Wonders of Israel with Eilat

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TEL AVIV, NAZARETH, GALILEE, JERUSALEM, MASADA, THE DEAD SEA, AND EILAT PLUS EXCURSION TO PETRA

From dazzling Tel Aviv to the inspiring sights of 3,000-year-old Jerusalem, our enriching Israel tour with airfare included, reveals incredible beauty, history, and spirit—and our guides are passionate about telling its stories! Our Holy Land tour takes you from uplifting places of faith to the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea. We also feature a tour of a traditional kibbutz, which includes a lunch and interesting lecture about their unique way of life. Continue your tour in Israel’s southernmost city, Eilat, filled with picturesque beaches. While in Eilat enjoy an excursion to Jordan where you’ll visit the famous archaeological site, Petra, which is often called the “Rose City”.

Shorten Your Trip! Enjoy our 11-day Wonders of Israel tour visiting Israel’s highlights from Tel Aviv to the Dead Sea.

For COVID-19 updates, please scroll down to our Before You Depart section.

Did you know that you can make this tour private for your friends and family? Find out more about pricing and options for your group.

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • 2 nights in Tel Aviv
  • 2 nights in Galilee
  • 5 nights in Jerusalem
  • 3 nights in Eilat
  • 1 night in Jerusalem

Tour
Highlights

  • Tel Aviv
  • Basilica of the Annunciation (Nazareth)
  • 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
  • Excursion to Petra

Activity Level: Explorer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • Round-trip airfare from the NY Area (passengers may also book this tour without flights)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-Israel ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at superior first-class hotels
  • 16 meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours and entry fees
  • English-speaking Tour Director throughout

Tour Itinerary

Depart from the U.S.

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

*Passengers who did not purchase flights will join the tour in Tel Aviv on Day 2.

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. 

Renaissance 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…

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 archaeological 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…

Golan & Galilee Excursion

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.

| Breakfast, Dinner

Capernaum/Tabgha/Beth Shean/Jerusalem

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. In Tabgha, our new kibbutz experience will take place—tour a traditional kibbutz and then enjoy a lunch and interesting lecture about the community’s unique way of life. Later, we’ll proceed to Beth Shean to view the stunning remains…

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…

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,…

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. See Optional Tours for more information.

| Breakfast

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. This afternoon is at leisure or join the Bethlehem & Nativity optional tour. Tonight, enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers.

| Breakfast, Dinner

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. 

Caesar Premier Hotel Eilat or similar | Breakfast

Petra Excursion

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 archaeological 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…

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.

| Breakfast

Eilat/Jerusalem

Today, travel back to Jerusalem where the remainder of the day is at leisure. 

Lady Stern or similar | Breakfast

Jerusalem/U.S.

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

*The tour will end for passengers who did not purchase flights today, on Day 15, in Jerusalem.

Guided Tour Pricing

Book by Jan. 28, 2022 to get the best price. The starting prices below reflect a $100 discount applied when you pay by echeck.

Prices and dates below include round-trip airfare from the New York area (EWR or JFK). Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination.

2022 Tours Tour Only With Flights  
Thursday
April 28
Thursday
May 12
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$4,098 $3,698
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$5,398 $4,998
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Thursday
October 13
Thursday
October 27
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$4,128 $3,728
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$5,228 $4,828
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Thursday
November 10
Thursday
November 24
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$4,028 $3,628
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$5,328 $4,928
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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
2022 Departures Single room supplement is $1,449.

A border crossing fee is required and can be paid at the border.

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00am – 5:30pm EST) at 1.800.337.7773.

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1.800.337.7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $99 per person for all 2021 departures, and $300 per person for all 2022 departures. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.

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.

Bethlehem/Church of Nativity Tour

  • Jerusalem
  • From approx. $50 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.