Israel: Ultimate Classic Non-Denominational Tour
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Highlights of the Ultimate Classic Israel Tour include special visits to Jerusalem’s Old City, New City, the Western Wall, Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and so much more. Be awe-inspired by the excavations of the Crusader city and the Roman port, Caesarea. Continue to the Galilee and Golan where you will enjoy every Israel’s beautiful natural ambiance, as well as the historic sites of Nazareth and Megiddo. Enjoy breathtaking views of Massada and the Dead Sea. Soak up the geological wonders of the desert on your way to Eilat where you will indulge in the glorious southern sun and a thrilling hike into the Ramon Crater. This tour is THE Ultimate Israel experience in every sense of the word!
This exquisite tour brings you around Israel to experience its offerings in every corner, complete with an extended time in Tel Aviv and special excursion to Eilat in the south.
With an optional day tour to Petra with an additional charge.
Depart from the USA for your Ultimate Classic Israel Tour
Upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, proceed to arrival hall.
Transfer to your hotel in Tel Aviv.
Overnight Tel Aviv
Begin your day with a visit to Latrun. Here, visit the Armored Corps memorial museum, also considered as one of the most diverse tank museums in the world, and understand how Latrun played an important part in the establishment of the state.
From there, continue to Beit Guvrin national park, declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site, and explore archaeological remains and unique caves.
Proceed to Ayalon Institute, once a secret underground ammunition factory was established by the “Haganah,” who were the Jewish underground movement before May 1948.
Continue to Weizmann House in Rehovot built in 1936, the private home and later the formal residence of Dr. Chaim Weizmann, the first president of the state of Israel and founder of the Weizmann Institute of Science. Visit the house with its impressive structure and fascinating gardens, which now form part of the Weizmann Institute of Science. Learn the story of Dr. Chaim Weizmann, an outstanding scientist and head of the Zionist movement for over 30 years.
Overnight Tel Aviv
Explore your roots at the Diaspora museum; The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot connects Jewish people to their roots and strengthens their personal and collective Jewish identity. It tells the fascinating narrative of the Jewish people and the essence of Jewish culture, faith, purpose, and deed while presenting the contribution of world Jewry to humanity.
Tour and drive around the main streets of Tel Aviv; the center of business and entertainment in Israel. Tel Aviv is also known as the “White City” and was declared a world cultural heritage site by UNESCO for its Bauhaus-style buildings.
On your way to Old Jaffa, take a moment at Rabin’s Square; the place where Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin was assassinated.
Continue to Old Jaffa, one of the oldest port cities in the world. Visit the ancient ruins and walk along the Artist’s Quarter to both purchase their crafts and see them work.
Now, let’s travel from an old neighborhood to the first Hebrew-speaking neighborhood built in 1887, Neve Tzedek. Continue to Nahalat Benyamin and Sheinkin, where you can enjoy live street music, arts, crafts, and handmade jewelry. These colorful streets are especially known for their unique shops, café life, and youthful ambiance.
Overnight Tel Aviv
Day at Leisure.
Explore the city, enjoy a cafe, meet up with friends!
Overnight Tel Aviv
Ride along the coast north to the beautiful Caesarea, once the Roman capital of the region; View the excavations of the Crusaders’ city, the aqueduct, and the Amphitheatre that has been restored as a concert venue comparable in performers and musicians to Madison Square Garden or Carnegie Hall in NYC.
Proceed to Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon; visit the archaeological excavations including the well-preserved water supply system.
Continue to Daliat el Carmel, a Druze village, and enjoy a late lunch at a local restaurant. Proceed via Mount Carmel to Haifa for a panoramic view of Haifa Bay and the Golden domed Bahai Shrine and Gardens.
Overnight at a Kibbutz Guesthouse
Walk the spectacular narrow alleyways and a picturesque Artists’ quarter in Safed (Tzfat), one of the four holy cities in Israel. Don’t forget to view the ancient synagogues.
Continue to the Golan Heights to see the former Syrian bunkers, Quneitra and the new Israeli town of Katzrin. Stop at Golan Heights Winery for a tour and wine tasting.
Proceed to “Golan Magic” for a multimedia presentation of the area and its history.
Overnight at a Kibbutz Guesthouse
Start the day with a visit to Nazareth; visit the Church of Annunciation; Continue to Tiberias; Visit Capernaum to see the ruins of the synagogue and octagonal Church of St. Peter.
Visit Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount.
Drive via Beit Shean to Beit Alpha to see the remains of the mosaic floor of an ancient synagogue depicting the zodiac.
Start the day with a magnificent panoramic view from the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.
Drive to the Old City; visit the Tomb of King David and the room of Last Supper on Mt. Zion.
Enter the walled city and walk through the newly restored Jewish quarter.
Visit the Roman Cardo, the Herodian Quarter, and continue to the Western Wall.
Walk along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of Holy Sepulcher.
Continue to Bethlehem*; view Rachel’s Tomb and proceed to the Church of Nativity and Manger’s Square.
Drive to the Israel Museum and visit the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea scrolls are housed; see the miniature model of Jerusalem as it was during the Second Temple period;
proceed for a tour at the Knesset, Israel’s parliament.
Continue to visit Mount Herzl Cemetery and Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to the Holocaust.
Drive through Mea Shearim, the ultra-orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem, and learn about the residents’ unique lifestyle.
Drive through the Judean desert to the Dead Sea-the lowest point on earth. Then, visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found.
Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada. Ascend Masada by cable car and tour the mountain fortress built by King Herod, where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans. Visit the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue, and bathhouse. Descend by cable car.
Continue to the Dead Sea; Cover yourself with the mineral-rich mud and experience a swim in the Dead Sea*which many believe will offer therapeutic effects.
Enjoy the day at your leisure.
Travel south through the Negev desert with its rolling hills of sand.
Stop at Timna, a large geological and archaeological park. Marvel at the multicolored rock formations and copper mines and view the outstanding Solomon’s pillars.
Continue to Eilat, the southernmost resort city on the shores of the Red Sea. Visit the Underwater Observatory: Marine Park Eilat, built into a coral reef, and enjoy the opportunity for a close look at the rich life of the Gulf of Eilat.
FREE DAY IN EILAT OR DAY TOUR TO PETRA (WITH ADDITIONAL CHARGE)
After assistance with border formalities, drive straight to Petra, the astonishing rose-red city built by the Nabateans (An early Arab tribe). Petra is renowned for its massive architecture, pools, dams, and water channels. The visit begins with the possibility of a short horseback ride for about 700m, until the entrance of the Siq, which is about 1.2 km long (walking distance). Petra is famous for its huge monuments such as the treasury, royal tombs, the court, Roman theatre, Roman street, Qasr al-Bint (Palace of Pharaoh’s daughter), and many other smaller fascinating monuments. The city itself is almost 45km and is the second wonder of the world. After the visit, it’s time for lunch in a nearby restaurant. After lunch, drive back to the border.
On the way, a short visit to Aqaba with the possibility to stop and take a walk around.
Transfer to the border at around 18:00 and cross back to Eilat.
*Visa is required in advance to visit Petra
Depart Eilat via Mitzpe Ramon; stop to gaze into the Ramon crater, a geological wonder.
Proceed to Sde Boker where the famous home of David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister whose home is now a museum. Sde Boker was founded in 1952 by several pioneering families who were later joined by the iconic leader, David Ben Gurion.
Just south of Sde Boker, visit Ben Gurion’s burial site, set in a beautiful location overlooking one of the most striking and impressive views in the Negev, across the Zin Valley.
Experience Bedouin hospitality with a camel ride, a visit to an authentic Bedouin tent for lunch, and a conversation.
Continue to Hatzerim and visit Israel’s Airforce Museum to view the fighter planes and to hear the story of this brave fighting force.
Overnight Tel Aviv
Transfer to Ben-Gurion Airport for departure.
*This itinerary is subject to change
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