Trip Overview

Spend ten powerful days immersing yourself in the Holy Land, a multi-cultural center of history and religions, with AdventureWomen. Through intimate discussions, you will learn about life and culture from Israeli and Palestinian women. Additional highlights include visiting an authentic kibbutz, taking a dip in the Dead Sea, and exploring Jerusalem’s Old City. A private boat ride across the still waters of the Sea of Galilee, and of course sip local wines and sample delicious dishes from both Israeli and Palestinian traditions.

Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Nazareth, and Galilee

Welcome to the unforgettable city of Tel Aviv, nicknamed the ‘White City’ because of the presence of unique Bauhaus Architecture. Tel Aviv is a city for everyone from the beach to the trendy restaurants to the world-famous street art. Located on the Mediterranean coast, Tel Aviv serves as the economic and technological center of the country. It’s often called the White City due to the widespread presence of white-colored, Bauhaus-style homes and buildings.

The Templar’s Tunnel in Akko is an incredibly elaborate underground passageway that the Knights Templar built to connect their fortress, which is no longer standing, with the port. The tunnel, which extends over more than 500 feet, was built with natural stone and was accidentally discovered in 1994.

The first kibbutz, or collective community unique to Israel, was called Deganya and located just south of the Sea of Galilee. Today, there are over 270 kibbutzim with diverse specialization, ranging from agriculture to high-tech and military industries.

Golan Heights is an area of great historical and political significance and tremendous controversy and conflict. This land was once a part of Syria until Israel annexed the area as a result of the Six-Day War. Without international recognition of the annexation, Syria has continued to demand that the land be returned to them. Despite talks between the two nations, Israel and Syria have not reached an agreement on this land, and the conflict continues to this day.

Jerusalem and Bethlehem

As a holy city for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Jerusalem holds a huge place in the course of world history. The golden Dome of the Rock stands as one of the most iconic of the city’s 226 landmarks. The walled Old City became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981 – despite its small size, it contains a higher density of historical buildings, walls, and sites than perhaps any other city in the world.

Jerusalem’s Old City is divided into four quarters: Muslim, Christian, Armenian and Jewish, with the highest portions of the nearly 37,000 residents living in the Muslim and Christian Quarters. From the bustling underground Arab markets to the majestic Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the city is full of wonder.

Believed by many Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, Bethlehem is a popular pilgrimage destination. It is home to the Church of the Nativity, considered one of the oldest Christian churches in existence.

Yad Vashem literally translates to “a monument and a name” and is the second most popular site for Israeli visitors after Jerusalem’s Western.
Wall. Opened to the public in 1957, Yad Vashem has served as Israel’s official memorial for the victims of the Holocaust. It’s dedicated to preserving the memory of the dead, honoring Jews who fought their Nazi oppressors, and honoring those who aided Jews in need.

This moving adventure of the Holy Land ends as you bid farewell to your new friends and splendid Israel as you head to the airport for your flight home.

Main Attractions

  • Learn about daily life and culture from discussions with both Israeli and Palestinian women
  • Visit an authentic kibbutz, take a dip in the Dead Sea, and explore Jerusalem's Old City
  • Enjoy a private boat ride across the still waters of the Sea of Galilee
  • Sip local wines and sample delicious dishes from both Israeli and Palestinian tradition

What You'll See and Do

  • Architecture
  • Bicycling
  • Boat Cruise
  • Cultural Exploration
  • Historical Sites
  • Sightseeing
  • UNESCO Site
  • Wine Tasting
  • Women-To-Women Exchanges

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Tel Aviv, Israel

Welcome to the unforgettable city of Tel Aviv, nicknamed the ‘White City’ because of the presence of unique Bauhaus Architecture. From the beach to the trendy restaurants to the world-famous street art, Tel Aviv is a city for everyone.

Arrive into Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) in Tel Aviv, Israel before 2:30 PM today.

You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. There will be one group transfer provided (time TBD). Transfers for other arrival times are available for an additional cost.

After checking into the hotel, join your guide for an orientation walk along the sea promenade in Tel Aviv. Enjoy the spectacular view of the Jaffa port along the way.

Enjoy an animated welcome dinner tonight as you get to know your fellow travelers. Share stories of past adventures and learn about why everyone is
excited to explore the Holy Land!

Dinner

Overnight: Melody Hotel

Day 2

Tel Aviv and Jaffa

Set out on a walk through the city of Jaffa this morning. As you make your way through the Old Town square, consider the transformation of this city from ancient port to modern metropolis. Along the way, you’ll learn about the city’s ancient history from Greek mythology to becoming a major Christian site. Discuss the limits of “shared society” in a city that holds both majority Jewish and Arab neighborhoods and communities of asylum seekers and foreign workers. Wander through the quaint Neve Tzedek neighborhood, and onto tree-lined Rothschild Boulevard.

Visit Na La’Gaat, a unique restaurant simulating the eating experience of those without sight, for a lunch experience in the dark.

After lunch, head south of the city to meet a Mizrahi activist whose women’s collaborative advocates and organizes improved housing access and  economic opportunities for people in less-resourced areas of the city.

Conclude your day with either a bike ride through the vibrant Yarkon Park north of the city or a paddle boat ride on the river which runs through the park.

Enjoy the rest of your night, including dinner, on your own.

Breakfast, Lunch 

Overnight: Melody Hotel

Day 3

Tel Aviv to Galilee

Check out of your hotel after breakfast and head up the coast to Caesarea where you will explore the world-class excavations from the Roman period while learning about the development of the maritime civilization from antiquity until today.

Venture further up the coast to visit an authentic Ethiopian-style house built of mud and straw in a nearby kibbutz for a buna (coffee) ceremony and injara (lunch). Then meet the entrepreneurial women whose work brings the unique traditions of the Ethiopian Jewish culture to both local and international visitors.

In the afternoon, continue to the centuries-old Crusader Fortress of Akko. You’ll walk the Templar’s Tunnel and visit the Jazzar Mosque while appreciating the impressive preservation efforts and rich diversity of this unique coastal town. You will then complete the drive to Galilee where you will check into the hotel that will be your home for the next three nights.

Later, enjoy dinner with the group.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Nof Ginosar

Day 4

Nazareth and Galilee

After breakfast, set out to the Church of Annunciation, the site where Mary received the news of the Immaculate Conception. Then take a walk through the Old Town, stopping along the way to visit “Ghada’s Corner,” a local women-led group that champions the preservation of local culture. You’ll then have time to enjoy lunch with the group.

Later this afternoon, continue on to the Kibbutz Hannaton where you will meet one of the leading female Jewish clergy members in the country. Spend some time hearing about the issues of religious pluralism and the rewards of communal living. Sip some wine from the community’s Jezreel Valley winery before departing.

Begin the drive back to the hotel, making a stop along the way at the Mount of Beatitudes, the site of Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount. Take in the beautiful views of the surrounding region. Finish your journey to the hotel where you will enjoy dinner with the group tonight.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Nof Ginosar

Day 5

The Golan

Visit the Circassian village of Rehaniya, home to one of the smallest minority communities in the country. Here, you will meet women in their homes and learn how the local production of cheese and honey have sustained their families for generations. Your time here will conclude with a delicious lunch as a group.

Travel into the Golan Heights and stop at Banais, a national reserve featuring remnants of Greek and Roman temples from ancient times that later became an important Christian site. Continue to the Mount Bental viewpoint where you’ll learn about regional politics of both past and present. For those who are feeling adventurous, descend into the bunker tunnels on a ladder for a quick glimpse into
the harsh reality of conflict.

What better way to end the day than a private boat ride across the Sea of Galilee. Glide across the smooth, still waters as you cross this body of water on your way back to the hotel. You will enjoy dinner with the group back at the hotel after your return.

Wake up early today and head to the Agamon Hula Nature Park for a tour of the grounds. You can choose to see the park on a mountain bike or cart ride across moderate terrain.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Nof Ginosar

Day 6

Galilee to Jerusalem

You’ll check out of the hotel after breakfast this morning and begin your journey south along the long and winding highway that follows the Jordanian border as you make your way to Jerusalem. Total travel time for today will be about four and a half hours, but will be broken up with many interesting stops along the way.

Make a stop at the timeless Qasr al Yehud baptismal site where you will hear about the many challenges and innovative solutions relating to water management in the region. Then continue to Masada, where you will enjoy lunch and then take a
cable car ride to Herod’s mountaintop fortress. Explore the site excavations for this swath of land that was a refuge for Jewish rebels in 70 CE.

After a bit more driving, you will head to a nearby Dead Sea beach for a quick dip in the waters that are at the lowest point in the world!

You’ll arrive in Jerusalem late this afternoon. After checking into the hotel, you have the rest of the night on your own for dinner and some downtime.

Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Harmony Hotel

Day 7

Jerusalem

Explore Jerusalem’s Old City on foot today along with two guides – one Jewish Israeli and one Palestinian – who will share their perspectives in tandem. First, visit the Temple Mount/Noble Sanctuary complex which features sites rich in history as
well as religious and political significance.

After taking time to approach the Western Wall, head to the City of David where you will tour the recent excavations and set out on an optional walk through underground Jerusalem and the water canal.

Enjoy lunch on your own before visiting the Church of Holy Sepulchre and walking the “Way of the Cross” to Saint Stephen’s gate and the Pool of Bethesda.
Later, you will enjoy an intimate dinner at a family home nearby. The lively meal will be accompanied by live, local music as well as a discussion on the themes of the day.

Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Harmony Hotel

Day 8

Bethlehem

Today you will head to Bethlehem where you will stop at Manger Square and the Church of Nativity, the millennia-old heart of Christianity in the Holy Land.

Later this morning, you will meet an accomplished Palestinian chef, a woman whose work draws on local produce and innovates local flavor. Walk through the market with her on your way to a nearby kitchen where you will enjoy lunch followed by a hands-on tutorial on preparing one of the favorite Palestinian dishes you just sampled.

Take in the bold visual display as you walk past the extensive graffiti art and murals along a tall barrier that separates this city from Jerusalem when you visit Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel and Museum.

Later, you will meet a local woman within West Bank Palestinian society and hear a different view from a women-led group that advocates for further Israeli development in Jewish settlements in these disputed territories.

Return to Jerusalem for time on your own to enjoy dinner and explore the city.

Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Harmony Hotel

Day 9

Yad Vashem

Spend the morning on a guided tour of Israel’s national holocaust museum and memorial, a sobering exhibition of an atrocity whose impact has touched generations of Jewish people in Israel and abroad. Take some time to reflect and consider the importance of preserving memory and promoting tolerance.

You will have a chance to meet with a leading Israeli female politician or diplomat today for a discussion on the achievements of women in leadership at critical moments in the nation’s history up until today.

Lunch today will be on foot, as you wander through the famed Mehane Yehuda market for a tasting tour before spending the rest of the afternoon on your own for shopping or exploring.

Enjoy a celebratory farewell dinner tonight with your fellow travelers along with two women peacemakers – Israeli and Palestinian – whose efforts show the way toward a shared future.

Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Harmony Hotel

Day 10

Depart Jerusalem

Say goodbye to your new AdventureWomen friends as you transfer to the airport for your flights home.

Depart Tel Aviv, Israel (TLV) any time after 12:00 AM (midnight on the night of Day 9) today.

Breakfast 

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Traveling to The Holy Land



Arrival and Departure Information

March 25, 2024 Departure:

Arrive: Arrive into Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) in Tel Aviv, Israel before 2:30PM on March 25, 2024

Depart: Depart Tel Aviv, Israel (TLV) on April 3, 2024, anytime. One group transfer is included (time TBD closer to the trip); private transfers at other times can be arranged for an additional fee.

December 2, 2024 Departure:

Arrive: Arrive into Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) in Tel Aviv, Israel before 2:30PM on December 2, 2024

Depart: Depart Tel Aviv, Israel (TLV) on December 11, 2024, anytime. One group transfer is included (time TBD closer to the trip); private transfers at other times can be arranged for an additional fee.

 

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Preparation and Packing  

Please use the following guides as a reference when preparing for your adventure. We also encourage you to adapt the guides to your travel style as well as the destination’s forecasted weather.  

Gratuities  

Gratuities are a personal decision and are at your own discretion based on your level of satisfaction with the service provided. Gratuities are dependent upon the number of guests on your departure, and they vary greatly from trip to trip. As a general reference, AdventureWomen suggests you plan for $100-$200 (or more) worth of gratuities for this adventure. Specific tipping recommendations for your trip will be provided to you closer to your departure date and may fluctuate due to inflation, exchange rates, and the number of travelers on your trip. 

Passports and Visas

Citizens of the United States must have a passport valid for six months beyond your travel dates with at least two blank facing pages. If you do not have a passport, please apply now!

Activity Level

We rate this trip as Moderate. You should be able to walk comfortably for two to three hours at a time, and you should be able to kayak and paddle in a raft. Please note that this is a general description of what you might encounter; for specific details about your trip, please consult the itinerary.

We recommend training before your trip (with your doctor’s permission!) to make the most of your adventure. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you with this itinerary in mind. Best of all, AdventureWomen guests get a 25% discount with the code FITWOMEN. Learn more at: https://fitfortrips.com/partners/adventure-women/

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

Health Considerations

Make an appointment with a travel clinic, as they may have recommendations for vaccines and medications based on the destination as well as your age, health, and past vaccination history.

For more health information, go to www.cdc.gov/travel and navigate to the page about Israel.

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking “Sign Up for this Trip” on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Forms and Final Payment

The deposit for this trip is $800, and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Copy of Flight Information
  • Copy of Issuing Page of Passport (Photo Page)
  • Supplemental Release for COVID

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer). A maximum of $1,500 per person can be put on a credit card, which includes your deposit.

March 25, 2024 Departure Final Payment Due Date: December 26, 2023 

December 2, 2024 Departure Final Payment Due Date: September 3, 2024 

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What's Included

  • Accommodations as per itinerary based on double occupancy
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • Activities as indicated in the itinerary
  • English-speaking guide(s) throughout the trip
  • One group transfer on arrival and departure
  • All ground transportation
  • All gratuities except for head guide
  • International airfare to and from the destination
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Fees for passport, visas, immunizations, or travel insurance
  • Cost of hospitalization or evacuation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for the main guide

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Accommodations

Melody Hotel

Located just a short walk from the Mediterranean and across the street from Independence Park, the Melody Hotel offers a peaceful retreat furnished with urban design. Take in the spectacular view of the sea from the 8th floor terrace during your stay.

Amenities: soap, shampoo, air conditioning, WiFi

Nof Ginosar

The Nof Ginosar Hotel is nestled along the shore of the Sea of Galilee and in front of the Golan mountains. With a private beach
and beautiful green gardens; the hotel is the perfect place to relax after a busy day of exploration.

Amenities: soap, shampoo, hair dryer, air conditioning, WiFi

Harmony Hotel

The Harmony Hotel is situated right in the heart of Jerusalem and just a few minutes away from the Jaffa Gate. Blending the best of
the old and new city, this boutique hotel features 60 rooms with modern furnishings.

Amenities: soap, shampoo, hair dryer, air conditioning, WiFi

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686