Sometimes you only have a day or two to devote to touring the country. There are many options to tour Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. There are also great options that are a short drive away. The best way to get the most out of your day is to hire a professional tour guide. This saves time and effort. The tour guide can help you to narrow down the choices and make sure you get the most out of your short time.
Are Tour guides in Israel required to carry a license by law?
Absolutely. Israeli tour guides go through lengthy training and difficult exams to obtain a license. This process takes about two and a half years.
Where are the top places to tour when you only have one day?
The eternal city. Holy to 3 billion people worldwide, Jerusalem offers religious and historical gems that no other city can match. Keep in mind, that it is possible to see only some of the highlights on a single-day tour. Some of the main highlights include:
- The Church of resurrection (Sepulchre)
- Garden of Gethsemane
- Mount of Olives
- The Western Wall
- City of David
- Temple Mount
- Israel Museum
- Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and museum.
- Machne Yehuda food market.
The most vibrant city in Israel. Arguably, one of the most vibrant cities in the world. It is also the economical capital with 1500 startup companies. There are more than a few historical neighborhoods to tour. Food, wine, street art, and architecture are Tel Aviv’s specialties. And don’t forget, this is also the city where the State of Israel was declared after the British Empire left in May of 1948. Tel Aviv often appears in magazines as one of the best cities in the world to live in. It was also named one of the most expensive cities in the world.
Masada and the Dead Sea
King Herod’s 2000-year-old fortress is one of the most impressive archaeological sights in the world. It is also one of the best-known historical battle sights. It is described in the book “The Wars of the Jews” by Flavius Josephus. In the year 73, Jews fought the Romans until the bitter end. Learn about King Herod, sectarian Judaism of the 1st century, and the Dead Sea Scrolls on your way to Masada. After touring Masada, you can float in the Dead Sea, a world wonder located in the lowest place on earth. Have a mud bath to rejuvenate your skin. Dead sea products are made from the special minerals in the sea and sold all over the world.
Caesarea and Acre
King Herod’s capital city from 2000 years ago is almost like visiting Rome. It contains impressive Roman ruins, including a theater and a horse racing track. Then travel to Acre, the Crusader capital from the 12th century. Acre was the main port city of Israel in the 12 century and carries an authentic ancient look and feel. It has the best-preserved crusader architecture and is considered a world heritage site.
- A Specialty Boutique Tour which only we offer. For example, “The Loss of the Resonance Chamber” in Tel Aviv or a tour of ancient scripture in Galilee.
- Wine Tour in the Judean Hills. Drive less than one hour from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem and discover one of the most exciting wine routes. This route offers some of Israel’s best wine.
Where does a day tour start?
Your tour guide will meet you at your hotel, typically in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. You will be driven in a large, comfortable vehicle. It is air-conditioned and has a USB port for charging your phone.
What is the layout of a Day Tour in Israel?
You will be picked up in a van by your Israeli tour guide in the morning. On the way to your desired tour, you will have plenty of time to get to know each other and learn about Israel. Optionally, stop for coffee and breakfast on the way. It’s important to let your tour guide know about food restrictions and food allergies. Most sights are within a 60-minute drive from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. You will tour your chosen highlights, have a local lunch experience, tour some more and then head back to your hotel. A typical tour duration from start to finish is 6-8 hours.
How much does a day tour cost?
A private tour in Israel typically costs $150-$200 per person in a vehicle of six. This depends on itinerary, driving times, and the number of participants. Please contact us for further details.