Arriving to the airport transfer to the hotel in Rome for overnight
Rome, Vatican City Tour
After breakfast pick up from the hotel lobby and drive for a visit of the Trevi Fountain then to the famous Pantheon after arrive to Navona Square. Stop for lunch
Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and the The Vatican Museums and end it in the Sistine Chapel.
Rome - Assisi - Siena - Florence
Early morning departure for Assisi town of Saint Francis still surrounded by ancient walls. Visit the Basilica of Saint Francis with its early Renaissance masterpieces by Giottoand Cimabue. Proceed on to SIENA, the beautiful medieval city renown for the Palio. short drive to FLORENCE for Dinner & overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast tour of the cradle of the Renaissance.
Visit the beautiful Piazza del Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery of St. John, the Academy of Fine Arts Gallery with "David" by Michelangelo, and Santa Croce, the 13th century Franciscan church with Cimabue's famous crucifix.
Rest of the day at leisure for sightseeing & shopping then get to dinner and overnight.
FLORENCE - PADUA - VENICE
After breakfast Departure for Venice via PADUA, for a visit the famous Cathedral of St. Anthony, guarded by Donatello's "Gattamelata" then on to VENICE. Enjoy a walking guided tour between the canal/streets of VENICE . Visit Piazza San Marco and Basilica of St. Mark, the Doge's Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and the Prisons. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
VENICE - ROME
After breakfast we will tour to a glass factory in Murano (optional shopping) by. In the afternoon, will return Rome.
Optional staying for overnight in Venice and tour for two days to VERONA - LAKE COMO ending in MILAN
optional visit in Croatia with a boat or by land including Split & Dubrovnik & the Island
after breakfast a free leisure day in Rome
Optional tours to:
Colosseum ,Palatine hill, the Roman Forum , Capitol Hill - Venice Square and or St. Mary Major Basilica - St. John in Lateran Basilica - the Holy Stairs , Catacombs , Appian Way.
Rome -Tel Aviv
breakfast Transfer to the airport for a flight to Israel.
arrive Tel Aviv and transfer for leisure & overnight in Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv - Beersheva - Arad - Masada - Jerusalem
Leave Tel Aviv to - Beersheba. for a short visit to the Negev capital and the site of Abrahams well. Then via Arad to Masada. Mountain which was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Ascend by cable car to the fortress, Visit the excavations, Herod's palaces, the synagogue, bathhouse, etc. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea.
Descend to the Dead Sea the lowest place on earth. Take a break near Ein Gedi for a short Swim or float in the salty minerals water.
Proceed to Jerusalem for overnight.
Jerusalem - sightseeing of the new city
Drive to Mt. Scopus for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. Then to the Garden of Gethsemane and Church of the Agony.
Visit the tomb of King David on Mt. Zion, the Room of the Last Supper and Dormition Abbey. Visit the Israel Museum's Shrine of the Book with the famous Dead Sea scrolls,Drive by the Supreme Court bldg. & Mt. Herzl.
visit in “Yad Vashem” (the memorial for the millions who were killed in the Holocaust). visit the model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem dating back to the time of the Second Temple. Afternoon visit of the Hadassah medical center in the synagogue with Marc Chagall stained glass windows, then drive through the old village of Ein Karem (the birth place of John the Baptist) to the Hotel for overnight.
Jerusalem (Old City) and Bethlehem*
Walk through one of the Gates to the walled Old City: the renewed Jewish Quarter;
visit the Temple area, the last standing Western Wall or the Wailing wall, walk the Via Dolorosa, and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Walk out of the old city of Jerusalem via the colorful bazaars; and drive to Bethlehem* to visit Rachel Tomb and the Church of the Nativity and return to Jerusalem for overnight.
Jericho* - Jordan river - Tiberius - Galilee
Leave Jerusalem, driving via Bethany and Jericho*, the oldest city in the world. continue northward via Jordan Valley and the new settlements to Beit Shean. After a short visit stop in Yardenit when you can walk into the Jordan river , proceed to Tiberius the old center of Jewish learning. Drive along the shores of the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum to visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue. Continue to a Kibbutz hotel for overnight.
Upper Galilee - Golan Heights – Nazareth
Drive to the Golan Heights. Visit the former Syrian fortifications, Birkat Ram, and the Druze villages, Via Banias, source of the Jordan River. Proceed via Kiryat Shmone and the Hula Valley to Safed, city of the Kabala, to visit synagogue and the artists colony and then to Nazareth to visit the Christian Holy Sites. Return to the Kibbutz hotel for overnight.
Acre - Haifa -Carmel - Tel Aviv
After Breakfast drive west to Acre for a visit of the old, famous Crusader stronghold and medieval fortifications. Continue to Haifa, sightseeing tour of Haifa, including the Bahai Shrine, Persian Garden and Mount Carmel for a panoramic view of the city. Proceed southwards to Caesarea to visit the Roman theater and the Crusader fortress. Continue south for a short city tour of Tel Aviv-Jaffa and transfer to the airport for a night flight back to the US .