UNESCO HERITAGE & HISTORY

8 Day Israel Tour

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Overview

Israel is the country with one of the world's richest historic and cultural offerings. It is a crossroad of cultural influences, from the early Israelites through the Greeks, Phoenicians, Nabateans, Romans, Arabs, Crusaders, Otomans and the British - all of whom had left their stamp on this historic land.


Over the past three decades, UNESCO has designated eight World Heritage sites in this tiny country, a testament to Israel's importance as a cultural crossroad and to its incredible historical heritage.


During this unique 8-day tour, you will visit the eight remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Sites, amongst other important sites and attractions:

  • Baha'i World Center
  • Ancient port city of Acre
  • Human evolution at Nahal Me'arot
  • Tel Megiddo
  • The Old City of Jerusalem
  • Masada
  • Incense & Spice Route
  • Tel Aviv the White City


Welcome to Israel

  • You will be greeted at Ben Gurion Airport by a Simply, Israel representative, who will drive you to your hotel in the northern city of Haifa.
  • Use the free time on your first day to rest and acclimatize. Unless of course, you're good to go, in which case we are happy to give you suggestions on what to see or do in this fantastic city. Let us know what your interests are, and we'll point you in the right direction.
  • Israel's third largest city, Haifa, fronts the Mediterranean under the towering Carmel Mountain. Its terraced landscape offers breathtaking panoramas.
  • Haifa is home to Jews, Muslim and Christian Arabs, as well as small communities of Ahmadis, Druze, Baha'is, and others. The city is characterized as a mosaic of peaceful coexistence between the communities.
  • Haifa is a modern city, with an abundance for attractions, such as religious and heritage sites, museums and galleries, nature hiking opportunities, and a fantastic Mediterranean beach.
  • For dining, there's a huge selection of restaurants, from contemporary creations to authentic local cuisine.
  • Try the famous Haifa falafel and shawarma stands, downtown on Jaffa Street. The food is cheap, authentic, and good!
  • You will find a selection of restaurants, bars and trendy cafes in central Mount Carmel and the German Colony.
  • Overnight in Haifa.

Baha'i Holy Places & Acre

  • Start the day with breathtaking panoramic view of Haifa and the port from the Louis Promenade. One of the loveliest places to walk and see in all of Haifa is the Louis Promenade on Mount Carmel. Enjoy the spectacular views of all of Haifa, the cargo ships come into the port and the naval ships dart to and fro down off the bay.
  • Visit the spectacular Baha'i Gardens*, selected by UNESCO for their profound spiritual meaning and the testimony they bear to the strong tradition of pilgrimage in the Baha'i faith.
  • With its golden-domed Shrine of the Bab and terraced gardens, this is the holiest site of pilgrimage for the members of the Baha'i faith, and one of the more beautiful sites in Israel.
  • Enjoy lunch at one of the most famous hummus joints in Acre. There's always a line of people at it's front door, waiting to eat the hummus which many people claim to be the best in all the middle-east.
  • Hummus is a Middle Eastern food dip or spread made from chickpeas. It is a common part of everyday meals in Israel. Try it with tahini, meat, mushrooms, pine nuts or plain... A visit to Israel cannot be considered complete until you have hummus!
  • Tour Acre, the ancient port city built and influenced by the Crusaders, Arabs, Ottoman Turks and the British.
  • This magnificent, medieval city was selected by UNESCO not only because of the continuous settlement from the Phoenician period, but also because the remains of the Crusader town, dating from 1104 to 1291, lie almost intact. The present city is characteristic of a fortified town from the Ottoman 18th-19th centuries, with typical citadel, mosques, khans and baths.
  • Overnight in Haifa.
Note: (*)The Baha'i Gardens may be closed and tours canceled without prior notice.

Tel Megiddo & Human Evolution at Mount Carmel

  • Head up Mount Carmel to visit Nahal Me'arot.
  • The site was selected by UNESCO for providing an archive of early human life in south-west Asia.
  • The reservation contains cultural deposits representing 500,000 years of human evolution, including evidence of burials, early stone architecture and transition from hunter-gathering lifestyle to agriculture and animal husbandry.
  • Drive through the Galilee region, a mountainous area in Israel's north. The region is forested with relatively sparse population, and offers beautiful views.
  • In the pastoral fields of their agricultural farm in Beth Lehem Haglilit, visit the Herb & Spice Farm. The huge market is packed with many different kinds of medicinal plants and quality herbs, creating an inimitable multi-sensual and colorful experience.
  • Enjoy a tasty lunch in a picturesque restaurant within the green scenery of the Galilee.
  • Proceed to Tel Megiddo. Of over 200 of Israel's "tel" sites (pre-historic settlement mounds), UNESCO selected Megiddo, Hazor and Beersheva as representative tels containing substantial remains of Biblical cities.
  • Tel Megiddo is mentioned in Egyptian writings and is forecast to be the site of Armageddon in the Christian Book of Revelations.
  • The site includes remains from the city's glorious past, including the City Gates, Ivory Palace in which the richest Canaanite treasure was discovered, stables from Ahab's time, and ancient waterworks.
  • Continue to Jerusalem and enjoy a free evening in this fascinating city.
  • As Israel's capital and as a tourism center, there's plenty here to keep a traveler happy. Theaters, dance companies and entertainment venues are more than plentiful, and dining options run the gamut. Like any contemporary city, there's also a host of lively bars, pubs and clubs that cater to diverse tastes.
  • Overnight in a unique, authentic hotel in Jerusalem.

Jerusalem City of Gold

  • Jerusalem is the holiest city in the world, with history felt with each step in its winding roads and where every stone tells a wondrous story...
  • Start the day with a panoramic view of the Old City of Jerusalem, then step into the alleys and experience the mysteries of this eternal city.
  • Among the Old City's 220 historic monuments, UNESCO cites three as the core of the World Heritage site: the Dome of the Rock, the Western Wall, and the Resurrection rotunda in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
  • Depending on your interests, you can choose to see and/or tour any of these sites:
    -The Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane, where it is said Jesus, and his followers prayed the night prior to Jesus's crucifixion.
    -The Tomb of King David on Mount Zion, and the Hall of the Last Supper located in the upper floor of the structure.
  • Stroll through the 16th century Sepharadi synagogues located in the Jewish Quarter, and walk along the alleys and small shops of the Byzantine Cardo.
  • Proceed to the Western Wall, the holiest of Jewish sites, sacred because it is what's left of the Second Temple destroyed by the Romans. The adjoining Western Wall Plaza functions as an open-air synagogue for thousands of worshipers, with prayers going on continuously.
  • Tour the Western Wall Tunnels - a fascinating tour underground, revealing hidden layers of the Wall.
  • Temple Mount* is revered and recognized by all three religions. To the Jews, it's the site of the First and Second Temples, as well as the site of Abraham's near-sacrifice of Isaac. For Muslims, the Temple Mount is the site from which Muhammad embarked on his Night Journey to Heaven, and the location of the striking Dome of the Rock and the important Al-Aqsa Mosque.
  • Follow the path of Jesus as he walked, carrying his cross on the way to his crucifixion, along the Via Dolorosa, meaning "way of sorrows".
  • For as long as Christians have been coming to the Holy City, they have walked the last path of Jesus. At least for the last 1,000 years, it is the same path visitors walk today. As time went on, the sacred stories became sacred landmarks - the Stations of the Cross.
  • Visit the UNESCO cited Church of the Holy Sepulchre, with the Resurrection rotunda which houses Christ's tomb.
  • Bargain with local merchants in the Arab Souk (market) of the Muslim Quarter, where You will find a large variety of souvenirs for cheap prices, and local delicatessen such as Kenafeh, Falafel and Hummus.
  • Overnight in Jerusalem.

Masada & Dead Sea

  • Early in the morning head south to the Judean Desert. The Judean desert is full of breathtaking views that are constantly changing. It contains many fascinating nature reserves, historic sites, monasteries and primeval panoramas that make it an exciting place to visit.
  • Visit Masada, the majestic fortress cited by UNESCO as a symbol of the ancient kingdom of Israel and the last stand of the Jewish patriots in the face of the Roman Army in A.D. 73.
  • Climb or take the cable car up, and hear the chilling story of this rugged natural fortress. The fortress was built by Herod the Great 100 years before it came under siege by the Romans. UNESCO cites that the camps, fortifications and attack ramp constitute the most complete Roman siege works surviving to the present-day.
  • Enjoy a buffet lunch, relax, and experience the uniqueness of the Dead Sea. Be pampered in one of the best private beaches, where you can float motionless in the uniquely salty waters and cover yourself with the therapeutic black Dead Sea mud.
  • A candidate for the 7 Wonders of the World, the Dead Sea is most famous for its health aspects thanks to its unique minerals, as well as the enriched atmosphere that comes from being at the lowest place on Earth and the warmth of the climate.
  • Overnight in the desert, according to your preference:
    -A secluded desert lodge, offering a rare opportunity to experience the beauty and serenity of the Negev desert.
    -An authentic Bedouin tent, comfortably fitted with colorful rugs and mattresses. This option is a unique and fun option, especially for larger groups and families.
    -A luxurious spa hotel on the shore of the Dead Sea (at additional charge).

Follow the Incense Route

  • Follow the footsteps of nomads and enjoy the splendid history of the Incense & Spice Route.
  • The four Nabatean towns of Haluza, Mamshit, Avdat and Shivta, along with associated fortresses and agricultural landscapes in the Negev Desert, are spread along routes linking them to the Mediterranean end of the Incense and Spice route. Together they reflect the hugely profitable trade from south Arabia to the Mediterranean, which flourished from the 3rd century B.C. until the 2nd century.
  • Experience the lifestyle and enjoy the warm hospitality of the Bedouin tribe.
  • The Bedouins, considered by some as the most hospitable people on Earth, are a group of nomadic tribes who have lived in Israel's Negev Desert for hundreds of years, tracing their heritage back to the traders on the ancient Spice Route.
  • To make your experience even more unique, you can opt for a tour of the desert on the back of a camel!*
  • Last but not least, arrive in Tel Aviv, Israel's largest city and business hub. The city is spread over more than 10 miles of the Mediterranean coastline, and is known as the "City That Never Sleeps". It is notorious for it's beaches, culture, vibrant night life and excellent cuisine, from authentic street food to upscale, gourmet restaurants.
  • Enjoy a free evening in this great city. Let us know what you're into, and we would be happy to provide you with suggestions and recommendations of what to do.
  • Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Tel Aviv The White City & Departure

  • Enjoy this great city and discover why it was selected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Walk through Rothchild Boulevard, a beautiful boulevard lined with one of the world's best concentration of historical buildings representing the Bauhaus architectural style.
  • The White City area in Tel Aviv was built in the 1930s by the young German immigrants, graduates of the Bauhaus School of Art and Design. Followed by other young Bauhaus architects fleeing Hitler, Tel Aviv has more Bauhaus buildings than anywhere in the world.
  • Proceed through the narrow alleys of the bohemian Neve Tsedek neighborhood and the Susan Dalal Theatre, and continue to the newly renovated Old Port of Jaffa.
  • Enjoy the Port's exquisite Mediterranean views and myriad of cafes and restaurants in the boardwalk.
  • Continue to the lively, modern Jaffa flea market, and engage your senses with a tasting tour of the market.
  • And if you have any energy left, why not experience Tel Aviv's notorious night life scene? We can provide you with excellent suggestions, recommendations and reservations to some of Tel Aviv's hottest clubs, and best bars and lounges.
  • Overnight in Tel Aviv.
  • Make use of the free time on your last day to rest or explore at your will.
  • We shall be delighted to offer you suggestions and tips on how to spend your final day in Israel in the best possible way; just tell us what you are interested in and we shall help you design a plan for the day.
  • A driver will take you to the airport 4 hours prior to your departure.
Note: Instead of the walking tour, you can opt to do a fun Segway or Bike tour of Tel Aviv.

Price Information

  • All tours are private and personalized.
  • Price is dependent on the number of people participating.
  • It is possible to extend the tour and add more attractions in Israel, per your preference, at additional cost.
  • All itineraries are subject to change due to weather or other constrains.
  • Price may change per currency fluctuations.

Price Includes

  • Private, licensed tour guide (6 days)
  • Accommodation (7 nights)
  • Private transportation & airport transfers (8 days)
  • Entry fees to all sites (6 days)
  • All applicable taxes
  • Prices do not include meals, tips, airfare or travel insurance.

    Itineraries
  • All itineraries are subject to change. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements based on comments from past travelers and our own research or there are changes in the offerings from operators we use. If we are unable to utilize a product, service or activity detailed in our itinerary, a suitable alternative will be offered where possible. Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather conditions, natural disasters, security concerns, or site/national park requirements. All activities in individual itineraries are included in the price unless otherwise stated as additional cost.
  • Prices
  • Prices are quoted in US Dollars and are inclusive of VAT. Prices may change per currency fluctuations and periodic changes in the VAT in Israel, and are subject to change at the discretion of Simply, Israel. No responsibility is accepted by Simply, Israel for unforeseen omissions or misrepresentation of touring partners and external service providers.
  • Payment Policy
  • A 30% deposit is required at the time of booking. The remaining amount is due no later than 14 days prior to the tour's start date. Failure to adhere to the payment policy may result in the cancellation of your booking. A non-refundable credit card surcharge of 4.06% applies on all credit card transactions. Please note: external service provider's payment policies may vary from the above and are subject to change at any time. These are available upon request.
  • Cancellation Policy
  • In accordance with Israeli Consumer Law, a package or service bundle may be canceled in writing and fully refunded within 14 days of the purchase date, excluding a 5% cancellation fee. If the transaction is canceled after 14 days days, a 30% cancellation fee will be deducted from the payment. There will be no refund if the service/tour is canceled less than 2 business days before the start date. There will be no refund for non-show or unused services. Refunds will be processed within 14 days of the cancellation.
  • Please note: external service provider's cancellation policies and fees may vary from the above and are subject to change at any time. These are available upon request.
  • Changes to bookings
  • In the event of a booking alteration (such as a date change), Simply, Israel reserves the right to charge a fee where applicable.
  • Conditions of travel
  • Simply, Israel reserves the right to alter the route or itinerary of any of its tours and arrange alternative carriers to those advertised if necessary. No refunds will be given in these circumstances or in the event of any delay, curtailment or alteration of a trip resulting from any cause including severe weather conditions or mechanical failure. Components of trips are weather dependent and Simply, Israel cannot be held liable if trip components are not available on the day of travel. Simply, Israel cannot guarantee pick up or drop off times and is not liable for traveler failure to connect with other services or any associated costs resulting from such delays.
  • Liability
  • Whilst we make every effort to safeguard our passengers, Simply, Israel cannot be held liable for any damage, injury, or loss of any kind caused by or resulting from any act or omission by its employees, agents or contractors. Simply, Israel also assumes no responsibility for any act of negligence, act or omission whatsoever by any company whose services are used as part of packages provided, including but not limited to activity and accommodation providers. Simply, Israel accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to personal belongings or baggage.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance in NOT included in the package/itinerary or service bundle prices. Simply, Israel requires all passengers to hold travel insurance. Your Insurance protection must include cover for cancellation, medical and repatriation expenses, personal injury and accident, death and loss of personal baggage and money and personal liability insurance.
  • Fitness Levels
  • Some of Simply, Israel's tours are active and require a reasonable or high level of fitness. If you have any doubts about your suitability please check with us.