Day 1: Arrive at Tel Aviv Airport: meet your guide and driver, and then Transfer to Jerusalem. On the way, you will be given a brief introduction to the area, a short explanation about the program and what you are going to experience in the coming days. Check in at one of the finest hotels in Jerusalem where you will be offered exquisite meals and refreshments as you take your time to relax after your lengthy flight. Dinner and Overnight.
Day 2: Jerusalem: After a rich breakfast our guide will meet with you at the hotel lobby and pick you up with our deluxe vehicle, ride up to the Mount of Olives where one can see an outstanding view of the Old City of Jerusalem; following a historical orientation about the sites and landscape. Proceed with your guide into the old city for the tour inside. Our well-informed guide will give you a detailed on site history of Jerusalem featuring the presence of the three monotheist religions and their standings. Lunch at a Middle Eastern Jerusalemite Restaurant featuring unique local cuisine in the Old City. While in the old city you will explore the different sites that make Jerusalem into the icon it is: the Wailing Wall in the Jewish Quarter, the Holy Sepulcher in the Christian Quarter, and the Dome of the Rock in the Moslem quarter. Our guide will also explain the history behind the architecture as you experience its aesthetic beauty as many parts of the city still supports designs of old. The wall surrounding the city will also be a tour to experience as you are able to understand the dynamics of the city and how it has evolved into what it is today passing and witnessing the different aspects of it all. Dinner will be provided by the Hotel. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 3: Jerusalem/ Mini Israel/ Tiberias: After breakfast, visit the Israel Museum for a guided tour of the Archeology wing where you will find artifacts and evidences of the different civilizations that existed in the area, distinctively covering a colorful chronology that goes back from the earliest life in the area up until the middle Ages and a bit further. This is a very interesting part of the tour because it makes everything clearer about the History of the region. This visit also involves the fine arts wing of the museum where exhibited are the different works of international and local sculptors and artists. After the enlightening tour of the museum, proceed for a nice lunch and a small pause before heading to Mini Israel. This is an exhibition park of the places in Holy Land in very miniature sculptures and models. Your guide will highlight and outline the trail in a more detailed and comprehensible way as you witness the sites where you have already visited and those where you will visit in their miniature replicas. Thereafter, you will make your way to Tiberias; a city on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee; if time permits, visiting a local winery on the way and taking a tour around the vineyard engaging in an exquisite wine tasting experience featuring a classical variety of wines which preserve the natural flavors and aroma of the local grapes. Dinner and Overnight.
Day 4: Akko/ Haifa/ Nazareth: After breakfast, drive and visit Akko city (also known as Acre), known to have served as the main port to the Holy Land during the middle ages, and situated in the Western Galilee on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. As one of the oldest continuously inhabited sites in the world, Akko today remains to be an important location, linking the waterways and commercial activity with the Levant (the Eastern Mediterranean between Anatolia also known as Asia Minor and Egypt). Then on to Haifa to visit the famous Bah’i Gardens which give the city an iconic sense of beauty and majesty. The Terraces of the Bahá’í Faith, also known as the Hanging Gardens of Haifa, are garden terraces around the Shrine of Bab on Mount Carmel in Haifa. Later; on move to the Stella Maris Monastery which is located on the slopes of Mount Carmel in Haifa and famous for being a centre for Carmelite spirituality throughout the world. Lunch in Haifa. After the good meal and refreshing drinks, head to Nazareth, known internationally for the Basilica of Annunciation. Explore the massive church of two big floors, and the area around it featuring art works of the Virgin Mary from all around the world. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.
Day 5: Tiberias: After breakfast, drive to Capernaum on the northern bank of the Sea of Galilee. This ancient city now controlled by the Franciscan Church and the Greek Orthodox Church, was once a town where Jesus Christ lived and where some of his apostles did as well. In what remains of that town are the ruins of two synagogues built one over the other and both from the 1st Century, and also a Greek Orthodox structure that stands over what is believed to be the house of Peter the Apostle. After that, take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee. This is a great experience that allows one to fully see the landscapes that surround the lake and helps one relax. For Christians and Jews this is also a religious experience as this is where Jesus walked on water and where Miriam the Prophetess caused a spring to appear. Disembark at Ein Gev Kibbutz for a relaxing lunch at the very opposite shore to the shore of Tiberias. This remarkable place lives off the land and resort that they own, and everything they offer in nutriment is fresh and is product of the collective farm itself. Head back to Tiberias and visit the diamond Showroom for a viewing of the best diamonds in the area. The show room is divided in three sectors a museum for diamonds, a diamond shop and private show rooms for expert gemologists. Finally, a short walk on the shores of the lake would be an optional activity for the evening. Dinner and Overnight in Tiberias.
Day 6: Jericho/ Ein Bokek/ Dead Sea: After breakfast, drive down to the Jordan Valley to visit the city of Jericho. The basin forms part of the larger Jordan Rift Valley it runs from the Sea of Galilee in the north to the northern part of the Dead Sea in the south. It is an arid and desert strip of land, but in some areas agriculture was emancipated and farms of palm trees have been erected. Arrive in Jericho; a city known for being the oldest in the world and situated in the lowest place on Earth. Visit the ruins of the Hisham Palace and the excavations of the old Jericho. Two sites that show a glimpse of all the civilizations that were expressed in Jericho through its great long history. Move on to the area of Ein Bokek which is located on the west bank of the Dead Sea. On the way there, the Dead Sea will be apparent on the left side and behind it are the mountains that are the natural line of the Israeli/Jordanian borders. It is a salt lake bordering both Israel and Jordan. It was given that name because the density of salt in the lake is so high; there are no living creatures able to survive in it. Other than the biblical significance that it holds, it is known to be a health recommendation for remedies and treatments for many diseases, and also, a great place for vacations. Relax and unwind at one of the highest quality hotels in the area featuring spas, pools right on the seaboard of the Dead Sea, enjoy other fitness and health facilities. Here you will have a two-day relaxation and repose. Full Board and Overnight at Ein Bokek.
Day 7: Dead Sea: A whole day’s relax at the Dead Sea experiencing the unique mineral salted waters and the black mud. The characteristics of the chemistry behind it, has made the Dead Sea a destination for health and fitness seekers. The waters themselves provide healing solutions for injuries and the mineral composite of the mud is being used to treat skin diseases like psoriasis and some other diseases such as osteoarthritis. You will find a wide range of cosmetic products that include the therapeutic effects of the mud; also available are spas for massages and relaxation. Full Board and Overnight at Ein Bokek.
Day 8: Jerusalem: After breakfast and a relaxing two days, drive back to Jerusalem for a free day for final explorations of the city as of markets, restaurants while enjoying its beauty, the local foods and a good time for those who would like to do a final shopping tour around it. Lunch at the restaurant of your choice and your culinary preference. The rest of the day will be free as well. Farewell Dinner at one of Jerusalem’s finest restaurants. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 9: Departure: Transfer to airport. Departure.