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Highlights of Israel: Tel Aviv, Western Galilee, Jerusalem & More

9 Days
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FIRST-CLASS | SMALL-GROUP: Embark on a first-class journey through Israel that showcases the country’s modern innovations and ancient wonders. Experience the modern pleasures of Tel Aviv before delving into the country’s past in Akko, Galilee, and Nazareth, floating in the waters of the Dead Sea, and exploring the religious treasures of Jerusalem.

This 9-day Israel vacation takes you across the country to explore Tel Aviv, Galilee, the Dead Sea, and Jerusalem.

Your Israel tour begins in Tel Aviv, the gorgeous port city that has been the country’s centre of nightlife and cosmopolitan culture since the creation of the State of Israel. Showcasing a collection of gorgeous beaches, world-class museums, and a nearly-endless swirl of bars and restaurants, Spend just over a day exploring the city’s combination of the ancient world and modern innovation, starting at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange to learn about the country’s booming technology sector before heading to the port area of Jaffa, which is the oldest seaport in the world. Cap off your time with a culinary tour through the streets of Carmel market.

Head north on your Israel vacation, stopping by the ancient city of Caesarea to admire the sandy remains of the Roman Hippodrome. Deep dive into Kibbutz culture with the Kibbutz Experience before heading to the Crusader port of Akko to see medieval fortifications and learn about the city’s historical connections to Europe. Pass through the narrow streets of Tzfat, where the mystical teachings of Kabbalah were born, and admire the gorgeous synagogues before taking a wine tour in the Golan Heights on route to the Sea of Galilee, the famously tempestuous body of water in the country’s north. Ride out onto the waters to replicate biblical stories before return to shore and heading back south.

You’ll get a sense for the diversity of the nation in Akko, where you’ll visit the Bahai Gardens, where Bahai founder, Bahaullah, lived during the final years of his life. Continue to the Druze village of Istiya on the top of ancient Mt. Carmel to engage with the country’s Arabs and experience their famous hospitality. Reach Nazareth, the hometown of Jesus, where you’ll visit the Church of the Annunciation and admire its elaborated façade as you hear stories about the city’s immense religious significance. Once you reach Jerusalem, you’ll experience a Shabbat dinner with a local Jewish family and feast on incredible Israeli food while observing their ancient traditions.

Turn east and continue your trip to Israel by heading to the Dead Sea on the border of Jordan. Spot the incredible cliff-hanging Monastery of St. George, which is still home to Greek Orthodox monks, before ascending the hillside and reaching Masada, the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots during their uprising against the Roman Empire. Explore the ruins of this ancient fortress before heading out onto the waters of the Dead Sea to experience its buoyancy as you float in its salty waves.

Return to Jerusalem for the final leg of your journey. You’ll explore the ancient capital of Israel and the world’s most significant religious city, held sacred within Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Start your exploration of its ancient sites in the City of David, where you’ll see new excavations reaching back to the times of the first temple. Then embark on a walking tour through the Old City to see the Western Wall and the ancient shopping street of Cardo. Pass through an ancient Arab bazaar before reaching the Via Dolorosa, where you’ll follow along the final footsteps of Jesus on route to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built on the site of Jesus’ empty tomb.

On your final full day in Israel, you’ll reflect on the darkest period in human history at Yad Vashem, the world’s most important Holocaust Memorial. You’ll then head to the Israel Museum to lay eyes on the Dead Sea Scrolls, the world’s oldest-surviving manuscripts of ancient Jewish texts. That afternoon, embark on an excursion to Bethlehem to see the Church of the Nativity and explore the remains of the ancient city before returning to Jerusalem for one final night in the ancient city.


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9 Days
On request

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Day 1

Welcome to Israel!

You will arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.

An Amiel Tours representative will assist you through baggage claim and customs, and escort you to your driver. Your driver will transport you to your hotel in Tel Aviv, where you will enjoy dinner and stay overnight.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights

Tal Hotel

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    Tal Hotel

    The Tal Hotel in Tel Aviv is a 120 room seaside hotel perfect for business travel and tourists alike. The hotel is located near Tel Aviv's new promenade and is walking distance from the trendy nightclubs, bars and restaurants of the Tel Aviv Port. The …

    The Tal Hotel in Tel Aviv is a 120 room seaside hotel perfect for business travel and tourists alike. The hotel is located near Tel Aviv's new promenade and is walking distance from the trendy nightclubs, bars and restaurants of the Tel Aviv Port. The hotel offers a complimentary daily Happy Hour (except Saturdays) and during the summer is usually served on the beautiful rooftop terrace accompanied with live music. There is a modern, bright dining room serving full Israeli Breakfast buffet and dinner. The hotel is also close to beautiful Mediterranean beaches and the designer boutiques of Dizengoff Street.


    • Boutique(s)
    • Complimentary Bike Rental
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking facilities
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 2

Tel Aviv & Jaffa

Following a delicious breakfast, you will meet your group and the Amiel guide in the hotel lobby, before setting off on a fun-packed day which will include:

A walk around the Old Port City of Jaffa, the oldest seaport in the world and home to a vibrant multiethnic community of Muslims, Christians, and Jews: get to know the first Jewish city of the modern era, established in 1909.

A stroll along Rothschild Boulevard, the beating heart of Tel Aviv: home of The White City, Tel Aviv's most prominent collection of Bauhaus (International Style) buildings. Built during the 1930s and the 1940s, this functional architecture not only created well-designed objects, but also a cohesive urban landscape that is unparalleled in the world.

A choice of two culinary tours that will introduce you to the very best of Tel Aviv's food scene: (12:30)
- Carmel market tasting tour - enjoy a fascinating variety of culinary riches, colorful spices, and intriguing characters in the main market of Tel Aviv, where the flavors and scents of the old town combine with the young bustling atmosphere of the city's central market.
- Vegan culinary tour - Tel Aviv, the #1 vegan culinary destination in the world, is where traditional vegan and vegetarian cuisine and innovative young chefs meet, creating a one-of-a-kind savory adventure for food lovers, whether vegan or not.

Tel Aviv is a rising star in the international street art and graffiti scene. Take a magical tour that will take you through the side streets and alleyways of this colorful urban underground scene. Explore the best works of street art and graffiti that covers the walls of our public space.

Free evening.

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Day 3

Israel's beautiful coastline

After breakfast, we leave Tel Aviv and head north. Take in the ancient city of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great and once the administrative center of the Roman Empire for the Province of Judaea. The city and its archeological wonders are a testament to its significance throughout the ages. The ancient port, the Roman hippodrome and amphitheater, and the impressive palace are among the many historical treasures in this fascinating ancient city.

The Kibbutz Experience - past and present - visit Ein Shemer kibbutz museum, where we will experience a journey from the early days of the kibbutz to the present and learn about the kibbutz way of life. (11:30-12:30)

Continue to the southern end of Mount Carmel, between Zikhron Ya'akov and Binyamina, lies Ramat Hanadiv Gardens, a natural gem dedicated to the memory of Baron Edmond de Rothschild. The Memorial Gardens beckon guests into a place of rare tranquility. A gracious combination of European formality and Mediterranean-style vegetation, the Gardens reflect the Baron de Rothschild's legacy of dignity and modesty.

We will stroll in the picturesque town of "Zichron Yaacov" and have free time for lunch, before driving to our hotel in Haifa.

*The Colony Hotel is located in the German Colony of Haifa. Just a few steps away from
The Bahai Gardens. Take a short walk to enjoy this magnificent view, especially at night when it is all lit up. It is a memorable moment that will last a lifetime.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights

The Schumacher Hotel Haifa

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    The Schumacher Hotel Haifa

    Set on a charming street in the picturesque German Colony area, The Schumacher Hotel is the crown jewel of our collection of properties. Featuring 40 rooms and suites in an iconic landmark building, reinventing the spaces within to create a dramatic fusion of old and …

    Set on a charming street in the picturesque German Colony area, The Schumacher Hotel is
    the crown jewel of our collection of properties. Featuring 40 rooms and suites in an iconic landmark building, reinventing the spaces within to create a dramatic fusion of old and new. This urban oasis is a game changer, uniting outstanding design with friendly modern service.A dramatic garden entrance welcomes the guests and provides them with a perfect
    experience of historic architecture that mixes both modern and contemporary design.

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Day 4

The Sea of Galilee and Golan Heights

Drive to the city of Katzrin, the "Capital of the Golan Heights". Walk through a Talmudic village and get a sense of what it was like to live in the times of ancient Israel. (9:30-10:30)

Continue to the mystical city of Tzfat, the birthplace of the ancient Jewish mystical text, the Kabbalah. Stroll through the narrow, winding alleys. Peek inside some of the beautiful synagogues. Browse through workshops and galleries in the flourishing artists' quarter. (11:20-12:30)

Enjoy a tour and wine tasting at local Winery, a family-owned boutique winery in the Galilee. (12:45-13:45)

Drive to the Sea of Galilee and take a boat ride on the calm waters. (15:30-16:15) and return to your hotel in Haifa.

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Day 5

Bahai Gardens, Akko, Druze Village & Jerusalem

Visit the amazing Bahai Gardens in Haifa, comprising a staircase of 19 terraces extending all the way up the northern slope of Mount Carmel. At its heart stands the golden-domed Shrine of the Báb, which is the resting place of the Prophet-Herald of the Baha'i Faith.

Explore the ancient crusader port city of Akko, the fascinating UNESCO heritage site, with new excavations revealing what life was like 1000 years ago. Visit the Crusader Halls and follow the underground tunnels. See the port and fortifications that enabled the inhabitants of the town to resist invasion by Napoleon Bonaparte. Spend time walking through the Arab Bazaar, reliving a Middle Eastern shopping experience. (8:30)

Time permitting - Drive to the Druze village of Dalyet El Carmel, at the top of Mount Carmel. The Druze are Arab-speaking citizens of Israel and are renowned for their hospitality. Take a fascinating tour of the alleys and old quarter of the village.

Drive to Jerusalem and check in at the hotel.
In the evening, experience a special Home hospitality Shabbat dinner, featuring a home-cooked, prepared by a professional chef - Rabbi Josh. A personal talk about Judaism presented with humor and depth by a rabbi and experienced educator. (Between 17:00 to 19:00 according to Summer/wintertime)

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration4 Nights

Lady Stern Hotel

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    Lady Stern Hotel

    It is 1 km from the centre of Jerusalem. Dome of the Rock is also 2.9 km away.It is next to Belz Great Synagogue. Nearby attractions include Gethsemane.

    It is 1 km from the centre of Jerusalem. Dome of the Rock is also 2.9 km away.It is next to Belz Great Synagogue. Nearby attractions include Gethsemane.


    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar
    • Currency Exchange
    • Fax
    • Lift
    • Lounge
    • No Pets Allowed
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Paid Parking
    • Photography
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Ticket Service
    • WiFi

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Day 6

Masada, the Dead Sea & Jerusalem

Setting off east from Jerusalem towards the Dead Sea, 1388 feet (423m) below sea level.

Visit the legendary mountaintop plateau of Masada - the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their struggle against the Romans in 73CE - overlooking the Dead Sea. Ascending by cable car to the ancient fortress, we shall explore the site, with its synagogue and bathhouse.

Enjoy a leisurely afternoon at the Dead Sea shore. Cake yourself in mineral-rich mud and float in the buoyant waters. Lunch is included. (13:00)

Drive to a lookout point for a view of Wadi Qelt and the cliff-hanging Monastery of St. George; founded in the 5th Century and still active and inhabited by Greek Orthodox monks.
Return to Jerusalem.

In the evening, enjoy the Sound and Light Show at the Tower of David - a creative depiction of the history of the city of Jerusalem projected onto the ancient stones (weather permitting - 19:00 to 20:30 up to availability).

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Day 7

The Old City of Jerusalem

Start the day with an overview from the Mt. of Olives.

Our exploration of the Old City of Jerusalem begins at the City of David, with its fascinating tunnels. See the newest exciting excavations revealing Jerusalem during the time of the 1st Temple period. (9:30)

Walk through the Old City and visit some of its famous sites, including the Western Wall and the Cardo, an ancient commercial street where you can still shop today.

Walk through the Arab Bazaar and experience traditional Middle Eastern life, with its rich colors, flavors, and smells.

Take a rooftop tour of the Old City neighborhoods, for a behind-the-scenes look at the various communities living alongside each other in this ancient walled city.

Walk along part of the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. According to traditions dating back to at least the 4th century, the church is the home of the two holiest sites in Christianity: the site where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, known as "Calvary" or "Golgotha"; and Jesus's empty tomb, where he is said to have been buried and resurrected.

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Day 8

Jerusalem New City and Bethlehem

Visit Yad Vashem, considered to be the world's primary Holocaust memorial and museum. Take a tour of the new Holocaust History Museum, which occupies over 4,200 square meters, mainly underground. Visit the moving exhibit at the Children's Pavilion, commemorating the death of over 1.5 million Jewish children in the Holocaust.

From the Yad Vashem, we will move on to the Israel Museum. There we will see the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition, and view the famous Model of Jerusalem, depicting the city as it was in the 2nd Temple period.

Optional - visit to Bethlehem. See the Church of the Nativity and the remains of ancient Bethlehem (beneath the Greek Monastery), from the times of Christ. (around lunchtime 14:00)
Leisure time at Mamilla Mall or Ben Yehuda Street.

Meet up again for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (18:00/18:30)

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Day 9


Transfer to the airport and depart on your flight back home.

Leave Israel with everlasting memories!

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2024: Feb 12; Mar 11; Apr 8; May 20; Sep 16; Oct 28; Nov 18; Dec 12


  • Meet and Greet at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport
  • Shared arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 2 nights in first-class accommodations in Tel Aviv
  • 2 nights in first-class accommodations in Haifa
  • 4 nights in first-class accommodations in Jerusalem
  • Services of English-speaking licensed tour guide from Day 2 to Day 8
  • Transport by luxury air-conditioned coach from Day 2 to Day 8
  • Small-group sightseeing with entrance fees including (max 25 guests);
    • Shared Tel Aviv and Jaffa Tour
    • Shared Caesarea Tour
    • Shared Kibbutz Experience
    • Shared boat ride on the Sea of Galilee
    • Shared Akko Tour
    • Shared Haifa Tour
    • Shared Masada and the Dead Sea Tour
    • Shared Sound and Light Show at Tower Of David
    • Shared Jerusalem Old City Tour
    • Shared Jerusalem New City and Bethlehem Tour
  • 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners


  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Meals & beverages not explicitly listed as included
  • Gratuities
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable


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.

12 Dec 2024
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