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  • Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Duration:  2 days (approx.)
Indulge both body and soul on the 2-Day Best of Israel Tour from Tel Aviv.  After an action-packed day exploring the ancient biblical cities of Jerusalem and Bethlehem, spend your second day relaxing and taking in the sights at Masada before a spot of Dead Sea pampering.

Highlights

  • 2-Day Best of Israel Tour from Tel Aviv
  • Professionally guided tours of Old Jerusalem and Bethlehem
  • Enjoy views of the Dome of the Rock - an iconic Jerusalem landmark
  • Garden of Gethsemane and the Western Wall
  • Cable-car ride to Masada
  • Dead Sea Scrolls at Qumran
  • Relaxing visit to the Dead Sea
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

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What You Can Expect

2-Day Best of Israel Tour from Tel Aviv: Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Masada & the Dead Sea

Manger Square, Bethlehem, Israel

Highlights of your 2-Day Best of Israel tour from Tel Aviv include full-day guided tours to the Old City of Jerusalem and Bethlehem, where you will see attractions such as the Garden of Gethsemane, the Dome of the Rock (for external views), Western Wall (Wailing Wall), the Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross), Manger Square and the Milk Grotto.

Visit Masada by cable-car, and see the ruins of King Herod's mansion, followed by an overview of the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Qumran caves.  The tour concludes at the Dead Sea, where you will have time to relax on the mineral beach and float in the salt-rich sea before heading back to Tel Aviv.

Itinerary

Day 1
Departing from Tel Aviv in your air-conditioned coach, stop at the Mount of Olives for scenic views of the Dome of the Rock at the Temple Mount Esplanade of Old Jerusalem.

Pass the Garden of Gethsemane before continuing into the Old City. See the famous Western Wall (Wailing Wall) which functions as an open-air synagogue, before walking the pilgrimage route of the Via Dolorosa. Look out for the 14 Stations of the Cross as you trace Jesus' steps to the site of his crucifixion at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

A short 6-mile coach journey takes you to Bethlehem, where you will see the Manger Square - flanked by the Church of the Nativity and also the Mosque of Oman.  From here you will go on to explore the Milk Grotto (where Mary was said to feed the baby Jesus) before visiting the Shepherd Fields where the 'shepherds watched their flocks by night'.  You will then be driven to your overnight accommodation at the following hotel (or one of a similiar tourist grade standard):

  • Park Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 2
After breakfast the next morning, you wil set off through the Judean desert before arriving at the cable car which will take you to the mountaintop site of Masada. It was here that King Herod built two fortified palaces over 2,000 years ago.

Continue to the Dead Sea past the Ein Gedi oasis to the ancient caves of Qumran where you will see the fabled Dead Sea Scrolls.

Final stop is the Dead Sea, where you'll have approximately two hours to relax on the mineral beach and opportunity to float in the salt-rich water, 400m (1,312 ft) below sea level! Don't miss the chance to have a mud bath in the world's richest source of natural salts.

On the drive back to Tel Aviv, see the ancient city of Jericho, referred to in the Hebrew Bible as the 'City of Palm Trees' from the distance, before your multi-day tour concludes at approximately 5:00pm.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

A very good tour and without the hassle and danger of renting a car and trying to see the same sites. Would have liked to have had more time in the bazaars in Jerusalem, but then that would have cut the other sites short. Also, having a knowledgeable tour guide as we did makes the experience even better. Highly recommended for any first time traveler to the area who wants to see as much as possible in the shortest time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Jerusalem, Masada and Dead Sea were great experiences. We learned a lot and got to see a lot of Israel and float on the Dead Sea. Bethlehem was another story. Our guide there was trying to get money from us so we wouldnt have to wait in line to see where Jesus was born and he got mad when we said no

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