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The Holy Land Experience

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,664

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$ 1,664

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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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Leonardo Beach Tel Aviv

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    Leonardo Beach Tel Aviv



    The Leonardo Beach Tel Aviv hotel welcomes you in an amazing location, opposite the Mediterranean Sea and a very short walk from Tel Aviv's enchanting beach, at the Hayarkon Street Area. The hotel is situated only a few minutes from the renewed Tel Aviv port ...

    The Leonardo Beach Tel Aviv hotel welcomes you in an amazing location, opposite the Mediterranean Sea and a very short walk from Tel Aviv's enchanting beach, at the Hayarkon Street Area. The hotel is situated only a few minutes from the renewed Tel Aviv port and just a footstep away from the famous Dizengoff Street, which offers attractive shops, exclusive boutiques, excellent restaurants and stylish bars.

    The Leonardo Beach Tel Aviv hotel provides 134 elegant rooms with beautiful design. The exquisite hotel restaurant spoils you with a fusion of Israeli and Mediterranean cuisine, a cozy hotel bar and a stylish cocktail lounge guarantee relaxed and enjoyable hours. The hotel is the optimal starting point to discover the "city that never sleeps" and its cultural highlights and unique attractions such as the Tel Aviv's Port, the Yarkon Park, Neve Tzedek and much more.

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    • Parking
    • Reception
    • Restaurant

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Day 2

Caesarea - Megiddo - Haifa - Acre

Depart Tel-Aviv and drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea, once the Roman capital of the region; visit the excavations of the ancient city, the Roman theatre and aqueduct.

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 . Continue to Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon; learn the impressive history of this battle field as you visit the archaeological excavations including the well-preserved water supply system. Onto Acre to visit the remarkable underground Crusader City and crypt; walk through the Old City recognized by UNESCO as world heritage site , the local market and harbor. Continue to Kibbutz Lavi for overnight.

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, enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee; visit the Yigal Alon center where the "Jesus boat", an ancient fishing boat from the 1st century, is displayed. Continue to Capernaum to visit the remains of the 2nd century synagogue. Stop at Tabgha, the site of the Miracle of Fish and Loaves, and visit the Church of Multiplication with its 4th century mosaic floor. Proceed to Mount of Beatitudes, the place where Jesus delivered the sermon on the mount. Drive to the Banias Springs and tour the Golan heights.

Return to Kibbutz Lavi for overnight.

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Day 4

Cana to 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 to visit the Church of Annunciation, Joseph's workshop and Mary's well. Proceed to Yardenit, the baptismal site on the Jordan river; next, stop at Beit Shean to visit the newly excavated Roman city and amphitheatre. Drive along the Jordan valley to Jerusalem for overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration4 Nights
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Leonardo Hotel Jerusalem

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    Leonardo Hotel Jerusalem



    The Leonardo Hotel Jerusalem reflects the magical atmosphere arising from the mixture of history and modernity, which is essential for Jerusalem. Famous sights and cultural attractions such as the Via Doloroza, the Western Wall, Jaffa Gate and the Old City are all located close to ...

    The Leonardo Hotel Jerusalem reflects the magical atmosphere arising from the mixture of history and modernity, which is essential for Jerusalem. Famous sights and cultural attractions such as the Via Doloroza, the Western Wall, Jaffa Gate and the Old City are all located close to the hotel and easily accessible after a short walk. The Jerusalem Light Rail has a stop right next to the hotel, which would lead you straight to the Central Bus Station, and all important sights within a few minutes: discovering the city has never been easier.

    The hotel offers 397 elegant rooms with high standard facilities, as well as free international phone calls and modern conference rooms with a capacity of up to 400 people. For your culinary well being two restaurants with different styles spoil you with excellent dishes and for our sport-loving guests an outdoor swimming pool and a modern fitness area are at your disposal.

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    • Banquet Hall
    • Gym
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 5

Jerusalem Old City

Drive to Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the city; visit the Church of All Nations, King David's Tomb and Room of Last Supper on Mt. Zion. Enter the Old City ; walk through the Cardo, the ancient roman road; visit the Jewish and Christian quarters; view the Temple Mount; walk along the Via Dolorosa and the oriental Bazaar to visit the Church of Holy Sepulchre.

Next, drive to the Garden Tomb and enjoy the beautiful gardens and peaceful ambiance. Overnight in Jerusalem.

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Day 6

Jerusalem New City and Bethlehem

Drive to Ein Karem to visit the Church of Visitation;proceed to Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust. Visit Israel Museum, 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.

Proceed to Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus; visit Shepherds' field; walk through Manger Square to visit the remarkable Church of Nativity. Return to Jerusalem.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 7

Qumeran - Massada - Dead Sea

Drive through the Judean hills to Qumeran caves, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found; Continue along the shores of the Dead Sea to Massada, the last stronghold of the Jews after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D; ascend Massada by cable car and tour the mountain fortress built by King Herod; visit the remains of the walls, water cistern and Herod's Palace; descend by cable car.

Continue to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth; enjoy the opportunity to float in the unsinkable water and cover yourself with the mineral rich mud, believed to have therapeutic effects. Return to Jerusalem for overnight.

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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 S18
25 Nov 2018
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