Israel | Highlights of Israel

9 days | 8 nights





2 Passengers

$ 2499

Amazing Experience

Israel has a lot for you to explore and learn about from Jaffa, the oldest seaport in the world to Masada, the Dead Sea. For first time visitors, this 9 days itinerary is great to explore the highlights of beautiful Israel and get a deeper meaning of the culture and history.

What's Included

Arrival and departure transfers
Porterage at hotels
2 nights in Tel Aviv at Tal By The Beach Hotel Tel Aviv or similar
2 nights in Shavey Zion at Nea Resort & People or similar
4 nights in Jerusalem at Leonardo Boutique Jerusalem or similar
15 meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 4 dinners
Visit Jaffa, the oldest seaport in the world
Visit Caesarea
Tour the Golan Heights
Enjoy wine tasting a family-owned boutique winery in Galilee
Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee
Tour Acre (Akko) and the Crusaders Halls
Visit the Bahai Gardens
Experience special “Shabbat of a Lifetime” dinner with a local Jewish family
Visit Masada
Visit the Dead Sea
Enjoy Sound and Light Show at the Tower of David
Visit the Mt. of Olives
Visit the City of David
Visit the Western Wall
Rooftop tour of the Old City of Jerusalem
Walk along the Via Dolorosa
Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
Visit Yad Vashem, the world’s Holocaust memorial and museum
Visit the Israel Museum
Luxury air-conditioned coach
Entrance fees per the program

Services NOT included

Any optional excursions
Any beverages
Tips for guides, drivers, and specialist guides
Personal expenses
Optional tours or visits


What’s Included Extension to Eilat & Petra

Select dates only, see table for add on rates

What’s Included

Arrival and departure transfers
2 nights in Eilat at Herods Palace or similar
Daily breakfast
Round-trip domestic flight from Tel Aviv to Ramon Airport (Eilat)
Full-day sightseeing tour to Petra with English-speaking guide with lunch
1 short horse ride in Petra

What’s Included

Departure tax (approx. $60 per person, subject to change by authorities)
Entry visa to Jordan (approx. $60 per person, subject to change by authorities)
Horse boy tips during horse ride in Petra
Carriage and donkey rides in Petra
Any beverages
Optional tours or visits
Tips for guides, drivers, and specialist guides
Personal expenses

DAY 9 | Tel Aviv – Eilat

Fly from Tel Aviv to Eilat. Upon arrival in Eilat, you will be transferred to the hotel for check-in.

| Overnight in Eilat

DAY 10 | Eilat – Petra

Breakfast at the hotel. Set out by bus on a day tour from Eilat to the beautiful ‘Rose City’ of Petra.

| Overnight in Eilat

| Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 11 | Eilat – Tel Aviv – Departure

Leisure day in Eilat, before taking the afternoon flight to Ben Gurion airport, from where you will depart on your flight home.

Tour ends at Ben Gurion Airport

| Breakfast

Day by Day

Please Note While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. On Day 1 of the tour, you will be advised of any amendments.

DAY 1 | Arrival - Tel Aviv

Welcome to Israel! Upon arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport, a representative will assist you through baggage claim and customs and escort you to your driver. Your driver will transport you to your hotel in Tel Aviv, where you will enjoy dinner and stay overnight.

| Overnight in  Tel Aviv

|  Dinner 

DAY 2 | Tel Aviv & Jaffa

Following a delicious breakfast, you will meet your group and your guide in the hotel lobby, before setting off on a fun-packed day which will include. A visit to the “State of Mind” Innovation Center at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange: learn about cutting-edge developments by Israeli start-ups in fields such as science, medicine, security, space, and more. A walk around the Old Port City of Jaffa, the oldest seaport in the world and home to a vibrant multiethnic community of Muslims, Christians, and Jews: get to know the first Jewish city of the modern era, established in 1909.

Afterward, you will have the choice of two culinary tours that will introduce you to the very best of Tel Aviv’s food scene. Carmel Market tasting tour – enjoy a fascinating variety of culinary riches, colorful spices, and intriguing characters in the main market of Tel Aviv, where the flavors and scents of the old town combine with the young bustling atmosphere of the city’s central market. Vegan culinary tour – Tel Aviv, the #1 vegan culinary destination in the world, is where traditional vegan and vegetarian cuisine and innovative young chefs meet, creating a one-of-a-kind savory adventure for food lovers, whether vegan or not. A stroll along Rothschild Boulevard, the beating heart of Tel Aviv: home of The White City, Tel Aviv’s most prominent collection of Bauhaus (International Style) buildings. Built during the 1930s and the 1940s, this functional architecture not only created well-designed objects, but also a cohesive urban landscape that is unparalleled in the world. Free evening.

| Overnight in  Tel Aviv

|  Breakfast

DAY 3 |Tel Aviv - Galilee

After breakfast, we will depart from Tel Aviv and head north. Take in the ancient city of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great and once the administrative center of the Roman Empire for the Province of Judaea. The city and its archeological wonders are a testament to its significance throughout the ages. The ancient port, the Roman hippodrome, an amphitheater, and the impressive palace are among the many historical treasures in this fascinating ancient city. The Kibbutz Experience – past and present – visit Ein Shemer Kibbutz Museum, where we will experience a journey from the early days of the kibbutz to the present and learn about the kibbutz way of life. Enjoy a delicious lunch in the kibbutz dining hall. Continue with a tour of innovation at Kibbutz Magal – visit the Netafim greenhouse innovation center, a pioneering enterprise in the field of drip irrigation technology. Dinner will be provided at the hotel.

| Overnight in Galilee

|  Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 | Galilee & Golan Heights

Following breakfast, we will head to the city of Katzrin, the “Capital of the Golan Heights”. Walkthrough a Talmudic village and get a sense of what it was like to live in the times of ancient Israel. Continue to the mystical city of Tzfat, the birthplace of the ancient Jewish mystical text, the Kabbalah. Stroll through the narrow, winding alleys.

Peek inside some of the beautiful synagogues. Browse through workshops and galleries in the flourishing artists’ quarter. Enjoy a tour and wine tasting at local Winery, a family-owned boutique winery in the Galilee. Finally, we will continue to the Sea of Galilee and take a boat ride on the calm waters. Return to your hotel in time for dinner.

| Overnight in Galilee

|  Breakfast , Dinner 

DAY 5 | Akko, Bahai Gardens, Druze Village & Jerusalem

Explore the ancient crusader port city of Akko, the fascinating Unesco heritage site, with new excavations revealing what life was like 1000 years ago. Visit the Crusader Halls and follow the underground tunnels. See the port and fortifications that enabled the inhabitants of the town to resist invasion by Napoleon  Bonaparte. Spend time walking through the Arab Bazaar, reliving a Middle Eastern shopping experience. Visit the amazing Bahai Gardens in Haifa, comprising a staircase of 19 terraces extending all the way up the northern slope of Mount Carmel. At its heart stands the golden-domed Shrine of the Báb, which is the resting place of the Prophet-Herald of the Bahá’í Faith. 

Time permitting – Drive to the Druze village of Dalyet El Carmel, at the top of Mount Carmel. The Druze are Arab- speaking citizens of Israel and are renowned for their hospitality. Take a fascinating tour of the alleys and the old quarter of the village. After, we will continue to Jerusalem to check-in at the hotel. In the evening, experience a special “Shabbat of a Lifetime” dinner, with hospitality in the home of a local Jewish family. Enjoy a traditional meal as you hear about and observe the customs of the Jewish Shabbat.

| Overnight in Jerusalem

|  Breakfast , Dinner 

DAY 6 | Masada, the Dead Sea & Jerusalem

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, we will set off east from Jerusalem towards the Dead Sea, 1388 feet (423m) below sea level. Visit the legendary mountaintop plateau of Masada – the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their struggle against the Romans in 73CE – overlooking the Dead Sea. Ascending by cable car to the ancient fortress, we shall explore the site, with its synagogue and bathhouse.

Enjoy a leisurely afternoon at the Dead Sea shore. Cake yourself in mineral-rich mud and float in the buoyant waters. Lunch is included.  Drive to a lookout point for a view of Wadi Qelt and the cliff-hanging Monastery of St. George; founded in the 5th Century and still active and inhabited by Greek Orthodox monks. Return to Jerusalem. In the evening, enjoy the Sound and Light Show at the Tower of David – a creative depiction of the history of the city of Jerusalem projected onto the ancient stones (weather permitting – 19:00 to 20:30 up to availability). Dinner is at leisure.

| Overnight in Jerusalem

|  Breakfast 

DAY 7 | Old Jerusalem

Start the day with an overview from the Mt. of Olives. Our exploration of the Old City of Jerusalem begins at the City of David, with its fascinating tunnels. See the newest exciting excavations revealing Jerusalem during the time of the 1st Temple period.  Walk through the Old City and visit some of its famous sites, including the Western Wall and the Cardo, an ancient commercial street where you can still shop today.

Continue to the Arab Bazaar and experience traditional Middle Eastern life, with its rich colors, flavors, and smells. Take a rooftop tour of the Old City neighborhoods, for a behind-the-scenes look at the various communities living alongside each other in this ancient walled city. Walk along part of the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. According to traditions dating back to at least the 4th century, the church is the home of the two holiest sites in Christianity: the site where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, known as “Calvary” or “Golgotha“; and Jesus’s empty tomb, where he is said to have been buried and resurrected. Dinner is at leisure.

| Overnight in Jerusalem

|  Breakfast

DAY 8 | Jerusalem New City and Bethlehem

Visit Yad Vashem, considered to be the world’s primary Holocaust memorial and museum. Take a tour of the new Holocaust History Museum, which occupies over 4,200 square meters, mainly underground. Next, visit the moving exhibit at the Children’s Pavilion, commemorating the death of over 1.5 million Jewish children in the Holocaust. From Yad Vashem, we will move on to the Israel Museum. There we will see the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition, and view the famous Model of Jerusalem, depicting the city as it was in the 2nd Temple period.

Optional – visit Bethlehem. See the Church of the Nativity and the remains of ancient Bethlehem (beneath the Greek Monastery), from the times of Christ. Or, you have the option to spend some leisure time at Mamilla Mall or on Ben Yehuda Street. Meet up again for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

| Overnight in Jerusalem

|  Breakfast , Dinner 

DAY 9 | Departure - Tel Aviv

Enjoy your last meal of the trip. Depending on your departure time, you will be transferred from your hotel to Ben Gurion Airport for your departing flight home at the appropriate time home.

|  Breakfast