Mystical Israel

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  • Group Tour
  • Starting Price: $5,995
  • Length: 10 days
  • Operator: Travcoa
  • 866-591-0260
    Destinations: Middle East, Israel
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Tour Description

Embark on a classic journey to experience this sacred land. In the world’s oldest port, walk the winding cobblestone streets that lead to a charming artists’ colony - then travel to the fascinating ruins of Roman Caesarea, a Crusader stronghold. Take a cruise across the Sea of Galilee for an exclusive visit to Kibbutz Ginosar and learn about Israel’s unique form of communal living. Enjoy special tours of some of Christianity’s holiest places in Bethlehem and Nazareth. Then take a dip in the buoyant mineral waters of the Dead Sea or just relax on its sandy shores. Your expert guides will introduce you to Israel’s Pompeii, the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and the desert fortress of Masada. Immerse yourself in history in Jerusalem, a 3,000-year-old city and home to some of the holiest places on earth - you’ll see the Mount of Olives, the Dome of the Rock, the Western Wall and Mt. Zion, home to the tomb of King David.

  • Ascend the steep walls of the desert fortress of Masada by cable car
  • Walk through the exotic and colorful Arab Bazaar, visit the historic Church of St. Anne and experience the Way of the Cross
  • Enjoy special guided visits to the Holocaust Museum and the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are exhibited
  • Explore the Dome of the Rock, a place of pilgrimage for Muslims, designed by Byzantine architects and covered with spectacular mosaics
  • Travel to a working kibbutz to meet with locals and learn about their way of life

Itinerary

DAYS 1 - 3

Tel Aviv, Israel

Upon arrival on Day 2, you will be met and taken to your hotel in the heart of Tel Aviv. Your encounter with this vibrant city starts at the Yitzhak Rabin Memorial and the renovated Neve Tzedek Quarter. In Old Jaffa, the world’s oldest port, walk the winding cobblestone streets that lead to the heart of a charming artists’ colony. Hunt for amazing bargains on small ornamental articles and fine, authentic antiques at the colorful Jaffa Flea Market.

Dan Tel Aviv Hotel, Tel Aviv

DAY 4

Tel Aviv Haifa

Drive along the Mediterranean shores to the port city of Caesarea. Explore the fascinating ruins of this ancient Roman city and Crusader stronghold. Visit Al Jazzar Mosque, the complex of the order of Saint John and subterranean Crusader City, and the colorful bazaar. Historical giants such Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Francis of Assisi and Marco Polo visited this ancient seaport city.

Dan Carmel Haifa Hotel, Haifa

DAY 5

Banias, Golan Heights Tiberias

In Safed, visit the old Synagogue, historic city and artistic colony. Continue to Banias Nature Reserve where the ancient Greeks built Paneas: a shrine to nature-loving semi-god Pan. Stop at the Golan Heights Winery for a tasting before continuing to Tiberias. Our overnight will be at the Scots Hotel which is uniquely situated in the center of Tiberias with direct frontage on to the Sea of Galilee.

Scots Hotel, Tiberias

DAY 6

Tiberias

Take a boat across the Sea of Galilee from Tiberias to Kibbutz Ginosar for a visit highlighting Israel’s unique form of communal living. It also houses the “Jesus Boat,” a 2,000-year-old vessel excavated from the Kinneret in 1985 that was probably used at the time of Jesus. Continue to Capernaum where the remains of a famous 1st-century synagogue are located. High up on the Mount of the Beatitudes, imagine hearing the Sermon on the Mount. Travel to Tabgha to recall the New Testament Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes.

Scots Hotel, Tiberias

DAYS 7 - 10

Nazareth, Jerusalem Depart for Home

In Nazareth, visit the Church of the Annunciation and Joseph’s Workshop. Proceed to Jerusalem, a 3,000-year-old city, holy to the world’s three major monotheistic religions. Your visit to Jerusalem will include many of its most holy sites, including the Mount of Olives, the Church of the Ascension, the Garden ofGethsemane, the Dome of the Rock, the Western Wall, the Wayof the Cross, Calvary (or Golgotha), and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Visit the Shrine of the Book and the Yad Vashem, a memorial dedicated to martyrs and heroes of the Holocaust. Ascend to the top of Masada by cable car to take in the views. Drive to Qumran and discover the caves where the intriguing Dead Sea scrolls were found. Take a dip in the salty, buoyant waters of the Dead Sea, or just relax on the shores. As far back as King Solomon, Queen Cleopatra and Herod the Great, people have visited the area to enjoy the sea’s therapeutic properties. On Day 10 you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home (arriving the following day) or on to your next destination.

The King David, Jerusalem

Departures

Pricing Information

October 25, 2011

From $5,995.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,700.00 single room supplement.

November 8, 2011

From $6,225.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,700.00 single room supplement.

April 13, 2012

From $6,495.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,900.00 single room supplement.

October 5, 2012

From $6,495.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,900.00 single room supplement.

October 26, 2012

From $6,495.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,900.00 single room supplement.

November 9, 2012

From $6,725.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,900.00 single room supplement.

Journey Includes

  • Deluxe rooms in the best available hotels
  • Three meals per day, including our unique Dine-Around program that lets you enjoy any restaurant you choose with à la carte dining, or relax with room service when available*
  • A professional Travel Director as your personal concierge
  • Local sightseeing with professional English-speaking guides with unparalleled knowledge, including entrance fees for places visited
  • Active participation and up-close encounters to experience the cultures of your journey
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, coffee and tea included with meals; bottled water during sightseeing excursions
  • All gratuities to hotel and restaurant staff and local guides and drivers
  • Group or individual airport transfers on arrival and departure flights
  • TheTravcoAssist Travel Protection Plan, including emergency medical evacuation insurance coverage for injury or illness, and 24-hour Worldwide Live Travel Assistance through Travel Guard Assistance

*Due to remote or undeveloped locations on some journeys, accommodations may not always meet Western standards. Dine-Around opportunities will be limited in remote or unsecured locations.

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

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