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The Wonders of Ancient Israel

with Jordan extension
  • Duration: 9 or 13 days
  • Group size: 15-35
  • Reviews: 124
Ancient and historic. Energetic and eclectic.

For a 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.

Your tour package includes
  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 11 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
Included highlights
  • Old Town Jaffa
  • Bahá’i Gardens
  • Acre Crusaders fortress
  • Capernaum
  • Yad Vashem
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Day-by-day itinerary
Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Tel Aviv today.

Tel Aviv2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Tel Aviv
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to Israel! Gather with your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Tel Aviv
Included meal: Breakfast

While in Tel Aviv, get to know the city on a guided tour.

• Walk through the Old Town of Jaffa

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

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

Enjoy a free afternoon in Tel Aviv or add an excursion.

Peace Project Community Visit & Wine Tasting
Excursion (additional cost)
Nazareth1 night
Day 4: Nazareth via Caesarea, Haifa & Acre
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

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

• Marvel at Mount Carmel and the Hanging Bahá'í Gardens in Haifa

• Get to know the ancient city of Acre, stopping at the local market, stepping inside the Knights Halls in the Crusaders fortress, and visiting the ornate El-Jazzar Mosque

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

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Jerusalem4 nights
Day 5: Jerusalem via Capernaum & Jericho
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

• Visit Capernaum to see archaeological excavations on the Sea of Galilee, including an ancient synagogue and the home of St. Peter

• Snap a photo of the Old Sycamore Tree in Jericho and ride a cable car to the Quarantal Monastery

• 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.

Jerusalem by Night
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 6: Holocaust History Museum & the Israel Museum
Included meal: 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.

Bethlehem & the Church of the Nativity
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 7: Free day in Jerusalem
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Jerusalem at your leisure or add an excursion.

Masada, the Dead Sea & Kfar Hanokdim Bedouin Camp
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Jerusalem
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

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

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

• Follow the Via Dolorosa to the Church of Holy Sepulcher

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

Tonight, celebrate your trip with your group at a farewell dinner.

Flight Home
Day 9: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Extension to Jordan

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
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.

This evening, enjoy a home-hosted dinner with a local Jordanian family.

• Talk with the family to learn about the local culture

• Try local specialties such as a famous rice dish called maqluba, a traditional style of chicken known as musakhan, and mansaf, the national dish of Jordan

Day 10: Petra
Included meal: 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.

Please note: In order to enter Petra, customers should be able to walk two miles round-trip in hot weather. Other modes of transportation may be available for you to book upon your arrival.

Spend a free evening in Petra or add an excursion.

Traditional Jordan: Bedouin Camp Visit & Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Amman1 night
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.

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Amman & late-night departure
Included meal: 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.

Then, relax in a dayroom before boarding your flight home.

Arrive Home
Day 13: Travel day

Arrive home today.

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Reviews
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4.7 average
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by 2nd time traveler 

The tour director was very biased. Going to Israel you should have a Jewish guide, he was not. Did not see any Jewish Shuls, and saw to many churches. This was not a religious trip and I felt it was a Christian one. I am upset that we went to the Wailing Wall, on Shabat, no dancing and singing like...

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by 2nd time traveler 

We got to see everything that we wanted to. That last day, we walked 7 miles through Jerusalem and then Jerusalem by Night (a very good tour by the way) but exhausting. The excursion to Masada was definitely worth the money but not the excursion to Bethlehem.

by 5th time traveler 

This adventure was amazing! If anyone takes this trip i would recomend a journal. Seeing so many things and such beautiful sights can overwhelm!!

Amazing!
by 4th time traveler 

The sights and sounds were beyond our expectations. We saw and experienced so much. We gained insights into cultures and religions that can never be achieved simply be reading or viewing travel shows. The food was just okay. After multiple falafel or shawarma lunches, the group was getting a bit ir...

My most favorite place to visit
by 2nd time traveler 

This tour was busy but with so much to see and do, it had to be. Our tour guide, Aehab, was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and humorous. The highlights were seeing the beautiful gardens of Haifa, visiting the monastery on the hill (name escapes me), seeing the gorgeous view of Jerusalem follow...

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Hotels, flights, & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

Dan Panorama Tel Aviv

This elegant hotel is located in the Neve Tzedek neighborhood. Guests enjoy a pool, fitness center, and Wi-Fi. Nearby, you'll find beaches along the M...

Legacy Hotel

This comfortable hotel is located in Nazareth. Guests enjoy a gym, patio, and restaurants. Nearby, you'll find the market of Nazareth, Church of the A...

Flights

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FAQ
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 Tours arrive in and depart from Tel Aviv (or from Amman on tour extension). A Go Ahead Tours 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 Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours 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 our 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 Tours 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 to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD 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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20 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights, and based on two travelers per hotel room.
Sep 7–Sep 15, 2019
Extension available
$2,649$2,499
Nov 2–Nov 10, 2019
Extension available
$2,299$2,149
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Nov 16–Nov 24, 2019
$2,299$2,099
Dec 7–Dec 15, 2019
Extension available
$2,299$1,999
Jan 11–Jan 19, 2020
Extension available
$2,299
Mar 14–Mar 22, 2020
$2,299
Mar 28–Apr 5, 2020
Extension available
$2,649$2,549
May 9–May 17, 2020
$2,649$2,549
Jun 6–Jun 14, 2020
Extension available
$2,649
Jul 4–Jul 12, 2020
$2,649
Aug 1–Aug 9, 2020
Extension available
$2,649
Sep 5–Sep 13, 2020
$2,649
Oct 24–Nov 1, 2020
Extension available
$2,649$2,549
Oct 31–Nov 8, 2020
$2,649$2,549
Nov 14–Nov 22, 2020
Extension available
$2,299
Dec 5–Dec 13, 2020
$2,299
Jan 9–Jan 17, 2021
Extension available
$2,299
Feb 27–Mar 7, 2021
$2,299
Mar 13–Mar 21, 2021
Extension available
$2,299
Mar 27–Apr 4, 2021
$2,649
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