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Here's a budget tour to Israel for less than $1,500 — including airfare from LAX

Explore the haunting deserts, modern cities and archaeological treasures of Israel in this budget tour that includes round-trip air fare from Los Angeles, plus meals and accommodations, for less than $1,500 per person.

The eight-day Troy Tour, which begins in Tel Aviv, includes iconic sites such as Mount Zion, the River Jordan and the Church of the Annunciation. Among other excursions, tour participants ascend the Mount of Olives for a view of the Old City of Jerusalem, visit the Garden of Gethsemane and walk the Via Dolorosa.  

Dates: Several dates are available in January, February and March.

Price:  $1,499 per person, double occupancy, including international round-trip air fare from LAX, six nights' accommodations, breakfast and dinner, guide and airport transfers. Optional tours available for Dead Sea and Masada and Istanbul.  

Info:  Troy Tours, (310) 417-3460

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