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FANTASTIC ISRAEL

Price from
US$1,900
(per person)
Duration
8
Days
Tour Type
Small Group

HIGHLIGHTS

Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Haifa, Acre, Galilee, Tiberias, Nazareth, Qumran, Masada, Megiddo, Beith Shean, Bethlehem, Dead Sea, old & new Jerusalem
COUNTRIES : Israel

This 8-day trip through Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories is the perfect Holy Land tour for faithful travellers and it is also an incredible adventure for travellers who are here for the exploration of this fascinating country. The tour has time to explore the buzz of the city and beaches of Tel Aviv before visiting Tiberias and touring Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Nazareth and visiting many important religious and historical sites and monuments. The tour also includes a visit to the Dead Sea where you can bob on top of this remarkably salty Sea, the lowest place on Earth. The tour also visits the famous Sea of Galilee and Masada. On this tour you get to see most of the highlights of this amazing country and relate the important religious sites to the relevalnt important passages in scripture.

Private tour option

If our scheduled departure dates don't work for you, or you would prefer not to travel with a group, then we can also run this tour privately for you. Please contact us for more information and prices.

Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Tel Aviv where they’ll help you settle in and introduce you to the local area.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Tel Aviv Hotel
  • EXTRAS:
    Extra day in Tel Aviv - pre-tour, Single room supplement (ISSGFI)

Following a delicious Israeli buffet breakfast (which you will enjoy each morning prior to departing for your day of touring), depart Tel Aviv. Drive north along the coastal plain to Caesarea (Acts 9.30 Acts 10 24-48), capital of Judea under the Romans. Visit the excavations of this ancient city, the Roman theatre and aqueduct. Continue to Megiddo (1 Kings 4.28, 9,15, 2 Kings 23,29 & Revel. 16.16), identified as the site of Armageddon. Visit the archaeological excavations at Megiddo, including the well-preserved water supply system. Drive to the beautiful port city of Haifa, nestled on the Mediterranean Sea, for a panoramic view of the Bahai gardens and Haifa Bay. From Haifa continue to Acre (Micah 1.10), capital of the Crusaders for more than a century. Visit the ancient city and harbour before continuing eastwards across the plains of the Galilee to Kibbutz hotel Lavi , not far from the Sea Of Galilee for dinner and overnight.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Galilee Kibbutz
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Dinner

After a short tour of the Kibbutz grounds we take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum (Matt. 4.13 13.54, 17.24, Luke 7, Mark 1.2, John 4.46-54). Visit the remains of the 2nd century synagogue. Proceed to Tabgha (Matt. 13, Mark .33-45, & John 21), the site of the miracle of fish and loaves, and visit the Church of Multiplication with its 4th century mosaic floor. Continue to the Mount of the Beatitudes (Matt. 5,6,7,8), where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Drive to the Banias Spring and Waterfall (Matt. 16.13 and Mark 8.27), where Jesus was recognized as The Messiah by His Disciples. Tour the Golan Heights, with its valleys, grazing land and snow capped mountains. Return to Kibbutz Lavi for dinner and overnight.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Galilee Kibbutz
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Dinner

Begin the day with a drive to Nazareth (Luke 1.26, 4.16-29, Matthew 2.23) via Cana of Galilee (John 2.1-11). In Nazareth, we shall visit the Church of the Annunciation, St. Joseph’s Workshop and Mary’s Well. Next on our program is the Jordan River and the Baptismal site Yardenit. Continue to Beit Shean, one of the ancient Decapolis cities (Mark 5.20, 7.31), and visit the Roman theatre. This is the city where Saul and his son Jonathan were nailed to the walls (1st Samuel 31.10). Judges 1.27 also mentions Beit Shean. Continue south along the shores of the River of Jordan. Passing Jericho, we proceed westward and climb to the Golden City of Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Jerusalem Hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Dinner
Today we visit the Old City of Jerusalem. Our appreciation of this Golden City begins with a panoramic view from the Mount of Olives, overlooking the walls of the old city and the ancient Jewish cemetery. Visit the Church of All Nations. Proceed to Mount Zion to see the tomb of King David and the nearby Room of the Last Supper (Mark 14.13, Luke 22. 10-38, Matt 26 17-29, Acts 1.13 and Acts 2 the Pentecost). Enter the Old City to begin exploring the wonders of Jerusalem. Walk through the Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem 2000 years ago. View the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. Walk along the Via Dolorosa, where Jesus carried His Cross. Continue to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Matt. 27. 33-57, 28.10). No visit to Jerusalem is complete without a walk through the colourful Arab bazaar (a chance to test your negotiating skills). Visit the Garden Tomb. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
  • OVERNIGHT:
    Jerusalem hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Dinner

Today's program is dedicated first  to the new city of Jerusalem. Visit the model of ancient Jerusalem. Continue to Yad Vashem, Israel's memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. Enter the site by walking along the Street of the Righteous Gentiles, dedicated to the non-Jews that risked their lives in order to save their Jewish neighbours. Continue to Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist (Luke 1.39-80). This Spanish style church and Mary's well is where Mother Mary met her cousin Elizabeth. Next we cross into the Occupied Palestinian Territories and proceed to Bethlehem (subject to border restrictions) to visit the Church of the Nativity. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Jerusalem Hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Dinner

Drive through the Judean Desert to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls where found in 1947 by a Bedouin boy. Visit the ancient city of Qumran and drive along the shore of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, to Masada, the last stronghold of the Jews after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D. Ascend Masada by cable car and visit the food storeroom, water irrigation system and Herod's Palace. Time and weather permitting we will have an opportunity to float on the Dead Sea waters. Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Jerusalem hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, your time is free until we pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your departure.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    N/A
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast
  • EXTRAS:
    Extra day in Jerusalem - post-tour
Included:
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • All transport and transfers
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Specialist English speaking guide during touring days
  • All site entry fees
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

Excluded:
  • International flights (available on request)
  • Visa fees (if applied)
  • Travel insurance (compulsory, available on request)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks, tips and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for your tour leader & driver
  • Any other items not mentioned above
The hotels and accommodations listed below are the ones we use most often on this tour. From time to time we may exchange these for similar properties at the same level. In general, specific hotels cannot be guaranteed on our group tours, but you may select your preferred options if you are booking a tailor-made trip.
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Our rating
Grand Beach Hotel
Tel Aviv, Israel

Located in a prime location, the heart of the bustling city of Tel Aviv, the Grand Beach Hotel offers you spacious rooms, stylish urban design, and the unmatchable sensation of a truly relaxing vacation.


Just 3 minutes' walk from the beach, Grand Beach Hotel features 212 well-equipped rooms with free Wi-Fi. It also offers a traditional Israeli buffet breakfast and a rooftop pool with panoramic views of Tel Aviv.

All rooms are modern and have been completely renovated. Each room is air conditioned and comes with an LCD TV, mini fridge and safe.

The hotel's business centre is open 24-hours a day. Drinks and light snacks are sold at the bar.

Hotel Grand Beach is near the most popular beaches and waterfront restaurants. Tel Aviv Marina is 10 minutes' walk away. In the neighbourhood you will find several cafes, shops and parks. Carmel Market and Jaffa Old Town are also nearby.

The 24-hour front desk can help to arrange tours and day excursions.

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Kibbutz Lavi
Tiberias, Israel

Located high on a mountain, this Glatt- Kosher hotel mainly caters for Jewish religious travellers. At this peaceful location, just minutes from Tiberias, there are spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.


Located high on a mountain, this Glatt- Kosher hotel mainly caters for Jewish religious travellers. At this peaceful location, just minutes from Tiberias, there are spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

The hotel has different room types to cater to different tastes and budgets. It offers a full service restaurant, a tennis court, an indoor swimming pool (men and women swim separated), and a children's playground.

The hotel offers free wireless internet.

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Grand Court Hotel
Jerusalem, Israel

A 10-minute walk to Jerusalem's Old City, Grand Court Hotel offers a panoramic rooftop pool, free Wi-Fi, and spacious rooms. It features free underground parking, a gym, and an iPad rental service.


A 10-minute walk to Jerusalem's Old City, Grand Court Hotel offers a panoramic rooftop pool, free Wi-Fi, and spacious rooms. It features free underground parking, a gym, and an iPad rental service.

Rooms and suites at Grand Court Hotel include air conditioning and a seating area. The private bathroom has free toiletries and a hairdryer.

Guests here can enjoy an Israeli breakfast buffet, which includes a wide range of fresh delicacies and beverages served in the spacious dining room with garden views.

The new Jerusalem light rail stops just across the street and can easily take you around the city. Jewish holy sites, vivid markets, shops and restaurants are just a short walk away. Staff can arrange tours and visits.

Our tours are designed to include all that you need to enjoy a really special time in the destination you're visiting. However, we do also offer some extra options to complement the tour and add some additional sightseeing or activities, or some extra time at either end of the tour.

All accommodation based options (e.g. Single supplements, extra nights, cruise upgrades) should be booked and paid for in advance so that we can make the appropriate arrangements. Other options may either be booked and paid for in advance or while you are on the tour, though we recommend booking in advance to ensure there are no issues with availability.

Many options are priced the same throughout the year, but some may incur single or high season supplements - full details are given on the tour reservation form or on request.

Single room supplement (ISSGFI)
Price from
US$699
per person



Single room supplement (ISSGFI)
Min numbers: 1 person

This option books a single room in all the accommodation throughout the tour. Room shares may be available but the supplement is payable if a room share cannot be arranged.


This option books a single room in all the accommodation throughout the tour. If you are a single traveller and would be happy to share a room, let us know and we will see if we can pair you up with another single traveller of the same sex. If a room share is not available when you book then we will add the single room supplement to your booking and it will be payable with your balance payment unless we have arranged a room share for you by then. If a room share is arranged after you have paid the supplement then we will refund it to you. Room shares are arranged in order of booking.

Note: The price shown is a low season price. Slightly higher prices may apply during high and peak seasons - the exact price for your dates will be shown on the online booking form and is always available on request.

Extra day in Tel Aviv - pre-tour
Price from
US$99
per person



Extra day in Tel Aviv - pre-tour
Min numbers: 1 person

This option adds an day night to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport arrival transfer is NOT included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.


This option adds an extra day to the start of your tour in Israel, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability at the time of booking). Your airport arrival transfer is NOT included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Note: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

Extra day in Jerusalem - post-tour
Price from
US$99
per person



Extra day in Jerusalem - post-tour
Min numbers: 1 person

This option adds an extra day to the end of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport departure transfer is NOT included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.


This option adds an day to the end of your tour in Israel, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability at the time of booking). Your airport departure transfer is NOT included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Note: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

Jerusalem by night
Price from
US$99
per person



Jerusalem by night
Min numbers: 1 person

This3-hour guided tour takes in great views of Jerusalem from the Mt. of Olives and tours the walled city and Wailing Wall.


This 3-hour guided tour takes in the panoramic views from the top of the Mt. of Olives, Mt Scoops & Hebrew University, as well as featuring a tour around the walled city of Jerusalem and the Wailing Wall.

Sound & Light show at Jerusalem's Citadel
Price from
US$39
per person



Sound & Light show at Jerusalem's Citadel
Min numbers: 1 person

A spectacular sound and light show in Jerusalem's Citadel including hotel transfers.


The walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for this nighttime show which is a celebration of light and sound. Amidst the archaeological remains in the Citadel's courtyard and to the sound of original music, the story of Jerusalem unfolds through giant breathtaking, virtual reality images. Prices include your transfers to and from the hotel.

Kibbutz visit (Tiberias)
Price from
US$39
per person



Kibbutz visit (Tiberias)
Min numbers: 1 person

This tour gives you an in depth introduction to one of the rural kibbutz near to Tiberias.


This tour visits one of Israel's unique community villages. You'll tour some beautiful rural parts of Israel and explore this extraordinary style of living. During the tour you'll visit farms, small factories and learn about the kibbutz way of life.

Dead Sea Spa
Price from
US$49
per person



Dead Sea Spa
Min numbers: 1 person

Why not indulge yourself at a Spa while visiting the Dead Sea.


This option fits into the tour while you are visiting the Dead Sea and includes use of the hotel's private beach, public spa facilities, a shower kit and towel and a buffet lunch. Any specific treatments are charged separately.

A Taste of Israel day tour
Price from
US$259
per person



A Taste of Israel day tour
Min numbers: 1 person

This tour provides a real taste of Israel to add onto the end of your tour with us. We include a 'Shuk Bites' ticket to taste a variety of traditional local snacks at Jerusalem market, plus a very special evening meal with some great Israeli wine.


This tour is designed to run on Day 1 or Day 8 of our Fantastic Israel tour and to extend your trip by one night. An extra night in your hotel in Jerusalem and airport transfer is included.
In the morning take a short ride on the light train or a short taxi cab ride to the Jaffa gate, before taking a self guided visit to the interesting tower of David Museum telling the history of Jerusalem from King David's days to the modern era. Near the museum one can find 2 fabulous shopping areas; the old city market place, the Bazaar and the more fancy Mamila pedestrian mall. This is a great place to spend your morning.

At lunch time you can either walk or take another very short ride to the famous Machne Yehuda market, full of fruits, vegetables, cheese and much much more. Here you can have a wonderful self guided tour of the market, plus we will provide you with a special "SHUK BITES" card that will enable you to taste many different local foods at various different stands. This will also be your lunch today.

After the visit to the market, return to your hotel for a short rest. This evening you will dine in the gourmet restaurant of the deluxe American Colony hotel, located 5 minutes walk from your hotel. Dinner will also include excellent Israeli wine.

Return to your hotel and overnight. The next morning we transfer you to the airport for your departure.

A single room supplement will apply to the price if you require your own room.

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Fantastic Israel tour notes

The detailed Tour Notes below have been written to give you some more detailed information about how the tour runs, what to expect, and how to prepare for your holiday. We recommend downloading an up to date copy of these shortly before you travel in case of any changes.

We use good quality hotels rated at the Israeli 4-star level on this tour, together with a Kibbutz hotel.

Accommodation is based on twin, triple or double en-suite rooms with air conditioning. All couples will be given a private double room. Single travellers may choose to pay a single room supplement to guarantee themselves a single room throughout the tour. If you are a single traveller who would like to share, let us know and we will see if we can pair you up. If we don't have anyone to pair you up with when you book, we'll add this option on, but remove it or refund you when we can pair you up later. Check with us for guaranteed no single supplement offers on some tours and departures.

Our trips feature a mix of different transport options. We want you to feel like you’re really experiencing the country you’re travelling through, but at the same time we want you to finish journeys refreshed enough to enjoy the next stage of the tour. Our routes in Israel and the small distances involved mean that we use private vehicles throughout this tour.

Your airport transfers are only included on the first and last day of the set tour itinerary, plus on any additional days if you book your hotel room with us. If you make your own arrangements for additional accommodation at either the beginning or the end of the tour then you will need to arrange your own airport transfers on these days.

We want to give you as much flexibility as possible when it comes to booking your holiday with us. So, to take account of people with varying travel plans, we don’t include your international flights in the main tour price. We are however very happy to book your flights for you, and our ATOL (UK flight sales license) protects all holidays booked together with a flight from the UK.

Please contact us with your preferred dates and departure airport and we’ll give you a selection of airlines, times and fares to choose from. Your airport arrival & departure transfers are included on the first and last days of the tour whether you book your flights independently or through us. All our group tours in Israel start and finish at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv (TLV).

On average our group departures tend to have a minimum of around 10 passengers, though we only need 2 passengers to book for a departure to be guaranteed. The maximum capacity of this tour is 45. We share this tour with a small number of other operators so you may join with travellers booking with different companies. At Encounters Travel we aim to only use local Israeli guides and reps. We feel this gives you the best experience of the country and the sites you are seeing. Please check our website for more details and profiles of some of our most famous guides.

The tour price includes entrance fees to all the tourist sites mentioned in the itinerary.  You will need to cover the cost of entrance to any other extra sites that you may wish to visit.

Tipping is common practice in Israel, as a sign of appreciation for services provided. You may therefore wish to tip your guide and driver at the end of the tour.  You should not feel obliged to tip any particular amount, and should consider your personal budget. We are often asked to provide a guide however, and can suggest that approx. GBP5 / USD 8 per person per day would be appropriate.

The local currency in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories is the Israeli Shekel (ILS). You do not need to arrange to bring any Shekels with you as exchange facilities are available in the international airports and in most hotels, banks and bureau de changes in major towns. You should try to obtain and keep hold of small denomination notes or coins on you during the tour as these are useful for toilets, tips and small purchases. ATMs are readily available in major towns and many local shops will accept VISA/Mastercard or Amex, but may charge fees of up to 10% - check before you pay. Travellers cheques are not recommended as they can not be changed in many places now, and can incur high fees.

While in Israel and the OPT you will need sufficient funds to cover meals not included in the itinerary, drinks, snacks, souvenirs and personal expenses such as laundry. These should generally all be paid for in local currency, though tips for guides and drivers may be paid in hard currency (GBP, USD, EUR).

It is difficult to recommend a level of personal spending money which will suit everyone as this can differ greatly, but as a guideline, we would suggest allowing USD 25-35 per person per day as a minimum. Allow more if you plan on doing lots of shopping, or buying many alcoholic drinks.

You should ensure you are fully insured for medical emergencies including emergency evacuation and repatriation.

For up to date health information & vaccination requirements for Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories we recommend that you contact your GP, medical practitioner or a travel clinic. Information can also be found here...

http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/middle-east/israel.aspx

General vaccination recommendations for Israel include Tetanus, Typhoid, Polio and Hepatitis A.

Passports should be valid for at least six months after your departure from the country. Please do not bring an almost full or almost expired passport. Visa arrangements are the responsibility of the traveller, and requirements are subject to change by the local authorities.

Many nationalities (including UK, European, Australian, New Zealand, South African) do not need to obtain a visa to enter Israel as a period as long as your stay is for less than 3 months. Other nationalities should check with their local consulate.

Most of our tours visiting Israel also enter the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). No special visas are required but check points and border posts are operated by the Israeli authorities and access is sometimes limited or restricted.

We run regular small-group departures on this tour starting on Sundays throughout the year. All departures are guaranteed to run with a minimum of 2 people. Departure dates and prices are listed on our website and on a separate dates & prices sheet available on request.

If you would like to book a place on this tour, please complete the online reservation form on our website (via the Dates & Prices tab on the tour page). You can pay your deposit or full balance online, or just hold a reservation if you prefer. We will then contact you with more details about how to complete your booking. Payments may be made by debit or credit card (subject to a card processing fee), or by making a bank transfer or posting us a cheque/bank draft. Full details will be provided in your booking confirmation email. Please contact us if you would like any more information or have any questions before making a booking.

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our tours and needs to cover personal accident & liability, medical expenses and repatriation, travel delay & abandonment. We also strongly recommend that you take out cover against cancellation and lost/stolen baggage. Personal medical insurance does not normally provide sufficient cover and is generally not suitable for travel on our tours. You will not be able to join your tour if you have not provided us with details of your insurance or if you arrive without cover in place (no refunds will be due in this event). More information...

You may arrange your own insurance, or you can take advantage of a comprehensive policy that we can arrange for you through Endsleigh Insurance which has been designed to be suitable for our tours. The policy is available to travellers of all nationalities and you do not need to live in the UK  to take out the policy. For full details of cover provided, prices and to apply for one of our policies, please complete travel insurance application form.

Note: Any country that borders the Mediterranean is considered as 'Europe' for the purposes of travel insurance (including Turkey, Israel, Egypt and Morocco). If you are doing a tour that visits one country in 'Europe' and one that is 'Worldwide' (for example, an Egypt and Jordan tour), then you need a 'Worldwide' policy. When completing the form you should enter your travel dates including any extra days involved in overnight flights or connecting travel between your home and the tour. Our policies are not able to cover any extra time or activities other than your tour and options booked with us and your travel to & from home.

If you plan to arrange a hot air balloon flight locally, or do some scuba diving during your tour, you should check the small print in your policy to make sure these are covered (these are covered in our policy). Please also check the maximum altitude that you will be reaching and that full cover including emergency evacuation is provided up to this altitude.

IMPORTANT:  We must have your travel insurance details (policy number and type of insurance) before you depart or you may not be allowed to join the tour.  If you haven't told us already, please let us know the details when you can. You should take a paper copy of your insurance policy with you as you may be asked to show this at the start of the tour.

We are a UK registered company and an ABTA Member (Y4447) and you can be confident when booking with us that your money is safe and protected.
If you book a flight departing from the UK from us with your tour, or if you live in the UK and your tour includes domestic flights, then your entire package is ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 10467.
Additional financial protection is also provided through International Passenger Protection for passengers not booking flights.
Please see our website or booking conditions for more information.

It is impossible not to have an impact on the local environment, cultures and eco-systems when you travel. However, it is very possible to try and ensure that these impacts are as limited, or positive as possible. We are committed to ensuring that we try to leave our host countries in a better state than we found them and encourage and assist our travellers to help us with this.
The following are a few simple tips that require very little effort on your part but which will help ensure that any effect you have on the locations you visit is positive rather than negative.

  • Don’t prejudge: Things in different countries will almost certainly be different. That doesn’t make them worse or inferior, just different.
  • Communicate: Don’t expect locals to speak your language. Take the trouble to learn a few words or phrases of the local language. Don’t worry about sounding silly. Most locals are patient and accommodating and appreciate you making the effort to communicate in their language.
  • Conserve energy: Be careful not to waste valuable resources. Use local resources sparingly. Switch off lights, air-conditioning and fans when you leave the hotel room and don’t waste water. Remove superfluous packaging. Many countries have far less efficient waste disposal systems than ours. Remove packaging from newly acquired items before leaving home.
  • Don’t litter: No matter how untidy or dirty the country you’re travelling in may look to you, avoid littering, as there is no need to add to the environment's stress. Many of the countries we visit have a tough challenge dealing with rubbish and waste. Please consider taking home as much plastic waste as you can (e.g. water bottles).
  • Choose environmentally friendly products: By using environmentally friendly (bio degradable) sun creams, shampoos and detergents you can help reduce pollution.
  • Respect local customs and traditions: As you are a guest in these countries, you should also comply with the local customs. If you are friendly and well mannered, the locals will reciprocate and it will only enhance your experience. It’s important to follow dress and behaviour guidelines especially when visiting religious or sacred sites (your tour leader will advise you how best to do this).
  • If a client commits an illegal act the client may be excluded from the tour and Encounters Travel shall cease to have responsibility to/for them. No refund will be given for any unused services.

All porters are employed and equipped following guidelines set by the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG).

You can stay in touch with us online by following us on Facebook and Twitter. We post updates on relevant travel news in our destination countries, special offers and discounts and other interesting travel related news and information.
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Sockets are two round pronged and 220 volts (Type C). Universal adaptors are available in most airport shops if you don’t have one already. Standard European adapters will work fine, though sometimes they may feel a little loose in the sockets. All hotel rooms have electrical sockets where you can re-charge cameras, phones etc. Hair dryers are normally available on request from the hotel reception if not in your room already.
If you have US appliances (110 volts) you will need a voltage converter as well as a plug adapter.

The time in Egypt, Jordan and Israel is GMT plus 2 hours. Daylight saving adjustments have historically been applied in some years but not others. At present it appears that there will be no daylight saving changes in Egypt 2016 and beyond, though this may change at short notice (with a resulting impact on flight times and schedules). In Jordan and Israel, daylight saving of one hour is generally applied between the end of March and the end of October, making it GMT plus 3 hours. Exact dates vary from year to year and sometimes the changes may be scrapped altogether.

You should ensure you are fully insured for medical emergencies including emergency evacuation and repatriation.

Recommended vaccinations and other health protection measures vary according to the country you are visiting and where you are travelling from. We recommend you contact your GP/medical practitioner or a travel clinic for current information on vaccinations needed for your destination.  You should ensure that you are up to date with vaccines and boosters recommended for your normal life at home, including for example, vaccines required for occupational risk of exposure, lifestyle risks and underlying medical conditions.
In addition, additional courses or boosters normally recommended for the countries in this region are:

Egypt: Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A
Jordan: Tetanus, Hepatitis A
Israel: Hepatitis A, Poliomyelitis

Malaria is not generally present unless it has been contracted abroad; you do not need to take malaria prophylactics.

More information is available here: Egypt, Jordan, Israel

Note: We are aware of some places in Egypt using ‘black henna’ instead of pure brown henna. Black henna contains a chemical dye PPD (paraphenylenediamine) which can result in severe allergic reactions and resultant scarring. To be safe we recommend avoiding any henna tattoos while in Egypt unless you are certain they are using pure brown henna.

It is important when considering and preparing to travel anywhere in the world that you have a good understanding of the country you are visiting, its laws and customs, and the possible risks and situations that may occur. This includes specific risks related to your itinerary (eg. does it involve water & can you swim, are you fit enough for the activities included), as well as more general risks such as terrorism and natural disasters.

General details and links to more information about health risks, visa requirements, money, and travel insurance are given in these tour notes. We recommend that you re-read all these before your departure as well as the small print of your travel insurance policy so you know exactly what is covered and what is not.

You should take copies of your important travel documents with you and ideally also store them online securely as a backup. Make sure that you have given us your emergency contact details and told that person where and when you are travelling. Ensure you take enough money with you and that you have access to emergency funds.

Finally, you should read through and stay updated with the current official government travel advice for your destination. We are registered partners with the UK Foreign Office's 'Know Before you Go' campaign which provides further useful and invaluable information.

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Luggage: Suitcases, rucksacks or fabric holdalls are all fine to bring with you to Israel. You should also bring a small daypack/bag to take out during the day. Your main luggage will normally be left in the hotel during your sightseeing trips – you will not need to carry it far, and there are nearly always hotel porters to assist.

Luggage limits: There is no luggage limit for this tour. However, most airlines restrict you to between 20kg and 25kg for your hold luggage and between 5kg and 10kg for hand luggage. Please check with your airline before travelling to the airport.

Clothing: The climate in Israel varies widely from hot days in the summer to cool and sometimes wet days in the winter months. At night, especially in the deserts, the temperatures can drop quite dramatically. So you must pack for cool conditions. Formal dress (eg. suits & ties) is not required. When visiting any mosques, legs and arms should be covered.

Other items: We also recommend you bring a sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, a basic first aid kit, toiletries, money belt, small torch, camera & charger.

Fantastic Israel dates & prices

This tour is also available for booking privately for travel anytime through the year, and we can also customise the itinerary to fit your personal requirements. Please contact us for details and prices.

Start Date End Date Price (P/P) Offer Price Note
28 Aug, 2016 04 Sep, 2016 US$1900 - - Book now
04 Sep, 2016 11 Sep, 2016 US$1900 - - Book now
11 Sep, 2016 18 Sep, 2016 US$1900 - - Book now
18 Sep, 2016 25 Sep, 2016 US$1900 - - Book now
25 Sep, 2016 02 Oct, 2016 US$1900 - - Book now
23 Oct, 2016 30 Oct, 2016 US$1900 - - Book now
30 Oct, 2016 06 Nov, 2016 US$1900 - - Book now
06 Nov, 2016 13 Nov, 2016 US$1900 - - Book now
13 Nov, 2016 20 Nov, 2016 US$1900 - - Book now
20 Nov, 2016 27 Nov, 2016 US$1900 - - Book now
27 Nov, 2016 04 Dec, 2016 US$1900 - - Book now
04 Dec, 2016 11 Dec, 2016 US$1900 - - Book now
11 Dec, 2016 18 Dec, 2016 US$1900 - - Book now
18 Dec, 2016 25 Dec, 2016 US$1900 - - Book now
25 Dec, 2016 01 Jan, 2017 US$1900 - - Book now
01 Jan, 2017 08 Jan, 2017 US$1900 - - Book now
08 Jan, 2017 15 Jan, 2017 US$1900 - - Book now
15 Jan, 2017 22 Jan, 2017 US$1900 - - Book now
22 Jan, 2017 29 Jan, 2017 US$1900 - - Book now
29 Jan, 2017 05 Feb, 2017 US$1900 - - Book now
05 Feb, 2017 12 Feb, 2017 US$1900 - - Book now
12 Feb, 2017 19 Feb, 2017 US$1900 - - Book now
19 Feb, 2017 26 Feb, 2017 US$1900 - - Book now
26 Feb, 2017 05 Mar, 2017 US$2090 - - Book now
05 Mar, 2017 12 Mar, 2017 US$2090 - - Book now
12 Mar, 2017 19 Mar, 2017 US$2090 - - Book now
19 Mar, 2017 26 Mar, 2017 US$2090 - - Book now
26 Mar, 2017 02 Apr, 2017 US$2090 - - Book now
30 Apr, 2017 07 May, 2017 US$2090 - - Book now
07 May, 2017 14 May, 2017 US$2090 - - Book now
14 May, 2017 21 May, 2017 US$2090 - - Book now
21 May, 2017 28 May, 2017 US$2090 - - Book now
28 May, 2017 04 Jun, 2017 US$2090 - - Book now
04 Jun, 2017 11 Jun, 2017 US$2090 - - Book now
11 Jun, 2017 18 Jun, 2017 US$2090 - - Book now
18 Jun, 2017 25 Jun, 2017 US$2090 - - Book now
25 Jun, 2017 02 Jul, 2017 US$2090 - - Book now
02 Jul, 2017 09 Jul, 2017 US$2165 - - Book now
09 Jul, 2017 16 Jul, 2017 US$2165 - - Book now
16 Jul, 2017 23 Jul, 2017 US$2165 - - Book now
23 Jul, 2017 30 Jul, 2017 US$2165 - - Book now
30 Jul, 2017 06 Aug, 2017 US$2165 - - Book now
06 Aug, 2017 13 Aug, 2017 US$2165 - - Book now
13 Aug, 2017 20 Aug, 2017 US$2165 - - Book now
20 Aug, 2017 27 Aug, 2017 US$2165 - - Book now
27 Aug, 2017 03 Sep, 2017 US$2165 - - Book now
03 Sep, 2017 10 Sep, 2017 US$2045 - - Book now
10 Sep, 2017 17 Sep, 2017 US$2045 - - Book now
17 Sep, 2017 24 Sep, 2017 US$2045 - - Book now
24 Sep, 2017 01 Oct, 2017 US$2045 - - Book now
22 Oct, 2017 29 Oct, 2017 US$2045 - - Book now
29 Oct, 2017 05 Nov, 2017 US$2045 - - Book now
05 Nov, 2017 12 Nov, 2017 US$2045 - - Book now
12 Nov, 2017 19 Nov, 2017 US$2045 - - Book now
19 Nov, 2017 26 Nov, 2017 US$2045 - - Book now
26 Nov, 2017 03 Dec, 2017 US$2045 - - Book now
03 Dec, 2017 10 Dec, 2017 US$2045 - - Book now
10 Dec, 2017 17 Dec, 2017 US$2045 - - Book now
17 Dec, 2017 24 Dec, 2017 US$2045 - - Book now
24 Dec, 2017 31 Dec, 2017 US$2045 - - Book now
31 Dec, 2017 07 Jan, 2018 US$2045 - - Book now
07 Jan, 2018 14 Jan, 2018 US$2045 - - Book now
14 Jan, 2018 21 Jan, 2018 US$2045 - - Book now
21 Jan, 2018 28 Jan, 2018 US$2045 - - Book now
28 Jan, 2018 04 Feb, 2018 US$2045 - - Book now
04 Feb, 2018 11 Feb, 2018 US$2045 - - Book now
11 Feb, 2018 18 Feb, 2018 US$2045 - - Book now
18 Feb, 2018 25 Feb, 2018 US$2045 - - Book now
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Posted Oct 24, 2015
Service rating : From the moment we were met by our taxi until our taxi dropped us off at the airport to return home we were treated like royalty. The whole holiday was superb

Product : We had been with Encounters Travel before to Jordan which was excellent, so our expectations were high. We were not disappointed. The hotels were very good, the guide extremely knowledgeable with excellent English, and food plentiful and excellent. We visited all the places We remembered from the bible at Sunday school, and then some. I would recommend this holiday to anyone. It was fantastic. I shall definitely book another holiday with Encounters Travel.
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Posted Aug 18, 2015
Service rating : Excellent

Product : Excellent made so in part by a brilliant guide
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Posted May 24, 2014
Service rating : Smooth organisation and communicative company - low stress holiday!

Product : I wish we could have done this years ago! The small group concept works so much better than a big coach tour, providing both flexibility, good use of time and more personal attention from a first rate guide.
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Posted May 23, 2014
Service rating : Booking was efficient and accurate; queries were handled promptly by e-mail; phone calls were answered in a friendly and informed manner; adding extra days at the beginning and end of the tour caused no problem at all; the pre-trip information was useful.

Product : In many respects this was an excellent tour giving a good insight into much of what Israel has to offer. My criticism would be that it was very 'whistlestop' and I think too much is crammed into too few days. The time allocation at a number of the sights was insufficient and we were not able to see things completely or have free time to experience it on our own. On a number of days we did not have a lunch break until mid afternoon, having had breakfast at 7.30 am and there was not always time to grab refreshment mid morning. The bias of the trip was very much Christian; it would have been more balanced if we could have visited a synagogue and mosque and maybe Greek/Russian orthodox. It'really a 12 day tour squashed into 6. I have no regrets about going on this trip, I just would have liked more time.
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