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The Holyland

Pin-thin alleyways in Jerusalem’s Old City, eerie caves carved into the Dead Sea’s shores, local hospitality at a real-life kibbutz. This fascinating tour gives you a complete run-through of the Holyland’s must-see sights.

What's included

  • Scheduled flights from Heathrow with El Al or similar scheduled airline
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • 7 nights’ accommodation on a half-board basis from day 2
  • The services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Hotel porterage (one bag per person)
  • All airport taxes, security charges, UK Airline Passenger Duty, all state and local taxes, plus ATOL protection fee.

Included holiday highlights

  • Tour of Tel Aviv, ‘the city that never stops’, and the old port of Jaffa
  • Visit the ancient city of Caesarea, cosmopolitan Haifa and historic Acre
  • Cruise across the Sea of Galilee
  • Tour of the ancient ruined city of Capernaum and Banias Springs, site of ancient Caesarea Philippi
  • Visit Nazareth, the cradle of Christianity, and view Roman and Byzantine ruins in Beit Shean
  • Experience the land of the Bible on a Nazareth Village visit
  • Walking tour taking in the holy and historic sites of the Old City of Jerusalem
  • Tour of Bethlehem, one of the holiest sites for Christians

Optional excursions

  • Visit the Dead Sea, also known as ‘salt sea’, and the ancient cliff-top fortress of Masada
  • Experience the city of Jerusalem by night
You will depart on your scheduled flight to Tel Aviv today. On arrival, you will transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Today you will enjoy an included orientation tour of Tel Aviv and the old port of Jaffa before travelling to the Sea of Galilee, where you will stay for the next two nights. En route you will stop at Caesarea, the Roman capital of Judea, for a tour of the excavations of the ancient city, the Roman theatre and the aqueduct. You will also visit Haifa and the Bahai Shrine. Your final stop on today’s tour is Acre, fought over for centuries during the Crusades, and captured by Richard the Lionheart. Here, we include a short sightseeing tour of the fortress and the old harbour area, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This evening enjoy a welcome drink and dinner at your hotel in Tiberius, where you stay tonight.
Today’s included full-day excursion commences with a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to the ancient ruined city of Capernaum, where you will find the remains of a 2nd century synagogue. From here, you travel to Tagbha, the site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes, where you will visit the Church of Multiplication, which houses a 4th century mosaic floor. You will continue to the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee to the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount, and then you will enjoy a drive north through the Hulah Valley to Banias Springs, the site of the ancient city of Caesarea Philippi. A visit to Tel Dan, source of the Jordan River (season permitting), completes your day, before you return to your hotel at Galilee via the Golan Heights.
After breakfast join our included excursion to Nazareth, where (time permitting) you will see the Church of the Annunciation, St Joseph’s Workshop and Mary’s Well. You’ll also visit Nazareth Village, a replica of a Galilean settlement as it would have been 2,000 years ago. Your journey then continues to Jerusalem with a visit to a kibbutz en route. Here you will learn about this unique way of communal living, found only in Israel. You then move on to Beit Shean, the ancient Decapolis where you can view the Roman and Byzantine ruins of this once great city. Continue through the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem, where you will stay for the next four nights.
You will have the opportunity to spend a full day discovering Jerusalem at your leisure. Alternatively, join our optional visit to the Dead Sea - en route you visit the Qumran caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. You will also stop at Ein Gedi before heading to Masada, the site of an ancient fortress on a cliff-top plateau, and the last stronghold of the Jews after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 AD. You will ascend to Masada by cable car and visit the food store rooms, water irrigation system and Herod’s Palace, where a band of Jewish rebels held out against a Roman siege for three years. Later, if you wish you can enjoy a swim in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea.
Begin your day with an included walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem, entering through the Jaffa Gate and the Jewish Quarter and heading along Cardo Maximus, the 2,000-year-old restored Roman Street, to the Western Wall. There will be time for you to view the Temple Mount area, before following the Stations of the Cross along Via Dolorosa to the Holy Sepulchre. Then you will pass through the bazaars to Mount Zion, the Tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper.
A real highlight of your holiday comes on our final day as you visit Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity, which is built over the birthplace of Jesus Christ. Returning to Jerusalem you will tour the New City and drive via the Knesset (parliament) and the symbol of the Menorah. You’ll also have the opportunity to view the Supreme Court building and admire its interesting architecture, as well as an optional visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, a memorial to the Jewish victims of the Second World War.
After breakfast this morning you will transfer to Tel Aviv airport for your return flight to the UK.

Please note: This holiday includes walking in areas of rough ground, gradients and steps.

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Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Jerusalem by Night

Jerusalem by Night

from £22

An opportunity to see the sound and light show at the David Citadel Museum situated in Jaffa Gate. Tucked inside the walls of the picturesque Old City, the compound is now a museum that welcomes tens of thousands of visitors each year. The show gives an insight into some of the history of Jerusalem.

Evening - Minimal Walking - Entertaining

Dead Sea and Masada

Dead Sea and Masada

from £74

En route to the Dead Sea you see the Qumran caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. You will also stop at Ein Gedi before heading to Masada, the site of an ancient fortress on a cliff-top plateau, and the last stronghold of the Jews after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 AD. Ascend Massada by cable car and visit the food store rooms, water irrigation system and Herod's Palace, where a band of Jewish rebels held out against a Roman siege for three years. Your day would not be complete without experiencing the incredibly buoyant and mineral rich waters of the Dead Sea which have attracted visitors since ancient times (weather permitting).

Full Day - Moderate Walking - Not to be missed
The 4-star Hotel Metropolitan is located in the centre of Tel Aviv.

Hotel facilities include a bar, sauna and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, tea/coffee-making facilities, hairdryer, complimentary wi-fi, safe and a TV.
The 4-star Prima Galil hotel is situated in Tiberias within reach of Tabgha and Ein Gev Beach.

Hotel facilities include a cafe, bar and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, hairdryer and a TV.
The Leonardo Hotel is close to many of Jerusalem's famous sights, such as the Western Wall and the Jaffa Gate.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, fitness centre and outdoor swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, mini-bar, TV and air-conditioning.

Metropolitan Hotel - Tel Aviv

Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour.  Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

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London (Heathrow)

Tuesday 20 October 2015

8 Days



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London (Heathrow)

Tuesday 03 November 2015

8 Days



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