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.
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
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
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)
Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.
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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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
Arrival transfer, transport
between destinations and to/from included
activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary.
Accommodations 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.
Transportation Private van/bus
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.