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Cinema Hotel Tel Aviv
Nof Ginosar Galilee
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Cinema Hotel Tel Aviv
Nof Ginosar Galilee
Ron Beach Hotel Tiberias
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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.


Accommodation Details:
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.

May 12 departure will be accommodated at Ron Beach Hotel in Tiberias

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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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. Expect extensive walking during sightseeing in Jerusalem. The pace is moderate, however a majority is over uneven surfaces, stairs and steps. Most wake-up calls are at 6:30 am. Please be aware that if taking the Masada & Dead Sea optional tour the journey to the top of the mesa is via cable car.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for Israel
Depart for Israel

DAY 2, Monday - Arrive in Tel Aviv
Arrive in Tel Aviv; transfer to your hotel in this vibrant city, known as Israel's "playground on the sea." Balance of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to your new time zone. Perhaps, walk along the bustling beachfront promenade, stop at a café and just people-watch! This evening, enjoy an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at approximately 7 pm. 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
Overnight: Tel Aviv

DAY 3, Tuesday - City Tour of Tel Aviv
Start with a visit to Jaffa (Joppa), the ancient port city linked with biblical stories of Solomon, Jonah and St. Peter. Tour the ancient ruins and walk to the beautifully reconstructed Artists' Quarter. From atop the hill, stop to admire breathtaking panoramic views of the Mediterranean coast and Tel Aviv. Continue to trendy Neve Tzedek (Tel Aviv's "Soho"), the first neighborhood constructed outside of Jaffa and to HaTachana, a renovated Ottoman train station converted to a vibrant entertainment complex. Balance of the day is at leisure, or join the optional Panoramic Night Tour of Tel Aviv. Get acquainted with this vibrant and cosmopolitan city on this panoramic tour that begins on bustling Ibn Gvirol Street and travels to Yitzhak Rabin Square with its memorial to the late Israeli Prime Minister. Continue past the Mann Auditorium and Habima, Israel's national theatre to tree-lined Rothschild Avenue known for its distinctive Bauhaus architecture dating back to the 1930s. Dinner is included at a popular Tel Aviv Restaurant
Optional: Panoramic Night Tour of Tel Aviv with Dinner
Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Wednesday - Caesarea, Nazareth, Northern Israel
Begin the day with a drive north along the crystal-blue waters of the Mediterranean coast to ancient Caesarea; see the astounding Roman, Byzantine and Crusader ruins and the 2000-year-old theater. At the Visitor's Center, view the informative multi-media presentation before departing for Nazareth. Drive through the rolling Galilean hills to the sacred town where, according to tradition, Jesus spent his childhood and youth; visit the Church of the Annunciation. Continue to your hotel, where you will enjoy dinner as a group
Overnight: Galilee Region
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Thursday - Full Day in Tiberias
On your day at leisure in Tiberias, mix the serene quiet of the pristine Sea of Galilee, the largest freshwater lake in Israel, with nature, history, and religion. Don't miss the optional full day tour starting at 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. Stop at a working kibbutz for a tour, followed by lunch at an authentic Druze restaurant. Continue to Har Bental site of a former Israeli bunker. Finish the day at the ancient site of Banias. Set in the Banias Nature Reserve, one of the most naturally beautiful places in Israel, see ruins of the old city. Afterward, return to the hotel for dinner
Optional: Full Day Capernaum & Northern Galilee with lunch
Overnight: Galilee Region
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Friday - Yardenit, Beit She'an, Jerusalem
Depart from your hotel in Tiberias and stop for a tour of a local diamond factory and showroom. After travel to the Jordan River, considered one of the world's most sacred rivers. Visit the popular baptismal site of Yardenit. Head south via the Jordan Valley and 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. Before getting to Jerusalem, a stop just outside the city provides a scenic panoramic view. Continue to the hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Saturday - Full Day in Jerusalem
A full day to discover this fascinating city on your own. In Jerusalem, one of the oldest and holiest cities in the world, there are endless opportunities to explore. A walk through the city's colorful neighborhoods reveals a diverse blend of traditional and modern cultures. Or, join the fascinating optional full day tour to Masada and the Dead Sea that begins with a drive along the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, to 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, bath houses, dwellings, and workshops. After a visit to the Museum of Masada at the base, drive to the Dead Sea for a swim in the salty and buoyant waters before returning to Jerusalem. Tonight's very special optional evening includes dinner at a popular restaurant, attendance at the spectacular Sound & Light Show at the Tower of David
*Due to local events, the order of the Jerusalem sightseeing might be altered. Details will be provided locally by your Tour Manager
Optional: Full Day Masada & Dead Sea
Optional: Illuminated Jerusalem, Restaurant Dinner and Sound & Light Show (PM)
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Sunday - Full Day in Jerusalem
Visit the contrasting New City on the optional Jerusalem New City tour. Drive via the Supreme Court building and the Knesset, Israel's Parliament, to the Israel Museum. Here, view the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed and the miniature model of Jerusalem during Second Temple period. Then, on to Yad Vashem, Memorial to the Holocaust, on the Mount of Remembrance. The optional afternoon tour to Bethlehem includes a visit to the Church of the Nativity, commemorating the birthplace of Christ. A stop for local olive wood handicrafts is included
Optional: Half Day Jerusalem New City (AM)
Optional: Half Day Bethlehem (PM)
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Monday - Jerulsalem Old City Tour
Begin your walking tour of Jerusalem* at the walled Old City with its four distinct sections; the Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Armenian Quarters. 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 Western Wall, Room of the Last Supper and the traditional Tomb of King David. The remainder of the day is on your own. Stroll through the lanes of the Old City, visit the exotic bazaars or, participate in the optional afternoon Jerusalem Old City tour that begins at the Zion Gate. Visit the Cardo, a colonnaded Roman shopping street during the Byzantine period, the Jewish Quarter's four Sephardic Synagogues and the Burnt House, set ablaze by the Romans. Then, on to the Davidson Center in the archaeological Park with its exhibits and presentations. This evening, enjoy a Farewell dinner at a local restaurant
*Due to local events, the order of the Jerusalem sightseeing might be altered. Details will be provided locally by your Tour Manager
Optional: Half Day Jerusalem Old City - Jewish Quarter (PM)
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Tuesday - Depart Israel
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Israel
Depart for Israel

DAY 2, Wednesday - Arrive in Tel Aviv
Arrive in Tel Aviv; transfer to your hotel in this vibrant city, known as Israel's "playground on the sea." Balance of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to your new time zone. Perhaps, walk along the bustling beachfront promenade, stop at a café and just people-watch! This evening, enjoy an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at approximately 7 pm. 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
Overnight: Tel Aviv

DAY 3, Thursday - City Tour of Tel Aviv
Start with a visit to Jaffa (Joppa), the ancient port city linked with biblical stories of Solomon, Jonah and St. Peter. Tour the ancient ruins and walk to the beautifully reconstructed Artists' Quarter. From atop the hill, stop to admire breathtaking panoramic views of the Mediterranean coast and Tel Aviv. Continue to trendy Neve Tzedek (Tel Aviv's "Soho"), the first neighborhood constructed outside of Jaffa and to HaTachana, a renovated Ottoman train station converted to a vibrant entertainment complex. Balance of the day is at leisure, or join the optional Panoramic Night Tour of Tel Aviv. Get acquainted with this vibrant and cosmopolitan city on this panoramic tour that begins on bustling Ibn Gvirol Street and travels to Yitzhak Rabin Square with its memorial to the late Israeli Prime Minister. Continue past the Mann Auditorium and Habima, Israel's national theatre to tree-lined Rothschild Avenue known for its distinctive Bauhaus architecture dating back to the 1930s. Dinner is included at a popular Tel Aviv Restaurant
Optional: Panoramic Night Tour of Tel Aviv with Dinner
Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Friday - Caesarea, Nazareth, Northern Israel
Begin the day with a drive north along the crystal-blue waters of the Mediterranean coast to ancient Caesarea; see the astounding Roman, Byzantine and Crusader ruins and the 2000-year-old theater. At the Visitor's Center, view the informative multi-media presentation before departing for Nazareth. Drive through the rolling Galilean hills to the sacred town where, according to tradition, Jesus spent his childhood and youth; visit the Church of the Annunciation. Continue to your hotel, where you will enjoy dinner as a group
Overnight: Galilee Region
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Saturday - Full Day in Tiberias
On your day at leisure in Tiberias, mix the serene quiet of the pristine Sea of Galilee, the largest freshwater lake in Israel, with nature, history, and religion. Don't miss the optional full day tour starting at 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. Stop at a working kibbutz for a tour, followed by lunch at an authentic Druze restaurant. Continue to Har Bental site of a former Israeli bunker. Finish the day at the ancient site of Banias. Set in the Banias Nature Reserve, one of the most naturally beautiful places in Israel, see ruins of the old city. Afterward, return to the hotel for dinner
Optional: Full Day Capernaum & Northern Galilee with lunch
Overnight: Galilee Region
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Sunday - Yardenit, Beit She'an, Jerusalem
Depart from your hotel in Tiberias and stop for a tour of a local diamond factory and showroom. After travel to the Jordan River, considered one of the world's most sacred rivers. Visit the popular baptismal site of Yardenit. Head south via the Jordan Valley and 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. Before getting to Jerusalem, a stop just outside the city provides a scenic panoramic view. Continue to the hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Monday - Jerusalem Old City Tour
BBegin your walking tour of Jerusalem* at the walled Old City with its four distinct sections; the Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Armenian Quarters. 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 Western Wall, Room of the Last Supper and the traditional Tomb of King David. The remainder of the day is on your own. Stroll through the lanes of the Old City, visit the exotic bazaars or, participate in the optional afternoon Jerusalem Old City tour that begins at the Zion Gate. Visit the Cardo, a colonnaded Roman shopping street during the Byzantine period, the Jewish Quarter's four Sephardic Synagogues and the Burnt House, set ablaze by the Romans. Then, on to the Davidson Center in the archaeological Park with its exhibits and presentations. Tonight's very special optional evening includes dinner at a popular restaurant, attendance at the spectacular Sound & Light Show at the Tower of David
*Due to local events, the order of the Jerusalem sightseeing might be altered. Details will be provided locally by your Tour Manager
Optional: Half Day Jerusalem Old City - Jewish Quarter (PM)
Optional: Illuminated Jerusalem, Restaurant Dinner and Sound & Light Show (PM)
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Tuesday - Full Day in Jerusalem
Visit the contrasting New City on the optional Jerusalem New City tour. Drive via the Supreme Court building and the Knesset, Israel's Parliament, to the Israel Museum. Here, view the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed and the miniature model of Jerusalem during Second Temple period. Then, on to Yad Vashem, Memorial to the Holocaust, on the Mount of Remembrance. The optional afternoon tour to Bethlehem includes a visit to the Church of the Nativity, commemorating the birthplace of Christ. A stop for local olive wood handicrafts is included
Optional: Half Day Jerusalem New City (AM)
Optional: Half Day Bethlehem (PM)
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Wednesday - Full Day in Jerusalem
A full day to discover this fascinating city on your own. In Jerusalem, one of the oldest and holiest cities in the world, there are endless opportunities to explore. A walk through the city's colorful neighborhoods reveals a diverse blend of traditional and modern cultures. Or, join the fascinating optional full day tour to Masada and the Dead Sea that begins with a drive along the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, to 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, bath houses, dwellings, and workshops. After a visit to the Museum of Masada at the base, drive to the Dead Sea for a swim in the salty and buoyant waters before returning to Jerusalem. This evening, enjoy a Farewell dinner at a local restaurant
Optional: Full Day Masada & Dead Sea
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Thursday - Depart Israel
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

Get acquainted with this vibrant and cosmopolitan city on this panoramic tour that begins on bustling Ibn Gvirol Street and travels to Yitzhak Rabin Square with its memorial to the late Israeli Prime Minister. Continue past the Mann Auditorium and Habima, Israel's national theatre to tree-lined Rothschild Avenue known for its distinctive Bauhaus architecture dating back to the 1930s. To top off the evening, stop for dinner at a popular Tel Aviv restaurant. Enjoy the views and just people-watch!

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #3 01 May 2018 - 30 Apr 2019 $55.00
01 May 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $55.00
Panoramic Night Tour of Tel Aviv with dinner Thumbnail

Begin your full day tour at the age-old fishing village of Capernaum on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. It is home to a celebrated Byzantine-era synagogue and frequently mentioned in the Bible as Jesus' base during his Galilean ministry. Stop at a working kibbutz for a tour, followed by lunch at an authentic Druze restaurant. Continue to Har Bental, the site of a former Israeli bunker. Finish the day at the ancient site of Banias. Set in the Banias Nature Reserve, this is one of the most naturally beautiful places in Israel, and see ruins of the old city.

Day #5 01 Apr 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $75.00
Full Day Capernaum & Northern Galilee with lunch Thumbnail

The full day tour to Masada and the Dead Sea begins with a drive through the Judean Desert and along the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, to Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ascend the towering desert mesa via cable car to visit the excavations of the fortress of King Herod and last stronghold of the Zealots against the Romans. Here you'll see many of the original structures such as the synagogue and storehouses that have been painstakingly restored by archaeologists. At the base, visit the Museum of Masada that combines archaeological artifacts with a narrated guided tour of the Story of Masada. Then, journey via Ein Gedi to the Dead Sea for an "unsinkable" swim in the buoyant, salty waters.

Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 9 hours.

Due to renovations at Masada, January departures will visit The Good Samaritan building, Saint Gerasimos, Deir Hajla Monastery and Qumran instead of Masada. The visit to the Dead Sea is still included.

Day #7 01 May 2019 - 30 Apr 2020 $89.00
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Jerusalem at night is truly a sight to behold, with the city's magnificent architecture beautifully illuminated. The evening begins with dinner at a popular restaurant. Afterwards, attend the spectacular "Sound & Light" Show at the Tower of David that tells the story of Jerusalem accompanied by original music and virtual reality images. Return to your hotel.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #7 01 May 2019 - 01 Apr 2020 $69.00
Illuminated Jerusalem, Dinner & Sound & Light Show Thumbnail

View the Supreme Court building and the Knesset, Israel's Parliament, as you drive to visit the stunning Israel Museum. Here, view the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed and the miniature model of Jerusalem during Second Temple period. Then, to Yad Vashem, Memorial to the Holocaust, on the Mount of Remembrance. Return to your hotel.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #8 01 May 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $55.00
Half Day Jerusalem New City Thumbnail

On this excursion, you will leave the State of Israel and cross the border to the Palestinian Authority. You will leave your Israeli guide and driver on the Israeli side, and upon arriving into the West Bank, you will be met by your Palestinian tour guide who will accompany you on this tour to Bethlehem. Large groups will necessarily split into smaller groups utilizing local shuttle buses, which will take you to visit the Church of the Nativity, commemorating the birthplace of Jesus Christ, with many restoration projects instituted throughout the years. The facade of the Church of the Nativity is encircled by the high walls of the three convents: the Franciscan on the northeast side, and the Greek Orthodox and the Armenian Orthodox on the southeast side. A shopping stop for local souvenirs and olive wood handicrafts, a principal source of local income, is included in the tour.

Please note that Bethlehem is located six miles south of Jerusalem in the West Bank and governed by the Palestinian National Authority.
The Church is currently undergoing renovations which are scheduled to continue through 2019. Expect to see scaffolding on parts of the structure, and as work is ongoing, there may be construction noise during normal visit hours. Due to the popularity of the Church, long lines are common and wait time may vary.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #8 12 Feb 2018 - 31 Mar 2020 $33.00
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The tour of the Old City begins at the Zion Gate, where provisions for the Jewish Quarter were smuggled during the War of Independence. Walk to the Cardo, the ancient Roman Street that was the main shopping area during the Roman and Byzantine Periods. Visit the Jewish Quarter and view the four Sephardic Synagogues, each one built separately to fit the needs of the Sephardic community at the time of its construction. Next, tour the Herodian Quarter, an area once populated by aristocratic families and Temple priests. Lastly, tour the Southern Wall excavations and visit the Davidson Center in the Archaeological Park.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #9 01 May 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $55.00
Half Day Jerusalem Old City Jewish Quarter Thumbnail

Get acquainted with this vibrant and cosmopolitan city on this panoramic tour that begins on bustling Ibn Gvirol Street and travels to Yitzhak Rabin Square with its memorial to the late Israeli Prime Minister. Continue past the Mann Auditorium and Habima, Israel's national theatre to tree-lined Rothschild Avenue known for its distinctive Bauhaus architecture dating back to the 1930s. To top off the evening, stop for dinner at a popular Tel Aviv restaurant. Enjoy the views and just people-watch!

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #3 01 May 2018 - 30 Apr 2019 $55.00
01 May 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $55.00
Panoramic Night Tour of Tel Aviv with dinner Thumbnail

Begin your full day tour at the age-old fishing village of Capernaum on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. It is home to a celebrated Byzantine-era synagogue and frequently mentioned in the Bible as Jesus' base during his Galilean ministry. Stop at a working kibbutz for a tour, followed by lunch at an authentic Druze restaurant. Continue to Har Bental, the site of a former Israeli bunker. Finish the day at the ancient site of Banias. Set in the Banias Nature Reserve, this is one of the most naturally beautiful places in Israel, and see ruins of the old city.

Day #5 01 Apr 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $75.00
Full Day Capernaum & Northern Galilee with lunch Thumbnail

The tour of the Old City begins at the Zion Gate, where provisions for the Jewish Quarter were smuggled during the War of Independence. Walk to the Cardo, the ancient Roman Street that was the main shopping area during the Roman and Byzantine Periods. Visit the Jewish Quarter and view the four Sephardic Synagogues, each one built separately to fit the needs of the Sephardic community at the time of its construction. Next, tour the Herodian Quarter, an area once populated by aristocratic families and Temple priests. Lastly, tour the Southern Wall excavations and visit the Davidson Center in the Archaeological Park.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #7 01 May 2018 - 30 Apr 2019 $55.00
01 May 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $55.00
Half Day Jerusalem Old City Jewish Quarter Thumbnail

Jerusalem at night is truly a sight to behold, with the city's magnificent architecture beautifully illuminated. The evening begins with dinner at a popular restaurant. Afterwards, attend the spectacular "Sound & Light" Show at the Tower of David that tells the story of Jerusalem accompanied by original music and virtual reality images. Return to your hotel.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #7 24 Jul 2018 - 30 Apr 2019 $69.00
01 May 2019 - 01 Apr 2020 $69.00
Illuminated Jerusalem, Dinner & Sound & Light Show Thumbnail

View the Supreme Court building and the Knesset, Israel's Parliament, as you drive to visit the stunning Israel Museum. Here, view the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed and the miniature model of Jerusalem during Second Temple period. Then, to Yad Vashem, Memorial to the Holocaust, on the Mount of Remembrance. Return to your hotel.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #8 01 May 2018 - 30 Apr 2019 $55.00
01 May 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $55.00
Half Day Jerusalem New City Thumbnail

On this excursion, you will leave the State of Israel and cross the border to the Palestinian Authority. You will leave your Israeli guide and driver on the Israeli side, and upon arriving into the West Bank, you will be met by your Palestinian tour guide who will accompany you on this tour to Bethlehem. Large groups will necessarily split into smaller groups utilizing local shuttle buses, which will take you to visit the Church of the Nativity, commemorating the birthplace of Jesus Christ, with many restoration projects instituted throughout the years. The facade of the Church of the Nativity is encircled by the high walls of the three convents: the Franciscan on the northeast side, and the Greek Orthodox and the Armenian Orthodox on the southeast side. A shopping stop for local souvenirs and olive wood handicrafts, a principal source of local income, is included in the tour.

Please note that Bethlehem is located six miles south of Jerusalem in the West Bank and governed by the Palestinian National Authority.
The Church is currently undergoing renovations which are scheduled to continue through 2019. Expect to see scaffolding on parts of the structure, and as work is ongoing, there may be construction noise during normal visit hours. Due to the popularity of the Church, long lines are common and wait time may vary.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #8 12 Feb 2018 - 31 Mar 2020 $33.00
Half Day Bethlehem 2:00 PM Thumbnail

The full day tour to Masada and the Dead Sea begins with a drive through the Judean Desert and along the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, to Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ascend the towering desert mesa via cable car to visit the excavations of the fortress of King Herod and last stronghold of the Zealots against the Romans. Here you'll see many of the original structures such as the synagogue and storehouses that have been painstakingly restored by archaeologists. At the base, visit the Museum of Masada that combines archaeological artifacts with a narrated guided tour of the Story of Masada. Then, journey via Ein Gedi to the Dead Sea for an "unsinkable" swim in the buoyant, salty waters.

Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 9 hours.

Due to renovations at Masada, January departures will visit The Good Samaritan building, Saint Gerasimos, Deir Hajla Monastery and Qumran instead of Masada. The visit to the Dead Sea is still included.

Day #9 01 May 2018 - 30 Apr 2019 $89.00
01 May 2019 - 30 Apr 2020 $89.00
Full Day Masada & Dead Sea Thumbnail