(Tel Aviv, Haifa, Galilee, Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Eilat)
Israel is a world renowned for its deep connection to religion, and more famously known as the “Holy Land”, but because of its diverse natural environments has become an outstanding location for active adventures. The ancient Roman ruins of Caesarea and the spectacular gardens in Haifa provide walking/hiking enthusiasts the perfect paths and trails to enjoy. If scaling sheer cliff faces appeal to your sense of adventure, then be amazed by the spectacular panoramic views seen as you rappel at Ma’aret Keshet and the overwhelming Ramon Crater. Natural landmarks including the Golan Heights, the Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee can be explored via Jeep, boat, or by foot. Scuba Diving in Eilat provides the perfect escape from the hot Israeli sun, while an archaeological exploration dig at Beit Guvrin brings to life dreams of ancient civilizations. All this and more, combined with comfortabl accommodations, and convenient private transfers with English speaking guides, provide an Israeli experience like no other.
A private vehicle will provide a transfer between Tel Aviv and the airport.
A trip to the Holy Lands is not complete without a visit to Caesarea National Park. One of the most intriguing archaeological sites in the Middle East, Caesarea National Park is located alongside the Mediterranean Sea. Explore the ancient ruins at Caesarea National Park, and discover what life was like in the city that was once the headquarters of the Roman government in Palestine. After lunch, stop at the unique Beit Oren Adventure Ranch perched high in the Carmel Mountains outside Haifa and try some multi-sport riding, on horses, mountain bikes and all terrain vehicles. Enjoy a hike in breathtaking “Little Switzerland,” at Mt. Carmel National Park, a nature reserve dedicated to the preservation of Israel’s Mediterranean forest.
At the beautiful and grandiose Bahai Gardens, witness the unique atmosphere of historic spirituality and inspired design combined with the painstaking gardening of generations. This is the site where members of the Bahai faith have established their shrine and world center because of its significance to the Bahai faith. Visit the ancient port city of Akko, one of Israel's three World Heritage Sites, and step back in time as you visit the former capital of the Crusader kingdom. Akko is also the birthplace of the Bahai religion. A Hospitaller Castle, Templar tunnel and the largest prison during the British Mandate (now a museum) can all be found here. Visit the stunning grottos at Rosh Hanikra by cable car, a natural wonder fascinating in their mystery and breathtakingly beautiful at all hours of the day, every day of the year.
See Israel from a truly remarkable perspective while rappelling from a natural stone arch, at one of the most spectacular rappelling sites in Israel, Ma'aret Keshet. This location boasts some of the most breath-taking, panoramic views of the Mediterranean and the Sea of Galilee. Previous rappelling experience is recommended.
Be surrounded by picturesque ancient landscapes during this boat tour on the Sea of Galilee. Glide across this historic body of water in a wooden ship, resembling those of days long past, during a time where the sea and its many miracles affected the everyday life's of the local people.
Enjoy a day outdoors during this Jeep tour, including some picturesque hiking around the high, remote Golan Heights region of Northern Israel, in the Gamla Nature Reserve. This magical place has it all, wildlife, archaeological ruins, and hiking paths offering gorgeous views of the surrounding region.
Start the day at the Hula Valley Nature Reserve, Israel’s first National park and home to thousands of birds. Some of the species found here include cranes, storks, pelicans, cormorants, and several types of herons, as well as rare water plants such as the lovely yellow iris. Buffalo were placed in parts of the reserve, as there grazing tendencies help preserve the open meadows. Enjoy a walk through the Banias Spring, one of the main sources of the Jordan River, before heading out on a short hike to the falls, providing a wonderful opportunity to learn about water related issues in Israel. Next is the Talmudic village at Katzrin to see one of the world's oldest synagogues. Explore one of Israel's most ancient industries - olive oil production at the Golan Olive Oil Mill, where the latest cutting edge technology is used.
A private vehicle with driver will provide a transfer to visit Mount Beatitudes. This location boasts fantastic views of the surrounding area including, Capernaum and Tabgha. Next, visit the Ancient synagogue in Tiberias to admire the fascinating mosaic floor. A drive south to visit Beit Shean is also planned where an opportunity to explore the recently excavated area is provided. Enjoy a visit to the Scythopolis to see the historic Roman Theater, amphitheater and Paladius Street.
This tour begins with visits to the Western Wall, followed by a visit to the famed Temple Mount and Dome of the Rock. Next, make a stop at Al Aksa Mosque before continuing on, walking through the meandering streets towards the reconstructed Cardo, a shopping arcade which once existed during ancient times. Follow the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, for a short photo stop. Enjoy some shopping at the most atmospheric market of the Old city, offering variety handicrafts, clothes, foods, spices and local delicacies. End the tour at David’s Citadel and Museum, located near the Jaffa Gate.
This is far from the typical day trip to the park; re-discover childhood memories digging in the park sandbox in search of an ancient relic or artifact, during this very special visit to the Archaeological Dig at the Beit Guvrin National Park. This three hour program includes an orientation seminar, a hands-on excavation experience at an on-going archaeological dig-site, followed by a tour of the Beit Guvrin National Park.
This tour combines the earth’s lowest point, the Dead Sea, with one of the most famous sites in Jewish history, Masada. Start your day in Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and enjoy a panoramic experience aboard a mountain cable car for your ascent. Perched high atop a cliff overlooking the Dead Sea are the ruins of the well-appointed fortress of Masada. Built by Harod, this fortress was used as a refuge for a Jewish faction revisiting Roman rule. Explore the ancient excavation of Herod’s Palaces, the bathhouse, storerooms, the ramp, one of the oldest synagogues in the world and Masada’s Archaeological Museum. At the end of the tour, finish the day enjoying some time to float on the unsinkable waters of the Dead Sea, renowned for its mineral content and rich black mud.
During this tour, experience the true desert oasis of Ein Gedi. Visit the ancient synagogue, the highpoint of archaeology in Ein Gedi. This site was only recently opened in 1997, after a mosaic floor was accidentally discovered in 1965 when the field was plowed. Ein Gedi's vegetation is a unique blend of tropical, desert and Mediterranean plants. With more than 400 species of birds during migration seasons, Ein Gedi is also a birdwatcher's paradise. The oasis became a state-operated nature reserve in 1972, and close monitoring by local park rangers and environmental specialists have kept Ein Gedi's delicate ecosystem intact. Ein Gedi also boasts a botanical garden; home to 25 acres of rare flora and fauna, from tropical trees found in the Brazilian rainforests to species of cactus originating in the deserts of South America. Finally a visit to Ein Gedi is not complete without a splash in the natural springs! Relax at the Ein Gedi Spa-Private Beach.
A private pick up is scheduled for a trip to Eilat's Underwater Observatory, one of the largest seaquariums in the world, built directly into the coral reef seafloor. After the visit, travel to Timna to explore the copper mines and King Solomon's Pillars. Make use of this perfect photo opportunity whilst marveling at the huge multi-color rock formations.
Today, travel in a privately driven Jeep for a tour of the Ramon Crater, located in the Negev desert. The crater itself has come to exist as a result of erosion, creating the largest crater of its kind, spanning 40 kilometres long, and 9 kilometres wide, reaching a depth of approximately 300 meters below sea level. Experience the area surrounding the crater, where evidence of ancient man is made visible when exploring the remains of old dwelling, graves, and water systems. This tour is like traveling back in time, through the period of ancient mankind to as far back as the Triassic period, about 250 million years ago.
Enjoy an active rappelling experience at the picturesque Ramon Crater. This exciting and adrenaline filled activity boasts magnificent views while rappelling, and requires a certain amount of physical ability. Previous rappelling and or climbing experience is recommended.
The Savoy Tel Aviv, located at the heart of the city and just a short walk from the beach, combines striking elegance with advanced facilities designed for business travelers. A unique sense of style is reflected in the interior finish, conveying a welcoming luxury and inspired simplicity. Offering the highest level of standards and service, yet with personal attention and an intimate atmosphere, The Savoy Tel Aviv is a place you’ll want to return to, time and time again. Comprising 55 state-of-the-art guest rooms with a stunning artwork feature, a modern lobby and gourmet breakfast, The Savoy Tel Aviv provides an experience of elegance and convenience close to the main business and leisure destinations of the city.
The Colony Hotel Haifa is situated in the German Colony, the restored historic center of Haifa, in a unique preserved 103-year-old building. The hotel is located only 300 m from the world famous Baha’i Gardens which in July 2008 was inscribed as one of the World Heritage Cultural sites by UNESCO. Next to the hotel are restaurants, cafes and a shopping mall, and it is only a short walk from the sea.
The Ein-Gev Holiday Resort is situated on the eastern shores of the Sea of Galilee and is one of the largest in the area. The resort focuses mainly on organized tours and vacations for tourists from all over the world. Equipped with 166 rooms are suitable for couples, families and groups, and their location – on the shores of the lake – provides an ideal setting for a relaxing and enjoyable vacation in a beautiful clean environment.
The Dan Boutique Hotel Jerusalem with its youthful, cool ambiance brings new dimensions of personal hospitality to Jerusalem. A true designer hotel with a special intimate identity, the Dan Boutique Hotel Jerusalem boasts elegant and sophisticated interiors and an atmosphere that is both cozy and informal. An excellent choice for either corporate guests or vacationers, the Dan Boutique Hotel is situated in a prime Jerusalem setting within walking-distance of the Old City, on a small hill facing Mount Zion and the Old City Walls and in close proximity to the Old Turkish Railway Station, one of the capital’s newest entertainment hubs.
Deep below sea level, at the lowest point on the face of the earth and by the shore of a unique natural phenomenon, Isrotel Dead Sea Hotel & Spa awaits you. Isrotel Dead Sea Hotel & Spa is a green oasis of health, tranquility, indulgence and spa, located in Israel, within dramatic views of desert mountains and elevated cliffs. Here too, the Isrotel chain tradition of excellence and hospitality is evident – professional spa treatments, healthy mineral mud baths, Yoga workshops, sweet water swimming pools, Dead Sea Water swimming pools, spacious rooms and the highest level of service – allowing a peaceful holiday, spa and leisure ambience, relaxation and health for your body and soul.
The Dan Panorama Hotel is ideally located for a vacation that blends sun and fun with Eilat's spectacular natural attractions. The hotel overlooks Eilat's lovely lagoon, just a few minutes’ walk from the relaxing North Beach, where the clear waters of the Red Sea lap the sunny shores perfect for sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling and a variety of water sports. Eilat’s climate is ideal for sun lovers, as it is warm and sunny all year round.
The tranquil and intimate City Hotel, offering 96 rooms - including 24 studio rooms, each with a small balcony that can seat up to 4 - is situated on a quiet street, a one-minute walk from the Tel Aviv beach, in the heart of Tel Aviv’s leisure and business center. Renowned for its cozy atmosphere, warm hospitality, excellent restaurant and considerate service, the City Hotel is one of Tel Aviv’s best-kept secrets. Guests are welcome to enjoy the City Hotel, Tel Aviv’s coffee shop on a charming street-side terrace, room service, and the banquet halls for small meetings, conferences, and family events. A nearby gym is open to guests for a moderate fee.
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November 04, 2013
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October 29, 2013
"I wanted to write to you this week to express my sincere thanks for the trip of a lifetime to India. My son, David, and I had the most incredible time in the Golden Triangle, thanks to you! The entire tour went without a hitch. We saw so many attractions on our short journey. We were enamored with the Indian culture, architecture and artistry. The hotels were fantastic, like you promised. The hospitality was unmatched. We appreciated the Kensington staff who met us at the airport and at each destination, and made sure that our checkouts went smoothly, as well."
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Sharon Lombardi ,
November 04, 2013
"Bhutan guide and driver were excellent...loved them so much!"
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Deborah Eastland ,
October 29, 2013
"My husband and I have just returned from the trip of a lifetime in Egypt. The sites were amazing and overwhelming. Everything was as promised. We had the most amazing pyramid view and Nile view from our hotels. Our itinerary included the most magnificent sites and we were accompanied by the most informative and friendly people. I highly recommend visiting Egypt. It is totally safe. Thank you to everyone at Kensington for this experience. It was so beyond our expectations!"
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Arnold Levine ,
August 30, 2013
"Thank you so much for everything.
You planned an outstanding trip that met all our interests and requirements.
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Carolann MacGregor ,
June 14, 2013
"I’m back and I had an AMAZING trip from beginning to end – trip of a lifetime to be sure. Aseem, I wanted to thank you for all your help, advice and fantastic planning for this trip. The itinerary, accommodations and guides were phenomenal! As a single woman travelling alone, I have to be willing to get on that plane and have the faith there will be dependable, competent people at the other end for me when I arrive. And with both of my Kensington trips, my hopes were surpassed. I wouldn’t have changed a single thing about this trip."
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Mark Hickman ,
June 26, 2013
"Mohammed, our main guide throughout this itinerary was excellent and made sure every part of our experience was safe and entertaining. He often called ahead when we arrived at our next destination to talk to us by cell phone about our arrival and safety...we greatly appreciated his expertise and professionalism. Likewise, Mohammed (our driver in Cairo) became a good friend and was kind and courteous throughout.
The other guides during the trip....Sam in Luxor during the Nile trip and Samya in Sharm....could not have been any better. Great people, excellent guides and travel companions. I will think about them and this entire trip with great fondness. I will surely recommend Egypt and the Sinai to others who are considering a trip to the middle east in the future. With so much bad press lately, it was reassuring to have these people planning our every move and making things feel secure, inspiring and entertaining."
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Elisabeth Greene ,
April 19, 2013
"Everything was extremely smooth and really appreciated how everything was taken care.The hotels were wonderful and the Taj Mahal exceeded her expectations and was very nice."
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April 02, 2013
"Just a note of heartfelt thanks for organizing such a wonderful adventure to Jordan for MaryAnn and me. Our time in Jordan was spectacular and each day full of endless blessings. Our guide, Zaid Sakarneh, was kind, professional, intelligent and embraced each day with a fresh passion that was contagious. Thank you for all that you did to ensure we had a week full of memories that will last a lifetime!
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April 05, 2013
"We were very happy with the trip,and would very highly recommend our travel agent to every one.They delivered all that we wanted and also what they promised.We saw all the pyramids,temples and other ancient ruins both in Egypt and also Jordan.. even rode a camel,did horseback riding and enjoyed floatingin the salty Dead Sea."
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