8 Days Tour of Israel

Add a full day tour in Old Jaffa and modern Tel Aviv

Day 1 – Jaffa and Tel Aviv
Day 2 – Northward by the Coastline
Day 3 – Upper Galilee
Day 4 – The Golan Heights
Day 5 – Along the Jordan River to the Dead Sea
Day 6 – Ein Gedi Oasis and Masada  
Day 7 – Jerusalem, holy city for 3 religions
Day 8 – 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 – 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 

 

 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 Haifa, up Mount Carmel 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 Muslim old town (up ground)
  • Drive westward across Galilee to Tiberias.
  • Overnight in a Tiberias hotel.  

 

Day 3 – Upper Galilee

  • Drive to Tzfat (Safed) and walk through the alleys of  the Jewish "Shtetl" and the "kabala" hometown
  • Drive northward to Misgav-am, a Kibbutz by the border with Lebanon overlooking to the "Hezbollah land" 
  • Stop at Manara Cliffs viewpoint over Hula valley – a cable car ride to the valley (optional)
  • Drive to Tel Dan – walk through the nature reserve and the ancient remains of the important biblical town called Dan (Laish)
  • Drive back to Tiberias for overnight 

 

Day  4 – 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 Katzrin and visit the famous Golan winery (optional)
  • 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 5 – Along the Jordan River to the Dead Sea

  • 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
  • Drive southward by the Jordan River's bank (the border with Jordan) to Beth She'an
  • Visit the impressive ruins of  the 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 6 – Ein Gedi Oasis and Masada  

  • 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 with 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)  
    • Drive to Jerusalem for overnight

 

Day 7 – Jerusalem, 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 Gethsemane and Judgment valley
  • A short visit to the City of David, "where it all begun…" 
  • Walk into the Old City through Jaffa gate to the Christian Quarter
  • Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
  • Continue to the Jewish Quarter and then, through  the marketplace (Shook), to the Wailing (Western) Wall
  • Back to the hotel

 

Day 8 – Old and new in Jerusalem

  • Start at 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
  • Drive shortly to Ein Kerem, Israel's version of  "Toscana" – a picturesque landscape and possible birthplace of John The Baptist or a city tour in the Israeli side, driving by the governmental area to see the Knesset (parliament) and the Supreme Court building, walk through the popular Machneh Yehuda market and Ben Yehuda pedestrian moll 
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