THE ULTIMATE JEWISH HERITAGE TOUR

Arrival every Wednesday
4 nights Tel Aviv, 2 nights Kibbutz Lavi, 5 nights Jerusalem, 2 nights Eilat, 1 night Tel Aviv
14 nights / 15 days
Israel plus Eilat, optional Petra, Jordan
Tours depart weekly

Highlights

  • Independence Hall
  • Mini Israel
  • Ayalon Institute
  • Jeep Tour in the Golan Heights
  • Visit the famous Western Wall Tunnels
  • Lunch and Swim at one of the Dead Sea Spa Hotels
  • Famous Underwater Observatory in Eilat
  • Optional Petra Excursion
  • Bedouin tent Hospitality and light lunch
  • Israeli Air Force Museum

 


Day 1 – Wednesday

After arrival at Ben Gurion airport, you will be met by our transfer representative and transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv. Remainder of the day is free to spend at leisure.

Overnight in Tel-Aviv.

 


Thursday

Independence Hall/Latrun /Ayalon Institute

Start the day with a visit to the Independence Hall where the establishment of the state of Israel was declared; Next, drive to Latrun to visit the Armored Corps museum, one of the most diverse tank museums in the world. Visit the new “Mini Israel” miniature park including miniature replicas   of the most important landmarks and buildings in Israel. Continue to visit Ayalon Institute, once an ammunition factory for the Hagana, the underground movement before May 1948.

Overnight in Tel-Aviv.

 


Friday

Diaspora museum/Old Jaffa/Tel-Aviv

Visit the Diaspora museum. Drive around the main streets of Tel Aviv, the center of business and entertainment of Israel.  Stop at Rabin’s square, place of assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Continue to Old Jaffa, an 8000 year old port city. Visit the ancient ruins and walk along the restored artist’s quarter. Visit Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood of Tel Aviv, built in 1909 and Nachlat Benyamin, the pedestrian street of the city with its musicians, handmade jewelry and artefacts.

Next, stop at Shenkin, the lively and colorful street especially known with the unique shops, café life and youthful ambiance.

Overnight in Tel-Aviv.

 


Saturday:  at leisure

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

 


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 panoramic view from Mt. Carmel and visit “AF AL PI CHEN”, the naval museum of the illegal immigration to Israel at the time of the British mandate.

Drive to Acre; 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 guesthouse.

 


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 guesthouse.

 


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. Onto 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.

 


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.

 


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>>

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 in Jerusalem.

 


Saturday

At leisure.  Overnight in Jerusalem.

 


Sunday

Timna/underwater observatory/Eilat
Travel south through the Negev desert. Visit Timna and see the copper mines and King Solomon’s pillars and marvel at the huge multi-colored rock formations.  Continue to Eilat and stop to visit the Underwater Observatory, one of the largest sea-aquariums in the world, built into a coral reef.
Overnight in Eilat

 


Monday

Free day in Eilat or Optional Day Tour to Petra

After assistance with visa to the Jordanian border, drive straight away to Petra through desert highways, your ultimate destination is the astonishing rose-red city of Petra which was built by the Nabateans (An early Arab tribe). Petra was renowned for its massive architecture, pools, dams and water channels. Petra is the legacy of the Nabateans who settled in the south of Jordan more than

2000 years ago. The visit begins with the possibility of a short horseback-riding for about 700 m. until the entrance of the Siq, which is about 1.2 km long (walking distance). There is a possibility to rent a chariot (extra) to get inside Petra and back to the gate outside. Petra is famous for its huge monuments such as the Treasury, Royal Tombs, the Court, Roman theatre, Roman Street, Qassier El- Bint (Palace of Pharaoh’s daughter) and many other smaller monuments which fascinate the visitors. The city itself is almost 45 square km and is considered to be the second wonder of the world. After the visit, time for lunch in a nice restaurant. After lunch drive back to border. On the way, a short visit to Aqaba with the possibility to stop and take a walk around. Transfer to the border at around 18:00 p.m and crossing back to Eilat.
Overnight in Eilat.

 


Tuesday

Mitzpe Ramon/Sde Boker /Tel-Aviv
Depart Eilat via Mitzpe Ramon. Stop to gaze into the Ramon crater, a geological wonder. Proceed to Sde Boker and see Ben Gurion’s hut and grave overlooking the magnificent Zin valley.

Stop for a camel riding experience and a visit to an authentic Bedouin tent, learn about the Bedouin hospitality and enjoy a light lunch.

Continue to Hatzerim and visit Israel’s Air Force museum to view the planes and equipment and to hear the story of this brave fighting force.
Drive back to Tel-Aviv.
Overnight in Tel Aviv.

 


Wednesday

Transfer to Ben Gurion airport for your flight back home.

 

* 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:

  • Correspondence with family by the Rabbi.
  • Meeting in Jerusalem with the Rabbi prior to the ceremony.
  • Officiating at service.
  • Use of prayer pamphlets and Rabbi’s personal Torah scroll.
  • Rabbi’s transportation.
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah certificate from the Ministry of Tourism.
  • Reform and Conservative ceremonies will be officiated at the Southern Wall area.
  • Please note passengers will require to take a taxi to ceremony and also to rejoin the tour after the BM ceremony.

 

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

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 4
Galilee Kibbutz Lavi – Eden/ Hadar Kibbutz Lavi – Hadar / Eden Kibbutz Lavi – Hod Kibbutz Lavi – Lev 2
Jerusalem King David – deluxe new city rooms Inbal Dan Panorama Prima Royale / Kings 5
Eilat Dan – deluxe rooms Herods Dan Panorama Prima Music 2
Tel Aviv Dan – deluxe rooms Carlton Dan Panorama Prima Tel Aviv 1

Included services:

  • Private transfers from Ben Gurion Airport to your Hotel in Tel Aviv and from the Hotel in Tel Aviv to the Airport.
  • Meeting point on arrival at the La Farina coffee shop at the main arrivals hall at the Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • 10 Full day touring with all entrance fees as mentioned.
  • 14 nights’ accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at hotels as mentioned.
  • Two dinners at the hotel in Kibbutz Lavi / Galilee.
  • Bedouin tent Hospitality and light lunch.

Please note there is NO credit for unused services.

Not included:

  • Tips to guide/driver and Hotel staff.
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