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The holy land

One of the most interesting places on earth – this tiny yet beautiful and diverse country will not leave you indifferent.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The average temperature on the coast of the Red Sea is 100 °F. It’s hot.
  • The Dead Sea has the saltiest water on earth
  • Golan Heights is famous for Mount Hermon, which is a major attraction for its snow: a rarity in Israel.
  • Mini Israel has over 385 beautifully crafted 3D models, which are exact replicas of Israel’s fantastic monuments.
  • Israel is also known for all-year-round events and festivals – not just religious, but also celebrating music, theatre, film and sports.

Where to stay in Israel

THE BASICS 

Israel attracted 3.3 million tourists in 2014 and is a great choice for holiday makers. It’s packed full with cultural history and an array of ancient and religious sites, dating back two millennia of human history. Israel is the world’s only Jewish democratic state and is home to sacred sites for Jews, Muslims and Christians, yet many go to Israel for its leisure and recreational activities – from nature spots to sunny beaches, diverse night life, first class diving and rich local and fusion cuisine.

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tel-aviv-jaffa beach

Tel Aviv – Jaffa beaches

Israel is prized for its warm unspoiled Mediterranean beaches like Aqueduct Beach and Beit Yannai Beach. Its cosmopolitan city Tel-Aviv-Jaffa has a high concentration of Bauhaus buildings from the 1930’s and a multitude of museums, the highest per capita in the world!

A popular resort area is situated at the northern tip of the Red Sea: Eilat. Many divers come to explore the beautiful seascape of the Red Sea with its abundance of coral reefs and marine life.

There is an endless list of religious and other important sites in Israel, such as the Western wall, the Holy City of Jerusalem, the Mount of Olives, Yad Vashen Holocaust Memorial, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Dome of the Rock and Sea of Galilee, to name but a few. Everyone, including non-religious holiday-goers, can experience the extraordinary spiritual energy of Jerusalem. Travellers can retrace the footsteps of Jesus along the Sea of Galilee and visit the centre of Jewish mysticism Kabbalah  (in Hebrew) in Safed.

Israel is also great for children as they have tailor-made attractions such as the Jerusalem’s Time Elevator, which explores Israel’s history and Mini Israel. With its warm beaches, gentle surfs and interesting historical attractions children will have fun learning whilst sightseeing.

Jerusalem

The historical city Jerusalem

Due to the vast number of sights to see first time travellers, often, opt for tailor-made tours with structured itineraries to ensure they see the best parts of Israel. There are a variety of tours that are catered for the specific needs from hiking, sight-seeing, sacred pilgrimage or adventure.

Many visit Israel for its beautiful nature spots including the ancient fortification of Massada or the vast emptiness and beauty of the Negev desert, which is located west of the Dead Sea. There are many eco-tourism options and desert adventures like rock climbing, rappelling, camel riding on the frankincense route, driving along dessert trails and all-terrain jeep trips.

A selection of modern inns and guest cabins with exclusive spas are available after long days of dessert exploration. For travellers who have an interest in winery they may like want to to visit the Galilee region, which makes up the centre of Israel’s fine wines and is filled with green valleys and hills.

 

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Petra and Wadi Rum Tour from Eilat

Destination: Eilat, Petra and Wadi Rum
  Petra and Wadi Rum Tour from Eilat is a 4 Night trip with Direct flights from Luton Airport to Eilat (Ovda) from Wednesday to Sunday. We can offer this magical trip on 21 November from £684.00 per person, including flights, first and last night in 3* Hotel in Eilat and 3 Day Petra and Wadi Rum Tour. Other dates are available from end of October 2018 till the end of March 2019. 3 day Petra and Wadi Rum Tour from Eilat allows an in-depth visit of the two most iconic wonders in Jordan. After pick up from your hotel in Eilat, you will cross the border into Jordan, and make your way to Petra along the desert highway. You will spend the first day of your tour with a guide, discovering the secrets of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Nabatean city of Petra. Inhabited since prehistoric times, this Nabataean carved-city, situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, was an important crossroads between Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenicia. Petra is half-built, half-carved into the rock, and is surrounded by mountains riddled with passages and gorges. It is one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites, where ancient Eastern traditions blend with Hellenistic architecture. Overnight in hotel in Petra including breakfast. The following day is dedicated to an independent exploration of the site: you can return to your favourite place, or hike along one of the trails, such as that to the impressive Monastery. In the evening, enjoy an authentic Jordanian dinner at a Bedouin Campsite in Wadi Rum, out in the open beneath thousands of stars. After an experiential night in the desert, sleeping in tents, wake up to enjoy a Jeep tour in the Wadi Rum Nature Reserve, guided by local Bedouins. Wadi Rum is like a moonscape of ancient valleys and towering weathered sandstone mountains rising out of the white and pink coloured sands, and offers some of the most spectacular desert scenery you are ever likely to see. Home to the many exploits of the famous T.E. Lawrence during the 1917-1918 Arab Revolt, Wadi Rum was used for the desert shots of the film “Lawrence of Arabia”. After experiencing Wadi Rum, head to the port city of Aqaba for a walk through its traditional Arab markets before crossing back to Israel and ending your tour in Eilat. There is no need to pre-arrange a visa for this tour, as our team will take care of these arrangements as part of the service. Tour Highlights • First Night at 3* Hotel in Eilat, on a bed & breakfast basis. • Pickup from your hotel in Eilat, and cross border to Jordan with border assistance. • Enjoy a fully guided tour of the ‘lost city of Petra’, one of the Seven Wonders of the World • Experience a local lunch at an authentic Jordanian restaurant • Overnight in hotel in Petra including breakfast • With a free day in Petra, go deeper into the site or experience it at sunrise or sunset when less visitors make it less crowded • For departures on Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday, optional visit to the Petra by Night candle-light show. • Stay overnight in a Bedouin campsite in Wadi Rum • Explore the stunning landscape of Wadi Rum with a Jeep tour • Tour the markets of Aqaba • Return to Eilat an overnight at 3* Hotel in Eilat, on a bed & breakfast basis. Call Crusader Travel today on 020 87440474 to book Petra and Wadi Rum Tour from Eilat and for further information.
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Petra and Wadi Rum Tour from Eilat
Destination: Eilat, Petra and Wadi Rum

 

Petra and Wadi Rum Tour from Eilat is a 4 Night trip with Direct flights from Luton Airport to Eilat (Ovda) from Wednesday to Sunday.

We can offer this magical trip on 21 November from £684.00 per person, including flights, first and last night in 3* Hotel in Eilat and 3 Day Petra and Wadi Rum Tour. Other dates are available from end of October 2018 till the end of March 2019.

3 day Petra and Wadi Rum Tour from Eilat allows an in-depth visit of the two most iconic wonders in Jordan. After pick up from your hotel in Eilat, you will cross the border into Jordan, and make your way to Petra along the desert highway. You will spend the first day of your tour with a guide, discovering the secrets of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Nabatean city of Petra. Inhabited since prehistoric times, this Nabataean carved-city, situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, was an important crossroads between Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenicia. Petra is half-built, half-carved into the rock, and is surrounded by mountains riddled with passages and gorges. It is one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites, where ancient Eastern traditions blend with Hellenistic architecture. Overnight in hotel in Petra including breakfast.

The following day is dedicated to an independent exploration of the site: you can return to your favourite place, or hike along one of the trails, such as that to the impressive Monastery. In the evening, enjoy an authentic Jordanian dinner at a Bedouin Campsite in Wadi Rum, out in the open beneath thousands of stars. After an experiential night in the desert, sleeping in tents, wake up to enjoy a Jeep tour in the Wadi Rum Nature Reserve, guided by local Bedouins. Wadi Rum is like a moonscape of ancient valleys and towering weathered sandstone mountains rising out of the white and pink coloured sands, and offers some of the most spectacular desert scenery you are ever likely to see. Home to the many exploits of the famous T.E. Lawrence during the 1917-1918 Arab Revolt, Wadi Rum was used for the desert shots of the film “Lawrence of Arabia”.

After experiencing Wadi Rum, head to the port city of Aqaba for a walk through its traditional Arab markets before crossing back to Israel and ending your tour in Eilat.

There is no need to pre-arrange a visa for this tour, as our team will take care of these arrangements as part of the service.

Tour Highlights
• First Night at 3* Hotel in Eilat, on a bed & breakfast basis.
• Pickup from your hotel in Eilat, and cross border to Jordan with border assistance.
• Enjoy a fully guided tour of the ‘lost city of Petra’, one of the Seven Wonders of the World
• Experience a local lunch at an authentic Jordanian restaurant
• Overnight in hotel in Petra including breakfast
• With a free day in Petra, go deeper into the site or experience it at sunrise or sunset when less visitors make it less crowded
• For departures on Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday, optional visit to the Petra by Night candle-light show.
• Stay overnight in a Bedouin campsite in Wadi Rum
• Explore the stunning landscape of Wadi Rum with a Jeep tour
• Tour the markets of Aqaba
• Return to Eilat an overnight at 3* Hotel in Eilat, on a bed & breakfast basis.

Call Crusader Travel today on 020 87440474 to book Petra and Wadi Rum Tour from Eilat and for further information.

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£684
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Price From
£684
21 November 2018
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Fully Escorted Holyland Tour

Destination: Israel
  Fully Escorted Holyland Tour Oct 22-27, 2018 Sunday- 21 October 2018 London /Tel Aviv with British Airways Depart London Heathrow Airport 22:30 Arrive Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport 05:15 (22 Oct) Monday-Oct 22 2018 Ben Gurion Airport / Tiberias/ Caesarea / Muhraka / Megiddo / Acre Early arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, where you will be met by our representative and meet your guide and driver. Leave the airport and drive via Tel-Aviv and along the coastal plain to Caesarea, once the Roman capital of the region; visit the excavations of the ancient city, the Roman theatre and aqueduct. Breakfast en route Proceed to Muhraka, the site of confrontation between Elijah and the prophets of Baal; enjoy the spectacular view of the Jezreel valley and the lower Galilee . Continue to Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon; learn the impressive history of this battle field as you visit the archaeological excavations including the well-preserved water supply system. Onto Acre to visit the remarkable underground Crusader City and crypt; walk through the Old City recognized by UNESCO as world heritage site , the local market and harbor . Overnight in Nazarethz. Tuesday-Oct 23 2018 Tiberias / Capernaum / Banias After a short tour of Tiberias, enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee; visit the Yigal Alon center where the “Jesus boat”, an ancient fishing boat from the 1st century, is displayed. Continue to Capernaum to visit the remains of the 2nd century synagogue. Stop at Tabgha, the site of the Miracle of Fish and Loaves, and visit the Church of Multiplication with its 4th century mosaic floor. Proceed to Mount of Beatitudes, the place where Jesus delivered the sermon on the mount. Drive to the Banias Springs and tour the Golan heights. Overnight in Nazareth. Wednesday-Oct 24 2018 Cana / Nazareth / Beit Shean Drive to Cana to visit the Wedding Church, where Jesus performed his first miracle turning water into wine. Continue to Nazareth to visit the Church of Annunciation, Joseph’s workshop and Mary’s well. Proceed to Yardenit, the baptismal site on the Jordan river; next, stop at Beit Shean to visit the newly excavated Roman city and amphitheatre . Drive along the Jordan valley to Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem. Thursday-Oct 25 2018 Jerusalem (Old City) Drive to Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the city; visit the Church of All Nations, King David’s Tomb and Room of Last Supper on Mt. Zion. Enter the Old City ; walk through the Cardo, the ancient roman road; visit the Christian quarters; view the Temple Mount; walk along the Via Dolorosa and the oriental Bazaar to visit the Church of Holy Sepulchre. Next, drive to the Garden Tomb and enjoy the beautiful gardens and peaceful ambiance. Overnight in Jerusalem. Friday-Oct 26 2018 Jerusalem (New City) / Bethlehem* Drive to Ein Karem to visit the Church of Visitation; Proceed to Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus; visit Shepherds’ field; walk through Manger Square to visit the remarkable Church of Nativity. Return to Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem. Saturday-Oct 27 2018 Jerusalem / Ben Gurion Airport/ London Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure on board British Airways. Depart Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport 16:45 Arrive London Heathrow Airport 20:05 COST Per person in a twin/double from £1,289.00 Single supplement from £185.00 Quote includes the following services: • Airport assistance on arrival AT BG airport by Diesenhaus representative • Arrival & departure transfers with guide • Touring in Deluxe air-conditioned bus as per itinerary • All touring with an English speaking guide • 5 nights’ accommodation in above hotels on HB. • Entrance to sites as per itinerary • Porterage at Apt & hotels • Hat & map Meals (included): – 5 breakfasts at hotels – 5 dinners at hotels – 1 breakfast en-rout 22 October *PA Call Crusader Travel today on 020 87440474 to book this special offer to Fully Escorted Holyland Tour and for further information.
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Fully Escorted Holyland Tour
Destination: Israel

 

Fully Escorted Holyland Tour
Oct 22-27, 2018

Sunday- 21 October 2018 London /Tel Aviv with British Airways
Depart London Heathrow Airport 22:30
Arrive Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport 05:15 (22 Oct)

Monday-Oct 22 2018 Ben Gurion Airport / Tiberias/ Caesarea / Muhraka / Megiddo / Acre

Early arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, where you will be met by our representative and meet your guide and driver.
Leave the airport and drive via Tel-Aviv and along the coastal plain to Caesarea, once the Roman capital of the region; visit the excavations of the ancient city, the Roman theatre and aqueduct. Breakfast en route
Proceed to Muhraka, the site of confrontation between Elijah and the prophets of Baal; enjoy the spectacular view of the Jezreel valley and the lower Galilee . Continue to Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon; learn the impressive history of this battle field as you visit the archaeological excavations including the well-preserved water supply system. Onto Acre to visit the remarkable underground Crusader City and crypt; walk through the Old City recognized by UNESCO as world heritage site , the local market and harbor .
Overnight in Nazarethz.

Tuesday-Oct 23 2018 Tiberias / Capernaum / Banias

After a short tour of Tiberias, enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee; visit the Yigal Alon center where the “Jesus boat”, an ancient fishing boat from the 1st century, is displayed. Continue to Capernaum to visit the remains of the 2nd century synagogue. Stop at Tabgha, the site of the Miracle of Fish and Loaves, and visit the Church of Multiplication with its 4th century mosaic floor. Proceed to Mount of Beatitudes, the place where Jesus delivered the sermon on the mount. Drive to the Banias Springs and tour the Golan heights.
Overnight in Nazareth.

Wednesday-Oct 24 2018 Cana / Nazareth / Beit Shean
Drive to Cana to visit the Wedding Church, where Jesus performed his first miracle turning water into wine. Continue to Nazareth to visit the Church of Annunciation, Joseph’s workshop and Mary’s well. Proceed to Yardenit, the baptismal site on the Jordan river; next, stop at Beit Shean to visit the newly excavated Roman city and amphitheatre . Drive along the Jordan valley to Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Thursday-Oct 25 2018 Jerusalem (Old City)
Drive to Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the city; visit the Church of All Nations, King David’s Tomb and Room of Last Supper on Mt. Zion. Enter the Old City ; walk through the Cardo, the ancient roman road; visit the Christian quarters; view the Temple Mount; walk along the Via Dolorosa and the oriental Bazaar to visit the Church of Holy Sepulchre. Next, drive to the Garden Tomb and enjoy the beautiful gardens and peaceful ambiance.
Overnight in Jerusalem.

Friday-Oct 26 2018 Jerusalem (New City) / Bethlehem*
Drive to Ein Karem to visit the Church of Visitation; Proceed to Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus; visit Shepherds’ field; walk through Manger Square to visit the remarkable Church of Nativity. Return to Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Saturday-Oct 27 2018 Jerusalem / Ben Gurion Airport/ London
Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure on board British Airways.
Depart Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport 16:45
Arrive London Heathrow Airport 20:05

COST

Per person in a twin/double from £1,289.00
Single supplement from £185.00

Quote includes the following services:

• Airport assistance on arrival AT BG airport by Diesenhaus representative
• Arrival & departure transfers with guide
• Touring in Deluxe air-conditioned bus as per itinerary
• All touring with an English speaking guide
• 5 nights’ accommodation in above hotels on HB.
• Entrance to sites as per itinerary
• Porterage at Apt & hotels
• Hat & map

Meals (included):
– 5 breakfasts at hotels
– 5 dinners at hotels
– 1 breakfast en-rout 22 October

*PA

Call Crusader Travel today on 020 87440474 to book this special offer to Fully Escorted Holyland Tour and for further information.

Price From
£1,289
Mixed Meal Plan
Price From
£1,289
21 October 2018
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Family October Half Term – Jerusalem & The Red Sea

Destination: Jerusalem & Eilat
Family October Half Term – Jerusalem & The Red Sea 8 nights on the 20th of October for 2 adults & 2 children (under 12yrs) from £3754.00 including direct flights from Luton and 3 days car hire. 2 Nights in Jerusalem – 4* Rimonim Jerusalem – 1 x standard room on a bed & breakfast basis 6 Nights in Eilat – 4* Prima Music Hotel – 1 x standard room on a bed & breakfast basis Israel is a fascinating destination, rich with history. Walking through Jerusalem is equivalent to wandering through the pages of history, and with monuments sacred to all 3 major monotheistic religions. We tailor a trip for you from Jerusalem to Eliat. This Tour provides excellent opportunity to see part of the country in a short period. On your way to Eilat, on the lowest point on earth you will find The Dead Sea, the saltiest and most mineral rich body of water in the world, make sure to stop by and be soothed by the natural mineral & salt water. The cosmopolitan resort of Eilat nestles between the rugged desert mountains of the Negev Desert, and the clear waters of Red Sea. Eilat is a haven for sun seekers and water sport enthusiasts alike. Try diving or snorkelling with the dolphins, or experience life under the sea without getting your feet wet, at the famous Underwater Observatory. Call Crusader Travel today on 020 87440474 to book Family October Half Term – Jerusalem & Red Sea and for further information.
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Family October Half Term – Jerusalem & The Red Sea
Destination: Jerusalem & Eilat

Family October Half Term – Jerusalem & The Red Sea

8 nights on the 20th of October for 2 adults & 2 children (under 12yrs) from £3754.00 including direct flights from Luton and 3 days car hire.

2 Nights in Jerusalem – 4* Rimonim Jerusalem – 1 x standard room on a bed & breakfast basis

6 Nights in Eilat – 4* Prima Music Hotel – 1 x standard room on a bed & breakfast basis

Israel is a fascinating destination, rich with history. Walking through Jerusalem is equivalent to wandering through the pages of history, and with monuments sacred to all 3 major monotheistic religions.

We tailor a trip for you from Jerusalem to Eliat. This Tour provides excellent opportunity to see part of the country in a short period. On your way to Eilat, on the lowest point on earth you will find The Dead Sea, the saltiest and most mineral rich body of water in the world, make sure to stop by and be soothed by the natural mineral & salt water.

The cosmopolitan resort of Eilat nestles between the rugged desert mountains of the Negev Desert, and the clear waters of Red Sea. Eilat is a haven for sun seekers and water sport enthusiasts alike. Try diving or snorkelling with the dolphins, or experience life under the sea without getting your feet wet, at the famous Underwater Observatory.

Call Crusader Travel today on 020 87440474 to book Family October Half Term – Jerusalem & Red Sea and for further information.

Price From
£3,754
Bed & Breakfast
Price From
£3,754
20 October 2018
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Winter Sun in Eilat

Destination: Eilat
Winter Sun in Eilat We are pleased to announce that Eilat will have direct flights from Luton for the 2018/19 winter season! Eilat offers great snorkelling and diving and is the closest Coral Sea destination to Europe. It is a paradise for holiday makers who are interested in water-sports and one of the safest places to learn to dive with safe, easy access from a sloping beach into an incredible underwater garden. We can offer you any hotel in Eilat but as a sample offer please see below; 7 nights at Prima Music Hotel from £894.00 per person on a half board basis including flights and transfer Prima Music, Eilat Prima Music believes that a true beach retreat is not complete without the tunes you love. Therefore, it seamlessly ties entertainment and the music of your choice into your holiday experience. Each floor is dedicated to a different genre of music for you to choose from and immediately unwind with your favourite songs and melodies. Call Crusader Travel today on 020 87440474 to book Winter Sun in Eilat and for further information.
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Winter Sun in Eilat
Destination: Eilat

Winter Sun in Eilat

We are pleased to announce that Eilat will have direct flights from Luton for the 2018/19 winter season!

Eilat offers great snorkelling and diving and is the closest Coral Sea destination to Europe. It is a paradise for holiday makers who are interested in water-sports and one of the safest places to learn to dive with safe, easy access from a sloping beach into an incredible underwater garden.

We can offer you any hotel in Eilat but as a sample offer please see below;

7 nights at Prima Music Hotel from £894.00 per person on a half board basis including flights and transfer

Prima Music, Eilat

Prima Music believes that a true beach retreat is not complete without the tunes you love. Therefore, it seamlessly ties entertainment and the music of your choice into your holiday experience. Each floor is dedicated to a different genre of music for you to choose from and immediately unwind with your favourite songs and melodies.

Call Crusader Travel today on 020 87440474 to book Winter Sun in Eilat and for further information.

Price From
£894
Half Board
Price From
£894
31 October 2018
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