Israel is a unique land of contrast, from the tranquillity of the Dead Sea to the lively city of Tel Aviv and the holy sights of Jerusalem and Nazareth. See the best of this remarkable country on an Israel tour where religion and colourful history entwine to create a fascinating and spiritual destination.
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- 8 Days - Tel Aviv and Back
- Fly Tour from £1,369
Jerusalem and the Holy Land represent an extraordinary collection of both classical and Biblical sites unmatched anywhere else in the world. From the palaces of Herod the Great to the Sea of Galilee and the Old City of Jerusalem, the places we visit and the stories behind them are inextricably linked to the very basis of our Western civilisation, but it is only by actually going to see them that everything falls into place.
- 7 Days - Tel Aviv and Back
- Fly Tour from £1,779
Take a moving walk along the Via Dolorosa, see the Dead Sea Scrolls in all their ancient glory and explore inside the atmospheric Church of the Nativity. If you’re interested in religious history, this fascinating tour uses local guides to bring many of Israel’s most important Christian and Jewish sights to life.
- 9 Days - Tel Aviv to Jerusalem
- Fly Tour from £2,795
Combine the ancient biblical cities of Jerusalem, Nazareth and Acre with cosmopolitan Tel Aviv, while discovering ancient ruins in coastal Caesarea, Capernaum on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, and Masada above the Dead Sea.
- 10 Days - Amman to Jerusalem
- Fly Tour from £2,895
This tour combines the biblical sites of Jerusalem and Bethlehem with the cultural and scenic highlights of Jordan. Sample authentic local cuisine and take time to relax at a spa resort on the shores of the Dead Sea.
- 12 Days - Tel Aviv to Amman
- Tour Only from £3,595
From the Wailing Wall to the rose-red façades of Petra, this historical interlude with Israel and Jordan will see you visit the tomb of King David, the Mount of Beatitudes and the Dead Sea, before following in the footsteps of spice traders across desert landscapes.
Israel is a compelling mix of different traditions, religions and cultures with different ethnic groups living side by side. In Jerusalem it is possible to watch thousands of Muslims head for prayers, Christian pilgrims walking the Via Dolorosa and Jewish worshippers at the Western Wall at sunset, all within a few hours of each other. A tour of the Holy Land is like walking through the pages of history, with some of the world’s most important holy sites including biblical locations and monuments sacred to all three of these religions.
This fascinating destination is deeply steeped in history and scattered with ancient remnants including clifftop fortresses that are over 2,000 years old, the oldest copper mines in the world, prehistoric tombs dating back as far as 8,000 BC and the sacred Dead Sea Scrolls. Modern history can be seen in the country’s thought-provoking and eye-catching street art scene which attracts visitors from all over the world.
Despite its small size, the landscape of Israel is widely varied, including the sandy beaches of the Red Sea, the buoyant waters of the unique salt-rich Dead Sea, fertile spring-fed oases and remote desert mountains and canyons. Coastal cities and seaside resorts offer the chance to relax and unwind, or shop in traditional flea markets and enjoy some of the best street food in the world. Activities range from camel-riding in the desert to hiking up mountains and scuba diving amongst stunning coral reefs.
Highlights of Israel
Sacred to Jews, Muslims and Christians, Jerusalem’s history dates back over 3,000 years. Crenellated walls that are guarded by ornate gates encircle atmospheric cobbled streets lined with synagogues, mosques, churches, minarets and shrines. Historic sites include the Wailing Wall, Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Garden of Gethsemane where Judas betrayed Christ. In New Jerusalem the moving Yad Vashem museum honours Holocaust victims whilst the Israel Museum holds the cultural treasures dating back 5,000 years including the Dead Sea Scrolls.
In Bethlehem a major attraction for pilgrims to the Holy Land is the Church of the Nativity, built by Emperor Constantine in the 4th century on the spot where Jesus was born. Many tourists are also attracted by the fascinating street art, including murals by British street artist Banksy, that have turned the Israeli West Bank barrier into a vast canvas. Just outside Bethlehem is the ancient Mar Saba Monastery which dominates the Judaean Desert.
Tel Aviv is a cosmopolitan city with a lively café culture, laid-back Mediterranean beach scene, renowned nightlife and modern architecture, including the UNESCO-listed White City which offers a unique collection of Bauhaus architecture. In contrast are the labyrinthine alleyways and old world atmosphere of the port of Jaffa which is particularly romantic at night when the buildings are lit up and reflect in the Mediterranean waters.
Nazareth is the city in which Jesus spent much of his life. Historic sites here include Joseph’s carpentry workshop and the Basilica of the Annunciation which is believed to be the childhood home of the Virgin Mary. The city is popular with Christian pilgrims and many monasteries and churches have been built over the centuries that reflect this. To learn more about Nazareth in the time of Jesus visit the recreated 1st-century Galilean farmstead that portrays life 2000 years ago.
Sea of Galilee
The legendary Sea of Galilee is actually a lake, the largest freshwater lake in Israel with the majority of the water coming from the Jordan River. On the shores of the lake lies the ancient fishing village of Capernaum, home to the ruined synagogue where Jesus taught. It is believed that in Tabgha Jesus performed the loaves and fishes miracle, and the landscaped hillside of the Mount of Beatitudes is where the Sermon on the Mount was preached.
The ancient seaport of Acre is one of the oldest ports in the world and was once a Crusader stronghold. Centuries of history have left their mark on the city’s culture and architecture. See the well-preserved Knight’s Halls which were a resting place for knights en-route to Jerusalem, the extraordinary Templars’ Tunnel built by the Knights Templar in the 12th century and the graceful green-domed Al Jazzar Mosque.