Independence of Israel
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Date(s) - 01/10/2023 - 14/10/2023
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Independence of Israel at 75 and Yom Kippur War at 50

OCTOBER 1-14, 2023

Israel is thousands of years old and home to three of the world’s most prominent religions. However, the modern state did not come into existence until the aftermath of the Second World War. Europe’s Jews, those that had survived the holocaust, fled the continent. Many thousands made their way to their ancient home to make a new life. It began with a struggle. The War of Independence in 1948-49 established the new nation. And then it continued to fight – both for survival and expansion. The last of the four major wars shocked the world 50 years ago, first with its surprise beginning and then with its incredible non-stop ferocity.

This expedition will examine the totality of the history and culture of the land between the Jordan and the sea. While the Independence and Yom Kippur wars will form a backbone to our travels and discussions, we will delve much deeper into the incredible rich history stretching back across millennia. From Jerusalem to the Sea of Galilee. From Be’ersheva and Masada to ancient Acre and Haifa. From the Golan Heights to Jericho and Bethlehem. From the seaside beaches of Tel Aviv to the plains of Megiddo (Armageddon). And much more. We will examine biblical history, Roman and Ottoman rule, the Crusades and more. Packed into a small space, Israel is filled with incredible natural sites, the rich cuisine and drink of the Levant, and the cultural delights on the crossroads of the world, where East meets West.

Add-ons include a visit to the ancient Jordanian oasis of Wadi Musa and Petra, once one of the most important trading posts in all the ancient world. It is truly a spectacular site.

A second add-on will be an Egyptian expedition to visit Cairo and the pyramids of Giza, along with a trip up the Nile to ancient Luxor and Karnak.

Jerusalem tours
Bethlehem tours
Sea of Galilee tours


What sets Essential History Expeditions and Dr. Brian DeToy apart is his unique experience with 14 years as a university professor including teaching history and strategic studies at West Point, 28 years as a US Army officer with combat experience, and 27 years of leading battlefield tours. Brian has led tours comprising military leaders, West Point professors and cadets, and business leaders of national companies. Brian’s combined experience as a scholar soldier brings the events on this hallowed ground to life.

Brian DeToy WWI France Tour


My son and I just returned from the World War I trip. It was better than I ever imagined. Everything was absolutely beyond what I had envisioned. Brian made the history come alive, and Sheryl attended to every little detail. I could have spent another week or two with them. 5 stars is not enough. Can’t wait to go with them again.

We just got back from the D-Day/Normandy trip with our family. Since our five kids are now between ages 27 & 17, it was likely our last vacation with the whole family. Two friends of our children joined us. Perfect falls short of describing it. There were excellent accommodations, comfortable transportation to the sites, tasty meals, completely thorough presentations of the history with a personal touch and fine company to share. It all went off like clock-work – even bathroom breaks. Sheryl & Brian have this wired and are experts at their craft. Worth every dime and beyond our wildest expectations – we were thrilled to have this experience for our family. It was a stress-free trip and the standard by which all other vacations will be judged.

It is a shame that rating Essential History Expeditions is limited to only five stars. EHE earns a constellation of positive recognition. Brian is learned in history of great depth as well as the ability to impart such knowledge in a clear and enthusiastic manner. His knowledge is not limited to the topic at hand, in this case EHE’s D-Day tour, but of eclectic history over the ages. We passed a street in France and when someone mentioned the name of the street Brian entertained us with an impromptu mini lecture on the person after whom the street was named, who they were and what they did that earned a street. We visited Mont Saint-Michel whose groundbreaking occurred in the 10th century and the ribbon cutting ceremony centuries later and yet once again Brian provided great insight into the history and events surrounding this island commune. Sheryl, Brian’s most capable and gracious business and life partner, made a complex trip look easy. A most worthy and appreciated skill. Be it lodging, box lunches, transportation (impromptu or otherwise), it all just magically happened(!). I have never been so well cared for on a hosted trip. I learned so much from this trip of a lifetime while being well cared for and socializing with well matched people of similar interests all of whom immensely enjoyed the camaraderie. We all were guided through the shadow of history of very brave people, soldiers as well as civilian; Allied as well as Axis and we were honored to do so. I encourage you to experience Essential History Expeditions. It could be your trip of a lifetime as well.

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