Day 1, Friday: Arrive in the Holy Land. Welcome at Ben Gurion Airport. After clearing passport control, our representative will be waiting to welcome you, assist with luggage, and escort you to your waiting chauffeur.
Welcome to Tel Aviv. Stretched along the beautiful beach strip of the Mediterranean; Tel Aviv is Israel’s largest city and biggest commercial center. It is a busy metropolis, which inspires its visitors with a unique energetic atmosphere of excitement and fun.
Nachlat Binyamin Arts & 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. Overnight: Tel Aviv Hotel Options.
Day 2, Saturday: Tel Aviv – A day at leisure. Dizengoff St., Shenken St. & Rothschilde Ave: 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 these streets.
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: Tel Aviv Hotel Options.
Day 3, Sunday: Israel's Ancient Coast – Ports of Conquerors. Ancient City of Caesarea Ruins: After breakfast we’ll say farewell to Tel Aviv and head north along Israel’s coast. We will travel to the Caesarea National Park which 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, ship architecture, naval battles, ancient to modern seafaring, and ethnology of seafaring societies.
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 BCE). 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 Grotto’s & Cable Car: Next stop 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 which have formed over thousands of years – truly a wonder of creation. Dinner & Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi Hotel, Northern Israel.
Day 4, Monday: Northern Golan and Tzfat – The City of Kaballah. Tzfat – Safed - The Holy City of Air: 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.
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!
Tel Facher Syrian Base: 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 Famous 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. Dinner & Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi Hotel, Northern Israel.
Day 5, Tuesday: Tiberias and the Jordan Valley – Blue waters and green pastures. Tiberias – the City of Water: Learn about Tiberias Old & New, the ancient city founded in the 1st century sits on Israel’s main source of fresh water, the Sea of Galilee. We will also discuss the famous sages Rambam & Rabbi Akiva, who are interred in Tiberias.
Beit Shean National Park: 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 Ancient 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 5thcentury 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!
Ascend to Holy Jerusalem – the Capital: 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: Jerusalem Hotel Options.
Day 6, Wednesday: Jerusalem Old City – An endless exploration. 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 conquered the Jubesite fortress to established Jerusalem at the eternal capital of Israel. His sone King Solomon would go on to build the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.
Old City 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!
Four Sephardic Synagogues: 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: Visitors to the Park follow events spanning some 5000 years, beginning with the Canaanite (Bronze) Age and continuing through the days of the Israelite monarchy in the First Temple period. The splendors of the Second Temple and the impressive architecture of King Herod, dating to the second half of the first century BCE are a key element in the park
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 2ndTemple 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.
Night Spectacular at the Tower of David: In the stunning courtyard of the Citadel, become a part of this epic nighttime extravaganza of sight and sound projected onto its ancient walls. Through the combination of twenty projectors, scores of original music composed for the event, and the romantic environment of archeological remains, the story of Jerusalem unfolds through giant, breathtaking virtual reality images. Overnight: Jerusalem Hotel Options.
Day 7, Thursday: Jerusalem New City – Ancient city with a modern twist. 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.
Israel Museum & Dead Sea Scrolls: 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 and visit the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit at the Shrine of the Book.
Mount Herzl Memorial & National Cemetery: 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.
Yad Vashem Holocaust 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.
1967 Trenches & War Memorial – 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.
Nachlaot Neighborhood Night Tour - Additional Walking Tour Options: Discover hidden nooks and crannies in the historic alleyways of the quaint neighborhood of Nachlaot. Hear personal accounts of individuals who left the comforts of the Old City Walls in the 1860s, determined to set up a new, multi-cultured community. Experience and meet the contemporary crowd; a younger generation of artists with a unique energy all their own.
Thursday Night at the Machne Yehuda “Shuk” (Market): This bustling outdoor marketplace, with its 250 plus vendors, is considered the heartbeart of downtown Jerusalem. 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! Overnight: Jerusalem Hotel Options.
Day 8, Friday: The Judean Desert – Masada and Dead Sea Rejuvenation. Masada Mountain Fortress & Cable Car: Ride via cable car to the top of Masada and explore what remains of King Herod’s palace, imagining what it was like to live there as you view the well preserved baths, cisterns, barracks. It was here that Eleazer Ben Yair and his followers kept the Roman Legion at bay for three years.
Dead Sea Float, Mud, & Lunch - Private Spa Entrance Optional: Enjoy a relaxing, therapeutic day in this oasis of warm, buoyant water and mineral-rich mud in the middle of the Judean Wilderness! Read the paper while floating on the dense, salty water, and lather yourself with the nutrient-filled mud—an all-around luxurious day!
Friday Night Tour to the Western Wall - Optional Night Tour (Summer only): On the eve of Shabbat Jerusalem transforms in to a different place. Stores shut down, the streets and alleyways are silent and all are in anticipation for the weekly Shabbat. In this atmosphere come explore the Jewish Quarters alleyways and hear stories of generations who never forgot and yearned to return to Zion.
The Kotel (The Western Wall): Here stands the most sacred site in all of Judaism; 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. Get ready for an evening you’ll never forget as you head down to the wall of the Kotel, Get swept up in lively dancing and festivities in the heart of Holy Jerusalem. Overnight: Jerusalem Hotel Options.
Day 9, Saturday: Shabbat in Jeruslaem – Day at leisure. Shabbat Morning. Enjoy a morning at leisure and reflecting on the busy week of touring! Old City Jewish Quarter – Additional Walking Tour Options: The Jewish Quarter, haRova haYehudi, 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.
Yemin Moshe Neighborhood Sunset Tour: Standing in front of the King David Hotel itself, you’ll meet the different personalities from the founding of the State of Israel and their fight to win independence from the British. Overnight: Jerusalem Hotel Options.
Day 10, Sunday: Farewell for now.
- Enjoy your stay at some of Israel’s finest hotels
- 2 nights hotel in Tel Aviv, The Modern City
- 2 nights in a lovely Kibbutz Hotel in Northern Israel
- 5 nights hotel in the holy city of Jerusalem.
Tour Sites Included: Explore Israel’s myriad of historical and modern sites, Ancient City of Caesarea Ruins, National Maritime Museum, Acco Fortified Walls & City, Rosh Hanikra Grottoes & Cable Car, Tzfat – Safed the Holy City of Air, Jeeping in the Golan Heights, Tel Facher, Abandoned Syrian Base, The Banias Falls Hermon National Park, The Tel Chai Court, Tiberias & Graves of Jewish Sages, Beit Shean National Park, Beit Alfa Ancient Synagogue, Gan HaShlosha National Park, King David’s Tomb Visit, Jerusale Old City Jewish Quarter, The Four Sephardic Synagogues, Western Wall Tunnels Tour, Davidson Center Jerusalem Archeology Gardens, Tower of David Museum, The Kotel (The Western Wall), The Israel Museum & Dead Sea Scrolls, Mount Herzl Museum & National Cemetery, The Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, Ammunition Hill 1967 Tranches & Memorial, Qumran Dead Sea Scroll Caves, Masada Mountain Fortress & Cable Car, Dead Sea Float & Mud Experience.
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- Sunset Tours in Jerusalem’s Market & Nachlaot Neighborhood
- Shabbat Day Tour in the “Old City” or Yemin Moshe Neighborhood
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