Visit Eretz Yisrael
Visit Eretz Yisrael
|No. of days:||9 nights / 11 days|
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Day 1 – Thu: USA, Tel Aviv
Board your EL AL 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 discover Tel Aviv or spend sometime by the beach nearby.
Day 4 – Sun: Caesarea, Haifa, Acre, Rosh Honiara
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. Drive to Acre; walk along the old harbor and local market; continue to the northernmost point of Israel at Rosh Hanikra. Descend by cable into the limestone grottoes. Overnight at a Kibbutz guesthouse.
Day 5 – Mon: Safed, Gadot, Banias, Tel Hai
Drive to Safed, center of kabala 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 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 or 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: Jerusalem, Ben Gurion Airport
After breakfast, transfer to Ben Gurion Airport to board your EL AL flight back to the USA.