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.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

How's the weather?

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

Passport & visa requirements

  • In order to enter Israel (and 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 reentry.
  • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. and Canadian citizens to enter Israel.
  • On the tour extension, a group visa for entry into Jordan will be provided for all travelers whose flights have been arranged through Go Ahead.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.   

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.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team. 

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in and depart from Tel Aviv (or from Amman on tour extension). A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.   

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. 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 baggage 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 transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag. 

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered, as well as a light jacket or rainwear. Please note that temperatures will dip with changes in elevation throughout your tour. 
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • A sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen is recommended for outdoor activities. 
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches, temples or other religious sites with bare legs or shoulders (entrance may be denied on this basis).   

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Israel.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • Please be sure to take proper care with sun exposure, the sun can be especially strong in some of the areas you are visiting. 
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to goaheadtours.com and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team. 

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. 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.
  • On the tour extension, Jordanian cuisine resembles that of the rest of the Middle East. Olives, hummus, sesame seeds and herbs are typical in many meals. Falafel is the main street food and many meals are served with rice. Hummus and salad are also popular and available at many restaurants.You'll find plenty of opportunities to sip mint tea or Turkish coffee.

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Israel (and Jordan on the tour extension) operates on 220 volts and historically uses a Type H plug, with three flat pins. As the Type H plug is being phased out, you will mostly encounter a new socket that fits both a newer, round-pinned version of the Type H plug as well as the European standard Type C plug with two round pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in Middle Eastern hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what one might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. 
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.    

Time zones

  • Israel (and Jordan on the tour extension) is 7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. 
  • When it's noon in New York City, it's 7pm in Israel. 

Currency

  • You will use the Israeli new shekel in Israel (and the Jordanian dinar on the tour extension). 
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. 
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. 
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for excursions. 
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

How's the weather?

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

Passport & visa requirements

  • In order to enter Israel (and 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 reentry.
  • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. and Canadian citizens to enter Israel.
  • On the tour extension, a group visa for entry into Jordan will be provided for all travelers whose flights have been arranged through Go Ahead.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.   

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.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team. 

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in and depart from Tel Aviv (or from Amman on tour extension). A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.   

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. 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 baggage 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 transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag. 

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered, as well as a light jacket or rainwear. Please note that temperatures will dip with changes in elevation throughout your tour. 
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • A sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen is recommended for outdoor activities. 
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches, temples or other religious sites with bare legs or shoulders (entrance may be denied on this basis).   

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Israel.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • Please be sure to take proper care with sun exposure, the sun can be especially strong in some of the areas you are visiting. 
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to goaheadtours.com and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team. 

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. 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.
  • On the tour extension, Jordanian cuisine resembles that of the rest of the Middle East. Olives, hummus, sesame seeds and herbs are typical in many meals. Falafel is the main street food and many meals are served with rice. Hummus and salad are also popular and available at many restaurants.You'll find plenty of opportunities to sip mint tea or Turkish coffee.

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Israel (and Jordan on the tour extension) operates on 220 volts and historically uses a Type H plug, with three flat pins. As the Type H plug is being phased out, you will mostly encounter a new socket that fits both a newer, round-pinned version of the Type H plug as well as the European standard Type C plug with two round pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in Middle Eastern hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what one might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. 
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.    

Time zones

  • Israel (and Jordan on the tour extension) is 7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. 
  • When it's noon in New York City, it's 7pm in Israel. 

Currency

  • You will use the Israeli new shekel in Israel (and the Jordanian dinar on the tour extension). 
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. 
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. 
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for excursions. 
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

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Tour Date: 9/24/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Valuable trip

The Israel portion of this trip was challenging for me. I had a certain expectation having been to Israel 40 years prior and this experience was very different. The tour guide was excellent and incredibly knowledgeable but he had a bias. We heard much more history related to Christian Sites than Jewish and every dining and shopping experience outside of the hotels was Arab. I would have liked to see more of a balance. I do greatly appreciate the opportunity to expand my understanding of the political and religious complexities of Israel. The itinerary had an optional side trip to Masada and the Dead Sea. I recommend this be integrated into the trip as it was my favorite part of the experience. We also had a boat trip on the Sea of Galilee arranged by our wonderful tour guide which I recommend adding as part of the itinerary or as an option. Since all 18 of us on the trip took advantage of this opportunity, it was quite inexpensive. Jordan completely exceeded my expectations. A very peaceful country with so much history. I am so thrilled to have seen so much of the country and learned so much history. I highly recommend this as an extension.

 

Dear Ellen, It must have been very interesting for you to see Israel four decades later. A lot can change in that amount of time! We’re glad you came away from tour with a greater understanding of the political and religious scene in Israel, as there is much to know about these components of the culture. In terms of the balance of Christian and Jewish history, we will be sure to let your Tour Director know you would have liked more of an introduction to the latter. We’re glad you would recommend the optional to Masada and the Dead Sea, as well as the boat trip arranged by your Tour Director. It’s also great to know that Jordan exceeded your expectations and that you recommend extending here. We completely agree that it’s a fascinating country! Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again.

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/24/2016

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Awesome tour

Tour of Ancient Israel and Jordan was beyond my expectations. It had everything - history, religion, archeology, art, gastronomic delights, sweeping desert vistas, desert safari. I wish I did the tour before I turned 80 so I could have walked up to the Quarantal Monastery in Jericho and also reached the Monastery in Petra.

 

Hi Lydia! We're so glad this tour exceeded your expectations and piqued your interests. Thank you for your feedback, and we hope to welcome you on tour again.

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

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.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 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.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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.

 

Jonathan, We certainly agree that a tour director is critical to an enjoyable and educational tour experience. We’re very sorry to hear that your experience with your tour director was less than fantastic. We will surely be following up on these concerns and addressing them as necessary.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | February 09, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 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

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 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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4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 11/1/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: ID

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful trip

I took the Wonders of Ancient Israel tour in November, 2013, with a friend and really didn't know what to expect. We landed in Tel Aviv; the tour director met us after we had collected our bags and went through customs. Marina was great. She had a tough job as there were 34 of us on the tour. The driver, Ahmad, was very courteous and engaging. The hotels were all top rate. Breakfast was included daily and was quite filling. Many of the sites we visited were places I didn't know existed and there was a wide variety of things to see. On some of the longer bus rides Maria would often site biblical passages relating the scripture to what we were seeing or to where we were going. We did most of the add-on tours but not all of them--and I'm glad. For me, it was important to get a breather and we chose to go into town on our own. All of the cities were safe and at no time did we feel threatened. The only reason I gave the tour four stars instead of five is related to the nuances of traveling in a group. On the day we visited Yad Vashem I felt we should have spent more time there than at our subsequent destination, the Israel Museum. And on our last full day there was just too much time waiting around for the group to finish at one of the Christian churches. My friend and I chose to walk back to the hotel from the Old City and we saw a few other hidden gems. The disappointments were no fault of the tour director, just the nature of traveling in a group. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone and I would certainly go again in a heartbeat.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 11/1/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MS

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

5 / 5

Tour Date: 11/1/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

FIRST TOUR WAS BEST TOUR

For our very first tour, we chose GoAhead and was very glad we did. The tour stated it would be challenging and it was but it was so worth it. Marina done a wonderful job as the tour director, Jamal was great as our driver and we saw and done just as the tour was spelled out on the web site. But it was so much more....the interaction with the other tour members, the great food, seeing the Holy sites and getting a history and seeing and being in the place that Jesus lived was so worth every penny spent. I hope to go on another adventure real soon....Roy and Ron

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