Welcome to Israel! Arrive Ben Gurion Airport; our representative and guide will assist you. Then, drive 3000 feet high to the “golden” city of Jerusalem. Time to relax and acclimate to the excitement of being in Israel.
Begin your visit to Jerusalem at the City of David. Learn why it was here the city was built. See the 3D presentation and then a local guide will escort you through the new excavation of the Giv’ati Parking where an exciting treasure was recently found. On through the connecting tunnel to the Davidson Center with its hi-tech imaging presentation of the ancient Temple. Continue to the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site Proceed to the Time Elevator, a multi-media attraction which takes you on a three-dimensional, simulated ride through the last 2000 years of Jerusalem’s history.
Today, we tour the New City of Jerusalem. Begin with a private tour of Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the Holocaust. Visit the Children’s Memorial and walk along the Avenue of the Righteous; continue to the Valley of the Lost Communities. Proceed to Mount Herzl, the military cemetery where Theodor Herzl and most of Israel’s great statesmen are buried. Visit the Herzl Museum. In Ein Kerem, visit Hadassah Hospital’s synagogue; view the magnificent Chagall Windows.
Begin the day with a tree planting ceremony, commemorating your trip to Israel. En route, stop at the magnificent Scrolls of Fire monument before continuing to the ancient cities of Beit Guvrin and Tel Maresha for a day of family experience and fun. Participate in a real archeological dig at Beit Guvrin – almost half a day of learning about the regional archaeology and history. Visit the new site of the refuge caves where Jewish warriors lived and hid and observe ancient olive oil manufacturing facilities. Drive to Latrun to visit the Armed Forces Museum, the strategic site of many critical battles to control the main road to Jerusalem, including the War of Independence. Return to Jerusalem. Before sunset, visit the Western Wall to welcome Shabbat. Traditional Shabbat dinner.
Free Day to explore the Old City on your own
Today, we begin traveling to see the magnificent Supreme Court complex. Stop at the giant bronze Menorah outside the Knesset (Israel’s parliament), before your visit to the Israel Museum whose Shrine of the Book houses the Dead Sea Scrolls. See the Scale Model of Jerusalem, which depicts the city during the Herodian period (Second Temple). We than continue to the Tower of David Museum to learn about the history of Jerusalem through the ages. We’ll have some free time to wonder through the bazaar at the Old City before returning to our hotel.
Depart Jerusalem. See Otef Yerushalayim, the defense wall surrounding Jerusalem. Stop at Ma’alei Adumim to visit a Talith factory. Enjoy a multi-media presentation and a hand-on workshop in the dying of the Talith. Drive to Genesis Land for an “ancient experience” including a reception by Eliezer, the slave of Abraham, and donning Hebrew costumes. Near by a caravan of camels is waiting to take you to Abraham’s tent to enjoy a Royal Meal of King David in celebration of this wonderful occasion… Send an ancient letter from the desert to your friends and family at home describing your Israel experience. The letter will be written in ancient Hebrew script, using a handmade pen and ink. Continue on to the lowest spot on earth, the Dead Sea. Drive by the site of Qumran overlooking the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Arrive to your hotel. After checking in at our hotel, time to enjoy the great spa facilities and a “float” in the Dead Sea. Dinner and overnight at the Dead Sea.
Early morning ascent by cable car to the top of Masada, the last stronghold of the Zealots who chose suicide over surrender to the Roman conquerors. (Masada was declared a “World Heritage Sites.”) Tour Herod’s Palace, the synagogue, bath house and newly excavated areas. After descending the summit. The on to the Galilee via the Jordan Valley stopping at Beit Alfa to visit one of the oldest synagogues ever excavated. Visit Kibbutz Kinneret – the first Kibbutz and the burial place of many of the founding fathers of the modern state. Continue to our hotel in Tiberias for Dinner and overnight.
Begin the day with a drive to ancient Safed, one of Judaism’s four holy cities. Wander its winding lanes to see ancient synagogues and artists’ studios. Ascend the strategic Golan Heights and stop at Elrom, Watch the film OZ77 which tells the story of the battle for the valley of the Tears in Yom Kippur War. Visit Har Ben Tal at the Israel-Syrian border at Kuneitra for a magnificent view. Enter and explore underground IDF Army Bunkers overlooking Syria. Embark on a Jeep Tour of the Golan Heights. Drive to the Jordan River for kayak, rafting and canoeing downstream. Return to Tiberias and enjoy a fun evening out dining at “Decks” Argentinian style restaurant. After dinner, a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.
(3) Visit to De Karina with a chocolate Work shop if it is too cold for the kayaks.
The day begins at Kfar Kedem for a most unique experience. Go back in time and experience life as it was 2000 years ago with a hands-on experience (this
is just great for the kids). A visit to Kfar Kedem is like passing through a time tunnel to the Galilee of antiquity. Donkeys are tied to posts as the flock of sheep is going off to pasture. You will dress in biblical clothes provided by the staff and everyone will be kept busy in various parts of the village pressing oil, herding sheep or grinding what, make the dough and bake the pita bread. Depart Kfar Kedem taking a surprise along with you.
Drive south to a Druze village for lunch and hospitality to learn about the Druze and then to Park Alona – Mei Kedem where we take our shoes off and step into the tunnel that supplies fresh water to the ancient city of Caesarea. Stop at Caesarea to explore the Roman Amphitheatre, Hippodrome and the new Multi Media show. Continue to our deluxe hotel in Tel Aviv
Drive through the main thoroughfares of Tel Aviv passing Mann Auditorium and Habimah National Theater. Stop at the Yitzhak Rabin Square, in memory of the late prime minister. Visit the Old City of Jaffa, from where Jonah set sail. Walk through its cobble stoned streets lined with galleries and boutiques. On to Machon Ayalon to visit the pre-state underground ammunition factory. Return to Tel Aviv for a stop at Independence Hall Museum where Ben Gurion first declared the new State in 1948. End the day and your visit a farewell dinner near Jaffa befoe heading to the airport for your late night departure flight from Israel.