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Unveiling the Faces and Contrasts of the Holy Land

A complete introduction to Israel, this 9D8N journey will take in its most renowned sites, with plenty of enriching experiences and personal connections with locals along the way. Play the role of an archaeologist, explore a kibbutz, and meet charismatic Israelis of a range of pasts and professions, each with their own personality and captivating stories to tell. Launching off with a jaunt through the most sacred sites of Jerusalem, the epicentre of Abrahamic faiths, this journey makes a pass through the birthplace of Jesus before descending to the rugged Negev, the Dead Sea and Masada, then contrasts the stillness of the desert with vibrant Tel Aviv’s array of urban delights.

22-30 October 2022

Limited to 16 guests

Starts from USD 8,940 per person

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Key Highlights

Make the acquaintance of a host of distinct personalities

Obtain priceless insights into the country’s patchwork fabric by getting to know various Israelis themselves. Meet ethnoreligious minorities like Samaritans and Druze. Chat with a range of distinct personalities: among others, an army commander, a traditional craftsman and a former Palestinian undercover agent.

Relish the flavours of Biblical cuisine

Join the famed Chef Moshe Basson in hunt of secret herbs and spices to resurrect ancient dishes from as early as the Exodus. Partake with a local Jewish family in a meal of the Shabbat – the sacred day of rest. In between, we have curated a mouth-watering array of Israeli cuisine infused from afar by the gathering of the Jewish Diaspora.

Be moved by the arch of Jewish history

Just as tales of ancient Jewry, modern stories of the Jewish people remain resonant with poignancy and power. Be moved to the core at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, preserving the memory of the murder of six million Jews, and hear stories first-hand over lunch with one of the tragedy’s dwindling survivors.

In awe with the Miracle of the Desert

Hop on an off-the-beaten ride through the spectacular landscapes of the lunar Negev, followed by a picnic lunch overlooking the Ramon Crater. Admire the tireless ingenuity that has made great swathes of the bone-dry desert bloom. Taste wines produced here for thousands of years and admire the olive groves of a thriving agricultural kibbutz.

Day by Day Highlights

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Day 1 (22 Oct 2022)
Arrival in Tel Aviv / Jerusalem

Arriving in Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport, you will be transferred as a group to Jerusalem. One of the oldest cities in the world, Jerusalem sits at the spiritual intersection where Judaism, Christianity and Islam share their faith. Today is free at leisure for you to rest or explore at your own pace.

Meals: Nil
Overnight: 5 stars (Mamilla or similar)

Day 2 (23 Oct 2022)
Jerusalem

Start your day with a bird’s eye view of the Old City from the Mount of Olives. Thereafter, you will follow the footsteps of Jesus. After witnessing the outpouring of emotions at the Wailing Wall, you will continue into highlights such as the Dome of the Rock, the Way of the Cross and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Continue to Mount Zion where you will visit the Tomb of King David, the Room of the Last Supper and the Church of the Dormition.

Following a food tour at Mahinim Yehuda Market, we descend into the secret world of the Kotel Tunnel. This evening, immerse into the Shabbat meal tradition with a Jewish family and learn how they welcome the holiest day of the week.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: 5 stars (Mamilla or similar)

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Day 3 (24 Oct 2022)
Jerusalem

Have you ever wondered how cuisine in the Biblical times must have tasted like? Nearly forgotten for centuries, you will have the unique opportunity to gain insights into this lost art as you head out with Chef Moshe Basson in hunt of Biblical herbs, spices and fresh produces for your dinner tonight!

After a heart-stirring visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, you will sit down for lunch with a Holocaust survivor. The number of Holocaust survivors living among us is reducing every day. These brave survivors will share their breath-taking story on how they start a new life following one of the biggest tragedies in human history.

In the afternoon, head outdoor for a unique opportunity to be an archaeologist for a day. You will work alongside professionals to excavate, sift, examine and unearth the past in the UNESCO-listed Beit Guvrin National Park. For dinner, let us treat your taste bud with modern interpretation of Biblical dishes by Chef Moshe Basson.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: 5 stars (Mamilla or similar)

Day 4 (25 Oct 2022)
Jerusalem / Bethlehem / Dead Sea / Negev Desert

Let us whisk you to the birthplace of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem, where you will visit the Church of Nativity, the Milk Grotto Chapel, King Cinema and Well.

Afterwards, enjoy a cable car ride to the top of the Masada Fortress. This archaeological site is inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage Site list for its important place in the history. It also boasts fantastic view of the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea. Finally, we descend into the Dead Sea where you will get an opportunity to float and cover yourself with therapeutic mud before transferring to your accommodation.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: 5 stars (Beresheet or similar)

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pacific ocean sunset

Day 5 (26 Oct 2022)
Negev Desert

Discover the rare phenomenon of erosion basins at the gigantic Ramon Crater. Hop on a jeep ride through the otherworldly landscapes while learning about the local floras and faunas, concluding with a scenic picnic lunch overlooking the crater.

In the afternoon, breathe in the bursting desert aroma as you discover the miracle of the Israel’s desert winery. Unravel the secrets of wine-making against the challenges of arid desert condition.

Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch
Overnight: 5 stars (Beresheet or similar)

Day 6 (27 Oct 2022)
Negev Desert / Tel Aviv

Get active with a 2km canyon trail hike along the Ein Avdat National Park. An oasis in the otherwise unhospitable area, it is home to ibexes, saltbushes and Euphrates poplar trees.

Thereafter, we will visit a kibbutz to learn how this intentional community grow a green agriculture wonderland in the hot desert. If they can grow an agriculture masterpiece here, you can surely learn how to grow your own food anywhere in the world!

Your trip continues to Tel Aviv, where you will visit the UNESCO-listed Bauhaus buildings at Rotschild Boulevard, the 8,000-year Old Jaffa, as well as the tree-lined district of Neve Tzedek.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: 5 stars (The Setai or similar)

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Day 7 (28 Oct 2022)
Tel Aviv / Palestinian Territories / Tel Aviv

Visit the Florentine Neighbourhood for a rare glimpse into professions that have disappeared from the world. Many of these artisans are finding a place for their crafts amidst imported advance technologies.

Cross into the Palestinian territories. You will meet a Palestinian former undercover agent who had to undergo emergency rehabilitation after his identity was exposed by terrorist organizations. His story will keep you at the edge of your seat as he shows along the controversial Green Line which separates Israel and the West Bank.

Our next stop with be at Mount Gerizim. Brush shoulders with the unique minorities called the Samaritans, believed to be related by blood to the Israelites of ancient Sarmatia. In the evening, you will return to Tel Aviv to meet an IDF commander whom will get you acquainted with various geopolitical topics from his direct experiences serving in the Israeli army.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: 5 stars (The Setai or similar)

Day 8 (29 Oct 2022)
Tel Aviv / Caesarea / Haifa / Acre / Tel Aviv

Start your day with excursion into the port city of Caesarea with its ancient ruins from the Byzantine and Crusader periods. After a panoramic view of Haifa from the top of Mount Carmel, we will explore the splendid Bahai Gardens (UNESCO) and the Haifa Bay.

Another UNESCO site awaits you at the old city of Akko with its subterranean city and bazaars. This site has survived for centuries despite bearing the marks of several conquerors. You will also visit Daliat el Karmel for a tea with Druze family, a unique minority who are very secretive about their traditions. Tonight, let us treat you to a farewell dinner before your rest.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: 5 stars (The Setai or similar)

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pacific ocean sunset

Day 9 (30 Oct 2022)
Depart from Tel Aviv

Today is free at leisure before group transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Nil

*This journey outline is a guideline only and may be subject to change. This journey will be confirmed based on the final number of confirmed guests. In this regard, if a pre-requisite number of guests for this journey is not met, Blue Sky Escapes reserve the right to cancel or make such amendments to the journey as they deem fit.

Journey Price

Tribe Exclusive (closes 30 May 2022): USD 8,940 per person

Early Access (closes 11 July 2022): USD 8,990 per person

Standard Access (closes 15 July 2022): USD 9,240 per person

Notes:

– The above prices are based on double occupancy. There is a supplement fee of USD 2,690 for single occupancy.

– To secure your spot, there will be an upfront payment of USD 3,000 per person. Payment can be accepted via bank transfer, PayNow and credit card. T&Cs apply.

– Full payment is required by 15 July 2022.

– Please refer to Frequently Asked Questions section below for price inclusions and exclusions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the locations covered?

Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Masada, Dead Sea, Negev Desert, Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Haifa, Acre, Palestinian Territories

What is the level of difficulty?

Easy. This journey includes some walking tours and a soft hiking of two kilometers in Ein Avdat National Park.

Which flight would you recommend for this journey?

DateFlight CodeRouteTimingDuration
22 OctSQ494Singapore / Dubai15:10-18:2513 hr 30 min
22 OctSQ974Dubai / Tel Aviv21:15-23:40
30 OctSQ973Tel Aviv / Dubai13:00-18:3012 hr 15 min
30 OctSQ495Dubai / Singapore20:00-07:15+1

What are the inclusions and exclusions of the journey price?

The journey price includes:
(i) accommodation as specified or similar;
(ii) activities and experiences (where specified);
(iii) meals (where specified);
(iv) local English-speaking guide;
(v) transportation; and
(vi) entrance fees (where applicable).

The journey price excludes:
(i) flights;
(ii) supplement for airport transfer if arriving and/or departing outside the recommended flight time;
(iii) beverages where meals are included;
(iv) travel insurance;
(v) any visa charges;
(vi) vaccination and COVID-19 tests;
(vii) tips and gratuities; and
(viii) expenses of a personal nature.

How do I book this journey?

You may reach out to us at ask@blueskyescapes.co to register your interest.

A deposit of USD 3,000 per pax will be collected in order to secure your spot. We accept payments via bank transfer, cheque or credit card.

Can you arrange extension to other parts of Israel and the region?

Absolutely. We can extend your trip to cover other parts of Israel and the region before and/or after this group journey.

Drop us an email at ask@blueskyescapes.co with more details. One of our friendly Travel Consultants will be happy to assist you.

I am interested, but I have a different departure date or budget in mind. Can you help me arrange a journey to Israel?

Absolutely. As a bespoke travel agency, we can tailor a similar trip to Israel that would better fit your desired departure date or budget. We recommend departure between September and May for the most ideal weather.

Drop us an email at ask@blueskyescapes.co with your basic information, budget considerations, travel period, group size and any other details that you’d like to share with us. One of our friendly Travel Consultants will be happy to tailor a similar trip for you.

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