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!
- 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)
- 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)
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)
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…
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)
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…
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…
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)
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.
Price includes round-trip airfare from the U.S. (Land-only pricing available on request.)
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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.
- 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!
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)
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)
Today, travel back to Jerusalem where the remainder of the day is at leisure. B Dan Panorama Jerusalem Hotel (or similar)
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
- 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
- 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
- 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 - $319 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.
2019 Departures: Add $289 per person
Dan Panorama Tel Aviv Hotel
- Tel Aviv
Across the street from the Mediterranean Sea, this well-appointed hotel boasts a great location, large pool and sundeck.
Charles Clore Park, Tel Aviv, 68012, Israel
Kibbutz Lavi Hotel
Located on Lavi Kibbutz, this small hotel invites you to enjoy fresh air, its lovely restaurant and scenic views of the region.
Lower Galilee, 15267, Israel
Sea of Galilee Hotel
Hotels Road, Migdal shore 1
Migdal, 1495000, Israel
Dan Panorama Jerusalem Hotel
Featuring a rooftop pool and sundeck, as well as a gym, this newly renovated hotel overlooks the old walls and Bloomfield park in the heart of Jerusalem.
Keren HaYesod St. 39, Jerusalem, 94188, Israel
Dan Panorama Eilat Hotel
Located on a marina and only a short stroll to the famous North Beach, this hotel welcomes you with a large pool, sitting area with views of the sea and a spa.
North Beach, Eilat, 88101, Israel
Flights from the U.S. and back are on the following schedules. Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing customs and immigration if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least three-and-a-half hours. Please note that flight schedules are subject to change without prior notice.
|2019: May 9||El Al Airlines||New York (JFK)||11:45PM||3:00PM||3:00PM|
|2019: May 23, Aug. 22, Sep. 12||El Al Airlines||New York (JFK)||5:30PM||3:15PM||3:15PM|
|2019: Oct 24||Austrian Airlines / Lufthansa Airlines||New York (JFK)||5:30PM||1:45PM||2:30PM|
|2019: Oct. 31||El Al Airlines||New York (JFK)||9:50PM||10:00PM||3:00PM|
|2019: Nov 7||El Al Airlines||New York (JFK)||4:30PM||10:00PM||6:30PM|
|2020: Jan. 9||El Al Airlines||New York (JFK)||4:30PM||10:00PM||6:30PM|
|2020: Feb. 13||El Al Airlines||Newark (EWR)||8:00PM||6:30AM (Feb. 24)||6:30AM (Feb. 28)|
|2020: Mar. 5||El Al Airlines||New York (JFK)||4:30PM||11:00PM||7:30PM|
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
El Al Airlines does not assign seats in advance, and smarTours is not involved in seat assignments. Seat assignments can only be arranged at the airport upon check-in. El Al does not offer frequent flyer miles.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Main Tour: Land-only services start upon independent check-in at Tel Aviv hotel on Day 2 of the itinerary listed on our tour page. Land-only services end after breakfast at your hotel in Jerusalem on Day 11 of the itinerary listed on our tour page.
Main Tour + Extension: Land-only services start upon independent check-in at Tel Aviv hotel on Day 2 of the itinerary listed on our tour page. Land-only services end after breakfast at your hotel in Jerusalem on Day 14 of the itinerary listed on our tour page.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must possess a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. U.S. citizens do not require visas. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates for current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. For passengers taking the Eilat Extension and purchasing the optional Petra full-day excursion, you’ll have to pay both Israel and Jordan border fees as well as a Jordan visa fee (granted locally), which total approx. $132 USD per person. These fees are not included and will be collected at the border. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets, along with final instructions and additional travel tips, will be sent to you 7–10 days before the scheduled departure of your tour. Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.
Immunizations are not currently required. However, you may wish to consult your personal physician, local public health authorities or Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as to their suggestions.
Expect temperatures as follows. Daytime temperatures in Eilat are warmer.
- Mid-50s and mid-60s in January, February and December
- 60s and 70s in March and November
- 70s and 80s in April and October
- 80s and 90s in June, July and August
Overnight temperatures are cooler
You may dine at the hotels or restaurants recommended by your Tour Director. Average cost for a hotel dinner (excluding drinks) in a casual restaurant is about $20-25 per person. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals, but not all restaurants will do so.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency (some markets may accept U.S. Dollars). There are plenty of ATMs, and your hotels will also be able to exchange cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase) max. 44 pounds, and one carry-on not exceeding 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not overpack and that you take a variety of casual separates with climate and comfort in mind.
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