Prices include savings up to $400
for bookings by Aug. 26, 2014!

Classic Israel

Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Tiberias, Tel Aviv, Masada & Sea of Galilee plus Eilat & Red Sea optional extension

Overview

Style Fully Escorted & Guided
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures November – December 2014
Departs New York Kennedy (JFK) (flight schedule)
Highlights Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Tiberias, Tel Aviv. Shrine of the Book, Masada & Sea of Galilee. Optional Eilat, Red Sea & Petra extension.
Included in the Price
  • Round trip flight from JFK to Tel Aviv via Turkish Airlines, including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees
  • 8 nights accommodation in Deluxe hotels
  • 8 buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch & 4 dinners
  • All group transfers and group transportation
  • Comprehensive touring program, including entrance fees
  • Professional, English-speaking tour manager
  • Optional extension to Eilat
What to Expect Guaranteed small group, maximum 24 passengers. This moderately-paced, escorted tour involves a fair amount of walking or hiking, often on uneven terrain, requiring a good level of physical fitness to fully enjoy the trip. This tour also includes long scenic drives between destinations.

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Excellent trip. Over two years ago I went with a pastor and his wife on a Friendly Planet tour of Israel. About half way through the tour, I fell and broke my ankle. Friendly Planet and their associates really went out of their way to take care of me and to coordinate my care in Israel and to orchestrate my trip home. I highly recommend taking any tour arranged by Friendly Planet and, also, purchasing the very reasonable trip insurance.

Gene Haury, Simi Valley, CA

Dates, Prices & Options

All prices, fees and deposits are per person. Prices below are subject to availability and confirmation. After we receive your booking, we will confirm all prices and availability within 1–2 business days. Prices are subject to change at any time and not guaranteed until we receive your final payment. More about our prices.

Departures & Prices*
Depart Return Price Book by
Aug 26
Sat Jul 12 2014 Mon Jul 21 2014 $3399   Departed
Sat Aug 9 2014 Mon Aug 18 2014 $3699   Closed
Sat Sep 6 2014 Mon Sep 15 2014 $3199 $2799 Closed
Sat Nov 15 2014 Mon Nov 24 2014 $3299 $2899 Available
Sat Dec 20 2014 Mon Dec 29 2014 $3399 $2999 Available

* Prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and include airfare and Airline Taxes, Fees & Sept. 11th Security Fee. Prices do not include excess baggage fees, extensions or optional items. Prices in orange reflect an early booking discount for bookings made by 8/26/14.

Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to extend your stay later than the scheduled dates, subject to availability. Contact us about dates, prices and restrictions.

Classic Israel
Rooming Selection
Double occupancy included
Single room supplement
Nov 15, Dec 20 +$999
Aug 9 +$1199
All other departures +$899
Eilat & the Red Sea Extension
Eilat & Red Sea Extension1
Jul 12, Aug 9 +$899
Sep 6 unavailable
All other departures +$699
Optional Petra Day Tour
Sep 6 unavailable
All other departures +$252
Visa, Border Taxes and Fees2 (paid separately) +$65
Rooming Selection
Double occupancy included
Single room supplement
Jul 12, Aug 9 +$499
All other departures +$399

1. The cost of this extension may vary, if flights are not available in the class of service on which we have based our tour. Please call for the actual price for your departure date, which will be determined by availability of seats and available class of service at the time of booking.

2. Fee will be paid locally. Visa to Jordan will be issued at border crossing.

Departure Airports
New York Kennedy (JFK) included

Coming from somewhere else? Unfortunately, we don't offer departures from cities that are not listed, but you can book your own connecting flights separately.

Booking Deposit
Standard Deposit $300

To make a reservation, we only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card. This non-refundable deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package. You can pay the balance due later by credit card, check or money order. Your final payment is due 75 days prior to departure, or within 72 hours of booking, whichever is later.

Transfers: Transfers for this tour are provided on a group basis only. For land-only passengers or for passengers deviating in any way from the group program, transfers are not provided. Individual, private transfers can be arranged at a supplement in price. Taxis and other forms of transportation are also available and may cost less than private transfers. If you wish to arrange private transfers, please request this service at the time of reservation.

Itinerary

Classic Israel tour itinerary Come join us in Israel and savor one of the most fascinating places on earth. This tiny speck of a country on the Mediterranean is a super-sized destination rich in culture and tradition, foundation of three world religions, steeped in history, yet one of the world's most modern and dynamic nations. We have been sending travelers on fun, educational, exciting and safe tours of Israel for more than 30 years, and we've drawn on that experience to craft our exceptional Classic Israel package.

This fully-escorted Israel tour package includes flights from the U.S., well-located and luxurious 5-star hotels, and guided tours of all the most popular and interesting sites you want to see throughout Israel, including an overnight at the lowest place on earth, the Dead Sea. You won't find any optional excursions here, because everything you should see is already included in our program as part of the low tour price. You'll be escorted throughout by a carefully selected teacher-guide who knows and loves this land and will make it come alive just for you. Want more? Add an extension to the lovely coastal resort town of Eilat on the Red Sea and the lost city of Petra in Jordan.

If you have dreamed of experiencing Israel for yourself, we invite you to join us on this journey of discovery. Our small groups, inspired guides, fantastic hotels and great prices are all part of the Israel experience just waiting for you.


Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA. Board your overnight flight to Israel via Istanbul.

Day 2: Jerusalem. Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv. Meet your guide who will assist you with customs formalities and escort you to your waiting touring coach. Transfer to Jerusalem, stopping at the Haas Promenade for a view of the city below. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner and orientation with your guide. Accommodations: Leonardo Plaza Jerusalem. Dinner provided.

Old City of JerusalemDay 3: Old City of Jerusalem. Today, visit the walled city of Jerusalem, which is divided into the Christian, Jewish, Armenian and Muslim Quarters. In the Christian Quarter, visit the Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Walk through the restored Jewish Quarter and Cardo, an ancient shopping street filled with modern day stores. Visit the Western Wall, the last remnants of the Second Temple and explore the Rabbinical (Kotel) Tunnels. Breakfast provided.

Zion Square, new city of Jerusalem © IMOT Day 4: New City of Jerusalem. Start the day at the newly renovated Israel Museum and home of the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed; as well as the model of the city during the Second Temple period. Continue to Yad Vashem, Israel's memorial to the Holocaust.  Stop at Mount Herzl National Military Cemetery, where Israel's leaders and soldiers are buried. Drive to the Latrun Tank Museum, just outside of Jerusalem, to learn more about the Israeli Army. Return to Jerusalem. Breakfast provided.

View from Masada Day 5: Masada, Dead Sea. Depart Jerusalem, descending through the Judean Desert. Stop at Genesis Land, for a unique experience of Biblical Hospitality, where you may get a chance to ride a camel! Arrive at the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth at 1,365 feet below sea level. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada. Ascend and descend via cable car. Experience the historic fortress of Masada where, after the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD, Jewish resistance continued against Rome. Continue to your hotel for overnight, and relax at the hotel's spa. Accommodations: Daniel Hotel Dead Sea. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Ruins at Beit She'an, Israel Day 6: Jordan Valley, Beit She'an, Beit Alpha & Tiberias. This morning, head north through the Jordan Valley. Visit the extraordinary site of the Greco-Roman city, Beit She'an, destroyed by an earthquake in 749 AD. Drive to Kibbutz Beit Alpha, to view the remains of an ancient synagogue with an amazing mosaic floor, including a zodiac pattern. Arrive at your hotel in Tiberias on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Accommodations: Leonardo Plaza Tiberias. Breakfast provided.

Capernaum © Doron Horowitz Day 7: Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Safed & Golan Heights. Start the day with a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee. Visit Capernaum, the site of a Byzantine synagogue believed to be the site of St. Peter's House.

Ascend to the mystical Kabbalistic city of Safed, and explore the art galleries and synagogues. Drive through the Golan Heights to Har Bental and visit the former Syrian fortifications. Return to Tiberias. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Friendly Planet travelers Greg and Lisa Hall at Megiddo Day 8: Megiddo, Haifa, Caesarea & Herzliya. Depart for Megiddo, also known as the Biblical Armegeddon, and the inspiration for James Michener's great novel, The Source. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, Megiddo's twenty major strata contain the remains of around 30 different cities. Stop in one of the nearby Druze Villages and learn about their unique culture. Enjoy some shopping for souvenirs and gifts, as well as lunch. From here, proceed to Haifa, the third-largest city in Israel, stopping on Mt. Carmel for a panoramic view of the Haifa Bay and the Baha’i Shrine surrounded by magnificent Persian gardens. Drive to the Mediterranean coast and visit Caesarea, the Roman capital of Judea. View the beautifully restored theater. The audio-visual presentation will bring the ancient harbor city to life. Continue south along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea to Herzliya. Accommodations: Daniel Herzliya Hotel. Breakfast & lunch provided.

Old Jaffa port, Tel Aviv © IMOT Day 9: Tel Aviv & Herzliya. This morning, visit Tel Aviv, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and nicknamed The White City. Take part in a walk through the bustling colorful Carmel Market, filled with fresh produce; and Neve Zedek, one of the first neighborhoods of the modern city of Tel Aviv, now an artists' colony with many restaurants. Visit ancient Jaffa, and walk through the winding streets filled with art galleries and cafes. Enjoy the views of the Tel Aviv coastline from the central square.

Tel Aviv Later, drive through the tree-lined boulevards of Tel Aviv, and see the world's largest concentration of Bauhaus Architecture. Pass by Rabin Square and the memorial to Yitzhak Rabin and on to Dizengoff for some people-watching. Balance of the day at leisure for some last minute shopping, or stroll the beautiful Tayelet (Promenade) along the beach front. Return to Herzliya for overnight. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner at a typical local restaurant. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Day 10: Tel Aviv/USA. Early morning transfer to Ben Gurion Airport and board your return flight to the USA, via Istanbul, arriving later this afternoon. Or, continue on our extension to Eilat and the Red Sea. Breakfast provided.


Eilat & Red Sea Post-Tour Extension
Plus Petra Optional Excursion

Israel's wonderful Red Sea resort of Eilat is only a one hour flight from Tel Aviv, but you may as well be a whole world away. Here, at the southern tip of Israel, you'll enjoy the warm, calm waters of Israel's most popular vacation destination. One of the world's best coral reefs is located here, and you can scuba dive, snorkel, dive with dolphins and even take an evening camel safari into the desert. The lost city of Petra in Jordan is a short drive from Eilat, and during your stay you will be able to take part in an optional full day excursion to this fascinating pink city.

Dolphin Beach, Eilat © IMOT Day 10: Tel Aviv and Eilat. Transfer to the airport this morning for your short flight to Eilat on the Red Sea. Transfer independently to your centrally located hotel and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure. Take the opportunity to visit the Underwater Observatory to see the extensive and magnificent corals and under-sea life of the Red Sea, or simply relax and enjoy the pool at your hotel. Accommodations: Leonardo Plaza Hotel Eilat. Breakfast provided.

Day 11: Eilat. Enjoy the day at leisure or take advantage of a wonderful day tour to Petra. Breakfast provided.

Treasury at Petra Optional Excursion: Petra. Early this morning cross into Jordan at the Arava border and drive to the Nabatean capital of Petra, a secret and mystical city carved more than 2,000 years ago in pink sandstone. Enjoy lunch and a guided tour of the ancient city, including a portion on horseback, then board the bus and return to Israel, arriving in Eilat for overnight. See dates & prices tab for pricing information.

Diving the Red Sea  © Itamar Grinberg Day 12: Eilat. Enjoy the day at leisure in Eilat. Relax by the pool of your hotel or hit the sparkling beach. There are many other exiting options available locally, such as swimming with dolphins, a visit to an underwater observatory, jeep safaris and more. Breakfast provided.

Nov 15 and Dec 20, 2014 departures will depart Israel on Day 12, overnight in Istanbul, then return to the USA on Day 13.

Day 13: Eilat/USA. Early this morning, transfer to the Eliat airport for your short flight to Tel Aviv. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to Ben Gurion Airport for your return flight to the USA via Istanbul. Breakfast provided.

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