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Overview:

These trips are designed for active first time visitors to Israel and for individuals who have not been to Israel in more than 10 years

Upcoming Trips:

  • July 10 – 20, 2017

Price:

$2995

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Itinerary*

Sunday, July 9, 2017:   On Our Way

  • Flights to Israel: participants will arrange their own flights. Please plan to arrive at Ben Gurion Airport (Tel Aviv) no later than 11:00am on Monday, July 10.

 

Day 1: Monday, July 10:  Baruchim Haba’im – Welcome!!

  • Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport by 11:00pm. Joe, your guide, Lori, your concierge, and our designated bus driver will meet you at the airport and together you will travel north
  • At the Tishbi Winery in Binyamina enjoy a delicious meal and taste some of their award-winning wines. Toast L’chayim to the celebration of Life, new friends and our presence in the Land!
  • Travel to our hotel in the Galilee, on the shore of the Sea of Galilee (the Kinneret)
  • Check-in to the hotel
  • Group Dinner

Overnight:  Sea of Galilee | Lunch and Dinner included

 

Day 2: Tuesday, July 11:   To the Heights

  • Visit the mystical city of Tzfat (Safed, one of the Four Holy Cities according to tradition and the birthplace of Kabbalah (Jewish Mysticism). Meander 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.
  • Meet with an artist in Tzfat who incorporates Kabbalah into his art.
  • Lunch in Tzfat on one’s own
  • To the Golan Heights: At the Bental overlook, look into Syria and learn about the village of Kuneitra and the 1967 & 1973 Wars. What ramifications does the current unrest in Syria have on the Golan Heights?
  • Visit Katzrin, known as the “Capital of the Golan.” Here we’ll walk through a Talmudic village and see what life was like 2,000 years ago in the time of the 1st and 2nd Holy Temples.
  • Dinner on your own

Overnight:  Sea of Galilee | Breakfast included

 

Day 3: Wednesday, July 12:   Northern Exposure

  • Heading to the Galilee “Panhandle,” enjoy a light nature walk
  • Take a Jeep tour along the Lebanon border and visit an Israeli Army patrol base (pending security clearance). Lunch break on your own.
  • Learn about the pioneers of the Second Wave of Aliya (Immigration: 1906-13), their frustrations and accomplishments near the settlements of the Kinneret.
  • Free for dinner in Tiberias

Overnight:  Sea of Galilee  | Breakfast included

 

Day 4: Thursday, July 13:  History on the Mediterranean Coast

  • After checking out of the hotel we cross the Galilee to Haifa take in the breathtaking view of the Bahai Gardens and the Haifa Port
  • Visit the ancient city of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great and once the seat of Roman rule. View the excavated Roman Theater, and an audio-visual presentation retrospective of the city.
  • Lunch break on your own
  • Arriving in Jerusalem we stop to see the Old City from one of the amazing panoramic views.
  • Check-in to the hotel
  • Visit the charming Machaneh Yehuda outdoor market (“Shuk”); enjoy a group dinner at one of the ethnic restaurants in the area and see how the atmosphere of the Shuk changes at night.

Overnight: Jerusalem  | Breakfast and dinner included


Day 5: Friday, July 14:   Jerusalem in Her Glory – The 2nd Temple Period

  • Tour the Old City of Jerusalem. Explore the Christian Jewish Quarters, visiting key sites; such as the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Roman/Byzantine Cardo.
  • Lunch on your own in the Old City during the tour
  • After some reflection time at the Kotel-the Western Wall, we explore the Western Wall Tunnel as it reveals more of the Kotel than we normally see.
  • Return to the hotel to prepare for Shabbat
  • Kabbalat Shabbat – an informal service welcoming the beginning of the Sabbath.
  • Festive Shabbat Dinner at the hotel, joined by one or more Lone Soldiers (IDF soldiers who have immigrated to Israel without their families),who will share their personal stories and challenges.

Overnight: Jerusalem | Breakfast and dinner included

 

Day 6: Shabbat (Saturday), July 15:   Sacred Time in Sacred  Space

  • An opportunity to participate in local Shabbat services (options within walking distance of the hotel will be provided). Try something new in the Holy City!
  • Take a guided tour of the “new city” of Jerusalem and explore the different neighborhoods.
  • Lunch on one’s own; Shabbat touring option (on your own): Israel Museum
  • Late afternoon – learn about the varieties of different Jewish approaches in Israel in Joe Freedman’s (your guide’s), special presentation of “Hats and Ideologies”
  • Join together for Havdalah to usher out Shabbat and welcome the exciting new week ahead.
  • Enjoy some time for dinner on your own and shopping along Ben Yehuda Street – remember to bring along your gift list!

Overnight: Jerusalem | Breakfast included

 

Day 7: Sunday, July 16:   Yizkor: Remembering

  • A guided tour of Yad Vashem, Israel’s national Holocaust Memorial and Museum
  • Lunch on one’s own
  • Walk through Israel’s largest military cemetery, Mount Herzl. Here we will visit the gravesites of Israel’s greatest leaders and heroes, including Theodore Herzl, Yitzchak Rabin and Shimon Peres.
  • “Jerusalem City Lines” – Survey the borders of Jerusalem from 1948-67 (when it was divided into Israeli and Jordanian cities) and from 1967 to the present. Touch upon the complicated geopolitical issues surrounding Israel’s claim to the City.
  • Dinner on your own
  • Experience the Tower of David Sound and Light Spectacular. The world-famous sound and light show projects the history of the city of Jerusalem on the ancient stone walls of city.

Overnight: Jerusalem  | Breakfast included

 

Day 8: Monday, July 17:   The City of David: Jerusalem’s Genesis

  • After checking-out of the hotel we go back 3000+ years to the City of David which was established as a political and religious center from that time to this day. See the results of the archaeological excavations which have been going on there for more than a century.
  • Lunch on your own
  • Bidding farewell to the Holy City of Jerusalem, we descend ~1200 meters (some 4000 feet!) to the Dead Sea: the lowest place on earth.
  • After checking in, enjoy the hotel spa facilities and access to the Sea. Be sure to treat yourself to the incredible experience of floating on the Dead Sea, buoyed by the dense minerals in the water.
  • Group Dinner at the hotel

Overnight: Dead Sea Hotel | Breakfast and Dinner included

 

Day 9: Tuesday, July 18:   Masada Shall Not Fall Again!

  • Early morning: ascend the legendary mountaintop of Masada by cable car. This ancient fortress was the last stronghold of the Jews in their struggle against the Romans.
  • Other stops along the Dead Sea as time permits
  • Following a lunch break (on your own), we make our way to Tel Aviv
  • Take some time to stroll through the bi-weekly arts and crafts market on Nachalat Binyamin, where local artists display their crafts. Also enjoy the nearby Shuk HaCarmel (outdoor market).
  • After checking-in to the hotel we explore the captivating old city of Jaffa – one of the oldest continually settled port cities in the world. We learn about its ancient history as well as the process of gentrification that has been going on in recent decades. Some time to stroll and shop on your own will be provided.
  • Dinner on your own in Jaffa

Overnight: Tel Aviv | Breakfast included

 

Day 10: Wednesday, July 19:  Tel Aviv – Birth of a City and a Nation

  • Following breakfast participate in a Political Update – the “here and now” of what’s going on in Israel and the Middle East.
  • Take a leisurely walking tour of Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood built outside the city walls of Jaffa.
  • At Independence Hall, enjoy a visual and audio presentation in the place where David Ben Gurion declared the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.
  • Following a lunch break (on your own), we visit the nearby Ayalon Institute, outside of Rehovot, with its incredible story of an underground munitions factory that operated during the British Mandate Period (1920-1948)
  • Return to the hotel and enjoy some free time for shopping, exploring the city on your own or swimming in the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Final packing and late check-out
  • Final group dinner and time to reflect on all of our experiences during the trip
  • Optional transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departures from 11:30pm and on.

(Overnight: those continuing on to Eilat and Petra will stay one more night in the hotel in Tel Aviv)                       

Breakfast and dinner included

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OPTIONAL ADD-ON: EILAT and PETRA, JORDAN

Thursday, July 20

  • Breakfast at the Tel Aviv hotel
  • Transfer to the airport for domestic flight to Eilat
  • Relax and enjoy the hotel facilities on the Red Sea
  • Lunch and dinner on one’s own

Overnight: Eilat Hotel       

Breakfast included

 

Friday, July 21

  • Packed breakfast to be arranged in advance
  • Early morning pick-up at the hotel to bring you to the border crossing with Jordan
  • After crossing into Jordan, a local guide will bring you to a full-day tour of Petra, including lunch
  • Return to the border crossing by late afternoon/early evening
  • Dinner on one’s own

Overnight: Eilat Hotel       

Breakfast and lunch included
Shabbat-Saturday, July 22

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Lunch on one’s own
  • Late afternoon/evening transfer to the airport at Eilat for flight to Ben Gurion Airport
  • Late night departure as per individual arrangements (do not plan to fly earlier than Midnight on Sunday)

Breakfast included

*As of February 6, 2017 | Subject to Change Without Notice