12 Day Israel, Ancient & Modern Culture

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Thursday Departure
Melody Hotel Tel Aviv
Hotel Bay Club Haifa
Hagoshrim Galilee
Pastoral Kfar Blum Hotel Upper Galilee
Daniel Dead Sea Hotel Dead Sea
Harmony Hotel Jerusalem
Inbal Jerusalem Hotel Jerusalem
Tuesday Departure

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2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Land Only Air & Land
Sep 07  (Sold Out) $2699 $3539*
Oct 17  (Sold Out) $2699 $3489*
Oct 19  (Sold Out) $2699 $3579*
Oct 26  (Sold Out) $2699 $3449*
Nov 09  (Sold Out) $2699 $3329*
$3199 $5239*

*Not Included:
Prices do not include optional tours.


Additional Information:
Land only prices do not include arrival/departure transfers.


Accommodation Details:
Dec 21 departure will be accommodated at the Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend 2-3 hours on our feet during tours. The pace is fast, with 2 one-night stays, 2 two-nights stays, and 1 four-night stay. Two days require long transfers by shuttle bus. Some of our tours require walking over uneven surfaces or up and down steep slopes or steps. We have many early mornings. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking or who have heart conditions.

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Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Round trip international flights New York-Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 10 nights accommodations
    • 2 nights Tel Aviv
    • 1 night Haifa
    • 2 nights Galilee
    • 1 night Dead Sea
    • 4 nights Jerusalem
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers and sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • 17 meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners (including a home hosted lunch and farewell dinner)
  • Bottled water during sightseeing excursions. Coffee and tea served with all meals.
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary

Tour Highlights

  • Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.
  • Visit Old Jaffa, the ancient port city known for its biblical links with Solomon, Jonah and St. Peter
  • Walking tour in Tel Aviv highlights the splendid Bauhaus architecture, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • In Haifa, view the Baha'i Shrine and see the magnificent and serene Baha'i Gardens
  • Descend by cable car to the magical underwater grottos and sea caves at Rosh Hanikra
  • Enjoy wine tasting and a vineyard tour at a boutique hilltop winery in the Golan Heights
  • Visit the Hula Valley Nature Reserve; view the multimedia presentation about this unique ecosystem
  • Pamper yourself in the warm thermal pools or float in the waters of the Dead Sea
  • On the fabled mountaintop of Masada, you'll be transported back in time to the days of King Herod
  • Discover the "golden" city of Jerusalem, one of the oldest and holiest cities in the world
  • Participate in the Temple Mount "Sifting Project" of ancient rubble dating back to the Temple period
  • In Jerusalem, share a Sabbath Dinner with a family at their private home - a feast of local favorites!
  • Attend a fabulous performance of the dramatic "Sound & Light Show" at David's Citadel
  • Visit the Jerusalem Archaeological Park and Davidson Center offering a window into Jerusalem's glorious past


DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Israel
Depart for Israel

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Tel Aviv
Shalom! Welcome to Israel! Arrive in the bustling cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv, nestled on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea; transfer to your hotel. Time to rest and relax before tonight's briefing with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers on the exciting journey that awaits you in Israel
Overnight: Tel Aviv

DAY 3, Saturday - Ayalon Institute, Ancient Jaffa, Energetic Tel Aviv
A drive south takes you to Rehovot, one of the first communities founded in modern Israel. Visit the Ayalon Institute to hear the fascinating story of this underground clandestine ammunition factory built during the British Mandate in the struggle for the establishment of the State. Then, on to Jaffa (Joppa), the ancient port city linked with biblical stories of Solomon, Jonah and St. Peter. Tour the ancient ruins and walk along the winding alleyways to the beautifully reconstructed Artists' Quarter. From atop the hill, stop to admire breathtaking panoramic views of the Mediterranean coast and the ever-expanding city of Tel Aviv. Continue to trendy Neve Tzedek (Tel Aviv's "Soho"), the first neighborhood constructed outside of Jaffa and to the HaTachana, a renovated Ottoman train station converted to a vibrant entertainment complex. Drive past the Mann Auditorium, home of the Israeli Philharmonic, the impressive Opera House and Rabin Square, named in memory of the assassinated prime minister. A walking tour on Rothschild Boulevard then highlights the splendid Bauhaus architecture of this city, declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon on your own, walking the seaside promenade. Tonight, discover some of the city's fine seaside restaurants, vibrant cafes and non-stop discos
Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Sunday - Caesarea, Atlit Detention Camp, Lunch at a Druze Village, Baha'i Gardens
Travel north along the azure blue Mediterranean coast to magnificent Caesarea, named by King Herod in honor of Augustus Caesar. This extraordinary archaeological site reveals impressive Roman and Crusader ruins, including an ancient amphitheater and aqueduct. Then, on to Atlit, the detention camp where "illegal" Jewish immigrants fleeing from Nazi persecution in Europe were incarcerated during the British Mandate. Listen to their astonishing story of survival and see the replica of a ship illustrating conditions that survivors endured during their transport to Israel. This afternoon, experience an exclusive cultural opportunity! Share a home-cooked lunch at a private family home in a nearby Druze village; learn about Druze traditions and the challenges of life in Israel for this unique community. Afterward, ascend Mt. Carmel to the sparkling seaport city of Haifa. View the striking Baha'i Shrine, the second holiest shrine of the Baha'i faith and the pristine Baha'i Gardens, a tranquil memorial to the founders of the faith. Enjoy the evening at leisure
Overnight: Haifa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Monday - Crusader Acre, Rosh Hanikra, Nazareth, Galilee Kibbutz
A scenic drive takes you this morning to the rugged terrain of the northernmost tip of Israel and the gleaming white cliffs of Rosh Hanikra. Here, descend by cable car to the astonishing underwater grottoes and sea caves, a magical world of nature in all of its splendor. A stark change in scenery as you arrive in the timeless crusader city of Acre. This once-thriving Ottoman city today is an energetic fishing port with elegant buildings, relics and monuments recalling the colorful Middle Ages. Then travel through the verdant Galilean hills to the sacred town of Nazareth; visit the vast Basilica of the Annunciation, the largest Christian church in the Middle East, and Mary's Well. Onwards along the rolling hills and the scenic northern road to your kibbutz guesthouse, nestled in the stunning green of the Hula Valley, for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Galilee
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - Hula Valley Wetlands, Mystical Safed, Golan Heights, Wine Tasting
Begin the day at the Hula Valley wetlands, one of the most important nature reserves in the world. This unique ecosystem provides a crucial resting and "refueling" place for migrating birds including cranes, storks, pelicans and flamingos. The bird population in the valley changes depending on the season. Learn more as you view the absorbing multimedia presentation about migration complete with exciting special effects. On to the mystical city of Safed, where Kabbalah flourished during the Golden Age. Stroll along the picturesque ancient lanes to the tiny historic synagogues and to the galleries and shops in the Artists' Colony. Next, ascend to the peak of the craggy Golan Heights; overlooking the serene fertile valleys and tranquil villages below. Reach Mt. Bental near Marom Hagolan, at the crossroads of Syria, Lebanon and northern Israel, where you stop at a local boutique winery. Tour the lush vineyards, learn about Israel's thriving wine industry and enjoy a hosted wine and cheese tasting. End the day with a drive along the rim of the peaceful Sea of Galilee to your kibbutz for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Galilee
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Mt. of Beatitudes, Yardenit, Beit Alpha*, Beit Shean, Dead Sea
Morning visit to the Mount of Beatitudes with its stunning gardens and picturesque church, where Jesus is believed to have delivered his Sermon on the Mount. Stop at the unique Yardenit Baptismal Site, located where the Jordan River flows out of the Sea of Galilee and into the Dead Sea. From there, to Beit Alpha* National Park on the northern slopes of the Gilboa Mountains; see one of the most beautiful synagogue mosaic floors in Israel, dating back to the early 6th century, with a Zodiac center panel labeled in Hebrew. After, on to Beit Shean, an ancient Roman city from the time of King Saul; view the ongoing excavations in this gigantic archaeological park and the amazing restorations dating back to the Roman and Byzantine period. Then, travel via the lush Jordan Valley to your hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth. Pamper yourself with Dead Sea mud before luxuriating in the warm thermal pools, the hotel's spa facilities, or, perhaps float in the buoyant "unsinkable" waters of this salty sea. Leisure time before dinner together at the Dead Sea hotel
Overnight: Dead Sea
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - Fortress of Masada, "Golden" Jerusalem
Ascend by cable car to the pinnacle of the ancient fortress of Masada, the last stronghold of the Zealots in their struggle against the Romans. You'll be transported back in time to the days of King Herod on this fabled mountaintop, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Touch the ancient stones and walk through the palaces, synagogue and bathhouses once part of this ancient city. Descend from these heroic heights, traveling north to Qumran, where the astonishing Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Drive past desert outposts, tiny villages and Bedouin tents as you slowly rise to the "golden city" of Jerusalem. Your first panoramic view of magnificent Jerusalem, a city built on seven hills, will be from atop soaring Mt. Scopus. From there, travel to Emek Tzurim where you participate in the exclusive Temple Mount "Sifting Project"; a unique opportunity to sift through ancient rubble from buildings dating back to the Temple period. Perhaps you'll find an important relic! Tonight, dinner is at a favorite Jerusalem restaurant, followed by a performance of the dramatic "Sound & Light Show" at David's Citadel. Experience Jerusalem in a new way as you view the illuminated city at night
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Yad Vashem, Israel Museum, Machane Yehuda, Home-Hosted Shabbat Dinner
You wake in Jerusalem, one of the oldest and holiest cities in the world, home to three of the world’s largest religions. The discovery begins with a visit to Yad Vashem, memorial to the Holocaust. Walk through the Museum, the Children's Pavilion and along the Avenue of the Righteous, dedicated to Christians who rescued Jews during the Holocaust. Afterward, continue via the Supreme Court building and the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) to the Israel Museum with one of the world's most outstanding collections of Judaica. View the remarkable Scale Model of ancient Jerusalem from the time of the Second Temple and the Shrine of the Book, housing the Dead Sea Scrolls. On this eve of Shabbat walk through the bustling Machane Yehuda market, joining Jerusalemites preparing for the Sabbath. The rest of the day is yours to treasure the delights of this inspirational city. Tonight you're invited to an exclusive Shabbat Dinner with a family at their private home; a feast of local favorites!
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Old City of Jerusalem
Morning walking tour of the Old City begins at Mt. Zion; visit the Room of the Last Supper and the Tomb of King David. From here, continue to the magnificently restored Jewish Quarter and walk along the Cardo, a colonnaded main street of Byzantine Jerusalem. Then, enter the lanes of the Old City to follow the path of the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the holiest Christian site in the world, believed to encompass the sites where Jesus was crucified and the tomb where he was buried and resurrected. Visit an incredible fabric store where the old ways still continue today. Meet a third generation fabric merchant who imports hand-woven silk, cotton and gold-threaded cloths from Africa and uses them to create robes for Christian priests, Muslim imams and ultra Orthodox Jews. Take time to walk through the exotic bazaars with their wondrous aromas. This afternoon, continue your discovery of this ever-fascinating city - there's so much to see, and so much to do! Or, participate in this afternoon's optional tour to Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity. This evening, you're free to discover the many diverse cuisines and neighborhoods in Jerusalem independently
Optional: Half Day Bethlehem (PM)
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Sunday - Davidson Center, Western Wall Tunnel, Farewell Dinner
Your last day in Jerusalem begins at the extraordinary Jerusalem Archaeological Park and Davidson Center that offers a window into Jerusalem's glorious past, showcased by advanced visualization technology. Walk on roads built by Herod the Great, traversed by multitudes of Jews going to the Temple in Biblical times and by Jesus during his time in Jerusalem. View an enlightening multimedia presentation that interchanges the experience of Second Temple pilgrims with the present. The site also contains artifacts from the city's destruction in 70 CE, as well as significant archaeological remains. View the Dome of the Rock before arriving at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site, and the only remaining portion of the Second Temple. Then walk through the astonishing Rabbinical Tunnel (Western Wall Tunnel) where ancient history comes to life with every step. Time to linger in the Old City on your own and shop to your heart's content for gifts to bring back home. Tonight, share wonderful memories together of your journey through Israel at the Farewell Dinner
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Monday - Depart Israel
L'hitraot and Bon Voyage! Transfer to the airport for your return flight
Meals: Breakfast

*Beit Alpha is closed from Sep 1-Oct 1, 2016 for renovation. During this time, the tour will stop at Hamat archaeological site in Tiberias.

DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Israel
Depart for Israel

DAY 2, Wednesday - Arrive in Tel Aviv
Shalom! Welcome to Israel! Arrive in the bustling cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv, nestled on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea; transfer to your hotel. Time to rest and relax before tonight's briefing with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers on the exciting journey that awaits you in Israel
Overnight: Tel Aviv

DAY 3, Thursday - Ayalon Institute, Ancient Jaffa, Energetic Tel Aviv
A drive south takes you to Rehovot, one of the first communities founded in modern Israel. Visit the Ayalon Institute to hear the fascinating story of this underground clandestine ammunition factory built during the British Mandate in the struggle for the establishment of the State. Then, on to Jaffa (Joppa), the ancient port city linked with biblical stories of Solomon, Jonah and St. Peter. Tour the ancient ruins and walk along the winding alleyways to the beautifully reconstructed Artists' Quarter. From atop the hill, stop to admire breathtaking panoramic views of the Mediterranean coast and the ever-expanding city of Tel Aviv. Continue to trendy Neve Tzedek (Tel Aviv's "Soho"), the first neighborhood constructed outside of Jaffa and to the HaTachana, a renovated Ottoman train station converted to a vibrant entertainment complex. Drive past the Mann Auditorium, home of the Israeli Philharmonic, the impressive Opera House and Rabin Square, named in memory of the assassinated prime minister. A walking tour on Rothschild Boulevard then highlights the splendid Bauhaus architecture of this city, declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon on your own. Tonight, discover some of the city's fine seaside restaurants, vibrant cafes and non-stop discos
Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Friday - Caesarea, Atlit Detention Camp, Lunch at a Druze Village, Baha'i Gardens
Travel north along the azure blue Mediterranean coast to magnificent Caesarea, named by King Herod in honor of Augustus Caesar. This extraordinary archaeological site reveals impressive Roman and Crusader ruins, including an ancient amphitheater and aqueduct. Then, on to Atlit, the detention camp where "illegal" Jewish immigrants fleeing from Nazi persecution in Europe were incarcerated during the British Mandate. Listen to their astonishing story of survival and see the replica of a ship illustrating conditions that survivors endured during their transport to Israel. This afternoon, experience an exclusive cultural opportunity! Share a home-cooked lunch at a private family home in a nearby Druze village; learn about Druze traditions and the challenges of life in Israel for this unique community. Afterward, ascend Mt. Carmel to the sparkling seaport city of Haifa. View the striking Baha'i Shrine, the second holiest shrine of the Baha'i faith and the pristine Baha'i Gardens, a tranquil memorial to the founders of the faith. Enjoy the evening at leisure
Overnight: Haifa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Saturday - Crusader Acre, Rosh Hanikra, Nazareth, Galilee Kibbutz
A scenic drive takes you this morning to the rugged terrain of the northernmost tip of Israel and the gleaming white cliffs of Rosh Hanikra. Here, descend by cable car to the astonishing underwater grottoes and sea caves, a magical world of nature in all of its splendor. A stark change in scenery as you arrive in the timeless crusader city of Acre. This once-thriving Ottoman city today is an energetic fishing port with elegant buildings, relics and monuments recalling the colorful Middle Ages. Then travel through the verdant Galilean hills to the sacred town of Nazareth; visit the vast Basilica of the Annunciation, the largest Christian church in the Middle East, and Mary's Well. Onwards along the rolling hills and the scenic northern road to your kibbutz guesthouse, nestled in the stunning green of the Hula Valley, for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Galilee
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Sunday - Hula Valley Wetlands, Mystical Safed, Golan Heights, Wine Tasting
Begin the day at the Hula Valley wetlands, one of the most important nature reserves in the world. This unique ecosystem provides a crucial resting and "refueling" place for migrating birds including cranes, storks, pelicans and flamingos. The bird population in the valley changes depending on the season. Learn more as you view the absorbing multimedia presentation about migration complete with exciting special effects. On to the mystical city of Safed, where Kabbalah flourished during the Golden Age. Stroll along the picturesque ancient lanes to the tiny historic synagogues and to the galleries and shops in the Artists' Colony. Next, ascend to the peak of the craggy Golan Heights; overlooking the serene fertile valleys and tranquil villages below. Reach Mt. Bental near Marom Hagolan, at the crossroads of Syria, Lebanon and northern Israel, where you stop at a local boutique winery. Tour the lush vineyards, learn about Israel's thriving wine industry and enjoy a hosted wine and cheese tasting. End the day with a drive along the rim of the peaceful Sea of Galilee to your kibbutz for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Galilee
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Monday - Mt. of Beatitudes, Yardenit, Beit Alpha*, Beit Shean, Dead Sea
Morning visit to the Mount of Beatitudes with its stunning gardens and picturesque church, where Jesus is believed to have delivered his Sermon on the Mount. Stop at the unique Yardenit Baptismal Site, located where the Jordan River flows out of the Sea of Galilee and into the Dead Sea. From there, to Beit Alpha* National Park on the northern slopes of the Gilboa Mountains; see one of the most beautiful synagogue mosaic floors in Israel, dating back to the early 6th century, with a Zodiac center panel labeled in Hebrew. After, on to Beit Shean, an ancient Roman city from the time of King Saul; view the ongoing excavations in this gigantic archaeological park and the amazing restorations dating back to the Roman and Byzantine period. Then, travel via the lush Jordan Valley to your hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth. Pamper yourself with Dead Sea mud before luxuriating in the warm thermal pools, the hotel's spa facilities, or, perhaps float in the buoyant "unsinkable" waters of this salty sea. Leisure time before dinner together at the Dead Sea hotel
Overnight: Dead Sea
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Tuesday - Fortress of Masada, "Golden" Jerusalem
Ascend by cable car to the pinnacle of the ancient fortress of Masada, the last stronghold of the Zealots in their struggle against the Romans. You'll be transported back in time to the days of King Herod on this fabled mountaintop, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Touch the ancient stones and walk through the palaces, synagogue and bathhouses once part of this ancient city. Descend from these heroic heights, traveling north to Qumran, where the astonishing Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Drive past desert outposts, tiny villages and Bedouin tents as you slowly rise to the "golden city" of Jerusalem. Your first panoramic view of magnificent Jerusalem, a city built on seven hills, will be from atop soaring Mt. Scopus. From there, travel to Emek Tzurim where you participate in the exclusive Temple Mount "Sifting Project"; a unique opportunity to sift through ancient rubble from buildings dating back to the Temple period. Perhaps you'll find an important relic! Tonight, leisure time to discover the many facets of Jerusalem on your own
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Wednesday - Yad Vashem, Israel Museum, Machane Yehuda
You wake in Jerusalem, one of the oldest and holiest cities in the world, home to three of the world’s largest religions. The discovery begins with a visit to Yad Vashem, memorial to the Holocaust. Walk through the Museum, the Children's Pavilion and along the Avenue of the Righteous, dedicated to Christians who rescued Jews during the Holocaust. Afterward, continue via the Supreme Court building and the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) to the Israel Museum with one of the world's most outstanding collections of Judaica. View the remarkable Scale Model of ancient Jerusalem from the time of the Second Temple and the Shrine of the Book, housing the Dead Sea Scrolls.Walk through the bustling Machane Yehuda market, joining Jerusalemites preparing for the Sabbath. The rest of the day is yours to treasure the delights of this inspirational city. Tonight dinner is at a favorite Jerusalem restaurant, followed by a performance of the dramatic "Sound & Light Show" at David's Citadel. Experience Jerusalem in a new way as you view the illuminated city at night
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Thursday - Old City of Jerusalem
Morning walking tour of the Old City begins at Mt. Zion; visit the Room of the Last Supper and the Tomb of King David. From here, continue to the magnificently restored Jewish Quarter and walk along the Cardo, a colonnaded main street of Byzantine Jerusalem. Then, enter the lanes of the Old City to follow the path of the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the holiest Christian site in the world, believed to encompass the sites where Jesus was crucified and the tomb where he was buried and resurrected. Visit an incredible fabric store where the old ways still continue today. Meet a third generation fabric merchant who imports hand-woven silk, cotton and gold-threaded cloths from Africa and uses them to create robes for Christian priests, Muslim imams and ultra Orthodox Jews. Take time to walk through the exotic bazaars with their wondrous aromas. This afternoon, continue your discovery of this ever-fascinating city - there's so much to see, and so much to do! Or, participate in this afternoon's optional tour to Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity. This evening, you're free to discover the many diverse cuisines and neighborhoods in Jerusalem independently
Optional: Half Day Bethlehem (PM)
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Friday - Davidson Center, Western Wall Tunnel, Home Hosted Shabbat Dinner
Your last day in Jerusalem begins at the extraordinary Jerusalem Archaeological Park and Davidson Center that offers a window into Jerusalem's glorious past, showcased by advanced visualization technology. Walk on roads built by Herod the Great, traversed by multitudes of Jews going to the Temple in Biblical times and by Jesus during his time in Jerusalem. View an enlightening multimedia presentation that interchanges the experience of Second Temple pilgrims with the present. The site also contains artifacts from the city's destruction in 70 CE, as well as significant archaeological remains. View the Dome of the Rock before arriving at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site, and the only remaining portion of the Second Temple. Then walk through the astonishing Rabbinical Tunnel (Western Wall Tunnel) where ancient history comes to life with every step. Time to linger in the Old City on your own and shop to your heart's content for gifts to bring back home. Tonight, you're invited to an exclusive Shabbat Dinner with a family at their private home; a farewell feast of local favorites with an opportunity to share wonderful memories together of your journey through Israel
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Saturday - Depart Israel
L'hitraot and Bon Voyage! Transfer to the airport for your return flight
Meals: Breakfast

*Beit Alpha is closed from Sep 1-Oct 1, 2016 for renovation. During this time, the tour will stop at Hamat archaeological site in Tiberias.


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Half Day Bethlehem 2:00 PM

On this excursion, you will leave the State of Israel and cross the border to the Palestinian Authority. You will leave your Israeli guide and driver on the Israeli side, and upon arriving into the West Bank, you will be met by your Palestinian tour guide who will accompany you on this tour to Bethlehem. Large groups will necessarily split into smaller groups utilizing local shuttle buses, which will take you to visit the Church of the Nativity, commemorating the birthplace of Jesus Christ, with many restoration projects instituted throughout the years. Presently the facade of the Church of the Nativity is encircled by the high walls of the three convents: the Franciscan on the northeast side, and the Greek Orthodox and the Armenian Orthodox on the southeast side. A shopping stop for local souvenirs and olive wood handicrafts, a principal source of local income, is included in the tour.

Please note that Bethlehem is located six miles south of Jerusalem in the West Bank and governed by the Palestinian National Authority.
The Church is currently undergoing renovations which are scheduled to continue through 2017. Expect to see scaffolding on parts of the structure, and as work is ongoing, there may be construction noise during normal visit hours.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #10 01 Aug 2015 - 30 Apr 2019 $33.00
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Half Day Bethlehem 2:00 PM

On this excursion, you will leave the State of Israel and cross the border to the Palestinian Authority. You will leave your Israeli guide and driver on the Israeli side, and upon arriving into the West Bank, you will be met by your Palestinian tour guide who will accompany you on this tour to Bethlehem. Large groups will necessarily split into smaller groups utilizing local shuttle buses, which will take you to visit the Church of the Nativity, commemorating the birthplace of Jesus Christ, with many restoration projects instituted throughout the years. Presently the facade of the Church of the Nativity is encircled by the high walls of the three convents: the Franciscan on the northeast side, and the Greek Orthodox and the Armenian Orthodox on the southeast side. A shopping stop for local souvenirs and olive wood handicrafts, a principal source of local income, is included in the tour.

Please note that Bethlehem is located six miles south of Jerusalem in the West Bank and governed by the Palestinian National Authority.
The Church is currently undergoing renovations which are scheduled to continue through 2017. Expect to see scaffolding on parts of the structure, and as work is ongoing, there may be construction noise during normal visit hours.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #10 01 Aug 2015 - 30 Apr 2019 $33.00
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Israel, Ancient & Modern Culture , January 2017
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Absolutely fantastic--the best ever. Gabi was particularly fabulous and really made the trip. I can't even think to say what part was the best. It was all so great.

Mary S. Tybee Island, GA
Israel, Ancient & Modern Culture, October 2016
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My trip was very enjoyable learned lots and I could recommend it to other folks. Thanks.

Kathi D. Surrey, CA
Israel, Ancient & Modern Culture, March 2016
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Thank you for the following up on our trip. The trip was fantastic! The itinerary is excellent and well planned. Our tour guide, Rotem was phenomenal. His presentation of the biblical, historical and present day events made this trip extremely memorable. We felt safe in all the places we visited. We liked everything and enjoyed every minute of our trip.

Vladimir M. Baltimore, MD