Hello Trip Advisor members,
I am sure this question has been asked a thousand times before but I'm having difficulty parsing through all the threads on this forum so please bear with me.
I am a secular solo traveler who takes a great interest in ancient and religious history. I would love to take a historical/cultural/archeological tour of Israel but whenever I look up Israeli tour groups they're almost always religiously themed in nature (i.e. there's a preacher leading the group or it's a tour group catered to evangelical Christians/hasidic Jews/orthodox Muslims/etc). I am interested in the religious history of Israel but I am not interested in having to stop and pray at every place I go to. I love the religious history and human history of the country and I am fully respectful of its impact on world religions so I don't want to sound like I'm being insensitive, it's just as a nonbeliever I am really not interested in a religiously pushy tour. Are there any really good tour groups you guys can recommend that can give me more of an academic-like experience? I could give myself a tour but I really like having knowledgeable guides to show me around to different places and explain their history and cultural importance.
Thank you for your responses.