Jerusalem, Negev Desert, Safed, Haifa, Tel Aviv, Dead Sea
Dates are customizable for private departures.
On this luxurious 14-day adventure through Israel, you will explore this wonderful country from top to bottom in addition to being immersed in its history, culture, and heritage. Stroll through the cobblestone streets of Jerusalem’s Old City, gaze at the golden Dome of the Rock that is visible in the distance, float weightlessly in the Dead Sea, and uncover the fascinating teachings of Kabbalah.
Jerusalem – Explore Jerusalem
You will arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, where you will be met by your private driver and transferred to your luxurious accommodation. After you have had sufficient time to settle in to your suite, you will meet your private guide to begin your initial exploration of Jerusalem. You will be guided to the New City district of Jerusalem, where you will begin your tour at Ben Yehuda Street. As you meander down the road, you will be delighted by the live music and street performers that line the street and can stop at the many charming shops that sell traditional artifacts.
Jerusalem – Traverse the Old City
Today, you will venture to the Old City of Jerusalem for a private tour of the area’s most significant historical and religious sites. Your tour will begin on the infamous Via Dolorosa, which is believed to be the path that Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion. You will also visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. From there, you will be guided through the bustling Muslim Quarter, where you can admire the wide variety of cultural and religious artifacts for sale. Your tour will then continue to the Jewish Quarter, where you can approach the iconic Wailing Wall. After your tour of the Old City has concluded, you will be transferred to the Israel Museum, where your family will be delighted by the museum’s fascinating exhibits.
Jerusalem – Admire Panoramic Views
Today, you will have breakfast before transferring to the nearby Mount of Olives. This historical site will be the perfect place to admire the panoramic view of all of Jerusalem. Your family will have plenty of time to capture photos and appreciate the glory of the city. The Mount of Olives has been used as a Jewish cemetery for thousands of years, and your expert guide will inform you of the history of the site and its relevance to the Christian religion. From the Mount of Olives, you will be transferred to the heart of the Old City, where your family will privately tour the Western Wall Tunnels.
Jerusalem – Jerusalem’s Vibrant Shuk Market
This morning, your family will be enchanted by the vibrant energy of the Mahane Yehuda Market as you stroll through the winding aisles and stop to sample local treats. After you have had your fill of the market, you will be transferred to the world-famous Yad Vashem museum, which is the World Holocaust Remembrance Center. Although your experience will most likely be somber and melancholy, you will be provided with an interesting look into Israeli and world history. While you are here, you can visit the museum’s Children’s Memorial. After your tour of Yad Vashem, your family will be given the rest of the day to spend at your leisure.
Negev – Float in the Dead Sea
This morning, you will transfer to the Masada fortress and ascend to the top via private cable car to watch the sun rise over the Dead Sea. Your family will then descend from Masada via cable car and board a transfer to the Dead Sea. At the Dead Sea, you can cover yourselves in natural mineral mud, which is said to have healing properties. You will spend as much time as you like basking in the sea before indulging in a luxurious spa treatment. After your spa treatment, you will transfer to the Negev Desert, where you will arrive at a traditional Bedouin settlement.
Negev – ATV Ride through the Desert
This morning, you will enjoy breakfast before exploring the vast and beautiful desert in a variety of ways. Your family can ride ATVs through the remarkable landscape of the desert, which may amaze you with its breathtaking views. After your ATV ride concludes, you will enjoy a picnic lunch, which will be specially prepared for you. After lunch, your family will be able to indulge in a camel ride. After your ride, you will be returned to your luxurious glampsite, where you can relax at your leisure before beginning the evening’s exciting activity. For dinner, you will indulge in a Bedouin meal that will be complete with a performance of song and dance.
Safed – Shabbat Dinner with Local Family
Today, you will have breakfast before transferring to Safed. Also known as the “Blue City” and the birthplace of the Jewish study of Kabbalah, Safed is sure to impress your entire family. Soon, you will arrive at your luxurious accommodation in the heart of the Artist Quarter. Here, you will have time to settle in and relax before beginning your initial exploration of Safed. You will begin your exploration of the city with a private tour of the city’s top sites and neighborhoods. Your family will then spend the next several hours exploring Safed at your leisure before reconnecting with your guide at your accommodation. This evening, you will join a local Jewish family for a traditional Shabbat dinner in their home, which will be a special experience that you will never forget.
Safed – Discover the Teachings of Kabbalah
Today, you will learn about the teachings of Kabbalah from a local rabbi. The lesson will captivate you, and the rabbi’s teachings will utilize age-old legends and stories. Afterward, your family will stroll through the charming Artist’s Market, where you can admire the handcrafted jewelry, art, paintings, and ceramics. After lunch, you will transfer to the nearby Jordan River, where your family will raft down the rushing river. As you cruise down the Jordan River, you will be able to feel the light mist as it grazes your cheeks. Once you have finished your rafting experience, you will be returned to Safed, where you can spend the remainder of the evening at your leisure.
Safed – Explore the Golan Heights
Today, you will discover much of what this extraordinary region has to offer. Your private tour will begin with an exciting Jeep safari through the Golan, where you will venture off the beaten path and into the hills and valleys of the Golan. You will stop at dramatic viewpoints to admire the unusual beauty of the Golan’s volcanic landscape. At the conclusion of your Jeep tour, you will be transferred to the Banias Nature Reserve, which is a natural park that was developed around a spring. Your family will embark on a trek through the park to learn about its religious and historical significance.
Haifa – Druze Meal in the Home of a Local Family
After enjoying breakfast at your suite this morning, you will be transferred to the port city of Haifa. Upon your arrival, you will be brought to your luxurious accommodation, which will overlook Haifa Bay. Afterward, you will meet your expert guide for your first taste of Haifa. You will begin with a private tour of the city’s main sites, beginning with the serene Baha’i Gardens. Your family will then stroll through the peaceful gardens as your excellent guide offers insight into the intriguing Baha’i faith, its customs, and traditions. At the base of the gardens, you will arrive at the charming German Colony of Haifa. Afterward you will have a short time to explore at your leisure. Once you are ready, you will be transferred to the nearby Druze village of Isfiya, where you will meet a local family for lunch in their home and learn about their fascinating culture and customs.
Haifa – The Rosh Hanikra Grottoes
Today, you will indulge in a day-trip to the nearby grottoes of Rosh Hanikra. These stunning grottoes are special geological formations that exist at the border between Israel and Lebanon. Upon your arrival, your family will indulge in a thrilling ride on the Rosh Hanikra cable car along the cliff face that descends into the turquoise waters of the grottoes. During this adventure, you will be provided with breathtaking views. At the conclusion of the tour, you will be transferred to a nearby kibbutz, which is an Israeli settlement. At the kibbutz, your family will enjoy a private tour that will teach you about the original settlers of the land.
Tel Aviv – Bask in the Sun at the Beach
This morning, you will eat breakfast before transferring to the metropolitan city of Tel Aviv. Upon your arrival, you will be dropped off at your luxurious accommodation, where you will be given ample time to freshen up before beginning your exploration of Tel Aviv with a private guide. Your tour will begin at the shuk of HaCarmel, which is Tel Aviv’s central market. Your guide will offer their expert recommendations for the best of the market’s booths for Israeli cuisine and artifacts before leaving you to wander through the market at your leisure. From the market, your tour will continue through Tel Aviv’s foremost neighborhoods and areas, such as the trendy and artistic Neve Tzedek neighborhood and Nahalat Binyamin Street. In the afternoon, you will be led to the beach.
Tel Aviv – Uncover the Ancient Secrets of Jaffa
This morning, you will transfer to Jaffa, which is south of Tel Aviv and known as an ancient port city. Upon your arrival, you will be led on a tour of the Jaffa Flea Market, where you can try your hand at haggling and bargaining. From the market, you will be led to the Jaffa Port, where your family will be enchanted by the charming shops, cafes, restaurants, and bookstores that inhabit this area. After lunch, you can stop by the Jaffa Clock Tower, which is one of the area’s most iconic sites. Here, you can learn about its history and significance in Jaffa before being led to the newer and trendier area of the city.
Tel Aviv – Farewell to Israel
Today, you will enjoy your final breakfast in Israel before having the morning at your leisure. You will have some time to stroll along Tel Aviv’s beachfront promenade or to indulge in a final walk through the bustling market. Soon after, you will have to return to your hotel for your transfer to the airport, where you will board your flight home.
- Meander through the winding streets of Jerusalem’s Old City during a privately guided tour
- Indulge in the unique flavors of Israeli cuisine at Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda Market
- Venture to Masada early in the morning to watch the sun rise over the Dead Sea
- Delight in a Bedouin meal and a traditional performance of song and dance in the Negev Desert
- Discover the mystical city of Safed and learn of the fascinating teachings of Kabbalah from a local rabbi
- Traverse the vast and beautiful Golan Heights by Jeep on a private tour
- Explore the serene Baha’i gardens in Haifa and visit the charming Druze village of Isfiya
- Relax on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and Tel Aviv’s world-famous beaches
During your luxurious, 14-day adventure to Israel, you will partake in many of the thrilling and exclusive experiences that Israel has to offer. You will venture to the top of Carmel Mountain, uncover the mystery of Kabbalah in Safed, enjoy gourmet cuisine in Tel Aviv, and dine in the home of a local Druze family before spending the night glamping under the stars in the heart of the gorgeous Negev Desert.
Your tour will begin in the ancient city of Jerusalem, where you will explore the vibrant New City before traversing the bustling market. In Jerusalem, you will also stroll through the timeworn streets of the Old City during a private tour that will have you visiting historical sites that are significant to the world’s three most foremost religions. As your tour continues, you will transfer to the vast Negev Desert, where you will arrive at the fortress of Masada to watch the sun rise over the Dead Sea. From there, you will bathe in the briny waters of the sea before covering yourself from head to toe in natural, healing mud. You will spend the evening in luxury, glamping under the desert stars and experiencing the warmth of Bedouin hospitality.
After your glamping experience, you will travel the mystical city of Safed, which is also the birthplace of Jewish Kabbalah. Here, you will enjoy a guided tour of the city before dining with a local family for a traditional Shabbat dinner. You will also traverse the Golan Heights during an exciting Jeep tour. Then, you will transfer to the port city of Haifa, where you can visit the Baha’i gardens and enjoy an excursion to the Rosh Hanikra Grottoes. Finally, you will arrive in the metropolitan city of Tel Aviv, where you will tour the city and relax on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. During this amazing, 14-day tour of Israel, your family will experience Israel in a manner that you will never forget.
$5,595 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.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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