(12 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Tel Aviv, Galilee, Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Eilat & Negev Desert
This private tour of Israel is perfect for families wanting to experience the best of Israel’s rich history, diverse culture and tremendous natural beauty. Accommodation is at Israel's leading luxury hotels and all touring is with your own private guide.
Begin in Tel Aviv, Israel’s largest and most vibrant city, on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy private touring that includes Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv’s markets, and the Diaspora Museum. Also enjoy free time to relax on the beach in Tel Aviv.
Next, travel to the Galilee region, stopping at interesting spots along the way according to your family’s interests. Perhaps visit the Roman ruins of Caesarea, one of Israel’s major archaeological sites, or the ancient seaside town of Acre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another option is to tour a Druze village to learn about their traditional way of life. Families with younger children might like to visit Kfar Kedem, a re-creation of 2,000-year-old Galilean town, where you can learn to make pita bread or ride in a donkey caravan.
Spend two nights in Tiberias, a town on the shore of the Sea of Galilee (also known as Lake Tiberias and Lake Kinneret). This area is renowned for its beautiful landscapes and proximity to important historical and biblical sites. Tour the highlights of the area, such as Roman-era mosaics, ancient synagogues, Capernaum, and Safed (Tfzat), one of the four holy cities of the Talmud and, today, an artists’ colony. While in the area, also visit a local kibbutz and, if desired, stop at Gan Hashelosha National Park for a dip in swimming holes fed by natural hot springs. Alternatively, enjoy a private excursion into the Golan Heights, a beautiful region of springs, waterfalls and historic ruins. The day will be customized to your interests. Options include hiking, visiting the Crusader-era Nimrod’s Castle, exploring the streams and forests of Tel Dan Nature Reserve, or kayaking on the Jordan River.
Next, visit Jerusalem, one of the world’s most historically significant cities for Jews, Christians and Muslims. Your expert private guide will customize your touring of the city to make its multi-layered history and fascinating melange of cultures come alive. Visit fascinating places such as the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Via Dolorosa, Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and museum, the Mount of Olives and the Western Wall. Opt to walk along the old city walls. Explore intriguing but lesser-known neighborhoods. Browse local markets. Visit the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo. Perhaps visit the City of David archeological site to learn about the early history of Jerusalem and perhaps walk through the ancient tunnel that once delivered the city’s water. Other options include visiting the Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea scrolls and a model of the Holy Land in 70 A.D, and enjoying a sound and light show at the Tower of David.
One day, enjoy a private excursion to the fascinating and beautiful Dead Sea region. Visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, and Masada, an impressive mountaintop fortress with an important Jewish connection and spectacular views of the Dead Sea. Explore the lush Ein Gedi oasis, and perhaps hike to spring-fed waterfalls. Continue to one of our favorite Dead Sea beaches, where you can float in the salt- and mineral-laden water, famous for its buoyancy and therapeutic qualities. Another option is to visit Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park, an area renowned for thousands of caves, to search for buried treasure at an underground archeological dig.
Some families may wish to visit Genesis Land, a re-creation of an ancient encampment where you can see re-enactments of biblical stories, learn to make mosaics, write on parchment with a quill pen, learn to bake pita, and more.
Next, fly to Eilat for three days at a resort on the Red Sea. One day, take a private excursion into the Negev Desert for a 4x4 excursion and a camel ride. Other options include snorkeling or scuba diving in the Red Sea, and relaxing on the beautiful beaches along the coastline. Upon request, a private excursion into Jordan to tour magnificent Petra can be arranged.
Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can arrange additional activities, such as an afternoon in Jerusalem’s Old City with a geo-political expert, soft-adventure activities, and special religious experiences.
Arrive Tel Aviv
Arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Full-day private tour
Tel Aviv – Galilee
Private transfer to the Galilee, with touring of Caesarea, Akko, Kfar Kedem or Druze village en route
Galilee & Golan Heights
Private touring and activities around the Galilee or Golan Heights
Galilee – Jerusalem
Private touring in and around the Galilee before continuing to Jerusalem for 4 nights
Full-day private tour
Full-day private tour with option for day excursion to Bethlehem
Jerusalem & Dead Sea
Full-day private excursion to the Dead Sea with option to visit Masada or hike to Ein Gedi waterfalls
Jerusalem – Eilat
Morning archaeological dig at Beit Guvrin. Afternoon private transfer and flight to Eilat for 3 nights
At leisure to enjoy the beach and resort
Eilat & Negev Desert
Private excursion to the Negev for desert touring
Private transfer to airport
Dan Tel Aviv, Hilton Tel Aviv or David Intercontinental
Scots Hotel Tiberias
The King David Hotel
Isrotel Royal Beach Hotel
Per person (based on four travelers/two rooms)
Per person (based on three travelers/triple occupancy)
Per person (based on two travelers/double occupancy)
The Artisans of Leisure Style of Travel:
Private touring with your own personal guides and drivers
Preferred rooms in the very best luxury hotels
Firsthand, sophisticated destination knowledge and recommendations from our travel specialists
Itineraries that are customized according to your interests and schedule
Artisans of Leisure upgrades and amenities
A seamless travel experience, including all logistics, skipping lines during touring whenever possible, restaurant and spa reservations, performance tickets, private airport transfers, internal transportation, VIP and fast-track airport assistance in many destinations
Around-the-clock support in each destination during your trip
Unique, insider travel experiences and access to the Artisans of Leisure network of experts around the world
All Artisans of Leisure tours are private and depart daily.
Please Contact Us for more information regarding the above tour, or to begin customizing your own itinerary.