With a record 3.45 million visitors in 2010—and these numbers expected to increase over the next few years—Israel is seeing a huge increase in travelers interested in its cultural and historic offerings. As a response to this demand, Kensington Tours has launched a new portfolio of customizable private guided tours to the Holy Land. From spiritual sojourns and heritage journeys, to active adventures and culinary encounters, Israel has something to offer every type of traveler—and Kensington’s got them covered no matter what their interests.
With the 8-day Israel by Kibbutz tour, for instance, travelers can experience the breathtaking landscapes and legendary history of the land while staying at a collection of traditional Israeli kibbutzim and hotels. The tour also includes opportunities to partake in the communal lifestyle of the Kibbutznik people firsthand with tours of Tel Aviv, the religiously rich capital of Jerusalem, the diverse Galilee region, and the unique Dead Sea area led by expert private guide. Rates run $3,799 pp.
An active outdoor adventure, Active Israeli Adventure is a 13-day private guided tour of Haifa, Galilee, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Eilat and Tel Aviv. Participants have a chance to venture off the traditional tour bus to cruise, scuba dive, horseback ride, mountain bike, climb and rappel through Israel’s spellbinding spiritual sites and majestic landscapes. The tour also includes jeep safaris, camel rides, archaeological digs, time at the beach and therapeutic hot springs. All this and more is combined with stylish and centrally located hotels, and convenient private transfers with English-speaking guides. Rates run $4,979 pp.
For foodies, recommend the 11-day Vineyards and Visions tour, priced from $5,190 pp. This delectable culinary journey of Tel Aviv, Galilee, the Dead Sea and Jerusalem gives guests the opportunity to sip their way through a mosaic of vineyards and celebrated restaurants, stopping for private tours of the Holy Land’s legendary age-old sites along the way. The tour also includes a private guide, driver and stays at luxury hotels.
Or, send your clients on a spiritual pilgrimage showcasing 5,000 years of Judaism with the 8-day Jewish Heritage tour. On this completely customizable journey, guests can explore Tel Aviv, Galilee, Old and New Jerusalem and the Dead Sea along with an expert guide. Activities and accommodations can be completely customized to fit both your client’s budgets and interests. Rates start at $3,979 pp.
For more information on these and other tours to Israel, visit kensingtontours.com.