The Sea of Galilee is approximately 53 km in circumference

Travel Israel in Depth - Israel Tours

14 Days Classical Journey to the Land of Israel

Travel Israel in Depth
Tourists who travel to Israel on this tour experience everything mentioned in the previous tour plus more in a north-to-south, in-depth exploration of Israel! Unlike other tours to Israel, Israel Tours’s In Depth Classical Tour to Israel allows travelers to experience the southern portion of Israel—Negev desert, Air force Museum, Sde Boker, Mitzpeh Ramon, Timna, Eilat Mamshit, as well as a Bedouin village. Travelers will also have the opportunity on our tours to Israel to see memorable sites of northern Israel such as Yad Vashem (Holocaust memorial), the Sea of Galilee and the summit of Mount Carmel. Israel trips are simply better with Israel Tours. Some of the exciting opportunities that travelers will have include having lunch in a Druze village in the Carmel Mt., enjoying a wine tasting in the Golan Heights, eating dinner in a Middle Eastern restaurant in Jerusalem, seeing a sound and light show at the Tower of David and floating in the Dead Sea, and riding a camel in the Negev Desert.

Optional: Travelers on the In Depth Classical Israel Tour will have the opportunity to join our optional day trip to the red rock city of Petra in Jordan, on this optional day tour from Eilat.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Thursday

  • Our journey starts today as we depart on our flight to Israel- the Promised Land. Sit back, relax, enjoy your flight, and prepare for a life-changing experience.

Day 2 – Friday

  • Welcome to Israel! Upon arrival you will be met by our transfer representative and transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv for check-in.
  • The rest of the day will be free to enjoy the hotel and the nearby famous Tel Aviv promenade.

Day 3 – Saturday

  • Today you will have free time to explore Tel Aviv, the city that never sleeps!
  • Discover the famous boardwalk along the Mediterranean Sea, or take a walk in Old City Jaffa. Tel Aviv is home to numerous art galleries, cafes, and museums, as well as the beach!
  • The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is a very highly rated institution, while the Eretz Israel Museum offers a historical perspective on the history of Tel Aviv.
  • For those who prefer to shop, there are several shopping malls that open after the end of Shabbat till late night.
  • Stroll along the famous tree lined Rothschild boulevard, and take in the magnificent villas and buildings occupying the most expensive real estate in Tel Aviv.

Day 4 – Sunday

  • Drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea, capital of Judea under the Romans. See the excavations of the Crusader city, Roman port, aqueduct and the amphitheater that has been restored to its former glory as a concert venue.
  • Proceed to Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon; visit the archaeological excavations including the well preserved water supply system.
  • Continue to Daliat El Carmel, a Druze village and enjoy a late lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Proceed via Mount Carmel to Haifa for a panoramic view of the Haifa Bay and Golden domed Bahai shrine and Gardens.

Day 5 – Monday

  • Drive to Safed, the center of Jewish mysticism, where you will visit the ancient synagogues and artists’ colony.
  • Continue to the Golan Heights to see the former Syrian bunkers, Kuneitra and the new Israeli town of Katzrin.
  • Stop at the Golan Winery for a tour and wine tasting; Proceed to Kessem Hagolan, a multimedia presentation of the area and its history.

Day 6 – Tuesday

  • Start the day with a visit to Nazareth and visit the Church of the Annunciation.
  • Continue to Tiberias; visit Capernaum to see the ruins of the synagogue and octagonal Church of St. Peter.
  • Visit Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount.
  • Drive via Beit Shean to Beit Alpha to see the remains of the mosaic floor of an ancient synagogue depicting the zodiac.

Day 7 – Wednesday

  • Start the day with a magnificent panoramique view from Mount of Olives.
  • Drive to the Old City; Visit the tomb of King David and the room of Last Supper on Mt. Zion.
  • Enter the walled city and walk through the newly restored Jewish quarter.
  • Visit the Roman Cardo, the Herodian quarter and continue to the Western Wall.
  • Walk along the Via Dolorosa to the church of the Holy Sepulchre.
  • Continue to Bethlehem*; view Rachel’s Tomb and proceed to visit the Church of Nativity and Manger’s Square.

Day 8 – Thursday

  • Drive to the Israel Museum; Visit the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed and the miniature model of Jerusalem as it was during the second temple period.
  • Proceed for a tour at the Knesset, Israel’s parliament.
  • Continue to visit Mount Hertzel cemetery and Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust.
  • Visit Mea Shearim, the ultra orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem and learn about their unique lifestyle.
  • In the evening enjoy a middle eastern dinner followed by the spectacular “sound & light” show* at the Tower of David museum (weather conditions permitting).

Day 9 – Friday

  • Drive through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, almost 1300 feet (400 meters) below sea level.
  • Stop at Qumran to visit the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
  • Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Massada.
  • Ascend by cable car and tour the ancient fortress where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans before committing mass suicide in 73 A.D.
  • Descend by cable car and continue to the Dead Sea.
  • Cover yourself with the mineral rich mud and experience a swim in the Dead Sea* that many believe has its therapeutic effects (*weather permitting).

Day 10 – Saturday

  • Today is a free day to enjoy the special atmosphere of Shabbat in Jerusalem.
  • You may want to discover some museums and re-visit the Old City.

Day 11 – Sunday

  • Travel south through the Negev desert.
  • Visit Timna to see the copper mines and King Solomon’s pillars and marvel at the huge multi-colored rock formations.
  • Continue to Eilat and stop to visit the underwater observatory, one of the largest seaquariums in the world, built into a coral reef.

Day 12 – Monday

  • After visa assistance at the Jordanian Border, drive straight to Petra through desert highways.
  • Your ultimate destination is the astonishing rose-red city of Petra which was built by the Nabateans (an early Arab tribe). Petra was renowned for its massive architecture, pools, dams and water channels. Petra is the legacy of the Nabateans who settled in the South of Jordan more than two-thousand years ago.
  • The visit begins with the possibility of short horseback-riding for about 700 m. until the entrance of the Siq, which is about 1.2 km long (walking distance).
  • There is a possibility to rent a chariot (extra) to get inside Petra and back to the gate outside. Petra is famous for its huge monuments such as The Treasury, Royal Tombs, The Court, Roman Theatre, Roman Street, Qassier El-Bint (Palace of Pharaoh’s daughter) and many other smaller monuments which fascinate visitors. The city itself is almost 45 square km and is considered to be the second wonder of the world.
  • After the visit, enjoy lunch at a nice restaurant, followed by a drive back to the border.
  • En-route, stop for a short visit at Aqaba with possibility for a short walk.
  • Transfer to border at approximately 18:00 for crossing to Eilat.

Day 14 – Tuesday

  • Depart Eilat via Mitzpe Ramon to gaze into the Ramon crater, a geological wonder.
  • Proceed to Sde Boker and see Ben Gurion’s hut and grave overlooking the magnificent Zin valley.
  • Stop for a Camel riding experience and visit to an authentic Bedouin tent.
  • Learn about the Bedouin hospitality and enjoy a light lunch.
  • Continue to Hatzerim and visit Israel’s airforce museum to view the planes and equipment and hear the story of this brave fighting force.

Day 15 – Wednesday

  • After breakfast we will transfer you to Ben Gurion International Airport for your transatlantic flight back to the USA.
  • Take home your fond memories of Israel that will last a lifetime, and start planning your next trip!

Travel Israel in Depth Photos:

Tel Aviv Beaches
  • Tel Aviv Beaches
  • Bahai Gardens
  • Masada view and Israel flag
  • Eilat beaches
  • Dead Sea
  • Tower of David
  • Diving with the dolphins in Eilat
  • Jerusalem

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