JAFFA, GALILEE, JERUSALEM, BETHLEHEM, NEGEV DESERT, TEL AVIV
History & Culture
God’s promised land and the birthplace of one of the world’s largest religions – Israel is a destination like no other. Even for the non-believers, this journey will take you through its intriguing history, and also learn about its current affairs through expert local guides, providing you with different perspectives.
Start the journey in the port city of Jaffa, then take on ancient sites in Caesarea and Acre, before immersing yourself into biblical sites of Galilee, Nazareth, Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Have a taste of the spectacular Negev desert, before returning to cosmopolitan Tel Aviv.
Twin Sharing: HK$ 78,800 per person
Single Supplement: HK$ 28,080 per person
Early Bird Offer
First 2 bookings (up to 2 rooms) will enjoy a complimentary room upgrade at all hotels.
20% deposit at sign up
*Registration Closing Date
10 Oct 2022 or when tour is fully subscribed
Upon arrival at Tel Aviv Airport, meet your driver and guide at the arrival hall and transfer to your hotel in Jaffa (approx. 25km, 35min).
We will spend the afternoon taking a light stroll around the former Arab Port at Old Jaffa, checking out the local shuks (markets) and stroll through the labyrinth of alleys in Neve Tzedek.
Depart Jaffa today for drive up coast to the Sea of Galilee (approx. 200km, 3hrs). En route, you will drive along the coast to the Caesarea, Herod’s harbour city, where you will have an archaeologist to take you around the site of Herod’s harbour city.
Continue onwards to the magnificent Baha’i Gardens in Haifa which has UNESCO status, and explore the underground Crusader City of Acre before driving onwards to Tiberias to check-in to your hotel.
Take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee from Tiberias to Capernaum, a village on the coast of Sea of Galilee the people first saw the miracles and listened to the teachings of Jesus. Tour the Ancient Synagogue and ends at the House of Peter.
Visit a Kibbutz, which means communal settlement in Hebrew and is a voluntary democratic community where people live and work together on a non-competitive basis. Experience a typical Druze lunch, and learn about the traditions of the Druze people through their hospitality.
Today to head down towards Jerusalem (approx. 180km, 2hr 45min).
En route, we will stop in Nazareth, perhaps one of the most visited site of all Christian pilgrimages trip, with the home of Mary, Joseph and infant Jesus being one of the big draw, as well as the Basilica of the Annunciation.
Jerusalem is the spiritual hub of Christianity, Islam and Jews. Today, have an introductory tour of this holy city. Start from the Citadel, known as the “Tower of David”, a significant fortifications made by the Israelite, King David. The citadel’s museum beautifully brings to life Jerusalem’s history and offers changing exhibitions and activities for all ages. Make a visit to Mount of Olives, with its world’s oldest and largest Jewish cemetery. You can also get a bird-eye view of the Old City from here.
Today, explore the East & West of Jerusalem, including Ein Kerem, where Christian tradition says John the Baptist was born. An Israeli and a Palestinian guide will each tell their divergent narrative of the village’s role in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence. You will also cover other sites like Hadassah Hospital and Chagall Windows, Mt. Herzl, the Mea Shearim Orthodox neighborhood and meet member of community to learn more about their religious customs) and the bustling Mahane Yehuda market.
This morning, we make an excursion to another top biblical site – Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ. You will visit the Church of Nativity, the Milk Grotto Chapel, King Cinema and Well.
Enjoy dinner with a Palestinian family this evening where you get to hear more about their lives.
Depart Jerusalem for the Negev Desert (approx. 350km, 4hrs). En route, stop at Masada National Park, the center of archaeological and historical sites of Israel’s Dead Sea. Visit the Qumran Cave on its northern shore of Dead Sea where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, and enjoy a short but scenic cable car ride to the top of the Masada Fortress, where a fantastic view to the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea awaits!
Continue on your drive into the Negev Desert.
Enjoy a half-day jeep safari to Ramon Crater, the world’s largest erosion crater and is a unique landform to the Negev and Egypt’s Sinai Deserts.
The afternoon is at leisure to relax in your hotel, which has wonderful views of the surrounding desert landscape and a good spa. There are other activities that can be arranged.
Enjoy one relaxed morning at your resort before driving back back to Tel Aviv (approx. 200km, 2 – 2.5hrs). Be introduced to the economic centre of Israel as you browse the colorful neighborhoods and take in the city’s landmarks, ancient sites and vibrant street markets. Visit the fascinating Diaspora Museum to enjoy a local perspective on life in the city.
Enjoy a day in Tel Aviv with your driver and guide, to do some last minute shopping before the transfer to Tel Aviv Airport for your onward journey.
The Jaffa • The Scot Hotel • Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem • Beresheet Hotel
Housed in a restored 19th century complex, this lifestyle hotel infuses a modern, minimalistic décor into a space that oozes with history, fitting in perfectly into the vibrant neighbourhood in the port city of Jaffa. There are modern amenities including a fitness centre, outdoor pool and spa, as well as cool restaurants serving international and Israeli cuisine. (Renovated: 2017; Rooms: 120)View More
Blending Scottish and Israeli elements, this boutique hotel, owned by the Scottish Church, has been restored from a heritage building into a luxury hotel with character, along the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Indulge in Israeli culinary delights with Galilean and Scottish influences, and relax in the extensive spa after a day of exploring the historical sites of the region. (Renovated: 2013; Rooms: 67)View More
An oasis of calm right in the heart of Jerusalem, just a stone’s throw from the walls of the Old City. Retaining the façade of a former palace, this luxury hotel is designed around an inner courtyard that combines traditional décor with modern furnishings, complemented with the classic “True Waldorf Experience” hospitality. (Renovated: 2017; Rooms: 226)View More
Set across 12.5 acres in the Negev Desert, this luxury hotel provides an unforgettable hospitality experience with a gourmet restaurant, a luxury spa and breath-taking desert scenery views from its elegant rooms, housed in unique structure using natural materials of stone and wood. (Opened: 2011; Rooms: 111)View More
8 Dec TK 71 Hong Kong – Istanbul 23:05 – 06:15 + 1D
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19 Dec TK 789 Tel Aviv – Istanbul 21:00 – 00:15 + 1D
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Registration Closing Date: 10 Oct 2022 or when tour is fully subscribed
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