Classic Israel & the Palestinian Territories

02/01/2023 through 11/20/2023
02/01/2023 through 11/23/2023
Intrepid Travel

Classic Israel & the Palestinian Territories

Entrenched in the ancient but emphatically modern in outlook, the complexities of Israel and the Palestinian Territories keep even the most seasoned history buff intrigued. Soak up the atmosphere at the peaceful Bahai Gardens in Haifa, discovery the significance of the Western Wall, and head out graffiti-spotting and join a refugee camp cooking class in Bethlehem. You will also take a dip in the salty Dead Sea and journey into the Negev Desert to spend a night under the stars. Israel and the Palestinian Territories have more than a bit of history, they are brimming with life.

Activities

  • Tel Aviv – Welcome Dinner
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Haifa – Bahai Gardens view & photo stop
  • Jaffa – Old Port Tour
  • Tel Aviv – Lewinsky Market Visit
  • Nazareth – Church of Annunciation & Mary’s Well
  • Nazareth – Wine Tasting
  • Akko – Knights Fortress Visit
  • Beersheba – Anzac Memorial
  • Mitzpe Ramon – Ramon Crater Jeep Safari
  • Negev – Lakiya Negev Bedouin Weaving visit and lunch
  • Masada – Masada visit
  • Dead Sea – Visit and float
  • Jerusalem – Garden of Gethsemane
  • Jerusalem – Mount of Olives
  • Jerusalem – Guided tour of Old City
  • Bethlehem – Church of the Nativity & Shepherds’ Field
  • Bethlehem – Refugee Camp Cooking Class
  • Bethlehem – Separation Barrier Graffiti Tour

Highlights

  • Explore the Ramon Crater in the Negev Desert in a 4WD, spotting constellations unimpeded by light pollution on a tour with an expert local guide.
  • Wash off the dust of the desert with a float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea and spend time exploring Bethlehem and Jerusalem’s historic sites with your local leader.
  • Sample local wines like the region’s famous Syrah and join a cooking class in at a refugee camp in Bethlehem.
  • Join Bedouin women for special lunch at Lakiya Negev Bedouin Weaving, an initiative that empowers women to apply their traditional weaving skills to the manufacture and sale of their products, and earn an income.
  • Discover a different side of Bethlehem on a graffiti tour at the Separation Barrier where you will see murals created by notable street artists and learn how street art has transformed this area.

Itinerary

Day 1 Tel Aviv
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Day 2 Nazareth
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Day 3 Nazareth
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Day 4 Mitzpe Ramon
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Day 5 Jerusalem / Dead Sea
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Day 6 Jerusalem
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Day 7 Jerusalem / Bethlehem
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Day 8 Jerusalem
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