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
  • 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
  • WiFi enabled buses and Free WiFi at all hotels
  • Tips to all restaurant staff
  • Expedited Arrival and Departure Services at Ben Gurion Airport (international flights)

Thursday: En Route

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

Friday: Tel Aviv

Welcome to Israel! Arrive Ben Gurion Airport; Special 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 through the city’s well known streets including Dizengoff Square ending at Ben Gurion House, former residence of the First Prime Minister. Early afternoon optional visit to Machon Ayalon, the fascinating underground Ammunitions Factory (must be pre-booked; $120 per person including roundtrip transfers-minimum 2 persons required). Or, take the optional full day tour of Masada and the Dead Sea ($149 per person based on locally scheduled bus tour). (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 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 a late lunch in the communal dining room. 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)

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. The cutting edge technology is amazing. 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: En Route

Transfer to the Airport for your international departure flight. Enjoy our Expedited Check-in Service.

LAND PRICES PER PERSON LIMITED TO 28 PARTICIPANTS

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LAND PRICES PER PERSON (USD) – PRELUDE – THURSDAY DEPARTURES

HOTEL PLAN CORAL RUBY TURQUOISE PEARL AMBER GOLD OPAL EMERALD
Tel Aviv Herods (EBL) Sheraton (DSV) Carlton (P-E) Carlton (P-E) Sheraton (DSV) David Kempinski (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 (DRPV) Inbal (DRPV)        Orient (OE) David Citadel ■ David Citadel ■ King David ▲ King David (DOC)
2022 Departure Dates Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single
May 12   $3505   $4775   $3525 $4835 $3570 $4945 $3605 $5010 $3655 $5135 $3990 $5820 $4290 $6340 $4775 $7265
May 19 3540 4855 3560 4915 3665 5135 3700 5205 3775 5390 4110 6075 4420 6600 4935 7595
May 26, Jun 2*, 9 3540 4855 3700 5195 3785 5375 3725 5255 3795 5430 4110 6075 4420 6600 4935 7595
Jun 16, 23 3540 4855 3770 5335 3855 5515 3725 5255 3795 5430 4110 6075 4420 6600 4935 7595
Jun 30 3465 4700 3580 4950 3665 5135 3665 5135 3795 5430 4075 6000 4035 5810 4510 6735
Jul 14, 28, Aug 18, 25, Sep 1, 8 , 15 3475 4720 3560 4915 3645 5100 3665 5135 3675 5180 3955 5755 4035 5810 4510 6735
Oct 20, 27 3540 4855 3700 5195 3785 5375 3725 5255 3795 5430 4075 6000 4420 6600 4935 7595
Nov 3 3540 4855 3700 5195 3785 5375 3725 5255 3640 5110 3920 5685 4420 6600 4935 7595
Nov 10 3540 4855 3700 5195 3785 5375 3725 5255 3640 5110 3920 5685 3880 5525 4355 6430
Nov 17 3475 4720 3525 4845 3610 5030 3725 5255 3640 5110 3920 5685 3880 5525 4355 6430
Dec 1 3290 4355 3425 4635 3535 4880 3590 4980 3540 4895 3735 5310 3735 5215 4210 6140
Dec 15 3290 4355 3510 4795 3620 5040 3655 5115 3690 5205 3885 5620 3915 5570 4405 6530
Dec 22 3485 4735 3670 5120 3780 5635 3790 5380 3765 5630 3960 5775 4725 6285 4795 7305
Dec 29 3290 4355 3425 4635 3535 4880 3590 4980 3540 4895 3885 5605 3735 5215 4210 6140
2023 Departure Dates
Jan 11, Feb 16 3290 4355 3425 4635 3465 4730 3515 4835 3540 4895 3735 5310 3655 5070 4130 5975
Mar 2, 9, 16, 23 3475 4720 3580 4950 3665 5135 3725 5255 3675 5180 3905 5655 4035 5810 4510 6735
Apr 13* 3495 4765 3770 5335 3855 5515 3725 5255 3795 5430 4110 6075 4140 6020 4630 6975
Apr 20* 3540 4855 3770 5335 3855 5515 3725 5255 3795 5430 4110 6075 4350 6440 4870 7455
Apr 27, May 4 3540 4855 3700 5195 3785 5375 3725 5255 3795 5430 4110 6075 4420 6600 4935 7595
May 11, 18*, 25 RATES TO BE ADVISED
 

Tel Aviv:       (EBL) Exec. Sea View Room/Business Lounge Access   (DSV) Deluxe Sea View Room    (P-E) Premium Sea View Room/Exec. Lounge Access

                     (DCL) Deluxe Room, City Side/King David Crown Lounge Access    (E) Executive Sea View Room/Exec. Lounge Access 

Jerusalem:  (D-E) Deluxe Room/Exec. Lounge Access   (DRPV) Deluxe Renovated Pool View Room   (OE) Orient Room/Exec. Lounge Access  (DOC) Deluxe Old City View Room

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     UPGRADES IN JERUSALEM (Per Room, Total Stay):

■ David Citadel: Upgrade from Superior Room to Deluxe Pool View/Partial Old City View Room $200

▲King David: On Opal Plan, upgrade from Standard Room to Deluxe New City View Room (Floors 1-4) $168

* Revised touring due to holidays.   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 34.

 

 

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