Day 1, Friday; Arrive in Holy Israel (Arrival Welcome & Transfer to Your Hotel)! Welcome at Ben Gurion Airport. After clearing passport control a our representative will be waiting to welcome you, assist with luggage, and escort you to your waiting chauffeur.
Arrive 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 (Free Day): Tel Aviv – Free day at leisure in the modern city. Dizengoff St., Shenken St. & Rothchilde 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.
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!
Old Jaffa Port: One of the most attractive places on Israel's coast, this spot is full of biblical and historical references.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. Overnight: Tel Aviv Hotel Options.
Day 3, Sunday (Guide & Vehicle): Israel's Coast – Ancient 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 - Haifa: Head towards Haifa and take in the breathtaking view from the famous Mount Carmel along the way. 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 – Crusader City: 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). The land wall and the sea wall illustrate the military strength of this ancient protected city.
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 (Guide & Vehicle): The Northern Galilee and Tzfat – City of Kaballah. Tzfat – The Holy City of Kaballah & Art: 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 Abandoned 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 – Hermon National Park: 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!
The Battle of 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.
Kibbutz Tour & Talk: During your stay at Kibbutz Lavi, you'll get the chance to meet one of the Kibbutz's very own residents and take a mini tour of the Kibbutz. This unique experience will give you a glimpse into the life of a "kibbutznik!". Dinner & Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi Hotel, Northern Israel.
Day 5, Tuesday (Guide & Vehicle): Tiberias and the Jordan Valley. Tiberias - Holy 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.
Ancient 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.
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.
Ascend to Holy 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: Jerusalem Hotel Options.
Day 6, Wednesday (Guide & Vehicle): Jerusalem's Old City - The Eternal Capital. King David’s Tomb: Your first stop is Mount Zion to view the tomb of Israel’s famous king- David. Jews have come here for centuries to recite psalms written by King David, whose life teaches many lessons about human nature.
Old City 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.
Jerusalem Archaeological Park: A new tunnel just unearthed connects the City of David to the Jerusalem Archaeological Park! This Jerusalem Archaeological Park contains everything you ever wanted to know about the rich history of Jerusalem architecture, with artifacts galore. Next to the Southern Wall, find a recent excavation of seventh century royal palaces.
Western Wall Tunnels Tour: Descend underground into these famous tunnels which span an impressive length of 485 meters. 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. At Warren’s Gate, stand in what is believed to be the closest spot to the ancient Temple’s Holy of Holies.
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.
Night Spectacular at the Tower of David – Included Private Evening Activity. 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 (Guide & Vehicle): Jerusalem New City – The Modern Capital. 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 & 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.
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.
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 1967 War Trenches & Memorial: 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 Neighbor Night Tour & The Market– 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.
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 (Guide & Vehicle): The Judean Desert – King Herod's Fortress. Masada Mountain Fortress & 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, Mud, & Lunch-Private Spa Entrance Optional: Enjoy a relaxing, therapeutic spa 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 (Free Day): Shabbat in Jerusalem – A Special Day. Shabbat morning. Enjoy a morning at leisure and relax! Old City Jewish & Muslim Quarters – 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.
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 (Guide & Vehicle): The Negev – Israel's Flourishing Desert. IDF 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 Bedouin Village Experience: Next we’ll stop for camel rides & a traditional lunch at a Bedouin settlement in the Negev!
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 Desert.
The 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. Overnight: Eilat Hotel Options.
Day 11, Monday (Free Day): Day at leisure or optional tour to Petra. The Lost City of Petra – Optional Day Tour: 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. Overnight: Eilat Hotel Options.
Day 12: Tuesday (Guide & Vehicle): 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.
Timna Park: Venture into this geological wonderland! Visit Timna and see the copper mines and King Solomon’s pillars and marvel at the huge multi-colored rock formations. Overnight: Tel Aviv Hotel Options.
Day 13, Wednesday (Farewell Transfer) Farewell Transfer…We’ll Miss you! Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your temporary departure from Israel…Bye for now!
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