Israel Prelude Escorted Group Tour (Limited to 28 People)

 

If you have limited time to spend in Israel, our 9-day Israel Prelude escorted group tour is perfect for you. You’ll visit all of Israel’s top sites without compromising on the quality of your experience. Start your journey in Tel Aviv, called the ‘Mediterranean Capital of Cool’ by the New York Times. Be introduced to northern Israel’s spectacular landscapes and religious significance. Explore Jerusalem with its rich history and staggering beauty, stroll through the ancient cobbled streets in the Old City, tour the holy sites and visit some of Jerusalem’s museums.

Tour highlights:
  • Enjoy a morning walking tour in Tel Aviv.
  • Tour Acre – a former crusader town that was designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
  • Descend by cable car to see the underwater grottoes in Rosh HaNikra.
  • Explore Safed – one of Judaism’s holy cities, where the Kabbalah was developed in the 16th century.
  • Explore Capernaum near the Sea of Galilee and explore the ruins of an ancient synagogue dating back to the 5th-century.
  • Visit a former Syrian army bunker in the Golan Heights and learn about the strategic importance of the region.
  • Enjoy wine tasting at a Golan Heights winery.
  • Tour Beit Shean, the largest excavated Roman city in the Middle East.
  • Join a night tour of “illuminated” Jerusalem.
  • See the traditional Tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper in Mt. Zion.
  • Visit the Western Wall, the only remaining portion of the Second Temple.
  • Walk through the extraordinary Hasmonean Tunnel that runs under the Old City of Jerusalem.
  • Visit the Israel Museum, ranked among the leading art and archaeology museums worldwide.

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Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem

Tour Departs on: Thursdays
Tour Includes
  • Professional Tour Director
  • Choice of Deluxe Hotel Plans
  • 5 Days of Comprehensive Sightseeing
  • Walking Tour of Tel Aviv
  • Arrival and Departure Transfers
11 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
Special Features
  • Dinner and special presentation in Haifa
  • 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. 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. Or take the optional full day tour of Masada and the Dead Sea

($136 per person based on locally scheduled services). (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 cultural presentation (subject to min. 10 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 (not visited in winter due to early closure). Then drive south and rise through the mountains to “golden” Jerusalem, 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)

Evening: Join the Isram Israel Tour Manager for the ‘Night Spectacular’ Sound and Light Show at the Citadel Museum (weather and schedule permitting): The walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for a nighttime show which is a celebration of sight and sound. Amidst the archaeological remains in the Citadel’s courtyard and to the sound of original music, the story of Jerusalem unfolds through giant, breathtaking, virtual reality images using spectacular laser technology.

Show runtime: 45 minutes. The Night Spectacular will not take place in the event of rain.

Thursday: Jerusalem

Drive to Mt. Zion to visit the traditional Tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper. Enter the Old City to the restored Jewish Quarter; walk along the Cardo, the colonnaded main street of Byzantine Jerusalem. Walk to the Western Wall, last remnant of the Second Temple.  View the Dome of the Rock. Proceed through the extraordinary Hasmonean Tunnel (tunnel schedule permitting) or tour the Herodian Mansions, a completely excavated residential quarter from 2000 years ago. Follow the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; stroll through the exotic bazaars with their wondrous aromas. End today with a visit to the fabulous 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)

Visit to the Old City and Bethlehem requires modest dress. Shorts must be knee length and not shorter (for men and women); no sleeveless shirts or blouses.

Friday: 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
PreludeThursday 7 Nights
HOTEL PLAN CORAL RUBY TURQUOISE SILVER TOPAZ OPAL SAPPHIRE EMERALD
Tel Aviv Crowne Plaza (C) Sheraton   (DS-C) Carlton (E) Carlton (E) Hilton (DSV) Dan (DCL) Hilton (DSV) 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 (ENC) Inbal (ENC)       David Citadel ■ Orient (OE)● King David ▲ Waldorf Astoria (D) King David (DOC)
Departure Dates Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single
2017
May 4 2795 3830 2715 3655 2805 3860 3075 4435 3045 4340 3065 4385 3225 4700 3425 5075
May 11, 18, Jun 1 2795 3830 2735 3700 2785 3825 3005 4295 3025 4305 3185 4630 3225 4700 3545 5315
Jun 8, 15, 22 2775 3805 2805 3840 2855 3960 3005 4295 3025 4305 3185 4630 3225 4700 3545 5315
Jun 29, Jul 6, 13, 20 2775 3805 2805 3840 2855 3960 3020 4330 3020 4295 3100 4450 3015 4280 3460 5135
Jul 27, Aug 3, 10, 17 2755 3770 2735 3700 2785 3825 3005 4295 3070 4395 3125 4505 3165 4585 3475 5170
Aug 24, 31,  Sep 7 2755 3770 2735 3700 2785 3825 3005 4295 3025 4305 3050 4350 3120 4495 3405 5030
Oct 12, 19, 26 2775 3805 2840 3910 2930 4115 3005 4295 3005 4260 3120 4495 3200 4655 3465 5155
Nov 2, 9 2775 3805 2805 3840 2855 3960 2970 4225 2940 4130 3120 4495 2985 4220 3465 5155
Nov 16 2735 3725 2805 3840 2855 3960 2970 4225 2930 4110 2980 4210 2975 4200 3335 4890
Nov 23 2655 3560 2660 3550 2750 3755 2935 4155 2895 4040 2945 4140 2940 4130 3310 4845
Dec 14 2620 3470 2870 3965 2960 4170 2935 4155 2950 4155 3010 4275 2940 4130 3380 4980
Dec 21 2785 3805 2975 4175 3065 4380 3090 4475 3065 4385 3145 4545 3420 5090 3515 5250
Dec 28 2620 3470 2730 3690 2820 3895 2935 4155 2915 4085 2945 4140 2960 4175 3310 4845
2018
Jan 25, Feb 15 2620 3470 2730 3690 2775 3800 2890 4060 2895 4040 2900 4055 2940 4130 3265 4750
Mar 8, 15, Apr 12*, 19 2755 3770 2805 3840 2855 3960 3005 4295 3005 4260 3050 4350 3100 4450 3405 5030
Apr 26, May 3 2755 3770 2805 3840 2855 3960 3005 4295 3040 4325 3050 4350 3235 4725 3405 5030
May10 R A T E S    T O    B E    A D V I S E D
Tel Aviv:  ( C)Club Room/Crowne Plaza Lounge access  (DS-C)Deluxe Room, Sea View/Club Lounge access  (E)Exec. Room Sea View/Exec. Lounge access    (DSV)Deluxe Sea View Room  (DCL)Deluxe Room, City View/King David Crown Lounge access   Jerusalem:  (D-E)Deluxe Renovated Room/Exec. Lounge Access   (ENC) Executive Room, New City View/Exec. Lounge access   (OE) Orient Room, Executive Lounge Access  (D)Deluxe Room   (DOC) Deluxe Old City View Room  Haifa: (E)Executive, Bay View Room/Exec. Lounge Access                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    UPGRADES IN JERUSALEM (Per Room, Total Stay):
 ■ David Citadel: Upgrade to Deluxe Pool View/Old City View Room $180     ●Orient: Old City View $225 (except Xmas at Orient, please inquire)
▲King David : On Opal Plan, upgrade from Standard Room to Deluxe New City Room $144.
* 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 10-12.  For Touring By Private Car, see page 44.
Click here to download a PDF version.

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

For Touring By Private Car, click here.

Prelude Thursday 7 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 2935 4035 3045 4235 3095 4355 3170 4545 3155 4480 3365 4900 3235 4640 3610 5350
May 17*, 24, 31 2965 4075 3070 4305 3105 4370 3180 4560 3155 4480 3370 4910 3410 4990 3810 5755
Jun 7, 14, 21 2965 4075 3135 4440 3175 4510 3180 4560 3155 4480 3370 4910 3410 4990 3810 5755
Jun 28 2955 4060 3000 4165 3035 4230 3130 4460 3155 4480 3300 4770 3365 4895 3760 5650
Jul 5 2940 4030 2965 4095 3000 4165 3130 4460 3130 4430 3140 4450 3260 4690 3650 5435
Jul 19, Aug 2, 16 2940 4030 3070 4305 3105 4370 3130 4460 3200 4570 3210 4590 3345 4860 3725 5585
Aug 30 2940 4030 2945 4060 2980 4130 3130 4460 3155 4480 3165 4500 3260 4690 3650 5435
Sep 27*, Oct 4 2940 4030 3120 4405 3185 4535 3130 4460 3145 4455 3255 4680 3260 4690 3650 5435
Oct 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 8 2965 4075 3070 4305 3105 4370 3130 4460 3145 4455 3255 4680 3405 4975 3800 5735
Nov 15 2940 4030 3000 4165 3035 4230 3095 4390 3055 4280 3220 4610 3255 4685 3655 5440
Dec 13 2790 3730 2930 4030 2995 4160 3060 4315 3020 4210 3185 4540 3145 4460 3550 5235
Dec 20 2970 4090 3125 4415 3190 4540 3215 4635 3195 4555 3400 4970 3365 4900 3770 5675
Dec 27 2850 3850 2960 4090 3025 4215 3060 4315 3045 4255 3105 4380 3220 4610 3625 5380
2019
Jan 17, Feb 14 2790 3730 2930 4030 2955 4075 3020 4230 3020 4210 3080 4330 3095 4365 3500 5130
Mar 7, 21, 28, Apr 4 2940 4030 3000 4165 3035 4230 3130 4460 3130 4430 3245 4660 3260 4690 3650 5435
Apr 25* 3120 4390 3125 4420 3255 4680 3280 4770 3300 4810 3480 5175 3345 4860 3725 5585
May 2* 2940 4030 3070 4305 3105 4370 3130 4460 3165 4500 3380 4930 3260 4690 3650 5435
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 $156
■ David Citadel – Jerusalem: Upgrade from Superior Room to Deluxe Pool View/Old City View Room $180
● 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.
Click here to download a PDF version.

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

For Touring By Private Car, click here.

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