Israel: Crossroads of History - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2021)

Discover a land held sacred by three faiths, visiting places where events recorded in the Bible unfolded, from Jerusalem to Nazareth, on a comprehensive journey that reveals the complex history of the land, its people and sacred sites.

Journey Overview

Discover a land held sacred by three faiths, visiting places where events recorded in the Bible unfolded, from Jerusalem to Nazareth, on a comprehensive journey that reveals the complex history of the land, its people and sacred sites.

Journey Highlights

  • Walk the bustling streets of the Old City of Jerusalem, where people of diverse faiths live side by side
  • Explore at a relaxed pace, with four days in Jerusalem, visiting the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Via Dolorosa, and personalizing your experience
  • Visit Yad Vashem, with its stunning architecture, Israel’s memorial to the victims of the Holocaust
  • Cruise by privately chartered boat on the Sea of Galilee, visit Capernaum and the site of the Sermon on the Mount
  • Learn about local life from a Christian family during an A&K-exclusive private lunch at their home in Bethlehem
  • Delve into the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Masada, the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Tel Aviv, Israel

Arrive in Tel Aviv, where you are met and transferred to your hotel overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
Dan Tel Aviv Hotel

Day 2: Caesarea & Acre | Capitals & Seaports

Drive to the ancient Roman capital, Caesarea, where Herod laid out a city and constructed a revolutionary, artificial harbor. View a partial inscription mentioning Pontius Pilate — the only secular reference to his existence. Then, visit the seaport cities of Haifa and UNESCO-listed Acre. While at Acre, tour the Knights’ Halls, view the El Jazaar Mosque and explore the elaborate covered markets. Gather for a Chef ’s Table welcome dinner, and savor a menu created to highlight Israel’s vibrant culinary scene.
Scots Hotel | Meals: BLD

Day 3: Sea Of Galilee | In The Footsteps Of Jesus

Begin a day that carries you back in history to the time of Jesus. Cruise the Sea of Galilee by private boat and view Tabgha, where the miracle of the loaves and fishes is said to have occurred, and the Mount of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount. Continue to Capernaum, home of St. Peter and the synagogue where Jesus taught. Drive to Banias, a source of the Jordan River where archaeological remains dating back millennia have been discovered. Cap off the day with a sommelier-hosted Israeli wine tasting in the hotel’s wine cellar.
Scots Hotel | Meals: BLD

Day 4: Nazareth | Sites Of The New Testament

Today, discover Nazareth, boyhood home of Jesus, to see the Basilica of the Annunciation; Mary’s Well, where an angel is said to have visited; and an area below the Church of St. Joseph, thought by some to be the site of Joseph’s carpentry shop. Traverse the Jordan Valley to the Decapolis city of Beit Shean. Later, arrive in Jerusalem.
The King David: Meals: BLD

Day 5: Jerusalem | Spiritual Epicentre

Explore the Old City of Jerusalem, built by King David in 1004 BC. Start at the Mount of Olives for a view of the city, and visit the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed with his disciples. Enter the Old City and pause at the Western Wall, one of Judaism’s most sacred sites. Also view the Temple Mount (Al Haram el-Sharif), with its Dome of the Rock. In the Christian Quarter, walk the Via Dolorosa and see the Convent of Zion Sisters, where Pilate tried Jesus. The day culminates at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditional site of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection.
The King David | Meals: BL

Day 6: Jerusalem | Yad Vashem & Private Family Lunch

Visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s poignant and moving memorial to Holocaust victims. Continue to the Israel Museum, which houses a portion of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the impressive Second Temple Model. Drive to Bethlehem, located in the West Bank, for an A&K-exclusive private lunch with a local Christian family in their home, and enter the Church of the Nativity, built upon the birthplace of Jesus. Conclude your day with a Scenic Sundowner that offers inspirational views of the Old City.
The King David | Meals: BL

Day 7: Masada | Zealot Stronghold

Ride Like a Local by cable car up to Masada, last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots who held out for three years against the Romans. Float in the Dead Sea before returning to Jerusalem for a special farewell dinner.
The King David | Meals: BLD

Day 8: Jerusalem | Design Your Day

Start today, if you wish, with an early morning walk of the Temple Mount. Later, gather for lunch at the diverse Mahna Yahuda Market. This afternoon, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities.

  • Explore the Historic Jewish Quarter for site visits of the stunning new discoveries excavated at the City of David.
  • See More of the Christian Quarter, with the opportunity to view the tomb within the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
  • Revisit the Old City to see the Tower of David and wander myriad alleyways, home to local merchants for centuries.

Return to your hotel.
The King David | Meals: BL

Day 9: Depart Tel Aviv

Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your flight home.
Meals: B

Journey Details

This journey contains some active elements.
Minimum age is 10 years.
First group event: welcome briefing at 6:30 p.m. on Day 1.
Last group event: lunch at 12:00 p.m. on Day 8.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

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Accommodation

Accommodation

The Dan Tel Aviv Hotel

Israel: Crossroads of History - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2021)

The Dan Tel Aviv reflects Tel Aviv's dynamic lifestyle. Stay at The Dan Tel Aviv and any major attraction in the city is a walk away. Tel ... Read more

Scots Hotel, Tiberias

Israel: Crossroads of History - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2021)

The luxurious Scots hotel was established by the Scottish Church in 1999 in the historical compound of the Scottish Hospital, and uniquel ... Read more

The King David

Israel: Crossroads of History - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2021)

The King David hotel Jerusalem, a six-storey landmark opened in 1931, offers 283 guest rooms and suites. All uniquely designed to fit t ... Read more

Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Mar 7, 2021 - Mar 15, 2021
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Apr 4, 2021 - Apr 12, 2021
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Apr 11, 2021 - Apr 19, 2021
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Apr 25, 2021 - May 3, 2021
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May 9, 2021 - May 17, 2021
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Oct 3, 2021 - Oct 11, 2021
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Oct 17, 2021 - Oct 25, 2021
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Oct 31, 2021 - Nov 8, 2021
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Nov 14, 2021 - Nov 22, 2021
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Dec 19, 2021 - Dec 27, 2021
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