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Israel and Beyond

8 days, Jerusalem to Tel Aviv

Harbouring sacred sites central to three of the world’s major religions, Israel holds a unique place in the Middle East. Immerse yourself in the historical and cultural wonders of this complex, ancient land. Look out over the domes and spires of timeless Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, and pay your respects to the victims of the Holocaust at Israel’s official Holocaust memorial. Stroll the ancient port city of Caesarea Maritima and the ruins of Capernaum, where Jesus is believed to have lived and preached; and learn about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a variety of perspectives.

8 days - Jerusalem to Tel Aviv

From$21799HKD
Valid on Aug 7 2022
Trip Code: DOHNG

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Harbouring sacred sites central to three of the world’s major religions, Israel holds a unique place in the Middle East. Immerse yourself in the historical and cultural wonders of this complex, ancient land. Look out over the domes and spires of timeless Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, and pay your respects to the victims of the Holocaust at Israel’s official Holocaust memorial. Stroll the ancient port city of Caesarea Maritima and the ruins of Capernaum, where Jesus is believed to have lived and preached; and learn about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a variety of perspectives.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Physical Rating: 2 - Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 10.

Visa Requirements

8 days - Jerusalem to Tel Aviv

From$21799HKD
Valid on Aug 7 2022
Trip Code: DOHNG

Need a flight? We can help.

Call us to book your flights! We'll find you the best option!

Creating ripples that change lives

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Ripple Score

100

Jerusalem embodies history and religion—make that religions—like no other city in the world. At Jerusalem’s heart is the Old City, the cultural crossroads.” —photographer Ed Kashi, National Geographic Traveler

Map of the route for Israel and Beyond

Places visited

Itinerary Notes

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Itinerary

Day 1Jerusalem

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.

Day 2Jerusalem

Begin the day with a walking tour of Jerusalem’s Old City, home to sites that are sacred to the three of the world’s great faiths. At the Temple Mount, visit the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque. Continue to the Western Wall, then make your way through the winding lanes of the Jewish Quarter to the historic Hurva Synagogue. Walk along the Way of the Cross, the route that Jesus is believed to have taken on his way to crucifixion, and end at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre—according to tradition and to recent findings, Jesus’s tomb is located here. This afternoon, ascend to the top of the Mount of Olives for panoramic views of the city. Later, we’ll enjoy a talk with a local scholar about the struggles of daily life in Jerusalem, discussing interfaith issues, political conflict, and hopes for a peaceful future.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Jerusalem Lecture with Local Expert

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3Jerusalem

This morning, pay a visit to Yad Vashem, Israel’s moving memorial to the Holocaust. Continue to the Israel Museum to view the Dead Sea Scrolls, one of the most important archaeological finds of the past century, and opt to walk through the museum’s state-of-the-art exhibition on your own. This evening, join an Israeli chef on a walking tour of the lively Mahane Yehuda Market. We’ll learn about the key ingredients of Israeli cuisine, and enjoy a hands-on lesson in kosher cooking.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Mahane Yehuda Market Walk & Kosher Cooking Class

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 4Jerusalem

Spend the day in the ancient town of Bethlehem, located in the hills of the West Bank. Begin with a visit to Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity, where Jesus is believed to have been born. Walk through a nearby Palestinian refugee camp on your way to a local women's collective, created by and for refugee women. Learn how to prepare traditional Palestinian dishes in the camp’s shared kitchen, and sit down to a delicious meal with the women while gaining insights into their lives as refugees.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Palestinian Women's Project Local Lunch

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 5Jerusalem/Tiberias

Start the day with a guided visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Masada, King Herod’s 2,000-year-old mountaintop fortress. Explore the remains of elaborate palaces and bathhouses, then travel to the shores of the Dead Sea for a chance to float in its fabled waters. Continue north to the Sea of Galilee and enjoy a visit to a kibbutz—an Israeli communal settlement—while learning about the origins of the kibbutz movement.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 6Tiberias

Venture to the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus is believed to have delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Visit the church that commemorates the event, and take in breathtaking views of the Sea of Galilee and the surrounding countryside. Continue to the ruins of Capernaum, often called “the town of Jesus.” Learn about the lives and perspectives of Israeli Arabs en route to Nazareth, where we stop at the Basilica of the Annunciation, one of the largest churches in the Middle East. Later, visit a local winery for a tour and private tasting.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Galilee Winery tour and tasting

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7Tiberias/Tel Aviv

Head to the sparkling shores of the Mediterranean, stopping at the coastal city of Haifa. Then travel south to Caesarea Maritima to explore the ruins of Herod’s great harbour city. Afterward, continue to bustling Tel Aviv for our last evening in Israel.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8Tel Aviv

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast
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What's Included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Jerusalem Lecture with Local Expert, Jerusalem
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Mahane Yehuda Market Walk & Kosher Cooking Class, Jerusalem
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Palestinian Women's Project Local Lunch, Bethlehem
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Galilee Winery tour and tasting, Galilee
  • Arrival transfer
  • Jerusalem Old City walking tour
  • Visit Yad Vashem (the Holocaust memorial)
  • Visit the Israel Museum and view the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Tour Bethlehem
  • Visit a Palestinian refugee community
  • Guided visit to Masada
  • Dead Sea visit
  • Explore the Sea of Galilee area including Capernaum and Nazareth
  • Kibbutz tour
  • Visit Haifa and Caesarea Maritima
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (7 nts).

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
Allow USD230-300 for meals not included.

Transportation

Private van/bus, walking.

Staff & experts

CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.

Available extras (Add these to your tour when you book)

My Own Room - From $13529.00

If you're travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process.

Make it a private tour

Book this tour as a private departure - with your own CEO and all the benefits of a G Adventures group tour - for any group, big or small (even just one traveller).

Israel and Beyond

| 8 days - Jerusalem to Tel Aviv - from $21799 HKD