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The Wonders of Ancient Israel

10 days (9 days in 2015)
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.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 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

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

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

Tel Aviv1 night Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: 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

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: 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.

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: 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 Excursion - Vineyard Dinner $95*pp Details

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

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Capernaum

Travel to Nazareth to discover the Church of the Annunciation, where the Archangel Gabriel told Mary that God had selected her to be the mother of Jesus. You’ll also visit Cana, site of the Biblical Wedding Church and the villages of Tabagha and Capernaum, where Jesus performed the miracle of loaves and fishes, and recruited locals to become “fishers of men.” Take in views of Gallilee from the Mount of Beatitudes, before visiting a kibbutz to learn about its members communal way of life. Tonight, dine with your group in Lake Tiberias.

Jerusalem4 nights Hotel info

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: 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 Excursion - Jerusalem by Night $69*pp 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.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: 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 Excursion - Bethlehem & the Church of the Nativity $59*pp 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.

Day 8

Included meals: 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 Excursion - Masada, the Dead Sea & Kfar Hanokdom Bedouin Camp $165*pp 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.

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: 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

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Add Jordan $759 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.

Petra2 nights Hotel info

Day 10

Included meals: 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.

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: 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

Day 12

Included meals: 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.

Day 13

Included meals: 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

Day 14

Arrive at home.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

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

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

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

Tel Aviv1 night Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: 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

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: 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 Lake Tiberias, where you will share a dinner with your fellow travelers before spending the night.

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: 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 Galilee from the Mount of Beatitudes. The day ends with a visit to a kibbutz, where you’ll learn about its members communal way of life.

Jerusalem4 nights Hotel info

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: 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 Excursion - Jerusalem by Night $69*pp 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.

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: 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 Excursion - Bethlehem & the Church of the Nativity $59*pp 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.

Day 7

Included meals: 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 Excursion - Masada, the Dead Sea & Kfar Hanokdom Bedouin Camp $165*pp 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.

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: 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.

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Add Jordan $759 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

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

Day 9

Included meals: 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.

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: 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

Day 11

Included meals: 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.

Day 12

Included meals: 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

Day 13

Arrive at home.

How's the weather?

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

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.

How's the weather?

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

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

Traveled On: 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

Traveled On: 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

Traveled On: 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

Traveled On: 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.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/14/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 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

5 / 5

Traveled On: 12/1/2011

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Can't wait to book again!

Incredible, Amazing, Life Changing and SAFE!

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3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 2/21/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 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

3 / 5

Traveled On: 2/21/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 1 / 5

Tour Value: 2 / 5

Adequate, but Far from Ideal

Having an engaging Tour Director is critical to having a pleasant time on any tour. It's expected that the Director not only provide contextual information to help round out your appreciation of the sites you're seeing, but he should also elaborate on questions the group has posed in a thoughtful and respectful way. Unfortunately that is not what we experienced through our leader Hanaan. He just didn't seem that interested in providing information to us that was useful or always accurate (there were a number of occasions where details he provided were corrected by passerby or fellow members of our group). He did manage to add a few delightful stops to unplanned destinations along the way which we were grateful for. He also helped with a couple of medical situations (one where a member had bronchitis and another where a fall happened resulting in sprained ankles). Overall, I am still grateful that we got to see all of the essential Holy Land locations mentioned throughout the Bible and were safely transported all around the country as efficiently as possible. The weather at this time of year was perfect and everything got checked off everyone's bucket lists. Thankfully, I did my own archaeological research prior to departing for Tel Aviv which was my saving grace for understanding where I was and why it was historically significant. We all felt rushed at each site, which when coupled with the rudeness of the Director, made for a generally unpleasant experience. On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, Jordan and Petra were extraordinary! Our Tour Director, Hamzeh, was the real deal: engaging, warm, polite, funny, knowledgeable, patient, thoughtful. Basically he was everything our Israel guide was not. The whole day at Petra was just the right amount of time and although we didn't get to Wadi Rum as planned on the itinerary, we were all grateful to have more time to rest outside of the desert. I suggest that some of the sites in Jordan could be trimmed back to provide the option of visiting the Northern Red Sea while near Petra. That would have been a much better use of time in that part of the country than driving for hours on end with nothing to see. For the record, I take no sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict so my views on this tour do not reflect that crisis, just the differences in quality that we experienced. That said, I really wish the trip had been more balanced in showcasing more of the Islamic culture in tandem with Judaism and Christianity (one visit to a mosque in Acre was woefully inadequate to represent this critical faction in both countries). Thanks so much for the opportunity to provide feedback.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 11/1/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OR

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great Tour Director

Marina was absolutely delightful. She not only took care of all little details with efficiency and attention, but never cut corners in helping all of us in any and every need. She is very knowledgeable and smart. It was wonderful being a part of her group. The tour was great, group was large but very friendly, except for a few exceptions. We saw all that was promised in the tour. Just wish, a little more time was given in the markets also to shop for local souvenirs and foods. We were only given that in specific large shops which were not of our choice.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 12/6/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: DE

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Israel Trip

This was the best vacation I have ever taken Go Ahead Tours took care of everything ,I had no worries that made the trip even better and the people that are employed by Go Ahead well what can I say they are the greatest the tour guide Marina knew her stuff,the bus driver was wonderful see while we were there it snowed the first time in 60 years and this bus driver that could have been no more then 50 years old drove through it with no problem and the tour guide what a blessing Marina was. She brought the Holy land to life for me I would go back in a heart beat and if you have not been then what are you waiting for book your trip with Go Ahead and go I am unable to find enough word to express what I felt and how much I enjoyed this trip .I have been back for two (2) weeks and I am still in awe. Thank you Go Ahead and the people you employ I am looking forward in booking my next trip , my friends and family may not be looking forward to me going anywhere again because my sharing the 1000 + pictures I took . telling them how great of a time I had but they will live once again Thank

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