Small Group Discoveries for our World Travelers

+ We show you more of the Holy Land’s most inspiring sites including Capernaum, Megiddo, Tabgha and Bethlehem.
+ Our 4-night Jerusalem stay allows for extensive exploration of the Old City and excursions to Bethlehem, the Dead Sea and Masada.
+ Join a remarkably diverse group of worshipers for Friday night prayers at the Western Wall and learn about the Jewish Sabbath when you sit down with a family for a home-made Shabbat dinner.
+ Browse in a bustling Jerusalem market and learn about Middle Eastern delicacies from our local culinary aficionado.
+ Enjoy a special private meeting with a Key Keeper of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
+ Includes 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites c
  • Day 1 - Welcome to Tel Aviv

    On arrival, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to the Shalom & Relax Hotel. Our comfortable first-class hotel overlooks the Mediterranean in the vibrant, modern city of Tel Aviv. 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 you’ll 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. Next you’ll discover the charming streets of Neve Tzedek. Established in 1887 as the first Jewish neighborhood outside of the old port city of Jaffa, 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.

    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, 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 first-class Emily’s Boutique Hotel overlooking the Sea of Galilee.  Meals B+D
  • Day 3 - Along the shores and across the Sea of Galilee

    After breakfast, you’ll join your guide to visit 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. After sightseeing, you’ll enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the tranquil waters of the Sea of Galilee. Return to your hotel in Tiberias where you’ll have time to refresh before dinner.  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. Continue into the scenic Jordan Valley and ascend the Judean Mountains to Jerusalem where you’ll check in to the David Citadel Hotel.  Meals B
  • Day 5 - Explore Old Jerusalem

    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. Then walk along the Via Dolorosa, an important act of pilgrimage for Christians of many denominations. At the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, also an important pilgrimage site since the 4th century, we’ve made special arrangements for you to meet one of the Key Keepers; hear the fascinating story of how his family came to possess the keys to this most holy site. On Mount Zion, you’ll see the traditional Tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper. Then explore the colorful Mahane Yehuda Market - the largest open air market in Israel established nearly a century ago. Mingle with the city’s rich mosaic of residents, sample Middle Eastern delicacies, and get to know the shopkeepers as our local culinary expert shares insight into Israel’s modern food scene and enduring traditions. Later, you’ll continue your culinary discoveries at one of our favorite restaurants in the city.  Meals B+D
  • Day 6 - 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 as it was 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, 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 7 - Excursion to the Dead Sea and Masada

    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.

    Back in the city this evening, you’ll join a remarkably diverse group of worshippers at the Western Wall for Friday night prayers. It’s a powerful experience and offers time for personal reflection and revelation at one of the world’s most holy sites. Then learn about the Jewish Sabbath feast as you join a Jerusalem family for a congenial dinner featuring home-made dishes from nine Jewish communities around the world. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 8 - Depart Jerusalem

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

Extend Your Journey

  • Continue to the Lost City of Petra...

    3 days from $899

    The amazingly preserved ruins of Petra are the perfect complement to your travels through the Holy Land. We include your transfer from Jerusalem to Petra via the Allenby Bridge, two nights at the Moevenpick Hotel right by the visitor’s entrance, daily breakfast and in-depth sightseeing.

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  • Shalom & Relax Hotel Tel Aviv

    Overlooking the Mediterranean, our comfortable first class hotel evokes the warmth and ambience of a sophisticated beach house.

  • Emily’s Boutique Hotel Tiberias

    This contemporary 4-star hotel is wonderfully situated overlooking the Sea of Galilee near the historic heart of Tiberias. Stylish air-conditioned guestrooms offer complimentary wireless Internet access, minibar and cable TV. Step out to your private balcony for magnificent views of the Sea of Galilee and Golan Heights. 

  • David Citadel Jerusalem

    Jerusalem's premier luxury hotel enjoys a privileged location on King David Street overlooking the domes and towers of the ancient walled city.

Our Small Group 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 in Jerusalem with our local culinary expert
+ 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?

Arrive Tel Aviv - Per Person Double

Dates   First Class Accommodations
Departure Return   Regular Deal
4/22/2017
Guaranteed
4/29/2017 $3999 $3699
 
5/20/2017
Sold Out
5/27/2017 $3999 $3699
 
6/17/2017
Guaranteed
6/24/2017 $4199 $3899
 
9/9/2017
Sold Out
9/16/2017 $3999 $3699
 
10/14/2017
Guaranteed
10/21/2017 $3999 $3699
 
3/17/2018 3/24/2018 $3999 $3699
 
4/21/2018 4/28/2018 $3999 $3699
 

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 whenever you book and pay-in-full.
  • Travel is one 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 Journey

  • Continue to the Lost City of Petra...

    3 days from $899

    The amazingly preserved ruins of Petra are the perfect complement to your travels through the Holy Land. We include your transfer from Jerusalem to Petra via the Allenby Bridge, two nights at the Moevenpick Hotel right by the visitor’s entrance, daily breakfast and in-depth sightseeing.

    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
1/1/2017 4/7/2017 $5799 $5499
 
4/8/2017 4/18/2017 $6399 $6099
 
4/19/2017 9/3/2017 $5799 $5499
 
9/4/2017 9/12/2017 $6399 $6099
 
9/13/2017 9/20/2017 $5799 $5499
 
9/21/2017 9/28/2017 $6199 $5899
 
9/29/2017 12/22/2017 $5799 $5499
 
12/23/2017 12/31/2017 $6399 $6099
 
1/1/2018 1/4/2018 $6399 $6099
 
1/5/2018 4/8/2018 $5799 $5499
 
4/9/2018 4/18/2018 $6399 $6099
 
4/19/2018 4/30/2018 $5799 $5499
 

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 whenever you book and pay-in-full.
  • Travel is one 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 Journey

  • Continue to the Lost City of Petra...

    3 days from $899

    The amazingly preserved ruins of Petra are the perfect complement to your travels through the Holy Land. We include your transfer from Jerusalem to Petra via the Allenby Bridge, two nights at the Moevenpick Hotel right by the visitor’s entrance, daily breakfast and in-depth sightseeing.

    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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(5 Traveler Reviews)

  • Barbara from CA gives this tour 

    Our guide was so knowledgeable about all the sites... considering he was with us for 6 days... that was more than impressive as we saw much. I'd highly recommend this trip whether you're on a pilgrimage or just want to learn more about Israel. Read More »

  • Theresa from TX gives this tour 

    Enjoyed the number of places visited and the ample amount of time spent at each site. The vast knowledge, live experience and wonderful personality of our tour guide. Read More »

  • Melanie from TX gives this tour 

    The tour guides that I had on my trip to Israel were VERY knowledgeable. I thoroughly enjoyed everything about my trip, the tours I took and my hotel stays. I WILL be coming back! A week was NOT long enough! Read More »

  • LOIS from AK gives this tour 

    In Israel everyone received a call on arrival and before departure. The itinerary hit everything we wanted to see. Good hotels. We missed flight to Tel Aviv and arrangements were made for next day pick up and connection with group. Enjoyed special touches like meeting with Keeper of the Keys and Sea of Galilee sail. Driver guide in Jordan was great as was private guide to Petra. Read More »

  • Janet from OH gives this tour 

    The tour of the Holy Land and Petra was pronominal. The guides were excellent and the small tour allowed us to really see and enjoy the sites. Read More »

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