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Jerusalem
Tour Style: First Class
10 Days from $2,495 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. Welcome to Israel. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Jerusalem, one of the oldest cities in the world and holy to three religions. Relax or take a stroll around the city. In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink with your fellow travelers and your Travel Director.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:Dan Panorama
  3. Admire the Old City of Jerusalem and its walls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, from the Mount of Olives. Visit the tomb of King David on Mount Zion. See the room where the Last Supper took place near Zion Gate. Walk through the Jewish Quarter to the Wailing Wall, the holiest place where Jews are allowed to pray, and see the Dome of the Rock, located on Temple Mount, one of Jerusalem's most recognisable landmarks and completed in 691 CE, built to resemble nearby Byzantine churches and palaces. Follow the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa to the 4th century Church of the Holy Sepulchre, renowned as the traditional site of the Resurrection of Christ.

    meal(s):Israeli Breakfast
  4. Traverse the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Near Qumran, view the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found accidentally by a Bedouin boy in 1947. A short drive brings you to the striking cliff-top fortress of Masada where Herod the Great built palaces and a Roman siege ended in the mass suicide of over 900 people. Ride by cable car to the ancient fortress where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans. Explore the excavations of Herod's Palace before having the chance to float in the Dead Sea, time permitting. Later, enjoy an evening meal at your hotel.

    meal(s):Israeli Breakfast, Dinner
  5. Spend the day exploring the sights of your choice. There are a wealth of great attractions to visit, including the Tower of David Museum, the Archaeological Gardens and the Davidson Center. Visit some of the city's districts – enjoy a coffee at one of the cafés in the German Colony, or spend some time with the city's artists in the Ein Kerem neighborhood. With 3,000 years' of history to explore, the Old City offers further highlights for you to do and see during your free time, including the Christian Quarter Road, rooftop walk along the city's souk and Hurva Square, the social center of the Jewish Quarter.

    meal(s):Israeli Breakfast
  6. Tour Yad Vashem, a memorial commemorating the six million martyrs of World War II. Discover the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum, housing the Dead Sea Scrolls. See the Knesset − Israel's Parliament − and the Givat Ram Campus of the Hebrew University. Travel through the Jordan Valley to reach your Kibbutz hotel, home for the next two nights. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    meal(s):Israeli Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Lavi Kibbutz
  7. Visit the hilltop ‘chariot city' of Megiddo, which has been proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see the excavations of Solomon's Stables. Explore the Church of the Annunciation at Nazareth and visit the old synagogue at Capernaum, said to have been built on the home of St. Peter. Continue to the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    meal(s):Israeli Breakfast, Dinner
  8. Visit the ancient synagogue and artists' colony at Tzfat, one of Judaism's Four Holy Cities and the birthplace of the Kabbalah movement. Discover the almost-intact 12th century underground Crusaders City of Acre, proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire views of the Baha'i Shrine and the beautiful Persian Gardens at Haifa, created as a memorial to the founders of the Baha'i faith. See the Roman statues, the aqueduct and the Roman Theater at the ancient port city of Caesarea. Later, travel to the vibrant and modern city of Tel Aviv for a two-night stay.

    meal(s):Israeli Breakfast
    hotel:Dan Panorama
  9. Take time on your own to discover the myriad delights Tel Aviv has to offer, including the Flea Market, Newe Zedek, the first Jewish neighborhood, the Diaspora Museum and the Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv's Art Gallery District and the Eretz Israel Museum. Don't miss the port of Old Jaffa, the point where Jonah is reputed to have boarded a ship before he was swallowed by a big fish.

    meal(s):Israeli Breakfast
  10. After a memorable vacation in this historic region, it is time to say goodbye to your fellow travelers as you prepare for your journey home. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    meal(s):Israeli Breakfast
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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 and aqueduct at Caesarea
  • See the Mount of Olives, the former Syrian bunkers at Golan Heights
  • Definite Departure
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New Year's Eve Highlights: Christmas Day is not celebrated in Israel. December 28, 2017 departure will celebrate New Year's Eve in Jerusalem. This specially arranged festive meal celebration will replace one of the included meals featured in the itinerary. 

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

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.

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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.

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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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