The Ultimate Grand Tour of Italy and Israel
This is A Private Luxury Tour
Departing whenever you like
Choose Your Own Dates
This private tour is yours to enjoy as you wish, beginning on any date you wish. The itinerary given below is a proposed program. You may add or omit stops, or spend more or less time, according to your personal preference. We will make all the arrangements for you accordingly. From Jerusalem Holy Sites to Rome and the Amalfi Coast, we will take you to the heart of the Mediterranean, the Near East and the Holy Land. This is truly an experience for those who have been dreaming to see and enjoy the ultimate in Luxury when touring Italy, Israel, Palestine and the Vatican. A true diverse itinerary offering an array of Italy and Israel finest travel experiences. Visit ancient cities, desert oases, curious dwellings, Christian splendors, and Roman ruins not only in Rome but in in the Middle East as well! Compare with the Two Weeks Private Luxury Tour of Italy.
Day 1– Tel Aviv (B)
Our representative meets you at Tel Aviv Airport and assists with the transfer to your hotel by private chauffeured vehicle. Welcome to Tel Aviv, your base for two nights. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy as you wish, wandering the Mediterranean water front of this charming city.
Day 2- Tel Aviv City Tour – Jaffa – Tel Aviv (B)
after breakfast proceed to Tel Aviv City, the commercial capital of Israel, which is located on a beautiful beach strip of the Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy a city tour and visit Rabin Square, the Diaspora Museum and view Opera House. Onto Jaffa, to visit Peter's Church, the House of Simon the Tanner, the Old City of Jaffa, and the old port one of the most ancient port cities in the world. Back to your hotel in Tel Aviv for the night.
Day 3- Caesarea – Haifa – Akko – Tiberias (BL)
After breakfast on proceed to Caesarea, built by Herod the great and where the apostle Peter first preached the Gospel to the Gentiles, visit the Amphitheater, the Roman ruins, and the Water Aqueduct. Then head to Haifa, ascend Mt. Carmel to enjoy a panoramic view over the Bay, then on to visit Stella Maris on top, and the Bahai' Gardens, Elijah Cave. Drive to Akko; enjoy its Walls, Roads and Markets, and visit Al Jazar Mosque, the old port, the Remains of the Castle, on to Tiberias and your hotel: Galei Kinnereth Hotel or similar. Lunch is included enroute.
Day 4 - Dan – Banias – Golan Heights – Tiberias (BL)
After breakfast, drive to Tel Dan, a biblical city and a breathtaking nature reserve. Continue to Banias named for the God Pan, Panias was built as Caesarea Philippi by Philip, son Herod at one of the sources of the Jordan River. Jesus visited this site together with the disciples. Visit Golan Heights which is on the Border between Israel and Syria view the Syrian town of Kuneitra, and then back to Galei Kinnereth Hotel. Lunch is included enroute.
Day 5 - Sea of Galilee – Tiberias (BL)
After breakfast, drive to the Sea of Galilee where Jesus calmed its stormy waters, onto Mt. of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Then visit Tabgha, Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish, onto Capernaum where Jesus lived and healed the sick preaching in the synagogue and performing miracles. End the day with a visit to the inspiring Baptismal Site. Tiberias: Galei Kinnereth Hotel. Lunch is included enroute.
Day 6 - Nazareth – Cana – Tiberias (BL)
After breakfast, proceed to Nazareth where Jesus spent his boyhood and lived with Joseph and Mary (Luke 1:26-38). Visit the Annunciation Church, ''the announcement of the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary of the approaching virgin birth'' (Luke 1:26-38). Visit the St. Joseph the Carpenter and Mary's Well. Proceed to Cana where Jesus performed his first Miracle ''the transformation of water into wine". Back to your hotel Galei Kinnereth Hotel. Lunch is included enroute.
Day 7 - Jordan Valley – Jericho – Qumran – Dead Sea - Jerusalem (BL)
After breakfast and along the Jordan River to Jericho the oldest town in the Holy Land, visit the Sycamore Tree (Zacharious the tax collector climbed the tree to view Jesus) view Mt. of Temptation and view the Old Walls of Jericho. Visit Qumran Caves, where the 2000 years old Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and later on enjoy a view or a stop to see the Dead Sea from the Israeli side then on to Jerusalem and your hotel. Lunch is included enroute.
Day 8 - Masada – Ein Gedi – Mt Scopus – Jerusalem (BL)
Breakfast in the hotel then on proceed to visit Masada, the last Jewish stronghold during the time of the Romans, ascend and descend by cable car to the top of the cliff overlooking the Dead Sea. Onto Ein Gedi, which is the Oasis on the Dead Sea shore Near the 200 meter high waterfall is a cave where David had his famous meeting with King Saul, on to Jerusalem and enjoy a panoramic view over Jerusalem from Mt Scopus, before we return to the Hotel. Lunch is included enroute.
Day 9 - Mt of Olives – Mt. Zion – Old City – Jerusalem (B)
Breakfast in the hotel then proceed on to the Mt. of Olives, enjoy a majestic panoramic view over Jerusalem from on top of the mountain. Visit the church of the Ascension, believed to mark the place where Jesus ascended into heaven. Visit Pater Noster Church stands on the traditional site of Christ teaching of the lords priers. Visit the Dominus Flevit Church, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem shortly before the destruction of the second temple, continue to visit the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus was captured by the Romans after he has been betrayed by Judas, visit Tomb of Mary, the burial place of Mary. Onto Mt. Zion, visit St. Peter in Gallicantu which commemoration of Peter's triple rejection of Jesus "... before the cock crows thrice." (Mark 14:30). Visit King David's Tomb and the Upper room, commemorates the "upper room" in which Jesus shared the Last Supper with the disciples. enter the Old City of Jerusalem from Dung Gate, visit the Walling Wall, onto the Area of the Mosque Al Aqsa and Dome of the Rock built on Mt. Moriah (Temple Mount), then through St. Stephens Gate visit St Anne and the Pool of Bethesda, believed to be the site where Jesus healed a paralytic (John 5:1-15). Via Dolorosa walk the traditional Way of the Cross the 14 Stations of the Cross, and visit the Holy Sepulcher Church that stands on a site that encompasses both Golgotha, or Calvary, where Jesus was crucified, and the tomb (sepulcher) where he was buried. Hotel for overnight.
Day 10 - Bethlehem – Herodian – Jerusalem (B)
After breakfast, we proceed to Bethlehem, visit the Nativity Church, and marks the traditional place of Christ's birth. It is also one of the oldest surviving Christian churches. Shepherd Field. Continue and visit Herodian. Back to your hotel.
Day 11 - Israeli Museum – Ein Karem – Jerusalem (B)
After breakfast we visit the Israeli Museum, the Shrine of the book, Holy Land Model as it was during the time of King Herod, drive to Ein Karem, visit St John the Baptist Church and Church of Visitation. In Luke 1, the pregnant Mary visited her pregnant cousin Elizabeth and stayed for three months (Lk 1:56). Upon Mary's arrival, the unborn John the Baptist recognized the unborn Jesus and "leaped with joy" in Elizabeth's womb (Lk 1:44). Back to the hotel.
Day 12 - City of David –Davidson Center / Archeological Park – Western Wall Tunnel (B)
Breakfast in the hotel, and then proceed to visit the Archeological site of City of David which is located just outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, beneath the Western Wall. Proceed to visit Davidson Centre, the Jerusalem Archeological Park. This is Israel's most important antiquity site. It reaches the Temple Mount on the North, the slope of the Mount of Olives and the Kidron Valley on the East and the Valley of Hinnon on the West and the South. Continue and visit the Western Wall Tunnel. Back to the hotel.
Day 13 - Tel Aviv - Venice (B)
After breakfast at the hotel and check-out, our local rep. will assist with your transfer to Tel Aviv Airport . Air fare is included in our rate between Israel and Italy. We fly to Venice (via Rome or other city in Europe). Our representative meets you at Venice Airport and assists with the transfer to your hotel by private boat. Welcome to Venice, your base for three nights. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy as you wish, wandering the serpentine paths, bridges and canals of this magical city.
Day 14 - VENICE and its ISLANDS
After breakfast, your local English-speaking guide meets you at your hotel and takes you on a tour of St. Mark's Square, once called the "gathering place of Europe." You enter and tour its two outstanding landmarks: St Mark's Basilica, a triumph of Byzantine-style architecture nicknamed the "church of gold," and the Palace of the Doges, with it famous arcades.
Time for lunch. What will it be? Whatever you wish! Your guide can suggest good restaurants in a variety of styles, or you can sit down in any place that catches your fancy.
In the afternoon, your boat takes you on a private tour of the islands of the Venice lagoon, including Murano, famous for its glass-blowing artistry and Burano, known for the making of fine, delicate lace. After your visit to the islands, your boat returns you to your hotel through the canals of Venice, with the evening free to enjoy as you wish.
Day 15 - VERONA
Our representative meets you at your hotel after breakfast and assists in your transfer by private boat to Venice's Piazzale Roma, where your private air-conditioned vehicle awaits you. Your English-speaking driver takes you through the Italian countryside to Verona.
Arriving in the fabled city of Romeo and Juliet, you meet your English-speaking guide, who shows you Verona's extremely well-preserved Roman amphitheater; the Arena, still used for performances of opera; Piazza dei Signori, the medieval square; Piazza delle Erbe, the center of Veronese life in Roman times, and the city's oldest square; and the famous Giulietta balcony, straight out of Romeo and Juliet's love scene.
Sample the cuisine of Verona as you wish at lunch, choosing a restaurant with the help of your knowledgeable local guide.
In late afternoon, you return to Venice and your hotel, with the evening at leisure.
Day 16 – Introduction to FLORENCE
Our representative meets you at your hotel after breakfast and assists with your transfer by private boat to Piazzale Roma and Venice Railway Station, where you board a high-speed train, take your seats in First Class, and enjoy the ever-changing panorama of the Italian countryside as the train takes you to Firenze (Florence), a trip of about two hours. At the Firenze railway station, you rendezvous with our representative who assists with your transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle to your hotel, your home for the next four nights.
Lunch is as you wish, as usual. Dine at your hotel, or ask the concierge for suggestions of a good place nearby.
In the afternoon, your local guide meets you at your hotel and takes you on a half-day tour of Florence. You visit the Academia Museum, with its sublime statue of David by Michelangelo; admire the magnificent façade of the Duomo, Florence's cathedral, and the famous bronze doors of the Battistero di San Giovanni (Baptistery). You continue to the Piazza della Signoria, the hub of Florence; and the best-known bridge crossing the River Arno, the much-photographed Ponte Vecchio, lined with shops as in medieval times.
The evening is yours to enjoy as you like, relaxing at your hotel or wandering the beguiling streets of Florence.
Day 17– The ART of FLORENCE
This morning you concentrate on Florence's claim to fame: some of the history's greatest works of art. You visit the Uffizi Gallery, home of Botticelli's Birth of Venus and Leonardo da Vinci's Annunciation, and then pay homage to some of Italy's greatest artists, scientists, authors and musicians with a visit to the beautiful Basilica of Santa Croce, the burial-place of Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli and Rossini.
You've heard of culinary delights with "Florentine" in their name. Here's your chance to find your own delights: wander through Florence on your own, find the restaurant of your choice, and sit down to a memorable Florentine mid-day repast, followed by an afternoon on your own, exploring or resting as you like.
Day 18 - LUCCA and PISA
After breakfast in your Florentine hotel, you drive in air-conditioned comfort to the quaint walled city of Lucca, the birthplace of Puccini, arriving mid-morning. You meet your private local English-speaking guide and proceed to the city's historical center for your tour of Lucca's top sights.
After lunch on your own, when you can find the differences between Luccan and Florentine cuisine, you depart for the one-hour drive to Pisa.
In Pisa, you visit the famous Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles) dominated by the Duomo (Cathedral) (outside view); its Baptistery (outside view) and of course, the Campanile (Bell Tower) also known as the Leaning Tower of Pisa (outside view).
With images of this world-famous landmark in your head—and in your camera—you return to Florence by private vehicle in time for dinner and an evening at leisure.
Day 19 - SIENA and SAN GIMIGNANO
After breakfast, drive through the Italian countryside for less than two hours to Siena, one of Italy's most beloved cities. Your local guide will show you all the points of interest in its historic center, including the plaza that is the site of Siena's most famous event, the biennial horse race known as the Palio.
Siena is famous among Italians for its cuisine. Sample it yourself today as you enjoy lunch, with restaurant suggestions from your guide.
After lunch we depart for the charming hillside town of San Gimignano, known for its medieval architecture and encircling fortress-like walls with numerous towers. After strolling along its historic streets and squares, and enjoying views of the countryside from this hillside vantage point, we return to Florence in time for dinner and an evening at leisure.
Day 20 - FLORENCE TO PERUGIA or TORGIANO VIA ASSISI
Depart for Assisi after breakfast, and after a drive of just over two hours through the countryside, meet your local guide in the center of Assisi. Take a leisurely walking tour of the town's historic center, the "birthplace of the Franciscan order," visiting the San Francesco Basilica (a World Heritage Site), and the massive Gothic Santa Chiara Basilica. For lunch, find any restaurant that appeals to you, assisted by restaurant suggestions from your guide.
In early afternoon, depart for Perugia (or Torgiano, if you prefer), about an hour's drive, to enjoy its famous hilltop views, narrow winding streets, and "Baci" chocolates. Tour the historic city center, including the elegant Renaissance Palazzo Capitano del Popolo on the Piazza Matteotti, and the 14th-century Cathedral. In late afternoon, return to Florence, and your hotel, for a restful evening.
Day 21– FLORENCE & VICINITY AS YOU WISH
After breakfast—always included at your hotel—enjoy today as you wish. Your private air-conditioned vehicle and private English-speaking chauffeur are at your disposal from 9 AM until 6 PM for any touring or shopping you wish to enjoy.
Day 22 - PERUGIA or TORGIANO TO ROME VIA ORVIETO
Meet your driver after breakfast and depart for the one-hour drive to the dramatically-situated Umbrian town of Orvieto, surrounded by sheer cliffs. Your local guide shows you the historic town center, including the Romanesque and Gothic Cathedral which holds Luca Signorelli's frescos of the Last Judgment; the Torre del Moro, the ""Tower of the Moor"" (named after a figure on the building's coat of arms) which gives sweeping views of the city; and the Piazza del Popolo, followed by some time to wander around on your own and enjoy this charming setting.
After lunch on your own, as you like, you depart for the 2-1/2-hour drive to Rome, arriving in the Eternal City, and your hotel, in the late afternoon.
Day 23 - FULL DAY TOUR OF ROME - VATICAN CITY, PLAZAS & FOUNTAINS
After breakfast, your guide conducts you to the Vatican Museum, one of the greatest in the world, featuring some of the most important masterpieces of Renaissance art; the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo's crowning artistic achievement, the ceiling frescoes; the massive and spectacular St. Peter's Basilica, the holiest of Catholic sites and the greatest building of its age.
After lunch on your own—lots of great restaurant choices in Rome!—your guide takes you on a tour of Rome's Plazas & Fountains. You visit Piazza Navona, built on and following the shape of a 1st-century stadium; the famous Baroque Trevi Fountain; the Spanish Steps, the widest staircase in Europe and Rome's most popular gathering-place; and the vast Piazza del Popolo, which was once the traveler's first view of Rome. The evening is yours to enjoy as you wish.
Day 24 - HALF DAY TOUR OF ANCIENT ROME
Today you tour the timeless classics of ancient Rome: the Coliseum; the Roman Forum, meeting-place of ancient Rome and now a site of archeological wonder; and the Basilica of San Pietro in Vincoli (St. Peter in Chains), the home of Michelangelo's statue of Moses.
Now that you know your way around Rome a bit, after lunch at a restaurant of your choice, on your own, the rest of the afternoon is yours for your own explorations.
Day 25 - ROME AS YOU LIKE IT
Today is yours to design as you wish. Return to a landmark for a closer look, plunge into Rome shopping, or take an excursion out of the city. Your private air-conditioned vehicle and private English speaking chauffeur are at your disposal from 9 AM until 6 PM for any touring or shopping you wish to enjoy today.
Day 26 - Departure - Rome
After breakfast, your English speaking escort will assist with your private transfer from your hotel to Palermo Airport. Bon Voyage. Compare with the 26 in-depth version.
Rates per person in USD $
|Ultra Deluxe||Category A||Category B|
|Triple||$ 28,828. USD||$ 24,884. USD||$ 21,665. USD|
|Double||$ 29,005. USD||$ 25,091. USD||$ 21,950. USD|
|Single||$ 45,955. USD||$ 38,950. USD||$ 36,590. USD|
Child: Younger than 12 year of age at time of travel must share with 2 adults to enjoy a 15 % discount.
|Hotels In Italy
|Ultra Deluxe||Category A||Category B|
|Palazzo Manfredi Galadiatori Hotel Rome
|Four Seasons Hotel Firenze.
|Santa Maria Novella Hotel
Square view Room
|Hotel Danieli Venice
Bauer IL Palazzo Hotel Venice
Deluxe room with view
|The Westin Europa &
Regina Hotel Venice
Premier deluxe room
|Metropole Hotel Venice
|Four Seasons Hotel Milan
Bulgari Resort Milan
|Park Hyatt Milan
|The Westin Palace Milan
Manzoni Hotel Milan
General Hotel Listing - For Israel , or similar:
|Ultra Deluxe||Category A||Category B|
|King David Hotel
|The American Colony
Hotel - Room
|The American Colony
Hotel - Room
|Tiberias||Tiberias Galei Kinnereth Hotel Kinnereth Suite Room||Tiberias Galei Kinnereth
Hotel - Room
|Tiberias Galei Kinnereth
Hotel - Room
|Tel Aviv||Dan Hotel Tel Aviv –
Deluxe Suite and Sea View
|Dan Hotel Tel Aviv –
Sea View Room
|Dan Hotel Tel Aviv –
Sea View Room
Sample Hotels In Italy, or similar:
Hotel Danieli Venice: 5 star Deluxe Hotel
Located in one of the most prestigious locations in Venice, just a few steps from Saint Mark’s Square, overlooking the lagoon and its myriad islands.
Florence: Grand Hotel Villa Medici: 5 star Hotel
An historical residence located in the center of Florence, walking distance from all major art sites and shopping.
Torgiano /Perugia: Hotel Brufani Palace: 5 star Deluxe hotel
Situated in the heart of Medieval Perugia in a panoramic position.
Torgiano /Perugia: Le Tre Vaselle Hotel: 5 star hotel
This 17th century building rises within the medieval wall of Torgiano, a peaceful village in the hearth of Umbrian countryside.
Rome Hotel Eden: 5 star Deluxe Hotel
Just a few steps away from the hotel you will discover such attractions as Via Veneto, the Spanish Steps and Via Condotti.
Rome Hotel Majestic: 5 star Hotel
Prestigious location in the heart of the Eternal City on Via Veneto.
Sorrento Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria: 5 star Hotel
A historic Grand Hotel with a unique location, overlooking the sea and facing Mount Vesuvius
Reggio Calabria Hotel Alta Fiumara:
Historical palace located in the Scylla district, a few steps from the sea and a 2-minute walk from the town’s little harbor
Scilia/Reggio Calabria Hotel Principe Di Scilia: Historical residence
Historical palace located in the Scylla district, a few steps from the sea and 2 minute walk from the town’s harbor
Hotel San Domenico DI Taormina: 5 star Deluxe Hotel
Centrally Located, approximately 10 minutes’ walk from the city center
Agrigento Villa Athena Hotel: 5 star Hotel
Right in the Valley of the Temples archaeological park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Villa Athena is situated only 200 meters from the Concordia Temple, an ancient Doric masterpiece and one of the best-preserved Greek temples outside of Greece.
Palermo Villa Igiea: 5 star Deluxe Hotel
Hilton Villa Igiea is located in the Acquasanta district of Palermo, overlooking the bay and at the foot of Monte Pellegrino. The hotel is approximately 3 kilometers from Palermo's historic city centre.
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