Israel and Beyond

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 8 Days | Jerusalem to Tel Aviv
  • Group Size: Max 16

Trip Details


Israel holds a unique place in the Middle East. With sacred sites central to three of humanity’s major religions, you could spend a lifetime exploring its wonders of history and culture. Look over Jerusalem’s Old City from the Mount of Olives, stay in a kibbutz hotel at the Sea of Galilee, walk the ruins at Capernaum, and eat lunch at the home of a Palestinian family. Make your own pilgrimage to this beloved and complex place.

Trip Highlights

    • See the Dead Sea Scrolls, explore Masada, stroll ancient sites in the Galilee, and float in the Dead Sea.
    • Discover Jerusalem’s Old City on a dual-narrative walking tour led by an Israeli guide and a Palestinian guide, both trained by National Geographic Emerging Explorer Aziz Abu Sarah.
    • Visit the home of a Palestinian family in Bethlehem and cook up some favorite recipes together.

Itinerary - 8 Days

Day 1 — Jerusalem

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2 — Jerusalem

Take a specially designed walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem with two guides, one Israeli and one Palestinian, both trained by National Geographic Emerging Explorer Aziz Abu Sarah. This unique dual-narrative tour allows travelers a deeper understanding of the diverse cultural, religious, and political aspects of the region. Visit key sites including the Temple Mount, the Dome of the Rock, and the Al Aqsa Mosque. Continue to the Western Wall, then walk through the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This afternoon, visit the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, and the Church of All Nations, and take in amazing views of the Old City. Later, enjoy a discussion on the current state of affairs with a leading Israeli scholar. (1B)

Days 3 & 4 — Jerusalem/Bethlehem

Pay respect to victims of the Holocaust at the evocative Yad Vashem Memorial, and then step further back in history among the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Israel Museum. The next day, take another exclusively designed dual-narrative tour of Bethlehem with Israeli and Palestinian guides. Visit Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity, built over the spot considered by many to be the birthplace of Jesus. Walk through a nearby Palestinian refugee camp, and then head to a local Palestinian family’s home for a cooking class and lunch. Later, visit Herodion, a hill fortress built by Herod the Great. (2B, 1L)

Days 5 & 6 — Masada/Dead Sea/Nazareth/Sea of Galilee

Enjoy a guided visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Masada. Next, visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Head to the Dead Sea for a float and mud bath before continuing to the Sea of Galilee to stay in a kibbutz hotel for two nights. The next day, visit the Mount of Beatitudes and the ruins at Capernaum. (2B)

Days 7 & 8 — Tel Aviv

Head west to the Mediterranean, visiting the coastal city of Haifa and then traveling south to Caesarea Maritima to explore the ruins of Herod’s harbor city. Then it’s off to the ancient port city of Jaffa and bustling Tel Aviv for our final evening. Depart at any time the next day. (2B)

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Activity Level


Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.

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Cost Details

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $850

What's Included

Arrival transfer, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary.

Comfortable, mid-range hotels that reflect the local character (7 nights)

Meals Included
7 breakfasts, 1 lunch. Allow an additional $300–390 for meals not included.

Private van/bus

Optional Experience

You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.