Wailing Wall in Jerusalem's Old City | Israel
FROM: R36,230 pp
Heritage & Holy Land - 8 days map

COACH TOUR: From vibrant Tel Aviv we trace Israel’s holy heritage through the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth and Jerusalem with time to float in the Dead Sea and explore ancient Roman archaeological sites and impressive cliff-top fortresses. All this and more in 8 incredible days.

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Trip Highlights

Tel Aviv - Begin your adventure in the cosmopolitan coastal city and head out to explore independently
Bethlehem - Take in this important biblical town, including a visit to the Church of the Nativity and the important Rachel's Tomb
Tiberias - Stay in this historic city on the shore of the Sea of Galilee and visit the biblical sites of Capernaum and Tabgha
Masada - Ride the cable car up to this UNESCO-listed fortress, which was where the Jewish zealots had their last stand against the Romans
Jerusalem - See the main sights of the city new and old, including the Wailing Wall, Yad Vashem, Mount of Olives and Temple Mount
The Dead Sea - Float in the salty, mineral-rich waters of the sea and slap on some of the Dead Sea mud, thought to have healing properties
Jaffa - Join a walking tour of this ancient walled port city and sample the picturesque hilltop views
Nazareth - Visit the Church of Annunciation, Mary's Well, and Joseph's Church in the city where Jesus Christ grew up

Included

Breakfast daily and 6 dinners
Touring - Jaffa, Caesarea, Megiddo, Galilee Miracle Sites, Nazareth, Beit Shean, Masada, Qumran Caves, Jerusalem, Ein Karem and Bethlehem
Cable car ride in Masada, for views of the Dead Sea
Ben Gurion Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 8
This coach tour is operated in conjunction with other tourist groups, not solely On The Go. You will join travellers from a number of different operators, some staying in different hotels for sightseeing each day
7 nights 4 star hotels
Entrance fees for all included sightseeing
Services of local guides for scheduled sightseeing
All transfers and transportation in modern air-conditioned vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visa
Tip for your tour guide and driver. We recommend you allow USD$5-7 per day, per traveller for your guide and USD$2 per day, per traveller for your driver. Tipping your guide and driver is an entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

Tel Aviv

Thursday. Arrival Ben Gurion Airport and included transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the dynamic city of Tel Aviv on the Mediterranean your way.

Renowned for its hedonistic nightlife, this dynamic city also offers beautiful beaches, art galleries and markets. And with a variety of trendy bistros, high-end restaurants and delicious street food stalls, there's plenty to choose from, for dinner.
Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day 2

Jaffa & Tiberias

Tel Aviv - Jaffa - Tiberias. A short drive brings us to Jaffa, an ancient port where we enjoy a walking tour of the picturesque fortified town, see the House of Simon, the Tanner and marvel at the hilltop views. Continuing north along the coast we visit Caesarea, one of the great cities of antiquity and Megiddo, the location of many ancient battles, and the city referred to in the book of Revelation as ‘Armageddon’. Here we explore the archaeological ruins before continuing to the Sea of Galilee and historic Tiberias, where Jesus lived and preached.
Overnight: Tiberias  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Sea of Galilee & miracle sites

Tiberias. Today we visit Capernaum, an ancient fishing village and the centre of Jesus’ ministry. In Tabgha, the site where Christ miraculously fed the 5,000, we see the wonderful mosaic floor of the Church of Multiplication before continuing to the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus preached the ‘Sermon on the Mount’. Ascending to the rocky plateau of the Golan Heights we enjoy panoramic views of the rugged peaks of Mount Hermon with the green pastoral Huleh Valley stretching out below. The Golan Heights is a disputed territory, and our guides will be politically neutral for the duration of our touring in this part of Israel.

This afternoon, we will continue to the source of the river Jordan, Banias, where Jesus took his disciples to reveal his true purpose. We'll then make our way to the southern part of the Sea of Galilee and to the Yardenit Baptismal Site, before we return to Tiberias for our overnight stay.
Overnight: Tiberias  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

Cana & Nazareth

Tiberias - Jerusalem. First stop today is Cana to visit the Wedding Church where Jesus performed his first miracle, turning water into wine. We continue on to Nazareth, the city where Jesus spent his childhood, where we visit the Church of Annunciation, Mary’s Well and Joseph’s Church. Passing through the Jordan Valley we reach the ancient synagogue of Beit Alpha, located at the foot of the northern slopes of the Gilboa Mountains, it has one of the most well preserved and beautiful mosaics in Israel. We end the day in Jerusalem.
Overnight: Jerusalem  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

The Dead Sea

Jerusalem - Dead Sea (West Bank) - Jerusalem. An excursion today takes us to the remarkable scenery of the Dead Sea and Masada, a UNESCO-listed fortress situated on an isolated cliff in the Judean Desert. We ascend by cable car to the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Here, we visit the excavations of King Herod’s Palace, the synagogue and bathhouse. The site also offers spectacular views of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea. We’ll also see the Qumran Caves located in the West Bank where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and enjoy floating in the salty, mineral-rich waters (weather permitting) before heading back to Jerusalem.
Overnight: Jerusalem  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Days 6-7

Jerusalem & Bethlehem

We discover new Jerusalem on day 6, starting with the official memorial site of Yad Vashem, a sprawling complex dedicated to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. After paying our respects we head to Ein Karem, a picturesque village where John the Baptist was born. Spend some time in the Israel Museum visiting the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, and a detailed model of Jerusalem from the time of the Second Temple. Passing the Knesset (House of Parliament) and the campus of the Hebrew University we make our way to Bethlehem in the West Bank where we visit Rachel’s Tomb and the Church of the Nativity. Then, we return to Jerusalem for the night. Travel today and tomorrow is within the West Bank.

On day 7 we start with the spectacular panoramic views from Mt. Scopus before a stop is made at the Mount of Olives, the site where Jesus first gave the Lord’s Prayer. We explore the Garden of Gethsemane before heading to the Old City where we see the Western Wall, the Temple Mount, Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Just outside of the Old City is Mount Zion with the traditional tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper.
Overnight: Jerusalem  |  Breakfast x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 8

Jerusalem to Ben Gurion Airport

Thursday. Jerusalem - breakfast. Today marks the end of our tour. After hotel check out, transfer to the Ben Gurion Airport to meet your onward flight. If you would like to stay on and further explore, we can arrange post accommodation, please enquire.

For information about visas, top travel tips and much more, take a look through our travel guide.
Breakfast

Head to Jordan & join our 8 day Totally Jordan tour

Just a short flight away, continue your journey of discovery and join our 8 day Totally Jordan tour, taking in the vast red desert landscape with rolling dunes and dramatic rock formations with deluxe camping under a blanket of stars in Wadi Rum. Discover the lost city of Petra and explore a Crusader Castle, as well as the ancient Roman city of Jerash and Jordan's finest Byzantine mosaics in Madaba.

Prices & Dates

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. The 'Twin Share' price is per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. The 'Solo Room' price is applicable to all solo travellers or if your booking party cannot reach the minimum of 2 persons in a room. Solo Rooms can also be booked by any other person wanting the comfort and privacy of their own room.

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R36,230
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Extra Prices

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Single Room
Pre Tour Accommodation Tel Aviv HHL, HIJ, HOI
R2,370
R4,270

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Hotel Metropolitan, Tel Aviv

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Within easy walking distance from major city attractions, Hotel Metropolitan is a modern hotel with excellent amenities. Guest rooms are designed in a contemporary style with soft furnishings and stylish en suite bathrooms. The hotel also has an onsite bar and cafe serving food throughout the day. In the summer head to the outdoor pool with sundecks - the perfect way to start the day! Perfectly located in the centre and very heart of Tel Aviv.

BY 14 Hotel, Tel Aviv

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Well-located on one of Tel Aviv’s central streets, this boutique hotel is just minutes from the Carmel Market, Diezengoff Square and the lively cafes and restaurants of Sheinkein Street. Its guestrooms are spacious and comfortable, featuring modern décor and free high-speed WiFi. An extensive sweet and savoury breakfast is served daily in the hotel’s café, and guests can also take advantage of the free gym and bike rental. Although as the beach is just footsteps away, you'll most likely be spending your time soaking up the sun on the sands.

Hotel Grand Court , Jerusalem

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Centrally located. the Hotel Grand Court is a very modern hotel and an excellent base for exploring the holy city. Guest rooms are bright and well furnished with free Wi-Fi throughout. The Garden Court is the perfect spot to enjoy breakfast al-fresco. There is also a refreshing outdoor pool to relax in or by (open April - September). Perfectly located just a short walk from the Old City.

Ramada by Wyndham Jerusalem, Jerusalem

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Conveniently located near the entrance to the city with plenty of museums and shopping close by and the Old City just a short 15-minute taxi drive away. This comfortable hotel offers spacious and bright guest rooms and has a wide range of amenities including free WIFI and a hearty Israeli buffet breakfast. During your spare time unwind in the saunas or go for a swim in the indoor or seasonal outdoor pools.

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 4.57 out of 5 based on 14 recent reviews

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Interesting and enjoyable trip

Well organised, good hotels, tour guides had good knowledge.

• Submitted 12 Mar 2020
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Tour: The tour was fantastic! We managed to pack so much in and see so many sights that it was amazing! Each day was jam packed and at the end when we returned to the hotel I really felt like that I'd had a brilliant, worthwhile day. Not only did we see a lot but some of the sights we saw were world class - The Dead Sea, Church of the Nativity, Sea of Galliee, Masada, The Western Wall and so on...It was also great seeing so much of the country.

I'm glad we added on the extra day at the start as that gave us time to see some of Tel Aviv. I'm also pleased that we added on the day at the end as it was nice just having a full day to wander around Jerusalem.

Coach driver (Emil): What a great, talented a driver and a lovely person. Everyone on the tour really liked him.

Tour guide (Eyal): I thought Eyal was excellent. His knowledge of politics, history and religion was really good and he answered every question. He also mixed in some personal stories along with the history and explanations. He also managed to arrange and time the visits so that we missed most of the crowds and queuing.

Hotels: The hotels were all fine. Maybe the only (very minor) negative point was the hotel in Tel Aviv (BY14). It was in a great location but wasn't one of those listed in the tour notes, although it was very clean, efficient and friendly. Maybe it could be added to the tour notes? But this is a very minor point and overall they were all good. The hotel in Jerusalem was also in an excellent location and the food was fantastic.

Tour group: We were in a really mixed, nice group. I think everyone thought highly of the driver and the guide. Overall I would say that this was an excellent tour with a wonderful guide!

• Submitted 01 Oct 2019
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We enjoyed the tour a great deal and considered it gave us an excellent feel for the country. Our guide was knowledgeable and provided many insights for all of our visits. Our group were fun and very good company. Our hotels in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem were good, providing nice accommodation, service and food.

• Submitted 12 May 2019
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Guide was brilliant - very knowledgeable. Hotels were large noisy ones that provided more disturbances to sleep than would be expected.

I think it should be stated Half-Board means eating at hotels - last hotel for example you had quite a few hundred people at the buffet dinner/breakfast every day. The tour itself was good. Liked the fact the guide took into account traffic at destinations and would mix up the itinerary to make sure we spent the least amount of time queuing.

• Submitted 04 Dec 2018
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I was impressed with Oreon the Israeli Guide how he was so informative, took care of us as a group. Made sure we were delivered to our hotels in tiberius, Jerusalem. Also with losing my mobile phone Oreon came with me to the Police Station and was very supportive.

He worked really long hours I was impressed with his going the extra mile.

Best guide I have had on a trip I only had one exploring holiday in Egypt with Louis Verne.It would be helpful if there was a small coach as the group grew in Jerusalem.

• Submitted 19 May 2018
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Great tour covering the highlights of Israel. Itinerary worked well and didnt feel rushed as we were a small group of 16 people. The guides Patrick and Ditza were both very knowledgeable, friendly and patient with the group. Would recommend staying an extra 2 days in Jerusalem after the group tour finishes to spend more time in the Old City as there is so much to see.

• Submitted 13 Nov 2017
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Boaz was great, knowledgeable, caring and interesting. He had lots of local contacts which helped to maximise our tour. We saw the historical places and got a feel for the political situation.

The tour was very good and we saw everything we wanted plus some extras. It was a bit too full on really, with early mornings and finishing late due to traffic and having to pick up people from 5 different hotels. We really enjoyed it though, despite catching a cold probably due to lack of sleep. We learnt a lot and met many interesting people.

• Submitted 30 Oct 2017
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Udi was fantastic, an amazing knowledgable guide. Went out of his way to make sure the tour was fantastic for everyone.

• Submitted 21 Aug 2017
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Great tour, covers a lot of the essentials in Israel, definitely for open minded people. Loved the Hotel with dinner included.

Maher did a great job. He's very proud of his Country and knowledgeable. He also helped us plan our free time in Israel after the tour, worked great!

• Submitted 28 May 2017
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Thanks for a very well organized trip.

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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Tel Aviv
Ends
Jerusalem
Departs
Thursdays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 45
Hotel Rating
4 star
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 7, Dinner: 6
Visiting
Tel Aviv, Tiberias, Jerusalem, Galilee, Nazareth, Dead Sea, Bethlehem
Countries
Dazzling blue water of Sea of Galilee running along the edgy of the Jewish Holy City of Tiberias
Slanted trees in the olive groves of Galilee
Nazareth Highlight - Web Ready
Salt crystals along the shore of the sparkling Dead Sea
The famous golden Dome, sparkling in the sunset, along with the rest of the city of Jerusalem
Bethlehem - Highlight

Interesting and enjoyable trip

Well organised, good hotels, tour guides had good knowledge.

Kay Watkins
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