TURKEY - ISRAEL HIGHLIGHTS

Durations : 13 nights 14 days
Route : Istanbul - Tel Aviv -Haifa-Galilee-Nazareth-Jerusalem-Qumeran-Massada -Dead Sea-Tel Aviv
Departure : Every Monday

Price start $ 2.850

 

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Day 1 - Istanbul
Arrive in Istanbul Ataturk Airport. After visa and luggage claim, you will meet your driver and private car, will be ready to transfer you to the hotel. A welcome package with your tour vouchers, a tourist map, and any other touristic information that you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your hotel. There is no plan for this day unless you are interested in experience the traditional Turkish bath nearby your hotel. (No Meals)

Day 2 - Full Day Tour of Two Continents in Bosphorus
In the morning a visit to the Spice Market, where locals still shop for herbs and spices coming from all over the world. Then, embark on a cruise by boat on Bosphorus, the unique winding strait separating two continents. After lunch, you will cross the Bosphorus by driving through the Bogazici Bridge to go over the Asian side of Istanbul. Also take a visit to Beylerbeyi Palace, the summer residence of Ottoman Sultans used in the 19th century. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 3 - Full Day Tour of Byzantine & Ottoman Highlights
Today you will have a full day tour of visiting St Sophia Museum, the pride of the Byzantine architecture, Byzantine Hippodrome, where once chariot races were held; the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue Iznik tiles; and enjoy shopping in the world’s largest covered bazaar with 4000 shops, is known as Grand Bazaar. After lunch, you will visit Topkapi Palace, the famous residence of the Sultans (The Harem section is not included in the tour) and see the Treasury, royal gardens, Sultan’s kitchen and Sacred Relics. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 4 - Istanbul
Enjoy your free day by exploring landmarks of the city on your own. Our you can join our optional tour to Cappadocia.(Breakfast)

Day 5 - Istanbul – Tel Aviv
You will be transferred to the airport with your private car and driver. After arriving at Ben Gurion Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv. (Breakfast)

Day 6 - Tel Aviv
Free day at leisure time. You can explore the beauties of the city on your own. (Breakfast)

Day 7 - Haifa
Depart Tel Aviv and visit the Diaspora Museum. Proceed along the coastal plain to Caesarea, capital of Judea under the Romans. See the excavations of the Crusader city and the Roman port, aqueduct and the amphitheatre that has been restored to its former glory as a concert venue. Continue via the Druze villages to Haifa. Overnight in Haifa. (Breakfast)

Day 8 - Galilee
The tour of Haifa begins at the summit of Mount Carmel for a breathtaking panoramic view of the Haifa Bay and Western Galilee. Continue to the golden domed Bahai Shrine to visit the exotic Persian Gardens. Proceed to Safed, the center of Jewish mysticism, where you will visit the ancient synagogues and the artists’ colony. Continue to the Golan Heights to see the former Syrian bunkers, Kuneitra and the new Israeli town of Katzrin. Dinner and overnight at the Lavi Kibbutz Hotel. (Breakfast)

Day 9 - Sea of Galilee – Nazareth
Start the day with a visit to Tiberias. Drive to Capernaum to see the ruins of the synagogue and octagonal Church of St. Peter. Proceed to Nazareth, where you will visit the Church of the Annunciation. Tour the new Jewish town and visit the Arab market. Continue via Beit Shean to Beit Alpha to see the remains of the mosaic floor of an ancient synagogue depicting the zodiac. Overnight in Jerusalem.(Breakfast)

Day 10 - Jerusalem
Visit the tomb of King David on Mt. Zion and the room of the last supper. Enter the walled city and walk through the newly restored Jewish Quarter. Visit the Roman Cardo, the Herodian Quarter and continue to the Western Wall. Walk along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Proceed to Mount Scopus and then to the Mount of Olives for a magnificent panoramic view of the Old City. Continue to Bethlehem** stopping at Rachel’s Tomb and the Church of Nativity. Overnight in Jerusalem.(Breakfast)

Day 11 - Jerusalem
Drive to the Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Kerem to see the Chagall stained glass windows and continue to Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust. Explore the Israel Museum and its Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed. Visit the Miniature model of Jerusalem as it was 2,000 years ago. We will then see the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, and the Givat Ram Campus of the Hebrew University. Overnight in Jerusalem.(Breakfast)

Day 12 - Qumeran - Massada - Dead Sea
Drive through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth at almost 1,300 feet (400 meters) below sea level. Stop at Qumran to visit the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Massada. Ascend by cable car and tour the ancient fortress where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans before committing mass suicide in 73 AD. Time and weather permitting, an opportunity will be provided to float on the Dead Sea.Overnight in Jerusalem.(Breakfast)

Day 13 - Jerusalem
Enjoy your day at leisure in Jerusalem. (Breakfast)

Day 14 - Tel Aviv
Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport and the end of our services.

Price start $ 2.850

Whats Included
•Accommodations in tourist class hotels with breakfast.
•All transfers provided by private deluxe A/C vehicles.
•Domestic flight tickets for economy class.
•All tours as per itinerary, including entrance fees where mentioned.
•Services of qualified local guide for sightseeing in each day.
•Meals as indicated in the itinerary
•Local taxation and VAT.

Whats not included
•International airfare to the trip start point, drinks, and other personal items.
•Entrance Visa (if required).
•Excess baggage.
•Tips for the guide, drivers and hotel staff.
•Optional tours, entrance fees to any sights where not mentioned on itinerary.