The Highlights of the Jewish State – 14 Nights

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Thursday, Arrival

Our representative will meet you after passport control upon your arrival to Ben Gurion Airport, assisting as you pick up your luggage and head out for the transfer to your hotel.

Check in at the hotel in Tel Aviv.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day 2 - Friday, Tel Aviv Tour

Our first day of touring will begin immediately after breakfast. An interesting walking tour of Tel Aviv and Jaffa is ahead of us. We will start on Rothschild Boulevard, where we will see Tel Aviv's
beautiful Bauhaus style architecture, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Amongst the buildings will be the newly renovated Independence Hall, the site commemorating the declaration
of the founding of the state of Israel on the 14th of May 1948. We will continue on to Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv’s very first neighborhood and then enjoy free time at one of Tel Aviv’s busiest areas on
Friday afternoons, the Nahalat Binyamin Crafts Fair and Carmel Outdoor Market - for great sounds, smells and of course, great shopping! End the day at Jaffa, the world’s oldest port city, for a view of
the old city and its well known artist’s colony.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day 3 - Saturday, Free time

Day at leisure in Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day 4 - Sunday, Travel to the North

After breakfast, we check out of the hotel and drive south to Rehovot. Our first stop will be at the
Weizmann Institute which played a key role in the development of the state. We will enjoy the new,
amazing presentation of high technology and see the mansion house of Haim Weizmann, the first
president of Israel. We will then continue to Caesarea, built over 2000 years ago by King Herod
the Great, which served as a key Mediterranean port for centuries. Hear about Caesarea's role in
Jewish history, including its part in the Great Revolt of AD66, and interact with three-dimensional
historical figures that come to life using cutting-edge technology. Onwards to the Carmel Mountain
range to visit Zichron Yaacov for a stroll through the historic streets of one of the earliest settlements
from Israel’s first immigration period. Then visit the Atlit Detainee Camp, telling the heroic story of
the struggle of Jewish immigrants at the detention centre established by the authorities of the
British Mandate in the 1930s. Finally, we are on to Haifa - Israel's major port city, with a stop at the
Louis Promenade for a great view of the Haifa Bay and the beautiful Baha'i Gardens.

Overnight: Haifa

Day 5 - Monday, Tzfat and the Galilee

Check out after A43:I54in the hotel. Our journey will begin with a drive through the mountain ranges and valleys which extend from the west to the east of the Galilee region.
Visit a Galilee Winery for an Israeli wine-tasing tour, and to get an up close and personal view of the wine production process. We will continue to Rosh Pina, originally founded in 1878 by a group
of ultra-orthodox Jews intending to become farmers, with the support of Baron Edmund de Rothschild.
Rosh Pina is one of Israel’s oldest colonies but today boasts a small town known for great restaurants, cafés and art galleries. Drive up to Safed (Tzfat), where we will walk through ancient sections of the
city and hear stories of the Kabbalists and their ancient synagogues. Our Tzfat tour will end with a visit to its famous artists’ colony.
In the afternoon, we will visit the beautiful Hula Valley, Israel’s first Nature Reserve. The HaHula Tourism Complex is located at the center of the Hula Valley and is considered to be one of the
world's most important centers for bird watching and ornithology.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel

Day 6 - Tuesday, Adventure Day

This touring day will give you an opportunity to enjoy the north of Israel in a unique and exciting way.
We will start our day by driving up into the Golan Heights with a visit to Mount Bental, a beautiful
spot for a panoramic view of the Upper Galilee, the Golan Heights, Mount Hermon and Syria.
Visit Golan Magic, an entertaining 3-D multi-media adventure viewed on a 180-degree screen.
After the film, walk through a giant model of the Golan Heights, the largest of its kind in the world,
accompanied by special narration, sound and light effects. We will then walk through
The Golan Olive Oil Mill and Visitor Center, a uniquely-designed building with ancient ambience,
as your guide explains the olive oil production process, including the evolution from antique tools
to modern machinery. We will finish the first half of the day at Mitzpe Gadot, which once served as a
Syrian base, commanding a spectacular view of the Hula Valley and kibbutzim below.
The rest of the day is free! We will be happy to provide you with a list of the options in the area and
recommend the most suitable ones for your party.
Some options include: biking or hiking tour, rappelling, kayaks or even participating in a gourmet
chocolate workshop. And so much more…
Evening Option (Seasonal) - a lantern tour in either the Valley of the Lost River or Nimrod Fortress.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel

Day 7 - Wednesday, Travel to Jerusalem

Check out from the hotel and depart for our touring day. Our first stop will be the Tel Hai Museum.
This memorial is dedicated to a dramatic battle in 1920 led by Joseph Trumpeldor, a hero known
for his national loyalty.
Then we will descend to the shores of Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) for a short visit to Tiberias, a city
which was a significant spiritual center during the Mishna and Talmudic periods. We will continue
south along the Jordan Valley to visit the "Naharayim Experience at Gesher". Nicknamed the "start-up"
of last century, this unusual light and sound show is filled with models demonstrating the dam system,
running water and a combination of sounds and colors. The demonstration shows how the desert
transformed into a symbol of - and a vision for - Jewish immigration and industrial development in Israel.
Our day will continue with a drive to Jerusalem through the Jordan Valley’s stunning landscape.
We will stop at Mt. Scopus upon arrival in Jerusalem for a magnificent view of the city and a brief
explanation about the capital’s past and future.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 8 - Thursday, Old City of Jerusalem

After breakfast, we will start our tour through the Old City of Jerusalem. We’ll walk through one of
this ancient walled city’s many gates to see the restored Jewish Quarter, the Western Wall (Ha Kotel),
the colorful bazaars and the Cardo. Then, we will walk to the City of David for a virtual reality movie
about King David’s historical city, and a “wet” walking tour of the ancient water system connecting
Warren’s Shaft to the Shiloah tunnels (Hezekiah’s Tunnel). We will continue to the
Archaeological Garden and the new Southern Wall excavations (Davidson Center) - the same
steps once used by pilgrims entering the Holy Temple.
*Thursday is the day many Bar Mitzvah celebrations take place at the Western Wall. During our walk
we will meet some of them and get to wish them a MAZAL TOV!

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 9 - Friday, Jerusalem New City

Visit the graves of Israel’s former prime ministers, and soldiers who died in battle, at the
Mount Herzl Military Cemetery. We will then continue to the museum at the Yad Vashem Holocaust
Memorial, including the Valley of the Communities. We will pass by the Knesset - Israel's Parliament
building, as well as the famous Menorah and the new home of Israel's Supreme Court.
We will visit the Israel Museum to see the Shrine of the Book with a display of Dead Sea Scrolls and
visit the model of Jerusalem during the Second Temple period.
Then continue on for a neighborhood tour around the Mahane Yehuda Market to meet different
local ethnic groups and taste some of their cultural foods.
Drive to the Western Wall to participate in meaningful Kabbalat Shabbat services as the Jewish
Sabbath descends over Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 10 - Saturday, Free Time

Day at leisure in Jerusalem.
Evening Option - Enjoy a breathtaking sound & light show at the Tower of David citadel.
The show is highly recommended due to its unique way of depicting the different periods in
Jerusalem’s long history. Duration: Around one hour.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 11 - Sunday, Masada & Dead Sea

We will drive south, starting with the infamous Masada where we will ascend by cable car to see
where Jewish defenders made their last stand against the Romans in AD 73.
After a short drive, we will arrive at Ein Gedi Nature Reserve for an easy hike through this natural
desert oasis. Next, continue to our hotel by the Dead Sea shore for free time at the hotel spa and
floating on the salty waters.

Overnight: Dead Sea

Day 12 - Monday, Travel to Eilat

Check out after breakfast, and follow the “Peace Road” - a fascinating drive along part of the border between
the State of Israel and the Kingdom of Jordan. Along the way enjoy views of the cultivated fields of Idan,
Hatzeva and Ein Yahav, observation points that overlook the landscapes of the Arava streambed,
the mountains of Edom and the reservoirs that irrigate the fields of the desert.
We will continue to marvel at the immense, multi-colored rock formations with a tour of Timna Park,
viewing the ancient copper mines and the spectacular King Solomon’s Pillars.
Our day will end with a Desert Jeep Safari through the Eilat Mountains to Eilat and check-in at the hotel.

Overnight: Eilat

Day 13 - Tuesday, Free Time in Eilat

Option 1 - A large variety of activities to choose from, among them a visit to Underwater Observatory,
Ice Mall or even swim with the Dolphins at the Dolphin Reef.
Option 2 – Optional tour to the rose-red city of Petra in Jordan, famous for its rock-cut architecture
and recently nominated as one of the new 7 wonders of the world.

Overnight: Eilat

Day 14 - Wednesday, Getting Back

Free day in Eilat - Optional tour to the rose-red city of Petra in Jordan, famous for its rock-cut
architecture and recently nominated as one of the new 7 wonders of the world.
Transfer to Eilat Airport for a domestic flight to Tel Aviv and transfer to your Tel Aviv hotel for overnight.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day 15 - Thursday, Departure

Check out and transfer to the international flight back home.

Why Travelers Choose This Tour?
Terry D
This trip was very meaningful and exciting. The Kabbalat Shabbat at the Western wall, the museums in which I’ve learned so much more on Israel’s history – wonderful!
Brynne M
Loved the optional tours we were given, had the chance to visit Petra which was awesome!
John A
Loved how there was enough time for sightseeing and free time. Enjoyed the Arts & Crafts fair in Tel-Aviv, the winery in the Galilee (fantastic wine!) and I would totally recommend this trip!

What's included?

    Rates include:

  • 14 nights hotel accommodation on bed and breakfast basis.
  • 2 dinners in the Galilee and 1 dinner in the Dead Sea.
  • Assistance at the airport upon arrival.
  • Transfers from/to airport on arrival and departure.
  • Transfer and Flight from Eilat to Tel Aviv.
  • Transfer from Tel Aviv airport to Tel Aviv hotel.
  • Sightseeing in a modern air conditioned motor-coach.
  • Service of a Government licensed guide on all touring days.
  • Entrance fees according to the itinerary.
  • Not included:

  • Porterage at airport.
  • Tipping for guide, driver and hotel staff.
  • Beverages with meals.
  • Traveler’s medical baggage insurance.

More details

Terms:
  • The sequence of the tour, hotels used, and sites visited may be amended due to circumstances.
  • Valuable belongings should never be left in the vehicle when unattended.
  • Luggage: one suitcase and one handbag per person.
  • Cancellation fees:
    Cancellation fee up to 7 business days from departure date 0%
    Cancellation fee between 7 business days to 48 hours prior departure date 25%
    Less than 48 hours prior to departure & no-shows 40%
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    Israel Ministry of Tourism
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