3,917$3,398$6,206$4,015$2,979
12/6/2017$5,638$3,881$3,398$6,132$3,979$2,979
12/27/2017$6,030$4,076$3,496$6,524$4,174$3,077
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Hotel Info

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Similar hotels may be substituted based on availability.

A supplement may apply.

Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv

The hotel is located on Herbert Samuel Street, on the boulevard that kisses the coastline, and in walking distance from all the food and hot spots of the city of Tel Aviv.

With its 23 floors towering over Tel Aviv, the hotel dominates the Tel Aviv coastline, with all of its rooms overlooking the blue see of the Mediterranean Sea and the beautiful urban landscape of the city of Tel Aviv.

All rooms are equipped with the most modern amenities for your maximum comfort.  The design combines a high level of aesthetics with the latest trends, as well as pampering facilities – air condition, queen size bed, luxurious bathroom, flat LCD Screen with cable channels, mini bar and complimentary Wi-Fi Access.   Most of the rooms in this hotel have private balconies overlooking the beautiful Mediterranean Sea and Tel Aviv city.

Mitzpe Hayamim, Upper Galilee

In the Eastern Galilee with the spectacular panoramic view of The Hermon Mountains, The Golan Heights, The Sea of Galilee and between the artist village Rosh Pina and the deep-rooted Cabbalistic City of Safed, stands the Hotel Spa Mitzpe Hayamim.

Wrapped around of 15 Hectares of untouched land since biblical times, all made up of fragrant gardens, walking paths, and pools and running water.

Hotel Spa Mitzpe Hayamim is well-known for its Biblical grown organic fruit, vegetable gardens, and the Organic dairy farm with herds of sheep, goats, cows and chicken.

Our Spa is one of the first Spa’s in Israel and forms a vital part of the Hotel Spa Mitzpe Hayamim experience.

The composition, values, beliefs and exclusive location of the Hotel Spa Mitzpe Hayamim creates an island of ecological harmony between man and nature.

*the hotel does not accommodate children under the age of 10.

David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem

Overlooking the walls of the Old City, the David Citadel is the newest and most luxurious among the hotels in Jerusalem. With the world’s Holiest sites and a wealth of shops and restaurants on its doorstep, the David Citadel Hotel is the ideal location to explore the wonders of the city.

In Western Jerusalem on the prestigious King David Street, the hotel faces the historical site the Tower of David and the Old City’s picturesque ancient walls.

The David Citadel Spa is located in the heart of Jerusalem, Designed according to Feng Shui principles, and opposite the majestic walls of the Old City and is the most luxurious Spa amongst Jerusalem Spas. The Spa integrates warmth, intimacy, smiles.

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