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Holy Land - Best Tours & Trips 2019

77 trips to Holy Land tours from 35 tour companies. 587 reviews. 4.8/5 avg rating.
The "Holy Land" is a sacred pilgrimage site for three major world religions: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Located in the modern day Middle Eastern region, hundreds of thousands devout followers and religious history buffs make there way to the ancient sacred land of Jerusalem.
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Wonders of Israel
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Wonders of Israel

SmarTours
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11 days
$ 300 / day
$ 3,299
From : $ 4,454
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • The Western Wall (Jerusalem)
  • Church of Holy Sepulcher (Jerusalem)
  • Basilica of the Annunciation (Nazareth)
  • Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum)
  • Masada
  • Dead Sea
  • Mount of Olives (Jerusalem)
  • Vibrant Tel Aviv
  • Sea of Galilee
  • Golan Heights
  • Kibbutz Stay
  • Eilat Extension, with optional full day excursion to mystical Petra ($249, lunch included)
Visits:
Dead Sea, Galilee, Jaffa, Jerusalem, Nazareth, Tel Aviv, Israel
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Israel: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Collette
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9 days
$ 235 / day
$ 2,119
From : $ 2,791
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Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
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  • Visit the Church of All Nations, built over the rock on which Our Lord prayed the night before he was crucified.
  • Celebrate daily Mass at several significant religious sites.
  • Visit the Pools of Bethesda where Jesus healed the paralytic.
  • Visit the ancient cities of Nazareth & Bethlehem.
  • Follow the Via Dolorosa, walked by Our Lord on the way to his crucifixion.
  • Stop at the Garden of Gethsemane, the site of Christ's betrayal by Judas.
Visits:
Bethlehem, Jaffa, Jerusalem, Nazareth, Tel Aviv, Israel
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Holy Land Highlights
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Holy Land Highlights

Intrepid Travel
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8 days
$ 373 / day
$ 2,845
From : $ 3,672
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Stargaze in the Negev Desert, spotting constellations unimpeded by light pollution.
  • Walk the “way of sorrows”, the biblical path Jesus took to the crucifixion, and see the empty tomb he is said to have risen from.
  • Enjoy a drink at a socially responsible boutique winery that employs adults with disabilities.
  • Enter the cool and sparse cave-built church where Christian tradition says Jesus was born.
  • Wash off the dust of the desert with a float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea.
  • Devour classic Israeli staples like hummus and falafel in the bustling metropolis that is Tel Aviv.
Visits:
Bethlehem, Dead Sea, Nazareth, Tel Aviv, Israel
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Israel and Jordan: Walking in the Footsteps of Abraham
Small Group Tour
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Israel and Jordan: Walking in the Footsteps of Abraham

World Expeditions
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14 days
$ 279 / day
$ 3,899
From : $ 5,459
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Discover the captivating Old City of Jerusalem and the vibrant seaside cities of Tel Aviv and Old Jaffa
  • Trek through the breathtaking archaeological treasures of the magnificent Red Rose City of Petra
  • Take a dip in the Dead Sea
  • Experience the unique Kibbutzim lifestyle
  • Explore the spectacular desert landscape of Wadi Rum
  • Walk to the majestic fortress of Masada and through the Judaean Desert to the ancient byzantine Chariton Monastery
  • Visit the renowned holy sites of Nazareth, Galilee and Bethlehem
  • Hike in the Dana Nature Reserve
  • Visit the impressive Greco-Roman ruins of Jerash
  • Hike and wine tasting in the Golan Heights
Visits:
Dead Sea, Galilee, Jerusalem, Petra, Tel Aviv, Wadi Rum, Israel, Jordan
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Into The Promised Land

15 days
$ 193 / day
$ 2,895
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Ride a camel near the Pyramids
  • See the famous statue of the Sphinx
  • Discover the fascinating Egyptian Museum of Cairo
  • Climb Mount Sinai
  • Stand in awe at the incredible carved entrance of the city of Petra
  • Visit Mt. Nebo and Madaba
  • Visit Old Jaffa at night, where Peter stayed at the house of Simon the Tanner
  • Visit the impressive Caesarea Maritima, built in honor of Augustus Caesar by Herod the Great (Acts 10 & 25)
  • Visit Mount Carmel, where Elijah issued his challenge to the False Prophets
  • Explore Megiddo and the Valley of Armageddon (Revelation 16)
  • Enjoy breath-taking panoramic view of Nazareth from the top of Mt. Precipice
  • Drive by Cana of Galilee, where Jesus performed his first miracle- the turning of water into wine at a wedding feast (John 2: 1-11)
  • Sail on the Sea of Galilee in a wooden boat as the disciples did 2,000 years ago
  • Visit the “Ancient Jesus Boat” at Kibbutz Nof Geonsar
  • Visit Yardenit- the baptismal site on the Jordan River
  • Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at our Dead Sea Resort hotel, where you can enjoy the famous Dead Sea Spa treatments
  • Visit Bethlehem, the Church of the Nativity, and Shepherd’s Field
  • Visit the newly renovated Holocaust Museum- “Yad Vashem”
  • Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Garden Tomb
Visits:
Amman, Cairo, Galilee, Jaffa, Jordan Valley, Petra, Sphinx, Tel Aviv, Egypt, Israel
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Heritage & Holy Land - 8 days

8 days
$ 356 / day
$ 2,845
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Tel Aviv - dynamic city on the Mediterranean coast
  • Jaffa - ancient port city and the house of Simon the Tanner
  • Caesarea - one of the great cities of antiquity and Megiddo - ancient Biblical city & battleground.
  • Sea of Galilee & the Miracle sites - Tiberias, Tabgha, Capernaum, Mount Beatitudes & Cana
  • Nazareth - Church of the Annunciation, Mary’s Well & Joseph’s Church
  • Beit Shean - excavations of the old Roman city
  • The Dead Sea - Masada, UNESCO-listed fortress & Qumran Caves (West Bank) where the Dead Sea Scrolls were uncovered
  • Mount Scopos & Mount of Olives - spectacular views
  • Jerusalem (West Bank) - Garden of Gethsemane, Israel Museum and the Dead Sea Scrolls, Yad Vashem - World Holocaust Centre. Old City - Temple Mount & the Wailing Wall, Dome on the Rock, Cardo (Roman Road), Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Mt. Zion, Last Supper Room & King David’s Tomb & Dormition Abbey
  • Bethlehem (West Bank) - Shepherd’s Field, Church of the Nativity and Ein Karem - birthplace of John the Baptist
Visits:
Israel
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Roots Of Your Faith: Holy Land Israel Tours

10 days
$ 195 / day
$ 1,945
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Visit Old Jaffa at night, where Peter stayed at the house of Simon the Tanner
  • Visit the impressive Caesarea Maritima, built in honor of Augustus Caesar by Herod the Great (Acts 10 & 25)
  • Visit Mount Carmel, where Elijah issued his challenge to the False Prophets.
  • Explore Megiddo and the Valley of Armageddon (Revelation 16)
  • Experience a breathtaking panoramic view of Nazareth from the top of Mt. Precipice
  • Drive by Cana of Galilee, where Jesus performed his first miracle- the turning of water into wine at a wedding feast (John 2:1-11)
  • Sail on the Sea of Galilee on a wooden boat as the disciples did 2,000 years ago
  • Visit the “Ancient Jesus Boat” at Kibbutz Nof Geonsar
  • Visit Yardenit – the baptismal site on the Jordan River
  • Stand atop the Mount of Beatitudes (Matt. 5-8), where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount
  • Ascend to Masada by cable car and discover this ancient fortress built by King Herod
  • Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at our Dead Sea resort hotel, where you can enjoy the famous Dead Sea Spa treatments
  • Experience a breathtaking panoramic view From the Mount of Olives toward Old City Jerusalem
  • Explore the Southern Temple Mount archaeological excavations and the Davidson Center Museum
  • Visit Bethlehem, the Church of the Nativity, and Shepherd’s Field
  • Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Garden Tomb
  • Walk through the ancient Old City of Jerusalem
Visits:
Galilee, Jaffa, Juneau, Nazareth, Tel Aviv, Israel
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Israel Bike Tour

8 days
$ 687 / day
$ 5,498
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Admire marvellous archaeological treasures in the Judean Hills
  • Savor delicious and diverse cuisine—Israeli, Lebanese and Druze
  • Taste wine in a land where grapes have been cultivated since biblical times
  • Get to know the old city of Jerusalem on a private walking tour
  • Bookend your bicycling trip with extended stays in vibrant Tel Aviv and historic Jerusalem
Visits:
Jerusalem, Jordan Valley, Tel Aviv, Israel
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Ethiopian Explorer

Intrepid Travel
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44 days
$ 125 / day
$ 5,520
From : $ 7,728
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Spot Ethiopia's exotic wildlife on a game drive
  • Be amazed by the pink brilliance of flocks of flamingos
  • Experience distinct local cultures and traditions in the Omo Valley
  • Hike through lush national parks
  • Discover Gondar's ornate castles and palaces
  • Taste spicy Ethiopian delicacies in Addis Ababa
  • Feel the clouds of mist rising from the Blue Nile Falls
Visits:
Addis Ababa, Axum, Gondar, Jerusalem, Lake Tana, Lalibela, Mt. Kenya, Nairobi, Rift Valley, Bath, Lake Nakuru National Park, Ethiopia, Kenya
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Ethiopian Highlands Northbound

Intrepid Travel
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21 days
$ 123 / day
$ 2,575
From : $ 3,605
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Camp under a blanket of stars in the Ethiopian countryside
  • See the towering obelisks of Aksum
  • Get up to speed on modern Ethiopia in Addis Ababa
  • Cross the epic Blue Nile Gorge
  • See the monolithic churches of Lalibela
  • Hike through Ethiopia's Simien Mountains National Park
  • Discover Gonder's ornate castles and palaces
Visits:
Addis Ababa, Axum, Gondar, Lake Tana, Lalibela, Sudan, Bath, Jerusalem, Ethiopia
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Ethiopian Explorer Northbound

Intrepid Travel
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44 days
$ 126 / day
$ 5,530
From : $ 7,742
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Admire the flamingo-filled expanse of Lake Nakuru
  • Spot the Big Five in Samburu National Reserve
  • Visit Ethiopia's friendly tribespeople in the Omo Valley
  • Encounter the amazing birdlife of Lake Ziway
  • See the monolithic churches of Lalibela
  • Hike through Ethiopia's Simien Mountains National Park
  • Discover Gonder's ornate castles and palaces
Visits:
Addis Ababa, Axum, Gondar, Lake Tana, Lalibela, Rift Valley, Lake Nakuru National Park, Mt. Kenya, Nairobi, Bath, Jerusalem, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya
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Ethiopian Highlands

Intrepid Travel
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
21 days
$ 123 / day
$ 2,575
From : $ 3,605
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Indulge in a sweet Ethiopian coffee in Addis Ababa
  • Explore the spectacular Blue Nile Falls
  • Discover the ornate history of Gondar
  • Travel through Ethiopia’s rugged scenery
  • Trek in the spectacular Simien Mountains
  • Discover the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela
Visits:
Addis Ababa, Axum, Gondar, Jerusalem, Lake Tana, Lalibela, Bath, Ethiopia
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Explore Israel & Jordan
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Explore Israel & Jordan

G Adventures
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15 days
$ 293 / day
$ 4,599
From : $ 5,411
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Wander the quarters of jerusalem's old city
  • Taste your way through a local market
  • Learn about israeli
  • Palestinian and jordanian cooking
  • Ride through the wadi rum desert on a 4x4
  • Explore the awe-inspiring ancient city of petra
Visits:
Amman, Bethlehem, Dead Sea, Galilee, Jerusalem, Nazareth, Petra, Tel Aviv, Wadi Rum, Haifa, Jordan Valley, Israel, Jordan
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Israel and Beyond
Small Group Tour
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Israel and Beyond

G Adventures
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 312 / day
$ 2,599
From : $ 3,074
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Wander the quarters of jerusalem's old city
  • Taste your way through a local market
  • Learn about israeli and palestinian cooking
  • Explore the stunning sites of the sea of galilee
  • Walk the ruins at ancient masada
  • Float in the dead sea
Visits:
Bethlehem, Dead Sea, Galilee, Jerusalem, Nazareth, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jordan Valley, Israel
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Israel & the Palestinian Territories Real Food Adventure
Small Group Tour
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Israel & the Palestinian Territories Real Foo ...

Intrepid Travel
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 372 / day
$ 2,730
From : $ 4,516
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Feast on classic dishes in Israel’s legendary local eateries, from shakshuka to a beloved hummus institution in the Old City of Jerusalem
  • Take a dip in the famously salty unsinkable Dead Sea
  • Pay a visit to Zichron Yaakov and stop in at one of Israel's finest wineries. Enjoy a wine tasting and perhaps make some purchases to accompany a picnic brunch in the nearby Rothschild Gardens.
  • Learn some age-old kitchen secrets cooking up a storm with Druze villagers who are agricultural people, tending olive groves and fruit orchards.
  • Visit the local chapter of the 'Slow Food' network for a cooking class. Accompany the chef to the kasbah to collect your ingredients, then learn to prepare some classic Palestinian dishes. Enjoy your creations over lunch and discover what life is like for women in this small Palestinian town
  • Savour Jewish dishes in a local home in the Negev Desert
  • Enjoy a full-day tour of Jerusalem, visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the excellent Machane Yehuda market
Visits:
Dead Sea, Jericho, Jerusalem, West Bank, Jaffa, Nazareth, Tel Aviv, Israel
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Top Holy Land Experiences and Attractions

Top Holy Land Experiences

Visiting Nazareth, while seeing the home of the Virgin Mary, as well as the Basilica of the Annunciation, where her son was announced.

Yad Vashem, a memorial to remember the Holocaust

Walking along the Via Dolorosa, the path that Jesus walked on his way to his crucifixion.

Visiting Bethlehem

Stopping at the Garden of Gethsemane, where Judas betrayed Christ

Visiting the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fishes, built to honor the 5000 people that were fed.

Seeing St. Peter’s church, the place that our Lord appeared after His resurrection.

Take an excursion to the dead sea, where you can float in the salty water or discover where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found

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Holy Land Trip Reviews

587 Holy Land Tour Reviews - Summary 99% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 512
Great 58
Average 16
Disappointing 0
Terrible 1
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Guide
4.8
Activities
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Lodging
4.8
Transportation
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Meals
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Had unique experiences

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Was a phenomenal experience being able to trace the steps of the Bible and Jesus over the Middle East. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and we had the chance to see several iconic and historic sites. While the days were full, it was always worth it because we learned plenty and had unique experiences that I imagine many travelers to Egypt, Jordan, and Israel may not be able to have in such a condensed amount of time. Most of the hotels were great and the food, particularly in Israel, was fantastic. I’d highly recommend this tour.

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Operator America Israel Tours

Perfect Itinerary, Guide spoiled a lot of the trip

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 2.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0

The perfect itinerary allowed us to efficiently visited all the top sites with great lodgings. Unfortunately, the guide cut short stops at the Bahai Gardens, Acco, Tel Aviv, and Jerrico on days when we got to our hotel room in the early afternoon--all group members were upset by this. This Palestinian Christian guide emphasized unimpressive churches and minimized all sights that were secular, Muslim, Jewish, ancient, or other faiths. He made bizarre strident political comments about how great Mao Zedong was, praised Putin, said Palestinian people "had never done anything wrong in their history," talked about the Jews killing Jesus--all with a lot of anger. He knew a lot of about Christinaity, not much about anything else. He did a lot to make what could have been the perfect trip, mediocre.

(I would recommend the trip, but only if I knew it was a different guide.)

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Operator Intrepid Travel

A great experience and wonderful trip

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

A great experience and wonderful trip with a great guide in Yarum. Very informative and enjoyable experience where many friends were made.

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Operator America Israel Tours

A great experience and wonderful trip

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A great experience and wonderful trip with a great guide in Yarum. Very informative and enjoyable experience where many friends were made.

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Operator America Israel Tours

This tour has been great!

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

This tour has been great! Our guide Tamar is amazing. There seems to be no end to her knowledge of the sites we have visited. And our driver Yossi has been brilliant. This tour has been jammed packed with visits to site and after site with each one being more amazing than the last. So glad I was able to take this trip!

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Operator America Israel Tours

This tour has been great!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

This tour has been great! Our guide Tamar is amazing. There seems to be no end to her knowledge of the sites we have visited. And our driver Yossi has been brilliant. This tour has been jammed packed with visits to site and after site with each one being more amazing than the last. So glad I was able to take this trip!

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Operator America Israel Tours

Holy Land Tours and Travel Guide

Holy Land Attractions & Landmarks Guide

The "Holy Land" is a sacred pilgrimage site for three major world religions: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Located in the modern day Middle Eastern region, hundreds of thousands devout followers and religious history buffs make there way to the ancient sacred land of Jerusalem.

Brief History of the Holy Land

Considered holy by Jews, Christians, and Muslim, the Holy Land spans between the Jordan Rivers and the Mediterranean seas. The territory includes Israel, western Jordan, and the Palestinian territories. This land is known as the Holy Land due to it’s religious significance, including the holiest city of Judaism (Jerusalem), the history with Jesus, and the site of the Isra and Mi’raj event. People from across the globe visit the Holy Land to confirm their beliefs, and to connect with the physical manifestations of their faith.

The Holy Land Regions

The major regions of the Holy Land include Jerusalem, The Palestinian territories and Jordan, which are visited on most tours.  Holy Land’s differ depending on the religion. The Jewish Holy Lands include Jerusalem, Tiberias, and Mount Sinai. The Christian Holy Lands include Bethlehem, Nazareth, Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, and Tiberias. The Islamic Holy Lands include Jerusalem, Mecca, and the Medina. Most Holy Land tours spend a fair amount of time in Jerusalem, which is understandable with the religious history and power the city has.

Common Holy Land tour routes usually start in Tel Aviv, and end in Jerusalem. Tel Aviv is a modern city that sits on the Mediterranean Sea. Stops along the way include Jaffa, Caeserea, Nazareth, Jerusalem, Galilee, and Masada. Physical activity levels vary depending on the tour – some tours have easy physical requirement, while others have strenuous activity levels.

Physical level requirements are listed on each tour page, so make sure to check into that if you’re looking for an easier travel level. Another travel trip – consider flying into Israel a day before the tour starts. This will help you make the most of your trip, and it will give you an extra day for some downtime and to recover from the long flights/jet lag.

Each stop has great experiences. While in Jaffa, walk the seaside promenade, and visit the Artist Quarter. Celebrate Mass at St. Peter’s church. While you’re in Caeserea, explore the archaeological discoveries, or visit the market in Druge Village. Take a boat ride in the Sea of Galilee, or visit a local winery.

Jerusalem offers the opportunity to follow the Via Dolorosa, or take in the city from the Mount of Olives. Take a stroll through the old city of Jerusalem, filled with cobblestone streets and colorful markets. Tours also offer an option to visit the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea, where you can float in the salty sea, and soak in the therapeutic salt and minerals.

Top Landmarks in the Holy Land

Holy Land tours are filled with incredible landmarks. Some of the most popular ones include:

1. The Basilica of the Annunciation - built above the site of The Virgin Mary’s home, where the Annunciation of the arrival of her soon took place.

2. Jerusalem Old City - Old City is home of numerous religious sites, including the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (the end of the Via Dolorosa path, which is also site where Jesus was crucified), and the Dome of the Rock.

3. Bethlehem - the biblical birthplace of Jesus

4. Via Dolorosa - also known as the ‘Way of Sorrow,’ this is the path that Jesus walked on the way to His crucifixion. The Path is about one-third of a mile long (about 600 meters).

5. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre - The end of the Via Dolorosa path, where Jesus is believed to have been crucified and buried.

6. The Mount of Olives - where Jesus encouraged His disciples after the crucifixion, and is where He spent the night before his arrest. Make a stop at the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus is said to have accepted his betrayal.

7. Yad VeshemA memorial site dedicated to the Jewish Victims of the Holocaust.

8. Nazareth - Visit the town where Jesus spent his childhood, which is where you can see the Basilica of the annunciation, listed above.

9. The Dead Sea - offers an opportunity to visit the lowest point on earth, and to soak in the salty sea, filled with minerals. Visit the a factory that features lotions, scrubs and masks made from the minerals.

Note: Do not shave that day or possibly the day before. The high concentrations of salt can make your body aware of all your cuts - It stings! An excursion to the dead sea allows the opportunity to see the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.

10. Masada - located in the Judean Desert, ascend by cable car to visit the fortress and excavation of King Herod’s place. The top is seen as a symbol of bravery and self-sacrifice of the Jewish people. This hilltop also offers view of the Dead Sea and the Roman camps.

11. The Sea of Galilee - take a boat ride to see where Our Lord preached. Nearby is the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fishes, built to commemorate the miraculous feeding of five thousand.

12. Western Wall - The most religious site in the world for Jewish people, thousands of people visit the wall annually to recipe prayers. The wall is the western support wall of the Temple Mountain.

Must Try Food in the Holy Land

One of the best parts of travel is all the delicious food we get to try! Here are some of the must-try foods while you’re visiting the Holy Land. You’re sure to find any of these in cafes throughout your tour, or in one of the numerous street markets.

1. Hummus Masabacha/Kawarma - Often paired with warm pita bread, make sure to check our hummus masabacha (chickpeas, paprika, and lemon-spiked tahini) or hummus kawarma – hummus with lamb mine, onions, and parsley).

2. Falafal -  Made with either fava beans or chickpeas (or both!), falafel is often served with the mentioned above hummus, pita bread, salad, and pickled.

3. Tahini - one of Israel’s key ingredients in their food.

4. Kanafeh - A cheese pastry soaked in a sweet, sugary syrup.

5. Baba Ganoush - Aubergine, also known as eggplant, is an extremely common dish served in Israel. Aubergine is often paired with tahini, lemon juice, garlic, or whatever other flavors you want to mix in.

6. Shakshuka - a combination of peppers, tomatoes, coriander, with eggs cooked in.

7. Lechem bread - one of the common breads served with every meal in Israel.

8. Not technically food but worth a mention: fresh-squeezed juice. You’ll find these stands in the open markets of Israel. If you’re there in the fall, pomegranate juice is a popular option!

9. Schnitzel - While this is a popular food option worldwide, there’s a bit of a twist in Israel. The schnitzel is actually a fried chicken breast! This is often served on a sandwich or with fries.

Holy Land Travel Photography Tips

Before you set off on your trip, take some time to get to know your camera. Do test photo shoots, read the manual, google your camera for trips. When traveling, you can’t always be at the right place at the right time, but knowing the settings and what you camera can do can help you get the best shot in the moment. Luckily, smart phones do a great job of judging the lighting and have great photo-editing options within the phone itself.

If snapping incredible photos that leave your friends asking for copies is one of your goals, try googling your destinations. The internet is full of photography tips for numerous cities, and you can learn what time of day you should photograph whatever it is you’re trying to take a snap of, such as the Basilica of the Annunciation, to get the best light.

Once you arrive in Israel, take a peek at the postcard rack, or images for sale, to get ideas of new perspectives/angles you want to shoot at. One of the best photography tips for any sort of travel is to wake up early and arrive to whatever area you’re photographing, so you can try to beat the crowds and get that picture perfect shot. Another perk of heading out early or staying out late, is you won’t have to deal with the glaring sun reflection.

One more trip – make sure you follow the rules and guidelines of camera use. Some places forbid the use of cameras inside, so if you see a sign that says no photos allowed, respect the sign and do not take photos. When you stop to take a photo, be aware of your surroundings.

What to Wear When Traveling in the Holy Land

As the weather varies, what you should wear depends on the time of year you are going. Bring layers if traveling in winter – a light-weight rain coat, a hat and gloves will be useful during this time. This is the rainy season in Israel.  Summers are hot, ranging from high 80s and 90s (F) in the city, and soaring over 100 degrees in the desert and The Dead Sea. The sun is strong, so bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect yourself from the rays.

Regardless of when you visit, some religious sights require being covered. Make sure to bring clothing that covers your shoulders (a short-sleeve shirt should suffice) and bottoms that cover your knees. If you do forget, some religious sights offer shawls and coverings you can wear. Comfortable shoes are a must.

Israel streets are uneven and you will often find cobblestone. If you’re visiting the Dead Sea, a pair of shoes you can wear in the water may be beneficial. The ground can be rough, and while you’re unlikely to spend much time in the water, the salt water can eat away at your shoes.

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Things to Know Before You Go

So, you have decided you want to make a trip to visit the Holy Land. You’re curious about what all these trips entail? What the weather will be like? What are the must see destinations?

What are the countries of the Holy Land?

countries that are in the Holy Land are Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Territories. Most Holy Land tours run somewhere between one week and two, depending on the route. If you’re going for a week long visit, most trips start and end in Tel Aviv, a modern city on the beautiful Mediterranean, or in the historic city of Jerusalem.

Common stops on the tour include The Dead Sea, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jaffa, and Masada. When people think of visiting the Holy Land, they think of visiting the Basilica of the Annunciation, built on top of the Virgin Mary’s home where the announcement of the birth of her son took place. People dream of a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, or floating in the salty Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth.

Spend a morning strolling through the historic city of Jerusalem, filled with cobblestone streets, complete with a visit to the Western Wall, and an afternoon following Via Dolorosa, following the path Jesus took on his way to his crucifixion. Depending on the Holy Land tour you select, there are some with easy/light physical activity, as well as some with more strenuous activities.

What is the weather like in the Holy Land?

The weather will depend on what time of year you go. While it’s always a good time to visit the Holy Land, winters are rainy and can start off chilly, but by afternoon, you could be able to go out without a jacket. In January, the weather in Jerusalem averages around 54 degrees F. Tel Aviv is a bit warmer, with a January average of 64 degrees, and about ten days of rain. Similar weather is likely if you visit the Dead Sea, with winter averages of low 70s.

Summers are peak travel season, filled with hot and dry days. Averages in Jerusalem from June-September range from highs in the mid 80s, with lows in the high 60s. Jerusalem averages 0 days of rain during this period. You will have similar weather in Tel Aviv, but nights are a bit warmer, averaging low-mid 70s.

As most tours visit the Dead Sea, it’s important to point out that summers are extremely hot. Averages are in the upper 90’s, and often times exceed 100 degrees F. Many people still make the trip with this heat, but it’s necessary to come prepared with proper protection from the deep sun, including hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

Spring and Fall are good times to visit as well, getting between season weather. While you will still average mid 80’s to low 90s in the Fall (September-November) if you visit the Dead Sea, Spring is a nice time to visit, with March and April averages in the high 70’s-low 80’s. Tel Aviv averages mid 70s in the Spring, and mid-70’s to mid-80s in the Fall. Both periods average between 2-5 days of rain during Spring and Fall months. Expect similar rain fall in Jerusalem, but a bit cooler weather, with averages in the 60’s-70s in Spring and Fall.

Is it safe to visit the Holy Land?

Yes, it is Safe to visit the Holy Land. Over 3.6 million people visited the Holy Land in 2017! Booking group tours is a great way to ease your mind, knowing that you are in good hands with professional tour guides who know the ins and outs of the city. Tour guides can provide insider tips that you may not find on your own! As with any travel, take precautions such as not flashing your money around, and not wearing expensive jewelry.

Local language

It never hurts to learn a few phrases in the local language before you take off. Some common Hebrew phrases include:

Hello/Good-bye (literally, “peace”) shalom

Good morning! yom tov / boker tov 

Good evening!  erev tov

Good night!  laíla tov

Good bye/See you again!l ehitra’ot 

Yes  ken

No/not  lo 

Please/you're welcome bevakasha 

Thank you  toda

Excuse me/sorryslee’ha

How much does it cost?  kama zeh oleh 

Where is the restroom? eifo ha-sherutim

Do you speak English?  atah medaber anglit (Males)/at medaberet anglit (Females)

Other crucial information for visiting the Holy Land

Bank information

Israel uses the New Israeli Shekel (NIS), and bills come in 200, 100, 50, and 20 shekels. Coins come in shekels of 1, 2, 5, and 10, and 50 and 10 agurot (also known as our cents). One shekel is equal to 100 agurot.

The most important tip is to remember that international travel can differ from what you are accustomed to. This isn’t anything to worry about; that’s why we travel. Travel opens up the opportunity to open our mind-  learn new perspectives, new cultures, try new food. Israel heavily focuses on political and spiritual opinions, which may be an unknown territory for those who have not spent time in the area. Use this travel as a learning experience.

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