Thinking about visiting Israel during your next vacation? Looking for the best tours and agencies that will provide high-quality service?
In this post, we bring you the top three private Israel tours organized by Gil Travel agency hoping it’ll help you in making your final decision.
Israel: Grand Jewish Heritage Tour
All those interested in exploring and learning about Jewish history and culture, Gil offers this grand tour that takes you to some amazing places where you can not only enrich your knowledge about Judaism but also have a great time.
During this tour, you will visit Tel Aviv and all of its landmarks: the Independence Hall, where the state of Israel was declared, Latrun and its the Armored Corps memorial museum, Beit Guvrin, national park and a world heritage site, and you will also have a chance to discover the archaeological remains and unique caves along with Ayalon Institute.
Furthermore, you’ll pay a visit to the Diaspora Museum, Old Jaffa, one of the oldest port cities in the world, the Artist’s Quarter, and Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood of Tel Aviv, where you can find some handmade jewelry, see crafts, art and enjoy live street music.
After Tel Aviv, you proceed to Caesarea to visit the excavations of the Crusaders’ city, the aqueduct and the Amphitheatre, and Haifa, where you can see the Clandestine Immigration and Naval museum (“Af al Pi Chen”).
The next stop after Haifa is Acre, the Old City, recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site, then Rosh Hanikra and the underwater grottoes where you’ll be able to enjoy the view of the spectacular natural formation.
You’ll then continue to one of the four holy cities in Israel, Safed, where you can visit the Ari and Caro synagogues and the Artists’ quarter.
Afterward, a trip to the Golan Heights and Jerusalem is on schedule. In Jerusalem, you’ll visit the Tomb of King David on Mt. Zion, the four Sephardic Synagogues, tour the Western Wall Tunnels, visit the archaeological park at Davidson Center, and finally David Museum to learn about the history of Jerusalem.
The last days of this tour are spent in the Judean desert and the Dead Sea area, after which you’ll also tour Qumran and Massada with its mountain fortress, built by King Herod, the remains of the walls, palaces, a synagogue, and a bathhouse.
Christian Pilgrimage to Israel and Jordan Tour
Tourists who seek Christian Israel tours, Gil has also prepared Christian pilgrimage to Israel and as a bonus, they take their tourists to Jordan to visit the stunning Petra.
You’ll start your tour with Caesarea to visit the excavations of this ancient city and go on to Megiddo, known as the Armageddon site, to explore archaeological excavations. After these two places, you’ll visit Haifa, a beautiful port city, its Bahai gardens, and Haifa Bay, and then Acre, the capital of the Crusaders for more than a century.
You will travel by boat across the Sea of Galilee and reach Caperna to explore the remnants of a synagogue which dates back to the second century, Tabgha and its Church of Multiplication, and then continue to the place where Jesus preached the Sermon, the Mount of the Beatitudes. This tour will also take you to the Golan Heights, Nazareth and its Church of the Annunciation, Mary’s Well, St. Joseph’s Workshop, and Beit Shean, an ancient Decapolis city with the Roman theatre.
In Jerusalem, you’ll take a tour to visit the Temple Mount, the Western Wall, the Mount of Olives, the Church of All Nations, and Mount Zion to see the tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper. You’ll visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and take a stroll down the Via Dolorosa, where Jesus carried His Cross.
After Israel, Gil has planned to take tourists to Petra, known as red rock city or “Sela Edom” to explore its monuments, including the Treasury, the altar, obelisks, and the field of tombs.
VFI Plus Archaeology
This tour takes you to five-day volunteer workon an IDF base and an IAA dig, and some other sites popular among tourists. Every day, you’ll be assigned a job, where you can work with archaeologists and students.
After your work, you will visit Hiria (Ariel Sharon park), Haifa market, Detention camp in Atlit museum, and Muchraka on Mt. Carmel, Caesarea town, Rally museum of art, Armored Corps Museum at Latrun, Zichron Yaaqov, enjoy Mt Carmel jeep tour, Utopia Orchids park, stalactite cave at the Judean mounts, Beit Guvrin national park & caves.
Those who opt for this tour will also have a chance to visit Khirbet Qayaf, a biblical town, the Wailing Wall, and other jewels of the Old City- Austrian Hospice, Lithostratos, and Crusaders’ cloister.
These are just some of the highlights of what you’ll be able to see during this tour. There are plenty of other sites and activities on the itinerary, which will definitely make this trip memorable.