Israel is a world-class destination with outstanding archaeological, sacred, and cultural attractions. Those with a taste for adventure enjoy exploring some of the most spectacular scenery in the Middle East. From north to south, Israel is full of surprises.
Food in Israel is diverse and of a high standard. Hotels are famous for their lavish and fresh meals and every kind of food, from falafel to sushi, is easily found in the many cafes and restaurants. Walk where Jesus walked, explore the places kings conquered, and discover the beauty of the ancient and modern highlighting sights and sounds of Israel and Petra.
Expect to encounter God in a fresh, new way! Stories from the Bible took place in the very places you will be visiting in Israel where Scripture truly comes alive while a history-rich program takes you through the sites you’ll be visiting.
Expect warm hospitality and inviting adventures.
Expect to walk up and down and all around.
Expect to drink a lot of water, no matter the time of year. Israel and Jordan have long, warm, and dry summers and mild winters. Pack layers as you may encounter cool evenings.
Expect a life-changing experience. There’s so much to see and do, you’ll want to return again and again!
Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Depart Tel Aviv and drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea, once the Roman capital of the region. Visit the excavations of the ancient city, the Roman Theater and aqueduct. Proceed to Muhraka, the site of the confrontation between Elijah and the prophets of Baal. Enjoy the spectacular view of the Jezreel Valley and the lower Galilee. Continue to Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon. Learn the impressive history of this battlefield as you visit the archaeological excavations, including the well-preserved water supply system. On to Acre (Akko) to visit the remarkable underground Crusader City and crypt. Walk through the Old City, recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site, and visit the local market and harbor. Overnight in a hotel on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.
After a short tour of Tiberias, enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Visit the Yigal Allon Center where the “Jesus boat,” an ancient fishing boat from the 1st century AD, is displayed. Continue to Capernaum to visit the remains of the 4th century AD synagogue. Stop at Tabgha, the site of the Miracle of Loaves and Fish, and visit the Church of Multiplication with its 4th century AD mosaic floor. Proceed to the Mount of Beatitudes, the place where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Drive to the Banias springs and tour the Golan Heights. Overnight in a hotel on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.
Drive to Cana to visit the Wedding Church where Jesus performed His first miracle of turning water into wine. Continue to Nazareth to visit the Church of Annunciation, Joseph’s workshop, and Mary’s well. Proceed to Yardenit, the baptismal site on the Jordan River, followed by a stop at Beit Shean to visit the newly excavated Roman city and amphitheater. Drive along the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Drive to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the city. Visit the Church of All Nations, King David’s Tomb, and the Room of the Last Supper on Mt. Zion. Enter the Old City. Walk through the Cardo, the ancient Roman road. Visit the Jewish and Christian Quarters. See the Jewish Wailing Wall. View the Temple Mount. Walk along the Via Dolorosa and the oriental Bazaar to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Next, drive to the Garden Tomb and enjoy the beautiful gardens and peaceful ambiance. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Drive to Ein Karem to visit the Church of Visitation. Proceed to Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to the Holocaust. Visit the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed, and the miniature model of Jerusalem as it was during the Second Temple period. Proceed to Bethlehem,** birthplace of Jesus. Visit Shepherds’ Field and walk through Manger Square to visit the remarkable Church of Nativity. Overnight in Jerusalem.
**Site under Palestinian Authority jurisdiction. Visit subject to situation.
Drive through the Judean Hills to the Qumran caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Continue along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada, the last stronghold of the Jews after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 AD. Ascend Masada by cable car and tour the mountain fortress built by King Herod. Visit the remains of the walls, the water cistern, and Herod’s Palace. Descend by cable car. Continue to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Enjoy the opportunity to “float” in the unsinkable water and cover yourself with the mineral-rich mud, believed to have therapeutic effects (weather permitting). Overnight in Jerusalem.
Travel south through the Negev desert. Stop at Timna, a large geological and archaeological park. Marvel at the multi-colored rock formations and copper mines. View the outstanding Solomon’s Pillars. Continue to Eilat, the southernmost resort city on the shores of the Red Sea. Visit the Underwater Observatory Marine Park built into a coral reef and enjoy the opportunity for a close-up look at the rich life of the Gulf of Eilat. Overnight in Eilat.
After assistance with border formalities, drive straight to Petra, the astonishing rose-red city built by the Nabataeans (an early Arab tribe). Petra is renowned for its massive architecture, pools, dams, and water channels. The visit begins with the possibility of a short horseback ride for about 700m, to the entrance of the Siq, which is about 1.2 km long (walking distance). Petra is famous for its huge monuments such as the Treasury, Royal Tombs, the Court, Roman Theater, Roman street, Qasr al-Bint (Palace of Pharaoh’s daughter), and many other smaller fascinating monuments. The city itself is almost 45km and is considered to be the second wonder of the world. After the visit, it’s time for lunch in a nearby restaurant. After lunch, drive back to the border. On the way, a short visit to Aqaba with the possibility to stop and take a walk around. Transfer to the border at around 18:00 and cross back to Eilat. Overnight in Eilat. (For the tour to Petra, a visa is required in advance. Please call our office for additional information about the Petra option.)
Depart Eilat via Mitzpe Ramon. Stop to gaze at the Ramon Crater, a geological wonder. Proceed to Sde Boker and see Ben Gurion’s hut and grave, which overlooks the magnificent Zin Valley. Stop for a camel ride and visit an authentic Bedouin tent. Learn about the Bedouin hospitality and enjoy a light lunch. Continue to Hatzerim and visit Israel’s Airforce Museum to view the planes and equipment and to hear the story of this brave fighting force. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
After breakfast, transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure.
*Program sequence is subject to change without advance notice.
**Visit subject to security conditions.
*Due to circumstances beyond our control, specific hotels cannot always be guaranteed. In the case that any hotel is unavailable, comparable hotels will be used.
Your safety and security are our foremost priorities. In accordance with Israel Advantage Tours’ practices, we are dedicated to ensuring both. We are in constant contact with our overseas offices, travel partners, and professional and experienced tour guides, as well as other contacts we have on the ground. Our partners are constantly monitoring the country, its sites, cities, highways, gathering the latest news and details of what’s happening throughout Israel. Be assured that we work closely with our overseas partners and ground operators in demonstrating our utmost commitment in ensuring that the tour runs safely and smoothly.
Israel is a safe place to visit and tourists feel secure while moving about the country. According to the US State Department, “Personal safety conditions in major metropolitan areas, including Tel Aviv and Haifa and their surrounding regions, are comparable to or better than those in other major global cities.”
Armed security guards are stationed at many establishments in Israel for your safety. They may inspect your bags or use a metal detector upon entry. In Israel, the military also serves alongside the local police.
Israelis uphold a longstanding tradition of extending a warm welcome toward their tourists. This is why many visitors rank Israel so highly as a safe, affordable, and worthwhile travel destination. This accounts for the ongoing increase in tourism to Israel during recent years.
Come and see for yourself how comfortable you feel being home, in Israel.
US citizens do not require a visa to visit Israel. Please visit the following website link to learn about visa requirements for citizens from countries other than the US.
US citizens do not require vaccinations, but do let your physician know that you plan to travel to Israel to ensure that you bring proper medications with you.
Water in the hotels in Israel is safe to drink. Bottled water is readily available and can be purchased at the majority of tour sites or on the tour vehicle. Typically, the cost is nominal.
The shekel, or more precisely the NIS (New Israeli Shekel), is the currency in Israel. Most shops, stores, restaurants, sites, and places you’ll be visiting accept US currency and will likely return your change with shekels. There are ATMs throughout Israel, sometimes even in hotel lobbies should you wish to exchange your money after arriving in Israel. We suggest bringing currency in smaller denominations; it’s easier to purchase souvenirs with smaller denominations.