Collette Vacations in Israel: The Past Comes to Life

Jerusalem's Old City

Group travel experiences are priceless and none more so than those you’ll find on a faith-based journey to Israel. From the Holy City of Jerusalem to the ancient port city of Jaffa, walk in the footsteps of history. Gaze upon the Wailing Wall; visit the mountain fortress of Masada, journey to Bethlehem; approach the walls of Jericho. This beautiful land reveals one life-changing experience after another.

Discover the Holy City

Christians, Jews and Muslims revere sites in Jerusalem’s Old City as sacred to their faiths. Their histories entwine on the labyrinthine streets of the old city. The city’s Western Wall is the only surviving fragment of wall built by Herod around the Temple Mount. The temple that stood there was later destroyed by Roman soldiers in 70 C.E. The wall is the holiest shrine in Judaism. Pilgrims come to pray and place written prayers between the rocks of the wall. People from all religions are welcome to pray beside the wall—visitors here have included by Pope John Paul II and the Dalai Lama.

The exquisite Dome of the Rock is an architectural gem. Its walls are covered with Persian blue tile, capped with a magnificent gold dome. Inside is a rock sacred to Muslims and the faithful in the Judeo-Christian traditions. According to the Koran, the Prophet Muhammad ascended to view heaven from the rock. The book of Genesis in the Torah and Old Testament place God’s testing of Abraham on this rock.

The powerful Old City also contains the path known as the Via Dolorosa, or Way of the Cross. This traces the final steps of Jesus, from the Judgment Hall of Pontius Pilate to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. On this tour, you will walk the moving path of the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa. The church encompasses the sites of crucifixion — Golgotha, entombment and according to Christian belief, resurrection.

Ascend to the Summit of Masada

Perhaps, you’ll use your free time in Israel to explore the famed fortress of Masada. After a cable car ride to the top, take in sweeping views of the surrounding desert, Dead Sea and Jordan Valley rock formations. Archeological treasures attesting to the moving story of the men, women and children who took hold of Masada and chose suicide over submission to the Romans were found here. Masada is just one of six UNESCO Sites in Israel.

Stand Before the Mount of Beatitudes

Imagine yourself at the traditional spot where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. “And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him.”

Regardless of your faith, here you can feel the power of the words that followed. They form the basis for how many of us engage the world. With the Sea of Galilee shimmering in the distance, the spirit of the “Golden Rule” and weight of centuries come together.

Inspiration is Around Every Bend

Travel to the Holy Land always proves to be a moving experience. Not only do the words of the Bible come alive for faith-based travelers, but this land features some of the most ancient sites in the world. Travel to Mt. Zion and see the room of the Last Supper. Explore the excavation site of Tel Megiddo in the Valley of Armageddon. Discover the walled city and Roman ruins of Caesarea. Visit Ein Karem, birthplace of St. John the Baptist. Take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Set out on an extensive Jerusalem tour that includes the Mount of Olives, the Tomb of the Virgin Mary and the Wailing Wall. The list of incredible experiences goes on and on. The only way to do it all is on an escorted tour.

Israel: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

9 Days • 14 Meals

Highlights…. Caesarea ● Nazareth ● Basilica of the Annunciation ● Cana ● Tiberias ● Capernaum ● Mount of Beatitudes ● Sea of Galilee ● Transfiguration Church ● Jaffa ● Jerusalem ● Mount of Olives ● Via Dolorosa ● Church of The Holy Sepulcher ● Wailing Wall ● Mount Zion ● Bethlehem ● Church of the Nativity ● Daily Mass

Join us on an inspirational journey that will strengthen your faith and bring you closer to God. This life-changing tour also includes daily worship in historical sites such as the Basilica of the Annunciation, the Church of the Beatitudes, Mount Tabor, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Bethany Lazarus, and the Church of the Nativity.

Essential Experiences:

  • Enjoy daily worship in historical sites such as the Church of the Beatitudes.
  • Take an extensive city tour of Jerusalem that includes the Tomb of the Virgin Mary.
  • Journey to Bethlehem and be inspired by a visit to the Church of the Nativity.
  • Follow the Via Dolorosa and walk the path of the Stations of the Cross.

Israel: A Biblical Journey

9 Days • 14 Meals

Highlights…. Caesarea ● Nazareth ● Cana ● Tiberias ● Sea of Galilee ● Mount of Beatitudes ● Capernaum ● Golan Heights ● Caesarea Philippi ● Mount Tabor ● Tel Megiddo ● Jaffa ● Jerusalem ● Mount of Olives ● Via Dolorosa ● Wailing Wall ● Garden Tomb ● Mount Zion ● Bethlehem ● Ein Karem

Offer your travelers an inspirational journey to the world’s most revered sites. Build lasting bonds as you explore the holy city of Jerusalem.

Essential Experiences:

  • Enjoy a 4-night stay in the holy city of Jerusalem.
  • Follow the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross, walked by Our Lord on the way to His Crucifixion.
  • Visit the ancient cities of Bethlehem & Nazareth.
  • Travel to Mount Zion and stand in the Upper Room, near the traditional site of the Last Supper.

But Why an Escorted Tour and Why Collette?

Collette Vacations, a travel industry leader since 1918, remains the preferred one-stop resource for religious groups that recognize the benefits of offering travel to their community. Faith-based groups offer travel programs to develop lasting, personal bonds, enrich the lives of those around them and to foster good will throughout the local community.

On a faith-based escorted tour all of the details are taken care of for you. Collette makes travel easy and effortless without sacrificing quality or value. Especially when you are traveling to distant countries, it’s nice to know someone has already been there scouting out the destination, comparing hotels and organizing a comprehensive itinerary. You won’t miss a thing.

From the on-tour transportation and meals featuring local cuisine to enriching cultural experiences, it has been planned in advance. Combine this with some built in time to independently explore and you have the best of both worlds.
No matter how extravagant their imagination, travelers always return home with a wider appreciation of the world.

The benefits of group travel with Collette:

  • No upfront deposits to hold space.
  • Stability – highest rating from Dun & Bradstreet, zero debt, family-owned and operated.
  • Free $50-million professional liability insurance coverage that protects your organization.
  • Unpublished itineraries designed exclusively for group travel programs.
  • Free marketing support and dedicated District Sales Managers.
  • A full cash refund travel waiver for cancellation right up to the day prior to departure.

And don’t forget about Hometown Pick Up.

With Collette Vacations you can receive complimentary hometown to airport transportation service for groups of 10 or more on air-inclusive tours. Leave those worries about getting to the airport behind and start relaxing right away.