Highlights of Israel
• Western Wall • Masada • Bethlehem
Israel is defined by its rich web of cultures, its electric population of Arab Muslims and Arab Christians, Druze, Bedouins, Circassians, Samaritans and Jews from 70 Diasporas, from East and Western Europe, North Africa, Asia, North and South America. All of these cultures, people and religions have created a tapestry of tradition, beliefs and customs that encapsulate the holy and the secular, the past and the present, the east and the west.
Day 1: Tel Aviv > Jerusalem On arrival you will be met and transferred to Jerusalem to check into your hotel.
Day 2: Jerusalem > Old City Explore the biblical and cultural highlights of Old Jerusalem. Start the tour with a panoramic view of the city from Mount of Olives. Visit Garden of Gethsemane and enter the Old City through one of its famous gates. Explore the restored Jewish Quarter and visit the Cardo, an ancient Roman marketplace where you can still shop today. Stop at the Western Wall, the holiest place to the Jewish People. Continue into the Christian Quarter and walk along the Via Dolorosa, following the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Visit Mt. Zion to see the Room of the Last Supper and the Tomb of King David.
Day 3: Jerusalem New City and Bethlehem Drive by the Israeli Parliament - The Knesset. Then visit the Israel Museum and see the famous Dead Seas Scrolls at the Shrine of the Book. Experience a moving visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, and visit Ein Karem where John the Baptist was born. Depart for Bethlehem for an overview of the quaint Shepherd's Fields. Drive on for a visit to the Grotto at the Church of Nativity and Manger's square.
Day 4: Masada Visit the Caves of Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Ascend by cable car to the mountain fortress of Masada, once a luxurious palace built by Herod the Great and later the last stronghold of the Jewish rebellion against the Romans. Explore the unique remains including the bathhouse, water cisterns, storerooms, hanging palaces and the Synagogue.
Day 5: Jerusalem > Tel Aviv Transfer to the airport in time for your onward flight.
• Small group tour (maximum 16 passengers) with English speaking tour guide • 4 nights boutique accommodation in your selected category of hotel • Transfers by air conditioned minibus and driver • Sightseeing and entrance fees • 4 Breakfasts
Pricing (per person) $AUD
Booking conditions This small group departure is designed around boutique style accommodation and operate on a daily basis. A great introduction to the delights of Israel. Supplements will apply over the peak periods and religious festivals. This itinerary may be combined with Egypt and/or Jordan.
This small group departure is designed around boutique style accommodation and operate on a daily basis. A great introduction to the delights of Israel. Supplements will apply over the peak periods and religious festivals. This itinerary may be combined with Egypt and/or Jordan.