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DAY 1 - ARRIVAL AT BEN GURION AIRPORT Meeting, welcome and assistance by a tour representative who will assist with luggage and customs. Transfer to hotel. Overnight Tel Aviv.
DAY 2 - TEL AVIV Morning sightseeing of Tel Aviv beginning with a drive along Dizengoff Street to view the Agam Fire and Water Sculpture, the Mann Auditorium and the Habima National Theater. Continue to Old Jaffa, just south of Tel Aviv, which has been restored as an Artists' Quarter. From here to the University of Tel Aviv for a tour of the Museum of Jewish Diaspora to view the fascinating exhibits which trace the dispersion of the Jewish People over the centuries. Overnight Tel Aviv.
Bahai Temple DAY 3 - TEL AVlV - CAESAREA - HAIFA Drive along the Mediterranean coast for a visit to Caesarea to view the archaeological ruins of this ancient Herodian Port City, Byzantine Center and Crusader stronghold. Continue to Haifa to view the golden domed Bahai Temple situated in the beautiful Persian Gardens and for a panoramic view of Haifa from Mt. Carmel. In the afternoon drive north to Zippori, remains of an early settlement, mainly from the Roman and Byzantine periods. Overnight Haifa.
DAY 4 - HAIFA - ACRE - SAFED - GOLAN HEIGHTS - KIBBUTZ Depart Haifa for the ancient city of Acre, which until the 19th century was an important seaport. Drive to Safed, famous since the Middle Ages as a center of Jewish mysticism (Kabbalah) with its charming artist quarter. Continue to the Good Fence, the border between Israel and Lebanon. Proceed through the Golan Heights to Banias, a main source of the Jordan River and a nature reserve, and continue to your kibbutz. Overnight Kibbutz
DAY 5 - CAPERNAUM - TIBERIAS - BETH SHEAN - JERICHO - JERUSALEM In the morning, drive through Rosh Pina, the oldest Jewish colony in the Upper Galilee, to visit Capernaum with its ancient white limestone synagogue dating back to the 3rd-4th century AD. Sail across the Sea of Galilee to Tiberias, capital of the Lower Galilee and important Jewish center of Rabbinical learning, to visit the tomb of Maimonides, philosopher and writer of the 12th century. Also visit the ancient synagogues and mosaics of Hamat Tiberias. Drive to recently excavated city of Beit Shean, the most monumental Roman/Byzantine City in the area. Proceed through the Jordan Valley and Jericho, the oldest and lowest inhabited city in the world, and then continue to Jerusalem. Overnight Jerusalem.
DAY 6 - NEW CITY OF JERUSALEM Begin sightseeing with a visit to the Holyland Hotel to see the Model of Ancient Jerusalem from the time of the Second Temple. Drive to the Hadassah Medical Center to view the Famous Chagall Windows depicting the Twelve Tribes of Israel. Proceed to Yad Vashem Memorial of the Holocaust and visit the Children's Memorial. End the day's tour with a visit to the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book housing the Dead Sea Scrolls. Drive past the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) before returning to Hotel. Overnight Jerusalem.
DAY 7 - OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM Start the day experiencing a breathtaking view of the entire City of David from Mount Scopus and the Mount of Olives. Enter by foot the ancient walled Old City visiting the Jewish Quarter with its reconstructed Byzantine Cardo, the four reconstructed synagogues and the Herodian Mansions. Continue to the Western Wall. Ascend the Mount Zion and visit the Tomb of King David. Continue to the Citadel to visit the Tower of David Museum of the history of Jerusalem. End the day at the Haas Promenade for a panoramic view of Jerusalem and the City of David from its southern side. Overnight Jerusalem.
DAY 8 - JERUSALEM - QUMRAN - DEAD SEA - MASADA Depart Jerusalem descending through the Judean Hills to the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth, to visit Masada. Ascend by cable car and tour the famous archaeological site, ancient fortress where zealots made their last stand against the Romans before committing mass suicide in 73 CE. Descend by cable car. Drive back to Jerusalem via the desert oasis of Ein Gedi. Time and weather permitting, enjoy the unique experience of "floating" in the Dead Sea. Overnight Jerusalem.
DAY 9 - DAY AT LEISURE IN JERUSALEM Overnight Jerusalem 

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