Experience Israel in all of its fascinating extremes, from the miraculously preserved ancient treasures and sacred sites in Jerusalem to the restless, boundary-pushing art scene in Tel Aviv. Begin in Jerusalem to experience extraordinary art and antiquities at sites including the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock. Stroll the Old City after dark to see its ancient monuments illuminated. At the Israel Museum, tour the collections with a curator. You will also have an opportunity to marvel at the famed Dead Sea Scrolls, and visit the conservation laboratory at the Rockefeller Archaeological Museum. Drive south to take in majestic desert vistas atop the ancient fortress of Masada, and float in the Dead Sea. In Tel Aviv, see the UNESCO World Heritage "White City," and discover collections at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Enjoy lunch and a walking tour in Jaffa, a 3,000-year-old seaport. You will also meet the local artists, craftspeople, and performers who have redefined Israel as a vibrant creative destination.
An optional prelude in the Galilee is offered.