Tel Aviv, Haifa, Safed, Negev Desert, Jerusalem
Dates are customizable for private departures.
On this luxurious 14-day tour of Israel, explore this marvelous country from top to bottom. From the cobblestone streets of Jerusalem’s ancient Old City to the trendy and upscale neighborhoods of Tel Aviv, Israel is a country with much to offer. Indulge in a traditional meal with a local Bedouin tribe in the Negev Desert, spend Shabbat in the mystical Blue City of Safed, and marvel at the sunrise from the top of Masada as you gaze out upon the vast Dead Sea.
Tel Aviv – Tel Aviv’s Trendiest Neighborhood
To begin your adventure, you will arrive in Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport, where you will be met and welcomed by your personal driver before transferring to your luxurious accommodation. Upon your arrival, you will have time to settle in before beginning your introductory tour of Tel Aviv. For your tour, you will be transferred to Tel Aviv’s trendy Neve Tzedek neighborhood, where your expert guide will provide you with an excellent first taste of Tel Aviv. During your tour, you will stroll through the chic streets of the neighborhood and have ample time to stop at the charming art galleries, boutiques, and shops.
Tel Aviv – The Best of Tel Aviv
After breakfast, you will be led on a private tour of Tel Aviv’s top sites and locales. Your tour will begin on the bustling Nachalat Binyamin Street before leading you to the infamous Tel Aviv Shuk, which is also known as the Carmel Market. At the market, you will also have some time to explore at your leisure. Once you have had your fill of the market, your guide will lead you through a few of the city’s other noteworthy sites and neighborhoods before finally transferring you to the beach. You will spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing on soft white sand alongside the Mediterranean Sea.
Tel Aviv – Old and New Jaffa
After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to the Tel Aviv neighborhood of Jaffa, where you will spend the day exploring Old and New Jaffa on a private tour. Your tour will begin at the famed Jaffa Flea Market, where your guide will provide you with fascinating information about the history of the market and its modern uses before offering you ample time to explore the market on your own. During your time here, you can haggle and bargain with the locals for treasures and trinkets. From the flea market, you will be guided to the Old Jaffa Port after stopping at the ancient Jaffa Clock Tower. From there, you will spend the rest of the afternoon on a guided exploration of the streets and art galleries of the New Jaffa area.
Haifa – Dine with a Local Druze Family
This morning, you will enjoy breakfast at your hotel before transferring to the city of Haifa. Upon your arrival, your guide will escort you to your luxurious accommodation perched on the top of Carmel Mountain. When you are ready, your tour will begin at the Baha’i Gardens. Afterward, at the base of Carmel Mountain, you will arrive at Haifa’s charming German Colony, where you will learn of the interesting history of German immigration to this area. You will have time to stroll through the German Colony on your own before meeting your guide for a transfer to the neighboring village of Isfiya. At a traditional Druze village, you will learn about the Druze faith and people as you enjoy a delicious lunch with a local family in their home.
Haifa – The Rosh Hanikra Grottoes
After breakfast this morning, you will transfer to the nearby phenomenon of Rosh Hanikra, where you will experience the spectacular beauty of naturally formed blue grottoes. Upon your arrival, you will have a pleasant ride to the grottoes on the world’s steepest cable car. Next, you will be guided through the unique sea caves. Once you have had your fill of Rosh Hanikra, you will transfer to the Rosh Hanikra Kibbutz. You will enjoy a tour of this kibbutz, which will delve into the history of Israel’s development as a society and its original roots. In the afternoon, you will be returned to Haifa, where you will spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
Safed – Dine with a Local Jewish Family
This morning, you will transfer to Safed. You will arrive in this incredible city that is known for its blue-painted buildings. Upon your arrival to the city, your guide will deliver you to your opulent accommodation, and once you are ready, you will begin your explorations of the city. During your tour, you will traverse the charming streets of the Artist Quarter, where you can stop at the various high-end art galleries that are often set in the homes of local artisans. From there, you will be led through the rest of Safed’s most noteworthy sites and neighborhoods before reaching a stunning overlook. This evening, you will visit the home of a local Jewish family, where you will experience a traditional Shabbat dinner.
Safed – Private Kabbalah Lesson
Today, you will tour the infamous Artist’s Market in the heart of the city. During your tour, you can stroll through the cobblestone streets and admire the eclectic variety of handmade jewelry, crafts, and products. Afterward, you can stop for lunch at one of the many picturesque restaurants that line the streets of Safed. After lunch, you will attend a private Kabbalah lesson with one of Safed’s most highly acclaimed rabbis. During your lesson, you will delve into the practices of Jewish mysticism and be intrigued by the fact that Kabbalah has been a staple of the Jewish faith for centuries.
Safed – Exploring the Golan Heights
This morning, you will transfer to the Golan Heights after a relaxing breakfast. Your tour of the Golan will begin at Mt. Bental, where you can witness Syria in addition to admiring the magnificent views of the Golan. During your tour, you will learn about the history of the area and the modern politics that surround this luscious region of Israel. From Mt. Bental, you will continue to one of the Golan Heights’ most renowned wineries, where you will be led on a private tour accompanied by an exquisite tasting of Israel’s finest vintages. From the winery, you will transfer to the Sea of Galilee, which is also known as the Kineret. You will spend the afternoon relaxing on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, floating through the calm waters and feeling completely refreshed.
Negev – Float in the Dead Sea
Today, you will travel to the heart of the Negev Desert. Upon your arrival, you will ascend to the top of an incredible fort via cable car, where you will arrive just in time to watch the sunrise over the Dead Sea. Eventually, you will be led through the fortress before descending for your transfer to the Dead Sea. Upon your arrival, you will be able to cover yourself in mineral mud, which is known throughout the world for its healing properties. Once you are ready, you will venture to your glampsite accommodation beside a local Bedouin village. Upon your arrival, you will be received by a member of the local tribe and welcomed with customary sweet tea.
Negev – Glamping in the Desert
Today, you will partake in a camel ride through the Negev, which was the original form of desert transportation in this region. After your ride has concluded, you will embark on a leisurely hike led by your expert guide. For dinner, you will enter the Bedouin camp and attend a lovely meal of regional fare accompanied by a splendid performance of traditional song and dance. During the experience, you will be amazed by the wonderful spectacle as you indulge in an exquisite meal. After dinner, you will be returned to your glampsite, where you can spend the night gazing at a sky full of stars.
Jerusalem – Traverse the Old City
Today, you will enjoy your final breakfast in the Negev before transferring to the holy city of Jerusalem. Upon your arrival, you will be dropped off at your luxurious accommodation, and when you are ready, you can begin your introductory explorations of Jerusalem. Throughout your tour, you will experience the most significant sites of the world’s foremost religions, beginning in the Christian Quarter. Here, you will learn about the historical and religious significance of the church with ample time to explore on your own before continuing to the Muslim Quarter. Lastly, you will arrive in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City, where you will have the opportunity to approach the holy Wailing Wall.
Jerusalem – Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial
Your day will begin with a transfer to a section of Jerusalem’s modern New City, where you will arrive at the bustling shuk that is also known as the Mahane Yehuda Market. Here, you will traverse the vibrant aisles of the shuk and stop to sample the local delicacies. During your time at the market, you will sample delicious chocolate rugelach, which is a traditional Jewish pastry typically filled with chocolate, fruit, or nuts. Once you have finished at the market, you will be transferred to the world-famous Yad Vashem museum, which is the World Holocaust Remembrance Center.
Jerusalem – The Western Wall Tunnels
You will begin the morning with a private transfer to the spectacular Mount of Olives, which will provide you with breathtaking views of Jerusalem. When you are ready, you will be transferred to Jerusalem’s bustling New City district, where you will arrive at the top of the distinguished Ben Yehuda Street. After you have had ample time to explore Ben Yehuda Street, you will be transferred to Jerusalem’s Old City, where you will explore the Western Wall Tunnels, which run beneath the Jewish Quarter and into the Muslim Quarter. These tunnels hold timeless treasures that offer insight into the history of the region and the holy Jewish First and Second Temples.
Jerusalem – Departure
This morning, you will indulge in your final breakfast in Israel before spending the morning on your own. You may choose to stroll through Jerusalem’s Old City or stop at one of the many charming cafes along Ben Yehuda Street. Either way, you are likely to begin reminiscing about all of the wonderful memories that you made while you were in Israel. Sadly, the final morning always moves the quickest, and before you know it, you will have to transfer to the airport for your international flight home.
- Explore the vibrant city of Tel Aviv during an exclusive tour and relax at the gorgeous beach
- Traverse the ancient streets of Jaffa and bargain with locals at the infamous Jaffa Flea Market
- Bask in the beauty of Haifa’s Baha’i Gardens and enjoy a stroll through the city’s German Colony
- Share a traditional meal with a local Druze family in their home when you visit the lovely village of Isfiya
- Be mystified by the secrets of ancient Jewish Kabbalah when you learn with one of Safed’s most renowned rabbis
- Spend the night glamping in total luxury under a magnificent sky of stars in the heart of the Negev Desert
- Relax in the calming waters of the Dead Sea after a sunrise visit to the Masada fortress
- Wander through the timeworn streets of Jerusalem’s world-renowned Old City on a private tour
Your luxurious 14-day tour will begin in the buzzing city center of Tel Aviv, where you will enjoy a private tour of the city’s top neighborhoods and sites. You will have the opportunity to relax at the gorgeous beach alongside the glistening Mediterranean Sea and wander through the streets of the ancient Jaffa neighborhood as well. From Tel Aviv, you will continue to Haifa, where you will visit the serene Baha’i Gardens and stroll through the magnificent German Colony. Shortly after, you will be transferred to the nearby village of Isfiya, where you will be provided with the unique opportunity to enjoy a traditional Druze lunch with a local family. Then, you will be stunned by the beauty of the Rosh Hanikra Grottoes and intrigued by the nearby kibbutz, which are both just a short transfer from Haifa.
Continuing, you will arrive in the holy city of Safed, which is one of the most important locations in the world for the ancient Jewish study of Kabbalah. Here, you will meander through the charming Artist Quarter to uncover the history of Kabbalah before spending a day exploring the best of the Golan Heights. From here, you will continue to the Negev Desert, where you will visit Masada at sunrise, bathe in the Dead Sea, and experience true Bedouin hospitality before glamping in luxury under the stars. Finally, you will arrive in Jerusalem, which is perhaps Israel’s most significant city. Here, you will explore both the Old City and the New City on privately guided tours and visit two of the most important museums in the country. On this exciting 14-day tour of Israel, you will be sure to leave the Holy Land feeling completely fulfilled. Throughout the entire tour, you will stay in luxurious accommodations and will have private transportation readily available. Nearly everything about this luxurious vacation is entirely customizable, so you can adjust nearly anything and everything to better suit your moods and interests once you are in Israel.
$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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