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The Holy Land (First Class)

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,940

Known by millions around the world as the “Holyland”, Israel is a captivating destination and a must-visit for any serious globetrotter. Learn the amazing story of this land and its people.


A land with a culture spanning Roman, Middle Eastern and biblical history, Israel is one of the richest travel destinations on the planet. Spend 8 days in the Holy Land, discovering an Israel both ancient and new.

Explore the ruins of Caesarea, the Roman capital of Judea, then continue your archaeological adventure at Megiddo. Allegedly the site of Armageddon, Megiddo’s tactical significance has seen it endure many battles in the meantime, often during conflicts with Egypt, and as recently as World War 1. Coastal Haifa is home to picturesque Persian Gardens and the Shrine of the Bab, considered the second holiest place on Earth for the Baha’i Faith. Your day of sightseeing ends at the ancient harbour city of Acre.

After a morning tour of Tiberias, cross the Sea of Galilee to the towns of Capernaum and Tabgha, where the Miracle of Loaves and Fishes is said to have taken place. Another legendary New Testament site awaits you at the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount. You’ll also take a short tour of the Golan Heights before continuing to Nazareth.

As the childhood home of Jesus, it’s no surprise that Nazareth is a treasure trove of biblical history. Visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, the workshop of St Joseph and Mary’s Well. Then continue on to Yardenit, an historic place of baptism that attracts visitors of all faiths. Visit the Roman Theatre of Beit Shean.

4 nights in the holy city of Jerusalem takes you to a wealth of sacred and historic sites including the Mount of Olives, the Church of All Nations, the Room of Last Supper and the tomb of King David. Within the old city, you’ll find the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and many others. Day trips take you to Ein Karem, home to the Church of Visitation, the Holocaust memorial at Yad Vashem, and Bethlehem, to visit the Church of Nativity.

Also on your tour is a stop at the Israel Museum, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls. These were discovered at the ancient city of Qumran, your next day trip on this incredible journey. Stop in at the Dead Sea before a cable car takes you to the peak of Masada, where 960 Jewish rebels chose death over enslavement to the conquering Romans. Modern day Israeli troops are often sworn in amid these impressive ruins, in a ceremony ending with the declaration “Masada shall not fall again.”

Transfer back to Tel Aviv for your departure, or take an extra few days here to enjoy the beating heart of today’s Israel.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,940

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Day 1

Arrive Tel Aviv

Upon arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport you will be welcomed by an Amiel Tours representative (United Tours) who will be waiting after the passport control, before the luggage retrieval. They will help with the luggage identification, customs clearance and escort you to the vehicle for your transfer to your hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure.

With over 1.5 million foreign tourists visiting annually, Tel Aviv is likened by some to Barcelona, Miami Beach and Manhattan. It is rated as a top international tourism destination by The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Toronto Star. Tel Aviv has been called "the city that never sleeps" and a "party capital" due to its thriving nightlife, young atmosphere and famous 24-hour culture. It is home to many museums, architectural and cultural sites, with city tours available in different languages. More than 100 sushi restaurants, the third highest concentration in the world, do business in the city, and an Italian restaurant in Tel Aviv was called the best Italian restaurant outside of Italy by the Italian Ministry of Agriculture.

Duration1 Night
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Dan Panorama

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    Dan Panorama



    The Dan Panorama is ideally located on Tel Aviv's lively seafront and provides the perfect base for a family vacation or business trip. The soft sandy beaches of the Mediterranean are just across the road, whilst picturesque Old Jaffa, and many of Tel Aviv's main ...

    The Dan Panorama is ideally located on Tel Aviv's lively seafront and provides the perfect base for a family vacation or business trip. The soft sandy beaches of the Mediterranean are just across the road, whilst picturesque Old Jaffa, and many of Tel Aviv's main attractions, are all within easy reach.

    The Dan Panorama offers all the sophistication of a city hotel in a prime location combined with everything one needs for a relaxing seaside resort vacation. The hotel offers a range of premium business and leisure facilities and its extensive conference and convention halls make it the venue of choice for international events.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 2

Tel Aviv to Tiberias

Today you depart Tel Aviv and drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea, capital of Judea under the Romans. You will see the excavations of the Crusader city and the Roman port, aqueduct and the amphitheatre that has been restored to its former glory as a concert venue. Proceed to Muhraka, the site of confrontation between Elijah and the prophets of Baal. Enjoy the spectacular view of the Jezreel Valley and the lower Galilee. You then continue to Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon and visit the archaeological excavations including the well-preserved water supply system.

Travel onward to the ancient crusader port city of Acre, the fascinating UNESCO town with new excavations 1000 years old. Visit the Crusader Halls and to see the underground tunnels and pathways. You will also get to visit the Acre Prison which was the main prison and execution site used by the British during the Mandate Period.

Continue to Kibbutz Lavi where you will overnight. A kibbutz (gathering, clustering: plural kibbutzim) is a collective community in Israel that was traditionally based on agriculture. Today, farming has been partly supplanted by other economic branches, including industrial plants and high-tech enterprises. Kibbutzim began as utopian communities, a combination of socialism and Zionism. In recent decades, many kibbutzim have been privatized and changes have been made in the communal lifestyle. A member of a kibbutz is called a kibbutznik.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Kibbutz Lavi Hotel

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    The Kibbutz Lavi hotel is located in the same area as Saint Peter's Church. Kibbutz Lavi is an area of lush vegetation surrounded by green fields. Here guests and visitors can enjoy the magnificent views of the region of the Sea of Galilee and the ...

    The Kibbutz Lavi hotel is located in the same area as Saint Peter's Church. Kibbutz Lavi is an area of lush vegetation surrounded by green fields. Here guests and visitors can enjoy the magnificent views of the region of the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights.

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Day 3

Tiberias to Capernaum and Banias

After a short tour of Tiberias, you will be taking a boat ride to Capernaum, here a 2nd century synagogue was discovered which threw light on the life of the community of that era. According to the Christian tradition, Jesus served here as a local rabbi and performed miracles. Next you'll go to Tabgha to the Church of the Multiplication, the traditional site of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes and the third resurrection appearance of Jesus.

Continuing onto the Mount of beatitudes, the place where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount lies a beautiful church where you can enjoy a magnificent view of the northern part of Sea of Galilee.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 4

Nazareth to Beit Shean

Drive to Cana to visit the Wedding Church, where Jesus performed his first miracle turning water into wine. Continue to Nazareth via Cana of Galilee, the boyhood home of Jesus, Mary and Joseph as well as a visit the Church of the Annunciation. The tour then continues to Yardenit, the baptismal site on the Jordan River. Continue onto Beit Shean, the city where Saul and his sins where hung up on the city walls by the Philistines. The Talmud mentions this city as being the 'entrance to paradise', a newly excavated city and visit the Roman theatre. The tour continues along the Jordan River to Jerusalem.

Although Jerusalem is known primarily for its religious significance, the city is also home to many artistic and cultural venues. The Israel Museum attracts nearly one million visitors a year, approximately one-third of them tourists. The Dead Sea scrolls, discovered in the mid-20th century in the Qumran caves near the Dead Sea, are housed in the Museum's Shrine of the Book. The Rockefeller Museum, located in East Jerusalem, was the first archaeological museum in the Middle East. Yad Vashem, Israel's national memorial to the victims of The Holocaust, houses the world's largest library of Holocaust-related information.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration4 Nights
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Dan Panorama

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    The Dan Panorama Jerusalem Hotel is centrally located in the new part of the city, within easy reach of modern Jerusalem's lively centre, theatres, shops and businesses, whilst it is still within walking distance of Jerusalem's major historic sites and the fascinating Old City. Our ...

    The Dan Panorama Jerusalem Hotel is centrally located in the new part of the city, within easy reach of modern Jerusalem's lively centre, theatres, shops and businesses, whilst it is still within walking distance of Jerusalem's major historic sites and the fascinating Old City.
    Our Jerusalem Hotel's prime location makes it a very convenient base for a family holiday or for business guests and the hotel offers a range of conference and convention facilities.
    In keeping with Dan Hotels tradition of excellent service and warm hospitality, any stay at the Dan Panorama Jerusalem Hotel, whether for business or leisure, will be both enjoyable and memorable.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Boutique(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Newsstand
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 5

Jerusalem Old City

This morning the tour goes to Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of Jerusalem, overlooking the Old and New City. On the Mount see the oldest Jewish Cemetery in the world dating back thousands of years, visit the church of All Nations. You will have the opportunity to see King David's tomb and the room of Last Supper on Mt. Zion. Enter within the walls of the city and visit the Cardo, Temple Mount (entrance to the mosques not included), to the holiest place in Judaism today, the Western Wall, 'Kotel'.

The tour continues via Dolorosa, to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, oriental Bazaar and the Garden Tomb.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 6

Jerusalem New City and Bethlehem

After breakfast you continue to Ein Karem to visit the Church of Visitation. Continue to Yad Vashem, which is considered the first and most famous memorial to mankind's darkest period. The tour will visit the very moving exhibit at the Children's Pavilion, commemorating the death of over 1.5 million Jewish children in the Holocaust. Also the Valley of the Communities - a man-made valley in the form of the European Map built in remembrance of where over 5000 names of communities are engraved on the stone walls, each one remembering a Jewish community that was damaged or destroyed during the Holocaust.

After that to the Israel Museum; visit the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed and the miniature model of Jerusalem as it was during the second temple period.

Continue to the birthplace of Jesus when you will travel into the ancient city of Bethlehem. Visit Shepherds' field and walk through Manger Square and have the opportunity of entering into the Church of Nativity.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 7

Dead Sea and Massada

Today you travel through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, almost 1300 feet (400 meters) below sea level and then onto Qumran where hidden scrolls found in the caves in 1947 exposed the secret life of the Essenes, a small ultra-religious sect, who hid there from the Roman enemy and the burial place of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls.

Continuing along the shores of the Dead Sea to the legendary mountaintop plateau of Massada and you will ascend by cable car to the ancient synagogue of Massada and explore the ancient fortress. Here, was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their struggle against the Romans. The Zealots held out for three years against the legions of Flavius Silva and chose to die as free men at their own hands rather than submit to Roman slavery. From the top of Massada, the outlines of the Roman encampments are still visible below.

If there is time and weather permitting, you will have an opportunity to float on the Dead Sea.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 8

Jerusalem and Depart Tel Aviv

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your onward journey.

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DEPARTURES:

Sundays

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Meet and Assist on arrival
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • 6 touring days with an English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees

PRICE EXLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Please note that this is not small group touring, the numbers can range from minimum 2 guests to over 50 guests per departure.

Some passengers may be picked up from other hotels at the start of each day.

The hotels may be replaced with similar ones.

 

TB AMIELTOTEL14SG: THLFC S17
18 Feb 2018
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