Welcome to Israel! VIP Welcome at Ben Gurion Airport. After landing, our representative will be waiting to welcome you as you exit the plane. Your party will be transported in a private vehicle to the flight staff passport control, continue to luggage identification, and transfer to your chauffeur.
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. Dinner & Orientation. Enjoy a welcome Dinner & Orientation and get ready for the experience of a lifetime. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv & Old Jaffa. Independence Hall. This multi-disciplinary museum 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. The Palmach Museum. After breakfast we’ll visit this experiential museum which covers the Palmach legacy through fascinating personal stories of individuals. Join the group of young Palmach recruits as they tell their story from their recruitment date right up until the War of Independence.
Rabin Square. Created by the sculptor Yael Ben-Artzi, the memorial is made of 16 basalt stones from the Golan Heights that are sunken into the earth to symbolize Rabin’s roots and his deep connection to the land.
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. Shabbat Dinner & Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv
Shabbat. Free day in Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv – Jaffa Promenade. After breakfast visit the famous promenade that extends from Jaffa all the way to the Old Port in Tel Aviv. The promenade provides 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.
Neve Tsedek Neighborhood. Walk through one of Tel Aviv’s earliest settled areas, today a charming district full of art galleries, cafes, and cultural centers.
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: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv
Israel's Ancient Coast – Ports of Conquerers. Ancient City of Caesarea
After breakfast travel to the Caesarea National Park which contains an impressive Roman Amphitheatre, the Hippodrome - a 20,000 arena, and the Roman Aqueducts!
Meggido. Get ready to learn about one of the most fascinating cities in the Middle East, where Egyptian, Assyrian and Israeli leaders have all fought for control. Dating back near 5,000 years you learn about this important site while enjoy the breathtaking views of the Lower Galilee.
The Bahai Gardens in Haifa. Welcome to “The Eighth Wonder of the World.” The magnificence of these gardens will offer you feelings of tranquility and enchantment and is considered the most striking landmark in the city of Haifa.
Cave of Elijah the Prophet. Visit one of the most famous, important, and scared caves there are. Holding significance for many different religious, discover the number of important historic and mystical events that took place inside Elijah’s Cave.
Cruise on the Sea of Galilee. Arrive in Tiberias to enjoy a relaxing boat ride along these crystal blue waters. Dinner & Overnight: Leonardo Club Hotel, Tiberias.
The Galilee & Tzfat – City of Kaballah. Tel Dan National Park. After breakfast we’ll spend the morning at a historical park built and conquered by the Tribe of Dan when they were pushed from their lands by the Philistines. In the center of the park you’ll find a fascinating archeological site with the remains of the biblical city, Laish. A visit to nature and history in one!
Golan Heights Jeeping! Take an exhilarating ride through the Golan Heights via jeep or dune buggy! 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!
Tzfat – Safed. Tzfat, the City of Air, is 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.
Otzar HaStam – Scribe Center & Presentation. A visit to this interactive center – the only one of its kind in the world – you will experience the fascinating world of “STaM” – the ancient art and tradition of the Jewish Scribes, writing Sifrei Torah (Torah scrolls), Tefillin and Mezuzot. Acclaimed for its use of high tech multimedia technology, this is one place you need to see to believe!
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 & Cemetary. 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.
Dinner & Klezmer Concert. Toward the late afternoon watch the sun begin to set over the mountains and enjoy dinner and music played by famous Tzfat musicians. Overnight: Leonardo Club Hotel, Tiberias
The Gplan Heights – Battlefields & vineyards. Mount Bental IDF Bunker. During the Yom Kippur war of 1973, this was the site of one of the largest tank battles in Israel’s history. Here you will touch a piece of history as you view an actual bunker that remains from the war.
Kibbutz El Romm & the Valley of Tears. This monumental valley is known for the heroism of the Israeli 7th Armored Brigade and their nonstop strength in defending Israel from the oncoming Syrian attack in the Yom Kippur War of 1973. Though outnumbered and almost defeated, Israel triumphed over the Syrians. Today, this area is a symbol of courage for all Israelis.
De Karina – Handmade Mountain Chocolate. Here in Ein Zivun, you will take a tour through a world of mountainous chocolate. Learn about this scrumptious type of chocolate that originated in South America, and the knowledge and experience that has been passed down for generations. You’ll get a first-hand look at the manufacturing process, not to mention samples for tasting!
Golan Heights Winery. Travel down to the oak barrel cellar and view the bottling line at this famous winery that exports to over 25 different countries! Not only will you be able to take part in a fabulous wine tasting event, but you will learn how these wonderful brands of wine are produced along with a bit of history about the winery itself. Dinner & Overnight: Leonardo Club Hotel, Tiberias
Tiberias & The Jordan Valley. Beit Shean National Park. Visit the magnificent ruins of Beit Shean where the bodies of Saul and his sons were nailed to the city-walls. This incredible site transcends Roman and Byzantine eras- 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.
Ascend to Holy Jerusalem. Descent through the Jordan Valley and then ascend the mountains to the arrive in holy Jerusalem and ascend the Haas Promenade. In a single view you will perceive the both Old City and the expanse of modern Jerusalem. This unique site helps us understand why the Talmud says that out of the ten beauties in the world, nine of them are located in the city of Jerusalem. Dinner & Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Jerusalem's Old City – The Eternal Capital. Mount of Olives. After breakfast we’ll explore the ancient capital. Located on the eastern slopes of the Jerusalem mountains and set in relative isolation separated from the Temple Mount and the City of David by the Kidron Valley, the Mount of Olives is named after the olive trees that covered its grounds in Biblical times.
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.
Katros House – The Burnt House. Belonging to the Katros family during the time of the Second Temple, what was once their home is now a must-see museum! Inside you will find remnants of history dating back to the time of the Romans to the destruction of the Holy Temple including furniture and coinage. Explore the museum and get a taste of what life was like for families living under Roman rule.
The Temple Mount Sifting Operation – Just Dig It! Have you ever held ancient artifacts from the Temple Mount in your own hands? Did you ever find an archaeological treasure more precious than gold? Join us in uncovering the glorious past of the Temple Mount. Sift through rubble that originated in ancient buildings from the Temple Period and learn about the findings from archaeologists and expert guides at the site. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem.
Jerusalem's New City – Building a Nation. Hebron – The Holy City of Earth
Visit the Holy City of Earth, and the second holiest site in all of Israel, the Holy City of Earth. Here you will encounter the Cave of the Patriarchs, Ma’arat Hamachpela (the double cave), the tombs of our forefathers and mothers (Adam & Eve, Abraham & Sarah, Isaac & Rebecca, and Jacob and Leah).
Rachel’s Tomb. Next we will visit the third holiest site in Jewish religion and the burial place of one of the four biblical matriarchs. Jews from all over come to this holy site which signifies the return of the Jewish people to their biblical, ancient homeland of Israel.
Machne Yehuda “Shuk” (Market). For a true Jerusalem experience, visit the popular outdoor marketplace with vendors selling almost anything you could imagine! Clothing, gifts, and the local’s favorites – fresh produce, meats, fish, mouth watering spices, and more. Meander through the colorful walkways, try your hand at bargaining, and enjoy some world-class falafel!
Relax in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is filled with incredible boutique shops and cafes. Take some time to explore the store lined streets of King George Street and Jaffa Street. You can also head to the German Colony to the famous Emek Refaim Street! The options are endless.
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 as you head down to the wall of the Kotel and get swept up into a night of lively dancing with soldiers in the heart of Holy Jerusalem.
“Sabbath of a Lifetime” Experience. Your guide will meet you at your hotel lobby for an “Introduction to Shabbat,” and importance of the Western Wall. We’ll then walk into the Old City to a hidden section of the Western Wall known as the “Kotel haKatan,” (the small wall).
Traditional Sabbath Dinner. We’ll observe and learn about the diverse types of worshipers who gather at the Western Wall. Next we’ll participate first-hand in a traditional Shabbat dinner with a family in the quaint and historical neighborhood of Nachlaot while feasting on a variety of home-made cuisine from nine Jewish communities around the world. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem.
Shabbat in Jerusalem. Shabbat Morning. Enjoy breakfast and the morning at leisure at your hotel. Carlbach Shul Prayers. Attend services at the Mayanot Shul in Rechavia, home to Carlebach style prayers. Shabbat Lunch. Enjoy a festive Shabbat Lunch at your hotel!
Muslim Quarter Shabbat Tour. Discover an entire hidden world 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.
Jewish Quarter Shabbat Tour. Steeped in both ancient and modern Jewish and cultural history, the Jewish Quarter remains one of the single-most visited spots in Israel. Twist and turn through this historical maze as you learn the story of the Jewish people throughout the ages.
Ben Yehuda Street – After Shabbat… Looking for a night out on the town? After Shabbat this is the place where you’ll find restaurants, shops, street vendors, street performers, and more! Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem.
Jerusalem's New City – Building a Nation. Ammunition Hill. After breakfast we’ll begin our day by learning 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.
The Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum. Emphasizing the experiences of the individual victims through original artifacts, personal possessions, and survivor testimonies, This museum will help re-instill the powerful message that Holocaust museums all over the world embody: Never forget.
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. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem.
The Judean Desert – King Herrods Fortress. Qumran Dead Sea Scroll Caves
After breakfast we will depart south into the Judean Desert to arrive at Qumran. This fascinating ancient settlement—a desert cave that the Essenes called home almost 2,200 years ago, is the archeological birthplace of the famed Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest biblical manuscripts ever found.
Ahava Dead Sea Cosmetics Factory. Stop by the world famous Ahava Cosmetics Factory which produces healing treatments and products from the dead sea minerals and mud right at the source! Masada Mountain Fortress & Cable Car. Arrive at the ancient mountain fortress and ride via cable car to the top of Masada and explore what remains of King Herod’s palace. It is here that Eleazer Ben Yair and his 959 followers kept the mighty Roman Legion at bay for three years.
Dead Sea Float & Mud Experience. Its “water” is five times saltier than the ocean and contains unique healing qualities. Enjoy a relaxing, therapeutic day in this oasis of warm, buoyant water and mineral-rich mud in the middle of the Judean Wilderness! Dinner & Overnight: Rimonim Neptune Hotel, Eilat.
Free day in eilat – time to relax. Petra (Jordan) Optional Day Trip
After breakfast we’ll cross into Jordan and travel inland to arrive at the astonishing rose-red city of Petra, the legacy of the Nabateans who settled in the South of Jordan more than two thousand years ago. This is truly one of the world’s great wonders.
Eilat Bay. Gear up for some swimming, snorkeling, or scuba diving and get a magnificent glimpse into southern Israel’s sea life. Grab a bathing suit, flippers, snorkel, and a mask and head into the clear blue waters of the Red Sea.
Dolphin Beach (Dolphin Reef). Want to swim with the dolphins? Your chance has arrived on the shores of the Red Sea. Here, the dolphins will play and swim right by your side! If you want to get close but don’t want to get in the water, there are floating piers where dolphins swim by for a visit. Petting is welcome!
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!
Scuba Diving Trips. Embark on an underwater adventure through the easy scuba-like activity of scuba! This is a great option for beginners who want to get close to the amazing fish life and stunning corals, but prefer not to scuba dive. Scuba combines the ease of snorkeling with the abilities of scuba divers to remain underwater with the heavy air tank remaining on a small, inflatable boat above the divers.
Timna Park – Optional Day Tour. 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! Dinner & Overnight: Rimonim Neptune Hotel, Eilat.
Farewell for now…
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