Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem

Tour Departs on: Thursdays
Tour Includes
  • Professional Tour Director
  • Choice of Deluxe Hotel Plans
  • 9 Days of Comprehensive Sightseeing
  • Walking Tour of Tel Aviv
  • Arrival and Departure Transfers
18 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

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. 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 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: 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. Early evening: Visit the Western Wall to join Jerusalemites welcoming the Sabbath (during daylight savings time only). Afterwards, 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 tickets to the Museum of the History of Jerusalem in the Old City-definitely worth a visit. Overnight in Jerusalem.  (B)

Sunday: Jerusalem

A full day to enjoy this endlessly fascinating city on your own. (B)

Monday: Jerusalem/ Tel Aviv

Depart Jerusalem to the military junction at Latrun, once the border with Jordan; visit the Tank Division Memorial. On to Independence Hall where Ben Gurion proclaimed Israel’s independence in 1948. Continue to the Palmach Museum (subject to appointment confirmation), for a virtual tour of the history of this underground military organization prior to the establishment of the State of Israel. Proceed to Sarona, a former Templar settlement restored to perfection with beautifully landscaped gardens and upscale restaurants. You may wish to return in the evening when Sarona looks and feels magical. On to your hotel in Tel Aviv. (B)

Tuesday: Tel Aviv

Begin the day with a visit to Weizmann House, the recently restored unique and grand home of Chaim Weizmann, first president of Israel and founder of the Weizmann Institute of Science. Continue to the pre-state underground Ammunitions Factory at Machon Ayalon (restored by JNF) to learn about the activities of the Hagannah. Then drive through the main streets of Tel Aviv known as the “White City”. Tel Aviv has been proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its splendid Bauhaus Architecture and has the largest number of buildings in this unique style of any city in the world! Pass the Charles Bronfman Auditorium (Israeli Philharmonic), Habimah Theatre, the impressive Opera House and Yitzhak Rabin Square, dedicated to the late Prime Minister. We’ll visit the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel’s largest art museum and award winner for its unique structural design. Onward to charming and quaint Neve Tzedek ( Tel Aviv’s Soho!) the first neighborhood constructed outside Old Jaffa; the old buildings are amazing! Just down the road is an open-air pedestrian mall- the “Tachana” converted from an old railroad station. Stroll through the shops and cafes before we head back to your hotel (B)

Wednesday: Tel Aviv

Drive to Zichron Yaacov; see the magnificent gardens dedicated to Baron Rothschild. Visit Aharonsons’ House and learn of the intriguing story of this family. Then on to Atlit, the reconstructed detention camp where “illegal” Jewish  immigrants fleeing from Nazi persecution in Europe were incarcerated during the British Mandate.  The JNF helped to restore this site.  See the replica of a ship (when available for visits) illustrating the conditions that the thousands of survivors endured during their transport to Israel. Visit the old port city of Jaffa, magnificently restored. Explore the reconstructed Artists’ Quarter with its galleries and boutiques. Return to your hotel in Tel Aviv for overnight. (B)

Thursday: 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
Wednesday & Thursday  Symphony 13 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 9, 10 4670 6580 4905 7030 5005 7255 5155 7635 5130 7505 5555 8355 5450 8160 6210 9630
May 16*, 17*, 23, 24, 30, 31 4700 6615 4925 7100 5015 7270 5165 7650 5130 7505 5560 8370 5630 8510 6410 10035
Jun 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21 4700 6615 5065 7380 5155 7550 5150 7615 5130 7505 5560 8370 5630 8510 6410 10035
Jun 27, 28 4675 6560 4790 6825 4875 6995 5070 7450 5105 7460 5260 7775 5430 8115 6200 9615
Jul 4, 5 4660 6535 4700 6650 4790 6820 5070 7450 5070 7390 5090 7430 5325 7905 6085 9385
Jul 18, 19 4660 6535 4925 7100 5015 7270 5070 7450 5105 7460 5125 7500 5325 7905 6085 9385
Aug 1, 2, 15, 16 4660 6535 4925 7100 5015 7270 5070 7450 5240 7735 5260 7775 5450 8155 6200 9615
Sep 26*, 27* 4660 6535 4980 7205 5095 7435 5070 7450 5100 7450 5325 7900 5275 7805 6035 9285
Oct 3, 4 4665 6545 4925 7100 5015 7270 5070 7450 5100 7450 5325 7900 5370 8000 6135 9485
Oct 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 4700 6615 4925 7100 5015 7270 5070 7450 5100 7450 5325 7900 5610 8475 6385 9985
Oct 31, Nov 1, 7, 8 4700 6615 4925 7100 5015 7270 5000 7310 4985 7215 5315 7875 5610 8475 6385 9985
Nov 14, 15 4610 6435 4760 6765 4875 6995 5000 7310 4910 7070 5240 7730 5245 7745 6020 9255
Dec 12, 13 4555 6320 4870 6985 5030 7300 5015 7340 5055 7360 5340 7925 5355 7965 6135 9485
Dec 19, 20 4735 6685 5060 7370 5220 7685 5270 7870 5255 7750 5350 7950 5550 8355 6330 9875
Dec 26, 27 4435 6075 4655 6560 4775 6790 4920 7150 4905 7060 5030 7310 5155 7570 5940 9090
2019
Mar 6, 7, 20, 21, 27, 28, Apr 3, 4 4660 6535 4790 6825 4875 6995 5070 7450 5070 7390 5295 7840 5325 7905 6085 9385
Apr 24*, 25* 4930 7070 5015 7275 5240 7735 5295 7915 5355 8025 5750 8820 5450 8155 6200 9615
May 1, 2 4660 6535 4925 7100 5015 7270 5070 7450 5155 7560 5585 8425 5325 7905 6085 9385
May 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 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 $312
■ David Citadel – Jerusalem: Upgrade from Superior Room to Deluxe Pool View/Old City View Room $360
● Carlton – Tel Aviv: Upgrade to Executive Sea View Room $290
* 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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