This 12 night Jewish Heritage Tour to Israel is a perfect first-time introduction to Israel and the culture of this ancient land. There is no better way to learn about our homeland than to connect with your roots and to actually visit historic landmarks. Take part in this meaningful experience discovering Jewish history in an ancient land.
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.
At leisure. Free day in Tel Aviv. Overnight.
Caesarea / Megiddo / Druze village / Haifa
Drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea located half way between Tel Aviv and Haifa. Once the Roman capital of the region, we stop to view the excavations of the Crusader-era
city, the Roman port, the picturesque and well preserved aqueduct and the amphitheater that has been restored to its former glory and today used as a concert venue. Head to the port city of Haifa located on the slopes of Mount Carmel for a panoramic view of Haifa Bay. Visit the Clandestine Immigration and Navy Museum where you will see the Af Al Pi Chen (In Spite of It All) immigration vessel and learn the story of the struggle of the illegal immigrants coming to Israel at the time of the British Mandate. Travelling up the coast we arrive at Akko also known as Acre. This ancient city possesses a long history intertwined with various cultures. Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site we will take a walk through the old port and the local market. From here we continue to Rosh Hanikra on the northern Israeli border between Israel and Lebanon. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the sea as you descend on a 2 minute exhilarating cable car ride to view the grottoes which are cavernous tunnels that have been formed by sea action for thousands of years. Overnight in a Kibbutz guesthouse.
Jeep Tour/Safed/Golan Heights/Tel Hai
Today’s program begins in Safed, the center of Jewish mysticism and one of the four holy cities in Israel. Visit the Caro and Ari synagogues. Stroll through the Artist Quarter lined with galleries and workshops where artists spend their days at work creating magical masterpieces. For a change of pace enjoy a jeep tour at the foot of the Golan while learning the history of this strategic area. Stop at the Gadot Overlook with its memorial dedicated to the fallen of the Golan located over former Syrian bunkers and view the triangular monument built on the site in honour of the fallen Alexandroni Brigade in 1967. Pay tribute to the Roaring Lion Monument in Tel Hai in the Upper Galilee and learn about the heroic battle fought on March 01, 1920, where 6 men (including Joseph Trumpeldor, the Russian born Jewish commander) and 2 women were killed. Afterwards take part in a kibbutz experience as you meet a kibbutz member and learn about their unique lifestyle. Overnight in a Kibbutz guesthouse.
Tiberias/Beit She’an/Beit Alpha/Gan Hashlosha/Jerusalem
Leaving the hotel we drive to Tiberias situated on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee named after the Roman Emperor Tiberias. Here we visit Rambam’s grave, the Tomb of Maimonides, one of the major figures in the history of the Jewish people and one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Israel. Continue through the Jordan Valley to Beit She’an known as Scythopolis, the largest archaeological park in Israel its beautiful excavations dating from the Roman and Byzantine periods. Stop at Beit Alpha to admire the remains of the mosaic floor of an ancient synagogue discovered in 1929 depicting a zodiac. Just to the west of the Valley of the Springs (Beit She’an Valley) is Gan Hashlosha National Park, also known as the Sachne. Located in the Lower Galilee without doubt is one of the most breathtaking places in Israel. Enjoy the warm spring pools and waterfalls before continuing via the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem stopping at Mount Scopus to recite the Shehecheyanu blessing, a Jewish prayer said to express gratitude for new and unusual experiences. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Kotel Tunnels/Sephardic Synagogues/Davidson Center/Tower of David
We begin our day at the Tomb of King David, one of the most sacred sights visited by the Jewish people. NOTE: there is a separate entrance for men and women. Since men must wear a kippah, you may want to bring your own even though they are supplied. From here we walk along the Cardo, the main street running north to south lined with a row of columns. Within the Jewish Quarter there is a complex of Four Sephardic Synagogues which was restored after the 1967 war. The complex was built to meet the needs of the Sephardic community. The complex is comprised of the Yochanan Ben Zakai Synagogue, the Istanbuli Synagogue, the Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue and finally, the Emtsai. Moving on we come to the Western Wall, an ancient limestone wall in the Old City also known as the Wailing Wall or the Kotel. Learn the story of ancient Jerusalem as you tour the Western Wall tunnels. Discover the hidden layers of the walls revealed underground. Nearby is the archaeological park at the Davidson Center where you will find displays including the ancient city wall and a preserved ancient street dating from the First and Second Temple periods. Walk through the colourful local bazaar and visit the Tower of David Museum presenting the history of Jerusalem and the ancient remains of the city beginning with the First Temple Period. Overnight Jerusalem.
Yad Vashem / Mt. Herzl / Ammunition Hill / Israel Museum
Our day begins at the Western Wall Plaza filled with families who have arrived to celebrate a Bar Mitzvah. Afterwards drive through Mea Shearim, one of the oldest Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem, and learn about the unique lifestyle of the ultra-orthodox community. Proceed to Mount Herzl, the military cemetery and Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to the Holocaust. Continue to Ammunition Hill, a former Jordanian army stronghold conquered by the Israeli army in the Six Day War and later converted into a national memorial site and museum. Drive to Givat Ram to see the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. At the edge of the rose garden stands the large Bronze Menorah, a gift from the UK Parliament. Nearby is the Israel Museum with its Shrine of the Book housing the priceless Dead Sea scrolls and the Holyland Model of Jerusalem, a miniature replica of Jerusalem as it was during the Second Temple period. Overnight Jerusalem.
Qumran / Masada / Dead Sea
Drive through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Stop at Qumran, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found in 11 nearby caves in 1946/47 by a young shepherd looking for a stray goat. Continue to Masada, the isolated mountaintop fortress of King Herod where you will ascend by cable car and tour the mountain fortress where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans by committing mass suicide rather than be enslaved. View the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue and bathhouse. Afterwards descend by cable car and proceed to one of the leading hotels in the area for lunch and have the option of using the spa facilities of the hotel (at additional cost). Enjoy floating in the mineral rich Dead Sea said to possess therapeutic mineral qualities. Overnight Jerusalem.
Free day in Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Jerusalem/Negev Desert/Timna/Underwater Observatory
Travel south through the historic Negev desert covering more than half of Israel arriving in Timna, a large geological and archaeological park where you will marvel at the multi-colored rock formations and copper mines, the highlight being Solomon’s Pillars. Continue to Eilat, the southernmost resort city on the shores of the Red Sea where you can visit the Underwater Observatory Marine Park built into a coral reef and enjoy a close up look at the rich marine life in the Gulf of Eilat.
Free Day in Eilat or Optional Day tour to Petra (additional cost)
You have the choice of a free day in Eilat or taking an optional day tour to Petra. After assistance with border formalities we are on our way to Petra, the astonishing rose-red city built by the Nabateans (an early Arabic tribe). Your visit begins with the possibility of a short horseback-ride (cost not included) for about 700m to the entrance of the Siq which is about 1.2 km long (walking distance). Petra is famous for its huge monuments such as the treasury, royal tombs, the court, Roman theatre, Roman street, Qasr al-Bint (Palace of Pharaoh’s daughter)and many other smaller fascinating monuments. The city itself is almost 45km² and is considered to be the second wonder of the world. After your visit, time for lunch in a nearby restaurant. Afterwards drive back to the border with a possibility of stopping in Aqaba, the only coastal city in Jordan for a walk around. Continue to the border arriving around 18:00 and cross back into Eilat. Overnight Eilat. (A visa is required to enter Jordan).
Mitzpe Ramon / Sde Boker / Airforce Museum
This morning we leave Eilat travelling via Mitzpe Ramon where we stop to gaze into the Ramon crater, a geological wonder. A short drive takes us to Sde Boker further in the Negev, once the retirement home of David Ben Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel. Stop to see his hut and gravesite overlooking the magnificent Zin Valley. After enjoying a short camel ride, dismount and continue to an authentic Bedouin tent for a light lunchand to learn about Bedouin hospitality. Our final stop will be at Hatzerim Air Force Base just west of Beer Sheva where we will view a display of Israeli and foreign aircraft and hear the story of this brave fighting force. Continue to Tel Aviv. Overnight Tel Aviv.
Tel Aviv / Ben Gurion Airport
After breakfast transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure. Today marks the end of your journey.
* Site under the Palestinian Authority Jurisdiction, visit subject to situation
** Visit subject to weather conditions.
*** Program sequence is subject to change without advance notice.
**** Supplement for tours by private car on request
2020 Tour Dates:
Dec 4/11/18/ 25
2021 Tour Dates:
Your land arrangements include:
Sharing transfer on arrival and departure (from/to Ben Gurion Airport)
12 nights accommodation on bed and breakfast basis except for Kibbutz Lavi on breakfast and dinner basis
8 touring days as per itinerary with English speaking guide
Lunch and spa (cost of treatments not included) at the Dead Sea
Light lunch in a Bedouin tent on Tuesday on the way from Eilat to Tel Aviv
Entrance fees to the sites visited as per itinerary
The hotels might be replaced with similar ones
Your land arrangements do not include:
Airfare to and from Tel Aviv
Departure taxes, fuel surcharges or airport improvement fees
Porterage at the airport or hotels
Early check in/late check out
Single room supplement – a limited number of single rooms available on payment of supplement
Meals and beverages not mentioned
Optional tours not quoted
Jordanian visa charge/border taxes
Optional tour to Petra
Horseback ride at Petra
Gratuities for individual services, laundry and valet service and any other items of a purely personal nature
Tipping to guide, driver, hotel or restaurant staff, horse handler in Petra
E. & O.E.
For information and bookings, contact Janice Snider.