Tourism to Israel is growing by leaps and bounds! Recently released statistics show that by the end of 2018 Israel will surpass 1 million tourists from North America and 4 million globally, breaking all previous records. With iconic religious sites, historical monuments that date back 5000 years, golden beaches and pulsating cities, it’s little wonder this remarkable nation has moved to the top of travelers’ bucket lists. And with new non-stop flights from San Francisco, Washington D.C., New York, Newark, Miami and Montréal, it’s easier than ever to get there.
Why not discover Israel in 2019 on a small-group itinerary with Insight Vacations, the leader in premium escorted journeys? We’ll introduce you to Local Experts who will take you behind the scenes of iconic landmarks and show you the fascinating history and culinary heritage of this fabled country through hands-on demonstrations and immersive experiences.
Here are a few of the remarkable 2019 trips to Israel offered by Insight Vacations:
Israel Discovery: This astounding 8-day journey brings biblical stories to life. You’ll visit some of the world’s most sacred Jewish and Islamic sites and walk in the footsteps of Jesus as you journey from his birthplace to the site of his crucifixion. See both modern Tel Aviv and the ancient city of Jaffa, and enjoy a traditional Shabbat dinner with a local family. Visit the Church of Annunciation in Nazareth, built on the site where the angel Gabriel is said to have appeared to Mary, and later get a brief introduction to life on a kibbutz. Take a dip in the buoyant salt waters of the Dead Sea, and ride the cable car to the fortress of Masada. See Jerusalem’s Holocaust memorial and visit the museum that houses the Dead Sea Scrolls. Visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and see the Temple Mount, the Garden of Gethsemene and the Stations of the Cross. Priced from $3350 pp; departures April-October 2019.
Israel and Jordan With Dead Sea: This epic 15-day itinerary visits iconic religious sites and fascinating hidden gems of both Israel and Jordan, where Roman legions, Muslim armies and Christian crusaders all made their mark. You’ll discover modern Tel Aviv as well as the ancient markets and squares of Jaffa, and enjoy aShabbat dinner with a local family. See the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth, and the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. Ride the cable car to the top of Masada, float in the Dead Sea, and get an introduction to life on a kibbutz. Marvel at the rose-red city of Petra, then wind your way through the canyon to explore the Roman Amphitheatre, which once seated 3,000 spectators, and the ancient tombs. Priced from $6045 pp; departures April-October 2019.
As with all Insight journeys, throughout these trips guests stay in elegant hotels in central locations, dine at distinctive local restaurants, and all the logistical details are taken care of by an expertly trained Travel Director. For reservations, travelers can contact their favorite travel agent, call Insight Vacations at 1-888-680-1241, or visit insightvacations.com.