Israel, a Middle Eastern country on the Mediterranean Sea, is regarded by Jews, Christians and Muslims as the biblical Holy Land. Its most sacred sites are in Jerusalem. Within its Old City, the Temple Mount complex includes the Dome of the Rock shrine, the historic Western Wall, Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Israel's financial hub, Tel Aviv, is known for its Bauhaus architecture and beaches.
The year 2018 marked the 70th anniversary of Israel’s rebirth as a nation in 1948. 2017, marked the 50th anniversary of the 7-Day War and the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967.
Although most Americans might view Israel as a study in fairly recent history and may be conflicted by current politics, it is only through visiting this nation, literally at the crossroads of three continents—Asia, Europe and Africa—that one can fully appreciate the rich culture of Israel, the strength and diversity of its people and the depth of its collective soul. It is vital to understand its layers of history, including its strife and geographical importance for 3,500 years, to fully comprehend the viewpoint of the Israeli people themselves.
A great guide who comprehends that history and can provide a variety of perspectives is paramount to contemplating all that Israel is, was, and is likely to become for future generations. The ability to connect with a variety of locals across this small country filled with fascinating and varied terrain will provide the most complete experience and valuable insight for the visitor.
What’s To Love in Israel
Immerse Yourself in Spiritual History
Visit Jerusalem, center of three of the world’s most important religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Explore the Old City and reconnect to your own spirituality regardless of your beliefs. It is truly humbling to witness the Christian pilgrimages to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and to observe the reverence of visitors to the Western Wall.
Ponder History through the Sound and Light Show in the City of David
A not not be missed experience is the spectacular laser technology show with moving scenery and music, bringing life to the history of Jerusalem over the centuries.
Explore the Ruins of Masada
Masada is King Herod’s amazing fortress built high on the desert bluffs in a desolate part of the country. Hear the stories about this leader of questionable sanity at the time of its construction.
Contemplate the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Qumran Cave
Close by Masada you can see the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, another glimpse into the deep spirituality at the origins of the Jewish and Christian religions.
Rappel, Hike, Enjoy Activities of the Desert
Those who desire some more time in the desert can opt to stay in the small town of Mitzpe Ramon, where at least one five-star luxury accommodation welcomes adventure junkies who might enjoy desert hikes, rappelling, stargazing and visits to the Bedouin encampments.
O' Little Town of Bethlehem
A short trip from Jerusalem, one can make a half-day visit to the town of Bethlehem, to learn more about the place of Jesus’ birth.
Retrace Christianity's First Steps
In the northern part of Israel, a 2- to 3-hour drive from Jerusalem are Galilee and Nazareth, other important stops in the journey to retrace Christianity’s history, and to visit important Biblical places.
Jeep Through the Golan Heights
Venture to the Golan Heights, an important part of the 7 Day War and an important present-day outpost of Israeli military strength and presence.
Enjoy Historic and Modern Tel Aviv
A guided tour of the old port city Jaffa (a neighborhood of Tel Aviv) and Nes Tsdeke, an eclectic neighborhood of multimillion-dollar condos and homes, is a fascinating way to connect the old and present-day Tel Aviv.
Tour the Open Air Markets
Tel Aviv and Jerusalem neighborhood markets are a great way to shop, taste and observe Israeli local customs.
Explore the Mediterranean Beaches
Haifa and Tell Aviv have excellent beaches along the western border of the country.
Israel has a subtropical Mediterranean climate, which many describe Israel as two seasons: A long dry summer with cloudless, brilliantly sunny days and a lot of heat. Winter is distinguished by rain. The winters are mild, but still significantly cooler than the summer. The rain generally begins in October and continues through March. The Negev desert in the south has a semi-arid environment where rain does fall in the winter, but the amount is negligible and usually comes in flash flooding torrents. Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights gets enough snow to ski in the winter while the rest of the country remains without. Eliat at the southern tip has beach-going weather year-round.
While spring in Israel is short lived, it is a fantastically pleasant time. This is when the rains begin to taper off and the daily temperatures begin to rise. There are warm sunny days and days with showers, and sometimes both in the span on a day.
Autumn is another short season often only lasting a month to six-weeks, first noticed in the nights as they get cooler. Eventually the days also get cooler, but highs can still be in the 80s F (27-30 C). Like spring, the days are intermixed as sunny and rainy. The seasons follow the months of the northern hemisphere.
To make the most of a trip to Israel, unless one is doing a religious pilgrimage, it is best to avoid the Jewish High Holy days in the Fall, which vary over the September-October time period.
Typically for the type of Custom Itineraries we build, prices in Israel can run from $900-1500+ per person per day. We strive to work within your budget and provide guidance on how you can achieve your goal. Tour prices include hotels, guides, excursions, entrance fees, equipment rental, drivers and ground transfers, and daily breakfast. Depending on the itinerary many of the meals and beverages including alcoholic beverages may be built in as well.
Tour proposals exclude international flights, travel insurance, and gratuities. Each proposal will detail all inclusions and exclusions for clarity.