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Israel - Best Tours & Trips 2019

162 trips to Israel tours from 65 tour companies. 622 reviews. 4.8/5 avg rating.
Israel is a tiny country – with just a bit more land than the U.S. state of Massachusetts – but is holy land to three major world religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. While much of it is desert, Biblical sites abound and its capital, Jerusalem, is one of the world’s great cities. Rich in history, culture, and religious tradition, Israel is always memorable.
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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 Explorer - 6 days

6 days
$ 366 / day
$ 2,195
Travel Style : 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. Full on
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
  • Jerusalem (West Bank) - explore the sacred sites of the Old City, including the Wailing Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Via Dolorosa
  • Bethlehem (West Bank) – visit the oldest church in the world and the birthplace of Christ
  • Haifa – stroll through the beautiful Bahai Gardens on the slopes of Mount Carmel
  • Jaffa - stroll around the ancient fortified city and enjoy scenic hill-top views of the surroundings
  • Tel Aviv – discover bustling Tel Aviv independently as you enjoy free time in this vibrant city
  • Masada – take a cable car up to the ancient fortification and enjoy unrivalled views over the Dead Sea
  • The Dead Sea – float in the famously buoyant, mineral-rich waters
Visits:
Israel
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Jordan and Israel Adventure
Small Group Tour
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Jordan and Israel Adventure

G Adventures
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15 days
$ 207 / day
$ 3,099
From : $ 4,184
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 : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy lunch with a druze family
  • Swim in the dead sea
  • Spend the night in a bedouin camp
  • Enjoy a 4x4 excursion
  • Visit the historic madaba mosaics
Visits:
Amman, Bethlehem, Dead Sea, Galilee, Haifa, Jaffa, Jerusalem, Nazareth, Petra, Tel Aviv, Wadi Rum, Jericho, Israel, Jordan
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The Holy Land: Past, Present, and Future tour
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The Holy Land: Past, Present, and Future

National Geographic Expeditions
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11 days
$ 545 / day
$ 5,995
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
  • Meet artists and politicians, settlers and refugees, imams and rabbis.
  • Explore the archaeological wonders of Caesarea Maritima with National Geographic Emerging Explorer Beverly Goodman.
  • Enjoy a unique dual narrative provided by the Israeli and Palestinian peace builders who accompany the entire expedition.
  • Visit the Yad Vashem Memorial and hear a first-hand account from a Holocaust survivor.
Visits:
Bethlehem, Dead Sea, Jaffa, Jericho, Jerusalem, Jordan Valley, Mountaintop Refuge, 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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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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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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Discover Israel & the Palestinian Territories
Small Group Tour
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Discover Israel & the Palestinian Territories

Intrepid Travel
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8 days
$ 309 / day
$ 2,390
From : $ 3,335
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
  • Discover the famed religious towns of Jericho, Bethlehem and Nazareth, then find out about daily life in the legendary city of Jerusalem as you chat with locals in the Old City on the way to the Western Wall
  • Take a stroll through West Jerusalem and get another perspective of modern life from a local Israeli guide, finishing at the lively Machane Yehuda Market.
  • Look down on one of the world’s most amazing city skyline with views across Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives.
  • Experience the contrasts between the nightlife of modern, cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv, and the reverential atmosphere of Jerusalem.
  • View the spectacular Rosh Hanikra caves located at the most northerly point on Israel’s Mediterranean coastline.
  • Sleep in a beautiful and peaceful convent established by French nuns in the 19th century.
Visits:
Bethlehem, Dead Sea, Jaffa, Jerusalem, Nazareth, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Israel
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Israel: A Journey of Faith

Collette
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9 days
$ 235 / day
$ 2,119
From : $ 2,422
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 : 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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  • Stroll through the winding alleys of historic Jaffa.
  • Visit Capernaum, the center of Jesus' ministry in Galilee.
  • Stop at Shepherds' Field, where the angels appeared Christmas night.
  • Discover the ancient cities of Nazareth and Bethlehem.
  • Travel to Tel Megiddo, site of the final battle before the coming of the Messiah.
  • Stand in the Upper Room, near the traditional site of the Last Supper.
Visits:
Bethlehem, Jaffa, Jerusalem, Nazareth, Tel Aviv, Israel
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Israel: Timeless Wonders tour
Small Group Tour
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Israel: Timeless Wonders

12 days
$ 465 / day
$ 5,584
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
  • Tel Aviv touring including “White City” of Bauhaus architecture
  • Jaffa’s ancient port
  • Artists’ village of Ein Hod
  • Overnight stay on a working kibbutz
  • Biblical sites of Tiberias, Nazareth, Mount of Beatitudes, Sea of Galilee
  • Winery visit and cooking class
  • Five-night Jerusalem stay at legendary King David hotel
  • Jerusalem touring including Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, Old City, Western Wall, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Israel Museum, Ein Karem
  • Dead Sea Qumran Caves
  • Fortress ruins of Masada
Visits:
Dead Sea, Jerusalem, Nazareth, Tel Aviv, 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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Egypt, Jordan & Israel Discovery
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Egypt, Jordan & Israel Discovery

16 days
$ 500 / day
$ 7,998
From : $ 9,838
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 : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
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
  • Explore Cairo and see the exciting Pyramids of Giza, Saqqara, & Memphis, Solar Boat Museum, Pyramid of Zoser, Sunset Camel Ride, Egyptian Museum
  • Discover Luxor,  Temples of Luxor and Karnak, Avenue of Sphinx, Karnak Open Air Museum, Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, King Tut’s Tomb, Nefertari Tomb
  • Experience tour to Amman,Jerash City Tour
  • Explore Petra, tThe Treasury,  Rock-Cut Tombs,  Nabatean-Built Theatre, Ad-Deir Monastery
  • Visit Wadi Rum, enjoy Jeep Tour, Canyons, Water Holes, Lawrence Spring, Khazalee mountain
  • Take an awesome visit to Dead Sea , Madaba City, Mt. Nebo, Bethany Tour
  • Discover Jerusalem, Old City, Nazareth & Galilee, Ein Gedi, Qumran, Masada, Dead Sea, New City, Bethlehem
Visits:
Amman, Bethlehem, Cairo, Dead Sea, Galilee, Jerusalem, Luxor Temple, Memphis, Nazareth, Petra, Pyramid of Giza, Sphinx, Tel Aviv, Temple of Karnak, Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Wadi Rum, Egypt, 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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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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From the Ancient to the Cutting-Edge: Discover Israel
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From the Ancient to the Cutting-Edge: Discover Israel

Road Scholar
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11 days
$ 400 / day
$ 4,399
From : $ 5,534
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
  • Ascend the ancient fortress of Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, by cable car and float in the invigorating waters of the Dead Sea
  • Visit a local kibbutz to learn how Israel has made the arid countryside bloom with fruits, vegetables and flowers
  • Enjoy time to explore the remarkable cities of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv on your own
Visits:
Dead Sea, Galilee, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Israel
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Top Israel Experiences and Attractions

Top Israel Experiences

Gazing from the overlook at the ancient Mount of Olives toward the skyline of Jerusalem, with the golden Dome of the Rock shining brilliantly in the sun. 

Standing at the Western Wall in Jerusalem as Orthodox Jews pray fervently – men on one side, women on another. 

Making a pilgrimage to Biblical sites such as the Sea of Galilee, the city of Nazareth, and the Jordan River.

Taking in the panoramic views and poignant history at the top of Masada, where a thousand Jews held out for three years against a Roman assault. 

Floating effortlessly in the Dead Sea, the world’s saltiest body of water. 

Visiting a kibbutz (collective village) complete with dinner, evening performance and perhaps an overnight stay. 

Strolling along the Mediterranean in the modern city of Tel Aviv and coming upon the ancient city of Jaffa. 

Bargaining for souvenirs in the crowded souks of Jerusalem’s Arab quarter.

Making a pilgrimage to Bethlehem, home to the Church of the Nativity, reputed site of Jesus’ birth.

Overlooking four countries -- Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt – from your hotel room in the Red Sea resort town of Eilat.

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Israel Trip Reviews

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Fantastic small tour

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

Fantastic small tour with Max. The desing of the tour as well as the care for the participant is great and Max the guide did really go the extra mile for us. Really recommended!!!!

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Operator SpiceRoads Cycling

Great company makes a great trip!

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

Our experience with American Israel Tours was awesome. The tour guide Yeshay was was informative, flexible with our desires, and kind. The bus driver was also funny and got us exactly where we needed to go in good time. The structure of the tour was also perfect because it was not too exhausting per day and ending the tour in Jerusalem really is perfect. Couldn't have asked for a better experience.

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Operator America Israel Tours

Mahmoud was exceptional

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

He was well informed and very giving of information. We were able to ask questions on history, geography, politics, religion, customs, etc. His tour of the Cairo Museum was short, but great. In fact, everything on the Egypt portion was excellent. If I had to pick one stop it would have been Abu Simbel. Because we went through four major guides, I will comment on the others. as well. Going to Hurgada with Momo was good. The downside of that portion of the trip was the 23 hour day from Hurgada > Cairo > Aman > Petra. I think that days should be broken into two days. The highlight there was the snorkeling trip. My daughter snorkeled, and I had the boat ride. Three stars. The lady in Jordan was very good. Petra was certainly the highlight of that trip. Four stars. The man in Israel was very informative. It had not been all that important for me to go to Israel before I left home, but I did really enjoy it while I was there. Four stars.

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Operator On The Go Tours

Best of Israel

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

We were able to see, do and experience everything on this trip that we wanted to. The itinerary packed a lot in so it was important to be healthy and fit as most places visited involved quite a bit of walking. Our guide, Judah was very experienced in every way possible and made sure everyone got the most out of visiting Israel and what the country had to offer.

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Operator Trafalgar

Excellent Tour to Israel

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

An absolutely wonderful trip to Israel. While I was somewhat anxious about security I felt very safe wherever we went. Our guide , Dan Ofri, was precise in getting us to locations; considerate about all personal needs and health issues; willing to go the extra mile with individuals when needs arose; and was extremely knowledable about the history of the land and was able to impart his wealth of knowledge with ease, confidence and passion....a master teacher! You could not ask for a better guide to take you through the ages of Israel. The Hotels and Kibuttz Hotel were all excellent and accommodating and the food very good. It was also nice to have some free time to explore on your own. Dan was helpful with suggestions as to where to venture (and where not to) and also for restaurants. Our bus driver, Vladimir, I might add was an absolutely amazing driver in how he so swiftly maneuvered the purple bus in and out of the narrow and winding streets...Bravo! If you are hesitant to go on this tour...just go and you will have no regrets. A wonderful tour!

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Operator SmarTours

Amazing

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

Amazing. Guides (Amit and Adam) were excellent and very focused on showing us the real Israel. I had a great holiday, learned a lot and feel that I better understand Israel. I had high expectations and they were exceeded every day.

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Operator G Adventures

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Israel Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Israel is a tiny country – with just a bit more land than the U.S. state of Massachusetts – but is holy land to three major world religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. While much of it is desert, Biblical sites abound and its capital, Jerusalem, is one of the world’s great cities. Rich in history, culture, and religious tradition, Israel is often controversial -- but always memorable.

Israel – sacred to Christians, Jews and Muslims – is a must-see destination for anyone interested in the religious history of those three faiths. Biblical names like Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, and the Sea of Galilee come alive as you tour this fascinating and controversial nation.

No matter where you stand on the political issues here, there’s no denying the emotional impact of seeing sites you’ve heard about all your life in church, synagogue, mosque, or on the nightly news.

Since its founding in 1948 as a Jewish state in the heart of the Arabic Middle East, Israel’s borders have expanded and contracted several times over the decades, following a number of wars, skirmishes and negotiated agreements with their neighbors. It remains remarkably small for such an oversized battleground; at some points, the country is just a few miles wide.

As you travel through Israel, you’ll find that most of its citizens are fiercely proud of their country, and also fiercely defensive about its right to exist. Your guide may be an outspoken advocate for or, alternatively, a harsh critic of government policies. But no matter which, chances are he or she will be very open to discussion – and rigorous debate – about Israel and its future. Don’t hesitate to ask questions or state your viewpoints; it’s expected.

Israel is a more diverse country than many would imagine. Among the largely Jewish population, you’ll find secular Jews as well as the Orthodox and Ultra-Orthodox, many of whom are at odds with each other. Jews have emigrated to Israel from Eastern Europe, Russia, the U.S., and many other parts of the world. More than 1,600,000-- about a fifth of Israel’s population – are Arabs.

Here are some of the highlights you can expect to see as you travel in Israel:

Jerusalem

Until 1967 and the Arab-Israeli six-day war, Jerusalem – considered the holiest city for Jews, Christians, and Muslims -- was a divided city. The modern west side was under Israeli control and the east side – including the historic old city -- under Jordanian control. East Jerusalem is still largely Palestinian, and tensions between the two sides remain high.

The old city makes up just one percent of present-day Jerusalem (population 800,000), but contains most of its must-see sights. You can enter the old walled city through seven different gates, and gain an overview of the old city by walking atop its ramparts if you wish. Walking through the old city itself is like a return to Biblical times: crowded, sometimes chaotic, with narrow streets winding past ancient monuments, both historic and revered.

The Jewish Quarter is home to the Western Wall (often mistakenly called the Wailing Wall), which dates from the era of King Herod and the Romans. The wall forms the western boundary of the Temple Mount, considered the holiest place in Judaism -- but is topped by the golden Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which are holy to Islam.

Beyond is the Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Sepulchre, said to be the site of Jesus’ tomb where Christ rose from the dead three days after his crucifixion. You can walk the Via Dolorosa in the traditional footsteps of Jesus, where signs mark the 14 stages of the cross that Jesus had to carry.  

Across a valley lies the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives, where Jesus is said to have hidden after the Last Supper with his disciples. From here, beside 2,000-year-old olive trees, you can get the classic panoramic view of the old city.

Five miles south of Jerusalem lies the city of Bethlehem, the Biblical birthplace of Jesus.  Now run by the Palestinian Authority, it’s home to the ancient Church of the Nativity, built by the Emperor Constantine on the traditional site of Jesus’ manger. You can descend into the church to join the pilgrims who come to worship from around the world.

Tel Aviv and Jaffa

Mostly modern Tel Aviv, previously the Israeli capital, has about half the population of Jerusalem and features a very pleasant setting along the Mediterranean Sea. You can walk along the promenade to visit ancient Jaffa, site of the Biblical story of Jonah and the Whale, passing through the millennia as waves lap the beaches.

The Galilee and Nazareth

The Sea of Galilee in northern Israel is actually a lake that divides the north and south portions of the River Jordan, which is long and surprisingly narrow (the river runs north to Syria and south to the Dead Sea).

Looking across the sea from the town of Tiberias, you can view the Golan Heights, once part of Syria, as well as war-torn Syria in the distance. You can also visit the spot on the River Jordan where Jesus is said to have been baptized by John the Baptist.

On the road from the Sea of Galilee to Nazareth, you’ll pass through Cana, where, according to the New Testament, Jesus performed his first miracle, turning water into wine. Nazareth, where Jesus grew up, is heavily Arabic but thrives on Christian tourism. You can view two contending locations said to be the site of the Annunciation, where angels reputedly told the Virgin Mary of her Immaculate Conception.

Masada and The Dead Sea

Around 70 AD, 960 Jewish zealots held out atop Masada, a 1,300-foot-high mountain fortress, to battle a three-year-long Roman siege. When the Romans finally neared victory, the Jews committed mass suicide. It was the last stand of the Jewish people in the Holy Land before beginning their nearly 2,000-year-long exile.

You can ride a cable car to the top of the mountain, which is now the single most visited site in Israel. From there, you have an overview of the Dead Sea, the world’s lowest point and saltiest body of water, where it’s virtually impossible to sink.

The Negev Desert and Eilat

The triangular southern third of Israel, which borders Egypt’s Sinai Desert, is filled by the Negev Desert. While it’s mostly a hot, dry, dusty patch of land with few residents, you can visit the ruins of old caravan towns as well as the huge Ramon crater. At Israel’s southern tip is the resort town of Eilat on the northern end of the Red Sea, where there are beaches and other amenities. From Eilat, many tours lead to one- or two-day visits to Petra, Jordan’s ancient red-rock city, and Wadi Rum, a spectacular area of desert gorges, cliffs, and caverns.

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Types of Israel Guided Tours

Tours of the Holy Land
Holy Land Tours
combine the historical, archaeological, religious and cultural elements of the region. Most tours that emphasize the Holy Land concentrate on its religious and historical sites. And many of Israel’s attractions and cities are significant religious sites for more than one religion. Nazareth, Calvary, Bethlehem, Jerusalem and its Old City are the key places that reside within Israel.

Significant points of interest within Israel includes the Western Wall, Bethlehem, Mount of Olives, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Mount Zion, Dolorosa, Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Dome of the Rock, and Qumran Caves. Israel is one of the key regions that encompasses the Holy Land and captures its religious, cultural and historical significance.

Israel Group Guided Tours
Group guided tours usually range from 12-18 people. Most tours to Israel include lodging, main meals, and transportation between sites. The type of tours range from two stars (Basic) to five stars (Luxury) which is mainly reflect lodging style. Most tours through Israel emphasize its cultural, religious, and historical significance.

Group guided tours to Israel include visits to Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Tel Aviv and Galilee. When taking a tour to Israel, you should look at the different type of activities available on each tour. Some guided tours offer unique activities homestays, cultural immersions, and hiking.

Israel Private Guided Tours
Private tours of Israel
essentially have the same amenities as other tours, but the group consists of just your party. This allows a more personal experience with the country and its historic sites. It should also be noted that most private tours are more luxurious than just a regular group tour. This entails upscale hotels, private guides at each attraction, and personal transportation. Private tours are on average more expensive, but they are great for people who want a more personalized trip.

Israel Pilgrim Tours
There are also multiple ways to experience Israel in a religious way, especially in a small group tour. Whether you are Jewish, Muslim, or Christian, there is a religion-focused guided tour aimed toward the significant sites important in your religion. For example, if you want to go on a Christian trip in Israel, you may focus on the places Jesus visited. There will also be time for prayer and reflection worked into the itinerary on pilgrimage tours.

Other Tours in Israel

For those looking for a more secular tour in Israel, or a balanced mix between holy sites and other activities, there are still plenty of options for you.

The Great Outdoors
To begin with, Israel has dozens of great outdoor experiences. Many tours of Israel offers plenty of great hiking opportunities, for example. If you love desert landscapes, you will have your pick on a tour of Israel. There are multiple ways to hike around the Sea of Galilee, Negev, Makhtesh Ramon, and Mount Carmel National Park. If you still want to see these natural sights, and don’t want to walk, why not try riding a camel? Or if things get a lot hot on the surface, try going caving

LGBTQ Scene
Israel is a particularly LGBTQ-friendly country, especially in the Middle East, and often ranks as one of the best LGTBQ travel destinations. Tel Aviv, in particular, is known for its pride parades. The Israeli Army is LGTBQ friendly, and all of the main cities are very accepting.

Food
Israel is renowned for its wide variety of drool-inducing cuisines, and the good news is that, no matter your dietary restrictions, there is going to be plenty you can eat. Falafel, shawarma, and hummus are some obvious things to taste, but don’t be afraid to try some lesser known foods. In Israel’s markets, trying “shopping the shuks” for some tasty street food, and make sure to sample the country’s amazing fresh produce and vegetables. Of course, the best way to make sure you don’t miss any delicious staples is to embark on a culinary tour of Israel.

Solo Tours in Israel
Israel is a popular destination to travel solo, especially on a group tour that is single traveler friendly. One reason it’s such a popular spot is because there are many ways to get group tours at a budget or value rate, this is because of the variety of housing. From hostels to homestays, there are many ways to travel Israel cheaply and also connect with local people and their cultures.

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