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Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem, Israel

Historical Israel and Palestine

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

8 Days

Prices Start from

$5,080 ex. flights

Combine the highlights of Israel & Palestine. Experience the cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv, before exploring the contrast of Jerusalem and the revered town of Bethlehem. This eight-day holiday provides an in-depth introduction to what is the cradle of civilisation and will suit anybody with a strong interest in the biblical sites.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Roman Aqueduct, Ceasarea, Israel 1

Sea of Galilee

Visit a wealth of Roman, Byzantine, Arab & Crusader sites as you travel to the shores of the Sea of Galilee.

Wailing Wall, Jerusalem, Israel 2

Visit Jerusalem

A highlight for most is the city of Jerusalem exploring the various Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Armenian Quarters.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem, Israel 3

Holy Worship

Observe the intense devotion and prayer of many religious denominations at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Church of the Nativity of Jesus Christ, Bethlehem, Israel 4

Oh Little Town

Visit Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity, which rests over the cave where Jesus was born.

Why we like it

Immerse yourself in the history of the Holy Land as you journey from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Galilee and Nazareth, learning more about the significance these places hold to each religion. We invite you to make your own pilgrimage to this beloved and complex place. You could spend a lifetime exploring its wonders, so there is no better time to start than now.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
    Tel Aviv
  • Day 2
    Tel Aviv - Tiberias
  • Day 3
    Tiberias
  • Day 4
    Tiberias - Jerusalem
  • Day 5 - 7
    Jerusalem
  • Day 8
    Jerusalem - Tel Aviv
Old City, Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel Aviv, Israel
Old Jaffa Port, Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel Aviv, Israel

Tel Aviv - The New York of Israel?

Only a century old, Tel Aviv is a young city in a country packed with ancient settlements. A relaxed, modern and surprisingly liberal city, Tel Aviv is the heart of contemporary Israel. Looking out over the azure blue waters of the Mediterranean, the city benefits from a relaxed beach vibe as well as a lively art and music scene. No visit to Tel Aviv would be complete without visiting the ancient city of Jaffa, which is utterly unmissable.

It is one of the oldest ports in the world and its history includes a gamut of colourful figures from ancient Pharaohs to Napoleon. Ancient Jaffa and modern Tel Aviv are fascinating to tour together because of the contrasts. HaBimah Square is a perfect example of contemporary Tel Aviv. A favourite spot in Tel Aviv it is endowed with large modern sculptures and a beautiful sunken garden surrounded by shallow steps – perfect perching territory to watch the world go by as you bask in the sun.

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View from Galiliee Mountains, Golan Heights, Israel
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Ruins, Caesarea, Israel
Tiberias, Israel

Walk the Coastal Ruins at Caesarea

Find numerous remains of Roman and Crusader structures along the coast. Explore Caesarea Maritima in the company of a geoarchaeologist. The seaports you pass along the way include the Old City of Acre, which is a designated UNESCO walled city. The remains of the Crusader town lie almost intact, both above and below today’s street level, providing an exceptional picture of the layout and structures of the capital of the medieval Crusader kingdom of Jerusalem.

 

Roman Aqueduct, Ceasarea, Israel
Tiberias, Israel

A City Tribute to an Emperor

Tiberias, looking out over the Sea of Galilee, was constructed as a tribute to the Roman Emperor of the same name, built on top of a Jewish graveyard and dating back over 2000 years ago. Modern Tiberias is now one of Judaism’s four holy cities and attracts thousands of pilgrims annually. Visit the hot springs, just a few kilometres south. The thermal baths have been known for their healing powers for over 3000 years. Thought to be the site that Jesus cured the sick, Israeli pharmacies keep supplies of the mineral salts for patients. Why not give the earliest known thermal baths a whirl?

Tel Dan National Park borders Lebanon and is a surprisingly fertile park, home to an ancient royal city of the northern kingdom of Israel.

Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, Israel
Israel
Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem, Israel
Jerusalem, Israel
View of chapel, Jerusalem, Israel
Jerusalem, Israel
Wailing Wall, Jerusalem, Israel
Jerusalem, Israel

The Old City of Jerusalem

A highlight for most is the atmospheric city of Jerusalem. Explore the various Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Armenian Quarters, the Wailing Wall and the Biblical town of Bethlehem.

When at the Dome of the Rock meet with an imam who will explain the importance of this holy site to Muslims. What at the Western Wall, touch the ancient stones, and meet with a rabbi to learn the significance of this sacred place. The significance of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, according to tradition is that is is the tomb of Jesus. A late afternoon ascent to the top of Mount of Olives is a must to take in the panoramic views of the domes spires and rooftops of the Old City.

 

Church of the Nativity of Jesus Christ, Bethlehem, Israel
Bethlehem, Israel

Bethlehem and the West Bank

Visit the Manger Square in Bethlehem to gain a sense of arrival. This is the hub of activity. The square is flanked by the Church of St Catherine and the Church of Nativity. At the Church of the Nativity, descend into the cave revered by many as the birthplace of Jesus. For an alternative view of Bethlehem, walk with your guide through a nearby Palestinian refugee camp, and learn how murals and graffiti have been used to depict the refugees’ struggles.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

American Colony Hotel £££££

  • Israel
  • City

A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, this former Pasha’s palace was converted into a stylish hotel in 1902 and has since hosted names such as Winston Churchill and T.E. Lawrence over the years. Split into two wings, the old and the new quarter, each room is unique. The interiors are comfortable and elegant with polished stone floors covered with Oriental rugs, domed ceilings and wrought-iron beds.

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The Mamilla £££££

  • Israel
  • City

The Mamilla offers modern, boutique accommodation in the city of Jerusalem, within a few minutes walk of the Jaffa Gate. It is stylish and funky with excellent service, a great location and a superb rooftop terrace. The 194 bedrooms have a contemporary style with wooden floors, pastel colours and original pieces of furniture. A touch-sensitive liquid crystal wall separates the bedroom from the bathroom. There is a range of dining options from informal to gourmet and the rooftop terrace is a wonderful place to spend some time either soaking up the sun, taking in the superb views or dining in the brasserie. Additional facilities include a wine bar serving tapas, a cigar lounge, espresso bar and a spa offering a wide range of holistic treatments plus a well-equipped gym and an indoor swimming pool.

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Six Senses Shaharut £££££

  • Israel

To the south of the Negev Desert in Israel, is the small community of Shaharut, nestled in the Arava Valley. This is where you will find Six Senses Shaharut, nestled into a dramatic cliff. With a focus on sustainability and wellness, the 58 suites and villas, many with private pools, are designed to blend in with the desert topography and preserve the terrain.

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Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
Price
From $5,080 Per person

When to travel

Israel is a year-round destination, which experiences a typical Mediterranean climate with mostly warm and cloudless days during the summer. Generally, travellers can expect lengthy, hot summers and cool, rainy winters. In the far northern reaches snow can be found on the Golan Heights. The best time to visit Israel is in spring from March onwards or autumn when temperatures are high but not overbearing. Jerusalem is classed as highland and is a splendid temperature during the height of summer.

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