Israel self drive tour
A land of contrasts and emotions, paradoxes and spirituality, Israel is still a little-known country, even though it is always at the center of attention. Live with us this unique journey that will immerse you in history and discover the various aspects of this land, the crossroads of the greatest civilizations of our time.
The land, love, family, friends, spiritual life, history, ideas, men, women, fun ... There are thousands of reasons that push people to land here ... What will be yours?
After breakfast, begin your day of discovery: Tel Aviv, the "New York" of the Middle East, has been proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to the hundreds of Bauhaus buildings that have earned it the nickname of "white city".
We will continue the visit to the bohemian district of Nevé Tzedek, the Rothschild boulevard and the seafront, which you can follow by electric bicycle or on foot to the picturesque ancient port of Jaffa, always frequented by fishing boats that follow a centuries-old tradition.
This is a place with a romantic atmosphere: stroll around the flea market, drink a cocktail based on the famous Arak, the local anise liqueur, and enjoy the restaurants, the craft shops and other typical bars.
Overnight at Prima City or similar.
After breakfast at the hotel, recover your rental car and leave for Cesarea, the ancient city located on the Mediterranean coast. The incredible ruins of the ancient city allow you to admire the ruins of the royal capital of Herod the Great and numerous monuments from the Roman and Crusaders times. Caesarea National Park is one of the most fascinating archaeological sites in Israel, a place to explore also through the museum and the multimedia explanation of the history of the port.
Next, continue on the coastal road to Akko (Acre), a UNESCO world heritage site. Explore the Halls of the Knights, the tunnels and secret passages that date back to the time of the Crusaders. Continue to the ancient port, where you can admire the mighty walls that have stopped Napoleon's advance. You can also stroll around the Arab market and soak up the sweet atmosphere of the city.
End your day in Haifa for a panoramic view of this great Israeli port city. Short city tour and view of the Bahai hanging gardens. Continuation to Galilee and accommodation in a hotel in Tiberias, Prima Galil or similar.
After breakfast at the hotel, you can spend the morning discovering the sites of Lake Tiberias: Tabgha, Capernaum and the Mount of Beatitudes.
Tabgha, on the west bank, is the place of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fish of Jesus. Capernaum, an ancient village on the northern bank of the lake, is instead the place where Jesus came to preach. You can admire the ruins of an octagonal church and a monumental synagogue of the III century. Finally, the Mount of Beatitudes, located on a hill north of Tabgha, is the site of the Sermon on the Mount and offers today a breathtaking panoramic view of the lake.
In the afternoon, you can go to the Golan Heights, one of the most beautiful and fascinating regions of Israel, thanks to its wonderful natural environment. You can enjoy a wine tasting in a family winery where the particular care, the climate and the characteristic basalt soil directly influence the quality of the vines. It is the secret magic of the wines of the Israeli Golan.
Return to Tiberias for overnight stay at Prima Galil or similar.
After breakfast at the hotel, head for the mystic town of Safed, the place where the Cabal was born. Located in Upper Galilee, it is said to have been founded by Sem, one of Noah's three sons. Characterized by a mystical and beautiful atmosphere, Safed is an incredible city of art. The heart of the city consists of ancient and picturesque streets and numerous synagogues, where the dominant color is blue due to its long cabalistic tradition.
Visit of the oldest dairy factory founded in Israel, which produces some very pure sheep and goat cheeses.
Continue towards Nazareth, the largest city in the north of Israel. The city of Nazareth is famous for its traditional souq ("market" in Arabic) that attracts locals and tourists for its wealth, its spices and its history. The city is home to important Christian sites, including the Basilica of the Annunciation, where Mary was informed for the first time of the virginal conception of Jesus.
Off the beaten track of the old city, discover the historic site of the Maria de Nazareth Center and the remains of a house of the time of Jesus dating back to the first century and belonging to the ancient village of Nazareth.
Continuation to Jerusalem and hotel accommodation at Prima Royale or similar.
After breakfast at the hotel, set off for a whole day of walking in the old city of Jerusalem: entrance into the old city from the Gate of Sion, walk in the Jewish quarter, the cardo, ancient main street of the Roman and Byzantine period. You will arrive at the Wailing Wall, the most sacred place for Judaism and the remains of the second Temple, destroyed in the year 70. Continue to the famous Via Dolorosa, the via crucis, through the Muslim and Christian neighborhoods until you reach the church of the Holy Sepulcher, the most sacred of the Byzantine basilicas, where, according to the New Testament, Jesus was crucified and resurrected. In the church there is also the burial place of Jesus. Overnight at Prima Royale or similar.
After breakfast, start your day at the lively and colorful Mahane Yehuda market, where you can enjoy the best Israeli specialties and make unusual encounters while sipping a real oriental cardamom coffee. Next, continue your visit to the Israel Museum and its Book Sanctuary, where the famous Dead Sea manuscripts found in 1947 are displayed.
Departure for a moment of meditation at the Shoah Museum of Yad Vashem. Visit the new museum of Holocaust history, which covers more than 4200 square meters, mostly underground. At the end of the museum, there is the Hall of Names, a reference point for the pages of testimony of the millions of victims of the Holocaust and a memorial for those who died.
End your day at Ein Kerem - the Vine Spring in Hebrew - a village of artisans within the municipal boundaries of Jerusalem. Overnight at Prima Royale or similar.
After breakfast, leave Jerusalem to head for the Dead Sea, the lowest point on the earth's surface, at an altitude of -429 meters below sea level.
You can take the cable car to get on and off the historic site of Massada, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This famous site includes numerous palaces and ancient fortifications and is located on top of a rock in the middle of the Judean desert. Massada was also the site of the Jewish resistance of the Zealots against the Romans on the occasion of the Great Revolt and the ruins on the site are evidence of this tragic event. You can finally enjoy a moment of relaxation, take a bath in the therapeutic water of the Dead Sea and cover your body with the mud rich in minerals. Overnight at Prima Spa or similar.
After breakfast, head to the Negev desert and the Mitzpe Ramon crater. This extraordinary geological phenomenon 40 km long, 8 km wide and 500 meters deep deserves a stop! You will have the opportunity to admire the colors of its picturesque landscape that vary depending on the position of the sun. Your next stop will be the walk to Avdat (the spring of Avdat), where the water has carved a deep, narrow canyon in the white limestone rock.
At the foot of a waterfall, vegetation grows around pools where ibex and other desert animals come to quench their thirst. Enjoy the calm of the desert before taking the road back to Tel Aviv. Arrival in Tel Aviv and accommodation in Prima City or similar.
Breakfast in the hotel and departure to Ben Gurion airport where your leave the car.
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