Classic Israel Tour - 6 Days
- Our saving
- US $ 824
- Visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem
- Discover Capernaum
- Experience the Dead Sea
- Age range
- 2 to 70 year olds
- Private Vehicle
- Rather Poor
- TBTravelWritten on March 7, 20182.0 - Rather poorDO NOT RECOMMEND! Two friend and I used Tourist Israel (operated by Fun Times) to take a one day tour from Tel Aviv to the Petra World Heritage Site. The three of us are avid travelers and in the past four years have been to over 20 countries and have taken guided tours in each of these places. The way Tourist Israel/Fun Times handled this tour was by far one of the worst experiences. The tour description indicated that we would FLY from Tel Aviv to Eilat and back to Tel Aviv (for an additional $80). The way to Jordan went smoothly and we enjoyed our time in Petra, except that we were only given about 20 minutes to take in the sites as we were then told we had to get back to the restaurant for lunch. Previously we had been told we would have a few hours at the Petra and weren’t expecting to have to walk as a group the entire time. During the trip to and from the Petra we were brought to two tourist traps that wasted a large portion of time that could have been used getting us to the Petra faster or back to the Israeli border. Upon heading back to the Israeli border a fellow tour member mentioned to the tour guide that a large portion of us were on a flight and we were concerned about missing it- he immediately got dismissed and the bus driver proceeded to take us to additional tourist traps on the way back and make switches with passengers from the other bus along the way- all escalating the time it would take for us to get back. Upon arrival at the border we had to call Tourist Israel because there was no bus (that was promised) to take us to the airport/hotels for the guests staying in Eilat. The bus driver arrived late and then had no idea how many guests he was supposed to have so proceeded to wait until another member of the tour got up to go check the border to see if there was anyone else even left. We got to the airport about 20 minutes before the flight was to take off, knowing that the airline requires arrival approximately 1.5 hours before the flight leaves. Due to this extreme delay we missed our flight. ELEVEN people missed the flight from the tour group. A member of the group called Fun Times tour group and Tourist Israel. It took her FIVE phone calls before she was FINALLY able to reach someone to let them know what was going on. A bus was eventually arranged to take us back to Tel Aviv. This bus ride took FIVE HOURS - after we had paid for a flight. We were supposed to arrive in Tel Aviv at 9:40pm on the original flight but with the bus we did not arrive back to Tel Aviv until after 2:30am!!!!!! This occurred on December 31st therefore ruining our New Years Eve plans. The next day in Tel Aviv we walked a few miles to try and locate the Tourist Israel office - at the address provided on their website - only to find an EMPTY BUILDING UNDER CONSTRUCTION. Since we were not able to speak to someone in person OR over the phone we preceded to send an email explaining what had happened and requesting assistance. After emailing the company back and forth going from person to person for months we finally were able to get some sort of help. We had requested the $80 refund for having to drive instead of fly and they eventually reimbursed us a total $18 on this $400 trip. This company does not care about what happens on the tour so long as they have your money - they collect the cost of the tour IN CASH during the tour so that they are completely off the hook for whatever happens. I would not use this tour company again.Show detailed ratings
- WTWorldWritten on March 7, 20182.0 - Rather poorWE STRONGLY DO NOT RECOMMEND. Two friends and I used Tourist Israel (operated by Fun Times) to take a one day tour from Tel Aviv to the Petra World Heritage Site. Please note that the three of us that booked and attended this tour are avid travelers - we've all been to over 25 countries each and have been on countless tours, and this one and the way it was handled was by far the worst. The tour description indicated that we would FLY from Tel Aviv to Eilat and back to Tel Aviv (for a substantial increase in price). Upon landing in Eilat, we were to be met by a tour guide who was to bring us to the Jordanian border where we would begin our tour. The tour company then indicated upon completion of the tour we would return to the airport at 17:00 in time for our 18:55 flight. We arrived at the Jordanian border where it then took over 2 hours to get the entire group through the border since the tour group was so large (about 50 people, and way too many people for a tour like this that requires time to get across the border). We were then brought to a rest stop that was a tourist trap for buying souvenirs that were severely overpriced. When we arrived at the Petra we were told to stay as a group for approximately 2 hours leaving you only 25 minutes to truly take in the views and pictures prior to heading to lunch. Upon returning to the bus to return to the border we stopped at another tourist trap, wasting time, after another member of the tour informed our guide we were running late for the flight. When we FINALLY got to the point of crossing the border back to Israel, we informed the bus driver that we were cutting it very close on time for the flight at 18:55, we were immediately dismissed and given no help. We got to the airport about 20 minutes before the flight was to take off, knowing that the airline requires arrival approximately 1.5 hours before the flight leaves. Due to this extreme delay we missed our flight. ELEVEN people missed the flight from the tour group. Since the airline was of no help, fortunately, one person from the group had purchased a phone plan and was able to call both Fun Times tour group and Tourist Israel. It took her FIVE phone calls before she was FINALLY able to reach someone to let them know what was going on. A bus was eventually arranged to take us back to Tel Aviv. This bus ride took FIVE HOURS - after we had paid for a flight. We were supposed to arrive in Tel Aviv at 9:40pm on the original flight but with the bus we did not arrive back to Tel Aviv until after 2:30am! This occurred on December 31st therefore ruining our New Years Eve plans. The next day in Tel Aviv we walked a few miles to try and locate the Tourist Israel office - at the address provided on their website - only to find an EMPTY BUILDING UNDER CONSTRUCTION. Since we were not able to speak to someone in person OR over the phone we preceded to send an email explaining what had happened and requesting assistance. We were simply dismissed being told there was nothing the tour company could do after it was 100% the fault of the tour company. This company does not care about what happens on the tour so long as they have your money - they collect the cost of the tour IN CASH during the tour so that they are completely off the hook for whatever happens. Upon our arrival home we reach out one last time to this company's customer service team. Since we paid $396 per person for the flight from Tel Aviv to Eilat (instead of $316 per person for ground transportation) we requested the difference in the tour prices - $80 - to compensate us for causing us to miss the flight that we paid for. Without much surprise the tourist Israel team took nearly THREE WEEKS to finally refund us 5% of the tour price, making it a refund of $18 per person instead of the $80 we fairly requested. Very disappointing. I would not recommend booking this tour. Despite Tourist Israel and Fun Times Tour having terrible customer service, the Petra itself was amazing and the tours did aid us in getting safely across the border, just not efficiently.Show detailed ratings
- IKIvanWritten on February 16, 20184.0 - GoodWe booked a six day trip staying near the beach in Tel Aviv - the time of the year was January and we took our two young children with us. The weather was changeable - the first two days cold and rainy but the remainder a balmy 20 C. To get from the airport is really easy - just buy a train ticket and it takes you into the centre of Tel Aviv. A big tip is to buy a Rav-Kav smartcard at the ticket office if you are going to do a lot of travelling on public transport. It gives you discounts on public transport. Tel Aviv is a very relaxed city. We spent a couple of days walking around it - a lot of the streets have attractive 1930s Bauhaus architecture as Jewish architects studied in Germany before emigrating from Nazi Germany. We visited Ben-Gurian's house (near the beach) which has been left just as he and his family lived in it. He is a very interesting man who was really the creator of the independent Zionist movement, and you can see his study, extensive library and photos of him taken with world leaders. Tel Aviv has a lot of cafes and restaurants and I would recommend exploring some of the back streets for a more casual eating experience. We walked along the coast to Old Jaffa - the former Muslim quarter - which you can easily take in in a morning. Some interesting churches and mosques and a big contrast to Tel Aviv that was only constructed post-1909. We searched for a trip and found a good one taking in the River Jordan, the Dead Sea, Jerusalem and Bethlehem (Findyourguide). The bus left from Tel Aviv at 6.30am in the morning and we returned at 7pm at night. All are worth seeing and, if possible, try and book a full day tour for Jerusalem as there is so much to see. People we spoke to said it is better to stay in Tel Aviv than Jerusalem as most places close in the evening in the latter as it is more conservative (the journey time between the two is about 1 hour). We are interested in the history of the Crusaders so took another trip to Acre (or Akko). This is really easy from Tel Aviv - the return ticket is about 75 shekels and trains leave regularly from the railway stations. The journey time is about 1.5 hours and the train runs north along the coast. Acre is a fascinating city - you can walk around the entire defensive wall, there is a beautiful mosque which visitors can enter and also alot of interesting architecture. Make sure you visit the museum built into the wall that showcases a lot of early Jewish settler artefacts and Gallilean arts and crafts. Overall, Israel was a very good experience. The prices are equivalent to Western European so quite high for Eastern Europeans like us. However, there are markets like Carmel in Tel Aviv where you can buy food more cheaply and plenty of kebab shops. I would advise brining your own alcohol as an average bottle of wine is ca. 50 shekels in a shop. The atmosphere in Tel Aviv is very relaxed and the buses easy to use when you work out which ones you want to use. I also was fascinated by how many inhabitants get around on e-bikes/2-wheels scooters - they seem to be really popular. Communication in English is relatively easy and overall for a Middle Eastern country, it is well organised and clean (I was only disappointed by the amount of litter along the highways which should be cleaned up). So a definite recommendation to visit the country. You will not be disappointed.Show detailed ratings
- RRaphaelaWritten on December 14, 20175.0 - ExcellentIt was my first time traveling to Israel and my purpose was to see the most as possible. I traveled by my own. When I was planning my trip, I found the page of IsraelTours and they offered exactly the routes I wanted to see, so I decided to join. The tours a great to get a first impression of the country. Of course, if you do the trips with the group and not by your own, you see the highlights and you can´t explore the city by your own. But my conclusion is that I left every city with the sensation to have seen the best part and that I did not leave something behind that was indispensable, a must seen, because the highlights were already seen. I highly recommend the tours. I did four trips with IsraelTours Tour of Galilea: Nazareth – Kapernaun – Tabgah – Yardenit – Sea of Galilea The time between departure in Tel Aviv and arrival in Nazareth was filled with interested histories and explanations about Israel and the passing landscape. The guide was always prepared to answer any question. In Nazareth, you explore the Anounciation Church and the Church of Saint Joseph with good explanation by the guide. At Kapernaun, you enter the old ruins and the guide explains what happened there before 2000 years. Tabgah is a quick stop at the Church of the Multiplication where it is said that Jesus multiplicated fish and bread to feed the wedding guests. In Yardenit, you visit the spot at the Jordan River where you can be baptized if you want to. If not, no problem, the landscape oft he Jordan River itself is worthy beeing there. You pass the Sea of Galilea,a remarkable landscape. The meal was at a restaurant where to eat fish. If you don´t want the whole fish, it is possible to get a filet. A very good meal with a huge salad buffet. Languages: English / French Northcoast: Caesarea – Akko – Haifa – Rosh Hanikra It is a trip for people interested in history. Ceasarea was once a huge harbour mentioned in the Bible and more important, in history books. With the guide, you enter the ruins of Caesarea and get an interesting explanation. Next stop is in Haifa, above the city at the Bahai gardens. You have a stunningviewover the city and the gardens. You just can enter on level oft he garden to see the Sanctuarium. The guide will explain its history. The next city to visit is Akko, a crusade´s city. You enter the castle and the tunnels with explanations by the guide. Last stop was Rosh Hanikra. You left behind history and enter nature. At the Lebanese border are the grotes. You get there by a cable car and walk through the grotes. The meal was at Akko. Choice between Kebab,Schnitzel (Chicken), Shawarma and Falafel. Languages: English / Spanish Jerusalem – Bethlehem Once again, the time between departure in Tel Aviv and arrival in Jerusalem was filled with interested histories and explanations about Israel and the passing landscape explained by the guide. You explore the city of Jerusalem first by the hand of the guide. You walk through the narrow streets of the old town, enter the Holy Sepulcre and the Western Wall. You have enough time to visit them. The meal was in Jerusalem. Joice between Falafel or Shawarma. In Bethlehem, you change the guides. A Christian Palestinansien woman was the guide that accompanied the group to the Church of the Nativity. Passing the border was no problem. Languages: English / German Sunrise Masada – Ein Gedi Dead Sea To get up early to climb after sunrise at Masada is totally worthy. Pick-up time at Jerusalem was at 3:30 at time. One hour drive to Masada with a little Coffee break. Entry to Masada 28 NIS (=7 Euros) was not included in the price. You pay the entry at the office at Masada. 40 minutes to climb up (700 steps up, 700 steps down, please take in mind) to see the sunrise. An event and must seen! 25 minutes to climb down to return to the bus. Next stop, Ein Gedi, an oasis with waterfalls.A few of the group did not enter. But in my opinion, you have to enter. They give you one hour that is enuogh to walk to the waterfalls and back. Beautiful landscape. Entry not included in the price (28 NIS=7 Euros). Last stop, Dead Sea. You enter a bath side. They give you one hour to enjoy bathing and floating in the Dead Sea. It was a trip without a guide. Self-guided. But that is OK, because climbing at night, walk to the waterfalls and floating in the Dead Sea was possible without any explanation. There was no meal, because th drop-off at Tel Aviv was at 13 o´clock. Every time, Pick-up was at the indicated time. Pick-up and Drop-off was directly at or nearby your hotel. Changing buses, pick-up in one city and drop-off in another or the transportation of the luggage was without any problems.Show detailed ratings
- PJPaikehWritten on December 14, 20175.0 - ExcellentThis was one of the most Important journey i've ever taking and it was worthy..visting the holy-land have been my number one goal since i was a boy , coming to isreal learning about the people and it rich histories and culture is a dream come true ..when I first arrived in tel Aviv it look like any other cities i have been to so it wasn't a big deal to me.. but once i got to jerusalam it's a new chapter.. the feeling is real so I hightly recommend this city to anyone that is willing to exercise their faith or want to know about the life of Jesus and God Jerusalem is the right place to do so..i visited most of Jerusalem holiest sites.. standing on mont olives look down on the old city of Jerusalem was a breathtaking.. i visited the dead sea ,River Jordan etc. visited the birth place of Jesus Christ Bethlehem i also saw the place where his crucifixion took place i could see the dome of the rock not far away but didn't have the chance to go in.. it's not open to everyone u have to be a Muslim..for none Muslim is limited..so I wasn't so lucky. U can visit Israel with alot doubt about Christianity, or God but once u leave this country or jerusalem u are full with knowledge and understanding.. So plan it trips well and stay safe.. God blessShow detailed ratings
- KKennethWritten on August 31, 20175.0 - ExcellentI have been to Israel two times and have taken four Tourist Israel guided day trips. In all cases pick up has been on time, guides have been very courteous and knowledgeable. Day trips cover many locations and are a good way to get an overview and basic background of a particular region in Israel and are an excellent way to determine what areas interest you most in order to return for an extended period of time and more in depth experience. All of the guides I travelled with are licensed, were articulate and knowledgeable about answering specific questions and made an effort to insure everyone had a great experience. One guide in particular, Charlie. guided my son and I in a small group to the Golan Heights. Two years later Jacob and I went on a Tourist Israel tour to spend the day at the Dead Sea. Charlie happened to be there, recognized us and assured the guide we were with that he would look after us while the rest of the group went to Masada. Charlie made us feel like we were old friends. Outstanding experience.”Show detailed ratings
- SStellaWritten on March 22, 20174.0 - GoodPoor adjustment to changes, rushed day tour to make up for lost time, lack of communication of delays, no apologies for the 1-hour delayShow detailed ratings
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- Day 1 – Arrival
- Day 2 – Jerusalem / Bethlehem
- Day 3 – Nazareth / Capernaum / Taghba / Sea of Galilee / River Jordan
- Day 4 – Tel Aviv / Jaffa
- Day 5 – Masada / Dead Sea
- Day 6 – Jerusalem / Departure
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- February 1, 2017
Do you have a 5-6 day trip to Nazareth, Haifa, Jerusalem, Bethlehem and the Dead Sea, departing on Sundays or Mondays,?
Yes, we can have a 5 day trip of this nature, starting on Sundays or Mondays.
Day 1 – Jerusalem. Overview of the city, Mount of Olives, Old City – the Western Wall, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Sephulchre, Cardo, overview of the New City, and Yad Vashem
Day 2 – City of David & Jerusalem. Tour King David’s Tomb, Room of the Last Supper, City of David, Sephardi Synagogues of the Old City, Herodian Quarter
Day 3 – Masada & Dead Sea. Head to the lowest place on earth, the Dead Sea. Ascend Masada, the fortress beside the Dead Sea, and tour the ruins. Relax at a private beach at the Dead Sea, float in the waters, and immerse in the muds
Day 4 – Galilee. Pass through the Jezreel Valley (Valley of the Armageddon) on your way to Nazareth, where you’ll tour the Church of the Annunciation and St Joseph. Drive through Cana and pass the Church of the Multiplication. Visit Cana, and see Mount Beatitude on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Visit the Yardenit Baptism Site on the Jordan
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- Start and end in Jerusalem.
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- Jerusalem (Israel)
- 5 km
- Bethlehem (Palestinian Territory)
- 137 km
- Galilee (Israel)
- 26 km
- Nazareth (Israel)
- 86 km
- Tel Aviv (Israel)
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- Jaffa (Israel)
- 99 km
- Masada (Israel)
- 27 km
- Dead Sea (Israel)
- 34 km
- Jerusalem (Israel)
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