Day 1: Jerusalem
Begin your visit in Jerusalem at the Mount of Olives – the best place to start your Jerusalem
experience, with its panoramic view of the Old City, its ancient Jewish cemetery and historic churches.
Visit the Tower of David Museum showcasing the history of Jerusalem from its beginnings to modern times.
Wander the Old City markets, steeping yourself in its sights, sounds and aromas, and try your hand at hunting and bargaining for treasures.
Stop in at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where the Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopian, and Syrian Orthodox orders all maintain their own sections and can be identified by their distinctive dress and liturgy, at the heart of the Christian Quarter.
Continue to the rebuilt Jewish Quarter including the old Sephardic synagogues, the Cardo, which was the main street of Byzantine Christian Jerusalem, the Broad Wall, the Burnt House with its captivating audiovisual presentation, the Herodian Mansions, and more.
Toward evening, head down to the Western Wall, a special time of day to visit Judaism’s most sacred site revered as the last remnant of the Second Temple. While at the Western Wall, arrange your schedule to join a public tour of the Western Wall Tunnels by enquiring at the Western Wall Heritage Foundation.
Overnight in Jerusalem.
Today is devoted to the New City, beginning the day with a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. Walk through the astounding new Museum with its new and moving focus on the individual in the Holocaust, the Children’s Memorial and Hall of Remembrance.
Drive through the New City viewing old and new neighborhoods, the Knesset (The Israeli Parliament) (open for visits on Sundays and Thursdays) and the beautifully designed Supreme Court building.
At the nearby Israel Museum, among many other fascinating exhibits you can discover the mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Shrine of the Book and see the 1:50 scale Model of Jerusalem from Second Temple times.
Enjoy a stroll around downtown Jerusalem - walk in the pedestrian malls of Ben Yehuda Street, Nahalat Shiva, a restored quarter of shops, galleries and cafes, and the Mahane Yehuda open-air fruit and vegetable market.
Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 3: Dead Sea and Massada
Get an early start today and drive south to the Dead Sea and Massada, taking the cable car to the top to view the ruins of King Herod’s mountaintop fortress and the last stronghold of the Jewish revolt against the Romans in 73 CE, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the new museum at the Visitor Center, which reveals the secrets of the daily life of the rebels, the story of the excavations, and how the site became one of Israel’s most important symbols.
Continue to Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, a biblical oasis with a spring and waterfalls, where David hid from Saul
In the afternoon, drive north via the Jordan Valley to Tiberias the historic resort town on the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret), and one of Israel's traditional “four holy cities.”
Overnight in the Tiberias area.
Day 4: Galilee - Tel Aviv
Drive along the shores of the Sea of Galilee to the Mount of Beatitudes - traditional site of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and Korazim, a Talmudic-era town also mentioned in the New Testament.
Then, it time to head out to the Mediterranean coast and south to CaesareaNational Park, with its magnificent remains of Herod’s city, the Roman capital and port and fortified Crusader town. Tour the Roman theater, hippodrome and promenade walk to the renovated port area within the Crusader walls.
In the late afternoon, continue to Tel Aviv. Wander through the White City and its Bauhaus monuments (declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site).
Enjoy Sheinkin Street, famous for its fun shopping, dining and people-watching in a youthful atmosphere, and the nearby open-air Carmel fruit and vegetable market is a treat for all the senses. On Tuesdays and Fridays, the Nahalat Binyamin pedestrian mall comes alive with stalls selling handicrafts of every type.
Tel Aviv also has a variety of museums: The Tel Aviv Art Museum and the Eretz Israel Museum have evening hours on certain weekdays.
Head to the Tel Aviv Port to see the sunset and enjoy a fish dinner.