Day 1: Welcome to Israel.
VIP Arrival. After landing, a representative will be waiting to welcome you as you exit the plane. Your party will be transported quickly through the airport, to the flight staff passport control, and continue to facilitate luggage identification and handling and escort you to your waiting chauffeur.
Ascend to Jerusalem: As you ascend the mountains into Jerusalem, in a single view you will perceive the both Old City and the expanse of modern Jerusalem. There is no better place to start your adventure. Dinner and orientation: Enjoy a welcome dinner and orientation and get ready for the experience of a lifetime! Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 2: Jerusalem's Old City - The Eternal City.
City of King David: After breakfast we will embark on a fascinating tour of the City of King David Archaeological Park. There you will see over 3.800 years of history, dating back to the time of Abraham, to when the earliest foundations of Jerusalem were first laid. The Archaeology Gardens and the Davidson Center: Next we will visit The Archaeological Gardens and the Davidson Center. Here you can explore the rich and vibrant history of the temple mount, including a recent excavation of seventh century royal palaces, located by the Southern Wall.
Western Wall Tunnels: Take your time walking through the Western Wall Tunnels. Enriched with thousands of years of history, these tunnels tell the story of the ancient Jews living during the period of the two temples. Look closely at the walls underground and imagine how these were constructed when building the temples and marvel at the construction techniques that were used to create two vibrant masterpieces during ancient Jerusalem.
The Jewish Quarter: Steeped in ancient and modern Jewish and cultural history, the Jewish Quarter remains one of the single-most visited spots in Israel. The quarter is inhabited by around 2,000 residents who repopulated the Jewish quarter after the 1967 war which re-unified Jerusalem. Night Spectacular at the Tower of David. In the evening the walls of the tower serve as a stage for a nighttime show which is a celebration of sight and sound. Amidst the archaeological remains in the Citadel’s courtyard the story of Jerusalem unfolds through giant breathtaking, virtual reality images. Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 3: Jerusalem's New City.
Ammunition Hill: Memorialize the lives of those who fought and died at Ammunition Hill, the site of one of the fiercest battles of the 1967 Six Day War. Relive the events that took place and explore lives of the Israeli soldiers who gave their lives for the reunification of Jerusalem.
Yad Vashem: Take your time walking through Yad Vashem, where you'll encounter the world's best Holocaust memorial exhibits. The museum will help re-instill in visitors the powerful message that Holocaust museums all over the world embody: Never forget.
Mount Herzl Museum: Memorialize the political figures who built the modern State of Israel and the IDF soldiers who died fighting for its creation by taking an afternoon stroll around Mount Herzl, Jerusalem's national cemetery, and the new interactive Mount Herzl Museum. Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 4: Masada and the Dead Sea - options for Bar and Bat Mitzvah Ceremonies on Masada.
Masada: After breakfast we will head south through the Judean Desert to explore Masada's ancient fortification remains, King Herod's palace, the baths, cisterns, and barracks, and the modern Masada museum.
Dead Sea: Enjoy a relaxing, therapeutic day at the Dead Sea, an oasis of warm, buoyant water and mineral-rich mud in the middle of the Judean Wilderness!
Eretz Bereishit – Genesis Land: Eretz Bereishit (Genesis Land) is situated in the heart of the Judean desert. Ride in a camel caravan to the desert to tent where you’ll be greeted by Eliezer, Abraham's manservant, and by a train of camels which lead you down to Abraham's tent, to enjoy dinner and experience legendary hospitality. Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 5: Scavenger Hunt in Jerusalem.
Jerusalem Scavenger Hunt: On the backdrop of ancient relics, picturesque alleys, and timeless charm you will Discover Jerusalem the Scavenger Hunt way! Your group will navigate their way through the neighborhood, discovering its rich history and unique character, its relics, residents and charm! Divided into teams who compete against each other, you will gather information and fulfill missions at the different stations along the route!
Machne Yehuda “Shuk” (Market): For a true Jerusalem experience, visit "the shuk" on a Thursday or Friday when this outdoor marketplace is abuzz with Jerusalem locals stocking up on produce, fresh meats and fish, and fragrant spices for Shabbat. Meander through the colorful walkways, try your hand at bargaining, and enjoy some world-class falafel!
Welcome Shabbat at the Kotel (Western Wall): Upon reaching the steps leading down to the Kotel, look around and notice people from all corners of the world converging together with one purpose in mind; to welcome the Shabbat at the holiest place on earth! Shabbat Dinner and overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 6: Shabbat in Jerusalem – option for Bar and Bat Mitzvah Ceremonies in Jerusalem.
Shabbat morning and lunch. Enjoy a morning at leisure and lunch at your hotel. A unique Shabbat afternoon tour. In the late afternoon we'll explore around the Jewish Quarter, each stone has a remarkable story which we'll uncover together.
Ben Yehuda Street: Looking for a night out on the town? After Shabbat head to Ben Yehuda Street where you'll find restaurants, shops, street vendors, street performers, and more! Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 7: Israel's Coast and Tiberius – Ancient Cities of Water.
Horseback Riding on the Beach: After breakfast we will head north along Israel’s coast to go horseback riding on the Netanya beach- an experience you will never forget. Take in the amazing scenery and enjoy the cool ocean spray as you ride in the surf!
Kfar Kedem Talmudic Village: A recreated ancient Galilean village, at Kfar Kedem, you can be a shepherd, plow your fields and bring in the harvest to the village threshing floor. We will grind the flour and bake our own bread. Join a donkey caravan heading into the hills and end the day with a feast in the shepherd's tent!
Cruise on the Sea of Galilee: Arrive in Tiberias and enjoy a relaxing boat ride along the Sea of Galilee. Learn all about the biblical and modern history that surrounds this important body of water, all while taking in the beautiful flora and fauna that surrounds the Sea. Dinner and overnight: Mercure Hotel, Sea of Galilee.
Day 8: The Golan Heights - Israel's Green Paradise.
Mount Bental: Visit Mount Bental and get the best panoramic view of the Golan Heights, with a clear view of Israel’s neighbor, Syria, as well as Mount Hermon. At Mount Bental, there are also remnants of an Israeli bunker as well as an imaginative steel sculpture garden.
Kibbutz El Romm: At the foot of Mount Bental we will visit Kibbutz El Romm to view the original footage from the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Kahalani battle. This was the decisive battle which secured the Golan Heights for Israel to this day and enables residents of the North to dwell in peace.
The Valley of Tears: Despite the bloody history, today The Valley of Tears, is known for the heroism of the Israeli 7th Armored Brigade and their nonstop strength in defending Israel from the oncoming Syrian attack. Today, this area is a symbol of courage for all Israelis.
Golan Magic Welcome Center: The visitors center in Katzrin looks to turn the history of the Golan Heights into a multi-faceted journey with Golan Magic. It includes a state-of-the-art three-dimensional model of the Golan Heights, complete with light and sound effects, and a short film documenting the area that is rich in history. Dinner and overnight: Mecure Hotel, Tiberias.
Day 9: Tzfat - The Holy City of Kabbalah.
Jordan River Rafting: After breakfast we’ll start our day by kayaking and rafting on the Jordan River! Apple and Berry Picking: The Golan Heights has beautiful orchards and fields of berries. The berry season in Israel begins in mid-May and ends in mid-September; blackberries, cherries, raspberries and even blueberries, the Golan Heights offer incredible tastes and a wonderful morning in nature.
Tzfat - Safed: Continue on to Tzfat, one of the four holy cities in Israel, the City of Air. Tzfat has been a spiritual center since the 1600s 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-line streets, majestic mountains, and Kabala-infused atmosphere. Dinner and overnight: Mecure Hotel, Tiberias.
Day 10: Tel Aviv - Israel's Modern City.
Tel Aviv: Arrive in Tel Aviv, Israel’s modern city and home to Israel’s famous high tech industry. The Palmach Museum: Next visit the Palmach Museum to follow a Palmach (IDF) unit as they tell their story from their recruitment until the War of Independence. The Palmach Museum allows for an interactive experience so you can feel as though you are a part of this historic event, honoring these historic men- this is a great event for kids and adults alike! Jaffa Flea Market: There is a vibrant atmosphere, exotic aromas, and lots of noises 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, the Old Jaffa Port is full of biblical and historical references, this port is a hub for artists, galleries, and individualistic shops where you can find just about anything your heart desires.
Farewell. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your departure flight home…
- Bar and Bat Mitzvah Ceremony options in Jerusalem's Old City, on Masada, in Tzfat (Safed) and elsewhere in the country.
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