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Religious treasures and natural wonders take center stage on this 2-day Israel highlight trip from Tel Aviv: one of the best tours of Israel available. Witness top Old Jerusalem and Bethlehem sites including the Via Dolorosa and Manger Square, and the next day, visit age-old, rocktop Masada; Pass by Qumran's Dead Sea Scroll caves, and ‘swim’ in the salt-rich waters of the Dead Sea. Your tour includes overnight hotel accommodation in Jerusalem, breakfast and round-trip coach transport. Look no further if you’re after one of the best tours to Israel’s 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
Discover some of Israel’s best-known religious, historical and natural splendors on this 2-day tour. Leave the bustle of Tel Aviv behind and take in some of the holiest sites of Old Jerusalem and Bethlehem with a guide before staying overnight in Jerusalem. The next day, drive through the Judean Desert and ride the cable car up to the ancient mountaintop ruins of Masada. Then, pass the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, and enjoy free time to relax and float in the waters of the Dead Sea before your return to Tel Aviv.
Your tour includes round-trip transport by air-conditioned coach; guided tours in Old Jerusalem and Bethlehem; overnight accommodation in Jerusalem, and breakfast on Day 2.


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 visit 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, JerusalemDay 2
After breakfast the next morning, you will 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 passing by bus to the Ein Gedi oasis to the ancient caves of Qumran.

Final stop is the Dead Sea, where you'll have approximately two hours to relax on a 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.


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Nov 2017

The tour was not what it claimed to be and I was the only person among hundreds of other tourists visiting the same sites to have my itinerary. I had to switch buses several times to be taken to designated locations. They switched my schedule to going to Masada the first day and then Jerusalem the second day. The first day I was with one group, but then put on bus with strangers to go to spend the night in Jerusalem. The hotel charged me for my accommodations when my overnight hotel was to be included in my tour fare. Then on the second day I spend only a half day with the same people and then was switched again to be with a different group in the afternoon. Again, I was the ONLY person that had my itinerary, though i was traveling with large groups of people.

, Sep 2017

Stories from the Bible came alive as our awesome guide, Ami, shared the history of his country as we drove to Jerusalem. We were spoiled from pickup at our hotel in the morning to drop off later that day at our beautiful, boutique hotel in Jerusalem, organised by Viator. Our first day was full of information, amazing sights and fabulous stories. Our second day in Masada and the Dead Sea was full-on and apart from the hot hot weather, which one should've expected in the desert ? the sights/sites seen and visited brought history to life. Thanks Viator and Ben Harim.

, Jun 2016

The actual tour guides were really great especially day two guide -- not sure of his name but he had long hair -- he was awesome. But Viator itself was disappointing - they just offloaded us to another tour agency Bein Harim who did all the actual work, but they Viator did very little communicating. We had to follow up multiple times to get our pickup times/locations set up and Viator just treated it like a hand-off i.e. they just get leads and then move on. So, I won't use Viator going forward -- instead, I think you can do better by just going to the local guides themselves. In this case I WOULD recommend Bein Harim, and you can find them and book them directly and likely save money without having Viator in the middle, adding no value.

, Apr 2016

This has to be the best tour of our trip. Eli and Eyal our guides on the 2 days where superb and very knowledgeable. Our hotel in Jerusalem booked by the tour was very central to many great restaurants. Highly recommended!!!!

, Feb 2016

Loved the dead sea floating experience! I tried really hard to drown but I just couldn't. Lol!
Wasn't a huge fan of Masada but I guess that's personal preference.
Jerusalem and Bethlehem were super cool. Our guide was very informative and funny.

, Jul 2015

Very interesting place and the guide was well informed and always taking good care of the group. Highly recommended

, Jul 2015

Fun and knowledgable guides. It felt like traveling back in time. Thanks!

, Jul 2015

It was wonderful getting to see sites that I have dreamed about seeing for most of my life. The guides were great and very informative.

, Apr 2015

This was an amazing tour! Our guide named Rikki was fantastic! She was very knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions. Masada was an amazing place to see. Floating on the Dead Sea was so much fun! I would recommend this to anybody. We were very lucky to get a great guide for Jerusalem and Bethlehem too, named Ron. He showed us all around and we had a fantastic day. Beware of the Orthodox Easter as we were nearly crushed in the crowds at the tomb. That was an experience in itself. All good fun.

, Dec 2014

This tour was amazing!

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