Israel and Beyond

Jerusalem to Tel Aviv

8 days from 1,929 pp

Overview

Israel holds a unique place in the Middle East. With sacred sites central to three of humanity’s major religions, you could spend a lifetime exploring its wonders of history and culture. Look over Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, stay in a kibbutz hotel at the Sea of Galilee, walk the ruins at Capernaum, and eat lunch at the home of a Palestinian family. Make your own pilgrimage to this beloved and complex place.

8 days Jerusalem to Tel Aviv

From €1,929 per person 

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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.

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Day 1: Jerusalem

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

We highly recommend booking a pre-night in Jerusalem to recover from jetlag and relax as this is a fast paced trip with little free time.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting:
1h18:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Private Vehicle:
Ben Gurion Airport – Jerusalem – Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 

Accommodation:

Legacy Hotel (or similar)

Day 2: Jerusalem

Take a specially designed walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem with both Israeli and Palestinian guides an experience exclusively designed by National Geographic Emerging Explorer Aziz Abu Sarah. This unique dual-narrative tour allows travellers a deeper understanding of the diverse cultural, religious, and political aspects of Israel. Visit key sites including the Temple Mount, Dome of the Rock, and the Al Aqsa Mosque. Continue to the Western Wall, then walk through the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This afternoon, visit the Mount of Olives for stunning views of Jerusalem, then enjoy free time to wander on your own or opt to visit the Garden of Gethsemane. Later, enjoy a discussion with a local scholar on conflict resolution and local interfaith issues.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives – Old Jerusalem Walking Tour:

Take a specially designed walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem with two guides: one Israeli and one Palestinian, an experience exclusively designed by National Geographic Emerging Explorer Aziz Abu Sarah. This unique dual-narrative tour allows travellers a deeper understanding of the diverse cultural, religious and political aspects of Israel. Visit key sites including the Temple Mount, Dome of the Rock, and the Al Aqsa Mosque.

Mount of Olives Viewpoint:
Jerusalem – Named for the olive groves that once covered its slopes, the Mount of Olives is a mountain ridge just east of Jerusalem’s Old City, separating it from the Judean Desert. Enjoy sweeping views of Jerusalem and enjoy this prominent site which is referenced in Holy Scriptures.
National Geographic Journeys Exclusives – Lecture with Local Expert:

Discuss the present-day situation with a local who specializes in conflict resolution. Sit down with this leading scholar to talk about the current state of affairs here, local interfaith issues and gain insight into both Israel and the Middle East.

Private Vehicle:
Jerusalem – Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 

Accommodation:

Legacy Hotel (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3: Jerusalem

Take a sobering visit to Yad Vashem Memorial to learn about the Holocaust and its ramifications today. In the afternoon, visit the famed Israel Museum. View the Dead Sea Scrolls, housed in the Shrine of the Book and observe one of the greatest archaeological finds of the past century. After, opt to walk through the museum’s state of the art archeological exhibition on your own.

Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum) Visit:
Jerusalem – The Holocaust History Museum is home to state-of-the-art exhibits on this horrific tragedy. It also showcases original artifacts and survivor testimonies.
Israel Museum & Dead Sea Scrolls:
Jerusalem – Visit the famed Israel Museum and view the Dead Sea Scrolls, housed in the Shrine of the Book. Considered one of the greatest archaeological finds of the past century, theses ancient manuscripts (dated at over 2000 years old) were discovered between 1947 and 1956 in 11 caves near Khirbet Qumran, on the shores of the Dead Sea. After, enjoy free time to walk through the museum’s state of the art archeological exhibition which showcases some of the most significant finds in the region.
Private Vehicle:
Jerusalem – Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Free Time:
Bethlehem Afternoon – Enjoy some time on your own.

 

Accommodation:

Legacy Hotel (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 4: Jerusalem

Enjoy a second exclusively designed dual-narrative tour of Bethlehem with Israeli and Palestinian guides. Visit Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity. Walk through a nearby Palestinian refugee camp and then head to a local Palestinian family’s home for a cooking class and lunch.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives – Bethlehem Walking Tour:

Enjoy a dual-narrative tour of Bethlehem with two guides: one Israeli and one Palestinian. This experience was exclusively designed by National Geographic Emerging Explorer Aziz Abu Sarah. Hearing personal stories and cross-cultural learning, visit Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity, known as the birthplace of Jesus, and learn about the city’s shrinking Christian population. Also walk through a nearby Palestinian refugee camp, and learn how murals and graffiti have been used to depict the refugees’ struggles.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives – Palestinian Family Meal:

Enjoy a midday break with a visit to a local Palestinian family’s home. Experience a cultural immersion, learning about daily life in Bethlehem during a cooking class that focuses on traditional favourites. After, enjoy the results for lunch.

Private Vehicle:
Jerusalem – Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 

Accommodation:

Legacy Hotel (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 5: Jerusalem/Tiberias

Start the day with a guided visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Masada with stops at Herod’s Palace, the Bathhouse, and the Synagogue. After that, it’s off for a visit to the Dead Sea, continuing along the Jordan Valley north to the Sea of Galilee, where we’ll stay in a kibbutz hotel for the next two nights and enjoy a lecture on the Kibbutz movement.

Staying at a Kibbutz hotel is a unique experience, but please remember that the accommodation & facilities are simple.

Private Vehicle:
Jerusalem – Tiberias4h-5h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Masada Guided Tour:
Masada – Take a tour of Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage site and stunning rock fortress that was the last stronghold of the Jewish in their war against the Romans. The story of the site reveals the courage of the defenders of Massada and their battle against the conquering Romans. Visit Herod’s palace, the mikveh, storerooms, watchtowers, and the synagogue.
Dead Sea Visit (Israel):
Dead Sea – The Dead Sea is actually a lake, without any from of life whatsoever in its waters, hence its name. The water is so dense that it is practically impossible to sink and its five to ten times as salty as regular sea water. While swimming, cover yourself with the sea’s mud, which is reputed to have special healing powers, and don’t forget to take a photo of yourself reading a book while floating! You will notice that the salt penetrates any cuts on your body and has an unusual smell, but there are showers to wash off under after swimming.
National Geographic Journeys Exclusives – Kibbutz tour:

Enjoy an introduction to the Kibbutz movement history which started about 100 years ago around the Sea Of Galille. With our local expert, we’ill discuss the difference between the the “Original” Kibbutz to the Kibbutz of today and in the future. On the tour we will see the Kibbutz structure visiting shared public buildings and areas including dining room, children’s houses, laundry station, as well as the agricultural areas.

 

Accommodation:

Ma’agan Kibbutz (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 6: Tiberias

Visit the Mt. of Beatitudes, for gorgeous views of the Sea of Galilee and visit the church that was built atop this hill, where Jesus is believed to have delivered his “Sermon on the Mount” speech. Continue to the ruins of Capernaum, where Jesus lived and preached, and where many apostles, including Peter, made their home. Learn about the lives of Israeli Arabs on the way to Nazareth, where we visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, one of the largest churches in the Middle East.

Private Vehicle:
Tiberias – Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Nazareth Guided Tour:
Nazareth – Visit some of the highlights of Nazareth, a city of religious importance and spirituality. Delve into its rich historic and biblical significance, but also admire its modern culture and Middle Eastern charm.​
Sea of Galilee area tour:
Tiberias – Enjoy stunning sights this morning with a drive to the Mt. of Beatitudes with sweeping views of the Sea of Galilee. Visit the church that was built atop this hill, where Jesus is believed to have delivered his “Sermon on the Mount” speech. Next, tour the ruins of Capernaum, where Jesus lived and preached, and where many apostles, including Peter, made their home.

 

Accommodation

Ma’agan Kibbutz (or similar)

 

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7: Tiberias/Tel Aviv

Continue to the Mediterranean, visiting the coastal city of Haifa and then south to Caesarea Maritima to see the ruins of Herod’s harbour city. After, continue toward Jaffa, an ancient port city dating back to the Bronze Age. Continue on to the bustling city of Tel Aviv for our last evening.

After a very busy trip, should you wish to enjoy some relaxation and leisure time, we do recommend booking post nights in Tel Aviv,

Caesarea Guided Tour:
Qesarya – Visit the majestic Roman ruins of Caesarea. It was built as part of Herod the Great’s ambitious plan to “Hellenise” the Holy Land in the 1st century BC. He chose the site of a small Phoenician port and built a classical Greek city. Herod also constructed an artificial harbour by making use of concrete piling underwater – the first ever such use of concrete.
Private Vehicle:
Tiberias – Tel Aviv7h-8h – Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation:

Cinema Hotel (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8: Tel Aviv

Depart at any time.

Departure Day:

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

 

Meals included:

Breakfast

What’s Included:

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Old Jerusalem Walking Tour, Jerusalem
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Lecture with Local Expert, Jerusalem
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Bethlehem Walking Tour, Jerusalem
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Palestinian Family Meal, Jerusalem
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Kibbutz tour, Tiberias
  • Arrival transfer
  • Entrance to 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
  • Explore the Sea of Galilee area including Capernaum and Nazareth
  • Kibbutz tour
  • Visit Haifa, Caesarea Maritima, and Jaffa
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

 

Accommodations:

Hotels (7 nts).

 

Meals:

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Allow USD255-335 for meals not included.

 

Transportation:

Private van/bus, walking.

 

Staff & experts:

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

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