Israel is a world-class destination with outstanding archaeological, sacred, and cultural attractions. Those with a yearning for adventure enjoy exploring some of the most spectacular scenery in the Middle East. From north to south, Israel is full of welcome 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.
Come, see and feel this life-transforming experience. Live the moments where Jesus walked. Touch the past. Taste the culturally-rich food. Hear the ancient sounds that still resonate today.
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 has 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 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, 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, 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 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, 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 for overnight. 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. Return to Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem.
**Site under Palestinian Authority jurisdiction. Visit subject to situation.
Drive through the Judaean 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 and 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.
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.