From the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea, Nazareth to Jerusalem, journey beyond the reach of typical Jerusalem walking tours.
Follow the footpaths of figures from three of the world’s major religions during one epic walking adventure. In this storied region, we found the most rewarding and inspirational trails, and some fascinating people to reveal the real Israel to you – a date farmer, a Jew and an Arab who run a hostel together, residents of kibbutzim and moshavim, and wine growers. Ancient pilgrim paths upon sacred soils deliver you to Masada and Nazareth … the Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee … Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, Qumran, and the Valley of Elah … and finally to the very heart of the Holy Land, Jerusalem. This is so much more than other Jerusalam walking tours. This is a meditative journey unlike any other you’ll ever take.
- Walk the Israel National Trail to Caesarea, the remarkable ancient Herodian port city on the Mediterranean.
- Rise early for a sunrise hike up to the heights of Masada National Park, where you marvel at sweeping views of the Dead Sea.
- Sail in the wake of Biblical legends during a private cruise on the Sea of Galilee in a replica traditional wooden boat.
- Stroll the scenic Valley of Elah, where David famously confronted Goliath, rewarding yourself with a wine tasting and lunch in a Judaean vineyard.
- Follow in the footsteps of Jesus along the Gospel Trail to the Biblical towns of Nazareth and Capernaum.
Market House Hotel
Inspired by the history and atmosphere of ancient Jaffa, the Market House Hotel enjoys a central location in the heart of Tel Aviv. Look no further than the lobby to glimpse the area’s rich past: The ruins of a Byzantine Chapel are on display under its glass floor. Various artwork throughout further illuminates the city’s culture. Jaffa’s historic Clock Tower and renowned flea market are next door for your browsing pleasure. The 44 air-conditioned rooms exude a bohemian-chic vibe while the common areas offer small intimate spaces for gathering. Enjoy the warmest of welcomes in Israel’s famed White City.
Sofia Sea of Galilee Hotel
Set on the shores of the Sea of Galilee in the city of Tiberias, the Sofia Sea of Galilee Hotel provides sweeping views of the water. This lovely air-conditioned property occupies an historic stone house dating to the late 1800s, accented with colonnaded arches, gorgeous masonry and elegant wood panel. During your stay, indulge in a relaxing treatment at the hammam, or Turkish bath. Savor thoughtfully prepared Galilean cuisine and a glass of fine wine at the Altamira rooftop restaurant, with spellbinding views of the Jordan Valley and Upper Galilee. And delve into the region’s storied past in the inviting Abulafia Study Room.
Ein Gedi Hotel
Situated where the Judaean Desert meets the Dead Sea, Ein Gedi Hotel, a working kibbutz, puts you at the heart of one of Israel’s most scenic regions. A complimentary shuttle takes you to the buoyant mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea beckon. The resort’s spa, too, provides nurturing treatments. You are also at the heart of the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, a protected region where wildlife roams free and hundreds of plant species from all over the world flourish in a lush Botanical Garden. If you wish, immerse yourself in cultural activities and tours at an additional expense during your stay. Each air-conditioned room is airy and bright, with all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay.
American Colony Hotel
Elegant and gracious and located in a former Pasha’s residence, the American Colony Hotel is surrounded by lush tranquil gardens and the spirit of Old-World Jerusalem. For over 100 years, this boutique hotel has been serving elite visitors, from Bob Dylan to Winston Churchill. Air-conditioned rooms are comfortable and generously appointed. During your stay, walk to the Old City in just 15-minutes. Relax with a cool drink in the shaded courtyard, an oasis of calm. Take a refreshing dip in the pool. And choose from three unique dining venues at mealtime.
Linger Longer with a Tour Extension
2022 Pre-Tour Extension - Tel Aviv
- One night at the Market House Hotel
- Airport car service on arrival
- City information
- Daily breakfast
1 Night From $248
per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $198
All you have to do is get to the airport. On our Flight + Tour Combos, we’ll take care of the rest, handling all the logistics, so you can travel with peace of mind. Spend your first night aloft and arrive refreshed for an unforgettable trip.
Start off your first day in Tel Aviv right by having a Country Walkers representative greet you at the airport. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your centrally located hotel. From here, you are perfectly positioned to explore this charming city at your leisure.
Accommodation: Market House Hotel, Tel Aviv
2022 Post-Tour Extension - Petra & Wadi Rum
- One night at the Memories Aicha Luxury Camp
- Two nights at the Movenpick Resort Petra
- Flight from Ben Gurion Airport to Ramon Airport
- Airport car services
- Daily breakfast, two lunches, one dinner
- Two guided tours of Wadi Rum and two guided tours of Petra
- Three-day entrance ticket to Petra
3 Nights From $1798
per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $498
After breakfast, transportation is provided to Ben Gurion International Airport. You fly to Ramon International Airport in the south of Israel, where a representative meets you and assists you to the Jordanian border.
You will have instructions to help you pass through the border on your own. Your Country Walkers representative will be holding a Country Walkers sign with your name on it. After formalities and obtaining a visa, you meet your Bedouin guide and driver.
The magical, mysterious desert of Wadi Rum is your first destination in Jordan. After a bountiful buffet lunch, you climb aboard 4×4 Jeeps for a thrilling drive into the lunar-like landscape of gentle sands and hulking rock formations that form this UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit Lawrence Spring, named for T.E. Lawrence – Lawrence of Arabia – the famous Englishman and writer who fought alongside the Arabs in their revolt against the Ottoman Empire from 1916 to 1918. Continue to Khazali Canyon, a breathtaking dry ravine of soaring red rock where you stretch your legs on a 20-minute walk, stopping to view Nabataean inscriptions and drawings etched into the walls. Wrap up your adventure at the massive sand dunes of Wadi Rum.
Later, settle in to your luxurious camp, where your private tent sits at the foot of giant massifs soaring from the desert floor. Explore this evening with additional sunset excursions at your own expense: a thrilling camel ride or a desert walk. After the sun disappears, there’ll be time to admire an endless blanket of stars. Enjoy an indulgent dinner in Bedouin style, a traditional preparation of foods cooked underground. Note that you are welcome to bring your own wine or beer; the camp does not serve alcoholic beverages.
Accommodation: Memories Aicha Luxury Camp, Wadi Rum, Jordan
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After a hearty breakfast at the camp, head back into Wadi Rum to the Jabel Burdah Rock Bridge, a massive stone archway connecting two hulking rocks. Your walk to this stunning natural phenomenon is among the most spectacular footpaths in the desert. En route, you pass medicinal plants used by the Bedouins and inspiring vistas. From the top of the archway, the desert spreads before you in yellow and red hues.
After, you stop to meet a Bedouin family and witness their bread-baking talent. There’ll be time for a visit and some conversation over tea. Then your guide takes you to a scenic spot for a picnic lunch of specialties he has prepared.
Later, you arrive at Petra, the magnificent ancient Nabataean capital carved in red sandstone that was lost to desert sands for centuries. You approach the UNESCO World Heritage site by foot, passing a necropolis and entering the siq, an immense split in the Nubian sandstone. The winding fissure is about a half mile long and leads you through a narrow corridor enclosed by walls up to 300 feet tall. Then, at one final turn at the end of the passage, the spectacular Treasury building appears – Al Khazneh, one of the most elegant remains from antiquity. It 140-foot-high and 90-foot-wide façade was carved into the cliffside in the 1st century.
The Treasury – so named because early Bedouins who came upon it believed it contained treasures – is just the beginning of Petra’s wonders that you explore. The Nabataeans carved hundreds of structures, soaring temples, elaborate royal tombs, burial chambers, houses and even a theater into the rock, inspiring Victorian poet Dean Burgon to call it “a rose-red city half as old as time.” There’ll be time to explore its endless marvels with your guide or on your own.
Your hotel is directly across from the Petra visitor entrance. You end your day here with a dinner on your own at one of the property’s seven restaurants.
Accommodation: Movenpick Resort Petra, Wadi Musa, Jordan
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
After breakfast, you return to Petra for more exploration. But today, you arrive on foot via a little-known Bedouin walking trail through the magnificent mountain. You begin at Little Petra and its Siq al-Barid. Like at its larger counterpart, you enter through a narrow siq before wandering among its rock-strewn façades. This smaller city is thought to have been an agricultural center, trading post, and resupply depot for the camel caravans heading to Petra.
You depart Little Petra on foot, admiring this particularly picturesque region. You are walking among some of the oldest settlements in the world, including Al-Beidha, dating back to about 10,000 BC. Over 2-3 hours, you traverse open farmland, then follow a footpath across eroded sandstone. The Great Rift Valley opens up to the west and soon, you descend toward Petra, catching sight of one of its most impressive structures – the monumental carved façade of ad-Deir, the Monastery. Pause here for a rest and for some tea, exploring the ruins before following the stone steps of the Nabataean processional way to the heart of Petra, where more discoveries unfold.
After lunch on your own, explore further or return to the hotel for a relaxing afternoon. Perhaps partake of the resort’s hammam or Turkish bath treatments. Your evening is free to sample another of the hotel’s restaurants. If you wish, you may return to Petra for a night tour at an additional cost.
Note: Today’s guided walk from Little Petra to the Monastery is approximately six miles and is rated moderate, with a 950-ft. elevation gain and 750-ft. elevation loss. If you do not wish to join this walk you can be shuttled back to the hotel after exploring the archeological site of Little Petra.
Accommodation: Movenpick Resort Petra, Wadi Musa, Jordan
Included Meals: Breakfast
Wadaa’an! Enjoy a leisurely morning with an included breakfast today. You may wish to visit Petra one last time or relax at your hotel’s spa. Mid-morning, your driver will take you to the Avarba border where you will be met and escorted to Eilat Airport for your flight to Ben Gurion Airport for onward travels based on your departure time.
Included Meals: Breakfast
Flight + Tour Combo
|Exceptional boutique accommodations|
|15 on-tour meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners|
|Local guides with you throughout tour|
|Local wine and/or beer with dinner|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary|
|Travel assistance available 24/7 provided by Allianz Global Assistance|
|Telescopic Walking sticks provided on tour|
|One extra night in Tel Aviv and one extra night in Jerusalem|
|Airport car service for arrival & departure|
|Pre- and post-tour breakfasts|
|Business-class upgrades available|