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  • 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)

Visit Israel and discover vibrant Tel Aviv, spectacular Galilee, and historic Jerusalem. Explore The Western Wall, the Church of Holy Sepulcher, the Mount of Olives, “float” on the Dead Sea, among many more incredible experiences on this eleven day journey through the Holy Land.

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Flights & Transport
  • Airfare included

SmarTours Travel Reviews & Ratings
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4.9 Guide
4.9 Activities
4.9 Lodging
4.9 Transportation
4.9 Meals
Wonders of Israel



Excellent Tour to Israel October 2016

  • 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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A fabulous tour July 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Our wonders of Israel tour was more than we expected. My husband was a little reluctant to travel to Israel. I convinced him to go and he had a wonderful time as well. Out our leader Alon was spectacular. He truly made israel come alive. His explanations of all the sights we visited were not only historical, his side comments made everything come alive. All the Dan hotels we stayed in were beautiful. The breakfasts unbelievable and the staff at the hotels so helpful. A shout out to Naim at the Dan Jerusalem, he had wonderful suggestions for restaurants. The Shabbat dinner at kibbutz Rachel was delicious as well as beautiful. Again Alon shined as he help lead a short Friday night service with help of some members of our tour group. He explained everything so well to those who have never participated in a Shabbat dinner. I feel however that we should have spent more time st Yad Vashem. It is a very moving experience and he amount of time spent there was really not enough. A tour to Bethlehem was scheduled for the afternoon of Yad Vashem. When speaking to some Israelis re:Bethlehem they said why did you go as it is in the West Bank, it is not safe! The church was under major renovations and we were really not able to see the historical sights.That was the only downside of our trip. We took the extended trip to Eliat with three other people from our tour. Eliat was beautiful. The restaurants delicious (Pastoria--yummy) and the people we met very warm. Can't wait to go on another Smartour.
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26-May-16 June 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The tour was rich in culture and history . Our tour director, Ilan, was very well versed in the religions and history of Israel. Plus, he is friendly, personable and comfortable to be with. The hotels were very comfortable and the breakfasts excellent. We enjoyed staying at the kibbutz for the experience. We enjoyed Tel Aviv and would have spent another day there. We toured Jaffa in the morning and we went to Neve Zedek on our own in the afternoon. We went on all the optional tours. Petra is a must. Eilat was interesting and relaxing, but Petra is the highlight. The Galilee and Golan day was good. We had fun on the boat and the winery was a good experience for us Californians. The Bethelem optional tour was not my favorite, but was probably because of the restoration work being done on the Church of the Nativitiy. We went to the Sabbath dinner at a kibbutz near Jerusaleum. The experience was interesting and fun, but the price was a little high for the food served. zedek, on our own
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A fabulous trip back in time. May 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was our first trip to Israel and it was an amazing, educational experience. Our tour guide, Dan, gave us a crash college course in 2500 years of history during our trip. Everyone was in awe of his knowledge, and he was a great tour leader, handling smoothly any concerns that came up. The hotels were all great. Do not miss the extension to Petra. It is well worth the extra cost. However, prepare appropriately for possible very hot weather. If you take the horse and buggy up the hill at the end of the Petra visit, confirm the price ahead of time (should be 30 dollars) ask for a receipt and make sure the driver takes you back to the entrance all the way at the top where you first enter. Otherwise, you will still have an uphill hike as we unfortunately did. Jerusalem, Masada and Petra were the best parts of this great tour. If you are traveling with friends or family, make sure to let smarTours know that you are traveling together so you get plane seats together. This was a physically exhausting trip but well worth it, and we felt safe the whole time.
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Wonders of Israel April 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My first tour with SMARTOURS. From the beginning (reservations, questions) everything was done professionally and responses were quick. Our flight (from JFK) was on El Al and the service was exceptional. The tour guide, Uri Mor was a treasure. He gave us a view of Israel not found in any guide books. Any questions were answered (even if he had to find the answers). I highly recommend this tour. The price was great! My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The accommodations at the DAN hotels were superb. There was one thing, however, our return to the USA WAS ON THE DAY AFTER THE ENORMOUS SNOWSTORM hit NYC in January. But we landed safely and returned home safely.
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Day 1: Depart USA.

Your fascinating journey on our Israel tours begins this afternoon with an overnight flight to Israel.

Day 2: Arrive Tel Aviv.

Accommodation: Dan Panorama Hotel

Welcome to Israel! Upon arrival at Ben Gurion airport this afternoon you’ll be greeted and escorted to nearby Tel Aviv, a bustling seaside metropolis representing the modern face of Israel and the center of commerce and culture. En route, see Rabin Square and the memorial to Nobel Peace Prize winner, Yitzhak Rabin. Drive along the road hugging the promenade stretching along the Mediterranean seafront before arriving at your upscale sea-facing hotel.

Day 3: Tel Aviv/Jaffa.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

This morning your tour director holds a welcome briefing.  Following the briefing, enjoy a guided morning walk of the picturesque neighborhood of Neve Zedek, dating to the early 1900’s. Walk along the maze of narrow streets lined with restored historic Bauhaus and Art Deco buildings, galleries and quaint shops. The afternoon is at leisure to stroll along the lively seaside promenade or relax at an outdoor cafe. This evening delight in a tour of Old Jaffa where you’ll visit the Artists Quarter and savor dinner.

Day 4: Caesarea/Haifa/Nazareth/Galilee.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Lavi Kibbutz Hotel

This morning depart Tel Aviv, traveling north along the coastal road. Visit Caesarea, with its ancient Roman port and aqueduct, Byzantine streets and Crusader ruins. Visit the fascinating archeological discoveries and learn about the rich history of Caesarea. Ascend scenic Mt. Carmel for splendid views of the sparkling bay below and visit the colorful market of the Druze village. Arrive in Haifa and see the impressive golden-domed Baha’i Shrine and the stunning surrounding Persian gardens. Proceed to Nazareth and visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, traditionally built above the home of the Virgin Mary and the place where the imminent birth of her son was announced to her. Arrive at your hotel located in the scenic Galilee region, within a short driving distance of the Sea of Galilee. After dinner attend a lecture about one of Israel’s most unique traditions, the Kibbutz, where members follow communal living.

Day 5: Optional Golan & Galilee Excursion.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Enjoy a full day at leisure. We suggest you join an exciting full day excursion ($90, lunch included) to some of northern Israel’s prime attractions. Start with a delightful boat ride on the tranquil Sea of Galilee. Then, ascend the Golan Heights, a volcanic plateau, and enjoy spectacular vistas of the Sea of Galilee and fertile valley below. Here, tour a local winery and sample the wines. After lunch continue to Safed, the mystical Kabbalah center and a thriving artists’ colony before returning to your hotel late this afternoon.

Day 6: Capernaum/Tabgha/Beth Shean/Jerusalem.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Dan Panorama Hotel

Start your day with a guided tour of Kibbutz Lavi, then drive to Tiberias and visit Capernaum, site of an ancient Byzantine synagogue and a church believed to be on the site of St. Peter’s house. Continue to Tabgha, traditional site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes. Later, proceed to Beth Shean to view the stunning remains and amphitheater of a well-preserved Roman city. You’ll also stop in Beth Alpha to admire the magnificent mosaic floor of the 6th century synagogue. Voyage through the lush Jordan River Valley and ascend the Judean Hills to Mt. Scopus for a traditional welcome to Jerusalem. Arrive at your hotel, centrally located near the Old City walls.

Day 7: Jerusalem.

Meals: Breakfast

It is difficult to imagine a city quite as unique as Jerusalem anywhere in the world. Tradition has it that Jerusalem is where King Solomon built the great temple, Jesus was crucified and Muhammad visited on his Night Journey. From the Mount of Olives, admire the stunning views of the city below. An expert guide leads you today on a walk of the Old City. View up close the Western Wall (Wailing Wall), the remnants of the Second Temple and visit the Davidson Center, where fascinating multi-media exhibits, including a reconstruction of the Herodian Temple Mount, bring to life the various periods in Jerusalem’s history. Later, stroll through the magnificently restoredCardo, the old Roman Road. Follow the ancient Via Dolorosa and the Stations of the Cross to the Christian Quarter and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the traditional site of the Crucifixion. Later tour Mount Zion and view King David’s Tomb and the Room of the Last Supper. Balance of the day is at leisure to enjoy Jerusalem’s unique atmosphere at your own pace.

Day 8: Masada/Dead Sea Excursion.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Today’s included memorable full day excursion begins with a drive along the shores of the Dead Sea past Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Arrive in Masada, an isolated mountain-top fortress. Ascend Masada by cable car and enjoy a guided tour to discover the remains of the fortress built by King Herod and the last stronghold of the Zealots resistance against the Romans. Proceed to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth where you’ll enjoy several leisurely hours at the beach, pool and public facilities of a famous spa-hotel located on the sea shores. With an exceptionally high content of salt and minerals, the Dead Sea offers an opportunity to “float” on the water as well as therapeutic qualities. Enjoy an included lunch and float on the Dead Sea! Later tour Ahava Laboratories where beauty products are made with minerals from the Dead Sea before returning to Jerusalem late this afternoon.

Day 9: Jerusalem.

Meals: Breakfast

This morning, visit Yad Vashem, a memorial dedicated to the remembrance of the Holocaust. Later, tour the renowned Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum, where the exceptional 2000 year-old Dead Sea Scrolls are housed and stroll through the lovely Billy Rose Sculpture Garden. In the afternoon, you may choose an optional tour to Bethlehem, visiting the Church of the Nativity ($30).

Day 10: Jerusalem.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Enjoy a guided walking tour of the Old City today. Walk through the winding alleys housing the colorful bazaar where you may find unique souvenirs. Tour David’s Citadel and visit the engaging Tower of David Museum where you can explore the entire history of Jerusalem. Afternoon at leisure. This evening celebrate with your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner.

Day 11: Jerusalem/USA or Eilat.

Early this morning, transfer to the airport to end your holy land tours for your return flight to the USA, or continue your exciting journey with an extension to Eilat with an optional Petra excursion.

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  • Deposit Price: $ 300
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 749
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Trip Includes
  • Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-Israel ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at superior first class hotels
  • 13 meals: 8 buffet breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 4 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours and entry fees
  • English-speaking Tour Director throughout
Trip Excludes
  • Baggage and personal insurance
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Gratuities and optional tours
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
  • Beverages
  • Meals other than specified in the trip itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
Optional Activities

Add four days in the sun-kissed resort of Eilat on the Red Sea with an opportunity to join a full day optional excursion to world-renowned Petra!  Your extension is locally hosted.

Day 11: Extension

Meals: Breakfast


After breakfast travel to Eilat, Israel’s southern-most city located on the Red Sea. Arrive at your resort hotel and enjoy leisure time to relax at your hotel’s pool or on the beach, stroll along the seafront promenade and dine in one of the outdoor cafes and restaurants. Dan Panorama Eilat Hotel

Day 12: Extension

Meals: Breakfast

Optional Petra Excursion.

A day at leisure. We recommend an unforgettable optional full day excursion ($289*, lunch included) to mystical Petra, Jordan. Built over 2000 years ago as the Nabatean capital, Petra is one of the world’s most marvelously preserved archeological sites. With a local expert you’ll explore the rose-colored city carved out of rock face. Discover the imposing facades of the awe-inspiring palaces, temples and tombs before returning to Eilat late today. (B)

* Jordan visa and border crossing fees are not included in the price and will be collected at the border.

Day 13: Extension

Meals: Breakfast

Day at leisure for sun & surf. You may visit the Coral Reef Underwater Observatory and the Dolphin Reef or join a jeep excursion to view desert wildlife.

Day 14: Extension

Meals: Breakfast

Today, travel back to Jerusalem where the remainder of the day is at leisure for independent activities. Dan Panorama Jerusalem Hotel

Day 15: Extension


Early this morning, transfer to the airport for your return flight home. Your magical journey to Israel ends as you arrive the USA later today.



Your extension includes:


  • Transportation to Eilat
  • 3 nights at a superior first-class resort in Eilat overlooking the lagoon & Marina
  • One extra night in Jerusalem
  • Daily full buffet breakfasts


Meals Included:

13 meals: 8 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch and 4 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Airfare included
Group Size:
Standard Group
Start City
Tel Aviv
End City
Cancellation Policy:

Full Payment due 75 days before departure. Failure to make final payment on time may result in automatic cancellation of reservation and loss of deposit.

Changes to the original reservation will result in a $150 change fee per person per change. No changes allowed within 75 days of departure.

Cancellation charges per person are:

Up to 75 days before departure: $300

74-45 days before departure: $600

44-30 days before departure: $1000

29-10 days before departure: $1500

9 days or less before departure: No refund.

All cancellations must be received in writing.

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