A Jewish Heritage Tour of Israel

Archeological and modern historical journey into Israel’s Jewish roots, with breathtaking architecture and scenery and enlightening hands-on experiences. A special exploration of Jerusalem – past and present. Above photo of Tower of David at Jerusalem (Noam Chen and Israeli Ministry of Tourism http://info.goisrael.com)

9 nights / 10 days – arrival every Friday

Highlights:


Day 1 – Friday – Arrival to Israel

After arrival at Ben Gurion airport, you will be met by our transfer representative and transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv.

Overnight in Tel Aviv.


Day 2 – Saturday – At Leisure

Free day at leisure in Tel Aviv.
Overnight in Tel Aviv.


Day 3 – Sunday

Drive north to Caesarea, once the Roman capital of the region. See the excavations of the crusaders’ city, the aqueduct and the amphitheater which has been restored as a concert venue. Proceed to Haifa for a visit of “AF AL PI CHEN”, the naval museum of the illegal immigration to Israel at the time of the British mandate. Drive to Akko walk along the old harbor and local market; continue to the northern most point of Israel at Rosh Hanikra, descend by cable into the limestone Grottoes.

Overnight at a Kibbutz hotel.


Day 4 – Monday

Drive to Safed, center of Kabala movement; Visit the JOSEPH CARO and the HA’ ARI synagogues, the most important synagogues in the city; stroll around the Artist’s quarter. Enjoy a Jeep tour to the foot of the Golan. Continue to the Golan Heights; Stop at an observation point over the city of Kuneitra, and the Syrian territory. Stop at Tel Facher, a former Syrian army camp; Visit the Banias springs. Next, a visit to Tel-Hai; See the “Roaring Lion” monument and learn about the heroic battle of Josef Trumpeldor and his comrades in 1920. Meet a kibbutz member and learn about their unique lifestyle.

Overnight at a Kibbutz hotel.


Day 5 – Tuesday

Drive to Tiberius to visit Rambam’s grave; proceed to Beit Shean, also called “Scythopolis”, the biggest archeological park in Israel with beautiful excavations from Roman and Byzantine periods. Stop at Beit Alpha to see the beautiful mosaic floor of a synagogue from the Byzantine period. On to Gan Hashlosha, (Sachne) where you will have an opportunity to enjoy in the water springs located at the foot of the Gilboa mountain, the famous mountain on which King Saul was killed in the battle against the Philistines. Continue via the Jordan valley to Jerusalem. Stop at Mount Scopus for a blessing as you enter the city.

Overnight in Jerusalem.


Day 6 – Wednesday

Tour the old city of Jerusalem. Start with a visit of the tomb of King David on Mt. Zion. Walk along the Cardo, the ancient Roman road; Visit the four Sephardic synagogues restored after 1967 war in the Jewish quarter. Tour the Western Wall Tunnels; Visit the Davidson center and walk through the Roman Cardo, to the local Arab bazaar. Walk through Jaffa gate to David’s Tower museum and see the ancient remains of the city beginning with the first Temple period.

Overnight in Jerusalem.


Day 7 – Thursday

Depart the hotel and arrive to the Western Wall in the old city of Jerusalem.

*Celebrate the Bar/Bat-Mitzvah ceremonies at the Kotel.

Continue to Mea Shearim and learn about the unique lifestyle of the ultra-orthodox communities. Drive by the Knesset, Israel’s parliament and see the Menorah with the biblical emblems. Next visit the Israel Museum, the Shrine of the book where the Dead Sea scrolls are housed, and the new Holyland model – a miniature replica of Jerusalem as it was during the second temple period. Drive to Mount Herzl, the military cemetery and Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust. Visit the Ammunition hill, a former Jordanian army stronghold, conquered by the Israeli army in the Six Day War, and converted into a national memorial site and museum.

Overnight in Jerusalem.

* Optional: For families who wish to celebrate a Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony at the Wall. This will be a perfect opportunity, while the rest of the group will tour Mea Shearim, arrangements will be made at the Wall with a Rabbi. At the end of the service, rejoin your tour group at the entrance of the Israel Museum. For this special option, see below>>

Day 8 – Friday

Drive through the Judean desert to the Dead Sea. Stop at Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. Continue to Masada, ascend by cable car and tour the ancient fortress; visit the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue, the bathhouses etc. Descend by cable car, next stop for lunch and spa facilities at one of the leading hotels in the area. Return to Jerusalem.

Overnight Jerusalem.


Day 9 – Saturday

At leisure.

Overnight in Jerusalem.


Day 10 – Sunday

Transfer from hotel to airport for your departure flight.

* Visit subject to availability.

** Visit subject to weather conditions.


*Optional Bar Mitzvah Service / Ceremony:

We will be happy to book for you a Rabbi to celebrate your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah Rabbi’s fee will be confirmed upon confirmation from the Rabbi.

Rabbi’s Services include:


Included services in our tour rates:

Please note there is NO credit for unused services.

Not included services in our tour rates:


Hotels on tour:

HOTEL PLAN PLAN A
DELUXE
PLAN B
MODERATE
DELUXE
PLAN C
SUPERIOR
1st CLASS
PLAN D
1st CLASS
Nights
Tel Aviv Dan – deluxe rooms Carlton Dan Panorama Prima Tel Aviv /
Prima City
2
Galilee Kibbutz Lavi
– Hod / Hadar
Kibbutz Lavi
– Hadar/ Hod wings
Kibbutz Lavi
– Hod
Kibbutz Lavi
– Lev
2
JerusalemKing David
– deluxe new city rooms
Inbal Dan Panorama Prima Royale / Kings 5

Tours over Jewish holidays and August are subject to hotel confirmation and restrictions

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