Wine Tour Of Israel (10n/11d)

Vineyard in Israel

Vineyard in Israel

Day 01
Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport. Meet and assistance by local representative. Meet your guide and drive to Tel Aviv hotel for overnight. Dinner in a fine local restaurant or in your hotel.

Day 02
After breakfast drive to the Old City of Jaffa and the Fishermens’ Port. Proceed on a walking tour of Neve Tzedek, first neighborhood of Tel Aviv; the galleries, artworks, and cafes. Lunch in a  fine local restaurant. Continue to the World Heritage Site of the White City of Tel Aviv: Tel Aviv was founded in 1909 and developed as a metropolitan city under the British Mandate in Palestine. The White City was constructed from the early 1930s until the 1950s, based on the urban plan by Sir Patrick Geddes, reflecting modern organic planning principles. The buildings were designed by architects who were trained in Europe where they practiced their profession before immigrating. They created an outstanding architectural ensemble of the Modern Movement in a new cultural context. Dinner in a fine local restaurant or in your hotel. * Evening meeting with an expert for an introduction to Israel’s Wine Industry.

Day 03
Breakfast in your hotel. Drive to visit our first winery; the Margalit Award Winning Winery for a special tour. Drive along the Mediterranean shore line to visit Caesarea. Visit the site of Caesarea including the theater, water aqueduct and the hippodrome. Continue to the port city of Haifa and view the magnificent Hanging Bahai Gardens on Mt Carmel before arrival to Tulip Winery, located in a special village. Enjoy lunch and wine tasting in the winery, and explanation of the unique work done in this location. Continue via Valley of Jezreel to the Sea of Galilee for overnight. Dinner in a fine local restaurant or in your hotel.

Day 04
Depart the hotel driving north to visit Mt of Beatitude. Continue to the Banias Spring, one of the main sources of the Jordan River. Short hike to the falls, a wonderful opportunity to learn about water related issues in Israel. Ascend the Golan Heights to visit an Olive Oil Mill. Learn about this agricultural field, Olive Oil testing and a lunch at this special location. Visit the Golan Heights  winery with special VIP tour of the winery and wine tasting. Descend the Golan Heights to visit Tabgha: The variety of the flora and fauna of the region can be seen in the stunning mosaic floor that was created by two artists in  the 2nd century. Site of the Miracles of the Christian Savior who fed 5000 starving people with 2 fishes and 5 loaves. Visit Capernaum; where a 2nd century Synagogue was discovered and threw new light on the life of the community of that era. Return to our hotel for refreshments. Dinner in the hotel or: Drive to Chateau Golan Winery located in the southern part of the Golan Heights for wine tasting and an exclusive private *dinner” in the winery’s cellar. Late night return to our hotel for Overnight.

Day 05
Breakfast in the hotel. Visit Cana of Galilee where Jesus performed the Miracle of the Wine. On to Nazareth. Continue to World Heritage Site of Acre; The present city is characteristic of a fortified town dating from the Ottoman 18th and 19th centuries. Acre preserves substantial remains of its medieval Crusader buildings beneath the existing Moslem fortified town dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. The remains of the Crusader town of Acre, both above and below the present-day street level, provide an exceptional picture of the layout and structures of the capital of the medieval Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. Present-day Acre is an important example of an Ottoman walled town, with typical urban components such as the citadel, mosques, khans, and baths well preserved, partly built on top of the underlying Crusader structures. Visit the Crusaders Halls and Al Jazar Mosque. After lunch ascend the Upper Galilee to visit and a taste in the Galilee Mountain Winery, located in Kibbutz Yiron. Return to your hotel

Day 06
This morning enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee before heading south to visit Beit Shean – Schitopolis: see the Roman Theater and amphitheater, the Paladius Street. Continue to a nearby Herb Farm in Moshav SDE TRUMOT, for a visit and introduction to a very special and unique portion of modern agriculture in Israel. Drive along the Jordan Valley and stop for a view point on Jericho, before arrival to Qumran, finding place of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The visitor’s center, the Essene Farm and Qumran Caves (the actual finding place of the Dead Sea Scrolls). On the way to Jerusalem stop for a view point of St. George Monastery, one of the most ancients monasteries in Israel, hidden in a beautiful canyon in Wadi Kelt, in the heart of the Judean Wilderness. Check in your hotel in Jerusalem or *Dead Sea

Day 07
After breakfast ascend Mt. of Olives for a view point of Jerusalem: Overlooking the Old City, the Mount is covered partly with olive trees, cemeteries and churches – commemorate the Christian events of Jesus. On to visit the Garden of Gethsemane. Enter the Garden of Gethsemane, with the ancient olive trees believed to date back to the time of Christ. Proceed to visit the Archaeological site of the City of David & the Hezekiah Tunnel. Enter the Old City and walk the Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross) to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Walk through the Jewish Quarter and the Cardo to Mt Zion to visit the Room of the Last Supper and King David’s Tomb. Dinner in a fine local restaurant or in your hotel.

Day 08
This morning, after breakfast, enter the Old city of Jerusalem via the Dung Gate ascending the Temple Mount: The Dome of the Rock and El Aksa Mosques – the holiest place for both Jews and Muslims. Descend the Temple Mount, visit the Western Wall, and take a tour through the Wall Tunnels, which shows the Western Wall and the Holy Temple as they were in Roman Times, until the destruction of the Temple in the year 70 CE. Drive through the New city of Jerusalem to visit YAD VASHEM: Holocaust Memorial Museum. Drive to  the Flam Winery in Eshtaul Valley to visit the winery and meet the owner. The FLAM boutique winery started 5 years ago and its Cabernet Sauvignon won medals world wide. Return to your hotel in Jerusalem. Dinner in a fine local restaurant or in your hotel.

Day 09
Breakfast in your hotel. Depart for a full day to the Dead Sea to visit Massada, King Herod’s desert mountain get-away palace and scene of the Zealots’ last stand against the Roman Legion. Drive to a hotel at the Dead Sea for lunch, swim & “float” at the Dead Sea and enjoy the SPA facilities. Afternoon drive to Arad and visit Yatir Winery. Learn about the growth of grapes in the Judean Desert. Return to Jerusalem for overnight. Dinner in a fine local restaurant or in your hotel.

Day 10
After breakfast drive to visit Bethlehem and the Church of Nativity. Visit the pictorial Ein Karem village, believed to be the birthplace of John the Baptist. Proceed to our last winery of the tour; The Bravdo Winery. Visit the winery with wine tasting and a tour. Return to Jerusalem for a Farewell Dinner. Farewell Dinner in a fine local restaurant or in your hotel.

Day 11
Transfer to Tel Aviv International Airport for flight back home

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