Day 1: Arrival To Israel
Upon arrival at Ben Gurion airport, our staff will be there to assist you from when you exit the gate of the plane.
Transfer in a private, air-conditioned vehicle to your overnight accommodations in Jerusalem.
Day 2: Jerusalem
You will begin the tour with a magnificent overview of Jerusalem and the Judean Desert from Mount Scopus, near the Hebrew University Campus. You will enjoy this breathtaking, bucolic scenery, reminiscent of days gone by.
You will then visit the City of David to see the archaeological excavations, including the famous Warren’s Shaft.
We will then go to the Davidson Center in the Jerusalem Archaeological Park. You will see Herodian Street, and Robinson’s Arch.
After a day of exploring, you will have overnight accommodations in Jerusalem.
Day 3: Jerusalem II
We will go to the Western Wall, and then explore underneath, to see the excavations, as well as a visceral history lesson of the temple mount and how it was engineered by Herod, and those before and after him.
Then, we will emerge back to the surface to head to the New City. We will visit the Valley of the Cross, where the Monastery of the Cross is located.
Finally, you will see some of the most famous artifacts in the country at the Israel Museum.
Overnight accommodations will be in Jerusalem.
Day 4: Masada and the Dead Sea
You will descend through the Judean hills en route to the Judean desert.
You will stop to take in the view at the Good Samaritan Inn, a Turkish style structure built in the 19th century.
You will continue your drive through the desert until you reach your destination – Masada. You will ascend to this renowned site by cable car to tour the 2000-year-old fortress and palace built by King Herod.
Drive to Qumran, where you will tour the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.
Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to bathe in the mineral-rich Dead Sea – at 400m. below sea level, the lowest place on earth.
You can take a mud-bath, and enjoy the benefits from the therapeutic qualities of the natural Dead Sea mud.
Overnight accommodations will be held in the Dead Sea.
Day 5: Ein Gedi
On the Ein Gedi kibbutz grounds, you will see the synagogue, and other highlights, like their botanical garden.
Then, we will head into the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, for a short hike and to see the waterfalls, wildlife, and rock formations that made this place famous.
Afterwards, we will drive up north for overnight accommodations in Tiberias.
Day 6: Beit She’an
To start the day, we will head to Beit She’an, where you can see archeological ruins from each era of the city’s ancient history. When the Romans lived there, it was home to about 30,000 people!
Then, we will head to a crusader fortress, that will bring you back in time, and leave you with a clear picture of what it was like to live in Israel back then.
Finally, we will return to Tiberias for your overnight accommodations.
Day 7: Megiddo
We will head to Tel Megiddo, where it is said that the final days will begin (Armageddon). The archeological record shows over 25 distinct layers, which shows how long people have been living there, and how much there is to see. One notable find was jewelry, which was dated 3000 years old!
Then, we will head to Beit Alpha, where in 1928, an ancient synagogue was accidentally discovered. The floors are famous for their intricate mosaics, images, and inscriptions.
Finally, we will go back to Tiberias for the evening.
Day 8: Hamat Gader
We will explore Hamat Gader, which was an ancient Roman spa. The ruins show multiple buildings, and a pool in the center, which was surely very popular. The pool had natural hot waters at one point. There are also amphitheater ruins to explore nearby.
These days, there is also a spa, and optionally, you could choose to relax after a week of being on the road in the natural hot waters.
After an action-packed day, we return to Tiberias for your overnight accommodations.
Day 9: Tel Hatzor, Qatsrin
In the morning, we will head North to Tel Hatzor. Although you’ve probably never heard of it, Tel Hatzor used to be very important due to its strong fortifications.
The excavation is huge, with a total of over 200 acres to see, and volumes of books have been published on all the artifacts found there.
Afterwards, we will head to Qatsrin, to see the archeological museum. This museum has artifacts from all periods of time, including many columns.
We will then head South to Tel Aviv, where you will stay the evening.
Overnight Tel Aviv
Day 10: Jaffa Tour
We will take a tour of Tel Aviv, starting with the Museum of Archaeology.
Next, we will go to Old Jaffa, an ancient port city whose history goes back thousands of years. We will trace back the history of Jaffa from the earliest known facts and you will step by step see how modern Tel Aviv came to be.
After an illuminating tour, you will be dropped off at your Tel Aviv hotel for overnight accommodations.
Day 11: Free Day Tel Aviv
Take a break from all the traveling to relax on the beach, eat at amazing restaurants, shop for souvenirs, or simply rest on a free day in Israel’s most vibrant city!
Overnight accommodations in Tel Aviv.
Day 12: Departure
We will drive you to the airport for your flight home. Thanks for visiting!