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Tour Packages and Pricing

This is the page, where you can find pricing information for tour packages. Price tables are divided into Pricing for guide only, pricing for guide and transport only, pricing for guide, transport and hotel only and pricing for guide, transport, hotel and food only. All prices for the named tour itineraries are based on these prices. As you can see, prices are extremely low. Click here for the Itineraries.

For example, a Catholic tour 7 days, 30 persons cost $537 (p.p.) all-in. The tour Israeli Gem tour has the same price for 7 days: $537 (p.p.), but the Israeli Gem tour 10 days has the price $767 per person.

But there are people, who want to have a full tour but only with guide and transport. They want to arrange the accommodations themselves. In those cases, the same example of tours have different prices: a Catholic tour 7 days, 30 persons cost $222 (p.p.). The tour Israeli Gem tour has the same price for 7 days: $222 (p.p.), but the Israeli Gem tour 10 days has the price $317 per person.

  1. Pricing Guide only
  2. Pricing Guide and Transport only
  3. Pricing Guide, Transport and Hotel
  4. Pricing Guide, Transport, Hotel and food (all-in)

Price lists Guide only
(independent of number of people in group)

If you want to hire only the guide, whatever the size is of your group, here follows the price list. For the itineraries, click here. For any question, contact us.

Days Guide
1 $150
2 $300
3 $450
4 $600
5 $750
6 $900
7 $1,050
8 $1,200
9 $1,350
10 $1,500
11 $1,650
12 $1,800
  • Included: Itinerary, guide
  • Excluded: Accommodations, transport, food, visa, insurance, entrance fees, personal expenses
  • Optional: For religious (Christians) people, we can add a priest, pastor or monk to your group.
  • Optional: For $200, we can supply a virtual guide (electronic book on tablet computer with tour information).

These tours are for (extended) families with loads of customizations and don’t like the tour-out-of-the-can. For them, each day in Israel is a new, unknown adventure.

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Price list Guide and Transport

This price list contains the prices for the guide and the transport (usually mini-van or bus) only. Your price is in the columns p.p., depending on the number of persons in your group and the number of days touring. For the itineraries, click here. For any question, contact us.

Days 6
people
p.p. 16
people
p.p. 30
people
p.p.
1 $450 $175 $850 $147 $1050 $132
2 $900 $250 $1,600 $194 $2,000 $163
3 $1,350 $325 $2,350 $241 $2,950 $195
4 $1,800 $400 $3,100 $288 $3,900 $227
5 $2,250 $475 $3,850 $334 $4,850 $259
6 $2,700 $550 $4,600 $381 $5,800 $290
7 $3,150 $625 $5,350 $428 $6,750 $322
8 $3,600 $700 $6,100 $475 $7,700 $353
9 $4,050 $775 $6,850 $522 $8,650 $385
10 $4,500 $750 $7,500 $469 $9,500 $317
11 $4,950 $825 $8,250 $516 $10,450 $348
12 $5,400 $900 $9,000 $563 $11,400 $380
  • Included: Itinerary, guide, transport
  • Excluded: Accommodations, food, visa, insurance, entrance fees, personal expenses
  • Optional: For religious (Christians) people, we can add a priest, pastor or monk to your group.
  • Optional: For $200, we can supply a virtual guide (electronic book on tablet computer with tour information).

Tours for those, who only want to have an itinerary, guide and transport are for those who want to wander through the Holy Land and see where their path leads them. The guide needs to be very knowledgeable in order to serve such groups. Many who want to hike the deserts of Israel choose for such tour and mostly small groups prefer this.

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Price list guide, transport and hotel (tourist class (usually compared with 3-stars))

This price list contains the prices for the guide, transport (usually mini-van or bus) and hotel only. Your price is in the columns p.p., depending on the number of persons in your group and the number of days touring. For the itineraries, click here. For any question, contact us.

For those, who wants to have a hostel, guest house, camping site, 4-5 star hotels, boutique hotels, let me know and I calculate for you the best price.

Days 6
people
p.p. 16
people
p.p. 30
people
p.p.
1 $705 $118 $1,430 $90 $2,225 $74
2 $1,410 $235 $2,860 $179 $4,450 $148
3 $2,115 $353 $4,290 $268 $6,675 $223
4 $2,820 $470 $5,720 $358 $8,900 $297
5 $3,525 $588 $7,150 $447 $11,125 $371
6 $4,230 $705 $8,580 $536 $13,350 $445
7 $4,935 $823 $10,010 $626 $15,575 $520
8 $5,640 $940 $11,440 $715 $17,800 $593
9 $6,345 $1,058 $12,870 $804 $20,025 $668
10 $7,050 $1,175 $14,300 $894 $22,250 $742
11 $7,755 $1,293 $15,730 $983 $24,475 $816
12 $8,460 $1,410 $17,160 $1,073 $26,700 $890
  • Included: Itinerary, guide, transport, accommodations
  • Excluded: Food, visa, insurance, entrance fees, personal expenses
  • Optional: For religious (Christians) people, we can add a priest, pastor or monk to your group.
  • Optional: For $200, we can supply a virtual guide (electronic book on tablet computer with tour information).

There are groups, who want to be in charge of the food (where and when they want to eat).

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Price list guide, transport and hotel (tourist class) and food

This price list contains the prices for the guide, transport (usually mini-van or bus), hotel and food (breakfast, lunch and dinner) only. Your price is in the columns p.p., depending on the number of persons in your group and the number of days touring. For the itineraries, click here. For any question, contact us.

For those, who wants to have a hostel, guest house, camping site, 4-5 star hotels, boutique hotels, let me know and I calculate for you the best price.

Days 6
people
p.p. 16
people
p.p. 30
people
p.p.
1 $780 $130 $1,505 $94 $2,300 $77
2 $1,560 $260 $3,010 $188 $4,600 $153
3 $2,340 $390 $4,515 $282 $6,900 $230
4 $3,120 $520 $6,020 $376 $9,200 $307
5 $3,900 $650 $7,525 $470 $11,500 $383
6 $4,680 $780 $9,030 $564 $13,800 $460
7 $5,460 $910 $10,535 $658 $16,100 $537
8 $6,240 $1040 $12,040 $753 $18,400 $613
9 $7,020 $1170 $13,545 $847 $20,700 $690
10 $7,800 $1300 $15,050 $941 $23,000 $767
11 $8,580 $1430 $16,555 $1,035 $25,300 $843
12 $9,360 $1560 $18,060 $1,129 $27,600 $920
  • Included: Itinerary, guide, transport, accommodations, food
  • Excluded: Visa, insurance, entrance fees, personal expenses
  • Optional: For religious (Christians) people, we can add a priest, pastor or monk to your group.
  • Optional: For $200, we can supply a virtual guide (electronic book on tablet computer with tour information).

By experience, this is the choice of many groups, because they say they want to have an all-in tour. Well, here it is.

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Tour Itineraries

The tour itineraries are models or templates and can be easily customized (in principle for free). If you choose for a tour down here, I advise you to contact me and we go over the itinerary and see what can be changed, which will meet your expectations, requirements and preferences.



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Catholic tour, 8 days, $455 per person

Here is an example of a ‘low-budget’ tour under the $600 range (actually this tour cost $455 per person without guide and $515 with the guide). In this tour, the group (of 20) changed one time their location and focused on the center and north of Israel and they lived in luxury and splendor. They used public transportation and apartments to see and visit the Holy Land. Read here about vacations in Israel on a limited budget and Touring Israel with public transportation.

The way how the tour was created was that they contacted me to have a Catholic  tour. As usual, they tell me that they want to have a conventional tour and I offered it to them with some customizations. When I named the price ($1,350), they said that they didn’t have such budget. When asked, they said their budget was $1,000 p.p. So I created for them the low-budget tour and voila, $455 per person, and additionally $20 per person for my services in creating the tour.

A group of 20 Catholic people wanted such ‘low-budget’ tour. They wanted to visit ‘all’ the Christian sights in Israel, but not the Negev or Eilat.

That was an easy one.

They wanted me to arrange a pickup from the airport and place them on the train to Jerusalem and help them with the luggage.

I arranged for them three apartments in Jerusalem (near the city center) for $120 per night (with 3 bedrooms each and one apartment had 4 bedrooms). They paid each person $18 per night for that luxury. And it was luxury, which they didn’t expected at all! TV, Internet, computer, radio, air conditioning, pray sessions and even holy mass in their apartments. I arranged for their pre-made dinners (large dinner (barbecued chicken with vegetables, chips) $20 for 4 persons).

From their apartment in Jerusalem, they toured intensively all the Christian sights in and around Jerusalem and then it was time to expand the tour. They still kept their apartment, and took ‘day tours’ to Bethlehem, Masada, Ein Gedi and the Dead Sea. The next day they said, they wanted to keep it civilized (“… not eating sand …”) and left for Tel Aviv and returned to their apartment in Jerusalem. There is not much to see in Tel Aviv, which might satisfy Catholic people. For all of those ‘day tours’, they bought food for their lunches (prepared in apartment) for picnics and hand food.  They spend totally five days in the Jerusalem apartment and used mainly buses as transport (and they took my free day tours as well).

Oh, they also went to two (free) concerts in the evening in Jerusalem. They rented movies at home to watch.

Then it was time to move up to the north and visit Nazareth. The group dragged their luggage and moved by bus to Nazareth, where I arranged for them apartments, which were even cheaper ($80 per night). They paid per person $12.

From their new base, the spent their time in their apartment in Nazareth to visit the Holy Sights in the city of course, and visited the sights surrounding Nazareth like Cana, Tiberias, Sea of Galilee, Golan and more. They spent totally 3 days in their apartment in Nazareth.

I needed to arrange their trip to the airport for them and I did. With a mini-van they were brought to the airport on time for their flight back home. They spend totally $455 per person on this 8 day tour.

They didn’t, but the group considered to rent a guide for that money. It could cost them $515 per person for the total tour, including guide!

What I did for them to make this tour?

  1. Found for them the apartments for the prices above
  2. Detailed for them a schedule for the public transportation from their apartments to the sights and a good itinerary for each day
  3. Arranged the food and that they knew where to buy more food and what to buy
  4. Took care that someone was at the airport to welcome them and bring them to their apartments in Jerusalem and someone to bring them from Nazareth to the airport (they were really tired and appreciated the luxury of a large minivan to bring them and their luggage (which has grown extraordinary) to the airport

If you want to have such tour, contact me or send a message.

Catholic Pilgrimage, 8 days

A fascinating 8-day Catholic Pilgrimage tour for individuals and groups, combining visits to sacred Christian sites with other historical attractions. For options and other relevant information, ask Wim and see his rates.

Itinerary for this tour:

  1. Day 1  Biblical Nature, Mini-Israel and Approaching Jerusalem
  2. Day 2  Following Jesus in Jerusalem, Holy to All Three Great Religions
  3. Day 3  Bethlehem, Where it all Began and More of Jerusalem
  4. Day 4  Following the Path to the Crucifixion
  5. Day 5  Jericho, the World’s Oldest City and Northwards to the Sea of Galilee
  6. Day 6  Sea of Galilee and Jesus’ Miracles
  7. Day 7  More Miracles and Galilean Adventures
  8. Day 8  Crusaders, Elijah, Romans and More

Day 1 Biblical Nature, Mini-Israel and Approaching Jerusalem

Neot Kedumim
Neot Kedumim
  1. Arrive at Ben-Gurion International Airport, just outside Tel-Aviv.
  2. Enjoy a “Biblical Meal” at the Neot Kedumim Biblical Nature Reserve home to trees, plants and fruits mentioned in the Bible and a leisurely tour of this unique site.
  3. Alternatively, or in addition, visit Mini-Israel, which offers you a miniature overview of the entire country, displaying replicas of each of the holy sites. (Either of these sites could be suitable as a finale to your tour.)
  4. Drive (less than an hour) to the Holy City of Jerusalem.
  • Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 2 Following Jesus in Jerusalem, Holy to All Three Great Religions and more

Church of All Nations
Church of All Nations
  1. Visit the Mount of Olives for an awesome, panoramic view of the Old City.
  2. Walk through the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:30), see the Grotto of Agony, and pray at the Church of All Nations, the Paternoster Church and the Chapel of the Ascension. You can also visit the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus performed the Sabbath miracle (John 5:1-24).
  3. Experience an inspiring visit to Mount Zion, home to King David’s Tomb and the actual room where the Last Supper is said to have taken place (Mark 14: 12-26).
  4. Close by is the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, built on the site of the House of the High Priest Caiaphas (Matthew 26:57), where Jesus was imprisoned for a night, and the Dormition Abbey.
  5. Stroll through the colorful and sensual Muslim Quarter on your way to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, situated according to Jewish tradition on Mount Moriah (Genesis 22:2), site of the Binding of Isaac and the two Jewish Temples.
  6. Touch the emotion-filled stones of the Western Wall, the holiest Jewish site in the world, and explore over 3,000 years of history, underground, on an enthralling tour of the Western Wall Tunnels.
  • Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 3 Bethlehem, Where it all Began and More of Jerusalem

Church of the Nativity, Grotto
Church of the Nativity, Grotto
  1. A short drive from Jerusalem brings you to Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus.
    Visit the oldest church in the Holy Land, the Church of the Nativity at Manger Square (Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 2:1-7), built over the Manger Cave.
  2. Explore St. Jerome’s Chapel, St. Catherine’s Church and the nearby Shepherd’s Field (Luke 2:8-20).
  3. Return to Jerusalem to see an amazing, detailed model of First Century Jerusalem at the Israel Museum, which displays a wide selection of impressive modern and ancient exhibits.
  4. Ein Karem, a serene, picturesque Jerusalem suburb, is also home to the Church of John the Baptist and the Church of the Visitation.
  5. Finish your day with a powerful, thought-provoking visit to Yad Vashem, Israel’s national memorial to the victims of the Nazi Holocaust.
  • Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 4 Following the Path to the Crucifixion

Via Dolorosa
Via Dolorosa
  1. Enter the Old City via St. Stephen’s Gate.
  2. Literally follow in the footsteps of Jesus as he walked down the Via Dolorosa.
  3. Hear the amazing story of the Sisters of Zion at the Stone Pavement how the Ratisbonne brothers founded the community and their sacred work in the Holy Land.
  4. Continue along the Via Dolorosa until you reach the five stations of the Cross at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
  5. Spend the afternoon shopping or sightseeing in modern Jerusalem, which offers you a range of modern shopping malls, fresh produce markets, museums, fascinating neighborhoods, and more!
  • Overnight: Jerusalem.

Day 5 Jericho, the World’s Oldest City and Northwards to the Sea of Galilee

Jericho
Jericho
  1. Say farewell to Jerusalem on your way to Jericho via the mysterious Judean Desert.
  2. Stop off at Bethany, home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus (John 11), where Jesus stayed at the home of Simon the Leper (Matthew 26:6) and visit the Inn of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:34). Imagine yourself conquering Jericho under Joshua’s leadership all those years ago (Joshua 6:20.)
  3. Enjoy a stunning cable car ride to Quarantal (the Mount of Temptation, Matthew 4:1-11) and see an active monastery carved into the cliffs.
  4. Moving northwards, drive through the Jordan Valley until you reach scenic Mount Tabor (Psalms 89:12), one of two places considered probable sites of the Transfiguration.
  5. A short drive then transports you into another world, the world of Jesus’ childhood in the holy city of Nazareth. Experience Mass in the Basilica of the Annunciation and visit the Church of St. Joseph.
  6. Visit Cana, site of Jesus’ first miracle, turning water into wine (John 2:1-11). Couples wishing to renew their matrimonial vows can stop off at a local wedding chapel.
  7. Drive to Tiberias, one of Judaism’s “Four Holy Cities.”
  • Overnight: Tiberias area.

Day 6 Sea of Galilee and Jesus’ Miracles

Capernaum 23

  1. Cross the glorious waters of the Sea of Galilee from Tiberias to Capernaum, home to Jesus’ Galilean ministry.
  2. Visit the synagogue site where Jesus most certainly taught and worshiped (Matthew 4:13, Mark 3:1, 8:5 and 14), the House of Peter and the House of the Centurion.
  3. Cross the road and walk up to the Mount of Beatitudes, with its stunning view of the Sea of Galilee. Here, Jesus delivered his famous Sermon the Mount (Matthew 5:1-12).
  4. Next stop Tabgha, site of the Miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fishes (Luke 9:10-17) and the Church of St. Peter’s Primacy, where Jesus instructed Peter to “feed my sheep” (John 21: 15-17).
  5. Enjoy a view of the “Galilee Boat“, an authentic fishing boat from Jesus’ times, and a film about how it was discovered and preserved.
  • Overnight: Tiberias area.

Day 7 More Miracles and Galilean Adventures

cropped-sea-of-galilee-jesus-1.jpg

  1. Visit Kursi, the New Testament Gergesenes, overlooking the western shores of the Sea of Galilee and site of the Miracle of the Gadarene Swine (Matthew 8:28-34, Mark 5:1-13). The miracle is celebrated in what remains of a beautiful 5th Century Byzantine church.
  2. Continue on to Dodekathronon, site of the second Miracle of the Loaves and the Fishes (Luke 9:11-17).
  3. Take a short break at Kibbutz Ein Gev to enjoy an animated version of “The Gospel Trail.”
  4. Jordan Park, site of Bethseida, the city of Phillip, Andrew and Peter (John 12:21) and others, and where Jesus healed the blind man (Mark 8:22-26).
  5. Return to a night out in Tiberias, but don’t forget to see the ruins at Korazin, one of the “Jewish Triangle” cities in Jesus’ time (Matthew 11:21).
  • Overnight: Tiberias area.

Day 8 Crusaders, Elijah, Romans and More

Acre or Akko
Acre or Akko
  1. Visit the Old City of Acre and the remains of a Crusader fortress.
  2. Travel up to Haifa and Mount Carmel, and visit Stella Maris (for Mass) on your way to the site of Elijah’s famous victory over the Prophets of Ba’al (I Kings 18:25).
  3. Drive southwards to the Roman city of Caesarea, where the centurion Cornelius was baptized by Peter, becoming the first gentile convert to Christianity (Acts 10), and where Festus tried Paul (Acts 25: 6-12). Visit the impressive excavations, the amphitheater and the Herodian port.
  4. Back to Tel-Aviv, maybe stopping off for a magical tour of Old Jaffa port, before preparing for the flight home.

Masses will be celebrated daily.

When a priest accompanies the group, private masses can be arranged. These should be booked in advance and can be held Monday-Saturday (subject to change) at the following sites:

  1. Carmelite Monastery in Haifa
  2. Church of St. Peter’s Primacy in the Galilee
  3. Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth
  4. Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem
  5. Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem
  6. Church of the Visitation in Ein Karem

If a group arrives without a priest, they can participate in regular Masses in English on Sundays. Some places also conduct Mass in the afternoons during the week.

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For custom tours, you need to have the following:

  1. An itinerary (those mentioned here one for example). Click here to customize these tours for you)
  2. A guide. You can use the information here instead of renting a guide, but in the end it’s more expensive and a huge hassle.
  3. Transport. Transports can be that you hire a mini-bus with driver, or you rent a car or let your guide do it for you (click here for more info).
  4. Hotels. You can use the info here, or on bookings.com or generally the Internet or let your guide negotiate the best deals for hotels for you.
  5. Food. You can use the restaurants here in this itinerary or ask the guide.
  6. What you need to supply is
    1. Airplane tickets
    2. Visa and insurance

For costs, questions, queries and other related information, click here.

The listed tours in this page is only a set of samples or templates for you to choose and/or mix with. Using those templates, you can easily create a itinerary, which will suit you, you family and/or group. Ask Wim to help you out.

Tour itineraries already published

  1. Family and Children tour, 12 days
  2. Classical Israeli-Gems Tour, 10 Days
  3. Family and Children tour, 10 days
  4. Orthodox Christian Tour, 10 days
  5. Orthodox Christian Tour, 8 days
  6. Orthodox Christian Tour, 6 days
  7. Orthodox Christian Tour, 4 days
  8. Day tour Jerusalem
  9. Day tour Sea of Galilee
  10. Walking day tour Tel Aviv
  11. Catholic Tour Israel, 7 days
  12. Catholic Tour Israel, 5 days
  13. Catholic Tour Israel, 3 days
  14. Catholic Pilgrimage Tour, 8 days
  15. Day tour Old Tiberias Walking Tour
  16. Day tours Nine Farm Tours for Families
  17. Day tour Old-City Ramparts Walk tour, Jerusalem
  18. Day tour Luzit Caves – Do-it-your-self in caving
  19. Boat tours – Touring in the Red Sea, Sea of Galilee and cruises
  20. Wine Tasting & Israel Adventure Experience
  21. A Holy Land Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of the Virgin Mary
  22. Bus tours
  23. Camel tours
  24. Cave tours
  25. Children tours – Specific tours for your children and teenagers
  26. City tours – More city tours then we already have
  27. Day tours – More day tours in a specific theme
  28. Family tours – More family tours, but in a specific theme
  29. Jeep tours
  30. Catholic tours
  31. Christian tours
  32. Evangelic tours
  33. Orthodox tours
  34. Pilgrimage tours
  35. Wine tours

Tours in the make

  1. Follow the Footsteps of Jesus in Jerusalem
  2. Adventure tours
  3. Music tours
  4. Culture tours
  5. Food and Wine tours
  6. History tours
  7. Church tours