Shalom Israel, Salam Dubai | 8 Day Israel and Dubai Tour Itinerary
With the signing of the Abraham Accords, it is now possible to take a direct flight between 2 of the most fascinating and different destinations in the Middle East.
Day One: Shalom, and welcome to Israel!
Arriving at Tel Aviv International Airport, we will be met by our Sar-El Tours Guide and Driver who will be with us for the duration of our tour in Israel. After a short orientation, we will start our tour driving north along the Mediterranean Coast. Today we will visit the Haifa promenade for an overview of the beautiful Baha'i Gardens, the Port, and the City of Haifa itself, which stretches along the Carmel Mountain tree-covered scenic slopes.
Continuing east we will explore Megiddo (Armageddon), the biblical site of the final epic battle. From there, we will drive to Nazareth, the hometown of Jesus, to see the Annunciation Church. From Nazareth, we will take a short drive to the village of Cana where Jesus performed His first recorded miracle. This inspiring day in Israel will conclude when our group checks into our Galilean hotel for dinner and overnight rest.
Day Two-The Galilee Experience
Following a delicious Israeli buffet breakfast, we will visit the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the Sermon On the Mount, His longest single teaching to His followers. From this remarkable place, we will continue to visit Tabgha where it is believed that the miracle of the fish and the loaves took place, and Capernaum, the headquarters of Jesus’ Galilean ministry.
An inspiring Boat Ride across the Sea of Galilee will help us gain a First Century experience of Jesus' time, followed by a moving visit to the Ancient “Jesus Boat” that was discovered buried beneath the Lake. We will conclude this amazing day in Magdala, the archeological biblical site of the Village of Migdal, the hometown of Mary Magdalene, where we will explore a First Century Jewish synagogue where Jesus almost certainly taught, and then return to our hotel for dinner and overnight rest.
Day Three- Along the Jordan River
We will start our day at the beautiful Yardenit Baptismal Site on the Jordan River for a baptism service for those who desire to renew their vows. Continuing south through the Jordan Valley, we will enjoy the epic views of Jordan to the left, and the mountains of Samaria to the right.
Arriving at the Dead Sea, we will stop at the Kalia Resort Beach to enjoy the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea, followed by a visit to Jericho, one of the oldest cities on earth with the breathtaking view of the Mount of Temptation where Satan tempted Jesus. After a spectacular hike through Wadi Qelt (time permitting), we will drive up along the ancient pilgrim road to our Jerusalem hotel for dinner and overnight rest.
Day Four- The Holy City
Today we will visit the Mount of Olives where Jesus spent His last hours before His trial and crucifixion, and where He made his way into Jerusalem riding on a donkey. On the mountain’s western slopes, we will follow the Palm Sunday Path to the Garden of Gethsemane.
Returning to the Old City of Jerusalem, we will visit the inspirational sites of Caiaphas’ House (the Chief Priest in Jesus' time), Mount Zion, and the Upper Room (Last Supper). We will continue on to the Christian Quarter to visit the Holy Sepulcher Church, and to the Jewish Quarter to pray by the Western Wall, the holiest site for Jews worldwide. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight rest.
Day Five- Jerusalem and Bethlehem
This morning, we will tour the impressive Israel Museum, including the Model of Jerusalem at the time of the Second Temple, and the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are on display. We will drive to Bethlehem to visit the Church of The Nativity and to the Shepherds’ Fields to celebrate the Lord’s birth and the angel’s announcement. Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight rest.
Day Six- Goodbye Israel, Hello Dubai!
Following breakfast, we will transfer to the Tel Aviv International Airport for our departure to Dubai with the assistance of our Sar-El representative.
Following a short 3.5 hour flight, and an expedited arrival at Dubai International Airport, we proceed directly to visit the Dubai Frame, Dubai museum (a photo stop), the Gold & Spice Market, Dubai Creek, Al Mina Bazaar, Al Bastakiya (Al Fahidi) Historical neighborhood, Desert Safari Tour and Bedouin Hospitality and Dinner at the Desert Camp. After a very eventful day, we will arrive at our hotel for overnight rest.
Day Seven- Dubai from above
After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, we will pass by Sheikh Zayed Road (the longest road in the country), to enjoy a photo stop at Jumeira Beach with the amazing Burj Al Arab views, drive by the famous Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Lakes Tower, and enjoy one last photo stop at “The Pointe” with the breathtaking views of Atlantis The Palm.
During the afternoon we will reach the Dubai Mall for an incredible one-hour experience at the Top Burj Khalifa. After a jaw-dropping elevator ride up the 124 stories, enjoy the unforgettable panoramic views of Dubai from the observation deck of the world's tallest building and the famous 360-degree views of the Arabian Gulf.
We will have free time in the iconic Dubai Mall for shopping and enjoying the evening Dubai Live Fountain Show. Transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight rest.
Day Eight- Departure
Following breakfast at the hotel, we will enjoy free leisure time until checkout, and then pick up and transfer to Dubai International Airport for your return flight home.