(Tel Aviv, Galilee, Jerusalem)
Combining the most significant sights with the most exclusive properties, our Exclusive tour is for those who want to combine a tremendous cultural exploration with truly memorable luxury. Israel is an exceptional country, known by millions around the world as ‘the Holy Land’. The first five books of the Bible itself are about the origins and cosmology of the ‘people of Israel’, the Jews, from around 2000BC. The country is a world-class destination with outstanding cultural, archaeological and religious attractions, spas and beach resorts, as well as a unique ancient-and-modern atmosphere. Enjoy a private exploration of this fascinating land with your own private guide and vehicle. From Jerusalem's ancient history to the luxurious Galilee retreat, this is an exclusive experience.
A private vehicle will provide a transfer between Tel Aviv and the airport.
Lounging on the coast of the Mediterranean, the Dan Tel Aviv encompasses all things central yet reserved. Located within walking distance of lively bars, restaurants, and pubs, it allows the inquisitive traveler to scope out the city and later to find refuge on the promenade over a tranquil stroll. With 280 rooms and suites, this 7-storey building gently beckons the sea breeze into its rooms and lounging areas. The breakfast buffet is mouth-watering, with juicy fruits, vegetables, and pastries that meet your every fancy. The Gan Dan Patio Café seats guests in a refreshing atmosphere, to be served light snacks and dairy. Sunbathe on the giant deck above the beachfront, and take a dip to cool off from the Tel Aviv sun.
Tel-Aviv is the bustling business centre of Israel, and boasts a combination of modern architecture, alongside some traditional and classic examples. Begin the tour with a visit to Old Jaffa, an area some 4,000 years old, this port city of Jaffa served Egyptian and Phoenician sailors during antiquity. Christian legend has it that Jaffa was named after Noah’s son Japhet, whom was believed to have built it after the great flood. Visit the Clock Tower in the central square, the Jaffa Museum (first constructed during the Crusades and exhibiting artifacts from area digs), Kikar Kedumin (formerly Tel Aviv’s red light district, but now an artsy place with restaurants and gift shops), and the port marina with its abundance of houseboats and restaurants. Next, enjoy a walking tour of Neve Tzedek. These beautifully restored houses and streets preserve the romance of the early days of Jewish urban settlement. The neighborhood was nicknamed "Little Paris" because of its eye-opening architectural innovations. Today, the most outstanding site is the Suzanne Delal Centre, a bustling dance and theater complex. In July, 2003, UNESCO proclaimed the "White City" as a World Cultural Heritage site. Walk along Rothschild Boulevard to view the architectural styles of the 1930s – most notably the International, or Bauhaus, style, telling the story of Tel Aviv from its early year's until today. This is a wonderful opportunity to savor the experience of life, past and present, in the first Hebrew city. Afterwards visit Rabin Square, where former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated. Walk in his final footsteps and discuss the impact of this event on the State of Israel.
Relax and enjoy the scenery as a privately driven vehicle travels north to Caesarea, for some exploration. Upon arrival into the one time Roman capital, explore the excavations sites of the crusaders' city, and the aqueduct. Admire the ancient amphitheatre which has been recently restored as a concert venue. From here, proceed to Haifa for some panoramic viewing atop Mt. Carmel, before visiting “AF AL PI CHEN”, an old naval museum, created during the time of the British mandate. Next, travel to Acre for a walk along the old harbor area and local market. Finally, stop is at the northernmost point of Israel at Rosh Hanikra for some sightseeing, before descending by cable car into the limestone grottoes. A return transfer to the hotel is provided.
Mitzpe Hayamim Spa Resort lies on the eastern slopes of Mount Canaan, isolated from the concrete jungle and thriving on fresh air and tranquility. Overlooking the Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilee, each room has a natural, woody effect for those who require some grounding and subtle earthy tones. The resort and restaurants have been approved by Relais & Chateaux, an exclusive organization based on the principles of excellent French lifestyle and cuisine. Mitzpe Hayamim meets and surpasses these standards with its organic kitchens stocked with farm grown fresh fruit and vegetables. Nothing beats the sweetness of a tomato from the mountains. Detoxifying spa treatments prove the Mitzpe Hayamim is an all-around cleansing experience.
This tour begins with a drive to Safed, the center of the Kaballa movement. Visit the Joseph Caro and the Ha'Ari synagogues, which are the most important religious meeting places within the city. Enjoy a stroll around the Artist's quarter before continuing on towards the Golan heights. Here, take in the spectacular view from the observation point, viewing the city of Kuneitra and the neighbouring Syrian territory. Make a brief stop at the former Syrian army camp at Tel Facher, before visiting the Banias springs, which is one of the main sources of the Jordan river, also known as Casarea Philippi. A visit to Tel-Hai allows the opportunity to view the "Roaring Lion" monument, which describes the heroic battle of Josef Trumpeldor and his comrades in 1920.
A private vehicle with driver will provide the means of transportation for this highlight tour of cities and monuments around the Sea of Galilee. The first stop is the city of Cana, to visit a wedding church where it is said that Jesus performed his first miracle, by turning water into wine. The town of Nazareth is the next place visited. This is where Jesus spent most of his childhood, as well as being the location of the Church of Annunciation, where archaeologists believe the Archangel Gabriel appeared to Virgin Mary. Whilst in Nazareth a visit to Mary's Well and Joseph's Church is planned before heading to Jerusalem.
The King David, a Jerusalem landmark placed within the center of the city, is historically recognized as Israel’s most magnificent and lavish hotel. Playing host to the world’s movers and shakers and entertaining the likes of princesses and emperors, it boasts 237 rooms. Restaurants are daring and unique, presenting Israel’s ethnic diversity at its best. The phenomenon that is Jerusalem is blessed by the infinite activities in the area, from museums to ancient stomping grounds and bazaars fraught with bargainers. For those who prefer spending time at the hotel, check out the fitness areas and personal care services where treatment is comparable to the ancient times when Jerusalem was the centre of a small world. Today, travelers still leave this wondrous city in a state of awe.
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.
This tour combines the earth’s lowest point, the Dead Sea, with one of the most famous sites in Jewish history, Masada. In the early morning hours, enjoy a sunrise climb up snake trail, or enjoy the same panoramic experience aboard a mountain cable car. Perched high atop a cliff overlooking the Dead Sea is the ruins of the well-appointed fortress of Masada, which was built by King Herod, and was used as a refuge for a Jewish faction resisting Roman rule. Next, visit Qumran, best known as the hiding place of the Dead Sea Scrolls, which were found inside the caves located on the sheer desert cliffs. Finish this tour at a Dead Sea spa, with a float in the famous and buoyant Dead Sea, renowned for its mineral content and rich black mud.
This tour visits the many highlights and monuments in two very important Israeli cities, Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Visit the Israel Museum with its renowned Shrine of the Book monument containing pieces of the Dead Sea Scrolls and a cityscape model of ancient Jerusalem. Pass by the Knesset building, home of the Israeli Parliament before touring Yad Vashem, a memorial built to commemorate victims of the Holocaust. In the afternoon carry on to Bethlehem and visit sites such as the Milk Grotto and the birthplace of Christianity, the Church or the Nativity.
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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