Day 1, Tuesday: Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport. After clearing customs, our representative will be there to welcome you, escorting you to the waiting chauffeur who will then transport you to Holy Jerusalem. Ascend to the Holy Land of Jerusalem – the Capital. Welcome to one of the holiest cities in the world! Touch the ancient stones of the Western Wall, walk through the beautiful streets of Old Jerusalem, and enjoy countless hours of excitement in New Jerusalem’s marketplaces. Enjoying its unique sounds, smells, and tastes, relish this opportunity to experience the great diversity and culture of its people. Dinner and orientation. Enjoy a welcome dinner and orientation, preparing you for the experience of a lifetime! Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 2, Wednesday: Ancient City of King David. Discover how the ancient city of Jerusalem was born. Walk on the very path that kings and prophets traveled across 3,800 years ago. Walk through a Canaanite tunnel, explore passageways used by the Babylonians, and relive Biblical stories in the same place where they actually happened, with scribal seals bearing Biblical names as evidence of it all. Western Wall Tunnels. Descend underground into these famous tunnels that span an impressive length of 485 meters. Stand on the original Roman Street from the times of Herod the Great. At Warren’s Gate, stand in the closest spot in the city to the ancient Temple’s wondrous Holy of Holies.
King David’s Tomb. The great King David; a figure most notably famous for composing the Book of Psalms and establishing a unified capital in Jerusalem for the tribes of Israel. As you visit the 1,000 year old building that houses his grave, take part in a common Jewish custom for the site by reciting one of his powerful psalms in the anteroom situated right next to the holy tomb. Tower of David Museum. Located within a magnificently restored citadel inside the Old City, this museum contains the most thorough collection of historical artifacts in Israel. Dating from the Canaanite period 4,000 years ago through the First and Second Temple and up until modern times, the exhibits explore the unique atmospheres of Jerusalem under various rulers and periods. Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 3, Thursday: Masada Mountain Fortress and Cable Car. Ride via cable car to the top of Masada, exploring what remains of King Herod's palace. It is here that Eleazer Ben Yair and his 959 followers kept the Roman Legion at bay for 3 years. Learn about this courageous tale and its shocking conclusion at the top of this majestic mountain, surrounded by well-preserved artifacts dating back to almost 2000 years ago.
Dead Sea Float and Mud Experience. Enjoy a relaxing, therapeutic day in the middle of the Judean Wilderness! The lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea’s water is five times saltier than the ocean and contains unique healing qualities. Read the Israeli newspaper while floating on the warm water, taking the luxury of lathering yourself later with the nutrient-filled mud—an all-around luxurious day! Ein Gedi National Park. In the days of the Bible, David hid from Saul amongst these rivers, canyons, and rich vegetation. Today, it serves as a modern refuge from city life. Enjoy this beautiful oasis- hike trails, splash in waterfalls, and keep your eyes peeled for exotic wildlife including wild goats! Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 4, Friday: Hebron – The Holy City of Earth. Visit the second holiest site in all of Israel, also known as The Holy City of Earth. Enter into the Cave of the Patriarchs, Ma'arat Hamachpela, wherein lies the tombs of our ancient biblical ancestors including Adam, Eve, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob and Leah. Rachel’s Tomb. The burial place for the biblical matriarch Rachel, known as the eternal mother who cares for her children in times of distress. Kever Rahel is considered to be the third holiest site for Jews in Israel, symbolizing the return of the Jewish people to their ancient homeland.
Machne Yehuda “Shuk” (Market). Considered the heartbeat of downtown Jerusalem, this bustling outdoor marketplace has more than 250 vendors. You want it, the shuk’s got it; clothing, Judaica, fresh produce, meats, diamonds, restaurants, and random musicians playing throughout. It’s a free world out there; try your hand at haggling and see what types of bargains you come home with! Shabbat at the Western Wall and Shabbat Dinner. Get ready for an evening you’ll never forget as you head down to the wall of the Kotel, getting swept up into a night of lively dancing and festivities in the heart of Holy Jerusalem followed by Shabbat dinner at a private venue in Jerusalem’s Old City Jewish Quarter. Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 5, Shabbat: Shabbat Morning and Lunch. Shabbat, the perfect time to unwind. Enjoy a morning of leisure and lunch at your hotel. The Jewish Quarter Shabbat Tour. The Jewish Quarter, haRova Yehudi, remains one of the single-most visited spots in all of Israel. Nestled within one square kilometer of land lays millennia of ancient history, it dates back to the 8th century BCE. Twisting and turning through this historical maze, visit synagogues and museums along the way to learn the story of the Jewish people in this area. Muslim Quarter Shabbat Walking Tour. To the surprise of most, an entirely different world existed and continues to exist hidden within the secret alleyways of the Old City Muslim Quarter. Filled with oft-forgotten historical and Jewish religious sites, learn the stories of the Jewish families that lived in the Muslim Quarter nearly one-century ago, and the pioneers who re-inhabit their homes today.
Mamilla Pedestrian Pavilion. This stunning new Pavilion features renovated 19th century buildings, street performances, and a thorough selection of designer shops filled with world-leading brands. Interspersed throughout are elegant cafes, chic restaurants, and rooftop lounges for your dining pleasure. 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: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 6, Sunday: Ancient City of Caesarea. The Caesarea National Park contains the remains of a prestigious city established by King Herod the Great. Prepare to be amazed when you visit the mighty Roman Amphitheatre, the Hippodrome, a 20,000 seat horse racing arena, as well as the impressive Roman Aqueducts! Zichron Yaakov and The Carmel Winery. This is serious wine country. Learn about the history of Israeli wine from the 1880’s right up to the recent quality revolution. With 3,000 acres of vineyards producing over 15 million bottles of wine a year, this winery has a lot to say about the ancient and new history of wine.
Atlit - Museum of Illegal Immigration. An unbelievable predicament; this museum captures the seldom discussed lives of Jews who, after fleeing from Nazi persecution in Europe, found themselves incarcerated by the British and proclaimed as illegal immigrants. See a model of the camps and barracks they were detained in and pay tribute to the unfortunate ones who died on their way to Israel. Graves of Holy Sages - Tiberias. Discover Tiberius’s ancient 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. Dinner and Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi Hotel, Southern Galilee.
Day 7, Monday: Tel Dan National Park. Pushed from their lands by the Philistines, the Tribe of Dan conquered and settled in the area of Tel Dan you will visit today. After breakfast, spend the morning here, traveling along its trails and visiting the archeological site filled with the remains of this great biblical city. Golan Heights Jeeping. Take an exhilarating ride through the Golan Heights! With the sun on your face and the wind in your hair, adventure around the luscious green hills of the North to rarely accessed parts of Israel. Keep an eye out for bright, gorgeous flower fields and wild animals grazing!
Mount Meron. This site 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 fundamental book of Kabbalah. Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. Prepare for a look into the life of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai with a visit to his grave, an important destination for Jews everywhere. Visit the white-domed tomb and follow the mountain side path to the cave tomb of Hillel the Elder. Tzfat - Safed. This ancient Galilean city, also known as the City of Air, is one of the four holy cities in Israel. The highest city in Israel, it became the center for Kabbala (Jewish mysticism) in the 1600s. Here, soul-seekers, nature enthusiasts, and historians alike clammer to be a part of its cobblestone, art-lined streets, majestic mountains, and Kabbala-infused atmosphere.
Otzar HaStam – Scribe Center and Presentation. Visit this interactive center – the only one of its kind in the world – to experience the fascinating world of "STaM" – the ancient art and tradition of the Jewish Scribes. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about the process of writing Sifrei Torah (Torah scrolls), Tefillin and Mezuzot through their exciting, high-tech multimedia presentations. Tzfat Artists Quarter. As you wander through ancient, narrow, cobblestone streets, you'll see men and women deeply engaged in the creative, often religious, process of artistry. Don’t be shy; these friendly artists always make time to speak with tourists who pop into their workshops.
Kabbalah Glassblower Presentation. Blow your mind and meet the famous Kabbalistic glassblower of Tzfat. From Denver high school valedictorian to Princeton graduate to Tzfat artesian, Sheva Chaya is not your typical Jewish woman. Watch her do a fascinating live glass blowing presentation complete with Kabbalistic explanations. Sit back and listen to her inspiring and unconventional life story. Unique Tzfat Synagogues. The holy land of Tzfat is replete with ancient synagogues and holy gravesite imbued with deep spiritual significance. including those of the great spiritual leaders the AriZal and Yosef Caro. Learn about the way these synagogues and holy people continue to impact us today.
The Holy Ari’s Mikveh. Explore the Ari’s tomb and mikvah, where the spiritual Kabbalistic leader, Rabbi Isaac Luria, was laid to rest. Tradition says that right before burial, the Ari miraculously rose to immerse himself in the ritual bath. Take part in a common ritual for the site; within the nearby tomb 100 yards away, visitors often place prayer notes in bags attached to the tree. Ancient Tzfat Cemetery. Surround yourself with ancient sages and mystics, including Rabbi Isaac Luria, Rabbi Yosef Caro, and Rabbi Shlomo Alkabetz at one of the world’s most famous Jewish cemeteries. As you walk at the base of the mountain, thousands of tombstones will stretch before you. In addition, Hosea the Prophet and Chana and her seven sons are believed to be buried here! BBQ Dinner Buffet and Private Klezmer Concert. As the sun begins to set over the mountains, relish the opportunity to finally sit back and relax. Enjoy a gourmet dinner while being regaled by music from famous Tzfat musicians. Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi Hotel, Southern Galilee.
Day 8, Tuesday: Victims of Terror Project and Chessed Activity. The Project allows you to get involved hands-on and pack your own gift or food packages for victims of terror. You can take part in this major act of kindness on your trip in Israel by lending a hand to bring a smile to the face of a wounded child, adult, or soldier in Israel. “Better Place” Electric Car Company. Israel is going green. Focused on moving the world from oil-based vehicles to zero-emission, electrically powered cars, Israel is currently in the process of building the world’s first electrical car grid. In northern Tel Aviv at Better Place, visit the world’s leading electric vehicle company. While you’re here, be sure to hop right in and test-drive an electric car!
Nachlat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Fair. Every Tuesday and Friday in a fantastic open air market, this ordinary pedestrian street comes alive with the works of over 200 artists. The variety of jewelry, crafts, and clothing offered makes this the ideal place to find that perfect Israeli souvenir. You can even opt for a shiatsu massage at an alternative therapy tent. Or grab some coffee and people watch away! Tel Aviv – Jaffa Promenade. Walk along the gorgeous Mediterranean Sea on the popular promenade that extends for 14 km from Jaffa to Tel Aviv. Offering amazing views of Tel Aviv at unusual vantage points, the promenade is also full of unique vendors, avid joggers, street performers, and your choice of restaurants and shops. This is the perfect place to relax and recharge as the sun goes down.
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! Old Jaffa Port. Once the entrance place for all Jewish immigration, this port is also believed to be the place where Jonah set off from in the famous Biblical story of Jonah and the Whale. One of the most attractive places on Israel’s coast, Old Jaffa Port now serves as a hub for artist studios, galleries, and individual shops where you can find just about anything your heart desires. Farewell Dinner. Before transferring to Ben Gurion Airport for your departure from Israel (come back soon!), enjoy a festive group dinner to reminisce over your amazing experience. We will miss you!
Sites you'll experience:
- City of King David National Park
- Western Wall Tunnels Tour
- Tower of David Museum
- Masada Mountain Fortress and Cable Car
- Dead Sea Float and Mud Experience
- Ein Gedi National Park
- Hebron – The Holy City of Earth
- Rachel’s Tomb Visit
- Machne Yehuda “Shuk” (Market)
- Jewish and Muslim Quarters Shabbat Tour
- Ancient City of Caesarea National Park
- Zichron Yaakov and The Carmel Winery
- Atlit Museum of Illegal Immigration
- Graves of Holy Sages - Tiberias
- Tel Dan National Park
- Golan Heights Jeeping
- Tzfat Otzar HaStam Scribe Center and Presentation
- Tzfat Artists Quarter and Kabbalah Glassblower Presentation
- Unique Tzfat Synagogues and Old City
- The Holy Ari’s Mikveh and Ancient Tzfat Cemetery
- Kfar Chabad Visit and Chessed Activity
- “Better Place” Electric Car Company
- Nachlat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Fair
- Old Jaffa Port and Market.
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