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Israel Walking & Hiking Tour New!

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  • Gain perspective on Israel's rich culture through insightful interactions with our local friends
  • Venture into the ruggedly beautiful landscape, discovering lush desert oases, dramatically carved canyons and inspiring panoramas
  • Discover the diversity - and delicious flavors - of Israeli, Lebanese and Druze cuisine
  • Witness extraordinary World Heritage sites and other archaeological treasures alongside expert historians and local guides
  • Get to know the old city of Jerusalem on a private walking tour

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From the Mediterranean to the Judean Desert & Jerusalem

It'd be too easy to call this trip a religious experience. Yes, on this adventure we walk through classic biblical scenery. And those moments are indescribable - full of historic and contemporary cultural elements. But to stop there is not giving this land its due. The rolling hills, lush oases, stark deserts and rugged canyons. The unworldly beauty of the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean views from intriguing Acre. Those are religious experiences of a different kind. No one goes to Israel to simply stroll through a forest and on to a canyon, but this experience is not just another trip to Israel. That would be too easy.

Straight Talk We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception. Read the Straight Talk

Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations

Our Premiere Inns on this trip are luxurious and offer top-notch amenities. We’ve also included a one-night stay at both the quirky Kibbutz Merom Golan and Ein Gedi Hotel, which are much simpler than the Backroads standard, even for our Casual Inns. Though humble, these hotels offer great locations, warm hospitality, strong cultural character and phenomenal views. We hope you’ll appreciate their unique charm as much as we do.

Straight Talk
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations

Our Premiere Inns on this trip are luxurious and offer top-notch amenities. We’ve also included a one-night stay at both the quirky Kibbutz Merom Golan and Ein Gedi Hotel, which are much simpler than the Backroads standard, even for our Casual Inns. Though humble, these hotels offer great locations, warm hospitality, strong cultural character and phenomenal views. We hope you’ll appreciate their unique charm as much as we do.

Itinerary

Day 1 The World Heritage site of Acre, a mixed Arab and Jewish port town with a rich 3,000-year-old history Tour this fascinating city with a local guide, exploring its narrow alleyways, old ramparts, ancient waterfront and wealth of Ottoman and Roman sites.

Days 2-3 Authentic interactions with local people, including lunch at a private Arab home  Hike into a shady canyon, passing the ruins of Montfort, a crusader castle Follow part of the Israel Trail through an oak forest and past the remains of Ottoman-period flour mills  Take in views of the Golan Heights and Hula Valley to Ramot Naftali  Walk through mystical Safed, Israel's highest city and one of the four holy cities of Judaism, along with Jerusalem, Hebron and Tiberias.

Day 4 Delicious kebab, fresh salads, olives and local sweets in the Druze village of Ein Qinya  From lush Banias Nature Reserve, ascend to medieval Nimrod Fortress, perched on the slopes of Mount Hermon During a short walk, a resident of Kibbutz Merom Golan chats with us about local history and life on the kibbutz.

Day 5 An experience like no other - floating in the Dead Sea, the lowest point on the planet  Hiking options abound in Yehudia National Park, punctuated by deep canyons, rivers and waterfalls  Among towering red mountains, enjoy a scenic jaunt past natural pools, keeping an eye out for shy ibex and rock hyrax.

Day 6 Rise early for a walk to the awe-inspiring Masada fortress, a World Heritage site  From the hilltop heights of this 2,000-year-old complex, soak up commanding views of the Dead Sea, Jordan and the Judean Desert, whose vibrant colors are especially impressive at sunrise Make the most of quiet Shabbat with an intimate exploration of Jerusalem's neighborhoods  Walk to the Old City for a sunset view of the Western Wall.

Days 7-8 An epic hike through the Judean Desert amid spring-fed pools, monasteries and crumbling Roman aqueducts,  In the deep and narrow Wadi Qelt gorge, arrive at the stunning Byzantine monastery of St. George, carved into a rugged cliff face Journey through 2,000 years of history during our guided walk to some of Jerusalem's most cherished sites, including Dome of the Rock (Temple Mount), a special opportunity that few people get to experience.

Premiere Inns*

Efendi Hotel
Efendi Hotel

Acre (1 night) Set in the midst of alleyways, minarets and ancient ramparts, this sumptuously restored boutique hotel features cellars dating back to the Crusades and superb views of the Mediterranean and Galilee hills from its rooftop terrace. (spa)

Bayit Bagalil
Bayit Bagalil

Rosh Pina (2 nights) A Mediterranean-style boutique hotel overlooking the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights. (pool, spa)

Kibbutz Merom Golan
Kibbutz Merom Golan
* Casual Inn

Golan Heights (1 night) Enjoy the simple guest cabins on this kibbutz, ideally located in the northern part of the Golan Heights on the slopes of Mount Ben Tal. (pool)

Ein Gedi Hotel
Ein Gedi Hotel
* Casual Inn

Ein Gedi (1 night) Nestled in a thriving oasis on the edge of the Judean Desert, this inn offers spectacular views of the Dead Sea. (pool, spa)

American Colony Hotel
American Colony Hotel

Jerusalem (2 nights) Built atop ancient Ottoman ruins, this family-owned, Swiss-managed boutique hotel embodies both modern Jerusalem and its historic past.
(pool, spa)

Guest Reviews About This Trip

Set in Israel's northern reaches, this trip features rolling hills, canyons and cultural sites that make for a truly remarkable walking experience. You'll also enjoy some time in the Dead Sea area, where we hike into classic biblical scenery. Historic and contemporary cultural elements abound - in addition to lots of swimming!
Christian Chumbley- Regional Manager, Israel

This Trip Is Rated Level 1-4

Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 2 0 5 0
3 0
2 7 600 15 1100
3 2 0 10 500 12 500
4 2 500 5 1000 7 1500
5 3 800 4 1000 7 1800 10 1200 14 2200
Dead Sea Float
6 3 0 3 1000 6 1000
7 6* 300 13 1200 17 800
8 3 0
 
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* Includes a shuttle

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.

If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2015

8 - 9 guests from $6,198 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $5,398 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $5,698 pp dbl. occ.

All Private Singles-Solos trips require a minimum of 16 guests.

For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.

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