Low Budget Israel tour, 8 days


With the customization, you can transform one of the expensive tours here to a low-budget tour. For example, we’ve combined several tours together to a 8 day tour of Israel and the price went from $2,345 per person with a 30 people group to $1,439 per person … and that includes airfare from New York, US to Tel Aviv and back! The price is $833 without the airfare.


General guidelines and customizations of the tour

You have Hotels in:

Day 1 – Tel Aviv
Day 2 – Tel Aviv
Day 3 – Tiberias
Day 4 – Tiberias
Day 5 – Haifa
Day 6 – Jerusalem
Day 7 – Jerusalem
Day 8 – Departure

What will you see?

  • Day 1 – Arrival – Optionally Tel Aviv beach, Rothschild Blvd
  • Day 2 – Tel Aviv, Jafa, Galleries, Neve Tsedek, Rothschild Blvd, Nahalat Binyamin, Tel Aviv Museum of Art
  • Day 3 – The Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Sea of Galilee, Peter’s home, Tabha, Benedictine church, Bethsaida, Yigal Alon Museum at Kibbutz Ginosar, Galilee Boat, Mount Tabor, boat-ride on the Sea of Galilee.
  • Day 4 – Acre, Knight’s Halls, Al-Jazaar Mosque, Kibbutz Harduf, Shfar’am, Haifa, Templer Colony, Baha’i Gardens
  • Day 5 – Hula Valley Nature Reserve, Mitspe Harashim, Tzefat (Safed)
  • Day 6 – Jerusalem, Tower of David Museum, Jewish Quarter, Broad Wall, the Herodian Mansions, Cardo, City of David, Hezekiah’s Tunnel
  • Day 7 – Temple Mount, Dome of the Rock, Al-Aqsa Mosque, Western Wall, Southern Wall Excavations, Davidson Center, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, tomb of Jesus, Russian Orthodox Church, Ethiopian courtyard, Old City markets.
  • Day 8 – Departure

What do you get with this tour?

  • One tour guide
  • Double room
  • Transportation
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
  • Pick up from airport and bring back
  • Airfare from New York US to Tel Aviv and back

Pricing:

Airfare
Size of Group (people)
Price per person
New York, US 30 $1,534
No flights 30 $860
Amsterdan, Holland 30 $1,127
London, UK 30 $1,226
New York, US 20 $1,650
Amsterdan, Holland 20 $1,243
London, UK 20 $1,344
No flights 20 $1,045
New York, US 10 $2,003
Amsterdan, Holland 10 $1,596
London, UK 10 $1,697
No flights 10 $1,397

 


Day 1 – Arrival

Airplane

Airplane to Israel

This is the day that you arrive in Israel. Well, it’s not the case for those who are already here or who are living in Israel.

For those who are arriving in Israel, will be picked up from the airport by our guide and driver and they will be driven by bus to their hotel and for this tour it means Tel Aviv.

During the drive to your hotel, the bus will stop multiple times if the group requires so.

Evening tour

Old Yaffa Walled City in Tel Aviv, Israel

Old Yaffa Walled City in Tel Aviv, Israel

This evening tour, after dinner at your hotel, depends on the time of arrival for this day. Assuming that there is time, this tour goes as follows:

Places: Tel Aviv beach, Rothschild Blvd
Stroll along the beach to the Rothschild Blvd. and its side streets is a wonderful opportunity to savor life in the first Hebrew city. And you can see (and visit) the bars, restaurants, night clubs and social clubs, all part of the night life of Tel Aviv.


Day 2 – Tel Aviv and Jafa

Places: Tel Aviv, Jafa, Galleries, Neve Tsedek, Rothschild Blvd, Nahalat Binyamin, Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Old Jaffa streets

Old Jaffa streets

After breakfast at your hotel, we start the day with with Tel Aviv-Jaffa .
We wander through the lanes of ancient Jaffa and enjoy the galleries, the underground archaeological display and the picturesque fishing port and not to forget the many shops and restaurants. The guide will tell you very interesting stories about Jaffa … from its long history till current times with many annecdotes. We will talk about the connection of Jaffa and France, Napoleon who came to visit, the special historical buildings from the Catholic church and what happened with it and so much more.

Neve Tsedek in Tel Aviv

Neve Tsedek in Tel Aviv

We proceed into Tel Aviv and visit Neve Tsedek, the first Jewish neighborhood outside ancient Jaffa and really nice and romantic, relaxed and cute. The many restaurants and cafes being run by students and other young, dynamic people of Tel Aviv. Further it’s the home of the Suzanne Dellal Centre for Dance and Theatre, the world-famous Bat Sheva Dance Company and a number of restored homes and shops with interesting architecture. Among these is the museum dedicated to the works of the early Tel Aviv artist who captured its spirit in the early days, Nahum Gutman.

The architecture of Tel Aviv is special, in July 2003, UNESCO proclaimed the cluster of homes and public buildings of Tel Aviv’s founding days as a World Heritage Site. If you would look out of the window when you arrived in Israel by airplane, right beofre you land, you can see Tel Aviv … as a white city, and that’s true. And ITel Aviv is also called the white city.
A stroll through the main area of these monuments, “White City,” along Rothschild Blvd. and its side streets is a wonderful opportunity to savor life in the first Hebrew city, past and present. And you can see the bars, restaurants, night clubs and social clubs, all part of the night life of Tel Aviv.

Nahalat Binyamin market in Tel Aviv

Nahalat Binyamin market in Tel Aviv

On Tuesdays and Fridays, see the Nahalat Binyamin pedestrian mall come alive with stalls selling handicrafts of every type. Proceed to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and visit the Israeli Art section for a taste of Israel’s finest art from the past 100 years. And don’t forget, we will visit the famous market of Tel Aviv.

Carmel Market

Carmel Market

Enjoy the nightlife of a city that never sleeps.

For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Tel Aviv.


Day 3 – Sea of Galilee

Places: The Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Boat-ride on the Sea of Galilee, Peter’s home, Tabha, Benedictine church, Bethsaida, Yigal Alon Museum at Kibbutz Ginosar, Galilee Boat, Mount Tabor

Sea of Galilee

Sea of Galilee

Today we will visit the Christian holy sites around the Sea of Galilee, which makes this lake (yes, it’s not a sea) so famous.

Mount of Beatitudes near the Sea of Galilee

Mount of Beatitudes near the Sea of Galilee

We visit the Mount of Beatitudes, where traditionally it’s the site of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount with its beautiful view of the lake and its sacred sites.

Capernaum. An artist's reconstruction of the boat on the left in it's historical setting

Capernaum. An artist’s reconstruction of the boat on the left in it’s historical setting

Capernaum: Known as “Jesus’ Town” in the New Testament, Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee is home to one of the earliest churches in the world as well as a monumental ancient synagogue. This was also Peter’s home town where Jesus performed many miracles.

Mosaic Tabhna

Mosaic Tabhna

In Tabha, where we find the references to Jesus’ miracle of the Multiplication of the Fish and Loaves is illustrated beautifully in an ancient mosaic of the Byzantine church that stood here. Visit the renovated Benedictine church, built in the same style and along the same lines as the original one.

Bethsaida

Bethsaida

In Bethsaida, we find the home of Peter, Andrew and Philip and scene of Jesus’ healing of a blind man.

Jesus Boat near the Sea of Galilee

Jesus Boat near the Sea of Galilee

The Yigal Alon Museum at Kibbutz Ginosar: A magnificent display of the wooden Galilee Boat, dating from the time of Jesus, discovered mired in the mud on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.

Mount Tabor

Mount Tabor

If we still have time, we drive to scenic Mount Tabor, scene of Deborah and Barak’s battle against Sisera, and of the Transfiguration of Jesus.

Sea of Galilee Worship boat

Sea of Galilee Worship boat

And the last, but not the least, the boat-ride on the Sea of Galilee. And this takes about a hour!

For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Tiberias or Nazareth


Day 4 – From Acre to Haifa

Places: Acre, Knight’s Halls, Al-Jazaar Mosque, Kibbutz Harduf, Shfar’am, Haifa, Templer Colony, Baha’i Gardens

Akko (Acre)

Akko (Acre)

We begin this day with a drive to Acre, a historic walled port-city with continuous settlement beginning in the Phoenician period. The remains of the Crusader town, dating from 1104 to 1291, lie almost intact both above and below today’s street level, providing an exceptional picture of the layout and structures of the capital of the medieval Crusader kingdom, along with touches of the Ottoman fortified market town Acre was during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Akko or Acre Mosque

Akko or Acre Mosque

Explore the Knight’s Halls, the bathhouse with its multi-media display, and the new ethnic museum, built right into the rooms of the old wall.

Continue to Kibbutz Harduf, near the Arab town of Shfar’am, established in 1982 by a group of young people and families who wanted to create a community based on the anthropologist ideology. The kibbutz has since developed an exemplary educational system, a large organic food industry and a very special relationship with its Israeli Arab neighbors.

Then, it’s on to the modern port city of Haifa; visit the picturesque restored Templer Colony and the gorgeous terraced Baha’i Gardens, and enjoy the view from the top of Mount Carmel.

For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Haifa.


Day 5 – Up to the Golan

Places: Hula Valley Nature Reserve, Mitspe Harashim, Tzefat (Safed)

Hula Botanical gardens

Hula Botanical gardens

Start the day with a visit to the Hula Valley Nature Reserve. The reserve has lovely walking trails, including a “floating bridge” over the wetland, and special lookout points where visitors can observe the avian wildlife. In the spring of 1994 another stage in the campaign to restore natural balance in the Hula Valley was completed: the re-flooding of 250 acres now known as Lake Agmon, located approximately two kilometers north of the Hula Nature Reserve. Visitors can visit the re-flooded area to appreciate nature’s powers.
While at the Hula Valley Nature Reserve don’t forget to stop at Oforia, a fun multimedia display that tells the story of the migratory route across the region and the millions of birds that use it.

Continue to Mitspe Harashim, a small community nestled in the thick forest of Upper Galilee north of the city of Karmiel.  Environmental conservation is at the heart of life at Harashim and all development is done with minimal damage to nature. Mitspe Harashim is part of the trend in Galilee and the Negev toward sustainable tourism to which Israel is committed.

Old Safed Israel

Old Safed Israel

Finish the day in Tzefat (Safed), one of the four holy cities in Israel and the home of Lurian mysticism (a branch of Jewish mysticism conceived by the 16th-century Rabbi Isaac Luria).  Stroll along the lanes of the Old City and see its many synagogues, as well as its unique artist’s colony.

For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Haifa.


Day 6 – Getting to know Jerusalem

Places: Jerusalem, Tower of David Museum, Jewish Quarter, Broad Wall, the Herodian Mansions, Cardo, City of David, Hezekiah’s Tunnel

Bazaar in Old City of Jerusalem with variety of middle east traditional products and souvenirs. It is very popular with tourists and pilgrims visiting Holy Land.

Bazaar in Old City of Jerusalem with variety of middle east traditional products and souvenirs. It is very popular with tourists and pilgrims visiting Holy Land.

We travel to the Old City of Jerusalem.
Start out with an overview, literal and figurative, of the Holy City, Israel’s capital, as you explore the Tower of David Museum, showcasing the history of Jerusalem from its beginning to modern times.

Continue to the Jewish Quarter which was home to European and Sephardic Jews during the centuries under Ottoman rule, and visit the 2,700-year-old Broad Wall, the Herodian Mansions and the Cardo.

Finish the day at the City of David, including Warren’s Shaft, the new Visitors Center and Hezekiah’s Tunnel, through which water has flowed since the days of King Hezekiah some 2,700 years ago.

For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Jerusalem.


Day 7 – Browsing through Old Jerusalem

Places: Temple Mount, Dome of the Rock, Al-Aqsa Mosque, Western Wall, Southern Wall Excavations, Davidson Center, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, tomb of Jesus, Russian Orthodox Church, Ethiopian courtyard, Old City markets.

The Temple Mount in Jerusalem ~ Vincent Henin

The Temple Mount in Jerusalem ~ Vincent Henin

Start out with a visit to the Temple Mount, site of the sacrifice of Isaac, the Jerusalem Temples, and the ninth-century Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque. See the Western Wall, sacred to the Jewish people

Dome of the rock

Dome of the rock

as the last remnant of the Second Temple. Visit the Southern Wall Excavations, walking on the original two thousand-year old street and climbing the ancient steps. At the Davidson Center, in the basement of an eighth-century CE palace, make arrangements to see the virtual-reconstruction, high-definition interactive model.

Next, explore the venerable Church of the Holy Sepulchre, site of the crucifixion and tomb of Jesus according to Christian tradition. You will notice the many Christian denominations represented in the church, distinguished by their dress and liturgy –  Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox,  Armenian,  Coptic, Ethiopian, and Syrian Orthodox , each in their own corner of the ancient complex. Explore some of the

Church of the Holy Sepulchre Ethiopian monastery

Church of the Holy Sepulchre Ethiopian monastery

other interesting churches in the Old City, including the Russian Orthodox Church with its basement ruins, and the tranquil Ethiopian courtyard and humble chapel.

The oriental market in Old Jerusalem

The oriental market in Old Jerusalem

Wander through the Old City markets, steeping yourself in its sights, sounds and aromas, and try your hand at hunting and bargaining for treasures.

For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Jerusalem.


Day 8 – Departure

Airplane

Airplane

This is the day of the departure. We bring everyone back to the point where we picked them up.

But before that happens, and depending on your time of departure, we have some additional tour in mind. But because of the time restraint, this depends on the time available. Furthermore, those who are leaving Israel at the evening or night, we have lunch and/or dinner ready for you.



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