Israel: Off the Beaten Track: nine nights from £5850 per person
By: Corinthian Travel
Despite its small size – around 21,000km sq versus 240,000km sq in the UK – Israel is home to a variety of geographic features, from the Negev desert in the south to the inland fertile Jezreel Valley, mountain ranges of the Galilee, Carmel and toward the Golan in the north.
The coastal plain on the shores of the Mediterranean is home to most of the nation's population. East of the central highlands lies the Jordan Rift Valley; The Jordan River runs along the Jordan Rift Valley, from Mount Hermon through the Hulah Valley and the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth.
Independent operator Corinthian Travel has a number of recommended itineraries including the new, 10-day, Israel: Off the Beaten Track.
The private, chauffeured tour interweaves the Holy Land's greatest highlights with the road less travelled. Designed for the visitor who enjoys a more in-depth experience when travelling, the tour is escorted by expert Israeli and Palestinian guides, who will take you through the pages of thousands of years of history.
The trip includes experiences such as visiting the artists' colony of Ein Hod on Mt. Carmel, staying in the medieval 'Crusader' city of Akko, walking through historic Zichron Ya'acov – the site of Rothschild's Tomb – and travelling through the timeless scenery of biblical Judea and Samaria, thus complimenting the traditional Holy Land sightseeing, while at the same time providing a different perspective and narrative.
From the heights of Mt. Temptation in Jericho (where the walls famously came a tumblin' down), to a culinary tour through the Muslim Quarter in Jerusalem the 'Israel: Off the Beaten Track' tour provides a captivating and differentiated lens on the history, cultures and peoples of Israel and the West Bank.
The holiday can start on any day and costs from £5850 per person (two sharing a room). This includes private, chauffeured transportation throughout, nine nights' B&B (plus one lunch), sightseeing/
International flights not included (bookable through Corinthian Travel).
For further information or bookings call 020 3583 6089 (www.corinthiantravel.co.uk).
Mick Thompson, Travel Dog PR