13 Day Affordable Israel with Eilat

4 Jerusalem, 2 Tiberias, 2 Tel Aviv & 3 Eilat
Roundtrip airfare from JFK, 11 nights accommodation in your choice of hotels and daily breakfast
Price Includes
  • Round trip flights New York-Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 11 nights accommodations
    • 4 nights Jerusalem
    • 2 nights Tiberias
    • 2 night Tel Aviv
    • 3 nights Eilat
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 15 meals: 11 breakfasts, 4 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Special Features

  • Discover Jerusalem's astonishing walled Old City
  • Tour the impressive archaeological site of Beit She'an, dating back to King Saul
  • At the Jordan River, stop at the popular baptismal site of Yardenit
  • Visit the age-old fishing village of Capernaum frequently mentioned in the Bible
  • In Tiberias, enjoy the pristine Sea of Galilee, the largest freshwater lake in Israel
  • Visit the Church of the Annunciation and Mary's Well in sacred Nazareth
  • In Haifa, view the golden-domed Baha'i Shrine and stunning Baha'i Gardens
  • Tour the astounding Roman, Byzantine and Crusader ruins at ancient Caesarea
  • Journey south to Kibbutz Sde Boker, former home and resting place of David Ben Gurion
  • Visit Mitzpe Ramon, with its lunar-like landscape and imposing crater
  • Spend two days in Eilat Israel's energetic resort on the Red Sea
Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Israel
Depart for Israel

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Tel Aviv, Transfer to "Golden" Jerusalem
Welcome to Israel. Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport and transfer to your hotel in the "golden" city of Jerusalem. Time to rest, relax and acclimate to your new time zone. This evening, enjoy a welcome drink and orientation with your Tour Manager
Overnight: Jerusalem

DAY 3, Friday - Jerusalem Old City Tour
Begin your walking tour of Jerusalem at the walled Old City with its four distinct sections; the Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Armenian Quarters. Follow the steps along Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, one of the holiest sites in the Christian world. Pass through the narrow alleys and souks to Mt. Zion and visit the Room of the Last Supper and the traditional Tomb of King David. The remainder of the day is on your own. Stroll through the lanes of the Old City, visit the exotic bazaars or join the throngs of people at cafes along the Midrachov, Jerusalem's main shopping street. The optional afternoon tour to Bethlehem includes a visit to the Church of the Nativity, commemorating the birthplace of Christ. A stop for local olive wood handicrafts is included. This evening, dinner together at the hotel
Optional: Half Day Bethlehem (PM)
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Saturday - Full Day in Jerusalem
A full day to discover this fascinating city on your own. In Jerusalem, one of the oldest and holiest cities in the world there are endless opportunities to explore. A walk through the city's colorful neighborhoods reveals a diverse blend of traditional and modern cultures. Or, join the fascinating optional full day tour to Masada and Dead Sea that begins with a drive along the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, to Masada. Ascend by cable car to the top of these heroic heights; listen to the brave tale of the Zealots who chose to perish rather than live under Roman rule. Visit the archaeological sites including the remains of Herod's Palace, a synagogue, bath houses, dwellings and workshops. After a visit to the Museum of Masada at the base, drive to the Dead Sea for a swim in the salty and buoyant waters before returning to Jerusalem. Tonight's very special optional evening includes dinner at a popular restaurant, attendance at the spectacular Sound & Light Show at the Tower of David, and a drive through magnificent illuminated Jerusalem
Optional: Full Day Masada and Dead Sea (AM)
Optional: Illuminated Jerusalem with dinner (PM)
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Sunday - Full Day in Jerusalem
Immerse yourself in this ancient city on this day at leisure. Learn more about the fascinating history of the Old City on the optional morning tour that begins at the Zion Gate. Visit the Cardo, a colonnaded Roman shopping street during the Byzantine period, the Jewish Quarter's four Sephardic Synagogues and the Burnt House, set ablaze by the Romans. Then, on to the Davidson Center in the archaeological Park with its exhibits and presentations, including a reconstruction of the Herodian Temple Mount in the year 70 CE. In the afternoon, visit the contrasting New City on the optional tour. Drive via the Supreme Court building and the Knesset, Israel's Parliament, to the Israel Museum. Here, view the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed and the miniature model of Jerusalem during Second Temple period. Then, to Yad Vashem, Memorial to the Holocaust on the Mount of Remembrance. This evening, dinner at a local restaurant highlighted by delectable local favorites
Optional: Half Day Jerusalem Old City - Jewish Quarter (AM)
Optional: Half Day Jerusalem New City (PM)
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Monday - Beit She‘an, Jordan River, Capernaum, Tiberias
Travel north via the Jordan Valley and reach the impressive archaeological site of Beit She'an, an ancient city dating back to King Saul; see the remains of an ancient Roman city and the ongoing excavations. From here, travel to the Jordan River, considered one of the world's most sacred rivers; stop at the popular baptismal site of Yardenit. Drive to the age-old fishing village of Capernaum on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, home to a celebrated Byzantine-era synagogue and frequently mentioned in the Bible as Jesus' base during his Galilean ministry. Tonight, enjoy dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Tiberias
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Tuesday - Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee
On your day at leisure in Tiberias, mix the serene quiet of the pristine Sea of Galilee, the largest freshwater lake in Israel, with nature, history and religion or enjoy the active water sports along the city's many beaches. Don't miss the optional tour full day tour to the Galilee that begins in Safed, one of Judaism's holiest cities and mystical center of Kabbalah; walk through the colorful artists' colony and visit an ancient synagogue. Then, ascend the Golan Heights to understand more about this strategic area; visit Har Ben Tal, site of a former Israeli bunker. After lunch at a kibbutz, taste special vintages at a winery in Katzrin before returning to the hotel
Optional: Full Day Galilee & Golan Heights with Lunch (AM)
Overnight: Tiberias
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Wednesday - Nazareth, Haifa and Caesarea to Lively Tel Aviv
Drive through the rolling Galilean hills to the sacred town of Nazareth where, according to tradition, Jesus spent his childhood and youth; visit the Church of the Annunciation and Mary's Well. Continue to the seaport city of Haifa perched high atop Mt. Carmel. View the golden-domed Baha'i Shrine and the stunning Baha'i Gardens, inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Follow the crystal-blue waters of the Mediterranean coast to ancient Caesarea; see the astounding Roman, Byzantine and Crusader ruins and the 2000-year-old theater. At the Visitor's Center, view the informative multimedia presentation. Then to cosmopolitan Tel Aviv, Israel's "playground-on-the-sea". Get acquainted with the city on the optional panoramic tour that begins on bustling Ibn Gvirol Street and travels to Yitzhak Rabin Square with its memorial to the late Israeli Prime Minister. Continue past the Mann Auditorium and Habima, Israel's national theater to tree-lined Rothschild Avenue known for its distinctive Bauhaus architecture dating back to the 1930s. To top off the evening, stop for dinner at a popular seaside restaurant
Optional: Panoramic Night Tour of Tel Aviv with Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Thursday - Kibbutz Sde Boker, Mitzpe Ramon, the Resort City of Eilat
Journey south through the stark Negev Desert to visit Kibbutz Sde Boker, the final home and resting place of David Ben Gurion, Israel's founder and first Prime Minister; see the preserved hut where he lived until his death. Then, to Mitzpe Ramon, with its lunar-like landscape and imposing crater that dates back 220 million years. Stop at the state-of-the-art Visitor's Center for an overview of this extraordinary geological phenomenon. At the end of the day, arrive in Eilat, Israel's southernmost city at the northern tip of the Red Sea, surrounded by stunning cliff and desert scenery. After a stop at a shop selling locally produced Eilat stone products, on to your hotel for leisure time. Tonight, treat yourself to dinner at one of the trendy local restaurants, take part in the vibrant night scene, and enjoy the friendly, welcoming atmosphere
Overnight: Eilat
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Friday - Full Day in Eilat
The day in Eilat is yours to independently discover the city on your own. Or, participate in the optional tour to the spectacular "rose-red" city of Petra in Jordan. It's truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see this amazing city carved completely out of stone. Considered one of Jordan's greatest national treasures, the ancient city is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your tour of Petra begins with a short walk through the narrow gorge known as the "Siq", in the shadow of massive red and pink rock walls that leads to the astonishing Treasury monument. After lunch and visits to the soaring temples, palaces and theater in this expansive city return to Eilat via the surreal sandstone scenery of Wadi Rum
Optional: Full Day Petra with lunch(AM)*
Overnight: Eilat
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Saturday - Full Day in Eilat
Spend the morning enjoying Eilat's completely transparent turquoise waters -- diving and snorkeling is so easy as the underwater life can be seen clearly, including famous corals, rare species of fish and more. An optional morning excursion is offered to nearby King Soloman's Mines with its towering sandstone columns and historical Timna Park; copper ore has been mined here since the kingdom of biblical King Solomon. View the distinctive rock formations and the ancient ruins dotted throughout the valley, uniquely formed by man and nature. View the exciting multimedia presentation, "Mines of Time", where the pharaohs, kings, queens and quarriers, who knew this region millennia ago comes alive. A large section of the valley, containing ancient remnants of copper mining and ancient worship, is encompassed in this large recreational park. Return to Eilat for the rest of the day at leisure
Optional: King Solomon's Mines & Timna Park (PM)
Overnight: Eilat
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Sunday - Drive to Tel Aviv
It's back to Tel Aviv today, traversing the Arava Highway, climbing 1,200 feet to the desert cities of Dimona and Beer Sheva, capital of the Negev. Travel via the seaport city of Ashdod or coastal Ashkelon, arriving in Tel Aviv in the afternoon. On this last day in Tel Aviv, there's still opportunity to enjoy the pleasures of this modern cosmopolitan city. In Jaffa, search the boutiques for hand-wrought silver jewelry, woven articles, or colorful woven gifts. Enjoy a tasty felafel at the Carmel Market, or visit some of the museums sites that made this city so unique. An evening stroll along the "tayelet" (promenade) is the perfect way to say Shalom to Israel. Stop for dinner at a seaside restaurant, or just relax at a nearby café
Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Monday - Depart Israel
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

*Please note, from Jan 1, 2016: Land crossing from Arava/Eilat South Border to Jordan for this optional tour requires a Jordan visa to be obtained in advance. An entry visa into Jordan via Arava/Eilat South Border can be arranged & paid locally if passport information is received by your Israel tour manager locally at least 48 hours in advance. The entry visa cost is approximately $60.

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Notes :
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
  • Hotel check-in is 4:00 pm. If you have an early arrival and want to check-in prior to 4:00 pm you may pre-purchase an additional hotel night.
  • Hotel check-out is 12:00 pm. If you have a late departure flight and want to depart later than 12:00 pm you may pre-purchase a hotel Day Use Room.
  • Please note: Hotel checkout for a Day Use Room is 6:00 pm. If you have a flight which requires a longer stay, you may purchase a full post night.
  • Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates.
  • All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary.
  • For visa information, check our  Visa page
Not Included
Optional tours and gratuities

All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability at the time of booking. The from price reflects the lowest available price at time of publication, which is valid for a specific start date or dates and also based on availability at the time of booking.