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Wonders of Israel

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  • 11
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TEL AVIV, NAZARETH, GALILEE, JERUSALEM, MASADA AND THE DEAD SEA

From dazzling Tel Aviv (called “The Mediterranean Capital of Cool” by the NY Times) to the inspiring sights of 3,000-year-old Jerusalem, Israel reveals incredible beauty, history and spirit, and our guides are passionate about telling its stories. Our escorted Holy Land tour with airfare from the U.S. takes you from uplifting places of faith to the world’s lowest spot (The Dead Sea) and includes a unique hotel stay at a kibbutz. Join smarTours® on this illuminating Israel journey. And here’s a bright idea: Enhance your tour with an optional extension to Eilat, a resort city on the Red Sea boasting 360 days of sunshine a year!

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • 2 nights in Tel Aviv
  • 2 nights in Galilee (Kibbutz)
  • 5 nights in Jerusalem
  • 4-night Eilat Extension (3 nights in Eilat, 1 extra night in Jerusalem)

Tour
Highlights

  • Tel Aviv
  • Basilica of the Annunciation (Nazareth)
  • Kibbutz Stay
  • Sea of Galilee
  • Golan Heights
  • The Western Wall (Jerusalem)
  • Church of Holy Sepulcher (Jerusalem)
  • Mount of Olives (Jerusalem)
  • Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum)
  • Masada
  • Dead Sea
  • Eilat Extension (with optional full-day excursion to Petra)

Activity Level: Explorer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-Israel ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at superior first-class hotels
  • 13 meals: 8 buffet breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 4 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours and entry fees
  • English-speaking Tour Director throughout

EILAT EXTENSION INCLUDES:

  • Transportation to Eilat
  • 3 nights at a superior first-class resort
  • 1 night in Jerusalem
  • Daily full buffet breakfasts (B)

Tour Itinerary

Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.

Depart from the U.S.

Depart for an overnight flight to Israel. Your tour includes airfare from the U.S.

Arrive in Tel Aviv

Welcome to Israel! You’ll be greeted at the airport and escorted to the vibrant city of Tel Aviv, which has made a name for itself with its exciting culinary scene, trendy culture, colorful markets and Mediterranean beaches. You’ll see Rabin Square and the memorial to Nobel Peace Prize-winning Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on the drive, which follows the seaside promenade, to our beach-facing hotel. Dan Panorama Hotel (or similar)

Tel Aviv/Jaffa

After a morning briefing, we’ll explore two of Tel Aviv’s unique neighborhoods. We’ll start with a guided walk of the beautifully restored Neve Zedek, a picturesque neighborhood dating back to the early 1900s. It feels a bit like southern France, with its narrow streets lined with Bauhaus and Art Deco buildings, galleries and great restaurants. After a free afternoon to delight in the seaside promenade or an outdoor café, we’ll gather for a tour of Old Jaffa. We’ll see traces of Jaffa’s ancient history, as well as the intriguing Artists Quarter, before enjoying dinner in this…

Caesarea/Haifa/Nazareth/Galilee

Today we’ll gain insights into Israel’s diverse history, religions and scenery as we leave Tel Aviv and travel north along the coastal road. Our first stop is ancient Caesarea, where we’ll dig into its amazing archeological discoveries and see its ancient Roman port and aqueduct, Byzantine streets and Crusader ruins. The next leg of our journey takes us up scenic Mount Carmel for splendid bay views, as well as a visit to a Druze village’s colorful market. The Druze are a unique religious and ethnic minority in Israel. In Haifa, we’ll see the world headquarters of the Baha’i…

Galilee/Optional Golan & Galilee Excursion

Today is free to relax or take an optional full-day excursion to some of northern Israel’s top attractions, including a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, Golan Heights, a winery tour and a stop in Safad. See Optional Tours for more details. B/D Lavi Kibbutz Hotel (or similar)

Capernaum/Tabgha/Beth Shean/Jerusalem

After a guided tour of Kibbutz Lavi, our travels take us to Biblical sites, including Capernaum, home of the church believed to be built on the location of St. Peter’s house, and Tabgha, the traditional site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes. Later, we’ll proceed to Beth Shean to view the stunning remains and amphitheater of a well-preserved Roman city. We’ll also stop in Beth Alpha to admire the magnificent mosaic floor of its sixth-century synagogue. And passing through the lush Jordan River valley and climbing the Judean hills to Mt. Scopus, today’s awe-inspiring pilgrimage…

Jerusalem

Count on emotions running high today because Jerusalem is a city that will lift your spirits, make you weep and leave an impression you’ll never forget. This holy city is unique in so many ways, and we’ll have the opportunity to see some of its storied sites with an expert local guide, including the Mount of Olives and Western Wall (Wailing Wall). We’ll also explore the Davidson Center, where fascinating multi-media exhibits—including a reconstruction of the Herodian Temple Mount—bring Jerusalem’s history to life. Stroll a magnificently restored cardo (old Roman road). And…

Masada/Dead Sea Excursion

We’ll see a symbolic site of Jewish cultural identity and experience a timeless therapy with a full-day excursion to Masada and the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth and containing a whopping 34% salt concentration! But first, we’ll drive along its shores past Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. In Masada, we’ll stop to ride a cable car up the mountain for a tour of a mountaintop fortress built by King Herod, a UNESCO World Heritage site where Jewish rebels held off a Roman siege and committed mass suicide rather than surrender. At a spa hotel on the Dead Sea’s…

Jerusalem

We’ll visit Yad Vashem—the moving, heartbreaking memorial dedicated to the remembrance of the Holocaust—tour the Israel Museum’s renowned Shrine of the Book, which houses the 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls, and stroll through the peaceful Billy Rose Sculpture Garden. In the afternoon, enjoy free time or take an optional tour to Bethlehem, where you’ll visit the Church of the Nativity, or take part in a Shabbat dinner. See Optional Tours for more information on these two excursions. B Dan Panorama Hotel (or similar)

Jerusalem

Our exploration of Jerusalem continues with a guided walking tour of the Old City. Highlights include the colorful bazaar (where you’re sure to find unique souvenirs), David’s Citadel and the Tower of David Museum, which spans the entire history of Jerusalem. After a free afternoon, celebrate with your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner. B/D Dan Panorama Hotel (or similar)

Jerusalem/U.S. or Eilat Extension

After an early morning transfer to the airport, your Holy Land tour ends with your return to the U.S. Or add another chapter to your trip with the Eilat extension and optional Petra excursion.

Guided Tour Pricing

Price includes round-trip airfare from the U.S. (Land-only pricing available on request.)

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EILAT EXTENSION:
Add $799 per person double occupancy / $1149 single.

Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $849.

Feb 13 Departure: This departure will be 12-day tour due to the flight schedule.

If taking the optional Petra excursion on the Eilat extension, a border crossing fee is required and can be paid at the border. Please note that the Petra excursion needs to be prepaid to smarTours in advance of departure.

For more information on this tour to Israel, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit which must be received within 48 hours of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

Extended Tours

Eilat Extension

  • From approx. 799 Per Person

Add four locally hosted days in the sun-kissed resort of Eilat on the Red Sea. Don’t miss the chance to join a full-day optional excursion to world-renowned Petra!

Jerusalem/Eilat

After breakfast, travel to Eilat, Israel’s sun and beach destination. Located on the calm waters of another very salty sea, Israel’s southern-most city offers pure relaxation and exciting activities. Arrive at your resort hotel and enjoy free time to relax at the pool or on the beach, stroll along the seafront promenade and dine in outdoor cafés and restaurants. B Dan Panorama Eilat Hotel (or similar)

Eilat/Optional Petra Excursion

While today can be spent at leisure, we recommend an optional full-day excursion to mystical Petra, Jordan. You won’t forget it! See Optional Tours for details. B Dan Panorama Eilat Hotel (or similar)

Eilat

Today is all about soaking up Eilat’s famous sun and surf. Additional options are a visit to the Coral Reef Underwater Observatory, the Dolphin Reef (snorkel with dolphins!) or a jeep excursion to view desert wildlife. B Dan Panorama Eilat Hotel (or similar)

Eilat/Jerusalem

Today, travel back to Jerusalem where the remainder of the day is at leisure. B Dan Panorama Jerusalem Hotel (or similar)

Jerusalem/U.S.

After an early-morning transfer to the airport, your Holy Land tour ends with your return to the U.S.

Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

Rates are in U.S. Dollars, payable in cash only, and are based on a minimum number of participants. Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment, and the optional tours listed below may not be available on all departure dates. Note that optional tours are nonrefundable.

Golan and Galilee Excursion with Lunch

  • Galilee
  • From approx. $95 Per Person, includes lunch

Enjoy the tranquil Sea of Galilee from two different perspectives: first, on a delightful boat cruise, and then from the Golan Heights, a volcanic plateau, which affords spectacular vistas. Here, we’ll tour a local winery and sample the wines. After lunch, our excursion continues to Safed, a center of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) and a thriving artists’ colony, before returning to your hotel late this afternoon.

Bethlehem/Church of Nativity Tour

  • Jerusalem
  • From approx. $30 Per Person

The Bethlehem tour will involve leaving the State of Israel and crossing the border into the Palestinian Authority. Once you arrive in the West Bank, you will be met by your Palestinian guide, who will accompany you on this tour. You will visit the Church of the Nativity, commemorating the birthplace of Jesus Christ, where you will see meticulously restored mosaics.

Illuminated Jerusalem with Festive Shabbat Dinner

  • Jerusalem
  • From approx. $55 Per Person

On this optional excursion, you’ll witness the beginning of the Sabbath services at the Western Wall before proceeding to the Hass Promenade for amazing views of Jerusalem and the illuminated walls surrounding the old city. End with a Shabbat dinner at Kibbutz Ramat Rachel.

Excursion to Petra, Jordan

  • From approx. $289 Per Person, lunch included*

Take an unforgettable full-day excursion to mystical Petra, Jordan. Built over 2,000 years ago as the Nabatean capital, Petra is one of the world’s most marvelously preserved archeological sites. Join a local expert to explore the rose-colored city carved out of rock face and view the imposing facades of palaces, temples and tombs before returning to Eilat late today.

*Please note: Jordan visa and border crossing fees are not included in the price and will be collected at the border.

Reviews

Bruce a

This’s was our first major tour since we generally like to “do our own thing”. Very glad we did it. Tour was extremely well organized, got to meet some great people that we hope remain friends, and learned much more than we would have on our own. Selection of sites covered most major attractions as advertised. Accommodations were fine, including Dan Panorama Hotels in Jerusalem and Eilat and Lavin kibbutz. Dan Olfri, our tour guide was super knowledgeable, personable and helpful. He always went the extra mile to be sure we were comfortable, safe and well informed. He even tolerated our general lack of ability to remember the large amount of information he presented. Tour price was reasonable compared to many others we explored but without any apparent drop off in quality or service. Provided meals were very good and Dan’s recommendations for restaurants were helpful. We would recommend SmarTours to others and will probably use them for other destinations as we go through our travel bucket list.

Patricia

The trip to Israel was very educational. Our tour guide, Jacov Kuchuk, was excellent! I was extremely disappointed that SmarTours would not upgrade our plane tickets to Comort+.

Anonymous

Our guide, Alan Gill, was outstanding. He knew everything about Israel and took us everywhere with skill and enthusiasm. He gave us all the inside information to experience Israel as a native and not a tourist. We had a great bus driver for all our needs and we saw all the highlights of Israel. Our hotels were great and so was the food. An extraordinary experience I will never forget. I recommend this particular trip with Alan.

Beth

The tour was absolutely wonderful. The sights were amazing but even better was our tour guide Adina. She was a walking encyclopedia with a terrific personality. If she didn’t know an answe she immediately checked it out. We can’t wait to return to Israel. Our only complaint was the unavailability of Masada which your company should have been aware of and this information passed on to us. Adina did substitute other sights so she adapted to the situation that your company should have been aware of. Our tour group got along beautifully and we are still in contact with many of them. Again please thank Adina for giving us an exceptional time in israel

Annette

Adina Mayer was packed with knowledge, history, bible. Her smile filled the bus!

Allen

Hotels was good kibbutz was dirty adina Mayer was knowledgable but boring if we had known that masada was closed every January for maintenance would have gone in February the bus driver in petra picked up one of his friends to drive him home on our time.

Leonard

We have participated in 4 SmarTours Trips. The first 2 were to Eastern Europe and China.This past year we went to Israel on May 21, 2018 and then to Great Britain on September 21, 2018.Your tour guides have all been wonderful. In Israel the guide was Dan Ofri. He was wonderful. In Great Britain the guide was Andrew. He too was terrific. He was very professional, very helpful and delightful to be around.In Great Britain one of the optional tours should have been offered as an activity we could do on our own. It was to the Beatles Museum in Liverpool. It was a 5 minute walk from our hotel and as Seniors we could have purchased the activity cheaper on our own.The other complaints were about the hotel in Edinburgh. Porter service was not eagerly offered and rooms on the 1st floor required dragging suitcases up two small staircases. Also dinners offered as part of the package were not as pleasant as they should have been. The first was perfectly awful, presented in a conference room and as we were a small group of eleven was not very celebratory. The second dinner which was supposed to be in a nearby restaurant was an improvement held in the hotel’s restaurant.We have enjoyed traveling with SmarTours. The quality of your tours is excellent as is the value of your pricing.Very truly yours,Diane and Leonard Soifer. Israel May 21, 2018 Great Britain September 21, 2018

Adrienne B

Too bad I cannot give this trip more stars, only 5 just is not enough. I have been thinking about what to write in this review ever since our tour began. I have been searching for just the right words and I have failed. There are no words to explain how much I learned, how many incredible experiences we had, how much we appreciated our free time to make our own plans. Our guide, Dan Ofri, filled our heads to overflowing with the spectacular history of this country. His awe at the sites, his joy and pride, and yes his tears at times, helped us to feel the life that inhabits this land. Thank you for a wonderful trip. Hotel choices placed us in just the right locale for our free time adventures... walkable or right near public transportation.This was our fourth Smartours trip and we are already planning our next adventure.

Carolyn

As always, we had a wonderful Smartours trip. This time we went to Israel. Our guide, Dan, was knowledgeable about the Jewish history and religion and, at the same time, read to is relevant passages from the New Testament. The Dan Panorama hotels were excellent and had amazing breakfasts with a wide selection of available items. I am so glad we went on this trip. I loved the optional Sea of Galilee tour. Swimming in the Dead Sea was an amazing experience. We will be heading to Machu Picchu, Equador, and the Galápagos Islands next. We can’t wait!

Francis

The guide was excellent but the travel arrangements were a short coming. I was disappointed in the fact that the bus that was to take us to the airport was late in arriving thus raising the anxiety levels. The trip over was terrible but that was somewhat weather related. The meals are ok but nothin g to rave about. Overall the trip was of

Barbara

I enjoyed touring Israel and seeing the many places that Christ when to including his birth place and his death and resurrection Would highly recommend it to anyone
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