Day 1, Monday, March 7th: 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 in a private vehicle through the airport to the flight staff passport control, and rendezvous with your waiting driver.
Tel Aviv: Arrive in Tel Aviv, Israel modern city and high-tech capital. Tel Aviv offers fabulous restaurants, beaches, views, and an incredible atmosphere to begin our Israel experience. Dinner and Relaxing: Enjoy a welcome dinner and orientation and get ready for the experience of a lifetime! Overnight: Carleton Hotel, Tel Aviv.
Day 2, Tuesday, March 8th: Tel Aviv - Israel's Modern City. Independence Hall: After breakfast we’ll 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.
Kfar Kedem Talmudic Village: Head inland to arrive at a recreated ancient Galilean village, Kfar Kedem. Join a donkey caravan heading into the hills, grind flour, bake pita, and enjoy lunch in the beautiful setting of Kfar Kedem.
Graves of Holy Sages: Discover Tiberius’s Rabbinical history! Visit the burial sites of some of the most famous Rabbis in Judaism, including the Rambam, Rabbi Akiva, Rabbi Meir Ba’al Haness.
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 Kinneret. Dinner and Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi Hotel, Southern Galilee.
Day 3, Wednesday, March 9th: The Golan Heights – Israel's Green Paradise.
Mount Bental: 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. Today, this area is a symbol of courage for all Israelis.
Kibbutz El Romm: At the foot of Mount Bental we will visit Kibbutz El Romm to view the original footage from the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Kahalani battle. This was the decisive battle which secured the Golan Heights for Israel to this day and enables residents of the North to dwell in peace.
Jeeping in the Golan Heights to Katzrin! We will jeep from the Valley of Tears through the Golan Heights toward Katzrin for the next step in our adventure!
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: Kibbutz Lavi Hotel, South Galilee.
Day 4, Thursday, March 10th: Tzfat – Mountain of Kabballah, City of Air. Mount Meron: Our first stop of the day will be deep into the Galilee at Mount Meron. Meron has two major claims to fame: It's the second highest mountain in Israel, offering excellent hiking opportunities and stunning views, and it's the site of the grave of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai- the author of the Zohar, Judaism’s foundational book of Kaballah.
Tzfat - Safed: Next we will visit Tzfat, one of the four holy cities in Israel, the City of Air. It has been a spiritual center since the 1600s when it was the center of Kabbala (Jewish mysticism). One of Israel's holiest cities awaits soul-seekers, nature enthusiasts, and historians to its cobblestone, art-line streets, majestic mountains, and Kabala-infused atmosphere.
Tzfat Artists Quarter: Browse Israel's best religious art as you wander through the narrow, cobblestone streets of Tzfat's Artists Quarter. You'll see men and women deeply engaged in the creative, often religious, process of artistry; yet the friendly artists always have time to speak with tourists who pop into their workshops.
Unique Tzfat Synagogues: To best way to truly capture the holiness of Tzfat is to go on a tour of the city's ancient synagogues and gravesites. Spend an afternoon getting to know the spiritual past and present of Tzfat at the beautiful Abuhav Synagogue, the Ari Sephardi, and others.
The Ari’Zal Mikveh: The Mikveh of the Ari’Zal has been famous for hundreds of years. At the foot of Tzfat is a wellspring mikveh which surges forth from the earth. Our Rabbi will explain the spiritual significance of this mikveh before taking a dip.
BBQ and Klezmer Concert: Toward the late afternoon watch the sun begin to set over the mountains and enjoy a BBQ buffet and music played by famous Tzfat musicians. Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi Hotel, South Galilee.
Day 5, Friday, March 11th: Welcome to Jerusalem - The Eternal CApital.
Ascend to Jerusalem: Arrive in Jerusalem and ascend the Haas Promenade (Tayalet). In a single view you will perceive the both Old City and the expanse of modern Jerusalem. This unique site helps us understand why the Talmud says that out of the ten beauties in the world, nine of them are located in the city of Jerusalem.
Machne Yehuda “Shuk” (Market): For a true Jerusalem experience, visit "the shuk" on Friday when this outdoor marketplace is abuzz with Jerusalem locals stocking up on produce, fresh meats and fish, and fragrant spices for Shabbat.
Towards evening - Welcome Shabbat at the Kotel: As the sun sets preparations will be made for welcoming the Shabbat with prayers and dancing at the Kotel. As you enter the Old City, look around you and notice how people from all corners of the world enter through the various gates with one purpose in mind, to welcome Shabbat at the holiest place on earth.
Shabbat Dinner: Enjoy Shabbat Dinner at the Tzemach Tzedek in Jerusalem’s Old City. Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 6, Shabbat, March 12th: Jerusalem Walking Tour- An Incredible Experience.
Shabbat. After breakfast walk to the famous Mayanot Shul, historic Tzemach Tzedek Shul, or the Great Synagogue for Shabbat morning services at a unique Jerusalem location. Shabbat Lunch: Return to your hotel for a spirited Shabbat lunch, L’Chaim!
Ben Yehuda Street: After Shabbat 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. Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 7, Sunday, March 13th: 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 Davidson Center and Archeology Gardens: Next we will visit The Archeological Gardens and the Davidson Center. Here you can explore the rich and vibrant history of the temple mount, including a recent excavation of seventh century royal palaces, located by the Southern Wall.
Western Wall Tunnels: Take your time walking through the Western Wall Tunnels. Enriched with thousands of years of history, these tunnels tell the story of the ancient Jews living during the period of the two temples.
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. Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 8, Monday, March 14th: Masada and the Dead Sea - King Herrod's Fortress.
Masada: After breakfast we’ll head south through the Judean Desert to 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 Float: Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the Dead Sea, an oasis of warm, buoyant water and mineral-rich mud in the middle of the Judean Wilderness! A Chof Bein Leumi you will have three swimming (floating) options with separate beaches. Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 9, Tuesday, March 15th: Jerusalem's New City - An ongoing tale.
Hebron – The Holy City of Earth: After breakfast we’ll visit Hebron, The Holy City of Earth, the second holiest site in all of Israel. Here you will encounter the Cave of the Patriarchs, Ma'arat Hamachpelah, where our patriarchs and matriarchs are buried: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their wives. Tradition also holds this to be the burial place of ‘Adam & Eve.’
Rachel’s Tomb: Next we will visit Rachel’s Tomb, the third holiest site in Jewish religion and the burial place of one of the four biblical matriarchs. Jews from all over come to this holy site which signifies the return of the Jewish people to their biblical, ancient homeland in Israel. Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 10, Wednesday, March 16th: Free Day in Jerusalem. We’ve been rushing from the ocean to the mountains to the desert, it’s time to relax and take some time to enjoy shopping and leisure in Jerusalem.
Yad Vashem: Take time to explore Yad Vashem. The museum will help re-instill in visitors the powerful message that Holocaust museums all over the world embody: Never forget.
Farewell. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your temporary departure from Israel.
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