Ultimate Classical Israel Tour

Starting from: $2,835

Group Size: Up to TBD travelers

Duration: 16 Days Classical Journey to the Land of Israel

Activity Level: Average of 2 to 3 miles of walking per day

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Tour Type: General Journey

About This Tour

The Ultimate Classical Israel Tour is a nondenominational tour that will lead you through the land of Israel. Travelers on this wonderful journey will become acquainted with Israel’s most important cultural, biblical and historical sites as well as modern Israel.

Please note that America Israel Tours does not operate this weekly tour. There are many tour companies in the U.S. and in Israel with whom you can book this exact tour. Therefore, whether you book this tour with us or with any other tour company, you will ultimately be on the same tour bus. The advantage of booking this tour with AIT is that we offer outstanding prices and travel services. With offices in the U.S. and in Israel, we are here to assist you during the booking and planning process, and while you are touring in Israel.

What's unique about this tour?
  • We tour all day! (Some tour companies include only half day touring)
  • All Sightseeing and entrance fees are included. Everything is taken care of!
  • Private transfer from Ben Gurion International Airport to your Hotel.
  • Tour historical and archeological sites important to Jewish and Christians travelers
  • Our licensed guides are the most experienced in the industry.
  • We provide life-changing tour experiences at the most affordable rate.
  • Our journey begins today as we depart on our flight to Israel- the Promised Land. Sit back, relax, enjoy your flight, and prepare for a life-changing experience.
Meals: On board
Accommodation: On board
Day2Wednesday | Arrival
Welcome to Israel
  • Welcome to Israel! Upon arrival at the new Ben-Gurion International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv for check in.
  • The rest of the day will be free to enjoy the hotel and the nearby famous Tel Aviv promenade.
Meals: N/A
Accommodation: Tel Aviv
Day3Thursday | Independence Hall
Independence Hall / Latrun / Beit Guvrin / Ayalon Institute
  • Today's touring of Tel Aviv starts with a visit to Independence Hall, where the establishment of the state of Israel was declared.
  • Next, we will drive to Latrun to visit the Armore Corps museum, one of the most diverse tank museums in the world.
  • Visit Beith Guvrin national park, declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site and explore some of the caves and archaeological remains.
  • From there we will head to the Ayalon Institute, once an ammunition factory for the Jewish underground, the Hagana. It was here where the members of the resistance hiding from the British were making bullets in an underground bunker cleverly disguised under the laundry and bakery of the kibbutz.
  • At the end of the day we will return to your Tel Aviv hotel.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast
Accommodation: Tel Aviv
Day4Friday | Old Jaffa
Diaspora museum / Old Jaffa / Tel-Aviv
  • Visit the diaspora museum;
  • Drive around the main streets of Tel Aviv, center of business and entertainment of Israel. Stop at Rabin's square, place of assassination of prime minister Itzhak Rabin.
  • Continue to Old Jaffa, an 8000 year old port city;
  • Visit the ancient ruins and walk along the restored artist's quarter.
  • Visit Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood of Tel Aviv, built in 1887 and nahalat Benyamin, the pedestrian street of the city with its musicians, hand made jewellery and artifacts.
  • Next, stop at Sheinkin, the lively and colorful street especially known with the unique shops, café life and youthful ambiance.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast
Accommodation: Tel Aviv
Day5Saturday | Free Day
Free Day in Tel Aviv
  • Enjoy a free day of Shabbat! You may explore Tel Aviv, the city that never sleeps! Discover the famous boardwalk along the Mediterranean Sea, or take a walk in Old City Jaffa. Tel Aviv is home to numerous art galleries, cafes, and museums, as well as the beach! The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is a very highly rated institution, while the Eretz Israel Museum offers a historical perspective on the history of Tel Aviv.
  • For those who prefer to shop, there are several shopping malls that open after the end of Shabbat till late night. Stroll along the famous tree lined Rothschild boulevard, and take in the magnificent villas and buildings occupying the most expensive real estate in Tel Aviv.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast
Accommodation: Tel Aviv
Day6Sunday | Caesarea
Caesarea / Megiddo / Druze village / Haifa
  • Drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea, capital of Judea under the Romans.
  • See the excavations of the crusader city and the Roman port, aqueduct and the amphitheater that has been restored to its former glory as a concert venue.
  • Proceed to Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon; visit the archaeological excavations including the well preserved water supply system.
  • Continue to Daliat el carmel, a Druze village and enjoy a late lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Proceed via Mount Carmel to Haifa for a panoramic view of the Haifa bay and the Golden domed Bahai shrine and gardens.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Galilee, Kibbutz Lavi Hotel
Day7Monday | Wine Tasting
Safed / Golan Heights / Winery
  • Drive to Safed, the center of Jewish mysticism, where you will visit the ancient synagogues and the artists' colony.
  • Continue to the Golan Heights to see the former syrian bunkers, Kuneitra and the new Israeli town of Katzrin.
  • Stop at the Golan winery for a tour and wine tasting;
  • Proceed to "Kessem Hagolan", a multimedia presentation of the area and its history.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Galilee, Kibbutz Lavi Hotel
Day8Tuesday | Sea of Galilee
Sea of Galilee / Nazareth
Meals: Buffet Breakfast
Accommodation: Jerusalem
Day9Wednesday | Old City
Jerusalem: The Old City
  • Start the day with a magnificent panoramic view from Mount of Olives.
  • Drive to the Old city; Visit the tomb of King David and the room of last supper on Mt. Zion.
  • Enter the walled city and walk through the newly restored Jewish quarter.
  • Visit the Roman Cardo, the Herodian quarter and continue to the Western Wall.
  • Walk along the Via Dolorosa to the church of the Holy Sepulchre.
  • Continue to Bethlehem*; view Rachel's tomb and proceed to visit the Church of Nativity and manger's square.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast
Accommodation: Jerusalem
Day10Thursday | New City
Jerusalem: The New City
  • Drive to the Israel museum; visit the Shrine of the book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed and the miniature model of Jerusalem as it was during the second temple period;
  • Proceed for a tour at the Knesset, Israel's parliament.
  • Continue to visit Mount Hertzel cemetery and Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust.
  • Visit Mea Shearim, the ultra orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem and learn about their unique lifestyle. In the evening enjoy a middle eastern dinner followed by the spectacular "sound & light" show* at the Tower of David museum. (weather conditions permitting).
  • * Optional Bar/Bat Mitzvah Ceremony - For families who wish to celebrate a Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony at the Western Wall, the option is available. This is a perfect, once in a lifetime opportunity. While the rest of the group tours Mea Shearim, arrangements will be made at the Western or Southern Wall with an Israeli rabbi. At the end of the service, you will be transferred to the current location of the group. Please call us for more details about this special option.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast
Accommodation: Jerusalem
Day11Friday | Masada
Qumran / Masada / Dead Sea
  • Drive through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, almost 1,300 feet (400 meters) below sea level.
  • Stop at Qumran to visit the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
  • Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada. Ascend by cable car and tour the ancient fortress where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans before committing mass suicide in 73 AD. Descend by cable car.
  • Continue to the Dead Sea; Cover yourself with the mineral rich mud and experience a swim in the Dead Sea* that many believe has its therapeutic effects (*weather permitting).
Meals: Buffet Breakfast
Accommodation: Jerusalem
Day12Saturday | Free Day
Free Day in Jerusalem
  • Today is a free day to enjoy the special atmosphere of Shabbat in Jerusalem.
  • You may want to discover some museums and re-visit the Old city.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast
Accommodation: Jerusalem
Day13Sunday | Eilat
Timna / Underwater Observatory / Eilat
  • Travel south through the Negev desert;
  • Visit Timna and see the copper mines and King Solomon's pillars and marvel at the huge multi-colored rock formations.
  • Continue to Eilat and stop to visit the underwater observatory, one of the largest seaquariums in the world, built into a coral reef.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast
Accommodation: Eilat
Day14Monday | Petra
Free Day in Eilat OR Optional Day Tour to Petra, Jordan
  • Today's sightseeing - Optional Day Tour to Petra, Jordan
  • After breakfast enjoy a free day in Eilat. This resort city lies on the shores of the Red Sea, Israel's most southern point.
  • On a clear day you can see neighboring Jordan and Egypt.
  • You can swim in the Red Sea, or enjoy other water activities, including numerous ecological preserves.
  • You can even meet and pet dolphins at the Dolphin Reef! For those who prefer to be on the water and not in it, there's yacht sailing.
  • There are camel tours, ATV tours, and Jeep tours of the scenic desert, and so much more!
  • There are also the beautiful botanical gardens, and several amusement parks for the kid in you.
  • Optional Day Tour to Petra, Jordan including lunch after breakfast: Enjoy a full day tour to the ancient city of Petra, Jordan. You will be transferred from your hotel to the Arava border point, cross into Jordan, and drive to Petra. Petra was established possibly as early as 312 BC, though it was only rediscovered in 1812. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was also chosen as one of the Smithsonian's '28 Places to See Before You Die' list. A visit to Petra is one of the true highlights of any trip to the Middle East, with its red tinged city carved by the Nabataeans out of solid rocks, remaining exquisitely preserved even to this day. Petra can be entered on foot or in horse drawn carriage. At the end of the day, you will be driven back to the Arava border and transferred back to your hotel in Eilat.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast
Accommodation: Eilat
Day15Tuesday | Mitzpe Ramon
Mitzpe Ramon / Sde Boker / Hatzerim
  • Depart Eilat via Mitzpe Ramon;
  • stop to gaze into the Ramon crater, a geological wonder;
  • Proceed to Sde Boker and see Ben Gurion's hut and grave overlooking the magnificent Zin valley.
  • Stop for a camel riding experience and a visit to an authentic Bedouin tent;
  • learn about the Bedouin hospitality and enjoy a light lunch.
  • Continue to Hatzerim and visit Israel's airforce museum to view the planes and equipment and to hear the story of this brave fighting force.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast
Accommodation: Tel Aviv
Day16Wednesday | Departure
Departure from Israel / Fly Home
  • After breakfast we will transfer you to Ben Gurion Airport for your transatlantic flight back to the USA.
  • Take home your fond memories of Israel that will last a lifetime, and start planning your next trip!
Meals: Buffet Breakfast
Accommodation: On board

* In the rare event that a hotel is overbooked, the group will be provided with an equivalent level hotel or higher.

Hotels available for this tour

Hotel level # of Nights 1st Class Superior First Class 5-Star 5-Star Deluxe
Tel Aviv 4 Prima Dan Panorama Carlton Dan-Deluxe Rooms
Galilee 2

Kibbutz Lavi Standard Rooms: (Eden Wing)

Kibbutz Lavi Upgraded Rooms: (Eden Wing) Kibbutz Lavi Dlx Rooms: (Hadar Wing) Kibbutz LaviDlx Rooms: (Hadar Wing)
Jerusalem 5 Prima Kings Dan Panorama Inbal King David
Eilat 2 Prima Music Dan Panorama Royal Beach Eliat Dan Eilat
Tel Aviv 1 Prima Dan Panorama Carlton Dan-Deluxe Rooms

Note: Please note the room type provided for the category you choose. Tours over Jewish holidays and Aug are subject to hotel confirmation and restrictions. Land package prices listed are per person in U.S. dollars. Rates are based on double occupancy and inclusive of all taxes. The hotel included above might be subject to change.

Departure Date Return Date
Dec 1, 2020 Dec 16, 2020 Rescheduled Rescheduled Rescheduled Rescheduled
Dec 8, 2020 Dec 23, 2020 Rescheduled Rescheduled Rescheduled Rescheduled
Dec 15, 2020 Dec 30, 2020 Rescheduled Rescheduled Rescheduled Rescheduled
Dec 22, 2020 Jan 6, 2021 Rescheduled Rescheduled Rescheduled Rescheduled
Dec 29, 2020 Jan 13, 2021 Rescheduled Rescheduled Rescheduled Rescheduled
Jan 5, 2021 Jan 20, 2021 $2,840 $3,295 $3,915 $4,230
Jan 12, 2021 Jan 27, 2021 $2,840 $3,295 $3,915 $4,230
Jan 19, 2021 Feb 3, 2021 $2,840 $3,295 $3,915 $4,230
Jan 26, 2021 Feb 10, 2021 $2,840 $3,295 $3,915 $4,230
Feb 2, 2021 Feb 17, 2021 $2,840 $3,295 $3,915 $4,230
Feb 9, 2021 Feb 24, 2021 $2,860 $3,075 $3,950 $4,270
Feb 16, 2021 Mar 3, 2021 $2,860 $3,075 $3,950 $4,270
Feb 23, 2021 Mar 10, 2021 $2,940 $3,235 $4,000 $4,595

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Included in your tour package:

  • Shared transfers from Ben Gurion International Airport to your hotel in Tel Aviv and from the hotel in Jerusalem to the Airport.
  • 14 nights hotel accommodation
  • 10 full days touring with top professional, government licensed, English speaking tour guides
  • Transportation – in deluxe air-conditioned vehicle
  • Israeli style buffet breakfast daily at the hotels
  • Lunch and camel ride in a Bedouin Village
  • Wine tasting in the Golan Heights
  • 2 dinners at the hotel in Kibutz Lavi in Galilee
  • 1 Dinner in a Middle Eastern Restaurant in Jerusalem
  • 1 lunch at the Druze village on Sunday
  • Cable car ride to the mountain fortress of Masada
  • Sound and Light show at David Citadel
  • All entrance fee’s as per itinerary
  • All service charges & local taxes

Not Included:

  • International flights: please call us toll free at (877) 248-8687 to arrange your flights
  • Extra expenses of personal nature
  • Tips to guide/driver and Hotel staff
  • Lunches and dinners not mentioned on the “Included” section
  • Travel Insurance (highly recommended)
  • Optional day tour of Petra

Please Note:

  • Rates are for land package only
  • We do sell air tickets; please contact us at 877- America Israel Tours- TOUR (248-8687) to arrange your air travel
  • Inquire about a discount for reservations of 6 passengers and above
  • Extension tours to Eilat and/or Egypt & Jordan are available upon request
  • Extension tours to our other destinations are available upon request

We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance package to protect your travel investment.

We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance package to protect your travel investment.

Journey Highlights:

  • Explore the highlights of Tel Aviv, including Independence Hall, Yad Mordechai, the Diaspora Museum, Rabin’s Square and Old Jaffa
  • Explore the excavations of Caesarea
  • Lunch at a Druze Village
  • Wine tasting in the Golan Heights
  • Dinner at a Middle Eastern Restaurant in Jerusalem
  • Sound and Light show at the Tower of David in Old City Jerusalem
  • Visit the Israel Museum, Shrine of the Book, and Yad Vashem
  • Float in the Dead Sea
  • Ascend by cable car to the mountain fortress of Masada
  • Explore Eilat’s Underwater Observatory
  • Enjoy lunch and a camel ride in a Bedouin Village
  • Visit the Israeli Air Force Museum

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