Classic Israel

Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Tiberias, Tel Aviv, Masada & Sea of Galilee plus Eilat & Red Sea optional extension

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Overview

Itinerary at a Glance
Classic Israel
Day Destination
1 Depart USA
2 Jerusalem
3 Old City of Jerusalem
4 New City of Jerusalem
5 Masada & Dead Sea
6 Jordan Valley, Beit She'an, Beit Alpha & Tiberias
7 Sea of Galilee, Safed & Golan Heights
8 Megiddo, Caesarea & Herzliya
9 Tel Aviv
10 Depart Israel
Eilat & Red Sea Extension
10 Tel Aviv & Eilat
11 Eilat
12 Eilat & Vienna
13 Return to USA

Come join us in Israel and savor one of the most fascinating places on earth. This tiny speck of a country on the Mediterranean is a super-sized destination rich in culture and tradition, foundation of three world religions, steeped in history, yet one of the world's most modern and dynamic nations. We have been sending travelers on fun, educational, exciting and safe tours of Israel for more than 30 years, and we've drawn on that experience to craft our exceptional Classic Israel package.

This fully-escorted tour includes flights from the U.S., well-located and luxurious 5-star hotels, and guided tours of all the most popular and interesting sites you want to see throughout Israel, including an overnight at the lowest place on earth, the Dead Sea. You won't find any optional excursions here, because everything you should see is already included in our program as part of the low tour price. You'll be escorted throughout by a carefully selected teacher-guide who knows and loves this land and will make it come alive just for you. Want more? Add a four-day extension to the lovely coastal resort town of Eilat on the Red Sea and the lost city of Petra in Jordan.

If you have dreamed of experiencing Israel for yourself, we invite you to join us on this journey of discovery. Our small groups, inspired guides, fantastic hotels and great prices are all part of the Israel experience just waiting for you.

Detailed Itinerary

Classic Israel tour itinerary Day 1: Depart USA. Departure on the first leg of your overnight flight to Israel via scheduled jet service.

Day 2: Tel Aviv, Israel. Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv. Meet your guide who will assist you with customs formalities and escort you to your waiting touring coach. Transfer to Jerusalem, stopping at the Haas Promenade for a view of the city below. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner and orientation with your guide. Dan Panorama Jerusalem Dinner provided.

Day 3: Old City of Jerusalem. Today, visit the walled city of Jerusalem, which is divided into the Christian, Jewish, Armenian and Muslim Quarters. In the Christian Quarter, visit the Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Walk through the restored Jewish Quarter and Cardo, an ancient shopping street filled with modern day stores. Visit the Western Wall, the last remnants of the Second Temple and explore the Rabbinical (Kotel) Tunnels. Breakfast provided.

Jerusalem Day 4: New City of Jerusalem. Start the day at the newly renovated Israel Museum and home of the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed; as well as the model of the city during the Second Temple period. Continue to Yad Vashem, Israel's memorial to the Holocaust.  Stop at Mount Herzl National Military Cemetery, where Israel's leaders and soldiers are buried.  Drive to the Latrun Tank Museum, just outside of Jerusalem, to learn more about the Israeli Army. Return to Jerusalem. Breakfast provided.

View from Masada Day 5: Masada, Dead Sea. Depart Jerusalem, descending through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea. Along the way, stop at Genesis Land, for a unique experience of Biblical Hospitality.  You may even get a chance to ride a camel! Arrive at the Dead Sea, at 1,365 feet below sea level is the lowest point on Planet Earth. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada.  Ascent and descent via cable car. Experience the historic fortress of Masada where, after the fall of Jerusalem in 70 C.E., Jewish resistance continued against Rome. Continue to your hotel for overnight, and relaxation at the hotel's spa. Daniel Hotel Dead Sea Breakfast & dinner provided.

Ruins at Beit She'an, Israel Day 6: Dead Sea, Ein Gedi, Jordan Valley, Beit She'an, & Beit Alpha. This morning, head north through the Jordan Valley. Visit the extraordinary site of the Greco-Roman city, Beit She'an, destroyed by an earthquake in 749 AD. Drive to Kibbutz Beit Alpha, to view the remains of an ancient synagogue with an amazing mosaic floor, including a zodiac pattern. Arrive at your hotel in Tiberias on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Leonardo Plaza Tiberias Breakfast & dinner provided.

Capernaum © Doron Horowitz Day 7: Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Golan, & Safed. Start the day with a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee. Visit Capernaum, the site of a Byzantine synagogue believed to be the site of St. Peter's House. Ascend to the mystical Kabbalistic city of Safed, and explore the art galleries and synagogues. Drive through the Golan Heights to Har Bental and visit the former Syrian fortifications. Return to Tiberias. Breakfast provided.

Friendly Planet travelers Greg and Lisa Hall at Megiddo Day 8: Caesarea, Mount Carmel, Megiddo, & Tel Aviv. Depart for Megiddo, also known as the Biblical Armegeddon, and the inspiration for James Michener's great novel, The Source. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, Megiddo's twenty major strata contain the remains of around 30 different cities. Stop in one of the nearby Druze Villages and learn about their unique culture. Enjoy some shopping for souvenirs and gifts, as well as lunch. Drive to the Mediterranean coast and visit Caesarea, the Roman capital of Judea. View the beautifully restored theater. The audio-visual presentation will bring the ancient harbor city to life. Continue south along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea to Tel Aviv. Dan Panorama Tel Aviv Breakfast & lunch provided.

Old Jaffa port, Tel Aviv © IMOT Day 9: Tel Aviv. This morning, visit Tel Aviv, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, nick-named The White City. Take part in a walking through the bustling colorful Carmel Market, filled with fresh produce; and Neve Zedek, one of the first neighborhoods of the modern city of Tel Aviv, now an artists' colony with many restaurants. Visit ancient Jaffa, and walk through the winding streets filled with art galleries and cafes. Enjoy the views of the Tel Aviv coastline from the central square.

Tel Aviv Later, drive through the tree-lined boulevards of Tel Aviv, and see the world's largest concentration of Bauhaus Architecture. Pass by at Rabin's Square and the memorial to Yitzhak Rabin. Pass through Dizengoff for some people watching. Balance of the day at leisure for some last minute shopping, or stroll the beautiful Tayelet (Promenade) along the beach front. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner at a typical local restaurant. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Day 10: Tel Aviv/USA. Early morning transfer to Ben Gurion Airport and board your return flight to the USA, arriving later this afternoon. Or, continue on our extension to Eilat and the Red Sea.


Eilat & Red Sea Post-Tour Extension
Plus Petra Optional Excursion

Israel's wonderful Red Sea resort of Eilat is only a one hour flight from Jerusalem. But you may as well be a whole world away. Here, at the southern tip of Israel, you'll enjoy the warm, calm waters of Israel's most popular vacation destination. One of the world's best coral reefs is located here, and you can scuba dive, snorkel, dive with dolphins and even take an evening camel safari into the desert. The lost city of Petra in Jordan is a short drive from Eilat, and during your stay you will be able to take part in a full day tour to this fascinating red rose city.

Eilat Marina, Red Sea  © Itamar Grinberg Day 10: Tel Aviv and Eilat. Transfer to the airport this morning for your short flight to Eilat on the Red Sea. Transfer independently to your centrally located hotel and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure. Take the opportunity to visit the Underwater Observatory to see the extensive and magnificent corals and under-sea life of the Red Sea, or simply relax and enjoy the pool at your hotel. Dan Panorama Eilat Breakfast provided.

Treasury at Petra Day 11: Eilat/Petra Optional Excursion. Enjoy the day at leisure or take advantage of a wonderful day tour to Petra. Early this morning we'll cross into Jordan at the Arava border and drive to the Nabatean capital of Petra, a secret and mystical city carved more than 2,000 years ago in pink sandstone. After a tour of the ancient city, including a portion on horseback, we board our bus and return to Israel, arriving in Eilat for overnight ($260 plus $50 visa fee at border). Breakfast provided.

Diving the Red Sea  © Itamar Grinberg Day 12: Eilat/Depart Israel. After a leisurely breakfast, transfer independently at midday to the airport for the short flight to Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv where you'll board your flight to Frankfurt, Vienna or another European city, the first leg of your return trip to the USA. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel near the airport, via hotel shuttle bus. Breakfast provided.

Day 13: Vienna/USA. Transfer back to the airport via hotel shuttle bus to board your continuing flight to the USA, arriving later today. Breakfast provided.

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