The Israel Highlights tour is a wonderful medley of old and new, ancient and modern, history and archaeology. This weekly tour introduces the visitor to the most interesting sites of the country, each with its particular geography, panorama and history.
Languages and Departure Days
A weekly departure tour, available in English, departure day on Sunday.
PP in Double Room BB
Single Room BB
N/A - Not available for this package
BB - Bed and breakfast
HB - Half board
PP - Price per person in room
A seat in a tourist vehicle sharing with other passengers.
7 nights hotel accommodation as per your preferred standard including a daily breakfast.
2 dinners at hotel in the Galilee.
Assistance at the airport upon arrival.
Transfers from/to airport upon arrival and departure.
6 days of sightseeing as per the itinerary up to 9-10 hours a day.
Service of a government licensed guide on all touring days.
Sightseeing in a modern air conditioned motor-coach.
Entrance fees as per the itinerary.
Tour does NOT include
Porterage at the airport.
Beverages and meals en route.
Prices are quoted in USD per person
Family plan: Tourist & First Class hotels: Child (5-12) sharing parents' room-20% reduction on price PP in double.
Family plan: Superior & Deluxe Class: Child (5-18) sharing parents' room-40% reduction on price PP in double.
Children under 5 years old are not accepted on the tours.
Disabled passengers must notify the office for a confirmation and must travel with a capable companion.
Hight season:July/30-Aug/26/2023, Sep/10-16/2023 is subject to a supplement, please contact the office.
Peak season:Oct/01-07/2023, is subject to a supplement, please contact the office.
Sep/24-30/2023: The week of Yom Kippur high holiday the tour will not operate.
Confirmation of the tour is subject to hotels availability.
The sequence of the tour, hotels used and sites may be amended due to unforseen circumstances.
Bethlehem: visit is conducted by the Palestinians and is subject to the political situation.
A valid passport is required.
Modest attire is required when visiting the holy sites.
Head cover and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
We recommend to book the tour at least 21 days in advance.
Meet you tour guide in the morning and set off from Tel Aviv, driving south, passing by the cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon to Beersheba, for a short visit of the capital of the Negev esert. Continue via Arad to Masada, Israel’s foremost archaeological park. Ascend via cable-car for a thorough visit that gives insight to the rituals, politics and culture of the people who inhabited this desert fortress, which was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Visit the excavations, Herod’s palaces, the synagogue, bathhouse and cisterns, and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea. Descend to the lowest place on earth – the Dead Sea, to experience the mineral-rich black mud and to float in its salty waters. Passing by the oasis of Ein Gedi, proceed through the Judean Desert to Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Start the day at the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book with the famous Dead Sea scrolls, then a visit to the beautifully renovated model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem, dating back to the time of the Second Temple. Enjoy Ein Karem a picturesque village in the south western outskirts of Jerusalem. This small village has great significance in Christian traditions, since this is where according to tradition John the Baptist was born. Visit Yad Vashem the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, established in 1953, located at the foot of Mt. Hertzl. Visit Bethlehem the birthplace of Jesus at the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square. Return to your Jerusalem hotel.
Enter the Old City of Jerusalem where you will see the Western Wall and the actual site of the Second Temple, the Temple Mount. Walk the Way of the Cross, the Via Dolorosa, to Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, housing both the traditional site of Crucifixion and the Tomb of the Resurrection. To the southwest, just outside the Old City, is Mount Zion, with the traditional tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of Jerusalem - the holy city for each of the world’s three great religions – Christianity, Judaism and Islam, from atop the Mount of Olives. Visit the Garden of Gethsemane where Judas betrayed Jesus. In the heart of a neighborhood in downtown Jerusalem, visit Mahane Yehuda to experience the flavors, aromas, colors and the traders' interaction with the crowds, at the largest open market in Israel. Return to your Jerusalem hotel.
Leave Jerusalem, and drive north passing by Jericho, the oldest city in the world. Continue through the Jordan Valley and the new settlements to Beit Shean. Visit the excavations of this beautiful preserved Roman City. Proceed to Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation and the carpentry workshop of Joseph. On to Zafed, city of the Kabala, for a walk through the mystic alleys, a visit to a synagogue and the artisit's colony. Continue to a Kibbutz hotel for overnight.
Drive up to the Golan Heights passing by Banias, source of the Jordan River, former Syrian fortifications and the Druze villages. Enjoy an Israeli wine country experience, with vineyards surrounded by breathtaking views. Become acquainted with the collection of fine and rare wines enjoying a tour, wine tasting and understanding of the wine production process.Descend to the shore of the Sea of Galilee and proceed to Capernaum, to visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue, the Mount of Beatitudes, traditional site of the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ and Tabgha, the traditional site of the miracle of the loaves and the fish’. Onwards to Tiberias, the old center of Jewish learning. Optional sailing on a boat across the Sea of Galilee to experience the tranquility and scenery little changed during the past 2000 years (subject to conditions and fee). Return to the kibbutz hotel for overnight.
After breakfast drive west to Akko for a visit of the old, famous Crusader stronghold and medieval fortifications. Continue to Haifa, for a panoramic sightseeing tour of Haifa, including the Bahai Shrine, Persian Garden and Mt. Carmel and Haifa bay. Proceed southwards to Caesarea to visit the ancient port, including the Roman Theater and the Hippodrome. Continue to Tel Aviv-Jaffa for a short city tour and to your hotel for overnight.
We collect from most of the hotels in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, as well as from the major hotels in Netanya and Herzliya. Simply select your hotel from the list of hotels while registering for the desired tour and wait in the hotel lobby at the time indicated. The driver will pick you up from the hotel lobby.
Group tours depart from Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Herzliya and Netanya. If your hotel is in one of these cities but is not on the list, please contact us by email and we will provide the nearest pick up location with directions.
On multi-day/weekly tours your luggage accompanies you. Please coordinate the number of suitcases you intend bringing with the office by using the special comments box. It should be noted that we attend to the safety of your belongings but cannot take responsibility for them.
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