12 Day Israel, Ancient & Modern Culture



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12 Day Israel, Ancient & Modern Culture



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Daniel Dead Sea Hotel Dead Sea
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2022 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $1350
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Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.

Additional Information:
Land only prices do not include arrival/departure transfers.

Passengers should select flights that arrive no later than 5 PM on Day 2 in order to attend orientation meeting.

Upon arrival in Israel at Passport Control, you will receive an Israel Border Control / B2 Stay Permit called an "Electronic Gate Pass". Issuance of the pass replaces the need to stamp your passport. The Electronic Gate Pass is your official form of identification in Israel and must be kept in your possession at all times, and will be relinquished once you depart the country. Escorted tour group guests should bring this pass to the Welcome Meeting as your Tour Manager must record information from it to facilitate express hotel check-in during your tour. Failure to provide this pass at check-in will result in mandatory tax.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.

Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend two to three hours on our feet during tours. The pace is fast. Two days involve long transfers by shuttle bus. Some of our tours require walking over uneven surfaces or up and down steep slopes or steps. We have many early mornings. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.

Accommodation Details

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  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Additional Nights

Flight Details

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Round trip flights New York-Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 10 nights First Class accommodations
    • 2 nights Tel Aviv
    • 1 night Haifa
    • 2 nights Galilee Region
    • 1 night Dead Sea
    • 4 nights Jerusalem
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 17 meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners (including a home hosted lunch and farewell dinner)
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

Tour Highlights

Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.

  • Visit Old Jaffa, the ancient port city known for its biblical links with Solomon, Jonah and St. Peter
  • Walking tour in Tel Aviv highlights the splendid Bauhaus architecture, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • In Haifa, view the Baha'i Shrine and see the magnificent and serene Baha'i Gardens
  • Descend by cable car to the magical underwater grottos and sea caves at Rosh Hanikra
  • Enjoy wine tasting at a boutique hilltop winery in the Golan Heights
  • Visit the Hula Valley Nature Reserve; view the multimedia presentation about this unique ecosystem
  • Pamper yourself in the warm thermal pools or float in the waters of the Dead Sea
  • On the fabled mountaintop of Masada, you'll be transported back in time to the days of King Herod
  • Discover the "golden" city of Jerusalem, one of the oldest and holiest cities in the world
  • In Jerusalem, share a Sabbath Dinner with a family at their private home - a feast of local favorites!
  • Attend a fabulous performance of the dramatic "Sound & Light Show" at David's Citadel
  • Visit the Jerusalem Archaeological Park and Davidson Center offering a window into Jerusalem's glorious past

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend two to three hours on our feet during tours. The pace is fast. Two days involve long transfers by shuttle bus. Some of our tours require walking over uneven surfaces or up and down steep slopes or steps. We have many early mornings. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.

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DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Israel
Depart for Israel

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Tel Aviv
Shalom! Welcome to Israel! Arrive in the bustling cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv, nestled on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea; transfer to your hotel. This evening, enjoy an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at approximately 7 PM. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 5 PM on day 2 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible
Overnight: Tel Aviv

DAY 3, Saturday - Ayalon Institute, Ancient Jaffa, Energetic Tel Aviv
A drive south takes you to Rehovot, one of the first communities founded in modern Israel. Visit the Ayalon Institute to hear the fascinating story of this underground clandestine ammunition factory built during the British Mandate in the struggle for the establishment of the State. Then, on to Jaffa (Joppa), the ancient port city linked with biblical stories of Solomon, Jonah and St. Peter. Tour the ancient ruins and walk along the winding alleyways to the beautifully reconstructed Artists' Quarter. From atop the hill, stop to admire breathtaking panoramic views of the Mediterranean coast and the ever-expanding city of Tel Aviv. Continue to trendy Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv's "Soho", the first neighborhood constructed outside of Jaffa and to the HaTachana, a renovated Ottoman train station converted to a vibrant entertainment complex. Drive past the Mann Auditorium, home of the Israeli Philharmonic, the impressive Opera House and Rabin Square, named in memory of the assassinated prime minister. A walking tour on Rothschild Boulevard highlights the splendid Bauhaus architecture of this city, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon on your own, walking the seaside promenade. Tonight, discover independently some of the city's fine seaside restaurants, vibrant cafes and non-stop discos
Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Sunday - Caesarea, Atlit Detention Camp, Lunch at a Druze Village, Baha'i Gardens
Travel north along the azure blue Mediterranean coast to magnificent Caesarea, named by King Herod in honor of Augustus Caesar. This extraordinary archaeological site reveals impressive Roman and Crusader ruins, including an ancient theater. Then, on to Atlit, the detention camp where "illegal" Jewish immigrants fleeing from Nazi persecution in Europe were incarcerated during the British Mandate. Listen to their astonishing stories of survival and see the replica of a ship illustrating conditions that survivors endured during their transport to Israel. This afternoon, experience an exclusive cultural opportunity! Share a home-cooked lunch at a private family home in a nearby Druze village; learn about Druze traditions and the challenges of life in Israel for this unique community. Afterward, ascend Mt. Carmel to the sparkling seaport city of Haifa. View the striking Baha'i Shrine, the second holiest shrine of the Baha'i faith and the pristine Baha'i Gardens, a tranquil memorial to the founders of the faith. Enjoy the evening at leisure
Overnight: Haifa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Monday - Crusader Acre, Rosh Hanikra, Nazareth, Mt. of Beatitudes, Galilee Kibbutz
A scenic drive takes you this morning to the rugged terrain of the northernmost tip of Israel and the gleaming white cliffs of Rosh Hanikra. Here, descend by cable car to the astonishing underwater grottoes and sea caves, a magical world of nature in all of its splendor. A stark change in scenery as you arrive in the timeless crusader city of Acre. This once-thriving Ottoman city today is an energetic fishing port with elegant buildings, relics and monuments recalling the colorful Middle Ages. Then travel through the verdant Galilean hills to the sacred town of Nazareth; visit the vast Basilica of the Annunciation, the largest Christian church in the Middle East. Visit the Mount of Beatitudes with its stunning gardens and picturesque church, where Jesus is believed to have delivered his Sermon on the Mount. Onwards along the rolling hills and the scenic northern road to your kibbutz guesthouse, nestled in the stunning green of the Hula Valley, for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Galilee Region
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - Hula Valley Wetlands, Mystical Safed, Golan Heights, Wine Tasting
Begin the day at the Hula Valley wetlands, a unique ecosystem that provides a crucial resting and "refueling" place for migrating birds including cranes, storks, and pelicans. The bird population in the valley changes depending on the season. Learn more as you view the multimedia presentation about migration, complete with exciting special effects. On to the mystical city of Safed, where Kabbalah flourished during the Golden Age. Stroll along the picturesque ancient lanes to the tiny historic synagogues and to the galleries and shops in the Artists' Colony. Next, ascend to the peak of the craggy Golan Heights; overlooking the serene fertile valleys and tranquil villages below. Reach Mt. Bental near Marom Hagolan, at the crossroads of Syria, Lebanon and northern Israel, where you stop at a local boutique winery. Learn about Israel's thriving wine industry and enjoy a hosted wine tasting. End the day with a drive along the rim of the peaceful Sea of Galilee to your kibbutz in time for dinner
Overnight: Galilee Region
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Yardenit, Beit Alpha, Beit She'an, Dead Sea
This morning, stop at the unique Yardenit Baptismal Site, located where the Jordan River flows out of the Sea of Galilee and into the Dead Sea. From there, to Beit Alpha National Park on the northern slopes of the Gilboa Mountains; see one of the most beautiful synagogue mosaic floors in Israel, dating back to the early 6th century, with a zodiac center panel labeled in Hebrew. After, on to Beit She'an, an ancient Roman city from the time of King Saul; view the ongoing excavations in this gigantic archaeological park and the amazing restorations dating back to the Roman and Byzantine period. Then, travel via the Jordan Valley to your hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth. Pamper yourself with Dead Sea mud or, perhaps float in the buoyant waters of this salty sea. Leisure time before dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Dead Sea
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - Fortress of Masada, "Golden" Jerusalem
Ascend by cable car to the pinnacle of the ancient fortress of Masada, the last stronghold of the Zealots in their struggle against the Romans. You'll be transported back in time to the days of King Herod on this fabled mountaintop, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Touch the ancient stones and walk through the palaces, synagogue and bathhouses once part of this ancient city. Descend from these heroic heights, traveling north to Qumran, where the astonishing Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Drive past desert outposts, tiny villages and Bedouin tents as you slowly rise to the "golden city" of Jerusalem. Your first panoramic view of magnificent Jerusalem, a city built on seven hills, will be from atop soaring Mt. Scopus. From there, travel to Emek Tzurim where you participate in the exclusive Temple Mount "Sifting Project"; a unique opportunity to sift through ancient rubble from buildings dating back to the Temple period. Perhaps you'll find an important relic! Tonight, dinner is at a favorite Jerusalem restaurant, followed by a performance of the dramatic "Sound & Light Show" at David's Citadel. Experience Jerusalem in a new light as you view the illuminated city at night
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Yad Vashem, Israel Museum, Machane Yehuda, Home Hosted Shabbat Dinner
You wake in Jerusalem, one of the oldest and holiest cities in the world. The discovery begins with a visit to Yad Vashem, memorial to the Holocaust. Walk through the Museum, the Children's Pavilion and along the Avenue of the Righteous, dedicated to Christians who rescued Jews during the Holocaust. Afterward, continue via the Supreme Court building and the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) to the Israel Museum. View the remarkable Scale Model of ancient Jerusalem from the time of the Second Temple and the Shrine of the Book, housing the Dead Sea Scrolls. On this eve of Shabbat walk through the bustling Machane Yehuda market, joining Jerusalemites preparing for the Sabbath. The rest of the day is yours to treasure the delights of this inspirational city. Tonight, you're invited to an exclusive Shabbat Dinner with a family at their private home; a feast of local favorites!
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Old City of Jerusalem
Morning walking tour of the Old City begins at Mt. Zion; visit the Room of the Last Supper and the Tomb of King David. Walk the lanes of the Old City to follow the path of the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the holiest Christian site in the world, believed to encompass the sites where Jesus was crucified and the tomb where he was buried and resurrected. Visit an incredible fabric store where the old ways still continue today. Meet a third generation fabric merchant who imports hand-woven silk, cotton and gold-threaded cloths from Africa and uses them to create robes for Christian priests, Muslim imams and ultra Orthodox Jews. Take time to walk through the exotic bazaars with their wondrous aromas. This afternoon and evening, you're free to discover the many diverse cuisines and neighborhoods in Jerusalem independently
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Sunday - Davidson Center, Western Wall Tunnel, Farewell Dinner
Your last day in Jerusalem begins at the extraordinary Jerusalem Archaeological Park and Davidson Center that offers a window into Jerusalem's glorious past. Walk on roads built by Herod the Great, traversed by multitudes of Jews going to the Temple in Biblical times and by Jesus during his time in Jerusalem. View an enlightening multimedia presentation that interchanges the experience of Second Temple pilgrims with the present. The site also contains artifacts from the city's destruction in 70 CE, as well as significant archaeological remains. View the Dome of the Rock before arriving at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site, and the only remaining portion of the Second Temple. Then, walk through the astonishing Rabbinical Tunnel (Western Wall Tunnel) where ancient history comes to life with every step. Continue to the magnificently restored Jewish Quarter and walk along the Cardo, a colonnaded main street of Byzantine Jerusalem. Time to linger in the Old City on your own and shop for souvenirs. Tonight, share wonderful memories together of your journey through Israel at the Farewell Dinner
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Monday - Depart Israel
L'hitraot Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

Due to local events and holidays, the order of sightseeing may be changed. Details to be provided locally by Tour Manager.

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Israel, Ancient & Modern Culture, September 2019
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The trip and Gate 1 were amazing. The hotels, food, guide, transfers, bus driver, just everything couldn’t have been better.

Laurence F. Richmond, VA
Israel, Ancient & Modern Culture, November 2018
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Fabulous. We couldn’t ask for anything better!! The tour guide Simon was the best and made us all feel welcome and special. Our bus driver Mottie was great and we felt very safe when he drove. He was very skilled. Simon’s knowledge was over the top. He explained so much to help us understand everything we saw and shared many personal stories with us. We were sorry to end our tour. This was truly a once in a lifetime adventure. Would recommend Gate 1 and Simon in a heartbeat.

Sheila S. Brooklyn, NY
Israel, Ancient & Modern Culture, October 2018
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Fabulous!!! Enjoyed it a lot. Ofer, our tour guide/manager was very knowledgeable, fun and very helpful. Learned so many things about Israel. Everything about the trip was wonderful. The smaller Discovery group is so much better and more comfortable. Our driver, Shlomo, was also very good. Another great trip for me!!!

Lourdes K. Encino, CA
Israel, Ancient & Modern Culture, April 2018
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The trip was fantastic. Our tour guide Anat was amazing, brilliant, passionate, knowledgeable, enthused. The itinerary was all that I could have expected and more. On top of the Discovery itinerary, Anat made every effort to introduce us to everything Israeli. I would definitely recommend this trip and Gate1 to anyone.

Sue S. Desert Hot Springs, CA
Israel, Ancient & Modern Culture, October 2017
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Exceeded all expectations! Five stars! Tour Guide Mati and driver Kobi were outstanding!

Joyce Lynn A. San Diego, CA
Israel, Ancient & Modern Culture , January 2017
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Absolutely fantastic--the best ever. Gabi was particularly fabulous and really made the trip. I can't even think to say what part was the best. It was all so great.

Mary S. Tybee Island, GA
Israel, Ancient & Modern Culture, October 2016
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My trip was very enjoyable learned lots and I could recommend it to other folks. Thanks.

Kathi D. Surrey, CA
Israel, Ancient & Modern Culture, March 2016
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Thank you for the following up on our trip. The trip was fantastic! The itinerary is excellent and well planned. Our tour guide, Rotem was phenomenal. His presentation of the biblical, historical and present day events made this trip extremely memorable. We felt safe in all the places we visited. We liked everything and enjoyed every minute of our trip.

Vladimir M. Baltimore, MD