Fascinating Israel with Colleen Alsberg

May 4, 2019 to May 14, 2019

Israel has been a pilgrimage center for people throughout the ages and is a treasure trove of historical and biblical sights. On this Israel tour, start in Tel Aviv and end in Jerusalem with overnights also in Haifa and Kibbutz Lavi. Along the way, you’ll visit its most famous and interesting sights, including many of its UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Baha’i Shrine, the world center of Baha’i faith; Acre, a historic walled port-city where you’ll tour the excavated part of the immense underground Crusader City, dating from 1104-1291; and Masada, a rugged cliff-top fortress where Jewish zealots chose death rather than slavery to the Romans.

Also visit many of the sights associated with Jesus, including Cana, site of the first miracle; Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount; Capernaum, where Jesus recruited his first followers among the fishermen; the Garden of Gethsemane with its Rock of Agony, where Jesus prayed his last prayer before his arrest; the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, erected over the site of the crucifixion; the house of Caiaphas, where Jesus was kept the night after his arrest; and the Church of the Nativity, which stands on the site where Jesus was born.

You’ll also visit the Wailing Wall, the Jewish religion’s most holy shrine; the Israel Museum, with the Dead Sea Scrolls; and much more. Take a cruise on the Sea of Galilee and hear a lecture on kibbutz life. Additionally, you’ll travel to the Dead Sea, where you can experience the buoyancy feeling in the water and receive a salt scrub gift.

These are just some of the many highlights of this once-in-a-lifetime Israel vacation!

Your journey begins aboard a motorcoach transfer from select cities to Chicago O’Hare, where you will board your overnight flight to Tel Aviv

Welcome to Tel Aviv! Tonight, enjoy this evening’s welcome dinner with your traveling companions and Tour Director.

Hotel: Herods Hotel Tel Aviv (or similar)
Meal: Dinner

Drive into the ancient land of the Philistines and in the Valley of Elah. Stop at the site of David’s victory over the Philistine champion, Goliath, and hear about this biblical event. Later, refresh your memory with the tale of Samson and Delilah as you proceed through the land of the Dan tribe to the wide Valley of Ayalon. At strategic Latrun, visit the MONASTERY OF THE TRAPPIST MONKS. Continue along the Mediterranean shore and stop in Jaffa for a walk through the beautifully restored ancient port, where medieval pilgrims started their strenuous 2-day trek to Jerusalem. Return to Tel Aviv.

Hotel: Herods Hotel Tel Aviv (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

Start your tour of the Holy Land with Caesarea, the perfect place to learn about the Roman and Crusader presence in the country. Visit the ROMAN AMPHITHEATER and the impressive CRUSADER FORTRESS, and admire Herod’s stadium and harbor. Visit Acre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at the northern end of the lovely Bay of Haifa. Acre became the capital of the Crusader kingdom after its conquest by Richard the Lionheart. Marvel at the forbidding Ottoman fortress and tour the excavated part of the immense underground CRUSADER CITY with its secret passageways and the vaulted crypt of the Knights of St. John. Continue to Haifa, a city with a long history dating back to biblical times, and enjoy a visit to the golden-domed BAHA’I SHRINE, the world center of Baha’i faith.

Hotel: Dan Panorama, Haifa (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast, Dinner

Drive to Nazareth in Galilee to visit the contemporary CHURCH OF THE ANNUNCIATION. Next, travel on to Cana, where Jesus changed water into wine at a wedding. To this day, many couples renew their wedding vows at this sacred place. After a panoramic view over Lake Tiberias, enjoy a CRUISE on the Sea of Galilee, and see an ancient fisherman’s boat said to be from the time of Christ. Time to relax before dinner. This evening, you are invited for a LECTURE ON KIBBUTZ LIFE.

Hotel: Kibbutz Lavi, Kibbutz (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Heading towards the Sea of Galilee, visit the MOUNT OF BEATITUDES, where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount. On to CAPERNAUM, where Jesus recruited his first followers among the fishermen. Via the ruins of Kursi, which memorialize two of Jesus’ miracles, arrive at the Jordan River and visit a BAPTISMAL SITE. Then, visit the ancient city of Bet She’an with its fine ROMAN and BYZANTINE RELICS. The city is located at the foot of Mount Gilboa, where King Saul and his son died by their own hands in battle with the Philistines. On the way to Jerusalem, stop for a breathtaking panoramic view of the Holy City, considered one of the oldest places in the world, with a history dating back as far as 4000 BC.

Hotel: Dan Panorama Jerusalem (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Drive through the Judean wilderness to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on the surface of the Earth. Enjoy the scenery as you follow the road between the salty water and majestic desert mountains. Catch glimpses of the caves of Qumran, where the precious Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Ascend by cable car to the spectacular cliff-top FORTRESS of Masada, and hear how 960 Jewish rebels made their last stand against Roman forces. Around lunchtime, reach one of the comfortable Dead Sea resorts for free time to experience the incredible buoyancy in the heavy saltwater and receive a SALT SCRUB GIFT. Then, back to Jerusalem.

Hotel: Dan Panorama Jerusalem (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Visit YAD VASHEM, the “World Holocaust Remembrance Center,” then continue to the ISRAEL MUSEUM to see the Shrine of the Book and the Dead Sea Scrolls as well as a scale model of Jerusalem at the time of Christ. Proceed to Bethlehem and see Shepherd’s Field, where the angels announced the birth of Jesus. Next, visit the CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY, which stands on the site where Jesus was born.

Hotel: Dan Panorama Jerusalem (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Visit the GARDEN TOMB, and after a stunning view of the city from the revered MOUNT OF OLIVES, start your guided walking tour. View the Chapel of Dominus Flevit, designed in the shape of a teardrop to symbolize the tears of Christ, arrive at the GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE, where Jesus prayed the night before his arrest. Nearby are the Cave of the Assumption of Mary, believed to be the Virgin Mary’s tomb; and the Cave of Betrayal, where Judas betrayed Jesus. Follow the VIA DOLOROSA with its Stations of the Cross, marking the path Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion. In Golgotha, visit the CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE, erected on the site of the crucifixion and which houses the remaining five Stations of the Cross. On to the WESTERN WALL, the only remnant of the Second Temple. View the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock, which are sacred to both the Jewish and Muslim people.

Then, stroll through the restored Jewish Quarter to MOUNT ZION and visit the UPPER ROOM, where Jesus and his disciples had the last supper; the TOMB OF KING DAVID; and the HOUSE OF CAIAPHAS, where Jesus was kept the night after his arrest and where Peter denied knowing him three times. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with your traveling companions of an unforgettable journey through the Holy Land.

Hotel: Dan Panorama Jerusalem (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy breakfast this morning before our morning tour to Underground Jerusalem. Underground Jerusalem is an archaeological site in ancient Jerusalem, located beneath the neighborhood of Silwan. It is said to be where Jerusalem was born. Situated on a narrow ridge south of Temple Mount in East Jerusalem, it is understandably one of the most extensively excavated sites in the city. The underground city is open to visitors, who can use the same underground tunnels that residents would have used 2,000 years ago. The afternoon and evening is at leisure.

Hotel: Dan Panorama Jerusalem (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast this morning you will be transferred to Tel Aviv for your flight home. Upon arrival in Chicago, your motorcoach will transfer you to your original pick up location.

Meal: Breakfast


Air-Inclusive Package

  • Round-trip motorcoach transportation to Chicago O’Hare airport
  • Round-trip air from Chicago O’Hare to Tel Aviv roundtrip including current air taxes and fees
  • Round-trip airport/hotel transfers in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

Tour Services

  • Luxury air-conditioned motorcoach with on-board restroom for transportation and sightseeing
  • Headset for guided sightseeing visits and walking tours
  • Escorted by a professional, local Tour Director
  • Professional tour manager from Fox World Travel*
  • Customized, informative travel documents containing trip details and helpful packing and planning information

Hotel Accommodations

  • Two nights in Tel Aviv
  • One night in Haifa
  • One night in Kibbutz
  • Five nights in  Jerusalem

Hotel accommodations for nine nights in four-star hotels, including hotel service charges, taxes and luggage handling for one bag. Similar hotels may be substituted.

Included Dining

  • Daily Buffet Breakfast
  • Six three-course dinners with wine, including welcome dinner in Tel Aviv and farewell dinner in Jerusalem

Included Sightseeing

  • TEL AVIV: Welcome dinner
  • LATRUN AREA: Visit the site of David’s victory over Goliath in the Valley of Elah, the Monastery of the Trappist Monks in Latrun
  • JAFFA: Walking tour of the ancient port
  • CAESAREA: Visit the Roman Amphitheater and the Crusader fortress
  • ACRE: Visit the underground Crusader city
  • HAIFA: Visit the Baha’i Shrine
  • NAZARETH: Visit the Church of the Annunciation
  • CANA: Visit the site of the first miracle
  • SEA OF GALILEE: Panoramic view; see an ancient fisherman’s boat; [LF] enjoy a cruise
  • KIBBUTZ: Lecture on kibbutz life
  • MOUNT OF BEATITUDES: Visit the site where Jesus delivered his sermon
  • CAPERNAUM: Visit the site where Jesus recruited his followers
  • RIVER JORDAN: Visit a baptismal site
  • BET SHE’AN: Admire its Roman and Byzantine relics
  • JERUSALEM: A panoramic view from the Mount of Olives; visit the Garden of Gethsemane; guided walking tour, follow the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Western Wall, and walk through the Jewish Quarter to Mount Zion, visit the Upper Room, the tomb of King David, and the house of Caiaphas; visit Yad Vashem and the Israel Museum; the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem; the Garden Tomb; farewell dinner; underground Jerusalem
  • MASADA: Ride a cable car and visit the cliff-top fortress
  • DEAD SEA: Experience the buoyancy feeling in the Dead Sea water and receive a salt scrub gift

* Minimum group required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to participate. In the unlikely event the minimum number is not reached, the tour will still include a professional local guide in the destination.

Tour-Only

Tour Only
Arrange your own airfare
Based on double occupancy

Air-Inclusive

Includes round-trip airfare from Chicago O'Hare
Motorcoach to Chicago from select pick-up points
Based on double occupancy

Single Supplement: $914.00
Initial Deposit: $400.00 per person
Final Payment Due:
No later than February 1, 2019

*Above base pricing is per person based on double occupancy.  All air taxes and fees of $563.72 per person are included and subject to change.

Not Included: Travel Insurance, gratuities for airport porters, tour guides, motorcoach drivers, meals (other than those included in the package), optional excursions that may be offered, trip cancellation insurance, and any items of a personal nature.

Early Booking Discount: Book and deposit by November 26, 2018 and receive a $275.00 discount per person

Welcome Back Discount: Past Passengers of Globus Family of Brands receive an additional $150.00 discount per person. Call agent for more information.

**Must have traveled with Globus, Cosmos or Avalon within the last five years to qualify for past passenger discount.

**Discounts are subject to change at any time

Departing from Chicago

Departure on May 4, 2019

Flight #DepartDeparture TimeArriveArrival Time
United #2193Chicago O’hare9:02 a.m.Newark12:13 p.m.
United #84Newark4:45 p.m.Tel Aviv10:15 am + 1 day

 

Return on May 14, 2019

Flight #DepartDeparture TimeArriveArrival Time
United #85Tel Aviv12:15 p.m.Newark5:15 p.m.
United #1611Newark8:25 p.m.Chicago O’Hare9:52 p.m.

Flight schedules are subject to change and FWT has no control over flight changes, delays or cancellations.  Tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference. Additional restrictions may apply.  A minimum of 10 passengers is needed for the group air. Checked baggage fees may apply.

Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.

colleen-alaskaAbout Your Host, Colleen Alsberg

Colleen began her career with Fox World Travel in 1995. After escorting her first tour, a motorcoach group to Canada, she fell in love with the job and hasn’t stopped since.  In her 20+ years of being a tour manager, her travels have taken her throughout the Americas & Europe.  She has met wonderful people and shared a multitude of experiences with them in destinations like Alaska, Hawaii, Italy, Ireland, France, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean & Mexico and so many more!

Her personal travels have extended throughout the world including Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Scandinavia, Russia, South America, the South Pacific and the Middle East.  Her travel list is never-ending!  She’s been truly blessed and hopes to continue exploring new destinations throughout our amazing world!

Optional Insurance:

Cancellation and travel protection is strongly recommended. Fox World Travel offers several plans with Travel Guard Insurance. Details and rates can be obtained from your travel consultant.

Cancellation Penalties:

  • From date of deposit to February 1, 2019: Initial deposit of $400.00 per person
  • February 2 to February 27, 2019:  50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • February 28 to April 2, 2019: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • April 3, 2019 to 0 days prior to travel: No refund

Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.

A valid passport is required with a validity of at least six months beyond the return date of the trip.

Note: Daily Itinerary is subject to change. Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary.