Israel

The Beauty of Israel: A 10-Day Historical Tour

Journey to Israel to for a 10-day tour where you will uncover the biblical, historical and naturally beautiful sights of this incredible country. Explore Jerusalem's Mt Zion, the room of the Last Supper and tomb of King David. Travel to the Dead Sea to float effortlessly in the salty water, discover Roman and Byzantine ruins, marvel at the spectacular Sea of Galilee, visit the modern city of Tel Aviv and more with nine nights of plush accommodation, daily breakfast, six dinners, transportation in a modern air-conditioned motorcoach, entrance fees per itinerary and the services of an English-speaking guide throughout the entire tour.

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Discover the enchanting beauty of the biblical Holy Land of Israel on a 10-day tour featuring the historic city of Jerusalem, the magic of the Dead Sea, the famous Galilee and the bustling markets of Tel Aviv. Enjoy the convenience of daily breakfasts and select dinners on a planned getaway that’ll take you on a journey through an incredibly diverse and spiritual country and will give you insight into the culture, history and natural beauty in stylish comfort along the way.

What You’ll Love

The History – Discover the Old City of Jerusalem and the learn about the past at the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre

Begin your tour in Jerusalem and explore the walled Old City's four distinct sections: the Christian Quarter, Jewish Quarter, Muslim Quarter and Armenian Quarter. Head to Mt. Zion to witness the room of the Last Supper and traditional tomb of King David, before exploring the Church of the Holy Sepulchre - one of the holiest sites in the Christian world - as well as the Western Wall tunnels and ancient Roman market street in the Jewish Quarter.

In Jerusalem, you'll also visit the Shrine of the Book where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls are kept, the Mount Herzl Military Cemetery and Israel's Holocaust Memorial, where you’ll get a deeper understanding of some of the tragic occurences of the past.

Travel north in an air-conditioned motorcoach through the Jordan River Valley passing Qumran, the archaeological site near the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.

Explore the deep religious heritage of Galilee and drive through the Galilean hills to Nazareth where you’ll visit the Church of the Annunciation, the largest basilica in the Middle East. Then, follow the Mediterranean coast, stopping in the ancient harbor of Caesarea to see its Roman, Byzantine and Crusader ruins and the impressive theatre.

The Beauty – History, culture and striking architecture

As well as history, culture and religion, Israel is a country that holds plenty of beauty. You’ll wander the striking sandstone city of Jerusalem and get lost in the magical narrow streets of history.

Bursting with beauty and unique wonder, Israel borders the famous Dead Sea. The lowest point of land in the world, the Dead Sea sits 400 metres below sea level. The majestic site is known as one of the wonders of the world with its hypersaline water that forces anything to float.

Experience the religious heritage and beauty of the region of Galilee with its striking mountainous terrain perched on the Mediterranean Sea. You’ll journey on to one of the oldest cities in Israel, Beit She’an, to witness the impressive natural beauty it holds as some of the best-preserved ruins in the Middle East.

The Accommodation – Enjoy deluxe accommodation in the best locations

Spend four beautiful nights a mere stone’s throw from Jerusalem’s Old City at the Mount Zion Hotel. Enjoy a premium location amid the best attractions of one of the oldest cities in the world.

Unwind with a night on the shores of one of the wonders of the world. Stamped with the 2017 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence, The Daniel Dead Sea brings you deluxe service in an even better location.

End your whirlwind tour of Israel in the bustling capital city of Tel Aviv, where you’ll enjoy two nights of beachfront accommodation at the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv. Located on the shored of the Mediterranean, the unbeatable location sits between Tel Aviv’s city centre and the gorgeous port of Jaffa – the oldest part of Tel Aviv.

The ’7 day change of mind guarantee’ does not apply for Tour bookings. Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Luxury Escapes Refund Policy applies.

Valid for the following tour departure dates:

3 August 2018

17 August 2018

14 December 2018

4 January 2019

11 January 2019

18 January 2019

15 February 2019

22 February 2019

All departure dates are subject to availability and early bookings are highly recommended.

Instant Booking: To secure your dates at purchase, click 'Instant Booking' and select your preferred package. Once your preferred package is selected you'll click through to 'Choose Your Dates of Travel' and will be able to enter in your preferred tour commencement date.

Tour Capacity: The maximum tour capacity is 42 people.

The minimum age for the tour is 12 years.

The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged 12 years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise an additional single traveller surcharge will apply.

Single Traveller Surcharge: If travelling alone, a single traveller surcharge will incur, payable directly to the tour provider upon check-in. Surcharges are as follows:

14 December 2018 - AU$1,200

All other dates - AU$1,050

Tour includes accommodation at the following hotels (or similar):

Mount Zion Hotel

Daniel Dead Sea Hotel

Nof Ginosar or Ramot Resort Hotel

Dan Panorama Tel Aviv

Accommodation is subject to availability and may be substituted for a hotel of a similar standard.

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.

The following optional attractions and activities are available on your tour:

Half-day Bethlehem Tour

Half-day Jerusalem Herodian Mansions & Burnt House

Illuminated Jerusalem; Dinner & Sound & Light Show

Full Day Upper Galilee & Golan Heights with lunch

Travel insurance is recommended. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package.

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations.

Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.

Please note: disability access is limited during the tour please consider this when making your booking. Hotels may not have ramps, wide entryways or elevators to accommodate disabled passengers or devices such as wheelchairs, walkers and motorised scooters. Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs, walking frames and motorised scooters may not be taken aboard motor coaches.

Package cannot be split.

Offer only available for consecutive nightly stays.

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas.

The value and comparative savings has been determined based on published rack rates and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving.

All activities and services are subject to availability.

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DAY 1 - Arrive in Tel Aviv and transfer to Jerusalem

Arrive in Tel Aviv and make your way to Jerusalem. This evening, you’ll meet your tour guide for an orientation meeting at the hotel, followed by a light meal.

Accommodation: Mount Zion Hotel

Meals: Dinner

DAY 2 - Jerusalem Old City Tour

This morning, enjoy a walking tour, exploring Jerusalem's walled Old City with its four distinct sections known as the Christian Quarter, Jewish Quarter, Muslim Quarter and Armenian Quarter. At Mt. Zion, visit the Room of the Last Supper and the traditional tomb of King David. Ascend Mt. Scopus to view the magnificent panorama of the city. From here, on to the Tower of David Museum, guarding the Jaffa Gate entrance to the Old City. Stroll along the Via Dolorosa through narrow alleys and souks to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, one of the holiest sites in the Christian world. After time on your own, continue to the Western Wall, the only remaining remnant of the Second Temple.

Accommodation: Mount Zion Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3- Jewish Quarter Tour

After breakfast, return to the Old City and focus on touring the Jewish Quarter this morning. Visit the excavation of the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount at the Davidson Centre followed by a visit to the Western Wall tunnels. From here walk through the Cardo, the ancient Roman market street that has been excavated to reveal another layer of the city's long history. It brings to life the mural of the ancient Roman Cardo that is located near the entrance of the Davidson Centre viewed earlier this morning. End the tour with a quick stop at the remains of the Broad Wall, an ancient defensive wall. Enjoy free time for lunch on your own. The remainder of the day is at leisure or join the optional Bethlehem tour to visit the Church of the Nativity, commemorating the birthplace of Jesus Christ

Optional: Half Day Bethlehem (PM)

Accommodation: Mount Zion Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4 - Jerusalem New City Tour

Today, embark on a morning tour of Jerusalem's New City, beginning at the Israel Museum. While here, visit the Shrine of the Book where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls are kept. Not far away is the enormous replica of Jerusalem, built to 1:50 scale. The model depicts the city as it was nearly 2000 years ago in 66AD. Following the museum, continue to the Mount Herzl Military Cemetery, Israel's largest military cemetery, and part of the greater national cemetery. The respect and admiration shown to those lost is evident when viewing the identical headstones of all who served, regardless of rank. End the tour with a visit to the site of Israel's Holocaust Memorial, Yad Vashem, located on the western slope of Mt. Herzl, also known as the "Mount of Remembrance." Spend the balance of the day at leisure. This afternoon, join the optional tour to the Herodian Mansions and the Burnt House in the Old City. Tonight, attend the optional Illuminated Jerusalem, Dinner & Sound & Light Show. The evening begins with dinner at a popular restaurant followed by a drive to the Tower of David to attend the spectacular "Sound & Light" Show that tells the story of Jerusalem accompanied by original music and virtual reality images.

Optional: Half Day Jerusalem Herodian Mansions & Burnt House (PM)

Optional: Illuminated Jerusalem with Dinner (PM)

Accommodation: Mount Zion Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5- Masada En Route to the Dead Sea

Today, travel to the desert mesa of Masada overlooking the Dead Sea. Ascend to the top by cable car to visit the archaeological site of Roman and Byzantine ruins. Excavations of the site have uncovered structures not only of Herod's Palace and a Byzantine church but also a swimming pool, a synagogue, rebel dwellings and a mosaic workshop. At the bottom of the hill, visit the newly constructed Museum of Masada that contains artefacts discovered from the mountain and the surrounding area. Arrive at the Dead Sea this afternoon and enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Accommodation: Daniel Dead Sea Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6 - Jordan Valley, Beit She'an En Route to Galilee

This morning travel into northern Israel through the Jordan River Valley passing Qumran, the archaeological site near the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Afterwards, stop at Beit Alpha. Go back in time and visit the mosaic floor of the ancient Synagogue depicting lunar Hebrew moons and their corresponding zodiac signs. After a short lunch break on your own, visit the ruins of the Roman theatre in the impressive archaeological site of Beit She'an. From here continue to Yardenit, a popular baptismal site on the Jordan River before a stop in Caprice, famous for the diamond factory. Enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening

Accommodation: Nof Ginosar or Ramot Resort Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 - Full Day in Galilee

Enjoy a full day at leisure in this lush region with a deep religious heritage to the west of the Sea of Galilee. The region offers much to do in nearby towns and cities, such as Tiberias, or venture out on the sea itself to get a glimpse of the natural beauty of the area before dinner this evening. Participate in the optional full day tour to Western Galilee and Capernaum to understand more about the area.

Optional: Full Day Highlights of Western Galilee & Capernaum (AM)

Accommodation: Nof Ginosar or Ramot Resort Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 - Nazareth, Haifa, Caesarea En Route to Tel Aviv

Head towards the Mediterranean Sea this morning through the Galilean hills to Nazareth. Here there will be a chance to visit the Church of the Annunciation, the largest basilica in the Middle East. Continue to Haifa to view the impressive Baha'i Gardens incorporating nineteen distinct terraces in the heart of the city. Follow the Mediterranean coast, stopping in the ancient harbor of Caesarea to see its Roman, Byzantine and Crusader ruins and the impressive theatre. Watch history come alive with a multi-media presentation at the visitor centre. Drive south along the coastal highway to Tel Aviv for dinner.

Accommodation: Dan Panorama Tel Aviv

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9 - Full Day in Tel Aviv

Today, enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the coastal city of Tel Aviv independently. A more modern city than Jerusalem, Tel Aviv has become the financial, arts and business centre of Israel. Take time to admire some of the city’s splendid Bauhaus buildings, wander along the beach promenade and the Jaffa Port with its fascinating Arab heritage. Perhaps, visit some contemporary art galleries, artisan boutiques and the dynamic Sarona Market complex, heart of Israel’s culinary art scene.

Accommodation: Dan Panorama Tel Aviv

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10 - Depart Israel

Make your own way to the airport for your departure flight

Meals: Breakfast

*Please note that due to local events, the order of the Jerusalem sightseeing might be altered. Details will be provided locally by your tour guide.

Getting to Israel is easy. Regular flights to Tel Aviv are available from most Australian cities via Hong Kong, Doha, Larnaca, Amman and Bangkok with carriers like Cathay Pacific, El Al, Qatar Airways, Aegean, Royal Jordanian and more with an approximate flight time of 23 hours.

We recommend you purchase return flights from Tel Aviv and make your own way to Jerusalem to start the tour.

Direct Flights (departing Australia only): Booking your flight with us is a quick, easy process. First, confirm your travel dates with the hotel, then head to our new online booking page to book your flights here.

Multi-Stop Trips: If you require a stopover en route or are travelling to multiple destinations, simply call 1300 88 99 00.

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