Classic Tour, Wednesday, 11 Nights

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Wednesday
Ben Gurion Airport / Tel Aviv
Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, where you will be met by a Diesenhaus Unitours representative and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Thursday
Independence Hall / Latrun / Beit Guvrin / Ayalon Institute
Start the day with a visit to the Independence Hall where the establishment of the state of Israel was declared; Next, drive to Latrun to visit the Armored Corps memorial museum also considered as one of the most diverse tank museums in the world. Continue to Beit Guvrin national park, declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site; Explore some of the caves and archaeological remains. Proceed to Ayalon Institute, once a secret underground ammunition factory established by the “Haganah”, the Jewish underground movement before May 1948.
Overnight Tel-Aviv.

Friday
Diaspora museum / Old Jaffa / Tel-Aviv
Visit the Diaspora museum; Drive around the main streets of Tel Aviv, center of business and entertainment of Israel; Also known as the “White City” , Tel-Aviv was declared by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage site for its Bauhaus style buildings. Stop at Rabin’s Square, place of assassination of Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin. Continue to Old Jaffa, one of the oldest port cities in the world; Visit the ancient ruins and walk along the Artist’s Quarter. Visit Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood of Tel Aviv, built in 1887 and Nahalat Benyamin, the pedestrian mall of the city where you can enjoy live street music, arts, crafts and handmade jewelery. Next, stop at Sheinkin, the lively and colorfull street especially known with the unique shops, café life and youthful ambiance.
Overnight Tel-Aviv.

Saturday
At leisure
Overnight Tel-Aviv

Sunday
Caesarea / Megiddo / Druze village / Haifa
Drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea, once the Roman capital of the region; See the excavations of the Crusaders’ city, the Roman port, aqueduct and the amphitheater that has been restored to its former glory as a concert venue. Proceed to Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon; visit the archaeological excavations including the well-preserved water supply system. Continue to Daliat-el-Carmel, a Druze village and enjoy a late lunch at a local restaurant. Proceed via Mount Carmel to Haifa for a panoramic view of the Haifa bay and the golden domed Bahai shrine and gardens.
Overnight in a Kibbutz guesthouse.

Monday
Safed / Golan Heights / Winery
Drive to Safed, the center of Jewish mysticism; Visit the ancient synagogues and the artists’ colony. Continue to the Golan Heights to see the former Syrian bunkers, Kuneitra and the new Israeli town of Katzrin. Stop at the Golan Winery for a tour and wine tasting; Proceed to “Golan Magic”, for a multimedia presentation of the area and its history .
Overnight in a Kibbutz guesthouse.

Tuesday
Sea of Galilee / Nazareth
Start the day with a visit to Nazareth; Visit the Church of Annunciation; Continue to Tiberias; Visit Capernaum to see the ruins of the synagogue and octagonal Church of St. Peter; Visit Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered the sermon on the mount. Drive via Beit Shean to Beit Alpha to see the remains of the mosaic floor of an ancient synagogue depicting the zodiac.
Overnight in Jerusalem.

Wednesday
Jerusalem (Old City)
Start the day with a magnificent panoramic view from Mount of Olives.
Drive to the Old City; Visit the Tomb of King David and the Room of Last Supper on Mt. Zion. Enter the walled city and walk through the newly restored Jewish quarter. Visit the Roman cardo, the Herodian quarter and continue to the Western Wall. Walk along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of Holy Sepulchre. Continue to Bethlehem*; view Rachel’s tomb and proceed to visit the Church of Nativity and Manger’s Square .
Overnight in Jerusalem.

Thursday
Jerusalem (New City)
Drive to the Israel Museum; Visit the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea scrolls are housed, and the miniature model of Jerusalem as it was during the Second Temple period; Proceed for a tour at the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. Continue to visit Mount Hertzel cemetery and Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust . Drive through Mea Shearim, the ultra orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem and learn about their unique lifestyle. In the evening enjoy a middle eastern dinner followed by the spectacular “Sound & Light” show** at the tower of David Museum. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Friday
Qumeran / Massada / Dead Sea
Drive through the Judean desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, almost 1300 feet (400 meters) below sea level. Stop at Qumeran to visit the site where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Massada. Ascend by cable car and tour the ancient fortress where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans before committing mass suicide in 73 AD. Descend by cable car. Continue to the Dead Sea; Cover yourself with the mineral rich mud and experience a swim in the Dead Sea** that many believe has its therapeutic effects.
Overnight in Jerusalem.

Saturday
At leisure
Overnight in Jerusalem

Sunday
Jerusalem / Ben Gurion Airport
After breakfast, transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure.

* Site under the Palestinian Authority Jurisdiction. Visit subject to situation.

** Visit subject to weather conditions.

*** Program sequence is subject to change without advance notice.

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