8 Day Essential Israel 2021-2022 (Thursday Departure)
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Gate 1 Travel
DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Israel
Depart for Israel.
DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Tel Aviv
Arrive in Tel Aviv, known as Israel's "playground on the sea." Time to rest, relax and acclimate to your new time zone. Later, perhaps walk along the bustling beachfront promenade, stop at a café and just people-watch! Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting at approximately 7 PM with your Tour Manager. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 5 PM on Day 2 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible.
DAY 3, Saturday - Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Galilee Region
This morning get acquainted with Tel Aviv known as the "Big Orange" on a walking tour of the city's highlights. Travel to the ancient port of Jaffa with its reconstructed Artists' Quarter before continuing to quaint Neve Tzedek (Tel Aviv's "Soho"). Next, go to Rabin Square to view the memorial to the late Prime Minister. Later, depart Tel Aviv and drive along the sparkling Mediterranean coast to ancient Caesarea; view the astounding Roman, Byzantine and Crusader ruins and the 2,000-year-old theater. Travel to the age-old fishing village of Capernaum on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, home to a celebrated Byzantine-era synagogue and frequently mentioned in the Bible as Jesus' base during his Galilean ministry. Arrive in the tranquil Galilee Region for dinner and overnight. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 4, Sunday - The Sea of Galilee
Spend the day at leisure to enjoy the serenity of the Sea of Galilee, the largest freshwater lake in Israel, or explore this city embedded with a history dating back to the Roman Emperor Tiberius and religious sites that include the Church of St. Peter. Don't miss the optional full day tour to Galilee that begins at the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached His famous "Sermon on the Mount". Next on to Safed, one of Judaism's holiest cities and mystical center of Kabbalah; walk through the colorful artists' colony and visit an ancient synagogue. Then, ascend the Golan Heights to understand more about this strategic area; visit Har Bental, site of a former Israeli bunker. Following lunch, visit a kibbutz and taste special vintages at a winery in Katzrin before heading back. Tonight, dinner is at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Optional: Full Day Upper Galilee & Golan Heights with Lunch (AM)
DAY 5, Monday - Beit She'an, "Golden" Jerusalem
This morning, visit a factory where diamonds are cut and set in jewelry. Learn about the manufacturing process of this industry. Traveling south reach the impressive archaeological site of Beit She'an, an ancient city dating back to King Saul; see the remains of an ancient Roman city and the ongoing excavations. Continue via the Jordan Valley to the "golden city" of Jerusalem. After time to settle in, an afternoon optional tour of the New City begins with a drive via the Supreme Court building and the Knesset, Israel's Parliament, to the impressive Israel Museum. Here, view the Shrine of the Book, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the scale model of Jerusalem during the Second Temple period. Then, pay respects at Yad Vashem, Memorial to the Holocaust on the Mount of Remembrance. Later, the entertaining optional evening includes dinner at a popular restaurant followed by attendance at the spectacular Sound & Light Show at the Tower of David. (Breakfast)
Optional: New City of Jerusalem (PM)
Optional: Restaurant Dinner, Sound & Light Show & Illuminated Jerusalem (PM)
DAY 6, Tuesday - Jerusalem Old City Tour
Begin your exploration of Jerusalem at the walled Old City with its four distinct sections - the Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Armenian Quarters. Have a chance to see the famed Western Wall, then follow the steps along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, one of the holiest sites in the Christian world. Pass through the narrow alleys and souks to Mt. Zion; visit the room of the Last Supper and the Tomb of King David. The remainder of the day is on your own to stroll through the picturesque lanes of the Old City or visit the exotic bazaars. Join the optional afternoon tour to Bethlehem that includes a visit to the Church of the Nativity, commemorating the birthplace of Christ. A stop for local olive wood handicrafts is included. (Breakfast)
Optional: Half Day Bethlehem (PM)
DAY 7, Wednesday - Day in Jerusalem
Today is free to immerse yourself in this ancient city; walk through the city's colorful neighborhoods that reveal a diverse blend of traditional and modern cultures. Or, participate in the optional full day tour to Masada that begins with a drive along the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. At Masada, ascend by cable car to the top of these heroic heights; listen to the brave tale of the Zealots who chose to perish rather than live under Roman rule. Visit the archaeological sites including the remains of Herod's Palace, a synagogue, bathhouses, and dwellings. After a visit to the Museum of Masada at the base, stop at the Dead Sea for a swim in the salty and buoyant waters before returning to Jerusalem. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Reception with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers. (Breakfast)
Optional: Full Day Masada and Dead Sea (AM)
DAY 8, Thursday - Depart Israel
Your vacation ends today after breakfast. (Breakfast)
Due to local events and holidays, the order of sightseeing may be changed. Details to be provided locally by Tour Manager
All This Included
6 nights accommodations
Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
8 meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
Entrance fees per itinerary
Leisure time to enjoy Tel Aviv, known as Israel’s "playground on the sea"
Tour the astounding Roman, Byzantine and Crusader ruins at ancient Caesarea
Enjoy the serenity of the Sea of Galilee, the largest freshwater lake in Israel
Tour the impressive archaeological site of Beit She’an dating back to King Saul
In Jerusalem's Old City, explore the Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Mt. Zion
Time to explore the multifaceted ancient "golden" city of Jerusalem at your own pace
†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates
Tel Aviv: Hotel Metropolitan
Tiberias: Restal Hotel
Jerusalem: The Dan Jerusalem Hotel
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers. Passengers should select flights that arrive no later than 5 PM on Day 2 in order to attend welcome meeting and included sightseeing Departure flights on Day 8 may leave very early in the morning. Transfer to the airport could take place late on Day 7. Review the flight details carefully before choosing.
Hotel check-in is at 4 PM.
This value program provides the comfort of an escorted tour, with the freedom to explore on your own. Minimal inclusions plus a variety of optional excursions allow maximum customization. This program is minimally active, unless all optional tours are selected. If so, this moderately active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Most wake-up calls are at 6:30 AM. Expect extensive walking during sightseeing in Jerusalem. The pace is moderate, however the majority is over uneven surfaces, stairs and steps. This is a Value program.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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