Day 1. Arrival
After arrival at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, you will be met by our transfer representative and transferred to your hotel in Tel- Aviv.
Day 2. Caesarea/ Haifa/ Acre/ Rosh Hanikra
Drive north to Caesarea, what once was the Roman capital of the region. See the excavations of the Crusaders' City, the aqueduct and amphitheatre which has been restored as a concert venue. Proceed to Haifa for a panoramic view from Mount Carmel and visit “AF AL PI CHEN”, the naval museum of the illegal immigration to Israel at the time of the British mandate. Drive to Acre; walk along the old harbour and local market. Continue to the northernmost point of Israel, Rosh Hanikra. Descend by cable car into the limestone grottoes. Overnight in the Kibbutz Hotel.
Day 3. Safed/ Tel Hai/ Banias /Golan Heights
Drive to Safed, center of the Kaballa movement; visit the Joseph Caro and Ha’Ari synagogues, the most important synagogues in the city; stroll around the Artists' quarter. Continue to the Golan Heights; stop at an observation point over the city of Kuneitra and the Syrian territory. Stop at Tel Facher, a former Syrian army camp; visit the Banias springs. Next, a visit to Tel-Hai; see the “Roaring Lion” monument and learn about the heroic battle of Josef Trumpeldor and his comrades in 1920. Overnight in Kibbutz Hotel.
Day 4. Tiberias/ Beit Shean/ Beit Alpha/ Gan Hashlosha/ Jerusalem
Drive to Tiberias to visit Rambam’s grave; proceed to Beit Shean, also called ‘Scythopolis’ the biggest archeological park in Israel with beautiful excavations from the Roman and Byzantine periods. Stop at Beit Alpha to see the beautiful mosaic floor of a synagogue from the Byzantine period. Onto Gan Hashlosha, (Sachne) where you will have an opportunity to enjoy the water springs located at the foot of the Gilboa mountain, the famous mountain on which King Saul was killed in the battle against the Philistines. Continue via the Jordan valley to Jerusalem. Stop at Mount Scopus for a blessing as you enter the city. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 5. The Old City of Jerusalem
Start with a visit of the tomb of King David on Mt. Zion. Walk along the Cardo, the ancient Roman road; Visit the four Sephardic synagogues restored after 1967 war in the Jewish quarter. Tour the Western Wall Tunnels; Visit the Davidson center and walk through the Roman Cardo, to the local Arab bazaar. Walk through Jaffa gate to David’s Tower museum and see the ancient remains of the city beginning with the first Temple period.
Day 6. Jerusalem (New City)
Visit Mea Shearim and learn about the unique lifestyle of the ultra orthodox communities. Drive by the Knesset, Israel’s parliament and see the Menorah with the biblical emblems. Next, visit the Israel Museum and see the Shrine of the book where the Dead Sea scrolls are housed, and the new Holyland model – a miniature replica of Jerusalem as it was during the Second Temple period. Drive to Mount Herzl, the military cemetery and Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust. Visit ammunition hill, a former Jordanian army stronghold which was converted into a national memorial site and museum. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 7. Qumran/ Massada/ Dead Sea
Drive through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea. Stop at Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. Continue to Masada, ascend by cable car and tour the ancient fortress; visit the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue, the bathhouses etc. Descend by cable car. Enjoy Floating in the salty water at the Dead Sea. Drive back to Jerusalem for your overnight.
Day 8. Departure
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.