Sacred to the world's three major religions, Jerusalem is a fascinating city waiting to be explored.
6th Oct 2021 – 13th Oct 2021
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Tour code: 57500
Last Modified: 2nd September 2021
See what's planned
Sacred to the world’s three major religions, Jerusalem’s history and influence unfolds before your eyes as you explore the ancient alleyways, cobbled streets and bustling marketplaces.
What's not included?
All Adagio holidays are expertly designed to allow you to immerse yourself in the destination. Leisurely exploration of the must-see, as well as lesser known, highlights together with relaxed enjoyment of local food and wines is what we have in mind.
There may be days of sightseeing on foot around a spectacular city or unchallenging strolls on easy terrain in open countryside interspersed with winery visits, guided tours, boat trips, cafe stops and traditional restaurants.
Our itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bear in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions or changes beyond our control. Distances, ascent/descent and timings are all approximate and refer only to the countryside walking element of each day.
We fly to Tel Aviv and make the journey by coach to our hotel located in the heart of Jerusalem’s Old City. The Lutheran Guesthouse offers cosy and comfortable accommodation in an atmospheric and authentic building.
Discover the Old City
Breakfast & Dinner
Beginning our exploration on foot today, we follow the Palm Sunday route down from the Mt of Olives into Jerusalem's Old City where we discover the historic Christian quarter. and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Today will involve quite a bit of walking, but no major ascents or descents.
Discover the Old City
Breakfast & Dinner
A second day of exploring the Old City takes us to see Haram Al Shariff, or Temple Mount, the Jewish Quarter with the Western Wall and Mt Zion
Masada & the Dead Sea
Breakfast & Dinner
Leaving the city today, we travel to the eastern edge of the Judean desert, to explore the isolated fortification of Masada, situated on a rock plateau overlooking the Dead Sea. Originally, visitors had to climb a long and winding path to get to the top, but now there is a cable car that cuts out the hard work! We’ll stop for a dip in the Dead Sea also, to discover the salt heavy water.
Ein Karem and the Israel Museum
Breakfast & Dinner
Today, we walk in Ein Karem, the Spring of the Vineyard, (approx. 2km), a beautiful area west of Jerusalem surrounded by natural groves and the Jerusalem hills. It is a tranquil area, in contrast to the hustle and bustle of the city. Later we visit to the Israel Museum, home to the oldest biblical manuscripts, the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Bethlehem and village of Battir
Breakfast & Dinner
We start our visit today in Bethlehem, seeing the Church of the Navity, Shepherd's Field and a new addition the area, the Walled Off Hotel, created and financed by the artist Banksy. In the afternoon, we'll take a walk in a verdant valley west of the Bethlehem where we’ll enjoy a 6km walk to the UNESCO village of Battir, taking us through rolling hill terrain and seeing terraced farming
Old City Ramparts
Breakfast & Dinner
A rampart walk of the Old City offers us views over the neighbourhoods and surrounding hillsides. This afternoon is free for your own exploration, perhaps with a visit to Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre
Leaving Jerusalem after breakfast, if our flight time permits, we will stop in the city of Jaffa, situated on the shores of Mediterranean Sea, before we end at the airport for our flight back to the UK
Walks & Excursions
We use a mix of privately hired vehicles, taxis, and public transport which gives us some flexibility in our itinerary. We have a wonderful programme of walking, sightseeing and visits planned to let you fully experience the area along with opportunities to relax at our wonderful hotel and enjoy your surroundings.
Local transport costs, entrance fees and tips to local providers are included in your holiday price. You may wish to budget for any meals and drinks not included in the holiday arrangements, non-included entrance fees and any optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
The currency in Israel is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS). There are 100 agorot in 1 Shekel. Shekels can be obtained before you leave the UK or you will find many foreign currency exchanges once you arrive. Please note that Scottish and Irish banknotes cannot be exchanged in Israel. You will also be able to obtain funds from ATMs while you are there. Please check with your bank before travelling to ensure your card can be used overseas.
We include tips in the holiday cost and your Adagio Leader will take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. If you feel that someone has gone out of their way to make your holiday enjoyable or help you in anyway, please feel free to give a personal tip to the person should you wish. If you are having an independent lunch or other service not included in the holiday arrangements, tipping is at your own discretion.
We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.
An Adagio Leader will accompany you throughout the holiday. They are all experienced travellers with a love for exploring and will help capture the true essence of the destination with their stories, knowledge and insights. They are well-organised, pay great attention to detail and enjoy being with people. They are there to help make your holiday as enjoyable and stress free as possible.
Leaders Evening Briefing
Your Adagio Leader will discuss the programme for the following day with the group at each evening briefing. This will be your opportunity to find out more details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. Also, if you have any questions or concerns on clothing or lunch arrangements, this can be discussed then. If you wish to opt out of the organised group programme, this is fine, just let your Leader know.
Visiting historical sites, churches or museums are much more rewarding with a local guide. They give an insight to the local culture, language and traditions and can bring a destination alive. Many of our Adagio holidays include a knowledgeable English speaking guide on at least one of the days. Please refer to your daily itinerary to see where a guide is included.
Getting to your Holiday
We fly to Tel Aviv airport and make the transfer to Jerusalem by coach. The journey is approx. 1-1.5 hours, depending on traffic. PLEASE NOTE: Our coach will drop us off and collect us each day outside the city walls, and there is a walk of approximately 15 minutes from the drop off point to our accommodation.
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements
If you wish to organise your own flights from either a non-UK or UK regional airport, or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. If you choose to do this, before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at the hotel. Although airport/train station transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport/train station, depending on your flight/train arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight/train must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight/train to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight/train number, arrival time and departure point so that your Adagio Leader is able to meet up with you.
Luggage Allowance & Tickets
When booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday with us, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
Please ensure that the personal details we have on file for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements.
Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to accurately manage your holiday booking are correct at the time of booking (including health and dietry requirements). You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.adagio.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 386700. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport page (with your photo on). Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country. Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.
Country Passport Information
You must have a passport to enter Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and it should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry. As a British passport holder, you do not need to obtain visa in advance of your arrival, you will be granted leave to enter for a period of 3 months on arrival. Other passport holders should check with their nearest Israeli consulate for requirements.
Visitors entering via Ben Gurion airport are given an entry card instead of an entry stamp in their passport. While this practice is in place at other ports of entry, there have been instances where passports have been stamped for entry purposes. You should keep your entry card with your passport until you leave. This is evidence of your legal entry into Israel and may be required, particularly at any crossing points into the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Entry to the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs), is controlled by the Israeli authorities. You must produce a passport and immigration slip, to cross between Israel and the OPTs.
Evidence of a previous visit to another country in the region like an entry/exit stamp in your passport does not normally prevent entry into Israel, although it may lead to additional questioning at the border. It is for the Israeli authorities to determine the right of entry into Israel, so if you have any particular concerns about previous travel to another country, you should contact the Israeli Embassy in London.
You should expect lengthy personal questioning and baggage searches by security officials on arrival and departure from Israel. Electrical items, including laptops, may be taken from departing passengers for security inspection and either stored in the aircraft baggage hold, or returned to you in the UK.
Where are we going to stay?
St Mark Street, 9 Jerusalem 91140
00972 (0)2 62 66 888
The Lutheran Guesthouse, in the heart of Jerusalem’s Old City, lies close to the Jaffa Gate, one of the main entry points to the walled-city. On the crossroads of the Armenian, Christian, Jewish and Muslim quaters, it is ideally located for exploring the city. With just 35 rooms, the charming guesthouse offers cosy, yet comfortable, accommodation with modern facilities. From the roof terrace and delightful gardens, you have views over the Old City. The guesthouse offers a restaurant and tranquil garden and the rooms are delightfully decorated and are all en-suite (shower only). Wi-fi is available in the guesthouse's common areas.
This holiday is on a half board basis, with meals taken at our accommodation. A rich buffet breakfast is served in the bright and airy restaurant, as is dinner. Arabic and European cuisine is offered. The guesthouse's garden also has the "Café Luther" which serves both alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks. Middle Eastern cuisine offers a good choice for vegetarians.
Footwear & Kit List
Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.
General Kit List
We recommend you bring the following items with you:
Out of respect for local customs and traditions, men may feel more comfortable wearing long trousers and women wearing trousers, capris or knee length skirts than shorts, especially when visiting religious sites. Women may wish to bring a scarf or shawl to cover their shoulders. To avoid unwanted attention, women should avoid low-cut or tight-fitting tops, and may feel more comfortable wearing t-shirts or blouses.
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
Travel Document Checklist
To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information with you:
Maps & Guidebooks
The Map Shop
If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:
The Map Shop
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Visas and Passports
You don’t need a visa to enter Israel as a tourist. On entry, visitors are granted leave to enter for a period of up to 3 months.
Staying Healthy on Holiday
Further Health Advice
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You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
It is a condition of booking with Adagio that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the trip, including all optional activities.
Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.
Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.
Looking for travel insurance cover?
If you have not already arranged cover, please visit SunWorld who offer travel insurance.
SunWorld policies include cover for COVID-19, subject to applicable terms and conditions.
We're committed to operating responsible tours in all our destinations as best we can. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel Ltd’s (inc Adagio) profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public.
In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way.
We welcome all comments about our holidays and value ideas for future holidays. If you have provided us with an email address we will invite you to complete an online questionnaire or to add feedback to our page on the independent review site 'Feefo'.
Please note that this Holiday Information sheet may be periodically updated and reissued.
In most cases the revisions will be minor and the overall nature of the holiday will remain unchanged. Should we make a major change to your holiday arrangements between you booking your holiday and your date of travel we will notify you to specifically draw your attention to any significant change.
We suggest that you may want to review the latest version of this Holiday Information Sheet online prior to travel.
Please note that any advertised offers, benefits or initiatives may be discontinued at any time.
Please call us on 01707 386700 or email us at [email protected]