Sure, Tel Aviv's great and we're certain that you and your group will enjoy it to the hilt. Even so, it's obvious that there are other attractions in Israel - the sights and sites of Jerusalem and the Galilee region, the Dead Sea and more - that will always appear on the "must visit" list of any tourist. Stay in Tel Aviv and just about everything Israel can offer is at your fingertips, a coach ride away.

Jerusalem is less than an hour away from Tel Aviv. On the way, a visit there may be preceded by a short stop at "Mini Israel (Israel's Maduradom), for a look at a miniaturized version of the country. In Jerusalem, stop first at the Shrine of the Book complex at the Israel Museum, for a look at the model of Jerusalem as it looked about 2000 years ago during the time of Jesus, and also to look at the Dead Sea Scrolls, which are housed in the Shrine of the Book. Next, cross the road for short tours of the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) and a meeting with parliamentarians or a government leader, and of the Supreme Court building with its very special design. The newly renovated and expanded Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial museum is a very moving experience that also may be incorporated into the itinerary. The Old City of Jerusalem is the next stop, with a tour of the Via Dolorosa. leading to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and/or the Western Wall and Temple Mount areas. While there, tour the Western Wall Tunnels. After lunch, drive to the City of David section of Jerusalem for a walk through the ancient Jebusite tunnel, constructed prior to the timer when the biblical King David ruled over Jerusalem. Conditions permitting, drive to Bethlehem in the Palestinian Authority, less than a half hour away, for a visit to the Church of the Nativity and meetings with local Palestinians. Alternatively, drive to the Mea Shearim quarter of Jerusalem for a glimpse of traditional ultra-Orthodox Jewish life as it was lived in pre-World War II Eastern Europe.
Return by coach to Tel Aviv hotel for pre-dinner rest and cocktails.

The Galilee
The Galilee is a region with something foe anyone interested in history, religion, archeology, nature, active sports, health, leisure or beauty. A tour of Nazareth, where the angel appeared to Mary to inform her that she was bearing Jesus, is an excellent way to begin a day-trip to the Galilee (although en route, stops at the Roman and Crusader port city of Caesarea and/or the Roman city of Sepphoris with its exquisite mosaics, are also fascinating).
Continue to Tiberias, your starting point for a tour around the Sea of Galilee of the sites associated with Jesus' miracles.
Lunch at a restaurant along the way and then drive to the Tiberias Hot Springs complex for spa treatments and an opportunity to enjoy the rest of the spa. An excellent dining option would be a St. Peter's Fish cruise on the Sea.


The Dead Sea
For groups with an extra day in the country, or for anyone looking for a change of pace, a day outing to the Dead Sea is a choice with a difference. Travel to the Dead Sea via Jerusalem, stopping off at the Palestinian city of Jericho, the world's oldest city, and/or at Qumeran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Drive to Masada, the Herodian palace fortress overlooking the Dead Sea, where Jewish zealots ensieged by the Roman Legion committed mass suicide nearly 2000 years ago, rather than fall into enslavement. See the interesting and informative film and take a cable car to the top, for a tour of the site. Spend the rest of the day being pampered at a local spa - lunch, massage, mud treatments, aromatherapy, sauna, Jacuzzi and more.
Return to Tel Aviv for cocktails and dinner.


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