The Holy Land

With never more than 16 guests and expert native-born guides, our unique itinerary will reveal more sites and stories of Biblical antiquity and immerse you in 21st-century Israeli life, the Holy Land. And every night, you’ll delight in the finest luxury hotels, including a 4-night stay at our 5-star property overlooking Old Jerusalem.

Inclusions

  • 8 nights accommodation in luxury hotels
  • 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 5 dinners (wine at lunch & dinner)
  • All on-tour transportation + transfers

AAA Vacations Amenities

Complimentary pre-tour day + night in Tel Aviv at the luxury Drisco Hotel including chauffeured transfer and breakfast. Free extra night is reflected in departure date and trip length.

AAA Member Benefit

Save $115 per person

Partner Promotion

Save $500 per person when you pay in full at time of booking before Dec 31, 2019.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Our 4-night Jerusalem stay allows for extensive exploration of the Old City and excursions to Bethlehem, the Qumran Caves and Dead Sea.
  • Delight in a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and see a remarkably preserved wooden boat from the time of Jesus.
  • Ascend to the hilltop ruins at Masada and hear the inspiring tale of its brave inhabitants.
  • Engage with vendors in Israel’s largest open-air market and sample their exotic delicacies.
  • Discover the White City of Tel Aviv, hailed as a superb example of the Modern Movement in architecture.
  • Explore the archaeological sites at Caesarea, built by Herod the Great, and Beit She’an, a 5,000-year-old settlement that developed into a 5th-century Roman metropolis with 40,000 inhabitants.

Itinerary

DAY 1 – Enjoy Your Free Extra Night in Tel Aviv

Our AAA Vacations® Journey guests arrive in Tel Aviv today and will be met at the airport and chauffeured to the 5-star Drisco Hotel to enjoy their complimentary pre-tour overnight.

DAY 2 – Enjoy Your Free Extra Day in Tel Aviv

After breakfast, our AAA Vacations® Journey guests have this day to relax and explore in this vibrant city along the Mediterranean Sea. Our other travelers will be arriving today.

DAY 3 – From Tel Aviv to Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee

Begin your touring in Jaffa, one of the oldest areas of Tel Aviv. Discover the fine ensemble of modernist architecture in the White City of Tel Aviv and visit Caesarea, built by Herod the Great. Enjoy a tour and tasting at a local winery and learn about ancient Megiddo as you journey to Cana to see the Wedding Church where Jesus turned water into wine. Visit the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth and continue to The Setai, our luxury resort on the Sea of Galilee.

DAY 4 – The Shores of Galilee

Delight in a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and see a remarkably preserved wooden boat from the time of Jesus. Travel to Capernaum where Jesus chose his first disciples, and admire the fine mosaics at the Church of the Multiplication. Drive on to the Mount of the Beatitudes, commemorated as the hill where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Explore the Greco-Roman ruins at Caesarea Philippi and ascend the Golan Heights for sweeping views.

DAY 5 – The Jordan Valley to Jerusalem

Visit Yardenit and see the excavated Roman Amphitheater in Beit She’an. Behold the unusual Zodiac-motif mosaics of Beit Alpha and continue through the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem. Take in the views of the city from atop the Mount of Olives and stroll in the Garden of Gethsemane before checking in to the Inbal Hotel.

DAY 6 – Explore Old Jerusalem

Enter into the Old City of Jerusalem to stand before the Western Wall and visit the Temple Mount. Tour the Hurva Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter and walk along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Continue to King David’s tomb and the Room of the Last Supper and then sample exotic delicacies in the lively Machane Yehuda Market. Tonight we’ll take you to the Sound & Light Show at the Tower of David.

DAY 7 – The Dead Sea and Masada

See the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and continue to Masada. After lunch, there’s time for a swim in the mineral-rich and wonderfully buoyant waters of the Dead Sea. On your return to the city, stop at Wadi Qelt to see the Monastery of St. George.

DAY 8 – Discover modern Jerusalem

Visit the Yad Vashem Memorial to the Holocaust and tour the Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls and a remarkable model of Jerusalem from the time of the Second Temple. In Bethlehem, you’ll visit the Church of Nativity. This evening, gather with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner.

DAY 9 – Depart Jerusalem

Transfer to the airport for your flight.

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*Rate shown is per person, double occupancy for any published 2020-2021 Small Group Departure, limited to never more than 16 guests. Rate includes $115 Member Benefit and $500 savings when you pay in full at time of booking by Dec 31, 2019. Departure date, trip length and itinerary shown include our AAA Vacations® Journey free pre-tour night amenity. International air is additional.