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The Wonders of Ancient Israel

9 days
For an ancient spiritual epicenter, Israel still feels surprisingly contemporary and fresh. Uncover cosmopolitan Tel Aviv’s laid-back vibe and hip Haifa’s Bauhaus style. Then, descend into the holy lands that set the foundations for many faiths—including Jerusalem, one of the oldest cities in the world.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

Tour Pace: You will walk for about 4 hours daily across uneven terrain, including paved roads, cobblestone streets and dirt paths, with some steep hills.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of Tour of Israel

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Israel today.

Tel Aviv 1 night Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Tel Aviv

  Included meals: Dinner

Get to know Tel Aviv on your own before meeting your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Lake Tiberias 2 nights Hotel info

Day 3: Travel to Lake Tiberias

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

While in Tel Aviv, get to know the city on a guided tour. Then, take in the sights on your way to Lake Tiberias.

• Walk through the Old Town of Jaffa

• Take in Bauhaus architecture at Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, Independence Hall and Rothschild Boulevard

• Discover White City, named for its 4,000 buildings built in the Bauhaus and International styles

• Uncover Caesarea on a tour of the ancient theater, aqueduct and hippodrome

• Marvel at Mount Carmel and the Hanging Bahá’i Gardens in Haifa

• Get to know the ancient city of Acre on a guided tour featuring the Knights Halls in the Crusaders fortress and the local market

Day 4: Nazareth, Capernaum & Tabgha

  Included meals: Breakfast

Discover some of the region’s legendary sites and living traditions.

• See the sights of Nazareth, including the Church of the Annunciation, where the Archangel Gabriel visited Mary

• Visit Capernaum to see an ancient synagogue and the home of St. Peter

• Stop in Tabgha, where Jesus performed the miracle of loaves and fishes

• Admire Galilee from the Mount of Beatitudes

• Visit a kibbutz to learn about the Israelis’ communal way of life

Jerusalem 4 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Jerusalem via Beit She’an & Jericho

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Soak in the history that pulses through the region as you travel to Jerusalem.

• Stop in Beit She’an, an ancient city with ruins dating to the Roman Empire

• Ride a cable car to the Quarantal Monastery and snap a photo of the Old Sycamore Tree

• Look over Jerusalem’s Old City from the Mount of Olives

• Pay visits to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of the Agony

After an included dinner, enjoy a free evening in Jerusalem or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Jerusalem by Night $75pp* Details

Witness Jerusalem lit up by night and gain a unique view of this historic city. Your tour departs after dinner, making its first stop in Mea Shearim, one of Jerusalem’s oldest neighborhoods. Your motor coach will bring you past illuminated walls and churches before arriving at the ruins of the Tower of David, where you'll enjoy a spectacular sound-and-light show.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $85)

Day 6: Holocaust History Museum & the Israel Museum

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend time at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust History Museum, a world leader in Holocaust education, commemoration and research. Then, visit the Israel Museum, where you will get a chance to see the Dead Sea Scrolls. 

Later, enjoy a free afternoon in Jerusalem or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Bethlehem & the Church of the Nativity $59pp* Details

Travel to Bethlehem, a Palestinian city known as the birthplace of Jesus. Inhabited by one of the world’s oldest Christian communities, the town is also believed to be the birthplace of King David and the final resting place of Abrahamic matriarch Rachel. Upon arrival, use your free time to grab something to eat. On your tour through the city, you’ll stop at the Church of the Nativity, where Christians believe Mary gave birth to Jesus. You’ll also explore the Old City and Manger Square. The remainder of your time in Bethlehem is free time for souvenir shopping. Please note: Travelers on this excursion must carry their passport in order to clear the security checkpoint at the Israeli-Palestinian border crossing.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $69)

Day 7: Free day in Jerusalem

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Jerusalem on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Masada, the Dead Sea & Kfar Hanokdom Bedouin Camp $169pp* Details

Journey by cable car up to the desert fortress of Masada, a fortification high atop a plateau that served as the last stronghold of the First Jewish-Roman War. Though its history remains controversial for many Jews, this memorable site is well worth the trip. You'll then venture to the Dead Sea where you might have time to float in the famously salty waters before enjoying lunch. Later, you’ll visit the village of Kfar Hanokdim for a traditional Bedouin dinner and an evening of music and hospitality.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $179)

Day 8: Mount Zion

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Delve deeper into Jerusalem’s holy sites and cultural quarters.

• Head to Mount Zion to view King David’s Tomb and the Upper Room, where Jesus held the Last Supper

• Follow the Via Dolorosa to the Church of Holy Sepulcher

• Venture into the Muslim, Christian, Armenian and Jewish quarters of Jerusalem 

• Pay a visit to the Western Wall, also known as the “Wailing Wall”

Tonight, say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner.

Day 9: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue your tour in Jordan.

Add Jordan Starting from $899 pp

Since July 1994, when Jordan's King Hussein and the Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin signed a declaration ending the animosity between their two countries, Jordan has opened its doors to the west. Encompassing sweeping verdant and arid landscapes and relics of some of the world's oldest civilizations, Jordan is one of the most warm and welcoming countries on earth. Not to be missed are Petra, the River Jordan and the Greco-Roman city of Jerash.

Petra 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Petra via Jerash

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Continue along the Jordan Valley, crossing into the Kingdom of Jordan.  Stop to visit Jerash, one of the world’s largest and best-preserved Roman ruins before continuing on to Petra.

Day 10: Petra

  Included meals: Breakfast

Discover Petra, a city lost to the outside world for centuries. Carved into the red rocks of Mount Hor, Petra has fascinated visitors since its rediscovery in 1812.

Amman 1 night Hotel info

Day 11: Amman via Wadi Rum

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive to Wadi Rum, also known as the Valley of the Moon, and marvel at the region’s landscapes and petroglyphs on a desert safari. Later, arrive in Amman.

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Amman & late-night departure

  Included meals: Breakfast

Explore Madaba, the city of mosaics, and St. George’s Church. Next, head to Mount Nebo, Moses’ burial place. Return to Amman in the afternoon for a guided tour of the old city featuring the citadel and Roman theater.  Later tonight, board your flight home.

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 13: Travel day

Arrive home after your overnight flight.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

In order to enter Israel (as well as Jordan on the tour extension), U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of your return home. An onward or return ticket is also required for entry. A visa is not required for Israel, however a no-charge, three-month visa may be issued upon arrival and may be renewed. It is important to note that if travelers are continuing on the tour extension, a group visa will be provided at the border in Jordan. This entry visa is included in the price of your tour. The Go Ahead Tours itinerary crosses into Jordan via the Jordan Valley Crossing. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.  Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height).  Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & Packing Tips

To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight sports jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Israel. Especially during the summer months, take proper care for sun exposure. While no vaccinations are required for entry, be sure to check with your doctor or health care provider for the latest updates and overseas travel recommendations.

Cuisine

Israeli food is invariably fresh and very carefully prepared. A typical breakfast may consist of sourdough bread with sheep’s-milk cheese and olives, as well as jam or honey. The range of food choices throughout Israel is immense. You’ll find everything from Kosher meals to dishes with Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influences, as well as the international choices available in any major city. On the coast, fish is an excellent choice, including Ben-Yehuda Boulevard is known for its many delicious ice cream shops.

Transportation

Round-trip flights for the main tour arrive in and depart from Tel Aviv. Travelers on the post-tour extension will fly home from Amman, Jordan. All other included transportation is by private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to explore the main cities by public transportation. Israel has an extensive—and remarkably inexpensive—transport system of bus, tram, train and metro lines. Purchase all-inclusive passes for the best deal and try to avoid peak periods of travel, when walking is probably your best bet. Taxis are also very inexpensive in Israel.

Electricity

Israel and Jordan operate on the European standard 220 volts.

Time Zones

Israel is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it’s noon in New York, it’s 7 p.m. in Israel.

Currency

The Israeli new shekel is the currency you’ll be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in Israel, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take credit cards and dollar bills in small denominations. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges. Exchange small amounts of Israeli new shekel at one time in order to compensate for inflation.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalency of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalency of $2USD/ CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/9/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Israel and Jordan

This tour was a life changing experience. It truly was the best of both countries. There are too many things to mention except everything was absolutely PERFECT.

 

Hi Sherry! It’s incredible to know that this was a life changing experience for you. Travel can certainly make an impact on us, and we’re so glad it did for you. We’re also delighted to learn that everything went off without a hitch. Thank you so much for your great review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 18, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 3/12/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing

Excellent, knowledgable tour guides (Nasser in Israel and Mohammed in Jordan), a really enjoyable group of tourmates, and two countries full of astounding Roman and Greek ruins, religious history, and the mystique of Lawrence of Arabia. I felt safe everywhere, and learned so much about this area of the world. When there was a pending blizzard at home, Go Ahead called me on the night of my departure to be sure I had their number in case I neede their help.

 

Hi Elisabeth! We’re so glad you enjoyed all aspects of your tour, and we’re also very happy to hear you felt safe. Safety is certainly our top priority! Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again soon.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 04, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 3/12/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Isreal should be on everyone's travel list

Don't be afraid to go. My trip to Israel and Jordan was wonderful and very safe. The tour guides - Nasser in Israel and Mohammed in Jordan- were excellent. Their expertise and knowledge made the trip very enjoyable and brought the history and culture of the countries to life. They took excellent care of everyone! The hotels were very clean and modern and the food was always fresh and tasty.

 

Hello! Thank you for your wonderful review. We’re glad you had a great time in Israel and Jordan and that you felt safe during your time on tour. Safety is certainly our top priority here at Go Ahead. It’s also great to know that you enjoyed your Tour Directors and felt that their expertise added value to your experience. Again, we thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 05, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 12/5/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: OK

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Phenomenal Trip - recommend to anyone

This trip was much better than I expected. The tour guides in both Israel and Jordan were extremely knowledgeable. Food was great in both countries and the accommodations were way above expectations. We stayed busy the whole time and yet had plenty of time to shop and look around. We went at a great time - right after Thanksgiving (early December) and this was not the busy tourist season so we had places like Caesarea, Acre, Petra (in Jordan), and Bethlehem almost to ourselves. The Holocaust History Museum is a must see but be prepared for an intense experience there. The only things I really did not care for was the Bedouin Camp in Israel and the light show in Petra but others on the trip really enjoyed both. The people were friendly in Israel (except for the Kibbutz) and even friendlier in Jordan. Would recommend this tour (Wonders of Ancient Israel) to anyone.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 11/7/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Excellent Exposure to Middle East

The Wonders of Ancient Israel Tour was educational and very informative. My wife and I enjoyed the small group and were able to interact and meet most of the 22 other travelers. Overall, it was a good cultural experience. The tour to Jerusalem and Petra were the highlights for us. Our guides, Raed Makhouli in Tel Aviv was excellent and Mohammed in Jordan was good. The food for the two of us was satisfactory in most restaurants and hotels but lacked flavor and the hot food was warm. Salad selection was very good. The hotel accommodations were fine and the Le Merdian hotel was excellent during our two night stay in Amman. Through out the tour we felt safe and comfortable. I would definitely recommend the tour to other travelers interested in the Middle East.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/4/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

I stand Amazed!

Completely amazing!

 

Thank you for your review Rianna! We look forward to welcoming you on tour again soon.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 31, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/4/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Vacation Ever

Returned from Israel 7/13/14 with such wonderful memories. Our tour guide 'Miky' was excellent and extremely knowledgeable of the land. We floated peacefully in the Dead Sea, rode camels in the dessert, Ate fish @ St. Peter's fish by the Sea of Gaillee, walk the way of the cross, Baptized in the Jordan River.. The hotels were extremely nice, the food and wine was wonderful, and we felt safe the whole time. Would love to return today if i could!!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/9/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best tour guide ever

This the first time I traveled solo in 23 years. Your tour guide Marina Kreymerzak knowledgeable and wonderful with the group. The only problem we had was a stomach virus that spread through the bus and half the tour were too sick to go to Messina. This is the first time I ever got sick on a tour and I have visited 30 countries.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/25/2014

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Marina: Best Tour Director

We found the trip of Ancient Israel and Jordan exciting and informative. It was thrilling to visit all these sites we had heard about all our lives: Jerusalem's Old City, Jericho, Bethlehem, Gethsemane, Masada, and, best of all, Petra in Jordan. That was one of the most awe-inspiring places we have ever seen: huge, 200-300' cliffs with a whole ancient city carved into the sandstone from around the time of Christ. We were also particularly impressed with the sound and light show on the interior walls of King David's Citadel in Jerusalem. In Israel we had perhaps the best tour director we have ever had on one of your tours: Marina K. She was organized and kept us on schedule without being overbearing about keeping us moving along and not missing any of our appointments. This was truly an outstanding trip. Our only disappointment was about the number of meals that were included. It seems as if that percentage has been reduced in recent years.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 3/14/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Israel/Jordan Tour

The tour directors for the Wonders of Ancient Israel and the Jordan extension were excellent, and I enjoyed the tours immensely. However, the true test of a tour company is when something goes wrong. On the day we were scheduled to return home from Jordan, an employee group with one of the airlines went on strike. This caused flight cancellations for most of our tour group. GoAhead Tours promptly began working on new flights for our group, and they took great care of us while our tour was unexpectedly extended for approximately 36 hours. GoAhead went above and beyond, and they earned my loyalty. I am already researching my next tour with them.

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