With this round trip tour you will explore Israel from a historical, religious, human, geopolitical and culinary perspective, while enjoying the amazing biodiversity and changing landscapes that this tiny country has to offer.
You will stay in hotels in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and the Sea of Galilee and you will tour sites with different guides.
The itinerary below can be customized to your wishes, we have a list of options for day tours to look at.
If you are interested we will be happy to schedule a video meeting with you to hear about your preferences and for you to learn about the local peculiarities and to avoid them having a negative influence on your trip.
A word from travelers that did a tour with us.
DAY 1 – Arrival, Caesarea, Nazareth
Your guide will be waiting for you at Ben-Gurion Airport, the largest international airport in Israel and the main gateway to the country.
About an hour drive from Tel Aviv, on the Mediterranean coast, you will visit the ancient amazing port city of Caesarea. Judea’s port city was built over 2000 years ago by King Herod. We walk through the ancient theater, the Crusader city and the fantastic aqueduct. We won’t skip the famous “Pilate stone”.
On the way we will stop in Nazareth, a unique city with Christian legacy, a Muslim majority and located in the Jewish state. World renowned as the childhood home of Jesus, Nazareth is the largest Arab city in Israel, and an important site for pilgrims and tourists, coming to visit the Basilica of the Annunciation. A bustling mini-metropolis, Nazareth offers shop-lined thoroughfares, stone-paved alleys lined with Ottoman-era mansions, and in recent years, has been reinventing itself as a sophisticated cultural and culinary destination. Everything in Nazareth is open for business on Shabbat (Saturday) and its friendly vibe and stunning location, right in the middle of the Lower Galilee.
You will be sleeping two nights in a De Luxe room with view of Sea of Galilee The Scotts luxury spa hotel in Tiberias, where you will also have dinner.
DAY 2 – Capernaum, Birkat Ram, Mount Bental, Jeep Tour, Golan Heights Winery
From the desert and the Jordan Valley you continue into the Galilee and visit Capernaum, Jesus Home Town and center of His ministry. Visit the remains of Peter’s house, the Synagogue where Jesus taught the multitude about the Bread of Life.
Birkat Ram is a large, lake that is located in the crater of a dormant volcano. It is located in a Druze area of the Golan Heights.
Mount Bental, another dormant volcano, is a popular mountain peak, with great panoramic views over Syria. On top you find a now disused Israeli army out-post and it was one of the locations of heavy fighting during the 1973 Yom Kippur war and an excellent location to learn more about geopolitics if you are curious about the Arab-Israeli conflict and military battles.
Golan Heights Jeep Tour
From kibbutz Merom Golan, the first Israeli community established in the Golan Heights you will experience a two hour Geopolitical Jeep Tour crossing Quneitra valley and see the backyard of the kibbutz and the way we live here.
Private Wine Tasting
A private tour telling the story of the Golan Heights Winery in Qatzrin, its vineyards and region, philosophy and different processes of winemaking, a visit in the oak barrel cellar.
A professional tasting session, featuring a wide variety of our high-quality wines, accompanied by a variety of boutique Golan Heights cheeses.
DAY 3 – Arbel, Bet Shean, St. George Monastery
Close to Migdal/Magdala is the National Park of Arbel, also the name of a vertical cliff towering magnificently over the Sea of Galilee and looking out towards the Golan Heights and Mt Hermon. It received the preservation status as a National park because of its diversity of habitats it contains and its fascinating heritage sites and antiquities found at Arbel. These sites include the Arbel Fortress and the impressive cave village, where historic battles were fought during the days of King Herod (2000 years ago).
Next is a visit to Bet She’an National Park with its spectacular ruins of the glory that was the Roman and Byzantine city of Bet She’an. Rising above them is the high mound on which Biblical Bet She’an stood. Here King Saul’s body was presented on the walls of the Philistine town. This city was ruined in a huge earthquake 749 A.D but restoration work makes it alive again.
Saint George Monastery
Continue south through the Jordan Valley and end the day by overlooking the Wadi Qelt and the Judean Desert. St. George Orthodox Monastery, or Monastery of St. George of Choziba, a monastery located in Wadi Qelt, in the eastern West Bank. The sixth-century cliff-hanging complex, with its ancient chapel and gardens, is active and inhabited by Eastern Orthodox monks.
You will be sleeping two nights in a garden room in Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem’s Finest, and most Fashionable Lifestyle Hotel, uniquely located at the junction between Jerusalem of old and new, the perfect location for a luxury stay in Jerusalem.
DAY 4 – Masada, Dead Sea (Ein Bokek Vert Hotel), Qumran (optional)
After driving through the Judean Desert you will reach the lowest place on earth, the Dead Sea, at 430 meters below sea level, where we continue until Masada. This World Heritage site will tell us the story of the Judean kingdom’s sad ending while we overlook the Judean wilderness, the Dead sea and the mountains in Jordan. We will start by understanding the area’s geography and topography and then hop on the cableway for the 400 meter ascension to the Masada mountain top. Explore the two main historical eras when Masada was inhabited and learn about King Herod and the great Jewish revolt.
After Masada we continue south to Ein Bokek and visit the Vert Hotel where you can use a heated saltwater pool, two jacuzzi pools, a wet and dry sauna and a sulfur pool.
The hotel gym equipped with advanced facilities as well, but the main reason for this visit is to float in the Dead Sea.
It is optional to stay and relax using the hotel facilities. If not we will visit Qumran and the settlement of the first century sect known as the Essenes, the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
DAY 5 – Jerusalem Old City, Mount Zion, Western Wall Tunnels
Western Wall – remnant of the retaining wall that enclosed the Second Temple which was destroyed in the year 70. To see the rest of the wall’s 583 meters awaits you will go deep beneath the Old City in the Western Wall Tunnels, an incomparable foray into Jerusalem’s archeological past.
Temple Mount – The location of the two Jewish Temples, the head quarters of the European Christian Crusaders and now of the Al Aqsa Mosque and Golden Dome of The Rock Shrine.
Via Dolorosa – the path that Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion
Holy Sepulcher – the Church that commemorates the hill of crucifixion and the tomb of Christ’s burial
Cardo – part of Jerusalem’s colonnaded main street 1500 years ago
Broad Wall – section of the 1st temple wall, built by King Hezekiah over 2700 years ago
One of the Old City’s eight gates, the Zion Gate, connects Mount Zion to the Old City. Zion is one of the Bibles earliest names for Jerusalem, mentioned in the Bible when David first established the city as his capital. The Tomb of David on Mount Zion has been a place of pilgrimage for centuries. In another part of this ancient complex is the Upper Room, the place of the Last Supper.
Across from it is the Dormition Abbey, built in 1898, where Catholic tradition marks the Assumption of Mary.
In Tel Aviv you will check in to the The Drisco. A luxury 5-star hotel, situated in a beautifully renovated historic building in the center of the picturesque and pastoral American – German colony which was established in 1866
DAY 6 – Tel Aviv Bike and Tasting Tour
Your guide is waiting for you at the hotel for a bicycle tour.
Tel Aviv is a perfect city for biking, visiting the different neighborhoods, enjoying Bauhaus architecture in the White City, the central part of Tel Aviv, which is a UNESCO Heritage site.
On this tour you visit:
Sarona (19th century German Templers Settlement)
The Tachana (First Railway Station)
Florentine (Tel Aviv’s Bohemian/Hipster neighborhood)
Your lunch will be at the famous and busy Carmel Market, which is connected to the Yemenite Quarter, one of the oldest neighborhoods of Tel Aviv. Now it is home to people of all ethnicities, but it has retained a unique, village-within-a-city feel with narrow, cobble stone streets lined by small houses . It has often been praised as Tel Aviv’s coolest hangout place.
A tour of smelling and tasting Middle Eastern delicacies like kibe, sabich, Druze pita with labneh and tabbouleh, falafel and malabi desert.
DAY 7 – Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport
A driver will pick you up from your hotel and bring you to Ben Gurion National Airport.
Airport authorities advice to come to the airport 4 hours before departure.
You will be picked up 4.30h before your flight departure.
Included in this tour
Meet and greet on arrival with escort through customs to tour guide
5 days with private driving guide
1 day bike tour with private guide , inc. bike rental and inc. food tour (lunch)
2 nights accommodation Sea of Galilee on HB basis
4 nights accommodation Jerusalem on BB basis
4 nights accommodation Tel Aviv on BB basis
Entrance fees to above mentioned sites
1 x Private wine tasting
1 x lunch at Vert Hotel Dead Sea
2 hour private jeep tour
Transfer Tel Aviv hotel to Ben Gurion International Airport
Any tour not mentioned in the program.
Lunches & Dinners where not mentioned.
All kinds of tips for guides and driver.