10 Days tour in Israel

Adding more sites and attractions along the tour

Day 1 – Jaffa and Tel Aviv
Day 2 – Northward by the Coastline
Day 3 – Crossing Jezreel Valley and Galile
Day 4 – Upper Galilee
Day 5 – The Golan Heights
Day 6 – By the Jordan River to the Dead Sea
Day 7 – Ein Gedi Oasis, Masada & the Dead Sea  
Day 8 – Crossing Negev desert
Day 9 – Jerusalem, a holy city for 3 religions
Day 10 – Old and new in Jerusalem 

Day 1 – Jaffa and Tel Aviv

  • Drive shortly to Jaffa and stroll through the alleys of the old city, the galleries and the old port 
  • Back to Tel Aviv – stroll through the first Jewish neighborhood out of Jaffa called Neve Tzedek – continue to Rothschild Avenue where Tel Aviv started and its "White City architecture" – the pedestrian moll of Nachalat Benyamin where craftsmen present their works – the famous Carmel market – back to your hotel in Tel Aviv for overnight 

 

Day 2 – Northward by the Coastline

  • Check out from Tel Aviv and drive to Caesarea – visit the impressive ruins of one of the largest Roman ports in the ancient world
  • Drive to Acre (Akko) and walk through the streets and alleys of the Crusaders world (underground) and the Ottomans (Turks) and Muslim old town (up ground)
  • Drive further north to Rosh Hanikra, the marine caverns by the border with Lebanon
  • Drive to Haifa for an overnight on top of Mount Carmel

 

Day 3 – Crossing Jezreel Valley and Galilee

  • Start our day walking to the panoramic lookout over Haifa and its bay, Galilee and the magnificent Baha'i gardens
  • Drive along Carmel's watershed to Muchraka Monastery where (by tradition) Prophet Elijah had the famous contest with prophets of Ba'al and another amazing viewpoint from the monastery's rooftop
  • Drive down to Jezreel Valley and visit Tel (archeological hill) Megiddo (Armageddon!)
  • Drive to Nazareth to visit the Church of Annunciation and lunch
  • Continue driving to Tzippori (Sepphoris), the ancient capital of Galilee and its amazing mosaic floors
  • Drive westward across Galilee mountains to Tiberias.
  • Overnight in a hotel in Tiberias or around the Sea of Galilee.  

 

Day 4 – Upper Galilee

  • Drive to Tzfat (Safed) and walk through the alleys of  the Jewish "Shteitle" and the "kabala" hometown
  •  Drive northward to Tel Dan – walk through the nature reserve and the ancient ruins of the biblical town called Dan (Laish)
  • Drive to Misgav-am, a Kibbutz by the border with Lebanonoverlooking to the "Hezbollah land" 
  • Stop at Manara Cliffs viewpoint over Hula valley – a cable car ride to the valley (optional)
  • Drive back to the Sea of Galilee and visit (time permitting)Capernaum ("Jesus Town")
  • Drive back to Tiberias for overnight

 

Day 5 – The Golan Heights

  • Drive northward through Hula valley to Banias – an easy hike through the nature reserve with one of Israel's main sources of water and the impressive ruins of Caesarea Phillipos
  • Drive up to Golan Heights under the slopes of Mount Hermon
  • Drive shortly to Mount  Bental (a non active volcano) lookout over "the Valley of Tears" and Syria
  • Drive to one of the boutique wineries on the Golan Heights
  • Drive to Hippos ("Soussita") and walk through the amazing ruins that are still being excavated
  • Drive to Kibbutz Kfar-Haruv, overnight in the luxurious wooden country lodges by the Peace Vista, one of the most breathtaking viewpoints in Israel (if not available we stay another night in Tiberias)

 

Day 6 –  By the Jordan River to the Dead Sea

  • Drive down the Golan Heights' slopes on a breathtaking road to"The 3 countries' (Israel, Syria and Jordan) meeting point"  over the Jordan Valley
  • Drive southward by the Jordan River's bank (the border with Jordan) to Beth She'an and visit the impressive ruins of  Land of Israel's eastern gate
  • Continue driving through the Jordan valley, bypassing Jerichotowards the Dead Sea
  • By the lake, visit Kumran, where the Dead sea Scrolls were found
  • Drive further down south to Kibbutz Ein Gedi's guesthouse located in an amazing desert environment and landscape

 

Day 7 – Ein Gedi Oasis, Masada & the Dead Sea  

  • A short hike through the famous Ein-Gedi oasis, dipping in the waterfalls pools, hopefully meet some protected wildlife   
  • Drive shortly to Masada – mount up by a cable car to the top and  visit the famous cliff\fortress
  • Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at the Ein Gedi's hot springs for the famous Dead Sea experience (mud, float)  
  • Overnight at the Ein Gedi guesthouse (dinner included)  

 

Day 8 – Crossing Negev desert

  • Drive southward to Hatzeva to visit an ancient station of theCaravans Route
  • Turn westward and drive up to Akrabim Cross for an amazing lookout over Arava valley and Negev
  • Continue westward to cross the "Large Crater (Makhtesh Gadol)"
  • Drive up to the top of Mount Avnon for a breathtaking lookout over the crater
  • Continue to Kibbutz Sedeh Boker to visit the old and simple hut that was the residence (now a small museum) of Israel's  first prime minister, "the founder of the state", David Ben Gurion
  • Start our journey back from the desert by driving northward to Beit Guvrin to visit (time permitting) the impressive caverns
  • Drive to Jerusalem for overnight

 

Day 9 – Jerusalem, a holy city for 3 religions

  • Start our day by driving to Mount of Olives, a panoramic viewpoint over  Jerusalem
  • Drive down to Gethsemane and Judgment valley
  • Walk across Judgment Valley (Biblical Kidron Valley) to the City of David, "where it all begun…"
  • A full tour (2-3 hours!) at the amazing site, partly underground in ancient tunnels ending under Robinson's Arch by the Western Wall!
  • Continue to the traditional part of the Wailing (Western) Wall
  • Walk through the Muslim Quarter and the Christian quarter to visitthe Church of the Holy Sepulcher
  • Continue through  the marketplace ("Shook", Bazaar) to theJewish Quarter
  • Overnight in Jerusalem

 

Day 10 – Old and new in Jerusalem 

  • A short walk to Mishkenot Sha'ananim and Yemin Moshe, the first to Jewish neighborhoods out of the city walls, a great lookout by the famous windmill
  • Yad-Vashem, the Holocaust Museum
  • Visit the Museum of Israel, especially the Shrine of the Book (all about the Dead Sea Scrolls) and "the Second Temple period's"miniature model of Jerusalem

 

 

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