Tel Aviv, Jerusalem & Dead Sea, Galilee
(9 Days - from $6,125 per person - Land Only - Departs Daily on a Private Basis - Can be fully customized to meet your needs)
DAY 1 Arrive to Tel Aviv
VIP airport assistance- passengers are greeted at the end of the jet bridge, escorted by car through the airport to the passport control, directly to the front of the line. Greeter assists with baggage collection at carousel and escorts passenger to car.
Depart for Tel Aviv, Norman Hotel via private car and driver
Overnight: Norman hotel
DAY 2 Tel Aviv
Tour Jaffa and the flea market. Discover the independence hall. Ride through the little old Tel Aviv.
Visit Carmel market, Bet Hatfutsot and Palmach museum -– experiential museum about the Jewish fighters immediately prior to the formation of the State of Israel/
DAY 3 Tel Aviv
Travel through Sarona - and into the TEMPLAR neighborhood and explore food market
Optional for the children
TLV SHOW is a new and exciting way to experience Tel Aviv - while walking the most beautiful neighborhoods of the city along with a small group; you will be part of a mystery adventure which will surround you wherever you will turn. Or, visit Reef surf club at Herzeliya Acadia beach
DAY 4 Depart to Jerusalem
The best place to start a tour in Jerusalem is at the Mount of Olives observation deck, which is considered to be the most beautiful location in Israel with a great view of The Temple Mount. The view is the best in the morning when the sun is behind our backs.
During the drive down from Mt. of Olives, we will cross Kidron Valley and see some of the tombs in Valley of Jehoshaphat.
VIP tour of City of David: The City of David is the birthplace of the city of Jerusalem, the place where King David established his kingdom, and where the history of the People of Israel was written. It is within walking distance from the Old City of Jerusalem and the Western Wall, and is one of the most exciting sites in Israel. Visitors come from all over the world to see the strongest physical connection between the stories of the Bible and reality, the place where the Holy City started. In the year 1004 BCE, King David conquered the city from the Jebusites and established his capital there. This was the very place where the People of Israel were united under King David’s rule, hwhere the Holy Ark was bought and where the First Temple was built by King Solomon, King David’s son. Today the City of David is an archaeological park that tells the story of the establishment of Jerusalem, its wars and hardships, its prophets and kings, and the history of the Jews during Biblical times.
Walk the Kotel Tunnels
Dinner at Machneyuda restaurant
Overnight at Setai hotel
DAY 5 Masada - Dead Sea
Massada is situated on the top of a mountain with steep sides and a flat top like a parapet overlooking the desert panorama to the west and the Dead Sea to the east. The thrilling story of the site reveals the courage of the defenders of Massada and their battle against the conquering Romans. The fortress of Massada was built in the year 30 BCE by King Herod, whose architectural feats have left their mark throughout the country. At the beginning of the great revolt against Rome in the year 68 BCE, the site was conquered by a group of Jewish zealots, and Massada became their last stronghold. In the year 72 the Romans besieged Massada and succeeded in reaching the steep fortress after constructing a huge earthen ramp on its western side. In the year 73, the 960 Jewish zealots living at the top of Massada chose to commit suicide rather than to fall into the hands of the Romans alive.
Their deeds left behind a saga of courage and heroism. The remains of the fortress of Massada are well-preserved and have been reconstructed in an effort to pay homage to the site and its heroic inhabitants. The most impressive structure on Massada is King Herod's northern palace, built on three rock terraces overlooking the gorge below. This is the largest and most complete Roman siege camp that remains today.
Drive to Dead Sea – beach, spa, and lunch
The Dead Sea is the lowest place on Earth. How far does one have to descend to reach the Dead Sea? About 400 meters below sea level. And it is around 400 meters deep at its deepest point. It is called the Dead Sea because it is so salty that there are no life forms in the lake. That same salt, on the other hand, provides tremendous benefit and mineral goodness to the many visitors who come here on a regular basis to enjoy its healing properties. Stranger still, the water is so salty, and therefore so dense, that you simply float in it!
Overnight at Setai hotel
DAY 6 Hazeka Hills - Sea of Galilee
Depart to Hazeka hills we'll be able to see the Syrian settlements and describe the wars of Yom Kippur. We'll talk about the issue of the borders. Learn about the historical sites, visit nature sites, learn about the famous battles of Israel and Syria 1948, 1967, 1973 from a personal view. We'll do several observations to the Sea of Galilee and the Israeli statements.
Near Sea of Galilee we will see the place where Jesus walked on the water, where the Sermon on the Mount was given, and where the Holy Scriptures were written. There is a natural spring nearby which is supposed to have healing power, called Hamat Gader.
Dinner at Magdalena
Overnight at Setai hotel
DAY 7 Galilee
Full-day private excursion around the Sea of Galilee, including Nazareth, Safed (Tzfat), Acre (Akko), Gamla, or other special interest activities
Tour with A.T.V vehicles from Merom Golan.
Visit Pelter - boutique winery and De Karina chocolate factory
Kayak in the Jordan River
DAY 8 Galilee - Jerusalem
Visit Rosh Pina the first Israeli settlement in the Galilee.
Drive into Birya forest and visit Pekiin a 2000 years old village and home to some of the Israeli minorities - the Druze and the Bedouins. Enjoy their hospitality and delicious lunch.
Drive along the Lebanese border on the Northern road.
Drive to Jerusalem.
Dinner in Caravan In Abu Ghosh - a small Arab village
Overnight in Jerusalem: David Citadel hotel.
DAY 9 Old City of Jerusalem, Yad Vashem
There is a magical quality about the Old City of Jerusalem that does not exist anywhere else in the world. Perhaps it is due to the glorious history of the towering stone walls and ancient buildings, or the sacred atmosphere that surrounds the holy sites of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religions. The enchanting quality of Jerusalem may also come from the colorful markets and narrow alleyways, or from the city’s dynamic history - a history woven with war and peace, love and hate, destruction and resurrection. The Old City was originally built by King David in 1004 B.C.E. and has always been considered the center of the world. Since then Jerusalem has been cherished and glorified by kings, rulers, and conquerors who attempted to storm its walls and adored by ordinary people who made it the loadstone of their faith. This was the place where the Jews built the Temple, where Jesus was crucified, and where Mohammed rose to Heaven. Over the years, the Old City has undergone many changes which have made it one of the most interesting places in the world.
As the Jewish people’s living memorial to the Holocaust, Yad Vashem safeguards the memory of the past and imparts its meaning for future generations. Established in 1953, as the world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust, Yad Vashem is today a dynamic and vital place of intergenerational and international encounter. For over half a century, Yad Vashem has been committed to four pillars of remembrance -commemoration, documentation, research and education. A decade in the making, the Holocaust History Museum combines the best of Yad Vashem’s expertise, resources and state-of-the-art exhibits to take Holocaust remembrance well into the 21st century.
The museum occupies over 4,200 square meters, mainly underground, and presents the story of the Shoah from a unique Jewish perspective, emphasizing the experiences of the individual victims through original artifacts, survivor testimonies and personal possessions. At the end of the museum’s historical narrative is the Hall of Names — a repository for the Pages of Testimony of millions of Holocaust victims, a memorial to those who perished. From the Hall of Names, visitors will continue on to balcony opening to a panoramic view of Jerusalem.
Mahne Yehuda - Outdoor Food Market
Private transfer to airport. VIP departure assistance