Tailor Made Tours Israel - Wine Tour to Israel
Wine Tour to Israel by Tailor Made
A wine tour of Israel combines the unique historical and religious sites of the country along with visits to the prosperous and special wineries and vineyards.
 
Day 1
Upon arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport we will be met by a Tailor Made Tours representative.  We enjoy a special welcome along with flowers and a refreshment table.  Drive via the modern city of Tel Aviv to Jaffa, the world’s oldest port city.  We will see the church of St. Peter and The House of Simon The Tanner.  Drive along the Mediterranean Coast to Netanya.
Overnight in Netanya.
 
Day 2
After breakfast, we will drive to Zichron Yaacov, one of the first Jewish settlements in Israel.  The colony was founded in 1887 by Baron Edmond de Rothschild who also planted vineyards and built the first winery in modern Israel.  Today Carmel Winery is one of the largest in Israel, producing ceremonial Kosher wines as well as world class boutique wines.  On to Caesarea, once the Roman capital of the country.  Here we see the impressive ruins including the theater, aqueduct and hippodrome.  Continue to Haifa where we see the Baha'i Shrine and hanging gardens and visit Elijah’s cave.  On to Muhraka, the traditional site on Mount Carmel where Elijah defeated the false prophets of Baal.  Descending into the Izereel Valley and visit a boutique winery, one of many in the area.
Overnight in Tiberius.
 
Day 3
After breakfast, we ascend to The Golan Heights.  Here we stop at Katzrin, the regional capital to visit the ancient synagogue.  We also visit The Golan Winery, the first international class winery in Israel.  Today the winery produces famous wines under three distinctive brands:  Golan, Yarden and Hermon.  Continue to Capernaum, the “Town of Jesus” where we see the first century CE synagogue and the House of St. Peter.  On to Tabgha, site of the miracle of The Multiplication of Fish and Loaves of Bread.  Our next stop is The Mount of Beatitudes, the traditional site of The Sermon on The Mountain.  Last today, we stop at Kibbutz Ginosar to view the first century boat that was dug out of the mud of The Sea of Galilee.  This ancient boat may have been used as a fishing vessel by the followers of Jesus.
Overnight in Tiberius.
 
Day 4
In the morning, we drive to Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus.  Here we visit Mary's Well and The Basilica of The Annunciation.  This magnificent church was built over the cave in which Mary was given God’s message by The Angel Gabriel.  Continue to Cana, site of the first miracle.  It was here that Jesus turned water into wine at the village wedding.  Our next stop is Yardenit, the baptismal site on the River Jordan.  Drive south, along the Jordan Valley and via Jericho to the Dead Sea, the lowest place on Earth.  We will have time to swim in the salty water and experience the unique feeling of floating on the water.
Overnight in The Dead Sea area.
 
Day 5
We start the day with a visit to a private desert farm.  Here we will see the unique growing methods developed by the settlers in Israel’s Negev region.  Continue to Sde Boker, where we will visit the grave site of David Ben Gurion – Israel’s first prime minister.  The views over the desert here are stunning.  Next we visit Karmei Ovdat and its unique vineyard farm.  Continue to Moshav Lachish, a communal settlement specializing in growing table grapes and vineyards.  We learn about the special growing process and “Fertigation”, the unique soil management and plant health system.  Drive to Jerusalem.
Overnight in Jerusalem.
 
Day 6
In the morning, we will enjoy the magnificent view from the top of The Mount of Olives.  Descend into the Kidron Valley and visit Gethsemane and The Church of All Nations.  Continue to Mount Zion where we will see The Room of the Last Supper and then we enter the Old City via The Zion Gate.  Walk through the Jewish Quarter to The Via Dolorosa – The Way of The Cross.  We will follow the fourteen stations to The Holy Sepulcher, according to tradition the place where Jesus was crucified and is buried.  We drive through the new city and pass the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, to Latrun at the entrance to Jerusalem.  Here we visit the traditional winery run by the monks of this historical monastery.  Return to Jerusalem.
Overnight in Jerusalem.
 
Day 7
Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport for our departure flight back home.
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