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Israel: Timeless Wonders

March 6–17, 2018

Tour Operator: Odysseys Unlimited


Activity Level: Moderate

Itinerary

Encounter a land of extraordinary beauty and belief, of spirit and story, history and hospitality. From modern Tel Aviv to scenic Upper Galilee, ancient Tiberias and storied Nazareth to Jerusalem, “City of Gold,” we engage all our senses in a small group encounter with this extraordinary and holy land.

Day 1
Depart U.S. for Tel Aviv, Israel.
Day 2
Arrive Tel Aviv

After arriving in Tel Aviv transfer to your hotel.

Day 3
Tel Aviv

Today you encounter the vibrant modern city of Tel Aviv and today Israel’s arts and culture capital.  Your tour features Independence Hall; and the original heart of Tel Aviv, the “White City” around Rothschild Boulevard, with its distinctive pre-war Bauhaus architecture.

Day 4
Tel Aviv/Upper Galilee

You travel north from Tel Aviv along the Mediterranean coast today to Caesarea, where you see the ruins of an ancient Roman harbor and amphitheater still in use today.  From here you continue on to the artists’ village of Ein Hod, set amidst olive groves at the foot of Mt. Carmel overlooking the sea.

Day 5 
Mount Bental/Tiberias

This morning you ascend Mount Bental in the Golan Heights where, from a scenic overlook, you enjoy a superb panoramic view of Israel, Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan.  Then you enjoy a tour of your kibbutz and a visit to a local winery, before visiting the ruins of Capernaum 

Day 6 
Tiberias/Nazareth

The New Testament comes to life today as you travel to Jesus’ boyhood home of Nazareth.  En route you visit the Mount of Beatitudes.  When you reach Nazareth, you visit the Church of the Annunciation.  You enjoy lunch at a family-run dairy farm then continue on to the town of Safed, another of Judaism’s four holy cities, and a center of learning and trade in the 15th and 16th centuries.

Day 7
Tiberias/Jerusalem

On your way to Jerusalem today you stop at the archaeological site of Beit Shean, where ongoing excavations have revealed the ruins of numerous cities. You continue on to Jerusalem, the 3,000-year-old “City of Gold,” sacred to the world’s three major religions.  Then you spend the afternoon at the Israel Museum, the nation’s leading cultural institution, housing the world’s largest collection of Biblical and Holy Land artifacts.

Day 8 
Jerusalem

Your day begins with a moving and inspiring tour of Yad Vashem, the Jewish people’s living memorial to the Holocaust dedicated to the four pillars of remembrance:  commemoration, documentation, research, and education. Then you travel to the Judean Hills to the picturesque village of Ein Karem, the childhood home of John the Baptist.

Day 9 
Jerusalem

You start your morning with a visit to Haas promenade for spectacular panoramic views of the city.  Then you visit the Old City for a tour of the excavated tunnels beneath the Western Wall and then move on to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.  After this sobering visit, you return to Jerusalem’s New City to absorb some of the flavor of this multicultural enclave at the bustling outdoor market of Machane Yehuda.

Day 10
Jerusalem/Old City

You return to the Old City today, beginning with the original settlement of the City of David. Then you embark on a walking tour through the Old City. Inside this tiny enclave, a UNESCO World Heritage site:  the Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Armenian quarters; the ancient Cardo marketplace still in use today; the Dome of the Rock and al-Aksa Mosque, Islam’s most important mosque; and the Western Wall, sacred to Jews as the last remaining trace of the wall that enclosed and supported the Second Temple on the Temple Mount.

Day 11
Jerusalem/Masada/Dead Sea

Today you travel to the shores of the Dead Sea to explore the Qumran Caves, adjacent to where the momentous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. From here you travel to the ruins at Masada, the celebrated mountain stronghold sitting atop an isolated mesa at the edge of the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea.  You ascend the mountain fortress by cable car to tour Masada’s ruins, including those of a synagogue, ritual baths, and the palace of King Herod.

Day 12
Depart Tel Aviv for U.S.

Early this morning transfer by motorcoach to Tel Aviv for your return flight to the U.S.

Optional Pre-Tour Extension

Spend five days and four nights in Jordan: Petra & Amman.

Program Itinerary is subject to change. See final brochure for complete details.

Cost Details

Land Only: $4,695
With Group Air from Seattle: $6,384 (includes $789 in taxes and fees)
Single Supplement: $1,795

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