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Best of Israel

9 Days 1 Country 7 Cities

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

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9 Days, 1 Country, 7 Cities

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    • Transport: Smaller coaches without toilet facilities may be used on this trip.
    • Shared Rooming: 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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About this trip

The Holy City of Jerusalem sets the scene for this biblical encounter revealing centuries of history in the Promised Land. Visit the tomb of King David, the location of the Last Supper and the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Float in the Dead Sea, pray at the Wailing Wall and explore modern Israel in Tel Aviv.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: ISBO

8 Nights

accommodation

11 Meals
  • 8 Israeli breakfasts

  • 3 dinners

  • Welcome Drink

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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    • City tour in Jerusalem

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

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

    • 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


What's Included

Dining

    • 8 Israeli breakfasts

    • 3 dinners

    • Welcome Drink


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What's Included

Travel Highlights

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    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

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

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • 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


    Airport Transfers

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


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Your Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive Tel Aviv – Jerusalem (4 Nights)

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Day 2

Mount Zion – The Old City Of Jerusalem

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Day 3

Jerusalem – Dead Sea – Qumran – Masada – Jerusalem

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Day 4

Jerusalem

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Day 5

New City Of Jerusalem – Lower Galilee (2 Nights)

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Day 6

Excursion Megiddo – Nazareth – Capernaum – Mount Of Beatitudes

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Day 7

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

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Day 8

Tel Aviv

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Depart Tel Aviv

Day 1

Arrive Tel Aviv – Jerusalem (4 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Tel Aviv – Jerusalem (4 Nights)

Welcome to Israel. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Jerusalem, one of the oldest cities in the world and holy to three religions. 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

Hotel

Dan Panorama

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Mount Zion – The Old City Of Jerusalem Day 2 - Mount Zion – The Old City Of Jerusalem

Admire the Old City of Jerusalem and its walls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, 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, the holiest place where Jews are allowed to pray, and see the Dome of the Rock, located on Temple Mount, one of Jerusalem's most recognisable landmarks and completed in 691 CE, built to resemble nearby Byzantine churches and palaces. Follow the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa to the 4th century Church of the Holy Sepulchre, renowned as the traditional site of the Resurrection of Christ.

Meals

  • Israeli Breakfast

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 – Qumran – Masada – Jerusalem Day 3 - Jerusalem – Dead Sea – Qumran – 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 accidentally by a Bedouin boy in 1947. A short drive brings you to the striking cliff-top fortress of Masada where Herod the Great built palaces and a Roman siege ended in the mass suicide of over 900 people. 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

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 Day 4 - Jerusalem

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. Visit some of the city's districts - enjoy a coffee at one of the cafés in the German Colony, or spend some time with the city's artists in the Ein Kerem neighbourhood. With 3,000 years' of history to explore, the Old City offers further highlights for you to do and see during your free time, including the Christian Quarter Road, rooftop walk along the city's souk and Hurva Square, the social centre of the Jewish Quarter.

Meals

  • Israeli Breakfast

Meals

  • Israeli Breakfast

Day 4

Day 5

New City Of Jerusalem – Lower Galilee (2 Nights) 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

Hotel

Lavi Kibbutz

Meals

  • Israeli Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 5

Day 6

Excursion Megiddo – Nazareth – Capernaum – Mount Of Beatitudes Day 6 - Excursion Megiddo – Nazareth – Capernaum – Mount Of Beatitudes

Visit the hilltop 'chariot city' of Megiddo, which has been proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see the excavations of Solomon's Stables. Explore the Church of the Annunciation at Nazareth and visit the old synagogue at Capernaum, said to have been built on the home of St. Peter. Continue to the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Meals

  • Israeli Breakfast
  • Dinner

Meals

  • Israeli Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 6

Day 7

Lower Galilee – Tzfat – Acre – Haifa – Caesarea – Tel Aviv (2 Nights) Day 7 - Lower Galilee – Tzfat – Acre – Haifa – Caesarea – Tel Aviv (2 Nights)

Visit the ancient synagogue and artists' colony at Tzfat, one of Judaism's Four Holy Cities and the birthplace of the Kabbalah movement. Discover the almost-intact 12th century underground Crusaders City of Acre, proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire views of the Baha'i Shrine and the beautiful Persian Gardens at Haifa, created as a memorial to the founders of the Baha'i faith. See the Roman statues, the aqueduct and the Roman Theatre at the ancient port city of Caesarea. Later, travel to the vibrant and modern city of Tel Aviv for a two-night stay.

Hotel

Dan Panorama

Meals

  • Israeli Breakfast

Hotel

Dan Panorama

Meals

  • Israeli Breakfast

Day 7

Day 8

Tel Aviv Day 8 - Tel Aviv

Take time on your own to discover the myriad delights Tel Aviv has to offer, including the Flea Market, Newe Zedek, the first Jewish neighbourhood, the Diaspora Museum and the Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv's Art Gallery District and the Eretz Israel Museum. Don't miss the port of Old Jaffa, the point where Jonah is reputed to have boarded a ship before he was swallowed by a big fish.

Meals

  • Israeli Breakfast

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 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

Meals

  • Israeli Breakfast

Day 9

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    Visit the Western Wall, otherwise known as the Wailing Wall, renowned as the holiest place the Jews are allowed to pray

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Sightseeing Highlights

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    • City tour in Jerusalem

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

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

    • 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


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Dining

    • 8 Israeli breakfasts

    • 3 dinners

    • Welcome Drink


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What's Included

Travel Highlights

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    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

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

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • 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


    Airport Transfers

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


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    The agent in Vacations to go did a wonderful and professional job with flights, itineraries and information. He answered all my questions patiently. Very good attitude. The hotels were comfortable and well located. The TRAFALGAR guide was very well informed about the history of all the

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    Service rating : Our tour guide was knowledgeable and personable. Our pick ups and drop offs were always on time. Our accommodations were excellent. Our only hiccup was with one of the shops we bought essences and oils from. One of the bottles was not sealed correctly and leaked and another

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    Service rating : Everything was planned out well and the tour guide was EXCELLENT! He was great, very knowledgeable and personable and handled difficult whining type people without getting upset.Product : While fast paced, the trip ensured we got the most bang for our buck and saw so many sites

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    Service rating : Our welcome to Israel was very ordinary. Only a drink of cordial was supplied & no little bite to eat. There was no opportunity to introduce ourselves around as we were seated in rows facing the tour director. He did not invite us to introduce ourselves. In all previous Trafalgar

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    Service rating : Both the driver and the tour leader were excellent. They provided outstanding service for all plus extra service for those who didn't realise how much walking was involved with the tour. The tour leader was exceptional patient and understanding.Product : The itinerary is full on.

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