Tour Israel

Three Reservations to Choose From!

Tour Option A: Israel Escape

8 Day Tour from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

Package options:

Full Service Package to include tour, gratuities, some meals, and travel protection insurance = $1,425 per person, based on double occupancy

Land Only Package to include your tour and some meals = $1199 per person, based on double occupancy

Date options:

Pick your own dates of travel. Dates listed are the dates the tour starts. Be advised that you should schedule your flights to arrive at the destination a day before the tour start date.

  • December 17-24, 2018
  • March 4-March 11, 2019

Pricing is subject to change and is not guaranteed until booked.

Deposit: $500 per person

Vacation Overview

Begin your Israel Escape in Tel Aviv and enjoy a welcome dinner together with your Tour Director and traveling companions. In Jaffa walk around the beautifully restored port— the starting point for medieval pilgrimages to Jerusalem. Continue your guided tour of Israel through the Holy Land to Caesarea, and journey to Nazareth in Galilee to visit the Church of the Annunciation. Stop in Cana—site of Jesus’ wedding miracle turning water into wine—on your way to historical Haifa. A wealth of fascinating visits awaits you: the Baha’i Shrine; the Mount of Beatitudes, and Capernaum—all sites where the story of Jesus unfolded, the Valley of Elah where David slew Goliath, the Valley of Ayalon to hear the story of Samson and Delilah, and a serene cruise on the Sea of Galilee. You’ll also visit the birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem. Stay four nights in Jerusalem to discover this symbolic city. Embark on a moving excursion to Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. Visit the Israel Museum containing the Shrine of the Book, and the Dead Sea Scrolls—the oldest biblical manuscripts in the world. Visit the Old City, the Garden Tomb, and take in the view from the Mount of Olives. See the Garden of Gethsemane, follow the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa, and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre at the site of the crucifixion. View the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock mosque, and visit the Western Wall, the holiest shrine in Jewish religion. Also, visit the fortress of Masada—a historic site for Jewish faith. The experience of floating in the buoyant salt waters of the Dead Sea enriches the wonderful memories already collected during your inspirational Israel Escape!

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Itinerary

 

Day 1   ARRIVE IN TEL AVIV, ISRAEL

Welcome to Tel Aviv! Enjoy this evening’s welcome dinner with your traveling companions and Tour Director.

Day 2   TEL AVIV–JAFFA–CAESAREA–NAZARETH–CANA–HAIFA

Stop in Jaffa for a walk through the beautifully restored ancient port, where medieval pilgrims started their strenuous 2-day trek to Jerusalem. Then, continue your tour of the Holy Land to Caesarea, the perfect place to learn about the Roman and Crusader presence in the country. Visit the ROMAN AMPHITHEATER and the impressive CRUSADER FORTRESS, and admire Herod’s stadium and harbor. On to Nazareth in Galilee, to visit the contemporary CHURCH OF THE ANNUNCIATION. Then Cana, site of the first miracle where Jesus changed water into wine at a wedding. To this day, many couples renew their wedding vows at this sacred place. Arrive in Haifa, a city with a long history dating back to biblical times.

Day 3   HAIFA. EXCURSION TO THE MOUNT OF BEATITUDES–CAPERNAUM–SEA OF GALILEE

Start your day with a visit to the golden-domed BAHA’I SHRINE, the world center of Baha’i faith. Heading towards the Sea of Galilee, visit the MOUNT OF BEATITUDES, where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount. Then proceed to CAPERNAUM, where Jesus recruited his first followers among the fishermen. Via the ruins of Kursi arrive at the Jordan River and visit the BAPTISMAL SITE, followed by a relaxing CRUISE on the Sea of Galilee.

Day 4   HAIFA–VALLEY OF ELAH–LATRUN–BETHLEHEM–JERUSALEM

Drive into the ancient land of the Philistines and the Valley of Elah. Stop at the site of David’s victory over the Philistine champion, Goliath, and hear about this biblical event. Later, refresh your memory with the tale of Samson and Delilah as you travel through the land of the Dan tribe to the wide Valley of Ayalon. At strategic Latrun, visit the MONASTERY OF THE TRAPPIST MONKS. Stop en route for a breathtaking panoramic view of the Holy City of Jerusalem, considered one of the oldest places in the world, with a history dating back as far as 4000 BC. Proceed to Bethlehem and see Shepherd’s Field, where the angels announced the birth of Jesus. Next, visit the CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY, which stands on the site where Jesus was born. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 5   JERUSALEM. EXCURSION TO THE ISRAEL MUSEUM, YAD VASHEM, AND MOUNT ZION

Visit the ISRAEL MUSEUM with the Shrine of the Book, and the Dead Sea Scrolls, followed by the YAD VASHEM MEMORIAL created to commemorate the six million martyrs of the Holocaust. Continue to MOUNT ZION, and visit the UPPER ROOM, where Jesus and his disciples had the last supper, and then the TOMB OF KING DAVID.

Day 6   JERUSALEM. EXCURSION TO THE OLD CITY

This morning, visit the GARDEN TOMB. After a stunning panorama of the city from the revered MOUNT OF OLIVES, start your guided walking tour. Via the Chapel of Dominus Flevit, designed in the shape of a tear drop to symbolize the tears of Christ, arrive at the GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE, where Jesus prayed the night before his arrest. Nearby are the Caves of the Assumption of Mary and of the Betrayal. Follow the Stations of the Cross along the VIA DOLOROSA to Golgotha, and visit the CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE. Erected over the site of the crucifixion, this church is shared by six Christian communities. Also see the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock, a splendid mosque on the holy mount. Continue to the WESTERN WALL, the most holy shrine in the Jewish religion.

Day 7   JERUSALEM. EXCURSION TO MASADA AND THE DEAD SEA

Drive through the Judean wilderness to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on the surface of the Earth. Enjoy the scenery as you follow the road between the salty water and majestic desert mountains. Catch glimpses of the caves of Qumran, where the precious Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Ascend by cable car to the spectacular cliff-top FORTRESS of Masada, and hear how 960 Jewish zealots preferred death at their own hands to the indignity of surrender to overwhelming Roman forces. Around lunchtime, reach one of the comfortable Dead Sea resorts and experience the feeling of buoyancy in the heavy water. Return to Jerusalem to enjoy a farewell dinner with your traveling companions to commemorate an unforgettable journey through the Holy Land.

Day 8   JERUSALEM

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (The nearest airport is Tel Aviv.)

Vacation Highlights

TEL AVIVWelcome dinnerJAFFAWalk around the ancient portCAESAREAVisit the Roman Amphitheater and the Crusader fortressNAZARETHVisit the Church of the AnnunciationCANAVisit the site of the first miracleHAIFAVisit the Baha’i ShrineMOUNT OF BEATITUDESVisit the site where Jesus delivered his sermonCAPERNAUMVisit the site where Jesus recruited his followersJORDAN RIVERVisit a baptismal siteSEA OF GALILEEEnjoy [LF] a cruiseLATRUNVisit the site of David’s victory over Goliath in the Valley of Elah and the Monastery of the Trappist Monks in LatrunBETHLEHEMVisit the Church of NativityJERUSALEMVisit the Israel Museum, Yad Vashem, and Mount Zion; guided walking tour; the tomb of King David, the Upper Room, the Garden Tomb, a panoramic view from the Mount of Olives; visit the Garden of Gethsemane, follow the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa, visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Western Wall; farewell dinnerMASADARide a cable car and visit the cliff-top fortressDEAD SEAExperience the buoyancy feeling in the Dead Sea water

  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Hotels listed may occasionally be substituted with alternative hotels of equivalent standard.

Meals Included

Full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners with wine: including a welcome dinner in Tel Aviv, and a farewell dinner in Jerusalem

 

Tour Option B: Journey Through the Holy Land Faith-Based Travel

9 Day Tour from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

Package options:

Full Service Package to include tour, gratuities, some meals, and travel protection insurance = $3,020 per person, based on double occupancy

Land Only Package to include your tour and some meals = $2,700 per person, based on double occupancy

Date options:

Pick your own dates of travel. Dates listed are the dates the tour starts. Be advised that you should schedule your flights to arrive at the destination a day before the tour start date. Flights are not included.

  • May 13-May 21, 2019
  • October 28-November 5, 2019 (A Stars N Skyes Rep will be on this tour with you)

Pricing is subject to change and is not guaranteed until booked.

Deposit: $500 per person

Vacation Overview

See the stories of the Scriptures come to life as you walk in the footsteps of Jesus on this faith-based journey which includes some of Christianity’s most important sites. Visit places of biblical importance such as Megiddo, Cana and the Mount of Beatitudes and hear the stories of the Bible told over time. The Old City of Jerusalem will leave you amazed as you see and learn more about Jesus’ life. No visit to Israel is complete without floating on the Dead Sea, the perfect way to relax and reflect on your experience. This is truly an inspirational vacation of a lifetime.

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Itinerary

 

Day 1   ARRIVE IN TEL AVIV, ISRAEL

Welcome to Tel Aviv. Enjoy this evening’s welcome dinner, hosted by your Tour Director, who will introduce you to your upcoming spiritual journey.

Day 2   TEL AVIV–JAFFA–CAESAREA–MEGIDDO–MUHRAQA–SEA OF GALILEE

Your tour of the Holy Land begins in Jaffa with a walk through the beautifully restored ANCIENT PORT, where medieval pilgrims started their strenuous 2-day trek to Jerusalem. Next is Caesarea, the perfect place to learn about the Roman and Crusader presence in the country. Visit the archaeological site with the ROMAN AMPHITHEATER and the impressive medieval CRUSADER FORTRESS, and admire Herod’s Stadium and harbor. In the afternoon, travel to the ancient fortified city of MEGIDDO—one of the world’s most important biblical sites. According to the New Testament, the Battle of Armageddon (another name for Megiddo) will be the final struggle between good and evil, prompting the return of Jesus to defeat the Antichrist and cast Satan into the abyss. Continue north, to Mount Carmel, considered the most holy of all mountains in ancient times. At Muhraqa, site of Elijah’s contest of faith with the priests of Baal, enjoy a sweeping panoramic view of the fertile Jezreel Valley, where Gideon led the Israelites to victory against the Midianites. Arrive at your hotel in Tiberias on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee.

Day 3   SEA OF GALILEE. EXCURSION TO CANA & NAZARETH

Visit CANA, site of Jesus’ wedding miracle turning water into wine. Even now, many couples renew their wedding vows at this sacred place. On to Nazareth, the Virgin Mary’s home village, and where Jesus spent part of his childhood. Visit the CHURCH OF THE ANNUNCIATION; ST. JOSEPH’S CHURCH, built over Joseph’s carpentry workshop; and pass by Mary’s Well and the Church of the Angel Gabriel, where the Angel Gabriel told Mary she would give birth to Jesus. Later enjoy a CRUISE on the Sea of Galilee and see an ancient fishing boat, said to be from the time of Christ.

Day 4   SEA OF GALILEE–MOUNT OF BEATITUDES–TABGHA–CAPERNAUM–MAGDALA–JORDAN RIVER–BET SHE’AN–JERUSALEM

Much of Jesus’ ministry occurred on the shores surrounding the Sea of Galilee. It is where he recruited four of his apostles, walked on water, calmed the storm, and fed the multitude. Visit the MOUNT OF BEATITUDES, where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount. Next, visit the CHURCH OF THE MULTIPLICATION OF LOAVES AND FISHES at Tabgha, as well as the CHURCH OF ST. PETER’S PRIMACY, where Jesus instructed Peter “to feed my lambs and tend my sheep.” Warm springs once flowed into the sea here, attracting fish, which is why Peter came here to earn a living. On to CAPERNAUM, where Jesus recruited his first followers among the fishermen. Continue to MAGDALA, a city dating back to the first century and where Jesus taught in the synagogue. Via the ruins of Kursi, which memorialize two of Jesus’ miracles, arrive at the Jordan River and visit a BAPTISMAL SITE. Then, pass through the ancient city of Bet She’an, one of the cities of the Decapolis with its well-preserved Roman amphitheater. The city is located at the foot of Mount Gilboa, where King Saul and his son died by their own hands in battle with the Philistines. On the way to Jerusalem, stop for a breathtaking panoramic view of the Holy City, considered one of the oldest places in the world, with a history dating back as far as 4000 BC.

Day 5   JERUSALEM. EXCURSION TO EIN KAREM, BETHLEHEM & THE GARDEN TOMB

This morning, drive to Ein Karem and visit the CHURCH OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST and the CHURCH OF VISITATION, said to be built over the home of John the Baptist’s parents. Enjoy a beautiful view of the valley and surrounding wooded hills. Continue to Bethlehem and see Shepherd’s Field, where the angels announced the birth of Jesus. Next, visit the CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY on the site where Jesus was born. On the way back to Jerusalem, visit the GARDEN TOMB.

Day 6   JERUSALEM. EXCURSION TO THE OLD CITY

After a stunning view of the city from the revered MOUNT OF OLIVES, start your guided walking tour. Via the Chapel of Dominus Flevit, designed in the shape of a teardrop to symbolize the tears of Christ, arrive at the GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE, where Jesus prayed the night before his arrest. Nearby are the Cave of the Assumption of Mary, believed to be the Virgin Mary’s tomb; and the Cave of Betrayal, where Judas betrayed Jesus. Follow the VIA DOLOROSA with its nine Stations of the Cross, marking the path Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion. At Golgotha, visit the CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE, erected on the site of the crucifixion and which houses the remaining five Stations of the Cross. Walk past the Temple Mount to see the Dome of the Rock, which is sacred to both the Jewish and Muslim people. On to the WESTERN WALL, the only remnant of the Second Temple, then stroll through the restored Jewish Quarter to MOUNT ZION and visit the UPPER ROOM, where Jesus and his disciples had the Last Supper; the TOMB OF KING DAVID; and the HOUSE OF CAIAPHAS, where Jesus was kept the night after his arrest and where Peter denied knowing him three times.

Day 7   JERUSALEM

Spend a full day at leisure, with time to attend a worship service at one of Jerusalem’s churches. Later, maybe join an optional excursion that includes a visit to the Israel Museum to see the Shrine of the Book and the Dead Sea Scrolls; the Holocaust Memorial at Yad Vashem; and the Inn of the Good Samaritan.

Day 8   JERUSALEM. EXCURSION TO MASADA & THE DEAD SEA

Today, travel through the Judean wilderness to the Dead Sea, the planet’s lowest point on dry land. Enjoy the scenery as you follow the road between the salty water and majestic desert mountains. Catch glimpses of the Caves of Qumran, where the precious Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Ascend by CABLE CAR to the spectacular clifftop FORTRESS OF MASADA, and hear how 960 Jewish rebels made their last stand against Roman forces. Around lunchtime, reach your comfortable DEAD SEA RESORT for free time to experience the incredible buoyancy in the heavy saltwater. Return to Jerusalem, and join your traveling companions one last time at tonight’s farewell dinner to celebrate the blessings you experienced on your Holy Land adventure.

Day 9   JERUSALEM

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (The nearest airport is Tel Aviv.)

Vacation Highlights

TEL AVIVWelcome dinnerJAFFAWalking tour of the ancient portCAESAREAVisit the Roman amphitheater and the Crusader fortress MEGIDDOVisit the biblical siteMUHRAQAPanoramic view of the Jezreel ValleyCANAVisit the site of the first miracleNAZARETHVisit the Church of the Annunciation and St. Joseph’s ChurchSEA OF GALILEEEnjoy a cruiseMOUNT OF BEATITUDESVisit the site where Jesus delivered his sermon TABGHAVisit the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes and the Church of St. Peter’s Primacy CAPERNAUM Visit the site where Jesus recruited his first followersMAGDALAVisit the first-century cityJORDAN RIVERVisit a baptismal siteBET SHE’ANSee the Roman amphitheater EIN KAREMVisit the Church of St. John the Baptist and the Church of VisitationBETHLEHEMVisit the Church of the NativityJERUSALEMVisit the Garden Tomb; panoramic view from the Mount of Olives; guided walking tour, visit the Garden of Gethsemane, follow the Way of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa; visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Western Wall, and walk through the Jewish Quarter to Mount Zion; visit the Upper Room, the tomb of King David, and the house of Caiaphas; farewell dinner

  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Departure April 15 Good Friday and Easter Sunday in Jerusalem.
  • Departures April 15 & September 23 Jewish holidays, Passover and Rosh Hashanah.

Meals

Full Israeli breakfast daily; 7 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Tel Aviv and a farewell dinner in Jerusalem

 

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(Based on double occupancy)

Tour Option A: Israel Escape Land Only $1199

IMPORTANT NOTES

  • Vacation departures, itineraries and prices are subject to change.
  • A deposit is required to reserve space for you. 
  • Booking your Vacation with Air: 

Yes, we are able to assist with bundling your air cost into your package, if desired. For air departure dates within 331 days, you'll be offered a choice of carriers and flight schedules as well as price points to choose from when selecting your flights. Your schedule will be provided to you at the time of booking (schedules are subject to change by carriers).