Israel Discovery (Winter Season)

9 Days from $3,250 per person

Style: Premium | Pace: Comfortable

Walk in the footsteps of Jesus, as you journey from birthplace to his Crucifixion site of Jerusalem. The is a journey that brings Biblical stories to life, taking you to some of the world's most sacred Jewish and Islamic sites, accompanied by your knowledgeable Local Expert.

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Walk in the footsteps of Jesus, as you journey from birthplace to his Crucifixion site of Jerusalem. The is a journey that brings Biblical stories to life, taking you to some of the world's most sacred Jewish and Islamic sites, accompanied by your knowledgeable Local Expert.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).

  2. You will be met at Ben Gurion Airport and driven to your hotel in Tel Aviv. At 7:30 pm meet your travel companions for a Welcome Reception and a short introduction to your trip.

    hotel:Sheraton Tel Aviv Hotel
  3. Morning sightseeing showcases the highlights of this vibrant city including the Habimah National Theatre, Rabin Square and Carmel Market. Venture along the seashore to the ancient city of Jaffa to see the famous clock tower and the old harbor. Visit the artists' quarter with its galleries, boutiques and picturesque narrow lanes. At night, enjoy a traditional Shabbat dinner.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Sheraton Tel Aviv Hotel
  4. Travel from Tel Aviv, along the coastal road to Caesarea. Explore the ancient Roman and Crusader ruins, including the huge amphitheater. 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 harbor area and Crusader crypt, before continuing to Nazareth. Visit one of Christianity's most sacred places, the Church of Annunciation, built on the site where the angel Gabriel is said to have appeared to Mary. Head on to your hotel in Tiberias, which is located on the Sea of Galilee. The day concludes with a brief introduction to life on a Kibbutz.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Leonardo Plaza Hotel Tiberias
  5. Visit the ancient wooden boat that dates back to when Jesus was alive, and enjoy a cruise on the Sea of Galilee. Visit Capernaum, where Jesus is said to have entered the Synagogue to teach, before heading to the Mount of Beatitudes, where he preached the Sermon on the Mount. 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):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Hod Hamidbar Resort and Spa Hotel, Ein Bokek, 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. Travel through the Judean Hills to Mount Scopus for breathtaking views of Jerusalem. Visit King David's Tomb on Mount Zion, and the Room of the Last Supper. Enter the Old City and follow the winding cobbled alleyways to the magnificent Wailing Wall, the most sacred monument in Judaism.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Leonardo Plaza Hotel Jerusalem
  7. Visit Yad Vashem, a memorial for those who perished in the Holocaust. Continue to the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book wing which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Leonardo Plaza Hotel Jerusalem
  8. Enjoy a relaxed morning or alternatively choose to meet your Local Expert at the West Bank border and continue to the Holy city of Bethlehem. The Optional Experience includes visiting 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 is considered sacred by followers of both Christianity and Islam. In the afternoon, all travelers will 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, and the Pool of Bethesda, to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. At night, toast your adventures over a hearty Celebration Dinner with wine.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Leonardo Plaza Hotel Jerusalem
  9. Your journey comes to an end with transfers to Ben Gurion airport.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
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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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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options

Included Quality Dining

7 Buffet Breakfasts, 2 Dinners and 2 Dinners with wine, plus tea or coffee.

Insight Experiences

  • Jaffa: Visit the ancient port and artists' quarter and see the famous clock tower and old harbour.
  • Caesarea: With your Local Expert, explore the Roman and Crusader ruins of Caesarea, formerly one of the splendid cities in Palestine.
  • Dead Sea: Alongside your Local Expert, ascend to the ancient fortress of Masada by cable car where Jewish Zealots held out for three years against Herod’s armies, before sacrificing themselves.

Top Rated Highlights

  • 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.
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    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017
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Service rating : GET was very helpful in booking the trip and helping us upgrade our flights. Always responsive and willing to assist when we had questions.
Vacation : It was a great trip, but there was so much to see and do that it should have been two days longer to avoid rushing. Also, an advisory that there was quite a bit of climbing - hills and stairs -- would have been helpful in deciding on this tour. We had a wonderful tour director. Rafi was knowledgeable, friendly and helpful in making special arrangements when necessary.
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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Jerusalem

Jerusalem By Night

Adult Price: $25.00

Drive through the time-worn streets of Jerusalem by night to witness the ancient sites and monuments beautifully illuminated. Enter the walled old city and walk through the twisting maze of alleyways of the Jewish quarter to the flood lit Western Wall. Above it shines the golden orb of the Dome of the Rock.

Bethlehem Excursion

Adult Price: $40.00

Meet your local guide at the West Bank border and continue to the 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. Important: Please note from the Check Point this tour will be operated by a local Bethlehem guide and coach.

Amman

Iraq Al-Amir Visit

Adult Price: $138.00

Today, we’ll journey to Iraq Al-Amir, where we’ll visit Qasr Al-Abd, a large Ancient Greek palace built in the second century BCE. According to legend, the palace was built by a commoner for a nobleman’s daughter with unfortunately tragic consequences. Afterwards, we’ll visit a local Women’s Association to learn how they make soap from Olive Oil and greeting cards from recycled paper. Then we’ll enjoy a meal prepared by the local women.

Iraq Al-Amir Visit

Adult Price: $138.00

Today, we’ll journey to Iraq Al-Amir, where we’ll visit Qasr Al-Abd, a large Ancient Greek palace built in the second century BCE. According to legend, the palace was built by a commoner for a nobleman’s daughter with unfortunately tragic consequences. Afterwards, we’ll visit a local Women’s Association to learn how they make soap from Olive Oil and greeting cards from recycled paper. Then we’ll enjoy a meal prepared by the local women.

Ajlun Castle Experience

Adult Price: $165.00

Built in 1184 AD, Ajloun Castle played an important role in defending this area against the Crusaders, who unsuccessfully spend decades trying to capture the castle and the nearby village. Afterwards, we’ll travel to the quaint village of Rassoun for a simple, but generous, home-cooked meal with the family of Abu Baker, who’s built a kitchen and living room on the top of his house to entertain us.

Desert Castles

Adult Price: $113.00

Join us as we travel to the east and south of Amman to visit Jordan's desert castles, beautiful examples of early Islamic art and architecture. These preserved caravan stations were centres of agriculture and trade in the eighth century that helped distant rulers forge ties with local Bedouins. One of the best preserved monuments, Qusair Amra, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with lively frescoes and colourful mosaics.

Desert Castles

Adult Price: $113.00

Join us as we travel to the east and south of Amman to visit Jordan's desert castles, beautiful examples of early Islamic art and architecture. These preserved caravan stations were centres of agriculture and trade in the eighth century that helped distant rulers forge ties with local Bedouins. One of the best preserved monuments, Qusair Amra, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with lively frescoes and colourful mosaics.

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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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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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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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