8 Day Essential Israel

$899
Land Only
$1519*
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Monday Departure
Art Plus Hotel, Tel Aviv Tel Aviv
Kibbutz Lavi Lower Galilee
Kibbutz Maagan Holiday Village Galilee
Nof Ginosar Galilee
Ron Beach Hotel Tiberias
Mount Zion Hotel Jerusalem
Thursday Departure
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2018 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
Thu, Nov 15  (Sold Out) $1899* $999
Mon, Nov 19  (Sold Out) $1609* $899
Thu, Nov 22  (Sold Out) $1689* $949
Fri, Nov 23  (Sold Out) $1959* $949
Thu, Nov 29  (Sold Out) $1799* $1059
Fri, Nov 30  (Sold Out) $1779* $949
Fri, Dec 07  (Sold Out) $1959* $949
2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
$1889* $949
Thu, Jan 10  (Sold Out) $1509* $899
$1609* $999
$1559* $949
$1599* $899
Thu, Jan 24  (Sold Out) $1609* $899
$1509* $899
$1599* $899
Thu, Feb 07  (Sold Out) $1609* $899
Thu, Feb 14  (Sold Out) $1679* $949
$1599* $899
Mon, Feb 25  (Sold Out) $1649* $899
$1539* $949
$1599* $899
Mon, Mar 04  (Sold Out) $1639* $899
Thu, Mar 07  (Sold Out) $1549* $899
Fri, Mar 08  (Sold Out) $1729* $899
Mon, Mar 11  (Sold Out) $1749* $899
Thu, Mar 14  (Sold Out) $1699* $949
$1759* $999
Mon, Mar 18  (Sold Out) $1649* $899
$1699* $999
Fri, Mar 22  (Sold Out) $1709* $899

*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.


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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.


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Hotel check-in is at 4:00 pm.

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Is This Trip Right for You?

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 the 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. This is a Value program. For more information, click here.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Israel
Depart for Israel

DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Tel Aviv
Arrive in Tel Aviv; transfer to your hotel in this vibrant city, 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 briefing with your Tour Manager
Overnight: Tel Aviv

DAY 3, Wednesday - Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Tiberias
This morning join your tour manager to get acquainted with the "Big Orange" on the walking tour of the city’s highlights. Travel to Rabin Square to view the memorial to the late Prime Minister before continuing to quaint Neve Tzedek (Tel Aviv’s "Soho") and the ancient port of Jaffa with its reconstructed Artists’ Quarter. Free time for lunch on your own. Later, depart Tel Aviv and drive along the sparkling Mediterranean coast to ancient Caesarea; see the astounding Roman, Byzantine and Crusader ruins and the 2,000-year-old theater. Drive 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 Tiberias, nestled on the tranquil Sea of Galilee, followed by dinner and overnight
Overnight: Tiberias or Galilee
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Thursday - Tiberias & the Sea of Galilee
A leisure day to enjoy the serenity of the Sea of Galilee, the largest freshwater lake in Israel, or explore this remarkable city embedded with a history dating back to the Roman Emperor Tiberius and religious sites that include the tomb of Maimonides and 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. After lunch at a kibbutz, taste special vintages at a winery in Katzrin before returning to the hotel. Tonight, dinner at your hotel
Optional: Full Day Galilee & Golan Heights with Lunch (AM)
Overnight: Tiberias or Galilee
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Friday - Beit She’an, "Golden" Jerusalem
This morning, visit a factory where diamonds are created. Learning 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. The rest of the day is at leisure to discover the many facets of Jerusalem on your own. 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 Bethlehem (PM)
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Saturday - Full Day in Jerusalem
Immerse yourself in this ancient city on this day at leisure; walk through the city's colorful neighborhoods that reveal a diverse blend of traditional and modern cultures. Or, participate in the optional tour to Masada 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, 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. Later, the entertaining optional evening includes dinner at a popular restaurant, attendance at the spectacular Sound & Light Show at the Tower of David and a drive through illuminated Jerusalem
Optional: Full Day Masada and Dead Sea (AM)
Optional: Restaurant Dinner, Sound & Light Show & Illuminated Jerusalem (PM)
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Sunday - 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. 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. The 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
Optional: New City of Jerusalem (PM)
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Monday - Depart Israel
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Israel
Depart for Israel

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Tel Aviv
Arrive in Tel Aviv; transfer to your hotel in this vibrant city, 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!
Overnight: Tel Aviv

DAY 3, Saturday - Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Tiberias
This morning join your tour manager to get acquainted with the "Big Orange" on the walking tour of the city’s highlights. Travel to Rabin Square to view the memorial to the late Prime Minister before continuing to quaint Neve Tzedek (Tel Aviv’s "Soho") and the ancient port of Jaffa with its reconstructed Artists’ Quarter. Free time for lunch on your own. Later, depart Tel Aviv and drive along the sparkling Mediterranean coast to ancient Caesarea; see the astounding Roman, Byzantine and Crusader ruins and the 2,000-year-old theater. Drive 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 Tiberias, nestled on the tranquil Sea of Galilee, followed by a briefing, dinner, and overnight
Overnight: Tiberias or Galilee
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Sunday - Tiberias & the Sea of Galilee
A leisure day to enjoy the serenity of the Sea of Galilee, the largest freshwater lake in Israel, or explore this remarkable city embedded with a history dating back to the Roman Emperor Tiberius and religious sites that include the tomb of Maimonides and 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. After lunch at a kibbutz, taste special vintages at a winery in Katzrin before returning to the hotel. Tonight, dinner at your hotel
Optional: Full Day Upper Galilee & Golan Heights with Lunch (AM)
Overnight: Tiberias or Galilee
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - Beit She’an, "Golden" Jerusalem
This morning, visit a factory where diamonds are created. Learning 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. The rest of the day is at leisure to discover the many facets of Jerusalem on your own
Optional: New City of Jerusalem (PM)
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast

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. 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. 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 Bethlehem (PM)
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Wednesday - Full Day in Jerusalem
Immerse yourself in this ancient city on this day at leisure; 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. Later, the entertaining optional evening includes dinner at a popular restaurant, attendance at the spectacular Sound & Light Show at the Tower of David and a drive through illuminated Jerusalem
Optional: Full Day Masada and Dead Sea (AM)
Optional: Restaurant Dinner, Sound & Light Show & Illuminated Jerusalem (PM)
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Thursday - Depart Israel
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Israel
Depart for Israel

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Tel Aviv
Arrive in Tel Aviv; transfer to your hotel in this vibrant city, 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 briefing with your Tour Manager
Overnight: Tel Aviv

DAY 3, Sunday - Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Tiberias
This morning join your tour manager to get acquainted with the "Big Orange" on the walking tour of the city’s highlights. Travel to Rabin Square to view the memorial to the late Prime Minister before continuing to quaint Neve Tzedek (Tel Aviv’s "Soho") and the ancient port of Jaffa with its reconstructed Artists’ Quarter. Free time for lunch on your own. Later, depart Tel Aviv and drive along the sparkling Mediterranean coast to ancient Caesarea; see the astounding Roman, Byzantine and Crusader ruins and the 2,000-year-old theater. Drive 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 Tiberias, nestled on the tranquil Sea of Galilee, followed by dinner and overnight
Overnight: Tiberias or Galilee
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Monday - Tiberias & the Sea of Galilee
A leisure day to enjoy the serenity of the Sea of Galilee, the largest freshwater lake in Israel, or explore this remarkable city embedded with a history dating back to the Roman Emperor Tiberius and religious sites that include the tomb of Maimonides and 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. After lunch at a kibbutz, taste special vintages at a winery in Katzrin before returning to the hotel. Tonight, dinner at your hotel
Optional: Full Day Galilee & Golan Heights with Lunch (AM)
Overnight: Tiberias or Galilee
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Tuesday - Beit She’an, "Golden" Jerusalem
This morning, visit a factory where diamonds are created. Learning 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 that 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. The rest of the day is at leisure to discover the many facets of Jerusalem on your own
Optional: New City of Jerusalem (PM)
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Wednesday - 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. Follow the steps along 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. 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. Tonight, join the throngs of people at cafes along the Midrachov, Jerusalem's main shopping street
Optional: Half Day Bethlehem (PM)
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Thursday - Full Day in Jerusalem
Immerse yourself in this ancient city on this day at leisure; 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, bath houses 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. Later, the entertaining optional evening includes dinner at a popular restaurant, attendance at the spectacular Sound & Light Show at the Tower of David and a drive through illuminated Jerusalem
Optional: Full Day Masada and Dead Sea (AM)
Optional: Restaurant Dinner, Sound & Light Show & Illuminated Jerusalem (PM)
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Monday - Depart Israel
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

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 #4 01 May 2018 - 30 Apr 2019 $89.00
Full Day Upper Galilee & Golan Heights with lunch 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 #5 12 Feb 2018 - 31 Mar 2020 $33.00
Half Day Bethlehem 2:00 PM 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 #6 24 Jul 2018 - 30 Apr 2019 $69.00
Illuminated Jerusalem, Dinner & Sound & Light Show 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 #6 01 May 2018 - 30 Apr 2019 $89.00
Full Day Masada & Dead Sea 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 #7 01 May 2018 - 30 Apr 2019 $55.00
Half Day Jerusalem New City Thumbnail

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 #4 01 May 2018 - 30 Apr 2019 $89.00
Full Day Upper Galilee & Golan Heights with lunch 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 #5 01 May 2018 - 30 Apr 2019 $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 #6 12 Feb 2018 - 31 Mar 2020 $33.00
Half Day Bethlehem 2:00 PM 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
Illuminated Jerusalem, Dinner & Sound & Light Show 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 2018 - 30 Apr 2019 $89.00
Full Day Masada & Dead Sea Thumbnail

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 #4 01 May 2018 - 30 Apr 2019 $89.00
Full Day Upper Galilee & Golan Heights with lunch 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 #5 01 May 2018 - 30 Apr 2019 $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 #6 12 Feb 2018 - 31 Mar 2020 $33.00
Half Day Bethlehem 2:00 PM 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
Illuminated Jerusalem, Dinner & Sound & Light Show 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 2018 - 30 Apr 2019 $89.00
Full Day Masada & Dead Sea Thumbnail