Day 1, Monday, April 4th: Welcome ti 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, continue to facilitate luggage handling, 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 dinner and orientation with your Guide- get ready for the experience of a lifetime! Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv.
Day 2, Tuesday, April 5th: 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.
The Palmach Museum: Follow a Palmach unit as they tell their story from their recruitment date right until the War of Independence. The Palmach Museum allows for an interactive experience so you can feel as though you are a part of this historic event, honoring these historic men.
Nachlat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Fair: Every Tuesday and Friday, Nachlat Binyamin Street comes alive with the Arts and Crafts Fair. Displaying Israeli made crafts, including jewelry and other interesting one-of-a-kind gifts, this fair is a great place to buy gifts, pamper yourself, and people-watch.
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 Full of biblical and historical references, this port is a hub for artists, galleries, and individualistic shops where you can find just about anything your heart desires.
Dizengoff St., Shenken St. & Rothchilde Ave.: In the evening take time to stroll along the “Soho” of Tel Aviv- Dizengoff Street, Shenken Street, and Rothschild Street. Filled with unique vendors and funky coffee shops, it is enough to bring out a little “Bohemian” in anyone who walks down these streets.
The Tel Aviv Port: Need more excitement? Visit the Tel Aviv Port- the port just received the European Biennial Landscape Architecture Award for Best Design. A world of leisure and entertainment along the beautiful shoreline, the port includes live performances, art exhibitions, and shopping. Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv.
Day 3, Wednesday, April 6th: Israel's Coast – Incredible Beaches and Ruins. Ancient City of Caesarea: After breakfast we will 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.
Kfar Kedem: Next we’ll 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. Dinner and overnight: Kibbutz Lavi Hotel, Southern Galilee.
Day 4, Thursday, April 7th: Tzfat - The Holy City of Kabbalah. Tzfat – Safed: After breakfast we will visit the mountain top city of 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.
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.
BBQ and Klezmer Concert: Toward the afternoon we will sit back and watch the sun begin to set over the mountain while enjoying a BBQ dinner and music played by famous Tzfat musicians. Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi Hotel, Southern Galilee
Day 5, Friday, April 8th: Exploring the unique neighbored. 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 Western Wall. 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. Dinner and overnight: King Solomon Hotel, Jerusalem,
Day 6, Shabbat, April 9th: Jerusalem walking tour - an incredible experience. Shabbat Morning and Lunch: Enjoy a morning at leisure & lunch at your hotel. A unique Shabbat afternoon tour… In the late afternoon we'll explore around the Jewish Quarter, each stone has a remarkable story which we'll uncover together.
Ben Yehuda Street: Looking for a night out on the town? After Shabbat head to Ben Yehuda Street where you'll find restaurants, shops, street vendors, street performers, and more! Overnight: King Solomon Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 7, Sunday, April 10th: 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.
Night Spectacular at the Tower of David: In the evening we will enter the walls of the Old City to the Tower of David Museum. The rooftop walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for a nighttime show which is a celebration of sight and sound. Overnight: King Solomon Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 8, Monday, April 11th: Masada and the Dead Sea – King Herrod's Fortress. Masada National Park: 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! Overnight: King Solomon Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 9, Tuesday, April 12th: In the footsteps of our forefathers. Rachel’s Tomb: After breakfast we’ll start day at 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.
Hebron – The Holy City of Earth: Next we’ll continue on to visit the city of Hebron, just outside Jerusalem. The land is teeming with biblical history as it is the location of the second holiest site in all of Israel – 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 and Eve.' Overnight: King Solomon Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 10, Wednesday, April 13th. Farewell for now. 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.
Farewell. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for the departure flight home where you will be met by a SHALOM ISRAEL TOURS representative will be waiting to assist you in your temporary departure from Israel.
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