Israel

Ancient Traditions & Modern Marvels: A Luxury Small-Group Tour of Israel

Discover the historical past and the modern-day culture of the Holy Land of Israel on a nine-day luxury small-group tour (max. 16 travellers) that will have you staying in some of Israel's most luxurious hotels and travelling with an expert local guide as you indulge in insider experiences. Travel from the North to the South of Israel, visiting the cultural centre of Tel Aviv, Sea of Galilee, UNESCO World Heritage-listed Dead Sea, biblical Nazareth and the sandstone walls of Jerusalem along the way. Includes eight nights of luxury accommodation, daily breakfast, select lunches and specialty dinners, private transportation, the assistance of expert local guides and exciting insider experiences such as an interactive Druze village experience, wine and cheese tasting, memorable visit to the official Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem, local marketplace visits with tastings and much more.

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Earn 4,999 Qantas Points
9 Days
TWIN SHARE - LOW SEASON
Sold out
  • Packages valid for one person (twin share) - low season dates
  • Eight nights of luxury accommodation in boutique hotels including two nights at the exclusive Dricso Hotel Tel Aviv – a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, two nights at the stunning Setai Resort on the banks of the Sea of Galilee and four nights at Villa Brown, a fully renovated boutique hotel housed in the walls of a 19th century villa in Jerusalem
  • Daily breakfast, a selection of specialty lunches and dinners
  • Guided visits to all the main Christian sites
  • A Druze village experience with farming and food demonstrations
  • A boat cruise on the Sea of Galilee
  • Wine and cheese tasting experience at one of Israel’s prominent producers
  • A moving and memorable visit to Yad Vashem – the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust
  • A spectacular sound and light show amidst the archaeological remains of Jerusalem
  • Cable car ride and visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Masada
  • Time to “float” in the Dead Sea – one of the Seven Wonders of the World
  • Visits to local marketplaces with special tastings
  • Private airport transfers and transportation throughout
  • Expert local guides
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary
Earn 5,499 Qantas Points
9 Days
TWIN SHARE - HIGH SEASON
Sold out
  • Packages valid for one person (twin share) - high season dates
  • Eight nights of luxury accommodation in boutique hotels including two nights at the exclusive Dricso Hotel Tel Aviv – a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, two nights at the stunning Setai Resort on the banks of the Sea of Galilee and four nights at Villa Brown, a fully renovated boutique hotel housed in the walls of a 19th century villa in Jerusalem
  • Daily breakfast, selection of specialty lunches and dinners
  • Guided visits to all the main Christian sites
  • A Druze village experience with farming and food demonstrations
  • A boat cruise on the Sea of Galilee
  • Wine and cheese tasting experience at one of Israel’s prominent producers
  • A moving and memorable visit to Yad Vashem – the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust
  • A spectacular sound and light show amidst the archaeological remains of Jerusalem
  • Cable car ride and visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Masada
  • Time to “float” in the Dead Sea – one of the Seven Wonders of the World
  • Visits to local marketplaces with special tastings
  • Private airport transfers and transportation throughout
  • Expert local guides
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary
Earn 7,199 Qantas Points
9 Days
SINGLE TRAVELLER - LOW SEASON
Sold out
  • Packages valid for one person - low season dates
  • Eight nights of luxury accommodation in boutique hotels including two nights at the exclusive Dricso Hotel Tel Aviv – a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, two nights at the stunning Setai Resort on the banks of the Sea of Galilee and four nights at Villa Brown, a fully renovated boutique hotel housed in the walls of a 19th century villa in Jerusalem
  • Daily breakfast, a selection of specialty lunches and dinners
  • Guided visits to all the main Christian sites
  • A Druze village experience with farming and food demonstrations
  • A boat cruise on the Sea of Galilee
  • Wine and cheese tasting experience at one of Israel’s prominent producers
  • A moving and memorable visit to Yad Vashem – the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust
  • A spectacular sound and light show amidst the archaeological remains of Jerusalem
  • Cable car ride and visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Masada
  • Time to “float” in the Dead Sea – one of the Seven Wonders of the World
  • Visits to local marketplaces with special tastings
  • Private airport transfers and transportation throughout
  • Expert local guides
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary
Earn 7,799 Qantas Points
9 Days
SINGLE TRAVELLER - HIGH SEASON
Sold out
  • Packages valid for one person - high season dates
  • Eight nights of luxury accommodation in boutique hotels including two nights at the exclusive Dricso Hotel Tel Aviv – a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, two nights at the stunning Setai Resort on the banks of the Sea of Galilee and four nights at Villa Brown, a fully renovated boutique hotel housed in the walls of a 19th century villa in Jerusalem
  • Daily breakfast, a selection of specialty lunches and dinners
  • Guided visits to all the main Christian sites
  • A Druze village experience with farming and food demonstrations
  • A boat cruise on the Sea of Galilee
  • Wine and cheese tasting experience at one of Israel’s prominent producers
  • A moving and memorable visit to Yad Vashem – the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust
  • A spectacular sound and light show amidst the archaeological remains of Jerusalem
  • Cable car ride and visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Masada
  • Time to “float” in the Dead Sea – one of the Seven Wonders of the World
  • Visits to local marketplaces with special tastings
  • Private airport transfers and transportation throughout
  • Expert local guides
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary
Earn 7,999 Qantas Points
14 Days
TWIN SHARE - LOW SEASON
Sold out
  • Packages valid for one person (twin share) - low season dates
  • Eight nights of luxury accommodation in boutique hotels including two nights at the exclusive Dricso Hotel Tel Aviv – a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, two nights at the stunning Setai Resort on the banks of the Sea of Galilee and four nights at Villa Brown, a fully renovated boutique hotel housed in the walls of a 19th century villa in Jerusalem
  • Daily breakfast, a selection of specialty lunches and dinners
  • Guided visits to all the main Christian sites
  • A Druze village experience with farming and food demonstrations
  • A boat cruise on the Sea of Galilee
  • Wine and cheese tasting experience at one of Israel’s prominent producers
  • A moving and memorable visit to Yad Vashem – the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust
  • A spectacular sound and light show amidst the archaeological remains of Jerusalem
  • Cable car ride and visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Masada
  • Time to “float” in the Dead Sea – one of the Seven Wonders of the World
  • Visits to local marketplaces with special tastings
  • Private airport transfers and transportation throughout
  • Expert local guides
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary

Plus your Jordan extension includes:

  • Five nights of luxury accommodation including one night at the Kempinski Amman in the heart of the city, one night at the Hilton Dead Sea boasting direct beach access and two nights in an authentic Bedouin Village stay in Petra at the Old Village Hotel, set within the site of an old Nabatean village
  • Daily breakfast and specialty dinners
  • VIP border crossings at the Israel and Jordan borders
  • Guided touring of the ancient Roman ruins in Jerash
  • Visit to the historic city of Madaba and Mt. Nebo
  • Experience Petra by candlelight
  • A guided walk through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra
  • An interactive local cooking class that’ll teach you the secrets of local Jordanian cuisine
  • An exciting 4WD tour of the magical desert wilderness of Wadi Rum
  • Private transportation throughout
  • Expert local guides
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
Earn 8,499 Qantas Points
14 Days
TWIN SHARE - HIGH SEASON
Sold out
  • Packages valid for one person (twin share) - high season dates
  • Eight nights of luxury accommodation in boutique hotels including two nights at the exclusive Dricso Hotel Tel Aviv – a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, two nights at the stunning Setai Resort on the banks of the Sea of Galilee and four nights at Villa Brown, a fully renovated boutique hotel housed in the walls of a 19th century villa in Jerusalem
  • Daily breakfast, a selection of specialty lunches and dinners
  • Guided visits to all the main Christian sites
  • A Druze village experience with farming and food demonstrations
  • A boat cruise on the Sea of Galilee
  • Wine and cheese tasting experience at one of Israel’s prominent producers
  • A moving and memorable visit to Yad Vashem – the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust
  • A spectacular sound and light show amidst the archaeological remains of Jerusalem
  • Cable car ride and visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Masada
  • Time to “float” in the Dead Sea – one of the Seven Wonders of the World
  • Visits to local marketplaces with special tastings
  • Private airport transfers and transportation throughout
  • Expert local guides
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary

Plus your Jordan extension includes:

  • Five nights of luxury accommodation including one night at the Kempinski Amman in the heart of the city, one night at the Hilton Dead Sea boasting direct beach access and two nights in an authentic Bedouin Village stay in Petra at the Old Village Hotel, set within the site of an old Nabatean village
  • Daily breakfast and specialty dinners
  • VIP border crossings at the Israel and Jordan borders
  • Guided touring of the ancient Roman ruins in Jerash
  • Visit to the historic city of Madaba and Mt. Nebo
  • Experience Petra by candlelight
  • A guided walk through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra
  • An interactive local cooking class that’ll teach you the secrets of local Jordanian cuisine
  • An exciting 4WD tour of the magical desert wilderness of Wadi Rum
  • Private transportation throughout
  • Expert local guides
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
Earn 10,999 Qantas Points
14 Days
SINGLE TRAVELLER - LOW SEASON
Sold out
  • Packages valid for one person - low season dates
  • Eight nights of luxury accommodation in boutique hotels including two nights at the exclusive Dricso Hotel Tel Aviv – a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, two nights at the stunning Setai Resort on the banks of the Sea of Galilee and four nights at Villa Brown, a fully renovated boutique hotel housed in the walls of a 19th century villa in Jerusalem
  • Daily breakfast, selection of specialty lunches and dinners
  • Guided visits to all the main Christian sites
  • A Druze village experience with farming and food demonstrations
  • A boat cruise on the Sea of Galilee
  • Wine and cheese tasting experience at one of Israel’s prominent producers
  • A moving and memorable visit to Yad Vashem – the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust
  • A spectacular sound and light show amidst the archaeological remains of Jerusalem
  • Cable car ride and visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Masada
  • Time to “float” in the Dead Sea – one of the Seven Wonders of the World
  • Visits to local marketplaces with special tastings
  • Private airport transfers and transportation throughout
  • Expert local guides
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary

Plus your Jordan extension includes:

  • Five nights of luxury accommodation including one night at the Kempinski Amman in the heart of the city, one night at the Hilton Dead Sea boasting direct beach access and two nights in an authentic Bedouin Village stay in Petra at the Old Village Hotel, set within the site of an old Nabatean village
  • Daily breakfast, a selection of specialty lunches and dinners
  • VIP border crossings at the Israel and Jordan borders
  • Guided touring of the ancient Roman ruins in Jerash
  • Visit to the historic city of Madaba and Mt. Nebo
  • Experience Petra by candlelight
  • A guided walk through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra
  • An interactive local cooking class that’ll teach you the secrets of local Jordanian cuisine
  • An exciting 4WD tour of the magical desert wilderness of Wadi Rum
  • Private transportation throughout
  • Expert local guides
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
Earn 11,499 Qantas Points
14 Days
SINGLE TRAVELLER - HIGH SEASON
Sold out
  • Packages valid for one person - high season dates
  • Eight nights of luxury accommodation in boutique hotels including two nights at the exclusive Dricso Hotel Tel Aviv – a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, two nights at the stunning Setai Resort on the banks of the Sea of Galilee and four nights at Villa Brown, a fully renovated boutique hotel housed in the walls of a 19th century villa in Jerusalem
  • Daily breakfast, a selection of specialty lunches and dinners
  • Guided visits to all the main Christian sites
  • A Druze village experience with farming and food demonstrations
  • A boat cruise on the Sea of Galilee
  • Wine and cheese tasting experience at one of Israel’s prominent producers
  • A moving and memorable visit to Yad Vashem – the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust
  • A spectacular sound and light show amidst the archaeological remains of Jerusalem
  • Cable car ride and visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Masada
  • Time to “float” in the Dead Sea – one of the Seven Wonders of the World
  • Visits to local marketplaces with special tastings
  • Private airport transfers and transportation throughout
  • Expert local guides
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary

Plus your Jordan extension includes:

  • Five nights of luxury accommodation including one night at the Kempinski Amman in the heart of the city, one night at the Hilton Dead Sea boasting direct beach access and two nights in an authentic Bedouin Village stay in Petra at the Old Village Hotel, set within the site of an old Nabatean village
  • Daily breakfast and specialty dinners
  • VIP border crossings at the Israel and Jordan borders
  • Guided touring of the ancient Roman ruins in Jerash
  • Visit to the historic city of Madaba and Mt. Nebo
  • Experience Petra by candlelight
  • A guided walk through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra
  • An interactive local cooking class that’ll teach you the secrets of local Jordanian cuisine
  • An exciting 4WD tour of the magical desert wilderness of Wadi Rum
  • Private transportation throughout
  • Expert local guides
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary

A fascinating country for many reasons, Israel blends old-world history and tradition with a modern lifestyle and contemporary cities. Think: Mediterranean beach culture and Michelin-starred restaurants alongside bustling marketplaces, street-side food stalls and some of the oldest archaeological remains in the world. The old and the new, the ancient and the modern not only live side by side in this cultural hub, they intertwine, making Israel an up-and-coming stop on many people’s bucket lists.

What You’ll Love…

The Accommodation – Boutique five-star luxury in prime locations

Stay in high-end luxury boutique hotels hand-picked for their exceptional locations and distinctive style.

Spend two nights at The Drisco Tel Aviv, a restored 1800’s property that has a spot in the exclusive Leading Hotels of the World collection. Perfectly located in trendy south Tel Aviv, the upscale European-style boutique hotel sits a stone’s throw from Tel Aviv Beach, buzzing Rothschild Blvd, chic Neve Tzedek and old-world Jaffa Flea Market. With contemporary furnishings, lavish marble bathrooms and the spectacular Zada Restaurant, The Drisco is the ideal sanctuary on the doorstep of all that Tel Aviv has to offer.

Situated on the Eastern shore of the historical ‘Kinneret’ Lake is The Setai Sea of Galilee – a luxurious spa hotel nestled in the peaceful foothills of the Golan Heights and your home for two nights. Boasting the country’s largest spa complex, unwind with a rejuvenating body treatment or watch the majestic mountains from the outdoor infinity pool.

The Villa Brown Boutique Hotel will be your Old City oasis for the four nights spent in Jerusalem. Oozing boutique opulence, this seductive 19th-century villa boasts lavish sandstone exteriors, luxe Rooftop Spa and a chic underground Cave Bar and sits in the premium location of downtown Jerusalem – where the cosmopolitan meets the cultural.

The Experiences – Absorb the history of the Holy Land while experiencing the modern-day culture of Israel

This journey through Israel will have you understanding history, indulging in culture and enjoying spectacular insider experiences. Visit the Dead Sea, one of the Seven Wonder of the World and the lowest point on earth, sitting 400 metres below sea level. Said to do wonders for the mind and skin, you’ll experience what it’s like to float on the only body of water in the world that allows nothing to sink due to its high level of salt.

Visit the historical wonder and UNESCO World Heritage site of Mount Masada with a cable car ride to fortress that sits atop the isolated cliff. From up here you’ll enjoy sweeping views of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea nearby. Cruise the Sea of Galilee with a peaceful boat ride and follow in the footsteps of Jesus. You’ll see where he began his preaching and where he delivered the Sermon on the Mount.

Discover one of the oldest cities in the world, Jerusalem, with a city tour that’ll take you past the Western Wall and the site of the Second Temple. You’ll explore Jerusalem’s Old City in depth before moving on to uncover the new city. Travel back in time and learn about the past with a visit to the commanding Yad Vashem – the official memorial and museum to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

Visit Bethlehem, home to the Church of Nativity, a Word Heritage Site that is believed to be the birthplace of Jesus. Home to three different monasteries – Greek Orthodox, Armenian Apostolic and Roman Catholic – the Church boasts historical significance for many cultures and is often considered the most sacred site in the country.

Your package includes:

  • Eight nights of luxury accommodation in boutique hotels including two nights at the exclusive Dricso Hotel Tel Aviv – a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, two nights at the stunning Setai Resort on the banks of the Sea of Galilee and four nights at Villa Brown, a fully renovated boutique hotel housed in the walls of a 19th century villa in Jerusalem
  • Daily breakfast, a selection of specialty lunches and dinners
  • Guided visits to all the main Christian sites
  • A Druze village experience with farming and food demonstrations
  • A boat cruise on the Sea of Galilee
  • Wine and cheese tasting experience at one of Israel’s prominent producers
  • A moving and memorable visit to Yad Vashem – the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust
  • A spectacular sound and light show amidst the archaeological remains of Jerusalem
  • Cable car ride and visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Masada
  • Time to “float” in the Dead Sea – one of the Seven Wonder of the World
  • Visits to local marketplaces with special tastings
  • Private airport transfers and transportation throughout
  • Expert local guides
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary

Tour Extension – Enjoy 5 Days in Jordan

Make the most of your time in the Middle East and travel across the border to explore Jordan with an upgrade to the 15-day tour that includes an authentic Bedouin Village stay in striking Petra.

Visit Jordan’s capital of Amman with a panoramic city tour and discover the historical Mt. Nebo - a city mentioned in the bible as the place where Moses was granted a view of the Promised land that he would never enter.

Experience a guided walk through the spectacular UNESCO site of Petra and then discover it bathed in candlelight with a night trip to the rock city as it illuminates with over 1,500 candles. A famous film location for ‘Indiana Jones,’ you’ll discover the elaborate rock carvings, Roman-style theatres, temples and colonnaded streets.

Enter the magical desert with a 1.5-hour jeep ride that’ll have you exploring the beauty of Wadi Rum – a protected desert wilderness boasting towering sandstone mountains, steep chasms and natural watering holes.

Your Jordan extension package includes:

  • Five nights of luxury accommodation including one night at the Kempinski Amman in the heart of the city, one night at the Hilton Dead Sea boasting direct beach access and two nights in an authentic Bedouin Village stay in Petra at the Old Village Hotel, set within the site of an old Nabatean village and one night at The Drisco Tel Aviv
  • Daily breakfast and specialty dinners
  • VIP border crossings at the Israel and Jordan borders
  • Guided touring of the ancient Roman ruins in Jerash
  • Visit to the historic city of Madaba and Mt. Nebo
  • Experience Petra by candlelight
  • A guided walk through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra
  • An interactive local cooking class that’ll teach you the secrets of local Jordanian cuisine
  • An exciting 4WD tour of the magical desert wilderness of Wadi Rum
  • Private transportation throughout
  • Expert local guides
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary

The '7 day change of mind guarantee' does not apply for Tour bookings. Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Refund Policy applies.

After you have made your booking, please follow the instructions on your confirmation email and ensure you complete your traveller information details within 48 hours.

Important: Please allow for travelling time from Australia. International flights are not included in your package and must be purchased separately. It is your responsibility to make your own travel arrangements and ensure that you arrive in Tel Aviv on your chosen tour start date.

Valid for select departure dates:

LOW SEASON:

20 July 2019

7 September 2019

26 October 2019

HIGH SEASON:

27 April 2019

25 May 2019

22 June 2019

10 August 2019

Instant Booking: To secure your dates at purchase, click 'Instant Booking' and select your preferred package. Once your preferred package is selected you'll click through to 'Choose Your Dates of Travel' and will be able to enter in your preferred tour commencement date.

Twin-Share Package: The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged 18 years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise, an additional single traveller surcharge will apply. Single travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.

Private Departures Available: Guests must be aged 18 years or older. If you wish to travel with children, or on your own private tour together with friends, please enquire for further information (minimum four travellers – surcharges apply).

Maximum tour capacity is 16 people, minimum tour capacity is two people.

Tour includes accommodation at the following hotels:

The Drisco (Classic Room)

The Setai Sea of Galilee (Standard Room)

Villa Brown (Classic Room)

Kempinski Hotel Amman (Superior Room) - EXTENSION ONLY

The Old Village Hotel & Resort (Deluxe Room) - EXTENSION ONLY

Hilton Dead Sea Resort & Spa (Deluxe Sea View Room) - EXTENSION ONLY

Please note, disability access is limited during the tour, please consider this when making your booking.

Packages do not include visa fees, travel insurance, additional activities and upgrades and anything else not listed in the itinerary.

Travel insurance is compulsory. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package.

Tipping and gratuities are not included in the package and are at your own discretion (as a guide, approx. US$10-15 per person, per day is the industry standard).

Strictly no refunds for this package for amendments and change of date.

Arrival and departure transfers are only available on the first and last day of the tour. Any arrivals and departures outside of these days will need to make their own arrangements to/from the airport.

Travellers should have a good level of physical fitness and mobility and must be able to negotiate uneven surfaces, climb stairs and board boats.

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations.

Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.

Additional expenses are not included with this package.

Package cannot be split.

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas.

A visa may be required to the countries you are visiting and transiting. It is your responsibility to ensure you are holding a current visa.

The 15 day extension tour cost does not include the border exit fee from Israel to Jordan at the Sheikh Hussein Border (approx. USD30 per person) and the border exit fee from Jordan to Israel at the Allenby Bridge crossing (approx. USD125 per person). These are payable at the borders.

The value and comparative savings have been determined based on published rack rates and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving.

Occasionally our itineraries are updated prior to departure to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers’ feedback as well as updates from our ground operators. Please note that while we operate successful tours in this region throughout the year, some changes may be necessary due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities may also vary from time to time.

All activities and services are subject to availability.

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