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Israel Perspectives and Peoples Cultural Discovery

A Holy Land Adventure from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

 

Experience a unique adventure through the portal of modern Israel into biblical times. Leave contemporary Tel Aviv for ancient Jaffa, and Roman, Phoenician, and Crusader ruins in Caesarea, Acre, and Banias. Relive biblical history at the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, and Masada, and with excellent hikes on the Jesus Trail. In Bethlehem, a Palestinian Christian family gives a first-hand perspective on Christian communities in Israel and the political struggles in Palestine. Then dive deeply into Jerusalem, old and new. If you've longed to explore the Holy Land in a sensitive way, this is your journey!

  • Behold vestiges of religious history, from the Dead Sea Scrolls to the crucifixion site

  • Spend three full days exploring the fascinating must-see cultural sites of Jerusalem and hike 5 miles of the Jesus Trail

  • Rest and relax in modern, luxurious comfort in boutique hotels and a kibbutz resort

Arrive:

Tel Aviv, Israel

Depart:

Jerusalem, Israel

Price: from $6,295

Duration:

11 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

6-14 Guests

Min Age:

13 yrs

Activity:

Level 2

You will be touring cities, towns, ruins and archaeological sites. Walks and hikes are easy and range from 2-3 miles. Daily drives range from 30 minutes to 2.5 hours.
Learn more here.

  • Arrive in Tel Aviv

    Day 1

    Welcome to Israel! Upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, transfer to your hotel in Tel Aviv. After a rest you may want to stroll along the promenade or Rothschild Boulevard. Dinner tonight is on your own, as our guests will arrive well into the evening.

    Accommodation: Lily & Bloom-Tel Aviv

    Tastefully modern while intentionally vintage, Lily & Bloom offers elegant comfort in an urban chic atmosphere. Nods to Bauhaus style complete the boutique hotel's design package, which showcases the property's warm atmosphere and quality service. Guest rooms are stocked with comfy pillows and all the modern amenities, including Nespresso machines and free Wi-Fi.

  • Tour Tel Aviv & Jaffa

    Day 2

    We will have a trip briefing at breakfast this morning before strolling through White City, a UNESCO-listed district recognized for its Bauhaus and art deco architecture. On Rothschild Boulevard, visit the Independence Hall, which illustrates the role the city played in the establishment of the modern state. Walk through nearby Neveh Zedek, one of the city's oldest neighborhoods now enjoying a revival with new galleries and restaurants. Then explore the ancient port town of Jaffa, now a thriving artists' colony with many galleries, studios, and shops, and an unusual antique market. Enjoy a festive welcome dinner tonight.

    Accommodation: Lily & Bloom-Tel Aviv

    Tastefully modern while intentionally vintage, Lily & Bloom offers elegant comfort in an urban chic atmosphere. Nods to Bauhaus style complete the boutique hotel's design package, which showcases the property's warm atmosphere and quality service. Guest rooms are stocked with comfy pillows and all the modern amenities, including Nespresso machines and free Wi-Fi.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Take a Scenic Drive to Caesarea Maritima, Haifa, & Acre

    Day 3

    Drive up the scenic coast to Caesarea Maritima, ancient capital of the Roman province and now a national park, to see impressive remains of the Roman and Crusader periods. Continue to Haifa, where there are lovely views of Bahai Gardens, and then on to Acre (Akko), an ancient Phoenician and Crusader seaport designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour the Citadel of Acre's stunning halls and buildings of the Knights Hospitaller and Templar, and walk through the covered bazaar. End the day with a wine tasting at the hotel's cave bar.

    Accommodation: Scots Hotel-Tiberias

    The Scots Hotel is a unique and tranquil accommodation in a region steeped in history and legend. Expect contemporary comforts in charmingly restored 19th-century buildings with basalt walls and high ceilings, or in the more classically modern rooms on the main building's upper floors. High-level service and a pool with sweeping views of the Sea of Galilee round out the Scots' experience.

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike Around Mount Arbel & the Sea of Galilee

    Day 4

    Lace up your boots for today's hike along the portion of the Jesus Trail that descends from Mount Arbel to the Sea of Galilee. Enjoy stunning views and learn about the area's rich history: It is here that early Christianity evolved; Jesus delivered his famous Sermon on the Mount at the Mount of Beatitudes. At Nof Ginosar, visit a 2,000-year-old boat that was found preserved in the sea's muddy shores, and see the famous ruins at Capernaum, where Jesus lived and taught at the synagogue.

    Accommodation: Scots Hotel-Tiberias

    The Scots Hotel is a unique and tranquil accommodation in a region steeped in history and legend. Expect contemporary comforts in charmingly restored 19th-century buildings with basalt walls and high ceilings, or in the more classically modern rooms on the main building's upper floors. High-level service and a pool with sweeping views of the Sea of Galilee round out the Scots' experience.

    Activity: 1.5 hours/3 miles hiking with 820' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Journey to Golan Heights & Descend to Banias

    Day 5

    Drive up to Golan Heights and gaze into Lebanon and Syria to the lush Tel Dan Reserve - Dan was once the northernmost city in the ancient Kingdom of Israel - and its ruins. Continue up to Nimrod Crusader Castle, built by the Arabs and occupied by the Crusaders for its strategic position. After lunch, hike down to Banias to see the archaeological remains of this sacred place that span Pagan, Jewish, Christian Byzantine, Muslim, and Crusader eras (weather permitting).

    Accommodation: Scots Hotel-Tiberias

    The Scots Hotel is a unique and tranquil accommodation in a region steeped in history and legend. Expect contemporary comforts in charmingly restored 19th-century buildings with basalt walls and high ceilings, or in the more classically modern rooms on the main building's upper floors. High-level service and a pool with sweeping views of the Sea of Galilee round out the Scots' experience.

    Activity: 1 hour/2 miles hiking downhill

    Transportation: 1.5-hour private transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Travel to Nazareth & Jericho

    Day 6

    Journey west to Nazareth - the childhood home of Jesus - to see the Church of the Annunciation and the nearby remains of the major Byzantine church and Mary's Well. Then continue down the Jordan Rift Valley to Jericho, the world's oldest continuously inhabited city; excavations here reveal over 10,000 years of human settlement. Lunch in Jericho before we continue to Ein Gedi. On arrival at Ein Gedi, have time to enjoy the kibbutz and its beautiful surroundings.

    Accommodation: Ein Gedi Hotel-Kibbutz Ein Gedi

    Formerly a modest kibbutz guesthouse that expanded over the years, the Ein Gedi became a full-fledged hotel in 2012. Today the luxurious accommodation has spacious and elegantly designed rooms, thoughtfully landscaped gardens, a modern spa, free Wi-Fi, a vast swimming pool, and - thanks to the property's roaming wildlife and stellar views - direct exposure to quiet, peaceful desert beauty.

    Transportation: 2.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Travel to Jerusalem via Masada & Qumran

    Day 7

    Rise early this morning to explore the ancient fortress of Masada, the last stronghold of the Rome-opposed Jewish Zealots. See Herod's palaces, baths, and other ruins that reveal the dramatic events that took place here in the Judean Desert 2,000 years ago. Continue to Qumran, on the Dead Sea's northern shore. Now a national park, Qumran was once the home of the Essenes, a secluded desert sect that produced the Dead Sea Scrolls. In 1947, a young Bedouin shepherd discovered manuscript fragments in clay jars hidden for centuries in the caves. Enjoy a swim in the Dead Sea before driving to Jerusalem through the Judean Wilderness.

    Accommodation: Inbal Hotel

    The Inbal offers guests elegant comfort and luxury, with a warm, modern design. Complete with all of the amenities you are used to-bar and restaurants, gym, swimming pool, spa-the Inbal is located in verdant Liberty Park and within walking distance of the fascinating Old Quarter of Jerusalem.

    Activity: 1 hour/2.5 miles hiking with 1,150' elevation gain & loss

    Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Step Back in Time in Old Jerusalem

    Day 8

    Enjoy a dramatic view of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, then walk down to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Judas betrayed Christ. Enter the Old City and view the Temple Mount, then visit the Western (Wailing) Wall. Then walk the Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross) to the crucifixion site. Also behold the Tomb of David and the Upper Room, supposedly the site of the Last Supper.

    Accommodation: Inbal Hotel

    The Inbal offers guests elegant comfort and luxury, with a warm, modern design. Complete with all of the amenities you are used to-bar and restaurants, gym, swimming pool, spa-the Inbal is located in verdant Liberty Park and within walking distance of the fascinating Old Quarter of Jerusalem.

    Activity: 1-2 hours/2-3 miles walking

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Sightsee in the New City of Jerusalem

    Day 9

    Begin today at Yad Vashem, a powerful memorial to the six million lives lost in the Holocaust. Drive past the Knesset to the Israel Museum, home to the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls and other fascinating exhibits. Visit the lively Mahne Yahuda market where we will enjoy lunch. In the late afternoon, revisit the Old City to stroll through the historic quarters. At the Davidson Center, learn how daily life revolved about the Temple in ancient times. Join a tour of the underground Western Wall tunnels.

    Accommodation: Inbal Hotel

    The Inbal offers guests elegant comfort and luxury, with a warm, modern design. Complete with all of the amenities you are used to-bar and restaurants, gym, swimming pool, spa-the Inbal is located in verdant Liberty Park and within walking distance of the fascinating Old Quarter of Jerusalem.

    Transportation: 1-hour private transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Bethlehem & Herodium

    Day 10

    Travel to Bethlehem and walk through Manger Square to the Church of Nativity, where many believe Jesus was born. Lunch in a Palestinian Christian family's home in Bethlehem. Stop at the Banksy-inspired Walled Off Hotel to see the separation wall with its political graffiti and the exhibit on the occupation. In the afternoon, return to the hotel for some free time or to do some last minute shopping before gathering for a farewell dinner this evening.

    Accommodation: Inbal Hotel

    The Inbal offers guests elegant comfort and luxury, with a warm, modern design. Complete with all of the amenities you are used to-bar and restaurants, gym, swimming pool, spa-the Inbal is located in verdant Liberty Park and within walking distance of the fascinating Old Quarter of Jerusalem.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart from Jerusalem

    Day 11

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your homeward-bound flight.

    Meals: Breakfast

Israel Perspectives and Peoples Cultural Discovery

Detailed Itinerary

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

This trip enlightens travelers about the myriad rulers, peoples and history of the entire Holy Land

Reason #02

This journey includes Israel's top historical and cultural sights, while sensitively balancing both Israeli and Palestinian perspectives

Reason #03

Food and wine is an unsung highlight of visiting Israel and our trip includes everything from fine dining to wine tasting to street food.

Meet your guides

Rom Amit

Rom Amit

Born in Israel, Rom completed three years of army service before following his passion to see the world. Through his extensive travels, he developed a deep appreciation for people, sharing ideas, human nature and history, which lead him to becoming a tour guide. In his spare time, Rom loves hiking, diving, kitesurfing and is a huge fan of street art and food.

Activities

Insightful cultural touring of modern and ancient Israel, plus several hikes up to 3 miles per day on the Jesus Trail pilgrimage route.

Lodging

Elegant modern hotels with high-quality service. Includes three nights at the legendary Scots Hotel in Tiberias.

Climate

Daytime temperatures will range from the mid-60's to low 80's and nighttime temperatures will range from the low 40's to mid-50's.

FAQ

Are arrival and departure transfers included?

Yes, we provide individual or small group transfers from the Tel Aviv airport on Day 1 and Day 11.

Do I need a visa for Israel?

No. US citizens do not need a visa for Israel, but must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date they depart Israel.

Can I travel to Israel if I have an Iran visa in my passport?

No, you will need to get a second passport for your trip to Israel. Please contact the U.S. Department of State - Passport Services Office for information about applying.

Can I do an extension to Jordan?

Yes, please contact your Adventure Coordinator!

How do I get to Tel Aviv?

A number of US and European airlines (including United, Delta, Swiss, Lufthansa, Alitalia) as well as Turkish Airlines and El Al Airlines fly to Tel Aviv.

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2021

Scheduled Dates

Additional costs

  • $2,100 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s) and driver
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Day 1 and Day 11 airport transfers

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Lunch on Day 10 and dinner on Days 1 and 9
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides and driver
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of Day 1 or departing outside of Day 11
  • Optional travel protection

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2022

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Additional costs

  • $2,100 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s) and driver
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Day 1 and Day 11 airport transfers

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Lunch on Day 10 and dinner on Days 1 and 9
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides and driver
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of Day 1 or departing outside of Day 11
  • Optional travel protection

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Additional costs

  • $2,100 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s) and driver
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Day 1 and Day 11 airport transfers

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Lunch on Day 10 and dinner on Days 1 and 9
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides and driver
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of Day 1 or departing outside of Day 11
  • Optional travel protection

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