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
  • 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 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; $110 per person including roundtrip transfers-minimum 2 persons required). Or, take the optional full day tour of Masada and the Dead Sea ($140 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 Express Check-in Service and complimentary entrance to the exclusive Dan VIP Lounge.


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Tel Aviv Herods (EBL) Sheraton (D-E) 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 (SOC-E) ● Inbal (SOC-E)       Orient (OE) David Citadel ■ Waldorf Astoria (D) King David ▲ King David (DOC)
2021 Departure Dates Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single
May 13*, 20, 27, Jun 3  $3140   $4280   $3245 $4510 $3295 $4620 $3330 $4690 $3435 $4940 $3555 $5125 $3745 $5490 $4160 $6285
Jun 10 3140 4280 3250 4510 3285^ 4580^ 3435^ 4940^ 3250 4510 3540 5090 3745 5490 4160 6285
Jun 24 3115 4235 3250 4510 3295 4620 3315 4655 3385 4835 3490 4995 3745 5490 4160 6285
Jul 1, 15, 29 3080 4165 3195 4410 3245 4515 3280 4585 3340 4765 3345 4730 3495 4990 3880 5750
Aug 19, 26 3105 4210 3195 4410 3245 4515 3280 4585 3385 4835 3410 4835 3495 4990 3880 5750
Sep 30, Oct 7 3105 4210 3250 4510 3295 4620 3330 4690 3360 4790 3445 4905 3530 5065 3925 5840
Oct 14, 21, 28, Nov 4 3140 4280 3250 4510 3295 4620 3330 4690 3360 4790 3445 4905 3745 5490 4160 6285
Nov 11 3140 4280 3195 4410 3245 4515 3295 4620 3285 4660 3405 4850 3340 4690 3735 5460
Dec 2 2940 3885 3115 4240 3190 4410 3225 4480 3205 4470 3290 4595 3250 4510 3640 5275
Dec 16 3000 4000 3230 4470 3305 4640 3340 4710 3395 4860 3430 4870 3520 5040 3925 5825
Dec 23 3115 4235 3285 4590 3365 4755 3400 4825 3420 4940 3455 4950 3650 5310 4065 6095
Dec 30 2940 3885 3115 4240 3190 4410 3225 4480 3235 4550 3295 4625 3215 4440 3610 5210
2022 Departure Dates
Jan 13, Feb 17 2940 3885 3115 4240 3140 4310 3175 4380 3205 4470 3265 4545 3185 4375 3575 5145
Mar 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 3105 4210 3250 4510 3295 4620 3330 4690 3340 4765 3405 4850 3495 4990 3880 5750
Apr 28*, May 5 3180 4360 3265 4545 3315 4650 3350 4720 3450 4975 3570 5155 3830 5665 4250 6470

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

                              (DSV) Deluxe Sea View Room   (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   (SOC-E) Standard Old City View Room/Exec. Lounge Access   (OE) Orient Room/Exec. Lounge Access

                     (D) Deluxe Room   (DOC) Deluxe Old City View Room

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             UPGRADES IN JERUSALEM  (Per Room, Total Stay):

● Inbal: Upgrade to Premium Old City View Room $495

■ David Citadel: Upgrade from Superior Room to Deluxe Pool View/Partial Old City View Room $174

▲King David: On Opal Plan, upgrade from Standard Room to Deluxe New City View Room (Floors 1-4) $144

^ Jun 10, 2021 Departure – Turquoise & Pearl Plans will utilize the Sheraton in Tel Aviv.

* Revised touring due to holiday.   Please inquire for Special rates for child or adult as third in room.

Tour guaranteed on minimum 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).

Please refer to our Israel 2020-2021 Brochure for Package Details (p.16-17), Hotel Descriptions (p.8-10) & Touring by Private Car (p.40)


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