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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Luxury Escapes 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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DAY 1: ARRIVE TEL AVIV

On arrival into Tel Aviv Airport, you will be met and transferred by private vehicle to your luxury accommodation in the heart of the city.

Part of the exclusive Leading Hotels of the World collection, The Drisco is a beautifully restored boutique hotel that channels its original 1866 Ottoman grandeur. Tonight we experience a modern twist on Israeli cuisine under the direction of Executive Chef Shahar Bitton at a welcome dinner at the hotel’s Zada Restaurant.

Accommodation: The Drisco Tel Aviv

Meals: Dinner

DAY 2: TEL AVIV - SEA OF GALILEE - TIBERIAS

Enjoy a short city tour of Tel Aviv and the ancient port of Jaffa this morning before driving north along the coast to the archaeological ruins of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great in honor of Augustus Caesar. We proceed via Mount Carmel to Haifa for stunning panoramic views of the Haifa Bay and the Golden domed Bahai Shrine and gardens.

A highlight today is a drive to Daliat El Carmel where we visit a Druze village for a special interactive experience with a traditional lunch. Learn of the Druze lineage that has had a presence for over 1000 years in the land of Israel, Syria and Lebanon. Your guide will give you an insight into the story and life of the Druze and their religion and how has it been kept secret for all these years. We learn of traditional farming techniques, help in harvesting the seasonal crops and share a meal in the home of one of the farmers.

This afternoon, we arrive at our luxurious resort located on the Sea of Galilee, set in the peaceful foothills of the Golan Heights, your home for the next two nights. The rest of the evening is at leisure.

Accommodation: The Setai Sea of Galilee

Meals: Breakfast & lunch

DAY 3: CAPERNAUM – TABGHA

We start the day with a beautiful boat ride on the peaceful Sea of Galilee to Tabgha, the site of the Miracles of the Fish and Loaves. We stop at Capernaum where Jesus started his preaching and visit the old Synagogue and house of St. Peter before driving to the Mount of Beatitudes to the site of where Jesus is believed to have delivered the Sermon on the Mount.

We stop at one of the region’s best wineries and dairy farms for a tour of the vineyards and a tasting of the area’s local wines and cheeses produced onsite. Enjoy some time to explore the winery and dairy on your own before enjoying a lunch overlooking the vineyards.

We continue our day with a drive via the Golan Heights to Banias (Cesarea Philippi), one of the Jordan River’s sources, where Philip son of Herod’s established the capital city for his Kingdom on the Upper Galilee. We drive back to Tiberias where the rest of your day is at leisure.

Accommodation: The Setai Sea of Galilee

Meals: Breakfast, tasting & lunch

DAY 4: NAZARETH - JORDAN VALLEY - BEIT SHEAN - JERUSALEM

This morning we travel to Cana to visit the Wedding Church where Jesus performed his first miracle – turning water into wine. We then proceed to Nazareth, where Jesus spent his childhood, and on to the Church of Annunciation, built on the site where archaeologists believe the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary. You will also see Mary’s Well and Joseph’s Church. Drive through the Jordan Valley to Beit Shean with its recently excavated amphitheater. Visit the excavations of this beautiful preserved Roman City which was destroyed in an earthquake.

Continue to Jerusalem and check in to our luxury boutique hotel, a meticulously restored 19th-century villa once owned by a socialite in the Ottoman and British Mandate eras.

Accommodation: Villa Brown Boutique Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5: JERUSALEM OLD CITY

Start the day at Mt. Scopus where you can enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of Jerusalem. The holy city for each of the world’s three great religions – Christianity, Judaism and Islam, Jerusalem occupies a unique place in the world. Your tour includes the Mount of Olives, a stop at the site where Jesus first gave the Lord’s Prayer, and the Garden of Gethsemane where Judas betrayed Jesus.

In the Old City you will see the Western Wall and the actual site of the Second Temple, the Temple Mount. Walk the Way of the Cross, the Via Dolorosa, to Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, housing both the traditional site of Crucifixion and the Tomb of the Resurrection. To the southwest, just outside the Old City, is Mount Zion, with the traditional tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper.

This afternoon relax at your hotel before we enjoy a spectacular light show this evening where the walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for a celebration of sight and sound. Amidst the archaeological remains in the Citadel’s courtyard and to the sound of original music, the story of Jerusalem unfolds through giant breathtaking, virtual reality images.

Accommodation: Villa Brown Boutique Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6: JERUSALEM NEW CITY – MAHNE YEHUDA MARKET - BETHLEHEM

Today's tour includes Yad Vashem the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, established in 1953, located at the foot of Mt. Hertzl. This moving memorial is dedicated to preserving the memory of the dead; honoring those who fought against their oppressors and Gentiles who selflessly aided Jews in need; and researching the phenomenon of the Holocaust and genocide in general, with the aim of avoiding such events in the future.

Later we stop by Ein Karem; a picturesque village in the south western outskirts of Jerusalem. This small village has great significance in Christianity as the site of where John the Baptist was born. We drive to Machne Yehuda Market where you will have the chance to stop and taste some of the local produce and freshly baked goods. Speak with the merchants and hear some of the fascinating and fun stories that have become, with time, a part of the unique history of the Machane Yehuda.

We end your journey today with a visit to Bethlehem. Here we see the Church of the Nativity – a World Heritage Site and the first to be listed under Palestine by UNESCO – as well as Manger Square.

Accommodation: Villa Brown Boutique Hotel

Meals: Breakfast & tasting

DAY 7: MASADA & DEAD SEA

Through remarkable scenery of the Dead Sea we continue to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Masada which is situated on an isolated cliff in the Judean Desert. We ascend by cable car to the fortress, which was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Visit the excavations, King Herod’s palace, the synagogue, bathhouse and much more.

En route to the Dead Sea, you will visit the site of the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Later you’ll experience the salty, mineral rich, water as you have the opportunity to “float” on the Dead Sea.

Accommodation: Villa Brown Boutique Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8: JERUSALEM - TEL AVIV

After breakfast check out of the hotel and drive to Tel Aviv for a tour of the “White City”. Stop at Rabin Square, place of assassination of Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin. Continue to Old Jaffa, an 8000-year-old Port city and visit the ancient ruins and walk along the restored artists' quarter. Visit Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood of Tel Aviv, built in 1887. Next, stop at Sheinkin, the lively and colorful street known for its unique shops, café life and youthful ambiance.

This afternoon we check into our hotel for a rest before our farewell seafood dinner at Tel Aviv port.

Accommodation: The Drisco Tel Aviv

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 9: DEPART TEL AVIV

Enjoy a full breakfast at your hotel restaurant. A transfer will be provided to Tel Aviv airport to connect with your onward flight.

Meals: Breakfast

JORDAN EXTENSION

DAY 9: TEL AVIV – JERASH – AMMAN, JORDAN

After breakfast we transfer to Sheikh Hussein border. Included is a VIP fast track border service where we meet our local guide in Jordan and head to Jerash for a guided visit of the ancient Roman city. Explore the paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, theatres, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains and city walls.

Later we drive To Amman and enjoy a panoramic city tour of the Jordanian capital before checking into our luxury hotel located in the heart of the city.

Accommodation: Kempinski Hotel Amman

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10: AMMAN – MADABA - MT. NEBO – PETRA

After breakfast, we head to Madaba for a guided visit of this historic city. See the famous 6th century Mosaic map of Jerusalem & Holy Land, the spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics and visit St. George’s church. Following this we stop at 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 (please note that the church is currently closed for renovation).

This afternoon, arrive in Petra and check into your charming hotel reminiscent of a traditional Bedouin village.

After you have had time to relax, enjoy a special visit to Petra this evening as it is bathed in candlelight. A magical way to see part of the rock city by candlelight and explore the old city lit with over 1,500 candles.

Accommodation: The Old Village Resort

Meals: Breakfast & lunch

DAY 11: PETRA

Enjoy the best of Petra with an expert private guide on a morning walking tour of one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Follow the Siq canyon into the ancient, rose-red rock city, and behold the ornate Treasury, a film location for ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,’ together with ancient wonders such as the Royal Tombs and Cardo, Petra’s Roman-built street. This impressive site contains hundreds of elaborated rock-cut tombs, a treasury, Roman-style theatres, temples, sacrificial altars and colonnaded streets.

As the heat of the day sets in, we retreat back to our hotel where you can relax by the pool or the comfort of your airconditioned room.

This evening, enjoy an enriching experience by joining a cooking class followed by dinner. Work alongside local chefs to prepare dishes found on a typical family’s menu using fresh ingredients. By sharing recipes and flavors, uncover rich Jordanian history and culture and learn the secrets of Middle Eastern cuisine to share with friends and family back home.

Accommodation: The Old Village Resort

Meals: Breakfast & dinner

DAY 12: PETRA - WADI RUM - DEAD SEA

After breakfast, we head further south to visit other significant sites including Wadi Rum. Best described by T.E. Lawrence as “vast, echoing and god-like”, and by the locals as “Valley of the Moon”, we enjoy an exhilarating 1.5-hour jeep ride deep into the Jordanian desert.

We continue to the Dead Sea and arrive at your luxury resort with direct access to the beach. Spend the rest of the day lounging on the sundeck of the region’s only floating pontoon right on the beautiful waters of the Dead Sea. Why not spoil yourself at one of the region’s best spas using signature products derived direct from the rich minerals of the Dead Sea (extra charge).

Accommodation: The Hilton Dead Sea

Meals: Breakfast & lunch

DAY 13: DEAD SEA – TEL AVIV

After a leisurely breakfast we take a short drive to the Allenby Border for our transfer back to Israel. Included is your VIP border crossing service to fast track your border crossing experience.

We arrive into Tel Aviv this afternoon where the rest if your day at leisure. This is an amazing opportunity to explore the city by yourself. You may choose to relax on the beach or take a stroll to Tel Aviv’s port area known for its trendy restaurants, coffee shops and sophisticated shopping promenades.

Accommodation: The Drisco Tel Aviv

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14: DEPART TEL AVIV

Enjoy a full breakfast at your hotel restaurant. A transfer will be provided to Tel Aviv airport to connect with your onward journey.

Meals: Breakfast

The tour begins and ends in Tel Aviv.

Your international flights from Australia are not included in your package. Flights to Tel Aviv depart from most major Australian cities with Qantas, Cathay Pacific, El Al and Malaysia Airlines with an average flight time of 24 hours.

You MUST complete your booking form within 48 hours of booking. Following its completion, our Tours Concierge will be in touch to assist with any additional arrangements – including flights.

Private return airport transfers are included in your tour on the first and last day only. Please arrive into Tel Aviv before 4pm on Day 1 and depart any time after breakfast on Day 9.

A visa may be required to the destination you are visiting. It is each traveller’s responsibility to ensure they are holding a current visa. Please take the time to visit our preferred vendor website Visa’s Direct to assist you with any visa application requirements and processes. If you require any supporting documentation when applying for your visa please let us know and we would be more than happy to assist. Click here to visit the website.