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5-Day Best of Israel Tour from Tel Aviv: Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Nazareth, and Masada

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    What to Expect
    Your 5-day Israel tour is made up of full-day tours and excursions but your evenings are spent at leisure, allowing you to relax or venture out independently. Breakfasts are included on each day with the exception of Day 1, and times for you to eat lunch and dinner are factored in to each day. While these meals are not included, your guide will happily offer tips for restaurants and cafes.

    Three-star hotel accommodation is included in Jerusalem for the first three nights of your tour, and then your final night is spent near the Sea of Galilee at an Israeli kibbutz, for a taste of traditional Israeli culture.

    Due to maintenance working of the cable car, the site of Masada will be closed between January 13th-27th 2019.

    As a substitution, tour will visit at Qumran caves and Baptism site on the Jordan River.
    Itinerary
    Day 1: Tel Aviv – Jerusalem

    Leave your Tel Aviv hotel and travel southeast to Jerusalem by air-conditioned coach, roughly an hour away. As you enter the city, stop to admire the views from the Mount of Olives, gazing out at the Dome of the Rock at Temple Mount Esplanade. Travel through Kidron Valley, past the monumental burial tombs at the Garden of Gethsemane – where Jesus was said to have prayed before his crucifixion – to the walls of the Armenian quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City.

    Stretch your legs on a walk, ambling along the old Byzantine main road, and stop to admire the Western Wall, nicknamed the ‘wailing wall’ after the vast crowds of worshipers who use it as an open-air synagogue. Soak up the atmosphere and continue through the Jewish quarter to the Christian quarter for a walk along the Via Dolorosa. The road was once an important pilgrimage route for Christian visitors, believed to mark the way to the site of Jesus’ crucifixion at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

    Wander away from the Christian quarter to check out the Muslim bazaar, a bustling place where Hebron glass and Armenian pottery knickknacks are sold alongside spices and coffee. Browse the stalls with your guide and then venture into the newer part of the city for a visit to Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum – a poignant Holocaust memorial and exhibition center. After exploring at leisure, meet your guide and check in to your Jerusalem hotel.

    Overnight: 3-star hotel in Jerusalem

    Day 2: Jerusalem – City of David – Jerusalem (B)

    Enjoy breakfast and then head out for your second tour of Jerusalem’s Old City, enjoying in-depth commentary about each of the sights. Visit the Mount of Olives, and then stop to see an ancient cemetery in Kidron Valley, visiting the tombs of Absalom – King David’s son – as well as Zechariah, a revered temple priest. Continue past the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane, and stop at Mount Zion to pay your respects at the Tomb of King David.

    Head into the heart of the Old City through Zion Gate and walk around the four Sephardic synagogues in the Jewish quarter that each date back to the 17th and 18th centuries. Stroll along the Byzantine main street, and pass the excavations of an ancient wall that stood some 2, 700 years ago during the reign of King Hezekiah. The area is home to some incredible 2,000-year-old Herodian mansions, complete with their original mosaics. Wander around with your guide and hear insights into the people’s lifestyle at the time.

    Stop to place a prayer note in the cracks of the Western Wall, and then leave the Old City through Dung Gate. After a break for lunch (own expense), set off on foot to explore the walled City of David, one of Jerusalem’s ancient neighborhoods. Spend time here at your leisure or enjoy a guided tour (excluded). Steeped in religious history, the City of David is often cited as the birthplace of Jerusalem for it was here that Kind David founded his kingdom, and some of the most famous biblical stories are believed to have taken place. Today, the neighborhood is an extensive archeological park, home to an array of temples, ruins and relics. As you amble around, your guide will point out highlights such as Gihon Spring – an ancient water source – and the tunnels that were built by the Canaanites to channel water around the City of David.

    Your full-day tour finishes with a hotel drop-off, and the rest of the evening is then yours to spend at leisure.

    Overnight: 3-star hotel in Jerusalem

    Day 3: Jerusalem – Masada – Dead Sea – Jerusalem (B)

    After breakfast, travel through the barren Judean Desert that stretches around the city. Pass the Inn of the Good Samaritan – the setting of one of the New Testament’s most famous parables – and watch the sultry barren hills of the desert give way to the stone towers of Jericho, one of the world’s oldest cities.

    Continue alongside the shores of the Dead Sea, admiring its serene blue water juxtaposed against the sun-baked desert canyons, and then stop at the cable car station that leads to Masada. The UNESCO World Heritage site is home to the ruins of King Herod’s ancient fortress, a palace complex that later became a besieged Jewish stronghold against a bloody Roman invasion.

    Hop inside the cable car and ride to the mountain’s flat-topped summit while gazing down over Snake, a winding walkway that leads to the top. Explore Masada’s excavations with your guide, discovering ruined stone houses, bathhouses and a 1st-century synagogue and more. After learning about the site during the days of King Herod and during the Roman attack of 73 AD, return down the mountain by cable car.

    Enjoy a quick break for lunch (own expense), and then travel to a resort on the Dead Sea, stopping at the northern coast to swim and float in the mineral-rich waters at leisure. Marking the lowest point on the face of the Earth, the impressive stretch of water is fed by a collection of incoming rivers that gush in to its land-locked shores. As the waters have nowhere to flow on to, they evaporate and leave behind a rich concentration of natural salt that attributes to the Dead Sea’s famous buoyancy.

    After floating on the water and enjoying the therapeutic mud, meet back up with your guide and return to your Jerusalem hotel.

    Overnight: 3-star hotel in Jerusalem

    Day 4: Jerusalem – Nazareth – Sea of Galilee – Jerusalem (B)

    Leave Jerusalem after breakfast, and then travel north to Nazareth. Nestled into the Galilean Hills, the city is home to a revered Christian shrine – the Church of the Annunciation – where the Angel Gabriel is said to have appeared to the Virgin Mary.

    Head inside the basilica, and learn of its significance as a Christian pilgrimage site while admiring the architecture. Another sacred site – St Joseph’s Church – is nearby, so stroll over to it next with your guide. Built on the spot where Joseph of Nazareth’s carpentry workshop is said to have stood, the church is fascinating to explore with a network of crypts beneath its main hall.

    After walking around the church with your guide, leave Nazareth and continue through the village of Cafa for a photo stop at the Church of the Multiplication on the Sea of Galilee. It was here that one of the New Testament’s parables – the feeding of the 5,000 – took place.

    Continue around the foot of Mount Beatitudes to the ancient fishing village of Capernaum, and see the ruins of Jesus’ much-celebrated synagogue on a walk with your guide. Stop for lunch (own expense) and then travel toward the Jordan River.

    Stop at Yarendit to walk along its sacred river banks and learn about the baptismal rituals that take place at the water’s edge. If you would like to get baptized, speak to your guide to see if it can be arranged. Soak up the tranquil ambiance, and then check in to your kibbutz on the Sea of Galilee for your overnight stay.

    Overnight: Nof Tavor hotel in kibbutz near the Sea of Galilee

    Day 5: Sea of Galilee – Caesarea – Haifa – Rosh Hanikra – Acre – Tel Aviv (B)

    Leave your kibbutz after breakfast, and then travel north along the coast to your first destination of the day: Caesarea. The town is lavished with architectural remains from the Crusader period when Emperor Caesar gave the town to King Herod as a gift. Learn about the town under his rule on a walking tour and stop for photos in front of Caesarea’s old Roman theater; it’s said to be one of the largest amphitheaters to be built during the Roman era.

    After a break for lunch (own expense), continue to Haifa for a walk around Baha’i Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stacked into the hillside of Mount Carmel, the terraced gardens were built around the Shrine of the Báb – a lavish domed building where the founder of the Bábism faith is buried.

    Continue by coach to Rosh Hanikra, a geological formation of spectacular limestone grottos that zigzag along the coast. Stretch your legs on an underground stroll through the maze of caves with your guide, and pose for photos by the vibrant blue pools of water that appear around every turn.

    Your final stop of the day is in Acre, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed town with impressive city walls. Look around on a walking tour, and then travel back to central Tel Aviv where your 5-day tour finishes.
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    Reviewed 11 June 2019

    Our tour guide was named Itamar from BenHarim tours and he is hands down the best in the business. Very very knowledgeable, helpful and accommodating with all of our requests. Not only that, he was also funny! A great guide and a great person.More

    Date of experience: June 2019
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    BeinHarim-Israel, Media customer service at Bein Harim Tourism Services - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2019

    Thanks so much for this 5star review of your tour guided by Itamar. He is a respected young member on our team of guides and known to be a passionate and kind with his group of travelers daily. We are happy to read you came...More

    Reviewed 22 May 2019 via mobile

    We went to thank Bein Hardin Tours for an Exceptional experience. All the guides have been wonderful! Liat in Jerusalem, Samuel in Acre, and Saul in Nazareth have been exceptional and all very well informed. Great with organizing the group and sharing their deep knowledge...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
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    BeinHarim-Israel, Media customer service at Bein Harim Tourism Services - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2019

    Bein Harim appreciates you sharing on this platform your satisfaction with all the tour services you received over numerous tours taken with us. They deserve your feedback and praise for thier professional efforts all round. We are very appreciative that you have shared on this...More

    Reviewed 25 March 2019

    I went to Israel on a pilgrimage toured all these holy places and had the best time of my life and hope to do it again sometime.

    Date of experience: April 2018
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    Reviewed 20 February 2019

    Lorne Newman provide an outstanding background and perspectives to our tour. He also added some fun jokes to keep some humor going all day long. These tours requires the tour master to keep track of people in crowded spaces with many people as well as...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
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    BeinHarim-Israel, Media customer service at Bein Harim Tourism Services - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2019

    Bein Harim thanks you fo sharing this rave review of your tour guided by Lorne. He is worthy of your superlative description of his skill manner and vast experience in managing the group tour and maintaining such high quality service. Your warm recommendation of our...More

    Reviewed 11 January 2019

    HORRIBLE COMPANY/AVOID THEM/NEVER AGAIN - NAZARETH, GALILEE, CAESAREA, HAIFA, JERUSALEM, MASADA, DEAD SEA & BETHLEHEM! Beinharim Tour was a total fail. They're clueless, not helpful and feed the wrong information. They're making everything inconvenient for us! Word of advice avoid Beinharium Tours! Tour 1- Nazareth...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
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    MariaM16620, Operational representative at Bein Harim Tourism Services - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2019

    Dear Werdcam, We are sorry for this, and apologize as it seems there were some unclear issues that caused you uncertainty and even an extended wait. Logistics are sometimes complicated. Confusion amidst a lot of travelers is unpleasant Luggage space in any van is limited,...More

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