Israel and Beyond

National Geographic Journeys, Jerusalem to Tel Aviv

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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 exploring its wonders of history and culture. Look over Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, stay 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.

What’s included

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Old Jerusalem Dual-Narrative Walking Tour, Jerusalem National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Lecture with Local Expert, Jerusalem National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Bethlehem Walking Tour, Jerusalem National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Palestinian Family Meal, 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 community
  • Guided visit to Masada
  • Explore the Sea of Galilee area including Capernaum and Nazareth
  • Kibbutz tour
  • Visit Haifa, Caesarea Maritima, and Jaffa
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Take a dual-narrative walking tour with an israeli guide and a palestinian guide
  • Explore the stunning sites of the sea of galilee
  • Walk the ruins at capernaum
  • Float in the dead sea

Itinerary

Day 1 Jerusalem We highly recommend booking a pre-night in Jerusalem to recover from jet lag and relax as this is a fast paced trip with little free time. Its important to remember that hospitality expectations can vary greatly from what you are used to in your home Country. The point of travel is to open yourself up to cultural differences and new experiences; practice patience and keep an open mind. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 2 Jerusalem (1B) Take a specially designed walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem with both Israeli and Palestinian guides an experience exclusively designed 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 with a local scholar on conflict resolution and local interfaith issues. Included Activities: Old Jerusalem Dual-Narrative Walking Tour Mount of Olives Viewpoint Lecture with Local Expert Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 3 Jerusalem (1B) 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 observe one of the greatest archaeological finds of the past century. After, opt to walk through the museum’s state of the art archeological exhibition on your own. Included Activities: Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum) Visit Israel Museum & Dead Sea Scrolls Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 4 Jerusalem (1B, 1L) 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. Included Activities: Bethlehem Walking Tour Palestinian Family Meal Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 5 Jerusalem/Tiberias (1B, 1D) In the Galilee area we stay in a local resort-style hotel which is operated by a Kibbutz. Included Activities: Masada Guided Tour Dead Sea Visit (Israel) Kibbutz Experience Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)
Day 6 Tiberias (1B, 1D) 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. Included Activities: Nazareth Tour Sea of Galilee area tour Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 7 Tiberias/Tel Aviv (1B) 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. Additional Notes: After a very busy trip, should you wish to enjoy some relaxation and leisure time, we do recommend booking post nights in Tel Aviv, Included Activities: Caesarea Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours)
Day 8 Tel Aviv (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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