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A Glimpse of Israel

Feel the energy of Tel Aviv, a vibrant city with a rhythmic heart that enjoys an enviable, sun-drenched location. Explore historical riches in Caesarea including an aqueduct and a restored ancient amphitheater. Mount Carmel rewards travelers with panoramic views across Haifa Bay and the golden domed Baha’i Shrine. Visit the Holy City of Safed—dotted with synagogues and a picturesque artist’s quarter. Wander the city of Nazareth, world renowned as the childhood home of Jesus, and stop in at the Israel Museum to spot the Dead Sea Scrolls. Explore Jerusalem, one of the oldest cities, and the religious and historical epicenter of the world. 

Trip Type: Cosmopolitan, Cultural

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A Glimpse of Israel
A Glimpse of Israel
A Glimpse of Israel
A Glimpse of Israel
A Glimpse of Israel
A Glimpse of Israel
A Glimpse of Israel
A Glimpse of Israel

Day By Day

Day 1 – Welcome to Israel

Upon arrival into ABen Gurion International Airport you will be met and transferred to your accommodation.

Israel, a Middle Eastern country on the Mediterranean Sea, is regarded by Jews, Christians and Muslims as the biblical Holy Land. Most of its sacred sites within the Old City, the Temple Mount complex includes the Dome of the Rock shrine, the historic Western Wall, Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre can be found in the capital, Jerusalem. Israel's financial hub, Tel Aviv, is known for its Bauhaus architecture, beaches and vibrant nightlife.

Starting Accommodation: Dan Tel Aviv


Day 2 – Tel Aviv, At Leisure

Tel Aviv, one of Israel’s most vibrant cities, given the title the ‘Mediterranean Capital of Cool’ by the New York Times. Combining sandy Mediterranean beaches with a world-class nightlife, a buzzing cultural scene, incredible food and UNESCO recognized architecture the city is a must for all those visiting Israel.

Starting Accommodation: Dan Tel Aviv
Meals: Breakfast


Day 3 – Caesarea, Megiddo, Druze Village and Haifa Overland Tour

Drive north to Caesarea, once the Roman capital of the region. Here you will see the excavations of the Crusaders' city, the aqueduct, and the Amphitheater that has been restored as a concert venue. Proceed to Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon. Visit the archaeological excavations including the well-preserved water supply system. Continue to Daliat-el-Carmel, a Druze village and enjoy a late lunch at a local restaurant. Proceed via Mount Carmel to Haifa for a panoramic view of the Haifa Bay and the Golden domed Baha’i Shrine and gardens.

Starting Accommodation: Kibbutz Lavi Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 4 – Safed, Katzrin and Golan Winery Full Day

Drive to Safed, one of the four Holy Cities in Israel and center of the Kaballa movement. Set in the dense pine forests of the Upper Galilee, overlooking Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee, Safed is a delicious blend of ancient grandeur and modern-day resort. For thousands of years, the ancient city of Safed was conquered and reconquered – always changing hands. Today, after years of conflict ranging from the Crusaders to the Mamlukes to the British, Safed survives – as pretty, vibrant and mystical as ever! Visit the Caro and Ari synagogues, stroll through the narrow alleyways and visit the picturesque Artists' quarter. Continue to Golan Heights. Home to some of Israel’s most spectacular landscapes and adventures, the Golan Heights are a land of beauty, far removed from the cities of the center of the country. Stop at the memorial for the fallen soldiers of the Golan located over former Syrian bunkers, view the monument built in honor of the Alexandroni Brigade. Proceed for a magnificent observation point over the city of Kuneitra, and the Syrian border. Enjoy a stop at a Golan Winery for a tour and wine tasting. Continue to “Golan Magic” for a multimedia presentation of the area and its history.

Starting Accommodation: Kibbutz Lavi Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 5 – Sea of Galilee, Nazareth and Beit Alpha Overland Tour

Start the day with a visit to Nazareth a city rich in history, world renowned as the childhood home of Jesus.  The largest Arab city in Israel it is an important site for pilgrims and visitors offering a blend of faiths and cultures - see the “Cradle of Christianity” come alive before you. This ancient city blends rich history, fascinating archeology, modern culture and Middle Eastern charm.  There are many ancient churches in the Old City, with the Church of the Annunciation heading the list. The rebuilt church retained parts of the previous churches, from the Crusader and Byzantine periods. The church also houses an impressive collection of paintings. Visit the Church of Annunciation, built on the site of the Virgin Mary’s home. Continue to Tiberias, a city on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. Its Old City holds important Jewish and Christian pilgrimage sites including the Tomb of Maimonides and Abulafia (Etz Chaim) Synagogue. Visit Capernaum to see the ruins of the synagogue and octagonal Church of St. Peter.  Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Drive via Beit Shean to Beit Alpha to see the remains of the mosaic floor of an ancient synagogue depicting the zodiac.

Starting Accommodation: King David Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast


Day 6 – Mt. of Olives, Old City and Bethlehem Full Day

Start the day with a magnificent panoramic view from Mount of Olives. The Mount of Olives or Mount Olivet is a mountain ridge east of and adjacent to Jerusalem's Old City. It is named for the olive groves that once covered its slopes. A significant and meaningful landmark, the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem dates back to biblical times and is important to both Jews and Christians. Drive to the Old City where you will visit the Tomb of King David, one of the most sacred sites for Jews. Next visit the Room of Last Supper on Mt. Zion. Enter the walled city and walk through the newly restored Jewish quarter. Visit the Roman Cardo, the Herodian quarter and continue to the Western Wall. Thousands of years old, the Western Wall is the last remaining relic of the Second Jewish Temple and the most important Jewish prayer site in the world, where millions of visitors from around the world place notes with requests and prayers into its cracks. Walk along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of Holy Sepulchre. Continue to Bethlehem, the biblical birthplace of Jesus. View Rachel's Tomb which is the third holiest site in Judaism and has become one of the cornerstones of Jewish-Israeli identity.  Next visit the Church of Nativity, one of the oldest surviving Christian churches and marks the traditional place of Christ’s birth. Finally visit Manger's Square, located in the center of Bethlehem and takes its name from the ‘manger’ where Jesus was laid after his birth – according to Christian belief. Currently it is considered an important cultural and social spot where different events, exhibitions, concerts and gatherings are organized.

Starting Accommodation: King David Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast


Day 7 – Israel Museum, Knesset, Mt. Herzl and Yad Vashem Full Day

Your first stop is the Israel Museum to the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed, and the Holyland model, a miniature replica of Jerusalem as it was during the Second Temple Period. Next enjoy a tour at the Knesset, Israel's parliament. Continue to Mount Herzl cemetery, the site of Israel's national cemetery and other memorial and educational facilities found on the west of Jerusalem. Next visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s largest Holocaust memorial which is set on the slopes on the Mount of Remembrance. The museum houses 9 chilling galleries of interactive historical displays. Drive through Mea Shearim, the ultra-orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem and learn about their unique lifestyle.

Starting Accommodation: King David Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast


Day 8 – Qumran, Masada and Dead Sea Full Day

Drive through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Continue to Masada, ascend by cable car and tour the mountain fortress built by King Herod, where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans; visit the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue and bathhouse; descend by cable car. Next, stop for Lunch and Spa facilities in one of the leading hotels in the area and enjoy a "swim" in the mineral rich Dead Sea.

Starting Accommodation: King David Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast


Day 9 – Jerusalem, At Leisure

Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, one of the oldest cities in the world and considered to be the religious and historical epicenter of the world. A surreal and vibrant city, holy to Jews, Muslims, and Christians, but beyond religion the city has historic significance. This advance and dynamic city is a glorious place to visit and has so much to see and experience. With many museums, religious sites, amazing restaurants and markets, the city is like nowhere else. No visit to Israel is complete without including time in Jerusalem.

Starting Accommodation: King David Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast


Day 10 – Depart Jerusalem

Today you will transfer to the international airport for your departing flight.

Meals: Breakfast


Pricing

Package Level: Deluxe

Pricing for this package is on request. Please call a Swain Destinations Specialist to customize this journey.


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Details

Length:

9 Nights

Pricing:

Pricing on request

Destinations:

Tel Aviv; Lower Galilee; Jerusalem

Inclusions:

  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • 2 nights Tel Aviv
  • Caesarea, Megiddo, Druze Village and Haifa Overland Tour
  • 2 nights Lower Galilee
  • Safed, Katzrin and Golan Winery Full Day
  • Sea of Galilee, Nazareth and Beit Alpha Overland Tour
  • 5 nights Jerusalem
  • Mt. of Olives, Old City and Bethlehem Full Day
  • Israel Museum, Knesset, Mt. Herzl and Yad Vashem Full Day
  • Qumran, Masada and Dead Sea Full Day
  • Meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 dinners
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