Day 1, Tuesday, April 5th: Welcome to Israel. VIP Arrival. After landing, our representative will be waiting to welcome you as you exit the plane. Your party will be transported quickly in a private vehicle through the airport, to the flight staff passport control, continue to facilitate luggage identification and out to meet your waiting driver.
Ascend to Jerusalem: Arrive in Jerusalem and ascend the Haas Promenade. In a single view you will perceive the both Old City and the expanse of modern Jerusalem. This unique site helps us understand why it is written that “of the ten beauties in the world, nine of them are located in the city of Jerusalem.” There is no better place to start your adventure.
Jerusalem International YMCA. "Here is a place whose atmosphere is peace, where political and religious jealousies can be forgotten, and international unity fostered and developed." From dedication address by Field Marshal Edmund Lord Allenby April 18, 1933. With its elegant arches, domes and 152-foot observation tower, the Jerusalem YMCA is a city landmark acknowledged as a center of cultural, athletic, social and intellectual life in Jerusalem.
The Three Arches YMCA Hotel in Jerusalem is unlike any other YMCA, offering an unmatched blend of charm hospitality and traditional architectural wonder, along with up-to-date facilities to ensure the most memorable stay in Jerusalem". Dinner and orientation: Enjoy a welcome dinner & orientation and get ready for the experience of a lifetime. Dinners &and overnight: The YMCA Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 2, Wednesday, April 6th: Jerusalem's Old City - The Eternal Capital.
City of King David: After breakfast our adventure in Jerusalem begins. We will start at the location in which Jerusalem was founded, the incredible City of King David. We will see over 3,800 years of history, dating back to the time of Abraham, to when the earliest foundations of Jerusalem were first laid.
The Jewish Quarter: Steeped in ancient and modern Jewish and cultural history, the Jewish Quarter remains one of the single-most visited spots in Israel. It is the home of the only surviving piece of wall from the Holy Temple, and is surrounded by museums and archeological sites that tell the story of the Jewish people in the area.
The Christian Quarter: Visit the Pools of Bethesda and walk on along the Via Dolorosa, following the 14 Stations of the Cross from Pilate's Judgement Hall to the empty tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Church of the Holy Sepulchre: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, also known as the Church of the Resurrection, is a church in the Old City of Jerusalem that is the holiest Christian site in the world. It stands on a site that encompasses both Golgotha, or Calvary, where Jesus was crucified, and the tomb (sepulchre) where he was buried. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre has been an important pilgrimage destination since the 4th century.
Mamilla Pedestrian Pavilion: In the afternoon we’ll walk back to our hotel via the new Mamilla Pavilion featuring renovated 19th century buildings, street theater performances and designer shops of world-leading brands, with cafes and restaurants interspersed throughout the way. Dinner and overnight: The YMCA Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 3, Thursday, April 7th: Masada and the Dead Sea - King Herrod's Fortress.
Qumran: After breakfast we will depart south into the Judean Desert to arrive at Qumran. This fascinating ancient settlement—a desert cave that the Essenes called home almost 2,200 years ago, is the archeological birthplace of the famed Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest biblical manuscripts ever found.
Masada: Explore Masada's ancient fortification remains, King Herod's palace, the baths, cisterns, and barracks, and the modern Masada museum. Be inspired by the tales of human endurance, and enjoy spectacular views of the Judean Desert.
Dead Sea: Enjoy a relaxing, therapeutic day at the Dead Sea, an oasis of warm, buoyant water and mineral-rich mud in the middle of the Judean Wilderness! Read the paper while floating on the dense, salty water, and lather yourself with the nutrient-filled mud—an all-around fabulous day!
Dinner and overnight: The YMCA Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 4, Friday, April 8th: Jerusalem's New City.
Ammunition Hill: After breakfast we’ll memorialize the lives of those who fought and died at Ammunition Hill, the site of one of the bloodiest battles fought during the 1967 Six Day War which led to the defeat of the Jordanian army and the reunification of Jerusalem.
Machne Yehuda “Shuk” (Market): For a true Jerusalem experience, visit "the shuk" on a Thursday or Friday when this outdoor marketplace is abuzz with Jerusalem locals stocking up on produce, fresh meats and fish, and fragrant spices for Shabbat. Meander through the colorful walkways, try your hand at bargaining, and enjoy some world-class falafel!
Towards evening: As the sun sets we’ll enter the Old City and walk to the Wailing Wall. We’ll take soem time to observe how people from all corners of the world come to welcome the Jewish Sabbath at the holiest place on earth for Judaism- this is an incredible experience for people of all faiths. Dinner and overnight: The YMCA Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 5, Saturday, April 9th: Exploring a Unique Neighborhood.
Morning Tour: After breakfast enjoy a unique walking tour of Jerusalem’s oldest neighborhoods. Lunch at the YMCA: Enjoy lunch at the YMCA and spent the afternoon relaxing and enjoying the Y facilities. Ben Yehuda Street: In the evening we’ll head to Ben Yehuda Street where you’ll find restaurants, shops, street vendors, street performers, and more! One of the favorite gathering places for many young Jerusalemites, Ben Yehuda Street is Jerusalem’s answer to a hot spot to see and be seen. Dinner and overnight: The YMCA Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 6, Sunday, April 10th: Israel's Coast - Incredible Beaches and Ruins.
Ancient City of Caesarea: After breakfast we’ll check out of our hotel and say farewell to Jerusalem. We’ll travel north along Israel’s coast to arrive at The Caesarea National Park. This impressive city of ruin contains a Roman Amphitheatre, the Hippodrome, a horse-racing arena that could seat 20,000; also a giant headless statue on Byzantine Street & Mansion, and the Roman Aqueducts.
Acco: Next visit the city of Acco, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, dating back to the time of the Pharaoh Thutmose III (1504-1450 BCE).
Subterranean Crusader Halls: Follow the passages through the Subterranean Crusader Halls and take a breathtaking view of this Knights Hospitaller headquarters that has lasted for over 700 years. Each room holds a mountain of historic value, not just to those who built it, but to those who have come after during the Ottoman and British Mandate periods.
Acco Prison: Take a tour through the secret passageways, tunnels, and towers in the famous Acco Prison. Built by the Ottomans and used by the British Mandate to imprison underground Jewish fighters, this prison is now a museum that displays the heroism of those involved in the resistance and serves as a memorial for these brave individuals. Dinner and overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Tiberias.
Day 7, Monday, April 11th; Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee.
Nazareth: After breakfast we’ll start our day with a short drive to Nazareth, the town where Jesus spent his childhood. Visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, Mary’s Well and the Church of St. Gabriel. Visit the Blessed Cave, view Mary and Joseph's house.
Magdala and Tabgha: We’ll return to the Sea of Galille to drive through Magdala, home of Mary Magdalene. Next we’ll continue onward to Tabgha to visit the traditional site of the Multiplication Miracle of Loaves and Fishes and on to the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, wherein lies the Rock of Mensa Christi.
Mount of Beatitudes: The Mount of Beatitudes sits on a hilltop at the northern point of the Sea of Galilee, this is where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. A Byzantine church was erected near the current site in the 4th century, and it was used until the 7th century. Remains of a cistern and a monastery are still visible.
Capernaum National Park: Visit Capernaum and remains of a Second Temple-era fishing village that was the focus of Jesus’ Galilee ministry, the latter under the aegis of the Franciscan Church.
Cruise on the Sea of Galilee: Enjoy a relaxing boat ride along the Sea of Galilee. Learn all about the biblical and modern history that surrounds this important body of water, all while taking in the beautiful flora and fauna that surrounds the Sea. Dinner and overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Tiberias.
Day 8, Tuesday, April 12th: The Golan Heights - Israel Green Paradise.
Mount Bental: After breakfast we’ll travel deep into the Golan Heights to visit Mount Bental and get the best panoramic view of the Golan Heights, with a clear view of Israel’s neighbor, Syria, as well as Mount Hermon. At Mount Bental, there are also remnants of an Israeli bunker as well as an imaginative steel sculpture garden.
The Valley of Tears: Despite the bloody history, today The Valley of Tears, is known for the heroism of the Israeli 7th Armored Brigade and their nonstop strength in defending Israel from the oncoming Syrian attack. Though outnumbered and almost defeated, Israel triumphed over the Syrians. Today, this area is a symbol of courage for all Israelis.
Ancient Katzrin Park: Plunge yourself in the period of the Talmud and the Mishna when you enter the Ancient Katzrin Park. Check out an olive press, a restructured dwelling, or an early synagogue. Feel as though you are a part of the Talmud when you watch the “Talmudic Experience,” and immerse yourself in activities of the period, including grape stomping.
Golan Heights winery. The delightful atmosphere created by the Golan Heights Winery is not to be missed. Not only will you be able to take part in a fabulous wine tasting event, but you will learn how their wonderful brands of wine are produced and a bit of history about the winery itself. Dinner and overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Tiberias.
Day 9, Wednesday, April 13th: Tel Aviv - Israel Modern Triumph.
Tel Aviv: After breakfast we’ll check out of our hotel and head south to Israel’s modern city, Tel Aviv. Stretched along the beautiful beach strip of the Mediterranean, Tel Aviv is Israel's largest city and biggest commercial center. It is a busy metropolis, which inspires its visitors with a unique energetic atmosphere of excitement and fun.
Independence Hall: Be a part of the momentous day in Israel’s history and experience the emotional moment when Ben Gurion established of the State of Israel with the signing of the Declaration of Independence at Independence Hall. Hear his voice on the speaker and feel yourself being taken back in time to this historic event where a Jewish nation was declared.
Jaffa Flea Market: If you are looking for antiques, bargains, and second-hand treasures at great market prices, then visit the Jaffa Flea Market. There is a vibrant atmosphere, exotic aromas, and lots of noises as you try your luck bargaining with the sellers for that amazing vintage purchase!
Old Jaffa Port: Visit one of the most attractive places on Israel's coast when you visit the Old Jaffa Port. Full of biblical and historical references, this port is a hub for artists, galleries, and individualistic shops where you can find just about anything your heart desires. There are also amazing restaurants and pedestrian walkways.
Tel Aviv – Jaffa Promenade: Next we will visit the Jaffa Promenade that goes from Jaffa all the way to the Old Port in Tel Aviv. The promenade gives tourists an amazing view of the skyline of Tel Aviv as well as a new perspective of the beauty of the city, set to the backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea. Dinner and overnight: The Grand Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv.
Day 10, Thursday, April 14th: Farewell Israel, we'll miss you...
Dizengoff St., Shenken St. and Rothchilde Ave. Visit the “Soho” of Tel Aviv when you walk around Dizengoff Street, Shenken Street, and Rothschild Street. Filled with unique vendors and funky coffee shops along with simple kiosks and local Falafel and Shawarma stalls- it is enough to bring out a little “Bohemian” in anyone who walks down these streets. Farewell. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for the departure flight home.
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