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Wonders of Israel



    Save up to $800 per couple!!!

For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple when you book one of our fascinating Israel tours. Reserve by January 31, 2019 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited in these holy land tours so please reserve early.
Also available: Eilat on the Red Sea with Optional Petra Excursion!

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Itinerary at a glance Tour Highlights Your tour of Israel includes
  • 2 nights in Tel Aviv
  • 2 nights in Galilee (Kibbutz)
  • 5 nights in Jerusalem
  • 4-night Eilat Extension (3 nights in Eilat and 1 extra night in Jerusalem)
  • The Western Wall (Jerusalem)
  • Church of Holy Sepulcher (Jerusalem)
  • Basilica of the Annunciation (Nazareth)
  • Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum)
  • Masada
  • Dead Sea
  • Mount of Olives (Jerusalem)
  • Vibrant Tel Aviv
  • Sea of Galilee
  • Golan Heights
  • Kibbutz Stay
  • Eilat Extension, with optional full day excursion to mystical Petra ($289, lunch included)
  • Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-Israel ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at superior first class hotels
  • 13 meals: 8 buffet breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 4 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours and entry fees
  • English-speaking Tour Director throughout

Your extension includes:

  • Transportation to Eilat
  • 3 nights at a superior first-class resort in Eilat overlooking the lagoon & Marina
  • One extra night in Jerusalem
  • Daily full buffet breakfasts (B)

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Guided Tour Pricing

Pricing includes land and airfare

(Land only pricing available upon request)



Best Value Pricing
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Feb 14*

Feb 25

$ 3299

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Mar 7

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Apr 15

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Nov 7

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Before April 2019: Add $649 per person double occupancy / $949 single.
April 2019 Onwards: Add $699 per person double occupancy / $1049 single.
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Before April 2019: Single room supplement is $749.
April 2019 Onward: Single room supplement is $849.
*Feb 14 & Apr 4 Departures: These departures will be 12-day tours due to the flight schedule.
If taking the optional Petra excursion on the Eilat extension, a border crossing fee is required and can be paid at the border. Please note that the Petra excursion needs to be prepaid to smarTours in advance of departure.
For more information on this tour to Israel, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments 
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit which must be received within 48 hours of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

Day 1
Depart USA.
Your fascinating journey on our Israel tours begins this afternoon with an overnight flight to Israel.
Day 2
Arrive Tel Aviv.
Welcome to Israel! Upon arrival at Ben Gurion airport this afternoon you’ll be greeted and escorted to nearby Tel Aviv, a bustling seaside metropolis representing the modern face of Israel and the center of commerce and culture. En route, see Rabin Square and the memorial to Nobel Peace Prize winner, Yitzhak Rabin. Drive along the road hugging the promenade stretching along the Mediterranean seafront before arriving at your upscale sea-facing hotel. Dan Panorama Hotel
Day 3
Tel Aviv/Jaffa.
This morning your tour director holds a welcome briefing.  Following the briefing, enjoy a guided morning walk of the picturesque neighborhood of Neve Zedek, dating to the early 1900’s. Walk along the maze of narrow streets lined with restored historic Bauhaus and Art Deco buildings, galleries and quaint shops. The afternoon is at leisure to stroll along the lively seaside promenade or relax at an outdoor cafe. This evening delight in a tour of Old Jaffa where you’ll visit the Artists Quarter and savor dinner. (B,D)
Day 4
This morning depart Tel Aviv, traveling north along the coastal road. Visit Caesarea, with its ancient Roman port and aqueduct, Byzantine streets and Crusader ruins. Visit the fascinating archeological discoveries and learn about the rich history of Caesarea. Ascend scenic Mt. Carmel for splendid views of the sparkling bay below and visit the colorful market of the Druze village. Arrive in Haifa and see the impressive golden-domed Baha’i Shrine and the stunning surrounding Persian gardens. Proceed to Nazareth and visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, traditionally built above the home of the Virgin Mary and the place where the imminent birth of her son was announced to her. Arrive at your hotel located in the scenic Galilee region, within a short driving distance of the Sea of Galilee. After dinner attend a lecture about one of Israel’s most unique traditions, the Kibbutz, where members follow communal living. Lavi Kibbutz Hotel (B,D)
Day 5
Optional Golan & Galilee Excursion.
Enjoy a full day at leisure. We suggest you join an exciting full day excursion ($90, lunch included) to some of northern Israel’s prime attractions. Start with a delightful boat ride on the tranquil Sea of Galilee. Then, ascend the Golan Heights, a volcanic plateau, and enjoy spectacular vistas of the Sea of Galilee and fertile valley below. Here, tour a local winery and sample the wines. After lunch continue to Safed, the mystical Kabbalah center and a thriving artists’ colony before returning to your hotel late this afternoon. (B,D)
Day 6
Capernaum/Tabgha/Beth Shean/Jerusalem.
Start your day with a guided tour of Kibbutz Lavi, then drive to Tiberias and visit Capernaum, site of an ancient Byzantine synagogue and a church believed to be on the site of St. Peter’s house. Continue to Tabgha, traditional site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes. Later, proceed to Beth Shean to view the stunning remains and amphitheater of a well-preserved Roman city. You’ll also stop in Beth Alpha to admire the magnificent mosaic floor of the 6th century synagogue. Voyage through the lush Jordan River Valley and ascend the Judean Hills to Mt. Scopus for a traditional welcome to Jerusalem. Arrive at your hotel, centrally located near the Old City walls. Dan Panorama Hotel (B)
Day 7
It is difficult to imagine a city quite as unique as Jerusalem anywhere in the world. Tradition has it that Jerusalem is where King Solomon built the great temple, Jesus was crucified and Muhammad visited on his Night Journey. From the Mount of Olives, admire the stunning views of the city below. An expert guide leads you today on a walk of the Old City. View up close the Western Wall (Wailing Wall), the remnants of the Second Temple and visit the Davidson Center, where fascinating multi-media exhibits, including a reconstruction of the Herodian Temple Mount, bring to life the various periods in Jerusalem’s history. Later, stroll through the magnificently restoredCardo, the old Roman Road. Follow the ancient Via Dolorosa and the Stations of the Cross to the Christian Quarter and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the traditional site of the Crucifixion. Later tour Mount Zion and view King David’s Tomb and the Room of the Last Supper. Balance of the day is at leisure to enjoy Jerusalem’s unique atmosphere at your own pace. (B)
Day 8
Masada/Dead Sea Excursion.
Today’s included memorable full day excursion begins with a drive along the shores of the Dead Sea past Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Arrive in Masada, an isolated mountain-top fortress. Ascend Masada by cable car and enjoy a guided tour to discover the remains of the fortress built by King Herod and the last stronghold of the Zealots resistance against the Romans. Proceed to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth where you’ll enjoy several leisurely hours at the beach, pool and public facilities of a famous spa-hotel located on the sea shores. With an exceptionally high content of salt and minerals, the Dead Sea offers an opportunity to “float” on the water as well as therapeutic qualities. Enjoy an included lunch and float on the Dead Sea! Later tour Ahava Laboratories where beauty products are made with minerals from the Dead Sea before returning to Jerusalem late this afternoon. (B,L)
Day 9
This morning, visit Yad Vashem, a memorial dedicated to the remembrance of the Holocaust. Later, tour the renowned Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum, where the exceptional 2000 year-old Dead Sea Scrolls are housed and stroll through the lovely Billy Rose Sculpture Garden. In the afternoon, you may choose an optional tour to Bethlehem, visiting the Church of the Nativity ($30). (B)
Day 10
Enjoy a guided walking tour of the Old City today. Walk through the winding alleys housing the colorful bazaar where you may find unique souvenirs. Tour David’s Citadel and visit the engaging Tower of David Museum where you can explore the entire history of Jerusalem. Afternoon at leisure. This evening celebrate with your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner. (B,D)
Day 11
Jerusalem/USA or Eilat.
Early this morning, transfer to the airport to end your holy land tours for your return flight to the USA, or continue your exciting journey with an extension to Eilat with an optional Petra excursion.

Add four days in the sun-kissed resort of Eilat on the Red Sea with an opportunity to join a full day optional excursion to world-renowned Petra!  Your extension is locally hosted.

Day 11 Extension
After breakfast travel to Eilat, Israel’s southern-most city located on the Red Sea. Arrive at your resort hotel and enjoy leisure time to relax at your hotel’s pool or on the beach, stroll along the seafront promenade and dine in one of the outdoor cafes and restaurants. Dan Panorama Eilat Hotel (B)
Day 12 Extension
Optional Petra Excursion.
A day at leisure. We recommend an unforgettable optional full day excursion ($289*, lunch included) to mystical Petra, Jordan. Built over 2000 years ago as the Nabatean capital, Petra is one of the world’s most marvelously preserved archeological sites. With a local expert you’ll explore the rose-colored city carved out of rock face. Discover the imposing facades of the awe-inspiring palaces, temples and tombs before returning to Eilat late today. (B)
* Jordan visa and border crossing fees are not included in the price and will be collected at the border.

Day 13 Extension
Day at leisure for sun & surf. You may visit the Coral Reef Underwater Observatory and the Dolphin Reef or join a jeep excursion to view desert wildlife. (B)
Day 14 Extension
Today, travel back to Jerusalem where the remainder of the day is at leisure for independent activities. Dan Panorama Jerusalem Hotel (B)
Day 15 Extension
Early this morning, transfer to the airport for your return flight home. Your magical journey to Israel ends as you arrive the USA later today.

Check out this video from a smarTours traveler on this trip of a lifetime!

Optional Tours

To enhance your visit to Israel, you will be offered several optional tours. Rates are in US Dollars, payable in cash only, and are based on a minimum number of participants.  Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment, and the optional tours listed below may not be available on all departure dates. Note that optional tours are non-refundable.

Golan & Galilee Excursion (approx. $90 per person, lunch included)
Start with a delightful boat ride on the tranquil Sea of Galilee. Then, ascend the Golan Heights, a volcanic plateau, and enjoy spectacular vistas of the Sea of Galilee and fertile valley below. Here, tour a local winery and sample the wines. After lunch continue to Safed, the mystical Kabbalah center and a thriving artists’ colony before returning to your hotel late this afternoon.

Bethlehem / Church of Nativity Tour (Approx. $30 per person)
The Bethlehem tour will involve leaving the State of Israel and crossing the border into the Palestinian Authority. Upon arriving into the West Bank, you will be met by your Palestinian tour guide who will accompany you on on this tour. You will visit the Church of the Nativity, commemorating the birthplace of Jesus Christ. Also, please note that Bethlehem is undergoing renovations, which are scheduled to continue through 2017. You can expect to see scaffolding on parts of the structure.

Illuminated Jerusalem with Festive Shabbat Dinner (Approx. $52 per person)
If you choose this option, you’ll first visit the Western Wall to witness the beginning of the Sabbath services before proceeding to the Hass Promenade for amazing views of the Jerusalem and the illuminated walls surrounding the old city. End this optional evening with a Shabbat dinner at Kibbutz Ramat Rachel.

Petra (Jordan) Excursion (Approx. $289* per person, lunch included)
An unforgettable optional full day excursion to mystical Petra, Jordan. Built over 2000 years ago as the Nabatean capital, Petra is one of the world’s most marvelously preserved archeological sites. With a local expert you’ll explore the rose-colored city carved out of rock face. Discover the imposing facades of the awe-inspiring palaces, temples and tombs before returning to Eilat late today.
* Jordan visa and border crossing fees are not included in the price and will be collected at the border.

Trip Preparation


Your flights from New York’s JFK Airport to Israel and back to JFK are on the following airlines with the corresponding schedules.  We recommend that you arrive in JFK at least 3 ½ hours before the scheduled departure. 

Departure Date Airline Airport Depart Return
(Main Tour)
(Eilat Extension)
2019: Feb. 14 El Al Airlines New York (JFK) 8:30PM 5:30AM
(Feb. 25)
(Mar. 1)
2019: Mar. 7 El Al Airlines New York (JFK) 6:00PM 4:00PM 4:00PM
2019: Apr. 4 Delta Airlines New York (JFK) 11:00PM 5:00AM
(Apr. 15)
(Apr. 19)
2019: May 9 El Al Airlines New York (JFK) 11:45PM 3:00PM 3:00PM
2019: May 23, Aug. 22, Sep. 12 El Al Airlines New York (JFK) 6:00PM 3:15PM 3:15PM
2019: Oct 24 Austrian Airlines / Lufthansa Airlines New York (JFK) 5:30PM 1:45PM 2:30PM
2019: Nov 7 El Al Airlines New York (JFK) 6:00PM 10:00PM 3:00PM


Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing customs and immigration if you are planning a connecting flight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours.  Please note that flight schedules are subject to change without prior notice.

El Al and Turkish Airlines do not assign seats in advance. Seat assignments can only be arranged at the airport upon check in. If you have a preferred seating choice, please make sure you check in for your flight as early as possible. These airlines do not offer any frequent flyer miles.


International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land only travelers are responsible for arranging the entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.

Main Tour Only: Land only services start upon independent check in at Tel Aviv hotel on Day 2 of the itinerary listed on the tour page. Land Only services end after breakfast at Jerusalem hotel on Day 11 of the itinerary listed on the tour page.

Main Tour + Extension: Land only services start upon independent check in at Tel Aviv hotel on Day 2 of the itinerary listed on the tour page. Land only services end after breakfast at Jerusalem hotel on Day 14 of the itinerary listed on the tour page.


You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. American passport holders do not require a visa to visit Israel. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. For passengers taking the Eilat Extension and purchasing the optional Petra day-excursion, you’ll have to pay both Israel and Jordan border fees as well as Jordan visa fee (granted locally) which total approx. USD 132 per person.
These fees are not included on the tour cost and will be collected at the border. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.


Your airline tickets along with final instruction and additional travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.  Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.


Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you should consult your personal physician, local public health authorities or the Center of Disease Control (CDC) as to their suggestions.


You may expect daytime high temperatures averaging in the 50’s and 60’s in January, February and December, 60’s and 70’s in March and November, 70’s and 80’s in April and October, 80’s in May and September, 80’s and 90’s in June, July and August. Overnight temperatures are cooler. Daytime temperatures in Eilat are warmer.


The hotels used on this tour have dining choices from coffee shop to specialty restaurants.  Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $20-25 per meal per person. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.


Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards.  However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency (in some markets U.S. Dollars may be accepted).  There are plenty of ATM machines and your hotel can also exchange for you US dollars cash to local currency.   It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.


Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase), max. 44 pounds and one carry-on piece. Carry on must not exceed 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of casual separates with climate and comfort in mind.

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by Adrienne Bergen on smarTours
Wonderous Trip to Israel!

Too bad I cannot give this trip more stars, only 5 just is not enough. I have been thinking about what to write in this review ever since our tour began. I have been searching for just the right words and I have failed. There are no words to explain how much I learned, how many incredible experiences we had, how much we appreciated our free time to make our own plans. Our guide, Dan Ofri, filled our heads to overflowing with the spectacular history of this country. His awe at the sites, his joy and pride, and yes his tears at times, helped us to feel the life that inhabits this land. Thank you for a wonderful trip. Hotel choices placed us in just the right locale for our free time adventures... walkable or right near public transportation.This was our fourth Smartours trip and we are already planning our next adventure.

by Cynthia Gerson on smarTours
Experience of a Lifetime

Let me start by stating that this was my second trip to Israel, the first occurred in 1988 and so many things have changed, but mainly for the better. My first trip was not with a tour group, so I was unsure if this would provide me with the same experience or better/worse. SmarTours made the trip easy, they met us at the airport and put us on a bus to Tel Aviv. They handled all of the luggage for the entire 2 week trip, getting it from the bus to the hotel room and vice/versa. Our tour guide Arie was amazing. From the first day he explained in depth what and how the trip would include and clarified where we would go and why. He and hotel staff would wake us every morning so that no one was late and everything was achieved in a timely manner. We traveled from Tel Aviv to Jaffe on foot and we were allowed a free afternoon and then dinner by bus with the whole group. We were a total of 34 people and each and every person was friendly, nice and interesting. The next day we went to Caesarea, Haifa and Galilee. In each and every place we went Arie provided us with enormous amounts of information and his knowledge and expertise was incredible. I had asked if there would be a quiz at the end of the tour and he laughed and said there should be. My friend and I went the next day on the optional Golan and Galilee excursion, which included a boat ride in the sea of Galilee and a stop in Safed, which was the highlight of the tour up to that time. The next day we traveled by bus to Capernaum and two other stops on the way to Jerusalem. The sites that we saw were all exceptional and our interest and awareness always increased with Arie's explanations and historic references helping to aide in our understanding of the full history and the who, what and where of each time period. That evening we arrived in the most amazing place in the world, Jerusalem. The old city is fascinating and with Arie's knowledge and descriptions so much had become clear to me that I didn't understand on my first visit. With SmarTours you see everything of importance and even other things that you don''t know is important until you have been there with someone who has the knowledge and expertise to teach you. The next day we went to Masada. It was late May and early June, but it was at least 90 degrees Fahrenheit but I didn't want to miss a bit so I kept going even though Arie continued to find shady places to see, hear and watch from. After Masada, we spent the afternoon at a hotel right next to the Dead Sea. It is true you cannot drown, but it is an unusual experience. The next day in Jerusalem we went to Yad Vashem. Even if you have been to another holocaust museum, this place will touch you deep in your heart and soul regardless of you religion or background. Arie let us visit this at our own pace and we had at least 3 hours and when we all met some went to Bethlehem and others went back to hotel for an afternoon at leisure and we sat by the pool. The last day in Jerusalem we went back to the old city and shopped. My friend and I decided early on that we would go to Eilat and visit Petra in Lebanon. So as people caught their planes home we drove to Eilat. That part of the trip was truly relaxing as the tour days often started early and went into the late afternoon. The trip to Petra was extraordinary. We had a different guide because Arie couldn't work in Lebanon, however, he took us to the Israeli border and met us when we returned. That day was excruciatingly hot but I made the 7 mile round trip primarily because I was continuously looking up and around at most amazingly shaped rocks and of course, the surprise!
As I loved this trip so much , I took another SmarTours trip in September to Italy.

by Karen Camhi on smarTours
What a wonderful time!

I never went on a guided tour. As a matter of fact, I was totally against them. I loved researching and doing it all myself. I decided to take a Smartour trip to Israel because I didn't know how to speak or read Hebrew and I want d to safely see it all. We'll see it all I did. I saw Israel through the eyes and knowledge of our guide. Ari. This man was not only extremely knowledgeable, but was a passionate representative of his country. His treasure chest of facts, stories and geography made our trip come alive. He made us see things we may have never noticed or have known. I learned how to tell the different eras of construction, why certain ruins were placed where they were, what in setu means even though I can't spell it! Ari was entertaining and intense. He insisted we listen and watch his description and maps of various areas. He also took the time to take us to places that he didn't have too. He made this trip unforgettable! I hope to return to Israel and I will make sure he is my guide again so my family can experience this wonderful experience. To say I am satisfied is an understatement. I will be taking another Smartour in the near future. You have me hooked!

by Roni Einhorn on smarTours
Excellent Tour to Israel

An absolutely wonderful trip to Israel. While I was somewhat anxious about security I felt very safe wherever we went. Our guide , Dan Ofri, was precise in getting us to locations; considerate about all personal needs and health issues; willing to go the extra mile with individuals when needs arose; and was extremely knowledable about the history of the land and was able to impart his wealth of knowledge with ease, confidence and passion....a master teacher! You could not ask for a better guide to take you through the ages of Israel. The Hotels and Kibuttz Hotel were all excellent and accommodating and the food very good. It was also nice to have some free time to explore on your own. Dan was helpful with suggestions as to where to venture (and where not to) and also for restaurants. Our bus driver, Vladimir, I might add was an absolutely amazing driver in how he so swiftly maneuvered the purple bus in and out of the narrow and winding streets...Bravo! If you are hesitant to go on this tour...just go and you will have no regrets. A wonderful tour!

by Reba Bezner on smarTours
A fabulous tour

Our wonders of Israel tour was more than we expected. My husband was a little reluctant to travel to Israel. I convinced him to go and he had a wonderful time as well. Out our leader Alon was spectacular. He truly made israel come alive. His explanations of all the sights we visited were not only historical, his side comments made everything come alive. All the Dan hotels we stayed in were beautiful. The breakfasts unbelievable and the staff at the hotels so helpful. A shout out to Naim at the Dan Jerusalem, he had wonderful suggestions for restaurants. The Shabbat dinner at kibbutz Rachel was delicious as well as beautiful. Again Alon shined as he help lead a short Friday night service with help of some members of our tour group. He explained everything so well to those who have never participated in a Shabbat dinner. I feel however that we should have spent more time st Yad Vashem. It is a very moving experience and he amount of time spent there was really not enough. A tour to Bethlehem was scheduled for the afternoon of Yad Vashem. When speaking to some Israelis re:Bethlehem they said why did you go as it is in the West Bank, it is not safe! The church was under major renovations and we were really not able to see the historical sights.That was the only downside of our trip. We took the extended trip to Eliat with three other people from our tour. Eliat was beautiful. The restaurants delicious (Pastoria--yummy) and the people we met very warm. Can't wait to go on another Smartour.

by Ginny Reeves on smarTours
May 26, 2016

The tour was rich in culture and history . Our tour director, Ilan, was very well versed in the religions and history of Israel. Plus, he is friendly, personable and comfortable to be with.
The hotels were very comfortable and the breakfasts excellent. We enjoyed staying at the kibbutz for the experience.
We enjoyed Tel Aviv and would have spent another day there. We toured Jaffa in the morning and we went to Neve Zedek on our own in the afternoon.
We went on all the optional tours. Petra is a must. Eilat was interesting and relaxing, but Petra is the highlight.
The Galilee and Golan day was good. We had fun on the boat and the winery was a good experience for us Californians.
The Bethelem optional tour was not my favorite, but was probably because of the restoration work being done on the Church of the Nativitiy.
We went to the Sabbath dinner at a kibbutz near Jerusaleum. The experience was interesting and fun, but the price was a little high for the food served.

zedek, on our own

by Barbara Cohen on smarTours
A fabulous trip back in time.

This was our first trip to Israel and it was an amazing, educational experience. Our tour guide, Dan, gave us a crash college course in 2500 years of history during our trip. Everyone was in awe of his knowledge, and he was a great tour leader, handling smoothly any concerns that came up. The hotels were all great. Do not miss the extension to Petra. It is well worth the extra cost. However, prepare appropriately for possible very hot weather. If you take the horse and buggy up the hill at the end of the Petra visit, confirm the price ahead of time (should be 30 dollars) ask for a receipt and make sure the driver takes you back to the entrance all the way at the top where you first enter. Otherwise, you will still have an uphill hike as we unfortunately did. Jerusalem, Masada and Petra were the best parts of this great tour. If you are traveling with friends or family, make sure to let smarTours know that you are traveling together so you get plane seats together. This was a physically exhausting trip but well worth it, and we felt safe the whole time.

by Dorothy Galica on smarTours
Wonders of Israel

My first tour with SMARTOURS. From the beginning (reservations, questions) everything was done professionally and responses were quick. Our flight (from JFK) was on El Al and the service was exceptional. The tour guide, Uri Mor was a treasure. He gave us a view of Israel not found in any guide books. Any questions were answered (even if he had to find the answers). I highly recommend this tour. The price was great! My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The accommodations at the DAN hotels were superb. There was one thing, however, our return to the USA WAS ON THE DAY AFTER THE ENORMOUS SNOWSTORM hit NYC in January. But we landed safely and returned home safely.

by Katharine Ikeler on smarTours
Amazing Multi Layered Israel

The richness and complexity of Israel can hardly be described, but must be experienced. Our Tour Director, Ophir Keshet, was without doubt the best I have had the pleasure to travel with. His knowledge of the history of the people and the land was remarkable,but it was his passion for his home country that truly made this tour come alive!!

by Laura Chyfetz on smarTours
Israel February 2016

My husband and I went on our first trip with SmarTours last month. Our entire experience was wonderful! SmarTours arranged a fabulous itinerary and was great. The trip was very well organized and gave us an extensive overview of Israel. Our tour guide, Shmulik Eitan was just incredible! He was extremely knowledgeable, accommodating and thorough. He was an excellent story teller and explained the history and importance of every site so that it gave our group a very good understanding. Our bus driver was very personable and fun to have on the bus. We had a wonderful group which also made our trip fantastic! We would definitely organize another trip with SmarTours!

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