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Tales of Israel tour
Bethlehem Dead Sea Tales of Israel Trip

Tales of Israel

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: 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
8 days
From: $ 1,899 $ 237 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Bike tour of Tel Aviv
  • Entrance fees to all sights in the itinerary
  • Guided visit of Palestine including an insight into life in a refugee camp
  • Visit a Palestinian brewery
  • Guided tours of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Tel Aviv & Ramallah
  • Visit the Dead Sea & Sea of Galilee
  • Visit a local kibbutz
  • Tours of Nazareth, Acre & Haifa

Short Description

Prepare to discover tales both ancient and modern on this insightful journey through Israel. Float like a cork in the Dead Sea, cast your eyes over Jerusalem’s holy sites, clink glasses on an included brewery tour and flex your culinary skills at an optional hummus class. And did we mention Tel Aviv’s nightlife? It’s calling your name…

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.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Destinations

Israel

Activities

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Trip Includes

  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinner
  • 6 nights in private hostel accommodation (twin or double share), 1 night in an Arab mansion
  • Small group
  • Arrival transfer from the airport to the hostel
  • Transport in an air-conditioned minibus
  • Awesome English-speaking Trip Leader + Local Guides

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Itinerary

Day 1

Ready to discover Israel’s inside story? Kick off your own Israel tale and say shalom to Tel Aviv. This cosmopolitan city is a sparkling mix of restaurants, bars, skyscrapers and beaches – not to mention a party atmosphere that refuses to be ignored. Drop your bags and get excited for this evening’s welcome meeting, where you’ll meet your new Topdecker BFFs. This is going to be one for the books.

Included today:
-Airport transfer

Day 2

Rise and shine! This morning, it’s up and at ‘em as you take to two wheels on a bike tour of the city. Later, soak up the hipster vibes in the Florentin neighbourhood as you check out some incredible street art, and swing by one of the city’s most ancient (and most enchanting) areas, Old Jaffa, on a walking tour. Expect winding alleys, fountains and archways for days. Feeling peckish? You could always hop on an optional market tasting tour and scope out the city’s ridonculous hummus game (it’s legit).

Included today:
-Bike tour of Tel Aviv
-Walking tour of Tel Aviv & Old Jaffa

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Market tasting tour

Day 3

Jerusalem, here we come! But not before we make a few unmissable pit stops along the way. First up, we’ll make like the Magi and set a course for the little town of Bethlehem. Jesus’ birthplace packs a whole bunch of holy sites, churches and bazaars. Then, it’s onwards to a local refugee camp to get an insight of into the life of the Palestinian people who call the area home. One more stop at Ramallah (‘God’s Hills’ in Arabic), then it’s off to a Palestinian brewery we go for a drop of the good stuff.

Included today:
-Visit Bethlehem
-Visit a local refugee camp
-Visit Ramallah
-Palestinian brewery tour

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Day 4

First up, a free morning to do Jerusalem your way. Want to see beyond those city walls? An optional Judean desert tour will take things well off the beaten track. Then, it’s cameras at the ready as we hit the streets on a history-laden walking tour of this spiritual powerhouse. From the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to the Western Wall, the city teems with pilgrims who’ve come to worship at Jerusalem’s holiest sites. This afternoon, foodies can go gourmet with an optional market tour or hummus making class. Chickpeas for the win.

Included today:
-Jerusalem city tour

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Judean Desert tour
-Market tour
-Hummus making class

Day 5

At 427 m below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth and roughly 8.6 times saltier than the ocean. True story. Today you’ll get to tick off another #lifegoal as you float around in it. Then, it’s on to a local kibbutz to get the lay of the land and a real sense of community. Later, we’ll make tracks to the tranquility of the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus is said to have walked on water. This evening’s accommodation? A 200 year-old Arab mansion, of course. That’s just how we roll.

Included today:
-Visit the Dead Sea
-Visit a local kibbutz
-Visit the Sea of Galilee

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 6

Get your daily fact fix and then some on included tours of Nazareth, Acre and Haifa today. As you make your way around, tick off fascinating historical sites such as Templar and Crusader ruins, and keep your eye out for the postcard-perfect Bahá’í Gardens. Later on, there’s a winery visit on the cards, so get your raised pinkies at the ready and prepare for all the pretentious chat you can handle.

Included today:
-Tours of Nazareth, Acre and Haifa
-Visit the Templar and Crusader ruins
-Visit the Bahá’í Gardens
-Visit a local winery

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 7

Back in the buzzing metropolis of Tel Aviv, you won’t be short of things to do. Whether you choose to pull up a sun lounger, hunt down some local delicacies or simply meander the streets on a Snapchat spree, today is yours to do as you please. If you’re an aspiring surf god(dess), you can even take to the water on an optional surf lesson. Hear that Tel Aviv nightlife calling? We wouldn’t be surprised. Tel Aviv is ranked as one of the top ten party cities in the world. Round off your final evening with your trip mates in style with an optional nightlife tour. Cue allll of the emotional hugs.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Surf lessons
-Tel Aviv nightlife tour

Day 8

Today marks the final chapter of your journey – we’re off after breakfast. Israel, it’s been one heck of a trip. Too soon to start planning the next adventure?

Meals:
-Breakfast

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Extremely knowledgeable

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Amazing staff who are very friendly and also extremely knowledgeable. My trip was amazing and I enjoyed every minute of it. I did the Spirit of Europe last year and couldn’t recommend Topdeck enough.
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Fast-Paced Tour of Western Europe that highlighted most Bucket List Sights. Awesome Company. Great Food and Tour Leader

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I jumped on this tour with very little notice and planning, and I was thoroughly impressed. Our Topdeck trip leader was very knowledgeable, fun, and adjusted the trip to the group (34 people). The meals provided were delicious, and they worked hard to cater to dietary needs. Accommodations were good, typically with 2-6 people in a hostel room. Keep in mind they are hostels, not hotels (bring your own towel).

I loved the itinerary, as it highlighted the must-see places and had variety (ex. Paris, Rome vs. Switzerland). The optionals in each city were all wonderful. However, many were not presented in the Topdeck literature online and were not introduced on the trip more than a day in advance. All are paid for in cash (Euros). Because of how the optionals were presented, it was a bit harder to budget. I would recommend inquiring more about the optionals when booking and at the beginning of your tour via your trip leader. Don't feel pressured to do all of them and remember to keep your own interests in mind.

The solo travelers easily found others with similar interests to explore with. For many on this trip, drinking and going out to bars/clubs was a major component (as alcohol is often cheaper than water). Because of the shortness of this tour along with all the destinations, prepare for lots of driving and to make the most of the time you have in each city.

This trip provided am amazing sampling of Western Europe and opened my eyes to cultures and history I was unfamiliar with. Overall, I would highly recommend this itinerary and touring company, as it provided a good balance between budget and experiences.

P.S. Stay flexible with plans, but some of the popular sights need more pre-planning than expected, like the Eiffel Tower and the Anne Frank House (Amsterdam).
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Overall amazing value. Food, particularly by Topdeck staff, excellent. Spontaneous/flexible; be prepared to pay for lots of extra excursions, on and off your itinerary, in cash.

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Food was excellent. Accomodations were better than expected: hostels, but usually with in-suite bathrooms and always only with other members of your tour of the same gender. Don't try to overplan; trip is quite spontaneous and flexible and you won't know much about the schedule/optionals for each city more than a day or so in advance. Optionals will be plentiful and paid in cash. Only do those that are right for you, even if your trip leader really encourages them and most other people are going. These trips are great for solo travelers, but make sure you find people interested in the same things as you...it will probably be easy to find groups to go to bars and clubs with in the evenings, but harder to find people who prefer other evening plans. Driver was excellent and bus was very comfortable and clean, but be prepared to spend a lot of time on it as there is no driving at night. Trip leader extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and helpful. Overall, excellent value and a trip with plenty of time to see the bucket list highlights in each city.
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Winter Spirit around Europe!

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I did the 24 day Winter Spirit around Europe! I would definitely recommend booking a Topdeck tour! It was the best experience ever. Doing my second Topdeck in July around New Zealand!
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Most amazing experience ever!

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Did Uluru discovery in Australia and Grand Kiwi in NZ back in November and it was the most amazing experience ever! Awesome guide and driver. Well organized and took great care of us!
Only one bad hostel accommodation wise, but other than that it was amazing.
It was so nice not having to worry about accommodations, transportation, and most meals when we got there! On the days it wasn’t included, the guide/driver would tell us what’s in the area!
For sure will be doing another topdeck tour in the future!
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Extremely knowledgeable

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My partner and I just completed the 20 day Discover Winter tour and it was absolutely outstanding! What really made the trip though was the Trip Leader, Alex, and the driver, Deyan. They were both extremely knowledgeable people and explained everything we needed to know to enjoy every place we went to. I highly recommend this tour and hope that everybody else has the opportunity to meet Alex and Deyan.
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