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Until Apr 18 From May 18

Perched at the crossroads of Middle Eastern history for centuries and the spiritual home to Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike, Israel remains a must-visit destination for anyone eager to understand this dynamic, always-changing region. Explore the historic towns of Bethlehem and Nazareth, tune into the rhythm of daily life in the Golan Heights, visit Bedouin communities in the Negev Desert, and experience a soul-stirring visit to a refugee camp. Thousands of incredible moments, one comprehensive trip.

Middle East
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, Sightseeing, Swimming, Walking Tour
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: DOIE.B/201554
  • Starts: Jerusalem, Israel
  • Finishes: Tel Aviv, Israel
You will Visit
  • Jerusalem
  • Negev Desert
  • Jericho
  • Tiberias
  • Nazareth
  • Tel Aviv

Itinerary

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Day 1: Jerusalem

Arrive at any time.
There will be the chance to head out for an optional dinner with the group.

02

Day 2: Jerusalem

Visit the Western Wall and the Holy Sepulchre Church. Enjoy a guided visit of the Muslim and Jewish quarters of Old Jerusalem.
Visit the four quarters of the Old City on a guided walk: the Christian, Jewish, Armenian, and Muslim quarters.

After, walk the 14 stations of the Dolorosa, ending at the Holy Sepulchre Church, and visit the Western Wall.

Spend some free time exploring in the afternoon.

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Day 3: Jerusalem/Negev Desert

Visit Bethlehem and the Duhaishe Camp for Palestinian refugees before heading to the Negev Desert for an overnight in a Bedouin-style camp.
Travel to biblical Bethlehem and visit the Church of the Nativity before heading to Duhaishe Camp for Palestinian refugees. The camp has become something of a permanent town. Learn more about the situation of the Palestinians in Israel and what life in the camp is all about.

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Day 4: Negev Desert/Jericho

Visit the fortress of Masada followed by a swim in the Dead Sea.
Travel to Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit the famous rock fortress. Opt to hike (or ride) to the top and learn more about this ancient place.

Continue on to the fascinating Dead Sea. Cover yourself in the healing mud, bob like a cork in very salty water, or enjoy a little sunbathing on the shore. Spend the night in Jericho.

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Day 5: Jericho/Tiberias

Tour the Sea of Galilee, take in the rocky plateau of the Golan Heights, and spend the night in a kibbutz community.
Travel to Golan Heights and learn more about this history of the area. Visit the Sea of Galilee, including sights like the Church of Transfiguration and the Mount of Beatitudes. Later, travel to a kibbutz for the night. Learn about this unique communal way of life unique to Israel.

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Day 6: Tiberias/Nazareth

Travel to Nazareth. Make a unique visit to a Druze village and enjoy a lunch with a local family.

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Day 7: Nazareth/Tel Aviv

Visit Akko and its colourful markets and mosque before continuing to historic Jaffa. Complete the day with an driving tour of Israel's vibrant capital, Tel Aviv.

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Day 8: Tel Aviv

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Local Living: Bedouin Camp Overnight, Negev Desert Local Living: Druze Village Visit and Traditional Lunch , Isfiya Druze Village
    • Old Jerusalem guided tour
    • Jerusalem sightseeing including the Western Wall and Holy Sepulcher Church
    • Refugee camp visit
    • Bethlehem visit
    • Dead Sea visit with swim
    • Masada guided tour
    • Kibbutz stay
    • Golan Heights visit
    • Sea of Galilee region tour
    • Akko and Nazareth visits
    • Tel Aviv city tour including Old Port of Jaffa
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (6 nts), camping (1 nt, Bedouin-style camp)
    • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Private van, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Swim in the Dead Sea
  • Live like a local on a kibbutz
  • Explore the biblical towns of Nazareth and Bethlehem
  • Overnight in a Bedouin Camp
  • Wander through the streets of Old Jerusalem.