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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: $1,600*
18 guests in a party: $289*

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

Baptism Site “Bethany Beyond the Jordan”|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

Related Tours

QC|Fascinating Israel
QCE|Israel & Wonders of Jordan

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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)

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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.”


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Day 9

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

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Departures

# Air Start Date Land Start Date Land End Date Land Only Price Discount Final Departure Code Status
1 2024-06-02 2024-06-03 2024-06-11 $2959 $0 $2959 QC40603 Not Available
2 2024-06-16 2024-06-17 2024-06-25 $2959 $0 $2959 QC40617 Not Available
3 2024-06-30 2024-07-01 2024-07-09 $3159 $0 $3159 QC40701K Not Available
4 2024-07-14 2024-07-15 2024-07-23 $2859 $0 $2859 QC40715 Not Available
5 2024-08-04 2024-08-05 2024-08-13 $3159 $0 $3159 QC40805K Not Available
6 2024-08-18 2024-08-19 2024-08-27 $2859 $0 $2859 QC40819 Not Available
7 2024-09-01 2024-09-02 2024-09-10 $2959 $0 $2959 QC40902 Not Available
8 2024-10-13 2024-10-14 2024-10-22 $3029 $0 $3029 QC41014 Not Available
9 2024-10-20 2024-10-21 2024-10-29 $2999 $0 $2999 QC41021 Not Available
10 2025-02-23 2025-02-24 2025-03-04 $3189 $0 $3189 QC50224 Available
11 2025-03-09 2025-03-10 2025-03-18 $3189 $0 $3189 QC50310 Available
12 2025-03-23 2025-03-24 2025-04-01 $3509 $0 $3509 QC50324K Available
13 2025-04-06 2025-04-07 2025-04-15 $3189 $0 $3189 QC50407 Available
14 2025-04-20 2025-04-21 2025-04-29 $3259 $0 $3259 QC50421 Available
15 2025-05-04 2025-05-05 2025-05-13 $3349 $0 $3349 QC50505 Available
16 2025-05-18 2025-05-19 2025-05-27 $3249 $0 $3249 QC50519 Available
17 2025-06-01 2025-06-02 2025-06-10 $3589 $0 $3589 QC50602K Available
18 2025-06-15 2025-06-16 2025-06-24 $3259 $0 $3259 QC50616 Available
19 2025-06-29 2025-06-30 2025-07-08 $3149 $0 $3149 QC50630 Available
20 2025-07-13 2025-07-14 2025-07-22 $3149 $0 $3149 QC50714 Available
21 2025-08-03 2025-08-04 2025-08-12 $3479 $0 $3479 QC50804K Available
22 2025-08-17 2025-08-18 2025-08-26 $3149 $0 $3149 QC50818 Available
23 2025-08-31 2025-09-01 2025-09-09 $3259 $0 $3259 QC50901 Available
24 2025-10-05 2025-10-06 2025-10-14 $3339 $0 $3339 QC51006 Available
25 2025-10-12 2025-10-13 2025-10-21 $3299 $0 $3299 QC51013 Not 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 Dan Panorama Overlooking the Bay of Haifa and situated on the slopes of Mount Carmel, this landmark hotel offers a choice of spectacular views of the City, Mount Carmel, and endless stretches of Israel¿s stunning Mediterranean coastline. The property is also close to the Panorama Mall, with its many shops and cafes , and the magnificent Bahai Temple. Guest rooms are decorated in a contemporary style and have free Wi-Fi, minibar, and tea / coffee maker. The on-site restaurant serves international and Israeli cuisine. Leisure facilities include a seasonal outdoor pool and a fitness center. Haifa 107 Hanassi Avenue Superior First-Class
3 Dan Boutique Dan Boutique is a design hotel with a cozy ambiance. The hotel's contemporary look combines a unique mix of western and eastern elements. The property features a bar, a restaurant, a well-equipped fitness center and a seasonal outdoor sundeck with unforgettable Jerusalem views. Guestrooms come with complimentary toiletries, a private bathroom with a hairdryer, a seating area with a flat-screen TV with cable channels, air conditioning, and a mini-bar. Jerusalem 31,Hebron Rd. Superior First-Class
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