Highlights of Israel

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Best time to go: March to May, September to November

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  • Absorb the biblical history of Jerusalem when you visit the Garden of Gethsemane, the Church of All Nations and a guided tour of the Israel Museum.
  • View the Temple Mount and the Western Wall, walking the Way of the Cross through the markets of the Christian and Moslem quarters
  • Swim – or float – in the Dead Sea at Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were produced by the Essenes before heading on to Bethlehem
  • Take a boat out onto the Sea of Galilee and visit Capernaum and the Mount of Beatitudes, site of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mont
  • Visit the excavations of Megiddo, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site

Day 1 UK / Tel Aviv
As you arrive at Ben-Gurion Airport, a member of the A&K team will meet you in the Arrivals Hall and drive you to Dan Boutique Hotel.
Dan Boutique Jerusalem

Day 2 Jerusalem / Bethlehem
Start the day with a sweeping view of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, before walking down Palm Sunday road to the olive groves of the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations, designed by Antonio Barluzzi, known as the architect of the Holy Land for the numerous churches he built. At the Israel Museum you will see the fascinating Model of Jerusalem as it was during the time of the Second Temple and the Shrine of the Book, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls. From here, it’s on to Bethlehem, where you’ll visit the Church of the Nativity, which lies over the cave where Jesus was born. It was originally built by the Emperor Constantine in the 4th century.
Dan Boutique Jerusalem | Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Masada
After breakfast, set off alongside the Dead Sea to Masada, to take the cable-car up to the last stronghold of the Zealots. Some 2000 years ago, Roman legions stormed one of the two paths to the top of this sandstone mountain to reach the Jewish Zealots headquartered there. The brave Israelite soldiers held out for three years against the invading Roman army before taking their own lives to avoid capture and enslavement. Many of their fortifications, originally built by King Herod, still stand. On the way back to Jerusalem, stop at Qumran Caves, located on the Dead Sea's northern shore, the place where the Dead Sea scrolls were found in 1947 by a young Bedouin shepherd, where they had been hidden in the caves for centuries in air-tight jars; fragments from the Books of Exodus, Isaiah and Psalms are now on exhibit in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. You may also like to take a dip in the Dead Sea or stop to visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum
Dan Boutique Jerusalem | Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Old City of Jerusalem
Begin the day in the Old City with your guide who will walk you through the Four Quarters so you can get real feel for the city. You’ll visit the Temple Mount, known by Muslims as the Haram el Sharif, and the Western Wall, a place most holy to Jews, where you may observe worshippers praying towards the Holy of Holies and placing written prayers into the seams between the rocks of the wall. You’ll walk along the Way of the Cross, through the markets of the Christian and Muslim Quarters. The Via Dolorosa ends at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; Here you can observe the intense devotion and prayer, by many different denominations, at the site of the Crucifixion and the Tomb of Christ. Leave the Old City through the Armenian and Jewish Quarters via the Cardo and out through the Zion Gate to visit the traditional Tomb of King David and the Upper Room.
Dan Boutique Jerusalem | Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Haifa / Acre / Nazareth / Tiberias
After breakfast, set off up the coast to Haifa, home to Mount Carmel; here you can visit Stella Maris, the Carmelite Monastery dedicated to Elijah and stroll through the magnificent Persian Gardens at the Bahai Shrine, the worldwide centre for this religion. Next stop is Acre, the ancient Phoenician seaport and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Acre was the main base for the Crusades and you can see the stunning Halls and buildings of the Knights Hospitaller and Knights Templars. Held by the Ottoman Turks in the 18th century, the city successfully repelled an attack by Napoleon, who laid siege on the town for two months without breaching its defences. Explore Acre’s covered markets, before setting off for Nazareth to visit the Church of Annunciation, and on to Tiberias where you’ll be staying at the Scots Hotel.
The Scots Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Galilee / Golan Heights
You can’t visit Galilee without going out on a boat on the famous sea, and that’s exactly what you’ll be doing in the morning, stopping at Capernaum to see the ancient synagogue where Jesus taught and St. Peter's house which was later converted into a church. Stopping at Tabgha, you’ll visit the Church of Peter's Primacy and the ancient mosaic of the Loaves and Fishes (a mosaic in the Church of the Multiplication commemorates the event) before arriving at Mount Beatitudes, where Jesus preached his Sermon on the Mount. Spend the afternoon exploring the Golan Heights, a rocky plateau overlooking the Sea of Galilee, rich in fascinating archaeological sites such as Tel Dan and Gaml, then on to Banias, one of the sources of the River Jordan at the foot of Mount Hermon. Here you’ll see archaeological remains that span the Pagan, Jewish, Roman, Byzantine and Muslim eras.
The Scots Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Megiddo / Caesarea / UK
Set off across the Jezreel Valley to see the excavations of Megiddo, an ancient city-state now designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its historical, geographical, and theological importance. Excavations have unearthed 26 layers of ruins, which makes Armageddon one of the most intriguing archaeological sites in Israel. You’ll continue down the coast to Caesarea, a 2000 year-old city, built to honour Augustus Caesar – once the capital of the Roman province, later occupied by the Crusaders. Today you’ll find a wealth of Roman, Byzantine, Arab and Crusader ruins in the area as well as the harbour from which St. Paul was taken prisoner to Rome. Near the excavated theatre, you’ll see a partial inscription mentioning Pontius Pilate - the only secular reference to his existence. At the end of the day, you’ll be driven to Tel Aviv Airport for your flight home.
Meals: Breakfast

At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. However, as a guide, this 7 day Israel holiday will cost from £2,995 per person based on two adults sharing with flights from the UK and subject to availability.

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Best time to be there

Israel can be visited throughout the year although the ideal time is in the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). The climate is cooler and temperatures are mild in these months making it the perfect time to explore the country.

Fly to

Tel Aviv (British Airways, Easyjet)

flying time

4 hours 50 minutes direct

time difference

GMT +2 hours


Not required

Health Requirements

No mandatory vaccinations

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