Greece and Eastern Mediterranean

Greece & Eastern Mediterranean

Regional Journey

Israel Discovery (Summer 2018)

Duration: 9 days Visiting: Israel

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Walk in the footsteps of Jesus, as you journey from birthplace to his Crucifixion site of Jerusalem. The is a journey that brings Biblical stories to life, taking you to some of the world's most sacred Jewish and Islamic sites, accompanied by your knowledgeable Local Expert.

  1. Day 1

    Your Journey Begins

    Board your overnight flight (Please ask about our great deals).

  2. Day 2

    Welcome to Tel Aviv.

    You will be met at Ben Gurion Airport and driven to your hotel in Tel Aviv. At 19:30 meet your travel companions for a Welcome Reception and a short introduction to your trip.

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    Exploring Vibrant Tel Aviv.

    (Relaxed Start) Morning sightseeing showcases the highlights of this vibrant city including the Habimah National Theatre, Rabin Square and Carmel Market. Venture along the seashore to the ancient city of Jaffa to see the famous clock tower and the old harbour. Visit the artists' quarter with its galleries, boutiques and picturesque narrow lanes. At night, enjoy a traditional Shabbat dinner.

  4. Day 4

    Caesarea, Acre, Nazareth and Galilee.

    Travel from Tel Aviv, along the coastal road to Caesarea. Explore the ancient Roman and Crusader ruins, including the huge amphitheatre. Travel via Haifa to Acre, fought over for centuries and captured in turn by Saracens and Crusaders, including Richard the Lionheart. See the fortress, the old harbour area and Crusader crypt, before continuing to Nazareth. Visit one of Christianity's most sacred places, the Church of Annunciation, built on the site where the angel Gabriel is said to have appeared to Mary. Head on to your hotel in Tiberias, which is located on the Sea of Galilee. The day concludes with a brief introduction to life on a Kibbutz.

  5. Day 5

    Along the Jordan Valley to the Dead Sea.

    Visit the ancient wooden boat that dates back to when Jesus was alive, and enjoy a cruise on the Sea of Galilee. Visit Capernaum, where Jesus is said to have entered the Synagogue to teach, before heading to the Mount of Beatitudes, where he preached the Sermon on the Mount. Journey through ever-changing landscapes along the Jordan Valley, past ancient Jericho, to take a dip in the buoyant salt waters of the Dead Sea.

  6. Day 6

    Masada and the Holy City of Jerusalem.

    Take a cable car ride up to the fortress of Masada, where Jewish Zealots held out for three years against Herod's armies. Pass the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found at Qumran. Travel through the Judean Hills to Mount Scopus for breathtaking views of Jerusalem. Visit King David's Tomb on Mount Zion, and the Room of the Last Supper. Enter the Old City and follow the winding cobbled alleyways to the magnificent Wailing Wall, the most sacred monument in Judaism.

  7. Day 7

    Exploring Jerusalem.

    Visit Yad Vashem, a memorial for those who perished in the Holocaust. Continue to the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book wing which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls.

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    Optional Bethlehem Experience and Jerusalem.

    (Relaxed Start) Enjoy a relaxed morning or alternatively choose to meet your Local Expert at the West Bank border and continue to the Holy city of Bethlehem. The Optional Experience includes visiting the Church of the Nativity, one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. The structure is built over the cave that tradition marks as the birthplace of Christ, and is considered sacred by followers of both Christianity and Islam. In the afternoon, all travellers will visit the Garden of Gethsemene and walk through the Old City to see the Temple Mount, one of Islam's holiest sites. Continue along the Via Dolorosa past the Stations of the Cross, Ecce Homo Arch, and the Pool of Bethesda, to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. At night, toast your adventures over a hearty Celebration Dinner with wine.

  9. Day 9

    Depart Jerusalem.

    Your journey comes to an end with transfers to Ben Gurion airport.

Highlights

 

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

  • Jaffa: Visit the ancient port and artists' quarter and see the famous clock tower and old harbour.
  • Caesarea: With your Local Expert, explore the Roman and Crusader ruins of Caesarea, formerly one of the splendid cities in Palestine.
  • Dead Sea: Alongside your Local Expert, ascend to the ancient fortress of Masada by cable car where Jewish Zealots held out for three years against Herod’s armies, before sacrificing themselves.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Israel: 2018 marks 70 years of the State of Israel.
  • Nazareth: Visit the Church of the Annunciation built on the site where the angel Gabriel is said to have appeared to Mary.
  • Capernaum: Visit the Synagogue where Jesus taught and the Mount of Beatitudes, where he preached the Sermon on the Mount
  • Dead Sea: Be sure to take a dip in the famously mineral-rich waters where it's easy to float.
  • Sea of Galilee: Enjoy a morning boat ride at the very place where Jesus is said to have walked on water.
  • Jerusalem: Be sure to take a dip in the famously mineral-rich waters where it's easy to float.
  • Jerusalem: Visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. At the Israel Museum, wander to the Shrine of the Book wing housing the Dead Sea Scrolls.
  • Jerusalem: Accompanied by your Local Expert, walk the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre - site of the Crucifixion. You will also visit the Garden of Gethsemene, see the Temple Mount, Room of the Last Supper, the Pool of Bethesda and Ecce Homo Arch.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • Tel Aviv: Participate in a Friday night Shabbat dinner
  • Jerusalem: Toast the culmination of your travels with a lively Celebration Dinner.
  • Dining Summary: 7 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 2 Dinners (D) and 2 Dinners with Wine (DW), all with tea or coffee.

INCLUDED INSIGHT SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned coach with onboard washroom. Alternate vehicles without onboard washroom may be used on occasion.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • Complimentary transfers are available on arrival and departure days, or with additional accommodation booked through Insight Vacations.

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Jerusalem By Night

Drive through the time-worn streets of Jerusalem by night to witness the ancient sites and monuments beautifully illuminated. Enter the walled old city and walk through the twisting maze of alleyways of the Jewish quarter to the flood lit Western Wall. Above it shines the golden orb of the Dome of the Rock.

Adult Price: USD 25.00

Code: JER0001

Bethlehem Excursion

Meet your local guide at the West Bank border and continue to the city of Bethlehem. Visit the Church of the Nativity, one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. The structure is built over the cave that tradition marks as the birthplace of Christ, and it is considered sacred by followers of both Christianity and Islam. Important: Please note from the Check Point this tour will be operated by a local Bethlehem guide and coach.

Adult Price: USD 40.00

Code: JER0002

Accommodation

 

Sheraton Tel Aviv Hotel

Tel Aviv (Traditional) - Israel

The Sheraton Tel Aviv Hotel is considered one of Tel Aviv’s more sophisticated hotels, located on the waterfront and providing guests with luxury accommodation.

Leonardo Plaza Hotel Tiberias

Tiberias (Traditional) - Israel

The Leonardo Plaza Tiberias Hotel is centrally located close to the Old Town and offers beautifully decorated rooms.

Hod Hamidbar Resort and Spa Hotel

Ein Bokek (Resort) - Israel

The magnificent Hod Hamidbar Resort and Spa Hotel on the shore of the Dead Sea, offers you serenity, relaxation and the perfect pampering experience in its modern spa.

Leonardo Plaza Hotel Jerusalem

Jerusalem (Traditional) - Israel

The Leonardo Plaza Hotel Jerusalem is located in the heart of the city and offers panoramic views of the Jerusalem skyline. It has many top facilities and is a good base from which to explore the Old and New Cities.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
11405 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 15 November, 2018

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    Trip: Saw everything we wanted and more

    Service: Well organized great tour

  • 03 November, 2018

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    Trip: very intense,not much free time

    Service: very knowledgable

  • 01 November, 2018

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    Trip: Very educational and saw the sites of interest to us

    Service: Very educational and extremely crowded. The coach was not up to Insight’s standards—not much leg room and some of fellow travelers put their carryon luggage on a seat and were reluctant to change. The morning we left Jerusalem there was not an Insight repersentstive contrasting when we left Cario with Uniworld.

  • 18 October, 2018

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    Trip: great guide, and itinerary

    Service: I dealt with a travel not insight directly

  • 18 October, 2018

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    Trip: So many wonderful memories. So many sites we saw.

    Service: excellent guide and bus driver

  • 10 August, 2018

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    Trip: The width, the breath and the depth of the itinerary was excellent!... well planned and well executed

    Service: Excellent accommodations, well planed itinerary and the guide was an extremely knowledgeable and personable... the trip rates a strong 5 stars!

  • 21 June, 2018

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    Trip: We experienced so many things and Ravi knew just where to go and what time to make the trip so efficient.

    Service: The guide Ravi made the trip amazing. He was so knowledgeable about the history and current affairs.

  • 21 June, 2018

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    Trip: Excellent tour. Our tour director, Rafi, was amazingly kind and knowledgeable.

    Service: Excellent tour. Our tour director, Rafi, was amazingly kind and knowledgeable.

  • 09 June, 2018

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    Trip: All the historical sites, with expert navigation by our tour guide, Rafi!

    Service: Rafi was the best tour guide.......so knowledgeable!

  • 30 May, 2018

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    Trip: fabulous from the food to the sights to the guide RAFI but as usual I saw many carparks with a slight view from two hotels - and paid single supplement aaaagh

    Service: good service - excellently positioned hotels - excellent guide RAFI - still faced car park except for two hotels with a slither of a side view and paid single supplement aaagh

  • 26 May, 2018

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    Trip: This was a great trip, interesting and informative

    Service: Yes I would recommend Insight to other travellers

  • 25 May, 2018

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    Trip: Excellent professional and value for money

    Service: Wonderful guide...wonderful places

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