Jewish Heritage â€“ Friday - 12 nights â€“ from $2,619
Jewish Heritage â€“ Friday - 12 nights â€“ from $2,619
|No. of days:||12 nights/14 days â€“ Friday arrival|
|First & Last Cities:||Tel Aviv - Jerusalem - Optional Petra|
|Other cities:||Caesarea, Haifa, Acre, Rosh Hanikra, Safed, Banias, Tel Hai, Galilee, Gan Hashlosha, Qumran, Masada, Dead Sea, Negev|
Day 1 – Thu: USA, Tel Aviv
Board your flight to Israel, from your preferred North American gateway, and relax on your way to Tel Aviv.
Day 2 – Fri: Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv
Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Day 3 – Sat: Tel Aviv
Day at your leisure to attend services, discover Tel Aviv or spend sometime by the beach nearby.
Day 4 – Sun: Caesarea, Haifa, Acre, Rosh Hanikra
Drive north to Caesarea, once the Roman capital of the region. See the excavations of the crusaders' city, the aqueduct and amphitheater that have been restored as a concert venue. Proceed to Haifa for a panoramic view from Mount 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 northernmost point of Israel at Rosh Hanikra. Descend by cable car into the limestone grottoes. Overnight at a Kibbutz guesthouse.
Day 5 – Mon: Safed, Banias, Tel Hai
Drive to Safed, center of kaballa movement; visit the Joseph Caro and the Ari synagogues, the most important synagogues in the city; stroll around the artists' quarter. Enjoy a Jeep tour to the foots of the Golan. Continue to the Golan Heights; stop at Gadot overlook (Mitzpe Gadot), the memorial site for the fallen of the Golan, located over former Syrian bunkers and see the monument built on site in honor of the Alexandroni brigade; proceed for a magnificent observation point over the city of Kuneitra, and the Syrian territory. 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 with a Kibbutz member and learn about their unique lifestyle. Overnight at a kibbutz guesthouse.
Day 6 – Tue: Beit Shean, Beit Alpha, Gan Hashlosha, Jerusalem
Drive to Tiberias to visit Rambam's grave; proceed to Beit Shean, also called "Scythopolis", the biggest archeological park in Israel with beautiful excavations from the 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 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 with a stop at Mount Scopus for a blessing as you enter the city. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 7 – Wed: Jerusalem: Old City
Tour the Old City of Jerusalem. Start with a visit of King David's Tomb on Mount Zion. Walk along the Cardo, the ancient Roman road; visit the four Sephardic synagogues restored after the 1967 war in the Jewish Quarter. Tour the Kotel Tunnels; visit the Davidson center and walk through the Roman Cardo to the local Arab bazaar. Walk through the Jaffa Gate to the Tower of David Museum and see the ancient remains of the city beginning with the First Temple period. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 8 – Thu: Jerusalem: New City
Enjoy seeing the Bar-Mitzvah ceremonies at the Kotel. Continue to Mea Shearim and learn about the unique lifestyle of the ultra orthodox communities. Drive to mount Hertzel, 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. 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 Holy Land model – a miniature replica of Jerusalem as it was during the second temple period. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 9 – Fri: Qumran, Masada, Dead Sea
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 in one of the leading hotels in the area. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 10 – Sat: Jerusalem
Day at your leisure to attend services, immerse yourself in Jerusalem's Old City to explore the side street shops, take fantastic photos, taste the local food or visit some part of the city you have missed.
Day 11 – Sun: Timna/Underwater Observatory/Eilat
Travel south through the Negev desert, Visit Timna to 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 seaquariums in the world, built into a coral reef. Overnight in Eilat.
Day 12 Mon: At Leisure or optional tour to Petra (additional charge)
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, qasser 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 the 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 6:00 pm and crossing back to Eilat. Overnight in Eilat.
Day 13 – Tue: Eilat, Mitzpe Ramon, Sde Boker, Tel Aviv
Depart Eilat via Mitzpe Ramon 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 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 hear the story of this brave fighting force. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Day 14 – Wed: Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion Airport
After breakfast, transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure.