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    Dead Sea
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Israel

Cities Visited

Dead Sea , Galilee , Haifa , Jerusalem , Tel Aviv

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Israel
Depart for Israel

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Tel Aviv
Shalom! Welcome to Israel! Arrive in the cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv, nestled on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and transfer to your hotel. This evening, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 7 PM. We recommend that you select flights which arrive no later than 5 PM
Overnight: Tel Aviv

DAY 3, Saturday - Ayalon Institute, Ancient Jaffa, Energetic Tel Aviv
A drive south takes you to Rehovot, one of the first communities founded in modern Israel. Visit the Ayalon Institute to hear the story of this underground clandestine ammunition factory built during the British Mandate. Then, on to Jaffa (Joppa), the ancient port city linked with biblical stories of Solomon, Jonah and St. Peter. Tour the ancient ruins and walk along the winding alleyways to the reconstructed Artists' Quarter. From atop the hill, stop to admire panoramic views of the Mediterranean coast. Continue to trendy Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv's "Soho", the first neighborhood constructed outside of Jaffa and to the HaTachana, a renovated Ottoman train station converted to an entertainment complex. Drive past the Mann Auditorium, home of the Israeli Philharmonic, the Opera House and Rabin Square. A walking tour on Rothschild Boulevard highlights the Bauhaus architecture of this city, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend the rest of the day at leisure
Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Sunday - Caesarea, Atlit Detention Camp, Lunch at a Druze Village, Baha'i Gardens
Travel north along the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea, named by King Herod in honor of Augustus Caesar. This archaeological site reveals impressive Roman and Crusader ruins, including an ancient theater. Then, on to Atlit, the detention camp where "illegal" Jewish immigrants fleeing from Nazi persecution in Europe were incarcerated during the British Mandate. Listen to their stories of survival and see the replica of a ship illustrating conditions that survivors endured during their transport to Israel. Later, share a home-cooked lunch at a private family home in a nearby Druze village; learn about Druze traditions and the challenges of life in Israel. Afterward, ascend Mt. Carmel to the seaport city of Haifa. View the striking Baha'i Shrine and the pristine Baha'i Gardens
Overnight: Haifa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Monday - Crusader Acre, Rosh Hanikra, Nazareth, Mt. of Beatitudes, Galilee Kibbutz
A scenic drive takes you to the rugged terrain of the northernmost tip of Israel and the gleaming white cliffs of Rosh Hanikra. Here, descend by cable car to the underwater grottoes and sea caves. A stark change in scenery as you arrive in the timeless crusader city of Acre. This once-thriving Ottoman city today is a fishing port with elegant buildings, relics and monuments. Then, travel through the verdant Galilean hills to the sacred town of Nazareth. Visit the vast Basilica of the Annunciation and the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus is believed to have delivered his Sermon on the Mount. Onwards along the rolling hills and the northern road to your kibbutz guesthouse for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Galilee Region
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - Hula Valley Wetlands, Mystical Safed, Golan Heights, Wine Tasting
Begin the day at the Hula Valley wetlands, a unique ecosystem that provides a crucial resting and "refueling" place for migrating birds. The bird population in the valley changes depending on the season. Learn more as you view the multimedia presentation about migration. On to the mystical city of Safed, where Kabbalah flourished during the Golden Age. Stroll along the ancient lanes to the tiny historic synagogues and to the galleries and shops in the Artists' Colony. Next, ascend to the peak of the craggy Golan Heights; overlooking the fertile valleys and tranquil villages below. Reach Mt. Bental near Marom Hagolan, at the crossroads of Syria, Lebanon and northern Israel, where you stop at a local boutique winery. Learn about Israel's thriving wine industry and enjoy a wine tasting. End the day with a drive along the rim of the peaceful Sea of Galilee to your kibbutz in time for dinner
Overnight: Galilee Region
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Yardenit, Beit Alpha, Beit She'an, Dead Sea
This morning, stop at the Yardenit Baptismal Site, located where the Jordan River flows out of the Sea of Galilee and into the Dead Sea. From there, to Beit Alpha National Park on the northern slopes of the Gilboa Mountains; see beautiful synagogue mosaic floors dating back to the early 6th century, with a zodiac center panel labeled in Hebrew. After, on to Beit She'an, an ancient Roman city from the time of King Saul; view the ongoing excavations in this archaeological park and the restorations dating back to the Roman and Byzantine period. Then, travel via the Jordan Valley to your hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth. Leisure time before dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Dead Sea
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - Fortress of Masada, "Golden" Jerusalem
Ascend by cable car to the pinnacle of the ancient fortress of Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, touch the ancient stones and walk through the palaces, synagogue and bathhouses once part of this ancient city. Descend from these heroic heights, traveling north to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Drive past desert outposts, tiny villages and Bedouin tents as you slowly rise to the "golden city" of Jerusalem. Your first panoramic view of Jerusalem, a city built on seven hills, will be from atop soaring Mt. Scopus. From there, travel to Emek Tzurim where you participate in the Temple Mount "Sifting Project"; a unique opportunity to sift through ancient rubble from buildings dating back to the Temple period. Tonight, dinner is at a Jerusalem restaurant, followed by a performance of the dramatic "Sound & Light Show" at David's Citadel
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Yad Vashem, Israel Museum, Machane Yehuda, Home Hosted Shabbat Dinner
The discovery of Jerusalem begins with a visit to Yad Vashem, memorial to the Holocaust. Walk through the Museum, the Children's Pavilion and along the Avenue of the Righteous, dedicated to Christians who rescued Jews during the Holocaust. Afterward, continue via the Supreme Court building and the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) to the Israel Museum. View the Scale Model of ancient Jerusalem from the time of the Second Temple and the Shrine of the Book, housing the Dead Sea Scrolls. On this eve of Shabbat walk through the bustling Machane Yehuda market, joining Jerusalemites preparing for the Sabbath. The rest of the day is free. Tonight, you're invited to an exclusive Shabbat Dinner with a family at their private home; a feast of local favorites!
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Old City of Jerusalem
Morning walking tour of the Old City begins at Mt. Zion; visit the Room of the Last Supper and the Tomb of King David. Walk the lanes of the Old City to follow the path of Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, believed to encompass the sites where Jesus was crucified and the tomb where he was buried and resurrected. Visit a fabric store where the old ways still continue today. Meet a third generation fabric merchant who imports hand-woven silk, cotton and gold-threaded cloths from Africa and uses them to create robes for Christian priests, Muslim imams and ultra-Orthodox Jews. Take time to walk through the bazaars with their wondrous aromas. Balance of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Sunday - Davidson Center, Western Wall Tunnel
Your last day in Jerusalem begins at the Jerusalem Archaeological Park and Davidson Center that offers a window into Jerusalem's glorious past. View an enlightening multimedia presentation that interchanges the experience of Second Temple pilgrims with the present. The site also contains artifacts from the city's destruction in 70 CE, as well as significant archaeological remains. View the Dome of the Rock before arriving at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site, and the only remaining portion of the Second Temple. Then, walk through the Rabbinical Tunnel (Western Wall Tunnel). Continue to the restored Jewish Quarter and walk along the Cardo, a colonnaded main street of Byzantine Jerusalem. Time to linger in the Old City on your own and shop for souvenirs. Tonight, share wonderful memories together of your journey through Israel at dinner
Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Monday - Depart Israel
L'hitraot Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

Due to local events and holidays, the order of sightseeing may be changed. Details to be provided locally by Tour Manager.

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Inclusions

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Round trip flights New York-Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 10 nights First Class accommodations
  • 2 nights Tel Aviv
  • 1 night Haifa
  • 2 nights Galilee Region
  • 1 night Dead Sea
  • 4 nights Jerusalem
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 17 meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners (including a home hosted lunch)
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features
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    Tour Highlights

    Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.

  • Visit Old Jaffa, the ancient port city known for its biblical links with Solomon, Jonah and St. Peter
  • Walking tour in Tel Aviv highlights the splendid Bauhaus architecture, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • In Haifa, view the Baha'i Shrine and see the magnificent and serene Baha'i Gardens
  • Descend by cable car to the magical underwater grottos and sea caves at Rosh Hanikra
  • Enjoy wine tasting at a boutique hilltop winery in the Golan Heights
  • Visit the Hula Valley Nature Reserve; view the multimedia presentation about this unique ecosystem
  • Pamper yourself in the warm thermal pools or float in the waters of the Dead Sea
  • On the fabled mountaintop of Masada, you'll be transported back in time to the days of King Herod
  • Discover the "golden" city of Jerusalem, one of the oldest and holiest cities in the world
  • In Jerusalem, share a Sabbath Dinner with a family at their private home - a feast of local favorites!
  • Attend a fabulous performance of the dramatic "Sound & Light Show" at David's Citadel
  • Visit the Jerusalem Archaeological Park and Davidson Center offering a window into Jerusalem's glorious past
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only prices do not include arrival/departure transfers.

    Passengers should select flights that arrive no later than 5 PM on Day 2 in order to attend orientation meeting.

    Upon arrival in Israel at Passport Control, you will receive an Israel Border Control / B2 Stay Permit called an "Electronic Gate Pass". Issuance of the pass replaces the need to stamp your passport. The Electronic Gate Pass is your official form of identification in Israel and must be kept in your possession at all times, and will be relinquished once you depart the country. Escorted tour group guests should bring this pass to the Welcome Meeting as your Tour Manager must record information from it to facilitate express hotel check-in during your tour. Failure to provide this pass at check-in will result in mandatory tax.

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    Accommodations

    Melody Hotel
    This first class hotel is located next to Independence Park and a short walk from the beach, the promenade and popular shopping.

    Hotel Bay Club
    This first class hotel is situated a short ten minute ride away from the Bahai Gardens.

    Pastoral Kfar Blum Hotel
    This first class kibbutz is located in Upper Galilee, on the Jordan River. It has views of the Golan Heights, Upper Galilee mountains and Mt Hermon.

    Nevo Isrotel Dead Sea Hotel & Spa
    This deluxe hotel is situated by the Dead Sea in Ein Bokek.

    Inbal Jerusalem Hotel
    This deluxe hotel is located in the center of Jerusalem, adjacent to the Liberty Bell Park.

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