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Israel & the Holy Land

(Tour code: HOL17)The Biblical Heritage of the Near East

The 'Promised Land' of Israel has strong connections to many different religions, especially Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Discover an exciting and enlightening journey to the major cities of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, the iconic towns of Nazareth and Bethlehem, as well as the enchanting Sea of Galilee and the infamous Dead Sea.

Tour Highlights
  • Tel Aviv including a guided tour
  • Sightseeing in Haifa and Nazareth
  • Cruise across the Sea of Galilee
  • Ancient Capernaum & Roman Caesarea
  • City tour of Jerusalem
  • Garden of Gethsemane & site of the Last Supper
  • The Holocaust Museum
  • The Dead Sea
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 7 Nights Hotel Accommodation
  • Selected Porterage
  • Return Scheduled Flights

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Fly Options

Regional Departures Available

To make your travel arrangements even more convenient for you, we are excited to announce that we are now offering some regional airport options outside London for this tour.

To view prices and flight options, please click the 'View Dates & Prices' button and select the departure that you are interested in as options may vary. Alternative, click the image on the left to see flight options and call us on 01904 734 111 to book.

Flights
Day 1

London to Tel Aviv

Our adventure begins as we fly directly from London Heathrow to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport. Here we will be met for a private coach transfer to our hotel for the night.

Haifa
Day 2

Haifa and Nazareth

We begin our exploration of Israel's second largest city with a guided tour, starting with Independence Hall. Later we head to Arlozoroff railway station for the train to Haifa. On arrival, a delightful sightseeing tour takes us through the city. We continue to Nazareth, before moving on to Galilee.

Includes:
  • Haifa
  • Nazareth
Sea of Gallilee
Day 3

The Sea of Galilee

This morning we take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee, the largest freshwater lake in Israel. From here we continue to Capernaum, located on Galilee's north shore. Following this, we make our ascent of Mount Beatitudes. Afterwards, a short drive takes us to Acre.

Includes:
  • Boat Ride across the Sea of Galilee
  • Mount Beatitudes
Jerusalem
Day 4

Caesarea and Jerusalem

Today we drive to Caesarea to explore the ancient capital of Judea that was built by King Herod the Great. This was an important Roman settlement, as our visit to the huge amphitheatre and impressive aqueduct shows. From here we board the train to Jerusalem.

Includes:
  • Judea
Jerusalem
Day 5

Historic Jerusalem

After breakfast we ascend Mount Olives for magnificent vistas of the surrounding area. After a short walk through the Garden of Gethsemane, we cross the Kidron Valley and enter the Old City. Next we arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. From here we proceed to Mount Zion to visit the King David Tomb.

Includes:
  • Mount Olives
  • Garden of Gethsemane
  • King David Tomb
Bethlehem
Day 6

The birthplace of Christianity

Today we drive past the Knesset, Israel's parliament, and see the menorah, before visiting the Israel Museum. We continue with a visit to the moving Yad Vashem, Israel's memorial to the Holocaust victims. After a poignant morning, we drive to Bethlehem.

Includes:
  • Israel Museum
Dead Sea
Days 7-8

Masada and the Dead Sea

The highlight of today is a descent to the lowest place on earth - the remarkable Dead Sea. Our route takes us firstly to Masada, King Herod's winter castle, we climb the mountain by cable car and tour the ancient storage areas. Later we visit Mitzpe Ramon. On Day 8 we make the journey back to London, driving from Mitzpe Ramon to Beer Sheba for the train to Ben Gurion Airport, where we connect with our return flight home.

Includes:
  • Dead Sea
  • Masada
  • Mitzpe Ramon

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour features the same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed above.

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