Encounter Ancient History and Modern Life in Israel

+ We show you more of the Holy Land’s most inspiring sites including Capernaum, Megiddo and Tabgha.
+ Our 4-night Jerusalem stay allows for extensive exploration of the Old City and excursions to Bethlehem, the Qumran Caves and Dead Sea.
+ Ascend to the hilltop ruins at Masada and hear the inspiring tale of its brave inhabitants.
+ Engage with vendors in Israel’s largest open-air market and sample the exotic Middle Eastern delicacies.
+ Discover the White City of Tel Aviv, founded in the first half of the 20th century and hailed now as a superb example of the Modern Movement in architecture as it developed in Europe.
  • Day 1 - Welcome to Tel Aviv

    On arrival, you’ll be warmly greeted and assisted through baggage claim and arrival formalities, and then escorted to the 5-star Drisco Hotel, set in a heritage landmark built by American settlers in 1866.  This evening, join your Trip Leader and fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. Meals D
     
  • Day 2 - Along the coast to Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee

    This morning’s sightseeing begins in Jaffa, one of the oldest areas of Tel Aviv. An important seaport since antiquity, its ancient streets and still lively waterfront offer a palpable sense of the ancient traders who came here – both by sea and camel caravan. Next you’ll discover the charming streets of Neve Tzedek. Established in 1887 as the first Jewish neighborhood outside of the old port city, this one-time suburb still retains its distinctive Oriental architectural style. And today it is one of Tel Aviv’s most fashionable districts - filled with inviting boutiques, galleries and artisan’s shops. Continue along Rothschild Boulevard to explore the distinctive White City of Tel Aviv c. Founded in 1909 and developed under the British Mandate in Palestine, this outstanding example of innovative, early 20th-century town planning is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site - recognized as a fine architectural ensemble of the European Modern Movement in a new cultural context.

    From Tel Aviv, you’ll journey northward along the coast to the ancient city of Caesarea. Built by Herod the Great and once the seat of Roman rule in the region, its excavated highlights include an impressive theater and the aqueduct that brought water to the city in ancient times. In Megiddo c, you’ll see the fascinating excavations of an ancient settlement that was inhabited for 5,000 years. Continue to Tiberias and check in to The Setai - where your spacious villa offers a balcony and plunge pool over looking the Sea of Galilee. Meals B+D

     
  • Day 3 - Along the shores and across the Sea of Galilee

    After breakfast, a guided excursion on the tranquil waters of the Sea of Galilee offers a terrific introduction to this beautiful region - so rich in Biblical history. Back on land, we’ll visit the Yigal Allon Museum to see a remarkably preserved wooden fishing boat. Discovered in 1986, scholars have since dated it to the 1st century CE during the time of Jesus.
     
    Continue to Capernaum where Jesus spent much of his ministry and chose his first disciples. You’ll also see the 2nd-century synagogue where extensive excavations have shed light on ancient life in the area. Continue to Tabgha to admire the fine mosaics at the Church of the Multiplication, the site of Christ’s feeding the 5,000. On Galilee’s northwestern shores, you’ll visit the Mount of Beatitudes. Although there is still discussion among scholars, this spot has long been commemorated by many as the hill where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount.

    Continue your touring with the archaeological site at Caesarea Philippi at the foot of Mt. Hermon. Built around a spring, one of the main sources of the Jordan River, this Greco-Roman city was in ancient times associated with the Greek God Pan.  Meals B+D

  • Day 4 - Through the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem

    Check out after breakfast and travel to Cana to see the Wedding Church where Jesus performed his first miracle, turning water into wine. In Nazareth, you’ll visit the Basilica of the Annunciation. The current 60-year-old landmark you’ll admire today is the fifth church built on the same site. The first was likely a simple 4th-century alter set in the grotto that was believed to be the site of Mary’s house. Many historians maintain that the first actual Church of the Annunciation was commissioned by Emperor Constantine and completed in 470 AD.

    In Beit She’an, you’ll see extensive archaeological excavations that have revealed many ancient landmarks including an impressive Roman amphitheater. This is a rich site where you can learn about Israel’s many layers of civilizations, dating back 5,000 years to an early settlement that later saw successive waves of conquerors including Egyptians, Philistines and Assyrians. Beit She’an was rebuilt as a Hellenistic city about 2,000 years ago before reaching its peak as a 5th-century Roman metropolis with as many as 40,000 inhabitants. Stop at Yardenit, a historic and popular baptismal site on the Jordan River, and continue into the scenic Jordan Valley. Ascend the Judean Mountains to Jerusalem where you’ll check in to the Inbal Hotel.  Meals B+D

  • Day 5 - Explore Old Jerusalem c

    A Holy City for three of the world’s great religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – Jerusalem occupies a unique place in humanity. Your exploration begins today when you ascend the Mount of Olives for a sweeping view over Jerusalem. You’ll descend via the Palm Sunday Walk and enter into the Garden of Gethsemane where ancient, gnarled olive trees still bear fruit and give the Garden a timeless feel. Nearby, the Church of All Nations is built over the rock upon which Jesus is believed to have prayed the night before his crucifixion.

    In the Old City, stand before the Temple Mount and the Western Wall - the holiest of Jerusalem’s Jewish sites, sacred because it is a surviving remnant of the Herodian retaining wall that once enclosed and supported the Second Temple. In front of the Western Wall is a large plaza that was created in 1967 as an area for prayer. Continue along the winding streets of the Jewish Quarter to visit the historic Hurva Synagogue. Destroyed in 1948 during the Arab-Israeli War, it was recently rebuilt in its original 19th-century style.
     
    Walk along the Via Dolorosa, an important act of pilgrimage for Christians of many denominations. Then visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, an important pilgrimage site since the 4th century, and continue through the lively Arab Bazaar. On Mount Zion, you’ll see the traditional Tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper. End your sightseeing at the colorful Mahane Yehuda Market; established nearly a century ago, it’s still the largest open air market in Israel. Engage with friendly vendors and mingle with the city’s rich mosaic of residents as our guide shares insight into Israel’s modern food scene and enduring traditions. And with a prepaid Bites Card, you can sample exotic Middle Eastern delicacies and foods from around the world.
     
    This evening, we’ll take you the Tower of David, an ancient citadel near the Jaffa Gate entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City. As darkness envelops the site, a spectacular Sound and Light Show unfolds with breathtaking virtual reality images and sophisticated trompe l’oeil technology to tell the story of Jerusalem. Meals B

  • Day 6 - Excursion to the Dead Sea and Masada c

    After breakfast, you’ll embark on a full day excursion to explore the region of the Dead Sea; at nearly 1,400 feet below sea level, it’s the lowest point on Earth. Leaving the city behind you, you’ll see the site of the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Continue to Masada, where you ascend by cable car to visit the hilltop ruins and hear the chilling tale of its brave inhabitants. Overlooking the Judean Desert and Dead Sea, Masada is a natural fortress of rugged beauty. Atop this strategic site, Herod the Great built a palace complex in the classic style of the early Roman Empire. In 73 A.D., it was the site of a violent clash where Jewish patriots made their heroic last stand in the face of an overwhelming Roman army. Today, the fortifications and attack ramp that encircle the monument are the most complete Roman siege works surviving to the present day. Your next stop is the Dead Sea! Be sure to bring your swimsuit as you’ll enjoy lunch and time for a swim – or maybe just a relaxing float in the buoyant therapeutic waters. Meals B+L

  • Day 7 - Discover modern Jerusalem

    This morning, you’ll enjoy an expertly guided tour through the Israel Museum. Founded in 1965 as the largest cultural institution in Israel, it’s now ranked as one of the leading art and archaeology museums of the world. Among the highlights in its vast millennia-spanning collection are the Dead Sea Scrolls and a fascinating, meticulously constructed model of ancient Jerusalem during the Second Temple Period.

    Next you’ll visit Yad Vashem – The World Holocaust Remembrance Center. Established in 1953 as a principle center for the documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust, Yad Vashem remains a dynamic and vital place dedicated to safeguarding the memory of the past and imparting its meaning to future generations. Then travel to Bethlehem to visit the Nativity Church, the oldest standing church in the Holy Land. Originally built in the 4th century by St. Helen, the mother of Emperor Constantine, the present 6th-century structure was erected by Justinian. This evening’s farewell dinner offers a chance to share experiences and insights gained with your fellow travelers.  Meals B+D

  • Day 8 - Depart Jerusalem

    You’ll be escorted to the airport today for your departure flight.  Meals B

Extend Your Trip

  • Amman & Petra

    5-Day Extension from $1,799

    Discover Jordan’s sites of antiquity! We include 2 nights in Amman, a journey along the King’s Way, 2 nights in Petra and extensive private sightseeing every day including an exciting 4x4 excursion into the desert landscapes of Wadi Rum.

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  • The Drisco Hotel - Tel Aviv, Israel

    Established in 1866 and now a member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World, The Drisco Hotel Tel Aviv is a luxury heritage hotel set in two historic landmarks built by American settlers in the 19th century. A+R guests will enjoy stylish Deluxe Rooms featuring a luxurious marble bath with walk-in shower, Nespresso coffee machines, courtesy mini-bar and complimentary high-speed WiFi. An inviting rooftop balcony offers splendid views of the city and sea. The hotel’s elegant restaurant, George & John offers modern Israeli cuisine prepared with fresh local ingredients.
     

  • The Setai - Sea of Galilee, Israel

    Offering sweeping vistas along the eastern shores of the Sea of Galilee near the Biblical town of Tiberias, our luxury resort is the perfect base for exploring the sites of Northern Israel. Here at this tranquil and romantic retreat, Alexander+Roberts guests will stay in stylish Kinneret Villas, each with a private plunge pool and a balcony overlooking the Sea of Galilee. With nearly 500 square feet of interior space where you can relax and slumber peacefully, each villa is tastefully furnished and generously appointed with a 55-inch television, minibar, Nespresso coffee machine and a spacious en suite bath with rainfall shower.

  • Inbal Jerusalem Hotel - Jerusalem, Israel

    Overlooking Jerusalem's Liberty Bell Park and within walking distance to the city's main cultural venues and the Old City, the Inbal Hotel is an open doorway to the city's grand culture, tradition and history. Each of the 283 guest rooms reflects the grand history and culture of the area, decorated in light golden tones and tastefully designed and tailored.

Our Original Journey Value

+ Extensive sightseeing with never more than 16 guests including all entry fees
+ 13 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 5 dinners with wine or beer at all midday and evening meals
+ Sample exotic Middle Eastern delicacies in Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda Market
+ 7 nights in our hand picked deluxe hotels
+ All on-tour transportation and airport transfers
+ Luggage handling and all hotel taxes and service charges

Trip Pricing

  • Traveling as a single?

Arrive Tel Aviv - Per Person Double

Dates   First Class Accommodations
Departure Return   Regular Deal
6/13/2019
Guaranteed
6/20/2019 $4699 $4399
 
9/5/2019
Guaranteed
9/12/2019 $4799 $4499
 
9/19/2019 9/26/2019 $4799 $4499
 
10/24/2019
Sold Out
10/31/2019 $5199 $4899
 
3/12/2020
Guaranteed
3/19/2020 $4899 $4599
 
3/26/2020 4/2/2020 $4899 $4599
 
4/23/2020
Guaranteed
4/30/2020 $4899 $4599
 
5/7/2020
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5/14/2020 $4899 $4599
 

Select all Deals that apply for best available price.

  • Save $600 per couple + $300 solo on all of our Small Group, Small Ship and Private Journeys when you pay-in-full at time of booking.
  • Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
    • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
    • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
    • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
    • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!
    For Groups of 8 or more please call 800.221.2216

Prices are per person, land only. We offer air on Lufthansa. Add extra nights. U.S. citizens traveling to Jordan over the Allenby Bridge require a visa in advance.

Extend Your Trip

  • Amman & Petra

    5-Day Extension from $1,799

    Discover Jordan’s sites of antiquity! We include 2 nights in Amman, a journey along the King’s Way, 2 nights in Petra and extensive private sightseeing every day including an exciting 4x4 excursion into the desert landscapes of Wadi Rum.

    View Day by Day »

Our Private Journey Value

Extensive sightseeing with never more than 16 guests including all entry fees
Specially arranged cultural encounters including a meeting with a Key Keeper at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and a market visit with a Jerusalem chef
13 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 5 dinners
7 nights in our hand picked deluxe hotels
All on-tour transportation and airport transfers
Luggage handling and all hotel taxes and service charges

Trip Pricing

  • Traveling as a single?

Travel Any Day - Per Person Double

Dates   Standard Accommodation
Departure Return   Regular Deal
5/1/2019 9/23/2019 $6999 $6699
 
10/10/2019 12/15/2019 $6999 $6699
 
1/1/2020 4/30/2020 $6999 $6699
 

Select all Deals that apply for best available price.

  • Save $600 per couple + $300 solo on all of our Small Group, Small Ship and Private Journeys when you pay-in-full at time of booking.
  • Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
    • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
    • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
    • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
    • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!
    For Groups of 8 or more please call 800.221.2216

Extend Your Trip

  • Amman & Petra

    5-Day Extension from $1,799

    Discover Jordan’s sites of antiquity! We include 2 nights in Amman, a journey along the King’s Way, 2 nights in Petra and extensive private sightseeing every day including an exciting 4x4 excursion into the desert landscapes of Wadi Rum.

    View Day by Day »

Private Tour Add-Ons

  • Cairo

    4 Day FreeStyle Travel

    Our 4-day FreeStyle Travel package includes a choice of 5-star hotels, daily breakfast, chauffeured airport transfers, and in-depth private car sightseeing with our engaging Egyptologist

  • Petra

    3 Day FreeStyle Travel package

    Our 3-day FreeStyle Travel package features the deluxe Moevenpick Hotel, daily breakfast, roundtrip transportation from Amman by private car and expertly-guided sightseeing.

  • The Kingdom of Oman

    4 Day FreeStyle Tour

    Our 4-day FreeStyle Tour includes first class and deluxe hotels, daily breakfast, our signature Privately Guided sightseeing and all services with your own personal car, driver and guide.

Trip Reviews

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(31 Traveler Reviews)

  • Cecelia from AZ gives this tour 

    The tour was wonderful thanks to our great guide Mickey Medzini! Incredible knowledge of this amazing country from both a historic and religious perspective. Every stop was filled with significance and meaning. The hotels, with the exception of the first, were excellent and the food was delicious and varied. Be prepared for a great deal of walking and many steps.


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    Date Traveled: 5/23/2019

  • William from CA gives this tour 

    Enjoyed the ability to see and experience the many historic and religious sites in Israel. Petra by itself would be worth the trip. Our guides in Israel and Jordan were excellent, knew everything. The hotels in Tiberias and Jerusalem were very good and the Movenpick Hotel in Petra was excellent. Was nice to have a full size bus for just our group. The light show in Jerusalem was amazing. The Garden of Gethsemane was especially moving. We saw everything we wanted to see.


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    Date Traveled: 4/6/2019

  • Kenneth from IL gives this tour 

    All of the guides and drivers were exceptional except for one. Mickey in Israel and George in Jordan were both exceptional guides. The were very knowledgeable and took good care of us - best guides we've experienced in any tour with any company so far. The hotel in Jerusalem ( Inbal) was excellent. The itinerary for this tour was very well designed.


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    Date Traveled: 4/4/2019

  • Diane from IL gives this tour 

    I just returned from the Holy Land Tour to Israel. What a fabulous experience as a solo traveler! Kudos to Alexander and Roberts for finding and hiring local, knowledgeable tour guides. Shimon Zemer was a fountain of cultural, biblical, and historical knowledge that he shared with us along with his enjoyable sense of humor. Consider this trip; you won't be disappointed.


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    Date Traveled: 3/13/2019

  • Lynn from SC gives this tour 

    Excellent coordination at airports and immigration. Local guides (Shimon Zemer in Israel and Mr.Nazeeh in Jordan) were well prepared and attended to individual needs (I.e., my husband’s shoe tore and our guide took him to get new shoes) and we had two elderly people who had trouble walking and he found easier routes or nice places for them to sit. Great sites were chosen and time allotted for sight seeing. Hotels were convenient.


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    Date Traveled: 3/13/2019

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