12 Day Deluxe Tour – What Will I Experience?

5 star deluxe hotels, 12 tourists max guaranteed, luxury tour minibus, iconic tour sites!

Day 1 Wednesday

WELCOME TO HOLY ISRAEL! (VIP Assist & Chauffeur)                                                                                                             

VIP Welcome at Ben Gurion Airport

After landing, a Shalom Israel Tours representative will be waiting to welcome you as you exit the plane. Your party will be transported in a private vehicle to the flight staff passport control, continue to luggage identification and transfer to your luxury chauffeured vehicle.

Welcome Transfer to Tel Aviv

Stretching along a beautiful beach strip of the Mediterranean Sea for 100 years, Tel Aviv is considered the face of modern Israel. Nicknamed “The White City” for its abundance of Bauhaus style architecture, Tel Aviv was declared a UNESCO World Heritage City in 2003. 

Overnight: The Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv (5 stars)

Day 2 Thursday (Professional Guide & Vehicle)

ISRAEL’S MODERN JOURNEY

Yitzchak Rabin Center

The Yitzhak Rabin Center is the national institute established by the Knesset in 1997 that advances the legacy of the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, a path-breaking, visionary leader whose life was cut short in a devastating assassination.

Israel’s Independence Hall

On May 14th, 1948, David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the founding of the State of Israel, establishing the first Jewish state in 2,000 years. Today, the space where this occasion took place serves as a museum that tells the story of Israel’s Declaration of Independence.

Neve Tsedek Neighborhood

One of Tel Aviv’s first neighborhoods, Neve Tzedek was built in 1887. This area has housed several famous artists and writers, including Nobel Prize winner S Y Agnon. Today, Neve Tzedek is home to several boutique art galleries, independent cafes and cultural centers.

The Carmel Market

Tel Aviv’s main marketplace is the open-air Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel), located in southern Tel Aviv. Here you’ll find mounds of colorful, locally grown produce, fish, meat and more. Just wandering the aisles of the Carmel Market is a Middle Eastern experience.

Old Jaffa Port & Market

Built 4,000 years ago, the Jaffa Port is the oldest in the world. The prophet Jonah embarked on his ill-fated journey from this port, and building materials for the First and Second Temples were delivered to Jaffa. The metropolis of Tel Aviv is largely an extension of Jaffa.

Overnight: The Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv (5 stars) 

Day 3 Friday (Professional Guide & Vehicle)

TEL AVIV & OUR MODERN HERITAGE 

Palmach Multimedia Museum

Founded in 1941, the Palmach became a fully trained underground military force made up of volunteer men and women who fought to rid Palestine of the British – later merging with the IDF for Israel’s War of Independence. The Palmach’s story comes to life at this museum.

Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Established in 1932, the museum’s permanent collection contains some of the most popular artists and art movements from the first half of the twentieth century including German Expressionism, Futurism, Surrealism, Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. 

Rabin Square & Memorial

Visit the spot where the fifth Prime Minister of Israel, Yitzchak Rabin, was assassinated. The remodeled memorial square in central Tel Aviv is home to a monument dedicated in his memory. Learn about the assassination and Rabin’s resonating impact on the State of Israel.

The Tel Aviv North Port

Relax & stroll the north port, also known as the “Namal.”  The remodeled port won the European Biennial of Landscape Architecture, a prestigious European award for landscape architecture. Here you’ll find live performances, art, shopping, and great restaurants. 

Overnight: The Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv (5 stars)

Day 4 Saturday (Free Day)

TEL AVIV – FREE DAY AT LEISURE 

Day at Leisure in Tel Aviv

Visit the “Soho” of Tel Aviv and stroll Dizengoff St., Shenken St. & Rothschild Blvd. Filled with funky street vendors, boutiques and coffee shops alongside simple kiosks and local fast food stalls, Tel Aviv brings out the urban hipster in anyone who walks down these streets. 

Overnight: The Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv (5 stars) 

Day 5 Sunday (Professional Guide & Vehicle)

ISRAEL’S COAST – ANCIENT PORTS 

Ancient City of Caesarea Ruins

The Caesarea National Park contains the remains of a prestigious city established by King Herod the Great. Prepare to be amazed when you visit the mighty Roman Amphitheatre, the Hippodrome, a 20,000 seat horse racing arena, as well as the impressive Roman Aqueducts!

Atlit Museum of Clandestine Immigration

This museum captures the lives of “illegal immigrants” to Palestine during the British Mandate. Jews who fled from Nazi persecution and survived the Holocaust found themselves incarcerated by the British in camps similar to those they had fled in Europe.

Haifa Bahai Gardens Lookout

Welcome to “The Eighth Wonder of the World.” Considered the most striking landmark in Haifa, the magnificence of these gardens leaves visitors stunned. The terraced gardens are built around a religious tomb/shrine and landscaped with precision, beauty and creativity.

Acco Subterranean Crusader Halls

In the heart of the city of Akko, what was once street level is now situated eight meters below the ground. A walk through the passages of the 700-year-old Knights Hospitaller headquarters allows you to experience the Crusader city, once a strategic Roman fortress. 

Dinner & Overnight: The Mitpe HaYamin Spa Hotel, Golan Heights (5 stars)

Day 6 Monday (Professional Guide & Vehicle)

THE GOLAN & TZFAT –BATTLEFIELDS & MYSTICS 

Mitzpe Gadot Lookout

From Israel’s Independence in 1948 until the 6-Day War in 1967, Syrian troops stationed in the Golan Heights fired relentlessly on communities below. Jewish farmers plowed fields from behind tanks and children played, studied and slept inside shelters. 

Tzfat Old City & Artist Quarter

Tzfat is one of the four holy cities in Israel. It has served as a spiritual center since the 1600s, when famous Kabbalists roamed here. Tzfat awaits art lovers, soul-seekers and historians to cobblestone alleys, medieval synagogues, galleries and mystical atmosphere. 

Ancient Katzrin Talmudic Park

The ancient village of Katzrin highlights daily life in the Talmudic period. Visit an early synagogue, reconstructed homes and an olive press. View an immersive film across six screens and learn about the tools and kitchen implements mentioned in ancient Jewish law. 

Mount Bental IDF Bunker
Enjoy views of Syria from a key mountaintop location on Israel’s northern border. From the top of this dormant volcano, you will see the majestic Mount Hermon, the picturesque Druze villages of the Golan and bunkers and trenches left over from the Yom Kippur War. 

The Famous Banias Spring

Paneas (Banias) was first settled in the Hellenistic period following Alexander the Great’s conquest of the east. Later, King Herod built a temple here; the ancient remains still stand in front of the cave. After Herod’s death, his son Philip founded his capital near the Banias. 

Dinner & Overnight: The Mitpe HaYamin Spa Hotel, Golan Heights (5 stars) 

Day 7 Tuesday (Professional Guide & Vehicle)

THE SEA OF GALIEE & JORDAN RIVER VALLEY 

Capernaum National Park
Visit the remains of a Second Temple period fishing village and its synagogue, and imagine the lives of those who dwelled there. We’ll learn about the location where Jesus selected his Apostles and the modern day church that stands where the house of Peter once stood.

Cruise on the Sea of Galilee

In Tiberias, enjoy a boat ride along the crystal blue waters of Israel’s largest freshwater lake. The Sea, also known as the Kinneret, sits 209 m below sea level. It is the main source of water for drinking and agriculture in modern Israel and is a crucial natural resource. 

Nazareth Holy Sites

Next we’ll continue our tour with a short drive to Nazareth, the town where Jesus spent his childhood.  Visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, Mary’s Well and the Church of St. Gabriel.  Visit the Blessed Cave, view Mary and Joseph’s house.

Beit She’an National Park

It is here that King Saul was defeated by the Philistines in a vicious historical battle. Later, Beit She’an was reestablished as a Greek city with colonnaded streets, temples, theaters and fountains. The city was devastated by an earthquake in 749 CE; now only remnants remain.

Mount Scopus Jerusalem

End the day with a beautiful drive through the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem. We’ll stop at Mount Scopus as you enter the city to say the blessing of “Shehechiyanu” to celebrate the joyous occasion of entering the holy capital. Welcome to Jerusalem, our eternal Capital.

Overnight: The David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem (5 stars) 

Day 8 Wednesday (Professional Guide & Vehicle)

JERUSALEM’S OLD CITY – THE ETERNAL CAPITAL 

Old City Jewish Quarter
The Jewish Quarter remains one of the single most-visited spots in all of Israel. Nestled within one square kilometer of land lay millennia of ancient history. The Old City dates back to the 8th century BCE and is home to numerous landmarks of historical significance. 

Old City Christian Quarter

Take in the incredible view of the Wailing Wall on your way to the Christian Quarter. Visit the Pools of Bethesda and walk on along the Via Dolorosa, following the 14 Stations of the Cross from Pilate’s Judgment Hall to the empty tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. 

Western Wall Tunnels Tour

These famous underground tunnels contain remnants of entire rooms from the Second Temple period. At Warren’s Gate, you’ll stand just a few feet away from where the Holy Ark stood, and feel the yearning of the Jewish people for the Temple for thousands of years.

City of David Excavations

In 1004 BCE, King David conquered this city and secured the place where the Holy Temple would eventually be built by his son, King Solomon. Remaining structures such as Warren’s Shaft and the Tunnel of Siloam exhibit the intricate workings of this ancient capital city. 

The Temple Mount Sifting Operation – Just Dig It!

Be a part of the only archaeological excavation that ever took place in soil from the Temple Mount. Sift through dirt removed during construction on the site. Even the smallest piece of pottery conveys significant facts about the activities that took place on the Temple Mount.

Tower of David Night Spectacular Show

In the evening you’ll head back to the Tower of David’s rooftop to view an epic nighttime extravaganza of sight and sound, depicting the conquests of the Greeks, Romans, Crusaders, Turks and others, as they tried to overtake Jerusalem. This show is simply “Spectacular.” 

Overnight: The David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem (5 stars) 

Day 9 Thursday (Professional Guide & Vehicle)

UNITED JERUSALEM – THE NEW CITY 

Israel Museum & Dead Sea Scrolls

Founded in 1965, this is the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and one of the world’s leading art and archaeology museums. Here you will find the oldest existing biblical manuscripts in the world, the Dead Sea Scrolls, which are housed in the Shrine of the Book. 

Israeli Parliament Building – The Knesset

Visit the seat of Israel’s government since 1966. Sitting at the heart of modern Jerusalem, the Knesset is the home of the Israeli parliament with its 120 members. See Israeli democracy in action and learn about the architecture and art of the Knesset building itself. 

Jerusalem “Shuk” (Market) Tasting Tour!

With more than 250 vendors, this bustling outdoor marketplace is considered the heartbeat of central Jerusalem. Whatever you are looking for, the shuk has it: clothing, Judaica, fresh produce, meats, diamonds, restaurants – and an array of colorful characters throughout. 

Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum

In 1963, the Yad Vashem Museum was established as the world center for Holocaust research, education and commemoration. With survivor testimonies, powerful displays, artifacts and memorial gardens, this museum embodies one crucial message: Never again.

 Overnight: The David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem (5 stars)

Day 10 Friday (Professional Guide & Vehicle)
THE JUDEAN DESERT – KING HERODS FORTRESS 

Ein Gedi National Park

In the biblical period, David hid from Saul amongst the streams and canyons of Ein Gedi. Today, Ein Gedi serves as a refuge from city life and from the arid desert. Enjoy a nature walk amongst date trees, waterfalls, caves and ibex. On a hot day, cool off in the water.

Masada Mountain & Cable Car

Ride via cable car to the top of Masada and explore what remains of King Herod’s palace. See what it was like to live there as you view the preserved baths, cisterns and barracks. It was here that leader Eleazer Ben Yair kept the Roman Legion’s siege at bay for three years.

Dead Sea Float, Spa & Lunch

Yam Hamelach, literally meaning “Sea of Salt,” is 417 meters below sea level, making it the lowest place on earth. Its salty water contains unique healing properties, which, combined with the nutrient-filled mud found on its shores, creates one luxurious and healthy day.

Sunset at The Western WallEvening Recommendation

Here stand the sacred remnants of the ancient Jewish Temple. On Friday night come to the Wall and join the joyful event together with soldiers and people from all over the world dancing together in lively in celebration of Shabbat, a truly unforgettable experience. 

Overnight: The David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem (5 stars)

Day 11 Saturday (Free Day)

SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM – DAY AT LEISURE 

Shabbat Morning

Finally some time to rest!  Enjoy a morning at leisure at your hotel and relax…

Ben Yehuda Street – Evening Recommendation

Here you’ll find all the restaurants, shops, street vendors and street performances you could ever ask for. Sip a latte at one of Ben Yehuda’s many sidewalk cafes, grab a delicious frozen treat, invest in some Judaica, purchase souvenirs, and soak up the vibrant atmosphere.

Overnight: The David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem (5 stars)

Day 12 Sunday (Airport Transfer)

FAREWELL FOR NOW…WE’LL MISS YOU!

Farewell Transfer…We’ll Miss you!

Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your temporary departure from Israel…Farewell for now!

5 STAR DELUXE HOTELS

  • 4 nights at the Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv
  • 2 nights at the Mitzpe Yamim Spa, Golan Heights
  • 5 nights at the David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem

TOUR SERVICES INCLUDES

  • Guaranteed Small Groups- 12 Participants Max
  • Welcome & Assist at Ben Gurion Airport
  • Arrival & Departure Airport/Hotel Transfers
  • 8 Days Touring in an Air-Conditioned Coach
  • All Touring with a Professional Licensed Guide
  • Israel Tours Hats/Israel Maps/ Bottle Carriers
  • All Group Touring & Sites as per Tour Program

MEALS INCLUDED

  • Daily Breakfast Buffet at each Hotel
  • Nightly Dinners at Mitzpe HaYamim Hotel
  • Dead Sea Hotel Lunch Buffet & Swim

This Tours Runs:

Jerusalem$120
Jerusalem Business Class$120
Tel Aviv$120
Tel Aviv Business Class$120
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