Perched at the crossroads of Middle Eastern history for centuries and spiritual home to Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, Israel has always been a fascinating region. As it blazes a trail in modern tourism, more and more people are eager to understand this dynamic, endlessly changing region. This astounding trip gives you the opportunity to explore historic towns, tune into the rhythm of daily life in a kibbutz, visit Bedouin communities in the Negev Desert and experience a soul-stirring visit to a refugee camp – all against one of the most beautiful backdrops you will ever see.
A visit to Israel offers the traveler an opportunity to see fabled places that have had a significant influence on the history of the world. Many of the tourist attractions within Israel act as travel lodestones not only for the members of three of the world’s most prominent religions (Christianity, Islam and Judaism), but also to those with an avid interest in world history in general.
Tel Aviv is the most modern city in Israel and, also, the most secular, although it is guided or, perhaps, constrained by the religious boundaries set by the laws of Israel. Tel Aviv offers an active nightlife, a scenic beachfront on the Mediterranean and an open and relaxed atmosphere. There is good quality dining, as well as some of the best falafel in the world.
Haifa is the third largest in Israel and its history links back to Biblical times. Today is it a working port, as well as an educational and technology center. Haifa is often made fun of by the residents of Tel Aviv (and the other cities of Israel) because it is viewed as a boring, working city whose residents are too serious.
Acre is a port city that was originally settled by the Phoenicians. It is another of Israel's historic cities with an extremely interesting history. The city that exists today was shaped and fortified by the Ottoman Empire in the 18th and 19th centuries and is a classic example of an Ottoman walled town including its citadel, mosques and baths.
Occupying the rift valley between Jordan, Israel and the West Bank of the Palestinian Territories, the Dead Sea is a highly saline body of freshwater located over 1,300 feet below sea level, surrounded by mountains and hilly, arid terrain. Since the waters entering the lake from the Jordan and other rivers have no way to escape the rift, they are subject to rapid evaporation in the desert environment of the Judean Desert.
Children Policy: Children two and under are permitted within maximum occupancy at no additional cost using existing bedding. Up to two children three to 12 are permitted in addition to the double occupancy for $40 per child, per night, using existing bedding or a roll-away bed (for an additional cost).
Additional Adult Policy: Up to two adults 13 and over are prmitted in addition to the double occupancy for $40 per adult, per night, using existing bedding or a roll-away bed (for an additional cost).Roll-away beds are based on availability and cannot be guaranteed; they can be requested for $5 per bed, per night.
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Handicap-Accessible: No, the resort is not accesible by wheel chair.
Welcome to Israel! Arrive into Tel Aviv today and, if time permits, head out to explore this vibrant and cosmopolitan beachside city, before this evening’s pre-departure meeting with your tour leader. it’s a great chance to meet the rest of your group and, afterwards, there’s the option to head out for a local dinner.
After breakfast you’ll set off on a quick driving tour of Tel Aviv before continuing to historic Jaffa, where you’ll visit the Old markets and the Old port. Your next stop is a unique visit to a Druze village and a scrumptious local lunch with a Druze family. it’s onward to Akko for a visit to the Old markets, Aljazar mosque and the unique underground crusader castle. Continue to Nazareth, the ‘Arab capital of Israel.’ and spend the night in his picturesque city. (B, L)
This morning travel out to the Golan Heights for a fantastic view all the way over to Syria. The afternoon sees you touring the Lake of Galilee including sites such as the Church of Transfiguration, the mount of Beatitudes, the location of the Sermon of the mount, one of the earliest churches in the world and Tabgha, with its ancient
mosaic of the Loaves and Fishes. Then it’s onward to a kibbutz, where you’ll spend the night. (B)
On Day 4 set off to masada, a UNeSCO World Heritage Site. visit the famous rock fortress, the last stronghold of the Jews in their war against the romans. visit Herod’s palace, the mikveh, storerooms, watchtowers and the synagogue. Next up is the Dead Sea with its waters so dense and full of salt that its impossible for complex lifeforms to exist. The sea here is five to ten times saltier than normal sea water and you will find it impossible to sink. You can cover yourself with the sea’s mud, which is reported to have healing powers, and be sure to get a photograph of yourself floating whilst reading a newspaper! (B)
Travel deep into the Negev Desert and explore one of the amazing natural craters you can find in this region, before meeting some local entrepreneurs who have set up small businesses in this harsh environment. After a day out in the empty desert, you’ll head to a Bedouin camp (shared facilities) where you can learn about the traditional nomadic lifestyle of these people and enjoy a tasty local dinner. (B, D)
Today, you’ll explore biblical Bethlehem including a visit to the Church of the Nativity before journeying onward to visit the Ayda Camp for palestinian refugees. in the late afternoon, you’ll make your way to Jerusalem. (B)
Visit the Old City of Jerusalem, where you’ll explore the four quarters of the Old City on a guided walk of the historic Christian, Jewish, Armenian and muslim quarters. You’ll also walk along the route of the 14 Stations of the via Dolorosa, ending at the Holy Sepulchre Church. Tonight’s your last evening with the group, so why not relive the adventures of the last week over an optional dinner? (B)
Your action-packed journey finishes today, say your goodbyes and depart at any time. (B)