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Modern Tel Aviv, Roman ruins at Caesarea, Druze villages, scenic Golan Heights & wine tasting, gardens at Haifa, Sea of Galilee, Tiberias, Nazareth, Masada fortress by cable car, Bethlehem, float in Dead Sea, old & new Jerusalem

This comprehensive tour or Israel and the West Bank takes in the beautiful Mediterranean coast, Golan Heights, Nazareth, The Dead Sea, hilltop Masada & old Jerusalem. It offers a well-balanced introduction to the region's religious and historical sites along with its natural beauty, scenic and cultural attractions.

We start this tour in modern Tel Aviv with time to explore the city and it beautiful beaches. We then head north along the Mediterranean coast visiting the roman remains at Caesarea, Bronze Age Megiddo, a Druze Village and the beautiful gardens at Haifa. From there we head inland and climb up to the Golan Heights to experience a wine tasting session at one of Israel's most renowned wineries. Heading back down to the Sea of Galilee, we stop of at some of the holy sites in the area and then continue to the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth. Our next stop is icon Jerusalem, where we take a tour of the old and new city, and if possible, we’ll enter the Occupied Palestinian Territories to visit Christ’s birthplace in Bethlehem. Our final trip takes us out to the hilltop fortress of Masada and finally the Dead Sea, for a quick dip in the salty waters of this strange and unique inland sea.

After arrival at Ben Gurion airport, we meet & greet you, then transfer you to your hotel in Tel Aviv. The rest of the day is free to relax and recover from your flight or head out to explore the local area.

    Tel Aviv hotel
    Extra day in Tel Aviv - pre-tour, Single room supplement (ISSGCI)

We start the day with a tasty Israeli buffet breakfast before leaving Tel Aviv to drive north along the Mediterranean coast to the excavations at Caesarea capital of Judea under Roman rule. We take time to visit the excavations of the ancient city, including the Roman theatre and aqueduct. We then continue north to the Bronze Age remains at Megiddo, thought to be the site of Armageddon. Here we explore the archaeological excavations, including the well-preserved water supply system. Our next stop is Daliat El Carmel, a traditional Druze village, where we take a late lunch at a local restaurant. We then drive to the picturesque port city of Haifa, situated on the Mediterranean Sea, and stop for a wonderful panoramic view of the beautiful Bahai gardens and Haifa Bay. Finally, we head inland across the plains of the Galilee to our Kibbutz hotel Lavi, close to the Sea of Galilee.

    Galilee Kibbutz
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    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we start with a drive to Safed, the centre of Jewish mysticism, where you have time to explore the ancient synagogues and artists' colony. We then climb up to the Golan Heights to explore the area, with visit to the former Syrian bunkers, Kuneitra and the new Israeli town of Katzrin. We’ll also take time to visit the Golan winery for a wine tasting session and a tour of the winery. We finally visit "Kessem Hagolan" tourist centre, which includes an excellent introduction to the Golan with a half-hour virtual journey around the region, projected on a 180-degree panoramic screen.

    Galilee Kibbutz
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    Breakfast, Dinner

We start today day with a drive to Nazareth, we visit the Church of the Annunciation, which stands over the cave that tradition holds to be the home of the Virgin Mary. We then continue to Tiberias and on to Capernaum, where we visit the remains of the 2nd century synagogue, one of the oldest in the world, and the octagonal church of St. Peter. We next drive to the Mount of the Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. We continue to Beit Alpha, Beit Shean, to see the remains of the mosaic floor of an ancient synagogue depicting the zodiac. Finally, we drive south to the Golden City of Jerusalem.

    Jerusalem hotel
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Today we enjoy a full day tour of the Old City of Jerusalem. We start with a climb up to the Mount of Olive for a stunning panoramic view back over the old city walls and ancient Jewish cemetery. Our next stop is the Church of All Nations and we then continue to Mount Zion to visit the tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper. We now enter the Old City to experience some of the wonders of Jerusalem. We’ll take a walk through the newly restored Jewish quarter, make our way along the Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem 2,000 years ago and through the Herodian quarter. We'll also stop to see the Temple Mount and the people praying at the Western Wall, and stroll along the Via Dolorosa, where Jesus carried his own cross. We then stop at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is considered to be the place where Jesus's tomb is located. Finally, we cross over to the Occupied Palestinian Territories to visit Bethlehem (subject to border restrictions), and see Rachel's tomb, the Church of Nativity and Manger's Square.

    Jerusalem hotel
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Today we take a tour to the new city of Jerusalem. We start with a drive to the Israel museum, where we can see the Shrine of the book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed, along with wonderful scale model of ancient Jerusalem. We then make a stop at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, before continuing to Mount Herzl cemetery and Yad Vashem, Israel's memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. Our tour concludes with a visit to Mea Shearim, an ultra-orthodox neighbourhood of Jerusalem, and here we'll learn about their unique lifestyle. Later, in the evening we sample a Middle Eastern dinner followed by the amazing "sound& light" show at the Tower of David museum (weather permitting).

    Jerusalem hotel
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    Breakfast, Dinner

Today we drive out of Jerusalem and through the Judean Desert to Qumran, made famous in 1947 when a young Bedouin boy found the precious Dead Sea Scrolls. We visit the ancient city of Qumran then drive along the shore of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on in the world, to Masada. This hilltop fortress was the last stronghold of the Jews after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D. We make our way up to Masada by cable car, where we visit Herod's Palace and the food storeroom, and water irrigation channels. If time and weather allow, we'll have a chance to float on the incredibly salty waters of the Dead Sea and maybe cover yourself with the mineral rich mud that many believe has therapeutic effects.

    Jerusalem hotel
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Our tour ends after breakfast, when the rest of your time is free to do some more sightseeing or a little last minute shopping, before we transfer you to the airport for your departure flight.

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    A Taste of Israel day tour, Extra day in Jerusalem - post-tour
  • All accommodation in 4-star hotels (upgrades available)
  • All transport and transfers in AC vehicles 
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • English speaking guide during touring days.
  • All site entry fees.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (7 breakfast, 1 lunch, 3 dinners)

  • 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 driver & tour leader
  • Any other items not mentioned above

Note: This tour runs with an average of 15-20 people but has a potential maximum full-coach size of 45.
Classic Israel accommodation
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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Prima Tel Aviv Hotel
Tel Aviv, Israel

Just 100 yards from the beach, Prima Tel Aviv Hotel offers a dining hall overlooking the sea, where an Israeli buffet breakfast is served each...

Just 100 yards from the beach, Prima Tel Aviv Hotel offers a dining hall overlooking the sea, where an Israeli buffet breakfast is served each morning. The en suite rooms have a TV with 100 satellite channels.

All rooms are air conditioned and feature tea and coffee-making facilities. Some rooms have panoramic sea views. Each room is bright and spacious and fitted with a private bathroom with a shower.

The lobby at Prima Tel Aviv features internet terminals and bar service. The Yassou restaurant is open from 19:00 till late.

Dizengoff Street, the main shopping street, is a 5-minute walk from the hotel, while Tel Aviv Marina is 10 minutes away on foot.

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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 fr...

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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Prima Royale Hotel
Jerusalem, Israel

Located on a quiet residential street in Jerusalem's Talbieh neighbourhood, the Prima Royale Hotel is well-positioned for exploring the city's...

Located on a quiet residential street in Jerusalem's Talbieh neighbourhood, the Prima Royale Hotel is well-positioned for exploring the city's old quarter, historical sites and commercial area.

The Prima Royale features 133 neatly furnished guest rooms and suites. Rooms are contemporary in design and feature modern furnishings and include a range of home comforts. The spacious junior suites even feature their own hydromassage bath.

The hotel is located half a mile (one mile) from the Yemin Moshe neighbourhood and only half a mile (one mile) from the Old City. The hotel offers guests the opportunity of enjoying a personal tour of Jerusalem accompanied by a MP3 player and complimentary maps and tourist brochures.

Classic Israel options

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 (ISSGCI)
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Single room supplement (ISSGCI)
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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 ..

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
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Extra day in Tel Aviv - pre-tour
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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 air..

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
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Extra day in Jerusalem - post-tour
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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 airpo..

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
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Jerusalem by night
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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
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Sound & Light show at Jerusalem's Citadel
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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.

Classic 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 night in a Kibbutz hotel. Options are available to upgrade the accommodation to a better 4-star, standard 5-star, or 5-star deluxe level. Please contact us for prices to match your dates. The normal hotels we use for these upgrades are shown below, though these may changes to alternate hotels of a similar standard on some dates:

Superior (4/5-star) : Tel Aviv - Dan Panorama  |  Jerusalem - Dan Panorama  |  Kibbutz Lavi - Superior room
Deluxe (5-star): Tel Aviv - Carlton  |  Jerusalem - Inbal  |  Kibbutz Lavi - Premium room
Luxury (superior 5-star): Tel Aviv - Dan Hotel |  Jerusalem - King David  |  Kibbutz Lavi - Premium room

As different hotel levels are available, this does mean that if some people take up the upgrades there will be more than one hotel pick-up and drop-off each day, though we do aim to plan these to minimise any extra travelling time.

Accommodation is based on twin or double en-suite rooms with air conditioning. All couples will be given a private double room. Single travellers will need to pay a single room supplement to guarantee themselves a single room throughout the tour. We aim to keep this cost as low as possible. As we may share this tour with other operators, we do not offer a room-share option for solo travellers.

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 provide suggestions for flights to go with your tour. 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. All our group tours in Israel start and finish at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv (TLV).

On average the group departures on this tour tend to have a minimum of around 10 passengers and an average of 14-18, though we only need 2 passengers to book for a departure to be guaranteed. The maximum capacity of this tour is 45 which is a lot more than our normal 'small-group tours'. We allow this higher number to ensure affordability in what is a very expensive country to arrange tours like this. We also share this tour with a small number of other operators and offer upgrades to higher hotel levels so you may join with travellers booking with different companies and staying in different hotels.

At Egypt Uncovered we aim to only ever use local Israeli guides and reps. We feel this gives you the best experience of the country and the sites you are seeing. A different guide may be used for the Occupied Palestinian Territory sites to the rest of the tour.

The tour price includes entrance fees to all the tourist sites mentioned in the itinerary. If you visit any sites not mentioned in the itinerary then you will need to cover the entrance fee costs.
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. GBP 5 / USD 8 per person per day would be appropriate.

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
Lebanon: Dipheria, Hepatitis A

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, Lebanon

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.

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, USA, Canadian, 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

We run regular small-group departures on this tour starting on Saturdays 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. Financial failure insurance is provided through Affirma to protect all customers for the land portion of their tour.
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 Egypt Uncovered 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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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 'Travel Aware' campaign which provides further useful and invaluable information.

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Classic 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.
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17 Oct, 2020 24 Oct, 2020 A$3245 - - Book now
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31 Oct, 2020 07 Nov, 2020 A$3245 - - Book now
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28 Nov, 2020 05 Dec, 2020 A$3245 - - Book now
05 Dec, 2020 12 Dec, 2020 A$3180 - - Book now
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06 Feb, 2021 13 Feb, 2021 A$3285 - - Book now
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27 Feb, 2021 06 Mar, 2021 A$3285 - - Book now
06 Mar, 2021 13 Mar, 2021 A$3350 - - Book now
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Posted Nov 21, 2017
Service rating : Efficient and helpful service pre-travel offering excellent value for money. All the arrangements during the holiday worked well making for an enjoyable and stress-free time.
Product : Wonderful trip made even more enjoyable by efficient arrangements and a very informative and helpful guide.

Posted Jan 07, 2017
Excellent service, from the initial phone call to booking the holiday the following day.


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.


Posted Aug 18, 2015
Service rating : Excellent
Product : Excellent made so in part by a brilliant guide


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.


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.