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  • Hotels: Standard Class

  • 07/03/2022 - 07/10/2022

  • Max Participants: 15

  • 8 Days / 7 Nights

Overview

Located at the crossroads of Middle Eastern history for centuries and the spiritual home to Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike, Israel remains a must-visit destination for anyone eager to understand this dynamic, always-changing region. Explore the historic towns of Bethlehem and Nazareth, soak in the energy of vibrant Tel Aviv, and experience a soul-stirring connection to ancient and modern sites and peoples.

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Our first priority is our travelers’ safety, especially so during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that on our group programs such as this one, we require all participants to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Please click here for more details regarding our health and safety policies.

What's Included:
  • Domari Society Visit in Jerusalem
  • Druze Village Visit and Traditional Lunch
  • Old Jerusalem walking tour
  • Refugee camp community visit
  • Bethlehem visit
  • Dead Sea visit with swim
  • Masada guided tour
  • Sea of Galilee region tour
  • Akko and Nazareth visits
  • Tel Aviv orientation tour including Old Jaffa Port
  • G Adventures Tour Leader throughout and local guides
  • Hotels (7 nts)
  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch - allow $220-$290 USD for meals not included
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities by private van
What's Not Included:
  • International air travel
  • Incidentals
  • Travel health and cancellation insurance
  • Applicable visas
  • Tips or gratuities
  • Airport taxes
  • Beverages
  • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Optional tours and admission tickets
  • Airport transfers

Itinerary Download PDF

Today is an arrival day and, as travelers are arriving from all corners of the world, there are no planned activities. You are free to arrive at any time in Tel Aviv. In the early evening, you will meet your tour leader and fellow group members for an important group meeting. Check the hotel notice board (or ask reception) for the exact time and location of this meeting. Afterward, there will be the option to head out for a meal together in nearby in a local restaurant. If you arrive late, your group leader will leave you a message at the front desk.

Enjoy a quick driving tour of Tel Aviv before continuing to historic Jaffa, where we take a walking tour to visit the Old Markets, Simon's House, and the ancient port of the city of Jaffa, out of which modern-day Tel Aviv has grown. The port is thought to be one of the oldest ports in the world and, myth has it, this was the point from which Jonah set off in the Biblical story of Jonah and the Whale. We then drive north to visit a Druze town and enjoy a lunch of local specialties. The Druze community in Israel is recognized as a separate religious entity with its own courts and spiritual leadership. Their culture and language is Arabic. After, continue to Haifa, beautifully set on the slopes of Mount Carmel facing the Mediterranean Sea. Approximate travel time: 1.5 hrs by private vehicle with stops along the way

This morning we drive north to the city of Akko. Traced back to Pharaoh Thutmose III, Akko is thought to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Following the labyrinthine of alleys, explore the traces of the Crusader, Muslim, and Ottoman conquerors. While here, visit the Old Markets, Aljazar Mosque, and the unique underground Crusader castle. Afterwards, drive to Nazareth, a city of religious importance and spirituality. Delve into its rich historic and biblical significance, but also admire its modern culture and Middle Eastern charm.​ Visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, one of the largest churches in the Middle East. We will then continue to our hotel near the Sea of Galilee for the evening. Approximate travel time: 2 hrs total by private vehicle with stops along the way

This morning we'll tour the Sea of Galilee, including sites such as the Church of Transfiguration and Capernaum. Capernaum is home to one of the earliest churches in the world, as well as a monumental ancient synagogue. We also visit Tabgha, with its ancient mosaic of the Loaves and Fishes dating back to the original Byzantine church. We'll also visit a Kibbutz Community and learn about this interesting communal way of life.

We will then drive to Jericho for the night.
Approximate travel time: 2 hrs total by private vehicle with stops along the way

This morning we drive to Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage site and stunning rock fortress that was the last stronghold of the Jewish people in their war against the Romans. The story of the site reveals the courage of the defenders of Massada and their battle against the conquering Romans. Opt to hike (or ride) to the top and learn more about this ancient place. Visit Herod’s palace, the mikveh, storerooms, watchtowers, and the synagogue. Continue on to the fascinating Dead Sea for what will surely be the low point of this trip. That is because its surface and shores are 1,412 feet below sea level, Earth's lowest elevation on land. The Dead Sea is actually a lake, without any form of life whatsoever in its waters, hence its name. The water is so dense that it is practically impossible to sink and it's five to ten times as salty as regular seawater. While swimming, cover yourself with the sea's mud, which is reputed to have special healing powers, and don't forget to take a photo of yourself reading a book while floating! You will notice that the salt penetrates any cuts on your body and has an unusual smell, but there are showers to wash off under after swimming. Afterward, we will drive to Jerusalem where we will spend the next three nights. Approximate travel time: 1 hr by private vehicle

This morning you will take a guided walk through the Old City Starting at the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa mosque courtyard. After, walk along the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Explore the winding alleyways and quarters and continue on to the Western Wall. This afternoon is free to explore on your own. You will have the option to sign up for an afternoon tour. For this tour you would visit the famed Israel Museum and view the Dead Sea Scrolls, housed in the Shrine of the Book. Continue on to the Mahane Yehuda Market, often referred to as "The Shuk," a vibrant local market full of the sights, sounds, and flavours of the Middle East. A popular spot for locals and visitors, as Jerusalem's largest market, it features fruits, vegetables, speciality food stalls, and numerous spots for food and drink. Wander through the maze of laneways and sample some local treats. Afterwards, stop in at a local establishment for a tasting of craft beers.

This morning we take a day trip to ancient Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus and King David, and visit the Nativity Church. The city is an important site to all three major religions of Israel: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Then we will visit the Duhaishe Camp for Palestinian refugees. What started as a camp has become a thriving town and here we learn more about the situation of the Palestinians in Israel and what daily life here is all about. Then return to Jerusalem and stop for lunch at the Domari Society of Gypsies to enjoy Domari hospitality as you learn about the unique culture, spices, and handicrafts. This lunch program is creating jobs and training opportunities for women. With lower literacy and employment rates amongst the community, the society focuses on tutoring children and job skills training for women. This afternoon is free to explore on your own. Approximate travel time: 1 hr by private vehicle

You are free to depart at any time today. Please note that check-out time from the hotel is normally mid-morning, but luggage storage facilities are available. Want more adventure? Book two or more GEEO trips in the same year and receive a discount! GEEO will give you 10% off of the lesser value program(s) (up to 3 programs). If you don’t see a program that interests you that pairs with this trip but still would like to extend your time abroad, let us know. We will work with you to find a non-teacher trip from our tour operator’s much larger catalog. Even better, if you are an educator we can still offer you a discounted price on the trip you choose!

Details

FAQ
Please click here to go to our general FAQ, which has essential information that applies to all of our programs.
Resources to Learn & Teach about Israel
Visit our recommended reading page to see the list of books GEEO recommends reading before your program (this is not required reading). We also have lesson plans and Pinterest boards that may be useful for you as you learn about your destination and prepare to bring lessons back to your classroom.
Terms and Conditions
It is very important for you to visit our Terms and Conditions page before signing up for this program.
Cancellation policy
All cancellations must be submitted to GEEO in written form by emailing your request for cancellation to travel@geeo.org. If you do not receive a confirmation that we have received your written cancellation request, please call us at 1-877-600-0105. Verbal cancellation requests will not be honored.
  • If you cancel 60 days or more prior to departure, all your program fee payments will be refunded besides your $350 deposit which is kept on file for future use
  • If you cancel between 30 and 59 days prior to departure, you will receive a 50% refund and your deposit is kept on file for future use
  • If you cancel within 30 days of departure, you will receive no refund, but your deposit is kept on file for future use
Trip Notes
  1. COVID: We are hoping this trip will be able to run with the stated itinerary, however, due to COVID the route may need to exclude the Palestinian territories. We will adjust the itinerary as need be.
  2. B2 VISA: Israeli hotels have new requirements due to the Israeli Value Added Tax (VAT) authorities regulation. According to the law, hotels must receive photocopies of passports and B2 visas of all visitors.The B2 visa is a small document travelers receive upon entering Israel at passport control. Please hold on to that document as it will be requested at the hotels. If the hotels do not receive that information then they will charge an additional 17% to the rate of accommodation.
  3. PASSPORT STAMP: Usually your entry and visa will not be stamped into your passport, but onto a separate piece of paper.
Group Leader Description
All GEEO/G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of G Adventure’s group leaders, which they refer to as Chief Experience Officers (CEO). The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues, and introduce you to our local friends. Our itineraries often have plenty of free time to explore on your own. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting – we think it’s the best of both worlds.
Fitness Level
This trip includes light walking and hiking that is suitable for most fitness levels. It can be exhausting in the heat. Keep hydrated and know your limits!
Single Travelers
Half of the people that travel with GEEO are traveling by themselves, so please don’t worry if you have no one who can join you on your trip. Our pricing is based on double occupancy or, in other words, two people to a room. You never have to pay for a single room unless you want one. GEEO can find you a roommate of the same gender. Most of our trips have a “My Own Room” option, also known as a “Single Supplement,” which is an extra fee that will allow you to have a room to yourself. If you want to room alone, please email travel@geeo.org. To see the price for the “My Own Room” option, please click here where you can look up your trip in the extra services spreadsheet.
Joining Instructions
Day 1 is an arrival day, and no activities have been planned. Upon arrival to the city on Day 1, or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us, please make your way to the joining hotel. Check-in time will be in the afternoon. Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note at reception from your tour leader. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on Day 1, usually between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., where you will get a chance to meet your tour leader and other travelers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details! If you miss the Welcome Meeting, your tour leader will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need and with instructions for the next morning. If you have not pre-booked an airport arrival transfer, you can take a public bus for around 35 ILS, or a metered taxi which will cost about 150 ILS. If you have paid in advance for an arrival transfer, a G Adventures representative will be at the airport to meet you. If for any reason you are not met at the airport, please call our local support line. If you are unable to make contact for whatever reason, please make your way to the joining point hotel via taxi.
Emergency Contacts
If you need to contact G Adventures in a situation of dire need, it is best to first call their local G Adventures office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS G Adventures Local Representative (Israel) Emergency Phone Number: +972 54 554 4905 (Simon) G Adventures Local Office (Istanbul, Turkey) Emergency number: +90 532 481 51 73 (Yavuz, Israel Regional Manager) If you are unable for any reason to contact G Adventures’ local office, they have a toll-free line within North America which will connect you directly with their Toronto office: +1 888 800 4100 If you have purchased an arrival, it has been arranged based on flight information provided to us. If you are advised of a flight schedule change within 48 hours of your scheduled arrival time, we will do our best to rearrange your arrival transfer but we cannot guarantee this. If your arrival transfer does not arrive within 30 minutes after you have exited the arrivals area please take a taxi to your start point hotel. If your call is specifically concerning Amman Airport Transfer complications please call our local G Adventures Transfer provider directly at +962 79 5535879
Packing List
Please read this article on GEEO’s blog for our staff’s suggestions on the best gear to pack for your upcoming travels. You must be prepared to carry your own bags and be comfortable carrying them up and downstairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels. As a rule, we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 minutes with your bags, which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 22-30 lb. Most travelers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size. No XXL bags please! A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person plus a daypack per person.
 Suggested Checklist
  • Light windproof/waterproof jacket – chances are it won’t rain
  • Sun hat
  • Personal clothing for hot weather (t-shirts, shorts, etc.)
  • An outfit of modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders)
  • Shawl or scarf (for temple visits)
  • Daypack
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Sport sandals or flip-flops
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Watch or alarm clock
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Clothes for religious sites – knees and shoulders must be covered
  • Small flashlight
  • Toiletries – your hotels will have soap and shampoo
  • Camera
  • First-aid kit, including: lip salve, Aspirin, bandaids, anti-histamine, Dramamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, electrolyte powder, insect repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking
Optional Checklist
  • A lightweight silk sleep sheet
  • Travel pillow
  • Money belt
  • Water bottle
  • Phone/Tablet for internet – most hotels have WiFi
  • Chargers for electronics as well as converters/adapters, if needed
  • Packing cubes – these are awesome
  • Earplugs – these are a life-saver if you have a snoring roommate
  • Snacks – packing a few granola bars is a good idea; you can buy snacks when you get there too, so don’t go crazy here
  • Ziplock bags for wet clothing
  • Reading/writing material
  • Hand sanitizer/Baby wipes
Document Checklist
  • Passport (with photocopies)
  • Travel insurance (with photocopies)
  • Airline tickets (with photocopies)
  • EUR/USD cash
  • Credit or debit card – see personal spending money
  • G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information, and dossier
  • Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
  • GEEO Classroom action plans for your group – this is sent 10-30 days before departure
Laundry
Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge or ask your group leader where the nearest laundromat is. If you want to do your own laundry, we suggest you bring your own non-polluting/biodegradable soap.
Passports and Visas
All GEEO trips require that the participant have a valid passport.  Please see our general FAQ for information on obtaining a passport. As with all of our trips, we try to provide the most accurate information we can, but governments sometimes change visa rules. It is your responsibility to double-check the information we provide below by searching here. For Americans, the Israeli visa is issued for free upon arrival at the airport and major land borders. Usually, your entry and visa will not be stamped into your passport, but onto a separate piece of paper. Non-American participants should check with their government to find out if they need a visa. Israeli hotels have new requirements due to the Israeli Value Added Tax (VAT) authorities regulation. According to the law, hotels must receive photocopies of passports and B2 visas of all visitors. The B2 visa is a small document travelers receive upon entering Israel at passport control. Please hold on to that document as it will be requested at the hotels. If the hotels do not receive that information then they will charge an additional 17% to the rate of accommodation. Egypt and Jordan have a peace agreement with Israel, which allows travelers to cross borders between these countries; having an Israeli stamp in your passport will not affect your ability to travel to Egypt or Jordan. If you are planning to enter Israel via land from Egypt or Jordan, the exit stamps from these neighboring countries will indicate that you have visited Israel. Even without an Israeli visa in your passport, these stamps will impact your ability to use the same passport to travel to Syria Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Saudi, Libya, and Yemen.
Money Exchange
ATMs are found widely in Israel and will generally accept cards on the Visa and Mastercard networks. While this is the best way to get the majority of your money in Israel, and the vast majority of Cirrus network cards work fine, there are no guarantees that your credit or debit cards will work in the Middle East. Check with your bank before traveling. Credit cards are accepted by most larger restaurants and stores. W You should be aware that to purchase products or services on a credit card a fee of 5-10% usually applies. Do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money. Cash is recommended for times when ATMs are not accessible. Euros and US Dollars are all easy to exchange to local currency. Always take more funds rather than less, as you don't want to spoil the trip by constantly feeling short of funds. The currency in Israel is the Israeli Shekel(NIS). As currency exchange rates can fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com
Tipping
Tipping is a way of life in the Middle East. Locals themselves will usually tip anyone who provides them with services. In many cases, people depend on the tips they receive to supplement the low salary and wages of the Middle East region. While on tour in the Middle East, it is customary and even expected to tip small service providers such as restaurant and bar waiters, hotel staff, reception, cleaning personnel, bell boys, taxis, and van drivers. Tips are regarded as an essential means of supplementing income for those working in the tourism industry. To make things as easy as possible and avoid embarrassing situations, G Adventures has developed a tipping kitty system where your Tour Leader will collect a contribution from everybody at the start of your tour and use this kitty to tip anybody who has provided services to the group as a whole. A guideline for tipping is about $5-$10 USD per day, depending on the quality of the service – this does not include your G Adventures Tour Leader. On Day 1 of your tour, your Tour Leader will be able to advise on the amount required from everybody to form the tipping kitty for your trip. You can pay in USD or the equivalent local currency, preferably the latter. The Tour Leader will be able to advise you on the exchange rate and the total required in either currency If at any time you feel that any service provider failed in maintaining or delivering good service, please bring it immediately to the attention of your Tour Leader so a deduction of tips can take place. At the end of your trip, if you felt that your G Adventures Tour Leader did an outstanding job, tipping is also expected and appreciated. As a general guideline, $35-$40 USD per person per week can be used to budget. The precise amount, however, is entirely a personal preference.
Vaccinations
We legally cannot give you any medical advice. It is very important to consult your doctor or a travel clinic about which vaccinations you will need for your trip. Please take this seriously!
Flights
We often find the best prices for purchasing flights is 60 days before departure, but of course, this varies greatly from route to route and year to year. You must wait until this trip is confirmed with the minimum number of required participants before you book your flights. Typically, we reach the minimum number needed at least 90 days before departure. GEEO and G Adventures bear no responsibility for any flights purchased before the trip is confirmed. You can find out whether this trip has been confirmed here. You will fly in and out of Ben Gurion Airport, which is between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, so convenient to both. Please double-check our itinerary for the date by which you must arrive in Tel Aviv, which usually means departing the United States on the prior day. You can arrive at any time you choose. Your trip ends in Jerusalem, and you can depart whenever you wish on the final day.
Plugs and Converters
There are two components to provide external power to your device: adapters and transformers. The adapter is the plug, adapting the prongs on a standard U.S. two- to three-pronged power cord to match the prongs required by the local outlets. The transformer changes the local voltage to that required by your device. Israel mostly uses European Type C round two- and three-pin plugs along with the occasional type H plug. Their voltage is 230 Volts. U.S. outlets are 120 Volts. Most new devices (phones and laptops) can handle the different voltage rates, but some devices only work on the U.S. standard of 120V. Check your device to see what voltage range it handles. Most transformer blocks will have an “Input” line that defines its voltage capacity. For example, “Input: 100-240V” means that it will work on voltages from 100V to 240V. If your transformer can’t handle the different voltage, you’ll need to purchase a voltage converter. You can find world regional voltage converters power packs at various vendors.
Expectations
Before you decide on traveling with GEEO, it is important that you read all of the information about the program you are considering. Remember, our programs are quite adventurous.
  • You must be able to easily carry or roll your luggage, so do not over-pack.
  • Many of our programs occur in locations where it is very hot during the day. Please make sure you have thoroughly read the itinerary and can handle the group activities, which sometimes include day hikes with your daypacks.
  • We recommend always carrying snacks with you. Meals can sometimes be far apart.
  • Please make sure you understand the role of your tour leader on this trip, as they are not the traditional guide you may be expecting. While our trips are educational, they aren’t study/lecture trips. We want you to learn through exploring, and much of your experience will be based on how active you choose to be in acquiring knowledge and interacting with locals.
Hopefully this is the kind of adventure you are interested in!
Itinerary Disclaimer
While it is our intention to adhere to the routes described on our website, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The information on our website is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
Weather
You should expect highs in 80s for most of this trip, although the Dead Sea and Masada will be much hotter.  In general this is a dry heat so isn’t as bad as you might think.

Costs

Please keep in mind that this trip offers some free time to pursue activities that interest you. Make sure you look over all of the optional activities in the next section and note these additional costs when deciding whether you can afford this program. Breakfasts and a few dinners are included in this trip, giving you the opportunity to eat out according to your own resources. The prices below are in U.S. Dollars and are rough estimates on which you can budget your trip.
Tour Company Fee
See our price in the top right corner
Optional Activities
$50-$400 USD
International Airfare from the U.S.
Approximately $900-$1,400 USD If you require assistance in booking your international airfare, we would be happy to help you.
Insurance
$25-$200 USD Please note: It is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. We also strongly recommend purchasing cancellation insurance as well.
Tipping
$40 USD for your tour leader; an additional $40 USD for other tips
Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary
$220-$290 USD
Laundry, Drinks, Phone Calls, etc.
Be sure to budget for these types of expenses
Vaccines
Variable. Please consult your doctor.
Souvenirs
Variable. At your personal discretion.
Non-Educator Donation
$100 USD (Suggested donation) This is only for non-educator guests traveling with an educator on a GEEO trip. Educators and retired educators should not make this donation.