Christmas in the Holy Land is a truly magical time. Whilst there’s no snow, it is the most incredible time to experience the land where it all began, and it will change your perspective on Christmas for years to come. Join us on our group tour, and see the Christmas story unfold before your eyes:
Day 1: Saturday, December 23rd : Jerusalem
Shalom and welcome to Israel!
Upon arrival at Ben-Gurion Airport, you will be greeted by an OUTstanding Travel Representative.
Enjoy the comfort of a private transfer to your hotel in Jerusalem
Check in to your hotel in Jerusalem
Welcome Dinner: Shabbat of a Lifetime Experience in Jerusalem
Day 2: Sunday, December 24th: Jerusalem
Breakfast at the hotel.
Tour of the Old City of Jerusalem
After breakfast, drive to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the Old City of Jerusalem. On Mount Zion, visit King David's tomb, the Room of Last Supper and the Dormition Abbey and then we shall enter the Old City through Zion Gate to the Jewish Quarter. Together we will tour the recently excavated and restored Roman Cardo, the ancient Roman market road at the heart of the city. Our route will lead us to the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site and the last remnant of the Second Temple. For the grand finale, we make our way to the Christian Quarter and walk along the Via Dolorosa to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher as we join pilgrims from around the world, venerating the Tomb of Jesus Christ.
At night enjoy a special Christmas Dinner in Jerusalem
Day 3: Monday, December 25th: Jerusalem & Bethlehem
After breakfast tour the new city of Jerusalem: A drive by the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, the Supreme Court and Mount Herzl.
Visit the Israel Museum, ranked among the world’s top art and archeological museums: an experience for all the senses, and for all interests – from contemporary art, to folk art and archeology to sculpture and music. See the Model of Jerusalem as it was 2,000 years ago, as well as the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed.
In the afternoon visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem which is one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. The church is built over the cave that tradition marks as the birthplace of Jesus. The structure is actually a combination of two churches, with a crypt beneath—the Grotto of the Nativity—where Jesus was born. Have some time to do some shopping to bring home gifts for loved ones and ourselves.
At night enjoy a Hanukkah tour of the Nachlaot Neighborhood in Jerusalem.
Day 4: Tuesday, December 26th: Masada & the Dead Sea
Breakfast at the hotel
Descend south to the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea region, and visit the famous mountain fortress of Masada.
The magnificent fortress of Masada was built in the year 30 BCE by King Herod, whose architectural feats have left their mark throughout Israel. At the beginning of the great revolt against Rome in the year 68 CE, Masada was conquered by a group of Jewish zealots, and Masada became their last stronghold. In the year 72, the Romans besieged Masada and succeeded in reaching the steep fortress after constructing a huge earthen ramp on its western side. In the year 73, the 960 Jewish zealots living at the top of Masada chose to commit suicide rather than to fall into the hands of the Romans. Their deeds left behind a saga of courage, heroism, and martyrdom.
Continue to Ein Bokek - Dead Sea Resort to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch and spend the afternoon enjoying the buoyant therapeutic waters and world famous rejuvenating mud of this mineral-rich sea, the largest all natural spa in the world, on a private beach provided solely for the participants.
In the late afternoon return to Jerusalem.
At night enjoy the famous Night Spectacular Show at the Tower of David Museum, which displays the history of the city of Jerusalem along the ancient stones (subject to weather).
Day 5: Wednesday, December 27th: Jerusalem New City
In the morning visit the City of David, birthplace of Jerusalem. Pass through the underground tunnels through which Jerusalem was conquered and residents could slip out of the city, and experience the hidden spring where kings were crowned. Next, we will walk in illuminated darkness through the waters of Hezekiah’s Tunnel, where water has flowed since the time of the prophets and join the mysterious, magical journey between ancient shafts, walls, and fortresses at the City of David.
On to Yad Vashem, the world’s premiere Holocaust remembrance and education center, located on the Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem.
Continue to Tel Aviv – a world hub of gay vibrancy and pride!
Titled the ‘Mediterranean Capital of Cool’ by the New York Times, this is a 24/7 city with a unique pulse, combining sandy Mediterranean beaches with a world-class nightlife, a buzzing cultural scene, incredible food, UNESCO recognized architecture, and an international outlook.
Later, put on your dancing shoes and get ready to party at "Dreck", a very popular gay party (free entry).
Free evening in Tel Aviv
Day 6: Thursday, December 28th: Tel Aviv
Breakfast at the hotel
Begin your day at Tel Aviv’s beautiful promenade. Walk along the golden beaches of Tel Aviv until we reach Jaffa; the ancient port city just to the south of Tel Aviv that is full of culture and history.
Enjoy walking along the narrow, cobbled streets, wandering around the trendy flea market, and stopping by some of the unique shops. Old Jaffa highlights include: Jaffa Flea Market, Jaffa Port, and the Jaffa Port Market.
We will continue to Neve Tzedek, just outside of Old Jaffa, the first Jewish neighborhood outside of Jaffa which hosts an array of unique boutique shops and cafes.
Next stop is Rothschild Boulevard one of Tel Aviv’s most important and iconic streets. Located in the heart of the White City of Tel Aviv, Rothschild Boulevard is a commercial center, with major financial institutions lining the street, a cultural center, with the main theater and concert hall of Tel Aviv, a culinary center, with tens of top restaurants, and a leisure center.
Overnight in Tel Aviv
Day 7: Friday, December 29th: Nazareth & the Biblical Galilee
Breakfast at the hotel
On own – Spend a day of leisure and relaxation. We suggest getting caught up in the excitement at the Carmel Market and the traditional Friday shopping rush as the locals prepare for their Shabbat. Prior to Shabbat, "get your shopping on" with some free time to browse the many stores in the Nahalat Binyamin Artist’s Market and the very fashionable Shenkin Street. A good opportunity to get to know the city for yourself!
Day 8: Saturday, December 30th: Tel Aviv (Free Day)
Breakfast at the hotel
Depart Tel Aviv via the coastal highway to Nazareth which according to the New Testament was the childhood home of Jesus. You’ll visit the church of St Joseph which houses the Basilica of the Annunciation, an impressive site where the angel Gabriel informed Mary she would give birth to Jesus. Nazareth is the largest Arab city in Israel, with a distinct Middle Eastern flavor. Check out the charming local markets located in the winding cobbled streets of the Old City, as you explore the city.
Continue to the North of the Sea of Galilee, to the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus gave his famous Sermon. On top of the Mountain lays a beautifulchurch where you can enjoy a magnificent view of the northern part of Sea of Galilee including Tabgha and Capernaum.
Enjoy Lunch (included) on the shore of the Sea of Galilee before visiting Capernaum, where a 2nd century synagogue was discovere, throwing light on the life of the community of that era. According to the Christian tradition, Jesus served here as a local rabbi, and it is where he performed his many miracles. The traditional house of Saint Peter is located here as well.
Go to Tabgha and visit the Church of the Multiplication, the traditional site of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes and the third resurrection appearance of Jesus.
Conclude the day at Yardenit, the famous baptismal site, situated at the point where the Jordan River flows out of the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea.
Drive back to Tel Aviv.
Day 9: Sunday, December 31st: Tel Aviv (Free Day)
On own – Another day of exploration and leisure. Following breakfast take a stroll to Tel Aviv’s port area, with an array of trendy restaurants and coffee shops to relax in and stores to peruse, or visit the wonderful Tel Aviv Art Museum, one of Tel Aviv’s cultural centers.
With the group – In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner after the amazing 9 days in Israel before going to a New Year’s Party in one of Tel Aviv’s famous Gay clubs.
Day 10: Monday, January 1st: Departure Day
Following breakfast, check out from the hotel and transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport for your flight back home with everlasting memories of Israel.
Goodbye and Shalom :)
The rate below includes:
Assistance at the Airport upon arrival by an OUTstanding Travel Representative
Arrival and departure private transfer from/to BGN and Jerusalem/Tel Aviv without a guide.
Porterage at hotels
9 overnights at the above mentioned hotels or similar
6 days sightseeing as per your program below with an English speaking tour guide
Luxury air-conditioned vehicle
Meal arrangements: Bed and Breakfast at the Hotels, including full Israeli buffet breakfast at hotels daily
3 Dinners as mentioned below:
- Welcome Shabbat Dinner with a Family in Jerusalem
- Christmas Dinner in Jerusalem
- Farewell Dinner in Tel Aviv/Jaffa
2 lunches as mentioned below:
- In a hotel at the Dead Sea
- In the Galilee
Entrance fees as per program: City of David, Yad VaShem Museum, Israel Museum, Masada National Park (include 2 way Cable Car), Night spectacular Show at the Tower of David Museum, Churches entrance fees in the Galilee.
Entrance to a Gay Party on Friday or Saturday Night in Tel Aviv Our rate excludes:
Expenses of a personal nature
Meals throughout the entire tour other than mentioned
Spa Treatments at the Dead Sea
Tips to driver, guide and restaurant staff
Any other item not mentioned above Cancellation Policy:
Up to 29 days prior to arrival date: 12% from the total services
28 – 21 days before arrival date: 25% from the total services
20 – 14 days before arrival date: 40% from the total services
13 – 7 days before arrival date: 75% from the total services
Less than 7 days before arrival date: 100% from the total Services
It is our company policy to receive a 30% deposit upon booking, and full payment 4 weeks prior to arrival.