Explore the contrasts between modern Tel Aviv, the towns of Caesarea, Haifa and Acre along the Mediterranean coast, Lake Galilee, the West Bank and traditional Jerusalem
Tel Aviv - 1 night
Haifa - 2 nights
Lake Galilee - 1 night
Taybeh - 1 night
Jerusalem - 3 nights
Israel lies at the heart of The Holy Land, an intriguing and diverse land of great importance to three of the world’s major faiths – Christianity, Judaism and Islam. We are pleased to announce a new programme exploring the wonders of Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
In the north lies Nazareth, the childhood home of Jesus. The spectacular Church of the Annunciation is believed to be where the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her of her forthcoming child. Israel’s main source of water comes from the Sea of Galilee or Lake Tiberias, located 212 metres below sea level. Jesus preached at Tabgha and many of his disciples were fishermen. The town of Capernaum was the home of Jesus and the Mount of Beatitudes is the site of the ‘Sermon on the Mount’.
In Jerusalem, the Old and New Testaments come to life on the Mount of Olives and Via Dolorosa, in the Garden of Gethsemane and Church of the Holy Sepulchre and at Temple Mount and the ‘Wailing Wall’. King Herod’s desert fortress of Masada is where the last Jewish rebels committed suicide rather than fall into the hands of the Romans.
Visit Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ, and Jericho within the Palestinian Territories.
Culture & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
4 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 8 – 25
Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Tel Aviv. Transfer to BY 14 Hotel for overnight.
Day 2 Tour of modern Tel Aviv and its Bauhaus architecture, continue to old Jaffa. Travel along the coast to the ancient Roman town and King Herod’s harbour at Caesarea. Continue to Haifa for a view from Mount Carmel over the Bay of Haifa and the famous Bahá’í Gardens. Visit a Druze village. Two nights at the 4-star The Colony Hotel in Haifa. (B)
Day 3 Travel to Acre to visit the old crusader city and its magnificent underground Knights hall. Walk through the oriental bazaar. At Nazareth visit the Church of the Annunciation and ‘Nazareth Village’ for an experience of ancient life in the Galilee. (B)
Day 4 Drive to Lake Galilee for a boat ride and visits to an ancient boat museum, Tabgha and Capernaum. Continue to the Golan Heights and Banias, one of the sources of the Jordan River. Drive to the top of Mount Bental for a panoramic view of the Golan Heights and Syria. Enjoy a wine tasting. Overnight at Ein Gev Kibbutz on Lake Galilee. (B, D)
Day 5 Travel to Bet She’an, the best preserved Roman Byzantine town in Israel and through the Jordan Valley to Jericho, the oldest city in the world and Ramallah in the West Bank. Transfer to Taybeh, a Palestinian village for overnight at the 4-star Golden Hotel. Brewery visit. (B, D)
Day 6 Drive to Jerusalem and Mount Olives for a breath-taking view over the old city and Garden of Gethsemane. A walking tour of the old city with its four quarters including Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Temple Mount, ‘Wailing Wall’, the City of David, Hezekiah’s Tunnel and Pool of Bethesda. Transfer to 4-star Dan Boutique Hotel for three nights. Shabbat Dinner. (B, D)
Day 7 Travel through the Judean wilderness to the Dead Sea. Cable car to King Herod’s desert fortress of Masada. Enjoy a float in the salty water. (B)
Day 8 Visit to Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial, the Israel Museum, the Knesset and Menorah. Drive to Bethlehem to visit the Church of Nativity with time to meet locals at the Tent of Nations and hear about the life of Palestinians. (B)
Day 9 Transfer to Tel Aviv for return flight. (B)
This is a full itinerary with most visits on foot including several sites with steps and uneven surfaces and inclines.
An urban boutique hotel with a central location, close to Tel Aviv’s beaches and boardwalk. Breakfast room, bar, gym, sauna and WiFi (free). 108 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-fridge, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
A 4-star boutique hotel in a restored building, set in the German Colony area of Haifa. Breakfast room, bar and WiFi (free). 40 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-fridge, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
Resort located on the eastern shores of Lake Galilee at the base of the Golan Heights. Restaurant, bar, gym, private beach and WiFi (free). 166 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-fridge, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
Modern 4-star hotel in Taybeh village. Restaurant, bar, gym and WiFi (free). 71 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-fridge, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
A contemporary 4-star hotel close to the ‘Old Turkish Railway Station’ and a 20-minute walk from the Old Town. Restaurants, bar, gym and WiFi (free). 129 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-fridge, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow
Supplements per person
Single supplements £525
British Airways World Traveller Plus from £485
British Airways Club World from £855
Extra nights – Tel Aviv (post-tour)
Port and Blue Hotel
(per night) £115
Single supplement £85
Arrival transfer add £45
Departure transfer add £75
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 8 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 3 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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