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Classic Israel

ISRAELDelve into the history and passion of intriguing Israel. Witness the country's natural beauty along the coast and through the desert to the Dead Sea. Discover the centre of Judaism and the birthplace of Christianity in Galilee, Jerusalem, Nazareth and Bethlehem.Cosmopolitan Tel Aviv & Ancient SynagoguesWelcome to Tel Aviv! Enjoy a day at leisure to explore this cosmopolitan city. Your touring starts with a coastal drive to Galilee visiting the ancient city of Caesarea and taking in a panoramic view of Haifa along the way. Explore Safed, the centre of Jewish mysticism, tour Golan Heights and enjoy a winery tour and tasting.The Western Wall & BethlehemIn Jerusalem, visit biblical Nazareth, the octagonal Church of St Peter and take in a panoramic view from the Mount of Olives. You'll also spend time at the Western Wall, and delve into the rich history of Bethlehem, the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square. Enjoy Middle Eastern cuisine and an amazing Sound & Light Show at the Tower of David Museum.Dead Sea & MasadaSpend time at the Israel Museum where you'll visit the Shrine of the Book - home to the Dead Sea Scrolls. Continue your travels via the Judean dessert to the Dead Sea and enjoy time floating in the buoyant salt-rich water! Along the way stop at Masada, where you'll ascend by cable car and tour the ancient fortress built by King Herod. You final day will be free to explore Jerusalem at leisure.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Meet & greet on arrival and shared airport transfers
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles

Accommodation & Meals

  • 9 nights in good quality hotels
  • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based guide and driver
  • Sightseeing is based on 'seat in coach' touring in shared vehicle

Sightseeing

  • Explore the Roman ruins of Caesarea, including the amphitheater that has been restored to its former glory as a concert venue.
  • Visit the Armageddon site of Megiddo.
  • Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in the Druze Village.
  • Look down upon Haifa from Mount Carmel viewing the bay and the golden domed Bahai shrine and gardens.
  • Visit the ancient synagogues in Safed.
  • See the former Syrian bunkers at Golan Heights.
  • Enjoy some tastings at the Golan Winery.
  • Visit Nazareth including the Church of Annunciation.
  • Explore the ruins of Capernaum at Tiberias.
  • Visit Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the sermon on the mount.
  • View the mosaic floor depicting the zodiac at Beit Alpha.
  • Enjoy a morning view from the Mount of Olives.
  • Explore the Old City of Jerusalem including the Tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper on Mt. Zion.
  • Walk though the walled city to the Western Wall, passing through the Jewish quarter.
  • Walk along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of Holy Sepulchre.
  • Explore Bethlehem and view Rachel's tomb and the Church of Nativity.
  • Tour the New City of Jerusalem including the Israel Museum.
  • Tour the Knesset, Israel's parliament.
  • Visit Mount Hertzel cemetery and Yad Vashem, the memorial of the Holocaust.
  • Enjoy a Sound & Light show at the Tower of David Museum.
  • Travel to the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea, via the Judean desert.
  • Explore Massada and acend by cable car to the ancient fortress.
  • Swim or float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea and enjoy the therapeutic mud!
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
10
Price From
AUD $2,865
Start Location
Israel
End Location
Israel
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Private
Physical Rating
Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
16 Nov 201813 Dec 2018Fully BookedAUD $2,865 
14 Dec 201820 Dec 2018Fully BookedAUD $2,745 
21 Dec 201831 Dec 2018Fully BookedAUD $2,815 
01 Jan 201921 Feb 2019Fully BookedAUD $2,635 
22 Feb 201928 Feb 2019Fully BookedAUD $2,715 
01 Mar 201914 Mar 2019Fully BookedAUD $3,005 
15 Mar 201911 Apr 2019Fully BookedAUD $3,115 
12 Apr 201927 Jun 2019Fully BookedAUD $3,195 
28 Jun 201928 Jun 2019Fully BookedAUD $3,065 
01 Jul 201922 Aug 2019Fully BookedAUD $3,185 
23 Aug 201930 Sep 2019Fully BookedAUD $3,205 
01 Oct 201914 Nov 2019Fully BookedAUD $3,205 
15 Nov 201928 Nov 2019Fully BookedAUD $3,125 
29 Nov 201919 Dec 2019Fully BookedAUD $3,015 
20 Dec 201931 Dec 2019Fully BookedAUD $3,115 
01 Jan 202027 Feb 2020Fully BookedAUD $2,955 
28 Feb 202029 Feb 2020Fully BookedAUD $3,115 
ItineraryExpand
Classic Israel

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Tel Aviv

Welcome to Israel. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2. Tel Aviv

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore cosmopolitan Tel Aviv. [B]

Day 3. Tel Aviv - Galilee

Drive along the coastal plain this morning to the ancient city of Caesarea, once the Roman capital of the region. Continuing towards Galilee, stop at Megiddo, the site of the biblical Armageddon, and enjoy a late lunch at a local restaurant in Daliat el-Carmel. In Haifa witness a panoramic view over Haifa Bay and see the Bahai Gardens. [B,L,D]

Day 4. Galilee

This morning venture to Safed, the centre of Jewish mysticism, and discover the ancient synagogues and the artists' colony. Touring the Golan Heights, you'll also stop at the Golan Winery for a tour and enjoy a wine tasting. [B,D]

Day 5. Galilee - Jerusalem

Begin the day with a visit to biblical Nazareth and its Church of Annunciation. In Capernaum you'll see the ruins of the synagogue and the octagonal Church of St Peter. [B]

Day 6. Jerusalem

Start the day with a magnificent panoramic view over Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, then walk through the Old City's Armenian and Jewish Quarters. Spend time at the Western Wall, the Kotel and the Christian Quarter. This afternoon visit Bethlehem and delve into its incredible history, visiting Rachel's Tomb, the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square. [B]

Day 7. Jerusalem

Explore the Israel Museum this morning and visit the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed. In the evening enjoy a traditional Middle Eastern dinner followed by a Sound & Light show at the Tower of David Museum. [B,D]

Day 8. Dead Sea & Masada

Travel via the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth. Stop along the way at Qumran to visit the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found then drive along the shore to Masada. Ascend by cable car and tour the ancient fortress built by King Herod. Then enjoy some time at the Dead Sea. The salt content of the water here means you can float without even trying! [B]

Day 9. Jerusalem

Enjoy a day at leisure in Jerusalem. [B]

Day 10. Jerusalem

Transfer to the airport for your onward journey. [B]