TRAVEL INFO AND FAQS
TRIP PRICE: $2950 per person (land only)
Only One Person in a Room: Add $800 to the trip price.
3rd Person in a Room: Deduct $90 per person from the trip price.
See payment schedule on "Payment" page.
See inclusions and exclusions below.
YOUR TOUR INCLUDES
Your trip cost includes deluxe hotel accommodations, outstanding guiding services by a certified Israeli guide, admission fees to all sites on our itinerary, luxury motor coach, all tips, breakfasts, and dinners.
Your price also includes an optional opportunity to experience Friday night "welcoming in Shabbat" in the Old City of Jerusalem -- an unforgettable experience.
SECURING A FLIGHT
It is the trip participant's responsibility to secure airfare. There are many outstanding itineraries available from Dallas, including American Airline's brand new direct flight from Tel Aviv to Dallas.
Trip participants must arrive Tel Aviv by 6 pm. Friday, April 28th. See the Itinerary page for more details.
Participants can leave for the US late night Friday, May 6th, or spend an additional night (hotel cost already included) for an optional unguided free day on Saturday, May 7th, until departing for Ben Gurion Airport for their flight back to the US.
Our Jerusalem-based travel company has secured deluxe accommodations for our group in Tel Aviv, Galilee, and Jerusalem. Hotel rooms in Israel are similar to Europe... smaller than American standards. But they are clean, comfortable, and feature outstanding Israeli hospitality.
The trip cost assumes two people per room. Options for 1 person and 3 people are available as well. Breakfast and dinner are provided by our hotels as well, with the exception of our "Farewell Dinner" on Friday, May 5th, which is held at a local restaurant.
Certified guides in Israel complete a rigorous coursework in order to obtain their license, a process that has been compared to getting a Master's degree in Middle East history. Our particular guide has 20+ years of guiding experience in Israel, and is one of the most sought-after professional guides in the land. Your tour also comes with headphone sets that allow you to hear our guide clearly even if you are some distance away.
Your comfort is a priority, so we have secured an outstanding driver and a beautiful motor coach to get us around the country. Due to the small group size, we will have plenty of room to spread out on our motor coach comfortably.
Legacy Travel does not provide transfers to and from Ben Gurion Airport, but our local travel partner has outstanding companies that we can connect you with.
Trip participants are highly encouraged to purchase trip cancelation / interruption insurance.
Popular carriers are Allianz Travel Insurance and Telex Travel Insurance, but there are many others.
Let us answer your questions....
WHAT DOES THE TRIP COST INCLUDE?
The cost of the trip includes: hotel accommodations (double room); motor coach with professional driver; certified guide; entrance fees to all sites on the itinerary; breakfast; dinner; all tips.
WHAT DOES THE TRIP COST NOT INCLUDE?
The cost does not include airfare; airport transfers; lunches or snacks; shopping items; trip insurance; room upgrades; medical care; medical tests; passport fees; additions to the itinerary (e.g. Dead Sea swim).
HOW DO I SECURE A SPOT?
A spot on the trip is officially secured by signing up on the "Sign Me Up!" page, agreeing to the Terms and Conditions, and paying the $400 per person deposit. Final payment is due by March 1, 2023.
IS IT SAFE TO VISIT ISRAEL?
In many respects, visiting Israel is safer than visiting some metropolitan cities in the USA. Security is of the highest concern in Israel, and their security protocols are emulated by other countries. Our Jerusalem-based operator is constantly apprised of any situations that may affect the safety of our group, and will take precautionary measures when warranted. In regards to COVID-19, Israel is one of the most vaccinated countries in the world. For more information on the latest news regarding safety for travelers in Israel, please visit the State Department's website at www.Travel.State.gov.
WHAT ARE THE COVID-19 TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS?
The specific protocols for international travelers change monthly. We expect at the time of our trip Israel will require a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of travel, and an additional serological test upon arrival. We will update our travelers on the specific protocols as our trip approaches, including whether travelers must be vaccinated for entry.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO CANCEL PRIOR TO THE TRIP?
Please review the Terms and Conditions to see what fees are associated with cancelling the trip. The entire trip must be paid for by March 1st. If the trip is cancelled prior to April15th, fees will apply. The trip is non-refundable after April15th.
WHAT KIND OF CLOTHING DO I BRING?
The weather in Israel is absolutely beautiful in late April, early May -- temperatures in the mid 70's during the day, cooler at night.
Pants are required at some sites, shorts or short skirts are generally not culturally appropriate. Dressing in layers with a backpack to store extra clothing is ideal. And a hat!
A good pair of walking shoes or hikers is highly recommended. Flip flips should be avoided.
WILL I NEED SPECIAL VISA TO GET INTO THE COUNTRY?
American citizens only need a valid US passport. As COVID travel protocols change monthly, we will update our travelers by email on the latest requirements.
WILL THERE BE ANY FREE TIME?
We stay fairly busy from breakfast to arrival back at the hotel, usually around 5 p.m. Some days may be shorter to allow some extra free time before dinner. The tour will also provide opportunities during the daytime at certain sites for self-guided shopping/exploring.
Participants arriving early in the day on Friday, April 28th may want to take a stroll along the famous Tel Aviv shoreline before our welcome dinner begins.
Participants taking flights back to the US on Saturday, May 6th will have an unguided free day in Jerusalem.
WHAT HOTELS HAVE BEEN RESERVED FOR OUR GROUP?
Our Tel Aviv hotel is the Metropolitan, just steps away from the beach and shopping. In Galilee, we are staying at Nof Ginnosar, right on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. In Jerusalem, we are staying at the picturesque Yehudah Hotel.
WILL WE SWIM IN THE DEAD SEA AS A PART OF THE TOUR?
Unfortunately, no. However, you can make arrangements at your own expense for a day trip to a Dead Sea "beach" on our free day - May 6th.
WILL WE VIST BETHLEHEM?
Unfortunately, no. Bethlehem is behind Israel's security fence, and entering Bethlehem requires a change of bus and driver. We will, however, have a fantastic view of the "Shepherds' Fields" as a part of our tour.
I HAVE DIETARY RESTRICTIONS, CAN THAT BE ACCOMMODATED?
Israeli buffets are famous for being large and varied, featuring a healthy variety of meats, vegetables, and fruits. If you have a particular restriction, please let us know in advance and we will send those to our Israeli operator for details on alternatives.
CAN I INVITE MY FAMILY OR FRIENDS TO JOIN THE TOUR?
Be aware, however, that this trip requires much walking, sometimes over uneven payment (Dr. Herring has a story about that!) and up and down stairs without elevators / escalators.
The days are long and can be quite sunny. Staying hydrated is critical. It is important that participants understand this type of tour requires good overall physical health.
Children under 12 and adults in poor physical health (especially walking long distances) are not ideal candidates for the trip.
CAN I ARRIVE EARLIER OR STAY LATER?
YES, but any arrangements of that nature must be made by you.
The official tour begins at dinner in Tel Aviv at the Metropolitan Hotel on Friday, April 28th, and ends at our Jerusalem hotel, the Yehudah, after the farewell dinner on Friday, May 5th. The price of the tour includes overnight hotel at the Yehudah on Friday, May 5th, and breakfast on Saturday, May 6th. Tour participants will have an optional unguided "free day" on Saturday, May 6th, with breakfast included, if they choose to leave on that day or later. The Yehudah Hotel concierge staff can assist with plans on your free day(s).
CAN I UPGRADE MY HOTEL ROOM?
Yes, our hotels have options for larger rooms, one bed only, etc. Let Legacy know what kind of upgrade you desire and we'll provide pricing.
WHAT IS DR. HERRING'S EXPERIENCE AS A TRAVEL LEADER IN ISRAEL?
Dr. Herring has toured Israel three times prior to this trip, and the largest tour he organized numbered 82 passengers from four different countries. He has also traveled the land solo, experiencing "nooks and crannies" in the Land that are not seen by large tour groups.
His passion is making the Bible come alive. Dr. Herring brings his 30+ years of Pastoral and Seminary Professor experience to each site on our tour, with devotionals, reflections, group readings, group singing, and praying. Prior to departure you will receive a devotional guide to prepare you for the sites we will visit on our trip.
In addition to his US-based ministry, Dr. Herring has served as a guest lecturer for the Israel College of the Bible, teaching a course in Christian apologetics, and has been on mission trips to six countries. He has a strong interest in Middle Eastern history, politics, religion, and archaeology. His love for Israel is rivaled only by his love for Texas.