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25th June 2021

Israel & Palestine – Discovery Tour from £2,165 per person

Israel is a real melting pot of traditions and cultures. And for many people visiting Jerusalem, the heart of the ancient world and a sacred city of three religions, sits firmly on their bucket list. On this Israel and Palestine discovery tour you will visit Tel Aviv – a young, modern, cosmopolitan city, with a fantastic nightlife and dining scene, the conservative and orthodox Jerusalem as well as many other gems in between.

Itinerary departing 22 February 2022

Day 1:

Arrival in Tel Aviv and transfer to your hotel. Check-in and rest in preparation for your unique discovery tour. Later you will enjoy a group dinner and have an introduction with your guide at a local restaurant. Your overnight stay will be at the Center Chic, Tel Aviv (Dinner Included)

Day 2:

We head from Tel Aviv to Jaffa with your guide. After breakfast, begin with a walking tour of the historic port city of Jaffa. Eat lunch independently and enjoy free time at the Hapishpeshim market and continue to the Levinsky market, tour the unique shops and whilst learning about and discussing the refugee situation in Israel. From there continue to Tel Aviv while viewing the surrounding graffiti art. Tour the historic Ahuzat Bayit neighborhood, the original suburb modeled on Herzl’s vision in Altneuland that grew into the modern city of Tel Aviv. There, tour under the fig and Poinciana trees of Rothschild Boulevard, to see Independence Hall and some of the Bauhaus style houses of the White City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to your hotel for a free evening. Overnight at the Center Chic, Tel Aviv (Breakfast is included this day)

Day 3:

Driving along the Mediterranean Coast, today we make our way up north along the Mediterranean. We begin in Caesarea, which served as the capital of Israel during the Roman and Byzantine eras. This was once a great port town built by King Herod around 25 BC, complete with an amphitheatre, hippodrome, palace, Roman temple and a network of aqueducts. The city was eventually abandoned and lost under the desert sands, but thanks to excavations since the 1950s, is on show once again. For lunch, we will be hosted by a Druze family, enjoy their cuisine and learn about their culture. Then, we continue to Nazareth for a tour of the White Mosque and Church of the Annunciation, and hear about the Christians in the country. At the end the day, we are at the Sea of Galilee and will have a boat excursion. Overnight will be at Kibbutz Maagan Guesthouse or similar in Galilee (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with private transport and guide included)

Day 4:

Galilee and Golan – Today we tour the picturesque lakeside town of Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee/Lake Kinneret. We learn about the Jewish and Christian histories of the area, visit Capernaum, Tabgha and the Mount of Beatitudes. For lunch we are hosted by a Cerkesian family and hear their unique historical background. We continue up into the Golan Heights to learn about the conflicts between Israel and Syria, see some of the minefields and depopulated villages and have coffee next to the bunkers at Mount Bental, overlooking the Valley of Tears. Overnight will be a the Kibbutz Maagan Guesthouse, Galilee (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Private Transportation and One Guide included)

Day 5:

Jordan Valley and Jerusalem – Today we make our way to Jerusalem through the Jordan Valley stopping at the Jordan River Baptism site. Enjoy a guided tour through Mahane Yehuda Market and learn about the first market outside the Old City walls. Later, we visit Yad Vashem for a sobering and moving visit to Israel’s memorial to the victims of the Holocaust and take a guided tour with a local. After dinner, meet up with a local Rabbi, learning of Jewish traditions and a different perspective on the Israeli–Palestine conflict. Overnight will be at St Georges Guesthouse or similar, Jerusalem (Breakfast, private transportation and one guide is included)

Day 6:

Jerusalem – Begin with an overview at the Mt. of Olives on our way to the Old City. Walk by the church of St Anne and the Pool of Bethesda. then Via Dolorosa – the ‘Way of the Cross’ or ‘Way of Sorrows’ following Jesus’ path to crucifixion – and stop by the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built where Jesus is believed to have been crucified. Continue along the Cardo in the Jewish Quarter – a road that ran the entire length of the city in Byzantine times. We visit the remains of the Western Wall on the Temple Mount, where written prayers are slid into the cracks between stones. For the afternoon, drive to visit the Garden of Gethsemane – the place where Jesus prayed beside his sleeping disciples before crucifixion. See the Church of All Nations, which holds inside a section of bedrock where Jesus is said to have prayed before his arrest. This evening, we’ll enjoy a typical local meal at a Palestinian family’s home. Overnight at St Georges Guesthouse or similar, Jerusalem (Breakfast, Dinner, Private Transportation and two guides are included)

Day 7:

Bethlehem – Drive to Bethlehem, tour the Separation Barrier graffiti and visit the Banksy hotel. We meet a local resident for a guided tour of the Aida refugee camp. Tour the Christian sites of Manger Square and Church of the Nativity. Return to Jerusalem for a free afternoon. Overnight at St Georges Guesthouse or similar, Jerusalem (Breakfast, Private Transportation and one Guide included)

Day 8:

Make your own way from your hotel to the airport for your flight back home. (Breakfast included)

*Optional touring available at a supplement if taking a late flight

Included
All meals where stated
7 nights accommodation based on two sharing (single supplement from £480)
Private transportation & a guide throughout the tour
A tree will be planted by our charity partners Trees for Cities for every participant
Not Included
International Airfares
Travel Insurance (highly recommended)
Anything not explicitly listed as included

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By Karen Simmonds
25th June 2021