Against All Odds: Pre Israel Defense Forces History Tour

If you're looking for a tour that offers more than just the typical tourist sites, this is for you!

Israel History Tours has created a one-of-a-kind, 10 day trip that offers the most fascinating, in-depth look at how Israel achieved statehood, combined with the creature comforts that you've come to expect from a top-shelf tour company.

How Israel Achieved Statehood

Generations of people who risked everything to re-establish the Jewish Homeland is the most overlooked, yet inspiring story of all. They had little more than incredible determination, but against all odds, this rag tag army of men and women won the battles and wars that resulted in the creation of modern day Israel. Sadly, those stories are falling by the wayside, and that’s why we're offering this tour now. It will be up close and intimate, with no more than fifteen people in our group.

If you’ve always been a little jealous of the kids who go on Birthright, join us!

This trip is about connecting to Israel – the land and the people, through an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at what makes this tiny little country so unique and exceptional. An Israel experience unlike any other,  You will  return home with that same love of Israel that your kids or grandchildren came home with after their Birthright trip!

What better way to celebrate Israel's Independence than to be in Israel!

Highlights: April 2020


Celebrate Israel's 72 Years of Indpendence, in Israel!

  • Israel Air Force Fly Over and Celebration
  • NILI Jewish Spy Ring, Ottoman Empire, WWI
  • Underground Palmach & Haganah Fighters
  • Jewish Brigades, WWII
  • Machal - International Volunteers who fought for Israel's Indpendence


Travel back in time - 1880-1948 - visiting battlegrounds and places of legendary people...

  • Jewish Reistance Under the British Mandate
  • Rise of Arab Nationalism
  • Harrowing Battles that Defined Israel's Borders
  • Final Hold Out in the Old City, Jerusalem Quarter


...who faced harrowing challenges that ultimately led to the IDF and The State of Israel!

Some of the legendary players whose stories will be told:

  • Yitzhak Ben Zvi and Rachel Yanait
  • Joseph Trumpeldor
  • Ze'ev Jabotinsky
  • Sarah and Aaron Arohnson
  • David Ben Gurion
  • Menachem Begin
  • Charles Orde Wingate
  • Eliyahu Golomb
  • Chana Senesch
  • Mickey Marcus
  • and many more...

Exclusive Tour: Up close and personal!

Ten Day Land Tour: April 23 - May 2, 2020 - Optional extension available.

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Sites & Accomodations

Three Nights, Tel Aviv


Beach Front Dan Panorama

  • Honor the Fallen and Celebrate Israel’s Independence
  • IDF & Etzel 1948 Museums, Old Jaffa
  • Israel Airforce Flyover on the Mediterranean
  • Neve Tzedek, 1st Tel Aviv neighborhood
  • Jabotinsky Museum, his legacy
  • Sarona, German Templar neighborhood turned military headquarters
  • Haganah Museum
  • Ben Gurion’s Home, first draft of the Declaration of Independence
  • Jewish Brigade Museum
  • Aarohnson's NILI Spy Ring, Ottoman period
  • Cabri Battle to rescue Yehiam (Crusader Fortress) hold out, 1948

Three Nights, Galilee


Upper Galil,  Kfar Giladi Hotel

  • Kfar Giladi, First Defenders, Bar Giora and HaShomer outpost, Ottoman period
  • Tel Chai, 1920, legacy of famed warrior, Trumpeldor
  • Hula Lake malaria swamps turned agricultural jewel and migratory bird sanctuary
  • Naharayim Saga and Kibbutz Gesher, 1930's and '48 Arab attacks on kibbutz and Electric Power Station
  • Homa U'Migdal, strategic  overnight Stockades against Arab massacres
  • Gan HaShloshah, National Park and Spring - swimming & leisure
  • Nebi Yusha British fortress, turned Arab then defeated by Palmach - defined Israel's northern border

Three Nights, Jerusalem

Herbert Samuels Hotel, Jerusaem

City Center Herbert Samuels

  • Machal Memorial & Burma Road, Micky Marcus and WWII volunteers
  • Underground Bullet Factory, Secret heroes of 1947-48
  • Menachem Begin Institute, his legacy
  • Cable Car Museum, underground smuggling arms and meds 
  • Old Train Station and British Underground Prison, Jewish resistence fighters
  • Jeiwsh History Walking Tour of the Old City
  • Gush Etzion, heroic bloody holdouts that saved Jerusalem
  • Alone On the Walls, final battle defending the Old City, 1948
  • The Kotel, Jerusalem re-united

Echos of the Shofar

Hear from those who dared to defy the British Mandate by blowing the Shofar at the Western Wall! - Toldot Yisrael



  • The Land Tour begins in Tel Aviv and concludes  in Jerusalem.
  • All meals provided on the tour are strictly Kosher and certified by the Ministry of Religion. We will be in the Upper Galil during Shabbat.  The Kfar Giladi Hotel - overlooking the Golan and Hula Valley -  has complete accomodations for anyone who is Shomer Shabbat.
  • For those interested, there is an optional (up to) three day Jerusalem extension upon request. Please inquire for further details. 
  • The tour requires lots of walking. Travelers should be in good to great health.  IHT is not responsible for determining one's health condition.
  • Due to the nature of travel, IHT reserves the right to amend the itinerary as needed.


  • The Land Tour Package is $3,150 per person, double occupancy. Single Supplement: $1,385.
  • To ensure the highest level of professionalism, all land travel is provided by leading Tour Operator, World Express Travel, Los Angeles.

  • A deposit of $500 (check or credit card) is due with the reservation form - which is applied to cost of the tour. The deposit is refundable, less $150 per person till January 16, 2020. After January 16, deposit is non-refundable
  • Full balance is due: February 16, 2020.
  • Credit card payments on balance due: incur 4% service fee (up to $106)
  • Additional Airport Transfer fees, available upon request


  • Hotel Accommodations with Daily Full Israeli Breakfast
  • Hotel Transfer for group arrival and return
  • Selected Meals per itinerary: Daily Breakfast; one lunch, five dinners
  • Certified Personal Tour Guide
  • Entrance to all sites and museums
  • Luxury air-conditioned tour bus 


  • Personal Expenses
  • Airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunch (9)and Dinner (5)to allow maximal leisure time
  • Airport Transfer outside of group arrival/return
  • Tips to bus driver, hotel and restaurant staff


  • You must have a valid U.S. passport with an expiration date six months past your return date. Passengers are responsible to have all the proper documents for entry. All names on documents must match the legal name on your photo I.D, and travel documents and tickets. 
  • For further information, please check the State Department website: 
  • For Reservation Form and Travel Insurance Information, download the below PDF File. 

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  1. A $500  per person deposit is due with Registration (check only).  The deposit is refundable, less $150 per person till January 16, 2020.
  2. After January 16, 2020, deposit is non-refundable.
  3. Final payment of the balance per passenger is due  by February 16, 2020
  4. Credit card payments on balance incur 4% fee (up to $106)
  5. Cancellation 45 days before departure - 50%
  6. Cancellation 30 days before departure - no refund

Fifteen travellers are needed by February 1, 2020 in ordr to implement the tour.  If there is not a minimum of 15, all deposits and payments will be fully refunded.

Israel History Tours is a Registered Seller of Travel -  Licence #2128217-40 

Reservation Form

For more information and/or questions, please call 818.929.8566, or email:

Reservation Form Below

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