15 Day Classic Israel with Eilat

$2789
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$3649*
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15 Day Classic Israel with Eilat
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Oct 17  (Sold Out) $4639* $3739
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*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.


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 request a hotel Day Use Room for an additional charge. Please note: Hotel checkout for a Day Use Room is 6:00 pm. If you have a flight which requires a longer stay, you may pre-purchase a full post night.

Passengers with a 1 day tour to Petra: Gate 1 will obtain a Jordan visa locally for approximately $60 as long as your passport information is provided to the Israel Tour Manager at least 48 hours in advance. This is in addition to the border taxes & fees.


Accommodation Details:
Jan 9, 30 & Feb 13 departures will be accommodated at Isrotel Agamim in Eilat

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.



Is This Trip Right for You?

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 the Masada & Dead Sea includes a cable car journey to the top of the mesa. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Israel
Depart for Israel

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 an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at approximately 7 pm, followed by a Welcome Dinner. 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: Jerusalem
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday - Jerusalem Old City Tour*
This morning, enjoy a walking tour, exploring Jerusalem's walled Old City with its four distinct sections known as the Christian Quarter, Jewish Quarter, Muslim Quarter and Armenian Quarter. At Mt. Zion, visit the Room of the Last Supper and the traditional tomb of King David. Ascend Mt. Scopus to view the magnificent panorama of the city. From here, on to Tower of David Museum, guarding the Jaffa Gate entrance to the Old City. Stroll along the Via Dolorosa through narrow alleys and souks to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, one of the holiest sites in the Christian world. After time on your own, continue to the Western Wall, the only remaining remnant of the Second Temple. At dinner this evening, savor local specialties
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 tunnels. 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 Cardo 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 on your own. The remainder of the day is at leisure or, join the optional Bethlehem tour to visit the Church of the Nativity, commemorating the birthplace of Jesus Christ
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. This afternoon, join the optional tour to the Herodian Mansions and the Burnt House in the Old City. Tonight, attend the optional Illuminated Jerusalem,* Dinner & Sound & Light Show. The evening begins with dinner at a popular restaurant. Next, drive to the Tower of David to attend the spectacular "Sound & Light" Show that tells the story of Jerusalem accompanied by original music and virtual reality images
*Apr 7 departure: Optional Illuminated Jerusalem with Dinner will operate on Day 3. Dinner will also be provided on Day 5.
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
Today, travel to the desert mesa of Masada overlooking the Dead Sea. Ascend to the 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. Afterwards, stop at Beit Alpha. 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 on your own, visit the ruins of the Roman theater in the impressive archaeological site of Beit She'an. From here continue 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 this evening. Participate in the optional full day tour to Upper Galilee & Golan Heights with lunch to understand more about the area
Optional: Full Day Upper Galilee & Golan Heights 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 incorporating nineteen distinct terraces in the heart of the city. 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 for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Full Day in Tel Aviv
Today, enjoy a full day at leisure 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 to admire some of the city’s splendid Bauhaus buildings, wander along the beach promenade and the Jaffa Port with its fascinating Arab heritage. Perhaps, visit some contemporary art galleries, artisan boutiques and the dynamic Sarona Market complex, heart of Israel’s culinary art scene
Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Sunday - Sde Boker, Mitzpe Ramon En Route to Eilat
Depart Tel Aviv this morning and journey south to Eilat. En route, you will travel through the Negev, first visiting Kibbutz Sde Boker, the final home and self-chosen burial site of Israel's first Prime Minister David Ben Gurion, and then on to Mizpe Ramon, where you will learn more about this fascinating, up-and-coming region. Continue to Eilat and stop at a shop selling locally produced stone products before checking to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure to enjoy this resort city
Overnight: Eilat
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Monday - Full Day in Eilat
This morning choose to explore Eilat independently or join the optional full day tour that travels east into neighboring Jordan to visit the spectacular sight of Petra. Considered to be one of Jordan's greatest national treasures, the ancient city is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. The tour begins with a short walk through the narrow gorge in the shadow of massive red and pink rock walls that leads to the expansive city that has been carved directly into the towering cliff faces. Evening return to Eilat
Optional: Full Day Petra with lunch (AM)
Overnight: Eilat
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Tuesday - Full Day in Eilat
Take time this morning to discover Eilat's many treasures and attractions by joining the optional excursion to nearby King Soloman's Mines and Timna Park. You will view the distinctive rock formations and the ancient ruins dotted throughout the Timna Valley. The valley has been uniquely formed by man and the environment to create an area with a deep historical and cultural heritage. Return to Eilat
Optional: King Solomon's Mines & Timna Park (AM)
Overnight: Eilat
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14, Wednesday - Drive to Tel Aviv
Travel back to Tel Aviv this morning via the Arava Highway (Desert Highway). You will climb up 1,200 feet from the Arava Highway to Dimona and travel via the capital of the Negev Beer Sheva en route to Tel Aviv. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to experience 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 15, Thursday - Depart Israel
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

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Optional Tours

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 #4 12 Feb 2018 - 31 Mar 2020 $33.00
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This tour features two visits that take you back to the time of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, an era reaching back as far as 515 BCE. Your first stop will be a 6 house compound known as the Herodian Mansions. These were the homes of aristocracy, most especially Temple priests and their families. The homes were designed in the Hellenistic Roman style popular at the time. The design of the dwellings, and the findings revealed during the excavations, bear witness to the residents' wealth and high standard of living. They allow you to observe the living conditions and way of life of the Jerusalem upper class on the eve of the destruction of the Second Temple. The last visit on this tour will be to the Burnt House*, which was excavated in the 1970's. It was believed to have been set ablaze by the Roman legions in 70 AD. It was owned by the Kathros family, members of the wealthy Temple priest aristocracy. You will view an emotional video reproduction of the 2,000 year old events, as they were appearing before your very eyes. Watch as they prepare their revolt against the Romans, the different political opinions of the family members, the storming of the city and the house, and the destruction of the temple and the torching of the house.
*Due to renovations at the Burnt House, some tours will visit the Hurva Synagogue instead.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #5 01 May 2018 - 30 Apr 2019 $59.00
01 May 2019 - 01 Apr 2020 $64.00
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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 #5 24 Jul 2018 - 30 Apr 2019 $69.00
01 May 2019 - 01 Apr 2020 $69.00
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First, a stop at Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached His famous "Sermon on the Mount". Next, drive to Safed, a holy city in Judaism and the center of the mystical Kabbalah. Stroll through the artists' colony and visit an ancient synagogue. Proceed to Golan Heights stopping for a tour and lunch at a kibbutz . Continue to Har Bental site of a former Israeli bunker. Next visit a kosher winery in Katzrin, the largest town in the Golan Heights. Return to your hotel.

Approximate tour duration is 9 hours.

Day #8 01 May 2018 - 30 Apr 2019 $89.00
01 May 2019 - 08 May 2019 $97.00
10 May 2019 - 30 Apr 2020 $97.00
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Petra was first established around the 6th century by the Nabatean Arabs, a nomadic tribe who settled in south Jordan more than 2000 years ago. The tour begins at the Tourist Center at the entrance of the narrow (1 Km) "Siq" with its towering rock walls. At the end of the gorge, view the magnificent and dramatic facade of the most famous monument in Petra -- the Treasury. Various walks and climbs reveal literally hundreds of buildings, facades, baths, funerary halls, soaring temples, royal tombs, markets, paved streets, as well as the 3000 seat theatre from the early 1st century. Lunch will be provided during the tour. After completing border formalities, transfer to your hotel in Eilat.

Approximate tour duration is 11.5 hours.

For those on the One Day Petra optional tour, a fee of approximately US $65, for border taxes and service fees, must be paid locally. In addition, a visa for Jordan costing $60 must be obtained before crossing the border. This visa can be arranged and paid locally if passport information is received by your Israeli tour manager at least 48 hours in advance. This visa is in addition to the border taxes and fees. Alternatively, please contact your local Jordan Embassy.

Day #12 01 May 2018 - 30 Apr 2019 $249.00
01 May 2019 - 30 Apr 2020 $274.00
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Morning excursion to nearby King Solomon's Mines with its towering sandstone columns and historical Timna Park; copper ore has been mined here since the kingdom of biblical King Solomon. View the distinctive rock formations and the ancient ruins dotted throughout the valley, uniquely formed by man and nature. View the exciting multimedia presentation, "Mines of Time," where the pharaohs, kings, queens and quarriers, who knew this region millennia ago comes alive. A large section of the valley, containing ancient remnants of copper mining and ancient worship, is encompassed in this large recreational park. Return to Eilat.

Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.

Day #13 01 May 2018 - 30 Apr 2019 $59.00
01 May 2019 - 30 Apr 2020 $64.00
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