Experience ancient Israel from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv visiting Tiberias and Jericho
Undertake your own pilgrimage to one of the world’s great holy lands on this short but sweet uncovering of Israel & Palestine's highlights. Entrenched in the ancient but emphatically modern in outlook, nominally Jewish but with oodles of Muslim and Christian influence, this is one intriguing place to get your head around. Stroll the Old City’s age-old ramparts in Jerusalem, visit the spot Jesus entered the world in Bethlehem and see where some pretty steadfast Jews held out on Massada’s rugged outcrop. Break bread with Palestinians in Jerusalem’s Old City, walk Bethlehem's graffiti walls, go for a swim with a difference in the Dead Sea and get among the everyday hype of Tel Aviv. Young or old, fun-minded or enthralled by history, Israel has more than a little bit of something for everyone.
Discover for yourself famed religious towns of Jericho, Bethlehem and Nazareth, and find out about daily life in the legendary city of Jerusalem as you chat with locals in the Old City on the way to the Western Wall
Take a stroll through West Jerusalem and get another perspective of modern life from a local Israeli guide, finishing at the lively Machane Yehuda Market.
Look down on one of the world’s most amazing city skyline with views across Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives.
Experience the contrasts between the nightlife of modern, cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv, and the reverential atmosphere of Jerusalem.
View the spectacular Rosh Hanikra caves located at the farthest point north on Israel’s Mediterranean coastline.
Sleep in a beautiful and peaceful convent established by French nuns in the mid 19th century.
As the days get warmer, temperatures can start to soar in this region. From April to October, to avoid the midday heat, we start some days very early (e.g. at 5am). Though we try to make things as comfortable for you as possible, please be prepared for these conditions.
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. Be sure to pack clothes that will prepare you for varying temperatures especially during these months.
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.
We recommend packing light and smart, but just in case your tempted to bring a big, heavy bag, remember you’ll have to carry it to and from hotels, bus stops, train stations etc.
Some of the sites we visit involve walking on rocky and/or steep hillsides, where there is often little or no shade. Comfortable walking shoes and a hat will make it easier to explore the sights.
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 here.
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!
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
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1. This trip finishes on arrival into Tel Aviv at 5pm on Day 7. Please ensure that you allow plenty of time for delays/traffic if you plan on catching a flight on this day.
2. A Single Supplement is available on this trip. Please ask your booking agent for more information.
3. 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 - www.intrepidtravel.com/au/travel-alerts
Our Discover Israel & the Palestinian Territories trips score an average of 4.67 out of 5 based on 15 reviews in the last year.
Really interesting tour of the Holy Land, I learnt a lot about the history and culture of the area. The first couple of days involve a lot of walking, but it does get easier after that! Going in July was tougher because of the heat, but it does mean the queues for the sites are much shorter. Overall, a great experience, I'd highly recommend it for anyone who is curious about this part of the world.
Review submitted 25 Jul 2017