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 ancient Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, learn about Israeli wine at the Sea of Galilee, walk the coastal ruins at Caesarea, and immerse in local culture through culinary endeavours. Make your own pilgrimage to this beloved and complex place.

What’s included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Jerusalem Lecture with Local Expert, Jerusalem Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Mahane Yehuda Market Walk & Kosher Cooking Class, Jerusalem Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Palestinian Women's Project Local Lunch, Bethlehem Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Lecture on Palestinien Christians in Israel, Bethlehem Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Galilee Winery tour and tasting, Galilee
  • Arrival transfer
  • Jerusalem Old City walking tour
  • Visit 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
  • Dead Sea visit
  • Explore the Sea of Galilee area including Capernaum and Nazareth
  • Kibbutz tour
  • Visit Haifa and Caesarea Maritima
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Wander the quarters of jerusalem's old city
  • Taste your way through a local market
  • Learn about israeli and palestinian cooking
  • Explore the stunning sites of the sea of galilee
  • Walk the ruins at ancient masada
  • 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) Lectures are included to provide context to different viewpoints and the wide range of cultural differences within Israel. As everything in Israel relates directly or indirectly to vastly different Political and Spiritual opinions, its important to keep an open mind and see these interactions as learning experiences. Included Activities: Mount of Olives Viewpoint Old Jerusalem Walking Tour - Journeys Jerusalem Lecture with Local Expert Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 3 Jerusalem (1B, 1D) This morning, visit the Yad Vashem Memorial to learn about the Holocaust and its ramifications. Continue to the famed Israel Museum to view the Dead Sea Scrolls, one of the greatest archaeological finds of the past century. After, opt to walk through the museum’s state-of-the-art archaeological exhibition on your own. This evening, join a local Israeli chef on a walking tour of Mahane Yehuda Market, followed by a private cooking class. Included Activities: Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum) Visit Israel Museum & Dead Sea Scrolls Mahane Yehuda Market Walk & Kosher Cooking Class Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 4 Jerusalem (1B, 1L) Spend the day in Bethlehem, beginning with a visit to Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity. Walk through a nearby Palestinian refugee camp then head to a local women's project for a demonstration of Palestinian cooking and a local lunch. Visit the accredited Bethlehem Bible College for a lecture on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the Palestinian Christian perspective. Included Activities: Bethlehem Tour - Journeys Palestinian Women's Project Local Lunch Lecture on Palestinien Christians in Israel 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 Kibbutz Experience Dead Sea Visit (Israel) Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)
Day 6 Tiberias (1B, 1D) Visit the Mount of Beatitudes for gorgeous views of the Sea of Galilee and to visit the church 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. Stop at a local winery for a tour and private tasting led by a wine expert. Included Activities: Sea of Galilee area tour Nazareth Tour Galilee Winery tour and tasting Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 7 Tiberias/Tel Aviv (1B) Continue to the Mediterranean, visiting the coastal city of Haifa, and then head south to Caesarea Maritima to see the ruins of Herod’s harbour city. Afterwards, continue 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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