Encounter a land of transcendent beauty and belief, history and hospitality, engaging all your senses in this extraordinary destination with a small group limited to 24 travelers. The 12-day journey begins in Tel Aviv, Israel’s cultural capital, where touring includes the “White City” district of distinctive Bauhaus architecture – a UNESCO site, and the nearby ancient port of Jaffa. Journeying up the coast, tour Caesarea’s Roman ruins and experience the unique Ein Hod artists’ community. Overnight at a hotel on the grounds of a kibbutz in Galilee’s hills, visiting a local winery and Capernaum’s ruins. Staying at a historic hotel on the Sea of Galilee’s shores, see the New Testament come to life at key biblical sites: Tiberias, the Mount of Beatitudes, and Nazareth. After lunch at a dairy farm, visit Safed, center of Jewish mysticism. A five-night stay at the legendary King David Jerusalem Hotel in Jerusalem, the “City of Gold,” follows. On a Dead Sea excursion, explore Qumran’s Dead Sea Scrolls caves; see Masada’s ruins – a UNESCO site; and float on the storied lake. Return to Jerusalem, where visits to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Western Wall’s tunnels offer travel highlights. Absorb the New City’s multicultural flavor, and tour the moving Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial. In picturesque Ein Karem, enjoy an ethnic cooking class. An Old City walking tour reveals this treasured UNESCO site, followed by a tour of the expansive Israel Museum. Discover stunning “rose-red” Petra and Amman with an optional 5-day/4-night post-tour Jordan extension.
Day 1: Depart U.S. for Tel Aviv, Israel
Day 2: Arrive Tel Aviv
Day 3: Tel Aviv
Day 4: Tel Aviv/Upper Galilee
Day 5: Mount Bental/Tiberias
Day 6: Tiberias/Nazareth
Day 7: Tiberias/Jerusalem
Day 8: Jerusalem/Masada/Dead Sea
Day 9: Jerusalem
Day 10: Jerusalem
Day 11: Jerusalem/Old City
Day 12: Depart Tel Aviv for U.S.
***Itinerary and price subject to change until brochure publication***