12 Day Classic Israel Group Tour

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Experience the Best of Israel's Jewish & Christian Sites in 12 Days! Learn about Israel's modern journey, tour the Mediterranean coast, explore Masada, float in the Dead Sea, and tour both the Old and New Holy City of Jerusalem.

Day 1 Wednesday (Assist & Transfer)

WELCOME TO HOLY ISRAEL!

Assistance at Ben Gurion Airport

After clearing passport control a Shalom Israel Tours representative will be waiting to welcome you, assist with your luggage, and escort you to your waiting chauffeur.

Arrive in Tel Aviv

Stretching along a beautiful beach strip of the Mediterranean Sea, 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: Tel Aviv Hotel Options

Day 2 Thursday

ESTABLISHING ISRAEL – A NATION IS BORN

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 original hall serves as a museum that tells the captivating story of Israel’s Declaration of Independence.

Latrun Police Station & Tank Museum

Numerous significant battles took place here during the 1948 War of Independence. In 1967, it was finally liberated from Jordanian rule during the Six Day War.

Underground Bullet Factory Museum

This secret factory was established by the Haganah in 1945. While it appeared as a Kibbutz laundry facility above ground, below the laundry machines was an underground facility working to produce two million bullets in preparation of the War of Independence.

Beit Guvrin Cave Exploration

Tour the ruins of important towns from the First Temple and Roman periods. In addition to the archaeological artifacts, enjoy the distinctive caves carved out of the ground for chalk. Enter beautifully decorated burial caves and see mosaics, public baths, and homes.

Overnight: Tel Aviv Hotel Options

Day 3 Friday

TEL AVIV – THE MODERN CITY

The Diaspora Museum

This museum at Tel Aviv university houses displays from the days of the Second Temple to the present day. Explore Jewish identity via the six “gates” of family, community, faith, culture, the Jewish people among the nations, and the return to the land of Israel.

Rabin Square & Memorial

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

Old Jaffa Port & Market

Built 4,000 years ago, the Jaffa Port is the oldest in the world. Today, the old picturesque buildings and narrow alleyways are home to artists’ studios and quaint restaurants. At the colorful market, vendors hawk everything from antiques and fabrics to second-hand junk.

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, cafes and cultural centers.

Nachlat Binyamin Arts & Crafts Fair

The first and biggest of its kind in Israel, this average street comes alive every Friday. Displaying Israeli-made crafts, jewelry, home décor and art, all goods on display are hand made and sold by the artists, making a visit to this market a memorable experience.

 Overnight: Tel Aviv Hotel Options

Day 4 Saturday (Free Day)

TEL AVIV – FREE DAY AT LEISURE

Tel Aviv – Jaffa Promenade

On a beautiful day, nothing beats a walk along the beach. The Promenade runs the entire length of the city (14 kilometers), from southern Jaffa to the northern Tel Aviv Port. Whether you walk the whole thing or just go for a leisurely stroll through certain segments, you’ll have the cool sea breeze and views of the Mediterranean and Tel Aviv skyline.

The Tel Aviv North Port

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

Overnight: Tel Aviv Hotel Options

Day 5 Sunday

ISRAEL’S COAST – ANCIENT PORTS

Ancient City of Caesarea Ruins

The Caesarea National Park contains the remains of a prestigious port city established by Herod the Great, which flourished during the Byzantine period. Visit the Roman Amphitheatre, the Hippodrome horse racing arena, and the impressive Roman Aqueducts.

Megiddo National Park

Get ready to learn about one of the most fascinating cities in the Middle East, where Egyptian, Assyrian and Israeli leaders have all fought for control. Dating back near 5,000 years you learn about this important site while enjoying views of the Lower Galilee.

Druze Villages of Daliat el-Carmel

The Druze, an ethnic group that split off from Islam approximately 1,000 years ago, has played an active role in supporting Israel since its founding. Learn about the history of Druze culture and its cuisine on a visit to a village in the beautiful Carmel region.

Mount Carmel Lookout Point

We’ll end our day by standing atop Mount Carmel for a lovely view of the Haifa Bay…

Dinner & Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi Hotel, Southern Galilee

Day 6 Monday

THE GOLAN HEIGHTS & TZFAT – BATTLEFIELDS & KABALLAH

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, and a mystical atmosphere.

Golan Magic Welcome Center

Here the Golan comes alive. View a state-of-the-art model, complete with light and sound effects, and a film documenting its history on a 180 degree panoramic screen. This is a great way to deepen your knowledge about the Golan Heights in a fun atmosphere.

Golan Heights Winery Tour & Taste

Located high in the planes of the Golan in the small, ancient town of Katzrin, you will find this famous winery that exports to over 25 different countries. Take part in a tour and wine tasting to learn how the Yarden, Gamla, Mount Hermon and Golan lines are produced.

Dinner & Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi Hotel, Southern Galilee

Day 7 Tuesday

THE SEA OF GALILEE & JORDAN VALLEY – ASCEND TO JERUSALEM

Village of Nazareth

After breakfast we’ll start our day 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.

Sea of Galilee & Capernaum National Park

Visit the remains of a Second Temple period fishing village and imagine the lives of those who lived 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.

Mount of Beatitudes

The Mount of Beatitudes sits on a hilltop at the northern point of the Sea of Galilee, this is where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount.  A Byzantine church was erected near the current site in the 4th century, and it was used until the 7th century.

Ancient Beit Alfa Synagogue

Built during the Byzantine era, this excavated synagogue is most well-known for its miraculously well preserved mosaic filled with intricate artistic detail. The mosaic vividly portrays the Binding of Isaac, the Zodiac, and the Temple of Jerusalem.

Ascend to Holy Jerusalem

Welcome to the holiest city in the world! Here you will touch the Western Wall, walk through the diverse and beautiful streets of “new” Jerusalem, and enjoy the city’s sounds, smells, and tastes; experience the people of Jerusalem, their diversity and vibrant culture.

Overnight: Jerusalem Hotel Options

Day 8 Wednesday

JERUSALEM’S OLD CITY – THE ETERNAL CAPITAL

Mount of Olives

Located on the eastern slopes of the Jerusalem mountains, near the Temple Mount, this peak is named after the olive trees that covered its grounds in biblical times. Today, camel rides, monasteries and ancient tombstones dot these scenic slopes.

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 historical landmarks.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Located in the Old City’s Christian Quarter, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is the holiest site in Christian faith. It is here that Jesus was crucified and later buried. At the center of the church is the Stone of Unction, the location where Jesus’ body was prepared for burial.

King David’s Tomb

Located on Mount Zion in a 1,000-year-old building, people come here to pay tribute to the great King David, who is most notably famous for composing the Book of Psalms and establishing a unified capital for Israel. A medieval tradition places his tomb at this location.

Last Supper Room

Visit the Last Supper Room, built in commemoration of the Last Supper shared by Jesus and his disciples the night before his crucifixion. Though the room is mostly empty, it does have some decorations dating back to the Ottoman period.

Bethlehem and Rachel’s Tomb

Next we’ll see Bethlehem, the place of the birth of Jesus in the Grotto of the Nativity.  Also in Bethlehem is the tomb of Rachel, a symbol of hope for the Jewish people, as she was childless for many years, but ultimately became the atriarch of the Jewish people.

Overnight: Jerusalem Hotel Options

Day 9 Thursday

UNITED JERUSALEM – THE NEW CITY

Israel’s Parliament Building

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.

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, and artifacts, this museum embodies one crucial message: Never again.

Mount Herzl National Memorial

A burial place for prominent Zionist figures such as Theodore Herzl, Golda Meir and Yitzhak Rabin, here you will also find an expansive military cemetery; one quite full for a country so young. The loss of the soldiers who fought for the land of Israel is palpable.

Israel Museum & Dead Sea Scrolls

This museum is the largest cultural institution in 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.

Old City Dinner & 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, Turks and others, as they tried to overtake Jerusalem. This show is simply “Spectacular.”

Overnight: Jerusalem Hotel Options

Day 10 Friday

THE JUDEAN DESERT – KING HEROD’S FORTRESS

Qumran Dead Sea Scroll Caves

Learn about the Dead Sea Scrolls and the people who wrote them when you explore the Qumran National Park. Marvel at the table-like structures that are said to have been used to write the scrolls, the ritual baths and the caves where the scrolls were discovered in 1947.

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 & Mud Experience

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.

The Kotel (The Western Wall) – evening suggestion

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: Jerusalem Hotel Options

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 suggestions

Here you’ll find all the character-filled restaurants, shops, street vendors, and street performances you could ask for. Sip a latte at one of Ben Yehuda’s many sidewalk cafes, grab a delicious, chocolate fro-yo, invest in some Judaica, and relax!

Mamilla Pedestrian Pavilion

This stunning pavilion features renovated 19th century buildings, street performances, and a selection of designer shops and world-leading brands. Interspersed throughout are elegant cafes, chic restaurants and rooftop lounges for your dining pleasure.

Overnight: Jerusalem Hotel Options

Day 12 Sunday (Airport Transfer)

FAREWELL FOR NOW…WE’LL MISS YOU!

Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport…Bye!

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HOTELS INCLUDED

Enjoy your stay at some of Israel’s finest hotels

  • 4 nights hotel in Tel Aviv, The Modern City
  • 2 nights Kibbutz Lavi Hotel, Northern Israel
  • 5 nights hotel in the Holy City of Jerusalem

SERVICES INCLUDED

Ensuring that your visit is easy, comfortable, and fun!

  • Welcome Assist at Ben Gurion Airport
  • Arrival & Departure Airport 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

Get a taste of authentic Israeli cuisine

  • Daily Breakfast Buffet at each Hotel
  • Nightly Dinners at the Kibbutz Lavi Hotel
  • Jerusalem Old City Restaurant Dinner

Pricing Below is per Person, Double Occupancy. Contact Us for Single & Triple Rates & Children Discounts! Also Discounts for Groups of 6 or more!

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Tel AvivPrima HotelDan PanoramaCarlton HotelThe Dan Tel Aviv
Northern IsraelKibbutz LaviKibbutz LaviKibbutz Lavi DLXKibbutz Lavi DLX
JerusalemPrima RoyalDan PanoramaInbal JerusalemThe King David
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