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TOUR NAME: Best of Israel
TOUR DAYS: 8 Nights / 9 Days Tour Programme
TOUR LODGING INFO: 8 Nights Accommodation

Note: All prices are in USD
 
TOUR DEPARTURE DATES: Every Tuesday

First departure: 3 - Mar - 2009
Last departure: 23 - Feb - 2010

Be advised that this itinerary can be modified for a Saturday departure. Please contact us for details.
TOUR PRICE:

Rates are per person, in USD, on Bed & Breakfast basis

TOUR LODGING INFO: 8 Nights Accommodation

Accommodation will be provided on room with breakfast basis. Hotel list is as follows:

Places Covered No of Nights LUXURY DELUXE SUPERIOR
Jerusalem 03 Nights David Citadel Sheraton Plaza Olive Tree
Tel Aviv 02 + 1 Nights Carlton–Superior Sea View Sheraton Moriah Metropolitan
Haifa 01 Night Dan Carmel–Deluxe Rm Dan Carmel–Superior Rm Dan Panorama
Kibbutz 01 Night Kibbutz Lavi–Hod Wing Kibbutz Lavi–Hod Wing Kibbutz Lavi–Lev Wing

Please note:
(If the above mentioned hotels are not available we will provide similar alternate)

TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES:

Accommodation on twin sharing basis.
Daily Buffet Breakfast.
Daily breakfast
Transfers and tours with local English speaking guide
Transfer on arrival and departure (from/to Ben Gurion airport)
Dinner at Kibbutz Lavi
Local taxes and service charges


TOUR PACKAGE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

Visa fee, international flights, tips and personal expenses
Early check in and late check out at hotels
Things not mentioned in the itinerary
Optional excursions

TOUR ITINERARY:

DAY 1: TUESDAY: Ben Gurion / Jerusalem
Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, where you will be met by a Diesenhaus Unitours representative and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight in Jerusalem

DAY 2: WEDNESDAY: Jerusalem : Old City
Visit the Tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper on Mount Zion. Enter the walled city and walk through the newly restored Jewish Quarter. Visit the Roman Cardo, Herodian Quarter and continue to the Western Wall. Walk along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, proceed to Mount Scopus and then to the Mount of Olives for a magnificent panoramic view of the Old City. Continue to Bethlehem*, stopping at Rachel’s Tomb and to visit the Church of the Nativity.

Overnight in Jerusalem

DAY 3: THURSDAY: Jerusalem : New City
Drive to the Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Kerem to see the Chagall stained glass windows. Continue to Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust and then 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. View the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, and the Givat Ram Campus of the Hebrew University.

Overnight in Jerusalem

DAY 4: FRIDAY: Qumran / Massada / Dead Sea
Drive through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, almost 1300 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 Massada. 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, time and weather permitting, an opportunity will be provided to float on the Dead Sea.

Overnight in Tel Aviv

DAY 5: SATURDAY: At leisure


Overnight in Tel Aviv

DAY 6: SUNDAY: Diaspora Museum / Caesarea / Druze villages
Depart Tel Aviv and drive to the Diaspora Museum for a visit. Proceed 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. Continue via the Druze villages to Haifa.

Overnight in Haifa

DAY 7: MONDAY: Haifa / Safed / Golan Heights
The tour of Haifa will begin at the summit of Mount Carmel where you will take in a breathtaking panoramic view of the Haifa Bay and Western Galilee. Continue on to the golden domed Bahai Shrine to visit the exotic Persian Gardens. Proceed 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.

Overnight in Kibbutz

DAY 8: TUESDAY: Sea of Galilee / Nazareth
Start the day with a visit of Tiberias. Drive to Capernaum to see the ruins of the synagogue and octagonal Church of St. Peter and then proceed to Nazareth. Here you will visit the Church of the Annunciation. Drive via Beit Shean to Beit Alpha to see the remains of the mosaic floor of an ancient synagogue depicting the zodiac.

Overnight in Tel Aviv

DAY 9: WEDNESDAY: Tel Aviv / Ben Gurion Airport
After breakfast, transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure.

* Visit subject to availability

TOUR CANCELLATION POLICY:
You may cancel your booking at any time prior to commencement of the tour by notifying us in writing, which must be signed by the person that signed the Reservation Form. If you cancel on or before 30 days before the first day of the tour, we will retain your deposit to cover our costs. In addition, if the cancellation notification is received less than 30 days prior to the first day of the tour, additional cancellation charges shall be as follows:

Amount of Cancellation Charges:

45-30 Days before the first day of the tour - 50%
29-15 Days before the first day of the tour - 75%
Less than 14 Days before arrival 100%
(Cancellation conditions for Maldives may differ)

CHANGES BY YOU:
If you request any changes to your travel arrangements once we have confirmed a booking, all out of pocket charges, including charges imposed by our suppliers, will be payable by you, plus an amendment fee of $50.00 per revision per booking. If after the commencement of your tour you request any changes to your travel arrangements, we will do our best to implement them, but we cannot guarantee that it will be possible. In the event of such change(s) being made, you will be liable for any cancellation charges that may be levied for the previously booked service and for any costs incurred by us and our suppliers in attempting to secure any revised arrangements. Any name changes must be provided to us in writing and are subject to any airline fees or penalties.

HOW TO BOOK:
If you are happy with the arrangements outlined within this itinerary and would like to book, please forward your completed booking form and the deposit. If you would like to revise the itinerary, feel free to contact us and we can prepare another version which will hopefully match your requirements. The deposit is 25% of the total cost, plus any applicable insurance premiums and can be paid by cheque, bank transfer or credit / debit card.

PAYMENT BY CREDIT CARD:
Please note, we do not charge a credit card fee on deposits, however, a credit card fee is charged on the balance of the price of your current trip or if full payment is made. Credit card fees are detailed within the enclosed information booklet. Please note we charge a credit card fee due to the high fees charged to tour operators by the credit card companies. We have chosen to make this transparent rather than including it within the trip price. You may therefore wish to pay the balance by bank transfer, debit card or personal cheque.