Trails of Holy Land
Best of Israel at your own pace
- 8 days of travel at your leisure to discover Israel.
- Tour by hire car for one week.
- Three days in Jerusalem to explore the Holy City and a trip to the Dead Sea.
- An ideal destination to enjoy culture, history and nature.
- 7 nights in the chosen accommodation
- Return flights (tax included)
- 7 days car rental
- Plan your trip ahead of time by visiting the website of Israel’s tourist office: http://www.turisrael.com
Day 1Flight to Tel Aviv.
Check-in at the airport at least 2 hours before the scheduled departure of your flight to Tel Aviv. On arrival, after passport control and baggage claim, pick up your hire car. Transfer to Tel Aviv where you’ll spend your first night in Israel.
Day 2Northern Israel.
You’ll head to the north of the country to visit Caesarea, the ancient capital of Judea during the Roman era. You can visit the ancient Roman ruins and see a virtual model of ancient Caesarea. Further north in Haifa, there’s a stunning bay and the beautiful Bahá’í Gardens. The highlight of the day is a visit to the ancient city of Acre, a UNESCO World Heritage site with 1,000-year-old ruins. Particularly outstanding are the Crusader ruins with their tunnels and passageways. You’ll then continue on to your accommodation in Galilee. (Approx. 135 km).
Today, you can visit Israel’s premier national park in the Hula Valley, which is home to thousands of different species of birds, rare flowers, such as the yellow iris, and even animals of the likes of buffalo. We recommend going on foot to the Banias Spring, which features waterfalls that are one of the main sources of the River Jordan. In the Talmudic-era village of Katzrin, you can visit one of the oldest synagogues in the world. You’ll also be able to learn about the process of making olive oil at the Golan Olive Oil Mill visitor centre.
You’ll set off towards the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus is said to have made the Sermon on the Mount. At the top, there are magnificent views of Lake Tiberias and a chapel. You can then visit the ancient synagogue of Tiberias with its fascinating mosaic floor. In the afternoon, you can stop off in Beit Shea’n where there are some impressive Roman ruins, a theatre, an amphitheatre and Palladius street. Continue along the Jordan Valley until you get to Jerusalem. Night at your hotel. (Approx. 170 km).
You can start the day by visiting the Mount of Olives to enjoy a unique panorama of Jerusalem and visit some of its churches. In the old town, you can visit the Tower of David Museum, which tells the 4,000-year-old history of the city, the markets, the walls, the Via Dolorosa, churches like the Holy Sepulchre, Temple Mount and the Wailing Wall.
You’ll still have many things to see, such as the new excavations of the City of David, which reveal ruins dating back to the time of the city’s First Temple; the Israel Museum with a model of ancient Jerusalem and the famous Dead Sea Scrolls; the Knesset and Menorah district, symbols of the state of Israel; and Yad Vashem with its Holocaust and Jewish history museum, Children’s Memorial and the beautiful gardens that surround it.
Day 7The Dead Sea.
During your trip to the Dead Sea, you can visit the Qumran caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. You’ll also be able to stop off at the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve to see the desert oasis with its beautiful waterfalls. Continuing along the Jordan Valley, you’ll arrive at Masada, the UNESCO World Heritage site, which can be accessed by cable car so that you can visit the ruins of the ancient palace of Herod and the place where the Zealots resisted the Roman legions. The highlight of the day will be taking a dip in the Dead Sea where you can experience for yourself the impossibility of sinking in the water. Return to Jerusalem.
Day 8Transfer to Tel Aviv and return flight.
Make the most of the free time you have before your flight home to go for a final stroll in Jerusalem or set off for Tel Aviv. Return your hire car to Tel Aviv airport before taking your flight back home. Arrival and end of trip.
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