Israel in Depth

10 Days
from AUD$ 10,033

Highlights

  • Explore Jerusalem’s ancient stone walls, sacred sites, and vibrant markets
  • Unveil the Christmas message at Shepherd’s Field
  • Engage in traditional handicrafts and interact with the elderly at Yad Lakashish.
  • Float in the Dead Sea
  • Discover the rugged beauty and ancient history of the Judean Desert
  • Sail across the sacred Sea of Galilee
  • Wine Tasting at Golan Heights
  • Experience a Turkish bath with ‘The Last Bath Attendant’
  • Explore the ancient wonders of Caesarea, from Crusader ruins to Roman amphitheatres
  • Engage with a Druze community and learn their fascinating way of life
  • Experience the vibrant pulse of Tel Aviv’s UNESCO-listed ‘White City’

Join us on an unforgettable journey through the heart of Israel, where history, culture, and spirituality converge.

Taking in lesser-known sites, minority groups and experiences you never dreamed possible. Explore this diverse and dynamic land, delving deep into its ancient sites, vibrant cities, and breathtaking landscapes. Soak in an in-depth understanding of Israel’s remarkable past and present. From the ancient walls of Jerusalem’s Old City to the tranquil shores of the Sea of Galilee, uncover the layers of history that have shaped this land for millennia.

Led by expert guides with intimate knowledge of Israel’s history, culture, and traditions, this journey promises to be an enriching and perspective-shifting experience. Whether you’re a history buff, a food enthusiast, or simply seeking to deepen your understanding of the world, join us as we uncover the treasures of Israel.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Jerusalem

Welcome to Israel! Upon arrival at Tel Aviv airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Jerusalem. The remainder of the day is yours at leisure.

Jerusalem, the timeless heart of three major world religions, is a city steeped in history, spirituality, and cultural significance. With its ancient stone walls and labyrinthine streets, Jerusalem is a living testament to thousands of years of human civilisation. Here, sacred sites such as the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre draw pilgrims and visitors from around the globe, each seeking a connection to the divine and a deeper understanding of their faith. But Jerusalem is not merely a city of the past; it is also a vibrant modern metropolis, where bustling markets, vibrant neighbourhoods, and a blend of cultures converge to create a unique and dynamic atmosphere.

Meals

N/A

Accommodation

Alegra Hotel or similar

Services

Airport Transfer with Driver

Day 2 - Jerusalem

Mt of Olives

This morning, you’ll start at the Mount of Olives. Revered by multiple faiths as a sacred site, this iconic hill offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Old City’s domes, minarets, and ancient walls, casting a spellbinding allure over all who behold it. From its storied summit, where olive trees whisper tales of the ages, pilgrims and visitors alike are drawn to its hallowed ground, where biblical events unfolded and prophetic visions were cast – an ideal spot to understand Jerusalem’s history and why it’s known as “The Holy City.”

Garden of Gethsemane

Walk down to the holy Jewish Cemetery to reach the Garden of Gethsemane, renowned for its ancient Olive trees. This site holds significance in the New Testament as the place where Jesus went with his disciples to pray on the night before he was crucified.

Yad Avshalom

Continue to “Yad Avshalom” a grand Petra-style tomb attributed to Absalom, son of King David.

Wailing (Western) Wall

Finally, you’ll visit the Wailing (Western) Wall, the last remains of the Jewish Temple, where you can pray or write your wishes on a note and place it between the ancient temple stones, as thousands have done before you.

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Alegra Hotel or similar

Services

English-Speaking guide

Day 3 - Old City of Jerusalem

Today, you will continue to explore the Old City of Jerusalem. Jerusalem holds a unique significance in the world as it is considered holy to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

City of David

Explore the City of David, the ancient heart of Jerusalem, often referred to as “where it all began,” and experience the daring walk through the nearly 3000-year-old Hezekiah’s Tunnel. At the Davidson Centre, witness recent excavations of the Southern wall of the Temple Mount and immerse yourself in an audio-visual presentation detailing the journey of Jewish pilgrims who ascended three times a year to the Temple in Jerusalem.

Temple Mount

Next, visit Temple Mount(if open to visitors), home to the Muslim Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque. Explore the colourful oriental market of the old city “Souk,” experiencing its vibrant mix of colours, sounds and scents. Follow some “Stations” of the “Via Dolorosa” to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which is believed to be where Jesus was crucified and buried.

Western Wall tunnels

Continue to the Western Wall tunnels where you’ll walk deep underground for a unique experience spanning 400 metres beneath the vibrant streets of the Muslim Quarter.

Armenian Quarter

Finally, you will visit the Armenian quarter and explore ancient churches with intricate artwork, rich symbolism, and ornate decorations, and learn about their significance to the Armenian community and Christian heritage in Jerusalem.

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Alegra Hotel or similar

Services

English-Speaking guide

Day 4 - Bethlehem

Today, drive to Bethlehem to discover its sacred sites.

Rachel’s Tomb

Begin your visit to Rachel’s Tomb, a sacred site in Jewish tradition, that serves as the burial place of the Biblical matriarch Rachel. It symbolises hope, prayer, and maternal compassion.

Church of Nativity

Proceed to the Church of Nativity and learn about its significance as the birthplace of Jesus Christ and its status as one of the oldest continuously operating Christian churches in the world.

Shepherds field

Shepherd’s Field is traditionally believed to be the site where the angels announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds. Discover the biblical narrative of Jesus’ birth and reflect on the message of peace and goodwill associated with the Christmas story.

The Walled Off Hotel

Continue the tour and observe the exterior of The Walled Off Hotel, designed by the anonymous London-based artist known as Banksy. The hotel is not only a place to stay but also serves as a powerful art installation and a platform for political commentary on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. If time permits, there is a museum inside the hotel which is worth exploring. (Entrance fee not included).

Mea Shearim

Drive through Mea Shearim, an Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood. This neighbourhood, founded in the 19th century remains a stronghold of tradition, where residents adhere faithfully to customs passed down through generations. Your guide will offer insights into the rich traditions and practices that define this tight-knit community, providing a deeper understanding of its cultural significance and historical roots.

Mahane Yehuda

At lunch, you’ll head to Mahane Yehuda, a bustling market offering diverse culinary delights. Enjoy a self-tasting tour with 10 different bites that represent Jerusalem’s diverse flavours, from traditional Middle Eastern to international cuisine.

Yad Lakashish

Later in the afternoon, you will visit Yad Lakashish, a community program supporting elderly residents of Jerusalem. Here, you’ll engage in traditional handicrafts, interact with the elderly, and have the chance to try crafting yourself. This program serves as a lifeline for connection and fulfilment, providing the elderly with meaningful engagement and a sense of belonging.

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch (food tour)

Accommodation

Alegra Hotel or similar

Services

Private vehicle with English-speaking guide

Day 5 - Judea Desert, Hebron and the Dead Sea

Judea Desert

After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to the Judea Desert and start with Wadi Qelt. Amidstrugged mountains, you’ll hike along a scenic trail, discovering a stunning spring where you can enjoy a refreshing swim.

Next, drive to Moses’Tomb in the Judea desert. Here, you’ll explore the ancient city nearby, delving into its rich history and archaeological treasures. Walk through the ruins and uncover tales of ancient civilisations and remnants of the past.

Dead Sea

Afterwards, drive to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth known for its therapeutic benefits. Experience floating effortlessly on its buoyant waters. If time permits, why not indulge in a rejuvenating natural spa treatment? (Not included)

Hebron

In the afternoon, continue to Hebron, the city is divided into two sectors: H1, under Palestinian control, and H2, under Israeli control. Hebron is a vibrant and culturally rich city, explore its bustling markets, walk along its ancient streets and admire its architectural treasures to gain insight into its fascinating past.

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Alegra Hotel or similar

Services

Private vehicle with English-speaking guide

Day 6 - Mt Beatitudes, Capernaum, and Sea of Galilee

Kfar Kama

After breakfast, check out from your hotel and drive to Kfar Kama, a charming Muslim town nestled in the Galilee region. Immerse yourself in the cultural richness of the area as you explore its streets and interact with locals.

Mount of Beatitudes

Continue to the iconic Mount of Beatitudes. Here, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the Sea of Galilee, also known as Lake Kinnereth. Explore the serene surroundings and take in the tranquillity of the landscape. You’ll also have the chance to visit the peaceful church, a masterpiece crafted by the renowned Italian architect Antonius Berluzzi. Serves as a place of solace, inspiration, and renewal, a timeless symbol of faith and devotion in the heart of the Galilee.

Archaeological Excavations of Capernaum

Next, visit the archaeological excavations of Capernaum. Here, you’ll learn of the captivating story of the town’s rise and fall and diverse cultural and religious heritage. Explore the remnants of the ancient settlement, including the famous Synagogue, which stands as a testament to centuries of historical and cultural significance. This site remains a key destination for Christian pilgrims and scholars seeking to deepen their understanding of its legacy.

Sailing on the Sea of Galilee

Afterwards, you will embark on a captivating boat ride across the tranquil waters of the Sea of Galilee aboard a historical boat reminiscent of the vessels used during the time of Jesus. As you sail, immerse yourself in the Christian traditions and reflect on the legendary deeds associated with Jesus on this very lake. Let the gentle breeze and rhythmic motion of the boat transport you back in time, offering a unique perspective on the rich history of this sacred body of water.

Wine Tasting at Golan Heights

Later in the afternoon, enjoy a delightful wine-tasting tour at one of the Golan Heights’ most renowned wineries. Here, amidst the picturesque vineyards and rolling hills, you’ll have the chance to savour an exquisite selection of wines crafted with meticulous care and expertise. From crisp whites to robust reds, each sip offers a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the region.

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotel the Colony or similar

Services
Private vehicle with English-speaking guide

Day 7 - Acco, Rosh Hanikra and Safed

Knights Halls

After breakfast, visit Acco (Acre), a city steeped in history and culture. Your first stop is the underground “Knights Halls,” marvels of preservation from the Crusader era. Explore these ancient chambers, imagining the knights who once walked these halls centuries ago.

Acco Prison

Next, you visit Acco Prison, a sombre reminder of the struggles faced by Jewish underground fighters during the British mandate.

Turkish bath

Afterwards, explore Acco’s vibrant atmosphere as you visit a Turkish bath, where “The Last Bath Attendant” shares captivating legends and stories of the city’s past.

“Or Hatorah” Synagogue

Continue to the Tunisian “Or Hatorah” Synagogue, a testament to the dedication of a simple Jew who adorned the synagogue with intricate mosaics depicting Jewish history and religion. Discover the craftsmanship and symbolism woven into the walls of this unique place of worship.

Rosh Hanikra

Drive to Rosh Hanikra, located right on the Lebanese border. Here, you descend into the breathtaking grottos carved by the relentless force of the sea, enjoying a thrilling cable car ride that offers panoramic views of the Mediterranean coastline.

Zefat (Safed)

Take a scenic drive to Zefat(Safed) and enjoy the picturesque landscapes and rolling hills of the Galilee region. Upon reaching Zefat, known as the Capital of the Kabbalah, explore its famous synagogues, each steeped in rich history and spiritual importance. Wander through the winding streets of Zefat and explore art galleries showcasing the works of local artists. Admire the vibrant colours and intricate designs that capture the essence of this mystical city.

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotel Shalom & Relax by Atlas or similar

Services

Private vehicle with English-speaking guide

Day 8 - Haifa, Druze village – Megiddo - Caesarea & Tel Aviv

Haifa Bay

This morning, embark on a scenic drive to Haifa where you’ll be greeted by the stunning vistas of Haifa Bay. Take in the majestic sight of the golden dome of the Bahai Shrine and Gardens, nestled amidst the greenery. Enjoy the serene atmosphere as you soak in the beauty of this iconic landmark against the backdrop of the shimmering bay.

Druze village

Continue toDaliyat El Carmel, a Druze village, where you’ll hear captivating stories about their way of life and their unique connection to Israel. Enjoy a delicious lunch amidst the charming surroundings.

Megiddo

Next, head to Megiddo, the legendary site associated with Armageddon. Explore the archaeological excavations, including the intricate water supply system, offering insight into ancient engineering marvels.

Caesarea

Afterwards, drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea, once the capital of Judea during Roman rule. Explore the fascinating excavations of the Crusader city, the Roman port, the aqueduct, and the splendidly restored amphitheatre, now a venue for concerts and events.

Finally, drive back to Tel Aviv and the rest of the evening is yours at leisure.

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotel Shalom & Relax by Atlas or similar

Services

Private vehicle with English-speaking guide

Day 9 - Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv Day Tour

After breakfast, drive through the bustling main streets of Tel Aviv, often referred to as the heartbeat of Israel’s business and entertainment scene. Explore the architectural beauty of the “White City,” a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site renowned for its Bauhaus architecture.

Rabin Square

Visit Rabin Square which is a significant historical site marking the tragic assassination of Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin. Take a moment to reflect on the impact of this event on the nation’s history and politics, paying homage to Rabin’s legacy of peace and leadership.

Old Jaffa

Continue your exploration in Old Jaffa, a port city with a history spanning over 4,000 years. Wander through ancient ruins and stroll along the restored artists’ quarter, absorbing the artistic vibe.

Ilana Gur Museum

Visit the Ilana Gur Museum to delve into contemporary art and culture, gaining insight into Israel’s thriving artistic scene.

Neve Tzedek

Explore Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv’s first neighbourhood, established in 1887. Wander through its charming streets, filled with quaint cafes, boutiques, and galleries.

Nahalat Benyamin

Explore Nahalat Benyamin, Tel Aviv’s vibrant pedestrian street, bustling with life on Tuesdays and Fridays Enjoy the melodies of street musicians and peruse stalls of handmade jewellery and artefacts. Discover unique souvenirs and artisanal treasures, showcasing the creativity of local artisans.

Carmel Market

Indulge your senses at Carmel Market, Tel Aviv’s largest market. Explore the maze of food stalls,
sampling local delicacies and soaking up the bustling ambience.

HaCarmel

Head to Shuk HaCarmel, where you’ll find an array of goods, from handmade specialities to designer items. Delight in the vibrant energy of this bustling market.

Sheinkin Street

Finally, explore Sheinkin Street, renowned for its eclectic shops, lively cafes, and youthful vibe. Take in the unique atmosphere of this vibrant thoroughfare, a hub of creativity and cultural expression.

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotel Shalom & Relax by Atlas or similar

Services

Private vehicle with English-speaking guide

Day 10 – Departure

This morning is yours at leisure until it is time to transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Meals

Breakfast

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What’s included

  • Return airport transfers
  • 9 nights’ accommodation including breakfast daily
  • All transfers, sightseeing and excursions by air-conditioned private vehicle
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Professional-speaking local guide
Exclusions
  • International & domestic flights not mentioned above
  • Visas
  •  Travel and medical insurance
  •  All services, and meals other than those indicated above
  • Any changes to the proposed and confirmed program.
  • All items of a personal nature e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips
    etc

**Please note that this tour can be organised on request for private departures.

* Pricing is subject to change at anytime until full payment has been received.

* A minimum of 5 adults is required to guarantee this departure.

A non-refundable deposit of $1000 AUD per person is required to secure your place. Final payment is due no later than 60 days prior to departure. Travel insurance is mandatory for travelling with Crooked Compass. For full terms and conditions, please click here.

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