The Wonders of Ancient Israel

10 days (9 days in 2015) / Religious Heritage Tours
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About This Experience

Long-ago prophets and modern-day pilgrims have flocked to Israel for millennia. And for an ancient spiritual epicenter, the country still feels surprisingly contemporary and fresh. Here, biblical sites and sacred artifacts mingle effortlessly with an eclectic and energetic local culture. Get a taste of cosmopolitan Tel Aviv’s laissez faire vibe and hip Haifa’s Bauhaus style, before descending into the holy lands that set the foundations for many faiths.

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

How's the weather?

  • Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Haifa, Israel
  • Jerusalem, Israel
  • Petra, Jordan
  • Amman, Jordan
Temperature Precipitation
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Overnight Flight1 night

Day1

Jet overnight to Israel’s cosmopolitan city by the sea

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Tel Aviv aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Tel Aviv1 night - hotel info

Day2

Take the pulse of sophisticated Tel Aviv

Breakfast (in flight), Dinner

Welcome to Tel Aviv, Israel’s cosmopolitan city by the sea. A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and then escorts you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or begin acquainting yourself with Tel Aviv. At an included dinner this evening, meet your fellow travelers.

Haifa2 nights - hotel info

Day3

Whales and monsters alike play starring roles in old Jaffa’s ancient lore

Breakfast, Dinner

Caesarea, Baha’i Gardens

Begin your day with a brief walking tour through the Old Town of Jaffa, an ancient port in the south of Tel Aviv. According to the story, this was where the prophet Jonah started the journey that left him in the belly of a whale, and where Andromeda was tied to a rock as a sacrifice to a sea monster, before being saved by Perseus. This afternoon, your Tour Director will introduce you to Tel Aviv, the first Hebrew city. Take in the city’s trademark Bauhaus architecture, with stops at Rabin Square, Independence Hall and Rothschild Boulevard, one of Tel Aviv’s most picturesque avenues. Your next stop is the White City, a UNESCO World Heritage site, so named for its 4,000 buildings built in the Bauhaus and International styles. You’ll also have free time to explore Tel Aviv’s Carmel Market. This afternoon brings you to Haifa, with a stop in Caesarea to see its ancient theater, aqueduct and Hippodrome. Enjoy stellar views of Mount Carmel before reveling in the Hanging Baha’i Gardens. Tonight, gather for an included dinner with your fellow travelers.

Day4

Cross cliffs and mosques on your way to the kingdom of crusaders

Optional Excursion - Vineyard Dinner

Breakfast

Rosh Hanikra, Acre

This morning, journey to Rosh Hanikra, where you’ll ride a cable car to view the white cliffs. This afternoon, visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Acre to see the Crusaders’ Hall and Al Jazar Mosque. This evening, you may choose to indulge in an optional dinner and wine tasting.

Optional Excursions

Vineyard Dinner $95* pp

Travel to the the town of Zichron Yakov for a visit to the Carmel Winery, regarded as one of the finest wineries in Israel. You'll have the chance to explore the facility's antinue oak barrels, as well as its impressive production plant and cellars. During your walking tour, you'll learn about the process of winemaking before sampling several Israeli wines. Afterward, enjoy dinner at an authentic Mediterranean restaurant.

Lake Tiberias1 night - hotel info

Day5

Tales of archangels and multiplying loaves bring these towns to life

Breakfast, Dinner

Capernaum

Travel to Nazareth to discover the Church of the Annunciation. This holy Christian site is where the Archangel Gabriel visited Mary to inform her that God had selected her to be the mother of Jesus. Your next stop is Cana, site of the Biblical wedding church. Next, visit the villages of Tabagha and Capernaum, where Jesus performed the miracle of loaves and fishes. These are also the villages where Jesus recruited local fishermen to become “fishers of men.” Take in views of Gallilee from the Mount of Beatitudes, before arriving at Kibbutz Lavi, where you’ll share dinner and learn more about Israeli culture.

Jerusalem4 nights - hotel info

Day6

24 hours a day, 365 days a year, pilgrims gather to wail at the wall

Optional Excursion - Jerusalem by Night

Breakfast, Dinner

Jericho, Western Wall

En route to the holy city of Jerusalem, stop in Jericho to ride a cable car to the Quarantal Monastery. Upon arrival in Jerusalem, visit Mount of Olives for panoramic views of the Old City. Next, visit the Garden of Gethsemane before arriving at the Western Wall. After this evening’s included dinner, opt for a unique view of Jerusalem by night.

Optional Excursions

Jerusalem by Night $69* pp

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.

Day7

Commemorate the lives of six million lost at the leader in Shoah

Optional Excursion - Bethlehem & the Church of the Nativity

Breakfast

Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, Israel Museum

Spend the morning at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial Museum. Containing the world’s largest repository of information on the Shoah, Yad Vashem is the leader in Holocaust education, commemoration, research and documentation. You’ll also visit the Israel Museum, where you may see the Dead Sea Scrolls. This afternoon, consider an excursion to Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity.

Optional Excursions

Bethlehem & the Church of the Nativity $59* pp

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.

Day8

Go for an effortless float in the sea or greet the Bedouin locals

Optional Excursion - Masada, the Dead Sea & Kfar Hanokdom Bedouin Camp

Breakfast

Today, discover Jerusalem at your own pace. Or, join the optional excursion to explore the Fortress of Masada, swim in the Dead Sea and meet the locals at Kfar Hanokdim Bedouin Camp.

Optional Excursions

Masada, the Dead Sea & Kfar Hanokdom Bedouin Camp $165* pp

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.

Day9

Look out from the top of Zion and into the setting for the Last Supper

Breakfast, Dinner

King David’s Tomb, the Upper Room, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Visit Mt. Zion this morning 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 before venturing into the Muslim and Jewish quarters of Jerusalem. This afternoon is free for you to explore before reliving memories of your journey at tonight’s farewell dinner.

Flight homefor a day

Day10

Return to the West or linger in the East

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to Tel Aviv Airport for your flight home, or continue on to Jordan.

Extend Your Stay

Add Jordan $759*

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.

Petra2 nights - hotel info

Day10

Everyday scenes from ancient Rome still thrive in modern-day Jordan

Breakfast, Dinner

Continue on to Petra via the Jordan Valley Crossing. Stop en route to visit Jerash, one of the world’s largest and best-preserved Roman ruins.

Day11

Gallop past temples and tombs carved out of rose-red rock

Breakfast

Petra

Today, 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.

Amman1 night - hotel info

Day12

Saunter through the city of mosaics on through the land of Moses

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive to Wadi Rum, also known as the Valley of the Moon. Marvel at the stark landscapes and evocative petroglyphs on this desert safari. Lunch is included. Later, transfer to Amman.

Day13

Saunter through the city of mosaics and move through the land of Moses

Breakfast

This morning, 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 city and some free time to relax before boarding your late-night flight home.

Overnight Flight1 night

Day14

Soar through the night skies and arrive home at daylight

Arrive at home.

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About This Experience

Long-ago prophets and modern-day pilgrims have flocked to Israel for millennia. And for an ancient spiritual epicenter, the country still feels surprisingly contemporary and fresh. Here, biblical sites and sacred artifacts mingle effortlessly with an eclectic and energetic local culture. Get a taste of cosmopolitan Tel Aviv’s laissez faire vibe and hip Haifa’s Bauhaus style, before descending into the holy lands that set the foundations for many faiths.

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels

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

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

How's the weather?

  • Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Jerusalem, Israel
  • Petra, Jordan
  • Amman, Jordan
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Overnight Flight1 night

Day1

Jet overnight to Israel’s cosmopolitan city by the sea

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Tel Aviv aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Tel Aviv1 night - hotel info

Day2

Take the pulse of sophisticated Tel Aviv

Breakfast (in flight), Dinner

Welcome to Tel Aviv. A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and then escorts you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or begin acquainting yourself with Tel Aviv. At an included dinner this evening, meet your fellow travelers.

Lake Tiberias2 nights - hotel info

Day3

Whales and monsters alike play starring roles in old Jaffa’s ancient lore

Breakfast, Dinner

Aqueduct, Theater, Hippodrome, Mount Carmel Promenade, Crusaders’ Hall

Begin your day with a brief walking tour through the Old Town of Jaffa, an ancient port in the south of Tel Aviv. According to the story, this was where the prophet Jonah started the journey that left him in the belly of a whale, and also where Andromeda was saved by Perseus. Afterwards, your Tour Director will introduce you to Tel Aviv, the first Hebrew city. Take in the city’s trademark Bauhaus architecture, with stops at Rabin Square, Independence Hall and Rothschild Boulevard, one of Tel Aviv’s most picturesque avenues. Your next stop is the White City, a UNESCO World Heritage site, so named for its 4,000 buildings built in the Bauhaus and International styles. This afternoon, a local guide introduces you to Caesarea with a tour featuring the ancient theater, aqueduct and Hippodrome. Your next stop is Haifa, where you can marvel at the stellar views of Mount Carmel and the Hanging Baha’i Gardens. Then, discover the ancient city Acre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the help of a local guide. The day ends at Kibbutz Lavi, where you will share dinner with your fellow travelers and listen to an optional lecture about life on the kibbutz.

Day4

Cross cliffs and mosques on your way to the kingdom of crusaders

Breakfast

Annunciation Church, St Joseph Church, Capernaum

Your Tour Director shows you the sights of Nazareth, including the Church of the Annunciation, where the Archangel Gabriel visited Mary to inform her that God had selected her to be the mother of Jesus. Next, visit the villages of Capernaum and Tabagha, where Jesus performed the miracle of loaves and fishes, and recruited locals to become “fishers of men.” Don’t miss the breathtaking views of Gallilee from the Mount of Beatitudes.

Jerusalem4 nights - hotel info

Day5

Tales of archangels and multiplying loaves bring these towns to life

Optional Excursion - Jerusalem by Night

Breakfast, Dinner

Beit She’an National Par, Tel Jericho, Cable Car, Garden of Gethsemane

Today’s first stop is Beit She’an, an ancient city rich with archaeological ruins dating to its heyday during the Roman Empire. Continue to Jericho, where you can ride a cable car to the Quarantal Monastery and snap a photo of the Old Sycamore Tree. Upon arrival in Jerusalem, visit the Mount of Olives for panoramic views of the Old City, as well as the Garden of Gethsemane and the Western Wall. After this evening’s included dinner, opt for a unique view of Jerusalem by night.

Optional Excursions

Jerusalem by Night $69* pp

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.

Day6

24 hours a day, 365 days a year, pilgrims gather to wail at the wall

Optional Excursion - Bethlehem & the Church of the Nativity

Breakfast

Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum, Israel Museum

Spend the morning at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust History Museum. Containing the world’s largest repository of information on the Shoah, Yad Vashem is the leader in Holocaust education, commemoration, research and documentation. You’ll also visit the Israel Museum, where you may see the Dead Sea Scrolls. This afternoon, consider an excursion to Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity.

Optional Excursions

Bethlehem & the Church of the Nativity $59* pp

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.

Day7

Commemorate the lives of six million lost at the leader in Shoah

Optional Excursion - Masada, the Dead Sea & Kfar Hanokdom Bedouin Camp

Breakfast

Today, discover Jerusalem at your own pace. Or, join the optional excursion to explore the Fortress of Masada, swim in the Dead Sea and meet the locals at Kfar Hanokdim Bedouin Camp.

Optional Excursions

Masada, the Dead Sea & Kfar Hanokdom Bedouin Camp $165* pp

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.

Day8

Go for an effortless float in the sea or greet the Bedouin locals

Breakfast, Dinner

King David’s Tomb, Upper Room, Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Visit Mt. Zion this morning 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 before venturing into the Muslim and Jewish quarters of Jerusalem. This afternoon is free for you to explore before reliving memories of your journey at tonight’s farewell dinner.

Day9

Look out from the top of Zion and into the setting for the Last Supper

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to Tel Aviv Airport for your flight home, or continue on to Jordan.

Extend Your Stay

Add Jordan $759*

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.

Petra2 nights - hotel info

Day9

Everyday scenes from ancient Rome still thrive in modern-day Jordan

Breakfast, Dinner

Continue on to Petra via the Jordan Valley Crossing. Stop en route to visit Jerash, one of the world’s largest and best-preserved Roman ruins.

Day10

Gallop past temples and tombs carved out of rose-red rock

Breakfast

Petra

Today, 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.

Amman1 night - hotel info

Day11

Saunter through the city of mosaics on through the land of Moses

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive to Wadi Rum, also known as the Valley of the Moon. Marvel at the stark landscapes and evocative petroglyphs on this desert safari. Lunch is included. Later, transfer to Amman.

Day12

Saunter through the city of mosaics and move through the land of Moses

Breakfast

This morning, 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 city before your late-night flight home.

Overnight Flight1 night

Day13

Soar through the night skies and arrive home at daylight

Arrive at home.

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. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

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.

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.


5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/14/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great experience in Israel and Jordan

Anticipation of this trip built for months and now that I have returned I can honestly say it was worth every dollar. The hotels were some of the nicest I have ever experienced. The food was plentiful and good, especially for this picky eater. Our tour director, Marina, was unbelievable. She was so knowledgable and her people skills were superb. All of the excursions were well planned and worth the extra money.Floating in the Dead Sea, Masada, and the Bedouin dinner excursion was the best! I was able to live a childhood dream as I walked where Jesus walked. Never once was I afraid for our safety. This once in a lifetime trip was everything I had hoped it would be.

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/1/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MS

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful Tour

Our tour to the Holy Land was a blessing! We had the best tour director, Hanan, and a wonderful bus driver, Abbot. They showed us many sights! Hans explained everything so well and made sure he took us to places that didn't cost too much for lunch (the one meal of the day not included in the tour). The hotels were exceptional and the staffs of each treated us very well. We would recommend this tour to anyone who has had a desire to see the Holy Land.

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/4/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Sun, Sand, and Sea

Israel was not a destination I had ever really considered visiting until recently when a friend told me what an amazing time he had had over there. This tour was absolutely wonderful and the country was just as amazing as he said it would be! The history of the sites visited, the fabulous weather (13 days without a cloud in the sky!), and the incredibly nice people made this a location worth visiting! There was a great mix of sites more recently made historic (World War II sites and the Holocaust museum), with Ancient sites like the Roman Ruins, and fun things to do like floating in the Dead Sea and shopping in the bazaars! The tour does focus on the religiously historic sites in many cities but it is what you can expect from a country called by many the 'Holy Land'. The food is Mediterranean style and wonderful, with the best hummus I have ever tasted! Be prepared for a lot of sun and heat though! Brimmed hats and sunscreen are a must, as well as scarves and shawls to cover shoulders and knees for most religious sites. Israel is a land steeped in history and tradition which has still managed to modernize over time. For anyone who thinks they want to try going somewhere a little more exotic but not too far off the beaten path, Israel is your perfect fit!


4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/7/2012

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 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

Traveled On: 7/4/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

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

Traveled On: 5/9/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 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

Traveled On: 4/25/2014

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Wonderful Israel

Enjoyed my trip through Israel and Jordan. Saw many interesting and historical places. Liked being exposed to the different religions in the country. Visited many Catholic churches and a mosque. Was wondering why we weren't shown a functioning synagogue? Jordan was very nice too. The people were very accommodating.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/14/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Can't wait to book again!

Incredible, Amazing, Life Changing and SAFE!

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 12/1/2011

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful Jordan, Challenging Israel

Certainly the highlight of the trip was the amazing experience in Petra, the polite Jordania guide, and well worth the extension to Jordan. Unfortunately, the initial portion in Israel was smudged by a rather militant tour guide whose impatience, and irritation were on display. While I want to be an "open minded" rather than a stereotypically "ugly American", I am not sure I can contribute his, at times, shaming demeanor to be indicative of the directness and intensity that marks the style of communication sometimes prevalent in this part of the world. With respect to seeing things in a balanced way, I was injured during the trip in an attempt to help a fellow traveler and the tour guide was kind to me in asking how I was and helped me procure ice for my leg, for which I was definitely grateful. He took us to several extra locations like Qmran and a Sea of Galilee cruise, which were rewarding and worth appreciating. Overall, a mixed bag. One I definitely wouldn't want to reach all the way into again, but definitely still grabbed some goodies.

3 / 5

Traveled On: 2/21/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

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