Day 1: Arrival To Israel
Upon arrival at Ben Gurion airport, our representative will be there to assist you from baggage claim to your overnight accommodations in Jerusalem.
Day 2: Tel Aviv City Tour
We will begin your tour of Tel Aviv along Rothschild Boulevard to see the famous Bauhaus architecture that has become a trademark feature of this city. Alongside this tree-lined street, we will stop to see Independence Hall where Ben Gurion declared the State of Israel.
Then we will walk through the cultural hub of Tel Aviv, the neighborhood of Florentine, where we will see the colorful graffiti art and street music.
We will then head to the ancient port city of Jaffa, known for it's market, or "shuk," galleries, and outdoor restaurants.
Following this, we will go North to Neve Tzedek, a cute neighborhood just west of Rothschild, known for its architecture, graffiti, and art galleries. We will visit the courtyard and murals of the Susan Dallal Dance Center.
You will be returned to your Tel Aviv hotel after a long day of touring.
Day 3: Caesarea Zikron Yaacov, Ein Hod, Tiberias
After breakfast, we will drive North to Caesarea home to the incredible bird mosaic, an ancient mosaic floor built in the Byzantine palace at the end of the 6th century, and which currently lay outside the walls of ancient Caesarea.
Then we will head to Zikron Yaacov to see the First Aliyah Museum, where you will see the beautiful creations of the first immigrants to Israel.
Next, we will head to the artist colony of Ein Hod, home to over a dozen workshops, galleries, museums, and more.
Finally, we will transfer to Haifa for overnight accommodations.
Day 4: Haifa
We will see the sights of Haifa starting with a view from Mount Carmel that overlooks the city and shimmering waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
Then we will head to the Baha’i Gardens to see the steps and flower arrangements that make up this holy site.
Afterwards, we will head the Hecht Museum, located on the University of Haifa’s campus, known for its artwork of Zionism and ancient artifacts which prove the link between the Jewish people and Eretz Israel.
We will then drive to see one of the first museums in Israel, the Museum of Art Ein Harod, home to over 10,000 pieces of art from ancient to present day Israel.
Finally, we will continue to Tiberias for overnight accommodations.
Day 5: Tiberias
We will tour the holy city of Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee in the morning and then head to Rosh Pina to see the Jerusalem Chimes, an artisanal wind chime studio. We will also the plates, mugs, and authentic Israeli and Middle Eastern artwork during our tour of Inbar’s Pottery Gallery.
Finally, we will head back to your accommodations in Tiberias.
Day 6: Tel Hai
We will travel to Tel Hai cemetery and memorial famous roaring lion sculpture. Then, we will head to the Baram Kibbutz to see the ruins of one of the oldest synagogues in Israel.
After, we will head to the Bar David Museum of Art and Judaica. The museum has a plethora of religious items, paintings, photographs, sculptures, and more.
We will pass by the beautiful birds of the Hula Valley currently migrating to Africa from Europe.
Finally, we will stop for the night at a kibbutz hotel.
Day 7: Jordan Valley and Jerusalem
The day will begin at Belvoir Fortress, one of the north’s best kept secrets in Israel. Just 20 kilometers south of the Sea of Galilee sits the crusader castle which dates back to the 12th century CE. The impressive structure sits high above the Jordan Valley, a strategic location during the time of the Crusades.
Then, we will go to the Beit Alpha Synagogue, founded at the end of the fifth century CE to see the famous ancient floor mosaic that portrays the sacrifice of Issac, zodiac signs, and more.
Then, we will head to the biblical city of the Jordan River for a view of the biblical city and continue to Jerusalem for your overnight accommodations.
Day 8: Jerusalem Old City
We will begin the tour of Israel’s capital at the synagogues, churches, and mosques that inhabit the holy city.
We will visit the Western Wall tunnels for an incredible underground journey of the infrastructure of one of the most important holy sites on Earth.
Overlooking Jerusalem, we will explore Mount Scopus to view each corridor of Jerusalem. Our guide will show how the unique blend of Arabic, Jewish, and Christian theologies coexist in this city.
Finally, you will finish the day back at your Jerusalem hotel.
Day 9: Jerusalem New City
After breakfast at the hotel, we will head to the Israel Museum to see the latest artwork, photography, and fashion exhibitions. We will also see the Dead Sea Scrolls and other world-famous artifacts found in Israel.
After this, you will see the famous Chagall Windows at the Hadassah Medical Center and the Nachlaot, a local neighborhood known for it's open-air Mahane Yehuda Market, packed with produce stands, bakeries, and spice shops, plus late-night bars and high-end restaurants. Art galleries and ancient synagogues fill the narrow alleys and Middle Eastern-style courtyards around the market.
Overnight accommodations in your Jerusalem hotel.
Day 10: Jerusalem, Beer Sheva, Beduin Hospitality
We will begin the day by heading South to the capital of the Negev, for a top in Be’er Sheva (Seven Wells). After, we will head to a Bedouin community, a grouping of nomadic Arab people who have historically inhabited the desert regions in North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq and the Levant.
After eating lunch with this community, we will drive to the Dead Sea for our overnight accommodations.
Day 11: Masada
We will drive through the Judean hills in the morning to the ancient Herodian palace known as Masada. By cable car, you’ll ascend to this incredible fortress and enjoy the view of Israel, Jordan, and the Dead Sea. The history of this incredible place is also why people visit until today.
Then, we will go to the nearby Ein Gedi National Park an oasis and a nature reserve located west of the Dead Sea, near Masada and the Qumran Caves. Ein Gedi was listed in 2016 as one of the most popular nature sites in the country.
We will end our day with a trip to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, and a therapeutic mud spa treatment, if you'd like.
Overnight accommodations at your Tel Aviv Hotel.
Day 12: Departure
Thank you for visiting Israel, we hope you enjoyed your experience with Mazada Tours. Bon voyage!