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ISRAEL'S WORLD HERITAGE SITES
A World Heritage Sites Tour of Israel
Nothing underscores the variety of Israel’s attractions more than realizing that within a few hours you can go from the snowy heights of Mount Hermon to the Judean Desert and the saltiest sea on earth, the Dead Sea, while visiting ancient biblical cities, covered markets and a high-rise metropolis on the way. This is what makes Israel truly a destination with something for everyone.


Tour Summary
Map
Day
Place
01
Tel Aviv
02
Caesarea / Megiddo / Haifa / Acre / Galilee
03 Tiberias / Capernaum / Banias
04
Nazareth / Beit Shean
05
Jerusalem - Old City
06
Jerusalem - New City and Bethlehem
07
Qumran / Masada / Dead Sea
08
Jerusalem / Beersheba Negev / Tel Aviv
09
Tel Aviv

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Visited
This tour has been tailored to include the following World Heritage Sites

 
Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Tel Aviv
Welcome to Israel! Upon arrival into Ben Gurion International Airport, you are met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv for dinner and overnight. Check in time starts from 15:00 hrs.
Overnight: Tal Hotel, Tel Aviv (D)

Day 02: Caesarea / Megiddo / Haifa / Acre / Galilee
Depart Tel Aviv and drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea, capital of judea under the romans. Visit the excavations of the ancient city, the Roman theatre and aqueduct. Continue to Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon; Visit the archaeological excavations including the well-preserved water supply system.  Drive to Haifa for a panoramic view of the Bahai Garden and Haifa Bay.   Then continue driving to the Acre to visit the ancient city and harbor.   Continue to kibbutz Lavi for overnight.
Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi-Hod Wing, Galilee (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 03: Tiberias / Capernaum / Banias
After a short tour of Tiberias, we take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee to visit Yigal Alon museum, where the “Jesus boat” – an ancient fishing boat from the 1st century, is displaed.  Continue to Capernaum.  Visit the remains of the 2nd century synagogue.  Proceed to Tabgha, the site of the miracle of fish and loaves, and visit the church of multiplication with its 4th century mosaic floor. Continue to mount of beatitudes, the place where Jesus delivered the sermon on the mount. Drive to the Banias Springs and waterfalls and tour the Golan heights.   Return to Kibbutz Lavi for overnight. (B, D)

Day 04: Nazareth / Beit Shean
We begin the day with a drive to Nazareth via Cana of Galilee. In Nazareth, we shall visit the Church of the Annunciation, St. Joseph’s Workshop and Mary’s Well. Next on our program are the Jordan River and the Baptismal site of Yardenit. We continue to Beit Shean, one of the ancient Decapolis cities and visit the Roman theatre. This is the city where Saul and his son Jonathan were nailed to the walls. We continue south along the shores of the River of Jordan, passing Jericho, we proceed westward and climb to the Golden City of Jerusalem.
Overnight: Crowne Plaza, Jerusalem (4 nights) (B, D)

Day 05: Jerusalem - Old City
Then we enter the Old City to begin exploring the wonders of Jerusalem. Walk through the Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem 2000 years ago. View the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. Walk along the Via Dolorosa, where Jesus carried His Cross and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Garden Tomb. No visit to Jerusalem is complete without a walk through the colourful Arab bazaar and a chance to test your negotiating skills. (B, D)

Day 06: Jerusalem - New City and Bethlehem
Today’s program is dedicated to the new city of Jerusalem. We visit the model of ancient Jerusalem and continue to Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, entering the site by walking along the Street of the Righteous Gentiles, dedicated to the non-Jews that risked their lives in order to save their Jewish neighbors. We continue to Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist; the Spanish style church and Mary’s well, where Mother Mary met her cousin Elizabeth and proceed to Bethlehem (subject to availability) to visit the Church of the Nativity. (B, D)

Day 07: Qumran / Masada / Dead Sea
Drive through the Judean Desert to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls where found in 1947 by a Bedouin boy. We visit the ancient city of Qumran and drive along the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, to Massada*, the last stronghold of the Jews after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D. We ascend Massada by cable car and visit the food storeroom, water irrigation system and Herod’s Palace. Time and weather permitting we will have an opportunity to float on the waters of the Dead Sea before our return to Jerusalem for dinner. (B, D)

Day 08: Jerusalem / Beersheba Negev / Tel Aviv
Today we depart Jerusalem and drive southward to explore the Negev desert region. First we will arrive in Beersheba the capital city of the Negev, which was built by the Ottomans in the 19th century but the ruins of the Biblical city dated almost 4000 years ago are located south east of the city at Tel Beersheba*, we will enter the site and see the ancient ruins and the water well dug by the ancient inhabitants of the city, named “Abraham’s Well” by the locals after stories from the book of Genesis related to Abraham.
From here we will drive towards the city of Dimona, and start our exploration of the Incense Route to the Desert Cities in the Negev* on the road between Petra and Gaza. We explore the Nabatean towns of Mamshit and Avdat, which flourished from the 3rd century BC until the 2nd century AD. Together they reflect the hugely profitable trade in frankincense and myrrh from south Arabia to the Mediterranean. With the vestiges of their sophisticated irrigation systems, urban constructions, forts and caravanserai, they bear witness to the way in which the harsh desert was settled for trade and agriculture. After our visit to Avdat we will turn northward and drive to the modern city of Tel Aviv.
Overnight: Tal or Marina Hotel, Tel Aviv (B, D)

Day 09: Tel Aviv
Today we will start with a visit to old Jaffa one of the oldest cities in Israel built by the Mediterranean shores going back over 4000 years. Jaffa was the port city used by King Solomon to import Cedar trees from Lebanon when he built the first Temple in Jerusalem. From here, it is said Jonah boarded the ship on his journey ending in whale’s belly. We will walk around the narrow lanes; visit the house of Simon the Tanner where St. Peter had his vision.
We return to Tel Aviv to explore the White City of Tel-Aviv*, constructed from the early 1930s until the 1950s by architects who were trained in Europe where they practised their profession before immigrating. They created an outstanding architectural ensemble of the Modern Movement in a new cultural context. Many of the city’s buildings were built in the Bauhaus-style. We will walk along the Rothschild Boulevard and see the restored buildings. We are then transferred to Ben Gurion international airport for our onward flight. (B)

B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner

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Departure Dates

2016
Every Sunday starting from Jan 04 to Sep 06 then from Oct 11 to Feb 28, 2016
no tours on Apr 05


Prices
Departure Tour Price US$ Single Sup US$
2016 3295 780
Tour Price Includes Tour Price Does Not Include:
• Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
• Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast D=Dinner) Except for August arrival dates, no dinner will be included on Day 01.
• All sightseeing and transfers
• Entrance fees to museums and sites
• Services of local English speaking guide
• International airfares / Airport Taxes
• Travel Insurances
• Visa Fees
• Drinks / Beverages with meals
• Tips / Gratuities to Drivers & Guides
Domestic / Regional Airfare INCLUDED in Tour Price
 

Estimated International Airfare (not included in tour price)
East Coast US $ 1100
West Coast US $ 1300
Please note: This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and average group size of 20 participants.

Other Dates / Customized Itinerary / Languages
In addition to our set programs we are also pleased to offer customized tours.
Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your individual needs.

Customized tours can be conducted in English, French, German, Spanish or Italian. Each departure is conducted in the designated language only.

Contact Information
Bestway Tours & Safaris
Fax: +1-604-264-7774
206–8678 Greenall Ave Phone: +1-604-264-7378
Burnaby B.C., Canada Toll Free (US & Canada): 1-800-663-0844
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