Begin an unforgettable Scenic journey with a two night Special Stay at your hotel in Tel Aviv. Later, join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome dinner of modern Israeli cuisine at the George and John Restaurant.
Bathed in Mediterranean sunshine, hummus-infused aromas, and Bauhaus-era buildings, Tel Aviv is a vibrant metropolis that is quick to charm. Take an enlightening tour with an expert art-historian guide who will bowl you over with tales about the 4,000-year-old port city of Jaffa, and explore the archaeological ruins and winding alleyways. Browse through the curios of Nahalat Binyamin street market and be enthralled by World Heritage-listed Bauhaus buildings of the White City quarter, then visit scenic Tel Aviv port.
Freechoice: Learn the secrets of Israeli cuisine during a cooking class in a picturesque 200-year-old house, or learn the fundamentals of traditional Ethiopian drumming in an interactive workshop. Alternatively, discover the Ilana Goor Museum, distinct in its dual purpose as both an art gallery and private home of the artist.
This evening enjoy beverages and dinner at Alma Beach, Tel Aviv’s coolest stretch of sand.
Tel Aviv - Sea of Galilee
Discover the intriguing history of Israel’s mountainous region as you drive to Caesarea, the Roman capital of Judea. You will have the chance to view the archaeological discoveries of the Crusader city and the Roman port, including a restored amphitheatre and aqueduct. Later, proceed to your two night Special Stay, overlooking the Sea of Galilee in Tiberias. This evening enjoy seasonal local ingredients in dishes that pay homage to the Christian-Arab cuisine of the region at Magdalena.
Sea of Galilee
Your first look at the scenic region of Galilee will be on a tranquil boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Continue to the biblical village of Capernaum, and then proceed to the place of the miracle of multiplication of the loaves and fishes, Tabgha. On Galilee’s north-western shores, visit the Mount of Beatitudes. Continue to Kibbutz Ein Gev and learn about the unique kibbutz community. Return to your hotel, stopping en route at a local winery for a tour and wine tasting.
Sea of Galilee > Jerusalem
Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight - Choose to add an optional hot air balloon flight for breath-taking views of the Galilee hills (additional cost, please book on tour.)
In Nazareth, you’ll visit the Basilica of the Annunciation. In Beit She’an, discover the archaeological excavations that uncovered precious relics, and trace Israel’s incredibly long and rich history that dates back 5,000 years. Ascend the Judean Mountains to Jerusalem, and your home for the next three nights.
A Holy City for three of the world’s great religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – Jerusalem occupies a unique place in humanity.
Get a holistic perspective on the past, present and future of Jerusalem through a unique dual narrative experience with your two tour guides – one Jewish Israeli and one Palestinian. Witness the revered sites of the Old City through their eyes, consider recent tensions, and ponder the city’s future.
Stand before the Western Wall, famously called the ‘Wailing Wall’, and soak in the aura of the holiest of Jerusalem’s Jewish sites. Later, explore 5000 years of cultural treasures at the Israel Museum Jerusalem with an experienced historian, including the Billy Rose Art Garden designed by the Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi. Continue along to the Christian quarter and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This evening, experience the uplifting songs that distinguish the Jewish faith and Israeli culture at a Yiddish Klezmer club. Savour local tapas as the band provides a spirited soundtrack.
Freechoice: Explore the colourful Mahane Yehuda Market and engage with friendly vendors, and mingle with the city’s rich mosaic of residents as our guide shares insight into Israel’s modern food scene and enduring traditions. Alternatively, discover the stories and survivor testimonies at Yad Vashem – the Holocaust Memorial – with a specialist historian, or enjoy wine tasting at Flam Winery with artisanal cheese and breads.
This afternoon, venture to Bethlehem. Immerse yourself into the history and spirituality as you explore the sites of Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity, and the monasteries of the Shepherds’ Fields.
This evening, enjoy an unforgettable gourmet experience with a chef-prepared traditional Shabbat dinner at an elegant home of American immigrants to Israel.
Jerusalem > Tel Aviv
Bid farewell to Jerusalem as you transfer to Ben Gurion airport, Tel Aviv for your onward flight home.