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11 Day Classic Israel


Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights NYC-Tel Aviv
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 9 nights First Class accommodations
    • 4 nights Jerusalem
    • 1 night Dead Sea
    • 2 nights Galilee
    • 2 nights Tel Aviv
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 15 meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • Jerusalem Old City and Western Wall
  • Yad Vashem
  • Shrine of the Book (Dead Sea Scrolls)
  • Masada and the Dead Sea
  • Beit Shean
  • Ancient Roman port of Caesarea

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for Israel. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for your journey

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Tel Aviv and transfer to Jerusalem
Arrive in Tel Aviv and transfer to your hotel in Jerusalem. This evening enjoy a welcome drink, light meal and orientation at your hotel
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday - Jerusalem Old City Tour*
This morning, enjoy a full day exploration of Jerusalem's walled Old City with its four distinct sections known as the Christian Quarter, Jewish Quarter, Muslim Quarter and Armenian Quarter. Begin the tour just outside of the walls at Mt. Zion to visit the Room of the Last Supper and the tomb dedicated to King David and Mt. Scopus to view the Wall of Life. From here, visit the David Citadel and stroll along the Via Dolorosa, a central street in the Old City and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher which was constructed early in the 2nd century and has undergone beautiful restoration projects. Following free time for lunch rejoin the group to visit the Western Wall, a remnant of the original wall surrounding the Temple Mount. Savor dinner at a local restaurant before returning to the hotel for the evening
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Sunday - Jewish Quarter Tour*
After breakfast, return to the Old City and focus on touring the Jewish Quarter this morning. Visit the excavation of the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount at the Davidson Center followed by a visit to the Western Wall tunnel with a local expert. From here walk through the Cardo, the ancient Roman market street that has been excavated to reveal another layer of the city's long history. It brings to life the mural of the ancient Roman Caro that is located near the entrance of the Davidson Center viewed earlier this morning. End the tour with a quick stop at the remains of the Broad Wall, an ancient defensive wall and free time for lunch. The remainder of the day is at leisure
Optional: Half Day Bethlehem (PM)
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Monday - Jerusalem New City Tour*
Today, embark on a morning tour of Jerusalem's New City, beginning at the Israel Museum. While here, visit the Shrine of the Book where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls are kept. Not far away is the enormous replica of Jerusalem, built in a 1:50 scale. The model depicts the city as it was nearly 2000 years ago in 66 AD. Following the museum visit continue to the Mount Herzl Military Cemetery, Israel's largest military cemetery, and part of the greater national cemetery. The respect and admiration shown to those lost is evident when viewing the identical headstones of all who served, regardless of rank. End the tour with a visit to the site of Israel's Holocaust Memorial, Yad Vashem, located on the western slope of Mt. Herzl, also known as the “Mount of Remembrance.” Spend the balance of the day at leisure
Optional: Half Day Jerusalem Herodian Mansions & Burnt House (PM)
Optional: Illuminated Jerusalem with Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Tuesday - Masada En Route to the Dead Sea
Begin the day with a short stop at Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories to observe first-hand how creams and lotions are made with minerals extracted from the Sea. Afterwards, travel to the desert mesa of Masada overlooking the Dead Sea. Ascend to the top of the 400 meter by flat top by cable car to visit the archaeological site of Roman and Byzantine ruins. Excavations of the site have uncovered structures not only of Herod's Palace and a Byzantine church but also a swimming pool, a synagogue, rebel dwellings and a mosaic workshop. At the bottom of the hill, visit the newly constructed Museum of Masada that contains artifacts discovered from the mountain and the surrounding area. Arrive at the Dead Sea this afternoon and enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening
Overnight: Dead Sea
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Jordan Valley, Beit She'an En Route to Galilee
This morning travel into northern Israel through the Jordan River Valley passing Qumran, the archaeological site near the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Arrive to Kibbutz Beit Alpha where we will visit an Israel Absorption Center which is working to help new Ethopian immigrants learn a new way of life as well as the language. Afterwards, go back in time and visit the mosaic floor of the ancient Synagogue depicting lunar Hebrew moons and their corresponding zodiac signs. After a short lunch break visit the ruins of the Roman amphitheater in the impressive archaeological site of Beit She'an. From here progress to Yardenit, a popular baptismal site on the Jordan River before a stop in Caprice, famous for the diamond factory. Enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening
Overnight: Galilee
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - Full Day in Galilee
Enjoy a full day at leisure in this lush region with a deep religious heritage to the west of the Sea of Galilee. The region offers much to do in nearby towns and cities, such as Tiberias, or venture out on the Sea itself to get a glimpse of the natural beauty of the area before dinner at the hotel this evening
Optional: Full Day Golan Heights Tour with Lunch (AM)
Overnight: Galilee
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Nazareth, Haifa, Caesarea En Route to Tel Aviv
Head towards the Mediterranean Sea this morning through the Galilean hills to Nazareth. Here there will be a chance to visit the Church of the Annunciation, the largest basilica in the Middle East. Continue to Haifa to view the impressive Baha'i Gardens in the heart of the city and incorporating nineteen distinct terraces. Follow the Mediterranean coast, stopping in the ancient harbor of Caesarea to see its Roman, Byzantine and Crusader ruins and the impressive theater. Watch history come alive with a multi-media presentation at the visitor centre. Drive south along the coastal highway to Tel Aviv
Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Full day in Tel Aviv
After breakfast there is the option to join a short walking tour of Tel Aviv with a local guide provided by the hotel. Take the remainder of the day to explore the coastal city of Tel Aviv independently. A more modern city than Jerusalem, Tel Aviv has become the financial, arts and business center of Israel. Take time today to wander along the promenade of the Jaffa Port, visit the art galleries and museums scattered throughout the city and shop in the outdoor markets and bazaars before undertaking the difficult task of choosing from the city's wide selection of world-class cafes and restaurants for dinner this evening
Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Sunday - Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

*Please note that due to local events, the order of the Jerusalem sightseeing might be altered. Details will be provided locally by your Tour Manager

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

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    *Not Included:
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    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

    Hotel check-in is 4:00 pm. If you have an early arrival and want to check-in prior to 4:00 pm you may pre-purchase an additional hotel night.

    Hotel check-out is 12:00 pm. If you have a late departure flight and want to depart later than 12:00 pm you may purchase a full post night.


    Entry Requirements:
    Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.




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