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Israel and Beyond
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8 days

from $2,999 AUD

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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.

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Casual trips offer immersive travel experiences at an unbeatable value with free time and plenty of choices built into the itineraries. Accommodations are comfortable, well-located, and modest. Trips are led by dynamic local guides, some meals and activities are included, and transportation is provided for included excursions.

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Expedition Overview

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Explore King Herod’s rugged hilltop fortress at Masada, and view the renowned Dead Sea Scrolls at the Israel Museum.
  • Discover Jerusalem’s Old City on a walking tour, visiting revered landmarks such as the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque, the Western Wall, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
  • Explore the bustling Mahane Yehuda Market with a local chef before practicing the art of kosher cooking.
  • Meet a group of Palestinian refugee women in Bethlehem, getting a glimpse of life at a refugee camp.
Itinerary

Harbouring sacred sites central to three of the world’s major religions, Israel holds a unique place in the Middle East. Immerse yourself in the historical and cultural wonders of this complex, ancient land. Look out over the domes and spires of timeless Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, and pay your respects to the victims of the Holocaust at Israel’s official Holocaust memorial. Stroll the ancient port city of Caesarea Maritima and the ruins of Capernaum, where Jesus is believed to have lived and preached; and learn about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a variety of perspectives.

Day 1: Jerusalem

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.

Day 2: Jerusalem

Begin the day with a walking tour of Jerusalem’s Old City, home to sites that are sacred to the three of the world’s great faiths. At the Temple Mount, visit the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque. Continue to the Western Wall, then make your way through the winding lanes of the Jewish Quarter to the historic Hurva Synagogue. Walk along the Way of the Cross, the route that Jesus is believed to have taken on his way to crucifixion, and end at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre—according to tradition and to recent findings, Jesus’s tomb is located here. This afternoon, ascend to the top of the Mount of Olives for panoramic views of the city. Later, we’ll enjoy a talk with a local scholar about the struggles of daily life in Jerusalem, discussing interfaith issues, political conflict, and hopes for a peaceful future.

Day 3: Jerusalem

This morning, pay a visit to Yad Vashem, Israel’s moving memorial to the Holocaust. Continue to the Israel Museum to view the Dead Sea Scrolls, one of the most important archaeological finds of the past century, and opt to walk through the museum’s state-of-the-art exhibition on your own. This evening, join an Israeli chef on a walking tour of the lively Mahane Yehuda Market. We’ll learn about the key ingredients of Israeli cuisine, and enjoy a hands-on lesson in kosher cooking.

Day 4: Jerusalem

Spend the day in the ancient town of Bethlehem, located in the hills of the West Bank. Begin with a visit to Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity, where Jesus is believed to have been born. Walk through a nearby Palestinian refugee camp on your way to a local women's collective, created by and for refugee women. Learn how to prepare traditional Palestinian dishes in the camp’s shared kitchen, and sit down to a delicious meal with the women while gaining insights into their lives as refugees.

Day 5: Jerusalem/Tiberias

Start the day with a guided visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Masada, King Herod’s 2,000-year-old mountaintop fortress. Explore the remains of elaborate palaces and bathhouses, then travel to the shores of the Dead Sea for a chance to float in its fabled waters. Continue north to the Sea of Galilee and enjoy a visit to a kibbutz—an Israeli communal settlement—while learning about the origins of the kibbutz movement.

Day 6: Tiberias

Venture to the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus is believed to have delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Visit the church that commemorates the event, and take in breathtaking views of the Sea of Galilee and the surrounding countryside. Continue to the ruins of Capernaum, often called “the town of Jesus.” Learn about the lives and perspectives of Israeli Arabs en route to Nazareth, where we stop at the Basilica of the Annunciation, one of the largest churches in the Middle East. Later, visit a local winery for a tour and private tasting.

Day 7: Tiberias/Tel Aviv

Head to the sparkling shores of the Mediterranean, stopping at the coastal city of Haifa. Then travel south to Caesarea Maritima to explore the ruins of Herod’s great harbour city. Afterward, continue to bustling Tel Aviv for our last evening in Israel.

Day 8: Tel Aviv

Depart at any time.

PRICES & DATES

  • date 06 Sep 2020 - 13 Sep 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,999 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    Sold Out

  • date 08 Sep 2020 - 15 Sep 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,999 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,798 AUD Per Person

  • date 11 Oct 2020 - 18 Oct 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,329 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $6,128 AUD Per Person

  • date 18 Oct 2020 - 25 Oct 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,329 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $6,128 AUD Per Person

  • date 25 Oct 2020 - 01 Nov 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,329 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $6,128 AUD Per Person

  • date 01 Nov 2020 - 08 Nov 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,199 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,998 AUD Per Person

  • date 08 Nov 2020 - 15 Nov 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,199 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,998 AUD Per Person

  • date 15 Nov 2020 - 22 Nov 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    Sold Out
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    Sold Out

  • date 22 Nov 2020 - 29 Nov 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,199 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,998 AUD Per Person

  • date 24 Nov 2020 - 01 Dec 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,199 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,998 AUD Per Person

  • date 29 Nov 2020 - 06 Dec 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,199 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,998 AUD Per Person

  • date 13 Dec 2020 - 20 Dec 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,199 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,998 AUD Per Person

  • date 20 Dec 2020 - 27 Dec 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,329 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $6,128 AUD Per Person

  • date 27 Dec 2020 - 03 Jan 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,329 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $6,128 AUD Per Person

  • date 10 Jan 2021 - 17 Jan 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,099 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,898 AUD Per Person

  • date 17 Jan 2021 - 24 Jan 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,099 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,898 AUD Per Person

  • date 07 Feb 2021 - 14 Feb 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,099 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,898 AUD Per Person

  • date 21 Mar 2021 - 28 Mar 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,329 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $6,128 AUD Per Person

  • date 06 Apr 2021 - 13 Apr 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,329 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $6,128 AUD Per Person

  • date 11 May 2021 - 18 May 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,329 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $6,128 AUD Per Person

  • date 24 Aug 2021 - 31 Aug 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,099 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,898 AUD Per Person

  • date 12 Oct 2021 - 19 Oct 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,329 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $6,128 AUD Per Person

  • date 31 Oct 2021 - 07 Nov 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,329 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $6,128 AUD Per Person

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy or single occupancy unless otherwise noted, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. Optional activities are at an additional cost.

  • Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts).
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Transport: Private van/bus.
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Jerusalem Lecture with Local Expert, Jerusalem
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Mahane Yehuda Market Walk & Kosher Cooking Class, Jerusalem
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Palestinian Women's Project Local Lunch, Bethlehem
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Lecture on Palestinien Christians in Israel, Bethlehem
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Galilee Winery tour and tasting, Galilee
  • Arrival transfer
  • Jerusalem Old City walking tour
  • Visit Yad Vashem (the Holocaust memorial)
  • Visit the Israel Museum and view the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Tour Bethlehem
  • Visit a Palestinian refugee community
  • Guided visit to Masada
  • Dead Sea visit
  • Explore the Sea of Galilee area including Capernaum and Nazareth
  • Kibbutz tour
  • Visit Haifa and Caesarea Maritima
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Any activity not described in What's Included
  • Meals on your own
  • Gratuities

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 $4,248

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS

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.

Age Requirement:12+

All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.