May 05 - 15, 2018
11 Days
Tour Status - Available

This small group departure is sure to give you a perspective on the Holy Land.  Step back in time and experience the history and beauty of Israel.  This Middle Eastern country on the Mediterranean Sea, is regarded by Jews, Christians and Muslims as the biblical Holy Land. Its most sacred sites are in Jerusalem. Within its Old City, the Temple Mount complex includes the Dome of the Rock shrine, the historic Western Wall, Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Israel's financial hub, Tel Aviv, is known for its Bauhaus architecture and beaches.  Join us as we experience this wonderful land.


Early Booking Bonus:
Free Gratuities to Drivers & Local Guides
as well as a

Tour to Bethlehem

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Tour Highlights

  • Return Airfare from North America major cities
  • All meals as outlined
  • Small Group Departure
  • Hosted by Select Holidays
  • Tour of Tel Aviv
  • Sea of Galilee
  • Golan Heights Winery visit with tasting
  • Visit Nazareth
  • Tour of Old and NewJerusalem with Sound and Light Show
  • Cable-car to Masada
  • Dead Sea
  • Tzuba Estate Winery Visit
  • Mount of Beatitudes

per person, double: from $8,379.00, Includes air

Plus $675.45 Air & Government Taxes per person
Single Occupancy - Add $1,860.00
Initial Deposit - $1,500.00 per person at time of booking
Second Payment per person of $1,500.00 is due before November 30, 2017
Final Payment per person is due before February 15, 2018

DAY 01:  May 05, 2018:  DEPART NORTH AMERICA
Your tour starts with flights from North America through to Tel Aviv, Israel to begin your “Holy Land Tour”. [IFM]

DAY 02:  May 06, 2018:  TEL AVIV
Arrival in Tel Aviv, welcome by local representative and transfer to the hotel.  In the       afternoon, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Tel Aviv to Jaffa and the neighbourhoods of Tel-Aviv.  Drive around the main streets of Tel Aviv, center of business and entertainment of Israel.  Next, stop at Sheinkin, the lively and colourful street especially known with the unique shops, café life and youthful ambiance.  After tour of Tel Aviv continue to the Old Jaffa. People seem to gaze in fascination at the sight of the ancient Port and the rocks, and some are dumbstruck by the beauty of Jaffa harbour set against the back drop of the city of Tel Aviv -the first Jewish city in modern times - a vital, dynamic and vibrant metropolis that never sleeps - and which has grown out of Jaffa. Old Jaffa in itself is a quaint city, more picturesque than ever, with romantic paths and gardens. All this, together with the Mediterranean's sun-drenched waves and the special lighting effects at night, serve to excite and arouse the senses and the soul.    [IFM/D]

DAY 03:  May 07, 2018:  COASTAL ROAD - TIBERIAS
Those who wish will take sunrise pictures overlooking the Mediterranean before breakfast.  You depart Tel Aviv and drive north along the coastal road heading to Caesarea. View the amazing aqueduct, located on the beach—one of the favourite spots for beach photography in Israel.  Continue to the modern port city of Haifa ascending Mt. Carmel for a breathtaking view of the Baha’i Gardens and Golden Shrine.  Haifa is the worldwide center of operations for the Baha’i faith. The World Center is actually a complex of administrative buildings, not a temple, but its lush green gardens and pristine white architecture is           impressive nonetheless. The Shrine of the Bab, with its golden dome, attracts Baha’i pilgrims and interested tourists from around the world.  Travel on to the ancient Crusader City of Akko explore the seaside crusader era fortress, Tour the underground city with time later to stroll and take pictures through the ancient narrow streets, ancient walls and beautiful sea views. You will enter the Knights' Halls, the crusaders' underground city and walk around the walls of the city as well as the white market.  You will drive along the Mediterranean Sea, to visit the Knights' Halls, the crusaders' underground city.    [B/D]

DAY 04:   May 08, 2018:  SEA OF GALILEE
Today you tour the Holy sites around the Sea of Galilee, also known as Lake Kinneret.  Since biblical times the Sea of Galilee was famous for its abundance of fish.  The beautiful area around the Sea of Galilee is brimming with a mix of fascinating historical and religious sites. Vast landscapes, towns and settlements, nature and wildlife,  springtime blooming.  Visit the remains of the 2nd century synagogue in Capernaum.    Proceed to Tabgha, the site of the miracle of fish and loaves, and visit the Church of Multiplication with its 4th century mosaic floor. Enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee with a St. Peter fish lunch in the area.  Continue to Mount of the Beatitudes, the place where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount.    [B/D]

DAY 05: May 09, 2018:  SEA OF GALILEE             
Today will be dedicated to sites located in the northern region of Israel. You will start early in the morning with the city of Safed known as the center of Kabbalah, the study of Jewish Mysticism. Tour of Ha’ari and Caro Synagogues. Continue north to the Golan Heights, stop en route to visit ancient excavations and panoramic views stretching into neighbouring Syria.  Your tour continues to the Golan Heights Winery visitor’s center, where you will take part in an enjoyable tour of the winery.  The tour includes an informative introduction, short video, a visit to the oak barrel cellar, viewing of the bottling line (when in operation) and of course – a wine tasting.  You will drive to visit The Golan Olive Oil Mill.  The guide will explain the process of olive oil production, reviewing its evolution from ancient tools to modern machine.   [B/D]

DAY 06:  May 10, 2018:  BEITH SHEAN – DEAD SEA    
Departure to Nazareth you have an opportunity to visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, a new church built over the ruins and foundations of successive churches on the site believed to have been the house of the Holy Family.  Continue to Beit She’an, one of the largest Roman/Byzantine cities ever excavated in the Middle East and to see the floor of the Beit Alpha Synagogue most famous for its large zodiac wheel ancient mosaic. You head towards the Judean Desert on your way to the Dead Sea.    [B/D]

DAY 07:  May 11, 2018:  DEAD SEA - JERUSALEM       
Morning at leisure to enjoy the facilities of the hotel and experience the floating on the Dead Sea.  Afternoon you will drive on to Masada (ascend by cable car), the last outpost of the Jewish Zealots, who committed mass suicide rather than surrender to the Romans in the 1st century.  Masada today is one of the Jewish people's greatest symbols.  Israeli soldiers take an oath there: "Masada shall not fall again."  Next to Jerusalem, it is the most popular destination of Jewish tourists visiting Israel.  Masada is located at the top of an isolated rock on the edge of the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea valley, between Sdom and Ein Gedi.   After the tour continue to Jerusalem.  [B/D]

DAY 08:  May 12, 2018:  JERUSALEM
JERUSALEM - People have been writing about Jerusalem for the better part of its 3000-year history, but still today your first glimpse inside the ancient walled city will leave you speechless.  More than beautiful, however, Jerusalem is a spiritual centre, holy to the three great monotheistic faiths, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. That three religions have assigned so much importance to a solitary city makes Jerusalem one of the most fascinating places you’ll ever visit.  Within a short walk of each other, you can find Christians quietly praying in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jews dancing by the Western Wall and Muslims prostrate before Al-Aqsa Mosque.  Whatever your credence, it’s hard not to be swept up in the emotional tide that pulsates through these ancient streets.  You will visit today the New City of Jerusalem; you will start with Yad Vashem – memorial of Jewish Catastrophe during World War Two.  On to the Israel Museum to visit the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are on display and visit the Model of Jerusalem of the Second Temple period.  Drive through the Knesset – home of Israeli Parliament and stop at the Menora – Symbol of Israel.  [B/D]

DAY 09:  May 13, 2018:  JERUSALEM
In the morning drive to Mt. of Olives for a spectacular view of the Old City.  Walk downhill through the ancient Jewish Cemetery with views of the Church of Mary Magdalene and Orson Hyde Park.  Enter the Garden of Gethsemane admiring the ancient olive trees and Church of All Nations.  Proceed to the Garden Tomb and enjoy the serenity of this holy    location. Spend the afternoon in the old city of Jerusalem, exploring the Christian, Jewish, Armenian, and Muslim quarters, alleyways, and religious sites, including the Temple Mount, Southern Wall excavations and the Western Wall.  Walk along the Via Dolorosa and along the ancient city ramparts and rooftops of the old city exploring special new angles.  Enjoy the colourful Arab Bazaar on top of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Spend time in the Church and then proceed to the ancient City of David for a walk through the Hezekiah tunnel.    Evening, enjoy a new Sound and Lights show in Jerusalem. The Tower of David isn't Jerusalem's most celebrated, sacred, or coveted site, but perhaps no place better illustrates the city's contentious history. Visitors can walk alongside layers of walls, some dating back more than 2,000 years, peek into ancient cisterns and bask in the shadows of Crusader arches. The tower's ancient walls come alive, quite literally, in the museum's latest exhibit, a night-time sound and light show that take its audience on a stirring open-air tour of Jerusalem's history. [B/D]

DAY 10:  May 14, 2018:  JERUSALEM  
Today in the morning, visit of one of the wineries close to Jerusalem including wine tasting.  Tzuba Estate Winery is located in the Judean Hills, an area historically recognized as a major wine-producing region since Biblical times. The local topography of the Tzuba hillside    vineyard, Altitude 700 m and climate provide ideal conditions for the dedicated kibbutz staff to cultivate the vineyards and produce a variety of prize-winning boutique wines.  Tzuba grapes are sold to quality wineries – Castel, Har-Odem, Asif, Binyamina, Kfir, Shiloh and other small boutique wineries.      [B]

OPTIONAL: Visit Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. Visit the Church of the Nativity.

DAY 11:  May 15, 2018:  END OF TOUR
Transfer to Airport for your return flight back to North America.