Days
7
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€2,380EUR

Acquaint yourself with enigmatic Israel on an adventure to Jerusalem, Jericho, Bethlehem and the Sea of Galilee

In a country laden with overlapping tales, this short trip mines the seams of the past. From Roman Caesarea and the Crusader port of Acre to religious sites in Nazareth, Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Jericho, this itinerary unveils the layers of mystery from the history of the Holy Land.


Start
Jerusalem, Israel
Finish
Tel Aviv, Israel
Country
Israel
Style
Peregrine
Code
PGTI
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
11 reviews
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • Take a week to explore the modern and ancient sides of Israel with a passionate and extremely knowledgeable local leader

  • Discover for yourself some of the most famous religious sites in the world: the location of the Miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth, the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, and walk the ‘Way of the Cross’ in Jerusalem

  • Experience the contrasts between the modern, cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv while exploring its nightlife, and the reverential atmosphere of Jerusalem while taking in the panoramic view from atop the Mount of Olives

  • Taste the flavours of Israel, sampling local fare and dining on musakkhan (roasted chicken with onions, sumac, and olive oil on flat bread) and delicious yogurt salad

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip visits a number of religious sites, so it’s best to bring clothes that cover the arms and legs to show your respect at these sites. A light scarf is also a good idea for covering shoulders and arms when it's hot.

  • At major sites you can expect to be exposed to the elements at length, so be prepared with a hat, sunscreen and plenty of fluids.  

  • Sites can get congested during peak travel periods with coaches of large pilgrim groups. We do our best to plan our visits around these times, but it’s not always possible. There may be delays, queues and private services that prevent us from entering the site. Your trip leader will manage this as best as they can on the day.

  • It’s not all hot desert days in Israel, as the winter months (December through to February) can be quite cold. Temperatures in northern parts of the country can drop to freezing overnight, and snowfall in these areas is common. Temperatures can differ dramatically from one place to the next, so it’s important to pack accordingly.

  • Israel & the Palestinian Territories is by no means a cheap destination, so it’s important to budget accordingly. The good news is that your expert local leader is on hand to help you uncover the best local deals.

  • Known as 'baksheesh' in the Middle East, tipping is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry. If you are satisfied with the services, tipping is appropriate and always appreciated. Don’t be taken back if this tipping culture is particularly apparent in Israel.

  • This destination caters primarily for large pilgrim groups, and it can be difficult to secure small, boutique style accommodation in central locations with local 4-star amenities.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Welcome to Jerusalem, a city awash with ancient history and holy sites. You will be met at the airport by a Peregrine representative and transferred to the hotel (approximately 1 hour). After meeting your leader and group at the welcome meeting, head out for dinner with your fellow travellers. A short walk brings you to a local restaurant in the Old City. Here you'll dine on musakkhan, a classic Palestinian dish of roasted chicken with onions, sumac and olive oil on whole wheat flat bread, traditionally accompanied by a yogurt salad.
Included Activities
  • Jerusalem - traditional Musakkhan dinner
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
An airport arrival transfer is included. This transfer is only valid if arriving on day 1 or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through Peregrine. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 15 days prior to travel (note - we may not be able confirm request made within 15 days of travel). Once you have provided your details a transfer representative will be booked to meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
Meet your leader for a morning walk to St Stephen’s Gate (also known as Lion’s Gate) to enter the Old City, and visit the crusader church of St Anne and the Pool of Bethesda. Now located in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem, this pool was mentioned in the Gospel of John and is associated with healing. Walk along the Way of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) – the 'way of sorrows' which follows Jesus’ path to crucifixion – and stop by the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built where Jesus is believed to have been crucified and buried before rising again. Walk along the ‘Cardo’ in the recently restored Jewish Quarter, which was a road that ran the entire length of the city in Byzantine times. Visit the Wailing Wall – the remains of the Temple Mount, which acts as an outdoor synagogue, where written prayers are slid into the cracks between stones. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to wander around the city at your leisure.
Included Activities
  • Jerusalem - Western Wall (Wailing Wall)
  • Jerusalem - Walk the Via Dolorosa
  • Jerusalem - Holy Sepulchre
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Bound for Masada, drive via the biblical town of Ma'aleh Adumim and the Inn of the Good Samaritan in the Judean Desert. The Inn of the Good Samaritan is a museum located near the site of the inn mentioned in the New Testament's parable of the Good Samaritan, and it displays mosaics and artefacts discovered throughout Israel. In Masada you will take a cable car to discover the spectacular cliff-top fortress of Masada, built by King Herod around 35BC. This UNESCO site is very important to the Jewish people, a symbol of their exile from the Holy Land and of bravery and self sacrifice. Afterwards, drive to an archaeological site on the West Bank, about a mile from the north shore of the Dead Sea. Major discoveries have been made here in Qumran, not the least of which is the Dead Sea Scrolls. Here you will also have a chance to float in the extremely salty and buoyant Dead Sea. Continue up the shore to the town of Jericho. Discover this slow-paced town in the West Bank, where people have lived for 11,000 years. On a drive around the city see the Mount of Temptations (where Jesus was tempted by the devil) and a Sycamore Tree mentioned only in the Gospel of Luke. Return to Jerusalem for your final night.
Included Activities
  • Qumran - Archaeological site visit
  • Masada - Dead Sea & Fortress visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
In the morning, drive out to visit the Garden of Gethsemane, most famous as the place where Jesus prayed and his disciples slept the night before Jesus' crucifixion. See the Church of All Nations (also known as the Basilica of the Agony), which holds inside a section of bedrock where Jesus is said to have prayed before his arrest. Continue to Yad Vashem for a sobering and moving visit to Israel’s memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. Our local leaders are not permitted to guide in this museum, so you will have a tour with a local guide which will take approximately 2–3 hours.

Even the non-religious have no doubt heard of Bethlehem, even if it’s just through Christmas Nativity plays. Visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, marking the spot of the stable where Mary is said to have given birth to Jesus, and the Shepherds’ Fields in Beit Sahour just a couple of kilometres east of the city. This area has been identified as the scene where angels visited the lowly shepherds and informed them of Jesus’ birth. The Roman Catholics and the Greek Orthodox each have their own Shepherds’ Field. The Roman Catholic site features a Franciscan Chapel designed to resemble the shepherds’ tent, while the Greek Orthodox site features a 5th-century church built over a cave.
Accommodation
  • Hosh Al Syrian Guesthouse or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Tiberias - traditional St Peter's Fish lunch
  • Bethlehem - Church of the Nativity & Shepherds' Field
  • Jerusalem - Yad Vashem Museum
  • Jerusalem - Mount of Olives
  • Jerusalem - Garden of Gethsemane & Basilica of the Agony
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel to Tiberias and take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee (weather permitting), and afterwards visit Tabgha. This is where the Bible says Jesus performed the Miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, one of the only miracles that’s in all the gospels. Here you can see the church and its ancient mosaics that were built to mark the spot of the miracle. A short way up the lakeshore is Capernaum; see the ruins of this old fishing town, the site of two ancient synagogues and a church said to have been the home of Saint Peter. Here you will have the traditional St Peter’s Fish lunch. The name 'St Peter's Fish' comes from a story in the Gospel of Matthew about the apostle Peter catching a fish that carried a coin in its mouth. Also visit the Church of the Annunciation, where Mary received the news of the Immaculate Conception, along with the well where she drew water every day. Continue to Nazareth, the hometown of Jesus, where you’ll have the evening at your leisure.

Included Activities
  • Tiberias - Church of the Multiplication
  • Nazareth - Visit to Church of Annuniciation & Mary's Well
  • Tiberias - Sea of Galilee boat ride
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Today as you make your way to Tel Aviv, stop at the former crusader port and capital of Acre. Here you’ll visit the vast complex of buildings occupied by the Knights of St John (Knights Hospitaller), excavated to uncover rooms such as a large hall, a dungeon, a dining room and the crypt of an ancient Gothic church. You will also see the secret tunnel of their rivals, the Knights Templar – an underground passage between their fortresses. Continue through Haifa where you’ll view the Bahai Gardens on Mount Carmel Mountains (a memorial and shrine to the Bahai faith) and look out across the Mediterranean Sea. Stop for a farewell lunch with your leader and driver at a Druze restaurant, then visit Caesarea, which served as the capital of Israel during the Roman and Byzantine eras. This was once a great port town built by King Herod around 25BC, complete with a theatre, amphitheatre, hippodrome, palace, Roman temple and an extensive network of aqueducts, along with an artificial harbour. The city was eventually abandoned and lost under the desert sands, but thanks to archaeological excavations since the 1950s, its splendour is on show once again. Arrive in Tel Aviv for the night where you leader will bid you farewell.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Metropolitan or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bahai Gardens - view & photo stop only
  • Caesarea - Guided Visit
  • Akko - Templar Tunnels
  • Tel Aviv - Traditional Druze Lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Your journey through Israel & the Palestinian Territories comes to an end today after breakfast and you are free to leave at any time. If you are interested in seeing more of the area, why not join one of our tours that continues through to Jordan, or spend more time to explore the cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Due to strict security measures, we recommend that you allow 3 hours minimum to get through airport security before your flight departure

Meals

6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner

Transport

Boat, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel (6 nights)

Included Activities

  • Jerusalem - traditional Musakkhan dinner
  • Jerusalem - Western Wall (Wailing Wall)
  • Jerusalem - Walk the Via Dolorosa
  • Jerusalem - Holy Sepulchre
  • Qumran - Archaeological site visit
  • Masada - Dead Sea & Fortress visit
  • Tiberias - traditional St Peter's Fish lunch
  • Bethlehem - Church of the Nativity & Shepherds' Field
  • Jerusalem - Yad Vashem Museum
  • Jerusalem - Mount of Olives
  • Jerusalem - Garden of Gethsemane & Basilica of the Agony
  • Tiberias - Church of the Multiplication
  • Nazareth - Visit to Church of Annuniciation & Mary's Well
  • Tiberias - Sea of Galilee boat ride
  • Bahai Gardens - view & photo stop only
  • Caesarea - Guided Visit
  • Akko - Templar Tunnels
  • Tel Aviv - Traditional Druze Lunch

Reviews

Our Journey Through Israel & the Palestinian Territories trips score an average of 4.64 out of 5 based on 11 reviews in the last year.

Journey Through Israel & the Palestinian Territories, September 2017

Ngaire Mikkelson

Journey Through Israel & the Palestinian Territories, May 2017

Mark Warren

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Important notes

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
An optional single supplement is available on this trip. Please refer to your booking agent for further information.
Following recent safety incidents we recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest information on travelling in Israel; particularly within the West Bank before your departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas of your itinerary. We have links to prominent government travel advisories and regular updates on issues affecting this trip on our Travel Alerts page - http://www.peregrineadventures.com/en-au/travel-alerts

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