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Holy Land HL

Trip Duration 8 Days

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Holy LandScores 8.7 out of 10 based on 30 reviews
(10 out of 10)


Enjoyed the tour very much.
Very good tour guide - knowledgable and presenting facts and complex and rich history of the region in an easy and accessible way. Very friendly and approachable.
The tour may be too short - perhaps 10 days would give more time to explore and visit more places.
This was my first holiday with Explore and I am hoping to arrange another trip soon!!
Confirmed traveller: 03 September 2017
Published on: 10 September 2017
(10 out of 10)


Whitchurch Shropshire
Thank you so much for including the visit to the British war cemetery in the tours itinerary. It was a moving experience for everyone especially for Peter whose grandfather is buried there.
Confirmed traveller: 03 September 2017
Published on: 10 September 2017
(10 out of 10)


This is a very busy trip and as it says in the tour notes, it is Full On. Lots of historical and biblical sites to see. Tour guide, Yaron, was excellent. Some members of the group gave out about the local guide in Jericho, but I found him charming and a breath of fresh air. The hotel in Jerusalem was very good but it would have been preferably if it was based in the old quarter.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 30 April 2017
Published on: 18 May 2017
(7 out of 10)


This is a busy tour that provides a good overall view of the country. You hit all the top sites, but don't have much time to really explore them. Our guide, Yaron, was an encyclopedia of knowledge. Our Palestinian guide in Bethlehem was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and funny. However, our guide in Jericho was kind of a joke. At one point he literally took us to an open water main and told us it was the "Spring of Elija".

The accommodations were good, but we were switched to the Ramada in Jerusalem (which is a very nice hotel), but well away from the old city. Fortunately, there is a tram close by. Most of the meals were in tourist buffet type restaurants, which isn't unusual on these tours.

There were two extra activities listed for this trip (Sound and Light Show at The Tower of David and the Shabat of a Lifetime). Our guide had zero information on these and were told to figure it out on our own. That has NEVER happened before on any of my Explore trips, so I suggest that be fixed. Also, I was disappointed that Yad Vashem was quietly removed from the itinerary just before the trip started. It was listed in all the notes I had and was looking forward to seeing it.

I think this itinerary would benefit greatly from adding another day or two so that we could have had more time in Akko and to wander around the old city.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 30 April 2017
Published on: 04 May 2017
(6 out of 10)


This was a real whistle stop trip and we saw everything on an Israel holiday checklist, which is excellent, but there was absolutely no time to stand and stare, it was a real on the bus off the bus tour and lacked for me those little touches I like Explore for, I don't know maybe tea with the Bedouins in the desert, time to mooch around Akko, something different. I would follow the main itenery again (but add on some more
church free touches to give a bit more variety), and take double the time. 18 is also a bigger group than I am used to. The tour main leader was however excellent, the driver was equally good and his driving and attitude was faultless. The tour guide in Jericho, Ahmed, I don't believe was a tour guide, nice guy but pretty rubbish. Eating places were most often where the rest of the tourist buses ate and lacked imagination. Accommodation in Jerusalem was fine but I would have like to stay somewhere other than a chain and nearer the old city, the other places were good. The visit to the kibitz I really enjoyed. I did enjoy the whole trip but could have easily have enjoyed it more if it wasn't so rushed and packed each day, I would recommend Israel most strongly, but this has sort of put me off group travel for a while.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 30 April 2017
Published on: 03 May 2017
(5 out of 10)


Tour guide excellant but Jerusalem part too busy and last day too much churches and crowds which is a shame as most important day for me. Jericho was a waste of a day completely. Could have done with a bit of time out more. Tour guide did pack loads in and certainly earned his wages but sometimes too much to take in .
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 30 April 2017
Published on: 02 May 2017

Thanks for your feedback Judith, I’m sorry that we didn’t rate highly for you on this occasion and that some days of the itinerary were too busy for you. This is a full on trip, which means it is fast paced, packed with experiences and little free time. As I’m sure you can appreciate, Jerusalem is a very popular city and attracts a lot more tourists than the other places we visit on the itinerary. Jericho is also usually a highlight for most, but we have taken note of your feedback.

(9 out of 10)


We got to see so much on this fast-paced trip, which was to be expected given the itinerary. The tour guide, Yaron, was very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. Change of hotel for Jerusalem to Ramada Inn took us out of the city walls which meant catching a tram in the evening if we wanted to go out. The plus side of this, however, were the three dinners included. There was little down time.
Poor local tour guide in Jericho. It was embarrassing.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 30 April 2017
Published on: 02 May 2017
(10 out of 10)


My best holiday so far!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 13 April 2017
Published on: 15 April 2017
(9 out of 10)


Redhill, Surrey
It was a most enjoyable and informative trip, with the 14 travellers just the right size of group. The most interesting part for me was the Sea of Gallilee area, the Jordan Valley, seeing the Dead Sea, and the visit to Desada. I didn't enjoy the 'swim' in the Dead Sea as the bottom was very uneven and slippery making entering and leaving the water tortuous. (This is no doubt because the level of the Sea has fallen so much that the original smooth sloping shore, that one can see, is now high and dry). I wasn't particularly enamoured with the Ein Gedi water falls either. It was a lot of climbing for not much to see. Instead of this, and the 'swim' in the Dead Sea, I would have preferred to visit Megido and the Roman town at Beit She'an.

Nevertheless I very much enjoyed the tour, the rest of the group, and the guide, and would certainly recommend it to others, especially if those two changes were made. Early April is obviously a good time to go as the weather was good and, in most places, not too hot yet.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 09 April 2017
Published on: 16 April 2017
(8 out of 10)


this tour (holy land) is listed as eight days, but in fact it is only six days. we didn't see much of tel aviv and just two days for jerusalem is way too little. please extend this tour by at least two days: one for tel aviv (to see the white city) and at least one for jerusalem (there are too many sights and wonders for just two days; and this way the wailing wall can be visited on another day than saturday/shabat when no pictures are allowed to be taken)
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 09 April 2017
Published on: 11 April 2017