Small Group Travel

    The ultimate journey through Israel with Venetia Stanley

    We invite you on a fascinating adventure in this complex and diverse country, taking in Jerusalem, Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee and Tel Aviv, among other captivating places.

    For travellers interested in geopolitics, history, religion and food, there can be no more exciting destination than Israel. This tiny country of contrasts is profoundly ancient, vibrantly contemporary and unimaginably diverse. Its complexity derives from its important geographic location in the middle of three continents: Asia, Africa and Europe. Its modern-day culture has been formed by layers upon layers of civilisation and to say it is steeped in history is an understatement. You will experience ‘historical vertigo’ here. 

    Ahead of launching Israel as a tailor-made destination in spring next year, we have meticulously designed this trip for a small group of like-minded individuals. Your host, Destination Expert Venetia Stanley, has perfected every detail, ensuring that your travels here are flawless. It is through our insiders on the ground that we can ensure the top guides, the most exclusive experiences, the best places to stay and private access to both the highlights and the more off-the-beaten-track, undiscovered gems.

    The journey will take in Jerusalem, the Judean Desert, Nazareth, the famous Sea of Galilee, Mount Bental, the Golan Heights and buzzing Tel Aviv. It will give you the opportunity to experience Israel’s incredibly varied scenery, ranging from desert and mountainous landscapes to Mediterranean shores and inland lakes, as well as delving deep into the country’s culture, religion and history.

    Some of the most memorable experiences include a fascinating private dinner with expert Ron Shatzberg, an authority on security and Israeli Arab relations who is actively involved in Track Two negotiations with the Palestinians. In addition, Yiscar Harani, a leading authority on comparative religion in the Holy Land will be giving an exclusive private lecture. To top it all off, there will be an exhilarating off-road experience in the demilitarised zone along the Syrian border, during which your guide will give you a gripping insight into Israel’s historical and current relations with her neighbours. 

    All in all, this small group trip will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience in a truly extraordinary destination.

    25 March 2022
    02 April 2022
    £7,195 (US$9,641)
    Per person based on two sharing
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    Venetia Stanley
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    +44 (0)207 384 2332


    What makes this trip spectacular?

    The Highlights

    Private dinner with expert Ron Shatzberg

    There will be a superb, one-off dinner with this authority on security and Israeli-Arab relations. Ron is a reserve Colonel in the Israel Defense Force (IDF) and Senior Advisor at the Economic Cooperation Foundation, a leading Israeli think tank. He is also the external advisor to the International Community of the Red Cross (ICRC) on international humanitarian law and laws of armed conflict dissemination in the IDF. Over a feast of delicious local food, you will have a unique opportunity to discuss the geopolitical tensions in which Israel is enmeshed with this erudite and highly respected man.

    Private lecture with Yiscar Harani

    You will enjoy an exclusive talk by this preeminent authority on comparative religion in the Holy Land, another enthralling experience. Previously a Co-founder and a Project Coordinator for the Association for the Promotion of Inter Religious Education in Israel, Harani was the recipient of the Mount Zion Award 2013 for Reconciliation for her interreligious activities. Needless to say, she is an icon in Israel when it comes to the sanctity of Jerusalem for Jews, Christians and Muslims.

    Off-road experience in a demilitarised zone

    We are giving you the chance to head off the beaten track to view hidden Israeli army bunkers and positions in the demilitarised zone along the Syrian border. On this exhilarating expedition, your brilliant expert guide will provide in-depth analysis of today’s complex situation in Syria and what it means for Israel. 


    Private Access

    Our hand-picked specialists, guides and leaders ensure unrivalled insider access that you wouldn't normally be able to achieve unless you were travelling as a group, allowing guests to experience the destination in a very special way.

    Specialist Guides

    Small group travel gives you an amazing opportunity to spend time with true experts in their field. Each trip is accompanied by an owner – either Christopher Wilmot-Sitwell or Henrietta Loyd – as well as top specialists, guides and leaders. 

    Travel with like-minded people

    Our small trips often form the beginning of life-long friendships. Much of the journey is spent as a group, but there is plenty of time to relax and enjoy your own space too. Henrietta and Christopher are brilliant at reading their guests and being proactive and reactive to the flow of the trip.

    The Details


    • From £7,195 (US$9,641) per person sharing
    • Single supplement (per person): £1,960 (US$2,626)
    • Extension price per person: £2,120 ($2,841) / Single supplement: £1,015 (US$1,360) per person
    • Accommodation and breakfast, lunch and dinner, as specified, for eight nights with the group
    • Specialist guiding and private access, as specified, with the group
    • All road transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
    • Tips to cover all involved in Israel
    • Return international flights
    • Alcohol 
    • Travel insurance
    • Optional extension to Six Senses Shaharut
    • PCR tests

    Our small group trips are in some of the most ecologically and culturally sensitive parts of the world. With that in mind, This itinerary includes an inbuilt donation to a local initiative.

    The price of all of our small group trips includes domestic flights but excludes international flights. We suggest flights for our clients that work well with the itinerary and are happy to book and manage these flights. However, guests can also book their own international flights if they would prefer. 

    We have a fantastic VIP service in place to help you navigate the airport and make your journey as smooth and easy as possible. We can collect you from your home, take you to the airport and escort you through check-in and immigration to avoid any queues, straight through to the airport lounge before boarding your flight. The same service can be put in place on your return journey. 

    We understand that one of the most important factors to our clients is flexibility in order to give you as much assurance as possible when booking your next trip. We are on hand to discuss with you the latest updates on flexibility on any one of our small group trips.

    We have excellent relationships with a handful of insurance companies who provide various forms of cover. Each one offers a different policy with varying terms and conditions, so we strongly recommend getting a series of quotes and discussing your personal requirements in detail with them in order to find the best one for you.

    Booking and travelling with an accredited tour operator is more important than ever. cazenove+loyd is a bonded tour operator and is ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Our ATOL number is 3208. This means that the UK government guarantees all funds paid out to a bonded operator and is bound to pay in full if the bond holder is unable to deliver as contracted. This gives our clients peace of mind and full financial protection. Please see our booking conditions for further information.

    We have put the relevant measures in place on every one of our small group trips, so that we are ready to welcome you safely. Sanitation and hygiene in our vehicles and the properties in which we will be staying are extensive, with cleaning protocols rigidly followed as well as other necessary safety requirements. 

    Begin Your Journey
    Henrietta Loyd
    UK +44 (0)207 384 2332
    US 1-800-409-4233