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Jewish Heritage Tour - 15 Days - May 2011

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 15 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 50 people
Destination(s): Israel  
Specialty Categories: Archeology/History   Biblical Tours  
Season: May
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2545 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 5375 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1, Wednesday: Welcome at Ben Gurion Airport. After exiting customs a representative will be waiting to welcome and transfer you to your waiting chauffeur. Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Day 2, Thursday: Establishing Israel – A Nation is Born. Independence Hall. Start your day with a visit to this multi-disciplinary museum, which is a must-see attraction for everyone who loves Israel and wants to learn more about the country. 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 this very site.

Mini Israel Park. Ever want to feel like a giant? Well, now you can! This park is a 35,000 square meter extravaganza where you can see all the most important historical, cultural, architectural, and religious sites in Israel at eye level. It also includes a large aquarium with fish bigger than the size of your hand!

Ayalon Institute Museum. Enjoy a slice of early Israeli history when you visit this fascinating museum which was built by the Hagana during the final years of the British Mandate. In order to hide the bullet production from the British, the factory was disguised as a kibbutz. Explore mysterious rooms and travel down secret staircases as you learn about how the factory was hidden.

Kibbutz Yad Mordechai. Next we will visit the kibbutz named for Warsaw Ghetto fighter Mordechai Anilewicz. This kibbutz is one of only two that has a holocaust museum on its grounds. The museum offers fascinating exhibits on Anilewicz and the Battle of Yad Mordechai. Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Day 3, Friday: Tel Aviv - The Modern City. The Diaspora Museum (Beit Ha-Tfutsot). Explore unique displays that showcase the Jewish experience from the exile after the destruction of the first Temple 2,600 years ago to the present. Pass through the six themed “gates” of Family, Community, Faith, Culture, the Jewish people among the nations, and the return to the land of Israel, and immerse yourself all aspects of the Jewish people’s story.

Rabin Square. Visit the place of assassination of Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin at the famous square in Tel Aviv and learn about the prime ministers impact on the state of Israel.

Old Jaffa Port. One of the most attractive places on Israel's coast, this spot is full of biblical and historical references. It also serves as a hub for artists, galleries, and individualistic shops where you can find just about anything your heart desires.

Neve Tsedek Neighborhood. Walk through one of Tel Aviv’s earliest settled areas, today a charming district full of rich culture and interesting history. This character-filled neighborhood boasts art galleries, cafes, and cultural centers.

Nachlat Binyamin. Arts and Crafts Fair. Every Tuesday and Friday, this average street comes alive with the work of over 200 artists. 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.

Shenken Street. Visit the “Soho” of Tel Aviv when you walk along this famous 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 this street. Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Day 4, Saturday: Tel Aviv – A day at leisure. The Carmel Market. If you want a great place to experience local culture and get some great deals on household items and fresh foods, visit the largest bazaar market in Tel Aviv. Exotic aromas, beautiful colors, and some of the freshest produce around, The Carmel Market is a must-see.

Jaffa Flea Market. For a unique experience we’ll head to Jaffa to browse antiques and second-hand treasures from around the world. Here you’ll find a vibrant atmosphere, exotic aromas, and lots of sounds as you try your luck bargaining with the sellers for that amazing vintage purchase!

Tel Aviv – Jaffa Promenade. The Jaffa Promenade 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. Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Day 5, Sunday: Israel's Coast – Ancient Ports. Ancient City of Caesarea. After breakfast we’ll say farewell to Tel Aviv and head north along Israel’s coast. We will travel to the Caesarea National Park contains an impressive Roman Amphitheatre, the Hippodrome-a 20,000 seat horse racing arena, and the Roman Aqueducts.

National Maritime Museum. Head towards Haifa and take in the breathtaking view from the famous Mount Carmel along the way. Next, you’ll relive Israeli and international maritime history at this incredible museum. Its unique collection includes thousands of artifacts which enable visitors to gain a true understanding of maritime history, including mythology, and ship architecture.

Acco Fortified Walls. Next we’ll head to one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world-Acco, dating back to the time of the Pharaoh Thutmose III (1504-1450 BC). A walk along the land wall and along the sea wall is a unique experience, which illustrates the military strength of the protected city. You’ll also have an opportunity to explore the local market!

Rosh Hanikra. Up next is Rosh Hanikra to see the beautiful grottoes made from waves hitting the soft chalk rock. Ride from the mountain top down to sea level via cable car to explore the Grotto’s formed over thousands of years - truly a wonder of creation. Overnight at Kibbutz Hotel.

Day 6, Monday: Northern Golan and Tzfat – The City of Kabbalah. Tzfat - Safed. Begin your day in Tzfat, the City of Air-one of the four holy cities in Israel. It has been a spiritual center since the 1600’s 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-lined streets, majestic mountains, and Kabbala-infused atmosphere.

Tzfat Artists Quarter. Browse Israel's best religious art as you wander through ancient narrow cobblestone streets. 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. The best way to truly capture the holiness of Tzfat is to go on a tour of the city's ancient synagogues and gravesites to experience the spiritual past and present of Tzfat. Learn about the strong impacts these synagogues and holy people still have today.

Jeeping in the Golan Heights. Take an exhilarating ride through the Golan Heights via jeep! With the sun on your face and the wind in your hair, you’ll venture up, down, and all around the luscious green hills of the North. Keep an eye out for bright and blooming fields of flowers and wild animals grazing!

Kuneitra. On your way up the Golan Heights, you’ll stop at this observation point over this historical city and Syrian territory. Get a birds-eye view as you learn about Israel’s history on a live map!

Tel Facher. Learn about one of the fiercest battles of Israel’s history, the Six Day War, as you explore this Syrian base. Discover the valor of the Israeli soldiers who bravely conquered this territory in 1967. Survey the remnants of the base and wander through the trenches in the 50 year old footsteps of the heroic Golani soldiers who captured this mountaintop.

The Banias Falls. This archaeological site was formerly known as the city of Caesarea Philippi, located at the foot of Mount Hermon. Today, it serves as a nature reserve full of luscious green and beautiful flora and ancient ruins-a sight to see!

Tel Chai Court. Here you’ll step into the exact room where the battle of Tel Chai to learn about the heroic battle of Josef Trumpeldor and his comrades in 1920. In the summer months, you can experience the interactive museum tour and view an incredible audio-visual presentation. Overnight at Kibbutz Hotel.

Day 7, Tuesday: Tiberias And the Jordan Valley. Graves of Holy Sages. Discover Tiberias’s Rabbinical history and visit the burial sites of some of the most famous Rabbis in Judaism, including the Rambam, Rabbi Akiva, and Rabbi Meir Ba’al Haness. Hear about the significant effects these Rabbi’s had on the history of the Jewish people as well their visible effects that remain today.

Beit Shean. Go back in time to the Roman and Byzantine eras at this monumental history site! Fight fierce gladiatorial battles at the excavated amphitheater, or relive biblical times as you stroll down a colonnaded street along the ruins of ancient buildings.

Beit Alfa Synagogue. Built during the Byzantine era, this excavated synagogue is most known for its magnificent mosaic filled with intricate artistic detail. This stunning piece of art was created in the 5th century and is miraculously still very much intact. Enjoy an attention-grabbing film that tells the story of how the mosaic was made.

Gan HaShlosha National Park. Chosen by Time Magazine as one of the world’s 20 most beautiful parks, here you'll get a chance to relax and rejuvenate at one of the natural pools or Jacuzzis that are idyllically situated below a flowing waterfall. It is the perfect place to visit year round, as the water temperature never goes below 82 degrees Fahrenheit!

Enter Jerusalem. End the day with a beautiful drive through the Jordan Valley towards Jerusalem. You’ll stop at Mount Scopus as you enter the city to say the blessing of “Shehechiyanu” to celebrate the joyous occasion of entering the holy capital. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 8, Wednesday: Jerusalem Old City – The Eternal Capital. King David’s Tomb. First stop is Mount Zion to view the tomb of Israel’s famous king. Jews have come here for centuries to recite psalms written by King David, whose life teaches many lessons about human nature. King David’s influence was so great that the first song that many children in Israel learn is written for him, and evokes that sense that his spirit is still with us today.

The Jewish Quarter. Steeped in both ancient and modern Jewish and cultural history, here in the Jewish Quarter you’ll venture through the Cardo, a colonnaded style street that was the heart of a major Roman city built atop the rubble of Jerusalem. Today, you can experience the Cardo much as it was in ancient times with shop-lined streets as you combine modernity and history into one!

The Four Sephardic Synagogues. Can you find all four? Located deep in the heart of the Jewish Quarter, these synagogues are hardly visible to the naked eye due to the need for secrecy during Muslin rule beginning in the late 1500’s. Restored to their magnificence in 1967, these synagogues shed light on ritual items used by the Sephardic Jewish community hundreds of years ago.

Western Wall Tunnels. Descend into these infamous tunnels that are enriched with thousands of years of history. These tunnels tell the story of the ancient Jews living during the period of the two temples. Stand on the original Roman Street from the times of Herod the Great and watch as the hidden layers of the Western Wall are revealed before your eyes.

Davidson Center Archeology Gardens. Here you can explore the rich and vibrant history of the temple mount, including a recent excavation of seventh century royal palaces. Hear the enthralling tales of some the most historically valued sites in Israel while standing only steps away from those very sites. Be sure to check out the most popular attraction-a three-dimensional virtual reconstruction of the Temple!

Tower of David Museum. At this one-of-a-kind museum, visitors travel back in time and walk through 4,000 years of Jerusalem’s beautiful history. Travel from the 1st Temple period to the 2nd Temple period in a matter of minutes and marvel at the many exhibits that feature the atmosphere of Jerusalem under its various rulers and periods of its history. Located next to the Jaffa gate, this is a must-see for any Jerusalem history buff. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 9, Thursday: Jerusalem - New City. The Kotel (The Western Wall). Here stands one of the most sacred sites in all of Jerusalem; the remnant of the ancient Jewish Temple. Jews come from all over the world to pray at the wall and feel its strong spiritual presence. While you’re here, write down your biggest wish and place it in the wall, following the tradition of thousands of years of the Jewish people who come here and pour their hearts out in prayer. You’ll also get a chance to celebrate along with Bar-Mitzvah ceremonies at the Kotel.

Meah She’arim. A walk through this ultra-Orthodox neighborhood is a rare opportunity for immersion in a fascinating religious and cultural experience that contrasts sharply surrounding modernity. You can browse the fruit and vegetable market, along with Judaica and religious bookstores, as you take in the unique community and its many, many children!

Israel Museum and Model of Jerusalem. Ranked among the world’s leading art and archaeology museums, here guests are able to truly experience Israel's rich artistic history. Explore Second Temple Judaism with the pre-destruction Temple model, or pursue the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls at the Shrine of the Book. The museum has a hands-on Youth Wing as well– so bring the whole family!

Mount Herzl. Memorialize the political figures who built the modern State of Israel and the IDF soldiers who died fighting for its creation by visiting Mount Herzl, Jerusalem’s national cemetery. Hear powerful stories about brave soldiers who died in battle, and learn about the impact of Israel’s top political figures.

The Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum. This museum presents the story of the Holocaust from a unique Jewish perspective, emphasizing the experiences of the individual victims through original artifacts, personal possessions, and survivor testimonies. The museum will help re-instill the powerful message that Holocaust museums all over the world embody: Never forget.

Ammunition Hill. Here you will learn about the lives of those who fought and died at the site of one of the fiercest battles fought during the 1967 Six Day War. Explore the heroic lives of the Israeli soldiers who gave their own lives for the victory and reunification of the holy city of Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 10, Friday: The Judean Desert – King Herod's Fortress. Qumran Dead Sea Scroll Caves. This fascinating ancient settlement is a desert cave that was once home to the Essenes, almost 2,200 years ago. Explore the museum that tells the story of the archeological birthplace of the famed Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest biblical manuscripts ever found.

Masada Mountain Fortress and Cable Car. Ride up to the top of Masada and explore what remains of King Herod's palace. You’ll be able to imagine what it was like to live there as you view the well preserved baths, cisterns, barracks, and more.

Dead Sea Float and Mud Experience. Enjoy a relaxing, therapeutic spa day in this oasis of warm, buoyant water and mineral-rich mud in the middle of the Judean Wilderness. The unique minerals and salts in the water have strong healing properties and can aid in healing skin tissue, skin allergies, and arthritis - just to name a few. Medical researchers continue to find new ways that the minerals can heal a myriad of ailments. Discover these findings for yourself as you read the paper while floating on the dense, salty water, and lather yourself with the nutrient-filled mud—an all-around luxurious day!

Towards evening...Welcome Shabbat at the Western Wall. As the sun sets preparations will be made for the unique experience of welcoming Shabbat at the Western Wall, also known as the ”Kotel” in Hebrew. Get ready for an evening you’ll never forget! Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 11, Saturday: Shabbat in Jerusalem. Shabbat morning and lunch. Enjoy a morning at leisure and lunch at your hotel. A Unique Walking Tour. In the late afternoon we'll explore around the Muslim Quarter where each stone has a remarkable story which we will uncover together. Today you will have two options: A tour of the Muslim quarter, or a tour of the historical town of Nachlaot.

Ben Yehuda Street. Looking for a night out on the town? This is the place where you'll find restaurants, shops, street vendors, street performers, and more! One of the favorite gathering places for many young Jerusalemites., here you can sip a latte at one of Ben Yehuda's many sidewalk cafes and watch the world walk by. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 12, Sunday: The Negev – Israel's Flourishing Desert. Air Force Museum. Here in Be’er Sheva, learn the history of Israel’s superior Air Force. You’ll get a chance to view actual airplanes, displays, and the history of the modern Israeli Air Force, as well as audio-visual presentations that are engaging for both children and adults!

Camel Rides and Druze Village Experience. Take an exhilarating ride on a camel in Israel’s dessert – a once in a lifetime experience! Next you’ll learn about Druze culture and cuisine as we visit these two resident villages. Experience warm hospitality and delicious sampling of traditional dishes as you learn about the unique contributions the Druze community has made to the State of Israel since its founding.

Ben Gurion Hut. Get an insider's look at how the first Prime Minister of Israel lived when you visit his preserved home. This hut is now a monument to the first leader of Israel, his life on Kibbutz Sde Boker, and his extraordinary relationship with the Negev, which he wished to cultivate and settle.

Ramon Crater. Enjoy spectacular views of the desert and witness this unique geological phenomenon. Delve into the bio dome museum, exploring the wildlife that has adapted to this desert region. Be sure not to miss out on the Bird Balcony where you can watch the birds soar below you! Overnight in Eilat.

Day 13, Monday: At leisure or optional tour to Petra (additional charge). Optional Tour to Petra. Enjoy a trip to one of the wonders of the world! Explore the astonishing rose-red city of Petra which was built by the Nabateans, an early Arab tribe. The visit begins with the option of a short horseback ride to the entrance of the Siq. You can even rent a chariot that takes you on a thrilling ride straight into Petra.

Famous for its huge monuments, you’ll be able to see the Treasury, Royal Tombs, the Court, Roman Theater, Roman Street, Qassier Rl-Bint (Palace of Pharaoh's daughter) and many other smaller monuments which fascinate visitors. Enjoy lunch at a lovely restaurant, followed by a drive back to the border. Cross back to Eilat for your evening stay. Overnight in Eilat.

Day 14, Tuesday: Eilat - Sea Life and Geological Wonders. The Underwater Observation Marine Park. Get up close and personal with Red Sea aquatic life at this interactive observation park. View spectacular corals in their own environment, and be sure to check out the gigantic shark tank. Take it one step further and get down into the water to observe exotic fish in their own habitat!

Timna Park. Venture into this geological wonderland! Enjoy a multi-media presentation, or choose from one of the several hiking routes. Whichever path you choose, make sure you visit the star of the park – King Solomon’s Pillars. These towering sandstones are so perfectly formed that they almost look man-made. To cool off in the dessert, you can also hop in a paddleboat and glide across the on-site lake! Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Day 15, Wednesday: Farewell.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

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