Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem

Tour Departs on: Thursdays
Tour Includes
  • Professional Tour Director
  • Choice of Deluxe Hotel Plans
  • 6 Days of Comprehensive Sightseeing
  • Walking Tour of Tel Aviv
  • Arrival and Departure Transfers
14 Meals
  • Daily Israeli Buffet Breakfast
  • Friday Dinner Get-together in Tel Aviv
  • 2 Dinners in Haifa
  • Lunch at Kibbutz Kfar Charuv
  • Restaurant Dinner in Jerusalem
  • Traditional Friday Night Dinner-Israeli home in Jerusalem
Special Features
  • Tour the Israeli Museum at the Rabin Center
  • Dinner and special presentation in Haifa
  • Descend to the Underwater Grottos at Rosh Hanikra
  • Enjoy wine tasting at a Golan Winery
  • Visit an Army Bunker in the Golan
  • Tour the spectacular FOZ Heritage Center
  • Night Tour of “illuminated” Jerusalem
  • Tour Herodian Mansions or Hasmonean Tunnel
  • Sound & Light Show in Jerusalem
  • Shabbat Dinner with Home Hospitality in Jerusalem
  • WiFi enabled buses and Free WiFi at all hotels
  • Tips to all restaurant staff
  • Express Airport Check-in Service & Dan VIP Lounge at Ben Gurion Airport (upon return to the USA)

Thursday: En Route

Depart the U.S.A. on your flight to Israel.

Friday: Tel Aviv

Welcome to Israel! Arrive Ben Gurion Airport; meeting, assistance and transfer to your hotel in trendy Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean beach. Balance of the afternoon at leisure in the “city that never sleeps”. Tonight, Get Together Dinner.  (D)

Saturday: Tel Aviv

Morning walking tour includes Ben Gurion House, former home of Israel’s first Prime Minister; see his personal belongings and expansive library. Remainder of the day at leisure to enjoy all of the delights of this seaside city. Tel Aviv’s museums and restaurants are world-class. Don’t miss Tel Aviv’s hip port neighborhood, with its yachts, eateries and café-filled boardwalk. (B)

Sunday: Tel Aviv/Haifa

Depart Tel Aviv. Drive to the extraordinary Israeli Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin Center chronicling the life of the late Prime Minister and the development of the State of Israel. Continue to ancient Caesarea; explore the Roman and Crusader ruins including the impressive 2,000-year-old theater (still in use!) and aqueduct.  Then, visit Caesarea Harbor: a fascinating, multi-media presentation brings ancient history to life! Arrive in Nazareth, the sacred town where Jesus spent part of his youth; visit the Church and view Mary’s Well.  On to the sparkling port city of Haifa; check into your hotel atop Mt. Carmel. Evening: Enjoy Dinner and a special presentation on the multicultural traditions and religions in Israel (subject to minimum 10 tour participants). 

(B.D)

Monday: Haifa

View the golden-domed Baha’i Shrine and their breathtaking “hanging gardens,” – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Drive along the coast to Rosh Hanikra; descend by cable car to see the magnificent underwater grottoes. Continue through the picturesque seaside town of Nahariya to the timeless Crusader city of Acre; walk

Through the subterranean city and bazaars that recall the colorful middle Ages. Then, to Safed, one of Judaism’s holiest cities, where the Kabbalah was developed in the 16th.-century; visit the ancient synagogues and the charming Artists’ Quarter.

Return to your hotel for Dinner. The balance of the evening is at leisure to enjoy a stroll under the Carmel skies and the glow of this beautiful port city. (B.D)

Tuesday: Haifa/Jerusalem

We’ll depart Haifa driving first to Capernaum to see the fantastic ruins of the ancient synagogue dating back to the 5th-century.  Ascend the strategic Golan Heights and learn about the 20th century battles that protected Israel’s future. On to Katzrin, capital of the Golan and to the Monument of the 7th Brigade. It is here, in the magnificent strip of the Golan that has become known for producing the finest wines in the world, that we will enjoy a tour of the wine making process as well as sample some of the Golan’s tastiest wines. Continue for a visit to a former Syrian army bunker at Kibbutz Kfar Charuv, settled by Americans and Israelis together; view of the fertile valleys below as you tour the kibbutz and enjoy lunch in the communal dining room.  Visit the remains of an 8th century Roman city at Bet Shean (daylight time permitting). Then drive south and rise through the mountains to “golden” Jerusalem celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the reunification of the city, stopping first for a blessing and a toast to our arrival in the eternal city. Overnight in Israel’s capital. (B.L)

Wednesday: Jerusalem

Drive to Hadassah Medical Center to the see the sublime Chagall Windows. On to Yad Vashem, Israel’s national Memorial and Museum of the Holocaust, with its Children’s Pavilion and Avenue of the Righteous. Then, to Mount Herzl to pay respects to Israel’s founders and heroes. Pass the post-modern Supreme Court and the Knesset (Parliament) en route to the Shrine of the Book, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Time to walk through the New Israel Museum and the Billy Rose Sculpture Garden; see the Scale Model of ancient Jerusalem. Evening: Night Tour of illuminated Jerusalem followed by a Restaurant Dinner and the “Night Spectacular” Sound & Light Show at the Citadel Museum (weather and schedule permitting). (B.D)

Thursday: Jerusalem

Enter the Old City from the Dung Gate; walk to the Western Wall, last remnant of the Second Temple. Witness joyous Bar Mitzvah ceremonies! View the Dome of the Rock. Drive to Mt. Zion to visit the traditional Tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper. Proceed to the restored Jewish Quarter; walk along the Cardo, the colonnaded main street of Byzantine Jerusalem. Visit the Herodian Mansions, a completely excavated residential quarter from 2000 years ago, or, walk through the extraordinary Hasmonean Tunnel (tunnel schedule permitting.) Follow the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; walk through the exotic bazaars with their wondrous aromas. End today with a visit to the fabulous new Friends of Zion Heritage Center celebrating the Christian heroes who have contributed to the Jewish people and the State of Israel. These heroes come alive through, cutting edge, high tech imaging, audio-visual presentations, holograms and much more.  Or, an optional visit to Bethlehem may be arranged. A free night tonight. The shops are open late as it’s the start of the Israeli weekend. Enjoy the many eateries along the outdoor Mamilla Mall, Ben Yehuda Street, or the “Tachana”. (B)

Friday: Jerusalem

Descend through the Judean desert to the Dead Sea, lowest point on Planet Earth. Ascend Masada by cable car and see this last stronghold of the Zealots in their struggle against the Romans. Visit the excavations, Herod the Great’s palace, synagogue and bathhouse. Then, opportunity to enjoy an “unsinkable” swim in the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea. Drive via the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, on your return to Jerusalem. Evening: You will be deeply moved as you join Jerusalemites welcoming the Sabbath at the Western Wall.  Tonight, a unique and memorable evening as we join an Israeli family at their home to enjoy the traditional Friday dinner together.  (B.D)

Saturday: Jerusalem

Enjoy a full day at leisure for relaxation and on your own exploration.  For those still craving to see and do as much as possible, your tour manager will provide entrance tickets to the Museum of the History of Jerusalem in the Old City—definitely worth a visit. Overnight in Jerusalem.  (B)

Sunday: En Route

Transfer to the Airport for your international departure flight. Enjoy our Express Check-in Service and complimentary entrance to the exclusive Dan VIP Lounge.

LAND PRICES PER PERSON Prices in USD
Overture Thursday 9 Nights
HOTEL PLAN CORAL RUBY TURQUOISE SILVER TOPAZ SAPPHIRE OPAL EMERALD
Tel Aviv Crowne Plaza (C)         Sheraton (C) Carlton (P-E) ● Carlton (P-E) ● Hilton (DSV) Hilton (DSV) Dan (DCL) Dan (E)
Haifa (Dlx, Bayview) Dan Carmel Dan Carmel Dan Carmel Dan Carmel Dan Carmel Dan Carmel Dan Carmel Dan Carmel (E)
Jerusalem Dan Panorama (D-E) Inbal (OC) Inbal (OC)       David Citadel ■ Orient (OE) Waldorf Astoria (D) King David ▲ King David (DOC)
Departure Dates Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single
2018
May 10 3350 4720 3515 5035 3565 5155 3690 5470 3645 5325 4000 6030 3910 5850 4450 6890
May 17*, 24, 31 3380 4760 3535 5100 3570 5170 3700 5485 3645 5325 4005 6045 4085 6200 4650 7295
Jun 7, 14, 21 3380 4760 3655 5335 3690 5400 3700 5485 3645 5325 4005 6045 4085 6200 4650 7295
Jun 28 3360 4715 3420 4870 3455 4940 3620 5320 3645 5325 3800 5630 3945 5915 4500 6990
Jul 5 3345 4690 3350 4730 3385 4800 3620 5320 3625 5280 3640 5310 3840 5710 4390 6775
Jul 19, Aug 2, 16 3345 4690 3535 5100 3570 5170 3620 5320 3695 5415 3710 5450 3925 5875 4470 6925
Aug 30 3345 4690 3335 4695 3370 4765 3620 5320 3645 5325 3665 5355 3840 5710 4390 6775
Sep 27*, Oct 4 3345 4690 3590 5205 3655 5335 3620 5320 3635 5300 3825 5675 3840 5710 4390 6775
Oct 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 8 3380 4760 3535 5100 3570 5170 3620 5320 3635 5300 3825 5675 4080 6185 4640 7275
Nov 15 3320 4640 3420 4870 3455 4940 3560 5200 3515 5060 3790 5610 3785 5600 4350 6685
Dec 13 3265 4530 3480 4995 3545 5120 3525 5125 3595 5215 3750 5535 3820 5670 4390 6775
Dec 20 3445 4890 3675 5375 3740 5500 3780 5660 3765 5560 3900 5830 4040 6115 4610 7215
Dec 27 3205 4405 3350 4725 3415 4855 3525 5125 3500 5030 3605 5235 3750 5525 4320 6625
2019
Jan 17, Feb 14 3145 4285 3355 4740 3380 4780 3480 5045 3480 4985 3580 5190 3625 5280 4195 6380
Mar 7, 21, 28, Apr 4 3345 4690 3420 4870 3455 4940 3620 5320 3625 5280 3810 5655 3840 5710 4390 6775
Apr 25* 3525 5045 3595 5220 3725 5480 3770 5630 3790 5655 4115 6305 3925 5875 4470 6925
May 2* 3345 4690 3535 5100 3570 5170 3620 5320 3660 5345 4020 6065 3840 5710 4390 6775
May 9, 16, 23, 30 R A T E S    T O    B E    A D V I S E D
Tel Aviv: (C) Club Room/Exec. Lounge Access (P-E) Premium Sea View/Exec. Lounge Access (DSV) Deluxe Sea View Room (DCL) Deluxe Room, City View/King David Crown Lounge Access (E) Exec.Room Sea View/Exec. Lounge Access Jerusalem:  (D-E) Deluxe Renovated Room/Exec. Lounge Access   (OC) Superior Room, Old City View   (OE) Orient Room, Exec. Lounge Access  (D) Deluxe Room   (DOC) Deluxe Old City View Room                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      UPGRADES IN JERUSALEM & TEL AVIV (PER ROOM, TOTAL STAY):
▲King David – Jerusalem: Upgrade from Standard Room to Deluxe New City Room $260
■ David Citadel – Jerusalem: Upgrade from Superior Room to Deluxe Pool View/Old City View Room $300
● Carlton – Tel Aviv: Upgrade to Executive Sea View Room $116
* Revised touring due to holiday.                                         Please inquire for Special rates for child or adult as third in room.
Tour is guaranteed on a minimum of 4 passengers. Should the tour fall below 4 passengers, you’ll be offered the option of touring by Share-a-car at a supplement of $495  per person  (3 persons minimum)
For Hotel Descriptions and details on our MIX & MATCH hotel plans, see pages 8-10.  For Touring By Private Car, see page 42.

 

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For Hotel Descriptions and details on our MIX & MATCH hotel plans, click here.

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