Explore the ancient world on a hospitable and historic adventure
Entrenched in the ancient but emphatically modern in outlook, the complexities of Israel and the Palestinian Territories keep even the most seasoned history buff intrigued. Soak up the atmosphere at the peaceful Bahai Gardens in Haifa, discovery the significance of the Western Wall, and head out graffiti-spotting and join a refugee camp cooking class in Bethlehem. You will also take a dip in the salty Dead Sea and journey into the Negev Desert to spend a night under the stars. Israel and the Palestinian Territories have more than a bit of history, they are brimming with life.
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Explore the Ramon Crater in the Negev Desert in a 4WD, spotting constellations unimpeded by light pollution on a tour with an expert local guide.
Wash off the dust of the desert with a float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea and spend time exploring Bethlehem and Jerusalem’s historic sites with your local leader.
Sample local wines like the region’s famous Syrah and join a cooking class in at a refugee camp in Bethlehem.
Join Bedouin women for special lunch at Lakiya Negev Bedouin Weaving, an initiative that empowers women to apply their traditional weaving skills to the manufacture and sale of their products, and earn an income.
Discover a different side of Bethlehem on a graffiti tour at the Separation Barrier where you will see murals created by notable street artists and learn how street art has transformed this area.
Major sites can become congested during peak travel periods with buses of large pilgrim groups. While we do our best to plan our visits around these times, it’s not always possible. There may be delays, queues and private services that prevent us from entering some sites. Your leader will manage this as best as they can on the day.
During your trip you will visit numerous religious sites. You will need to bring clothes that cover the arms and legs. Your leader will advise when such clothing is necessary.
Israel and 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. 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.
Temperatures can vary across this region and throughout the year. From April to October, to avoid the midday heat, we start some days very early e.g. 6am. Be sure to review the ‘Climate and seasonal information’ section of the Essential Trip Information and consider the weather at the time of year you wish to travel.
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There are currently no scheduled departures on our Classic Israel & the Palestinian Territories trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
1. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
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