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February 17, 2023
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13 Days
Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv

Tour Details - Interfaith Israel Tour Prestige

13 days

Experience the beauty and history of Israel and Jordan with our 13-day Prestige Interfaith Israel Tour Prestige program. This program offers a unique blend of Christian and Jewish interests, including the option to visit Petra and all the must-see attractions in Israel. 

Itinerary

Friday, Day 1:Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, transfer to Tel Aviv

Welcome to the Interfaith Israel Tour Prestige! On Friday, you’ll arrive at Ben Gurion Airport and be greeted by a Shalom Journeys representative.

You’ll then transfer to your hotel in Tel Aviv for the night.

Saturday, Day 2:Tel Aviv at leisure

  • Start the day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel
  • Spend the day exploring Tel Aviv at your leisure
  • In the evening, you have the option to relax or venture out and discover the city’s nightlife
  • Spend the night in Tel Aviv, getting a good rest for the adventures ahead

Sunday, Day 3:Caesarea, Megiddo, Druze Village and Haifa

  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel
  • Check out and begin a drive north along the Mediterranean Sea to Haifa
  • Visit Caesarea, a city built by Herod and once the capital of Judea, with a restored Roman amphitheater and excavated fortress
  • Explore Megiddo, one of King Solomon’s walled, fortified cities with 20 levels of civilization, including a well-preserved water supply system
  • Stop in the Druze village of Daliat-el-Carmel for a late lunch at a local restaurant
  • Ascend Mt. Carmel for a panoramic view of Haifa Bay and the Botanical Gardens
  • Drive through the hills of the Galilee to a kibbutz guest house in the Upper Galilee for check-in
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Overnight in the Galilee

Monday, Day 4:Safed, the Golan Heights and Winery

  • Hotel breakfast
  • Safed (Tzfat): One of the Four Holy cities in tradition, known for its synagogues (Joseph Caro and Ari) and artist quarter located at high elevation in the Galilee region
  • Golan Heights: Visit former Syrian bunkers, destroyed Syrian city of Kuneitra, Israeli town of Katzrin, and Golan Heights Winery (tour and wine tasting)
  • Golan Magic: Multimedia presentation of the area’s history
  • Return to hotel and dinner
  • Overnight in the Galilee

Tuesday, Day 5:Sea of Galilee, Nazareth and Jerusalem

  • Hotel breakfast
  • Nazareth: Visit Grotto of the Annunciation, Church of St. Joseph, and site of ancient City Well, believed to be where Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary
  • Capernaum: Visit remains of 2nd century synagogue (octagonal Church of St. Peter) and site of Jesus’ miracles
  • Mount of Beatitudes: Where Jesus preached “The Sermon On The Mount” (Matt. 5)
  • Beit Shean: Excavated Roman city with amphitheater, colonnaded streets, mosaics, and bathhouses
  • Beit Alpha: Remains of mosaic floor of ancient synagogue depicting the zodiac
  • Jordan Valley: See desert bloom with flowers and vegetation as prophesied in Isaiah 35:1-2
  • Drive to Jerusalem and check-in to hotel
  • Overnight in Jerusalem

Wednesday, Day 6:Jerusalem: The Old City

  • Hotel breakfast
  • Mount of Olives: Located east of the Old City, features panoramic view of Old City and Golden Gates and site where Jesus prayed before His crucifixion
  • Upper Room and David’s Tomb at Mt. Zion: Located above David’s Tomb compound, believed by many to be the room where Jesus had His last Passover meal before His incarceration
  • Jewish Quarter (Old City): Located in the southeastern sector of the walled city, stretches from the Zion Gate in the south to the Western Wall and Temple Mount in the east, reconstructed after the Six-Day War in 1967, features the “Cardo” (Roman thoroughfare and ancient marketplace) and the Herodian quarter
  • Western Wall: Also known as the “Kotel” or “Wailing Wall”, holiest place for Jews, last remaining structure of the temple
  • Via Dolorosa: Also known as the “Stations of the Cross”, pathway to Jesus’ Crucifixion, now home to colorful bazaars and merchant marketplace
  • Church of the Holy Sepulchre: Believed by many Christians to be site of Golgotha and Jesus’ resurrection
  • Bethlehem: Visit inside the Church of the Nativity, believed to be the animal stable where Jesus was born, and view Rachel’s Tomb
  • Return to hotel and evening at leisure
  • Overnight in Jerusalem

Thursday, Day 7:New City of Jerusalem

  • Hotel breakfast
  • Israel Museum: Shrine of the Book houses preserved Dead Sea scrolls found in Qumran caves by a shepherd, scale model of the Old City of Jerusalem in the 2nd Temple era
  • Knesset: Israel’s parliament, opened in 1950 after functioning in various locations in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem since Israel’s creation
  • Mt. Hertzel: Cemetery for fallen soldiers, leaders, and Prime Ministers
  • Yad Vashem: Holocaust memorial museum commemorating 6 million Jews who died in concentration camps in Europe, considered the largest memorial for Holocaust victims
  • Mea Shearim: Vibrant ultra-orthodox neighborhood in the heart of Jerusalem, unique lifestyle and culture, Judaica shops, and restaurants
  • Dinner at authentic restaurant, followed by Sound and Light show at Tower of David Museum
  • Overnight in Jerusalem

Friday, Day 8:Masada and Dead Sea

  • Hotel breakfast
  • Drive to Dead Sea, 1305 feet (398 meters) below sea level
  • Qumran: Site of the Dead Sea Scrolls discovery by a shepherd boy
  • Masada: Legendary mountaintop plateau, site of the last stronghold of Jewish Zealots against Romans, cable car ascent
  • Dead Sea: Small body of water (lake size) and lowest point on earth, 11%-13% salt and other natural ingredients, Dead Sea mud, impossible to sink
  • Return to hotel in Jerusalem
  • Overnight in Jerusalem

Saturday, Day 9:Jerusalem at leisure

  • Hotel breakfast
  • Shabbat (Saturday) day at leisure to relax and explore the city at your own pace
  • Evening at leisure to enjoy the city’s nightlife or rest after a week of sightseeing
  • Overnight in Jerusalem

Sunday, Day 10:Journey to Eilat (Negev, Timna, Underwater, Observatory)

  • Hotel breakfast in Jerusalem, depart for Eilat through the Negev desert
  • Timna Park in the Negev Desert: Rich in copper ore, site of mining since 5th millennium BCE, visit copper mines and view King Solomon’s pillars
  • Underwater Observatory in Eilat: Largest natural aquarium in the world, built into coral reef for a unique underwater experience
  • Check-in to hotel in Eilat
  • Suggested dinner reservation at “The Last Refuge,” a popular seafood restaurant in Eilat
  • Overnight in Eilat

Monday, Day 11:Day at leisure or Petra excursion

Today, you have the option to spend the day at leisure in Eilat or take an optional tour to Petra.

  • Petra ($250 per person): Built by the Nabateans, famous for its huge monuments such as the Treasury, Royal Tombs, Courthouse, Roman Theater and the Qassier Rl-Bint. Horseback ride included. Includes lunch, visa preparation, and border assistance.
  • Dolphin Reef: Horseshoe-shaped sea-pen with captive bottle-nose dolphins. Snorkel or scuba dive with dolphins and other sea marine life. Prices: Dive – 339 NIS ($95); Snorkel – 290 NIS ($80)
  • Red Sea: Contact Shalom Journeys for a list of recreational facilities and beaches around the hotel.
  • Suggested dinner reservations at TBA.

Tuesday, Day 12:Journey to Tel Aviv – Mitzpe Ramon, Sde Boker

  • Mitzpeh Ramon: Geological feature in Israel’s Negev desert. The largest national park in Israel, the Ramon Nature Reserve.
  • Sde Boker: Kibbutz in the Negev desert, home of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion. Overlooks the Zin Valley.
  • Bedouin Village: Camel safari in the desert, followed by a biblical light lunch and Bedouin hospitality.
  • Hatzerim Air Force Museum: Israeli Air Force base in the Negev Desert, view planes and equipment from past Israel wars.
  • Arrive in Tel Aviv and check in to hotel. Suggested dinner reservations at TBA.
  • Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Wednesday, Day 13:Departure or extend

  • After breakfast, check out from the hotel and transfer to Ben Gurion Airport
  • Depart for home with lasting memories of Israel
  • Optional: Extend stay in Israel
Tour Includes

Hotel accommodations - 13 days/12 nights

  • 2 night in Tel Aviv
  • 2 nights in the Galilee
  • 5 nights in Jerusalem
  • 2 nights in Eilat
  • 1 night in Tel Aviv
  • Hotel taxes and service charges

Tours and guiding

  • Touring in a Deluxe vehicle/motor-coach with a professional licensed driver
  • A professional government licensed English speaking guide – hand picked
  • Entrance fees to all sites and parks

Meet, assist and transfers

  • Meet and assist at Ben Gurion Airport, immediately after passport control
  • Transfers on arrivals and departures from and to Ben Gurion Airport

Meals included

  • Israeli style buffet breakfast daily
  • 2 dinners in the Galilee
  • 1 dinner at an authentic restaurant in Jerusalem
  • 1 Druze lunch

Other services also included

  • Trips Israel host/hostess at Ben Gurion Airport
  • Sound and Light show at the Tower of David Museum
  • Nazareth
  • Western Wall – Kotel
  • Portfolio of travel documents
  • Maps, pens and luggage tags

Not included

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips to guide and driver
  • lunch daily, other than mentioned already
Hotels

Deluxe Hotels - 5 starsDeluxe Hotels - 5 stars

The Dan Hotel – Tel Aviv

 

Kibbutz Lavi Hotel – Hadar Rooms – Galilee

 

King David Hotel – Jerusalem

 

Dan Hotel – Deluxe Rooms – Eilat

Superior + Hotels - 4.5 starsSuperior + Hotels - 4.5 stars

Renaissance Hotel – Tel Aviv

 

Kibbutz Lavi Hotel – Eden Wing Rooms – Galilee

 

Orient Hotel – Jerusalem

Dan Hotel – Eilat Rooms – Eilat

Superior Hotels - 4 stars

Dan Panorama Hotel – Tel Aviv

 

Kibbutz Lavi Hotel – Eden Rooms – Galilee

 

Dan Panorama Hotel – Jerusalem

 

Dan Panorama Hotel – Eilat

Moderate Hotels - 3.5 stars

Prima City Hotel – Tel Aviv

 

Kibbutz Lavi Hotel – Eden Rooms – Galilee

 

Prima Kings Hotel – Jerusalem

 

Prima Music Hotel – Eilat

Interfaith Israel Tour Prestige Highlights

Mediterranean Coast and surrounding area

  • Tel Aviv
  • Caesarea
  • Mt. Carmel
  • Druze Village
  • Megiddo

Galilee and surrounding regions

  • Safed
  • Golan Heights (former Syrian bunkers, Kuneitra and the new Israeli town of Katzrin)
  • Nazareth
  • Mount of the Beatitudes
  • Capernaum
  • Beit Shean
  • Beit Alpha

Negev Desert and the Red Sea region

  • Timna Park (Solomon’s Pillars)
  • Underwater Observatory
  • Bedouin Hospitality
  • Mitzpe Ramon
  • Sde Boker
  • Hatzerim (Air force Museum)

Jerusalem – Old City

  • Christian Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem
  • Via Dolorosa
  • Church of the Holy Seplechre
  • Jewish Quarter of the Old City
  • Herodian
  • Kotel – Western Wall

Jerusalem – New City

  • Yad Vashem
  • Israel Museum
  • Knesset – Israel’s Parliament
  • Mt. Hertzel
  • Mea Sheharim
  • Mount of Olives
  • Mount Zion: Tomb of King David, Upper Room

Dead Sea and surrounding regions

  • Qumran
  • Masada
  • Dead Sea swim facility

Bethlehem

  • Church of the Nativity
  • Rachel’s Tomb