14 – night Jewish Heritage in Depth Tour + Eilat

tour of Tel Aviv from Toronto

14 –night Jewish Heritage in Depth Tour + Eilat

Wednesday arrival

4 NTS TEL AVIV – 2  NTS GALILEE – 5  NTS JERUSALEM – 2  NTS EILAT – 1  NT TEL AVIV

Wednesday, Day 1: Ben Gurion Airport/Tel Aviv                                                  

On arrival at Ben Gurion Airport our representative will meet you and assist with your transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is free.

Thursday, Day 2: Tel Aviv        B

We begin our visit of Tel Aviv at Independence Hall where the signing of Israel’s Declaration of Independence took place. Continue to Latrun located half-way between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to visit Yad La’Shiryon, the Armour Corps Museum, Israel’s official memorial site for fallen soldiers. Visit the new and exciting “Mini Israel” Park with over 350 miniature models of the most important sites and buildings in the county at a scale of 1:25.  The remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Friday, Day 3: Tel Aviv (Shabbat)    B

Our tour of Tel Aviv continues this morning as we head to Beit Hatfutsot also known as the Diaspora Museum located on the campus of Tel Aviv University in Ramat Aviv. Drive around the main streets of Tel Aviv, the center of business and entertainment in Israel. Stop at Rabin’s Square.  Next is the old port city of Jaffa where we visit the ruins and walk along the restored artist’s quarter.  Visit the large outdoor Nahalat Binyamin Pedestrian Mall located between Allenby Street and the Carmel Market and nearby Shenkin Street. Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Saturday, Day 4: Tel Aviv (Shabbat) B

The day is at leisure to attend Shabbat services or relax on your own. Overnight in Tel Aviv

Sunday, Day 5: Tel Aviv/Caesarea/ Haifa/Acre/Rosh Hanikra/Lower Galilee B/D.

We drive north to Caesarea to see the excavations of the Crusaders’ city, the aqueduct and the amphitheater which has been restored as a popular concert venue. Proceed to Haifa for a panoramic view from Mt. Carmel and visit the Af Al Pi Chen Museum. Proceed to Acre (Akko)  and the holiest city of the Baha’i faith for a walk along the harbour and local market. Continue to the northernmost point of Israel at Rosh Hanikra where you descend by cable car for an exhilarating two minute ride down the 210 foot cliff into the limestone grottoes, a natural wonder and a fascinating site. Dinner and Overnight in Galilee.

Monday, Day 6: Lower Galilee/Safed/Golan Heights/Upper Galilee/Lower GalileeB/D    

We head to Safed, the center of the Kaballah movement (Jewish mysticism) where you will visit the Yosef Caro (Rabbi Joseph Ben Ephraim Caro) and the Ari Sephardic Synagogue (Ari, Rabbi Isaac Luria), the most important synagogues in the city, and have time to stroll around the bustling Artist’s Quarter. Later enjoy a jeep tour through the lush landscape in the Golan stopping at an observation point over the city of Kuneitra and then to Tel Facher.  Next is Banias Springs, a nature reserve and archaeological site emerging from the foot of Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights. Continue to the historic site of Tel Hai, and meet with a Kibbutz member who will tell you about their unique lifestyle. Dinner and overnight in Galilee.

Tuesday, Day 7: Lower Galilee/Tiberias/BeitShe’an/Beit Alpha/GanHashlosha/ Jerusalem B

Our day begins in Tiberias where we visit the grave of Moses Ben Maimo, known as one of the most important Jewish pilgrimage sites. Proceed to Beit She’an to see the excavations that. Stop in Beit Alpha located in the Beit She’an Valley to see the beautiful mosaic floor dating back to the 5th century and remarkably still very much intact.  Continue to Gan Hashlosha (Sachne) National Park located. We end the day driving via the Jordan Valley towards the Holy city of Jerusalem stopping at Mount Scopus to say the “Shehechiyanu” blessing before entering the holy city.Overnight in Jerusalem.

 

Wednesday, Day 8: Jerusalem (Old City) B

Our tour of the Old City begins at Mount Zion with a visit of the Tomb of King David at the remains of the former Hagia Zion Church.  We continue to the four Sephardic Synagogues located in the Jewish Quarter. Descending into the Kotel Tunnels adjacent to the Western Wall we learn the story of how the Jews lived during the period of these two temples. Next is the Davidson Center located near the Western Wall. Walk through the Roman Cardo to the local and colourful Arab Bazaar. Enter through the Jaffa Gate, one of the eight gates of Jerusalem’s Old City walls to the Tower of David. Overnight in Jerusalem.

 

Thursday, Day 9: Jerusalem (New City) B
Optional viewing Bar-Mitzvah ceremonies celebrated at the Kotel (Wailing Wall). Continue to Mea Shearim to learn about the unique lifestyle of the ultra orthodox communities. A short drive takes us to Mount Herzl and then to Yad Vashem, the somber memorial to the Holocaust.

Stop at Ammunition Hill, the site of one of the bloodiest battles during the Six Day War now converted into a national memorial site and museum. Drive by the Knesset, Israel’s parliament located in Givat Ram and see the five meter high bronze Menorah. Then to the remarkable Israel Museum located on a hill in Givat Ram and housing the Shrine of the Book and the famous Dead Sea Scrolls. Our next stop is in Israel Museum to see the Holyland Model of Jerusalem, a 1:50 scale model of Jerusalem in the late Second Temple period. Overnight in Jerusalem.

 

Friday, Day 10: Jerusalem/Qumran/Masada/Dead Sea/Jerusalem (Shabbat) B/L
We drive through the Judean desert to the Dead and stop at the archaeological site Qumran in the West Bank where the famed Dead Sea scrolls were discovered. Continue to the fortress of Masada and ascend by cable to the top of the mountain. Tour the ancient fortress and visit the remains of the palaces, synagogues, the bathhouses and the walls before descending. Experience floating in the unsinkable waters and perhaps a mud bath from the Dead Sea infused with a high salt and mineral content, all of which are essential for the body before returning to Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem.

 

Saturday, Day 11: Jerusalem (Shabbat) B

The day is at leisure to enjoy on your own.

 

Sunday, Day 12: Jerusalem/The Negev Desert/Timna/Eilat B

We travel south through the Negev Desert to Timna to see the world’s most ancient copper mines and dazzling stone formations. Afterwards, we head to Eilat. On arrival we visit the Coral World Underground Observatory, one of the largest seaquariums in the world.  Overnight in Eilat.

 

Monday, Day 13: Eilat or optional day tour to Petra, Jordan B

The day is at your leisure to enjoy Eilat on your own. Alternatively you may choose to take an optional tour to the city of Petra. Overnight in Eilat.

 

Tuesday, Day 14: Eilat/Mitzpe Ramon/Sde Boker/Tel AvivB/L

Israeli breakfast then departing Eilat we head for Mitzpe Ramon, a town in the Negev Desert established in 1951.  Stop to gaze at the Ramon Crater known as Makhtesh which is 38 km long, 65 kms wide and 450 meters deep. Next is Sde Boker, a kibbutz in the Negev established by a group of discharged soldiers and best known as the burial place of Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben Gurion. Stop for a camel ride experience and a visit to an authentic Bedouin tent. Learn about Bedouin hospitality and enjoy a light lunch. Continue to Hatzerim, a kibbutz 8 kms West of Beersheb. Nearby is an Israeli Air Force Base and Israeli Air Force Museum where you will be able to view the planes and equipment and hear the story of this brave fighting force. Afterwards drive back to Tel Aviv. Dinner on your own. Overnight Tel Aviv.

Wednesday. Day 15 Tel Aviv/Ben Gurion Airport/Departure B

Israeli breakfast then transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure.

NOTE:

*The program can be extended and tailor-made for groups.
*Bookings of one person are on request and subject to written confirmation.

YOUR LAND TOUR INCLUDES:

TRANSFERS – On arrival and departure as indicated

ACCOMMODATION

MEALS – as specified

SPECIAL FEATURES – Day 5 cable car at Rosh Hanikra, Day 6 jeep ride in the Galilee and Day 10 cable car at Masada.

TOURING – 10 Days of touring by private motorcoach with the services of a licensed English speaking guide.

ENTRANCE FEES – On touring days as specified.HOTEL TAX & SERVICE CHARGES – Included.