Peel Back the Layers of the Holy Land
The land of the Bible - replete with Old Testament [OT] sites relating to the prophets, this is the land where you can learn the story of Moses and David. 80 percent of the New Testament [NT] occurred in and around Galilee, including Nazareth and Capernaum, plus you have the Mount of the Beatitudes and Mount Tabor which feature in both Testaments. Our sample itinerary below is designed to share this modern vibrant country with you, including the sights, sounds and history! Take the full measure of Israel on our in-depth and unforgettable sample itinerary!
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OUR SAMPLE ITINERARY
Welcome to Israel, Time to Discover Jaffa and on to Caesarea
Arrive in Tel Aviv, where you will be met for a detailed private sightseeing visit to the old city of Jaffa, as well as the Roman ruins in Caesarea, before settling into your comfortable seafront hotel at Caesarea
Journey through Tiberias with an in-depth Exploration of the Mediterranean Seacoast
Daily breakfasts in all hotels. Detailed private sightseeing up the coast to Haifa and the Bahá'í Gardens, followed by the cities of Acre and Sfad, the birthplace of Kabbalah. Reach Tiberias and check into your centrally-located hotel. Contemporary Israeli cuisine is delicious and varied! We will provide our favorite restaurant suggestions to you along the way!
Uncover the Beauty of Galilee and Capernaum
Proceed to the Sea of Galilee with a chance for a boat ride on the lake and a visit to ancient Capernaum, where Jesus lived and taught in the synagogue. Explore one of the most beautifully serene places in the Holy Land, the Church of the Beatitudes, then return to Tiberias in time for dinner
Immerse in the Rich History of Golan Heights
Journey through the Golan Heights with your private guide today to relive the history and gain an understanding of its strategic importance. Marvel at the fascinating mountains and epic landscapes along the way. Head back to Tiberias for the evening
Venture to Mount Tabor and Nazareth
Continue to Mount Tabor, which sits above the Plain of Jezreel and holds special significance in both Testaments. Reach Jesus' hometown of Nazareth and check into your lodgings. Free time on your own to explore your new neighborhood and visit the Church of the Annunciation
Explore Beth Alfa, Beit She’an and Jericho before Reaching Jerusalem
Guided sightseeing continues with a stop at Beit Alfa to see the preserved VI-c synagogue and the Roman ruins in Beit She’an. Lunch at Kibbutz Hefziba enterprise restaurant before visiting the ancient city whose mound of civilizations, or “tel” dates all the way back to the VI-c BC. Cross into the West Bank to see the oldest city in the world, Jericho, site of the ancient city walls [OT] and the Temptation of Christ [NT]. Continue to Jerusalem for check in
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Delve into the Charms of Jerusalem
Over the next two days discover Jerusalem’s Old and New Cities with guided visits to the Western Wall, Temple Mount, Transit of the Tunnel, the Pool of Bethesda, Via Dolorosa, the Holy Sepulchre, David's Tomb, the room of the Last Supper, the Garden of Olives, Yad Vashem, the famous Dead Sea and more!
Visit Masada Fortress, the Dead Sea and Qumran
Guided excursion to the mountaintop citadel of Masada followed by a chance to swim in the Dead Sea, then stop by the ancient site of Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered nearly 20 centuries later. Free evening in Jerusalem to shop or visit a museum you may have missed
Visit Bethlehem before Departing on your Homebound Flight
Detailed private sightseeing of Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity, on the spot marking the birthplace of Jesus. Stop at the White Benedictine monastery at Abu Gosh, also known for its great kebab before reaching Ben Gurion TLV Airport for your homebound flight. Next-day arrival in the USA. Welcome home!
When should I go?
The ideal time is Year Round (note that the High Holidays in Sept/Oct may have an effect on planning)
Please give us a call! Our professional and experienced travel team knows Israel and with our in-country network of drivers and guides we are uniquely able to craft a personalized itinerary for you and your family! Have extra time?? Why not extend your trip? Consider adding time in Tel Aviv directly on the Mediterranean! Also Eilat and the Negev to the south, as well as a possible jaunt to Jordan and the UNESCO site at Petra - or the St Catherine’s Monastery in Sinai - there are so many feasible ways to expand your visit! We will gladly tailor your vacation to your heart's desire! Remember! Our specialty is listening to YOU as we work together to craft the very best itinerary, pace and hotel selections for you and your family!