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Overview

Experience a new 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
  • Duration: 11 Days
  • Group Size: 6-14 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 13 Years Old

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  • Day01

    Arrive in Tel Aviv

    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.

  • Day02

    Tour Tel Aviv & Jaffa

    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.

  • Day03

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

    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
    • Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day04

    Hike Around Mount Arbel & the Sea of Galilee

    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
    • Activity: 1.5 hours/3 miles hiking with 820' elevation loss
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day05

    Journey to Golan Heights & Descend to Banias

    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
    • Activity: 1 hour/2 miles hiking downhill
    • Transportation: 1.5-hour private transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day06

    Travel to Nazareth & Jericho

    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
    • Transportation: 2.5-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day07

    Travel to Jerusalem via Masada & Qumran

    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: American Colony Hotel
    • Activity: 1 hour/2.5 miles hiking with 1,150' elevation gain & loss
    • Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day08

    Step Back in Time in Old Jerusalem

    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.

  • Day09

    Sightsee in the New City of Jerusalem

    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.

  • Day10

    Bethlehem & Herodium

    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.

  • Day11

    Depart from Jerusalem

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

    • Meals: Breakfast
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Upcoming Departures

  • AvailableNov 14 - 24, 2020
  • AvailableDec 02 - 12, 2020
  • AvailableFeb 13 - 23, 2021
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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 Our Guides

Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.

What To Expect

  • 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.

Dates & Pricing

Pricing Dates

Scheduled Dates

  • Available
    Nov 14 - 24, 2020
  • Available
    Dec 02 - 12, 2020
  • Available
    Feb 13 - 23, 2021
  • Available
    Nov 13 - 23, 2021
  • Available
    Dec 03 - 13, 2021

Customize Your Trip

Make any of our trips a custom adventure or start from scratch. Take two itineraries and match them up to create a unique third. Add extras and extensions and more...if you can imagine it, we can make it happen!

2020 2021
$5,995 Price per person

Additional Cost

  • $1,800 Single Supplement
$6,295 Price per person

Additional Cost

  • $1,800 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

Testimonials

  • "I have taken 12 trips with MT Sobek. Each has left a positive imprint on me-widening my view of the world and its peoples."

    Jane B.

    MT Sobek Guest

  • "Great introduction for first time travelers to Israel; good food, accommodations and an outstanding guide!"

    William R.

    MT Sobek Guest, Israel Perspectives and Peoples Cultural Discovery

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