Days
7
Price from
$3,425AUD

Become acquainted with enigmatic Israel on an adventure that encompasses 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.

TRIP CHANGES IN 2018

In 2018 this itinerary will run in reverse, which means that this trip will start in Jerusalem and finish in Tel Aviv.
The reason for this change is so that this trip can be combined with our Peregrine Jordan itinerary's (PGJE / PGDIC & PGJIC) Rather than passengers flying to Israel from Jordan we can use an overland border crossing from Jordan to Israel to deliver better value to our passengers.

Day 1 Jerusalem
Day 2 Jerusalem
Day 3 Jerusalem
Day 4 Bethlehem
Day 5 Nazareth
Day 6 Tel Aviv
Day 7 Tel Aviv (departure day)


Start
Tel Aviv, Israel
Finish
Jerusalem, Israel
Country
Israel
Style
Peregrine
Code
PGTI
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
11 reviews
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

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 while sampling local fare, including traditional meals of 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 advisable to bring clothes that cover arms and legs if you want to go inside and remain respectful. 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 sometimes it is unavoidable. There may be delays, queue's 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. Snowfall around these areas is also common. Regardless of which month you plan to travel, be sure to pack clothes that will prepare you for varying temperatures as they can differ quite dramatically ( 10 degrees or more ) from one side of the destination to the next.

  • Israel & The Palestinian Territories is by no means a cheap destination and you should budget accordingly. The good news is that your expert local leader is on hand to help you uncover the best deals!

  • Known as 'baksheesh' in the Middle East, tipping is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry. If you are satisfied with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate and always appreciated. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. Don’t be taken back if this tipping culture is even more 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 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018

Welcome to Israel. You will be met at the airport in Tel Aviv by a Peregrine representative and transferred to the hotel (approximately 1 hour). You will meet your leader and the rest of the group at a welcome meeting tonight. Tel Aviv is Israel's liveliest city and although just an hour from Jerusalem, the two cities couldn’t be more different. While Jerusalem is a place of ancient history and holy sites, Tel Aviv is a modern cosmopolitan city, a true 'city that doesn’t stop'. With its lively cafe culture, relaxed Mediterranean beach scene, and renowned nightlife, Tel Aviv makes for the perfect start to your adventure. If you have time, perhaps visit the packed stalls of the Carmel market, wander along the beach boardwalk, or have a drink at one of the beachside bars.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Metropolitan or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
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.
After breakfast drive north to 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. Continue through Haifa where you’ll see the Bahai Gardens on Mount Carmel Mountains (a memorial and shrine to the Bahai faith) and look out across the Mediterranean Sea. Arrive in what was once the ancient 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 including 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 on to the hometown of Jesus – Nazareth where you’ll have the evening at your leisure.

Notes: Total driving time today is approximately 3.5-4 hours.
Accommodation
  • Villa Nazareth or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Akko - Templar Tunnels
  • Caesarea - Guided Visit
  • Bahai Gardens - view & photo stop only
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning you will 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.
Then travel on to Tiberias where you will 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.
Drive to Bethlehem, famous for the Nativity, where you will spend the night.

Notes: Total driving time today is approximately 3 hours.
Accommodation
  • Hosh Al Syrian Guesthouse or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Nazareth - Visit to Church of Annuniciation & Mary's Well
  • Tiberias - Church of the Multiplication
  • Tiberias - Sea of Galilee boat ride
  • Tiberias - traditional St Peter's Fish lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Please note that the Restaurant where we have the St Peters Fish Lunch is large and caters for a high volume of tourists during peak periods. Despite this we have found that our travellers still enjoy this experience.
Even the non-religious have no doubt heard of Bethlehem, even if it’s just through Christmas Nativity plays. Early this morning 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. From here 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 guided tour with a local guide which will take approximately 2-3 hours.
Then it’s a short drive to take in a panoramic view of the city from the Mount of Olives, which has churches and tombs all the way down from top to bottom. Continue to the centre of all this religious history – Jerusalem. The city has one of the great urban skylines – the serried buildings and ancient ramparts of the Old City, the churches adorning the Mount of Olives and the iconic gold of the Dome of the Rock.

Notes: Total driving time today is a maximum of 2 hours.
Accommodation
  • Legacy Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Jerusalem - Yad Vashem Museum
  • Bethlehem - Church of the Nativity & Shepherds' Field
  • Jerusalem - Mount of Olives
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning you will 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. 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, died, buried, and rose 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 on your own. Return to your hotel when you desire, before being picked up by your guide for a short walk to a local restaurant in the old city serving a traditional meal of musakkhan (roasted chicken with onions, sumac, and olive oil on whole wheat flat bread) with yogurt salad.

Notes: Total driving time today is a maximum of 1 hour.
Accommodation
  • Legacy Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Jerusalem - Garden of Gethsemane & Basilica of the Agony
  • Jerusalem - Walk the Via Dolorosa
  • Jerusalem - Holy Sepulchre
  • Jerusalem - Western Wall (Wailing Wall)
  • Jerusalem - traditional Musakkhan dinner
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
The Dome of the Rock/Al-Aqsa Mosque is open from 7:30-10:30am Sundays through Thursdays, and again for an hour in the afternoon. In order to beat tourist traffic, our guides usually like to go there first thing in the morning.
The Western Wall area is open everyday. However please note that on Friday evenings and Saturdays, tourists are not allowed to take any photos.
Today you will drive via the biblical town of Ma'aleh Adumim and the Inn of the Good Samaritan in the Judean Desert to visit Masada. 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. The story goes that here a Jewish sect called the zealots held out against the Roman army in AD66. Rather than surrender, they either fought to the death or committed suicide, every last man, woman and child. Afterwards you will 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 Dead Sea. Named for the death of life in its waters, this lake is so intensely salty that the density of the water makes swimming and getting underneath the surface very difficult. 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.

Notes: Total driving time today is approximately 4 hours.
Accommodation
  • Legacy Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Masada - Dead Sea & Fortress visit
  • Qumran - Archaeological site visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your Journey Through Israel comes to end today after breakfast and you are free to leave at any time. If you are keen to see more of the area, why not join one of our tours that continues through to Jordan.
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, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Transport

Boat, Private vehicle, Public bus

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel (6 nights)

Included Activities

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

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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