Israel Discovery

9 Days

Walk in the footsteps of Jesus as you follow His journey from birth to the Crucifixion. Jewish and Islamic sites, as well as an experience to Bethlehem, balance the tour.

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  1. Board your overnight flight (not included).
  2. You are met at Ben Gurion Airport and transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv. Share a drink with your fellow guests during a short introduction to your trip.
    hotel:Sheraton Tel Aviv & Towers (2 nights).
  3. Morning sightseeing shows you the highlights of this vibrant city – the Habimah National Theatre, Rabin Square and Carmel Market. Drive along the seashore to the ancient city of Jaffa – see the famous clock tower and view the old harbour. Visit the artists' quarter with its galleries, boutiques and picturesque narrow lanes. At night, enjoy a traditional Shabbat dinner at your hotel.
    meal(s):BB, SE
    hotel:Sheraton Tel Aviv & Towers.
  4. Leaving Tel Aviv, drive along the coastal road to Caesarea to explore the ancient Roman and Crusader ruins, including the huge amphitheatre. Travel via Haifa to Acre, fought over for centuries and captured in turn by Saracens and Crusaders, including Richard the Lionheart. See the fortress, the old harbour area and Crusader crypt before continuing to Nazareth. Visit one of Christianity's most sacred places, the Church of Annunciation, on the site where the angel is said to have appeared to Mary. Head on to your welcoming hotel in Tiberias, on the Sea of Galilee. The day concludes with a brief introduction to life on a Kibbutz.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Leonardo Plaza, Tiberias.
  5. Visit the ancient wooden boat which dates back to the times of Jesus and enjoy a cruise on the Sea of Galilee. Visit Capernaum, where Jesus is said to have entered the Synagogue and taught, and then head to the Mount of Beatitudes, where he preached the Sermon on the Mount. Next, journey through ever-changing landscapes along the Jordan Valley, past ancient Jericho to take a dip in the buoyant salt waters of the Dead Sea.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Hod Hotel, Dead Sea.
  6. Take a cable car ride up to the fortress of Masada, where Jewish Zealots held out for three years against Herod's armies. Pass the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found at Qumran, before driving through the Judean Hills to Jerusalem. Continue up to Mount Scopus for breathtaking views of Jerusalem. Afterwards, visit King David's Tomb on Mount Zion and the Room of the Last Supper before entering the Old City. Here, walk along winding cobbled alleyways to the magnificent Wailing Wall – the most sacred monument in Judaism. Then check into your hotel for three fabulous nights.
    hotel:Leonardo Plaza, Jerusalem (3 nights).
  7. Visit Yad Vashem, the memorial in tribute to those who perished in the Holocaust, and the Shrine of the Book, a wing of the Israel Museum, housing the Dead Sea Scrolls.
    hotel:Leonardo Plaza, Jerusalem.
  8. In the morning, perhaps take an option to meet your Local Expert at the West Bank border and continue to the Holy city of Bethlehem. Visit the Church of the Nativity, one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. The structure is built over the cave that tradition marks as the birthplace of Christ, and it is considered sacred by followers of both Christianity and Islam. Return to Jerusalem, where you'll also visit the Garden of Gethsemene and walk through the Old City to see the Temple Mount, one of Islam's holiest sites. Continue along the Via Dolorosa past the Stations of the Cross, Ecce Homo Arch, Pool of Bethesda to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. At night, enjoy a hearty end-of-tour Celebration Dinner with wine.
    meal(s):BB, CD
    hotel:Leonardo Plaza, Jerusalem.
  9. Your journey comes to an end with transfers to Ben Gurion airport.

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Included Quality Dining

7 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Welcome Drink (WR), 1 Signature Evening (SE), 2 three-course table d'hôte Dinners or Buffets, plus tea or coffee (D); and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) with wine, plus tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences


  • Explore the Roman and Crusader ruins of Caesarea, formerly one of the splendid cities in Palestine.

Sea of Galilee:

  • Enjoy a morning boat ride at the very place where Jesus is said to have walked on water.

Dead Sea:

  • It's nearly impossible to sink so be sure to take a dip in the mineral-rich waters.
  • Ascend by cable car to the ancient fortress of Masada where Jewish Zealots held out for three years against Herod's armies, before committing mass suicide.


  • Visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and Shrine of the Book.
  • Walk the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, site of the Crucifixion.
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
5 Apr 17 13 Apr 17 checkmark $3,450pp
$3,450 pp
12 Apr 17 20 Apr 17 $3,450pp
$3,450 pp
26 Apr 17 4 May 17 $3,050pp
$3,050 pp
10 May 17 18 May 17 $3,050pp
$3,050 pp
24 May 17 1 Jun 17 checkmark $3,250pp
$3,250 pp
31 May 17 8 Jun 17 $3,050pp
$3,050 pp
14 Jun 17 22 Jun 17 $3,050pp
$3,050 pp
21 Jun 17 29 Jun 17 $3,050pp
$3,050 pp
5 Jul 17 13 Jul 17 $3,050pp
$3,050 pp
19 Jul 17 27 Jul 17 $3,050pp
$3,050 pp
2 Aug 17 10 Aug 17 $3,250pp
$3,250 pp
16 Aug 17 24 Aug 17 $3,250pp
$3,250 pp
30 Aug 17 7 Sep 17 $3,250pp
$3,250 pp
6 Sep 17 14 Sep 17 $3,250pp
$3,250 pp
20 Sep 17 28 Sep 17 checkmark $3,125pp
$3,125 pp
18 Oct 17 26 Oct 17 checkmark $3,250pp
$3,250 pp
25 Oct 17 2 Nov 17 $3,250pp
$3,250 pp
8 Nov 17 16 Nov 17 $3,050pp
$3,050 pp
22 Nov 17 30 Nov 17 $3,050pp
$3,050 pp
6 Dec 17 14 Dec 17 $3,050pp
$3,050 pp
20 Dec 17 28 Dec 17 $3,050pp
$3,050 pp
27 Dec 17 4 Jan 18 $3,275pp
$3,275 pp
3 Jan 18 11 Jan 18 $3,050pp
$3,050 pp
17 Jan 18 25 Jan 18 $3,050pp
$3,050 pp
31 Jan 18 8 Feb 18 $3,050pp
$3,050 pp
14 Feb 18 22 Feb 18 $3,050pp
$3,050 pp
28 Feb 18 8 Mar 18 $3,050pp
$3,050 pp
14 Mar 18 22 Mar 18 $3,050pp
$3,050 pp
28 Mar 18 5 Apr 18 $3,175pp
$3,175 pp

Due to religious festivals some departures will operate in reverse and/or a modified itinerary. The order of sightseeing may change at short notice.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $1,200 p.p.

Triple Room Reduction: $110 p.p.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Israel must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Israel for less than 90 days.

  • The currency in Israel is the Shekel. While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • Like the country's population, Israeli cuisine is a diverse mix of Middle Eastern, European, and African flavors.  You'll find variations on common Mediterranean dishes like falafel, hummus and baba ganoush, plus plenty of rice and fresh salads.  For a quick lunch try a shwarma -  grilled meat (usually chicken or lamb) thinly sliced and served with salad in pita bread.  

    You will encounter some restaurants that adhere to Kosher dietary requirements, meaning that you will not be able to get dairy and meat products during the same meal. 

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items, which can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. We also recommend that women bring a light weight scarf to demonstrate respect for the different religions with historical ties to the region. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping is expected when dining out, although tends to be less generous than in the United States. It’s appropriate to leave 10-15%.  Please advise your server if you need to add the tip onto your credit bill, or simply leave your tip on the table.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


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