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Until Apr 18 From May 18

Perched at the crossroads of Middle Eastern history for centuries and the spiritual home to Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike, Israel remains a must-visit destination for anyone eager to understand this dynamic, always-changing region. Explore the historic towns of Bethlehem and Nazareth, tune into the rhythm of daily life in the Golan Heights, visit Bedouin communities in the Negev Desert, and experience a soul-stirring visit to a refugee camp. Thousands of incredible moments, one comprehensive trip.

Middle East
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, Sightseeing, Swimming, Walking Tour
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: DOIE.A/201553
  • Starts: Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Finishes: Jerusalem, Israel
You will Visit
  • Tel Aviv
  • Nazareth
  • Tiberias
  • Jericho
  • Negev Desert
  • Jerusalem

Itinerary

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Day 1: Tel Aviv

Arrive at any time.
There will be the chance for the group to head out for an optional local dinner.

02

Day 2: Tel Aviv/Nazareth

Enjoy a quick driving tour of Tel Aviv before continuing to historic Jaffa to visit the old markets and the Old Port.

After, make a unique visit to a Druze village and enjoy lunch with a local family.

Continue on to Akko to visit the old markets, Aljazar Mosque, and the unique underground crusader castle before journeying on to Nazareth for the night.

03

Day 3: Nazareth/Tiberias

Tour the Sea of Galilee, view the Golan Heights, and spend the night on a kibbutz.
Travel to Golan Heights and learn more about this history of the area.

Visit the Sea of Galilee, including sights like the Church of Transfiguration and the Mount of Beatitudes.

Later, travel to a kibbutz for the night. Learn about this unique communal way of life unique to Israel.

04

Day 4: Tiberias/Jericho

Visit the fortress of Masada followed by a swim in the Dead Sea.
Travel to Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit the famous rock fortress. Opt to hike (or ride) to the top and learn more about this ancient place.

Continue on to the fascinating Dead Sea. Cover yourself in the healing mud, bob like a cork in very salty water, or enjoy a little sunbathing on the shore. Spend the night in Jericho.

05

Day 5: Jericho/Negev Desert

Travel to the Negev Desert and visit a village to learn firsthand about Bedouin culture before sleeping overnight in a Bedouin- style camp.

06

Day 6: Negev Desert/Jerusalem

Visit Bethlehem and the Duhaishe Camp for Palestinian refugees.
Travel to biblical Bethlehem and visit the Church of the Nativity before heading to Duhaishe Camp for Palestinian refugees. The camp has become something of a permanent town. Learn more about the situation of the Palestinians in Israel and what life in the camp is all about.

In the late afternoon, travel to Jerusalem for the evening.

07

Day 7: Jerusalem

Visit the Western Wall and the Holy Sepulchre Church. Enjoy a guided visit of the Muslim and Jewish quarters of Old Jerusalem.
Visit the four quarters of the Old City on a guided walk: the Christian, Jewish, Armenian, and Muslim quarters.

After, walk the 14 stations of the Dolorosa, ending at the Holy Sepulchre Church, and visit the Western Wall.

Spend some free time exploring in the afternoon.

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Day 8: Jerusalem

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Tel Aviv city tour including Old Port of Jaffa
    • Traditional lunch with a Druze family
    • Akko and Nazareth visits
    • Sea of Galilee region tour
    • Golan Heights visit
    • Kibbutz stay
    • Masada guided tour
    • Dead Sea visit with swim
    • Negev Desert Bedouin village and overnight camping excursion
    • Bethlehem visit
    • Refugee camp visit
    • Jerusalem sightseeing including the Western Wall and Holy Sepulcher Church
    • Old Jerusalem guided tour
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (6 nts), camping (1 nt, Bedouin-style camp)
    • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Private van, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Swim in the Dead Sea
  • Live like a local on a kibbutz
  • Explore the biblical towns of Nazareth and Bethlehem
  • Overnight in a Bedouin Camp
  • Wander through the streets of Old Jerusalem.