Our most iconic and life-changing tour...              ISRAEL

This section contains a brief narrative about Israel and our tours there, as well as a description of some of the more "typical" activities during these tours...

All of our tours to the Holy Land are experiential tours, designed in such a way as to immerse you in the culture of this strange, mysterious and historical land.  We do not want you to be an observer or spectator - we want you to be a participant and experience it with us, from the Galilee and the Golan Heights in the north, to the Negev Desert in the south, and in between.

We invite you to truly Live The Land with us.

Brief History

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The history of Israel encompasses the Jewish history in the Land of Israel, as well as the history of the modern State of Israel. Modern Israel is roughly located on the site of the ancient kingdoms of Israel and Judah except that these kingdoms also included what is now the West Bank. It is the birthplace of the Hebrew language and of the Abrahamic religions. It contains sites sacred to JudaismChristianityIslamDruze and Bahá'í Faith.

Although coming under the sway of various empires and home to a variety of ethnicities, the Land of Israel was predominantly Jewish until the 3rd century. The area became increasingly Christian after the 3rd century and then largely Muslim some centuries following the 7th century conquestuntil the middle of the 20th century. It was a focal point of conflict between Christianity and Islam between 1096 and 1291, and from the end of the Crusades was part of the Syrian province of first the Mamluk Sultanate and then the Ottoman Empire until the British conquest in 1917.

Modern Zionism emerged in the late-19th century.

Israel Maps

This next series of maps explains the commonly-heard (and sometimes confusing) terms of "Israel", "The West Bank", "Palestine" and "Gaza" and "The Gaza Strip".


Israel is located on a small strip of land along the eastern Mediterranean.  It is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the west, the Gaza Strip (immediately north of Egypt on the western side, along the south-eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea) and Egypt in the south, Lebanon and Syria to the north and Jordan to the east.  From north to south, Israel is less than 300 miles in length, and 69 miles across at its widest point.  Despite its small size, Israel is extremely varied in its terrain and topography.  Coastal plains give way to central mountains, which descend to deserts to the south and east.  In general, the north is green and fertile, and the south rugged and dry.


The Government of Israel is a parliamentary democracy.  The Chief Of State is The President, elected by the parliament for a term of five years.  The Prime Minister is the head of Government and is elected by a vote of popularity for a four year term.  The legislative body is the Knesset, the 120 members of whom are elected by a vote of popularity for a four year term.


Important industries in Israel are: high-tech, wood & paper products, potash & phosphates, food (citrus, vegetables, beef, poultry, dairy), cotton, tobacco and diamond cutting.  Major trading partners are the USA, UK, Benelux, Hong Kong and The Netherlands.


Jewish - 80,1%; Muslim - 14,6% (mostly Sunni-Muslim); Christian - 2,1%; other - 3,2%.

Language And Vocabulary

The languages of both ancient and modern Israel was / is Hebrew, with Arabic as the official second language.  English is widely spoken though, and all street and traffic signs are in both Hebrew and English.


The climate is warm and sunny for most of the year.  Winters are short, but can be cold and rainy.  Rainfall mainly occurs between November and April.  In general, Jerusalem is colder than Tel Aviv.  The hottest areas are those below sea-level, such as the Jordan Valley, the shores of the Sea Of Galilee, the Dead Sea and the areas around Eilat.