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.
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!
Upon arrival, you will meet our representative and be transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv.
Your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel. Drive for a visit of the port city of Jaffa (Joppa) where we will take a short walking tour in picturesque alleys of the old, fortified town. We will pass by the house of Simon the Tanner and marvel at the views from the hilltop. We drive north along the coastal road—Via Maris, to the archaeological ruins of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great in honor of Augustus Caesar. From here, we go on to visit Megiddo where the Book of Revelation mentions a great battle at the place called “Armageddon,” an ancient city inhabited continuously for more than five millennia (6,000-500 BC). After exploring the ancient ruins, we drive toward the Sea of Galilee, stopping at Cana to visit the Wedding Church where Jesus performed His first miracle, turning water into wine. Arrive in Tiberias and check in to your hotel.
Visit the sites on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, the stage for many of the events in Jesus’ life. Drive along the shore of the sea to Capernaum—known as “His Town,” the center of Jesus’ ministry where He spent much time healing the sick and performing miracles. On to Tabgha, the site of Christ’s miracle of feeding the 5,000, visit the Church of Multiplication, where the mosaic floor depicts a basket with loaves and two fishes, and visit the Church of the Primacy of St Peter, commemorating Jesus’ reinstatement of Peter as chief among the Apostles. Continue to the Mount of Beatitudes overlooking the sea, where Jesus preached the “Sermon on the Mount” and, it is believed, He picked His 12 apostles. Ascend to the Golan Heights to view the panoramic view of the peaks of Mt. Hermon and the rugged Golan plateau. Visit the Banias (Caesarea Philippi), one of the sources of the Jordan River, where Jesus took His disciples, revealing His purpose and His Church before His last trip to Jerusalem and where Simon identified Jesus as the Messiah. Drive to the southern part of the Sea of Galilee to visit the Yardenit Baptismal Site. Return to Tiberias for another night in town.
Sail on a boat on the Sea of Galilee to experience the tranquility and scenery where little has changed during the past 2,000 years. (Boat sailing subject to conditions and fee.) Travel through the Galilee to Nazareth where Jesus spent His childhood, and the Church of Annunciation, built on the site where archaeologists believe the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary. You will also see Mary’s Well and Joseph’s Church. Visit the ancient synagogue at Beit Alpha, located at the foot of the northern slopes of the Gilboa Mountains, which has one of most preserved and beautiful mosaics in Israel. Drive through the Jordan Valley, passing by Jericho, before ascending through the Judean Mountains to Jerusalem. Overnight at your Jerusalem hotel.
Through remarkable scenery of the Dead Sea, we travel to Masada which is situated on an isolated cliff in the Judean Desert. The site was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. Ascend by cable car to the fortress which was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Visit the excavations, King Herod’s palace, the synagogue, bathhouse, and much more. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea below. Visit the site of the Qumran caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Nearly 1,300 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on the earth’s surface. Bring your swimsuit, if weather permits, as it’s possible to “float” on the salty, mineral-rich, water. Return to Jerusalem for an overnight.
Start the day at the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book with the famous Dead Sea Scrolls. Then visit the beautifully renovated model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem, dating back to the time of the Second Temple. Enjoy Ein Karem, a picturesque village in the southwestern outskirts of Jerusalem. This small village has great significance in Christian traditions, since this is where, according to tradition, John the Baptist was born. Visit Yad Vashem, the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, established in 1953, located at the foot of Mt. Hertzl. Visit Bethlehem**—the birthplace of Jesus at the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square. Return to your Jerusalem hotel.
**Site under the Palestinian Authority jurisdiction. Visit subject to situation.
Enter the Old City of Jerusalem where you will see the Western Wall and the actual site of the Second Temple, the Temple Mount. Walk the Way of the Cross, the Via Dolorosa, to Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, housing both the traditional site of the Crucifixion and the Tomb of the Resurrection. To the southwest, just outside the Old City, is Mount Zion, with the traditional tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper. Visit the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus spent His last night and was betrayed by Judas. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of Jerusalem—the holy city for each of the world’s three great religions—Christianity, Judaism and Islam, from atop the Mount of Olives. Return to your hotel for overnight.
Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for international 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.