Wonders of Israel

JERUSALEM, GALILEE, NAZARETH, DEAD SEA, MASADA & TEL AVIV

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  • Duration: 11 days
  • Price: from $2,399
Save up to $800 per couple!!!

For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on this fascinating journey to the wonders of Israel. Reserve by September 4, 2014 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited so please reserve early.
Also available: Eilat on the Red Sea with Optional Petra Excursion!
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Itinerary at a glance Highlights Your tour includes
  • 2 nights in Tel Aviv
  • 2 night in Galilee (Kibbutz)
  • 5 nights in Jerusalem
  • 4-night Eilat Extension (3 nights in Eilat and 1 extra night in Jerusalem)
  • The Western Wall (Jerusalem)
  • Church of Holy Sepulcher (Jerusalem)
  • Basilica of the Annunciation (Nazareth)
  • Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum)
  • Masada
  • Dead Sea
  • Mount of Olives (Jerusalem)
  • Vibrant Tel Aviv
  • Sea of Galilee
  • Golan Heights
  • Kibbutz Stay
  • Eilat Extension, with optional full day excursion to mystical Petra ($249, lunch included)
  • Round-trip non-stop airfare from New York (JFK) via El Al Airlines
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-Israel ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at superior first class hotels
  • 13 meals: 8 buffet breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 4 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours and entry fees
  • English-speaking Tour Director throughout

Your extension includes:

  • Transportation to Eilat
  • 3 nights at a superior first-class resort in Eilat overlooking the lagoon & Marina
  • One extra night in Jerusalem
  • Daily full buffet breakfasts (B)

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Land + Air 
(Land Only Prices Available Upon Request)

Tour cost airfare included

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Oct 16

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$ 3099

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Oct 23

Nov 2

$ 3099

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Oct 30

Nov 9

$ 2999

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Nov 6

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$ 2999

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Nov 20

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$ 2699

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2015

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$ 2399

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Feb 12

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$ 2599

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Mar 5

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$ 2699

$ 2799

$ 3099

Mar 12

Mar 22

$ 2699

$ 2799

$ 3099

EILAT EXTENSION: Add $499 per person double occupancy/ $749 single.
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $599.
If taking the optional Petra excursion on the Eilat extension, a border crossing fee is required and can be paid at the border.
Reservations and Payments 
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

Day 1
Depart USA.
Your fascinating journey begins this afternoon with an overnight flight to Israel.
Day 2
Arrive Tel Aviv.
Welcome to Israel! Upon arrival at Ben Gurion airport this afternoon you’ll be greeted and escorted to nearby Tel Aviv, a bustling seaside metropolis representing the modern face of Israel and the center of commerce and culture. En route, see Rabin Square and the memorial to Nobel Peace Prize winner, Yitzhak Rabin. Drive along the road hugging the promenade stretching along the Mediterranean seafront before arriving at your upscale sea-facing hotel. Dan Panorama Hotel
Day 3
Tel Aviv/Jaffa.
This morning your tour director holds a welcome briefing.  Following the briefing, enjoy a guided morning walk of the picturesque neighborhood of Neve Zedek, dating to the early 1900’s. Walk along the maze of narrow streets lined with restored historic Bauhaus and Art Deco buildings, galleries and quaint shops. The afternoon is at leisure to stroll along the lively seaside promenade or relax at an outdoor cafe. This evening delight in a tour of Old Jaffa where you’ll visit the Artists Quarter and savor dinner. (B,D)
Day 4
Caesarea/Haifa/Nazareth/Galilee.
This morning depart Tel Aviv, traveling north along the coastal road. Visit Caesarea, with its ancient Roman port and aqueduct, Byzantine streets and Crusader ruins. Visit the fascinating archeological discoveries and learn about the rich history of Caesarea. Ascend scenic Mt. Carmel for splendid views of the sparkling bay below and visit the colorful market of the Druze village. Arrive in Haifa and see the impressive golden-domed Baha’i Shrine and the stunning surrounding Persian gardens. Proceed to Nazareth and visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, traditionally built above the home of the Virgin Mary and the place where the imminent birth of her son was announced to her. Arrive at your hotel located in the scenic Galilee region, within a short driving distance of the Sea of Galilee. After dinner attend a lecture about one of Israel’s most unique traditions, the Kibbutz, where members follow communal living. Lavi Kibbutz Hotel (B,D)
Day 5
Optional Golan & Galilee Excursion.
Enjoy a full day at leisure. We suggest you join an exciting full day excursion ($89, lunch included) to some of northern Israel’s prime attractions. Start with a delightful boat ride on the tranquil Sea of Galilee. Then, ascend the Golan Heights, a volcanic plateau, and enjoy spectacular vistas of the Sea of Galilee and fertile valley below. Here, tour a local winery and sample the wines. After lunch continue to Safed, the mystical Kabbalah center and a thriving artists’ colony before returning to your hotel late this afternoon. (B,D)
Day 6
Capernaum/Tabgha/Beth Shean/Jerusalem.
Start your day with a guided tour of Kibbutz Lavi, then drive to Tiberias and visit Capernaum, site of an ancient Byzantine synagogue and a church believed to be on the site of St. Peter’s house. Continue to Tabgha, traditional site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes. Later, proceed to Beth Shean to view the stunning remains and amphitheater of a well-preserved Roman city. You’ll also stop in Beth Alpha to admire the magnificent mosaic floor of the 6th century synagogue. Voyage through the lush Jordan River Valley and ascend the Judean Hills to Mt. Scopus for a traditional welcome to Jerusalem. Arrive at your hotel, centrally located near the Old City walls. Dan Panorama Hotel (B)
Day 7
Jerusalem.
It is difficult to imagine a city quite as unique as Jerusalem anywhere in the world. Tradition has it that Jerusalem is where King Solomon built the great temple, Jesus was crucified and Muhammad visited on his Night Journey. From the Mount of Olives, admire the stunning views of the city below. An expert guide leads you today on a walk of the Old City. View up close the Western Wall (Wailing Wall), the remnants of the Second Temple and visit the Davidson Center, where fascinating multi-media exhibits, including a reconstruction of the Herodian Temple Mount, bring to life the various periods in Jerusalem’s history. Later, stroll through the magnificently restoredCardo, the old Roman Road. Follow the ancient Via Dolorosa and the Stations of the Cross to the Christian Quarter and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the traditional site of the Crucifixion. Later tour Mount Zion and view King David’s Tomb and the Room of the Last Supper. Balance of the day is at leisure to enjoy Jerusalem’s unique atmosphere at your own pace. (B)
Day 8
Masada/Dead Sea Excursion.
Today’s included memorable full day excursion begins with a drive along the shores of the Dead Sea past Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Arrive in Masada, an isolated mountain-top fortress. Ascend Masada by cable car and enjoy a guided tour to discover the remains of the fortress built by King Herod and the last stronghold of the Zealots resistance against the Romans. Proceed to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth where you’ll enjoy several leisurely hours at the beach, pool and public facilities of a famous spa-hotel located on the sea shores. With an exceptionally high content of salt and minerals, the Dead Sea offers an opportunity to “float” on the water as well as therapeutic qualities. Enjoy an included lunch and float on the Dead Sea! Later tour Ahava Laboratories where beauty products are made with minerals from the Dead Sea before returning to Jerusalem late this afternoon. (B,L)
Day 9
Jerusalem.
This morning, visit Yad Vashem, a memorial dedicated to the remembrance of the Holocaust. Later, tour the renowned Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum, where the exceptional 2000 year-old Dead Sea Scrolls are housed and stroll through the lovely Billy Rose Sculpture Garden. In the afternoon, you may choose an optional tour to Bethlehem, visiting the Church of the Nativity ($30). (B)
Day 10
Jerusalem.
Enjoy a guided walking tour of the Old City today. Walk through the winding alleys housing the colorful bazaar where you may find unique souvenirs. Tour David’s Citadel and visit the engaging Tower of David Museum where you can explore the entire history of Jerusalem. Afternoon at leisure. This evening celebrate with your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner. (B,D)
Day 11
Jerusalem/USA or Eilat.
Early this morning, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA or continue your exciting journey with an extension to Eilat with an optional Petra excursion.

Add four days in the sun-kissed resort of Eilat on the Red Sea with an opportunity to join a full day optional excursion to world-renowned Petra!  Your extension is locally hosted.

Day 11 Extension
Jerusalem/Eilat.
After breakfast travel to Eilat, Israel’s southern-most city located on the Red Sea. Arrive at your resort hotel and enjoy leisure time to relax at your hotel’s pool or on the beach, stroll along the seafront promenade and dine in one of the outdoor cafes and restaurants. Dan Panorama Eilat Hotel (B)
Day 12 Extension
Optional Petra Excursion.
A day at leisure. We recommend an unforgettable optional full day excursion ($249, lunch included) to mystical Petra, Jordan. Built over 2000 years ago as the Nabatean capital, Petra is one of the world’s most marvelously preserved archeological sites. With a local expert you’ll explore the rose-colored city carved out of rock face. Discover the imposing facades of the awe-inspiring palaces, temples and tombs before returning to Eilat late today. (B)
Day 13 Extension
Day at leisure for sun & surf. You may visit the Coral Reef Underwater Observatory and the Dolphin Reef or join a jeep excursion to view desert wildlife. (B)
Day 14 Extension
Today, travel back to Jerusalem where the remainder of the day is at leisure for independent activities. Dan Panorama Jerusalem Hotel (B)
Day 15 Extension
Jerusalem/USA.
Early this morning, transfer to the airport for your return flight home. Your magical journey to Israel ends as you arrive the USA later today.

Optional Tours

To enhance your visit to Israel, you will be offered several optional tours. Rates are in US Dollars, payable in cash only, and are based on a minimum number of participants.  Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment, and the optional tours listed below may not be available on all departure dates.

Galilee
Golan & Galilee Excursion (approx. $89 per person, lunch included)
Start with a delightful boat ride on the tranquil Sea of Galilee. Then, ascend the Golan Heights, a volcanic plateau, and enjoy spectacular vistas of the Sea of Galilee and fertile valley below. Here, tour a local winery and sample the wines. After lunch continue to Safed, the mystical Kabbalah center and a thriving artists’ colony before returning to your hotel late this afternoon.

Jerusalem
Bethlehem / Church of Nativity Tour (Approx. $30 per person)
Please note that the Bethlehem tour is operated by an independent provider located in the Territories and therefore, smarTours cannot guarantee the quality of the services provided.

Jerusalem
Illuminated Jerusalem with Festive Shabbat Dinner (Approx. $49 per person)
If you choose this option, you’ll first visit the Western Wall to witness the beginning of the Sabbath services before proceeding to the Hass Promenade for amazing views of the Jerusalem and the illuminated walls surrounding the old city. End this optional evening with a Shabbath dinner at Kibbutz Ramat Rachel.

Petra
Petra (Jordan) Excursion (Approx. $249 per person, lunch included)
An unforgettable optional full day excursion to mystical Petra, Jordan. Built over 2000 years ago as the Nabatean capital, Petra is one of the world’s most marvelously preserved archeological sites. With a local expert you’ll explore the rose-colored city carved out of rock face. Discover the imposing facades of the awe-inspiring palaces, temples and tombs before returning to Eilat late today.

Trip Preparation

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Your flights from New York’s JFK Airport to Israel and back to JFK are on the following airlines with the corresponding schedules.  We recommend that you arrive in JFK at least 3 ½ hours before the scheduled departure. 

Departure Date

Airline Depart Return
Sep. 4, Oct. 23, Oct. 30

El Al Airlines

7:00PM

3:30PM

Oct. 16

El Al Airlines

11:00PM

4:30PM

Nov. 6, Nov. 20, Jan. 15 ’15, Feb. 12 ’15

El Al Airlines

6:00PM

3:30PM

Mar. 5 ’15

El Al Airlines

6:00PM

4:30PM (main) 7:30PM (tour w/ ext)

Mar. 12 ’15

El Al Airlines

7:00PM

4:30PM


Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing customs and immigration if you are planning a connecting flight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours.  Please note that flight schedules are subject to change without prior notice.

ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT 

El Al does not assign seats in advance. Seat assignments can only be arranged at the airport upon check in. If you have a preferred seating choice, please make sure you check in for your flight as early as possible. These airlines do not offer any frequent flyer miles.

PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION

You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. American passport holders do not require a visa to visit Israel. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. For passengers taking the Eilat Extension and purchasing the optional Petra day-excursion, a  border crossing fee is required. Jordan border crossing fees (about $65 per person) are not included on the tour cost and will be collected at the border. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.

TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS

Your airline tickets along with final instruction and additional travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.  Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you should consult your personal physician, local public health authorities or the Center of Disease Control (CDC) as to their suggestions.

CLIMATE

You may expect daytime high temperatures averaging in the 50’s and 60’s in January, February and December, 60’s and 70’s in March and November, 70’s and 80’s in April and October, 80’s in May and September, 80’s and 90’s in June, July and August. Overnight temperatures are cooler. Daytime temperatures in Eilat are warmer.

NON-INCLUDED MEALS

The hotels used on this tour have dining choices from coffee shop to specialty restaurants.  Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $20-25 per meal per person. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.

CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY

Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards.  However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency (in some markets U.S. Dollars may be accepted).  There are plenty of ATM machines and your hotel can also exchange for you US dollars cash to local currency.   It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.

BAGGAGE

Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase), max. 44 pounds and one carry-on piece. Carry on must not exceed 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of casual separates with climate and comfort in mind.

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