16 Days Ultimate Classic Israel
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DAY 1 Tuesday
FLIGHT TO TEL AVIV
Non-stop overnight flight to Tel Aviv Get ready to enjoy one of the best tours you have ever had in your lifetime. IBMT, with its own operations office in Jerusalem is dedicated to give you personal service to each and every one of you.
DAY 2 Wednesday
WELCOME TO THE HOLYLAND
Upon your arrival to Ben Gurion Airport you will be met and assisted by our IBMT-Holyland Tours representative and transferred to your hotel for check in. Remainder of the day is free to spend at leisure. Take advantage of this opportunity to mingle with the locals. Shop at the amazing shopping malls, relax at an authentic Israeli restaurant and enjoy the amazing food Tel Aviv has to offer, or just enjoy a relaxing day at one of the beautiful beaches. Overnight in Tel-Aviv.
DAY 3 Thursday
LATRUN / BEIT GUVRIN / AYALON INSITITUTE / WEIZMANN HOUSE
Drive to Latrun to visit the Armored Corps Museum and memorial, also considered as one of the most diverse tank museums in the world. Continue to Beit Guvrin National Park, declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site; explore parts of the archaeological remains and unique caves. Proceed to Ayalon Institute, once a secret underground ammunition factory established by the "Haganah," who were the Jewish underground movement before May 1948. Continue to Weizmann House in Rehovot built in 1936, the private home and later the formal residence of Dr. Chaim Weizmann, the first president of the state of Israel and founder of the Weizmann Institute of Science. Visit the house with its impressive structure and fascinating gardens, which now form part of the Weizmann Institute of Science. Learn the story of Dr. Chaim Weizmann, an outstanding scientist and head of the Zionist movement for over 30 years. Overnight stay in Tel-Aviv.
DAY 4 Friday
DIASPORA MUSEUM / OLD JAFFA / TEL AVIV
Visit Beit Hatfutsot, the Diaspora museum; drive around the main streets of Tel Aviv, the center of business and entertainment in Israel. Also known as the "White City," Tel Aviv was declared as a UNESCO world cultural heritage site for its collection of over 4,000 Bauhaus style buildings. Stop at Rabin Square, the site of assassination of Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin in 1995. Continue to Old Jaffa, one of the oldest port cities in the world; visit the ancient ruins and walk along the Artists Quarter. Visit Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood of Tel Aviv built in 1887, followed by Nachalat Binyamin, the pedestrian mall of the city where you can enjoy live street music, arts, crafts and handmade jewelry. Overnight stay in Tel-Aviv
DAY 5 Saturday
FREE DAY AT LEISURE / TEL AVIV
Enjoy another day to explore on your own the different venues Tel Aviv has to offer. If it is the local bazaar, Shouk Ha Carmel, or the old train station, the different restaurants, or just enjoy a walk on the beautiful boardwalk along the beach.
DAY 6 Sunday
CAESAREA / MEGIDDO / DRUZE VILLAGE / HAIFA
Drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea, capital of Judea under the Romans. See the excavations of the Crusader city and the Roman port, aqueduct and the amphitheater that has been restored to its former glory as a concert venue. Proceed to Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon and 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, The Druze form a religious minority in Israel of more than 100,000, mostly residing in the north of the country. Proceed via Mount Carmel to Haifa for a breathtaking panoramic view of the Haifa bay and the Golden domed Bahai Shrine and gardens. Overnight stay in a Kibbutz guesthouse.
DAY 7 Monday
SAFED / GOLAN HEIGHTS / WINERY
Drive to Safed, the center of Jewish mysticism, where you will visit the ancient synagogues and the artists' colony. Continue to the Golan Heights to see the former Syrian bunkers, Kuneitra and the new Israeli town of Katzrin. Stop at the Golan winery for a tour and wine tasting. Proceed to "Kessem Hagolan", a multimedia presentation of the area and its history. Overnight in a Kibbutz guesthouse.
DAY 8 Tuesday
SEA OF GALILEE / NAZARETH / BEIT ALPHA
Start the day with a visit to Nazareth; visit the Church of Annunciation; continue to Tiberias; visit Capernaum to see the ruins of the synagogue and octagonal Church of St. Peter; visit 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. Return to Jerusalem for an overnight stay.
DAY 9 Wednesday
JERUSALEM : THE OLD CITY / BETHLEHEM
Start the day with a magnificent panoramic view from the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. Drive to the Old City; visit the Tomb of King David and 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. Walk along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of Holy Sepulchre. Continue to Bethlehem*; view Rachel's Tomb and proceed to the Church of Nativity and Manger's Square. Conclude the day with dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem.
DAY 10 Thursday
JERUSALEM : THE NEW CITY
Depart to the Israel museum. Visit the Shrine of the book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed and the miniature model of Jerusalem as it was during the second temple period. Proceed for a tour at the Knesset , Israel's parliament . Continue to visit Mount Herzl cemetery and proceed to Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, established in 1953. Visit Mea Shearim , the ultra orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem and learn about their unique lifestyle. In the evening enjoy a Middle Eastern dinner followed by the spectacular "sound& light" show* at the Tower of David museum. (Weather conditions permitting). Overnight stay in Jerusalem.
DAY 11 Friday
QUMERAN / MASADA / DEAD SEA
Drive through the beautiful Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, which surface and shores are 423 meters(1,388 ft) below sea level, Earth's lowest elevation on land. Stop at Qumran to visit the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found by a Bedouin boy in 1947. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada. Ascend by cable car and tour the ancient fortress where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans before committing mass suicide in 73 AD. Descend by cable car. Continue to the Dead Sea. Cover yourself with the mineral rich mud and experience a swim in the Dead Sea. It is said and many believe that it has therapeutic effects. Overnight stay in Jerusalem.
DAY 12 Saturday
FREE DAY AT LEISURE IN JERUSALEM
Enjoy a stroll on your own at the Old City of Jerusalem. Visit the local colorful bazaar were you can work on your negotiating skills, or visit the local cafes or amazing restaurants and get a feel of local habits and mentality. Overnight stay in Jerusalem.
DAY 13 Sunday
TIMNA / UNDERWATER OBSERVATORY / EILAT
Travel south through the Negev desert and enjoy its stunning scenery. Visit Timna, see the copper mines and most striking and well-known rock formation in Timna Valley, Solomon's Pillars. Continue to Eilat, Israel's southernmost city, located on the Red Sea coast and stop at the underwater observatory, one of the largest sea Aquariums in the world, built into a coral reef. Enjoy Dinner and overnight in Eilat. If time permits stroll the interesting boardwalk along the beach and hotel areas and enjoy the local nightlife.
DAY 14 Monday
EILAT or OPTIONAL DAY IN PETRA
Free day in Eilat or Optional Day Tour to Petra. After assisting you with your visa arrangements to Jordan, you will drive to Petra through desert highways. Your ultimate destination is the astonishing rose-red city of Petra which was built by the Nabateans (An early Arab tribe). Petra was renowned for its massive architecture, pools, dams and water channels. Petra is the legacy of the Nabateans who settled in the south of Jordan more than 2000 years ago. The visit begins with a possible short horseback-ride of about 700 meters until the entrance of the Siq, which is about 1.2 km long (walking distance). There is a possibility to rent a chariot (extra cost) to get inside Petra and back to the gate outside. Petra is famous for its huge monuments such as the treasury, royal tombs, the court, roman theater, roman street, Qasser El- Bint (Palace of Pharaoh's daughter) and many other smaller monuments which fascinate the visitors. The city itself is almost 45 square km and is considered to be the second wonder of the world. On completion of this breathtaking visit you will be enjoying yourself with lunch in a nice Restaurant. After lunch drive back to border. Transfer to the border will be at around 18:00 p.m and cross back to Eilat. Dinner and overnight in Eilat.
DAY 15 Tuesday
MITZPE RAMON / SDE BOKER / TEL AVIV
Morning departure of Eilat, on the way you will stop to gaze into the Ramon crater , a geological wonder. Proceed to Sde Boker and see Israels first prime minister, Ben Gurion's hut and grave overlooking the magnificent Zin valley. Stop for a camel ride and experience life how it was in the desert in an authentic Bedouin tent. Learn about the customary Bedouin hospitality and enjoy a light authentic lunch. Continue to Hatzerim and visit Israel's air-force museum to view the planes and equipment where you will hear the story of this brave fighting force. Dinner and overnight in Tel Aviv.
DAY 16 Wednesday
TRANSFER TO BEN GURION AIRPORT FOR YOUR FLIGHT BACK HOME
Aboard the transatlantic flight, with time to think about your exciting visit filled with memories for a lifetime, you can start planning your next visit to Israel! Arrive back home the same day.
- Transfer on arrival and departure (from/to Ben Gurion Airport)
- 14 nights accommodation
- Daily buffet breakfast
- 10 touring days as per itinerary, with English speaking guide
- Dinner in Jerusalem on Thursday followed by a Sound and Light show at David Citadel
- 2 Dinners in Kibbutz Lavi
- Lunch at a Druze village on Sunday
- Entrance fees to the sites visited as per itinerary
- Light lunch onTuesday on the way frp, Eilat to Tel-Aviv
Not included services:
- Airfare & Departure taxes
- Tips to guide/driver and Hotel staff.
- Travel Incurance
- Extra meals and personal expense.
- Petra Fees & border taxes to be paid locally approx. US $65.00
- Jordan Visa price approx. US $60.00