Day 1, Monday, July 2nd (12 Tammuz): Ascend to Holy Israel – get ready! Travel to Israel! Board your ELAL flight and get ready to ascend to Holy Israel!
Day 2, Tuesday, July 3rd (13 Tammuz): Welcome to Israel – Let's begin the journey. Welcome at Ben Gurion Airport. After clearing passport control a Shalom Israel Tours representative will be waiting to welcome you, assist with luggage, and escort you to your waiting chauffeur.
Welcome Transfer to Holy Jerusalem: Welcome to the holiest city in the world! Here you can touch the Western Wall, walk through the diverse and beautiful streets of Jerusalem, and enjoy countless hours of excitement. Enjoy the unique city’s sounds, smells, and tastes; experience the people of Jerusalem, their diversity and vast culture. There is no better place to start your adventure.
Welcome Dinner & Orientation: Enjoy a welcome dinner & orientation and get ready for the experience of a lifetime.
Chassidic Farbrengen & Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 3, Wednesday, July 4TH: Jerusalem's Old City – Holy City of Fire.
City of King David Excavations: 3,800 years ago kings and prophets set foot on the very path you are embarking on. Discover how ancient Jerusalem was born, walk through a Canaanite tunnel; explore passageways used by Babylonians, and relive the Biblical stories where they happened!
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.
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.
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 virtual images. Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 4, Thursday, July 5th: The Judean Desert – King Herrod's Fortress.
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 Experience: Come visit one of the most famous tourist sites in all of Israel. Its water is five times saltier than the ocean and contains unique healing qualities. Read the paper while floating on the dense, salty water, and lather yourself with the nutrient-filled mud!
Ein Gedi National Park: In the days of the Bible, David hid from Saul amongst these rivers and canyons. Today, Ein Gedi serves as a modern refuge from city life and from the arid desert. Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 5, Friday, July 6th: Rachel's Tomb – Holy City of Earth.
Hebron – The Holy City of Earth: Visit the Holy City of Earth, and the second holiest site in all of Israel: Hebron. 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, this holy site signifies the return of the Jewish people to their biblical and ancient homeland of Israel.
Machne Yehuda “Shuk” (Market): This bustling outdoor marketplace, with its 250 plus vendors, is considered the heart beat of downtown Jerusalem. You want it, the shuk’s got it; clothing, Judaica, fresh produce, meats, diamonds, restaurants, and random musicians playing throughout.
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. Shabbat Dinner & Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 6, Shabbat, July 7th: Shabbat in Jerusalem – Holy City of Fire.
Shabbat Morning at Leisure & Lunch at your Hotel, L’Chaim! After a breakfast enjoy spirited prayers & singing at the Mayanot Shul in Rechavia or the beautiful “Great Synagogue. After lunch at your hotel we’ll head out to explore…
Old City 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.
Ben Yehuda Street: Looking for a night out on the town? Here, at one of the favorite gathering places for young Jerusalemites, you’ll find all the restaurants, shops, street vendors, and street performances you could ask for. Sip a latte at one of Ben Yehuda’s many sidewalk cafes, grab a delicious, chocolate fro-yo, invest in some Judaica, and watch the world of Israeli youth pass you by. Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 7, Sunday, July 8th-18th Tammuz (Fast Day): Jerusalem's New City – The Modern Capital.
1967 Six Day War – Ammunition Hill: Travel to the former Jordanian military post where one of the bloodiest battles of 1967 took place. Learn about the courageous lives of soldiers who sacrificed everything in order to achieve victory on that fateful day, ending in the liberation and reunification of Jerusalem.
Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum: Taking a unique approach to understanding the Holocaust through focusing on the experience at an individual level, this museum uses survivor testimonies and an unbelievable collection of original artifacts to present the horrors of genocide in an entirely different light than you have ever witnessed before. Never again.
Plant a Tree in Israel: Since 1901 more than 240 million trees have been planted all over the State of Israel, providing luscious belts of green covering more than 250,000 acres- be part of this heritage and plant your “roots” in the land of Israel.
Relax in Jerusalem: Filled with incredible boutique shops and cafes, Jerusalem is the opportune place to relax, shop, and indulge. Explore the store lined streets of King George and Jaffa Street or head to the German Colony to the chic and fabulous Emek Refaim Street! The options are endless. Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 8, Monday, July 9th: Israel's Coast – Ancient Ports and Vineyards.
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!
Neve Michael Children’s Home Tour & Lunch: Next we’ll head north along the coast to visit the Neve Michael Children’s Village, located in Pardes Hanna. Neve Michael serves 250 children, ages 4-18 years old, from all over the country who were brought to our doorstep at a tender age and under traumatic circumstances through the Welfare Department. In many cases, these unfortunate children’s natural parents are afflicted with mental illness or drug and alcohol addictions.
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.
Tzfat – Holy City of Air: 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. Dinner & Overnight: Ruth Rimonim Hotel, Tzfat.
Day 9, Tuesday, July 10th: The Galillee and 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. In the center of the park you’ll find a fascinating archeological site with the remains of the biblical city, Laish. Near the site, there is the Dan River, a source of the Jordan River.
Manara Cliff & Cable Car: Ride on the longest cable car in Israel as you head to the top of the cliff and take in some of the most breathtaking sites including Mount Hermon and the Hula Valley. Once you reach the top, take a ride down the mountain slide!
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, you need to see it to believe it!
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.
Tzfat Old City Dinner & Klezmer Concert: Toward the late afternoon watch the sun begin to set over the mountains and enjoy dinner, music & story telling with one of Tzfat’s most talented musicians. Overnight: Ruth Rimonim Hotel, Tzfat.
Day 10, Wednesday, July 11th: Tel Aviv and farewell – Bye for now!
Kfar Chabad: Venture around this unique town, home to Israel’s Chabad-Lubavitch Chassidic movement, population 8,000. Visit their working etrog plantation and the Israeli 770 Replica! Learn the story of how this smallvillage saved thousands of Jewish children’s lives during the Chernobyl explosion in the 1980s, and continues to reach out to families of terror victims.
Arrive in 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.
Tel Aviv – Jaffa Promenade: 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.
The Palmach Museum: This experiential museum 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. Commemorate these warriors who died fighting for the state of Israel through this powerful and interactive experience.
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.
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.
Farewell Transfer…We’ll Miss You! Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your temporary departure from Israel…Bye for now!
Day 11, Thursday, July 12th: Land back in the USA – Is it really over?
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