- Travel in a small group of 6 to 16 passengers
- All touring conducted in air-conditioned vehicles
- Airport transfers included on the first and last day of touring
An intriguing mix of old and new awaits in Israel. Discover the country’s ancient history from old cities to ruins, explore the country’s rich religious history visiting iconic landmarks and sites, and immerse yourself in the country’s vibrant modern culture. Join us for a small group tour through Tel Aviv, Ginosar, and Jerusalem.
Explore the Israeli Mediterranean coast as you travel from Tel Aviv to Haifa and Acre. Each of these coastal cities has their own unique story and flair – from Tel Aviv’s cosmopolitan lifestyle, Haifa’s picturesque gardens and Acre’s ancient history.
Jerusalem, Israel’s capital city holds importance significance in history for Jewish, Muslim and Christian people. A unique blend of old and new, the city’s architecture combines seamlessly to create this fascinating city full of historical sites and world-class museums.
From panoramic views across the Judaean Desert and out to the Dead Sea to the natural springs of Banias, a main source of the Jordanian River, and where beautiful beaches meet mountainous terrain – Israel’s varied landscape is stunning.
Welcome to Tel Aviv. Located on the Israeli Mediterranean coastline, the city is Israel’s commercial and cultural capital. The cosmopolitan city’s cafes, shopping and nightlife combine with beautiful beaches to create a lively atmosphere. The White City of Tel Aviv was declared by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site for its white colored Bauhaus style buildings that line the streets.
After we arrive in Tel Aviv we enjoy a group welcome dinner to meet our fellow travelers.
Our small group tour embarks as we explore Tel Aviv today. We begin at the Diaspora Museum where we gain insight into Israel’s people, history and culture. We then enjoy a city tour of Tel Aviv before spending some time on our own for lunch.
This afternoon we step back in time and explore the old city, Old Jaffa. We wander through the streets and discover this ancient port city. Our evening is at leisure.
We depart Tel Aviv after breakfast this morning for our next destination, Ginosar. We follow the coast to reach our first stop Haifa, Israel’s third largest city. This picturesque city is located at the foot of Mount Carmel and extends to the coast of the Mediterranean. We enjoy a half day tour of the city, including a visit to the summit of Mount Carmel.
We continue along the coast and visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Acre. Here we enjoy a visit to the city’s Oriental Market, Arab Mosque and Old Port.
Acre has one last treat for us before we continue on to Ginosar – the Acre Crusader City. In this special experience, we explore the halls, passages, tunnels and chambers of the Crusader city that lies beneath the streets of Acre. We learn more about the history of the Crusader era as we meander our way through the city that was built in the 12th century.
We make our way inland and arrive in Nazareth for a city tour before arriving at our hotel in Ginosar in time for dinner.
[Breakfast and Dinner]
We begin our day this morning with a tour of the Kibbutz, learning more of the ins and outs of life here. Our tour takes us to the Yigal Alon Museum where we have the chance to see the Ancient Galilee Boat or “Jesus Boat”. Discovered by local fishermen during a drought in 1986, the ancient boat dates back to the 1st century AD.
Wine is on the menu this afternoon as we travel to the Golan Heights Winery. En-route to the winery we stop at Mount Bental for an incredible panoramic view of the land below. At the winery, we enjoy a tour of the grounds before settling in for lunch and a wine tasting.
Before arriving back at our hotel we make one last stop at the natural springs of Banias to see one of the sources of the Jordan River.
[Breakfast and Lunch]
Jerusalem, Israel’s capital city holds important significance in history for Jewish, Muslim and Christian people. A unique blend of old and new, the city’s architecture combines seamlessly to create this fascinating city full of historical sites and world-class museums.
We begin our journey to Jerusalem after breakfast this morning, stopping along the way at Tiberias, a city located on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. We visit Capernaum and make a stop at the baptismal site of John the Baptist at Yardenit. Our last stop before arriving in Jerusalem is the Jordan Valley where we visit the excavated Roman ruins of Beit Shen.
Upon arriving in Jerusalem, we check into our hotel before enjoying our evening at leisure.
We explore Jerusalem today as we drive through the New City and visit the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament and High Court.
We embark on a tantalizing tasting tour of the Mahane Yehuda market in this delectable special experience. Our taste buds are taken on a journey as we taste our way through the variety of foods on offer.
We pay a visit to Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, this afternoon. Moving and profound, the museum at the Center tells the stories of the Jewish people affected during the time of the Holocaust. We spend the evening at our own leisure.
[Breakfast and Lunch]
We enjoy a full day of touring today starting at Jerusalem’s Old City. We step back in time as we enter the walled city and discover its sights visiting the Roman Cardo, the Herodian Quarter and the Western Wall. We continue to Bethlehem where we gain insight into the birthplace of Jesus visiting Rachel’s Tomb, the Church of Nativity, and Mangers Square.
This evening we get to know the locals of Jerusalem as we join a local family for a traditional Shabbat dinner in their home. We share stories over dinner as we learn about the traditional cuisine and their way of life before we depart with new friendships and lasting memories.
[Breakfast and Dinner]
This morning we visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Masada, a fortress perched high above the Judaean Desert. Built as a palace complex in the last century BC, today the ruins are a testament to Israel’s ancient kingdom history. After a tour of Masada, we make our way to the Dead Sea. Straddling the border between Israel and Jordan, the Dead Sea is the lowest spot on the Earth’s surface. With a mineral content topping out at 33%, the Dead Sea is an incredible natural attraction. We enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to float in the salty waters before returning to Jerusalem to enjoy our afternoon at leisure.
This evening we enjoy a farewell dinner together at a local restaurant.
[Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]
After breakfast this morning we transfer back to Tel Aviv where our tour concludes. We bid farewell to our new friends and to incredible Israel.
Centrally located in Tel Aviv’s Jaffa, with the famous flea market across the street, the Market House Hotel offers a modern oasis in the middle of the Old Town. Stylish, contemporary furniture is featured throughout the boutique hotel which opened in 1864. Each room has a relaxing atmosphere with stylish furniture, air-conditioning, a safe deposit box and Free Wifi. The hotel’s modern interior creates a vibrant atmosphere in the restaurant, bar and lounge area.
The Nof Ginosar Kibbutz Hotel offers a tranquil stay with a relaxing atmosphere. Located on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, the hotel features picturesque gardens, an outdoor pool and fitness center. Rooms are full of natural light and are stylishly furnished, featuring air-conditioning, free wifi, a safe deposit box and more.
The Kibbutz Lavi Hotel offers a tranquil stay with a relaxing atmosphere. The hotel boasts an indoor swimming pool and gym and is surrounded by lush, maintained gardens. Rooms are stylishly furnished, and feature free wifi, a coffee maker and a safe deposit box.
Boutique luxury awaits at the centrally located Arthur Hotel Jerusalem. Modern, colonial themed styling can be found throughout the hotel which exudes elegance. Rooms have an inviting colonial charm, with beautiful styling and are equipped with free wifi, air-conditioning and heating, a safe deposit box, and coffee maker.
The official currency in Israel is the Israel New Shekel, although the recommended currency to take on your tour is the US Dollar. When you arrive in Israel you will be able to change your US Dollars into the Israel New Shekel. Ensure you change a small amount into small denominations.
Small change is also useful for paying for toilets while on tour which is customary in many destinations.
To get the most out of your Small Group Touring Co. tour, you will need a good level of fitness. Our Middle East tours require you to be able to walk at least 2-3 hours on uneven ground and climb several flights of stairs. It’s not every day that you come face to face with some of the world’s oldest sights, some of which are located within the Middle East’s desert landscape. We want you to be able to soak up every moment of your tour and create lasting, fond memories of your time in the Middle East. If you are affected by dusty conditions, please ensure that you come prepared and are fit enough to cope with the conditions.
We don’t want you to miss out on any aspect of your Small Group Touring Co. tour. To ensure that you don’t, we recommend you arrive at your starting destination by 15:00h in order to take part in your welcome dinner.
*Prices shown are in USD.
The above pricing is based on twin share per person. If you are interested in single pricing please contact one of our tour consultants and they would be glad to assist in providing a detailed proposal including pricing.
Tipping has been included in your tour price for tour director, drivers, porters, waiters and any specialist local guides.
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