Group Tour 8 days from £2995 per person

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  Places Visited: Tel Aviv, Akko, Haifa, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Masada, Jerusalem

In a unique blend of the ancient & modern, this comprehensive tour of Israel combines the immense natural beauty and unbeatable historical sites of this fascinating country into a hugely enjoyable 8-day trip. It pack in the ancient and immensely significant religious sites of the holy cities of Jerusalem, Nazareth and Bethlehem with the bright lights, cafe culture and modern experiences of Tel Aviv alongside the ancient sites of King Herod’s desert fortress with the calm healing waters of the Dead Sea, for an unforgettable journey to treasure.

For those who enjoy beaches there is always the option of staying a few nights at one the country’s amazing beach resorts at Eilat, Haifa or Akko.

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Itinerary for Heritage of Israel

Day 1
London - Tel Aviv

Board your overnight flight from the UK for Tel Aviv

Day 2
Tel Aviv

Arrive into Tel Aviv airport early morning where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the night. After a restful morning, begin explorations of Tel Aviv, the most modern city of Israel with an undeniable Mediterranean flair. The walking tour takes in the historic port of Jaffa, the Ahuzat Bayit neighbourhood, the original suburb modelled on Herzl’s vision of Alteneuland that has now grown into the modern heart of the of the country. The visit ends at the bustling Carmel Market, where you can stay on to savour the culinary delights on offer.

Tel Aviv is vibrant, modern and liberal. This 24-hour city combines sandy Mediterranean beaches with a buzzing culture scene, UNESCO recognised architecture, incredible food, and a world-renowned nightlife. Here you will find one of the biggest collections of Bauhaus buildings in the world and the old port town of Jaffa, with its wooden fishing boats, winding backstreets lined with artists’ studios and galleries and well-known flea market.  In Ahuzat Bayit take a walk under the fig and Poinciana trees of Rothschild Boulevard to see Independence Hall and some of the Bauhaus style houses of White City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 3
Tel Aviv – Acre – Haifa

This morning, drive to the walled city of Akko (Acre), an important port city of the Ottoman empire, complete with its citadel and mosques, khans and baths. Built on the remains of a crusader site, Akko has been extensively excavated and a new visitor’s centre which allows you to visit the beautifully renovated Knights Hall, Hospitaller fortress, and Templar tunnels, used by the knights to get from the port unseen. In the afternoon After, proceed to Haifa, beautifully set on the slopes of Mount Carmel facing the Mediterranean Sea for a 2-night stay.

Overlooking the Mediterranean, Haifa is Israel’s third largest city and the only one with a subway system albeit the worlds shortest!  What it lacks in size is made up by the magnificent views it affords as it climbs 900 feet to the top of Mount Carmel. The city’s crowning glory however are the glorious Baha’i Gardens and Baha’i World Centre. The famous German Colony as the base of Mount Carmel is also worth a famous for its pretty streets and restored templar buildings.

Day 4
Haifa – Nazareth – Sea of Galilee

This morning, travel to Nazareth, a major pilgrimage site for Christians and the largest Arab settlement in Israel. Here you visit Basilica of the Annunciation, one of the most significant churches in the Middle East along with an abundance of Ottoman era homes with stunning frescoes. In the afternoon continue to Galilee and explore Sea of Galilee area, including the Church of Transfiguration and the ruins of Capernaum before returning to Haifa.

The Sea of Galilee or Yam Kinneret, is the lowest freshwater lake on earth and is one of the earliest settled areas in Israel. The afternoon is becomes slightly pensive on a visit to the Golan Heights, overlooking the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan river. Originally a part of Syria the region came under Israeli military occupation in 1967 and we see signs of old minefields and depopulated villages as e have a coffee next to the bunkers of Mount Bental, overlooking the Valley of Tears.

Day 5
Haifa – Jerusalem - Bethelem

Drive to Jerusalem in the morning for a 3-night stay in the Holy city. Explorations here begin with a visit to the ancient town of Bethlehem in the hills of the West Bank where the tour takes in the Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity, where Jesus is believed to have been born and spent much of his childhood.

Located just 5 miles south of Jerusalem, Bethlehem is known the world over as the birthplace of Jesus but the city predates this Jesus by many millennia to the Canaanite tribes who are first thought to have established the city and named it Beit Lahama. They built a temple to the god Lahama on the present day Mount of the Nativity. Around 1200 BCE, the Philistines captured the city and build a garrison here. They were followed by Israelites and  Greeks, with the Romans only arriving here around 160 BCE.

Like many cities in Israel, Bethelem is of biblically importance to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. For Jews, it is the burial place of the matriarch Rachel and the birthplace of King David. It is also where Samuel anointed David as king of Israel in Bethlehem and where King David's ancestors, Ruth and Boaz were married.

For Christians, Bethlehem is recognized in the gospels of Matthew and Luke as the birthplace of Jesus and is one of the religions holiest sites in the world. Islam also recognises Jesus as an prophet of god and come to visit his birthplace. Additionally, the tomb of the biblical matriarch sacred for Muslims and Jewish faits lies here, which many Muslim women visit to pray for safe and smooth pregnancies.

Day 6
Jerusalem

A busy morning today, starts with a walking tour of Jerusalem’s Old town, home to some of the most sacred sites of the world. The tour takes in the Temple Mount, Dome of the Rock, Al-Aqsa Mosque which sit within a stone’s throw of one another. Later, head for the Western Wall and go on through narrow cobbled lanes to the Jewish Quarter to the historic Synagogue of Hurva. Here you have an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, along the path he is believed to have carried his cross to his crucifixion. The morning ends at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where some believe the remains of Jesus to be buried. After a much-deserved lunch ascend to the gentle slopes of the Mount of Olives for spectacular, panoramic views of the city that frame the unique architectural mosaic, made up of synagogues, churches and mosques.

As with most of Israel's cities Jerusalem has a long and impressive history going back some 3,000 to 2,500 BC, long before any of the the three major religions that occupy it today were conceived.

It remains one of the oldest living cities in the world with the first inhabitants thought to have been pagan tribes. since this time the city has fallen into many hands and is said to have been completly destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, captured and recaptured 44 times.

Day 7
Jerusalmen - Masada

Drive to Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the location of King Herod’s 2,000-year-old mountaintop fortress. Explore the remains of elaborate palaces and bathhouses. Later go onto to the shores of the Dead Sea for an opportunity to bathe and float in its fabled healing waters before returning to Jerusalem.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Masada, on the Eastern edge of the Judaean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea, is King Herod’s 2000-year-old mountain top fortress, complete with elaborate palaces and bathhouses. One of the greatest archaeological sites in Israel, the remains of the fortress are well-preserved, and many parts have been reconstructed for a glimpse into their original glory of the fortress.  The most impressive structure still standing is northern palace, built on three rocky terraces overlooking the gorge below. Masada can be ascended on foot via the winding “snake path” or by the cable car.

Day 8
Jerusalem - Tel Aviv - London

This morning, transfer back to Tel Aviv airport for a direct flight to London, arriving the same evening.

Group Tour 8 days from £2995 per person


What's included

International flights from the UK into Tel Aviv and out of Jerusalem

All transport and transfers

Accommodation for 7 nights in standard grade hotels

Bed and Breakfast meal plan

All sightseeing expenses,

English speaking guides where listed

 

 

2021/2022 tour prices for Heritage of Israel

DEPARTURE DATE PRICE PER PERSON SINGLE ROOM supplement AVAILABILITY
Sun 14 Nov 2021 £2655 £1095 Please call us
Tue 21 Dec 2021 £2995 £1295 Please call us
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