Feb 6 Mon Arrive Tel Aviv
Group Transfer to the hotel - Orientation & welcome dinner at 7pm at out Tel Aviv hotel
Feb 7 Tue Caesarea Maritima - Mt. Carmel – Nazareth - 1st Century Boat - Ginosar
Breakfast and departure from the hotel. Caesarea Maritima, Mt. Carmel, Nazareth Village and Lunch. First Century Boat Museum / coffee & ice cream break. Devotional on Sea of Galilee. Dinner at hotel.
Feb 8 Wed Dan - Caesarea Philippi - Capernaum
Breakfast and departure from the hotel. Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Lunch, Capernaum. Dinner at hotel
Feb 9 Thu Sebastia - Jacob Well - Mt. Gerizim - Samaria
Breakfast and departure from the hotel for Sebastia. Lunch. Jacob’s well, Mt.Gerizim. Dinner at hotel in Samaria
Feb 10 Fri Shiloh - Bethel - Jericho - Jerusalem
Breakfast and departure from the hotel. Shiloh https://www.a-shiloh.co.il/en, Bethel. Lunch, Jericho. Drive to Jerusalem. Dinner at hotel
Feb 11 Sat Israel Museum - Caiaphas’ House - Mt Zion
Breakfast and departure from the hotel. Israel Museum, lunch on own (at Museum). House and dungeon of Caiaphas. Mt Zion, Cardo, Nehemiah’s Wall, David’s Tomb, Cenacle. Dinner at hotel
Feb 12 Sun City of David - Hezekiah's Tunnel – Gethsemane
Breakfast and departure from the hotel. City of David, Hezekiah's Tunnel / Canaanite Tunnel. Davidson Center / Temple Mount. Lunch in Old City. Communion service in the Garden of Gethsemane. Free Time in Old City. Dinner at Hotel
Feb 13 Mon Bethlehem - Church of Nativity - Shepherds' Fields
Breakfast and departure from the hotel. Church of the Nativity (Bethlehem), Shepherds' Fields. Lunch and shopping. Back to hotel and Dinner
Feb 14 Tue Transfer to the airport
Fly home or join post tour
14 Feb Tue
Drive to Dead Sea, Scenic overlook: Wadi Kelt (on the way down from Jerusalem, just off the Jerusalem-Jericho Road, a short stop). Qumran, Ein Gedi (walk and picnic lunch). Masada. Check into Dead Sea hotel and swimming in the Dead Sea.
15 Feb Wed
Morning at Dead Sea Hotel. Arad (ancient Canaanite city), Beersheva and lunch. Drive to Tel Aviv hotel
16 Feb Thu Transfer to the airport
- 1 night at Crowne Plaza Beach, Tel Aviv
- 2 nights at Magdala Hotel, Sea of Galilee
- 1 night at Taybeh Golden Hotel in Samaria https://taybehgoldenhotel.com/#/home
- 4 nights at Grand Court Jerusalem
- 8 breakfasts & dinners at hotels
- Sightseeing as per the itinerary
- Private English-speaking guide throughout the itinerary,
- 7 days of touring in a deluxe airconditioned bus
- One Bus transfer from the airport to the Hotel
- One Bus transfer from the hotel to the airport
- Entrance fees as per the itinerary, including unlimited access to all national parks
- Service charges and local taxes
- Personal headsets (whispers)
- Tips to tour guide, driver, and porters
- Lunches, and drinks
- Travel and Health insurances, all kind of insurance
- Visa fees, other expenses of personal nature
OPENING DINNER AND ORIENTATION
At the orientation meeting (1900) on the 1st (right before dinner), you’ll receive written materials, including your BST name badge, to be worn at all times during the tour. Questions will be answered, gifts distributed, and the group will get to know one another.
Regardless of how tired you may feel — esp. for those who have traveled 10 or 20 hours to Israel — make yourself stay awake so that there’s no chance you’ll miss the welcome dinner. If you end up taking a nap, we suggest you keep it short (2-3 hours) — otherwise you’ll make it difficult for yourself to get onto Israel time. (Scroll down for suggestions on overcoming jet lag.)
Please do not arrive to Tel Aviv any later than 5 pm (1700) on 6 Feb. You will miss the opening dinner and orientation.
GETTING TO ISRAEL
Fly into Tel Aviv (airport code TLV). While you are responsible for getting yourself to Israel, our agents will meet you at the airport on the 1st and take you to our hotel. These airport transfers are included in the price of the tour.
Since the tour is 6-14 Feb, arrive no later than 1600 on 6 Feb, as we need all participants to join the opening dinner. Transfer from airport to hotel on 1st is included in the price, for all arrivals up till 1600. If you arrive after 1700, please arrange a taxi.
(If you're flying through the night, you'd leave home on 5th, to land on the 6th.) The welcome dinner / orientation in Tel Aviv is on the evening of 6 Feb, and the closing dinner is in Jerusalem on 13 Feb—you'll stay that night and fly out sometime on the 14th. Breakfast on the 14th is included; return home anytime that day.
Airfare is not included in the tour price—as participants are coming from multiple countries. If you’re flying from North America, flights usually run in the $900-$1500 range. Suggestions:
- As for airlines, if you are frequent flyers, stay within your system.
- Shop around. I like www.kayak.com.
- Sometimes you save by creating two itineraries. For a recent Israel trip, I booked one round trip Atlanta-Amsterdam-Atlanta, and another Amsterdam-Tel Aviv-Amsterdam.
- And ask your friends who fly….
If you want to arrive early (on the 5th or before) or leave later (15 Feb onward), that is fine. Our agents can help you, or you can book your own hotel for those extra days. Sorry, airport runs are included only for the 6th and 14th, although the agents will be happy to work something out (extra cost).
Note: If you are arriving early (middle of the night or early morning) you may want to contact our agents and pay for an extra night, as a rooms are not guaranteed before early afternoon. (More often than not, they are ready, but we cannot promise this.) Tutku Tours will be happy to extend your reservation so that your room will definitely be ready when you arrive.
Tutku are available at firstname.lastname@example.org.