Turkey & Israel Highlights Tour

Istanbul – Cappadocia – Konya – Pamukkale – Ephesus – Izmir- Jerusalem - Caesarea - Megiddo - Haifa - Acre-Nazareth - Beit Shean - Dead Sea – Massada
Turkey, where the West meets the East, the country overflows with historic sites and archaeological wonders set in a varied and beautiful landscape. This tour specially designed for the travelers interested in taking a quick visits to the most popular destinations of Turkey and Israel with comfort. Avoid long bus drives, big tour groups, rush visits and big holiday complex but explore the highlights of the country with comfort and leisure
Day 1:
Arrive in Istanbul airport, meet your driver and private car, will be ready to transfer you to the hotel. A welcome package with your tour vouchers, a tourist map, and any other touristic information that you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your hotel. There is no plan for this day unless you are interested in experience the traditional Turkish bath nearby your hotel. (No Meals)
Day 2:
Today you will have a full day tour of visiting St Sophia Museum, Byzantine Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, and enjoy shopping in the world’s largest covered bazaar with 4000 shops, is known as Grand Bazaar. After lunch, you will visit Topkapi Palace including; Imperial Treasury, gardens, Sultan’s kitchen, Sacred Relics (The Harem section is not included in the tour). (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 3:
Istanbul – Cappadocia

In the morning a visit to the Spice Market, where locals still shop for herbs and spices coming from all over the world. Then, embark on a cruise by boat on Bosphorus, the unique winding strait separating two continents. Drop off your hotel after cruise. Pick up from your hotel in the afternoon and transfer to the airport with your private car and driver. You will take a direct flight from Istanbul to Capadoccia which is about 1 hour. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in Urgup which is a combination of cave rooms and suites. Enjoy your stay in this authentic hotel. (Breakfast)
Day 4:
You can book our optional hot air balloon tour for a wonderful experience and to enjoy the magnificent view of the valleys and the region. Otherwise take enjoyable visits to Devrent and Pasabagi valleys, Avanos, Goreme Open Air Museum and Uchisar castle. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 5:
Izmir – Ephesus – Kusadasi
Private car and driver for airport transfer. Take flight from Cappadoccia to Izmir with a stopover in Istanbul. Private car and driver for airport transfer. Enjoy the tour to Ephesus with your own private car and guide by visiting the world-famous ancient City of Ephesus, including the Arcadian Way, the Antique Theatre, the Roman Baths, and the Celcus Library. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6:
After taking 2 hours drive you will reach to Hierapolis, the ancient Greco-Roman city on top of hot springs located nearby Denizli. Also amazed by travertine’s, (the terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water) on which you will take an enjoyable barefooted walk. On your way back from Pamukkale, you may see local farmers working in the cotton fields and how they pick the cotton. Return Kusadasi for stay overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7:
zmir – Istanbul
Upon your request, we can also arrange you a private tour of Pergamon. Otherwise, transfer to the airport with your private car and driver. Take a direct flight from İzmir to Istanbul. Arrive in Istanbul airport and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul. (Breakfast)
Day 8:
Istanbul - Jerusalem
An early transfer to Izmir airport to take a flight to Jerusalem connected in Istanbul. Upon arrival into Ben Gurion International Airport, you are met and assisted by our airport representative and brought to your guide. Proceed to your hotel in Tel Aviv for dinner and overnight. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 9

Caesarea - Megiddo - Haifa - Acre
Following a delicious Israeli buffet, depart Tel Aviv. Drive north along the coastal plain to Caesarea (Acts 9.30 Acts 10 24-48), capital of Judea under the Romans. Visit the excavations of this ancient city, the Roman theatre and aqueduct. Continue to Megiddo (1 Kings 4.28, 9,15, 2 Kings 23,29 & Revel. 16.16), identified as the site of Armageddon. Visit the archaeological excavations at Megiddo, including the well-preserved water supply system. Drive to the beautiful port city of Haifa, nestled on the Mediterranean Sea. Visit the world famous Persian Gardens at the Bahai Temple. From Haifa, drive to Acre (Micah 1.10), capital of the Crusaders for more than a century. Visit the ancient city and harbour before continuing eastwards across the plains of the Galilee to Kibutz hotel Lavi , not far from the Sea Of Galilee dinner and overnight . Evening lecture by one of the Kibutz members about life in a Kibutz . (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10
Tiberias - Capernaum - Banias
After a short tour of the Kibutz grounds we take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum (Matt. 4.13 13.54, 17.24, Luke 7, Mark 1.2, John 4.46-54). Visit the remains of the 2nd century synagogue. Proceed to Tabgha (Matt. 13, Mark .33-45, & John 21), the site of the miracle of fish and loaves, and visit the Church of Multiplication with its 4th century mosaic floor. Continue to the Mount of the Beatitudes (Matt. 5,6,7,8), where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Drive to the Banias Spring and Waterfall (Matt. 16.13 and Mark 8.27), where Jesus was recognized as The Messiah by His Disciples. Tour the Golan Heights, with its valleys, grazing land and snow capped mountains. Return to Kibutz Lavi for dinner and overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11
Nazareth - Beit Shean
Begin the day with a drive to Nazareth (Luke 1.26, 4.16-29, Matthew 2.23) via Cana of Galilee (John 2.1-11). In Nazareth, we shall visit the Church of the Annunciation, St. Joseph’s Workshop and Mary’s Well. Next on our program is the Jordan River and the Baptismal site . Continue to Beit Shean, one of the ancient Decapolis cities (Mark 5.20, 7.31), and visit the Roman theatre. This is the city where Saul and his son Jonathan were nailed to the walls (1st Samuel 31.10). Judges 1.27 also mentions Beit Shean. Continue south along the shores of the River of Jordan. Passing Jericho, we proceed westward and climb to the Golden City of Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 12
Jerusalem - Old City
Today we visit the Old City of Jerusalem. Our appreciation of this Golden City begins with a panoramic view from the Mount of Olives, overlooking the walls of the old city and the ancient Jewish cemetery. Enter the Old City to begin exploring the wonders of Jerusalem. Visit the Church of All Nations. Proceed to Mount Zion to see the tomb of King David and the nearby Room of the Last Supper (Mark 14.13, Luke 22. 10-38, Matt 26 17-29, Acts 1.13 and Acts 2 The Pentecost). Walk through the Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem 2000 years ago. View the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. Walk along the Via Dolorosa, where Jesus carried His Cross. Continue to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Matt. 27. 33-57, 28.10). No visit to Jerusalem is complete without a walk through the colourful Arab bazaar (a chance to test your negotiating skills). Visit the garden tomb. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 13
Jerusalem – New City of Bethlehem
Today’s program is dedicated to the new city of Jerusalem. Visit the model of ancient Jerusalem .Continue to Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. Enter the site by walking along the Street of the Righteous Gentiles, dedicated to the non-Jews that risked their lives in order to save their Jewish neighbors. Continue to Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptists (Luke 1.39-80). This Spanish style church and Mary’s well is where Mother Mary met her cousin Elizabeth. Proceed to Bethlehem * to visit the Church of the Nativity. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 14
Dead Sea - Massada
Drive through the Judean Desert to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls where found in 1947 by a Bedouin boy. Visit the ancient city of Qumran and drive along the shore of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, to Massada, the last stronghold of the Jews after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D. Ascend Massada by cable car and visit the food storeroom, water irrigation system and Herod’s Palace.Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 15
Fly Home
Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport for your flight back home. (Breakfast)

What’s included?
◦Accommodations in tourist class hotels with breakfast.
◦All transfers provided by private deluxe A/C vehicles.
◦Domestic flight tickets for economy class.
◦All tours as per itinerary, including entrance fees where mentioned.
◦Services of qualified local guide for sightseeing in each day.
◦Meals as indicated in the itinerary
◦Local taxation and VAT.

What’s not included?
◦International airfare to the trip start point, drinks, and other personal items.
◦Entrance Visa (if required).
◦Excess baggage.
◦Tips for the guides, hotel staff, drivers or restaurants.
◦Optional tours, entrance fees to any sights where not mentioned on itinerary.



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