Israel has been a pilgrimage center for people throughout the ages and is a treasure trove of historical and biblical sights. On this Israel tour, start in Tel Aviv and end in Jerusalem with overnights also in Haifa and Kibbutz Lavi. Along the way, you’ll visit its most famous and interesting sights, including many of its UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Baha’i Shrine, the world center of Baha’i faith; Acre, a historic walled port-city where you’ll see the immense underground Crusader City, dating from 1104-1291; and Masada, a rugged cliff-top fortress where Jewish zealots chose death rather than slavery to the Romans. </BR></BR>Also visit many of the sights associated with Jesus, including Cana, site of the first miracle; Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount; Capernaum, where Jesus recruited his first followers among the fishermen; the Garden of Gethsemane with its Rock of Agony, where Jesus prayed his last prayer before his arrest; the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, erected over the site of the crucifixion; the house of Caiaphas, where Jesus was kept the night after his arrest; and the Church of the Nativity, which stands on the site where Jesus was born.</BR></BR>You’ll also visit the Wailing Wall, the Jewish religion’s most holy shrine; the Israel Museum, with the Dead Sea Scrolls; and much more. Globus has also arranged some out-of-the-ordinary and fun experiences for you on this Israel tour. Take a cruise on the Sea of Galilee and hear a lecture on kibbutz life. Additionally, you’ll travel to the Dead Sea, where Globus has arranged for you to experience the buoyancy in the water and receive a salt scrub gift.</BR></BR>These are just some of the many highlights of this once-in-a-lifetime Israel vacation!
TEL AVIV Welcome dinnerLATRUN AREA Visit the site of David’s victory over Goliath in the Valley of Elah, the Monastery of the Trappist Monks in LatrunJAFFA Walking tour of the ancient portCAESAREA Visit the Roman Amphitheater and the Crusader fortressHAIFA Visit the Baha’i ShrineACRE Visit the underground Crusader cityNAZARETH Visit the Church of the AnnunciationCANA Visit the site of the first miracleKIBBUTZ [LF] lecture on kibbutz lifeMOUNT OF BEATITUDESCAPERNAUMA baptismal site on the River JordanSEA OF GALILEE Panoramic view; see an ancient fisherman’s boat; [LF] enjoy a cruiseBET SHE’AN Admire its Roman and Byzantine relicsJERUSALEM A panoramic view from the Mount of Olives; visit the Garden of Gethsemane; guided walking tour, follow the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Wailing Wall, and walk through the Jewish Quarter to Mount Zion, visit the Upper Room, the tomb of King David, and the house of Caiaphas; visit Yad Vashem and the Israel Museum; the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem; the Garden Tomb; farewell dinnerMASADA Ride a cable car and visit the cliff-top fortressDEAD SEA [LF] Experience the buoyancy feeling in the Dead Sea water and receive a salt scrub gift
Full Israeli breakfast daily; 6 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Tel Aviv and a farewell dinner in Jerusalem
NOTE:Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
Motorcoach or minibus; boat cruise; cable car. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.