Welcome to the Land of Creation. This spiritual epicentre vibrates with the historic legacies of diverse religions that consider the city sacred. On arrival, you will be met by our representative, who will you take you to the hotel for check-in.
Climb the Mount of Olives for panoramic views of Jerusalem's Old and New Cities. Stop over at Mount Zion where you will be taken through King David's Tomb, Room of Last Supper and the Dormition Abbey. And then make your way to Old City, where you will navigate through the Armenian and Jewish quarters to the recently excavated and restored Cardo, the Roman road. See the Jewish Wailing Wall, the Kotel, and continue to the Christian quarter and the Church of Holy Sepulchre. Then visit New City, featuring Yad Vashem, a memorial to the Holocaust. If it’s a Saturday or Jewish holiday, we will take you instead to Ein Karem, southwest of Jerusalem, traditionally known as the birthplace of John the Baptist. In the evening, experience the spectacular Sound and Light show at Tower of David. Watch the story of this ancient city unfold on the walls of the citadel, with breath-taking visuals and music.
Sacred Sights (Jerusalem – Bethlehem – Jerusalem)
Today, we will drive to the sacred city of Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus. On route, travel via Nativity Circle and visit the cave where Jesus was born and the Manger Square, where Jesus was placed after his birth. Also visit the Greek and the Catholic Church and the Milk Grotto, where Mary fed her son. According to tradition, a drop of her milk spilt here, turning the stones white. Next, visit Shepherds' field. And stop by some local stores for souvenir shopping, before returning to Jerusalem.
Healing Waters (Masada – Dead Sea – Tel Aviv)
Step out for an unforgettable trip to the desert fort of Masada and the calming beauty of Dead Sea. Descend to the Judean Desert to board a cable car to the 2,000-year-old Masada fortress and palace built by King Herod. Continue to Dead Sea, where you get the chance to float and relax in the mineral-rich waters, 400m below sea level, the lowest place on earth. Or take a mud-bath and benefit from the therapeutic qualities of the natural Dead Sea mud. You can also stop by a store here to buy skin products rich in Dead Sea minerals. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes and a hat for this day trip. Also carry your bathing suit, towel and lots of sunscreen.
A shimmering shoreline, trendy nightlife and rich culture, Tel Aviv is a traveller’s haven. Today, we will spend some time exploring the city, beginning at Old Jaffa, one of the oldest port cities in the world, where you will visit the ancient ruins and walk along the Artist's Quarter. Visit Neve Tzedek, the first neighbourhood of Tel Aviv, built in 1887. And Independence Hall where we will listen to an audio presentation including David Ben Gurion’s moving Declaration of Independence establishing the State of Israel. Walk along Rothschild Boulevard where you can see The White City of Tel Aviv, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Coastal Wonders (Tel Aviv – Western Galilee – Tel Aviv)
Drive along the coastal road to Caesarea, an ancient Roman capital and port. Explore the theatre and archaeological ruins and excavations, on foot. Continue to Haifa for a scenic view of the city, port and the magnificent Bahai Gardens and Shrine. And then visit Rosh Hanikra, on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. You will descend by cable car into the underwater grottoes here to see the spectacular natural formation. Continue to Acre, a historic city known for its well-preserved city walls. Walk through the local market, mosque and port, and visit the remarkable underground “Crusader City” and crypt to learn about their fascinating history and culture.
Spend the day at your own pace, exploring the local markets and streets of this vibrant city.
Farewell Israel (Tel Aviv)
You will be transferred to the airport for your return flight.