Dates: November 7 - November 17, 2019
Total Duration: 11 days
Cost: $8,990 per person, double occupancy
Deposit (per participant): $1,000
Activity level: Moderately Active
Tour Operator: Criterion Travel, Inc.
Region: Near Middle East
Israel has been recognized as an independent country only since 1948, but the rich history and archaeological treasures of this region go back thousands of years. During this odyssey to the Holy Land, celebrate its religious and cultural importance to Jews, Christians, and Muslims, explore its role in world history, and learn about the cutting-edge technologies that position it squarely in the 21st-century.
Explore this fascinating part of the world, from Tel Aviv on Israel's Mediterranean coastline to Jerusalem in the center of the country, the Golan Heights in the north, and the Dead Sea on the eastern border with Jordan. Marvel at Israel's natural desert and mountain beauty and visit active archaeological digs and religious monuments of profound significance. Explore Tel Aviv's UNESCO World Heritage–designated Bauhaus district, often called the "White City" for its collection of more than 4,000 buildings in the Bauhaus or International style, or travel outside of the city to Rehovot for a fascinating inside look at the Machon Ayalon underground bullet factory, so crucial to the Palmach fighting force during the British Mandate. Participate in an ethnic cooking workshop with a Druze or Arabic family, and enjoy a warm welcome by the Culinary Queens of Yeruham, who serve memorable home-cooked meals to travelers out of their homes while educating them about their cultures and backgrounds.