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Fascinating Israel

From the seemingly miraculous waters of the Dead Sea to Cana of Galilee where Jesus is said to have performed his first miracle of turning water into wine—this fascinating tour of Israel is full of incredible sights, scenery, and stories. The historical and biblical tales begin in Tel Aviv, the “Mediterranean Manhattan,” continue to the Mount of Beatitudes where it is believed Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount and culminate at the lowest (yet most uplifting) point on the surface of the Earth—the Dead Sea where you’ll effortlessly float at 430 meters below sea level. Discover the fascinating city of Jerusalem and dive into numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites—including the golden-domed Baha’i Shrine in Haifa and the ancient clifftop fortress of Masada—not to mention some of the most delectable dishes of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine.

Highlights of Fascinating Israel

Private Touring

6 guests in a party: $1,368*
18 guests in a party: $350*

Travelers Notes

We’ve packed everything you need for the perfect vacation—from hand-selected hotels and dining to the friendly expertise of Globus Tour Directors and Local Guides (with headsets to hear every word), to seamless transportation between destinations and VIP access to the world’s most iconic sites!

Small Group

Globus offers Small-Group Discoveries on select Israel dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus Europe escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized Israel tour—without the crowds.

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Fascinating Israel

UNESCO Sites

Baha'i Holy Places in Haifa and the Western Galilee (See Only)|Birthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity (Bethlehem)|Masada|Old City of Acre|Old city of Jerusalem and its Walls|White City of Tel Aviv - the Modern Movement

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Meals

Full buffet breakfast daily; 6 three-course dinners

Itineraries

Day 1

ARRIVE IN TEL AVIV, ISRAEL Welcome to Tel Aviv! This evening, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)

Day 2

TEL AVIV. EXCURSION TO VALLEY OF ELAH–LATRUN–JAFFA Giant Victories LATRUN AREA See the site of David’s victory over Goliath and visit the Monastery of the Trappist Monks.
JAFFA Take a walking tour of the ancient port. (B)
82mi/ 132km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORY & MYSTERY Explore the ancient port of Jaffa, where biblical stories of Jonah, Solomon, and St. Peter took place. The Israeli city traces its roots to 1800 BC, with mythological tales of Andromeda and Perseus. Today Jaffa features picturesque alleys, art galleries, unique boutiques, ancient buildings, and wonderful landmarks.

Day 3

TEL AVIV–CAESAREA–ACRE–HAIFA Crusaders & Legendary Leaders CAESAREA Visit the Roman Theatre and the Crusader Fortress.
ACRE Visit the Underground Crusader City.
HAIFA Explore the Baha’i Shrine. (B,D)
62mi/ 100km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
LEGENDARY LIVES Born Sayyed ʻAlí Muḥammad Shírází, “The Báb” was the founder of Bábism, and endures as the central figures of the Baháʼí Faith. He was executed in 1850 along with thousands of his followers by the Persian government which opposed this new movement. The magnificent shrine and ethereal gardens of Baha’i stand as a testament to the revered religious leader where his remains are laid to rest – a UNESCO World Heritage Site of extraordinary beauty.

Day 4

HAIFA. EXCURSION TO THE SEA OF GALILEE, MOUNT OF BEATITUDES, CAPERNAUM & KIBBUTZ Faithful Sites & Service MOUNT OF BEATITUDES Explore the site where Jesus delivered his iconic Sermon on the Mount.
CAPERNAUM Visit the site where Jesus recruited his first followers.
JORDAN RIVER Visit a baptismal site.
SEA OF GALILEE See Lake Tiberias before a [LF] scenic cruise. Hear a [LF] lecture on Kibbutz life. (B,D)
107mi/ 173km

LOCAL FAVORITE
EPIC RIDE Cruise on the historic waters of Lake Tiberias (Sea of Galilee) with panoramic views of the area. Later hear about the traditions of the Kibbutz. Hebrew for ‘gathering,’ Kibbutz life dates back thousands of years with quiet and collaborative communities of volunteers from around the world who work to enhance industry or agriculture in a peaceful and harmonious setting.

Day 5

HAIFA–NAZARETH–CANA–BET SHE’AN–JERUSALEM Miraculous Sites & Ancient Wonders NAZARETH Visit the Church of the Annunciation.
CANA Visit the site of Jesus’ first recorded miracle.
BET SHE’AN Explore the ancient city including the Roman and Byzantine relics.
Stop for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. (B,D)
147 mi / 235 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
ARCHAEOLOGICAL WONDERS Bet She’an is one of the best-preserved archaeological sites of this region and well worth some time to wander around. Ongoing excavations at this UNESCO World Heritage site reveal time-worn colonnade-style streets, bathhouses, and an auditorium with perfect acoustics.

Day 6

JERUSALEM. EXCURSION TO MASADA & THE DEAD SEA Uplifting Waters & Wonders JERUSALEM Take a scenic drive through the Judean wilderness en route to the Dead Sea.
MASADA Take a cable-car ride to visit the cliff-top fortress.
DEAD SEA [LF] Float in the saltwater of the Dead Sea and receive a salt scrub gift. Return to Jerusalem. (B)
64 mi / 103 km

LOCAL FAVORITE
NATURAL WONDERS Feel weightless as you float effortlessly on the waters of the Dead Sea. This legendary salt lake in the Jordan Rift Valley is fed by the Jordan River, with its salty surface lying 430.5m below sea level – the lowest land-based shores on Earth.

Day 7

JERUSALEM. EXCURSION TO YAD VASHEM–THE ISRAEL MUSEUM–BETHLEHEM Moving History JERUSALEM Visit Yad Vashem and the Israel Museum.
BETHLEHEM Take an orientation tour and visit the Church of Nativity. (B,D)
6 mi / 10 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
IN MEMORIUM Yad Vashem (the World Holocaust Remembrance Center) takes its name from the biblical verse, ″And to them will I give in my house and within my walls a memorial and a name (a yad vashem)” – (Isaiah, 56; 5). Here, roughly one million visitors come to remember the millions who were persecuted during WWII. Housing a remarkable collection of historic and personal artifacts, stories, and memorials to the Jewish people who suffered at the hands of the Nazi regime, Yad Vashem leaves a deeply profound impression of remembrance and conviction in the souls of all who visit.

Day 8

JERUSALEM. EXCURSION TO THE OLD CITY History & Mystery JERUSALEM Take a guided walking tour of the Old City includes the Garden Tomb, Mount of Olives, and the Garden of Gethsemane. Follow the Via Dolorosa and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Stop at the Western Wall. Walk to Mount Zion and visit the Upper Room where Jesus and his disciples had the last supper. Visit the tomb of King David. Farewell dinner at your hotel. (B,D)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
ICONIC FOOTSTEPS
Jerusalem is totally unique; there is no place like it. A city of tradition, religion, and history, but also increasingly of modern culture and heritage. Take in all this while you wander around the maze of streets listening to the story that made it so special even astronaut Neil Armstrong when visiting said, “I am more excited stepping on these stones than stepping on the moon.”

Day 9

JERUSALEM Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (the nearest airport is Tel Aviv). (B)

Departures

# Air Start Date Land Start Date Land End Date Land Only Price Discount Final Departure Code Status
1 2022-10-09 2022-10-10 2022-10-18 $3069 $0 $3069 QC21010 Not Available
2 2022-10-23 2022-10-24 2022-11-01 $2859 $0 $2859 QC21024 Available
3 2023-02-26 2023-02-27 2023-03-07 $2749 $0 $2749 QC30227 Available
4 2023-03-12 2023-03-13 2023-03-21 $2859 $0 $2859 QC30313 Available
5 2023-03-26 2023-03-27 2023-04-04 $2859 $0 $2859 QC30327 Available
6 2023-04-09 2023-04-10 2023-04-18 $2949 $0 $2949 QC30410 Available
7 2023-04-23 2023-04-24 2023-05-02 $2949 $0 $2949 QC30424 Available
8 2023-05-07 2023-05-08 2023-05-16 $3219 $0 $3219 QC30508K Available
9 2023-05-21 2023-05-22 2023-05-30 $2949 $0 $2949 QC30522 Available
10 2023-06-04 2023-06-05 2023-06-13 $2949 $0 $2949 QC30605 Available
11 2023-06-18 2023-06-19 2023-06-27 $2949 $0 $2949 QC30619 Available
12 2023-07-02 2023-07-03 2023-07-11 $3149 $0 $3149 QC30703K Available
13 2023-07-16 2023-07-17 2023-07-25 $2859 $0 $2859 QC30717 Available
14 2023-08-06 2023-08-07 2023-08-15 $3219 $0 $3219 QC30807K Available
15 2023-08-20 2023-08-21 2023-08-29 $2949 $0 $2949 QC30821 Available
16 2023-09-03 2023-09-04 2023-09-12 $2949 $0 $2949 QC30904 Available
17 2023-10-08 2023-10-09 2023-10-17 $3069 $0 $3069 QC31009 Available
18 2023-10-22 2023-10-23 2023-10-31 $2859 $0 $2859 QC31023 Available

Hotels

# Name Description City Address Rating
1 Herods Hotel Tel Aviv Contemporary High-rise Hotel situated on the Mediterranean, in hub of fashionable tourist center. Tel Aviv 155 Hayarkon Street Superior First-Class
2 Leonardo Plaza Set on the Mediterranean coast close to Mount Carmel, this 184-room property offers relaxing tranquility, an indoor pool with retractable roof for the summer months, a gym, a restaurant, and elegant lounge bar. Guestrooms are all air-conditioned and offer free Wi-Fi internet access, coffee & tea-making facilities, and in-room safes. Haifa On Carmel Beach 10 David Elazar St. First-Class
3 Leonardo Plaza Jerusalem This 269-room hotel is located in one of the most picturesque neighbourhoods in Jerusalem, close to both the old and new city with Free Wi-Fi access throughout. Delicious Italian cuisine can be enjoyed in the hotel's restaurant and there is a seasonal outdoor swimming pool which offers a breathtaking view of Jerusalem as well as a luxury spa with Jacuzzi, sauna and fitness room. Jerusalem 47 King George Street Superior First-Class
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