ISRAEL: FROM NORTH TO SOUTH, EAST TO WEST
(with optional tour to Petra)
This classical tour of Israel provides something for everyone, regardless of your historical or religious interests. Iconic Journeys Worldwide has in-depth knowledge of the land to help provide a special experience for you.
Our Israel: North to South, East to West tour provides options for a variety of price levels, hotel options, as well as the option for an excursion to Jordan to enjoy the wonders of Petra.
Iconic Journeys Worldwide can also design a private tour for you and your traveling companions with an endless array of topics that would be right for you.
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Day 1- Friday
After arrival at Ben Gurion airport, you will be met by our transfer representative and transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Day 2- Saturday- Tel Aviv
Today, enjoy a free day of leisure in Tel Aviv. Even though Israel slows down on the Shabbat, Tel Aviv is still alive on the beachfront and many outdoor places to explore on foot or by taxi.
Overnight in Tel Aviv. (B)
Day 3- Sunday- Caesarea / Megiddo / Druze village / Haifa
Drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea, capital of Judea under the Romans. See the ancient excavations of the Crusader city and the Roman port, aqueduct and the amphitheater that has been restored to its former glory as a concert venue.
We then proceed to Megiddo, which is identified as the site of Armageddon, and discover 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. After lunch, proceed to Haifa for a panoramic view of the Haifa bay and the Golden domed Bahai Shrine and beautiful gardens.
Overnight in a Kibbutz guesthouse. (B, L, D)
Day 4- Monday- Safed/Golan Heights/Winery
Today we explore Safed, the center of Jewish mysticism, where you will visit the ancient synagogues and the artists’ colony. Safed is not only one of Israel’s holiest cities, it is also the highest city in the Holy Land. For thousands of years, this ancient city was said to have been founded by one of Noah’s sons after the Great Flood. After some exploring of Safed, continue to the Golan Heights to see the former Syrian bunkers, Kuneitra and the new Israeli town of Katzrin. Stop at the Golan winery for a tour and wine tasting and then proceed to “Kessem Hagolan“, a multimedia presentation of the area and its history.
Overnight in a Kibbutz guesthouse. (B, D)
Day 5- Tuesday- Sea of Galilee/Nazareth
Start the day with a visit to Nazareth and visit the church of Annunciation in Nazareth.
Continue on to Tiberias where you visit Capernaum to see the ruins of the synagogue and octagonal church of St. Peter. Afterwards, discover Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Next, we drive to Beit Alpha to see the remains of the mosaic floor of an ancient synagogue depicting the zodiac.
Overnight in Jerusalem. (B)
Day 6- Wednesday- Jerusalem- the Old City
Start the day with a magnificent panoramic view from Mount of Olives where, you guessed it, olives once grew along one of three hills on a long ridge to the east of Jerusalem, and is the location of many biblical events.
Next we drive to the Old City where we will visit the Tomb of King David and the room of The Last Supper on Mount 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.
You will also have the opportunity to walk along the Via Dolorosa to the church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Next we continue on to Bethlehem, were we view Rachel’s tomb and proceed to visit the Church of Nativity and mangers square.
Afternoon return to Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B)
Day 7- Thursday- Jerusalem: the New City
Drive to the Israel museum. Visit the Shrine of the book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed and 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, the memorial to the Holocaust. Drive through Mea Shearim, the ultra-orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem and learn about their unique lifestyle. In the evening enjoy a Middle Eastern dinner followed by the spectacular “sound& light” show* at the Tower of David museum. (Weather conditions permitting).
Overnight in Jerusalem. (B, D)
Day 8- Friday- Qumran/Masada/Dead Sea
Drive through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, 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 ** that many believe has its therapeutic effects.
Overnight in Jerusalem. (B)
Day 9- Saturday- Jerusalem
Free day at leisure in Jerusalem. While traffic comes to a complete halt and commercial activities in West Jerusalem (Jewish neighborhoods), there is still much to be enjoyed on the Shabbat in Jerusalem.
Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 10, Sunday- Timna/underwater observatory/Eilat
Travel south through the Negev desert. Visit Timna and see the copper mines and King Solomon’s pillars and marvel at the huge multi-colored rock formations. Continue to Eilat and stop to visit the Underwater Observatory, one of the largest sea aquariums in the world, built into a coral reef.
Overnight in Eilat. (B)
Day 11, Monday- Free day in Eilat or Optional Day Tour to Petra
After assistance with visa to the Jordanian border, drive straight away to Petra through desert highways, your ultimate destination is the astonishing rose-red city of Petra which was built by the Nabateans (An early Arab tribe). Petra was renowned for its massive architecture, pools, dams and water channels. Petra is the legacy of the Nabateans who settled in the south of Jordan more than 2000 years ago. The visit begins with the possibility of a short horseback-riding for about 700 m. until the entrance of the Siq, which is about 1.2 km long (walking distance).
There is a possibility to rent a chariot (extra) to get inside Petra and back to the gate outside. Petra is famous for its huge monuments such as the Treasury, Royal Tombs, the Court, Roman theatre, Roman Street, Qassier El- Bint (Palace of Pharaoh’s daughter) and many other smaller monuments which fascinate the visitors. The city itself is almost 45 square km and is considered to be the second wonder of the world. After the visit, time for lunch in a nice restaurant. After lunch drive back to border. On the way, a short visit to Aqaba with the possibility to stop and take a walk around. Transfer to the border at around 18:00 p.m. and crossing back to Eilat.
Overnight in Eilat. (B, L)
Day 12, Tuesday- Mitzpe Ramon/Sde Boker/Tel-Aviv
Depart Eilat via Mitzpe Ramon. Stop to gaze into the Ramon crater, a geological wonder. Proceed to Sde Boker and see Ben Gurion’s hut and grave overlooking the magnificent Zin valley.
Stop for a camel riding experience and a visit to an authentic Bedouin tent, learn about the Bedouin hospitality and enjoy a light lunch.
Continue to Hatzerim and visit Israel’s Air Force museum to view the planes and equipment and to hear the story of this brave fighting force. Drive back to Tel-Aviv.
Overnight in Tel Aviv. (B)
Day 13- Wednesday
Transfer from hotel to airport for your departure flight. (B)
COSTS from $3,995 per person*
NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT!
* Prices based on various hotel combinations noted below… Prices valid thru November 2019.
Tour itinerary remains the same regardless of hotel plan!
Tour dates, with arrival date in Israel:
Arrival Friday, October 25, 2019
Arrival Friday, November 1, 2019
Arrival Friday, November 8, 2019
Arrival Friday, November 15, 2019
Arrival Friday, November 22, 2019
OPTIONAL EXCURSION to JORDAN in conjunction with the above itinerary starting from $585 per person
Dan Tel Aviv Hotel or similar (Plan A)
Carlton Hotel or similar (Plan B)
Dan Panorama or similar (Plan C)
Prima City Tel Aviv or similar Hotel (Plan D)
King David Hotel or similar (Plan A)
Inbal Hotel or similar (Plan B)
Prima Kings or similar (Plan C)
Dan Eilat or similar (Plan A)
Dan Panorama or similar (Plan B)
Plan A (Hotels: Dan TLV, Lavi, King David JLM, Dan Eilat, Dan TLV) – $5,995 per person.
Plan B (Hotels: Carlton TLV, Lavi, Inbal JLM, Herods Palace Eilat, Carlton TLV) – $4,950 per person.
Plan C (Hotels: Dan Panorama TLV, Lavi, Dan Panorama JLM, Dan Panorama Eilat, Dan Panorama TLV) – $4,795 per person.
Plan D (Hotels: Prima/Prima City TLV, Lavi, Prima Kings JLM, Prima Music Eilat, Prima/Prima City TLV) – $3,995 per person.