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Holy Land HL

Trip Duration 8 Days

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Holy LandScores 8.9 out of 10 based on 16 reviews
(9 out of 10)


Overall an excellent tour, jam packed full of a variety of visits every day. However Israel is full of tourists many of them from the USA, so many of the biblical sites are very crowded. Exceptions were the Ein Gedi National Park and Jericho. We enjoyed staying on the Kibbutzes, with good accommodation; but were disappointed with the cramped Post Hostel in Jerusalem. Although this had the advantage of being in Central Jerusalem and near both the Jaffa Gate to the Old City and a choice of restaurants.
Everything is very expensive in Israel including food although the portion sizes are generally very large. The tap water is safe to drink and gave us no problems at all. If you are flying out with Easyjet - buy a meal deal at the airport - its almost half the price.
Confirmed traveller: 31 October 2016
Published on: 05 November 2016
(10 out of 10)


This is a full-on tour but covers everything and does it very well. I wouldn't add anything. We didn't do any of the options - there wasn't enough people interested. Power plugs outside of main cities are two pin European ones. Comfy shoes - there is a lot of walking. Plenty of photo ops - bring lots of memory cards. Wifi is available more or less everywhere (at least all of the hotels). Best to change money in the Money Changing kiosks - they are all over the place. Better rates than the bank ATMs. To get the most out of the tour, would suggest you doing a little revision on Holy Land history and New Testament bible. It will help you process the tsunami of facts and information. Fantastic tour. I would recommend it.
Confirmed traveller: 30 October 2016
Published on: 05 November 2016
(9 out of 10)


This is a very busy tour and gives an excellent introduction to Israel and some areas of the West Bank. The travelling is broken up by visits along the way which were interesting and informative. I would have liked to have spent a little more time in some places and maybe too much was packed in to too short a space of time. However I felt like I had been away for more than a week and my head is full of sights and sounds which have given me a lot of pleasure. My favourite experiences were the different sites around the Sea of Galilee and the visit to Ein Gedi and Masada near the Dead Sea. I enjoyed the two stays in the kibbutzim and thought this was a must on any visit to Israel. There was a lot to see in Jerusalem and I was a bit disappointed that there was no time to see the Temple Mount. I was overwhelmed by the number of churches we visited however I enjoyed quite a lot of them. I would have liked to have spent a bit more time in the souks but I was too tired. I was very impressed with Yad Vashem and found it very moving. I'd recommend anyone to visit. Regarding food, I thought my best meals were fish and chips from the Galilee and at an arab restaurant in Nazareth and in Bethlehem. I didn't think we experienced the best of Israeli cuisine. On the whole food was ok but nothing special. I thought the food and drink prices were expensive in Israel, something to take into account when budgeting for your trip. Accommodation on the trip was standard but comfortable and clean. Our guide on the trip was very knowledgeable and approachable and delivered an outstanding tour.
Confirmed traveller: 30 October 2016
Published on: 02 November 2016
(9 out of 10)


This is a full on tour, with little time for free time, but so much ground is covered in one week it is worth losing out on free time. Every day was a highlight as there was so much variety on the tour, from visiting all the fascinating Bible sites of Nazareth, Caesarea, Capernum, the Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem, Jerusalem , to visiting Crusader churches and fortifications, to staying on a kibbutz and visiting the outstanding ancient Jewish fortress of Masada. And having a dip in the Dead Sea, of course!
Our tour guide Khalil could not have been bettered. He was so knowledgeable about the Holy Land and was a great communicator. He endeavoured to make each day the best it could be for us.
Confirmed traveller: 03 April 2016
Published on: 16 April 2016
(10 out of 10)


I found this trip illuminating, exciting, highly informative - and exhausting! We were warned about the early starts. But because the group was very small- just two of us, the pace was ideal. All the landscapes,museums and places we visited proved extraordinary.

The jewel in the crown was our tour guide and resident historian. He looked after us wonderfully well, took us to 'extra' places we would not have seen otherwise and made sure we ate delicious food. He knows everyone, both Arab and Jewish, so that we met people and made friends we could not have done otherwise.
Confirmed traveller: 20 March 2016
Published on: 23 March 2016
(9 out of 10)


Do not stay at the Commorde Hotel, it is seriously horrible.
Confirmed traveller: 01 November 2015
Published on: 09 December 2015

We’re sorry to hear that you were unhappy with the Commodore Hotel in Jerusalem. From similar feedback we have received, we can now confirm that next season, we will be staying in alternative accommodation in Jerusalem. We’re glad to hear this did not mar you overall experience of the trip and you were impressed with the other aspects.

(9 out of 10)


Seattle, Wa USA
Israel is crammed with holy sites, and it gets a bit overwhelming at times, but this tour covered all the main places. There are also hordes of tourists and pilgrims, so be prepared for crowds. The tour leader, Ineke, was very knowledgeable.
Confirmed traveller: 01 November 2015
Published on: 09 December 2015
(5 out of 10)


New York
OVerall the places and itinerary was good. However, the hotel choice in Jerusalem was a horrible choice that brings down the overall rating of the tour. There is no excuse for putting the tour up in a hotel in East Jerusalem, especially in light of all of the safety reasons. it is not close to any restaurants, it is not safe to walk in the area, it is difficult to find taxis from West Jerusalem to bring you back to the hotel, and finally....we were there for the last 3 nights of the vacation...Thurs, Fri, Saturday, and there was no bar/alcohol available in the hotel or anywhere nearby because it was in a Muslim area. Combine this with the fact that the hotel is in an isolated and dangerous was totally unacceptable.
Confirmed traveller: 25 October 2015
Published on: 03 November 2015

We’re sorry to hear that you were unhappy with the accommodation in Jerusalem. Although this is not something we’ve come across before, we have recently been advised by our local agent that there has been some tension between local religious groups and is the main reason why taxis refuse to travel out of the city. Our operations manager is currently working with our local agent to find an alternative hotel that is closer to the old city.

(10 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

Everything ran smoothly, even though it was clear that the guide they had intended to use had had to pull out at short notice for some reason, and they changed our guide after a couple of days. What they managed to show is in a week was astonishing, and the accommodation was consistently excellent. Even - somewhat to our surprise - the kibbutzim. The camel trek was dropped in favour of a visit to the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, which we enjoyed very much.
Confirmed traveller: 08 October 2015
Published on: 04 April 2016