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Best of Israel

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Jerusalem
Tour Style: First Class
10 Days from $2,725 per person

The Holy City of Jerusalem sets the scene for this biblical encounter revealing centuries of history in the Promised Land. Visit the tomb of King David, the location of the Last Supper and the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Float in the Dead Sea, pray at the Wailing Wall and explore modern Israel in Tel Aviv.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Complimentary transfers will be available for guests who have provided Grand European with their flight details.  Your pilgrimage through a land regarded by many as the holiest of the holy begins in the sacred city of Jerusalem, which you will have an opportunity to explore before joining your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Drink to herald an epic journey into antiquity. L'chaim!

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    hotel:Dan Panorama
  3. Tread in the footsteps of prophets, crusaders and kings, admiring the Old City of Jerusalem and its protective walls from the sacred vantage point of the Mount of Olives. Ascend to Mount Zion to visit the tomb of King David and see the room where Jesus and his disciples shared in the Last Supper near Zion Gate. We meander through the Jewish Quarter to the Wailing Wall - watching faithful Jews cede their prayers to the crevices of its ancient rocks. See the Dome of the Rock on Temple Mount and follow the path taken by Christ past the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa to Golgotha, arriving at the 4th century Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Christians gather to commemorate at the traditional site of His Resurrection.
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  4. Journeying across the rocky Judean Desert, we arrive at the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found accidentally by a Bedouin boy in 1947. A short drive and journey up the cableway brings us to the striking cliff-top fortress of Masada where Herod the Great built palaces and a Roman siege ended in the tragic mass suicide of over 900 Zealots whose sacrifice to this day remains as a symbol of Israel's pledge to remain free. Stroll through the excavations of Herod's palatial retreat before returning to the lowest point on earth to float in its salty waters (time permitting). This evening we share a traditional meal at our hotel in Jerusalem.
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  5. Enjoy a full day at your leisure to delve into the fascinating centuries-old history of Jerusalem. Discover the meeting place of three great religions and the ancient sites that remain as a testament to their vast heritage. From the Christian Quarter Road and market stalls of the Muslim Quarter, to Hurva Square, the social center of the Jewish Quarter – the city's treasures and diverse community are yours to explore during your free time. Meander through the Old City and into the New City to celebrate its talented artists in Ein Kerem or enjoy a coffee stop at a friendly café in the German Colony.
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  6. We continue our compelling discovery of Jerusalem and visit Yad Vashem to commemorate the millions of lives lost in the Holocaust during World War II. We'll see the Dead Sea Scrolls at Israel Museum's Shrine of the Book, the Knesset and the Givat Ram Campus of the Hebrew University, before traveling through the farmlands of the Jordon Valley. Celebrate a strong sense of community at your overnight stop at a Kibbutz hotel, where you'll dine this evening.
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    hotel:Lavi Kibbutz
  7. Ascend to the hilltop ‘chariot city' and battlegrounds of Megiddo to see the excavations of Solomon's Stables. Our next stop is the sacred Catholic shrine of the Church of the Annunciation at Nazareth and the ruins of the old synagogue at Capernaum, said to have been built on the home of St. Peter. Later, we continue to the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. This evening, we dine at our hotel in Galilee.
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  8. Venture to one of Judaism's Four Holy Cities and the birthplace of the Kabbalah movement, exploring the labyrinthine cobbled lanes, ancient synagogue and artists' colony of Tzfat. We continue to the almost-intact 12th century underground City of Acre to admire its medieval Crusader buildings, before enjoying views of the Baha'i Shrine and the beautiful Persian Hanging Gardens of Haifa, created as a memorial to the founders of the Baha'i faith. Imagine seafaring traders plying their wares in the ancient port city of Caesarea and then travel to the vibrant city of Tel Aviv, our home for the next two nights.
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  9. Stroll through the ancient ruins of Old Jaffa this morning to explore biblical stories and ancient mythology before continuing to Newe Zedek, the first neighborhood of Tel Aviv. Soak up the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Rothchild Boulevard, then drive to Rabin Square where you'll learn about the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin who has become a symbol of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Indulge all your senses on your final stop in Tel Aviv – the smells of roasted coffee and freshly baked bread provide a welcome backdrop for your leisurely meander past bustling market stalls before you return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.
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  10. Our epic journey through the sacred lands of Israel has come to an end. All that's left to say is a fond farewell to fellow pilgrims as you prepare for your journey home. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room.

Shared Rooming: Room Share is not available on this trip.

Single Supplement: from $1,130 p.p.

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Transport: Smaller coaches without toilet facilities are used on this trip.

Airport transfers: Complimentary transfers will be provided for guests who have provided their flight details.

Religious vacations: Due to the frequency of religious vacations in Israel, the hotels and order of the sightseeing program may be changed.

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Meal Summary

8 nights, 8 Israeli breakfasts, 3 dinners, On-trip transport, .

Included Highlights

Cultural Insight

  • Visit the Western Wall, otherwise known as the Wailing Wall, renowned as one of the holiest places for the Jewish faith

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Jerusalem
  • Visit the tomb of King David on Mount Zion, the Fortress of Masada, the Church of Annunciation in Nazareth, the old Synagogue and the Mount of Beatitudes near Capernaum, the ancient Synagogue and artists' colony at Tzfat, the underground Crusader City of Acre
  • View the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, the Baha'i Shrine from the summit of Mount Carmel in Haifa, the excavations of Solomon's Stables and the Roman Amphitheater, aqueduct at Caesarea
  • See the Mount of Olives, the former Syrian bunkers at Golan Heights

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Israel must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Israel for less than 90 days.

  • The currency in Israel is the Shekel. While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • Like the country's population, Israeli cuisine is a diverse mix of Middle Eastern, European, and African flavors.  You'll find variations on common Mediterranean dishes like falafel, hummus and baba ganoush, plus plenty of rice and fresh salads.  For a quick lunch try a shwarma -  grilled meat (usually chicken or lamb) thinly sliced and served with salad in pita bread.  

    You will encounter some restaurants that adhere to Kosher dietary requirements, meaning that you will not be able to get dairy and meat products during the same meal. 

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items, which can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. We also recommend that women bring a light weight scarf to demonstrate respect for the different religions with historical ties to the region. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping is expected when dining out, although tends to be less generous than in the United States. It’s appropriate to leave 10-15%.  Please advise your server if you need to add the tip onto your credit bill, or simply leave your tip on the table.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Jerusalem

Bethlehem Half Day Tour

Adult Price: € 74

This tour leaves our Jerusalem hotels on a visit to the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square, ending with a view over the Shepherds Fields. NB: Bethlehem is not within Israeli territory and the operation of this tour is subject to Palestinian Authority regulations. PASSPORTS ARE REQUIRED.

Jerusalem/Tel Aviv

Dead Sea Relaxation Day

Adult Price: € 83

Join us for a trip through the Judean Desert and relax in the mineral-rich Dead Sea where you’ll experience it’s unique buoyancy, as well as the famous Dead Sea mud. Later view Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Additional Spa treatments not included. Head covering, sun cream, bathing suit, towels and beach shoes recommended. If you are joining from Tel Aviv the cost is US$89.00 and departure is at 07.20.

Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv City Discovery

Adult Price: € 60

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Tel Aviv, including the Old Port of Jaffa, with its ancient ruins and artists quarter. You’ll also visit Carmel Market, Neve Tsedek, Hatahana station, Rothschild Boulevard and Rabin Square. Note: Minimum of 8 participants required. Operates on Thursdays. Pick up from Tel Aviv at 08.30.

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