Israel - Best Tours & Trips 2019

152 Israel tours from 58 tour companies. 626 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

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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Best of Israel Winter 201819

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 255 / day
$ 2,375
From : $ 2,823
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
  • City tour in Jerusalem
  • See the Mount of Olives, the former Syrian bunkers at Golan Heights
  • View the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, the Baha'i Shrine from the summit of Mount Carmel in Haifa, the excavations of Solomon's Stables and the Roman Amphitheatre and aqueduct at Caesarea
  • Visit the tomb of King David on Mount Zion, the Fortress of Masada, the Church of Annunciation in Nazareth, the old Synagogue and the Mount of Beatitudes near Capernaum, the ancient Synagogue and artists' colony at Tzfat, the underground Crusader City of Acre
Visits:
Dead Sea, Galilee, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Israel
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Jordan and Israel Adventure

G Adventures
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
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

National Geographic Expeditions
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
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

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 and Jordan with Dead Sea (Winter 2018-19)

15 days
$ 376 / day
$ 5,645
From : $ 7,621
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.
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  • Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Tel Aviv: See Habimah National Theatre, Rabin Square and Carmel Market.
    • Acre: See the fortress, the old harbour area and Crusader crypt.
    • Galilee: View the ancient wooden boat, which is said to date back to when Jesus was alive.
    • Qumran: See the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
    • Mount Scopus: Marvel at the stunning views over the city of Jerusalem.
    • Scenic Drives: Mediterranean Coast, Sea of Galilee, Jordan Valley, Judean Hills.
    • Israel: 2018 marks 70 years of the State of Israel.
    • Nazareth: Visit the Church of the Annunciation built on the site where the angel Gabriel is said to have appeared to Mary.
    • Capernaum: Visit the Synagogue where Jesus taught and the Mount of Beatitudes, where he preached the Sermon on the Mount
    • Dead Sea: Be sure to take a dip in the famously mineral-rich waters where it's easy to float.
    • Sea of Galilee: Enjoy a morning boat ride at the very place where Jesus is said to have walked on water.
    • Jerusalem: Be sure to take a dip in the famously mineral-rich waters where it's easy to float.
    • Jerusalem: Visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. At the Israel Museum, wander to the Shrine of the Book wing housing the Dead Sea Scrolls.
    • Jerusalem: Accompanied by your Local Expert, walk the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre - site of the Crucifixion. You will also visit the Garden of Gethsemene, see the Temple Mount, Room of the Last Supper, the Pool of Bethesda and Ecce Homo Arch.
    Visits:
    Amman, Dead Sea, Galilee, Jerusalem, Petra, Tel Aviv, Israel, Jordan
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    Israel & the Palestinian Territories Real Foo ...

    Intrepid Travel
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    9 days
    $ 372 / day
    $ 3,345
    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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    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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    A View Across the Divides: Healing Across the Div ...

    11 days
    $ 331 / day
    $ 3,640
    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 : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Visit in South Tel Aviv
    • Enjoy a walking tour of Tel Aviv including the historic Bauhaus  and a visit to Rabin Square
    • Visit to the Bahai Gardens in Haifa
    • Head to Safed, the 4th holiest Jewish city to explore its ancient mystical traditions
    • Visit the Temple Mount
    • Visit to a Palestinian Refugee Camp
    • Travel to Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust Museum
    Visits:
    Amman, Haifa, Jaffa, Jerusalem, Petra, Tel Aviv, Wadi Rum, Israel, Jordan
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    Heritage & Holy Land - 8 days

    8 days
    $ 349 / 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
    • 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

    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 Catholic Heritage Tour

    7 days
    $ 376 / day
    $ 2,635
    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
    • Walk among 1,000-year-old trees in the Garden of Gethsemane.
    • Take in the magnificent views from Stella Maris Monastery in Haifa.
    • Renew your wedding vows in the village where Jesus performed his first miracle.
    • Tour the site of the first baptism on the Jordan River!
    • Visit St. Anne's Church, the home of the Virgin Mary and her parents, Saints Joachim and Anne.
    Visits:
    Bethlehem, Dead Sea, Galilee, Haifa, Jericho, Jerusalem, Nazareth, Tel Aviv, Israel, Jordan
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    Christian Pilgrimage To Israel And Jordan

    Indus Travels
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    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    11 days
    $ 209 / day
    $ 2,599
    From : $ 3,374
    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
    • See St. Joseph’s workshop and Mary’s Well in Nazareth
    • Tour the old city of Jerusalem and see the Tomb of King David on Mount Zion
    • Visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem*, at the site where Jesus was born
    • Explore the red rock city of Petra, the ancient capital of the Nabateans
    • See Mount Nebo, from where Moses viewed the Holy Land
    Visits:
    Amman, Galilee, Jerusalem, Petra, Tel Aviv, Israel, Jordan
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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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    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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    Sunday, 22 July... SVALBARD, Norway. Halfway between the top of continental Norway & the North Pole!

    We disembarked & are now back to civilization! WOW!
    What a FANTASTIC adventure on the ship Ocean Adventurer!

    Once again, Zegrahm delivered! Cruise Director & Expedition Leader executed an unforgettable adventure! SUPERB lectures on ship & field trips from the guest experts in their fields... history of polar explorations... geology... birds... polar bears & other animals!

    We saw several polar bears, groups of walrus, one very photogenic seal, reindeer, Arctic fox, a BLUE WHALE (largest of ALL whales!)... & a gazillion birds!

    Our small ship was indeed able to circumnavigate the Svalbard (Spitsbergen) archipelago... 3 cheers to our Russian captain! The staff on board were FANTASTIC! And the best food I've had on any ship!

    Mostly great weather... quite fortunate! Out on the Zodiacs (rubber rafts), I wore almost everything in my suitcase, in layers all at once, hoping to stay warm & dry... followed by VERY LONG hot showers once back on the ship, while I thawed out!

    If you have an interest in polar adventure, TAKE THIS TRIP!!! Unbelievable!

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    Great company makes a great trip!

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    America Israel Tours Company Reviews
    • 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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    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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    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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    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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