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Luxury Small Group Journeys - Israel: Crossroads of History
Best time to go: February to March, May, September, November to December
7 Nights | from £3,725pp
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- Explore a vast array of biblical and historic sites with a local expert, including Masada, stronghold of the Zealots
- Acquire an insight into Israel's varied cultures with visits to Yad Vashem, Bethlehem andJerusalem
- Take a cruise on the Sea of Galilee in a traditional wooden boat
- Breeze through Customs and Immigration with A&K's VIP service, where you are greeted on arrival and whisked past the long queues at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport
Israel - Crossroads of History: Download PDF itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Tel Aviv, Israel
Arrive in Tel Aviv where a member of the A&K team will meet and drive you to your hotel overlooking the Mediterranean.
The Dan Tel Aviv
Day 2 Caesarea / Acre
Start the journey with a scenic coastal drive to the ancient Roman capital, Caesarea, whereHerod laid out a classical city and constructed a revolutionary, artificial harbour. Near its amphitheatre, view a partial inscription mentioning Pontius Pilate, the only secular reference to his existence. Visit the seaport cities of Haifa and Acre, the latter a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates back to Phoenician and Crusader times. While at Acre, there's a tour of the Knights' Halls, the El Jazaar Mosque and covered markets. In the evening enjoy a welcome dinner for the group.
The Scots Hotel | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Sea Of Galilee
Set off on a cruise of the Sea of Galilee on board a private boat, stopping at Capernaum, the site of the synagogue where Jesus taught. Venture to St. Peter's House, overlooking the picturesque fishing port, now a converted church. Head on to Tabgha, where the miracle of the loaves and fishes is said to have occurred and then on to the commemorative 5th-century mosaic in the Church of Multiplication. Take in the view at Golan Heights before continuing to the Mount of Beatitudes, the site of the Sermon on the Mount.
The Scots Hotel | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Nazareth
Visit Nazareth, where Jesus spent much of his life, taking in the Basilica of the Annunciation, built on the traditional site of Mary and Joseph's home, the Church of St. Gabriel, Mary's Well where an angel is said to have visited, and the basement of the Church of St. Joseph, home to a cavern said to have been Joseph's carpentry workshop. A drive through the Jordan Valley takes you to the Decapolis city of Beit Shean, arriving in Jerusalem during the afternoon.
The King David Hotel | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Jerusalem
Explore the fascinating, history-rich Old City of Jerusalem, built by King David in 1004 BC. First stop at the Western Wall, one of Judaism's most sacred sites. View the Temple Mount area (Al Haram el-Sharif) with its Dome of the Rock, El Aksa Mosque and the Davidson Centre, where artwork and archaeological finds chronicle the ages. In the Christian Quarter, stroll along the Via Dolorosa, stopping at the Convent of Zion Sisters (Antonia Fortress) where Pontius Pilate tried Jesus. Pass the Stations of the Cross in the bazaars of the Old City, to arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, reputed site of Jesus's crucifixion and resurrection.
The King David Hotel | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Jerusalem
Pass the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) en route to the Israel Museum, which houses a selection of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Then visit Yad Vashem, a Holocaust memorial and institution for Shoah research. Drive to Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity, the birthplace of Jesus.
The King David Hotel | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Masada
Drive along the Dead Sea to Masada, ascending in a cable car to see the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots, where Israelite fighters held out for three years against the invading Roman army, before taking their own lives. There is a special farewell dinner in the evening.
The King David Hotel | Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 Depart Tel Aviv
After breakfast you'll be driven to Ben Gurion Airport for your flight home.
Departure Dates & Pricing
|Departure Dates||Per Person from|
|6th Nov 2016||£3,725|
|20th Dec 2016||£3,855|
|19th Feb 2017||£4,075|
|19th Mar, 7th May, 10th Sep, 15th Oct, 05th Nov 2017||£4,385|
|21st Dec 2017||£4,535|
The above prices include all accommodation, guiding and meals as specified. Subject to availability. Excludes international flights. Single Supplement on request
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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.
Tel Aviv (British Airways, Easyjet)
4 hours 50 minutes direct
GMT +2 hours
No mandatory vaccinations