Aerial view of The Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel

Classic Israel Tour: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Galilee

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Countries Visited

Israel

Places Visited

Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Nazareth, Dead Sea...

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Suggested Duration

9 Days

From church mosaics to historical mosques, temple walls to alluring beaches, Israel is a classic destination brimming with religious significance, historic importance, and contemporary vitality. Float across the Dead Sea as the water cradles you. The Baha’i Gardens blossom with date palms and carnations. Antique fortresses shimmer with gold stones. Roman ruins rise out of the coastal plains. Your custom tailored tour embraces the past and immerses you in the present, highlighting the gorgeous...

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Trip Highlights

  • Traverse Old Jerusalem to discover the Temple Mount, Western Wall, and Church of the Holy Sepulcher
  • Wander along the walkways of Mount Zion to find the tomb of King David and the room of the Last Supper
  • Witness the exciting colors and distinctive style of the Marc Chagall original stained glass windows at the Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Kerem
  • View the well-preserved ancient text of the captivating Dead Sea Scrolls in the Israel Museum
  • Float in the Dead Sea and enjoy the healing properties of the mineral-rich soil spread over your skin
  • Walk along the cobblestone streets of Jaffa to explore one of the oldest ports of the Mediterranean Sea, adorned with ancient architecture and great views
  • Visit the former capital of Judea at Caesarea, along the coastal plain, to find ancient temples, churches, and elements of the Roman Empire
  • Relish a private wine tasting on a celebrated vineyard in view of the Golan Heights
  • Delight in a visit to one of the largest Arab cities in Israel at Nazareth to see the historic remains and contemporary renovations of the Church of the Annunciation

Detailed Description

Gold sand beaches shimmer in the sunlight, imitating the gilded hues of Jerusalem underneath the passing daylight. Your 9-day tour encompasses the splendors of the seaside and the brilliant history embodied in the Holy Land. From desert cliffs to mountaintop fortresses, you will uncover the classic wonders of antiquity and the enchanting textures of the landscape. Your journey begins in Tel Aviv with your arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport. Your private transfer greets you upon your arrival and escorts you south to Jerusalem. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy the Holy City and its remarkable connection to three of the world’s major religions.

The next morning, your guide meets you in the hotel after breakfast, eager to escort you through the Old City. Visit Mount Zion to see King David’s tomb and the room of the Last Supper. Walk along the historic main street of Jerusalem and visit the Jewish Quarter to reach the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. Step inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the Mount of Olives before visiting Bethlehem to see Rachel’s Tomb and the Church of the Nativity to end a fulfilling day. Then, you have another full day tour beginning at the Hadassah Medical Center to witness the vibrant Chagall stained glass windows. Explore Yad Vashem and the Israel Museum before passing the Knesset. At the Givat Ram Hebrew University campus, you view a menorah engraved with biblical emblems.

You leave Jerusalem and head north to Tel Aviv, stopping first at the Dead Sea to float in the briny water. Visit the caves at Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Enjoy a scenic cable car ride to the top of Masada Fortress to tour the ancient grounds before arriving in the seaside city. The day is yours to enjoy Israel’s second largest city at your leisure. Visit one of the oldest ports in the world at Jaffa or discover the life of the marketplace in the Yemenite Quarter. You could also wander along the 19th-century streets of the Neve Tzedek neighborhood.

Venture to the stunning landscape of Galilee by first visiting the ancient Roman city of Caesarea on the coastal plains. Proceed to Megiddo to view archaeological excavations and wander along the Druze village of Daliyat al Karmel. Enjoy a panoramic view of Haifa Bay at the Baha’i Gardens. The next day your guide leads you on an encompassing exploration of Safed, the birthplace of Kabbalah, before continuing to the Golan Heights. Visit the towns of Quneitra and Katzrin before enjoying a wine tasting at a celebrated vineyard.

Relish a full day tour once more on your final day in Israel, beginning with the towns of Tiberias and Capernaum. Visit the Church of St. Peter and traverse the streets of Nazareth to view the Church of the Annunciation. Continue to Beit She’an, Israel’s largest archaeological park from the Roman and Byzantine periods. Before returning to Tel Aviv, you stop at Beit Alpha to find a mosaic floor decorating a Byzantine era synagogue. On the final day, your private transfer meets you at the hotel and escorts you to Ben Gurion International Airport for your flight home.

Starting Price

$7,015 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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