Welcome to the Holy Land

Join Traveleyes on our first adventure to Israel to explore the Holy Land’s collection of timeless treasures and discover all its multi-faceted beauty. We will journey north from Tel-Aviv to Haifa before exploring the land where Jesus began his ministry in Nazareth and Lake Galilee, culminating in the sacred city of Jerusalem. Along the way we will soak up the culture as we sample locally made wine, dine in a Kibbutz, and learn the time-honoured and loving methods of food preparation in a cooking class.

We journey on to Bethlehem, Jericho and Masada and enjoy the unique experience of serenely floating atop the salty waters of the Dead Sea. Israel is a land of ancient history, and is immensely important to many different religions; the land’s spiritual significance courses through its veins and floods every aspect of daily life. This is never more evident than the cacophony of sound effusing the air over Jerusalem as the calls to prayer for Christians, Muslims and Jews sound out together.

Tour Highlights

  • Sample fine wine in the coastal city of Haifa
  • Discover Nazareth and Lake Galilee
  • Explore the ancient and holy city of Jerusalem
  • Enjoy a traditional cooking class
  • Float cross-legged in the Dead Sea with a local newspaper
  • Dates & Prices

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    November 2 - November 9, 2018 (8 days)


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    An ancient settlement built into the side of a mountain with desert and more mountainous terrain stretching off into the distance
  • A man floats in the Dead Sea while reading a newspaper

    What's Included

    • Flights & transfers from the UK (UK prices only)
    • 2 nights at Golden Crown in Haifa
    • 5 nights at Jerusalem Gold in Jerusalem
    • All breakfasts & one lunch
    • Specified excursions
    • Services of local guides
    • Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
  • Excursions

    • Haifa city tour
    • Wine tasting
    • Acre tour
    • Nazareth tour
    • Lake Galilee tour
    • Jerusalem walking tour
    • Cooking class
    • Masada tour
    • Dead Sea excursion
    View of the wailing western wall and the area in front filled with people on their way to pray

Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.

Friday 2nd November

Arrive into Tel Aviv and transfer north to our first stop of Haifa.

Overnight in Haifa

 

Saturday 3rd November

We start our discovery of Israel’s rich history with a tour of Haifa. Aguably the most spectacular site in the city is the Baha’i Shrine of the Bab and tropical gardens. Towering over the city and spilling down the side of Mount Carmel. The distinct site is the home of the relatively new (under 200 years ago) Bahai faith. An ornate gold-capped shrine is surrounded by bold and colourful gardens that lead down the mount to Haifa’s German colony. The port city is a throng of activity, in particular the bustling Arab-Christian quarter, but the throng is broken up by tranquil gardens and trendy shopping options.

We will also get the chance to sample some delightful local wines with an included wine tasting.

This afternoon we visit one of Israel’s most fascinating historical sites. Acre, known locally is Akko protrudes into the Mediterranean on a peninsula, its ancient walls and deep moats hide the stories of conquests and crusader Kings.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Haifa.

Sunday 4th November

Today we visit one of Israel’s most significant biblical sites, Nazareth, the home of Mary and Joseph attracts millions of Christian pilgrims every year to its many magnificent churches, including the Basilica of the Annunciation, the Greek Orthodox Church of the Archangel Gabriel, the Greek Catholic ‘’synagogue church’’ and the Franciscan Church of St Joseph. Nazareth is also the largest Arab city in Israel and is a thriving metropolis full of shopping and dining options. The city has a well-preserved old city and its atmospheric and narrow streets are perfect to discover on foot.

Our exploration continue to Lake Galilee, famous for its significance in the New Testament, the area around the lake is surrounded by archaeological ruins and some of the earliest settlements in Israel.

We shall then dine in a traditional Kibbutz, a collective community that will serve delicious local produce from their agricultural endeavours. the first ever Kibbutz was located just south of the Lake of Galilee, so we are truly in the heartland of these historic communes.

We finish the day by arriving into the holy city of Jerusalem.

Breakfast and lunch included. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Monday 5th November

Today we shall enjoy a walking tour of Jerusalem. West Jerusalem is a vibrant metropolis where we can relax and saunter the streets to our hearts content. On our tour we shall dive straight into the historic sites inside the walled Old City. The walled Old City is sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims and the city is split into corresponding quarters matching these religions, plus the charming Armenian quarter. The Western Wall is an extremely moving site to visit flooded with Jewish pilgrims from all over the world. The air is filled with whispered prayers while others place handwritten prayers between the cracks of the wall. Built in 20 BC by King Herod, the wall has endured Roman invasions and crusades and remains the holiest site in all of Judaism.

We shall also visit The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the large area spans the sites where it was believed Jesus was crucified and died, and where he was buried and later resurrected. We then venture to the Garden of Gethsemane to conclude our tour.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Tuesday 6th November

Today we enjoy a free day in Jerusalem. It is impossible to see everything but after our orientation the day before you can pick and choose your favourite spots. Perhaps visit one of the many fascinating museums or get lost in the narrow streets infused by the smell of incense and coffee. In the centre of the city is the Machane Yehuda Market, where all the different cultures of Jerusalem meet in one melting pot of buying and selling.

This afternoon we shall then enjoy a cooking class to learn how to make some of the delicious food we have been sampling, we shall use traditional methods and fresh local produce.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Wednesday 7th November

Today we journey to the birthplace of Jesus, Bethlehem. A holy site of pilgrimage for all Christians, the city is now a hive of activity and is home to bustling bazaars and markets. The Israeli separation wall is awash with political and religious street art and is truly a site to behold. The rest of the city is also a canvas of artwork, including a few pieces by Banksy. As part of our visit we’ll enter the Church of the Nativity, built on the spot that Jesus Christ was born.

Our final stop today is the ancient city of Jericho that is reportedly over 10000 years old. We’ll visit the ruins of the Hisham’s Palace, famous for its intact 7th century mosaic floors. We will also get the chance to visit the Mountain of Temptation, here, a beautiful monastery and cave complex perch precariously on the edge of a cliff and provide stunning views on the city below.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Thursday 8th November

Masada is an ancient lavish fortress built by Herod in the traditional Roman style and towering over the Dead Sea The fortress was the place of the final stand for members of the Jewish Revolt, who chose mass suicide over capture. Our tour of Israel concludes with the unique experience of swimming in the Dead Sea. It is said that you can sit cross legged floating in the Dead Sea while reading a newspaper. Rub the salt into your skin and feel its cleansing properties as the skin softens in the therapeutic waters of the hypersaline lake, that is 9.6 times saltier than the sea.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Friday 9th November

Today we transfer from Jerusalem back to Tel Aviv for our departure.

Breakfast included.