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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $7395  
Length: 9 days
Arrive: Tel Aviv, Israel
Depart: Tel Aviv, Israel
Lodging: 9 nights in hotels, inns, or B&Bs
Meals: All meals included except 1 dinner
Activity: Walking, Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: Cultural exploration, day walks
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Highlights

  • Explore Jerusalem, holy city to three faiths and full of ancient treasures
  • Roam Biblical sites including Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee
  • Enjoy a soak in the Dead Sea, visit mountain-top Masada at sunset


We were pleased! It surpassed expectations, and Yosi is the best guide we’ve ever had.Pamela W.—Scottsdale AZ

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Departure Notes

Once you have signed up on the trip, we send a complete packing list, relevant health information, and required travel documents.

Layers of history and a rich tapestry of cultures have long made the Holy Land a compelling destination for world travelers. This in-depth adventure explores an array of Israel’s unmatched historic sites, all brought richly to life by the expertise of your private guide. Among the places we’ve included are the Roman port of Caesaria, a beautifully restored architectural marvel with a full Roman amphitheater, ancient Akko, with its lively souks and beachfront promenade, the Druze village of Horfesh, hidden in the mountains of the Galilee, the great biblical sites of Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee, the haunting site of Masada, Herod’s dramatically located  mountain palace, and of course, Jerusalem, cradle of the Holy Land, where we have three overnights. Our Israel journey is full of delights every day, from culinary treats to exceptional natural scenery, wonderful accommodations, and a warm welcome in the Land of Milk and Honey. We offer both First Class and Deluxe options for your accommodations.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-2
The Mediterranean Coast

On the blue Mediterranean coast, visit Tel Aviv, the old city of Jaffa, ancient home of St. Peter, and Caesaria, the vast seaside Roman ruin that was the staging ground for Pontius Pilate’s troops.

Days 3-4
The Sea of Galilee and Golan Heights

Explore a Druze village in the Carmel Hills, visit Akko, a Crusader port with lively souks and a beachfront promenade, and stroll in the holy city of Safed, now a noted artists’ colony. On the Sea of Galilee, roam epic Biblical sites including Capernaum, scene of the miracle of the loaves and fishes, and enjoy wine tasting at one of the famed wineries in the Golan Heights. After an afternoon soak in hot springs at Hamat Gader, enjoy dinner on the shores of Lake Kinneret.

Days 5 -6
The Judean Desert

Visit the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth, Qumrum, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found, and Jericho, the oldest city in the world. Head into the serene Judean Desert for a walk in the canyon of Nahal David, with its hidden desert springs, and watch sunset from the striking desert fortress of Masada. Our hotel, the Kibbutz Ein Gedi Resort on the Dead Sea, is the perfect oasis for unwinding and relaxing in a natural wonderland.

Day 7
The Dead Sea

Float in the natural buoyancy of the Dead Sea surrounded by its truly mystical setting, then move further into the desert to visit a Bedouin encampment for a gentle camel ride at sunset and a traditional Bedouin feast.

Days 8-9
Holy City of Jerusalem

With its treasures from the times of King David to the Prophet Mohammed, this epicenter of the Western world never ceases to amaze. Walk to the Wailing Wall and write your own personal prayer note to tuck into the wall, see the golden dome of the mosque on Temple Mount, and follow the path called the Via Dolorossa, where Jesus carried his cross past the Stations of the Cross. Spend a few moments of contemplation in the Garden of Gethsemene, visit the tomb of David and view the Old City from the heights of the Mount of Olives.

Day 10
Depart

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What the Trip is Like

This trip is rated Level 1, Easiest. It is an overland touring trip with optional activities and can be enjoyed by anyone in good health who has no mobility restrictions.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

When to go

January to December

For our Private Journey trips, you choose your own group and your preferred dates—there are no set departure dates. Private Journeys are available to groups as few as two people or as large as you like. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2014

First Class Option

$7395 per person, double occupancy
Single supplement: $1250

Deluxe Option

$8495 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: $1490


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Trip Cost Includes:

  • Nine nights of hotel accommodations
  • All meals included except 1 dinner
  • Tours and sightseeing as described, with private English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Admission to all listed activities and sites
  • Airport transfers as noted

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, beverages at restaurants or hotels, any activities described as optional, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to staff, additional hotel nights made necessary by airline schedule changes or other factors, pre-trip expenses such as medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, and so on).

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

More than 90 days prior to departure: $250 per person
46-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Client Comments

We were pleased! It surpassed expectations, and Yosi is the best guide we’ve ever had. Pamela W., Scottsdale AZ It was a wonderful experience and the Private Journey option was perfect for our family. It offered flexibility and personal attention that made the trip much more rewarding. The hotels were amazing and offered top-notch quality and service. Meals were impeccable. Michael W., Phoenix, AZ
We will recommend that all our friends go to Israel with Wilderness Travel and Yosi. Yosi was experienced, kind, and attentive. He customized the trip to fit our preferences and treated us like his family. Tom B., Wauwatosa, WI