Tour to Israel

May 6 to 15, 2023

Go Back in Time

See what a synagogue from the time of Jesus would have looked like. Watch a donkey work the olive press. See all this and more at Nazareth Village—a Christian community that has been meticulously rebuilt to re-create what daily life was like at the time of Jesus.

Follow Jesus' Steps

If you thought Jerusalem was impressive at street level, wait until we descend several meters below the modern city and get right down to the street level from the first century. The Western Wall Tunnels are one of those rare places where you can literally walk where Jesus walked.

Sail Galilee

Reading about the Sea of Galilee and the many miracles that took place there, has captured the hearts of believers for centuries. Not only will you see it, but you will embark on a boat and sail on its shores. We will sail past places like Capernaum and Migdal.

Experience Jerusalem

You will get to participate in an active archaeological sifting project. You will be treated to an epic panoramic view of the Old City; you can ride a camel, and walk down the Mount of Olives along a similar path to when Jesus rode the donkey through the Eastern Gate.

Float the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is Israel’s most unique natural feature. It is the lowest point on the planet and one of the saltiest seas in the world. This makes it possible for you to float on the water, even if you can’t swim. Its mud is also packed with minerals. It’s an experience that you will never forget.

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1
Depart Toronto (YYZ) on our flight to Tel Aviv (TLV).

Day 2
We will arrive in Tel Aviv where we will be met by our guide. We will travel north to Caesarea and explore the ancient port city built by Herod the Great. Continue to Mount Carmel where the showdown between Elijah and the prophets of Baal occurred. Enjoy the panoramic lookout of the Valley of Armageddon. Travel to Haifa for a tour of the breathtaking Bahai Gardens.
Dinner and overnight on the shores of the Sea of Galilee at the beautiful Leonardo Plaza Hotel in Tiberias.

Day 3
Drive to Nazareth, the city where Jesus grew up. Visit Nazareth Village, a Christian community that has been meticulously rebuilt to re-create what daily life was like at the time of Jesus. Drive to Mount Precipice for a spectacular panorama of the city. End the day by travelling to the Yardenit baptismal site where you will have the opportunity to be baptized in the Jordan River ($15 USD per person for towel and certificate).
Dinner and overnight on the shores of the Sea of Galilee at the beautiful Leonardo Plaza Hotel in Tiberias.

Day 4
We head north to Caesarea Philippi mentioned in Matthew 16 where we will get our first taste of the Golan Heights. Enjoy a boat ride on the beautiful Sea of Galilee and see the area where Jesus spent most of His ministry. Continue to Capernaum, the Mount of Beatitudes, visit Tabgha and Peter’s Primacy where Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes and where He appeared to Peter after the Resurrection.
Dinner and overnight on the shores of the Sea of Galilee at the beautiful Leonardo Plaza Hotel in Tiberias.

Day 5
We start heading south through the Jordan Valley. We will stop and explore the incredible archaeological ruins of the ancient city of Bet Shean. Pass by Jericho and the place where Joshua led the Israelites across the Jordan River. End our day by arriving in Jerusalem.
Dinner and overnight at the Grand Court Hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 6
Take part in an active archaeological project by sifting through 2000-year-old ruins. Visit the Western Wall where you’ll have time to reflect and pray and then go underground, walking parallel to the ancient city wall through the Western Wall Tunnels. We’ll also visit the Pools of Bethesda. Walk past the Eastern Gate then down to the Kidron Valley.
Dinner and overnight at the Grand Court Hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 7
Begin the day by walking on the Walls of Jerusalem. Visit the Upper Room where the Last Super took place and visit the site of the High Priest Caiaphas’ home. Drive to the Mount of Olives for a spectacular view of the Old City. Visit the Garden of Gethsemane for a time of personal prayer and reflection. Conclude the day with a visit to the Garden Tomb where we celebrate communion together.
Dinner and overnight at the Grand Court Hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 8
Visit Jericho, one of the oldest cities in the world and where Joshua led the children of Israel across the Jordan River into the Promised Land. Travel to Masada—an amazing fortress built by King Herod. Travel to the Dead Sea for an opportunity to float in one of the saltiest bodies of water and the lowest point on our planet.
Dinner and overnight at the Grand Court Hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 9
Enjoy a free morning to explore Jerusalem and get in some last-minute shopping. After lunch, visit the Shrine of the Book—home of the Dead Sea Scrolls—at the Israel Museum and the explore the outdoor model of Jerusalem as it was at the time of Jesus. End the day with a visit to Yad Vashem: Israel’s Holocaust Memorial and Museum.
Dinner and overnight at the Grand Court Hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 10
Depart to the airport in Tel Aviv and arrive in Toronto.

Full Package: $4,789* ‡
Land Only Package (no flight): $3,409*
Single Supplement: $1,160*

* Price is per person based on Double Occupancy out of Toronto’s Pearson International Airport (YYZ). Prices above are subject to change due to fluctuating currency.

‡ Get a $130 discount from the full package price when you pay by cheque or e-Transfer instead of a credit card.

Due to COVID-19 dates of travel and the itinerary are subject to change.

International Heritage Tours requires a deposit of $300 per person which is refundable up to 90 days before departure (less $150 administrative fees per person), less than 90 days before departure the deposit is non-refundable and final non-refundable payment of the balance is due 60 days before departure.

WHAT'S INCLUDED . . . WHAT'S NOT

• Round-trip air from Toronto, ON
• Meeting/assistance at the airport
• Return transfers to/from the airport in Israel
• Airport taxes
• Accommodations (double occupancy) for the duration of your stay in Israel
• Daily buffet breakfast and dinner
• Porterage at airport and hotels
• Air-conditioned tour bus (with WiFi when available)
• Licensed English speaking driver and tour guide
• All entrance fees to places of interest
• All hotel taxes and service charges
• Personal travel information kit

• Travel to and from departure city
• Daily lunches ($12 to $20 USD per day)
• Tip fee for driver, tour guide and porters ($160* USD) (to be paid at the orientation meeting on the first night in Israel)
• Personal insurance (optional) (please see next tab for rates)
• If you would like a single room instead of sharing a double room, it is at an additional cost of $1,160

* Subject to change due to any currency fluctuations between the U.S. and Canadian dollars.

INSURANCE RATES

Rates include trip cancellation before departure, unlimited coverage for emergency medical and hospitalization, flight and trip interruption, out of pocket expenses, loss of luggage, baggage delay, flight and travel accident insurance etc.

Up to 59 yrs: $264
60-64: $321
65-69: $416
70-74: $570
75-79: $843
80-84: $1,089

Includes all the above except no Medical Insurance

Up to 59 yrs: $224
60-64: $252
65-69: $292
70-74: $335
75-79: $578
80-84: $728

Rates include trip cancellation before departure, unlimited coverage for emergency medical and hospitalization, flight and trip interruption, out of pocket expenses, loss of luggage, baggage delay, flight and travel accident insurance etc.

Up to 59 yrs: $321
60-64: $388
65-69: $499
70-74: $663
75-79: $986
80-84: $1,264

Includes all the above except no Medical Insurance

Up to 59 yrs: $281
60-64: $319
65-69: $375
70-74: $428
75-79: $720
80-84: $903

Q & EH?

Q. What do I do when I arrive at Pearson International Airport (YYZ) before departure?

A. Please make sure to arrive 3 hours before departure. Go to the International Air Canada counter in Terminal 1. When you get to the area, please make sure to introduce yourself to Joe and Karen Amaral and to get checked in with them before going through the ticketing line. They will give you your name tag and travel pack. Your name tag will let the security team know you are traveling with our group. Joe and Karen will also give you further instructions before you go through to the gate of departure.

Q. What is a Land-Only Package?

A. Let’s say you have air miles and want to use them to pay for the flight portion of your trip or let’s say you want to fly in a day or two ahead of the group and you want to arrange your own flight to Israel. You can purchase a land-only package from International Heritage Tours and join us for the hotels, meals and sites. It includes everything a normal tour package does…just without the flight.

Q. If I want to stay longer in Israel, can I do that?

A. Absolutely! If you’d like to stay longer, you can arrange with our tour operator beforehand to extend your stay and change your flight arrangements. This should be done at the time of registration.

Q. If I fly to Israel ahead of the group, how do I meet up with them?

A. Our first night will be spent at the Leonardo Plaza Hotel in Tiberias. You can join us for dinner at the hotel at 7 pm and then for the orientation meeting after dinner.

Q. When will I receive my ticket and information package?

A. Approximately two weeks before departure you will receive a phone call from a representative of International Heritage Tours to confirm your mailing address and to arrange a shipping time.

Q. How much luggage am I allowed to bring?

A. You may bring one mid-sized case to check into the plane that may not exceed 23 kg (50 lbs) and you may bring one carry-on bag not to exceed 8 kg (17 lbs).

Q. What can I not bring with me on my carry-on bag?

A. For security reasons, you are not allowed to board with potentially dangerous articles such as scissors, cutters, Swiss army-type knives or tools and instruments for agricultural, scientific, sporting or industrial use and the like, nor can you board with any type of imitation or toy firearm. All liquids, gels, creams and aerosols must be in 3.4 ounce (100ml) or smaller containers.

Q. What kind of clothing/accessories should I bring?

A. Comfortable clothes that you would wear in the spring or summer. For religious sites (such as churches and sites deemed holy) women must wear modest clothing that covers their shoulders and knees at all times. We also recommend dressing in layers as the mornings and evenings are often much cooler than mid-day (especially in Jerusalem).

Q. What kind of footwear should I bring?

A. Comfortable shoes as we do a lot of walking. Steps and pathways are often uneven and you’ll want shoes that will keep you stable on your feet. It is also recommended that you bring water shoes or flip-flops for when we go to the Dead Sea and for the Jordan River Baptismal site. The sand at the Dead Sea is extremely hot and there are rocks at the edge of the water.

Q. Do I need to bring a swimsuit?

A. It is optional but recommended especially if you want to be baptized. There will also be a time to swim in the Dead Sea and to be baptized in the Jordan River. Each hotel also has a pool and/or is within close proximity to water.

Q. Do I need to bring dress clothes?

A. Yes. We will be at a Shabbat dinner and it is traditional to dress up for that evening.

Q. Are there any other recommendations?

A. We recommend bringing a hat and sunglasses with you along with some SPF sunblock.


See the WHAT TO PACK section below for our printable recommended packing list.

Q. What is the currency in Israel?


A. Shekels — although, U.S. Dollars are widely accepted. Canadian Dollars are not usually accepted.

Q. Do I need to get shekels here in Canada or will I be able to change my money in Israel?


A. On our first day after we check-in to the hotel, feel free to explore the streets of Tel Aviv where you will find several places to change your money to shekels.

Q. If I run out of cash, can I get more while I’m in Israel?


A. Yes. Your North American bank card should work in any ATM machine in Israel. You will receive the cash in local shekels. (There is usually a charge from your bank associated with doing this. If you plan to withdraw cash while in Israel, please inquire about the fee(s) at your local branch before departure.) We always recommend contacting your bank and/or credit card company to make them aware of your travel plans. This will help to ensure your bank card and/or credit card accounts are not frozen while you’re in Israel.

Q. How much should I expect to pay for lunches?


A. Approximately $12 up to $20 USD per person per day.

Q. When is the Tip Fee collected and what is it for?

A. We collect the tip fee on the first night at our orientation meeting in Israel. This fee is to pay the driver, the tour guide, and the luggage porters. If you want to tip the housekeeping staff or your meal servers, that is at your discretion.

Q. What is the food like in Israel?

A. If you like Mediterranean food, you’ll love the food in Israel! There are a wide variety of foods in the breakfast and dinner buffets to please everyone. There are a lot of fruits and vegetables.

Q. Is the food kosher?


A. At the hotels we stay at, breakfasts and dinners are kosher. At breakfast you won’t find any meat as there will be dairy products served and then at dinner, you won’t find any dairy products as meat is being served. For our lunches, it may vary between kosher and non-kosher restaurants.

Q. What can you tell me about the bus and bus driver?


A. Our bus driver is very friendly. In most cases our bus driver has purchased Wi-Fi for the bus so that you can Facebook, Tweet and Instagram all the pictures you just took at that amazing site you just visited! There is air-conditioning and comfortable seating with overhead storage for your bags. Other than the front row, there is no assigned seating and we encourage you to switch up your seat everyday.

Q. Is there a bathroom on the bus?


A. No. We will make rest-stops if our journeys are going to be extended.

Q. Is it safe to travel to Israel?


A. Joe Amaral has brought several groups to Israel including members of his family and it has always been safe. If there is any area of conflict, we always avoid it completely. Our tour guides are highly trained and know the areas to avoid if any conflict arises in Israel.

Q. Is my passport and are other personal items safe to leave in the hotels?


A. Every room has its own safe which you set and secure with your own protected code.

Q. Do I need to bring any medication?


A. As your body may be adapting to a new and different climate and water system or if you tend to have a sensitive stomach, it is not required but it is recommended that you bring Immodium (loperamide hydrochloride). It may also be helpful to bring items such as Advil (ibuprofen) or Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Gravol (dimenhydrinate). If you have a medical condition and are on medication for it, please remember to bring it with you. Also, if you have a medical condition, please make us aware of it during the orientation meeting at the beginning of the trip.

Q. Do I need any vaccinations before I go to Israel?

A. No, there are no immunization requirements for Israel.

Q. Can I fly if I’m pregnant?


A. Most airlines will permit you to fly up until the end of the 35th week of your pregnancy. Starting the 36th week of the pregnancy, medical approval by an airline doctor is required. Due to medical considerations, pregnant women may not fly after the end of the 37th week of pregnancy.

Q. Do I need a voltage converter to plug in my electronic items?

A. That depends on your electronic item. The voltage in Israel is 220 V. Check your device (usually the information is listed on the plug itself)—it should say something like: Input: AC 100V – 240V. If your device is within the 100 to 240 volts range, then you can simply purchase a plug adapter at your local dollar store as the plug/outlet system in Israel is different from North America. If you need a voltage converter you can purchase them for a cost of about $15 to $25 at most retail stores. We’ve found it’s helpful to have one adapter and then bring a North American power bar to plug all your electronics into.

Q. Can I use my cellphone in Israel?


A. If your phone is unlocked, you can purchase a SIM Card at the airport in Tel Aviv and preload it with phone-call, texting and data capabilities for about $50-$60. If your phone is not unlocked, you can leave it in airplane mode and use Wi-Fi where available.

Q. Can I use my hairdryer in Israel?

A. We recommend you don’t bring your own hair dryer. Several people have burned out their hair dryers because the voltage in Israeli hotel bathrooms isn’t compatible with North American hair dryers. The voltage is set mainly for shavers. If you do bring your hair dryer along with an adapter, please remember to plug it into an outlet that is not in the bathroom to avoid frying your hair dryer. Most hotels have hair dryers and if you don’t see one you can ask at the front desk for one.

WHAT TO PACK

Wondering what to pack? Download our handy printable packing list . . .

OTHER QUESTIONS?

If you don’t see the answer to your question above, please call Ari Bauer at International Heritage Tours at 1-877-999-8868 ext 415 or click the button to email him.

REGISTER FOR THE TOUR

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