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Israel and Beyond

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 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.

Middle East
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: DOHNG/155195
  • Starts: Jerusalem, Israel
  • Finishes: Tel Aviv, Israel
You will Visit
  • Jerusalem
  • Tel Aviv

Itinerary

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Day 1: Jerusalem

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
We highly recommend booking a pre-night in Jerusalem to recover from jetlag and relax as this is a fast paced trip with little free time.

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Day 2: Jerusalem

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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Day 8: Tel Aviv

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Old Jerusalem Walking Tour, Jerusalem National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Discussion with Israeli Scholar, 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 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
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (7 nts)
    • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Private van/bus, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Take a dual-narrative walking tour with an Israeli guide and a Palestinian guide
  • Stay in a kibbutz hotel at the Sea of Galilee
  • Walk the ruins at Capernaum
  • Float in the Dead Sea