(Tel Aviv, Galilee, Jerusalem)
Enjoy the communal lifestyle of the Kibbutznik people whilst experiencing the highlights of this beautiful country, including visits to the white city of Tel Aviv, the religiously rich capital Jerusalem, the diverse Galilee region, and the unique Dead Sea area. Experience a traditional Israeli Kibbutz, a collective community in Israel that traditionally lived their daily lives in harmony with nature while cultivating the fertile Israeli lands. Modern day Kibbutz communities have had to adjust to the recent changes in the economy by expanding into the industrial and high-tech sectors. While on tour, a seasoned English speaking guide will accompany you in a private vehicle, to and from locations and hotels, creating an inspriational and comforting experience for every sort of traveller.
A private vehicle will provide a transfer between Tel Aviv and the airport.
Welcome to Hotel Kibbutz Shefayim, where casual countryside living is only 15 minutes away from bustling Tel Aviv – Israel’s cultural and financial center. Take a stroll around our sprawling grounds. Enjoy our lush lawns and beautiful gardens. While you wander, take a deep breath and inhale the smell of fresh sea air. Hop on a shuttle bus and follow the scent until you reach our private beach nestled on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. It’s all part of Hotel Kibbutz Shefayim’s unique atmosphere.
This tour takes you on a drive north along the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea for a visit to the ancient city of Caesarea, where the multimedia show explains about the Roman amphitheatre and ruins. Enjoy the promenade of Caesarea. Continue north to Haifa, and visit the Baha'i Gardens. Further north is Akko, the ancient port city, famous for Napoleon's visit. Explore the Knights Museum, Okashi Museum and the Templers Caves. Return to your Tel Aviv hotel late afternoon.
The Ein-Gev holiday resort is situated on the eastern shores of the Sea of Galilee and is one of the largest in the area. The resort focuses mainly on organized tours and vacations for tourists from all over the world. Equipped with 166 rooms are suitable for couples, families and groups, and their location – on the shores of the lake – provides an ideal setting for a relaxing and enjoyable vacation in a beautiful clean environment.
Start the day at the Hula Valley Nature reserve, Israel’s first National park and home to thousands of birds. Some of the species found here include cranes, storks, pelicans, cormorants, and several types of herons, as well as rare water plants such as the lovely yellow iris. Buffalo were placed in parts of the reserve, as there grazing tendicies helps preserve the open meadows. Enjoy a walk through the Banias Spring, one of the main sources of the Jordan River, before heading out on a short hike to the falls, providing a wonderful opportunity to learn about water related issues in Israel. Next is the Talmudic village at Katzrin to see one of the world's oldest synagogues. Explore one of Israel's most ancient industries - olive oil production at the Golan Olive Oil Mill, where the latest cutting edge technology is used.
A private vehicle with driver will provide a transfer to visit Mount Beatitudes. This location boasts fantastic views of the surrounding area including, Capernaum and Tabgha. Next, visit the Ancient synagogue in Tiberias to admire the fascinating mosaic floor. A drive south to visit Beit Shean is also planned where an opportunity to explore the recently excavated area is provided. Enjoy a visit to the Scythopolis to see the historic Roman Theater, amphitheater and Paladius Street.
At Kibbutz Ramat Rachel, located 820 meters above sea level, where the rolling hills of the Jerusalem pine forest meet the golden Judean desert, is the sprawling Ramat Rachel Hotel, Congress, Events, Sports and Spa complex. This four-star deluxe property is a winning combination of luxurious accommodations, outstanding views of Bethlehem, Jerusalem and the Judean hills and extensive facilities. A short drive from the Old City and the heart of Jerusalem, the hotel serves as a convenient and comfortable base for touring the Holy City and the surrounding sites. The hotel has its roots as a youth hostel built in 1969 by the members of Kibbutz Ramat Rachel to serve groups of Israelis and tourists visiting Israel’s capital city.
This tour begins with visits to the Western Wall, followed by a visit to the famed Temple Mount and Dome of the Rock. Next, make a stop at Al Aksa Mosque before continuing on, walking through the meandering streets towards the reconstructed Cardo, a shopping arcade which once existed during ancient times. Follow the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, for a short photo stop. Enjoy some shopping at the most atmospheric market of the Old city, offering variety handicrafts, clothes, foods, spices and local delicacies. End the tour at David’s Citadel and Museum, located near the Jaffa Gate.
Early in the morning, travel via a privately driven vehicle to the Orthodox communities of Mea Shearim, to learn about the unique lifestyles of the locals. From here, travel to Knesset for some sightseeing of the Israeli Parliament buildings, and the biblical emblems of Menorah. Next, visit the Israel Museum, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and holy land model which replicates what Jerusalem looked like during the Second Temple period. After, travel to Mount Hertzel, the location of a military cemetery and Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial. A visit to the converted national memorial site and museum at the former Jordanian army base at ammunition hill is also planned. A return transfer back to the hotel is provided.
Depart the hotel and head south to visit the beautiful Ein Gedi Reserve. See the waterfalls at this desert oasis in the desert, which is mentioned several times in the Book of Psalms. Continue along the Jordan Valley to Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and ascend to the top by cable car. Masada is the site of King Herod’s desert mountain palace, and the scene of the zealots’ last stand against the Roman legionnaires. Explore the ancient excavation of Herod’s Palaces, including the bathhouse, storerooms, the ramp, and one of the oldest synagogues in the world. If time permits, at the end of the tour, enjoy some time floating in the unsinkable waters of the Dead Sea.
A private vehicle with driver will provide a transfer between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Depart from Tel Aviv international airport - end of itinerary.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Israel for the most up to date visa information.
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