Israel and Palestine Cultural Immersion Journey with Butch Ferguson

Jerusalem, Israel

NJ
24 reviews
May 4 - 14, 2023
Group size: 1 - 24
Israel and Palestine Cultural Immersion Journey with Butch Ferguson
Jerusalem, Israel

24 reviews

$NaN
May 4 - 14, 2023
Group size: 1 - 24

About this trip

Join us to explore the Holy Land, a region steeped in history, diversity and local traditions. Explore the many iconic highlights of the region while also experiencing the unique opportunity to connect with families and community members from a broad cross-section of multicultural backgrounds. You'll visit some of the most revered and historically important archaeological and religious sites including, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Wailing Wall,  Sea of Galilee, Dead Sea,  and Megiddo.  Journey behind the scenes and join local families for a meal in their home; enjoy a local cooking class; meet the owner of a small coffee mill; visit with women from a local cooperative that is providing economic freedom for their families, and enjoy local dance performances. Journey with us to this Ancient Land to explore daily life and the many complexities of this beautiful and mysterious region. 

DOWNLOAD DAY BY DAY ITINERARY HERE

OPTIONAL EXTENSION: EGYPT

Program Highlights

 Program Highlights 

• Explore Tel Aviv, Haifa, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Dead Sea & Jerusalem. 

• Optional post-program extension to Egypt. 

• Many a bucket list includes taking a dip in the Dead Sea, one of the most spectacular natural and spiritual landscapes in the world. 

• Explore Jerusalem including a visit to the Jewish Wailing Wall, a walk along the Via Dolorosa, the Church of Holy Sepulcher, King David’s tomb, the Room of the Last Supper and much more. 

Cultural Exploration 

• Explore Yad Vashem, a memorial to six million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust. 

• Visit Nazareth Village to see and understand what life was like during the time of the Second Temple. Learn about the way of life in Israel thousands of years ago during the times of Jesus and his disciples. 

• Visit Megiddo which was one of the strongest and most important cities of Canaan. The remains of the palaces, temples, gates, and the sophisticated water system of the city are evidence of its great power. 

Community Focus 

• Gain authentic cultural insight during a home-cooked meals with local families. 

• Visit a family-owned coffee mill called El-Babo; meet the owner and learn about coffee making in the region. 

• Visit Beit Hagefen, an Arab Jewish cultural center. Founded in 1963, their mission is to establish shared spaces that contain the diversity of identities and cultures in Israel and worldwide. 

• Spend time with a local Bedouin woman, who will host you in her tent for a discussion on women in the Bedouin society, neighborly relations, traditions, and  modernization.

· Have time to explore local markets and do a little retail therapy!

What’s included

  • Airfare
    Roundtrip economy airfare
  • Hotel Accommodations
    4 star Hotels and daily breakfast
  • Entrance Fees
    All entrance fees and activities mentioned
  • Local Guide
    English speaking guide
  • Private local transport
    Private motor coach and driver
  • 24/7 Travel Support
    Nanda Journeys team support before, during and after travel. 24/7 during travel.
  • Most Meals
    5 Lunches and 6 Dinners as outlined in the daily itinerary
  • Unique itinerary
    Nanda Journeys has designed this program exclusively for Butch and his guests
  • Passport & Visas
    Passport application, renewal and visas are not included
  • Alcoholic Beverages
    Meals include soft drinks with alcoholic beverages being at your own personal expense
  • Meals
    Meals not mentioned in the program itinerary
  • Insurance
    Travel insurance is not included, but highly recommended. Nanda Journeys will provide recommendations
  • Tips
    Tips for driver, guide and hotel staff are not included. Suggested tipping $10-15 per day guide, $5-7 driver, $2-4 in room maid service.
  • Personal Items
    Any item purchased at the hotel or restaurant which is not mentioned in the daily itinerary

Available Packages

Shared Room with flights
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Pricing per person including airfare, shared room with twin or double bed. Please review Booking Terms & Conditions HERE

 ** Nanda Journeys will endeavor to assist persons requesting a roommate, however, a shared room cannot be guaranteed. Participants will be contacted to confirm space in a shared occupancy room approx. 90 days prior to travel. If we are unsuccessful in finding a suitable roommate, the enrollee will be invoiced the applicable single supplement ** 

$6,299
Deposit: $500
Single Room with flights
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Pricing per person including airfare and single room. Please review Booking Terms & Conditions HERE

$7,798
Deposit: $500
Shared Room Land Only
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By selecting this package you are electing to book your own flights. Pricing per person excluding airfare and single room. Please review Booking Terms & Conditions HERE 

** Nanda Journeys will endeavor to assist persons requesting a roommate, however, a shared room cannot be guaranteed. Participants will be contacted to confirm space in a shared occupancy room approx. 90 days prior to travel. If we are unsuccessful in finding a suitable roommate, the enrollee will be invoiced the applicable single supplement ** 

$5,299
Deposit: $500
Single Room Land Only
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By selecting this package you are electing to book your own flights. Pricing per person excluding airfare and single room. Please review Booking Terms & Conditions HERE  

$6,798
Deposit: $500

Available options

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Itinerary

Day 1
Depart from U.S. to Tel Aviv, Israel

Departure gateway tentatively set as Atlanta, GA. Gateway city is subject to change based on flight availability. Birmingham, AL will be explored as a priority as soon as flight schedules are known. Guests can book a land only package and use miles or airline credits to travel to Israel. Nanda Journeys will provide support and guidance on arrival and departure times approx 120-90 days before travel. 

Your Organizer


NJ
Nanda Journeys
24 reviews
Nanda Journeys offers theme-focused trips to global destinations that speak to your interests, bringing together travelers with purpose and passion to explore the world in an meaningful way. We create travel programs for the diverse, adventurous explorer united in a desire: to not only experience a destination, but to truly experience a culture & connect with its people, visiting unexplored, off-the-beaten path destinations, that provide an opportunity to give back, and make a meaningful difference in the communities they visit.

Reviews

This trip was inspiring for me to reconnect with my family roots. It was so nice to see friends from a previous trip. I enjoyed all the music making experiences, especially making the bodhran at the Irish Institute of Music. The country side in Ireland is beautiful. I enjoyed seeing all the houses, land, and sheep. The Gap of Dunloe was incredible. This 2 hour trip in a horse drawn cart seemed like a Star Wars movie set. I am especially grateful for the connections we all made during the trip, whether it was with our Guide, the local people and with my fellow travelers.
By Barbara S for Music Education Journey to Ireland with Dr Lynn Brinckmeyer on 07 Aug, 2022
Barbara, we are thrilled that this experience in Ireland reconnected you to your roots! We absolutely loved putting this itinerary together. Thank you for your kind words and for continuing to travel with Nanda Journeys. Nicola
By Nanda Journeys on 07 Aug, 2022
NJ
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The Music Education Journey through Ireland with Dr. Lynn Brinckmeyer arranged by Nanda Journeys was extraordinary! Each detail, well planned with love by Nicola Balmain and Team, productively maximized opportunities for not only traveling throughout the country but experiencing the people, the sights, the food and for our particular interests - the music and culture! Our tour guide and driver were most attentive and professional insuring that we all had the best experiences possible! The magic of Ireland will be with us for a long time. With thanks and appreciation! Dr. Elise Sobol (New York, NY)
By Elise S S for Music Education Journey to Ireland with Dr Lynn Brinckmeyer on 03 Aug, 2022
Elise, thank you so much for your kind words. We are absolutely delighted to hear you enjoyed your journey across the Emerald Isle. The itinerary has quite joy become one of our favorites and we are exploring offering it as a cultural exploration of Irish Culture. Nicola
By Nanda Journeys on 03 Aug, 2022
NJ
This was an amazing trip. The Group immediately gelled into a family-like entity. The itinerary was fast paced, filled with great information and hands on experiences. I felt we were able to see the "real" Ireland, and not the usual tourist sites. The accommodations were top notch. The food was outstanding. The only thing that would have made it better would have been another week. I would do it all over in a heartbeat!
By William M for Music Education Journey to Ireland with Dr Lynn Brinckmeyer on 02 Aug, 2022
William, we couldn’t be more thrilled to read your kind words! It was so exciting putting this itinerary together for Dr. Brinckmwyer and her wonderful guests. So delighted you enjoyed it. Nicola
By Nanda Journeys on 03 Aug, 2022
NJ
This trip was wonderful! We immersed ourselves in the culture with music, dance, food, history, and many sites. The country was green, clean and the people very welcoming. Our guide was very good with making sure we saw and did not only the itinerary but added little surprises along the way to add to our experience. A very enjoyable trip.
By Helen M for Music Education Journey to Ireland with Dr Lynn Brinckmeyer on 28 Jul, 2022
We are so thrilled to read this Helen. It was such a pleasure putting this itinerary together !thank you for your kind words. See you next year!
By Nanda Journeys on 28 Jul, 2022
NJ
The trip felt like a dream. Every day we discovered a new WOW about the country or an experience that we had in our activities! The people, music, landscape, local establishments & food were all impeccable! Our guide was caring and worked hard to give us a top of the world experience! He was not only a guide but became a member of our group and new friend. Thank you Nanda & Lynn Brinckmeyer for arranging a high quality trip!
By Sheri T for Music Education Journey to Ireland with Dr Lynn Brinckmeyer on 27 Jul, 2022
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