Enthusiast, Culture

Rail and Ancient Wonders of Israel

11 to 21 March 2020
Israel

An exploration of the railways and ancient wonders of Israel, including a private charter train along the long freight only lines to the phosphate mines in the south of the country.

Highlights

  • Private charter train
  • freight only lines
  • Ancient wonders
  • Jerusalem and nine other natural and ancient wonders

Tour Manager: Phil

From: Heathrow (direct) and most UK regional airports (indirect)

Itinerary

The itinerary is still being finalised and we are about (9th Oct 2019) to sign contracts for the special trains. 

Flying into Tel Aviv we plan to travel on all rail lines in Israel with a private charter train used on the freight lines. On most of the passenger lines we will need to use service trains (loco hauled where possible) as the lines are too busy for our charter train.

Everything should be finalised by the end of October and this page will be updated as we get prices. To register your interest in this trip please use the “Book Now” section on the top right. Registering your interest will cost you nothing but will give you a 5% discount once the tour price is finalised.

We are hoping to include culture visits ten of the most beautiful and unmissable places in Israel.

Acre – North Israel

A variety of different cultures have inhabited Acre throughout its history, including the Crusaders and the Ottomans, each leaving their mark on this region. With interesting, culturally molded buildings, ruins and sights around every corner, Acre is a must-visit location in the north of Israel. Enjoy a romantic evening walk along the port, have a meal at one of the local restaurants or take a relaxed stroll through Acre’s markets.

Israel, Acre also known in the Christian world as Saint-Jean-d’Acre, the UNESCO-protected Old Town, Templar tunnels

Nazareth

Located in the lower Galilee, Nazareth is an important holy destination for Christians around the world. In addition to its great religious value, Nazareth is also a city rich in culture and history, not to mention interesting archaeology, all of which will show visitors a different side to Middle Eastern charm.

Israel, Nazareth, Basilica of the Annunciation the altar in the upper level church

Sea of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee, or as Israelis call it, the Kinneret, is a major water source, as well as the largest freshwater lake, in Israel. The history of the lake goes way back. According to the New Testament, many of Jesus’ miracles occurred here, including his walk on the water. Today, tourists visit The Sea of Galilee to enjoy the relaxing lake, have fun building rafts, or practice various water activities.

The sea of Galilee in Israel as seen from the east coast, the city on the other side is Tiberias

Golan Heights

In the north of the country you can find Golan Heights, a mountainous region with breathtaking landscapes, wonderful nature reserves and intriguing historical attractions for the whole family. If you’re interested in hiking, the Golan region offers a variety of different paths with varying levels of difficulty, dependent on the time of year. It is especially impressive during spring, when flowers are blooming and the fields are green. In wintertime, the Hermon Mountain, located in the Golan Heights, is an ideal destination for skiers.

Haifa

Haifa has a variety of different neighborhoods and a mix of cultures, making it a very lively place to visitor. Tourists can enjoy the beautiful port and the vibrant beach, perfect for surfers. Plus, they can take in the beautiful nature Haifa has to offer with its unique Bahai Garden.

A ground view of the Bahai gardens, a sacred temple in the city of Haifa, Israel

Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv combines relaxing beaches, a vibrant nightlife, authentic markets, culinary delights and much more. The diverse society is very open-minded, so everyone will be able to find their place here. As Israel’s center of entertainment, Tel Aviv also offers a full calendar of events throughout the year.

Sand beach, Israel, Tel Aviv

Jerusalem

Jerusalem is considered one of the world’s holiest cities, as it is home to important spiritual sites for three major religions: Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Visiting Jerusalem is like travelling back in time. At the center you’ll find the Old City surrounded by a grand wall; here, visitors can learn a lot about Jerusalem’s religious history by visiting places such as the Al Aqsa Mosque, the Church of Holy Sepulcher, and the Western Wall. The Old City of Jerusalem is divided into four quarters: the Muslim quarter, the Armenian quarter, the Christian quarter and the Jewish quarter. When visiting Jerusalem, visitors should make a trip to one of the museums outside the Old City, such as Yad VaShem, a Holocaust remembrance center.

Jewish Quarter of the Western Wall Plaza, with people praying at the Wailing Wall, Old City, Jerusalem, Israel

Dead Sea

The lowest point on earth, at more than 430 meters (1,412 feet) below the sea level, the Dead Sea is not only fun to float in, it is also healthy, historic and surrounded by breathtaking beauty. This endorheic lake is one of the saltiest bodies of water on Earth, giving it the perfect buoyancy for floating. Plus you can cover your body in the healthy Dead Sea mud to find pure, inner relaxation. Once in the Dead Sea area, there are two other sites that should not be missed: Masada, with its archaeological importance and amazing views, and Ein Gedi, a water oasis in the desert.

Eilat

After traveling around Israel, taking in history, nature and culture, Eilat is the perfect destination in which to relax. Equipped with a great variety of beautiful hotels and resorts, this paradise at the very south of Israel offers many different activities. Visitors can take diving lessons along coral reefs and enjoy the stunning under-water world of the Red Sea. Other activities include swimming with dolphins, enjoying good food, or having a calmer day at the pool or the beach. During summertime, temperatures can reach highs of over 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), and average lows of 19 degrees Celsius (66.2 degrees Fahrenheit) during winter.

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