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The Wonders of Ancient Israel: Christian Heritage

10 days |  14 days with Jordan extension
Group size1535 travelers
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Watch as Christianity’s backdrops come to light.

Follow in the footsteps of Jesus of Nazareth and his Apostles as you explore the Christian heritage of Israel. From Jesus’ birthplace in Bethlehem to his crucifixion and resurrection in the Holy City of Jerusalem, explore the stories and scenes that set the foundation for an entire faith.

Your tour package includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners with beer or wine
  • 15 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
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Included highlights

  • St. Peter’s Church
  • Megiddo
  • Church of the Annunciation
  • Mount of Beatitudes
  • Sea of Galilee cruise
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Tel Aviv today.

Tel Aviv1 night
Day 2: Arrival in Tel Aviv
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Get to know Tel Aviv at your leisure before meeting your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Haifa1 night
Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Tel Aviv & transfer to Haifa
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Explore Tel Aviv on a guided tour.

  • Walk through the Old Town of Jaffa, an ancient port city
  • Pay a visit to St. Peter’s Church, dedicated to the Apostle Peter’s resurrection of the disciple Tabitha
  • Take in Tel Aviv’s Bauhaus architecture, including Rabin Square, Independence Hall, and Rothschild Boulevard
  • View the White City, named for its 4,000 buildings built in the Bauhaus and International styles
  • Enjoy free time to explore Tel Aviv’s Carmel Market

Later, on your way to Haifa, discover some of Israel’s most legendary sites, including the ancient theater and hippodrome of Caesarea and the Knights Halls in the Crusaders fortress of Acre. Then, sit down for an included dinner.

Lake Tiberias2 nights
Day 4: Travel to Lake Tiberias
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Get to know Haifa on a guided tour. Then, delve into Israel’s spiritual history and spectacular scenery as you make your way to the Lake Tiberias region.

  • Admire views of Haifa Bay and Stella Maris Monastery from Mount Carmel
  • Wander through the hanging Bahá'í Gardens
  • Discover Megiddo, the site of the final battle between good and evil
  • Journey to Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation and the Church of the Transfiguration
  • Enter the Wedding Church, where Jesus turned water into wine

Upon arrival at Lake Tiberias, enjoy an included dinner.

Day 5: Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum & Tabgha
Included meal: Breakfast

Stroll, cruise, and climb through the backdrops of biblical stories.

  • Ascend the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount
  • Step inside Tabgha and the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes
  • Cruise along the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus walked on water
  • See the home thought to have belonged to St. Peter in Capernaum
  • Visit Yardenit, a famous baptismal site along the River Jordan

Later, enjoy a free evening in the Lake Tiberius region or add an excursion.

Galilean Evening & Dinner

From $139 per person

Jerusalem4 nights
Day 6: Jerusalem via Jericho
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Soak in the region's vibrant spirit as you travel to Jerusalem.

  • Ride a cable car to the Quarantal Monastery and snap a photo of the Old Sycamore Tree in Jericho
  • Drive past Jerusalem’s most famous sites, including the Temple Mount, Mount of Olives, and the Garden of Gethsemane
  • Enter the Church of the Pater Noster, which commemorates the spot where Jesus first taught the Lord’s Prayer

After an included dinner, enjoy a free evening in Jerusalem or add an excursion.

Jerusalem by Night

From $105 per person

Day 7: Free day in Jerusalem
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Jerusalem at your leisure or add an excursion.

Masada, the Dead Sea & Kfar Hanokdim Bedouin Camp

From $225 per person

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Jerusalem & Mount Zion
Included meal: Breakfast

Delve deeper into Jerusalem’s holy landmarks and cultural quarters.

  • At the summit of Mount Zion, discover King David’s Tomb and the Upper Room, site of the Last Supper
  • Walk through the Jewish Quarter to the Western Wall and place a written prayer in the wall
  • Follow the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  • Venture into the Muslim and Christian quarters of Jerusalem
  • Visit the Oriental Bazaar
  • See the Church of St. Peter, where Peter repented after denying Jesus three times
Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Bethlehem
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Delve deeper into Bethlehem’s holy landmarks and cultural quarters.

  • Visit the Church of the Nativity, built on the spot where Jesus was born
  • Explore the Milk Grotto, where the Holy Family sought refuge
  • Uncover Ein Karem, the home of John the Baptist and the site of the Visitation of Mary

Later, celebrate your trip with your group at a farewell dinner.

Flight Home
Day 10: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue your tour in Jordan.

Extension to Jordan
Jordan is one of the most welcoming countries in the world. The striking landscapes are only rivaled by the UNESCO sites (both outmatched by the hospitality of the locals). Continue your adventure to tour the lost city of Petra and take a desert safari through the Wadi Rum sand dunes.
Petra2 nights
Day 10: Petra via Jerash
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel along the Jordan Valley, crossing into the Kingdom of Jordan, and stop to visit Jerash—one of the world’s largest and best-preserved Roman ruins.

Then, continue on to Petra and sit down for an included dinner.

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Petra
Included meal: Breakfast

Head to the city of Petra, which was carved into the red rocks of Mount Hor, and embark on a guided tour.

  • Learn about Petra’s unique architecture, one of the reasons it was named to the list of modern world wonders
  • Walk through the UNESCO World Heritage Site to the famous Al-Khazneh temple
  • See the intricately carved pillars and columns that make up the Palace Tomb
  • Stroll through the winding gorge known as the Siq

Please note: In order to enter Petra, customers should be able to walk two miles round-trip in hot weather over uneven terrain. Other modes of transportation may be available for you to book upon your arrival at an additional cost.

Spend a free evening in Petra or add an excursion.

Jordanian Home-Hosted Dinner

From $45 per person

Amman1 night
Day 12: Amman via Wadi Rum
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive to Wadi Rum, also known as the Valley of the Moon, and marvel at the region’s landscapes and petroglyphs on a desert safari.

  • Hop in a Jeep and ride to a red sand dune
  • Set off on an optional walk to view ancient rock carvings
  • Stop at a Bedouin tent to learn about the traditions of the ethnic group, who are largely regarded as the Jordan's first inhabitants, and enjoy Arabic coffee
  • Sit down for a buffet lunch in an air-conditioned desert bubble camp

Later, continue on to Amman and sit down for an included dinner.

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Amman & late-night departure
Included meal: Breakfast

Explore Madaba, the city of mosaics, and St. George’s Church. Next, head to Mount Nebo, Moses’ burial place. Return to Amman in the afternoon for a guided tour of the old city featuring the citadel and Roman theater. 

Then, relax in a dayroom before boarding your flight home.

Arrive Home
Day 14: Travel day

Arrive home today.

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Overall rating 4.7 out of 5
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    01/05/20 by 1st-time traveler Carol

    This tour was the VERY BEST of my tours with EF! The accommodations were superior as was the itinerary! So much to see and do! Tempe Murphy, as always, was a great tour leader! Miky H. was the Best guide ever and Klalid, the driver, so sweet and helpful! I have never felt safer on a tour. Same in ...

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    09/15/19 by 1st-time traveler Tanisha

    This was my first tour with Go Ahead Tours. I had a fabulous time. I was very nervous to travel to the Middle East by myself but their were other singles on the trip and overall everyone looked our for everyone else on the trip. The only hiccup was that they’re were several people that complained ...

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    Incredible Israel and Jordan journey
    11/10/19 by 14th-time traveler Diane

    Another bucket list checked. Saw more fabulous sites than imagined, and felt the rich history of this region. This tour is more exhausting than any other I've taken, but well worth it.

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.


    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Tal by the beach Hotel Tel Aviv
    Tal by the beach Hotel Tel Aviv

    This beachside hotel is located in Tel Aviv, Israel. Guests enjoy complimentary bikes, free happy hour, and fitness center. Nearby you’ll find Metzitz...

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    Dan Panorama Haifa
    Dan Panorama Haifa

    This contemporary hotel is located in Haifa City. Guests enjoy Wi-Fi, a lobby bar, and a fitness center. Nearby, you'll find the Haifa Zoo, Carmel Cen...

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    Caesar Premier Hotel Tiberias
    Caesar Premier Hotel Tiberias

    This contemporary hotel is located in Tiberias. Guests enjoy an outdoor pool, sauna, and Wi-Fi. Nearby, you'll find Lake Tiberias, St. Peter’s Church,...

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    Lady Stern Jerusalem Hotel
    Lady Stern Jerusalem Hotel

    This elegant hotel is located in Jerusalem, Israel. Guests enjoy kosher breakfasts, on-site café, and gastronomic restaurant. Nearby you’ll find the B...

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    The Old Village Hotel & Resort
    The Old Village Hotel & Resort

    This unique, rustic-chic hotel is located in the Ma'an Governorate in the town of Wadi Musa. Guests enjoy a swimming pool, sauna, restaurant, and bar....

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    W Amman
    W Amman

    This bold hotel is located in downtown Al-Abdali in Amman, Jordan. Guests enjoy yoga on the sun terrace, an outdoor pool, and a spa. Nearby you’ll fin...

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    Round-trip flights are one more thing we handle to make your journey as smooth as possible. Our team of travel experts will find the best flight itinerary for you at a competitive rate, thanks to our partnerships with top airlines.
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    • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
    • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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    Local weather

    Caesarea, Israel
    Weather averages
    High 91 °FLow 75 °F
    Amman, Jordan
    Weather averages
    High 92 °FLow 64 °F
    Bethlehem-Waldheim, Israel
    Weather averages
    High 94 °FLow 72 °F
    Petra, Jordan
    Weather averages
    High 90 °FLow 68 °F
    Haifa, Israel
    Weather averages
    High 89 °FLow 76 °F
    Jaffa, Israel
    Weather averages
    High 90 °FLow 77 °F
    Jerusalem, Israel
    Weather averages
    High 91 °FLow 67 °F
    Jericho, Palestine
    Weather averages
    High 98 °FLow 80 °F
    Tel Aviv, Israel
    Weather averages
    High 90 °FLow 77 °F


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    Passport, visa & entry requirements
    • In order to enter Israel (and Jordan on the tour extension), U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
    • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
    • There is no visa required for U.S. and Canadian citizens to enter Israel.
    • A group visa for entry into Jordan (on the tour extension) will be provided for all travelers whose flights have been arranged through Go Ahead Tours, as well as for travelers who book their own flights and provide Go Ahead Tours with their full passport and flight details.
    • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
    • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to goaheadtours.com/entry-requirements and searching the code ISB.
    Tour pacing & mobility
    • You will walk for about 4 hours daily across uneven terrain, including paved roads, cobblestone streets, and dirt paths, with some steep hills.
    • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
    • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
    • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
    • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
    Tour Director
    • You will have a different Tour Director in Jordan on the tour extension.
    • When crossing into Jordan on the tour extension, the Tour Director for the Israel portion of your tour will leave while you’re on the Israeli side of the border and will not cross into Jordan with your group. The bus and driver will drive your group five minutes to the Jordanian side of the border, where you’ll meet the Tour Director for the Jordan portion of your tour who will assist with the groups Visas.
    Transportation & arrival information
    • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in and depart from Tel Aviv (or from Amman on tour extension). A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
    • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
    • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
    Baggage allowance
    • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
    • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
    • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
    • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
    Clothing & packing tips
    • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered, as well as a light jacket or rainwear. Please note that temperatures will dip with changes in elevation throughout your tour.
    • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
    • A sun hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen are recommended for outdoor activities.
    • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
    • It is preferable not to visit churches, temples, or other religious sites with bare legs or shoulders (entrance may be denied on this basis).
    • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
    • Please be sure to take proper care with sun exposure, the sun can be especially strong in some of the areas you are visiting.
    • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
    • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
    • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to goaheadtours.com/entry-requirements and searching the code ISB.
    • Israeli food is invariably fresh and very carefully prepared. A typical breakfast may consist of sourdough bread with sheep’s-milk cheese and olives, as well as jam or honey. You’ll find everything from Kosher meals to dishes with Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influences, as well as the international choices available in any major city. On the coast, fish is an excellent choice.
    • On the tour extension, Jordanian cuisine resembles that of the rest of the Middle East. Olives, hummus, sesame seeds, and herbs are typical in many meals. Falafel is the main street food and many meals are served with rice. Hummus and salad are also popular and available at many restaurants. You'll find plenty of opportunities to sip mint tea or Turkish coffee.
    Electricity & air conditioning
    • Israel (and Jordan on the tour extension) operates on 220 volts and historically uses a Type H plug, with three flat pins. As the Type H plug is being phased out, you will mostly encounter a new socket that fits both a newer, round-pinned version of the Type H plug as well as the European standard Type C plug with two round pins.
    • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
    • The strength of the air conditioning in Middle Eastern hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what one might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
    • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
    • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
    • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
    • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
    Time zones
    • Israel (and Jordan on the tour extension) is 7 hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
    • When it's noon in New York City, it's 7pm in Israel.
    • You will use the Israeli new shekel in Israel (and the Jordanian dinar on the tour extension).
    • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
    • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
    • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
    • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
    • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
    • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
    • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
    • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
    • Tips can only be paid in cash.
    Purchasing excursions on tour
    • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
    • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
    • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
    • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

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