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Best of Israel

9 Days 2 Countries 7 Cities

This Country Explorer trip visits Holy Jerusalem and the Wailing Wall, the Dead Sea, Nazareth and Tel Aviv.

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About this trip

Holy Jerusalem sets the scene for this all-embracing study of Israel, before you venture from its Wailing Wall to the Dead Sea, Nazareth, the Mount of Beatitudes and bustling Tel Aviv.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… your footsteps echoing in Jerusalem, as you enter the room where the Last Supper took place. And feeling weightless, the warmth of sunshine on your skin, as you float in the famous Dead Sea.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: ISBO

8 Nights

accommodation

11 Meals
  • 8 Israeli breakfasts.

  • Welcome Drink.

  • 3 three course dinners.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

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Day 1

Arrive Tel Aviv – Jerusalem (4 Nights)

Day 2

Mount Zion – The Old City Of Jerusalem

Day 3

Jerusalem – Dead Sea – Masada – Jerusalem

Day 4

Jerusalem Free Time

Day 5

New City Of Jerusalem – Lower Galilee (2 Nights)

Day 6

Excursion Meggido – Nazareth – Capernaum – Mount Of Beatitudes

Day 7

Lower Galilee – Acre – Haifa – Caesarea – Tel Aviv (2 Nights)

Day 8

Tel Aviv Free Time

Day 9

Depart Tel Aviv

Day 1

Arrive Tel Aviv – Jerusalem (4 Nights)

Welcome to Israel. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Jerusalem. Relax or take a stroll around the city. In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink with your fellow travellers and your Travel Director.

Hotel

Dan Panorama

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Mount Zion – The Old City Of Jerusalem

Admire the Old City of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. Visit the tomb of King David on Mount Zion. See the room where the Last Supper took place near Zion Gate. Walk through the Jewish Quarter to the Wailing Wall and see the Dome of the Rock. Follow the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Meals

  • Israeli Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Bethlehem Half Day Tour

This tour leaves our Jerusalem hotels on a visit to the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square, ending with a view over the Shepherds Fields. NB: Bethlehem is not within Israeli territory and the operation of this tour is subject to Palestinian Authority regulations. PASSPORTS ARE REQUIRED.

Adult Price: US$74.00

Day 2

Day 3

Jerusalem – Dead Sea – Masada – Jerusalem

Traverse the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Near Qumran, view the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. A short drive brings you to Masada. Ride by cable car to the ancient fortress where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans. Explore the excavations of Herod's Palace before having the chance to float in the Dead Sea, time permitting. Later, enjoy an evening meal at your hotel.

Meals

  • Israeli Breakfast
  • Dinner

Optional Experiences

Dead Sea Relaxation Day

Join us for a trip through the Judean Desert and relax in the mineral-rich Dead Sea where you’ll experience it’s unique buoyancy, as well as the famous Dead Sea mud. Later view Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Additional Spa treatments not included. Head covering, sun cream, bathing suit, towels and beach shoes recommended. If you are joining from Tel Aviv the cost is US$89.00 and departure is at 07.20.

Adult Price: US$83.00

Day 3

Day 4

Jerusalem Free Time

Spend the day exploring the sights of your choice. There are a wealth of great attractions to visit, including the Tower of David Museum, the Archaeological Gardens and the Davidson Centre.

Meals

  • Israeli Breakfast

Day 4

Day 5

New City Of Jerusalem – Lower Galilee (2 Nights)

Tour Yad Vashem, a memorial commemorating the six million martyrs of World War II. Discover the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum, housing the Dead Sea Scrolls. See the Knesset − Israel's Parliament − and the Givat Ram Campus of the Hebrew University. Travel through the Jordan Valley to reach your Kibbutz hotel, home for the next two nights. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Hotel

Lavi Kibbutz

Meals

  • Israeli Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 5

Day 6

Excursion Meggido – Nazareth – Capernaum – Mount Of Beatitudes

Visit the ‘chariot city' of Megiddo to see the excavations of Solomon's Stables. Explore the Church of the Annunciation at Nazareth and visit the old synagogue at Capernaum, the old town of Jesus. Continue to the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Meals

  • Israeli Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 6

Day 7

Lower Galilee – Acre – Haifa – Caesarea – Tel Aviv (2 Nights)

Visit the ancient synagogue and artists' colony at Tzfat, one of Judaism's Four Holy Cities. Discover the fascinating underground Crusaders City of Acre. Admire views of the Bahai Shrine and the beautiful Persian Gardens at Haifa. See the Roman statues, the aqueduct and the Roman Theatre at the ancient port city of Caesarea. Later, travel to Tel Aviv for a two-night stay.

Hotel

Dan Panorama

Meals

  • Israeli Breakfast

Day 7

Day 8

Tel Aviv Free Time

Take time on your own to discover the myriad delights Tel Aviv has to offer; the Flea Market, Newe Zedek, the first Jewish neighbourhood, the Diaspora Museum and the Eretz Israel Museum.

Meals

  • Israeli Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Tel Aviv City Discovery

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Tel Aviv, including the Old Port of Jaffa, with its ancient ruins and artists quarter. You’ll also visit Carmel Market, Neve Tsedek, Hatahana station, Rothschild Boulevard and Rabin Square. Note: Minimum of 8 participants required. Operates on Thursdays. Pick up from Tel Aviv at 08.30.

Adult Price: US$60.00

Day 8

Day 9

Depart Tel Aviv

After a memorable holiday in this historic region, it is time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers as you prepare for your journey home. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Meals

  • Israeli Breakfast

Day 9

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Jerusalem

    • Visit the tomb of King David on mount Zion, the Fortress of Masada, the Church of Annunciation in Nazareth, the old Synagogue and the Mount of Beatitudes near Capernaum, the ancient Synagogue and artists' colony at Tzfat, the underground Crusader City of Acre

    • View the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, the Bahai Shrine from the summit of Mount Carmel in Haifa, the excavations of Solomon's Stables and the Roman Amphitheatre and aqueduct at Caesarea

    • See the Mount of Olives, the former Syrian bunkers at Golan Heights


What's Included

Dining

    • 8 Israeli breakfasts.

    • Welcome Drink.

    • 3 three course dinners.


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 18 Reviews

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    Service rating : Great to experience. A few days lasted to long to enjoyProduct : Great vacation some days were too long

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    Service rating : My tour director could not have been better! He was patient, informative and made learning more about his country easy and intriguing. He made us laugh, absorb and think. His amount of knowledge is amazing! He showed us the beauty of his country. I will never forget this trip. I

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    Service rating : The tour leader was the best I've ever come across. Extremely knowledgeable, approachable and friendly. The driver was friendly and the whole experience felt like a family trip.Product : We were disappointed that the last night didn't have an included dinner. Also that the leader

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    Excellent guide, good hotels and good service all roundHowever we were very upset prior to departure due to travel changes from Insight to Trafalgar and the additional costs faced with air fares etc.,We may think twic before using either of thestravel companies.

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    It was a most wonderful tour. It was fun yet very educational. The tour guide Tito was the absolute best. He was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and everything you look for in a tour guide. The hotel were great and the food delicious.

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    • Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.
    • Religious holidays: Due to the frequency of religious holidays in Israel, the hotels and order of the sightseeing program may be changed.
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