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Middle East

Israel & Palestine: Tel Aviv, Jerusalem & Bethlehem

From €1,779pp bed & breakfast
Depart From
Fly from Dublin
Departure Date
31 May 2020 - 11 Jun 2020
Alternative dates available on request
Duration
8 Nights
Destination
Israel & Palestine
Price
From €1,779pp bed & breakfast
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Fly from Dublin and enjoy a week exploring the fascinating history and cultures that make up Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

On arrival in Tel Aviv, check in to the Savoy Sea Side. This great four-star hotel is just a few metres from the beach and right on the doorstep of Tel Aviv's bustling nightlife. Recently renovated, the city's promenade runs along the Mediterranean coastline. It's a great spot to take a walk and watch the sunset, and it's dotted with cute cafés- ideal for when you need to take a break.

Visit the trendy Neve Tzedek neighbourhood for galleries, upmarket fashion stores and delicious ice cream. Head to Jaffa's Old City and wander the maze of old stores, restaurants and galleries. There's also a fantastic flea market here.

After two nights in Tel Aviv, make your way to Jerusalem. You'll spend the next four nights at the fabulous American Colony Hotel. This five-star has long been considered a neutral ground in Jerusalem, and is often filled with international journalists, diplomats and United Nations Officials. 

Get lost in the Old City. Visit the Western Wall, the Church of the Sepulchure and Via Dolorosa. Stroll through Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda Market and enjoy delicious food, or stop for some spiced coffee at one of the city's many cafés. Explore the Nachalat Shiva neighbourhood and its many galleries and bars, or walk through the charming old neighbourhood of Ein Karem.

The next part of your holiday will bring you to Bethlehem. Here, you'll spend two three nights at the Manger Square Hotel. This three-star hotel is located just few metres from the Nativity Church. Built in the 4th century AD by the Roman Emperor Constantine, this is one of the oldest churches in existence today and is thought to be built over the site of Jesus' birth. Bustling Manger Square is the hub of this historic town, filled with restaurants, souvenir shops and cafés ideal for people watching.

At the other side of the square from the Nativity Church you'll find the Mosque of Omar, built in 1860. This beautiful building is named after the Caliph who conquered Byzantine Jerusalem and declared that Christians would be free to worship in Bethlehem. Visit the Old Bethlehem Museum to see a fascinating collection of items from the 19th century.

After three nights in Bethlehem, return to Tel Aviv. You'll spend one more night here, enjoyuing the Mediterranean coastline before catching your homeward flight to Dublin. 

The Savoy is a four-star boutique hotel located in Tel Aviv, just meters away from the city's breathtaking Mediterranean beaches.

Known for its prime city location, courteous service, peaceful ambiance and meticulous cleanliness, the Savoy offers business and leisure guests 55 modern, fully accommodated rooms, complemented by a rich Israeli breakfast, renovated facilities and a rooftop sundeck overlooking the beach. 

Our seaside location helps us harness Tel Aviv's natural Mediterranean light and let it shine through our lobby. If you find yourself addicted to these intoxicating rays of light, we urge you to step out into our outdoor terrace, relax on our rooftop sundeck overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, or walk a few meters and hit the beach. 

You'll have nothing but high praise for the hotel's location. The beach is merely a few meters away, and a short walk reveals so much more- the picturesque neighborhood of Neve Tsedek and the adjoining Hatachana Compound. The city's top-rated restaurants, bars and nightclubs are all within easy reach. It's Tel Aviv at its best, and it's right around the corner.

Our goal is to make you feel Tel Aviv's Mediterranean vibe, even if you choose to stay in and relax indoors. Our renovated lobby offers comfortable sofas for quiet relaxation, with 24/7 complementary refreshments, and our outdoor terrace is a great place to sit and spark up a conversation. Our crowning jewel is the rooftop sundeck overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, where you can lie down and work on your tan, feel the gentle sea breeze and experience spectacular sunsets.

Built in the mid-19th century as a palace for a pasha and his four wives, the luxury American Colony Hotel enjoys a fantastic location in the centre of Jerusalem, on the seam line between the Jewish and Arab areas.

Known to be a neutral place, it is a favourite among international journalists, UN officers and diplomats. Famous guests included Lawrence of Arabia, Tony Blair, John le Carré and Sir Peter Ustinov. The historic hotel exudes a sophisticated ambience of peace and tranquillity.

The luxuriously appointed rooms are beautifully decorated, blending classic elements with modern amenities. Business guests will appreciate the business centre and the meeting facilities.

The hotel offers a lovely courtyard, a delightful outdoor pool, a state-of-the-art fitness centre as well as a Swedish sauna. Various fine dining options tempt even the most discerning palate. A truly unique hotel close to all the famous sights. 

The Manger Square hotel is located just a few steps from the Church Of The Nativity in Bethlehem.

Guestrooms offer views of the garden or city and are furnished with flat-screen satellite TV, minibar and safety deposit box. All come air conditioned as standard and tea & coffee making facilites are on offer.

The lobby features the Blue Brasserie restaurant, serving French cuisine and seafood. Guests may enjoy live piano music while overlooking the breathtaking views of Bethlehem Valley. There is also a bar- Nai Cafe Bar- which serves coffee, lunch and light snacks.

 

Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Tel Aviv from €107

Visit Masada and the Dead Sea on a full-day trip from Tel Aviv. Travel by air-conditioned coach through the Judean desert from Tel Aviv to the Dead Sea, and visit Masada on route.

Ride the cable car to the mountaintop for a guided tour of the 2,000-year-old ruins, and continue to the Dead Sea to ‘swim’ in its salt-rich waters and, if you wish, take a therapeutic mud bath. The day trip also passes the site of the New Testament parable of the Good Samaritan, and ancient city of Jericho.

The Experience:

  • Full day trip from Tel Aviv to Masada and the Dead Sea
  • Guided tour of the popular Holy Land sights by local experts
  • Ascend to the top of Masada by cable car
  • Float in the famous salt-rich waters of the Dead Sea
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach Hotel pick up and drop-off


Jerusalem Three Religions Holy City Walking Tour from €35

Jerusalem is the spiritual center of the world for Christians, Jews, and Muslims alike. Take this guided walking tour to better understand the city’s 4,000-year history and visit the important sites that make up its past.

See Temple Mount, one of the most important religious sites in the Old City of Jerusalem; the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, located on the hill of Calvary, where Jesus was crucified and buried; and many more. Explore the fascinating history of this holy city.

The Experience:

  • Half-day walking tour of the holy sites of Old Jerusalem with an expert guide
  • See the city sites held most sacred by Jews, Christians, and Muslims
  • Visit the Temple Mount to admire the Dome of the Rock, Dome of the Chain, and Al-Aqsa Mosque
  • Walk the Via Dolorosa and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Hall of the Last Supper
  • See the Western Wall and Tomb of King David, both sacred in Judaism
  • Unravel Jerusalem’s complex religious history with impartial insights from your guide
  • Stand at sites revered by all three religions and where history was forged


Ensure your place: book these tours with us before you fly. Want to try a different experience? Ask about our other tours and excursions.

Price is per adult, based on 2 sharing and includes:

  • Return flights and charges from Dublin
  • 20kg checked luggage
  • 2 nights bed & breakfast accommodation at the 4* Savoy Sea Side Hotel, Tel Aviv
  • 4 nights room only accommodation at the 5*American Colony Hotel, Jerusalem
  • 3 nights bed & breakfast accommodation  at the 3* Manger Square Hotel, Bethlehem
  • 1 night bed & breakfast accommodation at the 4* Savoy Sea Side Hotel, Tel Aviv

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • Travel insurance
  • Day trips, walking tours and activities
  • Transfers
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply. We strongly advise passengers allow extra time for airport security on both the outbound and homeward flights.

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