Day 1: Arrival Day
Welcome to your therapeutic Spa & Leisure Tour Israel! Your trusted Mazada Tours representative will be there to assist you upon your arrival at Ben Gurion Airport. Once customs formalities are completed, we’ll drive you to your Tel Aviv hotel in our private, air-conditioned, and very comfortable vehicle.
Day 2: Mitzpeh Ramon
We will depart in the morning, bound for the famous Negev Desert destination, Mitzpeh (or Makhtesh) Ramon. Often mislabeled as a crater when in fact it is a unique, glacial eroded valley, Makhtesh Ramon is an extraordinary place to explore and often dubbed Israel’s answer to the Grand Canyon. You will then be taken to the luxury Beresheet Hotel, widely considered to be Israel’s very best spa hotel. If you were looking for an ideal way to relax after your long journey, and recover from jetlag, trust that the exquisite therapeutic treatments on offer here will help a great deal. Beresheet’s unique desert location is simply magical and the stellar service, coupled with the culinary indulgences, activities, and treatments, make for a truly unforgettable experience. Enjoy your blissful overnight stay at the Beresheet Hotel.
Day 3: Leisure Day at the Beresheet Spa Hotel
A full day at the Berehseet Hotel is in order today, so you can indulge in the remainder of the treatments on offer. Alternatively, we could also take you on a sensational jeep tour in the Ramon Crater, retracing the steps of giant dinosaurs and through about 220 million years of geological history! On a guided tour, you will have an immersive experience, learning about the unique flora and fauna that thrive here, as well as sample unique desert plants. Want another optional excursion? How about a visit to a local Bedouin camp, so you can enjoy an authentic meal and famed Bedouin hospitality? A fun camel ride will put a smile on everyone’s face! Finally, we will be heading back to Jerusalem, where we will stay overnight.
Day 4: Jerusalem & Bethlehem Neighborhoods Tour
We’ll get the day off to a fabulous start with a guided tour of Jerusalem, which we can cater to your specific interests. As you may well imagine, the options are nearly endless! Explore the Old City highlights which comprise some of the world’s most prized historical, cultural and religious attractions, before moving on to the upmarket neighborhoods of Mamilla and Rechavya. Culinary delights and brilliant shopping await! Meander Mamilla Mall, a 2000’-long outdoor shopping strip (the only one of its kind in West Jerusalem) replete with trendy café and awesome street art. You may also wish to visit Machane Yehuda, the largest market in the entire country, home to over 250 distinct vendors. We will then travel to Bethlehem and enter the town via biblical Manger Square, the site of the Church of the Nativity. Enjoy a tour of this priceless place of worship, before touring the nearby Shepherd’s Field. At the end of our day, we will return to Jerusalem to enjoy another overnight stay in the vibrant city.
Day 5: Masada Half Day Tour & Dead Sea
This morning, we’ll take you through the Judean hills to the desert, to visit one of Israel’s historical highlights and a place that is very close to our hearts. A fortress that inspired our company’s founder! Enjoy a cable-car ride and guide tour of the spellbinding Masada Fortress, a magnificent castle built by King Herod over 2,000 years ago. We will then move on to the ‘crown jewel’ of your Spa & Leisure Tour in Israel: the famous Dead Sea! Enjoy the most therapeutic treatments of all: a unique bathing experience on one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water – cover your entire body in mud, lie back, and enjoy the magical sensation of floating on air. You will also visit one of the area’s best wellness spas, so you can enjoy more treatments in sulfur-enriched pools. Enjoy your overnight stay in a hotel by the Dead Sea.
Day 6: Free Day Dead Sea
Today is your chance to indulge all day by the Dead Sea. Take a leisurely day off the sightseeing and relax, choosing from the spa-treatment menu those indulgences you did not get a chance to enjoy yesterday. Afterward, we will drive to Tiberias in the north, where we will stay overnight.
Day 7: Tiberias Region Tour
Our day will start in one of Israel’s Four Holy Cities. Tiberias carries a 2,000-year-old heritage on its formidable shoulders and offers treasures of antiquities like few other cities in the world. On a tour, you will enjoy copious views of the Sea of Galilee and better understand why Tiberias is such a revered historical city. The city is also a much-coveted vacation destination for locals, who head here to indulge, relax and unwind, from every corner of Israel. After Tiberias, we will move on to Rosh Pina, a charming town renowned for its great restaurants, cafés, and art galleries. A settlement initially founded by a group of ultra-orthodox Hews in the late 1800s, Rosh Pina was intended as an agricultural project, one of the first modern farming settlements ever created in Israel. After feasting on local culinary specialties in Rosh Pina, we’ll head to the Spa Hotel Mitzpe Hayamim, a luxury establishment that’s revered for home-growing the organic plants used in their therapeutic treatments. Enjoy a lavender or jasmine-infused treatment at your leisure or join a revitalizing fitness class. Alternatively, you could also enjoy a winery tour: the region is renowned for producing some of the best drops in all of Israel! Return to your Tiberias hotel for overnight accommodation.
Day 8: Golan Heights
This morning, we will head up to the Golan Heights to soak up magnificent views from Mount Bental. Vistas from here are all-encompassing, taking in swaths of landscapes that stretch all the way to Syria. We will then head to one of the most prominent wineries of the region, the acclaimed Golan Heights Winery. Here, you’ll have the privilege of tasting some of the finest wine (and liqueur) in the entire country, directly for the aged barrels. Discover the marvel that is Israel viticulture before returning to Tiberias for another brilliant night’s stay.
Day 9: Delights of the Western Coast
In the morning, we will drive to the Old Market and Knight’s Hall of Acre (Akko), an ancient small town known for its well-preserved old city walls and considered the Crusader’s Capital in the North. You might like to visit the amazing Treasures in the Walls Ethnographic Museum, which depicts life, as it was, from Ottoman times to the turn of the 20th century. For even more visual delights, we will head up further into the Carmel Mountains, where we’ll soak up all-encompassing vistas of Haifa, followed by a visit to the exquisite Baha’i Gardens, also affectionately known as the Hanging Gardens of Haifa. We will then continue on the coastal road to Caesarea, an ancient city built by King Herod the Great over 2000 years ago. Caesarea served as a key Mediterranean transport hub for centuries and the historic port, along with its nearby national park, is an outstanding highlight to discover. The park houses a Roman amphitheater and hippodrome once used for chariot racing, which you’ll explore on a walking tour. We will continue south for overnight accommodations in Tel Aviv.
Day 10: Carmel Market Culinary Tour
This morning will be all about a different kind of indulgence: the culinary kind! On today’s wellness menu of highlights that are so good for you is a visit to the Carmel Market, undoubtedly the most popular bazaar in Tel Aviv. First, you’ll enjoy a tasting tour of all the local specialties for which this market is renowned, before taking an immersive Mediterranean cooking class. After all, taking home new recipes from Israel means your visit will continue long after this week is over! Enjoy another overnight stay in bustling Tel Aviv!
Day 11: Free Day Tel Aviv
Enjoy a free day in Tel Aviv doing whatever takes your fancy: relax by the beach, squeeze in a stint of fabulous souvenir shopping, and, if there’s still room, feast on more of Tel Aviv’s gastronomic delights. The last night of your Spa & Leisure Tour in Israel will be in Tel Aviv.
Day 12: Departure Day
After a thoroughly relaxing, refreshing, and enlightening vacation, we will transport you to the airport for your flight home. At Mazada Tours, we thank you for planning your unforgettable Spa & Leisure Tour in Israel with us and eagerly await your next visit!