A Trip to Remember: Visit the land of your ancestors and see history unravel itself before your eyes. The venues you know from the Bible come alive in this exciting tour you'll cherish forever.
Begin your Jerusalem experience on the Mount of Olives, with its panoramic view of the Old City and its ancient Jewish cemetery. Then, it’s time to begin your tour of the Old City. Start with the Ramparts Walk – a walkway atop the Old City walls offers a unique panoramic view of the Old City and its surroundings and is a shutterbug’s delight. (Entry points: Citadel moat, Jaffa and Damascus Gates).
Continue to the Western Wall, Judaism’s most sacred site. See Bar Mitzvahs (on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays). 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.
Then, it’s time to discover the rebuilt Jewish Quarter including the old Sephardic synagogues, the Cardo, the Broad Wall, the Burnt House with its captivating audiovisual presentation, the Herodian Mansions, and more.
Wander the Old City markets, steeping yourself in its sights, sounds and aromas, and try your hand at hunting and bargaining for treasures.
On Mount Zion, visit King David’s Tomb, a site of Jewish pilgrimage since the Middle Ages.
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 Model of ancient Jerusalem.
Stroll through the city’s venerable ultra-Orthodox Me’ah She’arim quarter (modest dress required) to get a sense of Jewish life of yesteryear.
At picturesque Mishkenot She’ananim, in Jerusalem’s Yemin Moshe neighborhood see the first Jewish houses built outside the city walls, named after the philanthropist Sir Moses Montefiore. Montefiore's reconstructed carriage stands in a display-window next to the famous windmill, with the bonus of a beautiful view of the Old City walls.
End the day along the pedestrian malls of Ben Yehuda St. and Nahalat Shiva, restored quarter of shops, galleries and cafes.
Overnight in Jerusalem.
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 in the Visitor Center, which reveals the secrets of the daily life of the rebels, the story of the excavations, and s how the site became one of Israel’s most important symbols.
At the Ein Gedi Antiquities National Park see the remains of the Talmudic village with its synagogue and mysterious mosaic floor. End the day with a dip in the Dead Sea, the “greatest outdoor spa in the world” and the world’s lowest, saltiest body of water.
Continue via the Jordan Valley to the 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.
Drive along the shores of the Sea of Galilee and into the mountains to Tzefat (Safed), one of the four holy cities in Israel and the home of Lurian mysticism, a branch of Jewish mysticism conceived by the 16th Century Rabbi Isaac Luria, the traditional author of the seminal mystic work, the Zohar. Stroll along the lanes of the Old City and see its many synagogues, as well as its unique artist’s colony.
Then, it’s out to the Mediterranean coast, heading south to Caesarea National Park, magnificent remains of Herod’s city, the Roman capital and port and fortified Crusader town. Tour the Roman theater, hippodrome and, walk the promenade to the renovated Caesarea port area.
Continue to Tel Aviv, where a variety of sites await: Wander through the White City and its Bauhaus monuments (declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site) including Independence Hall, where Ben-Gurion declared independence in 1948.
Enjoy Sheinkin Street, famous for its fun shopping, dining and people-watching in a youthful atmosphere, while the 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: Among them, the Tel Aviv Art Museumand the Eretz Israel Museum have evening hours on certain weekdays.
Take a walk through Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park and head to the nearby Tel Aviv Port for sunset and a fish dinner.