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This extensive tour of the Holy Land takes you through some of Israel’s most famous cities and sites. Begin in cosmopolitan Tel Aviv, home to the bustling Mediterranean port district of Jaffa. Visit Roman ruins and mountain villages en route to the Sea of Galilee. Learn of the mystery surrounding the Dead Sea Scrolls before a cable car journey to Masada Fortress for panoramic views across the land. Stop in Bethlehem, in Palestinian Territory, before a triumphant end to your tour in illustrious Jerusalem.
– Discover the vibrant district of Jaffa
– Tour the Roman ruins of Caesarea
– Visit Israel’s first Kibbutz
– Take a cable car to Masada Fortress
– Explore New and Old Jerusalem
– Explore an authentic shabbat dinner
Fly to Tel Aviv. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
The day begins with exploring Jaffa, the world’s oldest active harbour. Continue to Caesarea to view the fascinating Roman ruins. Visit the Druze Villages on the slopes of Mount Carmel before a stop at the street bazaars to interact with the local community, then drive to Mukhraga for a view of the Holy Land. Finish the day in Tiberias, on the shores of the famous Sea of Galilee.
Visit Kibbutz Degania B to learn about its development, before continuing to Tabgha, the site of the miracle of the Loaves and Fishes. Head to Capernaum to visit the Ancient Synagogue and House of St Peter. Mount of Beatitudes is where the Sermon on the Mount took place and visit a hilltop town with a rich heritage of Jewish mysticism before returning to Tiberias this afternoon.
Drive through the scenic Jordan Valley, into Palestinian Territory, to Qasr El Yahud, and then in Jericho take a cable car journey to the Quarental Monastery on the Mount of Temptations. A drive to the Dead Sea to float in the mineral-rich waters is the perfect end to this day.
Drive to Masada this morning where you will take a cable car to the top of Masada Fortress, where as well as the wonderful view, you will learn of the last stand by Jewish rebels against the Romans. Drive to Qumran for lunch and a visit to where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered. You will continue your journey to Bethlehem, in Palestinian Territory, for a one night stay. Enjoy a Palestinian dancing show during dinner this evening.
Visit the Church of Nativity before driving to Mount Zion where you will visit the Cenacle, King David’s Tomb and Dormition Abbey. After lunch continue to Mount of Olives to visit Pater Noster Church and the Church of Ascension. Visit the garden of Gethsemane before venturing into Western Jerusalem to see the Hebrew University, Parliament House and the Supreme Court.
Explore Jerusalem today by driving to Dung Gate to visit Temple Mount, the famous building of the Dome of the Rock and the Al Aksa Mosque. Continue to the Western Wall, the holiest place of Judaism, and Tunnel, taking a journey back in time walking the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. End the day with a Shabbat dinner prepared by a local Rabbi.
Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your onward arrangements.
You’ll spend 7 nights in 3+/4* accommodations
Explore the Western Wall Tunnels
The Western Wall of Temple Mount is one of the most significant and holy sites in Jerusalem, the last section of the great Second Jewish Temple for the 2nd century BC. Only small sections of the wall are visible from the Western Wall Plaza, but you’ll discover more touring the old tunnels, seeing segments that have been hidden for thousands of years and other fascinating archaeological finds, like the Struthion Pool.
Enjoy Palestinian hospitality
Experience the warmth of Palestinian hospitality with a wonderful dinner in the Shepherd’s Valley outside Bethlehem. Sit down to an authentic local meal of hot and cold meze dishes, followed by a cultural Palestinian dance show.
– All meals: 7 Breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
– International flights and taxes
– Domestic transportation
– All accommodation
– Touring with guides and entrance fees
– Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders
– Based on London Heathrow departures
– Flight upgrades available on request
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don’t include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment’s notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
These tours are designed for those who wish to see the iconic sites and magnificent treasures of Japan on an excellent value group tour whilst travelling with like-minded people. The tours are on a fully-inclusive basis so you’ll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of. You will be accompanied by our dedicated and professional National Escorts and local guides, whose unparalleled knowledge will turn your holiday into an unforgettable experience.
The maximum number of people per group for this tour is 18
This tour has a Level 1 fitness rating. This means that a reasonable level of fitness is required but it’s more about spending time on your feet rather than covering large distances. You’ll be getting on and off coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing some steps.
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