Day 1. Arrive in Tel Aviv
Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
Dinner & overnight in Tel Aviv.
Day 2. Jaffa – Tel Aviv
After breakfast, drive to Old City of Jaffa and tour the ancient fishing port. Continue to Neve Tzedek, for a walking tour of the first neighborhood of Tel Aviv, viewing the many galleries, artworks and cafes. Enjoy lunch in a fine local restaurant. Spend the afternoon touring the World Heritage site of the White City of Tel Aviv, founded in 1909 and developed as a metropolitan city under the British Mandate in Palestine. The White City was built from the 1930s to the 1950s and based on an urban plan by Sir Patrick Geddes, reflecting modern organic planning principles. The buildings were designed by architects who were trained and practiced in Europe before immigrating to Israel, where they created an outstanding architectural ensemble of the Modern Movement in a new cultural context. Dinner & overnight in Tel Aviv.
Day 3. Caesarea – Haifa
Begin the day with a special tour of the award-winning Margalit Winery. Head north along the Mediterranean shore to Caesarea for a tour of the Roman amphitheatre, ancient aqueduct and hippodrome. Continue north to the port city of Haifa and view the magnificent hanging Bahai Gardens on Mt Carmel before driving to the Tulip Winery, located in a scenic village. Enjoy lunch and wine tasting at the winery, along with an explanation of the unique wines created in this location. Continue via Jezreel Valley to the Sea of Galilee. Continue to Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
Day 4. Upper Galilee – Golan Heights
Day 5. Galilee – Acre – Upper Galilee
Begin the day with a drive to Cana in the Galilee, where Jesus turned water into wine. Continue to Acre, a World Heritage Site which is characteristic of a fortified Ottoman town from the 18th-19th centuries.
Visit the underground remains of this medieval Crusader city, including the Crusaders’ Hall, and tour the present-day city, including the town walls, citadel, khans bathhouses and the Al Jazar Mosque. After lunch, visit the Galilee Mountain Winery at Kibbutz Yiron in the Upper Galilee for a special tour and wine tasting. Continue to a kibbutz hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 6. Sea of Galilee – Beit Shean – Jordan Valley – Qumran
Begin the day with boat ride on Sea of Galilee, before heading south to visit Beit Shean (Schitopolis) to explore the Roman amphitheatre and Paladius Street. Continue to a nearby herb farm on Moshav Sde Trumot for a tour and introduction to a very special sector of Israeli agriculture. Drive through the Jordan Valley and stop for a scenic view of Jericho, before arriving at Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Tour the Visitors’ Center, the Essene farm and the Qumran caves, where the Scrolls were found. Head north to Jerusalem, stopping en route at the St. George Monastery in Wadi Kelt, one of the most ancient monasteries in Israel. Continue to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Day 7. Jerusalem – Old City
Begin the day on the Mt. of Olives for a panoramic view of the Old City of Jerusalem and the olive trees, cemeteries and churches, which commemorate Christian events in the life of Jesus. Visit the Garden of Gethsemane, before entering the Old City. Tour the City of David archeological site and the Hezekiah Tunnel. Walk along the Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross) and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Visit the Jewish Quarter and the Cardo, before proceeding to Mt, Zion to tour the Last Supper Room and King David’s tomb. Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Day 8. Old City – Yad Vashem
After breakfast, enter the Old city once again through the Dung Gate and ascend the Temple Mount to see the Dome of the Rock and El Aksa Mosque. Descend the Temple Mount to visit the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site, and take a tour through the Western Wall Tunnels, which show the Western Wall and the Temple as they were until the destruction of the Second Temple by the Romans in 70 CE. Drive through the new city of Jerusalem to visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial Museum. Continue to the Eshtaul Valley to tour the Flam Winery, which has won international medals for its Cabernet Sauvignon. Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Day 9. Massada – Dead Sea
Depart for a full day to the Dead Sea to visit Massada, King Herod’s desert mountain palace and the scene of the Zealots’ last stand against the Roman Legion. Continue to a Dead Sea hotel for lunch and a swim and float in the Dead Sea, and enjoy the hotel’s spa facilities. In the afternoon, tour the Yatir Winery in Arad and learn about the growth of grapes in the Judean Desert. Return to Jerusalem for overnight. Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Day 10. Bethlehem – Jerusalem
After breakfast, drive Bethlehem to visit the Church of Nativity. Return to Jerusalem to tour the picturesque village of En Karem, believed to be the birthplace of John the Baptist. Proceed to the final winery of the tour, the Bravdo Winery, for a tour and wine tasting. Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Day 11. Departure
Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your departure flight.