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A Co-Production of Kenes Tours and Dan Hotels Combining a Once-In-A-Lifetime Journey with Luxury Hotels.

 

Throughout life, Israel has always been there-a beacon of hope and a source of pride.  For years, you’ve celebrated her successes, cried over her tragedies, rooted for her victories and been inspired by her seemingly endless ambition.  In the complex world that we live in, her coming of age story mirrors your own.  Yet like for many, as a destination, she has eluded you-far away across the sea and beyond reach.

Until now, a trip to Israel may have remained an unfulfilled wish, but it doesn’t have to be that way.  Kenes Tours invites you to join us for a once-in-a-lifetime journey of discovery for active seniors who want to make their dream of visiting Israel come true.

This tour is for those who seek to explore the roots- old and new- of a tiny country that despite all odds has given the world so much- innovation, art, literature, science and ultimately, hope. Explore the beauty of the Land of Israel.  Discover the essence of what drives Israelis, how their history and cultural diversity enriches daily life, and what they feel about their and their children’s past, present and future.

Become a part of the story and encounter the bonds that bind us together.

 

Trip highlights include:

 

‘Must-See’ Attractions:

  • Experience the Old City of Jerusalem. Learn about the special history of the Jewish Quarter and stroll along the ancient steps of its Roman Cardo where today, as in Roman times, the streets are lined with shops.
  • At the City of David, experience 5,000 years of history as you descend into the ancient foundations of King David’s Jerusalem.
  • Go to the Kotel-the Western Wall, the ancient retaining wall of the 2nd Temple-a centerpiece for Jewish prayer and longing since Biblical times.
  • Visit Yad Vashem, considered the foremost memorial to mankind’s darkest period and Israel’s official memorial and historical museum to the victims of the Shoah.
  • Travel to Masada. King Herod’s magnificent mountaintop palace and fortress was the site of the last Jewish stand against the Romans in 73 CE.
  • Experience swimming and ‘floating’ in the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea.
  • Tour the mystical city of Safed, one of the Four Holy Cities according to tradition and the birthplace of Jewish Mysticism.

 

Geopolitics & Security:

  • Tour Jerusalem’s Seam Line with (Res.) Dan Tirza, one of the architects of Israel’s security fence.
  • Visit the Western Negev and explore its numerous narratives: Biblical, Political, Demographic, Military and Hi-Tech.
  • Ascend the Golan Heights. This strategic plateau, conquered by Israel in the Six Day War, has come to play a vital role in the security of the nation, providing a buffer with neighboring Syria.

 

Israeli Innovation:

  • Discover Tel Aviv. Explore the rich pioneering history of Rothschild Boulevard and visit the new State of Mind Innovation Center to encounter the impact that today’s hi-tech economy is having on the city, Israel, and the world beyond.
  • At Caesarea, explore the ancient Roman amphitheater, Crusader harbor and 12th-century ramparts with the exclusive help of cutting-edge Virtual Reality technology, bringing you back in time to see sights of the city as they once were, in all their glory.

 

Culinary Culture:

  • Visit the Druze village of Usfiya. Together with locals, learn about the history and heritage of the Druze while enjoying a home hospitality lunch.
  • Stroll through Jerusalem’s iconic Machane Yehuda food and spice market, one of the most beautiful markets and most familiar icons in Israel.
  • Embark on a Shuk Bites culinary tasting tour of Tel Aviv’s famous Carmel Market.
  • Visit the Golan Height’s Assaf Winery for a delicious, locally-inspired lunch and wine tasting.
  • Special volunteer project at the Project Leket. Leket Israel, the National Food Bank, is the leading food rescue organization in Israel. Unique among all other organizations that serve the poor in Israel and food banks worldwide, Leket Israel’s sole focus is rescuing healthy, surplus food and delivering it to those in need through partner nonprofit organizations.

 

9 Nights of Discovery, Starting at: $4,299*

For more information about this opportunity of a lifetime, contact us.


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A Co-Production of Kenes Tours and Dan Hotels Combining a Once-In-A-Lifetime Journey with Luxury Hotels.

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Dan Panorama Jerusalem

 

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Dan Panorama Haifa Hotel

 

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City Hotel Nights
Jerusalem Dan Panorama, Jerusalem 5
Haifa Dan Panorama, Haifa 2
Tel Aviv Dan Panorama, Tel Aviv 2

Day 1: Tuesday, September 10th-Bruchim Ha’baim/Welcome to Israel!

  • Individual arrivals to Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport. Following airport procedures, you will be escorted to your awaiting private transportation.
  • Transfer to Jerusalem, Israel’s capital city.
  • Hotel check-in.
  • Have a chance to rest, relax and prepare for the evening.
  • 6:00pm: Meet your tour guide and other members of your group in the hotel lobby for a welcome cocktail.
  • At the Haas Promenade, overlooking the spectacular view of the city King David proclaimed Israel’s eternal capital 3,000 years ago, gather to express gratitude for being together in this unique place at this special time.
  • Continue to the recently renovated First Station, Jerusalem’s historic Ottoman-era train station which has since been transformed into one of the city’s most lively entertainment districts. Have dinner on own in one of many great restaurants featuring examples of Israel’s renowned and innovative cuisine.

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

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Day 2: Wednesday, September 11th-Encountering Jerusalem

  • After breakfast, partake in a tour of the Jerusalem Seam Line with Col. (Res.) Dan Tirza, one of the architects of the security fence in the Jerusalem area.  Travel along the separation fence with him as he explains the considerations and negotiations which went into its construction and how its presence has impacted the city of Jerusalem.
  • Enter the gates of the Old City of Jerusalem.
  • Learn about the special history of the Old City’s Jewish Quarter and stroll along the ancient steps of its Roman Cardo where today, as in Roman times, the streets are lined with shops.
  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter.
  • Go to the Kotel-the Western Wall, the ancient retaining wall of the 2nd Temple which stood on the Temple Mount (the holiest site in the world for the Jewish people) and a centerpiece for Jewish prayer and longing since biblical times. Here you will have an optional opportunity for personal prayer and reflection at this monumental site.
  • Visit the Southern Wall Excavations at the Davidson Center. Witness the grandeur of one of the most formidable sites in the Roman world and hear about the role of the Temple to the Jewish people both historically and today.
  • At the City of David, experience 5,000 years of history as you descend into the ancient foundations of King David’s Jerusalem.
  • Return to the hotel. Free evening at leisure; dinner on own.

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

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Day 3: Thursday, September 12th-Complex Challenges in the Western Negev

  • After breakfast, depart the hotel and head south through the Judean lowlands.
  • Today’s touring will focus on the Western Negev and will be led by veteran Israel educator and local resident Joe Perlov. There are numerous narratives to be explored in the Western Negev: biblical, political, demographic, military and innovation.  The ongoing story of the Gaza perimeter is the story of Israel’s ongoing struggle for peace and security.
  • Visit the Assaf Sibony memorial viewpoint and see for yourself the remarkable proximity of the Gaza Strip to the Israeli communities on the border. Discuss the unique challenges and nuanced realities of living in this complex land.
  • At the Kerem Shalom border crossing, see many of the hundreds of trucks which carry aid and supplies and which travel through Israel to the Hamas-controlled Gaza territory daily.
  • Visit Kibbutz Gvulot, the first of three outposts built in the Negev in 1943. Meet a few kibbutznikim and have some good Kibbutz food (lunch on own).
  • Next, see the buried remains of the former Sinai settlement of Yamit. Here in the sands of the desert, view the dismantled walls of the homes of the former town, buried here in place by the Begin government so that Jewish extremists would not try to resettle Sinai.
  • Continue to the community of Netiv Ha’Asara. Tour this special moshav, located on the southern border with Gaza, and learn about the community’s drive to continue to seek for peace with their neighbors despite, and in the face of the frequent missile and mortar attacks directed at it by Hamas in Gaza.  See the moshav’s protective border wall, which has been transformed into a wall of peace with unique ceramics and messages of co-existence.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Free evening at leisure; dinner on own.

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

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Day 4: Friday, September 13th-Remembrance & Renewal/Erev Shabbat

  • After breakfast, visit Yad Vashem, considered the foremost memorial to mankind’s darkest period and Israel’s official memorial and historical museum to the victims of the Shoah.
  • Visit Susan’s House, a unique program for teens-at-risk in the Israeli society. Susan’s House employs teens-at-risk to work in the industrial on-site workshop to create works of art that are sold to the public. Teens learn the values of hard work and diligence, are paid for their services, and stay away from the negative influences of the street. Tour the facility, meet some teens-at-risk who make the wares, listen to a brief talk about the organization and its successes, and have a chance to buy the hand-made, beautiful works of art they create (which are not your typical trinkets and souvenirs generically available in the Israeli markets).
  • Proceed to thefamous Machane Yehuda food and spice market, one of the most beautiful markets and most familiar icons in Israel.  Enjoy the plethora of flavors, aromas, and colors of the market, as well as meet some of the people who live and work here.  Lunch on own.
  • Return to your hotel for a chance to rest, relax and prepare for the evening.
  • Optional: This evening, experience Kabbalat Shabbat at the Western Wall, one of the holiest locations in the world for the Jewish people and the remnants of the Temple. Sing and dance alongside hundreds of devoted worshippers as they welcome in the Sabbath.
  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

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Day 5: Saturday, September 14th-Desert Enchantment at the Dead Sea

  • After breakfast, depart the hotel and travel to the Dead Sea region– the lowest spot on dry land on Earth.
  • Travel to Masada. Herod’s magnificent mountain top palace and fortress was the site of the last Jewish stand against the Romans in 73 AD. In the end, the Jews were defeated and 960 defenders committed suicide.  Masada was declared a world heritage site in 2001 by UNESCO.  Today a cable car ride to the top is available, and climbing on foot is optional.  The excavations at the top have revealed Herod’s palace, the synagogue, bath house.  The view from the top makes it clear why Herod chose this for his summer retreat.
  • Enjoy the spa facilities at a local resort hotel and experience swimming and ‘floating’ in the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea. (lunch to be provided; spa treatments not included in tour cost)
  • The landscape, climatic conditions and water sources at Ein Gedi National Park have created a unique ecosystem of springs, waterfalls and pools surrounded by lush greenery in a desolate desert setting. Have a chance to hike up and cool off in the refreshing pools and waterfalls of the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Free evening at leisure; dinner on own.

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

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Day 6: Sunday, September 15th-Israel’s Coastal Community

  • After breakfast, check-out from your hotel accommodations and depart Jerusalem.
  • Travel to the nearby Jerusalem forest and visit the impressive 9/11 Memorial.  Created following the 2001 attacks, this memorial overlooking a breathtaking view of the region commemorates the tragic loss of life as well as the heroic sacrifice of the first-responders who lost their lives in an effort to save others and provides an excellent platform to discuss the importance of cultural and diplomatic ties which encompass the U.S.-Israel relationship.
  • Descend the Judean Hills towards the coastal plain.
  • Leket Israel, the National Food Bank, is the leading food rescue organization in Israel. Unique among all other organizations that serve the poor in Israel and food banks worldwide, Leket Israel’s sole focus is rescuing healthy, surplus food and delivering it to those in need through partner nonprofit organizations.  Visit Leket’s Ra’anana logistics center and volunteer by sorting and packing produce for distribution to the needy.
  • At Caesarea, explore the ancient Roman amphitheater, Crusader harbor and 12th-century ramparts with the exclusive help of cutting-edge Virtual Reality technology, bringing you back in time to see the buildings of the city as they once were, in all their glory.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Next, travel to the quaint village of Zichron Yaakov, founded by the ‘Chalutzim’ (pioneers) of the First Aliya with the generous assistance of the Baron Edmund James de Rothschild in 1882. Stroll along the town’s Founders Blvd. and have a chance to explore its many galleries and boutiques.
  • Travel up the coast to Haifa for hotel check-in.
  • Free evening at leisure; dinner on own.

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Haifa 

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Day 7: Monday, September 16th– Mystical Moments & Current Events

  • After breakfast, depart Haifa and travel across the Upper Galilee region.
  • Tour the mystical city of Tzfat, one of the Four Holy Cities according to tradition and the birthplace of the Kabbalah. Stroll through the narrow, winding alleys; visit some of the beautiful and historical synagogues and browse through the artists’ workshops and galleries found in the flourishing artists’ quarter.
  • Next, ascend the Golan Heights for an exciting tour focusing on the military history and civil heritage of this contested region. Learn about the impact of the 1967 Six Day War & 1973 Yom Kippur War on the area and upon Israel as a nation.  Stand on the border, a mere 20 miles from Damascus, and discuss the innumerable inner rifts within Syria; the sources and impacts of Assad’s allegiances and alliances from Russia to Iran; and the situation’s impact on Israel’s current and future behavior.
  • Continue to moshav Kidmat Tzvi and visit the homegrown Assaf Winery for a delicious, locally-inspired lunch and wine tasting.
  • Return to Haifa.
  • Free evening at leisure; dinner on own.

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Haifa

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Day 8: Tuesday, September 17th-Cultures & Context

  • After breakfast, check-out from your hotel accommodations and depart Haifa.
  • Travel north around the Haifa Bay region to the ancient city of Akko.
  • Designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Akko (Acre) features a multitude of fortresses, citadels, churches and mosques all depicting the history of the many rulers – Canaanites, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Crusaders, Mamelukes, Ottomans, British and finally Israelis – who governed and fought for this city throughout its vibrant history. Its colorful Oriental markets, museums and impressive archaeological sites are a few more of the city’s attractions.
  • Next, drive south towards Carmel.
  • Visit the Druze village of Together with locals, learn about the history and heritage of the Druze while enjoying a home hospitality lunch.
  • Continue to Beit Shearim National Park. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Beit Shearim is renowned for its Talmudic-era necropolis of rock-cut Jewish tombs and its partially-preserved ancient town, famous for being the home of Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi who was the religious, spiritual and political leader of the Jewish People during his era.
  • Time permitting: Proceed to the Israeli-Arab city of Umm el-Fahem. There, visit the Umm el-Fahem Art Gallery, founded in 1996 as an initiative of local residents and artists who wanted to bring quality contemporary art to the city and its population and to exhibit original Arab and Palestinian art.
  • Drive to Tel Aviv.
  • Hotel check-in.
  • Free evening at leisure; dinner on own.

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv 

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Day 9: Wednesday, September 18th-Tel Aviv, Israel’s Capital of Cool

  • After breakfast, visit the ancient city of Jaffa to experience the charms, history, and unique heritage of what is argued to be the world’s oldest port city (dating back over 4,000 years!).
  • Next, walk through the fashionable and upscale neighborhood of Neve Tzedek, the first Jewish neighborhood to be built outside the ancient port of Jaffa.
  • Stroll along the new Independence Trail on Rothschild Blvd. as it traces a path linking crucial milestones and critical moments in the creation of Tel Aviv and the establishment of the State of Israel. Along the way, learn about how Tel Aviv became known as the “White City”, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Explore the State of Mind” Israel Innovation Center. This ‘Start-Up Nation’ museum highlights Israeli achievements in entrepreneurship, innovation and technology in a variety of sectors including agriculture, medicine, defense, cyber security, science, transportation, aerospace and more (subject to availability).
  • The Carmel Market (Shuk Hacarmel), the city’s largest outdoor market, features a fantastic selection of the very best of Israel’s local produce and culinary creations, representing the country’s diverse and multi-ethnic population. On a self-guided Shuk Bites culinary tasting tour, graze the market from top to bottom, all the while meeting many of the market’s colorful characters working side by side to tell a story of Israel’s ethnic and culinary history.
  • Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure to explore Tel Aviv on your own.
  • Free evening at leisure; dinner on own.

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv 

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Day 10: Thursday, September 19th-Arts & Culture/Departure

  • After breakfast, visit Rabin Square, where on November 4th, 1995, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by a Jewish extremist at a peace rally. Have a chance to reflect and commemorate the former Prime Minister at the memorial erected on the exact spot where he was shot.
  • Next, visit the renowned and recently renovated Tel Aviv Museum of Art, widely considered the most important museum for contemporary art in Israel.  Explore the museum collection and the architecture of its award winning new wing.
  • Lunch on own.
  • This afternoon, visit Beit Hatfutsot-The Museum of the Jewish People. Beit Hatfutsot is a global center for Jews worldwide that plays a pivotal role as a vibrant, dynamic and interactive educational and cultural institution, strengthening Jewish identity and perpetuating Jewish heritage globally.  While there, we will visit the museum’s newest exhibition, ‘Let There Be Laughter-Jewish Humor Around the World.’   The display is the first comprehensive exhibition of Jewish humor from around the world-from the origins of folklore to modern times.  On the way, you will meet the Marx Brothers, Lenny Bruce, Sarah Silverman, Gad Elmaleh, Jerry Seinfeld and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.  Photographs, posters, videos, original collection items and stand-up performances are on display and of course, a lot of jokes and fun!
  • Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.
  • Return to the hotel to rest, relax and prepare for the journey home.
  • Late-afternoon hotel check-out.
  • Individual transfers to Ben Gurion international airport & departure flights.

 

***Kenes Tours seek to create and deliver client-driven, high-impact and content-rich programs. To do this, the cooperation of suppliers, speakers and other content providers are vital. Despite our desire to implement our proposed programs, and in light of Israel’s ever-changing cultural and business dynamic, there are times when amendments are required due to circumstances beyond our control. As such, our itineraries are all ‘subject to availability.’  Recognizing the importance of providing a stellar program, in cases where we are not able to confirm an item on your itinerary, we commit to providing alternative content of an equal or greater impact.***

  • The price is per person sharing a twin room as a part of a group with a minimum of 10 paying participants and is valid for a tour beginning on Sep. 10-19, 2019.  It includes overnight accommodations in selected hotels for people who reserve in advance and does not include international airfare.
  • Kenes Tours reserves the right to cancel the tour should less than 10 paying participants be registered to join, up to 30 days prior to the listed date of departure.
  • The terms of this proposal are non-binding and subject to change.  Exact and updated information concerning the details of the tour will be provided at the time of reservation and presented for your confirmation.

 

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