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.
Visit the Southern Wall Excavations, walking on the original two thousand-year old street and climbing the ancient steps. At the Davidson Center, in the basement of an eighth-century-CE palace, look into the possibility of seeing its virtual-reconstruction, high-definition interactive model, and enjoy the high-definition film that depicts ancient pilgrimage to the Temple in a unique way.
On Mount Zion, visit King David’s Tomb, a site of Jewish pilgrimage since the Middle Ages.
Overnight: in Jerusalem.
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.
Continue 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.
End the day along the pedestrian malls of Ben Yehuda St. and Nahalat Shiva, restored quarter of shops, galleries and cafes.
Overnight: in Jerusalem.
Drive down to Jaffa, beginning your day with a tour of Old Jaffa, the ancient seaport, enjoying the galleries and shops and Visitor Center in the renovated Old City.
Tour the Tel Aviv’s White City to see the preservation of buildings of Bauhaus architecture (declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site) including Independence Hall, where Ben-Gurion declared independence in 1948.
Sheinkin Street is 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.
Choose from a variety of museums, including the Tel Aviv Art Museum, the Eretz Israel Museum, the Palmah Museum and the Diaspora Museum, among others.
Take a walk through Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park and head to the nearby Tel Aviv Port for sunset and a fish dinner.
Overnight: in Tel Aviv.
Leaving Tel Aviv, head north for your first stop of the day, 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.
Then, it’s on to Haifa, Israel’s third largest city with its highlights, including The Baha’i Shrine and Gardens - World center of the young Baha’i faith with its magnificent terraced gardens that are a Haifa landmark; the panoramic of the city and the bay from the Louis Promenade; the gentrified old German Colony, with its galleries, restaurants and an unusual accent: the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art.
Continue 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 north this morning through the Hula Valley and take the historic crossing of the Jordan River at the Daughters of Jacob Bridge, to the Golan Heights’ “capital city” of Katsrin, home to the Golan Winery, a Talmudic village, and an archaeological museum. History and nature buffs will want to continue to Gamla National Park, for a view of the dramatic ruins of a fortified Jewish city destroyed during the Great Revolt against the Romans (66-70CE.), as protected Griffon’s vultures soar overhead.
Cross back into the Galilee mountains to spend the afternoon in 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.
Overnight: in the Tiberias area.
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.
Overnight: in the Dead Sea area.
Head north today via the central Negev and the Ramon Crater, stopping at the Visitor Center in Mitspe Ramon that tells the story of this amazing natural wonder.
Continue to Avdat, once a central city on the Nabatean trade route (known as the Incense Route), which became a Christian city of pilgrimage.
Pay your respects at the tomb of Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion and his wife Paula, overlooking magnificent Nahal Tsin near Kibbutz Sde Boker.
Then, it’s on to biblical Be’er Sheba and on northward.