The itinerary takes into account a group with a number of wheelchair users, factoring in the time needed to get on and off the bus and negotiate each site.
Drive from Ben-Gurion Airport to the Old City of Jaffa.
Jaffa is one of the oldest ports in Israel, existing for upward of 4000 years; it was from Jaffa that Jonah set out before being swallowed by the whale and it was here to which Solomon imported cedars from Lebanon for the construction of the first Temple in Jerusalem.
At Kedumim Square in the heart of Old Jaffa you can tour the Visitor Center, which was built around authentic archaeological artifacts and remains.
Enjoy an evening seaside walk at the Tel Aviv Port, with its galleries, restaurants and coffee shops, and on to the Yarkon Park to the north to meet the locals as they enjoy Tel Aviv’s “central park” strolling along the paved pathways.
Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Drive up the coast to Caesarea National Park, where 2,000 years ago King Herod built a large port in honor of Emperor Augustus. Pontius Pilate later ruled the country from his Caesarea, and it was from here that Paul set sail to the communities where he preached all over the Mediterranean.
Visit the Roman Theater, Herod's palace, the walled Crusader town with its galleries and restaurants and Caesarea’s latest attraction, the Time Trek, a fascinating multimedia presentation.
Continue to Zikhron Ya’akov and the First Aliyah Museum. In 1881, confronted with pogroms in Eastern Europe and Russia, a small group of Zionists came to Israel to settle down and establish farming homesteads. The pioneers of Zikhron Ya’akov were assisted by the Baron Rothschild in the endeavor to create a sustainable community and economy.
The museum records the trials and tribulations of the Jews of this wave of immigration, known as the First Aliyah. There is wheelchair access to all five floors of the museum (except the auditorium) via elevator.
Continue across the Carmel range to the Nahal Hashofet nature reserve (south of Kibbutz Hazorea), sloping trail along the beautiful Hashofet brook has been paved and wooden walkways added, enabling all to enjoy the water and greenery of the Menashe region in the foothills of Mount Carmel.
Overnight: in the Mount Carmel region.
At Tsippori National Park, in the central Galilee Mountains, Roman and Jewish civilizations come together in this 2000 year old city containing the most beautiful mosaics in Israel.
After your visit, continue to the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee with its many landmarks, including:
Capernaum - Known as "Jesus' Town" in the New Testament, Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee is home to one of the earliest churches in the world as well as a monumental ancient synagogue. This was also Peter's home town where Jesus performed many miracles.
Tabha- Jesus' miracle of the Multiplication of the Fish and Loaves is illustrated beautifully in an ancient mosaic of the Byzantine church that stood here. Visit the renovated Benedictine church, built in the same style and along the same lines as the original one.
The Yigal Alon Museum at Kibbutz Ginosar - This is a unique institution, focusing on the human experience in the Galilee in the past, present and future. It is also home to changing exhibits showcasing the finest talents of Galilee artists from a variety of faiths and ethnic backgrounds, and the magnificent display of the Galilee Boat, dating from the time of Jesus, discovered mired in the mud on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.
Overnight in the Tiberias area.
Head up to the Hula Valley in the north and take the Manara cable car to the top of the Naphtali ridge. View the Hula valley and the Golan Heights to the east.
Continue north to Misgav Am, Israel's northernmost kibbutz, where you can make arrangements to view a three-country panorama (Israel, Lebanon and Syria), and explore the intricacies of Israel's relationship with its northern neighbors with the kibbutz member who guides you there.
Then, it’s on to Tel Dan, a magnificent nature reserve about one kilometer of which is wheelchair accessible, to see the headwaters of the Jordan River and the Israelite gateway of the city established by King Jeroboam and embellished by King Ahab.
Turning south again, stop at the Hula Nature Reserve. On any given day you can see over one hundred types of birds along the paved paths of the Hula Nature Reserve, revealing Israel’s status as a bird-watcher’s paradise of global renown as millions of fowl each year stop to feed and rest on their way to or from Asia, Europe or Africa.
Overnight in the Hula Valley.
Ascend to the Golan Heights via Banias in the foothills of Mount Hermon.
Stop at Kibbutz El Rom to see “Oz 77,” a moving and provocative film that sets out the story of the battle to prevent the invasion of Israel by Syria in 1973, including interviews with some of the main protagonists.
Drive up to Mount Bental, a volcanic cone with a fabulous view into Syria and a whimsical outdoor exhibit of “found art” by a local artist. (Wheelchair-users should drive past the regular parking lot and park by the coffee shop).
Visit the Golan’s capital city of Katsrin, mingling with the locals over falafel or pizza in the commercial center, and seeing the Golan Archaeological Museum.
End the day at the Gamla Nature Reserve, enjoying the paved path to the lookout of the dramatic ruins of the Jewish city that was one of the first to revolt against Rome, and past the Byzantine ruins to the vulture lookout.
Descend via the scenic road of El Hama in the southern Golan.
Overnight in Tiberias.
At the Old Gesher Courtyard, one of the early kibbutzim in the Jordan Valley, learn about the ideals and history of the Kibbutz Movement that became one of Israel’s hallmarks.
Continue south to Beit She'an National Park. One of the main pagan towns during Roman rule of the region 2,000 years ago, and in the shadow of an important biblical city, Beit She'an contains a magnificent theater, Roman bathhouses, mosaics and more. It is considered to be one of the best preserved Roman sites in the region.
Drive via the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem.
Approaching Jerusalem in the late afternoon, stop at the Mt. of Olives Observation Point for an excellent visual and spiritual introduction to the city, ancient and new. View the Temple Mount, the City of David, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and more, as the vista spans the length and breadth of the city.
Overnight in Jerusalem.
Jerusalem's Old City:
Spend time at the Western Wall, one of the last vestiges of the Second Temple complex built by Herod some 2,000 years ago and thus the holiest spot in the world for Jews.
Visit the beautiful Southern Wall Archaeological Park that surrounds the lower part of the Temple Mount from West and South. Come in the wake of pilgrims – Jewish and Christian – who have visited here over the millennia as acts of faith. At the Davidson Center, in the basement of an eighth-century CE palace, with ramped access and an elevator to the exhibits and audiovisual presentation, you can also make arrangements to see its virtual-reconstruction, high-definition interactive model.
Make arrangements to tour the Western Wall Tunnel, along the part of the Western Wall now deep beneath Jerusalem's Old City, and see the second largest cut/quarried stone in the world among many other attractions. (Advise of wheelchair-users when making reservation – 02-6271333).
Overnight in Jerusalem.
Jerusalem Old City – The Jewish Quarter and Beyond
Excavations in Jerusalem's Jewish Quarter have revealed a wealth of finds from the First and Second Temple periods. See the sites and enjoy the special ambiance of this renewed part of the Old City along a wheelchair accessible route developed by the Jewish Quarter’s Center for Tourists with Disabilities (02-6283415/6). When you call them, ask about the wheelchair-friendly route through other quarters of the Old City around the market and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Visit the Israel Museum, which houses what is considered by many to be the most important archaeological discovery of the 20th century – the Dead Sea Scrolls, which is partially wheelchair-accessible. See the famous Model of Second Temple Jerusalem and an audiovisual presentation about life in the tumultuous days of the Second Temple.
Next, visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, touring the astounding new Museum with its new and moving focus on the individual in the Holocaust, the Children’s Memorial and Hall of Remembrance.
Overnight in Jerusalem.
Ascend by cable-car to explore Massada, scene of the epic stand by Jewish rebels at the end of the Great Revolt against Rome nearly 2,000 years ago. The new museum at the Visitor Center 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.
Stop at one of the Dead Sea spas or beaches for a dip in the saltiest sea in the world. The Dead Sea is recognized as having therapeutic qualities, and bathing here is something that should not be missed.
Enjoy the Ein Gedi Botanical Gardens, located on sloping paths on the grounds of Kibbutz Ein Gedi, where hundreds of trees and plants from exotic places around the world flourish in their oasis surroundings.
Overnight in Jerusalem.
Located between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Neot Kedumim is a park designed to re-enliven the biblical plants and trees. You will see authentic biblical tools and industrial implements that include ancient oil presses, wine presses, cisterns and more.
At the nearby Mini Israel theme park, you will see hundreds of precise scale models of all the important historical and other sites in the country.