Israel Exclusive - a Small Group Experience STARTING FROM £3,529
- Caesarea/ Haifa/ Acre
- Tiberias/ Sea of Galilee/ Nazareth/ Jerusalem
- Old City of Jerusalem
Day 1 : Wednesday - Ben Gurion Airport / 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.
Day 2 : Thursday - Tel Aviv / Jaffa
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 (shuk hacarmel) 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 old city, the artists' quarter ,galleries and the renovated harbor.
Day 3 : Friday - Tel Aviv
Visit the Palmach museum dedicated to the Hagana, the underground military organization. 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 later to the Israelis in 1948. 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.
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. 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, café life and youthful ambiance.
Day 4 : Saturday - At leisure
Day 5 : Sunday - Caesarea/ Haifa/ Acre
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 Atlit national monument, a restored British detention camp used to detain the illegal Jewish immigrants. Onto Haifa for a panoramic view of the city, the bay and the Bahai gardens. 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 6 : Monday - Safed/ Golan Heights
Drive to Safed, one of the four holy cities in Israel, also considered the center of Kaballa, the Jewish mysticism. Visit the Joseph Caro and the ha'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 (Mitzpe Gadot), the memorial site for the fall of the Golan, located over former Syrian bunkers and see the monument built on site in honor of the Alexandroni brigade. Tour the restructured 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 heights. Learn the story of one of the largest tank battles that took place in 1973 war. Visit the Banias springs.
Overnight at Mitzpe Hayamim Spa hotel
Day 7 : Tuesday - Tiberias/ Sea of Galilee/ Nazareth/ Jerusalem
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 museum where an ancient 2000 year old ancient boat discovered is displayed. Onto Nazareth to visit the Church of Annunciation. Continue to Bet Shean, also called "Scythopolis", the biggest archeological park in Israel with beautiful excavations from roman and byzantine periods. Next, stop at the Ethiopian culture center; learn the legacy and culture of the Ethiopians through real life stories. Taste their traditional dishes and enjoy the unique hospitality and ceremonies. Continue via the Jordan valley to Jerusalem; Stop at Mount Scopus for a blessing as you enter the city.
Day 8 : Wednesday
Old City of 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; Take part in a unique archeological project as you roll up your sleeves and dig in history looking for different era findings while sifting through debris removed from the Temple Mount. 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.
Day 9 : Thursday
Jerusalem New City - 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 holyland 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 (shuk) 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.
Day 10 : Friday
Dead Sea/ Masada - 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 Masada, 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.
Day 11 : Saturday
Day at leisure
Day 12 : Sunday
Ben Gurion -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. Goodbye to Israel! Hope to see you again on your next visit.
- VIP meeting and assistance service upon arrival and departure.
- Private transfers to/from the hotel upon arrival and departure.
- 11 nights accommodation in first class category hotels; Dinners included at the hotel in the north.
- 8 sightseeing days per itinerary in a modern air-conditioned vehicle and a professional English speaking licensed guide.
- Entrance fees to the sites as described in the program.
- Expenses of a personal nature and tips
- Optional excursions and entrances fees
Mitzpe Hayamim Spa hotel
Overlooking the magnificent Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilee, wrapped in tranquility and surrounded by forests and flowing gardens, is the Mizpe Hayamim Spa Hotel.
Return flights with El Al Israel from London Heathrow to Tel Aviv every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday including luggage allowance 23KG
Return flights with El Al Israel from London Luton to Tel Aviv every Thursday, Friday and Sunday including luggage allowance 23KG