Private tour of Israel Christian Heritage - Firebird Tours ®
Mount of Beatitudes, Israel
Rosh Hanikra, Israel
Tel Aviv, Israel
Jerusalem, Israel
Sea of Galilee, Israel

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Overview

Get ahold of Israel's inspiring spiritual side and explore the main religious sights, including Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem. Discover the ancient landmarks of Caesarea and Masada. Moreover, spend time at the Dead Sea and enjoy the steepest cable car ride to the grottoes of Rosh Hanikra.
 

Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
4.88 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4 or 5-star centrally located hotels
    Standard rooms
    8 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport transfers
    2 cable car rides
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 2 guided city tours
    4 guided day-tours outside cities
  • MEALS
  • 8 breakfasts

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival to Tel Aviv

Welcome to Israel! Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver, who transfers you to your hotel in Tel Aviv for the check-in.

The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip. Alternatively, you can choose one of our carefully planned optional tours.

No meals included.

Day 2
Tour of Jaffa

After breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide and start your private 4-hour walking* tour to the old town Jaffa, one of the ancient port cities in Israel and the Mediterranean basin.

Jaffa city is associated with Jonah, Solomon and Saint Peter as well as the mythological story of Andromeda and Perseus. Together with your guide, you stroll along the alleys of Old Jaffa, see the sculpture "floating orange", pass by the House of Simon the Tanner and the 19th-century St Michael Greek-Orthodox Church. Afterward, you arrive at the main Plaza of Jaffa and visit the Franciscan St. Peter’s Church, built on the remains of a Crusader Fortress. Then you continue to the flea market full of boutiques, laid-back cafes, pop-up bars and colorful street stalls selling vintage clothes, objects, and furniture.

After the tour, you may continue the exploration of Jaffa or return to the hotel.

  • Please note: 2-way public transportation tickets are included in the tour. The Flea Market doesn't work on Saturdays.

Breakfast is included.

Day 3
Tour to Caesarea, Haifa, Acre & Cable Car to Rosh Hanikra Grottoes

Early in the morning, join a small group and start a 12-hour day trip to the northern coastal towns of Caesarea, Haifa, and Acre.

The first town on the route is ancient Caesarea. Here you visit the Roman Theatre, which, apart from being a remarkable historical sight, often hosts concerts and an annual jazz festival. You also see Herod's Palace, the Baths and the Ancient Harbor.

On your way to Haifa, the largest city in northern Israel, you drive along the Carmel Mountains. It is famous for the Bahaian Terraced Gardens, designed around the tomb of the "Bab", one of the leading figures in the Bahai faith.

Then you make your way to Israel’s port town of Acre (also called Akko). You visit the main point of interest there - the Rosh Hanikra limestone grottoes which form a geological white chalk cliff border of Israel and its neighboring country, Lebanon. Among the day’s highlights is a ride on a cable car right down to the grottoes which can only be reached from the water side. This unique cable car is actually among the steepest ones on the planet and is surely a memorable experience to remember!

After the tour, you are taken to the hotel for overnight.

  • Please note: Group size is up to 20 people. This tour is also available with a private guide-driver. Please contact your destination specialist if you would like to upgrade your tour to a private option.

Breakfast is included.

Day 4
Tour of Nazareth and Galilee Sea

Early in the morning join a small group tour and embark on an exciting 12-hour day trip to the incredible Christian site - the city of Nazareth, and a northern region called Galilee.

The first stop on your route is Nazareth where you visit the Catholic Church of Annunciation and the Church of St. Joseph. Then you drive by towns Cana and Tiberius, located on the shore of Galilee Sea, and arrive in Capernaum, also known as "the town of Jesus". Once abandoned and forgotten, this site was excavated in the 1900s and today you may visit the Jewish Synagogue.

Continue to the site of the Miracle of Fish and Loaves located at the foot of the Golan Heights and reach Yardenit, the famous Baptismal site where Jordan river flows out of the Sea of Galilee.

After the tour, you are taken back to your hotel in Jerusalem.

  • Please note: Group size is up to 20 people. This tour is also available with a private guide-driver. Please contact your destination specialist if you would like to upgrade your tour to a private option

Breakfast is included.

Day 5
Departure to Jerusalem

After breakfast at the hotel and check-out, meet your driver for a private transfer to Jerusalem. Upon arrival, you have a check-in at the hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure.

  • Recommended optional tour: Cooking class and Levinski Market
  • Recommended optional tour: Tour of Western Wall Tunnels

Breakfast is included.

Day 6
City tour of New Jerusalem

After breakfast at your hotel, meet your private guide and start a 4-hour walking tour to discover the top sights of the New City of Jerusalem called Nachalaot which is translated as "inheritances".

Here you get to know the cluster of neighborhoods in the center of the city. Take a great chance to feel like a local and continue to the atmospheric Machaneh Yehudah Market which is the true heart of Jerusalem.

While discovering the market, you get acquainted with local culinary traditions and taste delicious olives, make a stop in the bakery of Hotchpuria, try legumes, casserole, pastries, halva, and organic tahini.

Following the tour you may continue exploring the city on your own or return to the hotel.

Breakfast is included.

Day 7
Jerusalem and Bethlehem Tour

After breakfast at the hotel, join a small group day tour devoted to the exploration of the city and a tour to Bethlehem.

Today, you see unmissable sites of interest and start with the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the city. Continue to Mount Zion, located on the southern end of the old city, and see the traditional sites of the Last Supper and visit King David's Tomb. In the Old city, you start a walking tour of Jewish, Christian and Armenian Quarters. Walk along the Via Dolorosa and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. A must-see highlight of Jerusalem tour is a The Western Wall, one of the holiest Jewish sites.

Today you also visit Bethlehem - the biblical birthplace of Jesus and a major Christian pilgrimage destination. At the Palestinian border, your change transportation and the local guide takes you to Bethlehem. Together you visit the Church of Nativity, built over the cave venerated as Christ's birthplace in AD 339. After the visit, you drive through the city and get back to the Israel border to meet with your Jerusalem guide and driver.

After the tour, you return to the hotel and rest of the day is at leisure.

  • Please note: make sure to have your passport with you for the Bethlehem tour. Group size is up to 20 people. This tour is also available with a private guide-driver. Please contact your destination specialist if you would like to upgrade your tour to a private option.

Breakfast is included.

Day 8
Masada and Dead Sea Tour

After breakfast at the hotel embark on a small group 8-hour tour to the UNESCO-listed town of Masada, famous for its ancient fortifications, as well as enjoy the shores of the Dead Sea.

Upon arrival to Masada, you take a cable car to reach the hilltop isolated rock plateau above the Dead Sea. Masada was also home to the oldest synagogue in Israel, but one of the most remarkable features are the 12 water cisterns, each with a capacity of up to 140,000 cubic feet.

On the way back you have a stop at the Dead Sea resort for about 2 hours and have some time to relax and swim in the water. The Dead Sea is renown for its rejuvenating properties beneficial for health and you also have some time to visit a local factory store famous for its products containing mud, minerals, and salt from the Dead Sea.

After the tour you are taken back to Jerusalem.

  • Please note: Group size is up to 20 people. This tour is also available with a private guide-driver. Please contact your destination specialist if you would like to upgrade your tour to a private option. Make sure to have bathing suits. Towels and lockers are available at the resort at an extra charge of 15-20$ (45-60 ILS). Showers, changing rooms and pools are included in the resort admission fee.

Breakfast is included.

Day 9
Departure

After breakfast and check-out, you are met by your private driver in the hotel lobby and transferred to the airport for your flight back home. We hope you are leaving with the ultimate experience and bright memories and wish you a safe flight.

Breakfast is included.


Included

8 nights at centrally-located 4 or 5-star hotels

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant

Always included:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

What's included
  • Accommodation at remarkable centrally located 4-star or 5-star hotels in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem;
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Airport transfers with private drivers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Sightseeing tours in small group tours up to 20 people;
  • Private walking tour of Jaffa and Jerusalem;
  • Entrance tickets to Capernaum, Masada National park, Masada Museum;
  • Cable car ride in Masada National Park and Rosh Hanikra;
  • All tourist fees & taxes, including tourist city taxes;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: international flights, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses, gratuities.

Please note: Modest clothing (no shorts or sleeveless shirts) and head covering are required for visiting holy sites.

Tour highlights
  • Fully tailor-made program according to your interest;
  • Your own professional local guides;
  • Full flexibility of hotel options;
  • Exploring the port town of Jaffa;
  • Exploring Caesarea, Haifa, and Acre;
  • Cable car to the Rosh Hanikra Grottoes & cable car to ancient Masada;
  • Tour of historical Nazareth and Galilee Sea;
  • Complete insight of multisided Jerusalem and historical Bethlehem;
  • Time spent by the unique Dead Sea.
What to Know
  • The local currency of Israel are shekels. Although credit and debit cards are widely accepted, it is best to have cash on you for small purchases.
  • Israeli weather, as well as that of Jordan, tends to be hot practically all year round, so make sure to pack suitable clothing and sunblock.
  • Many attractions in Israel are religious, therefore, it is necessary to be dressed suitably when exploring such sights as to not be disrespectful.

Dates & Rates

Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (4 star)
$3,151
Deposit $631
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (5 star)
$4,521
Deposit $905
Two travelers: double occupancy (4 star)
$3,385
Deposit $677
Two travelers: double occupancy (5 star)
$4,721
Deposit $945
Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (4 star)
$3,151
Deposit $631
Friends trip: 4+ travelers (5 star)
$4,521
Deposit $905
Two travelers: double occupancy (4 star)
$3,385
Deposit $677
Two travelers: double occupancy (5 star)
$4,721
Deposit $945

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