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Coach Tour8 Days ex Tel Aviv

Departs ThursdaysThe wonders of the Israel and Palestine are laid out in this fascinating 8 day itinerary encompassing many of the most sacred and interesting sites of this destination. With such a long and decorated history every corner of coastline and every twisting alleyway on this tour can reveal a fascinating site straight from the heart of the three great monotheistic religions of the world.Highlights:

  • Relive the Sermon of the Mount after ascending to the top of the Mount of Beatitudes
  • Visit the Caves of Qumran where the oldest group of Old Testament Manuscripts the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered
  • Visit the Temple Mount where the Prophet Mohammed ascended to heaven on the back of the steed Buraq. (subject to security clearance)

Information:

  • Meals and Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Guaranteed departure (min 2 pax) coach tour
  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Important Information

Day 1: Tel Aviv

On arrival you will be met at the airport by a representative of our local operator (look out for your name on a sign) and then transferred to your Tel Aviv hotel where accommodation is reserved for one night on a bed and breakfast basis. Remainder of day at leisure.

Day 2: Tel Aviv - Sea of Galilee – Tiberias (B)

Start your day with a short walking tour in picturesque alleys of the old fortified town of Jaffa (Joppa). Drive northwards along the coast to the archaeological ruins of Caesarea built by Herod the Great. From there we go on to visit Megiddo to see the ancient city inhabited continuously for more than five millennia. Drive toward Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee. Overnight in Tiberias for two nights.

Day 3: Jordan Valley (B)

Visit Capernaum to see the synagogue where Jesus preached and the recent excavations of the House of St. Peter. Continue onto Tabgha where Jesus multiplied five loaves and two fish. Ascend to the top of the Mt. of Beatitudes where you can relive the Sermon on the Mount. Ascend the Golan Heights and from Mt. Bental peer deep into Syria and the ghost town of Kuneitra. See the whole of Northern Israel from atop the Hula Valley.

Day 4: Tiberias – Nazareth – Jerusalem (B)

This morning visit the holy sites of Nazareth - See the Basilica of the Annunciation and visit Mary’s Well and the Church of St. Joseph. Visit the wedding church at Cana where Jesus turned water into wine. See the ancient city of Beith Alpha to see the remains of the mosaic floor of the synagogue. Ascend the mountains to the holy city of Jerusalem where your accommodation has been booked for four nights.

Day 5: Jerusalem - Masada and the Dead Sea – Jerusalem (B)

Depart Jerusalem via the Inn of the Good Samaritan. Visit the caves of Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Ascend the mighty fortress of Masada - the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Experience a ‘float’ in the salty waters of the Dead Sea (weather permitting).

Day 6: Jerusalem Old City (B)

Start with a spectacular view of Jerusalem from Mount Scopus and then onto the Garden of Gethsemane. In the Old City visit the Western Wall and the Temple Mount (subject to security clearance). Walk the Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross) until the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Visit the tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper on Mount Zion. 

Day 7: Jerusalem New City & Bethlehem (B)

See the famous Dead Sea Scrolls at the Shrine of the Book. View a detailed model of Jerusalem from Herodian times. Experience a moving visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. Explore the quaint village of Ein Karem where John the Baptist was born. Drive by the Knesset (House of Parliament) and the beautiful campus of Hebrew University. Continue to Bethlehem (subject to security clearance) to visit Shepherds Fields Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity.

Day 8: Jerusalem - Departure

Transfer to Ben Gurion airport for your onward flight.

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

  • Transfers as specified in itinerary
  • Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
  • Tourist Class hotels with private facilities
  • Breakfasts
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Professional English speaking driver/guides
  • Entrance fees
  • Israel Travel Notes – issued by Innovative Travel

TOUR EXCLUSIONS:

  • International airfares
  • Optional tours and excursions
  • Port Taxes and fuel surcharges
  • Porterage
  • Tipping/Gratuities (please refer to tour notes for a recommended guideline)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Departure taxes
  • Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
  • Visas (unless specified)
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above

NOTES:

  • Modest dress is required for entrance to holy sites - Men: Long Pants. Women: Skirt or long pants and shoulders covered
  • Order of sightseeing may be amended depending on local travel restrictions and security clearance
  • The hotel selection may change – please use this as a guideline only

Accommodation based on the following or similar:

Tel Aviv

Tourist Class - Sea.Net / Olympia

Superior Tourist Class - Metropolitan / Grand Beach

First Class - Crowne Plaza / Dan Panorama

Tiberias

Tourist Class - Prima / Restal

Superior Tourist Class - Golan / Leonardo

First Class - Caesar / Ron Beach

Jerusalem

Tourist Class - Rimonim Shalom / Gold Hotel

Superior Tourist Class - Grand Court / Leonardo

First Class - Crowne Plaza Deluxe Room / Dan Panorama

Israel is a country of pilgrimage for the three main religions of the world. It is a country where locals and those visiting have diverse political, cultural and religiously opinions. These generally reflect the cultural or religious belief of the person you are talking to. When travelling on tours please be aware that cultural sensitivities and attitudes of those on the tours, and those operating the tours may differ from those you personally have.       The majority of sights visited on tours have religious significance to more than one religion and denomination. The tours are generally non-denominational.

Visa procedure on entry into Israel - Electronic Gate Pass It is essential that clients thinking of visiting Iran, Lebanon or Syria do not have a stamp showing entry into Israel.

For passengers who wish not to have their passports stamped with an Israel visa, Israel authorities have developed the “Electronic Gate Pass” as a substitute for the visa stamp. With the press of a button, a card is printed at the Border Control station and includes the principle details of the traveller as in the first page of the passport. Such details are picture, full name, date of entrance and type of visa. The form may not be printed automatically by the agent in charge at the border control booth, so it is important that clients specifically ask for the card to be issued if they do not wish to have their passport stamped. The Electronic gate pass is available at Ben Gurion Airport and at the various land crossings into Israel. The card is a proof of tourist status and must be retained at all time by the tourist while in Israel. It allows tourists to purchase goods and be exempt from VAT. When planning a purchase, the card must be shown (but not handed in) in order to receive tourist privileges such as return of VAT for hotel services, car rentals as well as at specially registered duty free shops throughout the country.

West Bank and Occupied Territories Checkpoints and crossing into the West Bank and Occupied Territories: There are some travel restrictions in place in Israel, Sometimes access to attractions or cities may be restricted or limited by the security forces. These situations are outside the control of the operator and in the event of such circumstances they will endeavour to offer an alternative or reschedule a tour.

Bethlehem Israeli guides and drivers may not be allowed to enter Bethlehem. Tours are generally operated by locals who also own their own local shops. We are reliant on using the locals for the tours and therefore spending part of the tour in a local merchant shop is part of the experience. Old Jerusalem – Due to parking and road restrictions in Old Jerusalem transfers and sightseeing coaches have limited access. You may be required to walk a short distance to meet tours or transfers.

Hotels and Services in Israel Although Israel is considered a First World country, the standard of hotels and service especially in the tourist and first class categories are more reflective of the region. Breakfasts may be buffet or middle eastern breakfast (more like a continental breakfast with egg, bread and cheese). The demands on infrastructure in these regions are quite high and may lead to issues relating to maintenance or reliability of supply. Hotel staff whilst efficient may appear brusk and unwelcoming in comparision to other destinations.

Coach Tours Please note that Israel coach tours may operate with clients staying in different hotels in each location. People on the tours may also have different inclusions.

Hotels on Coach Tours Please use the hotel information on coach tours as a guide. In some cases these hotels are substituted for alternatives of the same or higher standard without notice.

Border Crossing Procedures For full details on border crossing procedures please refer to the Innovative Travel Notes. Unsure you have some hard currency on hand to pay departure and or arrival taxes.

The Allenby Bridge Border Crossing from Jordan or Israel is the most difficult and inconsistent border crossing in the region. This border crossing may take between 1-3+ hours depending on the time and day of travel. This may cause problems in finding the transfer drivers as although they are prearranged drivers are limited in the time they are able to wait at the border.

If you are more than 90 minutes at the border it is important to contact the transfer driver on the number provided in your documentation to reconfirm the drivers location as they are unaware if you have already passed through immigration.

Dress Codes Modest dress is required for entrance to holy sites – Men: Long pants, Women – skirt or long pants and shoulders covered.

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