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From Tel Aviv: Caesarea, Haifa and Akko Day Trip

1. From Tel Aviv: Caesarea, Haifa and Akko Day Trip

Spend a day exploring Israel’s beautiful Mediterranean coast on this full-day tour departing from Tel Aviv, Herzliya and Netanya. Let an expert guide take you on a climate-controlled bus to visit ancient cities and monuments along the coast. Begin by discovering the harbor city of Caesarea. Witness an ancient Roman city filled with ruins, including one of the largest amphitheaters built in the Roman era. Next, journey to Haifa to visit the Baha’i Gardens. Tour the Baha’i gardens with their stunning terraces, known as one of Israel’s top attractions. Take the opportunity to photograph the UNESCO-protected gardens before continuing on to Rosh Hanikra. Once there, explore the area’s limestone grottoes and white-chalk cliffs that overlook the Mediterranean Sea. From the cliffs, peek over the border into Lebanon before continuing to Acre, in the north. Conclude your experience in Acra's Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Marvel at its impressive city walls, charming port, and oriental bazaar. Learn about the ancient city’s fascinating history from your guide as you wander historic streets known to the Greeks, Byzantines, and, Ottomans.

From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem, Dead Sea & Bethlehem Full-Day Tour

2. From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem, Dead Sea & Bethlehem Full-Day Tour

Explore the holiest cities on earth on a guided tour from Tel Aviv. Travel to three of Israel's highlights, including Bethlehem, Jerusalem's Old City, and the Dead sea. Enjoy plenty of free time to shop and swim. Start your guided tour in the "City of Gold." Visit Jerusalem's Old City, including the Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Sepulchre. Explore local Markets, Byzantine Cardo, and the Western Wall.  Next, embark on a tour of Bethlehem and witness the Church of the Nativity, the city where Jesus Christ was born. Those who are not interested in Bethlehem can instead opt to enjoy free time in Jerusalem. In the afternoon, journey east through the Judean Desert and head to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Bathe in the therapeutic waters before your return to Tel Aviv in the late evening.

From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem Old & New City Bus Tour

3. From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem Old & New City Bus Tour

Embark on a full-day guided trip to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. Visit highlights in the new and old cities, including the Wailing Wall, Via Dolorosa, Mt. Zion, and Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. Hear the city's history from your guide. You will leave with a comprehensive overview of the city, having walked in the quarters of the Old City, and continue to the poignant, Holocaust Museum for the later part of the day. Take in the sweeping panoramic view of the dusty city below. Then enter the Old City and tour the main attractions, such as the Wailing Wall, Temple Mount, and the Dome of the Rock. Walk through the Jewish and Armenian Quarters and the recently restored Roman road of The Cardo, visible on Jewish Quarter Street. Visit the bazaar and the Western Wall, or Kotel, and proceed along the Via Dolorosa to visit the Church of Holy Sepulcher, also known as the Church of the Resurrection and said to be the place where Jesus is buried and was resurrected. Ascend to Mt. Zion. On Saturdays, you can visit the Hall of the Last Supper and David's Tomb. Continue to the new city by car and spend some time at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. The sprawling complex contains several sections, but it is the Museum that draws thousands of visitors ever since it opened in 2005. The beautiful building stands in contrast to the horrific story told within. You will also want to see the Hall of Remembrance and the Hall of Names before your return journey to Tel Aviv.

From Ashdod Port: Jerusalem and Bethlehem Day Trip

4. From Ashdod Port: Jerusalem and Bethlehem Day Trip

Your guide will be waiting for you when you disembark from your cruise ship in Ashdod and the tour will begin with a pleasant drive to Jerusalem in a comfortable vehicle with A/C. At Mt. Scopus, the tour stops for a panoramic view across the city rooftops. Then drive towards the Old City passing biblical sites like the Garden of Gethsemane that stands on the Mount of Olives alongside the Church of All Nations. Also, spot the ancient Jewish tombs in Kidron Valley, and the Ophel Promenade as we drive parallel to the Old City walls. We enter the Old City on foot through one of the massive gates in the 16th-century walls and pass the Western Wall excavations as we walk towards the Western Wall. This sacred Jewish site is all that remains from the 2,000-year-old holy Jewish Temple that once stood on Temple Mount. In the Jewish Quarter, we see the Byzantine Cardo lined with columns, then we walk along a section of the Via Dolorosa, as Jesus did bearing his cross. The Via Dolorosa culminates at the Holy Sepulcher Church which was built in the 4th century to encompass Christ’s tomb and the site of the crucifixion at Golgotha (Calvary). The tour stops for a lunch break in the Old City and you have time to meander through one of the traditional markets. Leaving the Old City we can see Mount Zion as we drive towards the town where Christ was born. In Bethlehem, we tour the Nativity Church and see the Holy Grotto where the nativity took place. The tour ends with a drive back to Ashdod port where you can rejoin your cruise ship and continue to your next port of call.

Jerusalem & Bethlehem Full Day Tour from Tel Aviv

5. Jerusalem & Bethlehem Full Day Tour from Tel Aviv

This full-day tour takes you to the holiest of holy cities, spiritual sanctuary to the 3 great religions of the Western world, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Dating back over 4 millennia the Old City is so packed with sites that it draws visitors from around the world, whatever their spiritual leanings. You will be traveling with a government licensed tour guide in comfortable air-conditioned vehicles, although there will be some walking, so come prepared. You will stop at the Mount of Olives to take in a panoramic view of the dusty city below. Enter the Old City and tour the major attractions, such as the Wailing Wall, Temple Mount and Dome of the Rock. Walk through the Jewish and Armenian Quarters and the recently restored Roman road of The Cardo, visible on Jewish Quarter Street. Head through the bazaar towards the Western Wall, or Kotel, and proceed along the Via Dolorosa to visit the Church of Holy Sepulcher, also known as Church of the Resurrection and said to be the place where Jesus is buried and was resurrected. An essential place of pilgrimage for Christians since at least the 4th-Century, whatever your beliefs the atmosphere is mesmerizing. Leaving Jerusalem behind, you will drive to Bethlehem to get an overview of Shepherds' Field and to visit the Church of the Nativity, one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. Located on the West Bank in Palestine, the city is heavily dependent on tourism and thousands come every year to worship or just watch at Manger's Square where Jesus is said to have been born. Now pedestrianized, the square is surrounded by streets named after the Lord, including Star Street and Nativity Street. It is also home to the city’s only mosque and the Palestinian Peace Center. Take a moment to reflect or pop in to one of the handicraft shops, before the drive back to Tel Aviv, Netanya or Herzliy.

Jerusalem & Dead Sea Full-Day Tour from Tel Aviv

6. Jerusalem & Dead Sea Full-Day Tour from Tel Aviv

This full-day tour takes you to the holiest of holy cities, spiritual sanctuary to the 3 great religions of the Western world, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Dating back over 4 millennia, the Old City is so packed with sites that it draws visitors from around the world, whatever their spiritual leanings. You will be traveling with a Government licensed tour guide in comfortable air-conditioned vehicles, although there will be some walking, so come prepared. You will stop at the Mount of Olives to take a panoramic view of the dusty city below. Enter the Old City and tour the major attractions, such as the Wailing Wall. Walk through the Jewish and Christian quarters and the Cardo, still visible on Jewish Quarter Street. Head through the bazaar towards the Western Wall, or Kotel, and proceed along the Via Dolorosa to visit the Church of Holy Sepulcher, also known as Church of the Resurrection and said to be the place where Jesus is buried. An essential place of pilgrimage for Christians since at least the 4th-Century, whatever your beliefs the atmosphere is mesmerizing. Leaving Jerusalem behind, you will drive to the Dead Sea, or “Sea of Salt.” Located in the Jordan Rift Valley between Jordan and the West Bank, it is the lowest place on earth and its high density of salt makes for a unique experience as you float on the beautiful aquamarine surface. You will stop to relax at one of the resorts on the shores of the Dead Sea and enjoy the opportunity to float while covering yourself with the mineral rich, therapeutic Dead Sea mud. Its health-giving properties have turned it in to a major spa destination with a variety of unique bath products for sale in the hotels and shops. Purchase some bath salts and skin creams to take home, before heading back to your hotel in Tel Aviv, Netanya or Herzliy.

Caesarea, Haifa & Akko Day Trip from Jerusalem

7. Caesarea, Haifa & Akko Day Trip from Jerusalem

This full-day tour takes you to the gems of Israel’s western coast. Departing Jerusalem in an air-conditioned coach transfer to join the tour in Tel Aviv . Head up the coast, via Tel Aviv, to the ancient Roman capital of Caesarea. The splendid harbor is located about halfway between Haifa and Tel Aviv and has a long and extraordinary history. Developed from a modest Phoenician port by King Herod into one of the grandest cities of Palestine, it survived until the 13th-Century when the Baybars of Egypt destroyed it. The ruins are impressive and include a mighty aqueduct and one of the largest amphitheaters of the Roman era. Take a leisurely walking tour of the archaeological excavations before continuing up the coast to Haifa. Israel’s 3rd city boasts panoramic views of the Mediterranean and the city itself from one of its most significant sites, the Baha’i Gardens in the Baha’i World Center. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will have your photo opportunity and take in the view before proceeding to Rosh Hanikra. Explore the limestone grottoes of Rosh Hanikra on the border with Lebanon. View the beautiful white chalk cliffs facing the sea. continue to Acre at the northern extremity of Haifa Bay. One of the oldest continuously inhabited sites in the Western Galilee, the city’s story is as fascinating as it is long, and you will have time to wander through streets that have seen the footfall of Greeks, Byzantines, Arab Crusaders, Ottomans and the British. The Old City is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasts massive city walls, a charming port, an Oriental market and the glorious Jezzar Pasha Mosque, where a single hair from the prophet Mohammed’s beard is kept. You will return along the coast to your hotels.

From Jerusalem: Hebron and West Bank Dual Perspective Tour

8. From Jerusalem: Hebron and West Bank Dual Perspective Tour

Take a full-day tour to explore Hebron, the largest city in the West Bank, and the most contested. See the sites and meet people from both sides of the Old City, Israeli and Palestinian, both within "H2", the Israeli controlled side of Hebron. Starts with a guided tour of the Jewish "settler" neighborhoods of Hebron, beginning at the hilltop Tel Rumeida, with a Bronze Age archeological site, army base, and tomb of the Biblical Ruth and Jesse. From there we will visit the Beit Hadassah museum about Jewish life in Hebron until the riots of 1929, the "Shavei Hevron Yeshiva" in Beit Romano and the Avraham Avinu quarter and restored synagogue. Visit the Israeli/Jewish side of the divided Tomb of the Patriarchs, known as Maarat (the Cave of) HaMachpela with the symbolic tombs of Abraham, Sarah, Jacob and Leah, all said to be buried in the cave beneath. Crossing over into the Palestinian side, start at the Muslim side of the Tomb of the Patriarchs, known as Ibrahimi (Abraham's) mosque, led by a Palestinian guide. Inside, discover the Mameluke era mosque and minbar- raised wood platform, and tombs of Abraham, Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca. Then, walk through the colorful Old City "Casbah" market and have a home-cooked lunch with a Palestinian family. Climbing on top of a family home for a rooftop view, learn about the difficult conditions of Palestinian residents and shop owners living in close proximity to the nearby settlements. Going through the busy city center, cross a checkpoint and end the tour back at the top of the closed "Shuhada" street. This is a unique tour: it will present two very different narratives of one ancient, very contested city, Hebron. This is the only tour with two guides, Israeli and Palestinian, each showing half of the divided old city. The tour is political but objective, with each participant free to form their own opinions.

From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem Guided Day Tour

9. From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem Guided Day Tour

Explore the ancient and holy city of Jerusalem on a full-day guided tour from Tel Aviv. Discover the fascinating history and diverse cultures that have shaped this city for thousands of years. With a knowledgeable guide to lead you through the winding streets and ancient landmarks, this tour is the perfect way to experience the best of Jerusalem in a single day. Your day begins with a visit to the vibrant Mahane Yehuda Market, where you can explore the stalls and taste the flavors of Israel's rich culinary scene. Afterward, you'll head to Jaffa Gate, the main entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem. From there, you'll explore the ancient walls and make your way to the Tower of David, a fortress that has stood for nearly 2,000 years and now houses a museum dedicated to the history of Jerusalem. Continuing through the winding streets of the Old City, you'll discover the Cardo, the ancient Roman road that once linked Jerusalem to the Mediterranean. You'll also visit the Hurva Synagogue, which has been destroyed and rebuilt several times over the centuries. Then, you'll make your way to the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism, where you can witness the fervent prayers of worshipers from all over the world. Next, you'll visit Temple Mount, the site of some of the most important religious landmarks in the world. You'll see the stunning Dome of the Rock, a Muslim shrine that dates back to the 7th century, and the nearby Al-Aqsa Mosque, one of the oldest and most revered mosques in the world. Continuing on, you'll follow the Via Dolorosa, the path that Jesus is believed to have taken on his way to the crucifixion. Along the way, you'll see the Stations of the Cross and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Jesus is said to have been buried and resurrected. Finally, you'll wander through the winding alleys of the Old City Bazaar, where you can haggle for souvenirs and local handicrafts. With an experienced guide to lead you every step of the way, this full-day tour of Jerusalem from Tel Aviv is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the history, culture, and spiritual significance of one of the world's most fascinating cities.

From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem Old and New City Tour

10. From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem Old and New City Tour

Delve deep into the complex history of Jerusalem and learn about its religious and cultural significance, on this stimulating tour led by a professional guide. After being collected from your hotel in Tel Aviv, drive to Mount of Olives to enjoy a panoramic view of Jerusalem. Here your guide will introduce to you some of the facts and stories behind the city. Stop at Mount Zion to visit King David's tomb, the room of the last supper and the Dormition Abbey. Enter the Old City and roam the winding Armenian and Jewish Quarters, reaching the recently excavated Cardo–the Roman Road. See the Jewish Wailing Wall and hear stories and myths connected to this landmark. Visit the Kotel, and continue on to the Christian Quarter. Walk along the Via Dolorosa and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This is a great chance to visit such a famous work of architecture. Afterwards proceed to the New City and visit Yad Vashem–the memorial to the Holocaust. Pay your respects here and spend some time reflecting. On Saturdays and Jewish holidays, instead of Yad Vashem, drive to Ein Karem, traditionally known as birthplace of John the Baptist; Enjoy a stroll in the picturesque village, stopping by Mary's spring and continue to visit the Church of Saint John the Baptist.

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It was an amazing experience to listen to the experiences and perspectives from both sides of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. I did this tour on Christmas Day and left with a pit in my stomach for the people of Hebron and the difficult life they live there because of years of conflict and the coercive control now inflicted on the Palestinian people and that the Israelis army deems to be necessary. It seems pretty extreme on all counts. I especially feel very concerned for the generational trauma and toxic stress that the children of Hebron must experience as a result of just living there. I left there feeling helpless but so glad I went because the education was very worthwhile. What both guides (Eli and Tariq) are doing by giving these tours is truly revolutionary for those wanting to understand more about the history and ongoing life in Hebron and the Palestinian regions in general.

The whole experience was great! We enjoyed very much this trip. Dani, our guide was the best. He made us feel very comfortable and managed to accommodate everyone's wished. We had plenty of time to take pictures. We did not feel pressed to do any shopping. Everything was perfect. The trip started in Caesarea, than we visited Haifa where we saw the Ba'Hai garderns from above and from the bottom. The gardens can be visited only by booking a tour with a Ba'hai guide. After that we went to Rosh Hanikra. The experience was spectacular. We also saw the border with Liban on the Golan Height. The trip ended in Acre. We had lunch and after we visited the templar castle and the bazar.

Excellent tour with Avi as our guide. Very informative and friendly. Kept our group together. Transportation was very comfortable. Only thing I did not like is the fact they drop you off in these tourist shops and spend way too much time. We rush through the historic sites while wasting time in shops that are overpriced. Also same with lunch. They don't tell you you'll be spending a lot for lunch. Israel is pricey for food but they should tell you the cost ahead of time with no surprises.

Thank you so much to our guide Itamar! It was such an amazing day with so many impressive historical places and very professional organization. We really recommend to everybody who wants to explore the Mediterranean side of Israel.

I was afraid of the guide tour purchase because it was the first time. But it was very good. The guide was very informative and did his best for travelers.The local tour company is very good.