5 Days Tour of Israel

Day 1 – Northward by the Coastline
Day 2 – Upper Galilee and the Golan Heights
Day 3 – Along the Jordan River to the Dead Sea
Day 4 – Ein Gedi Oasis and Masada  
Day 5 – Jerusalem, a holy city for 3 religions

   

Day 1 – Northward, alongside the Mediterranean 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 and an important city for many centuries to come

Drive to Haifa, up Mount Carmels top to the panoramic lookout over Haifa and its bay, Galilee and the magnificent Baha'i Gardens

Drive to Acre (Akko) and walk through the streets and alleys of the Crusaders world (underground) and the Ottomans (Turks) and the Arabic Old City (above ground)

Drive westward across Galilee to Tiberias.

Overnight in a Tiberias (or nearby) hotel.

 

Day 2 – Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights

Drive alongside the Sea of Galilee and make our first stop at Mount of the Beatitudes, a Catholic church that commemorates the famous "Sermon on the Mount" (Mat. 5-6).

Downhill, we drive shortly to Tabgha and visit two churches there, one commemorates the "Miracle of the Multiplication of the Fishes and Loaves" and the other one is Peter's Primacy also known as Menza (table) Christi.

After lunch break (St. Peter fish and some Pita bread…) we visit Capernaum, the ruins of Kfar Nahum, home base for Jesus, by the lake, presenting the reconstructed remains of the largest ancient synagogue ever found in the Middle East and Peter's House.

Drive across 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 (famous heroic battlefield in the 1973 war) and Syria

Drive southward on Golan’s plateau and stop at the Peace Vista, one of the most breathtaking viewpoints in Israel

Drive down the slopes of the Golan Heights on a winding breathtaking road to "the 3 countries' (Israel, Syria and Jordan) meeting point" and then further down to the Jordan Valley

Overnight in Tiberias or nearby

 

Day 3 – Along the Jordan River to the Dead Sea

Drive southward by the Jordan River's bank (the border with Jordan) to Beth Sha'an

Visit the impressive ruins of the land of Israel's eastern gate

Continue driving through the Jordan valley, bypassing Jericho towards the Dead Sea

By the lake, visit Kumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found

Drive further down south to Kibbutz Ein Gedi

Overnight at Ein Gedi’s guesthouse, located in an amazing desert environment and landscape

 

 

Day 4 – Ein Gedi Oasis and Masada  

A short hike through the famous Ein-Gedi oasis, dipping in the waterfall pools (summer), hopefully meet some protected wildlife  

Drive shortly to Masada – mount up by the 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)  

Drive to Jerusalem for overnight

 

Day 5 – Jerusalem, a holy city for 3 religions

Start with Mount Scopus lookout over the Judean desert

Continue to Mount of Olives for a panoramic viewpoint over Jerusalem

Drive down to the church of Agony at Gethsemane, by Judgment Valley

Drive to the Old City and walk into it through Jaffa gate to the Christian Quarter

Visit the church of the Holy Sepulcher and walk through the Via Dolorosa (partly) and the local marketplace (Bazar, Shook),

Continue walking in the Muslim Quarter to get to the Wailing (Western) Wall

Walk through the Jewish Quarter back to Jaffa Gate

 

 

For a more Jewish oriented tour:

 

Day 2 – Upper Galilee and the Golan Heights

Drive to Tzfat (Safed) and walk through the alleys of the Jewish "Shtetle" and the Kabala hometown

Drive northward to Metulla, the northern town in Israel, located on the border with Lebanon, overlooking to Hezbollah land 

Drive across 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 (famous heroic battlefield in the 1973 war) and Syria

Drive southward on Golan’s plateau and stop at the Peace Vista, one of the most breathtaking viewpoints in Israel

Drive down the slopes of the Golan Heights on a winding breathtaking road to "the 3 countries' (Israel, Syria and Jordan) meeting point" and then further down to the Jordan Valley

Overnight in Tiberias or nearby

 

Day 5 – Jerusalem, a holy city for 3 religions

Start with Mount Scopus lookout over the Judean desert

Continue to Mount of Olives for a panoramic viewpoint over Jerusalem

Drive to the Israeli side of Jerusalem and visit the Museum of Israel (mainly the Shrine of the Book and the miniature model of ancient Jerusalem) or Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum

Drive to the Old City and walk into it through Jaffa Gate to the Christian Quarter

Visit the church of the Holy Sepulcher and walk through the local marketplace (Bazar, Shook),

Continue walking in the Muslim Quarter to get to the Wailing (Western) Wall

Walk through the Jewish Quarter back to Jaffa Gate

 

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