Our Israel tour is available as a “stand alone” tour OR as an extension from our Feb 13 Egypt & Jordan Tour. Note: For those intending to join the March 5 Egypt & Jordan Tour, your flight from Tel Aviv to Cairo is not included. At time of publishing, there was only one daily direct flight.
Israel Tour alone:
Day 1 Jerusalem 2/25
Meet our Israeli guide Mahdi at 18:00 for a short briefing in our Jerusalem hotel.
Hotel Golden Walls (1 night)
Day 2 Eilat 2/26
An early departure and a morning’s drive brings you to Eilat, Israel’s “fun in the sun” Red Sea vacation destination, to join those who have continued from Jordan. Our afternoon activity is a hike in nearby Red Canyon. Or, engage in any of the many leisure activities available in Eilat (Underwater Observatory, Dolphin Reef, Coral Beach Nature Preserve, snorkeling, or scuba diving in the Red Sea).
Royal Resort (1 night)
Connecting from Jordan:
Day 1 Eilat 2/25
Eilat is Israel’s “fun in the sun” Red Sea vacation destination and an ideal place for us to unwind. In the morning we’ll be transported to the Aqaba/Eilat border crossing and then transferred to our hotel (included). After checking in we’ll enjoy a free afternoon and evening of relaxation.
Royal Resort (2 nights)
Day 2 Eilat 2/26
We have a free morning today. Optional activities include the Underwater Observatory, Dolphin Reef, Coral Beach Nature Preserve, snorkeling, or scuba diving in the Red Sea. In the afternoon, for those who wish to explore and hike, we’ll visit nearby Red Canyon.
Day 3 Jerusalem 2/27
Timna NP; Masada
This is an action packed day. We have a busy sight-seeing schedule en route to Jerusalem. First stop is Timna National Park with its majestic rock formations. In the afternoon our goal is mighty Masada. A cable car sweeps us to the top of the fortress archaeology site where our guide Mahdi will give us a historical overview. If time allows, we will visit the Jordan River (Jesus’ baptismal site) and a photo stop for St George’s Monastery in Wadi Qelt before concluding in Jerusalem. Dinner together.
Hotel Golden Walls (4 nights)
Day 4 Jerusalem 2/28
Today is free for you to explore Jerusalem on your own. There is no shortage of museums, sights, and activities to keep you busy. You might consider the Holocaust Museum (Yad Vashem), hike the Ramparts of the Old City, explore the Western Wall tunnels, City of David archeological site with Hezikiah’s Tunnel (open till 14:00), or Mea She'arim ultra Orthodox neighborhood. Whatever you do during the day, we strongly suggest you join us at the Western Wall at the end of the day. The Sabat celebrations there are not to be missed.
Day 5 Jerusalem 2/29
Church of the Nativity; Mt of Olives; Israel Museum
This morning we drive to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity. Then we continue to the Mount of Olives to view the Old City from the viewpoint. In the afternoon we’ll visit the Israel Museum.
Day 6 Jerusalem 3/1
Dome of the Rock; Walking Tour
This morning we will explore the Dome of the Rock compound (closed to visitors on Fridays and Saturdays). Afterward, we’ll have a fascinating walking tour of Old Jerusalem, including the Via della Rosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
Day 7 Tiberias 3/2
Samaritan; Nablus; Church of the Annunciation
Departing Jerusalem, we drive north to visit the Samaritans on Mount Gerazim, learning about their culture and traditions and visiting their Tahini factory. Then its on to the Palestinian city Nablus for lunch and a sample of the famous Knafeh dessert followed by Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation. At the end of the day we’ll settle in at Ron Beach overlooking the Lake of Galilee.
Ron Beach Hotel (2 nights)
Day 8 Tiberias 3/3
Today is our day to walk in the steps of Jesus, with visits to the Biblical sights around the lake. Stops include Capernaum, Tabgha (Miracle of Loaves and Fish), Mount of Beatitudes, and Mount Tabor (site of the Transfiguration).
Day 9 Tel Aviv 3/4
Crusader fort & tunnels; Caesarea
This morning we will drive to Akko to visit the Crusader fort and underground Templar Tunnels. On our drive south to Tel Aviv we’ll stop at Caesarea, Israel’s best Roman archaeological site. We’ll enjoy a last dinner together at famous Dr. Shakshukas restaurant.
Metropolitan Hotel (1 night)
Day 10 Tour Over 3/5
Tour over after breakfast. Imprint will assist with airport transfers and post-tour planning.
[Tour specifics and hotels are subject to change]
9 nights accommodation; All breakfasts, 4 Dinners, 1 Lunch; All tour transportation (bus); All tips (tour leader, escort, local guides, drivers, group meals, hotel staffs); Full-time services of an Israeli tour leader and Imprint escort, local guides; All entrances: Timna NP, Masada, Jerusalem Museum, Crusader fort and tunnels, Caesarea), Church of the Nativity, Dome of the Rock, Church of the Annunciation, Church of the Holy Sepulcher; All activities: Via della Rosa, Capernaum, Tabgha, Mount of Beatitudes, Mount Tabor,Mount of Olives, Red Canyon, tour Old Jerusalem, Samaritan visit, and more
Tour participants are responsible for the cost of drinks, free-time sightseeing & meals, and expenditures of a personal nature.