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17 Days
Tel Aviv
Istanbul
Min Age : 6

Best of Turkey and Israel

This fully escorted17-day tour will lead you through the Holy Land and you will then have the opportunity to visit the mystical land of Turkey, where you will experience the country’s incredible hospitality first hand. Join us on this unforgettable journey of a lifetime!

Tour Details

Arrival and Departure Locations

Istanbul – Tel Aviv

Pick-up & Drop-off Time

Flexible

Price Includes

  • 16 night four-star hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Istanbul to Jerusalem International flight is included
  • English speaking official  local guides are included in both countries
  • Meals: 16 Breakfasts – 12 Dinners – 1 Lunch
  • All  transfer per itinerary and A/C transport during visits & excursions
  • Entrance fees to the mentioned museums and sites

Price Excludes

  • Before/After flight 
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips to the guide and driver ( suggested as 3 euro per person per day for the guide and 2 euro per person per day for the driver ) 
  • Visa fees
  • Sales Tax 4.75%
Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Istanbul, Turkey

Welcome to Turkey! Meet with our english speaking assistant at the airport . Transfer to the hotel for check in . Overnight: Istanbul Meals: N/A

Day 2Istanbul

Loge of Empress Hagia Sophia

 

Breakfast at the hotel . Drive from your hotel to Spice Market for shopping . Free time. Then meet and proceed to take 1,5 hrs Bosphorus Cruise excursion along the bosphorus , that is dividing the 2 continents Asia & Europe . During the excursion you will enjoy the beauty of Istanbul , with its forest , Palaces and wooden old houses built on both continents . Lunch at local restaurant . After lunch visit Sultanahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque) , Hippodrome and the famous Hagia Sophia . Free time at Grand Bazaar .

Overnight: Istanbul Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

Day 3Istanbul - Ankara

 
Breakfast at the hotel . Departure from the hotel to visit Topkapi Palace ( harem section entrance free is not included ) the house of the ottoman sultans . Departure from the hotel to Ankara – the capital of Turkey . Arrival to Ankara in early evening
Overnight: Ankara Meals: Breakfast – Dinner

Day 4Ankara - Cappadocia

Ankara Anitkabir

 

Breakfast at the hotel . Visit Anatolian Civilizations Museum where you will see the Neolithic & Paleolithic ruins from Urartu , Hatti, Hittite, Phrygia civilizations, then proceed to Mausoleum of Ataturk , the founder of Turkish Republic. In the afternoon drive to Cappadocia . En route visit the Underground city that is one of the biggest underground city in the region, constructed by the first Christians to protect themselves from the attacks …We continue to proceed to the Derwish House to attend Whirling Dervishes Ceremony which represents the mystical journey of spiritual ascent of man using love, the search for the truth and get to the “Perfection”

Overnight: Cappadocia Meals: Breakfast – Dinner

Day 5Cappadocia

Breakfast . Full day visit at Cappadocia . Visit Göreme Open Air Museum – a UNESCO Heritage site , a fantastic region with it’s cave churches located on the valley. Then proceed to Uchisar Village and then the spectacular fairy chimneys. Visit Derbent Valley with and explore the natural rock formations and get a chance to attend the workshops of carpets and onyx-stones .
Overnight: Cappadocia Meals: Breakfast – Dinner
 
Cappadocia
Optional Tour | HOT AIR BALLOON TOUR
In the early morning departure from your hotel . a chance to live this unique experience, an overlooking to Cappadocia from the sky , see the beauty of the region the rock formations, fairy chimneys, natural formations, lunar landscapes ..

Day 6Cappadocia - Pamukkale

Pamukkale
 
After the breakfast at the hotel , drive to Pamukkale. En route visit Sultanhan Caravansarai that was built during Seljuk Empire and used long years as a stop over for the travellers and merchants. Continue to Pamukkale . Visit Cotton Steps – a UNESCO heritage site that has been believed to have healing thermal water. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Overnight: Pamukkale Meals: Breakfast – Dinner

Day 7Pamukkale - Ephesus - İzmir

Ephesus Guide : Celsus Library

 

Breakfast . Drive to Selcuk – Ephesus . Visit the Ephesus Ruins – the city that was dedicated to Artemis I the Odeon, Temple of Hadrian, the House of Love, the Library of Celsus, the Agora .Then proceed for Virgin Mary House – has been believed it is the final resting place of the mother of Jesus . Then stop at Leather Production Store . Proceed for Izmir .

Overnight: İzmir Meals: Breakfast – Dinner

Day 8Izmir - Pergamon - Troy - Çanakkale

 
Breakfast . Drive to Pergamon ( Bergama ) region and visit the ruins of Asclepion which is the first hospital of Asia Minor in human history . Then continue to Troy , visit the famous city that evokes the poetic name of Homer’s Iliad. Continue to Canakkale .
Overnight:Çanakkale Meals: Breakfast – Dinner.

Day 9Çanakkale - Gallipoli - Anzac Cove - Istanbul

Gallipoli

 

Breakfast . We will cross Dardanelles Strait by car ferry and continue to Gallipoli Peninsula. We will visit one of the most emotionally touching places in Turkey, the WWI Battlefields of Gallipoli, including Brighton Beach, Beach Cemetery, ANZAC Cove, Ariburnu Cemetery, ANZAC Commemorative Site, Respect to Mehmetcik Statue, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly, Turkish and Allied trenches and tunnels, 57. Regiment Turkish Memorial,The Nek,Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial.

Overnight:İstanbul Meals: Breakfast

Day 10Istanbul - Jerusalem

 
After breakfast transfer to Istanbul Airport for a flight to Jerusalem. Welcome to Israel! Upon arrival at Jerusalem airport, our representative will be there to meet and assist you through the airport formalities. You will be escorted to your hotel for check in. The rest of the day is free to relax.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: N/A

Day 11Jerusalem

 
Start the day at the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book with the famous Dead Sea scrolls, then a visit to the beautifully renovated model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem, dating back to the time of the Second Temple. Enjoy Ein Karem; a picturesque village in the south western outskirts of Jerusalem. This small village has great significance in Christian traditions, since this is where according to tradition John the Baptist was born. Visit Yad Vashem the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, established in 1953, located at the foot of Mt. Hertzl. Visit Bethlehem – the birthplace of Jesus at the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square. Return to your Jerusalem hotel.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast – Dinner

Day 12Jerusalem Old City

Enter the Old City of Jerusalem where you will see the Western Wall and the actual site of the Second Temple, the Temple Mount. Walk the Way of the Cross, the Via Dolorosa, to Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, housing both the traditional site of Crucifixion and the Tomb of the Resurrection. To the southwest, just outside the Old City, is Mount Zion, with the traditional tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of Jerusalem – the holy city for each of the world’s three great religions – Christianity, Judaism and Islam, from atop the Mount of Olives. Visit the Garden of Gethsemane where Judas betrayed Jesus. In the heart of a neighborhood in downtown Jerusalem, visit Mahane Yehuda to experience the flavors, aromas, colors and the traders’ interaction with the crowds, at the largest open market in Israel.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13Jerusalem - Beit Shean - Nazareth - Safed

Beit Shean
Leave Jerusalem and drive north passing by Jericho, the oldest city in the world. Travel through the Jordan Valley and the new settlements to Beit Shean and visit the excavations of this beautifully preserved Roman City. On to Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation and Christian holy sites. Proceed to Safed, city of the Kabbalah and center of Jewish mysticism, to visit the beautiful streets of the artists’ colony. Overnight in a kibbutz hotel in the Galilee.
Overnight: Galilee Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14Golan Heights / Sea of Galilee

Sea of Galilee

 

Drive up to the Golan Heights passing by Banias, source of the Jordan River, former Syrian fortifications, and the Druze villages. Enjoy an Israeli wine country experience, with vineyards surrounded by breathtaking views. Become acquainted with the collection of fine and rare wines enjoying a tour, wine tasting and understanding of the wine production process. Descend to the shore of the Sea of Galilee and proceed to Capernaum, to visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue, the Mount of Beatitudes, traditional site of the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ and Tabgha, the traditional site of the ‘miracle of the loaves and the fish’. Onwards to Tiberias, the old center of Jewish learning. Return to the kibbutz hotel for overnight.

Overnight: Galilee Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15Galilee - Acre - Haifa - Caesarea - Tel Aviv

Haifa Port
 
After breakfast drive through the hills of the Galilee, westwards to Acre (Akko) for a visit of the old, famous Crusader stronghold and medieval fortifications. Continue to Haifa, ascending Mount Carmel for a panoramic view of the city, including the Baha’i Shrine, Persian Garden, and Haifa bay. Proceed along the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea to visit the Roman Theater and the Crusader fortress at what is known as the “masterpiece of Herod the Great”. End the day with a short city tour of Tel Aviv and the ancient port of Jaffa.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Tel Aviv

Day 16Tel Aviv - Dead Sea

Dead Sea

 

Through remarkable scenery of the Dead Sea we travel to Masada which is situated on an isolated cliff in the Judean Desert. The site was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. Ascend by cable car to the fortress, which was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Visit the excavations, King Herod’s palace, the synagogue, bathhouse and much more. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea below. Visit the site of the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Nearly 1,300 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on the earth’s surface. Bring your swimsuit as if weather permits it’s possible to “float” on the salty, mineral rich, water.

Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 17Tel Aviv Departure or Jordan Extension

Breakfast and transfer to the airport for your onward flight. end of our services . Possibility to tour to Jordan with a 3-day extension see options during booking.
Overnight: Not available Meals: Breakfast
 
Jordan Extension
Day 1: Sheikh Hussein Bridge – Jerash – Amman
Drive from Tel Aviv to the Sheikh Hussein border crossing for procedures to enter Jordan. Proceed to
Jerash – city of the Decapolis, located about 45km north of Amman in the fertile heights of the Gilad. Visit the ancient Roman city with colonnaded streets, the baths and the hill of the top Temple etc. Drive to Amman for a panoramic city tour of the Jordanian capital. Overnight in Amman.
Day 2: Amman – Petra
After early breakfast, leave the hotel and travel south on the road to Wadi Musa, the modern village of Petra. Walk, or ride on horseback, to the “Siq” (canyon) and then on foot into Petra, known as “Sela Edom” or red rock city, the ancient capital of the Nabateans from the 3rd century B.C. to 2nd Century A.D. Visit the most interesting monuments such as the Treasury, El Khazneh (a tomb of a Nabatean king) then the field of tombs, obelisks, the altar, (Al Madhbah) – from this point you can view the whole of the rock city, then back to Wadi Musa village. Overnight in Petra.
Day 3: Petra – Madaba – Mount Nebo – Allenby Bridge – Tel Aviv
Drive to Madaba to see the ancient mosaic map of the Holy Land and ruins of historical sites. Continue about 10 kms. to Mount Nebo, from where Moses viewed the Promised Land. From there you will see the Jordan Valley, Jericho and the Dead Sea etc. Visit the remains of the Byzantine church with a mosaic floor. Drive to the border and onwards to Tel Aviv.

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