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Israel Discovery

Operated by: Insight Vacations

8 Days from $3,495 per person
Dome of the Rock and Western Wall, Jerusalem, Israel

Countries Visited

Israel ...more Israel

Locations Visited

Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Caesarea, Nazareth, Tiberias ...more Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Caesarea, Nazareth, Tiberias
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Tel Aviv.

    You will be met at Ben Gurion Airport and driven to your hotel in Tel Aviv. At 19:30 meet your travel companions for a Welcome Reception and a short introduction to your trip.

    hotel Sheraton Tel Aviv Hotel.
  2. Day 2 Exploring Vibrant Tel Aviv.

    Morning sightseeing showcases the highlights of this vibrant city including the Habimah National Theatre, Rabin Square and Carmel Market. Venture along the seashore to the ancient city of Jaffa to see the famous clock tower and the old harbour. Visit the artists' quarter with its galleries, boutiques and picturesque narrow lanes. At night, enjoy a traditional Shabbat dinner.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Sheraton Tel Aviv Hotel.
  3. Day 3 Caesarea, Acre, Nazareth and Galilee.

    Travel from Tel Aviv, along the coastal road to Caesarea. Explore the ancient Roman and Crusader ruins, including the huge amphitheatre. Travel via Haifa to Acre, fought over for centuries and captured in turn by Saracens and Crusaders, including Richard the Lionheart. See the fortress, the old harbour area and Crusader crypt, before continuing to Nazareth. Visit one of Christianity’s most sacred places, the Church of Annunciation, built on the site where the angel Gabriel is said to have appeared to Mary. Head on to your hotel in Tiberias, which is located on the Sea of Galilee. The day concludes with a brief introduction to life on a Kibbutz.(Breakfast / Lunch)

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Leonardo Plaza Hotel Tiberias.
  4. Day 4 To the Dead Sea.

    Visit the ancient wooden boat that dates back to when Jesus was alive, and enjoy a cruise on the Sea of Galilee. Visit Capernaum, where Jesus is said to have entered the Synagogue to teach, before heading to the Mount of Beatitudes, where he preached the Sermon on the Mount. Journey through ever-changing landscapes along the Jordan Valley, past ancient Jericho, to take a dip in the buoyant salt waters of the Dead Sea.(Breakfast / Dinner)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Hod Hamidbar Resort and Spa Hotel, Dead Sea.
  5. Day 5 Masada and the Holy City of Jerusalem.

    Take a cable car ride up to the fortress of Masada, where Jewish Zealots held out for three years against Herod's armies. Pass the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found at Qumran. Travel through the Judean Hills to Mount Scopus for breathtaking views of Jerusalem. Visit King David's Tomb on Mount Zion, and the Room of the Last Supper. Enter the Old City and follow the winding cobbled alleyways to the magnificent Wailing Wall, the most sacred monument in Judaism.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Leonardo Plaza Hotel Jerusalem.
  6. Day 6 Exploring Jerusalem.

    Visit Yad Vashem, a memorial for those who perished in the Holocaust. Continue to the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book wing which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Leonardo Plaza Hotel Jerusalem.
  7. Day 7 Optional Bethlehem Experience.

    Enjoy a relaxed morning or alternatively choose to meet your Local Expert at the West Bank border and continue to the Holy city of Bethlehem. The Optional Experience includes visiting the Church of the Nativity, one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. The structure is built over the cave that tradition marks as the birthplace of Christ, and is considered sacred by followers of both Christianity and Islam. In the afternoon, all travellers will visit the Garden of Gethsemene and walk through the Old City to see the Temple Mount, one of Islam’s holiest sites. Continue along the Via Dolorosa past the Stations of the Cross, Ecce Homo Arch, and the Pool of Bethesda, to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. At night, toast your adventures over a hearty Celebration Dinner with wine.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Leonardo Plaza Hotel Jerusalem.
  8. Day 8 Depart Jerusalem.

    Your journey comes to an end with transfers to Ben Gurion Airport.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned coach with onboard washroom. Alternate vehicles without onboard washroom may be used on occasion.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • Complimentary transfers are available on arrival and departure days, or with additional accommodation booked through Insight Vacations.

Authentic Dining

  • Tel Aviv: Enjoy a Welcome Drink and mingle with your fellow travel companions to begin your journey.
  • Tel Aviv: Participate in a Friday night Shabbat dinner
  • Isfiya: Feast on local specialities in a private Druze home and hear about life in the village from one of its residents.
  • Jerusalem: Toast the culmination of your travels with a lively Celebration Dinner.
  • Dining Summary: 7 Breakfasts (B), 2 Dinners (D) and 2 Dinners with Wine (DW), all with tea or coffee.

Insight Experiences

  • Aswan: On-board a traditional Nile felucca, meet a sailor and learn the art of sailing this ancient Nile craft.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Tel Aviv: Explore with your Local Expert and see the Habimah National Theatre, Rabin Square and browse around the Carmel Market.
  • Jaffa: Visit the ancient port and artists' quarter and see the famous clock tower and old harbour.
  • Caesarea: With your Local Expert, explore the Roman and Crusader ruins of Caesarea, formerly one of the splendid cities in Palestine.
  • Nazareth: Visit the Church of the Annunciation built on the site where the angel Gabriel is said to have appeared to Mary.
  • Capernaum: Visit the Synagogue where Jesus taught and the Mount of Beatitudes, where he preached the Sermon on the Mount
  • Dead Sea: Alongside your Local Expert, ascend to the ancient fortress of Masada by cable car where Jewish Zealots held out for three years against Herod’s armies, before sacrificing themselves.
  • Dead Sea: Be sure to take a dip in the famously mineral-rich waters where it's easy to float.
  • Sea of Galilee: Enjoy a morning boat ride at the very place where Jesus is said to have walked on water.
  • Sea of Galilee: Your Local Expert will give a brief talk on the history and contemporary life on a Kibbutz.
  • Jerusalem: Visit the Garden of Gethsemene and see the Temple Mount, Room of the Last Supper, the Pool of Bethesda and Ecce Homo Arch.
  • Jerusalem: Visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum.
  • Jerusalem: At the Israel Museum, wander to the Shrine of the Book wing housing the Dead Sea Scrolls.
  • Jerusalem: Accompanied by your Local Expert, walk the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre - site of the Crucifixion.

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Optional Experiences

Optional Add-Ons

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

Jerusalem By Night

Adult Price: $25.00

Drive through the time-worn streets of Jerusalem by night to witness the ancient sites and monuments beautifully illuminated. Enter the walled old city and walk through the twisting maze of alleyways of the Jewish quarter to the flood lit Western Wall. Above it shines the golden orb of the Dome of the Rock.

Bethlehem Excursion

Adult Price: $40.00

Meet your local guide at the West Bank border and continue to the city of Bethlehem. Visit the Church of the Nativity, one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. The structure is built over the cave that tradition marks as the birthplace of Christ, and it is considered sacred by followers of both Christianity and Islam. Important: Please note from the Check Point this tour will be operated by a local Bethlehem guide and coach.

Amman

Iraq Al-Amir Visit

Adult Price: $138.00

Today, we’ll journey to Iraq Al-Amir, where we’ll visit Qasr Al-Abd, a large Ancient Greek palace built in the second century BCE. According to legend, the palace was built by a commoner for a nobleman’s daughter with unfortunately tragic consequences. Afterwards, we’ll visit a local Women’s Association to learn how they make soap from Olive Oil and greeting cards from recycled paper. Then we’ll enjoy a meal prepared by the local women.

Iraq Al-Amir Visit

Adult Price: $138.00

Today, we’ll journey to Iraq Al-Amir, where we’ll visit Qasr Al-Abd, a large Ancient Greek palace built in the second century BCE. According to legend, the palace was built by a commoner for a nobleman’s daughter with unfortunately tragic consequences. Afterwards, we’ll visit a local Women’s Association to learn how they make soap from Olive Oil and greeting cards from recycled paper. Then we’ll enjoy a meal prepared by the local women.

Ajlun Castle Experience

Adult Price: $165.00

Built in 1184 AD, Ajloun Castle played an important role in defending this area against the Crusaders, who unsuccessfully spend decades trying to capture the castle and the nearby village. Afterwards, we’ll travel to the quaint village of Rassoun for a simple, but generous, home-cooked meal with the family of Abu Baker, who’s built a kitchen and living room on the top of his house to entertain us.

Desert Castles

Adult Price: $113.00

Join us as we travel to the east and south of Amman to visit Jordan's desert castles, beautiful examples of early Islamic art and architecture. These preserved caravan stations were centres of agriculture and trade in the eighth century that helped distant rulers forge ties with local Bedouins. One of the best preserved monuments, Qusair Amra, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with lively frescoes and colourful mosaics.

Desert Castles

Adult Price: $113.00

Join us as we travel to the east and south of Amman to visit Jordan's desert castles, beautiful examples of early Islamic art and architecture. These preserved caravan stations were centres of agriculture and trade in the eighth century that helped distant rulers forge ties with local Bedouins. One of the best preserved monuments, Qusair Amra, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with lively frescoes and colourful mosaics.

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Thursday, October 3, 2019
Service
Kept us informed and made airline changes promptly when 737Max issues complicated our flight.
Vacation
The itinerary was complete and rich with details
Trusted Customer
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Service
GET was very helpful in booking the trip and helping us upgrade our flights. Always responsive and willing to assist when we had questions.
Vacation
It was a great trip, but there was so much to see and do that it should have been two days longer to avoid rushing. Also, an advisory that there was quite a bit of climbing - hills and stairs -- would have been helpful in deciding on this tour. We had a wonderful tour director. Rafi was knowledgeable, friendly and helpful in making special arrangements when necessary.
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