Israel and Beyond

 

Date: June 18 - 25, 2017

PRICE: $399 USD per person

TRIP CODE: dohNG

Israel holds a unique place in the Middle East. With sacred sites central to three of humanity’s major religions, you could spend a lifetime here and never experience all of its wonders. Look over Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, stay in a kibbutz hotel at the Sea of Galilee, walk the ruins at Capernaum, and eat lunch at the home of a Palestinian family. Make your own pilgrimage to this beloved and complex place.


IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

TRAVEL STYLE: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

SERVICE LEVEL: UPGRADED

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

PHYSICAL RATING: 2 - LIGHT

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

TRIP TYPE: SMALL GROUP

Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 10


ITINERARY

DAY 1 JERUSALEM

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

DAY 2 JERUSALEM

Take a specially designed walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem with both Israeli and Palestinian guides trained by National Geographic Emerging Explorer Aziz Abu Sarah. This unique dual-narrative tour allows travellers a deeper understanding of the diverse cultural, religious, and political aspects of Israel. Visit key sites including the Temple Mount, Dome of the Rock, and the Al Aqsa Mosque. Continue to the Western Wall, then walk through the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This afternoon, visit the Mount of Olives for stunning views of Jerusalem, then enjoy free time to wander on your own or opt to visit the Garden of Gethsemane. Later, enjoy a discussion on the current state of affairs with a leading Israeli scholar.

Exclusive Inclusions: National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Old Jerusalem Walking Tour | National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Discussion with Israeli Scholar

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 3 JERUSALEM

Take a sobering visit to Yad Vashem Memorial to learn about the Holocaust and its ramifications today. In the afternoon, visit the famed Israel Museum. View the Dead Sea Scrolls, housed in the Shrine of the Book, and walk through the museum’s state of the art archeological exhibition.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 4 JERUSALEM

Enjoy a second exclusively designed dual-narrative tour of Bethlehem with Israeli and Palestinian guides. Visit Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity. Walk through a nearby Palestinian refugee camp and then head to a local Palestinian family's home for a cooking class and lunch.

Exclusive Inclusions: National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Bethlehem Walking Tour | National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Palestinian Family Meal

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

DAY 5 JERUSALEM/TIBERIAS

Start the day with a guided visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Masada with stops at Herod’s Palace, the Bathhouse, and the Synagogue. After that, it’s off for a visit to the Dead Sea, continuing along the Jordan Valley north to the Sea of Galilee, where we’ll stay in a kibbutz hotel for the next two nights.

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

DAY 6 TIBERIAS

Visit the Mt. of Beatitudes, for gorgeous views of the Sea of Galilee and visit the church that was built atop this hill, where Jesus is believed to have delivered his “Sermon on the Mount” speech. Continue to the ruins of Capernaum, where Jesus lived and preached, and where many apostles, including Peter, made their home. Learn about the lives of Israeli Arabs on the way to Nazareth, where we visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, one of the largest churches in the Middle East.

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

DAY 7 TIBERIAS/TEL AVIV

Continue to the Mediterranean, visiting the coastal city of Haifa and then south to Caesarea Maritima to see the ruins of Herod’s harbour city. After, continue toward Jaffa, an ancient port city dating back to the Bronze Age. Continue on to the bustling city of Tel Aviv for our last evening.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 8 TEL AVIV

Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast

WHAT'S INCLUDED

 

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Palestinian Family Meal, Jerusalem
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Bethlehem Walking Tour, Jerusalem
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Discussion with Israeli Scholar, Jerusalem
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Old Jerusalem Walking Tour, Jerusalem
  • Arrival transfer

 

  • Entrance to Yad Vashem (the Holocaust memorial)
  • Visit the Israel Museum and view the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Tour Bethlehem
  • Visit a Palestinian refugee camp
  • Guided visit to Masada
  • Explore the Sea of Galilee area including Capernaum and Nazareth
  • Visit Haifa, Caesarea Maritima, and Jaffa
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
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ACCOMMODATIONS

Hotels (7 nts).

MEALS

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Allow USD255-335 for meals not included.

TRANSPORTATION

Private van/bus, walking.

STAFF & EXPERTS

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.