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Reviews for Holy Land 4.5 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.

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4.5 , 27/11/13

Name

Margaret Boland

Tour Name

Holy Land

Tour Code

HL

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

The time spent in Jerusalem walking the Via Delarosa, visiting the church of Gethsemane and many other biblical sites.

Tour Leader Name

Khalil Haddad

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

Halil was very competent and organised and went to considerable trouble to fully explain the history and significance of each site visited. He also organised a lovely meal for the group on the last night of the tour as well as a couple of good places to shop along the way.

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

Bring good walking shoes. Bring some snacks with you each day especially in Jerusalem as the schedule is very busy with an early breakfast and the lunch break later than usual. Take time to explore the region near the hotel on your first night as there will not be an opportunity to do this the following day and the tour of Tel Aviv is necessarily short due to the busy itinerary. Consider arriving a day or two before the tour begins if you want to experience Tel Aviv.

Do You Have Anything Else To Add

This is a very varied tour which addresses history, religion and politics. It is busy and tiring but never dull. The Kibbutz is a great place to relax.

 
3.5 , 13/11/13

Name

Jenny McNeil

Tour Name

Holy Land

Tour Code

HL

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

My highlight was the mountaintop fortress of Massada. Standing in Herod's palace, on the tip of the cliff... amazing! And I also loved the crusader tunnels in Acre...and the Tell at Jericho, layers of history laid bare, and riding the cable car up to the Monastery of the Temptation at Jericho, a fascinating side trip (not on the itinerary)

Tour Leader Name

Khalil

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

Efficient, knowledgeable. Keen that we should understand the life of the Arabs of the Palestinian territories, but less keen to show us the life of the Jewish people in Israel. He arranged an excellent extra activity in Jericho, which was better than the expected camel ride.

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

Be aware that most of the bible sites have reasonably modern churches (though some are were very old indeed) so much of their interest is religious rather than antiquarian. If you wish to visit the Dome of the Rock on your last morning, make sure you arrive before the site opens, prepared to wait until it does. We arrived a few minutes after the site opened but after queuing for nearly 2 hrs, did not get in(which was annoying!)and had no second chance as next stop was the airport.

Do You Have Anything Else To Add

October was a good time to go, the weather was warm but not scorching. We had a huge storm in Jericho, so got to admire the local's astonishment at having a carpet of hailstones!

 
5 , 15/08/13

Name

Ian Hughes

Tour Code

HL

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

Walking around old Jerusalem both during the day and at night

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

Khalil, was great had excellent knowledge answered all questions and was happy to accommodate requests such as walking on the city walls.

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

We did not realise the temple mount was not part of the tour but asked to tour leader if we could make time for it which he did Sunday morning before we left.

Do You Have Anything Else To Add

Busy holiday with early starts but worth it; never a dull moment.

 
0 Peter Lawless, 27/04/12
If you want a holiday where every day is full of highlights , then this is for you. It is full on tourism & none stop. If visiting cultural & religious sites is your thing , then this is for you. The standard of accommodation was very good , particulary that provided by the 2 Kibbutizm. Travel in the bus isn't too bad , Israel is a small country. I flew on the group flight : El Al : Prior to check in you will be grilled by Israeli security - Take your final confirmation , You will be asked where you are staying , the group tour you are on , etc , etc. Show them that & you should be OK . If you have any visa or stamps from Lebanon , Syria , Iran you will be detained for questioning , particulary at Tel Aviv airport. Having said that El Al must be the most secure airline in the world.Try to get some Israeli money before you leave. Crossing the "Protection Barrier " into the West Bank was an interesting experience. We had a local guide , she worked hard to ensure we had a good time & told us what life was like for Israeli Arabs. I do not have any great religious faith but I found all sites particulary the Western Wall quite moving. The Yad Vashem Memorial in Jerusalem was quite a profound experience. I really enjoyed this holiday , unlike other Explore tours I have been on; you don't have a great deal of time to yourself , but the group were a bunch of OK people. I found the tour quite tiring ( maybe that's just me ) wake up call 6.30am on the bus for 8.00am , all good fun.
 
 
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