The Beersheba Centenary & the Palestine Campaign

About the tour: The Beersheba Centenary & the Palestine Campaign

Tour Introduction

This tour sees us follow Israel's involvement in World War 1 and take a look at the other wars that involved the region. As we journey throughout the region we visit sites where the battles took place, see memorials and pay our respects in the many cemeteries. On this battlefield tour, we visit Golan Heights, the castle of Nimrod, Kibbutz El Rom, Tel Faher and Jerusalem. We also spend time in Gaza, seeing the Gaza Strip and discussing the territory's involvement in WW1, before we head to Beersheba on the centenary of the towns attack.

Tour Includes

  • 7 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 7 evening meals
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Escorted by a Tour Manager in Israel
  • Porterage at all hotels
  • Return flights to Tel Aviv
  • Airport transfers in Israel
  • Air-conditioned coach travel
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Tour Itinerary

Oct 26

Fly to Tel Aviv, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for one night. Please note due to flight timings for Heathrow departures, an evening meal is not included on the first evening. However, a meal will be served in-flight.

Included meals: Dinner

Oct 27 - Haifa & Jezreel Valley

We head north stopping at the Ba'hai gardens in Haifa to see the Turkish canons from 1918 and then travel onwards to Megiddo seeing the Archaeological site of Armageddon and overlooking the Jezreel Valley over which Australian forces moved on their push north in 1918. We stay for two nights in the Upper Galilee area at Kibbutz Kfar Giladi, or similar.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Ba'hai Gardens

Bahai gardens and temple on the slopes of the Carmel Mountain and view of the Mediterranean Sea and bay of Haifa city, Israel (2)

Key Visits

  • Ba'hai Gardens
  • Megiddo site of Armageddon

Oct 28 - Golan Heights

We spend today visiting battle sites on the Golan Heights and various memorials commemorating Israeli units who were active in 1967 and 1973. We also see the Crusader era castle of Nimrod with its tremendous views over the road to Damascus and the Golan. We will visit the Kibbutz El Rom and see an authentic movie presenting the battle that took place close to the site, where an Israeli tank unit of less than 40 tanks held back over 700 Syrian tanks in 1973. We will overlook the border with Syria close to the abandoned town of Kuneitra through which the British forces bypass in WWI.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Nimrod Fortress

Nimrod Fortress (2)

Key Visits

  • Golan Heights
  • Crusader era Castle of Nimrod
  • Kibbutz El Rom

Oct 29 - Tel Faher & Ramle

Lookout at the Israel/Lebanese border, visit Tel Faher, scene of the decisive battle to capture the Golan Heights in June 1967. From there we drive south to the town of Ramle. We visit the commonwealth cemetery and have a briefing on the Palestine Campaign WWI. From there visit the Israeli Armoured Corps memorial and museum at Latrun. We stay overnight in the area of Ashkelon.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Commonwealth Cemetery, Ramle

Commonwealth Cemetery Ramle (1)

Key Visits

  • Tel Faher
  • Ramle
  • Israeli Armoured Corps Museum

Oct 30 - Jerusalem

We start at Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem and see where General Allenby entered the old city and where he declared Jerusalem liberated from the Turks on the steps of David’s Citadel. We will tour the Old City, looking at some of the sites such as the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and places of action in the liberation of East Jerusalem from Jordanian occupation in 1967. We stay in Jerusalem for three nights.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Dome on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Israel (3)

Key Visits

  • Jerusalem, the Old City
  • Jaffa Gate

Oct 31 - Gaza Strip & Anzac

We look over the Gaza Strip from Black Arrow Monument. Visit Anzac monument, discuss the battles on Gaza WWI. We then visit Beersheba on the centenary of the attack on the town. We hope to visit Tel Sheva and get a view over the ground over which the light horsemen charged. We will also visit the Australian Light Horse Memorial, the Allenby Memorial, and the Commonwealth Cemetery in the town.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Ruins of the biblical Beersheba, Tel Be'er Sheva, Israel (2)

Key Visits

  • Gaz Strip
  • Black Arrow Monument
  • Beersheba
  • Tel Be'er Sheva
  • Australian Light Horse Memorial
  • Allenby Memorial

Nov 1 - Battle of Jerusalem

Spend the day looking at the battle of Jerusalem visiting Nebi Samweil, the strategic Turkish outpost overlooking the city. We visit the Commonwealth cemetery and memorial on Mount Scopus with its view over the city. We then visit the Mount of Olives and St. Andrew's Church, a church built to the memory of Scottish soldiers killed in the campaign.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

St. Andrew's Church

St. Andrew's Church, Jerusalem (3)

Key Visits

  • Military cemetery on The Scopus mount
  • Mount of Olives
  • St Andrews Church

Nov 2

Free time in Jerusalem until transfer to Tel Aviv for our return flight to the U.K.

Included meals: Breakfast

Specialist Battlefield Guides

All of Leger’s battlefield tours are accompanied by specialist guides. Their individual in-depth knowledge of warfare will be informative, as well as enhance your overall experience, as they recreate a fascinating perception of the history and factual events of each battle. Discover the actual catalysts for war, the strategies employed and the final, inevitable outcomes, as well as experiencing the emotional human side of the front line.

Please note: On certain tours, you may get tour guides other that the ones listed below.

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All hotels will be a minimum 3-star hotels. You will stay one night in Tel Aviv at the Grand Beach, or similar. Two nights will then be spent in Upper Galilee at Kefar Giladi, or similar. In Ashkelon, we stay for one night at the Leonardo Asheklon, or similar. In Jerusalem, you will stay for three nights at the Grand Court Hotel, or similar.

Travel Options

All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.

When it comes to getting to the Battlefields, Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you choose from.

Travel Extras

With an overnight stay, a Door-to-Door pick up or the option to meet us at the interchange, our travel extras allow you to create a travel experience to suit your needs...

Stay overnight near Dover

Why not go the night before your tour for a relaxing start?

You can park for FREE for up to seven days at the Holiday Inn Ashford North and enjoy an overnight stay with English breakfast from just £38 per person (Based on 2 sharing a twin/double room on a B&B basis, subject to availability. Single supplements and terms and conditions apply.) We’ll then collect you from the hotel on the day of departure and return you there at the end of your holiday.

To book this package, please call the hotel on 01233 713333, quoting ‘Leger Holidays’ and your booking reference. If your holiday is longer than seven days you can pay for additional days’ parking. Ask one of our friendly reservations team for more details when you book your holiday

Join coach at Interchange

Join your tour coach at the interchange.

On most tours if you’d prefer to join your tour coach at Stop 24 services, you can park your car in the car park which is accredited by the Park Mark safer parking scheme and is monitored 24 hours a day by CCTV. Payment for the parking is made on arrival using the self-service machines.

Excludes tours to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany Ferries.

Door-to-Door service

On Battlefield tours of 7 days’ duration or more, you don’t even have to think about getting to your local joining point. If you live within 20 miles of one of our free joining points we’ll pick you up from your home and take you to meet your transfer vehicle, then return you back home at the end of your holiday. The cost is just £30 per booking each way for up to four people per booking.

If you live a little further afield, you can also take advantage of this convenient option for an additional charge – please enquire at the time of booking.

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Call our friendly advisors on: 01709 385 624