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The Holy Land for solo travellers

A diverse cultural and historical tour of the region

Welcome to special four-star departures for solo travellers, joining together for a tour exploring this fascinating region, experiencing its diversity of people, history, religions and culture. Ten days where you will visit and learn about the unique way of life in a kibbutz, meet with the autonomous Druze communities, dine with a Jewish Orthodox family in their home and share time with welcoming Palestinian social groups.

Arrive in Tel Aviv and stay near the old port of Jaffa founded and named after Noah's son and experience the vibrant Carmel Market with a tasting tour of local produce before continuing to Nazareth. Here you will visit the Basilica of the Annunciation where Mary was first visited by the Angel Gabriel. During your time in Nazareth, Galilee, Bethlehem and Jerusalem you will be constantly moved knowing you are standing in the footsteps where biblical history was made and miracles took place, all brought to life by our expert Local Guide.

The changing scenery from lush verdant pastures to arid deserts creates a diversity of images and vistas that make each day different. We take a short hike in the Golan Heights, walk in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, a Jeep tour in the Judean Desert and cast our eyes from view points that extend across the Sea of Galilee, Dead Sea, Mount of Olives, the Old Walled City of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. No two days will be the same, and every day there is a new wonder to witness.


  1. Fly to Tel Aviv - welcome dinner (D, DR)

    Morning: meet your Tour Manager and fellow travelling companions at Heathrow Airport and check-in for your flight to Tel Aviv.

    Afternoon: arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport and be met by your expert local guide who will welcome you and escort you to your hotel in Tel Aviv for a two-night stay. Earlier flight arrivals may undertake some of the Tel Aviv city tour if possible today to allow more free time tomorrow.

    Evening: welcome drinks gathering hosted by your Tour Manager and Local Guide, to get to know everyone, followed by dinner in the hotel.

    Key to symbols: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, DR = Drink

  2. Tel Aviv city tour - Carmel Market tasting tour (B, L, D)

    Morning: a city tour of Tel Aviv starting in Jaffa to explore the stony walkways and beautiful port overlooking the Tel Aviv skyline, with its art galleries and historic stone buildings. Jaffa is perched on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean and named after Japhet - one of Noah's three sons who founded the city after escaping from the flood. Visit Neve Tzedek, a neighborhood known for its chic boutiques and whimsical buildings.

    Afternoon: enjoy a tasting tour of the Carmel Market. Take in the sensory delights of this vibrant market teeming with flavors, and continue onto a graffiti tour of  Florentin’s street art. Learn of the rich history of the formation of Tel Aviv along the way. Make notable stops at sites like Independence Hall and Rabin Square to better understand this iconic city.

    Evening: dinner in the hotel.

    Key to symbols: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, DR = Drink

  3. Caesarea, Kibbutz tour, Old City of Akko and Nazareth (B, D)

    Morning: depart Tel Aviv and travel to Caesarea built by the Romans and enlarged under Herod. Ancient ruins, beautiful beaches and modern residences sit side-by-side. We then continue to the Old City of Akko  a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of the remains of the Crusader town. These ruins are both above and below street level. It’s also because the city is one of a very small number of Ottoman walled towns. It has citadels, mosques, khans, and baths, all of which have been preserved.

    Afternoon: after free time for lunch (at own cost) in the walled town we continue to Nazareth and visit the Basilica of the Annunciation where Mary the mother of Jesus was first visited by the Angel Gabriel. It is Nazareth where Jesus spent most of his life, and the surrounding region of Galilee where he spent most of the few short years of his ministry. Later we visit Cana where the miracle of the turning of water to wine is said to have taken place. We then continue to the shores of Lake Galilee and check-in to your hotel for a two-night stay.

    Evening: dinner in the hotel.

    Key to symbols: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, DR = Drink

  4. Golan, Capernaum Mount of Beatitudes and Galilee cruise (B, L, D)

    Morning: visit a kibbutz, being shown around by a kibbutz member and exploring the history and development of this unique form of community and meet some of the residents. After, continue to the Mount of Beatitudes, where the Sermon on the Mount was delivered. Travel to Upper Golan and Banias National Park for a short walk to the Banias Waterfall that provides water to the River Jordan. Mentioned in the Gospels of Matthew and Mark, under the name of Caesarea Philippi, as the place where Jesus confirmed Peter's confession that Jesus was the Messiah. Then, continue to Mount Bental for a scenic vista across the Golan Heights. Continue to visit a Druze community. The Druze are an Arab minority group who live peacefully in Israel and are renowned for their hospitality. While they speak Arabic, their mysterious religion and unique culture set them apart from other Israeli Arabs, and they even have their own separate court of law recognized by the state.

    Afternoon: enjoy your included lunch with the Druze before continuing to Tabgha the site of the miracle of the multiplication of loaves and fishes where Jesus fed the 5,000. Here we visit the Church of St. Peter's Primacy, the location of Jesus' reinstatement of Peter as chief among the Apostles. Later we visit Capernaum where Jesus lived after being driven from Nazareth and also the home of the disciples Peter, Andrew and Matthew and where several healings took place. We round of the day with a relaxing cruise across the Sea of Galilee on a traditional wooden boat. A great time to contemplate the path you have followed these last days

    Evening: dinner in the hotel.

    Key to symbols: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, DR = Drink

  5. Jordan River, Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, Dead Sea and overnight in Bedouin camp (B, L, D)

    Morning: visit the Jordan River Baptismal site and visit where Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist. Then pass by Jericho onto Qumran, located on the north-western shore of the Dead Sea in the Judean Desert, known as the place where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. After, continue to the Ein Gedi Nature reserve for the walk on a path with wooden bridges, lookout balconies, and stone staircases. After passing several lovely pools and cascades you will reach the last and highest waterfall in the stream, called the “David Waterfall”. The water drops from a height of about 36 meters to a shallow pool.

    Afternoon: continue to the Dead Sea for an included lunch and the the opportunity to float in its briny waters. It was one of the world's first health resorts (for Herod the Great), and it has been the supplier of a wide variety of products, from asphalt for Egyptian mummification to potash for fertilisers. After continue to your Bedouin camp, for an overnight stay, and take a camel or donkey ride the final section to find the camp tucked away in the Kana`im Valley in the Judean desert between the city of Arad and the ancient citadel of Masada. Your picturesque desert resort features spacious lodges made of local stone and many relaxing spots to unwind among palm trees and captivating nature.

    Evening: dinner under the stars (weather permitting) with your Bedouin hosts.

    Key to symbols: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, DR = Drink

  6. Masada, Judea Desert Jeep tour and the Mount of Olives (B, L, D)

    Morning: drive to Masada (Hebrew for fortress) that sits atop an isolated rock-cliff overlooking the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea. Masada has become one of the Jewish people's greatest symbols as the place where the last Jewish stronghold against Roman invasion stood.

    Afternoon: after an included lunch explore the Judean Desert with a licensed tour guide, on board of a Jeep, and learn of the plants and animals that inhabit this extreme environment.  Drive up Jabal Montar - the mountain which is believed to be the site of the biblical scapegoat ceremony (Azazel in Hebrew) in which a goat was carried out from the temple and cast out in the desert, carrying with it the sins of the community. Continue your trip in the Jeep and stop at an observation point and admire the breathtaking views over the 1,500-year-old Mar Saba Monastery. After, continue to Jerusalem to the Mount of Olives lookout before checking in to your hotel close to the city walls for a four-night stay.

    Evening: dinner in the hotel.

    Key to symbols: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, DR = Drink

  7. Temple Mount, Western Wall - Dinner with a Jewish Orthodox family (B, D)

    Morning: visit the Temple Mount and see the outside of the Dome of the Rock a holy site for Jewish, Christian, and Muslim people. Within the area of the Temple Mount, there are about 100 different structures to see spanning different time periods, including prayer locations, arches, and fountains. After, continue to visit the City of David Hill and National Park, Hezekiah's Tunnel and Mt. Zion; the highest point in Jerusalem. The final stop will be at the Western Wall, also called Wailing Wall, in the Old City of Jerusalem, a place of sacred prayer and pilgrimage. It is the only remains of the retaining wall surrounding the Temple Mount, the site of the First and Second Temples of Jerusalem.

    Afternoon: this afternoon is free. Wander the old city and enjoy the local atmosphere. Lunch (at own cost) in a local restaurant or sample the array of fascinating Jerusalem street food.

    Evening: this evening we divide the group amongst several Jewish Orthodox homes to enjoy a traditional dinner, learn of their customs and enjoy their hospitality and be welcomed into their home.

    Key to symbols: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, DR = Drink

  8. Via Dolorosa

    Via Dolorosa and Garden Tomb (B, D)

    Morning: visit the Church of St Anne and the pool at Bethesda, identified as the scene of one of Jesus’ miracles, the healing of the paralysed man who had waited for 38 years for someone to help him into the pool “when the water is stirred” — an event believed to have curative powers. After, we stroll the Via Dolorosa “the sorrowful way” in which Jesus travelled on the day of his crucifixion from the judgement seat of Pilate to Mount Calvary. Your guide will give a fascinating insight and pause some of the fourteen stations of the cross and describe the incidents that took place. Finish at The Garden Tomb, a possible location for the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Christ Jesus. Near to the Damascus Gate and standing in the shadow of Skull Hill you will find this beautiful garden with its ancient empty tomb. After finish at the Friends of Zion Museum. Each of the four floors exhibits different periods in Jewish history, including the 19th century, the British Mandate for Palestine, the Holocaust and the establishment of Israel.

    Afternoon: free to explore Jerusalem or relax in the hotel and enjoy its facilities.

    Evening: dinner in the hotel.

    Key to symbols: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, DR = Drink

  9. Bethlehem - winery visit (B, D, DR)

    Morning: journey to the Shepherds Fields the site where an angel of the Lord came and said unto them, ‘Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy’. A thoroughly moving experience. After, we visit the Basilica of the Nativity in Manger Square, the oldest complete church in the Christian world, which was built by the emperor Justinian in the 6th century. It replaced the original church of Constantine the Great, built over the cave venerated as Christ’s birthplace, and dedicated in AD 339.

    Afternoon: visit a friendly local Palestinian community where you will be welcomed and have the chance to interact. After, visit a local winery in the hills above Bethlehem for a tasting and learn of the regions viticulture and to enjoy the scenery.

    Evening: farewell drinks gathering followed by dinner in the hotel.

    Key to symbols: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, DR = Drink

  10. Depart for the UK (B)

    Morning: a final morning to wander Jerusalem before a midday departure for the airport.

    Afternoon: depart for Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion and bid farewell to your local guide and the Holy Land.

    Evening: arrival at Heathrow and farewell to your travelling companions after this 10 day experience.

    Key to symbols: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, DR = Drink

Essential Information

Included excursions

  • Tel Aviv old port city of Jaffa (Yafo)
  • Ancient Roman port of Caesarea
  • Kibbutz tour
  • The Old City of Akko and the Crusaders Halls
  • Nazareth and Basilica of the Annunciation
  • Banias Nature Reserve, Mt Bental and the Golan Heights
  • Meeting with a Druze community
  • Capernaum and the Mensa Christi Church
  • Mount of Beatitudes - site of the Sermon on the Mount
  • Tabgha - site of the feeding of the 5,000
  • Sea of Galilee cruise
  • Jordan River Baptismal site
  • Ein Gedi Nature Reserve walk
  • Swim in the Dead Sea
  • Cable car at Masada
  • Qumran, the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Judea Desert Jeep tour
  • The Mount of Olives
  • Old Jerusalem, Jewish Quarter and Western Wall
  • Guided stroll of Via Dolorosa "the sorrowful way"
  • The Shepherds Fields
  • Bethlehem - Basilica of the Nativity
  • Visit and tasting at a Bethlehem winery

Optional excursions

None! All excursions, entrance fees and extras as listed above and below are included.

Included extras

  • Hotel baggage porterage
  • Local guide and drivers’ gratuities
  • All restaurant and hotel gratuities
  • Other small local gratuities
  • Personal audio guiding system

Included meals & drinks

Meals: half-board and four lunches. One lunch will be your tasting tour of Tel Aviv's Carmel Market with a cooking class and another is with a Druze community. Dinners are mostly in the hotels with one in the Bedouin camp and another with a Jewish Orthodox family.

Drinks: welcome and farewell drinks gatherings. Juices and tea or coffee are available with all breakfasts. All other drinks will be at your own expense.

Our team in The Holy Land

You will be escorted by our leader who will bring the group together and offer optional worship and be with you throughout. On arrival in Tel Aviv you will also be met by our qualified local guide who will bring the, people, history, holy sites and ancient wonders to life. They will be staying with you and escorting you throughout. They will also advise of opportunities to worship with local congregations where the programme allows.

Double rooms for single use

All prices are based on a double room for sole use with no additional supplement. Our hotels do not have single rooms and we do not offer a 'twin to share' rooms on tours specifically for solo travellers. The one night in the desert camp is in shared lodges designed for eight where we allocate four to a lodge and all of the same sex.

Your journey

The flight is direct to Tel Aviv with British Airways from London Heathrow. Flight upgrades, for that extra comfort and ease through the airport, as well as regional flights from some UK airports can be arranged at a supplement. An overnight stop at Heathrow may be required which we can assist you with. Please enquire at time of booking.

Outbound journey

Flight BA165 departs Heathrow: 07:50                 arrives Tel Aviv: 14:35

Return journey

Flight BA164 departs Tel Aviv: 16:25                arrives Heathrow: 19:45

Length of flight to Tel Aviv: four hours and 40 minutes

Flight times maybe subject to change and are confirmed with your final paperwork.

Your hotels 


Located in a prime location, the heart of the bustling city of Tel Aviv, the Grand Beach Hotel offers you spacious rooms, stylish urban design, and the unmatchable sensation of a truly relaxing vacation. Enjoy the warm beaches of Tel Aviv, only a few minutes away from the exciting Carmel Market, prestige restaurants and cafes, leading clubs and bars, shopping and cultural centers, and so much more. Experience the Tel Aviv lifestyle firsthand!

Hotel facilities: outdoor rooftop swimming pool, sun terrace, bar, lounge and restaurant.

Your room: all come equipped air-conditioning/ heating, mini-bar, safe, iron and ironing board and complimentary WiFi.

Your bathroom: shower over the bath tub, hairdryer and complimentary toiletries.


Situated on the shores of Lake Galilee with views of Mount Arbel and the rolling hills of Golan, Nof Ginosaur Hotel is situated in its own gardens with a seasonal outdoor pool and its own private beach.

Hotel facilities: outdoor pool, fitness centre, private beach, piano bar and lounge and restaurant. Complimentary WiFi is availble throughout.

Your room: all come equipped with air-conditioning/ heating, fridge, safe, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary WiFi.

Your bathroom: shower over the bath tub, hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. Ample towels are provided for both bathroom and pool use.


Tucked away in the Kana`im Valley in the Judean Desert, between the city of Arad and the ancient citadel of Masada, there is a green oasis: Kfar Hanokdim. The picturesque desert resort features goat hair Bedouin style tents, spacious lodges made of local stone and many relaxing spots to unwind among palm trees and captivating nature.

Camp facilities: gathering area to listen to local music after dinner, breakfast room and dining room decorated with traditional fabrics and rugs.

Your lodge: you will stay in a lodge made of local stone and fabrics and very simply furnished but equipped with an electric kettle. These are designed for six or eight people but we only place four maximum in each lodge and only of the same sex.

Your bathroom: nearby shower block with shower and toilet cubicles.


Five hundred metres from the Garden Tomb and the Damascus Gate which enters into the old walled city and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The new Jerusalem light rail stops just across the street and can easily take you around the city.

Hotel facilities: roof-top swimming pool, fitness centre, bar-lounge and restaurant.

Your room: all come equipped an additional seating area, air-conditioning/ heating, fridge, safe, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary WiFi.

Your bathroom: shower over the bath tub, hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. Ample towels are provided for both bathroom and pool use.

Practical information

Double rooms for single use

All prices are based on a double room for sole use with no additional supplement. Our hotels do not have single rooms and we do not offer a 'twin to share' rooms on tours specifically for solo travellers. The one night in the desert camp is in shared lodges designed for eight where we allocate four to a lodge and all of the same sex.

Entry requirements

Passports should be valid for at least six months after the time of travel and a visa is issued free of charge to UK passport holders on entering Israel. There are currently no further requirements for entering the Palestinian territories. Non-British passport holders should consult the McCabe office as they may be required to apply in advance for a visa. No inoculations are essential, but we advise travellers to consult their GP regarding personal requirements.

For the latest and most up to date travel advice including entry requirements please consult the Foreign & Commonwealth Development Office travel advice website.

Health & wellbeing

If you haven't had a booster in the last ten years it is recommended that you be vaccinated for Tetanus and Polio. Food and waterborne diseases are more common, so we recommend vaccinations for typhoid (valid 3 years) and Hepatitis A (validity varies). Vaccination, Covid-19 and health information can change so please contact your local health care provider for the most up to date information. We will send up to date information on entry requirements with your final paperwork approximately 14 days before departure.

Adequate insurance cover will be required for all hospital emergencies and doctors’ visits.


Israel has a warm, sunny and dry climate. The weather is often sunny and clear in Israel. It is one of the least cloudy and least rainy regions on Earth. Temperatures are generally higher in the south of the country and the Galilee area. Minimum and maximum temperatures for the months we travel to the Holy Land are listed below.

                                        Tel Aviv               Galilee              Jerusalem

February                       10C-19C                 12C - 20C             8C - 16C

November                     14C - 25C               17C - 25C            12C - 21C

December                     11C - 20C               13C - 20C             9C - 16C


Israel is more liberal than its neighbouring countries, but you should dress inconspicuously and avoid wearing clothes that could be regarded as provocative (e.g. very short skirts, skimpy shorts, strappy tops where shoulders are exposed and low plunging neck lines). Shorts and t-shirts are fine as long as they are not too short and skimpy. Swimwear around hotel pools is perfectly acceptable. For some church visits legs and arms are required to be covered but a headscarf is not necessary, and you will find next to no other restrictions elsewhere throughout your holiday in the Holy Land.

We recommend you take clothing for spring/summer weather and a couple of warmer items such as a fleece or sweater for the evenings when it may be a bit cooler. Sports shoes with fairly thick cushioned soles for uneven pavements are also recommended.


There is a certain amount of walking (and stairs) involved on a daily basis on this pilgrimage so please make sure you pack comfy footwear for this so that you are prepared. Your Local Guide will keep you updated on a daily basis with what to expect the following day. If you are finding it difficult to keep up then please make sure you tell them so they can help you to find places to rest and relax and then you can re-join the group at a later stage.

Whilst this is not a trekking or adventure holiday there will be some walking required where you may be on your feet for up to 90 minutes at some ancient sites and must be able to walk up to a mile as well as climb two to three flights of stairs. The paving may not always be smooth and seating not always available.

Travel insurance

Ensuring that your holidays are appropriately protected is one of our main priorities. That’s why we have specifically chosen Holiday Extras as our *preferred travel insurance provider to ensure that you are protected before and whilst you are travelling. Holiday Extras offer McCabe Travel guests favourable rates for single trip, multi-trip and annual policies.

For more information or to obtain a quote click below for their website

Or call them on 0800 083 3551 to speak to a friendly advisor.

Please quote AG628 upon calling to receive the best rates

The McCabe Educational Trust

The McCabe Educational Trust is an independent registered charity with the aim of helping inspiring people we meet on some of our pilgrimages. As ‘the haves’ encounter the ‘have nots’ the Trust has become a practical tool for one to help the other.

McCabe Pilgrimages invite all travellers to become partners in this work. A £20 voluntary donation to the Trust’s work is added to every pilgrim’s invoice and all money raised in this way is given in full to the projects the Trust supports. This scheme is voluntary and confidential with nobody put under any pressure to participate.

Full financial security

All money paid to McCabe is fully secure. Holidays including flights are covered by our ATOL license from the Civil Aviation Authority, and holidays without flights are protected by our membership of the ABTOT bonding scheme. If a pilgrimage is cancelled, for instance through lack of numbers or for political considerations, McCabe will promptly refund all monies paid.

AITO Quality Statement

McCabe Pilgrimages is a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators. The Association represents Britain’s leading independent tour operators and encourages high standards of quality and service. McCabe abides by the Association’s Code of Conduct and adheres to the AITO Quality Charter.

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