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  • Highlights Tour of Israel, 8 nights

  • Highlights Tour of Israel visits all the high points while offering the traveler a comprehensive understanding of the country’s history and culture. 

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CLASSIC TOUR
TUESDAY ARRIVAL 8 NIGHTS
(the tour will be operated with a max of 34 participants)

Tuesday
Ben Gurion Airport / Jerusalem
Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, where you will be met by a Diesenhaus Unitours representative and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight in Jerusalem.

Wednesday
Mt. of Olives / Old City / Bethlehem*
Start the day with a magnificent panoramic view from the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. Drive to the Old City; visit the Tomb of King David and the Room of Last Supper on Mt. Zion. Enter the walled city and walk through the newly restored Jewish quarter. Visit the Roman Cardo, the Herodian Quarter and continue to the Western Wall. Walk along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of Holy Sepulchre. Continue to Bethlehem*; view Rachel’s Tomb and proceed to the Church of Nativity and Manger’s Square.
Overnight Jerusalem.

Thursday
Israel Museum / Knesset / Mt. Herzl / Yad Vashem
Drive to the Israel Museum and visit the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea scrolls are housed; see the miniature model of Jerusalem as it was during the Second Temple period; proceed for a tour at the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. Continue to visit Mount Herzl Cemetery and Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to the Holocaust. Drive through Mea Shearim, the ultra-orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem, and learn about the residents’ unique lifestyle. In the evening, enjoy a middle eastern dinner followed by the Night spectacular “Sound and Light” show* at the Tower of David Museum.
Overnight Jerusalem.

Friday
Qumran / Masada / Dead Sea
Drive through the Judaean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth at almost 1300 feet (400 meters) below sea level. Stop at Qumran to visit the site where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada. Ascend by cable car and tour the ancient fortress where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans before committing mass suicide in 73 AD. Descend by cable car. Continue to the Dead Sea; Cover yourself with the mineral-rich mud and experience a swim in the Dead Sea**, which many believe offers therapeutic effects.
Overnight Tel Aviv.

Saturday
Day at leisure
Overnight Tel Aviv

Sunday
Caesarea / Megiddo / Druze village / Haifa
Drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea, once the Roman capital of the region; see the excavations of the Crusader-era city, the Roman port, aqueduct and the amphitheater that has been restored to its former glory as a concert venue. Proceed to Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon; visit the archaeological excavations, including the well-preserved water supply system. Continue to Daliat el Carmel, a Druze village, and enjoy a late lunch at a local restaurant. Proceed via Mount Carmel to Haifa for a panoramic view of Haifa Bay and the Golden domed Bahai Shrine and Gardens.
Overnight in a Kibbutz guesthouse.

Monday
Safed / Katzrin / Golan winery
Drive to Safed, the center of Jewish mysticism; visit the ancient synagogues and the Artist Quarter. Continue to the Golan Heights to see the former Syrian bunkers, Quneitra and the new Israeli town of Katzrin. Stop at Golan Heights Winery for a tour and wine tasting; Proceed to “Golan Magic” for a multimedia presentation of the area and its history.
Overnight in a Kibbutz guesthouse.

Tuesday
Sea of Galilee / Nazareth / Beit Alpha
Start the day with a visit to Nazareth; visit the Church of Annunciation; Continue to Tiberias; visit Capernaum to see the ruins of the synagogue and octagonal Church of St. Peter; Visit Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Drive via Beit Shean to Beit Alpha to see the remains of the mosaic floor of an ancient synagogue depicting the zodiac.
Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Wednesday
Tel Aviv / Ben Gurion Airport
After breakfast, transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure.

* Site under the Palestinian Authority Jurisdiction. Visit subject to situation.
** Visit subject to weather conditions.
*** Program sequence is subject to change without advance notice.
**** Supplement for tours by private car on request

2020 Tour Dates:
Mar 3
Mar 10
Mar 17
Mar 24
Mar 31
Apr 7 14
Apr 21
Apr 28
May 5 12 19
May 26
Jun 2
Jun 9
Jun 16
Jun 23 30
Jul 7 14 21 28
Aug 4 11 18 25
Sep 1 8
Sep 15 22 29
Oct 6 13
Oct 20 27
Nov 3 10
Nov 17 24
Dec 1 8 15
Dec 22
Dec 29

2021 Tour Dates:
Jan 5 12 19 26
Feb 2 9 16 23

NOTE:
Tours will be operated each Tuesday on the dates mentioned above.
The tours will be operated with a max of 34 participants.

The above rates include the following services:
Sharing transfer on arrival and departure (from/to Ben Gurion Airport)
8 nights accommodation on BED & BREAKFAST basis except for Kibbutz Lavi on HALF BOARD BASIS
6 touring days as per itinerary, with English speaking guide
Dinner in Jerusalem on Thursday followed by a Sound and Light show at David Citadel
Lunch at a Druze village on Sunday
Entrance fees to the sites visited as per itinerary
The hotels appearing in the table might be replaced with similar ones.