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Israel Perspectives & Peoples Cultural Discovery Tour

An Immersive Holy Land Adventure


Experience a unique adventure through the portal of modern Israel into biblical times. Leave contemporary Tel Aviv for ancient Jaffa, and see Roman, Phoenician, and Crusader ruins in Caesarea, Acre, and Banias. Relive biblical history at the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, and Masada, and enjoy 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!

11 Days

From: $6,995

Experience a unique adventure through the portal of modern Israel into biblical times. Leave contemporary Tel Aviv for ancient Jaffa, and see Roman, Phoenician, and Crusader ruins in Caesarea, Acre, and Banias. Relive biblical history at the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, and Masada, and enjoy 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!

Highlights


  • 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

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Israel Perspectives and Peoples Cultural Discovery

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel  End: Jerusalem, Israel

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • 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

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    Activity: 1 hour/2 miles hiking

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart from Jerusalem

    Day 11

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

    Meals: Breakfast

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Dates & Prices


  • 2022
  • 2023
  • Go Private
  • Go Custom
  • Inclusions

2022

Scheduled Dates


The earlier you book, the more choice of available dates you’ll have and once you book, your price is guaranteed.

  • Dec 06 - 16, 2022
    $6,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$2,100 single supplement
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2023

Scheduled Dates


The earlier you book, the more choice of available dates you’ll have and once you book, your price is guaranteed.

  • Feb 16 - 26, 2023
    $7,395 price per person dbl occ
    +$2,100 single supplement
    Check for Availability
  • Nov 25 - Dec 05, 2023
    $7,395 price per person dbl occ
    +$2,100 single supplement
    Available
  • Dec 08 - 18, 2023
    $7,395 price per person dbl occ
    +$2,100 single supplement
    Available

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Go Private


Gather your favorite travel companions to share an MT Sobek adventure on an easy-to-book Private departure.

Choose from the selection of dates below for your group or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Call or email us to get the ball rolling.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

Private Trip Pricing:


2022 Pricing

4 to 5 guests from $7,695 per person double occupancy

6 to 7 guests from $7,395 per person double occupancy

8 to 9 guests from $7,195 per person double occupancy

10 guests from $6,995 per person double occupancy

2023 Pricing

4 to 5 guests from $7,695 per person double occupancy

6 to 7 guests from $7,595 per person double occupancy

8 to 9 guests from $7,495 per person double occupancy

10 guests from $7,395 per person double occupancy

Additional Costs:


Private pricing excludes potential additional costs such as internal airfare, single supplement, or any park fees that may be required for the trip.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

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Dreaming of an adventure designed exclusively for you? With insider access and decades of experience, our travel experts create custom tailored adventures that are perfect for families, couples, and large groups. MT Sobek's custom adventures are designed to our exacting standards and led by our award-winning adventure guides.

When to start planning? Earlier is always better when designing a custom trip. More time allows for better availability of preferred accommodations, guides and your desired activities. Ideally, start the conversation with us at least 6 months before you want to travel. If you are looking for a custom trip that departs within three months, chances are greatly diminished in securing requested accommodations and the best guides.

*Custom trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit once an itinerary is agreed upon.

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Inclusions

Price Includes


  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include


  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

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 led 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.

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Activity Level


This trip is rated 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 about activity levels here.

Activity Snapshot

Day 4

1.5 hours/3 miles hiking with 820' elevation loss

Day 5

1 hour/2 miles hiking

Day 7

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

Day 8

1-2 hours/2-3 miles walking

Accommodations


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

Lily & Bloom-Tel Aviv
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.

Ein Gedi Hotel-Kibbutz Ein Gedi
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.

Scots Hotel-Tiberias
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.

Inbal Hotel
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.

Weather


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.

 
Feb
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Dec
Jerusalem 
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Low
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Jerusalem
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44
66
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56
47
Nazareth 
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Nazareth
57
46
68
56
58
49
Tel Aviv 
High
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Tel Aviv
64
50
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52

FAQs


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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Guest Reviews


"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