Jewish Heritage Tour

12 Nights with Eilat | Friday Arrival

Friday: Welcome to Israel

Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, where you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Saturday: At leisure

Enjoy a free day in Tel Aviv.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Sunday: 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 the amphitheater that has been restored as a concert venue. Proceed to Haifa to visit the Clandestine Immigration and Naval Museum “Af Al Pi Chen” and hear the story of the illegal immigrants to Israel at the time of the British mandate. Drive to Acre, the Old City recognized by UNESCO as world heritage site; walk through the old port and local market. Continue to Rosh Hanikra; descend by cable car into the underwater grottoes and admire the spectacular natural formation.

Overnight: Kibbutz guesthouse

Monday: Safed / Golan Heights / Tel-Hai

Drive to Safed, one of the four holy cities in Israel, center of the Kaballa movement; visit the Caro and Ari synagogues; stroll through the narrow alleyways and visit the picturesque Artists’ Quarter. Next, enjoy a Jeep Tour at the foots of the Golan. Continue to the Golan Heights; stop at Gadot overlook, the memorial for the fallen of the Golan, located over former Syrian bunkers; view  the monument built in honor of the Alexandroni brigade. Proceed for a magnificent observation point over the city of Kuneitra, and the Syrian territory. Drive 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: Kibbutz guesthouse

Tuesday: Tiberias / Beit Shean / Beit Alpha / Gan Hashlosha / Jerusalem

Drive to Tiberias to visit Rambam’s grave. Continue through the Jordan valley to Bet She’an, known as  “Scythopolis” , and see the fascinating  excavated remains from Roman and Byzantine periods. Stop at Beit Alpha to admire the beautiful mosaic floor of a synagogue discovered in 1929. Visit Gan Hashlosha national park and enjoy the warm spring water pools and waterfalls. Continue via the Jordan valley to Jerusalem; stop at Mount Scopus for a blessing as you enter the city.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Wednesday: Kotel Tunnels / Sepharadic Synagogues / Davidson Center / Tower of David

Visit the Tomb of King David on Mount Zion.  Walk along the Cardo, heart of  the ancient Roman City; visit the four Sepharadic Synagogues restored after 1967 war in the Jewish Quarter; tour the Western Wall Tunnels; visit the archaeological park at Davidson Center; walk through the colorful local bazaar to  visit the Tower of David museum presenting the history of Jerusalem and ancient remains of the city beginning with the first temple period.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Thursday: Yad Vashem / Mount Herzl / Ammunition Hill / Israel Museum

Enjoy seeing the Bar-Mitzvah ceremonies at the Kotel. Drive through Mea Shearim, one of the oldest Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem, and learn about the unique lifestyle of the ultra-orthodox communities. Proceed to Mount Herzl, the military cemetery, and Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust. Visit 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 Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum where the Dead Sea scrolls are housed, and view the Holy Land model, a miniature replica of Jerusalem as it was during the second temple period. 

Overnight: Jerusalem

Friday: Qumeran / Masada / the Dead Sea

Drive through the Judean  desert  to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Visit Qumeran where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. Continue to Masada; ascend by cable car and tour the mountain fortress built by King Herod, where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans; visit the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue and bathhouse; descend by cable car. Next, stop for Lunch and use of the spa facilities at one of the leading hotels in the area, and enjoy swimming and floating in the mineral rich water of the Dead Sea.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Saturday: At Leisue

Enjoy a free day in Jerusalem on your own.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Sunday: Negev Desert / Timna / Eilat / Underwater Observatory

Travel south through the Negev desert; Stop at Timna, a large geological and archaeological park; marvel at the multi-colored rock formations and copper mines; view the outstanding Solomon’s Pillars. Continue to Eilat, the southernmost resort city on the shores of the Red Sea; visit the Underwater Observatory marine park built into a coral reef, and enjoy the opportunity for a close up look at the rich life of the Gulf of Eilat.

Overnight: Eilat

Monday: Free Day in Eilat - or - Optional Day Tour to Petra, Jordan

Enjoy a free day on your own in Eilat.

 

Optional Day Tour to Petra ($265 per person):

After assistance with border formalities, drive straight to Petra,the astonishing rose-red city built by the Nabateans (An early Arab tribe). Petra was renowned for its massive architecture, pools, dams and water channels. The visit begins with the possibility of a short horseback ride for about 700 m. until 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 Theater, 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, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, drive back to the border and make a short stop on the way to visit Aqaba, with a possibility to stop and walk around. Transfer to the border at around 6pm and cross the border back to Eilat.

Overnight: Eilat

Tuesday: Mitzpe Ramon / Sde Boker / Airforce Museum

Depart Eilat via Mitzpe Ramon and stop 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 ride and a 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 to hear the story of this brave fighting force.

Overnight: Tel-Aviv

Wednesday: Shalom Israel

After breakfast, transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure.

Package Includes:

 

– Shared Transfer on Arrival & Departure
– 12 Night accommodations
– Daily breakfast at the hotel

– 2 Dinners at Kibbutz Lavi

– Lunch & spa at the Dead Sea area

– Light lunch at a Bedouin Tent on the way back from Eilat to Tel Aviv

– 8 Touring days with an English speaking tour guide
– Entrance fees to all sites visited as per the itinerary

– Jeep tour in the Galilee

 

The hotels appearing in the table might be replaced with similar ones.

Program is subject to change due to local conditions.

2018 Dates


Mar 2, 9, 16

Apr 13, 20, 27

May 4, 25

Jun 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Jul 6, 13, 20, 27

Aug 3, 10, 17, 24

Oct 5, 12, 19, 26

Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Dec 7, 14, 21, 28

 

2019 Dates


Jan 4, 11, 18, 25

Feb 1, 8, 15, 22

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