Day 1, Monday, May 9th: Israel Memorial Day. 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, and continue to facilitate luggage identification and handling to your waiting driver.
Ascend to Jerusalem: While entering the mountains of Jerusalem you will perceive the expanse of ancient & new side by side. The Talmud says that of the ten beauties in the world, nine of them are allocated to Jerusalem. Dinner and Orientation: Enjoy a dinner and orientation with your guide and get ready for the experience of a lifetime. Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 2, Tuesday, May 10th; Israel Independence Day. Ancient Jerusalem. City of King David: After breakfast we will embark on a fascinating tour of the City of King David Archeological Park. There you 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.
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 and is surrounded by museums and archeological sites that tell the story of the Jewish people in the area. Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 3, Wednesday, May 11th: Masada and the Dead Sea – King Herrods Desert 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.
Torah Writing Event on Masada: 40 years ago a partially written Torah scroll found inside one of the buildings. In the same building we are writing a new Torah, to carry on into the next generation.
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: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 4, Thursday, May 12th: Jeerusalem’s New City – an ongoing story. Ammunition Hill: After breakfast 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. This interactive museum will enable visitors to relive the events that took place at this former Jordanian guard post, and to explore the heroic lives of the Israeli soldiers who gave their lives for the victory and reunification of the holy city of Jerusalem.
Yad Vashem: Take your time walking through Yad Vashem, where you'll encounter the world's best Holocaust memorial exhibits. The museum will help re-instill in visitors the powerful message that Holocaust museums all over the world embody: Never forget. Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 5, Friday, May 13th; Exploring a unique neighborhood. Nachlaot Scavenger Hunt: After breakfast we will explore one of Jerusalem’s most famous neighborhood- Nachlaot. You will receive activity packet to guide you through its winding streets and courtyards, this is a very special activity.
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. Meander through the colorful walkways, try your hand at bargaining, and enjoy some world-class falafel!
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. Dinner: Enjoy a festive Shabbat Dinner at your hotel! Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 6, Shabbat, May 14th: Shabbat in Jerusalem. Shabbat: We will walk the streets of Meah Shearim, the German Colony, Yemin Moshe, or the Old City to see Jerusalem's oldest and most unique neighborhoods. Shabbat Lunch: Enjoy a spirited Shabbat Lunch at your hotel!
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: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 7, Sunday, May 15th: Israel's Coast and the Jazreel Valley. Ancient City of Caesarea: After breakfast we will say goodbye to Jerusalem and travel north along Israel’s coast to The Caesarea National Park contains an impressive Roman Amphitheatre, the Hippodrome, a horse-racing arena that could seat 20,000; also a giant headless statue on Byzantine Street and Mansion, and the Roman Aqueducts. The Caesarea Time Tower combines 3-D imaging technology with the local structures to bring history ‘truly’ to life!
Zichron Yaakov and Carmel Winery; Arrive in Zichrom Yaakov and visit the Carmel Wine Cellars. Visitors will learn about the history of Israeli wine from the 1880’s right up to the recent quality revolution. The winery provides a fascinating glimpse into the ancient, old and new world of winemaking, all in one setting. Northern Overnight and Dinner: Kibbutz Lavi Hotel, Southern Galilee.
Day 8, Monday, May 16th: Golan Heights – Israel's Green Paradise. Mount Bental: After breakfast we will head north 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.
The Valley of Tears: At the foot of Mount Bental we will learn about the Valley of Tears, 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.
Tiberias: Arrive in Tiberias, the Holy City of Water situated on the Sea of Galilee. We’ll walk along the coast, and enjoy the atmosphere of this ancient city.
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. Northern Overnight and Dinner: Kibbutz Lavi Hotel, Southern Galilee
Day 9, Tuesday, May 17th: Tzfat - Mountain of Kabbalah, the Holy City of Air. 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; yet the friendly artists always have time to speak with tourists who pop into their workshops.
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. Northern Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi Hotel, Southern Galilee
Day 10, Wednesday, May 18th: Tel Aviv - Israel's Modern City. Independence Hall: After breakfast we’ll say farewell to the north and travel to Tel Aviv 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.
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, it is enough to bring out a little “Bohemian” in anyone who walks down these streets.
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.
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.
Farewell for now. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your temporary departure from Israel.
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